Feature Video–October 20th–Owens Field–Gibbes–home movies

Home Movie Day is upon us again and this year it is the 10th anniversary of the annual event. I have attended and assisted this event for the last few years in London, and this year will be both attending and extending my assistance to the Columbia, SC version that will be taking place at Conundrum Music Hall in West Columbia, from 3:30pm through to 6:30pm this saturday, October 20th.

Come One, Come All and bring your films too!

The film on the featured video is from a prominent Columbia family and shows Owens Field at its dedication in 1930, when it was called Columbia Municipal Airport and was the only airport serving the city. More than 15,000 people attended this opening and were amazed by spectacular flying machines.

This film comes from the collection of the Gibbes family. The collection was donated by Mrs Susan Gibbes Robinson, and were all shot by her father, J. Heyward Gibbes, a prominent Doctor and Chief Medical Consultant at the Veterans Hospital in Columbia. The films are a wonderful collection of home movies from the region and mainly feature Dr. Gibbes and his family enjoying their free time at home, at the beach, hunting and fishing and even playing golf. They range from the 1920s through to the 1960s and show some wonderful images of a family in the pursuit of various activities.

This picture shows Susan Gibbes and her sister Eugenia at the airfield and this weekend at Hollings Special Collections at Thomas Cooper Library you can see an exhibition of Home Movies selected by curators from MIRC, which includes a selection of clips of Susan over the years as captured on film. There will be screens where films will play on a loop so you can drop in anytime to have a look at some of the home movie collections available for viewing. The selection will feature:

Screen 1: Susan Gibbes Robinson, a lifetime on film and

Screen 2: Cruise ships and Kodachrome, 30 years of home movie making

For more home movies from the Gibbes collection: http://mirc.sc.edu/fedora/repository/usc%3Agibbes/-/collection

For more information about Home Movie Day: http://homemovieday.com

For more information about HMD at Columbia: http://www.facebook.com/events/197294000403290/

Blog written by Lydia Pappas, Curator, MIRC

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2 Responses to Feature Video–October 20th–Owens Field–Gibbes–home movies

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  2. Sanna says:

    Wow this film on the featured video is from a prominent Columbia family and shows Owens Field at its dedication in 1930, when it was called Columbia Municipal Airport . I really appreciate this post. keep posting.

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