23 Items in This Collection
1) Children at play, 1928--Robert N. Lupfer--home movies. Reel 1
Children on porch and in the garden. Opening scenes of a toddler (Ed Lupfer), on a porch with an adults hand on left. Three children in back yard with swingset. Ed Lupfer in the midd...   more
2) Children, Detroit visit and golf--Robert N. Lupfer--home movies. Reel 2
Joe. Ed Tullor (?) Hopie Swimming 4th of July, Joe Rinehart Joe with hose Detroit, Garfield Seminole [Street, Detroit], Maria Mason Alfred Mason’s House at Lake Bicycling Win...   more
3) Halloween costumes, dance performance--Robert N. Lupfer--home movies. Reel 3
Goodyear Zeppelin hangar with people walking on road nearby. Scratched film in early part. This was the Goodyear Airdock in Akron, Ohio, built in 1929, the largest building at the tim...   more
4) Princeton Reunion, the P-rade--Robert N. Lupfer--home movies. Reel 5
Robert N. Lupfer graduated from Princeton in 1909. This may be his 20th reunion. Car and POV from windshield driving in countryside. Arrival at stone building with clock tower, the...   more
5) New England Trip--Robert N. Lupfer--home movies. Reel 6
Boy with chicken, touches wattles. Children play piano, dark, poor exposure. At the pool, women sit on brick wall. People dive. Many children. Two men on edge of deck. Swimming in...   more
6) Dude ranch vacation--Robert N. Lupfer--home movies. Reel 7
Boy in cap on bridge in city. The visit to a dude ranch may be a guest ranch near Wickenburg, AZ, as the following reel includes the Remuda Ranch Rodeo held in Wickenburg. Dude r...   more
7) Visit to Arizona--Robert N. Lupfer--home movies. Reel 8
"Prehistoric stone ditch" sign, probably part of Montezuma Well. Montezuma Well entrance, near Rimrock, Arizona. Montezuma Castle National Monument Man waves his hat from across ston...   more
8) Old Faithful, Monticello, Colonial Williamsburg--Robert N. Lupfer--home movies. Reel 9
Views of Yellowstone National Park: Old Faithful, the park lodge (Old Faithful Inn), a black bear turns and runs, a Park ranger, lake, mountains. Snow behind a field. People cross snow....   more
9) European trip, Britain--Robert N. Lupfer--home movies. Reel 10
Some people on a boat. People emerge from a boat. A steamship with passengers above. Boy next to a lifeboat. “Washington, New York,” name of vessel painted on stern of ocean liner, w...   more
10) European trip, France--Robert N. Lupfer--home movies. Reel 11
River, houses. Trolley passes. Cathedral with scaffolding. Two gentlemen look at camera. Bridge, river is shallow and sandy. Brasserie de l’unicorne? View of passersby by from below...   more
11) Camp Kawanhee--Robert N. Lupfer--home movies. Reel 12
Compiled color home movies of 1937 and 1938 summer activities at Camp Kawanhee boys' camp at Weld, Maine.;Black spaniel dog and box turtle on the lawn. Rocky shore. Same spot seen in...   more
12) Camp Kawanhee, Greenbrier--Robert N. Lupfer--home movies. Reel 13
Young woman and older woman emerge from teepee. We are at summer camp? Young man sits on camp bench. Camp band on softball field, parades around. Baseball game. Camp buildings. Boys...   more
13) Skating, Pageants, Football--Robert N. Lupfer--home movies. Reel 14
Skating on a pond, faded color. Early spring, young man in suit with a camera, boy with dog. Boy bicycles by house. Baseball in yard. Garage visible in background. Man on sidewalk wi...   more
14) Teen dance, Cincinnati ball game--Robert N. Lupfer--home movies. Reel 15
Teen dance in the basement at home, pipes visible. Faded color. Couples move quickly past, dancing together in twos. Upstairs, teens in coats mill before leaving; Christmas tree. Livin...   more
15) Mount Rushmore, Dude Ranch--Robert N. Lupfer--home movies. Reel 16
Princeton University, very briefly. Washington DC: Capitol building, Supreme Court building. Washington Monument. Lawn sprinkler. Teens playing baseball. Line of girls watch. Color...   more
16) E.B. Lupfer in uniform--Robert N. Lupfer--home movies. Reel 17
faded color. Garden. Dark shot of man with tractor. Ed in military uniform. (He graduated from Princeton in 1942; joined the USAF and flew B26 planes in WWII.) Shed. Joe with baske...   more
17) Paradise Inn and LA--Robert N. Lupfer--home movies. Reel 18
Paradise Inn, Arizona. [Note: The Paradise Inn, located in Scottsdale, AZ, closed in the 1970s] Tennis. Men's doubles with people watching. Camera follows too quickly. Man in swim...   more
18) Cliff dwelling, American West--Robert N. Lupfer--home movies. Reel 19
Flowers in the spring. Pan of house and landscape. Couple with baby. Cliff dwelling, American West. Rock formations. Mountains with snow trees in foreground.    more
19) Observatory--Robert N. Lupfer--home movies. Reel 20
faded color Parade (dark). Old fire engine, Young women drumming in parade. Observatory, open. Snow on the ground, another view of observatory. [Is this Palomar Observatory, Paloma...   more
20) California and American South--Robert N. Lupfer--home movies. Reel 21
Cactus, color. Plants, desert garden. Hotel in California. Wall with plantings and fountain. Islands in the distance. Table set. Onion dome on or behind hotel. Brick house in S...   more
21) England--Robert N. Lupfer--home movies. Reel 22
This reel contains amateur footage and two purchased reels. 1. Amateur footage England: Harrow on the Hill train station. Street, women walk, toddler in stroller. Town views inclu...   more
22) Virgin Islands--Ed and Sally Lupfer--home movies. Reel 23
St. John, USVI Color film of swimming, fish and feet underwater. Sally Lupfer (shot by Ed). In a motor boat. Arriving at a beach. Sally with beach basket, smiling at camera. Lookin...   more
23) Springfield, OH, neighborhood--Robert N. Lupfer--home movies. Reel 4
Three girls rollerskate on sidewalk and by house. One falls down. Small boy with fishing rod. Pageant or school event outside. Swimming pool, man on diving board in full-body swimsuit...   more
Lupfer, Ed Collection
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Credit: Ed Lupfer Collection, Northeast Historic Film. "Pirate" boat at Camp Kawanhee.
Credit: Robert N. Lupfer home movies. "Camp Kawanhee." 16 mm. film. From the Ed Lupfer Collection at Northeast Historic Film, Bucksport, ME. MP4 video, 1:36.
Primary Format and Extent
23 film reels
Collection Date Range
1927 – 1952
The Ed Lupfer Collection contains 23 reels of 16 mm. film; the creator was Robert N. Lupfer of Springfield, Ohio. Film shows the Lupfer family at home in Springfield, traveling in the United States and in Europe. Coverage includes Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire and Princeton University in New Jersey. Camp Kawanhee, a boys' summer camp in Weld, Maine, is shown as Lupfer children attended the camp. In New England the family visits Plymouth Rock. Robert Lupfer shot extensive footage of two guest ranches in the American West: one unnamed ranch in Arizona and Eatons' Ranch in Wyoming. In Arizona Lupfer covered the Remuda Rodeo and a Western parade. US travel includes national parks and monuments. There is an Atlantic crossing with footage of the SS Washington. Suburban childhood is represented with children's plays and pageants, swimming in a club pool, sidewalk and backyard play including a sequence of boys in football helmets. The Collection also includes two purchased reels, Shakespeare's Stratford, and The Coronation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Biographical/Historical Notes
Robert Newton Lupfer and Ella Mason Lupfer lived in Springfield, Ohio. Ella Mason grew up in a section of Detroit called Indian Village. Indian Village district of Detroit, MI. Robert N. Lupfer worked for the Elmwood Myers Company of Springfield and later founded Springfield Leather Company. Their children were Edgar, Mary (called Hopie), and Joe. Some Lupfer family history is recounted in A standard history of Springfield and Clark County, Ohio. Edgar B. Lupfer, the donor, was a resident of Springfield, Ohio. He attended Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, NH, and Princeton University. He married Sarah (Sally) Henry, a graduate of Vassar College, as was her mother-in-law, Ella. Edgar B. and Sally Henry Lupfer purchased a summer house in Brooklin, Maine. Children are Jonathan Lupfer and Caroline Lupfer Kurz.
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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