This is some rare film footage that surfaced recently, and was brought in to be re-conditioned and transferred to DVD. It has obvious historic value, and a copy was donated to the Chesterfield Historical Society. As I understand, a screening of the DVD occurred, and townspeople had the opportunity to comment on and identify people and places in the footage. It would be wise, I think to create an official version with a soundtrack that could do the same, maybe even in the first person of some of the descendants of those depicted. Some children in the film are living today.

This film footage is being posted online particularly so that residents of Chesterfield and organizers of an upcoming centennial celebration can view it. Historical footage like this has been an important part of similar celebrations, in some cases being incorporated into a larger town history, as a reference point for present-day oral histories, or even as a fund-raising/promotional piece. The 1954 Film we restored for the 350th Anniversary in Northampton was very successful in that regard, raising significant funds for the 350th Celebrations. A clip of that film can be viewed on our website, makehistory.tv.

Technical note: This footage of Chesterfield, MA dates back to the 1930s, when silent film was typically shot at 16 frames per second. The transfer you see here is the native 15 fps transfer. Although the frame rate can be corrected without introducing any image degradation, we generally prefer the exact 1:2 film frames to video frames ratio of the native transfer. Later films, that were shot at 18 fps have a much more noticeable, speed discrepancy, and so are adjusted accordingly.

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