Wednesday, December 11, 2013
The Days That Went Before Us - films from the 1920s
Almost 30 years ago an older gentleman rang the bell at St. Patrick rectory and asked to see me. He handed m a cardboard box. Inside were 6 reels of 16mm film. He told me they belonged to Fr. James Supple who served as a curate at St. Pat’s in the 1920s. He was a friend of the family and left the films with them when the priest was transferred, possibly in the 1930s. He had no idea what was on the films, and so they sat in the box for a decade or so. An interested volunteer showed the fragile films in 1996, and they have sat in that same box ever since, until now.
Technology is not my forte. Luckily it is for Bob Rafferty. Bob heard of the films and is preparing a mini documentary for 2014’s Irish Cultural Week. The films, which could disintegrate any day, have been digitalized along with a number of VHS tapes that have been gathering dust in the parish archives. The films are going to be permanently archives by the Irish Film Board. A gentle reminder that any of you out there with old pictures, booklets, uniforms, etc are invited to pass them to us to give them a home. Most of our archives is made up of donations. It amazes everyone that a parish that is approaching its 200th anniversary never bothered recording its own past.
The films the good Father left us are a window to life in the 1920s. He took a trip to Ireland and recorded what he saw in places like Dublin and Glendalogh. He has footage of soldiers marching down O’Connell Street, a fiddler outside a cottage, and a woman weaving on a spinning wheel. He also has local scenes of kids coming out of the St Patrick Boys’ School, a girl’s group at Canobie Lake, and a Corpus Christi procession in front of the church.
Here are some teasers to whet your appetite.
A few weeks ago Ed Furey gave a great lecture on architect, Patrick Keely. Phil Lupsiewicz videotaped the event for us and uploaded it to YouTube. Here’s the link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1B-1-WUS-vo Thank you, Phil.