tv Color Films of President Hoover CSPAN May 27, 2017 7:50pm-8:01pm EDT
tory.n.org/his >> c-span, where history unfolds daily. and 1979, c-span was created as a public service by america's cable-television companies. it is brought to you today by your cable or satellite provider. on the phone with us on american history tv is lynn smith was an audiovisual artist at the museum and west branch i was. he made an interesting discovery recently. while working with the home movies belonging to president hoover and first lady, what did you find? >> it was an interesting thing i was working on a valuing the film measuring for shrinkage and i noticed some of the black and white films had lines on the
frame. i pulled it out to make sure i wasn't seeing things, spots as it were. i noticed the edge code indicated that they were coded color. to me, that would be image of color being seen in the frame. but they weren't. 20's,ere early 30's, late and i did some research to discover that coded color film was an early precursor to kodachrome film. the design of these films, the mechanics of the film, the lines that i will looking at were little tiny microscopic lenses that would trap the color when filmed through a camera with the lens -- with a filter, red green blue filter developed and read
projected -- read projected through the projector. eye, it looked like a black and white film with odd stripes. >> how hard was it to get projected and colored? do you have the technology lying around? >> we don't. several years ago, i had seen in an exhibit in oklahoma, a coded -- kodacooded color lor projector. whoever owned the camera wouldn't let us run our film through their projector with the age of these items are 80 plus years old. be hesitant to run them through a projector, much less our own. i did additional research and discovered there was a lab in rockville maryland that can digitally recapture and recode the color information that is
trapped in these lines. make it color again. or films areacol part of a larger set at the library museum, correct? >> right. we have 150 or so of uber -- of tover home movies dating up 1952. olor films were shot mostly by the first lady? >> some of them were. others, i'm not sure. i suspect they were taken by their daughter-in-law, margaret walked in. that's because they are -- margaret watson. them in some of the films playing with their pet
collie named ruby. another one she is rolling around with a play stroller playing with pete with a bucket. it looks like he is dumping a bucket of water on his head. not a nice little sister. sibling rivalries start early i guess. >> these really do have the feel of a home movie. when you look at them, from our 2017, they, from feel very new. it's all most like looking at the white house current today. with the south lawn, etc.. >> you see hoover and the cabinet members playing what would eventually become over ball. they're tossing around a medicine ball. you can see the building in the background, before it with named after eisenhower.
you can see mrs. hoover playing catch with their two dogs. then, the dogs run through a reflecting full having a good time. >> we know, in the hoover ball scene, the president is playing .n a sweater running around also in the scene where they fish, they are fishing in the suit. >> at the time, mr. hoover believed a gentleman should be properly dressed at all times. you wouldn't see him -- occasionally casual films of ambition, he would lose the tide. sometimes he wouldn't have had either, but he would trade that for hip waiters and a fishing vest. >> what you think that was shot? >> the film of him fishing off of the boat is off of the coast of florida. it was taken in january or early february of 1929. he and mrs. hoover visited their
long family friends jeremiah and cap are no bank -- catherine milbank. they met sometimes in the 20's and the french of extended for an additional four decades. >> you mentioned the president's grandson peter huber, he is the one that donated these films is he still alive? >> no, pete passed away in 2010. >> these seven films anin kodacolor, this would be new technology at the time. newhould be on top of the technology, she must have known about this early on. >> i think so. i think 24 is when her shift from still photos to home movies came in. that was about the time were cameras were being made available to the public.
ownuy and make your backyard fun movies, or whatever you are doing. she dumped on that technology and, i think, is a trained geologist into the sciences as a graduate of stanford university, i think it was the natural, what is next, what is next, what is next. kind of a logical progress in. people associate the hoover administration with the onset of the depression, what do you think these films and the larger collection in the library and museum, these home movies, reveal about president hoover and his family? >> i think it shows a lighter side of hoover. he was looked at, often, stiff uncaring, and you can see him interacting in other films we have with his grandchildren, playing with the family pets, having fun just like any other father would relate to his --ndchildren that were five
three, 4, 5, 6 years old at the time. it unmasked him as the stiff individual. he loved his family, his grandchildren, and who doesn't of their own family and grandchildren? visitors to the library and people online, will they be able to see these new kodacolor movies? >> yes, we have all of them on the youtube channel and a playlist. you can then watch them anytime we have a computer, i think it is an ipad or a device we have an a museum that you push a button and watch the films. it has been a pleasure speaking with lynn smith, representative in westbridge iowa at the museum. they do very much. >> thank you, bill. >> interested in american
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