46 Items in This Collection
1) [Henry P. Rines--home movies]
Amateur footage of Portland, Settlers Club, other Maine locales and international locations. // Film has severe perf damage throughout, brittle, water damage. // Shots of rock quarry in...   more
2) Rails and Trails: Visions for Maine's Future
'Produced with the cooperation and assistance of WCSH, Channel 6 TV, Portland.' Footage of railway trains in Europe, promotion of passenger rail systems in Maine. Includes NHF archival...   more
3) [Henry P. Rines--home movies] Reel 1
Donor's notes 'Portland Harbor--Hay's house. Hudson River. 1926.' // Shrunken. // Scenes of expansive residence and grounds in city residential area. Scenes of coastal residence with fo...   more
4) [Henry P. Rines--home movies] Reel 2
Can notes: 'Fair--Chipman property. White Mountains. 1928.' // Shrunken, fairly heavy edge damage. // Scenes of harness racing track. Horse racing. Shots of horse drawn carriages. Scene...   more
5) [Henry P. Rines--home movies] Reel 3
Can notes: 'Cairo--Jerusalem. Winter sports. 1928.' // Shrunken. // Extended footage of North African urban street, Cairo? Numerous pedestrian pass by fixed camera. Men. Women. Children...   more
6) [Henry P. Rines--home movies] Reel 4
Can notes: 'Cunard line [cruise] to St. Petersburg--Stella Polaris Russia. 1929.' // Large passenger ship at port, on deck. Crew secures railing footage taken from liner. Deck of passin...   more
7) [Henry P. Rines--home movies] Reel 5
Can notes: 'Lyman Chapman's place--Florida. New England. 1933.' // Shrunken, edge damage, tear midway through reel requires repair. // Swimming in rock pool at summer estate. Mother tea...   more
8) [Philip Thompson--home movies] Reel 6
Can notes: 'Eastern Prom--Portland West Side--Fort Georges--Eastern Prom--Farmers Market--Congress & 8th. 1972.' // Panoramic views of Portland shot from vehicle. Winter views of city s...   more
9) [Philip Thompson--home movies] Reel 7
Can notes: 'Helicopter flight around Portland--Train ride. 1975.' // Aerial footage of river, wooded terrain. Approach to the city. Industrial sites. Coast and harbor areas. - 02/1996   more
10) [Philip Thompson--home movies] Reel 8
NHF cataloguer's notes for Reel 8 as follows. Notations received with films are in quotes. Reel numbers are NHF-assigned. Reel 8: 'Giant puppet parade Portland--Boston Commons--Giant pu...   more
11) [Philip Thompson--home movies] Reel 009
NHF cataloguer's notes for Reel 9 as follows. Notations received with films are in quotes. Reel numbers are NHF-assigned. Reel 9: 'Shoestring Theatre workshop. Giant puppet parade. 1978...   more
12) [Philip Thompson--home movies] Reel 010
NHF cataloguer's notes for Reel 10 as follows. Notations received with films are in quotes. Reel numbers are NHF-assigned. Reel 10: 'Hyatt--Cambridge--Charles sckulling cup--Boston wate...   more
13) [Mary Thompson Interview]
1975 edge code on film. // Can label: 'Mary Thompson, anniversary of radio with photos, WCSH origin, 1975, 1st radio-[men?] 1922.' // Nutter interviews Mary Thompson about origins of WC...   more
14) [Philip Thompson--home movies] Reel 011
NHF cataloguer's notes for Reel 11 as follows. Notations received with films are in quotes. Reel numbers are NHF-assigned. Reel 11: 'Ice skating--Deering Oaks Park--Playground summer. 1...   more
15) [Philip Thompson--home movies] Reel 012
Label: 'Maine State Pier--Waterfront Park Boston--Haymarket Square [Boston]--Ringling Bros. Circus--Portland Waterfront. 1980.' (5:08.51). Maine Pier. Harbor. Ships docks. Waterfront bu...   more
16) [Philip Thompson--home movies] Reel 013
NHF cataloguer's notes for Reel 13 as follows. Notations received with films are in quotes. Reel numbers are NHF-assigned. Reel 13: 'Waterfront--Congress Sq.--Shoestring Theatre parade....   more
17) [Philip Thompson--home movies] Reel 014
NHF cataloguer's notes for Reel 14 as follows. Notations received with films are in quotes. Reel numbers are NHF-assigned. Reel 14: 'Back Bay Portland--Construction workers--airplane ri...   more
18) [Philip Thompson--home movies] Reel 15
NHF cataloguer's notes for Reel 15 as follows. Notations received with films are in quotes. Reel numbers are NHF-assigned. Reel 15: 'Portland waterfront. 1981.' (6:24.47). Water front....   more
19) [Philip Thompson--home movies] Reel 016
NHF cataloguer's notes for Reel 16 as follows. Notations received with films are in quotes. Reel number is NHF-assigned. Reel 16: 'June 1987. London--Paris--Brussels--Utrecht--Amsterdam...   more
20) [Philip Thompson--home movies] Reel 1
Label: 'European Trip.' 'London Cambridge Paris Evian Turin Florence Rome.' // Film has several burn marks throughout. Severe perf damage at head removed.   more
21) [Philip Thompson--home movies] Reel 2
Label: 'Maine Coast, Misc NE Scenes.' // Outdoor fishing footage. Christmas. Fishing and camping. Skiing. Family trip.   more
22) [Philip Thompson--home movies] Reel 3
Label: 'Family July 63-July 64.' // Date range from edge codes on film. // Footage of boys' amateur drama/play. Boys fight. Water park/amusement park. Sailing. Travel. Double exposure f...   more
23) [Philip Thompson--home movies] Reel 4
Label: 'Misc 1965-6.' // Leader between reels says 'August 1967.'   more
24) [Philip Thompson--home movies] Reel 5
Footage of Boston Red Sox baseball game. Intertitle: 'Tut and Tut Productions' - short documentary on pollution. Montreal Expo (?). Children play baseball. Lake scenes. Ice storm.   more
25) [Philip Thompson--home movies] Reel 6
Label: 'Family 83-84-85.' // Film has 1981 date code.   more
26) [Philip Thompson--home movies] Reel 7
Label: 'Family 83-4-5 Nat's Grad Etc.' // Film has 1973, 1981, 1984 date codes. // Severe perf damage at one point.   more
27) [Philip Thompson--home movies] Reel 8
Film has 1981, 1982, 1984 date codes. // Label: 'Family 84-85.' // Dirt field, possibly construction site. Antenna/tower being raised. Closeup of crane and pieces of tower. Christmas fo...   more
28) [Philip Thompson--home movies] Reel 9
Label: 'Hawaii 1986.' // Rapid time-lapse style photography of children playing on hillside. Waves crashing on rocky shoreline. Time-lapse footage of what appears to be a garage sale ou...   more
29) [Philip Thompson--home movies] Reel 10
Label: 'Super 8mm Reel 5.' // Exterior of Hotel Russell. Sign: 'Russell Square Cafeteria.' Stone lion. 'Bedford Square' sign. Front of row houses on Bedford Square. Multiple shots of Un...   more
30) [Philip Thompson--home movies] Reel 11
Label: 'Super 8mm Reel 5A.' // Travel footage of British Isles. Pans of distant mountains. Poor focus shot of Queens Hotel exterior. People walk on sidewalk along waterfront area. Seque...   more
31) [Philip Thompson--home movies] Reel 12
Label: 'Super 8mm Reel 6.' // Interior of airport. People waitng in chairs, airport gift shop in rear. Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) ticket counter and airplane at gate...   more
32) [Philip Thompson--home movies] Reel 13
Label: 'Portland Reel 1.' // Project at 24 fps. // Film has unrecorded mag stripe.   more
33) [Philip Thompson--home movies] Reel 14
Label: 'Portland Reel 2.' // Project at 24 fps. // Film has unrecorded mag stripe.   more
34) [Philip Thompson--home movies] Reel 15
Label: 'Portland Reel 3.' // Project at 24 fps.   more
35) [Philip Thompson--home movies] Reel 16
Label: 'Reel 4.' // Portland and South Portland waterfront filmed from boat. Construction on piers. Oil tanks, Merrill crane, plane flying overhead after taking off from Jetport. Portla...   more
36) [Philip Thompson--home movies] Reel 17
Film has title: 'Playgrounds.' // Project at 24 fps. // Children in playground in winter. Child on swingset. Closeup of graffiti in playground. Portland neighborhood, home construction....   more
37) [Philip Thompson--home movies] Reel 18
Film has title: 'People Reading Books.' // Bearded man with book reading in chair. Grey-haired woman reads book in same chair. Man and child sit together in chair. Many more people, pos...   more
38) [Philip Thompson--home movies] Reel 19
Film has title: 'Family.' // Man with baby in kitchen. Baby in highchair at kitchen table with other family members. Exterior footage of home in winter with large snowdrifts. Closeup of...   more
39) [unidentified--home movies] Reel 20
Film has title: 'Bethel, 1928-1929.' // 1% shrinkage. //;A group of people strapping on skis. People run and ski past the camera. People exiting a building. A horse drawn wagon pulling...   more
40) [Philip Thompson--home movies] Reel 21
Box label: 'City Center.' // Exterior of home under construction. Appears to be Vaughn Street in Portland. Downtown Portland construction of One City Center. Neighborhood home construct...   more
41) [Philip Thompson--home movies] Reel 22
Box label: 'Job/W. Prou Sunset/Fireworks.' // Sunset over water in Prouts Neck. Sunset at Western Promenade (probably) in Portland. Pan of Portland and distant shots of city skyline at...   more
42) [Philip Thompson--home movies] Reel 23
Box label: 'Boston and Other Places.' // Construction of Copley Place. Boston Public Library and pan of Copley Square. Traffic scenes. Vietnam memorial with waterfall. Plaque appears to...   more
43) [News Interview]
Label: 'Misc. 1.' Reel label: 'The Gate.' // Film has mag soundtrack. // News interview.   more
44) [News Interview]
Label: 'Misc. 2.' Can label: 'Closing of the Gate.' // Film has optical soundtrack. // News interview.   more
45) [unidentified home movie]
Label: 'Misc. 3.' Reel label: 'Anne and Billy, 2 Years Old.' // Film is warped, 1% shrinkage. // Birthday cake, children in yard.   more
46) [unidentified home movie]
Label: 'Misc. 4.' Donor note: 'Bethel 1930.'   more
Thompson, Philip Collection
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Collection Date Range
1926 – 1992
The Collection contains [Henry P. Rines--home movies] and [Philip Thompson--home movies]. Several early reels in the Rines films capture activities of The Settlers Club in Portland, Maine. The remaining Rines footage covers personal travels including footage of a women’s college graduation, a fair and circus on an estate in the White Mountains, toddlers playing on the shore in sailor suits, sports such as tennis and croquet, international travel to Cairo, Egypt, and several European cities, and a Cunard line cruise stopping at St. Petersburg. Thompson footage from the 1970s and 1980s includes street scenes and aerial views of Portland, Maine, giant puppet parades in Portland, ice skating at Deering Oaks in Portland, the Ringling Bros. Circus at the Portland waterfront, and Mary Rines Thompson speaking about the history of radio.
Biographical/Historical Notes
The Settlers Club was a group of Portland businessmen who met regularly with an annual picnic at Delano Park, the home of Lyman Chipman, in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. Henry P. Rines, a member of The Settlers Club, was also owner of the WCSH radio and television stations in Portland. His son-in-law, Philip Thompson, was a physican in the greater Portland area.
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