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Guy Koenigsberger’s films shot in the ’20s and ’30s offer slices of life from a younger Des Moines.

A scene of friends playing a leisurely game of golf atop a breezy bluff.

A class of exuberant second-graders bundled up for a train ride.

An elementary school graduation ceremony marked by baskets of flowers and a tree planting.

Guy Koenigsberger has a collection of these images on home movies showing countless timeless memories.

Those film clips, some nearly 90 years old, capture slices of Des Moines’ past.

Koenigsberger’s father, Guy Sr., shot many home movies on 16-millimeter black and white film using a Kodak movie camera between 1926 and 1932.

Source: Des Moines Register


Rare color footage of the bomb damage inflicted on London during World War II has surfaced on the eve of the 70th anniversary of the Blitz.

The dramatic footage shows the destruction of several London landmarks, including the flagship John Lewis store on Oxford Street.

The film was released Monday by Westminster Council to mark the start of the devastating German bombing campaign that began September 7, 1940, and continued until May 1941.

The film was found in the attic by the family of an air raid warden who shot it on the home movie equipment in use in the 1940s.

The footage also shows wartime leader Winston Churchill visiting bomb sites to assess the damage.

Source: Yahoo News

The intrepid Bradley Reeves and Louisa Trott from the Tennessee Archive of Moving Image and Sound report a new 9.5mm discovery from the Knoxville Amateur Cinema Club.

One of the best existing Knoxville-based films they’ve ever found was one in the collection of the Thompson family. Shot mostly at and around the University of Tennessee in 1931, it was called “College Life.” It shows a snowball fight, students mugging for the camera, some track and field events, a parade with student-made floats. TAMIS showed it at one of their home-movie nights at the East Tennessee History Center.

Brad says the cinematography—not a word usually associated with home movies—suggests professional skill. It impressed him and Louisa so much they set out to find as much as they could about the guy that made the film. At first it wasn’t much. His name was Robert J. Clements, and he was a UT student. He’d attended Boyd Junior High, and Knoxville High, and lived in apparently modest rental accommodations on Saxton Street in East Knoxville.

Source: Knoxville Metropulse

AP Photo/The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, William Ward Warren

The Sixth Floor Museum in Dallas, home to several home movies of the John F. Kennedy assassination, including the Zapruder Film, has made public a previously unseen 8mm home movie of the Kennedys arriving in Dallas on the day of his assassination. Ward Warren, who was 15 years old when he shot the film, recently donated the film to the museum.

Source: Yahoo/AP, Sixth Floor Museum

Knoxville’s Tennessee Archive of Moving Image and Sound has released Picturing the Smokies, an hour-long DVD compilation of home movies of the Great Smoky Mountains. The films and accompanying soundtrack are taken from TAMIS’s extensive collection of East Tennessee materials.

“The movie isn’t meant to be a comprehensive history,” said TAMIS’s Louisa Trott. “It’s a compilation of the most interesting footage in our collection, a portrait of the park as told through the lens of home movie makers.”

Knoxville News article about the DVD.

Source: TAMIS

Wallace Kelly’s 1939 Kodachrome film Family Trip West has been nicely re-edited by Lisa McElroy (aka Captive Wild Woman). The original version can be found on the Internet Archive.


Home and Amateur has featured Robbins Barstow’s Disneyland Dream several times, but there were other home movie makers in Disneyland in 1956. Jeff Altman has posted some gorgeous Kodachrome footage [part 1] [part 2] shot by his grandfather, including a shot of his grandmother meeting Walt Disney himself.

ABC News story is here.

The Hagley Library and Archives blog currently has a post about their collection of early amateur filmmaking booklets and catalogs. The post includes links to scanned material.  Read more here.

The Hagley Museum and Library is in Greenville, Delaware and their site is here.

The Anne Frank House in Amsterdam recently posted the only moving images of Anne Frank to their YouTube channel. The date is July 22, 1941 and the girl living next door is getting married. Anne is seen leaning out her window to look around.

Anne Frank House YouTube channel & Anne Frank House