Clarence A. Price Home Movies Collection

Title

Clarence A. Price Home Movies Collection

Description

The Clarence A. Price Home Movies Collection originally consisted of 26 reels of home movie footage shot by Clarence A. Price between 1947 and 1958, during which time he served as the manager and caretaker of the Daniel Boone Hotel in Downtown Boone, North Carolina.

Sometime in the mid-2000s, Janie Price King of Sunset Beach, NC, the daughter of Clarence A. Price, had many of the reels transferred to DVD by a commercial video transfer firm. Unfortunately, the frame rate used for this transfer sometimes does not match the correct frame rate for the films, creating the "jumpy," digital blur that sometimes appears when subjects are in motion. In addition, the poor quality of the original reels sometimes causes the footage to flutter or cycle through its frame. There is no way to correct these issues on this video file.

In response to these issues, though, Digital Watauga arranged with Ms. King in late 2016 to digitize the original home movie reels one at a time. Of the 26 surviving reels, 10 had deteriorated to the point that they were no longer able to pass through projection equipment. As a result, the DVD footage contains some scenes that survive in no other location since they can no longer be reproduced from the original reels. Most notably, the footage of the 1949 Watauga County Centennial Parade is one of these reels. In total, this collection contains the early 2000s DVD transfer plus the 16 reels that were digitized for Digital Watauga in 2016.

Clarence Alton Price was born in Gaston County, NC, on May 15, 1904. He married his wife, Louvenia "Billie" Etheridge Price (1908-2000), on December 16, 1933. According to a Watauga Democrat article from November 9, 1939, Clarence A. Price appears to have taken over as assistant manager at the Daniel Boone Hotel early that month, arriving in Boone from his former position with the Elwood Hotel in High Point, NC. Later that month, Price was listed as the manager of the Daniel Boone Hotel in a newspaper advertisement. The Prices continuted to operate the Daniel Boone Hotel for a total of 37 years. Clarence A. Price passed away on January 21, 1982.

Creator

Clarence A. Price

Date

1947-1958

Contributor

Janie Price King

Format

8mm film and DVD

Type

Moving Image

Coverage

Boone, NC, Watauga County, NC, and Wilson County NC

Items in the Clarence A. Price Home Movies Collection Collection

Clarence A. Price Home Movie Collection (DVD)
This video contains all footage from a composite DVD of the Clarence A. Price Home Movie Collection that was compiled by a commercial video transfer firm in the 2000s. This copy of the original DVD was a gift to Digital Watauga by Janie Price King of…

Snow and Homecoming, 1958
Reel #26 of 26 home movies in the original Clarence A. Price Home Movie Collection, this reel begins with snow footage shot near the Daniel Boone Hotel, apparently at a later date than the preceding 1955-56 snow coverage, as the Super Dixie-Home…

Janie and Janelle, Fall and Winter 1955
Reel #25 of 26 home movies in the original Clarence A. Price Home Movie Collection, this reel begins with Janie Price King and her cousin Janelle walking up the steps to and playing on the lawn of the Daniel Boone Hotel in Boone, NC, probably in Fall…

Janie and Janelle, Easter 1955
Reel #24 of 26 home movies in the original Clarence A. Price Home Movie Collection, this reel begins with a brief shot of the St. Luke's Church sign in Boone, NC, followed by scenes of fall foliage, perhaps in 1954, with individuals climbing on a…

May Day 1953, Continued
Reel #21 of 26 home movies in the original Clarence A. Price Home Movie Collection, this reel begins with continued coverage of the 1953 May Day festivities, including a number of dance routines performed by students of the Appalachian State Teachers…

May Day 1953
Reel #20 of 26 home movies in the original Clarence A. Price Home Movie Collection, this features extensive coverage of the 1953 May Day festivities, including a number of dance routines performed by students of the Appalachian State Teachers…

Down Home 1952, First Snow 1953, Easter 1953
Reel #19 of 26 home movies in the original Clarence A. Price Home Movie Collection, this reel begins with a brief shot of relatives "down home" (at a location not identified), followed by footage at the Daniel Boone Hotel of the first snowfall of…

Construction of New Home, 1952
Reel #18 of 26 home movies in the original Clarence A. Price Home Movie Collection, this reel begins with glimpses of the Daniel Boone Hotel and businesses along the south side of West King Street in Downtown Boone, NC. Thereafter, images show…

Fall Foliage, 1951 (Continued)
Reel #16 of 26 home movies in the original Clarence A. Price Home Movie Collection, this reel shows continued footage of the fall foliage, possibly in Fall 1951, in Downtown Boone, NC, and portions of Watauga County. Brief glimpses of an…

Fall Foliage, 1951
Reel #15 of 26 home movies in the original Clarence A. Price Home Movie Collection, this reel shows footage of the fall foliage, possibly in Fall 1951, in Downtown Boone, NC, and portions of Watauga County. Brief glimpses of an unadulterated Howard's…

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