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Norman Bel Geddes Database

Unedited and Personal Films, 1930-1939, undated

Summary: These privately filmed 16 mm motion pictures on many different subjects were made by Bel Geddes as a hobby. He stored them on home-movie reels. Each reel is 400 feet long but not every reel is full.

Please note: Access is strictly limited to films for which a viewing copy has been created. Contact the Curator of Film for more information.

Geddes developed a classification system for his films (see job 952) over which Frederick Hunter superimposed an alphanumeric system as set out below. Films which were not included in the Hunter guide do not have a Hunter number.

Miscellaneous, A 1-49
Nature, B 1-25
Social Groups and Sports, C 1-25
Human Figures, D 1-17
Animals, E 1-29
Cities, F 1-28
Vehicular Traffic and Transportation, G 1-31
Theatre Spectacle, H 1-13
Film Effects, I 1-18
People and Places, J 1-12
Unnumbered Personal Films, K 1-51

Three reels were destroyed by fire in 1965:

B 25, Reel #198, Unidentified
G 5, Reel #625, Paris Business Traffic
G 12, Reel #657, Balloons, Kites

Hunter Code: MP 9
Hunter Guide: 132

Box/Location Folder Description
Moving Images A 1 Reel #1, Bicycle Boys of Barbizon.
Moving Images A 2 Reel #2, Paris 1931.
Moving Images A 3 Reel #3, War Models - Ships - Miniature Soldiers, Land Battles, etc.
Moving Images A 5 Reel #5, Hamlet - 1 (mislabeled #3, Hokus Pokus).
Moving Images A 6 Reel #6, Hamlet - 2.
Moving Images A 7 Reel #7, Hamlet - 3.
Moving Images A 8 Reel #8, Hamlet - 4.
Moving Images A 9 Reel #9, Hamlet - 5.
Moving Images A 10 Reel #10, Tuxedo - 1.
Moving Images A 11 Reel #11, Tuxedo - 2.
Moving Images A 12 Reel #12x, England by Motor.
Moving Images A 13 Reel #13, Atlantic Crossing - 1.
Moving Images A 14 Reel #13x, Atlantic Crossing - 2.
Moving Images A 15 Reel #14, Rollo on the Farm.
Moving Images A 16 Reel #15, Rollo after Big Game.
Moving Images A 17 Reel #16, Rollo among the Swamps.
Moving Images A 18 Reel #17, Tilly Losch in Her Dance of the Hands.
Moving Images A 19 Reel #18, Saga of Sagamore Hill.
Moving Images A 20 Reel #21, Water.
Moving Images A 21 Reel #22, Bermuda 1933 - 1.
Moving Images A 22 Reel #23, Bermuda 1933 - 2.
Moving Images A 23 Reel #24, Bathing Beach.
Moving Images A 24 Reel #25, Boats.
Moving Images A 25 Reel #27, Movie - Phoney Tabloid - Summer.
Moving Images A 26 Reel #28, Movie - Phoney Tabloid - Fall.
Moving Images A 28 Reel #30x, Juxtaposition - 1.
Moving Images A 29 Reel #31x, Juxtaposition - 2.
Moving Images A 30 Reel #32x, Juxtaposition - 3.
Moving Images A 31 Reel #33, East Side, Manhattan.
Moving Images A 32 Reel #34x, Grass - Animals, People, Insects in Grass, also Birds and Trees.
Moving Images A 33 Reel #37x, Swan - Wertheim House - Sheep Dog Puppies.
Moving Images A 34 Reel #40x, City Park (contineud from 45?).
Moving Images A 35 Reel #41x, Via Air.
Moving Images A 36 Reel #43x, Fishing Town.
Moving Images A 37 Reel #44x, Miriam Hopkins' Slot Machine.
Moving Images A 38 Reel #45x, City in Summer.
Moving Images -- Unnumbered reel which appears to precede 48.
Moving Images A 39 Reel #48, Future City Model - 1.
Moving Images A 40 Reel #49, Future City Model - 2.
Moving Images A 41 Reel #50x, Ocean Liner of Tomorrow.
Moving Images A 42 Reel #51, Amphibians.
Moving Images A 43 Reel #52, Reptilia (badly damaged).
Moving Images A 44 Reel #53, Mexico Goes to Market.
Moving Images A 45 Reel #53x, Boys Diving for Coins - Panama Canal.
Moving Images A 46 Reel #54, Altitude in Mexico.
Moving Images A 47 Reel #56, Unidentified.
Moving Images A 48 Reel #57, Maya.
Moving Images A 49 Reel #59, New Orleans.
Moving Images B 1 Reel #101, Lakes, Ponds.
Moving Images B 2 Reel #105, Mid-lake Water (Still).
Moving Images B 3 Reel #107, Mid-ocean Water (Rough).
Moving Images B 4 Reel #110, Waves Breaking on Rocky Shore.
Moving Images B 5 Reel #112, Waves Lapping on Rocky Shore.
Moving Images B 6 Reel #114, Rocky Coast.
Moving Images B 7 Reel #116, Waves Breaking on Sandy Shore.
Moving Images B 8 Reel #118, Waves Lapping on Sandy Shore.
Moving Images B 9 Reel #120, Sand Dunes.
Moving Images B 10 Reel #125, Grass-lined Shore.
Moving Images B 11 Reel #130, Off-shore Water.
Moving Images B 12 Reel #135, Rivers, Creeks.
Moving Images B 13 Reel #140, Waterfalls.
Moving Images B 14 Reel #145, Marshes, Swamps.
Moving Images B 15 Reel #150, Fog at Sea, Ashore.
Moving Images B 16 Reel #155, Snow.
Moving Images B 17 Reel #158, Rain.
Moving Images B 18 Reel #160, Sky, Clouds, Sunset, Moon.
Moving Images B 19 Reel #165, Forest, Trees, Foliage, Bark (badly decomposed).
Moving Images B 20 Reel #170, Flowers.
Moving Images B 21 Reel #175, Soil, Sand, Rocks.
Moving Images B 22 Reel #178, Cactus.
Moving Images B 23 Reel #180, Grass.
Moving Images B 24 Reel #185, Roads.
Moving Images -- Reel #195, Mexican Market (also labeled "A").
Moving Images C 1 Reel #201, Social Group on Lawn.
Moving Images C 2 Reel #205, Social Group in House, day dress.
Moving Images C 3 Reel #207, Social Group in House, evening dress.
Moving Images C 4 Reel #210, Social Group in Restaurant.
Moving Images C 5 Reel #215, Social Group aboard Yacht (badly deteriorated).
Moving Images C 6 Reel #221, Social Group in Street, tenement area.
Moving Images C 7 Reel #225, Mixing Drinks.
Moving Images C 8 Reel #227, Table Games.
Moving Images C 9 Reel #230, Bathing Beach - LS.
Moving Images C 10 Reel #231, Bathing Beach - CU.
Moving Images C 11 Reel #232, Bathing Beach, in water.
Moving Images C 12 Reel #234, Swimming, Diving.
Moving Images C 13 Reel #250, Tennis.
Moving Images C 14 Reel #253, Golf.
Moving Images C 15 Reel #255, Football.
Moving Images C 16 Reel #258, Horseracing.
Moving Images C 17 Reel #259, Bull Fighting.
Moving Images C 18 Reel #260, Boxing.
Moving Images C 19 Reel #265, Ice Hockey - 1.
Moving Images C 20 Reel #265x, Ice Hockey - 2 (badly deteriorated).
Moving Images C 21 Reel #280, Fishing (sea).
Moving Images C 22 Reel #283, Fishing (lake).
Moving Images C 23 Reel #286, Fishing (river).
Moving Images C 24 Reel #295, Parades, Bands (badly damaged).
Moving Images C 25 Reel #298, Model Sailboat.
Moving Images D 1 Reel #301, Heads - White Men - 1.
Moving Images D 2 Reel #302, Heads - White Men - 2.
Moving Images D 3 Reel #304 - Heads - White Women - 1.
Moving Images D 4 Reel #305, Heads - White Women - 2.
Moving Images D 5 Reel #307, Heads - White Children - 1.
Moving Images D 6 Reel #308, Heads - White Children - 2.
Moving Images D 7 Reel #310, Heads - Negro Men.
Moving Images D 8 Reel #311, Heads - Mexican Men.
Moving Images D 9 Reel #312, Negro Women, Children (badly deteriorated).
Moving Images D 10 Reel #313, Mexican Women, Children.
Moving Images -- Reel #315, Walking Man on Street.
Moving Images -- Reel #317, Walking Man in Park or Lawn.
Moving Images D 11 Reel #320, Walking Woman in Street.
Moving Images -- Reel #322, Walking Woman in Park or Lawn.
Moving Images -- Reel #327, Children Playing in Street.
Moving Images -- Reel #325, Children Playing on Lawn.
Moving Images D 13 Reel #330, Persons Falling Down.
Moving Images D 14 Reel #332, Mexican Woman.
Moving Images -- Reel #333, Nudes - Women "Torso" (negative) - 1.
Moving Images -- Reel #334, Nudes - Women "Torso" (negative) - 2.
Moving Images -- Reel #335, Nudes - Women "Torso" (negative) - 3.
Moving Images -- Reel #336, Nudes - Women "Torso" (negative) - 4.
Moving Images -- Reel #337, Nudes - Women "Torso" (negative) - 5.
Moving Images -- Reel #338, Nudes - Women "Torso" (negative) - 6.
Moving Images D 15 Reel #339, Reclining Woman (Not Nude) on Lawn.
Moving Images -- Reel #340, Hands.
Moving Images -- Reel #343, Men and Women Undressing - Bathtub.
Moving Images -- Reel #349, Personality Entrances - Tallulah Bankhead, Miriam Hopkins, others, 1930-1931.
Moving Images D 16 Reel #350, NBG - Photographer.
Moving Images D 17 Reel #351, NBG - Drawing.
Moving Images -- Reel #352, NBG - Naturalist.
Moving Images -- Reel #355, FWG.
Moving Images -- Reel #367, Nude Woman Dancing Slowly - Hips, Crotch, and Buttocks.
Moving Images -- Reel #368, Nude Woman Dancing Slowly - Breasts and Shoulders.
Moving Images -- Reel #373, Nude Woman Standing Still - Torso.
Moving Images -- Reel #374, Nude Woman Reclining - Hips, Crotch, and Buttocks.
Moving Images -- Reel #377, Nude Woman Reclining - Hips, Crotch, and Buttocks.
Moving Images -- Reel #378, Nude Woman Reclining - Breasts and Upper Back.
Moving Images -- Reel #379, Nude Woman Reclining on Stomach - Full Figure.
Moving Images -- Reel #380, Nude Woman Reclining on Stomach - Full Torso.
Moving Images -- Reel #381, Nude Woman Reclining on Stomach - Hips and Buttocks.
Moving Images -- Reel #382, Nude Woman Reclining on Stomach - Breasts and Upper Back.
Moving Images -- Reel #390, Nude Female (negative) - 1.
Moving Images -- Reel #392, Nude Female (negative) - 3 (sic).
Moving Images E 1 Reel #401, Dogs - Cats.
Moving Images E 2 Reel #403, Burro - Donkey.
Moving Images E 3 Reel #404, Sheep, Goats.
Moving Images E 4 Reel #406, Cows.
Moving Images E 5 Reel #408, Bull.
Moving Images E 6 Reel #412, Pigs.
Moving Images E 7 Reel #420, Deer.
Moving Images E 8 Reel #430, Chickens, Turkey.
Moving Images E 9 Reel #434, Ducks, Geese.
Moving Images E 10 Reel #436, Swans, Sea Gull, Sparrow.
Moving Images E 11 Reel #440, Penguin, Parrot (badly deteriorated).
Moving Images E 12 Reel #450, Snakes.
Moving Images E 13 Reel #452, Frogs.
Moving Images E 14 Reel #453, Toads.
Moving Images E 15 Reel #455, Turtles.
Moving Images E 16 Reel #456, Turtles.
Moving Images E 17 Reel #457, Soft Shell Turtles.
Moving Images E 18 Reel #458, Chameleons.
Moving Images E 19 Reel #460, Salamanders, Skunks.
Moving Images E 20 Reel #464, Lizards.
Moving Images E 21 Reel #470, Fish.
Moving Images E 22 Reel #475, Crab, Lobster (deteriorated).
Moving Images E 23 Reel #477, Eel.
Moving Images E 24 Reel #479, Snails.
Moving Images E 25 Reel #480, Ants, Bees, Moths, Dragonflies.
Moving Images E 26 Reel #486, Crickets, Rosebugs, Squashbugs.
Moving Images E 27 Reel #488, Caterpillars.
Moving Images E 28 Reel #492, Spiders.
Moving Images E 29 Reel #494, Praying Mantis.
Moving Images F 1 Reel #501, New York Skyscrapers.
Moving Images F 2 Reel #504, New York Bridges.
Moving Images F 3 Reel #505, New York Narrows.
Moving Images F 4 Reel #506, New York Docks.
Moving Images F 5 Reel #510, New York Tenements (2 copies?).
Moving Images F 6 Reel #512, New York Apartments.
Moving Images F 7 Reel #519, Interiors, Domestic.
Moving Images F 8 Reel #520, Atlantic City.
Moving Images F 9 Reel #530, American Farms.
Moving Images F 10 Reel #549, Statues, Paintings.
Moving Images F 11 Reel #550, France - Paris Street.
Moving Images F 12 Reel #551, France - River, Races.
Moving Images F 13 Reel #553, France - Chateau.
Moving Images -- Reel #557, France - Cathedrals.
Moving Images F 15 Reel #559, France - Airdrome, Cave Houses.
Moving Images F 16 Reel #560, England - London.
Moving Images F 17 Reel #570, Bermuda - Coast Harbor.
Moving Images F 18 Reel #572, Bermuda - Business Streets.
Moving Images F 19 Reel #574, Bermuda - Roadside Houses.
Moving Images F 20 Reel #576, Bermuda - Waterside Houses.
Moving Images F 21 Reel #578, Bermuda - Stone Quarry, House, Building.
Moving Images F 22 Reel #580, Mexico - Pre-Spanish Ruins.
Moving Images F 23 Reel #581, Unidentified.
Moving Images F 24 Reel #582, Mexico - Flat Desert Towns.
Moving Images F 25 Reel #583, Mexico - Bridges.
Moving Images F 26 Reel #585, Wreckage from Storm.
Moving Images F 27 Reel #590, North-East Fishing Wharfs.
Moving Images G 1 Reel #601, New York - Central Park and Fifth Avenue Traffic.
Moving Images G 2 Reel #603, New York - Tenement District Traffic.
Moving Images G 3 Reel #620, London - Business Traffic.
Moving Images -- Reel #622, Nutshell Titles (negative).
Moving Images G 4 Reel #623, English Rural Traffic.
Moving Images -- Reel #625, Paris Business Traffic.
Moving Images G 6 Reel #628, French Rural Traffic.
Moving Images G 7 Reel #630, Bermuda Business Traffic.
Moving Images G 8 Reel #633, Bermuda Rural Traffic.
Moving Images G 9 Reel #645, Oxcarts, Plows.
Moving Images G 10 Reel #650, Autos.
Moving Images G 11 Reel #655, Airplanes.
Moving Images G 13 Reel #658, Hydroplanes.
Moving Images G 14 Reel #665, Ship Slips.
Moving Images G 15 Reel #670, Ocean Liner at Sea - 1.
Moving Images G 16 Reel #671, Ocean Liner at Sea - 2.
Moving Images G 17 Reel #673, Cargo Ships at Sea, Coast Steamers.
Moving Images G 18 Reel #675, Warships (badly deteriorated).
Moving Images G 19 Reel #678, Rowboats in Bay.
Moving Images G 20 Reel #680, Motor Yachts, Speedboats, Cruisers, Boats (Outboard).
Moving Images G 21 Reel #684, Sloop Sailing.
Moving Images G 22 Reel #685, Sailing Canoe - LS.
Moving Images G 23 Reel #686, Sailing Canoe - CU.
Moving Images G 24 Reel #687, Mexican Dugout Canoe.
Moving Images G 25 Reel #688, Two or More Masted Sailboats.
Moving Images G 26 Reel #689, Shipwrecks.
Moving Images G 27 Reel #690, Ocean Liner Docking.
Moving Images G 29 Reel #696, Rowboat Docking.
Moving Images G 30 Reel #698, Sailboat Docking.
Moving Images G 31 Reel #699, NBG Streamlined Boats.
Moving Images H 1 Reel #702, Hamlet - Technical Staff, Actors in Street Clothes.
Moving Images H 2 Reel #703, Hamlet - Shops, Trucking.
Moving Images H 3 Reel #705, Hamlet - Costume, Rehearsal.
Moving Images H 4 Reel #706, Hamlet - Act I Rehearsal.
Moving Images H 5 Reel #707, Hamlet - Act II Rehearsal.
Moving Images H 6 Reel #708, Hamlet - Act III Rehearsal Audience.
Moving Images H 7 Reel #709, Hamlet - Scenery, Stage, Lights, and Props.
Moving Images H 8 Reel #720, Fireworks.
Moving Images H 9 Reel #725, Carnival Street Fair.
Moving Images H 10 Reel #730, Dancer - Tilly Losch.
Moving Images H 11 Reel #740, Musical Comedy.
Moving Images H 12 Reel #745, Flying Colors (also have negative).
Moving Images H 13 Reel #750, Piano Playing.
Moving Images I 1 Reel #810, Typewriter.
Moving Images I 2 Reel #820, Slot Machine.
Moving Images I 3 Reel #822, House Bells Ringing, etc.
Moving Images I 4 Reel #825, Musical Instruments.
Moving Images I 5 Reel #830, Flags.
Moving Images I 6 Reel #835, Smoke.
Moving Images I 7 Reel #838, Bubbles.
Moving Images I 8 Reel #845, Out of Focus.
Moving Images I 9 Reel #850, Part I - Titles - Printed.
Moving Images I 10 Reel #851, Part II - Titles - Pictorial.
Moving Images I 11 Reel #853, Titles - Special.
Moving Images I 12 Reel #855, Titles - Pictorial.
Moving Images I 13 Reel #870, Leader - White (negative, dancer?).
Moving Images I 14 Reel #873, Leader - Black.
Moving Images I 15 Reel #875, Leader - Colored.
Moving Images I 16 Reel #880, Tests.
Moving Images I 17 Reel #890, Tests - Animated Battle Maps.
Moving Images I 18 Reel #891, Tests and Titles - Battle of Tsushima.
Moving Images J 1 Reel #901, Weaving Hand Loom.
Moving Images J 2 Reel #905, Street Market - Mexico.
Moving Images J 3 Reel #907, Carrying Baskets on Head.
Moving Images J 4 Reel #910, Unidentified.
Moving Images J 5 Reel #912, Festival Wreathmaking.
Moving Images J 6 Reel #913, Hokus Pokus (negative, 2 copies).
Moving Images J 7 Reel #914, Censorship title, Stop Watch, Wrist Watch, Hamlet title test, Bull, Girl on Fence, Reel #2 - New York World's Fair, 1939 (negatives).
Moving Images J 8 Reel #915, Bread Making.
Moving Images J 9 Reel #954, Woodworking and Metal Working.
Moving Images J 10 Reel #955, Plaster Carving and Casting.
Moving Images J 11 Reel #956, Drafting, Drawing.
Moving Images K 1 March of Time.
Moving Images K 2 World's Fair 1939 - 1 (3 reels).
Moving Images K 3 World's Fair 1939 - 2.
Moving Images K 4 Ship Models.
Moving Images K 5 Navy Ship Motion Test.
Moving Images K 6 General Motors Model.
Moving Images K 7 Rodeo Parade.
Moving Images K 8 Peruvian Arts.
Moving Images K 9 Mexico (in color).
Moving Images K 10 Ancient Mexican Ruins.
Moving Images K 11 World's Fair, General Motors Exhibit - 1.
Moving Images K 12 World's Fair, General Motors Exhibit - 2.
Moving Images K 13 World's Fair, General Motors Exhibit - 3.
Moving Images K 14 Futurama Model - 1.
Moving Images K 15 Futurama Model - 2 (with sound).
Moving Images K 16 Birds.
Moving Images K 17 Mexican Art Dance.
Moving Images K 18 Cut into Grass.
Moving Images K 19 Cincinnati Trip.
Moving Images K 20 Ice Hockey.
Moving Images K 21 Dominoes.
Moving Images K 22 Re-Project - 1.
Moving Images K 23 Re-Project - 2.
Moving Images K 24 Fair, Family, Parade on 5th Avenue, and Park.
Moving Images K 25 NBG Gardens, Rough Riders - Smithtown.
Moving Images K 26 Radio City, Columbus Circle.
Moving Images K 27 Scotts Eldridge Brooklyn Botanic.
Moving Images K 28 Buckskin Men - Boy Scouts - Dan Beard.
Moving Images K 29 Beach at East Hampton, Long Island.
Moving Images K 30 Unnumbered Personal Films, continued.
Moving Images K 31 Continued.
Moving Images K 32 Continued.
Moving Images K 33 Continued.
Moving Images K 34 Continued.
Moving Images K 35 Continued.
Moving Images K 36 Continued.
Moving Images K 37 Continued.
Moving Images K 38 Continued.
Moving Images K 39 Continued.
Moving Images K 40 Continued.
Moving Images K 41 Continued.
Moving Images K 42 Continued.
Moving Images K 43 Continued.
Moving Images K 44 Continued.
Moving Images K 45 Continued.
Moving Images K 46 Continued.
Moving Images K 47 Continued.
Moving Images K 48 Continued.
Moving Images K 49 Continued.
Moving Images K 50 Continued.
Moving Images K 51 Continued.
Moving Images -- Unnumbered reel, 1939 World's Fair - Billy Rose's Aquacade (in color).
Moving Images -- Unnumbered reel, Market (cut-in).
Moving Images -- Unnumbered reel, unidentified.
Moving Images -- Unnumbered reel, Arab Water Well.
Moving Images -- Unnumbered reel, Black and color film (sic).
Moving Images -- Unnumbered reel, Flying Colors.
Moving Images -- Unnumbered reel, New York World's Fair - 2.

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