Wytheville (Va.), circa 1939 (Reel 1)

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The shot list for this film was created by library staff from another version of the footage. The sequence of events identified in the shot list should be accurate, but the timestamps are not.

Collection: H. Lee Waters Collection
Tape: Wytheville, 16mm, b/w, silent, 30:55 (part 1 of 2)
Town: Wytheville, VA
Theater: Wythe Theatre
Dates: April 28 & 29, 1939
Film Quality: Slight Deterioration, Scratches and blotches.
Note: Plenty of commercial shots - shop windows, store signs, and the inside of shops. Films part of an athletic event.

00:00:12 - FIRST IMAGE -.Man fixing his hat. Slight Deterioration, Scratches and blotches
00:00:14 - Two men looking into camera; one lighting a cigarette
00:00:17 - Main street with men, women, children, business men/proprietors
00:02:24 - Man posing in front of store.
00:02:34 - 'Coca Cola' store sign, 'Central Drugs' store sign.
00:03:01 - Black man standing in front of store (FACE SLIGHTLY OBSURED BY BLOTCH)
00:03:07 - Group of men - 2 white, 1 black in doorway
00:03:11 - Proprietors sweeping the paths in front of their shops
00:03:16 - 'Kroger - Groceries & Meats' store sign
00:03:27 - '1 cent' sale sign in shop window
00:03:55 - Black boy standing by the fence with bag on his shoulder
00:04:05 - 2 boys; b/w standing in front of the 'Fourt Have' hotel
00:04:16 - Girl skipping on the sidewalk
00:04:22 - Two houses with white picket fences
00:04:30 - 2 black girls walking past
00:04:32 - Group of girls - black and white - walking past.
00:04:40 - Group of black boys walking past.
00:04:48 - Children (young and adolescents) coming out of school (for African-Americans)
00:05:42 - 2 black girls standing in front of building looking into camera
00:05:48 - Black boy walking past with a ball in his hand
00:06:28 - 2 black boys play fighting
00:06:35 - Black children filing back into school
00:06:46 - Man coming out of store carrying promotion posters for 'Wythe Theater'
00:06:58 - 'Haag Bros. Circus' promotional flier posted on wall
00:07:00 - Shot of a big building - School (for Whites)
00:07:11 - Girls standing in front of door with books in her hands
00:07:13 - Man(teacher?) standing in doorway with kids around him
00:07:33 - Kids - in groups or on their own - walking to school
00:08:32 - Group of kids standing in front of school entrance looking into camera
00:08:55 - Group of young boys posing in front of camera
00:09:00 - Group of girls giggling in front of camera
00:09:10 - Teenage boy and girl with arms around each other in front of camera
00:09:33 - Kids filing out of school - in groups of varying sizes
00:09:59 - Boy on a bicycle in front of school exit
00:10:50 - Boy wearing flyers cap and holster with toy gun walking towards camera
00:10:56 - Two boys - one on the other's shoulders - riding a bicycle
00:11:11 - 3 boys standing in a doorway
00:11:12 - portrait shot of little boy sucking on a lollipop
00:11:27 - Little girl with ribbons in her hair eating fruit (apple?)
00:11:33 - Group of children standing in front of school building
00:11:54 - Older boy and girl holding hands
00:11:59 - Portrait shot of 2 girls - twins.
00:12:10 - 2 boys dressed alike posing for camera
00:12:39 - Panning shot of kids in front of school
00:12:46 - Children filing into school
00:13:07 - Group of girls sitting cross-legged on the ground - wearing gym clothes
00:13:24 - Panning shot of school building
00:13:29 - Shot of teachers (female) standing outside school
00:13:35 - Children filing back into school
00:14:58 - Shot of school building
00:15:04 - 4 adolescent boys standing in doorway
00:15:10 - Older kids filing out of school (high school?)
00:15:21 - BLANK IMAGE - end of ROLL 1

Item Information help

  • Description
    This film is part of a series of films taken by H. Lee Waters titled Movies of Local People. The series captures residents of small towns across North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia between 1936 and 1942. Digitized from U-matic. The shot list for this film was created by library staff from another version of the footage. The sequence of events identified in the shot list should be accurate, but the timestamps are not.
  • Item ID
    rl10075umatic0027010
  • Spatial Coverage
  • DCMI Type
    Moving Image
  • Series
    Movies of Local People, 1936-1942
  • Provenance
    The H. Lee Waters Film Collection was received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a series of gifts and purchases beginning in 1988
  • Source
    H. Lee Waters Film Collection
  • Genre
  • Creator
    Waters, H. Lee
  • Title
    Wytheville (Va.), circa 1939 (Reel 1)
  • Extent
    TRT 00:15:35
  • Date
  • Copyright & Usage
    The materials in the H. Lee Waters Film Collection are made available for use in research, teaching and private study. Materials from this collection may not be used for any commercial purpose without prior permission from Duke University. All copyrights that exist in this material have not been transferred to Duke University. When use is made of these materials, it is the responsibility of the user to obtain additional permissions as necessary and to observe the stated access policy, the laws of copyright and the educational fair use guidelines.
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