Richmond, Norman Collection

Richmond, Norman Collection
Credit: Albert Wheeler home movies, Norman Richmond Collection, Northeast Historic Film. Albert Wheeler's truck, Manchester, Maine, 1939.
[Al Wheeler--home movies], 0888
      1 film reel and 1 videocassette
      East Dixfield, ME
      Manchester, ME
      Meredith, NH
      New York, NY
      The Norman Richmond Collection contains one reel of 8 mm. and one VHS videocassette. The 8 mm. reel was compiled prior to donation from five black-and-white and color camera reels, all shot in 1939 by Albert Wheeler. Taken together, the films provide a survey of a year in the lives of Albert and Mabel Dugas Wheeler of Manchester, Maine, documenting their travels throughout Maine, New Hampshire, and New York, visits with friends and family, and attendance at community and sporting events. Among the Maine events depicted are a car demolition show in Sidney, a fireman’s muster in Hallowell, and log rolling in Belfast. A particular highlight from their travels is a visit to the 1939 New York World’s Fair.

      Of the Thanksgiving footage, Norman Richmond recalls that this "was a tradition at my great grandfather's home in East Dixfield. East Dixfield was and is a very small village, and our family was a truly extended family of the Butterfields, Smiths, Whites, Severys...and Thanksgiving was time for our reunion."

      Albert and Mabel Dugas Wheeler lived in Manchester, Maine, where Al ran his own plumbing business. After the second World War, they relocated to San Diego, California.

      Norman Richmond of Lewiston, Maine, is Mabel Wheeler's cousin. He obtained the film from Mabel and coordinated its donation to Northeast Historic Film.

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