Found Film: 1930’s Philippines Fort Mills

This is an 8mm home movie film from the 1930’s Philippines.  It starts with black and white footage of a hotel followed by scenes from a market.  There are also lots of views of the city itself from the hotels, which looks to be a cinema and the city transportation bus. 

The film cuts to color that again shows the Philippines market. It’s amazing how the color bananas jump on the color footage (@ 1:21) versus the black and white (@ :28).  The other thing that is interesting is the traditional dress, contemporary dress and the mixture of both (@ 1:34).  Then, it cuts to beautiful landscapes and a cabin in the mountains.  Then to a contemporary scenic overlook park with picnic tables in front of the same building as in the black & white part of the film.  The flowers and landscaping are beautiful.  The film shows a large Christian church.  And, then the growing farmlands cut into the hillside landscape.   

The film goes next to Fort Mills and Philippine Military Academy.  There is some footage of the military band marching on a field as well as troops marching in formation.  Cuts to a couple of ducks and a baby duck.  Then some interesting footage of molten metal being poured.  And, back to the base with more military troops in uniform.  The last parts of the film show a family that is living with the stationed officer on the base.  The mom pushes the little girl around in a toy car stroller.

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How did you digitize this film?

We are losing more history every day. The longer you wait to digitize that home movie of your grandparents at prom or your mom’s first car the more it degrades. I use the Wolverine 8mm and Super 8 Film Reel Converter Scanner to digitize what you see here.

Wolverine 8mm and Super 8 Film Reel Converter Scanner

Wolverine 8mm Super 8 Film Converter Scanner

It is easy to set up and operate and stores the files onto an SD card so you can quickly transfer files to your PC. If you have more than 10 films to scan this is definitely going to be cheaper than paying for someone to do it for you, and you’ll have the results quickly about 30 minutes scan time per standard 8mm reel.

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