James Betelle, Where Are You?

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Maplewood, Mid-Century

May 26th, 2010 · 6 Comments · Architecture

I recently acquired  a 20 minute reel of 16mm silent color home movies, shot in Maplewood, New Jersey, in the 1950s-60s. In it are typical scenes of a family’s life; Church, Christmas, Halloween, hanging out at the pool, etc. Interspersed with this are scenes around Maplewood that any resident will easily recognize. Cars and clothes have changed, but the buildings and landscape remain much the same.

The filmographer apparently loved Guilbert & Betelle’s Maplewood Municipal Building, which is featured heavily (Columbia High School also makes a brief appearance). I’ve added some music and edited the film to focus on these aspects. Enjoy.


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    […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Steve Weintraub, Mary Barr Mann. Mary Barr Mann said: Fantastic video of Maplewood through the season in 1954-55: http://bit.ly/aZChex […]

  • 2 Jurgens // May 27, 2010 at 8:11 am

    thank you, I truly enjoyed viewing.

  • 3 john // May 27, 2010 at 8:10 pm

    thanks ejoyed very much.

  • 4 TBrodie // Jan 23, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    EMI seems to have blocked the video on YouTube. Does anyone know where else to find it?

  • 5 Frank // Feb 11, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    Love the second video. As a new resident in Maplewood, I’ve been running around with my camcorder taking some of the same pictures!

    The first video seems to have been blocked by EMI because of the music. I’d love to see it- even without a soundtrack!

    Thanks for sharing this- great stuff!

  • 6 Steve Weintraub // Feb 11, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    It’s actually the same video–I posted it again quickly so people can see it. Glad you enjoyed!

    By the way, the audio was the song, “One for My Baby”, sung by Sinatra. So cue that up and watch it for the full effect.

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