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Northeast Historic Film, Moving Image, 00:06:35
Clip excerpted from original films donated to Northeast Historic Film by Joan Swan Branch, daughter of Joseph E.C. Swan. The Joan Branch Collection, Accessions 0706 and 0712, is 7400 feet of silent 16mm reversal film shot between 1920 and 1940, primarily in Maine and China. Joan Branch's grandfather, Forrest Colby of Bingham, Maine, was Maine Forest Commissioner. Forrest Colby's daughter, Lena Mary Colby, married Joseph E.C. Swan in Shanghai, China, in 1923. The China footage was shot by Swan's father, Joseph E.C. Swan, between 1928 and 1936. This clip shows: 1. Street performers with a crowd around them: a man catches and throws a stick, a child grimaces while wearing various costumes. A band performs with drums. A puppet show with audience in the foreground. A man performs magic tricks with a ball, cloth and cup. Food vendors on the street.
2. An American family drives in the countryside and uses simple ferries for river crossing. Views of a stone bridge with a Chinese person walking by, a river with passing watercraft. Ferry with closeups of arrival and loading the large American car on the ferry, which is like a simple raft. A pig by the roadside. Chinese family including children on a boat. Women steer and row a ferry with the car on board. Views of passing covered boats and watercraft at the ferry landing. Extended views of wooden ramps for boarding and getting off the ferry. Joseph E.C. Swan (1898-1960) was a founding member of Swan, Culbertson & Fitz, a banking and brokerage firm in the Far East. He was associated with the firm from 1926 to 1936. He lived with his wife and three children in Shanghai.
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