1938 no-nonsense classroom film New England Fishermen shows Gloucester, schooner, steam, and diesel trawlers

At the dawn of talkies, ERPI (Electrical Research Products Inc) sought to “bring the world to the classrooms” via 16mm A/V equipment and a catalog of films. ERPI was a subsidiary of AT&T and a forerunner of Encyclopedia Britannica Films.

They produced GLOUCESTER FISHERMEN (under 9 min) in 1938 with backing from Clark University. The film’s narrator was James Brill. There was also a 1938 film titled Shell-Fishing. 

from the A/V Geeks archive youtube channel

1938 ERPI film

Here’s James Brill narrating and before the camera in the 1946 film: FROM DEMOCRACY TO DESPOTISM, 1946, Encyclopedia Britannica Films.

2 comments

  • Thank you Catherine! – we lost one out of family (Uncle) Prayers and thoughts with his family for sure!! I have sent card and thoughts and heart hurting, who was out of Gloucester Harbor (Trawlers-Dragger) the diesel this past week from a long line of fisherman old country! It was a long way to say the least for all! Rest in peace! 😦 Dave & Kim 😦

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