36 Items in This Collection
1) [Whipple--home movies] Reel 1
Boy throws ball for dog. Woman dressed in flapper dress pushing boy on swing. Boy missing some teeth. Smiles at camera. Swings himself sideways on swing. Flings legs around. Strikes var...   more
2) [Whipple --home movies] Reel 2
Reel 2: Horsedrawn hayer passes frame. Rider in white. Man diving off of board that seems attached to his cottage porch. Trick dives. Man on tall horse accompanies boy on pony for a rid...   more
3) [Whipple--home movies] Reel 3
Reel 3: "Nanno and her little whips". Porch. Older woman with baby on her knee bouncing. Brother approaches with mask from behind. Grandmother pulls it off. Two brothers riding by on ho...   more
4) [Whipple--home movies] Reel 4
Reel 4: Pan waterfalls. Factory. Car approaching. Line approaching. Two portraitures. Man and woman. Diving across bridge. Hood ornament seen. 180-degree pan rolling hills. Towns in dis...   more
5) [Whipple--home movies] Reel 5
"CHRISTENING: Margret Louis and Ann Platt. July 23 1927." Group comes around blind of shrubbery. Children all in matching dresses. Holding parents hands. Mother holds baby up to camera....   more
6) [Whipple--home movies] Reel 6
Reel 6: (10:29) Street scenes from car. Daughter and father(?) walking. LS cluster of buildings. Inside zoo. Polar bears swinging heads. Black bear sitting. Elephant exiting building, t...   more
7) [Whipple--home movies] Reel 7
Reel 7: "Quick scenes from Dr Kaligari." (15:44). Pan. Neighborhood. Man climbs down ladder leaning on house. Backyards. Telephone wires. Inside building now, very dark. Group of men li...   more
8) [Whipple--home movies] Reel 8
Reel 8: Pan field in snow. Tiny silhouettes of people walking, skiing. Right pan of parking lot to shot of hood in foreground. (Tremendous depth of field in shot.) CU man skiing on flat...   more
9) [Whipple--home movies] Reel 9
Reel 9: Man exits house with golf clubs, followed by two boys. Boys on stilts amble across lawn. Two boys on different sized stilts walking across camera frame. CU parents (25:21) watc...   more
10) [Whipple--home movies] Reel 10
Reel 10: (32:22). Caribbean. Woman walking away from camera with elaborate hat. Jerky pan of family members on street. 180-degree pan of street. Gardens. Silhouettes of trees. Palms. Ox...   more
11) [Whipple--home movies] Reel 11
Reel 11: Racetrack. Man on horseback, smoking. LS horses. Horses and riders being led. Race and track. Young boy stretching against barn. Pets horses nose. Horse jumping. Equestrian com...   more
12) [Whipple--home movies] Reel 12
Reel 12: Plymouth Harbor. Boat across screen. Boy sits in bow next to flag. Glances back at cameraman. Pan shoreline homes. Man bobbing with boat sits and speaks. Woman nods. Another is...   more
13) [Whipple--home movies] Reel 13
Reel 13: Baby on porch in four wheeled walker. Moves about MD gestures to the left and right. Two boys dressed in black and wearing berets enter frame and scootch down to get into pictu...   more
14) [Whipple--home movies] Reel 14
Reel 14: Ice harvesting. Ice being moved onto conveyor belt. Men lined up with pick axes. CU machinery. Pan conveyor belt system. Hand pulled ice cutting machine. CU. Blades and mechani...   more
15) [Whipple--home movies] Reel 15
Reel 15: Children peeking under fence at cows in pasture. CU women in flapper styled hats. Man speaking. Woman now closing eyes. Couple kissing. Man wipes womans mouth they kiss again....   more
16) [Whipple--home movies] Reel 16
Reel 16: Pan snowy yard in winter. Man shoveling. CU baby. CU dog. LS boy throwing snowballs. CU boy. Mouth and nose. Sticking out tongue. CU man smoking. Woman cuts through frame. Kiss...   more
17) [Whipple--home movies] Reel 17
Reel 17: Fade in. Young girl speaking to camera. Driving down road. Man now standing in center of road. (Still camera.) Another man enters frame. Shakes other man's hand. Car drives pas...   more
18) [Whipple--home movies] Reel 18
Reel 18: Turkey farm. Turkeys waddling past young girl. She looks at them. Looks back at camera. Back at them a few times. Turkeys on sidewalk. Yard. House in distance. Girl enters fore...   more
19) [Whipple--home movies] Reel 19
Reel 19: Beach. Three boys gathered around a smoking fire. Wide angle. Adults and children gathered on beach. Pan of group. Engaged in various positions eating and playing. Low angle sh...   more
20) [Whipple--home movies] Reel 20
Reel 20: Girl takes woman's hand. Toddler in bonnet waddles around the yard. Boy in distance throws ball at the camera, almost hitting lens. Man and boy toss football. Toddler tries to...   more
21) [Whipple--home movies] Reel 21
Reel 21: Ice breaker. CU ship hull pushing through ice. Pan barges and cruise ships clustering in harbor. Statue of Liberty. Eye (iris) shot through a ship's portal. Unsteady camera. CU...   more
22) [Whipple--home movies] Reel 22
Reel 22: Black bears at zoo. One stands up and paws the air. One rubs his back. Standing on hind legs. Low angle shots. Mother standing with baby in arms. Two toddlers smile and walk to...   more
23) [Whipple--home movies] Reel 23
Reel 23: Hurricane. Shoreline. Huge, white waves. Capped roll of wave on to shore. A man in the distance tries to secure a boat, is pulled by the waves. Silhouettes of boats being swamp...   more
24) [Whipple--home movies] Reel 24
Reel 24: B&w. Yacht's side. Yacht from front. Shots from aboard boat. Unsteady. Man with sea legs laughing. Shots on sea of surrounding boats. Sailboats. Ocean lines etc. (4:28). Boats...   more
25) [Whipple--home movies] Reel 25
Reel 25: (4:29) B&w. House. Cottage with striped awnings over windows. Young girl wading playing with inner tube and dog. Shivering. Saying "I'm cold, I'm cold." Boat. Men and woman sit...   more
26) [Whipple--home movies] Reel 26
Reel 26: B&w. Gathering on shore. Children swimming. Diving. Splashing. Dock in foreground. Boy jumping off man's shoulders in background. Woman sitting in summer dress on bench. Young...   more
27) [Whipple--home movies] Reel 27
Reel 27: B&w. MD football game. Camera pans to follow direction of game. CU referee gesturing. Brick school building in background. (17:48). Banner reads "Middle Sex".    more
28) [Whipple--home movies] Reel 28
Reel 28: B&w. Girls. Adults dressed in costume. Elaborate garlands and statues and feast settings. An altar. Three candles. (19:36:00). Donkeys pulling wagons and carts filled with flow...   more
29) [Whipple--home movies] Reel 29
Reel 29: B-W. (19:32). Young woman gets mail from mailbox. Dalmation dogs play in yard. MD two dalmations wagging tails. Waiting at front door. Dirt road. Two men perform tricks with th...   more
30) [Whipple--home movies] Reel 30
Reels 30 and 31 (division between reels not clear in cataloguing notes): Col. 1950s? Pan house. Yard in summer. Manicured lawn. Tractor working in fields beyond. Exiting front porch wom...   more
31) [Whipple--home movies] Reel 31
Reels 30 and 31 (division between reels not clear in cataloguing notes): Col. 1950s? Pan house. Yard in summer. Manicured lawn. Tractor working in fields beyond. Exiting front porch wom...   more
32) [Whipple--home movies] Reel 32
Reel 32: (33:07). B&w. Tractors. Steamshovels etc. Clearing road. CU of parts of machinery in motion. Plow approaching camera. Seeming to plow into camera. Cables and levers of steam sh...   more
33) [Whipple--home movies] Reel 33
Reel 33: Col. (37:43). Festival. Family gathering. People on all fours pushing eggs along with their noses. (38:57). CU man struggling to move egg.   more
34) [Whipple--home movies] Reel 34
Reel 34: B&w. MD dalmation playing with her pup. Puppy hangs from her mouth. MD men entering rowboat. Reflection of men in still water. Men and woman sleeping on one another in back of...   more
35) [Whipple--home movies] Reel 35
Reel 35: Col. (43:00:00). CU three decker cruise yacht. Old style sailing ship. Decorated. Boats on harbor. Pan men's faces on deck. Unsteady shots of boat at MD. CU men on board dress...   more
36) [The Voyage of the Mayflower II] Reel 36
Castle Film concerning reenactment of the Mayflower voyage.   more
Whipple Family Collection
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Credit: Whipple home movies, Whipple Family Collection, Northeast Historic Film. Ice harvesters float ice pieces toward a conveyor to the ice house, ca. 1920s-1930s.
Credit: Excerpt from Whipple home movies, Whipple Family Collection, Northeast Historic Film. Ice harvesting, ca. 1920s-1930s.
Primary Format and Extent
film (6,600 ft.) : si., b&w and col. ; 16 mm.
Secondary Format and Extent
audiocassette tape
Collection Date Range
1927 – 1957
The Whipple Family Collection consists of amateur films depicting family leisure and recreation. The footage was shot outdoors, mostly in either the summer or the winter. The summer scenes are in Plymouth, Mass.: on the grounds of Forges Farm, at the beach, and on the water, boating. The winter scenes, some of which were shot in Webster, Mass., depict playful activities such as sledding. There is footage of a football game played by the Middlesex prep school team (the school is in Concord, Mass.). One passage shows Forges farmhands harvesting ice from Howland Pond. Another shows workers exiting the Chilton Company, a rug manufacturing firm in Webster owned by Sherman Whipple, Jr. There is footage of excavation work being done by Forges Farm Contractors. Vacation footage includes scenes shot in St. Louis, Mo., and Havana, Cuba. There is documentation of festivities on the Plymouth shore as the Mayflower II—a replica of the ship on which the Pilgrims sailed to America—arrives from England. Whipple family members participated in welcoming the ship. The collection includes a commercially made short film, "The Voyage of the Mayflower II" [United World Films, 1957].
Biographical/Historical Notes
Sherman Leland Whipple (1862-1930) was a prominent trial lawyer in Boston. He was a descendant of Matthew Whipple, who migrated to America in 1634. Sherman Whipple and his wife Louise (Clough) Whipple had three children, Dorothy, Katharyn, and Sherman Jr., and resided in Brookline, Mass., on a 300-acre estate called Clydehurst. In 1910, Whipple purchased the 4000-acre Forges Farm in the Chiltonville section of Plymouth, Mass., from Eben Jordan, Jr., son of the co-founder of the Boston department store Jordan Marsh. The extended Whipple family spent summers on the farm, and some members lived there year round. Sherman Whipple, Jr., a businessman and resident of Webster, Mass., was the primary cameraperson for the Whipple Family films.
Amateur, Educational
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://www.oldfilm.org/research for more information.
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