Ellwood F. Hoffmann Collection

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Ellwood F. Hoffmann Collection

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Ellwood F. Hoffmann

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15 reels 16mm (app. 6,000 ft.)

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Ellwood Hoffmann (1885-1996) dropped out of school in 6th grade and went to work sweeping the floors at a hosiery mill for 25 cents per week. Eventually he started Lucille Hosiery, a silk stocking factory in Philadelphia. He retired at age 50 and pursued his hobbies – tennis, gardening and filmmaking. He visited all 50 states and Mexico and Canada filming with a camera mounted to the dashboard of his car. Many groups, including the horticultural society, invited him to share his films which he narrated with humorous stories. Unfortunately, he was killed in a car accident when he was 80 years old, but his films live on.

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Lucille Hosiery Mill
1928 Mill, Bob, Fred Hollworth
1929 Trip, California, Oakland, Big Trees, Lake Tahoe
1929 Wisconsin Dells, Weeks
1929 Trip, Oregon Mill
1930 Bermuda White Star Game No 2
1931 KK Fishing, Our Garden, New Years Parade
1933 Princeton Ave
1935 Babe Ruth, Biddle, Bill Wintz, Ewd, Price Boat, Sucy, Football
1943, Air Warden
1943 Air Raid, USO, Red Feather
1943 War Bonds Rally, Air Warden
1944 Republican National Convention