Ah, the old Alma Mater! Broncos of all ages gather in this 1934 homecoming event, filmed by Louis Normandin at Santa Clara University.
Spring is here - time to get back on two wheels! This segment of a W.P.A. film from 1937 extols the virtues of an active lifestyle, and in San Jose that meant bicycling! This new velodrome was San Jose’s 4th, constructed in a spinach field where Lincoln High School now stands. You can almost feel the wind in your hair!
Home movies look so much better in HD! This is the premiere film from our Pioneers Film Archive’s new 1080p film scanner. Just look at that color! You can read every sign, and we’ll bet some of you can recognize some faces from 1947. Thanks to Larry Guerrera for the generous donation of this 16mm Kodachrome film of the Columbus Day parade in downtown Santa Clara, California.
Bulls & Horses vs. Cowboys, a common theme in the Wild West town of San Jose in 1961!
Another student-film time capsule! This film from 1972 captures San Jose’s Kelley Park as it was then, with Happy Hollow, the Japanese Friendship Gardens, and the San Jose Historical Museum. Some things have changed (History Park and Happy Hollow look markedly different today!), but others haven’t (The Koi Ponds and Danny the dragon are largely unchanged). This may bring you back to your childhood in San Jose, or show you how far we’ve come since those days!
California’s history comes alive when it moves. More than pictures, books, or audio, a film can put you in a place and a time you couldn’t otherwise see. Film is a time machine, and this clip is no exception. Shot mere days before the Earthquake of 1906, this film takes us down Market Street in San Francisco, via a camera mounted to the front of a cable car. The traffic is hectic, the street is cobbled, and the pedestrians are dressed to the nines for their downtown excursion. This film, restored by the Prelinger Film Archive and the Library of Congress, is what everyone dreams of finding in an attic or closet - a lost treasure that can be a time machine for the world. The Pioneers Film Archive begs you, if you have old films, donate them to an archive while you can - film degrades and fades, and requires special attention to ensure its survival. Your home movies could be history - but only if they survive.
We restore, digitize, and preserve old films - and might be able to do it for you free of charge. Ask us how - Film@CaliforniaPioneers.com
Today, after 53 years of sun, wind, and fog, San Francisco’s Candlestick Park will host its final game. Thanks to our virtual time machine, the Pioneers Film Archive can take you back to that glorious day when it all started in 1960.
It’s amazing, when you think about it - every picture tells a thousand words, and every movie has 16 to 60 frames per second. That’s a lot of stories to tell! This shot of the drying yards on the Lester Ranch in 1956 shows us the Apricot harvest being laid down on drying trays in the warm San Jose sun. After being cultivated and picked, the ‘cots were graded, sorted, cut, and smoked with sulfur to retain their color, then arranged on trays by the thousand to be dried. Then they’d be packed and Santa Clara County’s golden harvest would be shipped out to the world.