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1938 no-nonsense classroom film New England Fishermen shows Gloucester, schooner, steam, and diesel trawlers

At the dawn of talkies, ERPI (Electrical Research Products Inc) sought to “bring the world to the classrooms” via 16mm A/V equipment and a catalog of films. ERPI was a subsidiary of AT&T and a forerunner of Encyclopedia Britannica Films.

They produced GLOUCESTER FISHERMEN (under 9 min) in 1938 with backing from Clark University. The film’s narrator was James Brill. There was also a 1938 film titled Shell-Fishing. 

from the A/V Geeks archive youtube channel

1938 ERPI film

Here’s James Brill narrating and before the camera in the 1946 film: FROM DEMOCRACY TO DESPOTISM, 1946, Encyclopedia Britannica Films.

Mornin’ At the Dock

5:00AM First Boat Of The Day, The Mighty Cabaret V

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Captain Pete is looking at the stinky bait thinking to himself- “Do I really wanna do this?”

Stretch Pete, you’re gonna get through it.

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Setting Up the Davit

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Sun Rising Over East Gloucester, Black Sheep, and MarStina

East Gloucester Sunrise ©Kim Smith 2013Photos from a foggy September morning sunrise, taken from the Fort, looking towards East Gloucester. East Gloucester Sunrise Mar Stina©Kim Smith 2013.

Mar Stina 

I love filming and photographing around Gloucester all year round, but especially at this time of year when I find the light to be sublime. The moisture in the air provides a gossamer veil that magnifies the supernal quality of light; even the most ordinary of daily activities captured finds added beauty.

East Gloucester Sunrise -3 ©Kim Smith 2013.

East Gloucester Sunrise  -4 ©Kim Smith 2013. copyEast Gloucester Sunrise Black Sheep ©Kim Smith 2013.Black Sheep Fishing Boat

East Gloucester Sunrise -6 ©Kim Smith 2013.

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