33 Items in This Collection
1) [Margaret Cummings Bean--home movies] Reel 1
Fall foliage, sunset, Frank at Greenleaf Place, Tom and Murial's wedding, deer, Portland Bay, Fryeburg, building dam.;Driving on a dirt road in the mountains, filmed from a moving vehic...   more
2) [Margaret Cummings Bean--home movies] Reel 2
Farm and horses (winter), Frank on horses at the Cape (Otisfield), dog Rowdy in winter, snowbanks, Janet in snow.;A snowy field. Men lead two horses out of a barn. A cat in the snow. A...   more
3) [Margaret Cummings Bean--home movies] Reel 3
Harbor--Boston.;Tug boats and ships on Boston Harbor. Sailing ships at dock, including one named ‘MARIA DEL SOCCORSA, BOSTON’. Ships on the water. Cars on the quayside. Boats. Buildings...   more
4) [Margaret Cummings Bean--home movies] Reel 4
Rubber raft from Cape on lake, views of Cape and beach at other end of lake.;People on boats and an inflatable raft. People in canoes. A house on the shore. A raft with a slide. People...   more
5) [Margaret Cummings Bean--home movies] Reel 5
Cape flowers, ditch digging at Lodge, Cape boats, farm equipment, fields, etc.;A trellis with morning glory flowers. Flower garden. Shot of landscape with mountains in the distance. A t...   more
6) [Margaret Cummings Bean--home movies] Reel 6
Frank shoveling snow, garden, Janet with swing, skis, Bum and ? [in] heavy snow, plow.;A man (Frank) shoveling snow. A house covered in snow. A girl (Janet) on a swing. A dog. Janet ski...   more
7) [Margaret Cummings Bean--home movies] Reel 7
[Tractors,] Log drive start, Crooked River, log drive start, logs being 'sacked' into river.;A woman driving a tractor. A man walking up a dirt road. Men moving logs into the river. Bir...   more
8) [Margaret Cummings Bean--home movies] Reel 8
Ice cutting at Cape, [dogs and puppies on ice, children sledding on ice].;People cutting ice. A dog on the ice. (Film changes to black and white) People cutting ice and loading it on th...   more
9) [Margaret Cummings Bean--home movies] Reel 9
Boat ride from boathouse around the island, loons, nest, eggs, later babies [little loons].;Dark shots of trees and boats along the shore. The water filmed from a boat. A loon. A loon n...   more
10) [Margaret Cummings Bean--home movies] Reel 10
1941, spring fishing, Norm Sweat with fish, Aunty Elliot, ? hose, some fire, low water, log cabin. '1941, fishing, Norm Sweat with fish, Aunty, Elliot with line, fire, low water, log ca...   more
11) [Margaret Cummings Bean--home movies] Reel 11
Garden on front lawn, haying at farm, off to church, closet Janet, Rowdy & Bull, winter yard.;A garden. A girl walking through the garden. A tractor. A man cutting grass with a scyt...   more
12) [Margaret Cummings Bean--home movies] Reel 12
1940 snowshoeing, Bill Ralph with sleigh, building 15, playhouse, yard, birthday party, spring fishing. '1940, birthday party, Aunty Elliot.';Two people snowshoeing with a dog. A horse...   more
13) [Margaret Cummings Bean--home movies] Reel 13
Christmas lights, horses, low water, horses, cars on ice, pung, Janet, Christine in snow (about 6 years old), Agassiz.;A covered bridge. A Christmas tree covered with lights. A girl and...   more
14) [Margaret Cummings Bean--home movies] Reel 14
Frank on horseback at farm, Kemp's log cabin, Lamb Place, Respar's, woodpecker, chickens, Olga's, Cape, Dr. Sullivan prior to 1938, Janet, Christine and Vera, Pop unloading ice, Arthur...   more
15) [Margaret Cummings Bean--home movies] Reel 15
Hurricane 1938 damage, Dean's, #2, looking toward house and toward barn, wellhouse, watertower. 'Big reel, 1938, hurricane at the Cape.';Fallen trees and houses damaged by the hurricane...   more
16) [Margaret Cummings Bean--home movies] Reel 16
Burning brush, logs in lake, plantings after 1938, horses, Jan in yard, lilacs, steamer, log drive.;(Shaky footage) People walking past parked cars. Bonfires. A boat and logs on the wat...   more
17) [Margaret Cummings Bean--home movies] Reel 17
Red Day, after 1938 house, lake, farm, Moose Pond.;(Footage tinted red) Ducks by a lake. Trees along the shore. A dog walking up a road. Panning shots of a lake. Three girls pose for th...   more
18) [Margaret Cummings Bean--home movies] Reel 18
Jan's graduation, Niagara Falls.;(Film distorted) Graduates and guests outside a building. People getting into a car. People at the overlook at Niagara Falls. The Maid of the Mist ship...   more
19) [Margaret Cummings Bean--home movies] Reel 19
Mom, Pop, Jan in swing, lawn, flowers, cove boat, boats on lake, farm Pettis family. '1938, Cape, eclipse, Pettis.';A man, a woman and a girl (Janet) on a swing. Janet on a swing with t...   more
20) [Margaret Cummings Bean--home movies] Reel 20
Plowing snow, Cape, farm, etc., deer.;A snow plow. A man shoveling snow. The snow plow. A snowy field. A man shoveling snow. The plow. A deer. [End of Reel];'Pinnacle, plough, wounded d...   more
21) [Margaret Cummings Bean--home movies] Reel 21
Snapping turtle, new car, hunting party, after 1938.;A snapping turtle. A car driving in loops. A group of men pose in front of a hanging deer. A man with a camera. Shots of various men...   more
22) [Margaret Cummings Bean--home movies] Reel 22
Sunset, Jan and Frank, Christmas, snow covered Cape, horse and sleigh (Bill Ralph) delivering milk, tractor plowing snow.;Sunset. The sun (moon?). A girl (Janet?) with dogs. Two people...   more
23) [Margaret Cummings Bean--home movies] Reel 23
Hunting party on Pinnacle, Helen Peaco, Peter Laban, racing on ice by Outpost.;Three men, one with a fox skin around his shoulders. People and dogs outdoors. Deer, a raccoon and a fox h...   more
24) [Margaret Cummings Bean--home movies] Reel 24
Before 1938, ice boat, tractor at Dyer's Frank playing leapfrog, sweeping rugs, Antique Room, Jan at 2, burning lawn. 'Boy [?], Aunty Elliot, antique [?].';An ice boat on a frozen lake....   more
25) [Margaret Cummings Bean--home movies] Reel 25
After 1938, Pinnacle in winter, Jan skiing, Frank and Pop, East Otisfield.;A woman and a girl (Janet?) on a couch. Janet playing with a doll. A house under construction. A man and a wom...   more
26) [Margaret Cummings Bean--home movies] Reel 26
Picnic at Pinnacle, kids in garden, Richard, Jan.;A man painting a house. People outdoors. A lake. A car parked in field. Sunset. People at a picnic. People outdoors. A girl carrying a...   more
27) [Margaret Cummings Bean--home movies] Reel 27
1938 hurricane, best.;Fallen trees and houses damaged by a hurricane. People clearing fallen trees, using horses. Men cutting down trees. A girl on a swing. Shots of several houses. Peo...   more
28) [Margaret Cummings Bean--home movies] Reel 28
1947, building Bud's barn, garden on lawn, Steve.;A barn under construction. Lumber by a dirt road. Women holding a baby. People walking with a dog. Trees and houses filmed from a movin...   more
29) [Margaret Cummings Bean--home movies] Reel 29
Herefords at McAllister Place, swimming, dogs, Jan and pony cart, Billy and Barney, farm.;Cows in a field. A lake. People swimming. Close up of a woman. A dog with puppies. A pony drawn...   more
30) [Margaret Cummings Bean--home movies] Reel 30
Combine at Greenleaf Place, the (7,8) Sherban Birches.;A man with a dead raccoon. A dog. A man tips his hat to the camera. A truck load of corn. An orchard. A tractor pulling a combine,...   more
31) [Margaret Cummings Bean--home movies] Reel 31
Picking peas, ? husking corn or ? cows at Pinnacle, Peter and John Laban at Lodge, sleigh at Cape, snow plow.;A farm field. People outdoors. People husking corn. Dark shots of people ou...   more
32) [Margaret Cummings Bean--home movies] Reel 32
Horse, ice fishing, spring fishing, ducks.;People on horseback. People on horseback in the snow. A group of men pose for the camera, next to an ice fishing shack. A dog. A man with a fi...   more
33) [Margaret Cummings Bean--home movies] Reel 33
'Big reel, pre 1938, ice fishing and cape scenes, other.';People on a frozen lake. Dogs playing. A man with a fish. Three people outside an ice fishing shack. A man pulling a fish up th...   more
Turner, Ethel Bean Collection
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Credit: Ethel Bean Turner Collection, Northeast Historic Film, Horse drawn sleigh, Maine, ca. 1940.
Primary Format and Extent
film (1,730 ft.) : si., b&w ; 8 mm. reversal pos.
Collection Date Range
1935 – 1955
The collection contains the [Margaret Cummings Bean--home movies], footage of summer and winter family activities and events at The Cape, cottages on Thompson Lake, Maine, and surrounding areas. Scenes include fishing and boat rides, children playing in snow, farm life and animals, hunting parties, weddings and barn building. Footage also shows nature scenes: fall foliage, loons and other lake wildlife, and damage from the 1938 hurricane. Other subjects include Maine seasonal operations such as ice cutting and log drives, and trips to Boston and Niagara Falls.
Biographical/Historical Notes
Margaret Cummings Bean (1912-1972) was a businesswoman who rented out cottages at Thompson Lake in Otisfield in western Maine. The films were donated by her daughter-in-law, Ethel Bean Turner. 
Northeast Historic Film
Access is restricted; consult repository for detail.
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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