Early Kodak Color Movie Test

Here is a test movie from 1922 of an early Kodak color film. It was filmed at Paragon Studios in Fort Lee, New Jersey. In the movie are movie actresses Mae Murray and Hope Hampton, who is in her costume from the movie “The Light in the Dark” (1922). Also in the movie is Broadway actress Mary Eaton and an unknown woman with a child. This movie used a 2 color process which wasn’t as good as later color films. Still, this is 13 years before the first Hollywood color movie was released (Becky Sharp).

Eastman Kodak donated this test movie and almost everything in their archive to the George Eastman House; International Museum of Photography and Film where it is now preserved.

Cemetery Updates

tombstoneI have two cemeteries that send me updated copies of their burial records every few years and both sent updates within the last couple of weeks. Oakwood Cemetery in Penfield has over 15,600 burials. It is run be an active association.

The other cemetery that sent an update is Lakeview Cemetery. It has slightly over 4500 burials. That cemetery is run by the Town of Sweden. Adjoining that cemetery is an older cemetery called Beach Ridge Cemetery. There are only about 1400 burials in that cemetery. There are less than a dozen burials that have done in Beach Ridge in this century. Check out the updates to these cemeteries for your family names.

Top Songs of 1964: #23

Another teenage tragedy song hit the top of the record charts in the end of 1964.  “Leader of the Pack” by The Shangri-Las was about Betty who is asked by friends to confirm that she is dating Jimmy, the leader of a motorcycle gang. She tells that she “met him at the candy store” and that’s when she “fell for the Leader of the Pack.” Betty’s parents’ disapproval saying that he came from  “the wrong side of town.” At her parent’s urging Betty breaks up with Jimmy. He speeds off on his motorcycle and crashes and dies.

The song was written by George “Shadow” Morton with Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich.

Leader of the Pack” was the number one song for the week of Nov. 22 – 28 on both the Billboard Hot 100 chart and the Cash Box record chart.

Download songs of The Shangri-Las (for a small fee) from Amazon.com.

Old News – Red Cross Stamps

Red Cross stamps available for the Christmas season in 1914.


Thursday, December 12, 1914


Six Big Main Street Stores Co-operate with Mrs. Deloss G. Eldredge and Committee.

1914-red-crossThe last stage off the Red Cross Christmas seal sale began this morning with the opening of the booths in the stores. In this the managers of six of the big Main street stores (Duffy’s, Burke’s Edwards’, Sibley’s McCurdy’s and Scrantom, Wetmore) are co-operating with Mrs. Deloss G. Eldredge and her committee, which follows, who will assist in the management of the booths: Mrs. F. P. Van Hoesen, Mrs. Walter Stone, Mrs Eric Gray, Mrs. H. B. Howell and Mrs. W. H. H. Rogers.

Mrs. Eldredge will manage the booths that will be opened in the main post-office building Monday. About twenty young women will serve in rotation as saleswomen at each of the seven booths.

“We have picked some groups of very attractive young women for this work.” said Mrs. Eldredge. “We have also had an eye for efficiency and believe we are going to have unusually good sales this year. The store managers have been very cordial in their offer to help and have our booths in splendid positions in every instance. Last year the public and store booths realized nearly $500 and we hope to fully as well this year.”

It was said at headquarters that about 1000 letters had come in in response to the appeal for stamps. There are still 1500 of these stamps to be accounted for and the committee again urges that those holding them send in their stamps as soon as possible that the stamps not bought in this way may be sold elsewhere.

Find A Grave on FamilySearch (Again)

Back in August 2013 I posted that Find A Grave records were on FamilySearch. There was a problem. Only about 15% of the records from F-A-G  were on FamilySearch. Then within a couple of weeks the F-A-G records disappeared off FamilySearch.

This week FamilySearch announced that they now have Find A grave records and this time it appears that they have all the records. An advantage of searching on FamilySearch is that that it finds alternate spellings. This is the direct link to the database on FamilySearch.

I am amazed at all the records that I have been able to find on Find A Grave. It keeps growing every day. In May 2011 there were 62 million records on there. Now over 121 million. Plus some of the records have pictures of the person’s tombstone.

Local Authors Book Fair

special-deliveryWith the holiday season upon us, find the perfect gift for the reader and history buff in your family.  The Charlotte Branch Library will showcase the work of local authors at a book fair on Thursday, December 11 from 5-7 pm.  History books on Rochester, Charlotte, Greece, the Underground Railroad, the Orphan Train, memoirs, and novels will be available.  Local authors including Marianne Dambra, Jill Fortune, Michael Keene, Rose O’Keefe, Mary Ellen Ostrander and Marie Poinan will be on hand to sign their books.  Attend for a fun evening of book browsing and shopping.

Top Songs of 1964: #22

The Supremes are back at the top of the record charts in 1964 with “Baby Love.” It was written and produced by Motown’s main production team Holland–Dozier–Holland. This was the second number one song of the year for The Supremese. In the next few years, they would have another 10 songs on the top of the charts.

“Baby Love” was on the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart for the weeks of Oct. 25 – Nov. 21 (4 weeks). Then it was the number one song n the Cash Box chart for the weeks of Nov. 8 -21.

Download songs of The Supremes (for a small fee) from Amazon.com.

Top Songs of 1964: #21

Lass Kiss” by J. Frank Wilson and the Cavaliers was the next song to hit the top of the record charts in 1964. The song was originally released in 1961 by Wayne Cochran who was one of the co-writers. “Lass Kiss” was one of several teen tragedy songs from that period. It tells the story of a couple out on a date when their car crashes. The guy is able to get one last kiss before his girlfriend dies in his arms.

Lass Kiss” was the number one song on the Cash Box record chart for the week of Nov. 1 -7. On the Billboard Hot 100 chart it only made it up to the #2 position.