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My family grew up in the film business, if you count home movies. My grandfather Cy Gallen loved to shoot and edit his 16mm home movies. He would go to the local Sears department store and order special titles to be made to insert into his productions.
Since my father Norman and his twin brother Gilbert were born in 1928 their lives were documented on 16mm home movie film. My father picked up the reins of shooting and editing home movies while he dated and then married Sylvia Hirstreet, spawning Ira Herman (me) in 1950, and then my sister Rona Yvette two years later. Then my sister and I continued the tradition and started documenting our lives during the video and digital age.
The first time I ever learned who Charlie Chaplin was when we had the family gathering around the 16mm silent projector. I was expecting to see some of Dad's latest camerawork when in between a scene he shot of my sister and I making a mess eating ice cream, he cut to the famous ice cream gag and chase scene from his film The Adventurer (1916).
30 years apart scenes shot in the same family driveway
Gallen Family Photos
The Gallen Family Home Movies and Unknown Friends 1930 (16mm B&W)
The twins' first Overcoat November 7, 1930
Later on, people were able to shoot home movies with a much smaller camera and film size known as 8mm and later super 8mm celluloid stock. This opened the world of home movies to the larger public to document their family and events they experienced, but not for watching films at home.
Watch Ira Gallen discuss how to document and preserve family history through home movies.
My sister Rona, and friends running under the sprinklers on a hot summer day in Brooklyn. 8mm Color
Ira playing with his Snub Noise 38 gun & shoulder holster by Mattel. 1960 Brooklyn
The family with friends during the Easter holiday 1962 Brooklyn 8mm Color
Looking Back In Time with Gallen Home Movies 1960’s
THE GALLEN TWINS NORMAN
& GILBERT 1930 16mm Home Movies
Cy Gallen Family take a Trip 1932
The Gallen Family Members 1930
Cy Gallen and his wife Clara take a day trip with friends 1930
Gallen Family Visiting 1876 East 24th Street
Brooklyn NY 1930
The Gallen Twins Norman &^ Gilbert playing outside 1930 Brooklyn NY 16mm
Gallen Vacation to White Sulpher Springs, NY 1932
Cy Gallen Family take a Trip 1940
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