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Collection Dates: 1942 – 1954
Scope and Content Note: Major Gibson’s 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."
Biographical Note: 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.
Extent: [8 film reels?] : sd., b&w and col. ; 16 mm.
Genre: Home movies and video
Subject Headings: Military bases--Georgia--Bainbridge;Military bases--Alabama--Montgomery;Families of military personnel--Georgia--Bainbridge;Families of military personnel--Alabama--Montgomery;Bombers;Parades--Georgia--Butler;V-J Day, 1945--United States;World War, 1939-1945--United States
Provenance: Deposited at the Walter J. Brown Media Archives by Bill Gibson.
Cite Collection As: Gibson home movie collection, 1942-1954. Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection, The University of Georgia Libraries
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