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Bill Gibson
Home Movie Collection

GIBSON HOME MOVIE COLLECTION

Color and black and white, 800 feet, 1942-1954

This collection came to us from Butler, Georgia, after we presented Home Movie Day there in 2006. The donor is Bill Gibson.

Major James Gibson served in Bainbridge, Georgia, at Bainbridge Air Force Base and in Montgomery, Alabama, at Maxwell Air Force Base during World War II. His black and white and color home movies span 1942 through 1954 and document family life in base housing, time off with several groups of friends, the interior of base offices, bomber aircraft, and a parade in Butler, Georgia.

Particularly of interest is footage of the Gibsons' son, Bill, as an infant in what is a very typical family home movie scene--walking and crawling on the lawn outside the home with his mother, Wilma. What was a rather ordinary scene becomes more interesting when Mrs. Gibson holds up in front of young Bill a sign reading "14 August 1945 V-J Day Today".

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