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Plank Road and WTVH Archive videos

May 3, 2008

I’ve just recently made a major update to the Syracuse Nostalgia page, and will do another one soon.

Yesterday I added the History Of North Syracuse page. I recently received a video from the North Syracuse Historian, Robert Henry, which showed a photographic history of North Syracuse and Plank Road. I divided this video up into four parts, and posted them on the site. Robert was also nice enough to let me browse through his collection of pictures and pick out ones that I would want to post on the site. I chose a bunch of photos, trying to pick out ones that weren’t already included in the Plank Road video. He said he will be putting these photos on a CD for me soon, so hopefully I’ll be posting them in the next couple of weeks.

One thing I noticed from working with Robert, and also from working with the Cicero Historian, Thomas Mafrici, is that they both were really nice to work with and seemed eager to share their collection with the public. I think they just didn’t really have the means to get their collections online. Something else I noticed from their collections was that, for the most part, they would only include photos up until the 1950s. I know this isn’t either of their faults, but you would think that local history stopped at 1960. I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s interested in seeing the history of the area from the 1960s through the 1980s (and beyond). So, I guess it’s up to all of us to try and gather as much photographic history (and video history) as we can. That’s why I always encourage people to send in whatever old photos of the local area they may have. I will share them online for free, so anyone can view or download them.

I am also working on another “WTVH Archives” update. I recently received another group of tapes from Keith Kobland at WTVH-5 News. I really appreciate Keith being nice enough to share some of these tapes. I have a feeling some of this footage would never be seen again if we weren’t doing this. For the most part, the tapes that he’s been giving me are 3/4″ tapes (also called U-Matic tapes). These tapes and the machine to play them on have not been made in a long time. Here is a picture of one of the huge 3/4″ tapes (next to a Ron Curtis VHS tape, for scale): 

Here is a picture of the humongous 3/4″ player that I recently got from eBay (again with the Ron Curtis VHS tape used for scale): 

You can see that the player is just about as tall as the average VHS tape.

A problem that I am having concerning these tapes is which clips to include on the site. These are just random tapes that Keith finds for me. They are not necessarily chosen for their exciting news stories. Meaning that, for example, they would just include a random week of news stories from 1987. While this would be interesting to me, I know it wouldn’t be interesting to most people. So, at the moment I’m trying to decide which clips to upload to the site. I’m also trying to just pick out clips of local interest, not national news. At the moment I have a couple of good ones that I think I’ll use – a meeting about the proposed Carousel Center (1987), St. Patricks Day Parade (1984) and some dumb guy from S.U. running around campus playing “Cupid” (1987). There will probably be more, but those are the best ones right now. I’m also trying to figure out which, if any, sports clips to use. I don’t really care about sports, so I’m trying to figure out which basketball footage might be of interest to the most people.

So look for a new bunch of WTVH Archive videos to be posted in the next week or so.

Thanks for reading!