Saturday, October 16, 2010

Playing Dress Up and Learning To Skate-An Old Time Movie

Growing up our dad always liked taking movies of us.  Back in 1961 it was much harder to do than it is today.  We didn't have video cameras then and no digital.  It was on film and for indoors, big flood lights were needed to make it bright enough.  There was no sound back then either, but he did have a title set that he used.  I remember him spending hours splicing film together to make larger reels. 

This is a short clip of us kids playing dress-up.  I thought it was pretty funny and my readers may enjoy seeing it.  I had this movie transferred to a DVD at CVS and it allows you to save and edit clips to the computer.  My dad told us to put some action into it so I am the one who pulled out the Kleenex and pretended to blow my nose at the beginning.  My brother was always self conscious about his ears.  As you can see, they are pretty big.  This clip of us playing dress up reminds me of "The Golden Girls." 

After the dress up is a short clip of Pam and I learning to skate in our driveway. We have big clunky coats on which was good because we fell often. I never did get to like skating. It just seemed like a lot of work to me and I was always afraid of falling. Pam's fall at the end got cut off on this video clip. I'm still trying to get the hang of editing these things.

Do you take video of your children at play? Sorry for the quality but hope you can see it well enough to enjoy it.

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Rebecca Mecomber said...

What a cute video! Oh my goodness, Karen, were you, what, 11 years old?! Good job on the Kleenex, nice touch, lol!

Karen, author of "My Funny Dad, Harry" said...
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Karen, author of "My Funny Dad, Harry" said...

I was born in 1953 so I would have been 7 in this video. Glad it gave you a laugh.

Yvonne said...

What a great video!

Mountain Woman said...

Oh, wow, that is so neat! I have tons of pictures but no videos of my son. A video camera was so expensive back then and way out of our budget. I think it's so cool your Dad took those videos and you have them. Thanks for sharing.

Rebecca said...

That is so awesome that you have videos from so long ago...what nice memories! I remember those old metal clip-on skates too, mine were exactly like those!

Matty said...

This brings back memories. My dad had a Brownie silent movie camera. It required the light bar, and I remember the lights being soooooo bright that you had to squint your eyes when you looked at the camera. Unfortunately, he has no idea what ever became of the old movies.

Mrs4444 said...

I love the klunky coats! Very cute dress-up video, too. What a treasure, that video :)

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