60 Items in This Collection
1) [Manley Nelson--home movies] Reel 1
Date from edge codes on film. // Note in can: 'Desert of Maine. Nelson family on vacation. Poland Spring House with golf. Fish hatchery (?). Branch Pond in fall foliage. Spirit of Maine...   more
2) [Manley Nelson--home movies] Reel 2
Date from edge code on film. // Note in can: 'Papa Howards and Family. Skiing and sliding at Molsons and Dowes. Skiing at Liberty with rope lift. Sulky horse racing on ice.' // Cross co...   more
3) [Manley Nelson--home movies] Reel 3
1947 and 1948 edge codes on film. // Can label: '(?) Lake / Picnic';Views of unknown lake, houses at water's edge, mountains in background surrounded by the lake. Family clamming on be...   more
4) [Milton Dowe—home movies] Reel 7
29:49-30:10 Sign: "Waldo-Hancock Bridge 300 Feet" with arrow pointing direction, then LS pan of bridge from Waldo to Hancock side with hills in B/G, and village seen along the shore....   more
5) [Manley Nelson--home movies] Reel 4
Date from edge code on film. // Note in can: 'Town Meeting. Auction. Sliding. Burning grass fire department.'   more
6) [Manley Nelson--home movies] Reel 5
Dates from edge codes on film. // Note in can: 'Pipe Line Construction. Memorial Bridge in Augusta Construction.';Seaweed harvesting from Boat. Recreational sailing, men fishing from l...   more
7) [Milton Dowe—home movies]  Reel 5
Intertitle: "Branch Mills Grange Fair 1939" 0- 3:50 Views of horse pull as horses struggle to pull large boulder at a traditional country fair. Various teams at work, with crowds of me...   more
8) [Manley Nelson--home movies] Reel 6
1947, 1958, 1959 edge codes on film. // Label on reel: 'Newport Fire Truck and New Fireman's Picnic. ML's Wedding.' Partially illegible note in can: 'Play and Charters. New Chevy Fire T...   more
9) [Manley Nelson--home movies] Reel 7
Date from edge code on film. // Note in can: 'Merry Farmer [Boys]. Manley Nelson and [?]. Nelson Family.';Merry Farmer Boys band playing, drum with sign "Les, Glen, Andy, Chuck, Slim, f...   more
10) [Manley Nelson--home movies] Reel 8
Date from edge code on film. // Note in can: 'Deer Hunting Topsfield with Bear. Boat Racing. China Lake? Family shots.';Hunters with deer on cars in snow. Dead bear hung from pole. Ca...   more
11) [Manley Nelson--home movies] Reel 9
Date from edge code on film. // Can label: 'DC-3 Air Flite to New England Expo and Show. Fish [Puma] Black Bear.';Northeast Airlines DC 3 landing at a snowy airport. View out window of...   more
12) [Milton Dowe—home movies] Reel 3
25:07-26:07 Man on tractor with man with mowing blade behind working the tall hay in a field. 26:07- 29:29 Man with horse and raker in hay field gathering hay for making into bales. T...   more
13) [Manley Nelson--home movies] Reel 10
1948, 1949 edge codes on film. // Can label: 'Hunt 48. Fish 49. Lobster.';Hunters by campfire making sandwiches. Pans of lake; hunter drags dead deer through lake. Deer on top of car....   more
14) [Milton Dowe—home movies] Reel 4
Intertitle: "B.M.[Branch Mills] Grange Fair of 1938" 37:30-39.22 View of a horse pull at a county fair. The horses struggle to pull a large boulder. Several teams try, and their hand...   more
15) [Manley Nelson--home movies] Reel 11
1948, 1949, 1958(?) edge codes on film. // Can label: 'Hunting 49-51-52-53.' // Vertical scratch throughout reel. ;Village view with church at end of street. Man admires buck hangin...   more
16) [Manley Nelson--home movies] Reel 12
1948 edge code on film. // Box label: 'Party 1949 / Jan 9.' ;Large Gathering of friends at party as homemade band plays.   more
17) [Manley Nelson--home movies] Reel 13
Date from edge code on film. // Box label: 'Malcolm's Burial.' Note in can: 'Malcolm Glidden Funeral.' // Vertical scratch throughout. ;Various military participants stand outside ch...   more
18) [Manley Nelson--home movies] Reel 14
1948 edge code on film. // Box label: 'Xmas 49. Bridge Party.' ;Three generations of family sit near Christmas tree and a young boy shows his new gun. Men play cards at table. Seve...   more
19) [Manley Nelson--home movies] Reel 15
1934 edge code on film. // Box label: 'Nelson Reunion.' Note in can: '1936 Nelson Family Reunion.' ;Pans of large multi-generational Nelson family posing outside school or church at 19...   more
20) [Manley Nelson--home movies] Reel 16
1949 edge code on film. // Box label: 'Trip to [?] 1950 Oct 1 and Firetruck.' // Vertical scratch throughout. ;Women near car on outing, posing for camera, drinking from cups. Some...   more
21) [Manley Nelson--home movies] Reel 17
1949 edge code on film. // Box label: 'Snowstrom 1952.' Note in can: [illegible]. // Vertical scratch throughout. ;Village views after large 1952 snowstorm. Villagers in group effor...   more
22) [Manley Nelson--home movies] Reel 18
1949 edge code on film. // Box label: 'Mary [?] Washington Trip [?] Boys.' // Vertical scratch throughout. ;Young women pose for the camera in spring. One holds a pennant from Was...   more
23) [Manley Nelson--home movies] Reel 19
1953 edge code on film. // Box label: 'Erskine Band.' ;Parade in village (China, Maine?) which may be a Memorial Day parade. Band is from Erskine Academy in South China, Maine. Mil...   more
24) [Manley Nelson--home movies] Reel 20
Date from edge code on film. // Box label: 'Accidents. Town Meeting.' Note in can: 'Car Accidents. Manley Wrecker. Fire Truck at Town Meeting. 1950?' Men clear trees around wrecked c...   more
25) [Manley Nelson--home movies] Reel 21
1948, 1949 edge codes on film. // Can label: 'Bob and Cindy.' ;Three children play in yard with wheelbarrow and wagon. Parents with children. Family decorates Christmas tree and pl...   more
26) [Manley Nelson--home movies] Reel 22
1948, 1949 edge codes on film. // Can label: 'Party at Camp. C. Bradstreet Planting Potatoes. Last Day of School at BM.' ;Family and friends at campsite cooking and enjoying meal. V...   more
27) [Manley Nelson--home movies] Reel 23
1949, 1954, 1955 edge codes on film. // Can label: 'Graduation Erskine Academy.' Note in can: 'Doug Nelson's Graduation. Barry Nelson's Graduation From Erskine Academy. Snowstorm [?]. 1...   more
28) [Manley Nelson--home movies] Reel 24
Can label: '1954 Sesquicentennial.';Palermo Sesquicentennial, June 26, 1954. Kids dressed up as Indians with tent that has a sign, "We want our land back," older woman on a float depic...   more
29) [Manley Nelson--home movies] Reel 25
1949/1959 edge code on film. // Box label: 'Seashore picnic.';Multi-generational beach picnic, children and adults wading or sitting on shore. Looks like several events at different ti...   more
30) [Manley Nelson--home movies] Reel 26
1954 edge code on film. // Box label: 'Hunting 1954-55.';Hunters wearing red at campsite eating meal. Men carrying deer out of woods on cots and sleds, loading car with multiple catche...   more
31) [Manley Nelson--home movies] Reel 27
VINEGAR // Date from edge code on film - may be 1954. // Can label: 'Forestry.';Men at construction site in woods, picking logs to temporary foundation for Maine Forest Service cabin....   more
32) [Manley Nelson--home movies] Reel 28
Date from edge code on film - may be 1957 or 1963. // Box label: 'Airport at Caribou. Reunion at Mothers.';Single engine planes of various types taxiing and taking off from rural [Carib...   more
33) [Manley Nelson--home movies] Reel 29
Box label: 'Reunion at Camp 1959.' Additional info on illegible note in can.;Family reunion at forest camp, 1959. Children and adults sitting, grilling, eating, talking, and taking boa...   more
34) [Manley Nelson--home movies] Reel 30
Date from edge code on film. // Box label: 'Bar Harbor. Hunting 1961 or ?'   more
35) [Manley Nelson--home movies] Reel 31
1961 edge code on film. // Box label: 'Reunion at Camp '63.'   more
36) [Manley Nelson--home movies] Reel 32
Date from edge code on film.   more
37) [Manley Nelson--home movies] Reel 33
Date from edge code on film. // Label on box: 'Florida.'   more
38) [Manley Nelson--home movies] Reel 34
Date from edge code on film. // Note in can: 'Trip to [Katahdin] Iron Works 49/69. Sliding to [illegible] Lake.'   more
39) [Milton Dowe--home movies] Reel 1
1954 edge code on film. // Box label: 'Palermo Sesquicentennial. August 11 1954.';Palermo Sesquicentennial, August 11, 1954. Small village parade, people on horseback, floats, particip...   more
40) [Milton Dowe--home movies] Reel 2
1954 edge code on film. // Box label: 'Indian Float. Barb and Bobbie [Kilman?]. July 8 1954.';Indian float for Palermo 1954 Sesquicentennial. Views of small Native American style teepe...   more
41) [Milton Dowe--home movies] Reel 3
Date range from edge codes on film. // Parade featuring floats from local businesses, including Dowe's General Store. Also farm equipment and fire engines from the Palermo Fire Departme...   more
42) [Milton Dowe--home movies] Reel 4
Date estimate based from edge codes on film - may be 1937-1938 or 1947-1948, see inspection sheet. // Label on reel: 'Palermo in [?] Meet. Canoe Trip.' // Footage from canoe on water. P...   more
43) [Milton Dowe--home movies] Reel 5
Dates from edge codes on film. // 'The Little Housekeeper.' With intertitles. Young girl plays house, cares for doll, irons doll clothes. 'The End.' Child in high chair. Birthday party....   more
44) [Milton Dowe--home movies] Reel 6
Men prepare tractor and trailer to plant seed potatoes, loading the potatoes and fertilizer, then driving along the field, planting the potatoes. A man uses a surveyor wheel to measure...   more
45) [Milton Dowe--home movies] Reel 7
Date estimate based from edge codes on film - see inspection sheet. // Can label: 'School.';Children exit one room schoolhouse, play kickball and pose for camera. Close-up shots of tea...   more
46) [Milton Dowe—home movies] Reel 1
Intertitle: "Vacation Summer 1939. On the Machias River." 0- 2:47 Road sign sponsored by Washington County Chamber of Commerce: "You are now entering Washington County, the greatest h...   more
47) [Milton Dowe—home movies] Reel 2
Intertitle: "Fire, 1938. Baker Farm" 14:02- 15:48 Shots of farmhouse fully engulfed in flames, flames shooting out windows, then smoldering ruins of burned out building with chimne...   more
48) [Milton Dowe—home movies] Reel 6
Intertitle: "Remote Control: Reading an article one night about remote control, we decided to control our home by radio." 15:40-19:32 woman sits in a living room chair doing needlepoint...   more
49) [Milton Dowe—home movies] Reel 8
Intertitle: "Home Movies Presents 'The Flood' Spring of 1940" 49:12- 50:37 Views of rushing water on village streets, running down embankment by small bridge and into stream below, ru...   more
50) [Milton Dowe—home movies] Reel 9
0-1:25 B&W Views of toddler girl (1-2 years old?) in wool coat and hat with pail and shovel in her hand. She stands near an older girl and near a water hand pump. CUs and MS. In an...   more
51) [Milton Dowe—home movies] Reel 10
Intertitle: "Home Movies Presents Thanksgiving 1946" 16:39-18:41 Color views of family around table laughing and eating. Young girls also eating (same two as seen before). Smiling ma...   more
52) [Milton Dowe—home movies] Reel 11
Intertitle: "Pipe Line 1948" Probably Portland-Montreal Pipeline; see also Portland Pipe Line Corporation Collection 30:10-31:11 LAS of man on hill using surveying equipment to s...   more
53) [Milton Dowe—home movies] Reel 12
Intertitle: "The Blizzard" Intertitle: "North Palermo, March, 1946" 45:50- 48:15 Color Two men and boy walking away from camera down a partially plowed road, climbing hills of snow cr...   more
54) [Milton Dowe—home movies] Reel 13
1:00:03-1:02:35 Sign for Benson Wild Animal Farm. Information about the farm, located in Hudson, New Hampshire can be found at http://www.bensonsanimalfarm.com/. Mostly underexposed v...   more
55) [Milton Dowe—home movies] Reel 14
1:12:49-1:14:03 Man and daughter walk through deep snow in woods toward and by camera on snowshoes. Views of cabin covered in snow, and man and daughter walking on snow. 1:14:04-1:15:...   more
56) [Milton Dowe—home movies] Reel 15
1:30:40 -1:34:34 Various shots of places taken during a vacation trip, not in Maine. Includes footage of southern farm with mules, apple orchard, views of Blue Ridge Mountains, views of...   more
57) [Milton Dowe—home movies] Reel 16
1:46:43-1:47:25 Older man in leather jacket comes out of store, gets in pickup truck and drives off down hill of village on snowy road. Brief shot of small building with sign "Post Off...   more
58) [Milton Dowe—home movies] Reel 17
0:0-11:16 Views of puppy, state capitol at Augusta, Maine, a historical wooden fortress and dungeon, views of Palermo village, family views; Father Neptune in a small outboard; cat and...   more
59) [Milton Dowe—home movies] Reel 18
11:16 -19:45 Family Christmas with Santa played by father, handing out gifts to young daughter. More shots of daughter (3-4 yrs. old) playing in deep snow and learning to ice skate. Gr...   more
60) [Milton Dowe--home movies]
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Palermo Historical Society Collection
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Credit: Milton Dowe home movies, Palermo Historical Society Collection, Northeast Historic Film. Farmers work to harvest hay, ca. 1930.
Credit: Excerpt from Milton Dowe home movies, Palermo Historical Society Collection, Northeast Historic Film. Alewife fishery on the Sheepscot River, ca. 1940s.
Primary Format and Extent
film (7,900 ft.) : si., b&w, col. ; 8 mm.
Collection Date Range
1930 – 1960
The Palermo Historical Society Collection depicts life in and around the rural town of Palermo, Maine, with production dates ranging from the 1930s to the 1960s, and contains a copy of "Things That I Remember," the memoir of Milton Dowe. While offering views of family life, this collection also provides invaluable records of community and work life in New England, with special attention given to nature and wildlife. The bulk of the films include footage of hunting trips, picnics, parties, family holidays, and camping adventures. Notably, one reel depicts men harvesting hay on a farm, and then provides an example of men working at an alewife fishery. Both processes are documented from start to finish. Footage also shows the process of ice harvesting. Films in the collection offer records of events such as the Palermo Sesquicentennial, the Branch-Grange 1939 Fair, a flood in 1940, and a blizzard in March 1946. The collection also contains views of the prisoner of war camp at Seboomook, Maine. The camp, which housed German prisoners of war, closed in the spring of 1946.
Biographical/Historical Notes
The Palermo Historical Society was founded in 1994 with a mission to “preserve, record and disseminate the community history, enhance the sense of our culture and build on our reputation as a caring, help-thy-neighbor community.” The Society remains active, meeting on the fourth Tuesday of each month. Manley Nelson and Milton Dowe were longtime neighbors and friends. They enjoyed traveling together and recording home movies while on their trips. Both men enjoyed hunting and exploring the Maine landscape. Manley Nelson ran a garage and served as a Palermo town official in various capacities. Milton Dowe ran the general store, which he inherited from his father (who also served as the Palermo Funeral Director for many years), and started the first Palermo Volunteer Fire Department. He privately printed "History Town of Palermo Incorporated 1804" in 1954 WorldCat and his memoir "Things That I Remember" was published by the Palermo Historical Society in 1997. WorldCat
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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