20 Items in This Collection
1) Family and friends in Maine, 1937-1938--Cyrus Pinkham--home movies. Reel 1
Black-and-white reel compiling home movies of Pinkham family and friends at several Maine locations, including Gardiner and Pemaquid Beach.;Margaret - Cyrus - Charles & Peggy, Dot - Gr...   more
2) Margaret and Clinton Smith wedding, 1937--Cyrus Pinkham--home movies. Reel 2
Compiled reel of 16 mm. home movies of the 1937 wedding of Margaret and Clifton Smith with later footage of their daughter Carolyn.;Wedding - Margaret and Clinton Smith Baby - Carolyn...   more
3) Smiths and Pinkhams, 1939-1940--Cyrus Pinkham--home movies. Reel 3
Home movies of baby Carolyn on an outing with family, at play with other children, and at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Pinkham.;- Mother, Father, Margaret, Clinton, Handy Shop - Carolyn -...   more
4) A family outing and Christmas, 1937; scenes from 1939--Cyrus Pinkham--home movies. Reel 4
Compiled reel of home movies including an August 1937 trip by the Pinkhams and Stewarts to New York's Belmont Lake State Park; Christmas 1937; and various family scenes from throughout...   more
5) Rockefeller Center, 1937-1938--Cyrus Pinkham--home movies. Reel 5
Black-and-white home movie provides a tour of Rockefeller Center, including scenes of Mary Pickford and Buddy Rogers at a garden event.;Rockefeller Center - Mary Pickford - The Rainbow...   more
6) A day in a young boy's life, 1937--Cyrus Pinkham--home movies. Reel 7
Theatre in the Cellar presents A Day in A Young Boy's Life starring Charles Stewart, Jr.   more
7) Maine snowstorm, Portland flight, Boothbay Harbor, 1937-1939--Cyrus Pinkham--home movies. Reel 9
Compiled reel of 1937-1939 home movies, including a snowstorm in Maine, a flight from Portland, Maine, to New Jersey, and recreation on Boothbay Harbor.;Snow in Maine, Boothbay and Gard...   more
8) Desert of Maine, North Conway, N.H., Hunting, 1937--Cyrus Pinkham--home movies. Reel 6
Desert of Maine - Flying over North Conway - Hunting;Hunting, "Produced by Cyrus Pinkham," and "Filmed around North Conway, N.H." cast of "Boy," played by Winthrop Rolfe, and "Dog," pla...   more
9) Florida travel, 1940--Cyrus Pinkham--home movies. Reel 10
1940 home movie of travels through Florida, including scenes of sail fishing, animal shows, and Palm Beach.;Intertitle: "Sail Fishing off the coast of Florida 1/40" Motoring out, dropp...   more
10) Be Beautiful?, Boothbay Harbor, Donald B. MacMillan 1937-1938--Cyrus Pinkham--home movies. Reel 8
Compilation of four films, including the comic short "Be Beautiful?", a short film of a visit to Boothbay Harbor, brief footage of the ferry Virginia, and a newsreel-style short of Comm...   more
11) Boothbay Harbor, Capitol Island, Maine--Cyrus Pinkham--home movies. Reel 11
Capitol Island and boat trip on the Charlepeg   more
12) New York visit, Cyrus's birthday--Cyrus Pinkham--home movies. Reel 12
Walter and Florence at Malverne - Picnic on L.I. with Mother, Stratty, Charles and Peggy. - Boat trip up the Hudson - Cyrus Birthday Party - Charles and Peggy do a scene in King St. cel...   more
13) New York World's Fair, 1939--Cyrus Pinkham--home movies. Reel 13
A clever, artfully-shot, and carefully-edited amateur film of the 1939 New York World's Fair.;Reel opens on an array of print material, including news clippings, magazines, and brochure...   more
14) 1938 fragment--Cyrus Pinkham--home movies. Reel 14
Brief fragment of a group picnicking at Jones Beach, N.Y., and of a short dramatic scene with two men and a woman.   more
15) Lady and gentleman call, Newport, R.I., 1938--Cyrus Pinkham--home movies. Reel 15
1938 reel compiling a short dramatic scene featuring Margaret, Peggy, and Charles, and a visit to Viking Beach at Newport, Rhode Island.;Title: "Lady and Gentleman Call 10/38" A woman...   more
16) Ocean liner Angelina and Jones Beach, N.Y., 1938--Cyrus Pinkham--home movies. Reel 16
Home movie featuring the ocean liner, Angelina, docked in New York, and an overview of facilities and activities at Jones Beach State Park, N.Y.   more
17) Home and Jones Beach, N.Y., 1937--Cyrus Pinkham--home movies. Reel 17
Color home movie of family gathered on lawn at home and of a visit by two women and young children to Jones Beach, N.Y.   more
18) Opening night at theater in cellar, 1938--Cyrus Pinkham--home movies. Reel 18
Brief 1938 film of family and friends descending stairs into the cellar, followed by pan across the seated audience.   more
19) The Dickeys Call On Us / Francis Green and Aunt Bertha Sept '37
Title card: The Dickeys call on us Title card: Francis Green and Aunt Bertha Sept. '37   more
20) John Nielsen 8/38
Title Card: John Nielsen 8/38   more
Pinkham, Cyrus Collection
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Collection Identifier(s)
[Cyrus Pinkham Productions] COLLECTION LEVEL RECORD, 2463
Cyrus Pinkham
Ned Reiner
Credit: Cyrus Pinkham Collection, Northeast Historic Film. Cyrus Pinkham at his 16 mm. projector.
Credit: Cyrus Pinkham home movies. "Opening night at theater in cellar, 1938." 16 mm. film. From the Cyrus Pinkham Collection at Northeast Historic Film, Bucksport, ME. MP4 video, 1:05.
Primary Format and Extent
18 film reels
Collection Date Range
1937 – 1940
The Cyrus Pinkham Collection contains 18 reels of amateur 16 mm. shot primarily by Cyrus Pinkham between 1937 and 1940. The films record a transitional period in Pinkham’s life; he began these years in residence with his parents in Long Island, moved to New York City, and then relocated to Maine. Throughout these years, Pinkham documented many family events in New York and Maine, including the wedding of his sister, Margaret, and visits to a family house in Boothbay Harbor, Maine. To these family records, Pinkham brought a filmmaker’s attention to aesthetic and technical detail, and in many cases carefully planned the action with his subjects in advance. Pinkham also recorded his family as performers in comic and dramatic narrative shorts. His documentary essays of the 1939 New York World’s Fair and of Rockefeller Center, where he worked as a tour guide, are of interest as much for their form as their subjects. The collection also includes footage of notable figures: Arctic explorer Donald MacMillan, Lowell Thomas, Mary Pickford and Buddy Rogers.
Biographical/Historical Notes
Cyrus Pinkham was born in 1915 in Rockland, Maine. He died in 1989, at the age of 74. He went to high school in Catonsville, Maryland, where he was part of the Vagabond Players, the longest continuously running Little Theater group. There he was involved in stage productions and did make-up and lighting. He built a stage in his parents' basement, which gets referred to and used as a set in the films, and had a screen for showing his films there as well. He moved to New York in the late 1930s, where he held a number of jobs from personal assistant to the president of a cigar company, to Rockefeller Center tour guide, and finally with Dobbs Hats. Around this time, his sister Margaret started The Maine Bag Company, back in Maine. It became a quick success and so to help, Cyrus and his friend Bill Waters would regularly travel up to Maine on the weekends to assist Margaret. Eventually they both moved to Maine and worked for the company full-time. Cyrus did this until his death, having taken over the business after Margaret died young from cancer. The films in the Cyrus Pinkham Collection date from this transitional period between living at home, moving to New York and then leaving the city to relocate to Maine. He didn’t make films again until the 1970s, when he bought another Bell and Howell camera and began to make films of his travels with his partner, Ned Reiner.
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.
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