42 Items in This Collection
1) [Forrest Colby--home movies] Reel 1
Label on can: '1931, Christmas, Shanghai, Hunting.' // 1939 date code on film. // Notes indicate footage is 1931. // Mother and infant, family and children on ship. In China, shot of tw...   more
2) [Forrest Colby--home movies] Reel 2
Label on can: '#5 Leaving Shanghai 1933. Bou Dam, England, Paris, Clevelly, etc.' // 1931 and 1932 edge codes on film. // Shots of Shanghai, city from water. Shots of suburbs (England?)...   more
3) [Forrest Colby--home movies] Reel 3
Label on can: 'Paper Hunt, Amherst Ave. Shanghai.' // Date from edge code on film. // Children in yard, tricycles, sand box. Beach, hunt, house outside.   more
4) [Forrest Colby--home movies] Reel 4
Reel 5501 Date code on original 16mm film is 1934. Dalmatians with Joan (young girl) in garden. Swan house in Columbia Circle, Shanghai. Outdoor table with mother. Small boy...   more
5) [Forrest Colby--home movies] Reel 5
Label on film: 'Jess Field & house boating street scene 1934.' // 1933 edge code on film. // Pond in park with toy sail boats, boat on river. Dragon on stakes about a block long, carrie...   more
6) [Forrest Colby--home movies] Reel 6
Date from edge code on film. // Assembled trims of China including Shanghai house of Branch family, yard, car.   more
7) [Forrest Colby--home movies] Reel 7
Label on film: 'Hangchow 2, NY '34.' // 1934 edge code on film. // China. Ferry, big car. Lakes with boats. Water buffalo plowing. Countryside, mountains. Traveling, various scenes of c...   more
8) [Forrest Colby--home movies] Reel 12
Label on film: '#1 color, Honolulu, Pap Hunt, Garden, 1934.' // 1933 edge code on film. Kodacolor. // Beach, hunt, yard. [Shanghai Paper Chase.] ;July 20, 2017 Dino Everett projected or...   more
9) [Forrest Colby--home movies] Reel 8
Label on film: 'Swan Culbertson and Fritz for J.E. Swan, Swan, Gibraltar, Sassoon House, Shanghai China.' // Date from edge code on film. // Store house, sunset, huntsmen.   more
10) [Forrest Colby--home movies] Reel 9
Label on film: 'J.E. Swan, Sassoon House.' // Date from edge code on film. // Christmas presents.   more
11) [Forrest Colby--home movies] Reel 10
Label on film: 'Shanghai Easter 1936.' // 1935 edge code on film. Color faded to red. // Easter egg hunt outside in yard.   more
12) [Forrest Colby--home movies] Reel 13
Label on film: 'Houseboating.' // 1934 edge code on film. Process stamp inside film box is June 12, 1934. Kodacolor. // Motor launch, houseboats.   more
13) [Forrest Colby--home movies] Reel 14
Label on film: 'Maine Reel 1.' // Date from edge code on film. // Canoe setting off, camp scenes.   more
14) [Forrest Colby--home movies] Reel 11
Date from edge code on film. Kodacolor.   more
15) [Forrest Colby--home movies] Reel 15
Date from edge code on film.   more
16) [Forrest Colby--home movies] Reel 16
Label on film: 'Bingham House.' // Date from edge code on film. // Colby house in Bingham, Maine.   more
17) [Forrest Colby--home movies] Reel 17
Label on film: 'Ruggles Family.' // Date from edge code on film.   more
18) [Forrest Colby--home movies] Reel 18
Date range from edge codes on film. // Titles: Breman, P. Pond [Pleasant Pond] Canoe trip. Lake scenes including baby playing with large toy duck on porch, MS of people riding small pow...   more
19) [Forrest Colby--home movies] Reel 19
Label on film: 'Swans P.P. 1933.' // 1929 edge code on film.   more
20) [Forrest Colby--home movies] Reel 20
Label on film: '#3, Aquaplane, SF [San Francisco] and P. Pond.' Note in can: 'Mostly Pleasant Pond.' // Date from edge code on film. // Dock at Pleasant Pond, Maine, rowing, swimming, m...   more
21) [Forrest Colby--home movies] Reel 21
Date range from edge codes on film. Process date: October 29, 1935. // Snowy scenes with building sign in background that says Augusta House.   more
22) [Forrest Colby--home movies] Reel 22
Dupont film stock.   more
23) [Forrest Colby--home movies] Reel 23
Label on film: 'England.' // Date from edge code on film. Also Agfa film stock. // Titles: Broadway - England. Short British sequence including steamship, village and airplanes.   more
24) [Forrest Colby--home movies] Reel 24
Label on film: 'Tempest Jumping Jubilee.' // Date from edge code on film. Process date on film box: May 10, 1935. // Horse jumping, slow motion, underexposed. Polo. Night time shots of...   more
25) [Forrest Colby--home movies] Reel 25
Label on film: 'House, Xmas, '35.' // Date range from edge codes on film.   more
26) [Forrest Colby--home movies] Reel 26
Label on film: 'Dam Wash. Cty. Machias.' // Date from edge code on film.   more
27) [Forrest Colby--home movies] Reel 27
Label on film: 'Buchanans.' // Date from edge code on film.   more
28) [Forrest Colby--home movies] Summer logging
Can/box note: 'Pulpwood drive.' NHF cataloguer's notes: 00:50 Camp in summer, long pan of log buildings. Horse crosses, pulling travois-type sled with box on it. Man walks behind. Unloa...   more
29) [Forrest Colby--home movies] Reel 28
Label on film: '1936.' // 1935 edge code on film.   more
30) [Forrest Colby--home movies] Reel 29
Label on tape: 'June 1936.' // 1935 edge code on film.   more
31) [Forrest Colby--home movies] Reel 30
Label on film: 'Camp 1936.' Can note: 'Good reel.' // 1936 edge code on film.   more
32) [Forrest Colby--home movies] Reel 31
Label on film: '1938.' // 1938 edge code on film.   more
33) [Forrest Colby--home movies] Reel 32
Date from edge code on film.   more
34) [Forrest Colby--home movies] Reel 33
Label on film: 'Hunt Jumps.' // Date from edge code on film. // Hunting from horseback.   more
35) [Forrest Colby--home movies] Reel 34
Label on film: '1940.' // 1939 edge code on film.   more
36) [Forrest Colby--home movies] Reel 35
Label on film: '1940 Day on the Kennebec.' // 1939 edge code on film.   more
37) [Forrest Colby--home movies] Reel 36
Label on film: '1940.' // 1939 edge code on film.   more
38) [Forrest Colby--home movies] Reel 37
Label on film: 'Colby Coming Home from St. John River Trip.'   more
39) [Forrest Colby--home movies] Winter log hauling
Can/box note: 'Dead River logging. March 1, 1932.' NHF cataloguer's notes: Winter. Quick shots. Horses pull logs down snow road with snub line attached. Trees marked with cross on end....   more
40) [Forrest Colby--home movies] Winter logging
Can/box note: 'Logs. Log hauler.' NHF cataloguer's notes: Winter. Pan of logs on bank at landing. Men standing on them.   more
41) [Forrest Colby--home movies] Logging
Can/box note: 'Logging spruce. Logging Mitchells.' NHF cataloguer's notes: Two-horse team, one sled. Another team. Child on sled. Loading sleds. Four-horse team. Two men on sled. One us...   more
42) [Forrest Colby--home movies] Winter logging
Men in camp (outdoors). Teamster smokes pipe. Horses come out of hovel. 18:56 Man on road with snow, uses axe to clear road. Icing truck with barrel at work. Loaded trucks on snowy road...   more
Branch, Joan Collection
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Primary Format and Extent
film (7,400 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm. reversal pos.
Collection Date Range
1923 – 1940
Collection contains [Forrest Colby--home movies], showing predominantly summer and winter activities at Pleasant Pond camp in western Maine, also summer and winter logging activities, and river trips in Maine. Other locations include England in the 1930s and China, particularly Shanghai, 1928-1935, with scenes of automobile and ferry travel, Shanghai Paper Hunt Club horse races, gardens, villages and homes.
Biographical/Historical Notes
Forrest Colby, grandfather of the donor, Joan Branch, lived in Bingham, Maine, and was Maine Forest Commissioner and a state senator in the early 1900s. Forrest Colby's daughter, Lena Mary Colby, married Joseph E.C. Swan in Shanghai, China, in 1923. The China footage was shot by Joseph E.C. Swan, the father of Joan Swan Branch, between 1928 and 1936. Joseph Swan was a founder of the Shanghai investment banking and brokerage firm Swan, Culbertson and Fritz. Joan Swan Branch (1925-2006) was born in Shanghai, China. Branch was the granddaughter of Forrest Colby of Bingham, Maine, who was Maine Forest Commissioner. Joan Branch lived in Mt. Kisco, New York. Creator Forrest Colby (1869-1938) lived in Bingham, Maine, and was prominent in the lumbering industry in Maine. He served in the Maine House of Representatives from 1909 to 1912 and in the Maine Senate from 1913 to 1916. Colby was an early conservationist and was appointed Maine Forest Commissioner in 1917. He and his wife, Carrie Belle Robinson, had two daughters, Lena Mary and Florence Haddash Colby. Creator Joseph Edwards Corson Swan (1898-1960) was a founder of the Shanghai investment banking and brokerage firm Swan, Culbertson & Fritz. He returned to the New York to form J.E. Swan & Co., which was dissolved in 1942. He then joined E.F. Hutton as a partner. He was president of the China Society of America, and a director of the Far East-America Council of Commerce and Industry. The film collection was donated to Northeast Historic Film by Joan Swan Branch in 1989 and 1990. She lived in Mt. Kisco, New York, and Bingham, Maine, and died in 2006.
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