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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.

you still have time today: REEL IN GEAR AT 3 LANTERNS 15% OPENING + AMBIE’S

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Three Lantern Marine and Fishing TODAY is last day of their opening weekend and  they have 15% off special sale. Grab a new fishing rod, lobster gear, clothing. Cross off your ‘back to beach’ list:  they’re still some crab traps and nets on the shelves. You don’t have to wait for Fiesta for Ambie’s. He and his son are on site for Three Lantern customers. Wicked Tuna was on the scene.

Ambie is a twin. He has twins sons. AND one of his sons has twins. Three sets of twins in one family! I’ve heard fraternal twins run in families and that it’s on the maternal side. (I’ve also heard that’s rumor bunk.) Apparently multiples run on the dad’s side in this family.

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No Fishing from Bridge, circa 1940

The Railroad Bridge, which crosses the Annisquam River in Gloucester, was a crucial link to the mainland, carrying visitors, goods. The Eastern Railroad built the Gloucester line in 1847, and it was extended to Rockport in 1861. These fishermen seem to be onto the fish, but even today, it's not a safe place to fish from.

The Railroad Bridge, which crosses the Annisquam River in Gloucester, was a crucial link to the mainland, carrying visitors and goods. The Eastern Railroad built the Gloucester line in 1847, and it was extended to Rockport in 1861. These fishermen seem to be onto the fish, but even today, it’s not a safe place to fish from.

Gloucester Fishing Throwback- 1983 Scott Swicker, Hussey and Tuffy Fishing Wooden Lobster and Crab Traps Off An Old Wooden Novi Boat

Photos from Tuffy

If you don’t think those old wooden lobster traps weighed a whole hellova lot more than today’s wire gear then you don’t know much about then and now lobstering.

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Look how skinny Swicker was back then…

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