I just wanted to give you an update on the Hartwood movies. Dad and I stopped at the film company in Coraopolis last Thursday and showed our movies to the owner of the company. We were thrilled to find out that they are in excellent condition for being so old. We left 2 film rolls with him – 1 titled “John and Mary Wedding” and another titled “The Lawrence Boys”.
They transferred the 2 rolls of films onto a DV tape as well as DVD for us. I received everything back this past Saturday (48 hours turnaround) and Dad and I reviewed the DVD tonight that they sent.
The Wedding video is outstanding; it shows the cars pulling up to the church with Mary getting out of the one car as well as all of the other cars with the bridesmaids. There is also footage of the bridal party dancing as well as the sit down dinner – complete with footage of John and Mary at the head table with the fountain flowing that now sits in the hall at Hartwood. There is also great footage of the Flinn brothers as well as Mary’s mother Nancy Galbraith. This video is black and white and in great shape for being almost 100 years old.
The 2nd video shows Dad and Bill on Christmas morning opening presents in front of the Christmas tree in the great room – this video shows Dad is around 8 years old, Bill around 5, and this entire video is in color. There is also footage of horse shows at Hartwood, Mary riding sidesaddle, and even footage of John Heinz and Dad playing around when they were both around 8 years old. There is also footage of Brownie and Dad and Bill on horseback. The reel ends with a winter scene of Dad and Bill sled riding at the front of the house that slopes down to the woods. The footage quality is outstanding.
There are almost 18 more rolls of film to go; it cost us about $50.00/roll to get them transferred. Each roll we have is 7” in dia. and is 16mm. Our goal is to have a professionally produced video that will show the pictoral history of Hartwood.
Until next time,