Photographed sometime between the summers of 1935 and 1938 by Charles A. Welch of Chappaquiddick and his cameraman Morgan Plummer, these scenes are the oldest known moving images of Island men swordfishing by harpoon on the Atlantic waters south of Martha’s Vineyard.

This clip is being presented in conjunction with an article on the history of the film, which introduces the Gazette's newly-announced initiative to identify and oversee the conservation of old movies of Martha’s Vineyard.

Comments (9)

Jeffrey Madison, Gay Head
Thank you Mrs. Potter for sharing this film.
October 19, 2012 - 7:18pm
Joan Norton, Edgartown
Great job!!
October 19, 2012 - 7:21pm
Caitlin McNally, Oak Bluffs
Thanks for sharing, and wonderful job with editing and soundtrack.
October 20, 2012 - 9:02am
Caroline, Connecticut
Love the movie and am delighted with the initiative of the Gazette to find and preserve the movies. I only quibble a teeny bit with the background music. I hear Lillian Gish silent movie. Not 1938 fishing. I might go with a more "adventure" sounding tune.
October 20, 2012 - 10:15am
Marcus McGraw, Plymouth, MA
Great job. Keep them coming!
October 20, 2012 - 1:41pm
Hatsy Potter, Chappy
Three cheers for Tom Dunlop, John Wilson and the Gazette!
October 21, 2012 - 9:20am
Nancy Ferguson, Ohio
Absolutely fabulous!!! Thanks for making it possible. I especially loved the shots of Edgartown and Chappy at the end of the movie. How things have changed!
October 22, 2012 - 2:23pm
Tom Hodgson, WT
Great to see this. But: ragtime music from the 1890's for film taken in the 1930's?
October 23, 2012 - 11:26am
Eric Laucks, Helotes, TX
Wonderful stuff!! Thank you for sharing.
April 24, 2013 - 8:13pm

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