Emotional Video Memories

Many families have old VHS tapes sitting on a shelf collecting dust or in a box tucked away in the closet.  We often forget what precious memories we have stored on those old media formats after years or not watching.  Momma Lew shares her emotional connection to video memories.

Every time I visited my parents and saw the countless number of VHS tapes from “back in the day”, I just couldn’t help be reminded of how they were longing to be watched. Now that my children are getting older and asking questions about our family, I wanted them to see first hand what I remember. The only way to do this was to get on the ball and get these VHS’ transferred. My fears were set aside the moment I decided to have YesVideo help me uncover these wonderful memories.

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Head over to Momma Lew’s blog and watch the two video clips she shared with her readers.  Nothing tells a story better than watching it yourself.

Bear Hug – Wordless Wednesday

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An adorably captured bonding moment between Adriana (in blue) and her baby sister.

This week we are featuring a photo from Feed Me Dearly.  Making childhood memories…

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Taking a Trip Back in Time

My dad loved Disneyland probably more than I do today. He was a young adult when Disneyland opened in 1955 and was able to see Walt Disney’s dream come to life. My dad visited Disneyland often and was always taking pictures and videos of his adventures. Sadly, my dad passed away in April 2014 and with his death left an big hole in my heart. While helping my mom clean out my dad’s office we came across several reel to reel movies. Luckily my dad was a technology geek and he still had a projector in perfect working order. We turned it on and threaded the film strip through the sprockets and were instantly transported back in time to Disneyland 1964.

Having a working projector for the reel to reel film is rare and while we watched the movies the film kept slipping out and we had to stop watching the movie to fix it. Having a service like YesVideo is great because once the film is transferred I can share clips on Social Media, email them or embed them like I have done here.

In this clip of Disneyland from 1964 look for Mickey Mouse on the bottom left at the Main Gate at the 9 second mark of the clip.  You will take a quick ride on the Santa Fe & Disneyland Railroad and get a glimpse of the Frontierland station which is now the New Orleans station.  Leaving the station  you will also see the Haunted Mansion building which was completed in 1963 but didn’t open as an attraction for another five years in 1969.

During this clip you will get a glimpse of the Santa Fe & Disneyland Railroad pulled by the E.P. Ripley steam engine.  The E.P. Ripley was one of two operating steam engines on opening day in 1955. There is also a scary looking character walking around on Main Street, U.S.A.  For a time the Phantom of the Opera could be found in front of the Main Street Cinema.

The Moonliner standing 76 feet high can been seen as my grandmother walks around to check it out.  This symbol is no longer at Disneyland and was torn down and now Innoventions stand in its place.  However a replica standing just 53 feet tall sits near Redd Rockett’s Pizza Port.  You can also take a quick ride on the Submarine Voyage.

The Monorail Blue can be seen zooming above Tomorrowland.  Monorail Blue was in service at Disneyland three weeks after the Monorail Red in 1959.  You will see guests riding on mules in the Pack Mules Through Nature’s Wonderland, this attraction is now home to Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. Lastly you will see a view of Disneyland from the Mark Twain.

This clip shows the Mark Twain and the Jungle Cruise which look pretty much the way they do today.  It’s fun to take a trip back in time to see vacation videos of years past. When my 8-year old saw the video she asked why everyone was so dressed up at Disneyland. One of the other aspects that I enjoy from watching these vintage videos is to see how much of Disneyland of the past still remains, and still looks the same. When I saw the Mark Twain sail by in this video it looks just like it did when I saw it last weekend.

Guest story and memories shared by Dawn Dawn Cullo from IAmAMommyNerd.com

When was your first time to visit Disneyland in California?

Pancakes Over Meetings – Wordless Wednesday

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Once in a while, morning pancakes win over morning meetings. #CTO

This week we are featuring a photo from A Cowboy’s Life.  How are you making memories this Fall?

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Cowboy Ricky – Wordless Wednesday

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A little costume fun at work!  What are you dressing up as this Halloween?

Legacy Republic – Wordless Wednesday

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Months in the making, we’re thrilled to introduce our new division, Legacy Republic, launching today! If there’s a shared idea our Legacy Makers bond over, it’s that memories matter.

Be sure to check out LegacyRepublic.com for more details.

90s Fashions, and The School Play Where I Met My Husband.

Digging out your old home movies, dusting them off and sending them to us to digitize sometimes brings back more than lost memories. In Lindsey’s case it was pleather pants!

I had always wanted to have some tapes transferred, and with the help of YesVideo, finally decided to bite the bullet.  When I visited Mom and Dad for Dad’s 60th birthday, I hunkered down in their basement to look through our tape collection.  I pulled out not only my first birthday and easter (same month) but also my senior high school musical as well as the winning One Act I was in when I met Hubs.  How could I not share this tidbit of pleather-clad amazingness?? I am so sorry that 90s technology isn’t what it should be and this is insanely hard to hear. Pretend that it’s amazing… but seriously… look at the fashions. We thought we were SO HOT.  ~ Lindsey

Really the video clips that Lindsey shared on her blog speak for themselves.  We encourage you to head over and take a sneak peek.  Also how amazing is it that she was able to capture on film the first time she met her husband?  Priceless…

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Read Lindsey’s full story on her blog, Redhead Baby Mama.

If you could watch your high school days on home videos, which retro fashion trend were you sporting?

Autumnal – Wordless Wednesday

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As fall rolls in and the air begins to get chilly, let the nostalgic memories warm you up from the inside.

Retro Fashion & Macy’s Gift Cards

Its fashion week! We’re celebrating our retro style with a Retro Fashion Photo Contest, and we’re making a push towards modern fashion by giving away four $25 Macy’s gift cards. School is back in session and the season is changing. Time to change the wardrobe for some great Fall memories!

We will be awarding a $25 gift card to four lucky winners. No purchase necessary – just sign up below. Also watch our Facebook page for more ways to win!

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Horsemanship – Wordless Wednesday

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A beautifully captured moment between riding partners Debi and her horse Red.