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How rare is home video footage from Disneyland in 1955?

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  • [Question] How rare is home video footage from Disneyland in 1955?

    My father has home video footage, in color, from his trip to the park in 1955 (and also from a couple years later). I made a cursory search around online and it seems there's some, but not a lot. Just wondering if it's rare or just one of many...?

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    Re: How rare is home video footage from Disneyland in 1955?

    My husband found some in his father's 16mm film that we were transferring the VHS (which is kinda funny now - we spent about a week transferring all the movies and now no one can play them!) Anyway, we found a tour of the Jungle Cruise on the end of one of the reels. Not sure of the date, but it was pretty old! Nice souvenir!
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      Re: How rare is home video footage from Disneyland in 1955?

      Originally posted by HiddenMickeyBook View Post
      My husband found some in his father's 16mm film that we were transferring the VHS (which is kinda funny now - we spent about a week transferring all the movies and now no one can play them!) Anyway, we found a tour of the Jungle Cruise on the end of one of the reels. Not sure of the date, but it was pretty old! Nice souvenir!
      Walgreens will transfer VHS to DVD for a small fee. Might be worth doing. That way you can enjoy watching them again.

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        Re: How rare is home video footage from Disneyland in 1955?

        We have quite a bit of old regular 8mm movies of trips to Disneyland, Sea World, San Diego Zoo and other places from the 60s. I think the earliest ours are from the early to mid 60s. Many years ago I transferred them from film, to VHS, then year later to DVD. It's about time I do another transfer to another digital media form. Interestingly, among our home 8mm films, was an 8mm film of an Oswald cartoon short. We used to watch that all the time as kids. I transferred that one as well.
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          Re: How rare is home video footage from Disneyland in 1955?

          I would think home color video from 1955 would be extremely rare. Are you sure it wasn't film?

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            Re: How rare is home video footage from Disneyland in 1955?

            Likely 8mm or 16mm from 1955? Super8 wasn't introduced until a decade later.
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              Re: How rare is home video footage from Disneyland in 1955?

              Originally posted by skoolpsyk View Post
              I would think home color video from 1955 would be extremely rare. Are you sure it wasn't film?
              Funny.

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                Re: How rare is home video footage from Disneyland in 1955?

                Our dad took 8mm film in color when we were there opening summer of 1955. Color 8mm was still hard to find at that time but he found a couple of small rolls so we used that. Each reel was only about 10 minutes long. We had had all my dad's old 8mm film transferred to VHS and may have Walgreens transfer the three VHS tapes to DVD.
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                  Re: How rare is home video footage from Disneyland in 1955?

                  I didn't literally mean home video as in VHS or digital. I meant "home" as in an amateur, privately-owned and filmed by my grandfather, and "video," as in moving picture.

                  However, it has been digitized (currently in QuickTime format), and it is from 1955 (The first one. Another video is from 2-3 years later.).

                  The question remains...ubiquitous? ...common? ...rare?

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