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  • Union Street Railway 1921 Trolleys New B...
    by MLBaron on May 14, 2019 at 6:55 AM
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    Take a trolley ride through Downtown New Bedford, MA in 1921. This vintage film restored by the M.L.Baron Historic Archives in 1983. Features some great scenes of an era gone by 92 years ago! Produced by The Union Street Railway Co. commemorating 45 years of service. Visit Fort Phoenix Beach in Fairhaven, MA and Lincoln Park in their heyday. Sit in the rider's seat of the famous horse drawn Oxford Trolley #10 as it heads to Purchase St in the city and greeted by then popular Mayor Ashley. This classic film has period music from the 1920's to augment the clip.

  • New Bedford 1963 Vintage Film MLBaron Cl...
    by MLBaron on May 14, 2019 at 6:53 AM
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    http://www.westislandweather.com/ A Rising Tide was an informational documentary film presentation of the newly formed New Bedford Industrial Development Commission in 1964. It was hosted and narrated by Chet Huntley of NBC News. The rehabilitation of the city's waterfront and the beginnings of the Industrial Park in the far north end of New Bedford are featured. New Bedford's youngest Mayor Edward F. Harrington with other city officials. Great footage of the city in transition by government grants and funding. The hurricane barrier under construction and Route 195 are also highlighted. This classic vintage film was restored by The MLBaron Historic Archives

  • Gregory Peck Moby Dick 1956 Parade New B...
    by MLBaron on May 14, 2019 at 6:52 AM
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    http://westislandweather.com/ The world premiere of MOBY DICK starring Gregory Peck in 1956 took place right here in the former Whaling Capital of the world, New Bedford, Massachusetts. A rare film clip was located and restored from the MLBaron Historic Archives featuring Gregory Peck in an open car waving to fans in this elaborate parade put on by the city. This is the first time this film has ever been seen by the public. Familiar scenes on Purchase St and the New Bedford Hotel can be seen in the background. Although brief it is still a fun nostalgic clip.

  • New Bedford, MA PAIRPOINT MILL FIRE 1965...
    by MLBaron on May 14, 2019 at 6:49 AM
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    A SALUTE TO OUR FIREFIGHTERS, The Pairpoint Mill fire was one of the toughest mill fires New Bedford Firefighters battled in the city's history. This General Alarm conflagration required mutual aid from surrounding towns. It started on October 1st, 1965. The flames where so intense that it blew horizontally out the brick factory windows like a blow torch. The Pairpoint Manufacturing Company was established in 1880 in New Bedford, MA, on the property adjoining on one of the earliest New England glass-works, The Mount Washington Glass Company. Pairpoint was originally formed to make plated Britannia metal products to complement the glasswares of the Mt.Washington Company. Thomas J. Pairpoint, a London-born businessman was named superintendent of the new company. In 1894 Pairpoint Manufacturing Company purchased Mt. Washington and the two companies merged under the name Pairpoint Corporation This merger set the scene for the manufacture of lamps and other goods comprised of metal and glass under the name of Pairpoint. The Pairpoint Corporation employed more than 300 persons in 1906 making a variety of blown and molded glasswares and silver plated Britannia metal wares from pragmatic to ornamental presentation pieces including tea sets, prize cups, flatware and other cut glass articles. The Great Depression and the Reciprocal Trade Acts forced the company to close, and in 1939 it was sold to Mr. Isaac Babbit, Thomas Tripp, and Chester A. W. Best, who remained it first, Guderson Glass works, then in 1952, Gudersons Pairpoint. The plan closed in 1956, and the old factory on Prospect Street, long since deserted was destroyed by fire in 1965. The Pairpoint Mill had been condemned and was slated for demolition to make way for the South Terminal Renewal Project when firee broke out on the morning of October 2, 1965. The fire was apparently started by a man cutting though a live gas pipe with a torch so that he could steal the pipe. The pipe ignited, and the old mill was instantly engulfed in flames. Luckily, though there was wind, it was also a rainy day, which helped prevent further spread of the flames to other nearby structures and nearby fuel tanks. More than 100 firefighters from nine engines and three ladder companies were called in to battle the fire, the worst since the Soule Mill fire in 1938. (Footage by WTEV-6 News.) From the M.L.Baron Historic Archives

  • 1947 New Bedford MA Centennial Parade Vi...
    by MLBaron on May 14, 2019 at 6:48 AM
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    A CITY THAT ONCE WAS: MLBaron turns back the hands of the clock to Downtown New Bedford, MA in July of 1947 with this rare color film. The city celebrated it's Centennial with much hoopla. Events were staged everywhere. The war was over and rubber was now in abundant supply, so the balloons came out, BIG balloons! Converse Photo was now allowed to sell cameras again. Tire rationing was over-and the city had a lot to celebrate about anyway. Look at the crowds at Union and Purchase Streets! Almost everybody wore a hat. Many don't know how to feel when they look at this. Some reminisce while others express anger of what the city has become. As a lifelong resident I feel both. This is a period in time which will never come back but am grateful that films like this will survive for generations to come. From The MLBaron Historic Archives.

    by MLBaron on September 24, 2018 at 8:19 AM
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    IN 1987 - THE LARGEST PARADE OF NEW BEDFORD FISHING VESSELS EVER - Celebrated the 200th Anniversary of The City of New Bedford. The 18th Annual Blessing of The New Bedford Fishing Fleet as seen from the deck of the USCGC EAGLE. Hosted by Bill Brennan- WBSM, Barry Richard - WNBH and MLBaron - Cable 2. Dozens of decorated fishing vessels participated along with other craft that filled New Bedford Harbor with over 100 vessels on August 16, 1987. See some crews and their vessels no longer with us with some lost in tragedy and many that still fish out of the city. *ML's Note: Restored tape in satisfactory condition from The MLBaron Historic Archives.

  • Vintage 1985 Public Access Cable Show Fa...
    by MLBaron on September 29, 2017 at 6:46 AM
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    In the first 3 years of Fairhaven's new public access channel, scores of programming was produced by local residents. From history to sports and entertainment, Cable 2 had it all. It also received multiple awards through the year of it's existence. VINTAGE FAIRHAVEN ARCHIVE TAPES DISCOVERED AFTER 32 YEARS The VHS tapes were lodged in between some old books in storage. Some were found to be well preserved after being sealed for over 3 decades. (The average playable life span of a VHS tape is about 25 years) After some adjustments and fine tuning ,we got them to play and are being restored to digital! If you lived in town in the 1980's, you will very likely see yourself or someone you knew in this footage. From FHS Sports, Music Entertainment, History, local schools in Fairhaven-Acushnet, town notables that are no longer with us, and never seen before bloopers - at the end of the show. This was a look back anniversary special for local Public Access Cable 2, the first 3 years, 1982-1985. There were several hours of footage recovered in satisfactory condition. *ML's Note: As program director - I made duplicate copies of shows back then and stored them separately from the Cable Station just in case. I forgot about them a long time ago. MLBaron Historic Archives

  • Milton Delano Scrimshander for JFK
    by MLBaron on February 20, 2017 at 5:56 AM
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    FAIRHAVEN'S MILTON DELANO MADE SCRIMSHAW FOR JFK Just scratching the surface of a great local artist: Milton K Delano, a well known local artist and engineer in Fairhaven was also a legendary scrimshaw artist. He hand-engraved a huge whale's tooth and presented it to JFK as a gift from The Town of Fairhaven in 1962. When President Kennedy arrived at Otis AFB aboard Air Force One for a visit to the Hyannis port compound, Mr. Delano recalled they had a red carpet rolled out from the plane. He chuckled, "The red carpet wasn't for me, it was for the President to see who he was supposed to greet at the end of it." Mr. Delano and Fairhaven Selectman Walter Borowicz presented the tooth to JFK, which would be one of the centerpieces at his desk for the rest of his Presidency. Later that year, Mrs. Kennedy commissioned Delano for another tooth. After his death, The President's favorite scrimshaw whale tooth bearing The Seal of The President of The United States was later placed in his casket by the First Lady, never to be seen again. Milton Delano photo (upper left inset ) Standard-Times. (*ML's Note: When I began to practice the art of Scrimshaw at 12 yrs old, my neighbor on the other side of Cushman Park saw my work on display at Don Mendell Guy's Pharmacy. Milt Delano gave me guidance on his technique and many tips that I heeded religiously. By the mid 1980's my work was commissioned by both national and international clients., including Disney, Ducks Unlimited, and Colibri. See a vintage 1982 MLBaron TV interview here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_AZch8XhZLk) View this rare and restored film produced in mid 1964: This 1964 Vintage film of "Whaling Days" features Ted Wood of MIT with sea shanties. Milton K. Delano (late) of Fairhaven demonstrated the whale man's art of Scrimshaw with some large whales teeth he engraved and his recollection of doing scrimshaw for JFK. Hosts include Reginald Haggerty - curator of the Whaling Museum, and James Healy, Librarian. Many other features included in this short film restored by The M.L.Baron Historic Archives Original production by Dateline Boston of WHDH for The MA Dept. of Education 1964. ENTER LINK: http://www.westislandweather.com/apps/videos/videos/show/17766159-1964-vintage-new-bedford-whaling-days-classic-dateline-boston-special

  • 1988 News Clip : Everett S. Allen - 1938...
    by MLBaron on October 28, 2015 at 5:31 PM
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    Rare 1988 News Clip of Everett S. Allen - noted journalist and author of "A Wind To Shake The World, The Story of The 1938 Hurricane". The 50th Anniversary of The 1938 Hurricane was commemorated on September 21,1988, with a ceremony at the Hurricane Barrier and the premiere presentation of the video version of his 1976 Best Seller, produced and directed by MLBaron. Over 1,000 attended with a display of emergency vehicles on the grounds. Fairhaven was the official site for Hurricane Preparedness Day in The Commonwealth as proclaimed by Governor Dukakis. In this restored 27 year old video tape are 2 clips from WLNE and WJAR. *ML's Note: Mr. Allen was not privy to being interviewed on camera, including his appearance in any documentary. He was kind enough to oblige for this special occasion. And the rest is history. To view the documentary enter this link: http://www.westislandweather.com/apps/videos/videos/show/17766216-the-1938-hurricane-a-wind-to-shake-the-world-everett-s-allen

  • "The Attack of Bedford Harbor" Revolutio...
    by MLBaron on June 14, 2013 at 12:07 PM
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    "The Attack of Bedford Harbor" Revoltuinary War re-enactment took place in September 1978 in New Bedford and Fairhaven, MA. It was organized and led by Town Historian Donald R. Bernard. This compilation of color slides narrated by Phil Paleologos depicts the scenes and describes the battle that ensued. Close attention to detail made this one of Bernard's greatest accomplishments at the time after publishing his book "Tower of Strength"in 1975. The brazen attack of Dartmouth village by the British is recreated by dozens in period dress and armaments. The slide show video was edited by David Fortin of Media Image Productions with funding from The United Way of New Bedford Mini Grants Program. This YouTube presentation is dedicated to my long time friend and fellow historian Donald R. Bernard on the 20th Anniversary of his death. Follow this link to his plaque dedication at Ft Phoenix held in 1994: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W4etRi35hTo

  • 1952 Vintage Film: Life in New Bedford, ...
    by MLBaron on April 9, 2013 at 11:33 AM
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    This restored full color version film from the MLBaron Historic Archives / The West Island Weather Station. Life in New Bedford in 1952 shows a vibrant growing city after World War 2. People at work, a bustling downtown and busy fishing fleet are depicted with a city that was growing. Local plants in the city are depicted including Titleist, Revere Copper and Brass, Aerovox, Continental Screw,the Seafood Auction, Cornell-Dubilier,The Standard-Times, paperboys, Blue Bird Taxi, New Bedford Municipal Airport and the people of mutli-cultural ethnicity at play.

  • The 1944 Hurricane Devastation of Fairha...
    by MLBaron on March 31, 2013 at 8:38 AM
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    Fairhaven Center was never the same again after The Hurricane of 1944 which occurred overnight on September 14. This recently discovered film was restored by the M.L.Baron Historic Archives. This never before seen film from almost 70 years ago reveals the impact of hurricane force winds that destroyed almost every large tree that shaded the town's center for decades. The Town Hall large ornate weather vane toppled onto the front lawn. The Unitarian Church and Millicent Library lost countless trees . The damage to the Congregational Church next to Town Hall was severe. Wilbur Point had massive destruction .The vintage film has some rare color clips . (the 2 children on a fallen tree are The Kelly kids who'd soon be running Kelly's Shipyard decades later) In the 1945 annual town report, the tree warden indicated that there was more tree destruction from the '44 Hurricane than The Hurricane of 1938. For additional pictures visit The West Island Weather Station 1944 Hurricane photo archive:http://www.westislandweather.com/apps/photos/album?albumid=11446431/ From the M.L.Baron Historic Archives. http://www.westislandweather.com/

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