38 Items in This Collection
1) [Chute Homestead—home movies] Reel 14
A few shots of someone feeding deer through a fence. A few shots of people looking at a mountain view from pedestal-mounted binoculars. Footage of a winding mountain road, some of whi...   more
2) [Chute Homestead—home movies] Reel 1
Two shots of two horses attached to a carriage. Footage of a graduation ceremony, including people marching onto a field in formation. A shot of a large house. A shot of a large crow...   more
3) [Chute Homestead—home movies] Reel 31
Footage of an antique car, intercut with a man getting out of an army ultralight helicopter with a police escort and waving to the crowd, including another man shaking hands and signing...   more
4) [Chute Homestead—home movies] Reel 2
Footage of a man and two boys sledding in front of a house. A shot of a truck. A shot of two men standing on the running boards of a car as it makes its way through the snow. A shot...   more
5) [Chute Homestead—home movies] Reel 3
Footage of a parade of people in mid-to-late 19th century American period dress, including men and women riding horses, oxen pulling carts, horses and carriages, vintage automobiles and...   more
6) [Chute Homestead—home movies] Reel 8
Footage of people relaxing in and around a lake, including people floating around in a bathtub fitted with an outboard motor, people on various kinds of boat, people canoeing, flipping...   more
7) [Chute Homestead—home movies] Reel 4
Footage of people engaged in a variety of water sports, including water skiing on a sled, canoeing and swimming intercut with shots of people along the shore and docks. A few shots of...   more
8) [Chute Homestead—home movies] Reel 15
A shot of a small town. A shot of a picture of a boat with a caption that reads, “Water Sports - Thrills!” Footage of boats on the water intercut with seaplanes taking off from and la...   more
9) [Chute Homestead—home movies] Reel 5
Footage of a parade, including various marchers with flags and banners, people on bicycles, marching bands, cars, trucks, tractors, floats and shots of the crowd. A group shot of scout...   more
10) [Chute Homestead—home movies] Reel 16
Intertitle: “Assisted by: “Corning Friends” A few shots of photographs of people, some standing next to a road sign for Gaspé. Intertitle: “** And Others” Intertitle: “Entering Quebe...   more
11) [Chute Homestead—home movies] Reel 6
A shot of a sign with a fish on it that reads “State Fish Hatchery”. A shot of a building with a sign that reads “Maine State Fish Hatchery”. Footage of workers at the netting fish wi...   more
12) [Chute Homestead—home movies] Reel 28
Footage of a woman exploring houses and other structures in a wooded area, including the woman taking pictures of a house damaged by fire and a boy scout holding flowers. A few shots o...   more
13) [Chute Homestead—home movies] Reel 18
Footage of the National Mall in Washington D.C., including the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial. Footage of George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens. A few shot...   more
14) [Chute Homestead—home movies] Reel 12
A few shots of scenic landscapes. Two shots of two different covered bridges nestled in fall foliage. Two shots of a sign with several directional arrows pointing to various towns in...   more
15) [Chute Homestead—home movies] Reel 10
Footage of people in late 19th to early 20th Century period costumes, with many of the men dressed as train conductors or railroad workers, the majority of women wearing red handkerchie...   more
16) [Chute Homestead—home movies] Reel 29
Footage of antique cars, including people having a picnic nearby some parked cars, cars driving through a covered bridge, shots of covered bridges and several antique cars parked in a f...   more
17) [Chute Homestead—home movies] Reel 11
Compiled home movie reel including 1939 color scenes of the New York World's Fair.;A few shots of people around a Lockheed Electra plane with “La Touraine Coffee Co.” on the side of it....   more
18) [Chute Homestead—home movies] Reel 13
Footage of people in late 19th or early 20th Century period costumes, with many of the men dressed as train conductors or railroad workers, the majority of women wearing red handkerchie...   more
19) [Chute Homestead—home movies] Reel 22
Footage of men in a forest in the hills, including men exiting a small cabin, collecting water from a stream and drinking directly from a stream. A few shots of a group of people. A f...   more
20) [Chute Homestead—home movies] Reel 19
A few shots of cadets posing at the Kentucky Military Institute in Venice, FL. Footage of a sculpture garden with a small pond. A shot of a marching band. A shot of a convoy of GM St...   more
21) [Chute Homestead—home movies] Reel 23
Home movie reel of New York and Atlantic City scenes, featuring shots of the 1939 New York World's Fair.;A shot of a field. A few shots of a busy city street. A shot of the Statue of...   more
22) [Chute Homestead—home movies] Reel 7
A few shots of two men and women posing with fish. Footage of people fishing from motorboats, shores, bridges and canoes, including a family gathering their fishing rods, fishing on a...   more
23) [Chute Homestead—home movies] Reel 17
Two shots of people walking along a shore line. A few shots of a tree lined road. Two shots of the tide on a shore line. Footage of fall foliage along roads, over rolling hills and b...   more
24) [Chute Homestead—home movies] Reel 24
A few shots of moose around a pond, including a bull moose. Footage of people riding on and displaying large scale, or G scale, model trains on a raised track.;Notes on can: “Railroad”...   more
25) [Chute Homestead—home movies] Reel 25
Footage of narrow gauge railroad trains, including scenes of the people and places along the tracks, workmen and other people posing with trains, two workers retracting a chute at a sto...   more
26) [Chute Homestead—home movies] Reel 26
Footage of a parade of boy scouts, including a few groups of marching soldiers and marching bands. Footage of workers at the Civilian Conservation Corps camp in Bridgton, ME, climbing...   more
27) [Chute Homestead—home movies] Reel 27
A shot of two toy tractors. Footage of men moving an antique car from a garage onto a tow truck. A shot of an antique car turning into the Hyde Memorial Rehabilitation Hospital. Foot...   more
28) [Chute Homestead—home movies] Reel 9
Footage of people riding on and displaying large scale, or G scale, model trains on a raised track, including a few shots of a model steam tractor. Footage of narrow gauge trains, incl...   more
29) [Chute Homestead—home movies] Reel 20
Footage of a raging brook shooting from small dams and waterfalls and reaching up to bridges with flood damage evident in the background. A shot of a hose attached to a pump. Footage...   more
30) [Chute Homestead—home movies] Reel 30
Footage of bridges, a large building and a sign that reads “Eymard Seminary” taken from within a moving vehicle. A shot of a young man walking through trees. Footage of the grounds of...   more
31) [Chute Homestead—home movies] Reel 21
Compiled home movie reel including footage of the 1939-1940 New York World's Fair.;Notes on can: “Songo River Naples F.D. Sunset Fla. Oranges Silver Springs Hollywood, Fla. Mardi Gras N...   more
32) [Chute Homestead--home movies] Reel 32
Naples Festival [?] Queen + Parade [?] on Bike [? Save #2   more
33) [Chute Homestead--home movies] Reel 33
Flood Naples & Bridgton;parade scenes; hot rod footage; sports car rally' a two-foot train car derailed; many young women in bathing costume; old car rally; Belfast + Moosehead Lake...   more
34) [Chute Homestead--home movies] Reel 34
Very antique auto rally; Wurlitzer organ on wheels; totem poles; Shoreside Automeet; Scottish reelers; Boothbay Railway museum.   more
35) [Chute Homestead--home movies] Reel 35
Antique car rally, ski tricks without snow; Tame Raccoons; ski slope shots ; snowmobile scenes ; racing scenes;   more
36) [Chute Homestead--home movies] Reel 36
Train Station Berlin N.H. ; deer herd ; Auto Rally   more
37) [Chute Homestead--home movies] Reel 37
Stagecoach in action; old autos; Fryeburg Fairgrounds antique car rally; sign: "Ogunquit or Bust";   more
Naples Historical Society Collection
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Credit: Chute Homestead home movies, Naples Historical Society Collection, Northeast Historic Film. One of the many recreational activities available to guests at the Chute Homestead Resort in Naples, Maine.
Credit: Chute Homestead home movies, Naples Historical Society Collection, Northeast Historic Film.
Primary Format and Extent
film (7,550 feet): si., b&w and col.; 16mm, 8mm.
Collection Date Range
1930 – 1965
The Naples Historical Society Collection consists of 38 reels of film shot between 1930 and 1965. Much of the footage consists of activities in and around Long Lake at the Chute Homestead tourist resort, a family-owned business in Naples, Maine. There are several scenes of people swimming, fishing, boating, and relaxing at the resort. A popular activity was riding in a bathtub fitted with an outboard motor. The collection also contains footage of local parades throughout Maine to celebrate a number of events, such as the Naples Centennial in 1961. There is quite a bit of footage of railroads as well, from people riding large scale, or G scale, model trains to people in costume acting out scenes in and around narrow gauge trains and train tracks. Several antique car shows and events are also featured in the footage. Scenes of Maine in the winter and fall, including several shots of covered bridges surrounded by orange foliage, appear throughout the collection. The collection also contains footage from various trips outside Maine, including ones to Gaspé, Canada, Washington D.C., Atlantic City, NJ, Florida and the 1939 World’s Fair in New York City, NY. There is footage from the 1973 National Scout Jamboree East, which took place in Moraine State Park, Pennsylvania.
Biographical/Historical Notes
James C. Chute was a lifelong resident of Naples, Maine, where he was born in 1884. He founded the Chute Homestead on his family’s 200 acre farm there in 1910. The Homestead was a resort along the east shore of Long Lake where guests could engage in boating, fishing, swimming, tennis and hiking. James Chute was active in local politics and helped develop the summer tourism industry in his area. He served as town treasurer for Naples, as a director of the Maine Publicity Bureau, and was a member of the Democratic State Committee. His son, Philip Chute, was born in Naples in 1920. Philip Chute began college at the School of Forest Resources at the University of Maine in Orono in 1940, then enlisted in the Army in 1942. This is the same year that his father, James Chute, passed away. Philip Chute took over the family business and added more cottages to the Chute Homestead. Philip Chute served as town selectman, was a Scoutmaster, and co-found the Lakes Environmental Association to protect the lakes region around Naples. The Chute Homestead was destroyed by a fire in 1978. Philip Chute died in 1990.
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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