HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!
“Grateful” “Giving Thanks”! A Hugely important thing to me!!!
I am hugely grateful for both of my parents.
They were both creative people, and I believe I inherited from both.
I don’t remember my father, because he died when I was only 4.
But I discovered this silent film of my paren’t wedding a few years ago!
Until I saw it, I had never seen my father move, any mannerisms, nothing.
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!
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.
I had never seen it before. It had been hiding in a box of photographs.
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!