37 Items in This Collection
1) [Helen V. Bird--home movies] Reel 5 (Part I and Part II)
NHF cataloguer's notes, 1/96 (donor's notes in quotes; reel numbers are NHF-assigned): Reel 5: '1948-1954. Gr. 1 to 5. At school 1948. 6 years old today. Summer 1949. 7 yrs old 1949. Se...   more
2) [Helen V. Bird--home movies] Reel 26
Reel notes supplied by donor are in quotes; reel numbers are NHF-assigned below. Reel numbers are NHF-assigned. Reel 26. 'Around Winter & Spring 63.' Children playing in snow. (3:37:17)...   more
3) [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
4) [Helen V. Bird--home movies] Reel 19
Reel notes supplied by donor are in quotes; reel numbers are NHF-assigned below. Reel numbers are NHF-assigned. Reel 19. 'Spring 1960. Sally's wedding. Easter 1960--May Sally Carbreni's...   more
5) [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
6) [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
7) [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
8) [Helen V. Bird--home movies] Reel 24
Reel notes supplied by donor are in quotes; reel numbers are NHF-assigned below. Reel numbers are NHF-assigned. Reel 24. 'Around 61 or 62 Summer.' Street outside house. (3:28:09) Girl i...   more
9) [Helen V. Bird--home movies] Reel 30
Reel notes supplied by donor are in quotes; reel numbers are NHF-assigned below. Reel numbers are NHF-assigned. Reel 30. 'Around 1964.' Reel continues from Reel 29. Children on swingset...   more
10) [Helen V. Bird--home movies] Reel 35
NHF cataloguer's notes, 1/96 (donor's notes in quotes; reel numbers are NHF-assigned): Reel 35: 'About Summer of 69. Going to school 1970.' Young children playing in snow. Pulling sled....   more
11) [Helen V. Bird--home movies] Reel 15
NHF cataloguer's notes, 1/96 (donor's notes in quotes; reel numbers are NHF-assigned): Reel 15: 'Lorna's wedding 1961.' Lorna's Wedding. Mostly close-ups of party and guests (3:03:20).   more
12) [Helen V. Bird--home movies] Reel 18
Reel notes supplied by donor are in quotes; reel numbers are NHF-assigned below. Reel numbers are NHF-assigned. Reel 18. 'Spring & summer of 1958. Lorna & Janice Easter AM 1958. Sept 23...   more
13) [Helen V. Bird--home movies] Reel 6
NHF cataloguer's notes, 1/96 (donor's notes in quotes; reel numbers are NHF-assigned): Reel 6: '1952 to 53. June 1953 [?] of ma's funeral. Summer 1953. Dec 1953 Willard School in Xmas p...   more
14) [Helen V. Bird--home movies] Reel 23
Reel notes supplied by donor are in quotes; reel numbers are NHF-assigned below. Reel numbers are NHF-assigned. Reel 23. 'Winter 1961. Summer 1962.' Woman [Helen] with baby in snow. (3:...   more
15) [Helen V. Bird--home movies] Reel 3
NHF cataloguer's notes, 1/96 (donor's notes in quotes; reel numbers are NHF-assigned): Reel 3: 'No. 2. 1943. Janice.' Baby is walking. (20:50). Shots of Army Sgt. In uniform (22:26). Ba...   more
16) [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
17) [Helen V. Bird--home movies] Reel 33
NHF cataloguer's notes, 1/96 (donor's notes in quotes; reel numbers are NHF-assigned): Reel 33: 'Summer 67. Spring 68. Laura & Mark's birthday party. 1968.' Mother and children using pu...   more
18) [Helen V. Bird--home movies] Reel 27
Reel notes supplied by donor are in quotes; reel numbers are NHF-assigned below. Reel numbers are NHF-assigned. Reel 27. 'Fall of 64. Winter 65.' Children playing outside. (3:41:56) Bri...   more
19) [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
20) [Helen V. Bird--home movies] Reel 1
My father [Charlie Bird] playing minor league baseball in the 40s. Fore River Baseball. ;Minor league baseball. 1940s. Fore River Baseball. Bat boy. Game. Bench. Player having drink. Sp...   more
21) [Helen V. Bird--home movies] Reel 21
Reel notes supplied by donor are in quotes; reel numbers are NHF-assigned below. Reel numbers are NHF-assigned. Reel 21. 'Mark's 1st Bday 1961 Summer.' Children in party hats at birthda...   more
22) [Helen V. Bird--home movies] Reel 17
Reel notes supplied by donor are in quotes; reel numbers are NHF-assigned below. Reel numbers are NHF-assigned. Reel 17. 'Summer of 59. Laura's christening. Aug 30, 1959 Christening.' B...   more
23) [Helen V. Bird--home movies] Reel 25
Reel notes supplied by donor are in quotes; reel numbers are NHF-assigned below. Reel numbers are NHF-assigned. Reel 25. 'Summer & Winter 61-62.' Family scenes and kids playing in pool....   more
24) [Helen V. Bird--home movies] Reel 20
Reel notes supplied by donor are in quotes; reel numbers are NHF-assigned below. Reel numbers are NHF-assigned. Reel 20. 'Summer 1960. Laura's 1st birthday and Mark's christening.' Moth...   more
25) [Helen V. Bird--home movies] Reel 37
NHF cataloguer's notes, 1/96 (donor's notes in quotes; reel numbers are NHF-assigned): Reel 37: 'Summer of 69. Winter of 70. Leslie's wedding.' Backyard picnic. Summer. Barbecue. (14:44...   more
26) [Helen V. Bird--home movies] Reel 34
NHF cataloguer's notes, 1/96 (donor's notes in quotes; reel numbers are NHF-assigned): Reel 34: 'Summer of 68.' Child playing in dirt with rocks etc. Looks like in the street. Near sewe...   more
27) [Helen V. Bird--home movies] Reel 28
Reel notes supplied by donor are in quotes; reel numbers are NHF-assigned below. Reel numbers are NHF-assigned. Reel 28. 'Summer 64. Easter 1965.' Children at birthday party. (3:51:56)...   more
28) [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
29) [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
30) [Helen V. Bird--home movies] Reel 29
Reel notes supplied by donor are in quotes; reel numbers are NHF-assigned below. Reel numbers are NHF-assigned. Reel 29. 'Around Spring & Summer of 64.' Children in yard at Easter. Woma...   more
31) [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
32) [Helen V. Bird--home movies] Reel 31
Collection-level description for Reels 16-37: home movies of family and community events during Janice Smith's children's childhoods, dated 1950s and 1960s. Reel notes supplied by donor...   more
33) [Helen V. Bird--home movies] Reel 32
Reel notes supplied by donor are in quotes; reel numbers are NHF-assigned below. Reel numbers are NHF-assigned. Reel 32. 'Sept of 68.' Group of children. (4:06:50) Children with hula ho...   more
34) [Helen V. Bird--home movies] Reel 16
Reel 16. 'Xmas 1959. Laura's first. 4 mos. old. Xmas 1959 Laura's first.' Christmas tree and presents. (3:00:00) Scenes of baby [Laura] and mother [Helen] with baby. (3:00:26-3:02:44)   more
35) [Helen V. Bird--home movies] Reel 36
NHF cataloguer's notes, 1/96 (donor's notes in quotes; reel numbers are NHF-assigned): Reel 36: 'Summer & Winter 1970.' Young boys dressed up. Girls also. Child late. Looking lost. All...   more
36) [Helen V. Bird--home movies] Reel 22
Reel notes supplied by donor are in quotes; reel numbers are NHF-assigned below. Reel numbers are NHF-assigned. Reel 22. 'Summer 1961. 1961--putting up swing. [illegible].' Girl on rock...   more
37) [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
Smith, Janice Collection
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Collection Identifier(s)
[Helen V. Bird--home movies], 1311
Creator(s)
Helen V. Bird
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
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.
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