As I write this, I haven't yet figured out which Chicago suburb the movies and family called home. I have figured out it was Illinois and I have a list of possible cities narrowed down to about five, but I'm not certain enough yet. I don't know why I'm captivated by these, other than the fact they shows my native city from the late 1940s to mid 1960s. In this 15-year span, the videos and photos show the same people growing from children into adults and moving from Chicago to Tucson to Walnut Creek, California.
For this first installment, I'll post a few videos. The first is a newsreel from 1937. It's startlingly prescient about World War II. The latter are just home movies. I've wondered, in digitizing the slides, editing the images, and watching the videos a couple of times, whose estate sale these same from.
Two of the videos take place in Florida. This is one of them and I like it because of the old car at 1:30 and the monkeys at 2:30. Also, there's a sign for Spook Hill, at 1:30, and you can see the car appearing to roll up a hill. Spook Hill is one of those places like The Mystery Spot at Wisconsin Dells or The Mystery Spot in San Jose, California. It's in Lake Wales, I think, and since it was around in at least 1952, it must be one of the older 'attractions' in Florida.