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Barnum Festival Parade, 1956
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Barnum Festival Parade, 1956

Film enthusiast Nicholas Soltis was born and raised in Bridgeport and spent his entire career as a policeman on the Bridgeport force. Nick enjoyed taking home movies of family gatherings and special events in Bridgeport. In this film, Mr. Soltis captured the 1956 Barnum Festival ...

February 11, 2015
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Barnum Festival, 1949, pt. 1, by Vincent Frazzetta, Sr.
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Barnum Festival, 1949, pt. 1, by Vincent Frazzetta, Sr.

This is the first segment of four reels of 8mm film taken during the first year of the Barnum Festival in Bridgeport, 1949. This segment begins with a long shot of the stature of P.T. Barnum located at Seaside Park. The photographer pans from the statue ...

April 02, 2016
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Barnum Festival, 1949, pt. 2, by Vincent Frazzetta, Sr.
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Barnum Festival, 1949, pt. 2, by Vincent Frazzetta, Sr.

This second segment of four reels of 8mm film taken by Bridgeport resident Vincent Frazzetta, Sr., during the first year of the Barnum Festival in Bridgeport, 1949. This segment begins with the Barnum Festival Parade on lower Park Avenue near the Perry Memorial Arch. Parade: band; floats; clowns; ...

April 02, 2016
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Barnum Festival, 1949, pt. 3, by Vincent Frazzetta, Sr.
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Barnum Festival, 1949, pt. 3, by Vincent Frazzetta, Sr.

This segment opens with a shot of the main entrance to the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus tent then switches to crowds milling about circus tents. Many animals such as lions and tigers may be seen in cages. A sign for the Ringling ...

April 02, 2016
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Barnum Festival, 1949, pt. 4, by Vincent Frazzetta, Sr.
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Barnum Festival, 1949, pt. 4, by Vincent Frazzetta, Sr.

Film segment opens with a demonstration of a Remington electric shaver then a Bridgeport Brass Company booth at the Bridgeport Progress Exposition sponsored by the Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce. A dairy booth with live cows is featured next. A shot of Long Island Sound and ...

April 02, 2016
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Bridgeport Player’s Club Production, 05/03/1940
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Bridgeport Player’s Club Production, 05/03/1940

This silent film follows a Bridgeport Player's Club or drama club's production.  The film is in both black and white and color and has text card interspersed throughout.  Both men and women participate in the production.

February 11, 2015
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Bridgeport:  A Closer Look (1990)
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Bridgeport: A Closer Look (1990)

 Bridgeport:  A Closer Look  is a marketing film produced in 1990 on Bridgeport, Connecticut, by the Lynmark Group and the City of Bridgeport.

July 01, 2017
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Bridgeport:  Toward the Good Life
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Bridgeport: Toward the Good Life

A promotional film on Bridgeport produced by People's Bank in the early 1970's. The film covers the City's location within Fairfield County, infrastructure, industry, arts and culture, schools, social service organizations and other features as a publicity and marketing tool to attract business and residents ...

March 17, 2016
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Holmes & Edwards Silver Company – Marketing film
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Holmes & Edwards Silver Company – Marketing film

Industrial film produced by the Holmes & Edwards silver company in Bridgeport, Connecticut. The film shows workers manufacturing silver items in the factory plant, sales representatives receiving training, and retail sales people showing customers Holmes & Edward products. The film dates 1935-1949 and was the ...

February 11, 2015
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Ice Cutting on Bunnell’s Pond, Beardsley Park, 1932-1939
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Ice Cutting on Bunnell’s Pond, Beardsley Park, 1932-1939

Ice Cutting “Ice Cutting” was produced for a local Bridgeport Company, The Southern New England Ice Co., which was already over 100 years old at the time the film was made in the 1930’s.  The film depicts an activity that was once essential to city and ...

March 13, 2014
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Mayor Jasper McLevy Administration:  1930’s Civic Improvements
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Mayor Jasper McLevy Administration: 1930’s Civic Improvements

This 1930's era silent, black and white film shows locations around the City of Bridgeport, Connecticut, where infrastructure improvements are being implemented under the aegis of the Mayor Jasper McLevy administration. Scenes include: Park Avenue; Seaside Park; Bridgeport Harbor (including lighthouse); State Street; North Avenue ...

July 01, 2017
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Memorial Day Parade, 1923-1929
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Memorial Day Parade, 1923-1929

Memorial Day Parade in Bridgeport, Connecticut, 1923-1929 This film is from the period between the World Wars. The World War I manufacturing boom further expanded Bridgeport’s already well established status as a significant industrial center in the Northeast and strongly associated the city with the munitions ...

March 13, 2014
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