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Ferd Isserman Collection, 1932-1968

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Collection Identifier: C.2010-06
Extent of collection
9 reels of 16mm film totaling 2,165 feet.
Inclusive Dates
1932 - 1968
Bulk Dates
1932 - 1950
The Ferd Isserman collection consists of 16mm home movies shot primarily in Chicago from the early 1930s through the late 1960s. Documenting leisure time, trips and holidays, highlights from the collection include family visits to the Chicago World’s Fair (A Century of Progress International Exposition) in 1933-34; a legion marching band and USO dedication in Chicago during WWII; the Republican National Convention in Chicago in 1932; the 20th Miss America pageant held at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ in 1946; a trip to San Francisco and Los Angeles in 1946-47; and Thanksgiving celebrations in the 1930s, 1940s and 1968.

Footage from the Chicago World’s Fair (A Century of Progress International Exposition) in 1933-34 includes:

-       Overall shot of the Midway

-       Pan shot of the fair and Emily, Victor and Laurie

-       Papa, Juny, Irma and Betty going to the fair and riding on Bozo

-       Victor, Laurie, Emily and Grannie at the fair

-       1934 at the fair with Irma, Betty, Victor, Papa, Mother, Granny, Uncle Buddy

General Family Reel #1 includes:

-       Daddy at the Republican Convention in Chicago,1932

-       Papa’s garden, October 1950

-       Uncle Buddy, Granny, Emily, Victor and Albert, 1932

-       Chapmans in the yard, 1933

-       Thanksgiving in St. Louis

-       Victor going to camp

-       Ruth and the Issermans, August 1935

-       The Issermans, approx. 1936

-       Juny 1935 or 1936

-       Thanksgiving in St. Louis 1936-37

-       Irma and Betty going to Acamac, 1937

General Family Reel #2 includes:

-       The dedication of colors to the Midway USO Service Center at 975 East 60th Street in Chicago on Sunday, September 6, 1942. Featuring the Legion marching band, Albert Chapman as Master of Ceremonies, invocation by Reverand Dr. Eaton, and speakers Newton Farr, Paul Jacobson, and Mrs. W.H. Spencer.

-       Granny, Papa, Uncle Buddy in San Francisco Park during WWII

-       Christmas in 1941

-       Sylvia and Johnny, Victor, Juny, Laurie, Irma, Betty and Papa

-       David visiting Chicago

-       Uncle Buddy and Johnny and family in San Francisco in 1944

-       June 9, 1946 in Papa’s yard

-       Silvia, Buddy, David, Johnny, Howard Tally, Nelson Fuqua, the Hoodowls

-       At the Miss America pageant in Atlantic City, labor day 1946

-       1947 in San Francisco and Los Angeles

-       Alfred and his family

-       Leo and Ida and the airport

-       1948 in San Francisco and Chicago

Isserman, Ferd (created by)
Ferd Isserman’s family lived in Chicago near 45th / 47th Streets in the 1930s and 1940s. Ferd and his wife Barbara lived in River Forest, Illinois; Ferd currently lives in Oak Park, Illinois.
Custodial History
Ferd Isserman sent a DVD to CFA for a Home Movie Day event. His films had been transferred to this DVD. Watrous kept in touch with him over several years to see if he would be interested in donating the original 16mm films to CFA. Soon after Ferd's wife died in 2010 he donated the 16mm original films to CFA.
Language of Materials
Access Restrictions
This collection is open to on-site access. Appointments must be made with Chicago Film Archives. Due to the fragile nature of the films, only video copies will be provided for on-site viewing.
Use Restrictions
Chicago Film Archives holds the rights for the films in this collection.
Collection Item
1930s-1950s: Canoe Parade
1930s: Juny
1932-1950: General Family Reel #1
1933-1935: World’s Fair Series
1939 (circa): The Two Juni’s