37 Items in This Collection
1) [Helen V. Bird--home movies] Reel 1
My father [Charlie Bird] playing minor league baseball in the 40s. Fore River Baseball. ;A minor league baseball game with the Fore River baseball team in the 1940s. A batboy. A man in...   more
2) [Helen V. Bird--home movies] Reel 2
No. I. Sept 1942. Quincy, MA & Chester, NH. Janice [being brought home from Quincy City Hospital after she was born];Sept 1942. Quincy Mass & Quincy City Hospital. Shots of car...   more
3) [Helen V. Bird--home movies] Reel 3
A baby (Janice Smith) playing outdoors. Janice and a man in a car. Two women playing in the snow. A man in an army sergeant uniform. Janice sledding. Playing in the snow. People posing...   more
4) [Helen V. Bird--home movies] Reel 4
A girl and a toddler (Janice) sledding. Janice and a boy playing on the front steps. A man building a fence and Janice “helping”. Children on carnival rides. Janice in a lawn chair. Men...   more
5) [Helen V. Bird--home movies] Reel 5
1948-1954. Gr. 1 to 5. At school 1948. 6 years old today. Summer 1949. 7 yrs old 1949. Sept 23 1950 8 years old. 9 yrs old today, 1951. Feb 1952. Recital dresses 195[?]. Ruth's wedd.;Ch...   more
6) [Helen V. Bird--home movies] Reel 6
1952 to 53. June 1953 [?] of ma's funeral. Summer 1953. Dec 1953 Willard School in Xmas parade.;A group of children pose for the camera. A man and a girl (Janice) in a car. An older man...   more
7) [Helen V. Bird--home movies] Reel 7
1954 & 55.;People sledding. Dogs. Four boys with paper mortar board hats that spell out ‘Q.U.I.Z’. Boys with fake mustaches serenade a girl with a parasol. A girl with a toy boat. C...   more
8) [Helen V. Bird--home movies] Reel 8
1955-56. 1955 Mozart display. First high heels. Badminton. 1956 Lorna & her dog.;A diorama with dolls and a set of piano keys. (Mozart display?) Two girls (Janice and Lorna) pose fo...   more
9) [Helen V. Bird--home movies] Reel 9
1956-57. 1956 moving house to build S.E. x-way. [Southeast Expressway is major highway through greater Boston area.];People in a cherry picker. A house up on a trailer. Girls eating pop...   more
10) [Helen V. Bird--home movies] Reel 10
Oct 1957. 1957 Oct.--moving Ahold's house.;Houses jacked up. Trucks moving a house on a trailer. A street sign: ‘IDA ST’. Houses with new foundations. Houses being moved. [End of Reel]...   more
11) [Helen V. Bird--home movies] Reel 11
S.E. xway being built 1957. [Construction of Southeast Expressway, Quincy, MA.] Prom day. House moved. Sally Lehto cottage.;Repairing a house. Part of the neighborhood being dug up. Cra...   more
12) [Helen V. Bird--home movies] Reel 12
New Years eve 1957. Pajama party New years eve Jan 1958. Sandra Massoni dinner dance gown.;People dancing. A girl (Janice) sorting through records. Dancing. A pile of blankets and pillo...   more
13) [Helen V. Bird--home movies] Reel 13
[P?]J Pajama party. Cape Cod canal 1958.';Shot of a sign: ‘CAPE COD CANAL CORPS OF ENGINEERS U.S. ARMY’. Shots of the canal. A boat on the canal. Dark shots of houses. Sunrise. A plane...   more
14) [Helen V. Bird--home movies] Reel 14
Sept 58. Spring 59. New York Sept 1958.;Shot of an American Airlines plane, tail number: ‘N94275’. Shot of a bottle of Canada Dry Ginger Ale. A blurry shot of a Western Union Telegram a...   more
15) [Helen V. Bird--home movies] Reel 15
Lorna's wedding 1961.;A girl (Janice) and two other women dressed as bridesmaids. Wedding guests arriving. A woman with a camera. The bride (Lorna) walking into the church. Guests waiti...   more
16) [Helen V. Bird--home movies] Reel 16
Xmas 1959. Laura's first. 4 mos. old. Xmas 1959 Laura's first.;Shot of a Christmas tree. Toys and stockings laid out on a chair. A person standing out of sight holds up a baby (Laura) i...   more
17) [Helen V. Bird--home movies] Reel 17
'Summer of 59. Laura's christening. Aug 30, 1959 Christening.;Two women, one holding a baby (Laura) dressed for a christening. Family members pose for the camera, dressed for church. A...   more
18) [Helen V. Bird--home movies] Reel 18
Spring & summer of 1958. Lorna & Janice Easter AM 1958. Sept 23 going Tony [?] shoveling Silver Dollar program.;A girl (Janice) poses by a car. Janice and a friend (Lorna). Clos...   more
19) [Helen V. Bird--home movies] Reel 19
Spring 1960. Sally's wedding. Easter 1960--May Sally Carbreni's wedding.;A woman (Janice) in gloves and a flowery hat. Janice bouncing a baby on the front steps. Janice holding the baby...   more
20) [Helen V. Bird--home movies] Reel 20
Summer 1960. Laura's 1st birthday and Mark's christening.;A girl (Janice) holding a baby (Laura) and a pinwheel. Laura in a highchair with a birthday cake. Laura in a basin. A man and a...   more
21) [Helen V. Bird--home movies] Reel 21
Mark's 1st Bday 1961 Summer.;Babies with balloons. A woman puts a party hat on a baby (Mark). Babies in a pool (Mark and Laura). Mark and Laura on a swing. People in formal dress standi...   more
22) [Helen V. Bird--home movies] Reel 22
Summer 1961. 1961--putting up swing. [illegible].;A girl (Laura) on a rocking horse. Laura watches as a man washes a car. A baby (Mark?) in a crib outdoors. Laura on a swing while a wom...   more
23) [Helen V. Bird--home movies] Reel 23
Winter 1961. Summer 1962.;A woman (Janice) holding a baby (Mark?) in the snow. A toddler (Laura) walking down a path in the snow. A man shoveling snow. Laura in a stroller. A man holdin...   more
24) [Helen V. Bird--home movies] Reel 24
Around 61 or 62 Summer.;A baby (Mark?) on a swing set. A toddler (Laura) next to a laundry line. Laura eating. Laura and a woman (Janice) sitting on the front steps. Shots of a house an...   more
25) [Helen V. Bird--home movies] Reel 25
Summer & Winter 61-62.;Adults and children outdoors. Two toddlers (Laura and Mark) in a pool. Laura and Mark playing in the yard. A man pulling Laura on a sled. Shot of a house. Lau...   more
26) [Helen V. Bird--home movies] Reel 26
Around Winter & Spring 63.;Two children (Laura and Mark) with shovels. Children playing in the snow. Laura in a dress. Laura and Mark dressed up. Children on a swing set. A woman (J...   more
27) [Helen V. Bird--home movies] Reel 27
Fall of 64. Winter 65.;A girl (Laura) posing in the driveway. A little girl getting out of a car. The two girls running down the street. A baby in a crib. Children playing in the street...   more
28) [Helen V. Bird--home movies] Reel 28
Summer 64. Easter 1965.;A group of children playing indoors. Children in party hats seated around a table. A birthday cake with a ‘5’ and a ‘4’ on it. ‘Mr. ED’ and ‘BUGS BUNNY’ toys. Ch...   more
29) [Helen V. Bird--home movies] Reel 29
Around Spring & Summer of 64.;Two children in formal dress (Laura and Mark). A woman (Janice) posing for the camera. Children around a bicycle. An outdoor birthday party. Children b...   more
30) [Helen V. Bird--home movies] Reel 30
Around 1964.;Children on a swing set. Children playing outdoors. Setting up an outdoor pool. A girl (Laura) serving lemonade and animal crackers. Children playing outdoors. A boy with a...   more
31) [Helen V. Bird--home movies] Reel 31
Xmas 1964. 1965 Jan.;A Christmas tree. Two children (Laura and Mark) playing on a couch. Laura and Mark having a tea party in front of the Christmas tree. The children playing with a to...   more
32) [Helen V. Bird--home movies] Reel 32
Sept of 68.;A policeman standing by the side of the road. A group of children pose for the camera. Dark shot of children running down the street. Children with hula hoops. Girls in dres...   more
33) [Helen V. Bird--home movies] Reel 33
Summer 67. Spring 68. Laura & Mark's birthday party. 1968.;A man barbecuing. A woman (Janice) on a lawn chair, watching children playing. Children on bicycles. A group of children p...   more
34) [Helen V. Bird--home movies] Reel 34
Summer of 68.;A child playing outdoors. A birthday party. A girl (Laura) blowing out birthday cake candles. A boy blowing on candles. A girl blowing on candles. Trick candles. Dark indo...   more
35) [Helen V. Bird--home movies] Reel 35
About Summer of 69. Going to school 1970.;Children playing in the snow. Children playing ball on the grass. A woman wiping a child’s face. Children playing. [End of Reel]   more
36) [Helen V. Bird--home movies] Reel 36
Summer & Winter 1970.;Four boys pose for the camera. Four girls pose for the camera. A girl walking down the driveway. A boy posing for the camera. A group of children walking down...   more
37) [Helen V. Bird--home movies] Reel 37
Summer of 69. Winter of 70. Leslie's wedding.;A backyard barbecue. Children and a man in pools. A group of children posing for the camera. Boys and girls running down the street. A woma...   more
Smith, Janice Collection
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Credit: Helen V. Bird home movies, Janice Smith Collection, Northeast Historic Film. Fore River Minor League Baseball, ca. 1940s.
Credit: Excerpt from Helen V. Bird home movies, Janice Smith Collection, Northeast Historic Film. Fore River Minor League Baseball, ca. 1940s.
Primary Format and Extent
film (2,075 ft.) : si., b&w and col. ; 8 mm.
Collection Date Range
1942 – 1970
The Janice Smith Collection consists of the [Helen V. Bird--home movies], amateur films depicting the life of a family in suburban Quincy, Mass. The camera person was Helen V. (Wilander) Bird, a nurse and avid shutterbug. There is some footage of Helen’s husband Charles A. Bird, a minor league baseball player, on the field with one of the teams for which he played in the 1940s. However, the focus is primarily on children: first on the couple’s daughter Janice as she grows from infancy to young adulthood, then on Janice’s children, Laura and Mark. When the focus is on adults, it’s at “dress-up” events, such as weddings. Helen also turns her camera on Massachusetts Governor Paul A. Dever as he arrives to dedicate a housing project, and on the hubbub caused by the building of the Southeast Expressway (a major highway in greater Boston). The Birds’ house, as well as neighboring houses, are shown being moved by the J.J. Gordon contracting company to another street to make way for the expressway’s Furnace Brook Parkway ramp. There is footage of a bridge being demolished for the same purpose.
Biographical/Historical Notes
Janice Smith, born in 1942 in Quincy, Mass., is the daughter of Helen V. (Wilander) Bird (1916-1995) and Charles A. Bird (1909-1994). Helen, born in Chester, Mass., was a nurse and “avid shutterbug” (according to her daughter) who recorded family life and milestones with an 8 mm. camera. Charlie Bird, born in Boston, was a minor league baseball player known as the “Submarine Pitcher” because of his underhand pitch. Bird played on farm teams for several major league clubs in his 35 years a pitcher. He was named a charter member of the Boston Park League Hall of Fame upon its creation in 1982. Paul A. Dever was governor of Massachusetts from 1949-1953.
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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