Montague Reporter Article

The Montague Reporter (Turners Falls/Montague MA) newspaper just published a fine article about myself and the work I do with the digital conservation of vintage media.

She provides a link to this page, and I am somewhat embarrassed. Very little of my best efforts are reflected here. I would like to recommend that the article’s readers visit my work at:

The Museum of Our Industrial Heritage

The “Histories” section has many nice examples of ‘ancient’ photographs. These are capable of being viewed right down to the paper grain, thanks to a technology, called “Seadragon”. The “Videos” section contain a number of vintage metal industry sound films, digitized by myself. Also included is the exciting Millers Falls Tools tour, from 1943. All of these films are also part of the museum’s YouTube channel.

Meloware Media on YouTube

Not all vintage media is about industrial history. The cameras of the 19th and 20th centuries captured many aspects of life during those times. Meloware Media is where I place interesting films and tidbits of local area Franklin County MA history, but also anything else which comes my way and needs saving. Take a peek and you may find some surprises!

My biggest thanks to Charlotte Kohlmann and the Montague Reporter. You presented my ideas and purpose well. I hope your effort provides a service to our larger community.

Millers Falls Tools – Company Tour, 1943

Here is my public release of a forgotten factory tour at the Millers Falls Tool Co., during World War 2 (1943). Local historians, Ed Gregory and Richard Shortell, host an entertaining narration. We owe special gratitude to Richard and his family, for keeping this 16mm movie print safe for nearly 75 years and then loaning it to us, to make a digital video!

Montague Massachusetts and Neighbors – ca. 1929

Here is a half hour glimpse of pre-Depression era Montague and it’s neighbors. This 800 (!) feet of 16 mm movie film is provided courtesy of your Montague Historical Society.

Our photographer, director and editor was very skilled in using a home movie camera. This unique print was carefully edited and even includes poetic titles to narrate the story. Many of us will recognize it’s past and present Franklin County landmark surprises! Other scenes paint a picture of our past lifestyle and community.

This is an important film survivor, from our local history, and I hope you find time to enjoy it!

Alan of the Allagash – 1989

This is the epic backyard movie I made with friends, starting in 1989. The VHS video took two years to produce.

It is a slapstick adventure with droll humor.

My talented friend wrote, produced and starred in the tale, while I directed, shot, edited, special effects, and post-produced.
It may start slow, but the pace picks up quickly!

The Victory Garden – 1943

Our past neighbors, Dr. Henry A Rys and family, left us a legacy of home movies. These were mostly made during the 1940s and 1950s. Much of it is personal and travel, but some shows our community as it appeared 60+ years ago. This first post is of the family’s Victory garden, June 30, 1943. It is also Henry junior’s 10th birthday.

I made this video from an original 8mm movie print. Please let me know if you may be holding local history on film. These fragile movies are chemically unstable and will crumble and disintegrate over time. All this history will be lost if we don’t do something, soon!

Lost Performance Returns!

Cecil Anderson (The Duke of Iron) forgotten performance is restored for public view!

We recently found and restored this lost performance by the great Calypso entertainer. Be sure to enjoy it with good sound and (of course) in 1080p HD quality.

This short film appears to be edited and matched to separate studio audio sound. The benefit is the song’s punch and clarity as compared to what might have been made with a live recording. The sound synchronization isn’t perfect, but it is a great recovered treasure in any case. Do any of you have more of these, ready to restore?

Just Getting Started!!

Meloware is in the process of being re-branded as Meloware Media! This site will be dedicated to the goal of producing professional digital collections on a poor person’s budget.

There are thousands of historic private collections, historical societies and tiny non-profit organizations which simply don’t have the budget to undertake a project to properly reproduce their fragile collections, and place them online. Help is on the way!

We will soon be exploring methods to copy images, sound recordings, and even old movie films. Much of our historic media was recorded on materials which will naturally disintegrate over time. This site will help those of us who are willing but underfunded save their treasures before it is too late.

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