Latest News

Home » Vintage Home Movie » Mysterious opening ceremony from the 1960s

Mysterious opening ceremony from the 1960s

This standard 8 vintage home movie from the 1960s shows an opening ceremony which I’ve been unable to identify although the clues to do so are in the film.

Mysterious opening ceremony from the 1960s 1

The film is an Ilford Standard 8 which comes in a small plastic push together box.

The film actually has a clue as to the contents because it has written on it some words in faint pencil, but unfortunately I can’t make out what they say, or at least I can’t make out in any sensible way. The bit I can read seems to say, ‘Rest Room’, which is followed by the bit I can’t read.

Opening Ceremony Film

The events in the film are fairly self explanatory. This is obviously a ceremony of some kind and the standard type of ceremony of this sort is when a new building opens. The Plaque on the wall, shown in the second picture below also seems to point to this, but unfortunately I can’t make out the writing due to the poor quality of the conversion to digital.

When I get time I’m going to see if I can get a better image of that frame of the film using a macro lens on my Fuji XT-1 to see if the text can be read. It’s particularly annoying, because I’m pretty sure the date is also written on the plaque (which I think may be 1967) so I could get quite a lot of information from the one image.

There seem to be quite a number of people attending the ceremony – presumably the local people and perhaps people who will be working in the new building if it is a commercial property.

Anyway, whatever the ceremony the film is still interesting from a social history perspective.

About Vintage Home Movies

If you would like more information about Vintage Home Movies please take a look at the Welcome and About page here and a description of how films are digitised here.

If you see anything in the film which you recognise, or you think gives clues to the location or date, please let me know in the comments below. Also, please share this post with your friends if you think they may be able to help locate a scene in this film.

Finally, if you found this post interesting and would like to be notified when new content is added to Vintage Home Movies please consider subscribing to the site using the form in the sidebar.

About

A software developer by profession and an amateur photographer by hobby I've been interested in all things photographic since I was a teenager some 40 years ago. Many of my interests centre around vintage film photography and cinematography.

Comments about this Film?

  • Subscribe to Blog via Email

    Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

    Join 142 other subscribers.

  • Movies by Month

  • Top Posts & Pages

    Old cars and Brighton Trip from 1963
    A happy family Wedding from 1973
    Odd Christmas Party games 1959
    A Sea voyage on 8mm film
    A Film of Dudley Zoo from the 1960s
%d bloggers like this: