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Colonel J. Victor Dallin films

Accession 2018.226

Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library


PO Box 3630
Wilmington, Delaware, 19807
302-658-2400
askhagley@hagley.org

Finding aid prepared by Laurie Sather, 2018.

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2018-10-22T08:13-0400

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Cite items for this collection in the following format:
[Description and dates], Box/folder number, Colonel J. Victor Dallin films (Accession 2018.226), Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE 19807

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Colonel J. Victor Dallin films
Dates: 1927, 1940s
Accession Number: 2018.226
Creator: Dallin, J. Victor (John Victor), 1897-1991
Extent: 5 items
Physical Description: 1 reel (300 ft) : si., b&w ; 16mm. 1 reel (600 ft) : si., b&w ; 16mm. 1 reel (100 ft) : si., col. ; 16mm. 1 reel (100 ft) : si., col. ; 16mm. 1 reel (100 ft) : si. ; 8mm.
Language of Material: English
Repository: Hagley Museum and Library: Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department
Abstract: Colonel J. (John) Victor Dallin (1897-1991) was an aviator and photographer who founded the Dallin Aerial Surveys Company in 1924. This small collection of films were shot by Dallin. There are five films, three are home movies, one is the reception for Charles Lindbergh in Philadelphia, and the fifth film contents is unidentified at this time.
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Administrative Information


Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Film material is housed in cold storage and must reacclimate prior to viewing (Film Cans 1-5). Please contact the Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department at least 48 hours in advance of research visit.

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Biographical Note

Colonel J. (John) Victor Dallin (1897-1991) was an aviator and photographer who founded the Dallin Aerial Surveys Company in 1924. Born in Bristol, England, Dallin graduated from the School of Military Aeronautics, Oxford, and became a pilot at seventeen years old. He served as a pilot in the Royal Air Corps during World War I. During the war he became involved in aerial photography on a reconnaissance mission during the latter stages of the war.

In 1919 he moved to Philadelphia, and joined Bishop and Barker, a firm which did some aerial survey work. He went on to meet and marry Jeanne Moseman Dallin (1900-2005). Jeanne M. Dallin was born in Charlotte, North Carolina and moved to New York City with her family where she attended business school. The couple had three children: Jeanne Elaine Dallin Thompson (1922-2012), Joyce D. Fischer (1926-?), and J. Victor Dallin Jr. (1937-2012).

In the 1920s, Dallin worked at the Philadelphia Aero Service Corporation which operated a flying school in South Philadelphia. He began working there as a pilot and worked his way up to executive. In 1924, he left to establish his own company and started Dallin Aerial Surveys as a single proprietorship. He was the first manager of Philadelphia International Airport and Commanding Officer of 103rd Observation Squadron Penna. National Guard. Dallin retired in 1973 to Southern Pines, North Carolina.

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Scope and Content

This small collection of films were shot by Dallin. There are five films, three are home movies, one is the reception for Charles Lindbergh in Philadelphia in 1927, and the fifth film contents is unidentified at this time. The home movies show the family on various occasions, such as swimming at a resort, going to the zoo, having a picnic, and playing near airplanes. These family films were shot throughout the 1930s and 1940s. There are instances where Dallin himself does appear on camera, therefore someone else was doing the filming. Dallin's wife and three children appear in the films, as well as other friends and family members. Images of airplanes taking off or landing appear in all four films.

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Access Points

Airplanes.
Dallin family
Leisure
Thompson, Sara
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Series Descriptions and Inventory

Film
Can 1 Charles Lindbergh reception, Municipal Stadium, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1927 October 22 [Shots of various people and planes taking off and landing. Reception for Charles Lindbergh at Municipal Stadium in Philadelphia. Lindbergh enters stadium sitting on back of car, takes photos with people. Lindbergh gets in Spirit of St. Louis and takes off.] ; 1 reel (300 ft) : si., b&w ; 16mm.
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Can 4 Dallin family home movie, circa 1930s [Begins with family at resort. Next segments contain baby boy and family. Zoo and animals. More swimming at resort from opening segment. Quick aerial shot, men outside plane and children outside plane. More resort and swimming shots of family. Skating and Christmas. Finishes with exterior resort.] ; 1 reel (600 ft) : si., b&w ; 16mm.
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Can 2 Dallin family home movie, circa 1930s [Title cards read "Where those who are so inclined, indulge, for the preservation of youth i" and "Some people prefer the more violent method of youth "RETENTION". Various travel shots and a picnic.] ; 1 reel (100 ft) : si., col. ; 16mm.
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Can 3 Plane/Boy, circa 1940s [Plane lands on water in tropical area and backs up onto land. Unidentified boy plays with baseball bat.] ; 1 reel (100 ft) : si., col. ; 16mm.
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Can 5 Unidentified; 1 reel (100 ft) : si. ; 8mm.