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Lost in Light is a videoblog about small gauge filmmaking featuring weekly posts of home movies, work by artists, articles by preservationists and film scholars, video tutorials and other film gems.





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This week, a charming tour of one of my favorite childhood haunts in the Bay Area, Children’s Fairyland. Located near Lake Merritt in Oakland, California, this theme park based on children’s literature is still very much alive, and not much changed from what we see in this film, submitted by Ashima here in Grand Rapids.

Ashima has a few words to add:

Must be 1968 and my Papa is holding me in the beginning. Papa was always wanting to use his camera to take pictures and video of me. Mama said that they had planned to send them to India, but never did.

Here’s another great set of photos from this unique place. A fun YouTube home movie that takes us down the rabbit hole in the Alice in Wonderland section. Here‘s a current bird’s eye view of the park, and an aerial view from Google maps.

Click the MPEG-2 link above for a high resolution version of this home movie on the Internet Archive.


Comment from Ashima Saigal
Time: April 20, 2008, -5

The set of photos is fantastic. I love the picture of that key for Fairyland that unlocks the doors. The other wonderful thing is that my family in India can now see these videos.

Comment from Robert Croma
Time: May 2, 2008, -5

I’m always captivated by the fashions and expressions in these films. Always watching the background, too, taking the distance in beyond.

Ahsima’s beautiful mother moves so elegantly through this. Must be profound to see such tender interaction all these years later.