Share in our discoveries across three projects as we work to provide the first intellectual access to our hidden treasures relating to work and labor in early 20th Century New England, the 1939-1940 New York World's Fair and its period, and Boston local TV news.

Friday, August 19, 2011

A Camera Chart for the Fair

The Amateur Cinema League's Movie Makers periodical published a "Camera Chart," actually an annotated schematic map, for the New York World's Fair in 1939. Cataloger Brian Graney identified and prepared the map as a signature element of our access and interpretive tools.

Website visitors will be able to use the map to browse amateur films by fair zones. The map, a two-page spread in the large-format magazine with another column identifying camera-worthy fair features, is also available for download as a PDF.

Locations on the map are numbered, for example at site 27, "The Parachute Jump will let you film while you are jumping." We have not yet noted a reel capturing a falling cameraperson.

Perhaps such reels will appear at the Home Movie Day event scheduled for Saturday, October 15, at Queens Museum of Art, in Queens, NY, from 1 to 5 p.m.

Home Movie Day at Queens Museum of Art is free to the public; anyone who has amateur film from the 1939-1940 fair, who attended the fair, and people of all ages interested in learning more about amateur film, please write to be added to the mailing list for our Home Movie Day event:


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