EMF Collection
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Collection Identifier(s)
EMF Collection, 2419
Abraham Katz
Ed Katz
Credit: EMF Collection, Northeast Historic Film.
Primary Format and Extent
166 film reels
Collection Date Range
1931 - 1965
The EMF Collection contains approximately 120 reels of 16 mm. film primarily shot by Abraham Katz, founder of EMF Electric Supply Co., which was located on Massachusetts Avenue. in Cambridge, Mass. In addition to the 16 mm. film shot by Abraham Katz, Reels 1-32 are 8mm film, and Reels 153-166 are commercial (purchased) films.

The Katz family is seen at their home in Belmont, Mass., and on excursions and visits. There is coverage in color of the Boston Fish Pier in the early 1940s, and b&w film of Colchester, CT, where Abraham Katz grew up. Colchester had a Jewish agricultural settlement with a synagogue founded in 1898.

The EMF Electric Supply Company building on Mass. Ave. is shown under construction, with employees on the street and in company vehicles and on excursions and enjoying celebrations. Cambridge and Boston parades are included. The family visit to the New York World's Fair in 1939 is covered.

The Katz family's road trips and cruises show trips to Ellisville, Mass., to Vermont, and to lakes and beaches.

The collection also includes a reel, "Shicklgruber Does the Lambeth Walk," a reuse of German footage produced in the UK and distributed to newsreel companies on 16mm film.

Biographical/Historical Notes
Abraham Katz (1904-1997) was born in Russia and grew up in Colchester, CT. He founded EMF, an electrical supply company, in Cambridge, Mass.

According to his obituary (Boston Herald, 1997), he moved to Boston in 1920 and founded EMF in 1928. His brother, Benjamin, who is depicted in the film, was a US Navy officer.

Children, Hunting
Parades, Animals, Travel
Northeast Historic Film
The Collection is open for research.
Condition Governing Reproduction and Use
Authorization to reuse and/or reproduce must be obtained from Northeast Historic Film. See http://oldfilm.org/content/stock-footage-licensing for more information.
Items in this collection: 32
Showing 1 - 10 of 32:
1) Abraham Katz--home movies. Reels 1-31
Home movies shot by Abraham Katz including footage of the Centennial parade in Cambridge, MA, a vacation to Mexico, skiing in St. Johnsbury, VT, and Concord, NH. more
2) Abraham Katz--home movies. Reels 32-36
Reel 32, Two young man, one puts on his tie, they shadow box. Police officer. Man takes cigar out of his vest pocket repeatedly. Men by brick wall, shake hands, face camera. Underexpo...more
3) Sale at store, children playing in backyard, 1934-1938--Abraham Katz--home movies. Reel 37
Dark footage, indoors, department store? Clothing, dolls and other things for sale. “Agfa” title. Store front “Gorin’s 5 to $5.” People milling around outside the store, doors open a...more
4) Children, beach, hunting, picnic, wedding, 1935-1940--Abraham Katz--home movies. Reels 38
Portrait shots of men sitting outside. Two men playing catch in the yard. Adults and children outside. Children on the swings and slide. Men playing baseball. Little boy with a tri...more
5) Children, 1935-1943--Abraham Katz--home movies. Reel 39
“Ansco” title. Boy in a wagon with “Paul” on the side. CU, grimaces at camera. Another older boy [John Katz?] with mouth open and something in his hands. Paul crying. A baby [Ed Ka...more
6) Children and animals, 1935-1944--Abraham Katz--home movies. Reel 40
B&W. Boy in a bed. Little girl in a jump suit climbing down granite exterior stairs, stands by automobiles running board. “Agfa 1936.” Two boys by a fence, light flare. Children lo...more
7) Trip to Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico, 1937--Abraham Katz--home movies. Reels 41-43
Reel 42, rapid pan of boat, swish pans of roof and scenery. Pan up and down of two men in Dutch costume, women in Dutch headgear. Boats tied up in harbor. Overexposed scenes of harbor...more
8) 1937-1938--Abraham Katz--home movies. Reel 44
Color, faded. Waves on shore. Tourists in swimsuits. Mrs Katz dances on pier. Pan of shoreline. Walking along the beach. Walking in town. Klein's store sign. b&w on ship. Porto...more
9) 1938-1941--Abraham Katz--home movies. Reel 45
Reel 45: Interior with film light (strong shadow) of boy at table with paper bag. Deterioration at head of reel, briefly. Man enters frame, reveals a small horse sculpture (from food)....more
10) Vermont, 1938--Abraham Katz--home movies. Reels 46
Reel 46: Vermont farm (per donor note). Two boys with cow. Light leak. Someone is milking cow. Views of cow tied up and boys observing. Birds on wire. CU bow udder being milked into...more
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