Collection title: John Ames travel film
Collection number: SpC MS 16
Dates of collection: 1940s? to 1960s?
Size of collection: 7 reels (1 linear ft.)
Restrictions on access and use: Stored in the library's remote storage area. One week's notice requested for access.
Note: Inventory typed Feb. 2012 from handwritten notes dated 2/14/85 and marked with a stamp, "Sheldon Weiss Productions, Blue Hill Falls, ME 04615."
Scope and Content Note
Travel films made by John Ames.
6 reels of film and 1 reel of titles (3 black & white and 3 color).
All seem to be vacation footage. Mostly Mexico and some Jamaica. Black & white seems a bit earlier than color. All seem to be 40s, the color could be early 50s.
Brief notes of the contents of the reels are following.
Reel #1 – Black & White – 350 feet:
Pan of ocean and landscape
Shots of a harbor from a ship
Locals swimming by a ship
Cannons in front of large building (palm trees)
Reservoir & canal
High flood level marker 1924 & 1933
Picnic at waterfall on beach
Overexposed ruins (Mayan?)
A man in a garden
Drinks on a ship
Pan of a skyline from the ship
Fort on the coast
Kids on horses
Man & woman eating
Cows in the street
Unexceptional travelogue footage. Perhaps 2 couples take a cruise to tropical clime. Pan incessantly from verandas and staterooms. Probably goes with titles on the small reel. (Notes by David Weiss 2/14/85)
Reel # 2 – Black & White – 350 feet:
American Airlines de Mexico
Woman with flowers
Man and woman
Women at beach
United Fruit, Montego Bay Wharf
Peasants with bananas
Store fronts and signs
In the country – landscapes
Peasant on tracks
Summit – Montego Bay Line
Palm trees, beach, boat
A few shots of somewhere else – coast
Jamaican stuff much more interesting than reel #1. Still pan crazy. Seems to be 40’s – Post war cars, I think. (Notes by David Weiss 2/14/85).
Reel #3 – Black & White – 400 feet:
Ansco leader at head
City scene – big cathedral
Mexican lady making tortillas
Guijos on a bicycle built for two
Landscapes – ocean
Frolic at the pool
Sign – Apothecary
Horse carts in a city
Cruise ship in background
Car fords stream
Woman makes tortilla
“Gates Fort 1609 AD”
Ye Olde White Horse Tavern Private Bar
Tom Moore Horse Tavern
Reel #4 – Color – 175 feet:
Deep sea fishing (man with red bandanna)
Back to port
Man with pig on a leash
Reel #5 – Color – 157 feet:
Flowers & wife
2 young couples
“Pilgrimage Garden Club”
Woman swimming with flower petals
Boat ride swimming
Fishing (man with red bandanna)
Reel #5 seems to be before Reel #4. Same trip.
Reel #6 – Color – 350 feet:
Birds on a lake
[Tourist?] Man & Woman
Pan of skyline
Man with red bandanna
Underexposed villa – pan of area
Peasants in boats full of flowers – floating market
Lots of boats
Beer on the lawn
All color rolls seem to be the same trip. Several couples – Looks like Mexico. Cliff diving, etc.
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