Janice Smith Collection
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Collection Identifier(s)
[Helen V. Bird--home movies], 1311
Creator(s)
Helen V. Bird
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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 to 1970
Summary
The Janice Smith Collection consists of 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.
People and Organizations
Janice V. Smith, Charles A. Bird, Paul A. Dever
Genre(s)
Amateur
Place(s)
Repository
Northeast Historic Film
Availability
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.
Encoded archival description
Items in this collection: 37
Showing 1 - 10 of 37:
1) [Helen V. Bird--home movies] Reel 2
NHF cataloguer's notes, 1/96 (donor's notes in quotes; reel numbers are NHF-assigned): Reel 2: 'No. I. Sept 1942. Quincy, MA & Chester, NH. Janice [being brought home from Quincy City H...more
2) [Helen V. Bird--home movies] Reel 4
NHF cataloguer's notes, 1/96 (donor's notes in quotes; reel numbers are NHF-assigned): Reel 4: '1944, 45, 46, 47, 48. Janice 1st year.' Woman and child in snow. Easter. Hits from past....more
3) [Helen V. Bird--home movies] Reel 7
NHF cataloguer's notes, 1/96 (donor's notes in quotes; reel numbers are NHF-assigned): Reel 7: '1954 & 55.' Playing in the snow. Coasting (13:09). Preteen boys with mortarboard (13:40)....more
4) [Helen V. Bird--home movies] Reel 8
NHF cataloguer's notes, 1/96 (donor's notes in quotes; reel numbers are NHF-assigned): Reel 8: '1955-56. 1955 Mozart display. First high heels. Badminton. 1956 Lorna & her dog.' Museum...more
5) [Helen V. Bird--home movies] Reel 9
NHF cataloguer's notes, 1/96 (donor's notes in quotes; reel numbers are NHF-assigned): Reel 9: '1956-57. 1956 moving house to build S.E. x-way. [Southeast Expressway is major highway th...more
6) [Helen V. Bird--home movies] Reel 10
NHF cataloguer's notes, 1/96 (donor's notes in quotes; reel numbers are NHF-assigned): Reel 10: 'Oct 1957. 1957 Oct.--moving Ahold's house.' Houses moved continued (41:04).more
7) [Helen V. Bird--home movies] Reel 11
NHF cataloguer's notes, 1/96 (donor's notes in quotes; reel numbers are NHF-assigned): Reel 11: 'S.E. xway being built 1957. [Construction of Southeast Expressway, Quincy, MA.] Prom...more
8) [Helen V. Bird--home movies] Reel 12
NHF cataloguer's notes, 1/96 (donor's notes in quotes; reel numbers are NHF-assigned): Reel 12: 'New Years eve 1957. Pajama party New years eve Jan 1958. Sandra Massoni dinner dance gow...more
9) [Helen V. Bird--home movies] Reel 13
NHF cataloguer's notes, 1/96 (donor's notes in quotes; reel numbers are NHF-assigned): Reel 13: '[P?]J Pajama party. Cape Cod canal 1958.' Cape Cod Canal. Rest poor repeats (53:30).more
10) [Helen V. Bird--home movies] Reel 14
NHF cataloguer's notes, 1/96 (donor's notes in quotes; reel numbers are NHF-assigned): Reel 14: 'Sept 58. Spring 59. New York Sept 1958.' Bringing in Christmas tree (59:02). Wedding bri...more
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