Created by
Wood, Pauline Thompson, American, born 1901
Subject of
Holman, Alice, American, 1927 - 2009
Holman, Linda, American, born 1953
Owned by
Holman, Michael, American, born 1955
ca. 1963
8mm Film (a): acetate film;
Film Reel (b): plastic;
Film Box (c): cardboard
Duration: 3 Minutes
Length (Film): 50 Feet
This film is from a collection of home movies filmed by the family of Michael Holman, an important figure in the history of hip hop. The collection predominately contains family vacation footage shot when Holman's father, Lt. Thomas Holman, was stationed in Europe with the US Army. Most of the footage was captured by Holman's grandmother, Pauline Thompson Wood. In addition to the European vacation films, the footage shot by Pauline Wood documents her involvement with the Baha'i Faith and includes footage of Baha'i events and pilgrimages to holy sites in Israel and Palestine. There is also footage of the family at home in San Francisco and other sites in California.
This film is from a collection of home movies filmed by the family of Michael Holman, an important figure in the history of hip hop.
Consists of: 8mm Film (a), Original Film Reel (b), and Original Film Box (c).
2016. 8mm film. The film begins with a series of wide shots taken during the 1963 Baha'i World Congress in London. Next, a group of people pose at the entrance of an unidentified building. Linda Holman stands on the far left, wearing a beige coat with a red sweater underneath. This is followed by a shot of people entering a car parked in a spot marked, "Calais." A series of shots depicting various monuments around Paris, France follows. A middle aged man and a young girl, Linda Holman, pose in many of the shots. Linda wears a navy skirt and jacket. There are two brief shots that appear to have been taken in Nice, France and Monaco. A single shot depicts two young girls on the street of an unidentified city dressed in elaborate white gowns. This is followed by several shots of St. Peter's Square in the Vatican where Linda Holman wears a white sweater, blue skirt, and pink headband, and several shots taken most likely in Nice. A series of shots taken from a moving vehicle depict small villages surrounded by large mountains in an unidentified location. Next, there are multiple shots from a moving vehicle of a large group of West German soldiers and their armored vehicles in an unidentified location. Alice Holman waves at the camera wearing a pink hat and jacket, as she is boarding a ship. The final shot of the film is taken from the deck of ship flying a Hungarian flag.
2016. Original film reel.
2016. Original film box. Standard yellow Kodachrome 8mm film box with a brief handwritten content note.
Place depicted
London, Greater London, England, Europe
Paris, Île-de-France, France, Europe
Nice, Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur, France, Europe
Monaco-Ville, Monaco, Europe
Vatican City, Holy See, Europe
West Germany, Europe
Collection title
Michael Holman Family Collection
Media Arts-Film and Video
home movies
8mm (photographic film size)
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number
Restrictions & Rights
© Michael Holman
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