15 Items in This Collection
1) Gardens--Messler family--home movies. Reel 1
CU of daffodils. CU of pink tulips in garden. Apple blossoms in apple trees. CU of white flowers spreading. CU strawberry plants. Violets growing in ground. Spreading white flowers. Whi...   more
2) Gardens--Messler family--home movies. Reel 2
Crocus pushing through brown earth covered with mulch. Blooming trees. Cherry blossoms. Forsythia. Pink flowers. Tulips and stone wall. Blurry CU. Water lilies. Stone wall with white bo...   more
3) Gardens, St. Andrews, New Brunswick, Canada--Messler family--home movies. Reel 3
CU pink flowers. Tall white flowers along house. Pink flowers trailing near white chairs. White roses. Small pink blossoms. Roses. People. Rolling down pants. Sailboats. Fields of multi...   more
4) Children, gardens, WAVES--Messler family--home movies. Reel 5
Toddler in red suit walking and sitting in garden on bench. Man with toddler. Little girl 2 or three years old in red coat and hat with purse walking toward camera. Red bow in curly hai...   more
5) Penobscot Indians, horseback riding--Messler family--home movies. Reel 6
Indian pageant, Indian Island // View of water alongside dirt path. Tent near wooden buildings and people walking. Man rowing canoe. Totem pole. Indians in native costume standing by ba...   more
6) Children and family in New York--Messler family--home movies. Reel 7
3 month old baby in basket with blanket and bow in hair. Moving hands and head. Same baby carried by woman in polka dot blouse and plain skirt walking in garden. Woman and baby snuggled...   more
7) Hunting, Dutchess County, New York--Messler family--home movies. Reel 8
Black and white dog. Black and white puppies in crate being dumped on lawn. Woman holding 3 puppies. Brown and white dog and puppy in grass with women. Black dog joins puppy and brown a...   more
8) Will Phillips, Ellsworth, Maine--Messler family--home movies. Reel 9
Boats on water. Scene of water with sunlight. Cloud in blue sky. Panning of mountains. Man walking from house toward camera. Older couple posing for camera. Older woman in apron waving...   more
9) Snow, Ellsworth, Maine--Messler family--home movies. Reel 10
Man shoveling snow with snow-covered trees in background. Man going into barn. Panning large white house. Snow-covered trees, man in entrance of garage. Dog running in snow. Dog stops....   more
10) Family, Ellsworth, Maine--Messler family--home movies. Reel 11
Horse and surrey with little girl on horse and man in surrey. Little girl gets off and plays with cat. Joined by older woman who takes the cat. Shadows on house. Man holding up animal....   more
11) Bartlett Island, Maine--Messler family--home movies. Reel 4
Men on dirt road in woods. Wood scene. Barn with red silo. Birch trees. Saw mill. Boards piled outside. Road in woods. Barns with woodpiles. View of water and mountains. Horse with whit...   more
12) Snow, Ellsworth, Maine--Messler family--home movies. Reel 12
Snow-covered trees, small cabin, looking across backyard. View of main house in winter. View of driveway covered with snow.;Black-and-white home movies of snow at Ellsworth, Maine, home...   more
13) Family, snow, dogs--Messler family--home movies. Reel 13
Man with dog. Two cows standing in farmyard. Black car coming up drive. Chickens in coop. Women coming out of house followed by other couples. 3 women and one man playing with his hat....   more
14) Snow, Ellsworth, Maine--Messler family--home movies. Reel 14
Snow-covered trees. Small squares fence. Old truck by fence in snow. View of snow covered trees and large white house with many windows. Dachshund running in snow on porch playing with...   more
15) Winter, Blue Hill, Maine, and hunting--Messler family--home movies. Reel 15
Old black car driving to garage. Small brown and white puppy playing in snow. Woman comes out of house with newspaper. View from moving vehicle of mountains and water. Down road of town...   more
Messler, Patricia W. Collection
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Collection Identifier(s)
Messler family--home movies, 1733
Credit: Patricia W. Messler Collection, Northeast Historic Film. Bartlett Island, Maine, 1940.
Primary Format and Extent
15 film reels
Collection Date Range
1939 – 1942
The Patricia W. Messler Collection consists of fifteen reels of amateur 16 mm. film. The collection was shot in black-and-white and color between 1939 and 1942 and documents the extended Messler and Whitney families at locations in Maine, New York, and Canada. Scenes of flowering gardens and winter snow are depicted at length over several reels, with many of the winter scenes based Ellsworth, Maine. Other Maine locations in Penobscot and Hancock counties are depicted, including Bartlett Island, Blue Hill, and the Penobscot Indian Island Reservation. Activities recorded include hunting, ice fishing for smelt, boating, and horseback riding. The Indian Island footage is of particular interest, documenting in color a 1940 Penobscot Indian procession.
Biographical/Historical Notes
Patricia Messler is a resident of Rockport, Maine.
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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