Moving Images Series: A Happy Piece of Institutional History
In 1980 the Museum’s Dawn of a New Day exhibition celebrated the 40th anniversary of the 1939 Fair with Saturday screenings of rare footage taken by hobbyist and film enthusiasts. In keeping with the amateur film tradition, the Museum’s Educational Department operated an informal screening space where fair veterans showcased their footage to the general public. The films were a treasure trove of primary sources reflecting the perspectives, hopes, and excitement of American families who attended the Fair.
Several of these wonderful films are now available on the web thanks to a collaborative project between the Queens Museum, Northeast Historic Film, and the George Eastman House funded by the Council on Library and Information Resources.
—Richard Jung Lee, Archival Fellow
A Letter to the Editor: Cinema Clubs and the World of Tomorrow by LANCE BIRD in the Journal of Film and Video, Vol. 38, No. 3/4, Summer-Fall 1986, pp. 39-45
Screen capture from a 1939 World’s Fair home movie. Queens Museum Gift of Charles Locasto, 1987.1.2WF39
See what’s happening on home movie day: http://www.centerforhomemovies.org/locations2014/
View 1939-1940 World’s Fair home videos from the Queens Museum: http://fairfilm.org/