One of my readers wrote me today that she was thinking of how “dashing” my father was in
my little film we found of my parent’s wedding in 1934!
She gave me the idea to run it again on Father’s Day!!
I ran this last year on Mother’s Day, and for anyone who didn’t see it, you might enjoy it!!
I had a wonderful Mother!! And a wonderful Father!!!
She was the creative behind my own creativity; although my father, (whom I cannot remember) was extremely creative as well!
I owe so much to my mother; and since she died when I was 33; I never really was able to thank her for her encouragement
and support of a talent……that really barely had a “job description” when I started “decorating”!
So, I decided, in honor of my talented and wonderful mother , to repost this “surprise” film I discovered this past year! (thanks to my cousin and her contractor!)
I hope those of you who haven’t seen it will enjoy it! Those who have seen it can push “delete!!
Now we begin the original post……..shortly after we discovered this film!! (78 years after it was filmed!!!):
So, I decided to share the thing I am most thankful for in a long, long time!
Honestly; the best “Surprise Present” I have ever received (that was not alive!) is this!
I was born in 1947 in Los Angeles; My mother was 40 years old when I was born (that was a neighborhood scandal!) I have a brother born in 1938; ( there were blood issues ; now easily solved);
however, my mother lost 7 pregnancies after my brother; who was born in 1939!
My Daddie died when I had just turned 4; I heard wonderful stories about him; I have some great photographs of him which I treasure….and are on my walls!
I don’t remember him…really…except little tiny “snippets”..I never saw him “move”; and I didn’t remember any “mannerisms” or “body language”.
My mother was an enormous influence…..we were incredibly close; I learned everything I know from her; and she was a total pistol;
until Parkinson’s took her down at 67 (YIKES!) and took her life at 70.
So: my cousin Paulette calls me to say she found a yellow “Kodak” box with my father’s name on it; inside is a roll of film with a date stamp of “June 20 1950”
I think it might be my birthday party! Off it toodles to be turned into a disc! I put it into my laptop; and this is the story!
It is a film of them right after their wedding!!
It was a “silent movie” filmed 16 years earlier; in 1934! It is a movie (when you had to crank it up……and let it wind out…..and crank it up again!)
My mother was 26; my father 32; they were married in Yuma Arizona, in 1934!
Right after the ceremony; this person filmed them leaving the “Justice of the Peace” office;
and off they went to some divine hotel with a cousin; filmed by someone! In 1934!
After they left for the hotel, they were filming each other and talking to each other!
My father took it to the film store to update the film 16 years later. He knew he was dying; I think he did so so we could watch it when he was gone! He died in 1951.
This is the 3 minute film.
Having a movie of my parents right after they are married is great enough; however, this is the first time I have ever seen my Daddie “move”!
It means more to me than I can express!
One of my friends said it so beautifully!
She said….”this shows the power of film to bring people back to us”!
Watching it, I felt they were blowing kisses at me!
I saw a lot of love here! Please share your comments!
Pretty darn stylish people; and the cutest car! A 1934 Ford Cabriolet with a rumble seat!
An incredible gift!!!
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