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Thursday, September 25, 2008

Grandpa's Picture Party

Gustave Martens, aka "The Home Movie King of College Point" (Long Island), immortalized on his grandson's website:

Most of these clips are from the home movies of my Grandfather Gustave Martens (1900-1977) of College Point, Long Island. During his youth in neighboring Whitestone he ran errands for a local film studio where, I imagine, he dreamed of a future career in filmmaking. When the studio moved to Hollywood the staff wanted him to come along, but family matters forced him to stay home and take on a sales career instead. Rather than let the disappointment kill the movie bug in him, he became the home movie king of College Point!

Be sure to check out the collection on youtube, including a great psychedelic Bing Crosby short.