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[8mm Footage: 1960's Construction of a Garage]

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[8mm Footage: 1960's Construction of a Garage]

200.00

Bordering on obsessive, this unusually detailed archive of 8mm color video footage documents the building of a 2-car detached garage addition to a suburban Boston home (likely Fitchburg, MA) in about the mid-1960's. Nearly an hour of footage captures every aspect of the construction progress: brush and tree clearing, excavation, concrete placement, carpentry, masonry, driveway asphalt, etc.... 

The dedicated videographer (unnamed, though likely the homeowner) takes great care to linger over what might otherwise be considered the mundane: extended shots of a backhoe removing a tree stump, a handheld saw trimming wall studs, a mason laying bricks, etc... creating a particularly uncommon and comprehensive home movie in the process. Seemingly made with no aim other than documentation, each roll of film remains on a small 50ft. reel (likely original from processing), suggesting the footage remains unedited and essentially as shot. The end result is an unflitered and lengthy glimpse into residential construction methods and labor in the mid-1960's.  

[8mm Film] : [Construction]. [8mm Construction Footage]. [Boston, Massachusetts]: [ca. 1965]. Approximately 850 feet of 8mm color film footage mounted to 17 approximately 3" plastic reels. Total runtime about 51 minutes. Each reel in its original processor box. Contents well preserved. Film stock clean. About very good or better. A preliminary digitization of each reel is available. 

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Bordering on obsessive, this unusually detailed archive of 8mm color video footage documents the building of a 2-car detached garage addition to a suburban Boston home (likely Fitchburg, MA) in about the mid-1960's. Nearly an hour of footage captures every aspect of the construction progress: brush and tree clearing, excavation, concrete placement, carpentry, masonry, driveway asphalt, etc.... 

The dedicated videographer (unnamed, though likely the homeowner) takes great care to linger over what might otherwise be considered the mundane: extended shots of a backhoe removing a tree stump, a handheld saw trimming wall studs, a mason laying bricks, etc... creating a particularly uncommon and comprehensive home movie in the process. Seemingly made with no aim other than documentation, each roll of film remains on a small 50ft. reel (likely original from processing), suggesting the footage remains unedited and essentially as shot. The end result is an unflitered and lengthy glimpse into residential construction methods and labor in the mid-1960's.  

[8mm Film] : [Construction]. [8mm Construction Footage]. [Boston, Massachusetts]: [ca. 1965]. Approximately 850 feet of 8mm color film footage mounted to 17 approximately 3" plastic reels. Total runtime about 51 minutes. Each reel in its original processor box. Contents well preserved. Film stock clean. About very good or better. A preliminary digitization of each reel is available.