Palmer Blair Movie Collection #3: 1949 Watauga Centennial Parade, Part 1

Title

Palmer Blair Movie Collection #3: 1949 Watauga Centennial Parade, Part 1

Subject

Palmer Blair, 1949 Watauga Centennial Parade, West King Street, Boone, Linney Law Office, Appalachian State Teachers College

Description

Reel #3 of the home movies in the Palmer Blair Collection, this reel shows footage of the 1949 Watauga Centennial Parade moving west to east down West King Street in Boone, NC.

At the beginning of the reel, Blair appears to have been standing on the north side of West King Street near the present location of the Boone Post Office. At the 0:16 mark, Blair apparently moved to the south side of West King Street near what was then known as the Pastime Theatre. Blair moved again to the north side of West King Street at the 0:54 mark, probably to a spot in front of his shop in the former Linney Law Office building. Blair's wife, Sarah Lynn, can be seen marching in the parade in a red dress and looking at the camera at the 0:56 mark. The footage is especially noteworthy for its views of the buildings along the south side of West King Street, for which there are few historic images that have been located.

Around the 1:40 mark, Blair apparently relocated to the Appalachian State Teachers College campus to film additional parade entries queued up to march. Blair returned to West King Street at the 2:35 mark. He can be seen posing in front of his shop in the former Linney Law Office building at the 2:54 mark before resuming footage of the parade.

Unfortunately, this reel was exposed to heat and became brittle at some point, which accounts for the cracked appearance of some frames. Moisture apparently then seeped into the cracks in the emulsion, and mold grew in the gaps, accounting for the black grid lines along the cracks.

This film can be seen at https://youtu.be/UsQAWLG9elE

Creator

Palmer Blair

Date

1949

Contributor

Sarah Lynn Spencer

Format

8mm Reel

Language

English

Type

Moving Images

Identifier

Pal-Bla-9-3

Spatial Coverage

Boone, NC

Files

Pal-Bla-9-3.jpg

Citation

Palmer Blair, “Palmer Blair Movie Collection #3: 1949 Watauga Centennial Parade, Part 1,” Digital Watauga, accessed December 11, 2017, http://digitalwatauga.org/items/show/5846.

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