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December 30, 2007

Reliving My Grandparents’ Wedding

Filed under: Grandma's Stories,Video — Andy Carvin @ 6:33 pm

When I visited my parents last February, I spent some time examining a small reel of 8mm film – footage from my the wedding of my grandparents, Cy Kaplan and Theresa Goldman, in December 1938. The film was practically falling apart, and much of it had been damaged years ago when my grandfather had someone clean the film, and they ended up corroding it instead.

I spent a lot of time investigating ways to restore and digitize the film, along with a number of other reels we had from the 1930s, 40s and 50s. So you can imagine my surprise when I came back to Florida to see my parents and grandmother this week, and they told me that a cousin of mine had given them a copy of all of the footage on a DVD. It turns out that when my grandfater had the film restored, they got transferred to a VHS copy. A cousin had a copy of this tape, so he decided to burn it to DVD and send it out to the family.

A couple of nights ago, we spent the evening watching the footage, largely at half-speed, so my grandmother could identify people for us. Even though she's 92 years old, it's amazing how many people she could spot almost instantly. She also got to see footage of her parents, who died more than 60 years ago, for the first time in decades.

Since I've been documenting my grandmother's stories on this blog, I thought I'd share her wedding film as well. It's about seven minutes long, including the very end of the ceremony, the wedding reception, and brunch back at her family's house in Chelsea, MA the next day. I know it might not be very interesting to everyone, but having it in digital form means the world to us. -andy

Formats available: mp4, iPod, mobile, Flash

April 13, 2007

Grandma’s Stories: The Dairy Farm on Auburn Street

Filed under: Grandma's Stories,Video — Andy Carvin @ 10:55 pm

My grandmother talks about her parents dairy farm on Auburn Street in Chelsea, Massachusetts, which lost some cattle during the Chelsea Fire of 1908. Photos of the fire damage courtesy of the Chelsea Historical Society.

April 4, 2007

Grandma’s Stories: How I Met Your Grandfather

Filed under: Grandma's Stories,Video — Andy Carvin @ 10:40 am

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My 91-year-old grandmother talks about how she met my grandfather in 1936; she also recalls how her father once picked her up from school in a horse-driven sleigh, and how she rescued an old man buried in a snow drift.

March 18, 2007

Grandma’s Stories: Dairy Farmers & Furriers

Filed under: Grandma's Stories,Video — Andy Carvin @ 6:57 pm

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In the latest installment of my conversations with my 91-year-old grandmother, she talks about her parents dairy farm in Chelsea, Massachusetts, other family businesses and their move to Worcester in the early 1950s.

March 3, 2007

Grandma’s Stories:
The House in Chelsea; Brothers & Sisters

Filed under: Grandma's Stories,Video — Andy Carvin @ 10:27 am

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This video is the first in a series of interviews I did with my 91-year-old grandmother, Theresa Goldman Kaplan, in February 2007. She and I had never really sat down before and talked about her childhood, and she agreed to let me record it.

In this piece, she talks about the home she grew up in, near her family’s dairy farm outside of Boston. We also learn a bit about her brothers and sisters, all of whom were much older than she was. She had a pair of older brothers, one of whom died after being struck by a baseball pitch as a kid; the other brother never fully recovered from the loss. 

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