The Braddock Chronicles series

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Several documentaries by Tony Buba documenting the town of Braddock, PA.

0:00 Voices From a Steel Town, 1983. Color and black and white. Billboard: “Welcome to Braddock: Valley’s greatest shopping center.” Documentary about the town of Braddock, PA. The town had been a thriving steel town, but it feel into disarray when the factories began to lay off workers and close. Interviews with residents and family members of the filmmaker.

28:00 Credits.

29:08 End.

29:24 Washing Walls With Mrs. G. Credits. 1980. Black and white. An older woman tells her life story in a mix of Italilan and English while her grandson (?) washes her walls. She came to the U.S. from Italy when she was 36 years old. She seems very jovial and fun. “No, I don’t feel old. When you have a good mind, you feel young all the time. Italians say, ‘You’re not old, your clothes are old.'”

34:53 J. Roy: New And Used Furniture. Black and white. Pans over old furniture and appliances.

36:50 J. Roy sings while we pan local businesses. Voice over talks about his business philosophies. We learn about the flea market business and the kinds of things you can find there and which are valuable.

47:42 Credits.

48:03 Betty’s Corner Cafe. 1976. Black and white. Portrait of the people who are regulars of this small cafe.

58:00 Credits. End of tape.

 

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