Annotated Script

The following annotated script was compiled by Milton Machuca.

Camera Movement Visual Narration/Dialogue
(Fade Up From Black)
Major Funding for The Country Auction Film Project was provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities
Additional funding provided by Pennsylvania Humanities Council
KS. Camera gently follows arm movement of auctioneer. Auctioneer shakes iron bank. Auctioneer #1: You don’t know what’s in there, that’s the surprised. Could be valuable! And how much to start it off? How about then dollars for it? Ten dollars to start it off.
Cut to MS. Auctioneer displays stereoscopic viewer Auctioneer #2: Let me sell that viewer right there! And how much you gonna gimme to start it off? Somebody give me fifty bucks and roll! ...And how ‘bout somebody gimme a dollar? One dollar. One dollar…
Cut to MCU of from over the shoulder. Pan right to left, then back to right, following arm movement. Auctioneer displays small bottle to bidders. Auct. #1: Fifteen dollars to start it. Ten dollars...
Cut to MCU of quilts. Tilt up to low angle view of auctioneers in MS. Quilt Auctioneers present quilt for sale. Auct. #2: It’s gonna get cold in this place!
Cut to MS. Auctioneer speaks to outdoor crowd. Auct. #1: Five dollars and...
Auct. #2: Seven and a half. And eight. Eight and a half. He might take 'em all!... and nine!
MS. Pan right to left, from car to auctioneer. Man starting car: Auctioneer talking to crowd. Auct. #2: (motor starts) You know at a sale it don’t matter how good something is if it don’t start.. Now, by golly, that started right off!
(FADE UP SIBTITLE) The Paul V. Leitzel Estate Sale Auct. #2: … get twenty-five dollars for it. Twenty-five. Twenty dollars. Twenty Dollars. Ten dollars, if you can get then for it… Ten. Ten. Twelve and a half. Ten dollars. Got twelve and a half… (Auction continues underneath narration)
(FADE UP) Public Sale notice
Roll down specifics of Public Sale notice Narrator: Estate sales are a tradition in many parts of America. They help dispose of a person’s possessions when they die. The property is converted to cash and the proceeds divided among the heirs.
Cut to MLS. Pan right to left, from couch to auctioneer. Auctioneer selling couches and chairs to outdoor crowd. Auct. #2: …gimme a hundred dollars!... and the couch here. Hundred dollars. Seventy-five. Fifty… (Auction continues underneath)
Cut to MS. Women moving table of food. Narrator: Auctions are economic events but if you look at them as social customs, you can learn a lot about the lives and values of the people of central Pennsylvania.
Cut to MS. Men outdoors drinking coffee and gossiping.
Cut to MS. Lura holding toy sewing machine. The family is dissolving their homestead and in the process, coming to terms with a death.
Cut to MCU. Celo sitting on steps, watching auction.
Cut to MCU. Bidder seated in the crowd. Members of the community are looking for bargains.
Cut to LS. Crowd seated at auction. Some want a last chance to look around the home, buy a remembrance, and share memories.
Cut to MS. Two women seated at auction, one examining a plate.
Cut to MS. Joe Herman bidding. Antique dealers move through these ceremonies as merchants, transforming household objects into commodities.
Cut to CU. Man hauling books away. All bid openly on the house and possessions now exposed to public sale.
Cut to MS. Woman and man examining toy laundry board. In the process, the personal, the social, end the economic, all become intertwined.
(FADE TO BLACK) (Auction sounds fade out)
Cut to LS. Dolly. ELS. Dolly forward. Cut to ELS. Pan left to right. (FADE UP) Driving through the outskirts of town. Driving down the main street. Church and cemetery. Narrator: This film is about the auction of the Paul Leitzel estate in Richfield, Pennsylvania. Richfield is a rural town of 300 people, a stable and homogeneous community where families are the center of social, economic, and religious life. Its’ residents are descendants of the German Lutherans, Mennonites, and Scotch-Irish Presbyterians who settled here in the 19th century. Paul Leitzel lived and worked here in the center of town for nearly seventy years. With his wife, Orpha, he ran the general store adjoining their home. It was a focus of social and commercial activity for the community. Following Orpha’s death, Paul set out alone for almost twenty years until ill health forced him to close the last general store in Richfield.
Cut to MLS. The General Store.
Cut to MCU. Storefront windows.
Cut to CU. Antique grinder and scale.
Cut to MS. Cluttered counters and shelves.
Cut to MS. Shoe bench, Coke machine.
Cut to MS. Interviewer (back to camera), Lura, and Celo inside the store. Celo Leitzel: He was eighty-five when he had to close this store because he fell and compressed a vertebrate and was also partially blind and was hard of hearing…(Continues underneath narration)
Narrator: Six months after Paul’s death, we spoke to his son, Celo, and daughter, Lura, as they were preparing for public sale.
Interviewer: Tell me a little bit about the store then. These were the loafing benches here?
Camera moves between Interviewer and Celo. Celo is MCU. Celo pointing to loafing benches. Celo: Yes, this was the loafing area and there were two other benches down the other way, near the heating register, the furnace. These two here were frequently occupied ‘specially in the evenings and ‘specially during the winter months and a lot of stories were told here about hunting. I remember as a boy listening to the coon hunters and the fox hunters and the deer hunters telling their stories half of it in Pennsylvania Dutch, and my dad used Dutch a good bit and he…
Camera moves left behind Interviewer, and pans left to show benches. MS. The loafing benches.
Pan right Lura and Celo in MS. Lura and Celo
Camera moves to right and pans slightly right to get Lura, Celo, and Interviewer (back to camera) in MS. Interviewer, Celo and Lura. Interviewer: Oh, he did that out in the store?
Celo: Yes. Many people would come in and for business speaking the dialect.
Black and white photographs.
LS Cameraperson with auction crowd. Narrator: Four people designed this film.
MS. Cameraperson, Interviewer, and local man. It grew out of a larger study of Juniata County, Pennsylvania,
MS. Interviewer and local man. a community in which we conducted ethnographic research for over
MLS. Cameraperson and men moving furniture. seven years. We made a film about an estate sale
MLS. Cameraperson and antique dealer in auction crowd as a way to illustrate what we'd learned about the social life of the county.
MS. Auctioneers. We chose this particular sale because
MCU. Woman bidding in auction. we felt that it would clearly visualize what we had learned about estate sales
MLS. Cameraperson and men cleaning the windos of the General Store. and about the culture of this community.
MLS. Lura and young man preparing sale items inside the store. Cleaning noises Narrator: Two weeks before the auction during the last stages of cleaning and preparation. (Cleaning noises continue underneath)
Cut to MCU. Gentle pans right and left, following Celo's arm movements. Celo at desk, organizing papers.
Cut to MS. Pan left. Lura cleaning out drawers and passing items to young man who places them in boxes. Sounds of cleaning and paper shuffling.
Cut to MCU. High angle shot. With back to camera, Celo at desk sorting papers.
Cut to MS. Interviewer (back to camera) and Doris in kitchen. Doris: ...Oh, I'm sure that they have. My husband is not one to express himself in that way...
Camera moves in for MCU. Narrator: Doris Leitzel, Celo’s wife. Doris: The other day, I found Lura a little emotional. I tried to console her by telling her that this is something that I had experienced too. That it’s… There’s a sadness ther and it’s almost like a funeral because you’re saying good-bye to a friend. A house comforts you, and keeps you warm, and shelters you, and so forth. But it’s something that, you know, sooner or later has to be done.
Cut to MS. Slight pan right and then left following Doris. Then static shot of Lura. Lura and Doris in the store. Doris passes behind Lura as Lura places items in a display case. (voice over) She’s had a lot of time to think about this. She gets up early and comes in and I’m sure that she had… As she did that very thoroughly and upstairs, when she came across some of her toys, I’m sure she has some fond memories… when she finds things of her mother’s that maybe after her mother died, things that we hadn’t really gone onto because Grandpa still lived here. I’m sure that she had some sad moments, which is only natural…
Cut to MCU. Interviewer (back to camera) and Doris in kitchen. Interviewer: I imagine that your husband must as well.
Doris: Sure, sure he does. It's just that, as I said, he doesn't express it in quite that fashion.
Cut to MS. Lura in store, opening large banner. Doris: What's that?
Camera moves in for MCU. Lura: Some kind of banner. W-E...L-C-O-...I can't tell what it is.
Doris: Is it welcome?
Cut to MS. Lura (back to camera) and young man helping with banner. Lura: Oh. I believe it is. WELCOME. H-O-M-E...
Pan right to man in MLS. Doris: Is there a name on the end?
Swish pan right to Doris in MS. Doris pointing. Doris: We don't know what war that was, now do we? I bet that was out here in, across the square.
Swish pan left to Lura in MS.
Slight pan right to include man.
Lura and young man begin folding banner. Lura: It's a little bit faded but...why don't we fold it and decide what to do with it.
Cut to CU. Pan right to NCU. Man washing front window of store, "Public Sale" notice, and second man washing adjacent window. (Sounds of car passing and windows being washed.)
(Voice over)
Cut to MCU. SLight tilt down to bowl being washed, then tilt up to Doris' face. Doris washing dishes. Doris: We really don’t want the people who come into the sale to be afraid to come because they’re gonna get all dirty. The store’s been empty a long time. Grandpa couldn’t care for it like he should have… So, it’s a small town… people know it’s dirty and so forth, so I think that it’s almost a challenge to prove to the town that we can clean it up and make it nice, I think, for that day. Maybe that’s my phobia, I don’t know.
Cut to MS. Tilt down to broom, then pan left following Celo. Celo and Lura sweeping out store. Celo walks to another room, removes a shoe, and continues sweeping.
MS. Celo seated at his desk. Narrator: Prior to the sale, the family decides what they'll be keeping. We asked Celo how they'd make these decisions.
Slow zoom-in to tighten to MCU. Celo: Simply by choice. I’ve said whatever my sister wants she may take. There’s not much that I would like to have except in the last couple of days, I’ve decided there’s a certain bookshelf now that I wish to bring here to my study and a typewriter desk from my dad’s office. There are good many more things which my sister has wanted and some things which she has taken already. But on the other hand, my hour children want certain things so it’s going to even out.
Cut to MCU. Hands unfolding quilts. Lura: ...two of these will probably stay in the family and the others will be sold.
Interviewer: And these are quilts that your mother made?
Lura: Yes.
Tilt up to Interviewer kneeling, pan right to Celo standing. MS. Interviewer and Celo examining quilts. Celo: (in unison) Yes. That’s correct… and then my… daughters, Lois and Lorraine, will be having each one.
Interviewer: Were these actually used in the house?
Pan left to Interviewer and Lura. MS. Lura leaning over, discussing quilts with interviewer. Lura: This one was used. I don’t think the other two were. I have one that I’ve already taken with me, that had my name on it. It said made by Grandma Leitzel in 1933, quilted by my mother in 1943, so I’m using that one.
Tilt down to quilts.
Cut to MS. Hands pulling toys out of box. Lura cont.: I played house a lot. We had a little sewing machine and typewriter and we had quite a variety of banks. There is a number of banks here. We each had a bank like that and we also each had an iron bank. Mine was a candle and I believe…
Celo: Here’s a doll which I think was mine…
Lura: That used to be Celo’s but he wasn’t much for dolls. He never used this very much.
Interviewer: Where did the doll come from? Was that…?
Camera moves left behind Interviewer, positioning between him and Lura. Lura: Mother had made one for Celo and one for me. She did a lot of sewing. She made the doll clothes. And I have a collection of dolls. I’ve already taken some of my dolls with me but…
Pan slightly to right to MCU. Hands on toy chest of drawers. Celo: Well, Dad had made these as I recall, including this which was made out of cigar box, of wood… at any rate, Havana, Ribbon Perfecto…
(Disolve to) MS. Interviewer, Lura and Celo in kitchen. Interviewer: Now will these toys be going up in the sale?
Pan left. Interviewer and Lura. Interviewer: Now will these toys be going up in the sale?
Lura: Some of them will. I’ll probably keep a few.
Interviewer: Again, how will you decide?
Lura: I guess the day before the sale, I’ll just have to come to a decision which I’ll keep and which will be sold.
MS. Interviewer and Lura. Interviewer: Is that hard?
Lura: It is difficult. I’d like to keep so many things but I know I have to be selective. I feel I have to be.
Pan right and tilt down. Table full of boxes, jars, and toys. Interviewer: Can I ask why you will be selling some of them?
Past tilt up and pan left. MS. Interviewer and Lura. Lura: Well, I don’t know. I guess I would like to just have a few… things that were most important to me.
Interviewer: Just a few special things…
Lura: Uh huh, special things…
Interviewer: How do you feel about the people who will be buying them and taking them away?
Lura: I guess my feeling is that some one that really appreciates them and some one else is going to enjoy them, I feel good about that.
Cut to MLS. Celo and man moving table out side door of store.
Cut to MS.
Dolly back as Lura and Celo walk forward.
Lura, and then Celo through same doorway. (Voice over)
Lura: I can remember after we decided to have sales and I came home. When I got here, they were making a list of the things to go. I just said well I want to keep some of these things so I just listed the things that I felt I wanted keep… I think that we both feel that if something has meaning to you, and the same way with the children, that we’d rather have it than to have it sold.
Cut to MS. Lura carrying chair through doorway, then handing it up to Celo.
Cut to MCU. Celo on truck, securing furniture.
Swish pan right. Man's hands fastening rope to truck.
Cut to MS. Interviewer and Lura in kitchen.
Swish pan right and slight tilt down. Celo picking up rifle. Celo: I think I’ll be keeping this by the way. This is an old air rifle. Daisy air rifle. A BB gun. And my father was always quite a hunter and had gotten my license when I was twelve years old in fact. I first learned to shoot with this BB gun.
Camera moves back slightly. Interviewer, Lura, and Celo.
Camera moves forward. MS. Lura, and Celo holding rifle. Lura: The year that he got this is the Christmas that I got a doll. And on Christmas day, he shot my doll.
Celo: I was playing around with it and thought it was unloaded and held it to the forehead of the doll in the baby carriage and pulled the trigger. Shot the baby in the forehead, so I learned…
Tilt down and then up following Celo's movements. Celo replaces rifle on table as Lura watches. Lura: It turned into sort of a sad say for both of us.
Celo: There were some tears. A case of murder in a doll carriage I guess.
MS. Pan left to Ralph and Celo, then slight adjustment right to include Lura. Ralph, Celo, and Lura behind a counter, examining seed bags. Celo: There are some bahs, would you sell those too?
Ralph: Right.
Celo: …Timothy bag…(continues underneath narration)
Narrator: A week before the sale the auctioneers, Ralph Leitzel and his son, Bob, came to help organize things for the auction. Ralph is Paul Leitzel’s nephew.
Celo: …So those re worth something?
Ralph: Right.
Cut to MS. Bob, Ralph, and Celo examining bottles on shelf. Lura: Now we’ve already washed these jars and brought them over but they can be moved wherever you want them.
Ralph: And those jugs there. See of you can box them up. Now if you have any of these, keep them separate. And there’s your bear banks, them go with the dishes.
Bob: …Them go with the dishes.
Cut to MS. Tilt up to follow Celo's movement. Cans on the floor. Celo reaches down and picks one up. Celo: And cans like these, there’s no…
Lura and Celo with can. Ralph: Well., they’re marked…
Celo: There’s no reason to junk this sort of thing?
Ralph enters screen left as Celo bends down, leaving frame. Lura: That's not old is it?
Celo: There's a little something in that…
Pan left. MS. Lura, and Ralph shaking can. Ralph: A little linseed oil in there.
Swish pan right. MS. Lura, and Celo with another can. Celo: But somebody might want it?
Pan left. Ralph in MCU, Lura in MS. Ralph bends down in foreground, picks up and reads label on can as Lura looks on. Ralph: Now that's old, but upstairs I think I saw some…
Lura moves in closer. Lura: Is that an old one?
Tilt down. MCU. Cans on floor. Celo bending down to pick one up. Ralph: Yes. This is an older one than them but there’s one that could bring five dollars just as easily if the right guy’s here.
Cut to MLS. Fan left. Ralph, Lura, and Celo in store. Ralph walks screen left, indicating where stand will be. Ralph: We’re gonna take a table like this or something and put back a nice stand here yet, so that that is kept full at all times so there’s no waiting and bothering.
MS. Lois carrying small table, putting it down, and then exiting. Narrator: The day before the sale, family members father for the final preparation.
Cut to MCU. Pan left to MS. Butcher paper. Celo and young man unrolling it along counter.
Cut to CU. Doris’ hands arranging doll furniture. Doris: …get the cup out of the bathtub… There, the baby’s all set.
Cut to MLS. Camera moves in for MCU. Lura arranging quilts. Focus on quilts.
Cut to MLS. Camera moves in for MCU. Louis and Celo placeing box on counter.
Pan left to MCU of Doris, MS of man to her right. Doris placing items on counter.
Man putting items down next to her.
Doris: There it is.
Cut to MCU. Camera moves left and tilts down. CU. Celo writing on paper bag.
Celo examining clock on counter.
Focus on back of clock.
Celo: The clock works.
MS. Celo turns to Doris behind him. Doris: No, this clock works.
Celo turns back, picks item off counter. Celo: I'll put them in another box.
Pan left to MCU. Lois with telescope. She closes it and places it on counter.
Cut to MS. Camera follows behind him. Man rolling copper kettle, then setting it upright.
Cut to MS. Young man ringing up antique cash register.
Cut to MCU. of Doris, MLS of Lois. Doris arranging crib in foreground, Lois dusting furniture in background. Doris: I think we used this bed on one of you kids…see
Doris reaches for blanket, places it in crib. the nice cover I'm gonna put on it, see if it sells.
MCU. Pan right, then move back to show all three in MS. Woman, and man with viewer. Doris on opposite side of counter. Narrator: The evening before the auction, people were given a chance to preview what was going to be sold.
Doris: Now see, aren’t you glad you came.
Pan left, slight zoom-in to MS of woman and man. Woman and man. Woman: But we didn’t know you were having anything like this. We thought tat we’d go for a walk…
Man: We wanted to see what was going on.
Doris: Well, it wasn’t announced, just by word of mouth.
Cut to MS. Through store window, a girl, her mother, and another woman are browsing.
Crane up. Mother bends down as child points.
View of the dominoes.
Girl: Mommy, what's that? That thing right here?
Mother: Oh, that's dominoes.
Mother picks up domino and she and the girl examine it. Girl: Dominoes.
Cut to MCU. Man examining ax.
Cut to MCU. Celo, man, and boy examining rifles. Man: Now with a lot of these… Here, this is a…
Celo: Oh, I see…
Cut to MCU. Man and woman in profile. Man: I remember using that thing.
Woman points. Woman: Here's Charlie…
Cut to MCU. Tilt up. Two sets of hands, one lifts rifle.
The two men examines the rifle.
(Crowd noises)
Cut to MCU. Woman with baskets. Woman: I wish that had a handle on it.
Cut to MS. Woman holding jug. (voice over)
Man: Joe Herman from Troxelville will be one of the big bidders here.
Cut to CU. Man discussing Joe Herman. (voice over)
Interviewer: What do you think he’s going to go for?
Man: He’ll go for everything, any furniture, any shelving, counters, sofas, cash registers. He’ll buy anything.
(voice over)
Interviewer: And you just buy…?
Man: I’ll buy pretty near anything too. (He laughs)
Cut to MS. Celo and man examining pump. Celo: It still works.
MCU. Celo walks toward camera. Man: You're going to sell the pump, tomorrow?
Pan left. Celo turns to Ralph next to him. Celo: Well, I hadn’t planned on it, but if Ralph wants to sell it, sure. If you think it can…
Ralph in MCU, Celo in MS. Ralph moves in front of Celo. Ralph: It’s been sitting here all this time.
Celo: If someone wants it, sure.
Ralph: You’ll just have to take it down to the floor.
Cut to MCU. Woman examining pitcher.
Cut to MCU. Woman looking through book.
Cut to CU. Two women talking.
Cut to MCU. Doris and Celo inside the empty store. Celo: I was surprised really at the number of people who were here. I was quite please though. It was a great evening and sort of like a family reunion. Many of the people who came were relatives or people we had known for years. And it was a very fine evening.
Cut to CU. A group of men talking. (voice over)
Doris: Well, people were reminiscing you know. They saw a lot of these things. They connected it with Grandpa or with some things, in the case with Grandma. It would be much as a viewing would be because it’s a time to remember.
Cut to MCU. Several women talking.
Cut to MS. Lois and a woman at store counter.
Cut to CU. Woman in store. Woman #1: I was in high school at that time really when I came into the store and grade school. I would just come in but usually would just look at the merchandise and go out. You were always welcome but he was usually sitting on the bench talking to the men.
Pan right. Zoom-in to ECU to focus, then back to CU. Man in store, and back of Interviewer's head. Man #1: That was the men’s thing… this store and the only general store in town… They’d sit around and talk. They’d all generally speak Pennsylvania Dutch and you’d be somewhere at a loss if you didn’t understand it… The women, they’d come in, come in, do their shopping, and they’d be gone.
Move back to MCU. Woman, man, and Interviewer. Interviewer: Tell me, are you coming in here looking for anything in particular?
Woman#1: No, just interested in the local memorabilia… seeing what he had.
Interviewer: Interested in buying anything?
Woman: That’s always debatable!
MLS. Man adjusts "Road Closed" sign, then walks toward store (away from camera). Narrator: Five-thirty a.m. the morning of the sale.
Cut to MS.
Slight pan left.
Two men placing loafers benches outside. Man #1: Old loafers benches…
Man #2: Yep.
Quick pan right, then pan left following movement.
Celo and Ralph carrying another bench, setting it down next to first. Celo: You want them on top of one another?
Ralph: Naw, just set them right out here, in front of…
Cut to CU. Pan right to MLS. Stationer's box.
Box being carried by two men.
Pan left to MCU. Slight pan right to follow. Two men carrying dresser. Man #3: You following them?
Man #4: Yeah.
Quick pan left to MCU, pan right.
Cut to MS, pan left.
Ralph carrying section of postal boxes.
Two men carrying signs outside.
Cut to MLS. Cranes up and pulls back slightly. Lawn chairs being arranged in the street.
Cut to MS. Pull back and pan left to MCU. Two women carrying food from car to the store.
Cut to MCU. Women preparing food in the kitchen.
Man enters doorway.
Woman #1: I put the ketchup and mustard out there, is that alright?
Woman #2: Yeah, that's alright.
Man: Morning ladies.
Woman #3: (offscreen) Good morning Dave, how are you?
Man: Okay, how are you doing?
Cut to MS. Women moving table of food.
Cut to MS. Ralph and Bob on auctioneer's stand Ralph: Can I have your attention? Terms of sale – the first, highest, and best bidder to be the buyer. Second, any dispute arising between one or all bidders, the article will be put up for sale between two bidders. Third, all goods purchased today are to be paid for in cash except the real estate and no bids to be removed until you settle with the clerks. We have the clerk… over in the house. We’ve more items today than I think we’re gonna get through with, so we’re gonna try and move along as fast as we can. Get your numbers up.
Cut to MS, slow pan right. Crowd seated in lawn chairs.
Cut to MS. Ralph and Bob on auctioneer's stand.
Ralph holding grinder up for bid.
Ralph: What’ll you give? Three dollars for it. Somebody’s looking at it right now at three dollars…3, 3, 4, go 4, now 4… get your hands up… and give… and six… and seven… and eight… seven dollars on the first item. Seven dollars, one seventeen.
Pan right, tilt down. Ralph hands grinder down to runner.
Pan left to MCU. Runner takes grinder to bidder in crowd.
Cut to MCU. Lura (in profile) in doorway, placing sale items on table. She re-enters store as another woman emerges and sets down relish dishes. Ralph: …thirty-two and a half, five, five, five… You bought it at thirty-two and a half.
Cut to MCU. Same doorway from inside the store. Lura, Doris, and other women gathering items. Doris: Shirley, you're allowed to bid.
Cut to MLS, slight pan right. Runner passes cake serving tray through crowd to buyer. She examines tray as onlookers comment. Woman: Nice serving tray.
Buyer: Yes, it is.
Cut to MCU. Bob (over his left shoulder) auctioning pitcher. Ralph moves in and out of fram in foreground, crowd is seated in background. Bob: Seven and a half, and eight dollars… somebody bid eight, right back here at seven and a half, number fifty-six.
Cut to MS. Joe Herman examining dresser. (auction sounds)
Camera moves to Joe's left, and in for MCU. Joe pulls out top drawer. Narrator: Joe Herman, a local antique dealer.
Pull back and tilt down. Joe walks over to glass cabinet and removes bottom drawer for inspection. (Voice over)
Joe: Many auctioneers tell me when they see me coming or one of my family come in at a sale, they know their sale’s made. And if they aren’t, I cover. I’ll make their sale cuz we’re buying to make a dollar of it and we don’t need nothing very cheap.
(Voice over)
Interviewer: So, how does the family feel when they see you come in?
Slight pan right to MS. Joe turns, walks a few steps away from camera, and exits screen right. (voice over) Joe: A lot of the family, a lot of families, they appreciates and thanks us when we leave. But then the family that wants to do a lot of the buying, they bitch and moan.
(voice over)
Interviewer: What’s the value of your business?
(voice over)
Joe: The year before, I sold one million, four hundred thousand. Last year, I sold one million, two hundred thousand.
Joe walks along row of chairs, picks one up, inspects it, and replaces it.
Cut to MCU. Slow zoom-in to tighten shot. Joe sitting on loading dock. Joe: I always loved to go to sales. Soon as I look at a piece, I know right what I want to pay for it.
(off screen)
Interviewer: But what is it about going that you like?
Joe: Well, it was always my hobby, them sales, buying and reselling.
(off screen)
Interviewer: But sometimes you go and, you know, you don’t even make that much on something.
Joe: Well, it’s just the fun of owning it for awhile.
(Off screen)
Interviewer: But then, you know, sometimes it’s gone that night, so it must be…
Joe: Well, it went through my hands. It makes me happy.
Cut to MS> Move in to MCU, tilt down to CU. Runner hands basket to Joe. Woman seated behind him asks the price. Joe examines basket, then places smaller ones inside it. Woman: Joe, what’d this one bring?
Joe: Thirty-two and a half. That’s a nice one.
Cut to MCU. Tilt down to dishes, then up to auctioneers. Ralph and Bob auctioning dishes. Ralph: Okay, you buy them you own them, no returns on them. Give me two dollars… A dollar bill. One dollar, somebody bid half, bid a half… Who was it up here, one forty-four.
Cut to MCU. Duck Snyder. (Off screen)
Interviewer: What’s it like seeing the store all cleaned up like this?
Dick: Well, it’s a little hard you know. I grew up with this store, I knew the family. Lura and I went to school together. We were in the same grade in school. And Celo, he was… what,… three years ahead of us.
Narrator: Dick Synder, Doris’ brother.
Dick: Well, it’s hard to see it go.
MCU. (Dissolve)
Dick Snyder.
(off screen)
Interviewer: Do you think you’ll be buying anything from this sale?
Dick: Oh yes. Oh yes.
(off screen)
Interviewer: What are you interested in?
Dick: Well, my wife’s picked out a bunch of dishes she’s wanted and I know of a broadax I’d like to have back there, if I can afford it.
Cut to MCU. Dick bidding from inside the store.
Crowd is visible through doorway.
(off screen)
Ralph: Eight, and nine, nine and ten, ten and eleven, and twelve, and thirteen, and fourteen and fif…
Cut to MCU. Ralph auctioning glassware. Ralph: …teen, and sixteen, and seventeen, and eighteen.
Cut to MCU. Dick bidding from inside store. (off screen)
Ralph: and nineteen, and twenty, twenty-one…
Cut to MS. Ralph auctioning dish, turns and hands it to Dick inside the doorway. Ralph: Twenty dollars to bid on, twenty dollars one… What’s the number?
Dick: Nine.
Ralph: Number nine.
Cut to MCU. Dick examining glassware inside the store. (Auction noises)
Cut to MCU. Bob auctioning candy dish. Bob: Okay and right here, how about ten dollars to…
Cut to CU, tilt up. Dick closing tobacco pouch. (off screen)
Bob: …start it off, ten dollars to start it, ten dollars for it, ten, seven and a half, five dollars for it…
Dick: Yo!
Cut to MCU. Bob auctioning candy dish. Bob: Five dollars… seven and a half, and ten dollars, twelve and a half, and fifteen…
Bob: At fifteen dollars, the money’s at sixteen, back here fifteen dollars.
(Bell rings)
Cut CU. Dick with pipe in mouth. Dick: Nine.
Cut to MS. Mr. and Mrs. Snyder seated on a couch. Narrator: A year later we visited Dick Synder and his wife at their home near Richfield. We asked Mrs. Synder about what they bought.
Mrs. Synder: Well, I used to go down and visit with Orpha quite a bit and I always saw them and I cherished the pieces of glass…ware.
Cut to MCU. Coffee table with candy dish. (Voice over)
Mrs. Synder: Well, I bought the frosted candy dish due to the fact that it’s in my memories and Mrs. Leitzel serving us candy whenever we went to visit there. The little pot on the mantel has a special meaning to me because she had it in her corner cupboard. So I wanted it for a keepsake.
Cut to CU. Frosted candy dish.
Cut to MCU. Glass pot and other items on mantelpiece.
Cut to CU. Glass pot.
MCU. Tilt up and pan right to MS. Hand removing broadax from table. Dick is doorway of store, bidding on ax. (off screen)
Bob: Okay, on the broadax. And what will you hive me to start it off?
Dick: Twenty-five.
Cut to MS. Bidder seated in lawn chair. Bob: I have twenty-five back here to start it. Twenty-give, the money’s at thirty, thirty, forty, fifty, sixty, seventy, eighty, eighty, eighty-two and a half, eighty-five, eighty-seven and a half, eighty-seven and a half…
Dick: No.
Bob: Eighty-seven and a half… out there right-five, number ninety-two.
Cut to MS. Celo and Dick in doorway Dick: That’s too rich for me.
Cut to MS. Hands tapping card with bidding number.
Bidder raising card.
Cut to MCU. Ralph auctioning squeeze duck. Ralph: He said this was Uncle Luther’s duck… remember Luther worked here, Uncle Luther, double squeeze duck there. Give me twenty-five dollars for it.
Cut to MS. Joe Herman and family bidding in crowd.
Man talking with Joe.
Man: Ninety bucks.
Joe: Ninety bucks right now. Tomorrow’s too late, tomorrow’s a hundred bucks.
Man: Well I thought the inflation done quit.
Joe bidding on squeeze duck. Ralph: … Ten and fifteen, and twenty and five… and eighty and ninety and a hundred…
Man With Joe: Slow down.
Joe: A hundred and thirty-five. (Off screen)
Ralph: He says a hundred and thirty and give, hundred and thirty-five, hundred and forty…. And forty-five, a hundred and forty-two and a half, … a hundred and forty-five, a hundred and forty-two and a half, a hundred and forty-two and a half. Number 102.
Man with Joe: That’s a nice big one.
Joe: Yeah, but my goodness, we should have pulled it out of here for sixty-five bucks.
Man with Joe: Yeah… yeah.
Duck is handed to Joe. Joe: Boy, it’s getting cheaper, getting cheaper… What in the world is that?
Man with Joe: A telescope.
Joe bidding on telescope. (Auction sounds)
Joe is handed telescope.
Joe picking up baskets.
Man interested in buying basket.
Joe: You want that basket now? Which one was that?
Man: That’s the one.
Joe and man with him. Joe: Just tell the people that… sent it. Just say, “Give, give, give.”
Man with Joe: You could get a lot of money in that if you passed it around.
Man walks away from Joe. Man: Let me meditate. Don't you believe in meditation?
Joe: Ninety-five dollars if you have to think.
Joe and man with him. Man with Joe: That’s right, make him pay the tariff. It’s the people with, they’re the hardest ones to get it out of.
Joe replacing baskets.
Joe: I know.
Cut to MS. Bob and Celo holding apple butter kettle on auctioneer’s stand. Ralph: We’ve spent a lot of money and a lot of time cleaning that one up, but he had it back in the cabin for a woodbox for years…
(off screen)
Interviewer: You told us you were interested in something in particular. Could you tell us what it is?
Pan left. Ralph on auctioneer’s stand. Woman: Ah, yes. The copper apple butter kettle.
Interviewer: You had a particular reason?
Woman: Ah, yes. It belonged to the Carmen family. Interviewer: Which is your family?
Woman: Yes, yes…
Interviewer: When did it come into your family?
Cut to MS. Interviewer and woman outside the store. Woman: Ah yes, the copper apple butter kettle.
Interviewer: And you had a particular reason?
Woman: Ah yes, it belongs to the German family.
Interviewer: Which is your family?
WOman: Yes, yes.
Interviewer: When did it come into your family?
Zoom-in to MCU. Woman discussing kettle. Woman: I really have no idea. My father could probably tell you but he’s not here. He left, I guess. But it was sold at their public sale for three dollars and that was probably 1940, or, you know, late forties.
Cut to MS. Woman and two others sitting on porch, bidding on apple butter kettle. (off screen)
Ralph: Two twenty-five, and thirty, two twenty-five and thirty, at two twenty-five and thirty, all in all done, two twenty-five and thirty, Jenny you bought it, 188.
Cut to MCU. Woman by fireplace in her home. (off screen)
Interviewer: What was it like sitting at the sale?
Woman: What was it like? I really don’t like to bid at sales but it was fun, I guess, because I feel that I had to buy it. My brother said buy it and it didn’t matter what it cost. So, I didn’t tell them that but we bought it. (off screen)
Interviewer: Did you know who you were bidding against?
Woman: No, I really, and to this day, I don’t know. I think that it was a man but I really don’t know who it was.
(off screen)
Interviewer: You were just going to buy it whatever?
(off screen)
Woman: Well, I almost had to.
Cut to MLS. Kettle by the fireplace. Woman: I live on the farm where my grandmother lived. Last fall, my brother brought the kettle over to us and said that this is where the kettle originated from, this is where it belonged. So, I am keeping the kettle by the fireplace and we use it to store wood.
Slow zoom-in to MS Apple butter kettle.
Cut to MS. Clerk and auctioneer’s stand, with Ralph, Bob, and another woman. Clerk: Can everybody hear me? …sale of the estate of Paul D. Leitzel, deceased, exposed to sale by Celo B. Leitzel, executor under the last will and testament of Paul D. Leitzel, deceased, made on the premises located in Richfield, Monroe Township, Juniata County, Pennsylvania. This eleventh day of June, nineteen hundred…
Crowd gathered in street by side of store, observing auction.
(Auction noises)
Cut to MS. Ralph and Bob on auctioneer’s stand. Ralph: …Fourteen and fifteen, fifteen and fourteen and fifteen and sixteen and fifteen and sixteen and sixteen…
Celo, Ralph, and Lura conferring about the sale of real estate.
Lura: …the highest bidder wanted me to show them around and I did…
Narrator: When the real estate is sold, the family reserves the right to turn down the highest bid if it doesn’t meet their expectations. During the bidding, they confer to decide whether they will release the house for sale.
Ralph: It’s up to you.
Cut to MCU. Lois seated on couch. (off screen)
Interviewer: Well, while the sale was going on, what was that like for you, when all that was being sold?
Narrator: We spoke to Lois, Celo and Doris’ daughter, at her home near Philadelphia.
Lois: When the material things had been sold that wasn’t so difficult. When they got down to selling the property that kind of made a dent. Lorraine and I, at a couple times when the sale was going on, when the property was being sold, found ourselves a little tear-eyed. You get maudlin. We did spend a lot of time there and that was always Grandpa’s house. That was where our dad and Aunt Lura grew up. It’s kind of sad at times to think that some one else owns that now and that everything that was once there is gone.
Cut to MCU Celo, Lura, Ralph, and man conferring about sale of real estate. Ralph: What do you have Bob?
Pan right to CU. Ralph calls out to Bob. (Offscreen)
Bob: I have fifteen thousand, seven hundred and fifty.
Pan left to MCU. Ralph walks back to Celo, Lura and man. Ralph: You want to sell?
Celo: We do.
Man: Tell them we’re withdrawing the reserved bid…
Ralph: Okay.
Man: … to reject any offer, you’re withdrawing it and it will be sold. See if it moves.
Pan slightly right, then left to MCU. Ralph begins to leave, hesitates, then exits. Ralph: Then we have to sell it.
Man: Then you have to sell.
Cut to MLS. Crowd seated at auction (backs to camera). Ralph: We’re taking off all reserved bids. It’s going to be sold! If we don’t get another dollar, somebody’s going to own! So get in. They wanted more money but they decided…
Bob: Get in and you’ll buy.
Cut to MCU. Ralph and bob (from behind). (off screen) Bob: One more call. I’ve got sixteen thousand…
Cut to high angle LS. The crowd. and I’ve got seventeen thousand…
Cut to MS. Three women in the crowd. seventeen thousand one hundred dollars,
Cut to MCU. Man and woman in crowd. seventeen thousand one hundred dollars,
Cut to MS. Men standing in crowd. last chance at a fair sale.
Cut to CU. Two women in crowd.
Cut to CU.
Zoom back to MCU.
Celo and Doris inside store observing auction.
Celo, Doris, Lura and clerk.
I sold it right there. Doris: Who got it? Who got it?
Lura: Marguerite. Margie.
(off screen)
Ralph: Seventeen thousand one hundred dollars.
Clerk: Would you send them inside to sign the papers please.
(off screen)
Would you go in and see the inside clerk, around the corner on the far side.
Doris: Wasn’t Marguerite the person…
Cut to MS. Move into MCU. Pan right. Buyer rises from her chair and walks toward the store. (off screen)
Bob: We’re going to sell the furniture in the back. We’ve got a lot of stuff here, you’re welcome to come in and look at what we have yet. We’re going to sell the furniture and get that out of the way…
Woman: We’re trying to tell who you were!
Cut to MCU, pan left. Lura and Doris. Vuyer enters doorway, and Celo, Lura, Doris, and other woman greet her. Doris: We thought it was Margie Oder, were you bidding for her?
Margie: No
Doris: or against her?
Margie: No.
Lura: They were bidding though.
Woman: They were bidding alone.
Move in to CU, then move left to have frontal view. Doris hugging buyer. Doris: So Marguerite, what are you going to do with it?
Marguerite: I thought of an antique shop!
Doris: Well, we’re so happy to see you get it. We really are! Somebody that we know…
Pan slightly right to MCU. Celo directs buyer. Celo: The attorney has some papers…
Cut to MCU. Lura standing in front of store shelves. Lura: When this had been bought up… maybe they’ll be putting a business in. I think I felt good about that. It just seemed like it should continue as a business place, I don’t know why.
(off screen)
Interviewer: Was it hard for you when it was actually auctioned off?
Lura: Oh, it’s sad, yes. Because it’s part of your life and now it is in somebody else’s family. I think I said to Marguerite, I hope that your family has many good times here as we had.
Round oak table.
(off screen)
Ralph: Hey Celo, is there only three chairs?
(off screen)
Celo: Yeah.
(off screen)
Ralph: Sell the table, then the three chairs, so much a piece…
(off screen)
Bob: Sell the table first.
Cut to MS. Table being auctioned by Bob and Ralph.
Celo and Joe Herman look on.
Bob: A hundred dollars for it… a hundred dollars and twenty-five.
Cut to CU. Celo standing in empty store. Celo: That was the family table from the time that I remember as a child. It was unusual, of course, that very seldom did the whole family sit down together. However, because of operating the store over mealtime, we sort of ate in shifts. My uncle Luther, who helped my dad, he would come and eat and then he’d go to the store and my dad come and eat, and so forth. So there was coming and going at the table. But it was a centerpiece and that important place in the kitchen, right beyond the door that led to the store.
Cut to MCU. Man observing auction of table. (off screen)
Bob: Two twenty-five, two hundred dollars…
(off screen)
Ralph: Yes, she says.
(off screen)
Bob: Two twenty-five, two fifty, two fifty, two fifty…
Swish pan left, then zoom out to MS. Bob auctioning table. Ralph, Celo, Joe Herman and others observe and bid. Bob: … two twenty-five and fifty, at two twenty-five the money at fifty… two thirty-five, two forty-five, two hundred and thirty-five, two hundred and thirty-five, the money bid two forty…
Cut to MCU. Lois in her home. Lois: The kitchen table was something that was nice. It had a big oak round with the big pedestal and the kind of feet with the claws on it, that, obviously, our kitchen wouldn’t have something like that and we have no room to store it. So, we really didn’t think about that. Besides that, you think about how much it could go for at the sale when there are antique dealers bidding on things, and you know, I guess you do kind of weigh, well, what am I going to do with that as opposed to, well, it could bring a lot of money, it’s very valuable.
Zoom out to MS. Lois on couch.
Cut to MS. Bob auctioning table. Bob: Two hundred and forty dollars, two forty-five, two fifty, two fifty, two forty-five… two fifty, two fifty-five…
Cut to MS. Joe Herman in his store. Joe: Today everybody has to have a round oak table because they say, well, their grandma used to have one and now they want one.
(off screen)
Interviewer: So did you really want to get this yesterday? I mean, was it important to get?
Joe: It was important to get but I got the top dollar in it so it’s going to be tough to make twenty-five bucks on it now.
Cut to MLS. Front porch of antique shop. Narrator: We followed the kitchen table to an antique shop near Providence, Rhode Island.
Cut to MCU. Poster and portrait on interior wall.
Cut to MCU, Panning right. Oak table in antique shop. (off screen)
Antique Dealer: We went shopping in Pennsylvania to Joe Herman’s in Troxelville and there he had so many beautiful tings, we didn’t know which table to buy. But we bought this one and we were so attached to it that we didn’t really want to sell it and we put the price, eight hundred dollars.
Cut to high angle MS. Oak table.
Cut to MS. Antique dealer discussing table. Antique Dealer: We just liked it. I was so well-made and in perfect condition and that attracted us to it.
Cut to MCU.
Pan slightly left.
Bob and Ralph examining music box.
Clerk looks on.
(Music box playing)
Ralph: I think it’s set just on notch too fast, maybe not.
(off screen)
Man: You can set the speed .
Ralph: You can set the speed on it
Cut to MCU, pan right. Celo picks up book and hands it to Lura as men look on. (off screen)
Man: That’s the obituary, huh?
Lura: No, this is an old book… now what’s… that stack there too.
Man: What type of old book is that?
Lura: It’s an old justice of the peace or something.
Cut to MS.
Zoom in to tighten Shot on man.
Ledger buyer interviewer outside store. Interviewer: You just bought something. Could you tell me what it is that you bought.
Ledger Buyer: Well, it’s a hand-written ledger of the justice of peace actions taken from about 1850 up until the latter part of the 1800’s. It covers many of the names of individuals who lived in this community, of which my past family knew most of the people or some of the names involved are relatives and… I gate to see any kind of documents of this nature, where they’re one of a kind, get out of the community.
Zoom in to MCU. Ledger buyer. Well, this is an unusual item. This is an item that probably could have gone for fifteen, give, ten dollars. There just happened there was one other man who happened to be in the audience who is probably collecting the same type of information. So when you have that, you just get, a matter of, at what point do you feel that you want to stop on these kinds of items. Most people here would have bid in excess of its value and it probably doesn’t have a monetary value. But you can’t place monetary value on this type of historical document.
MS. Move right to include interviewer’s head. (DISSOLVE TO)
Ledger buyer and interviewer.
Ledger buyer and interviewer.
Interviewer: What did you pay for it?
Ledger Buyer: Four hundred and ten dollars.
Interviewer: What were you willing to go for?
Ledger Buyer: I was getting close to the end of it. I might have gone another, I might have gone to four hundred and fifty. You know, you buy them when you see them.
There’s n other one. There’s no other one like this.
Cut to MLS. Crowd inside the store. (Auction sounds)
Narrator: The auction moves inside for the sale of the counters and shelving.
Cut to MCU. Woman and man bidding. (off screen)
Ralph: …Can you give me a ten dollar bill?... Four hundred and ten, four hundred and ten, and four hundred and ten, and number eighty-four for four hundred. Now folks, let’s see what we have in here…
Tilt down. Woman writes down her purchase on note pad. Woman: Okay. I think I better go get a second job.
(off screen)
Ralph: Are we going to sell those…
Tilt up. Woman and man exit (toward camera). Man: Well, we needed them.
Woman: Yep.
Cut to MS. Woman and man in front of store shelves. (offscreen)
Interviewer: Why did you come to the sale?
Man: Well, we came to help to complete out collection for our country store. And we knew that this gentleman lived there all of his life and there were a lot of good, top-quality items that we were looking for. We just had a difficult time locating some of these things.
Cut to MCU. Man bidding on counter. (off screen)
Ralph: …Four and a quarter, four and a quarter, four ten, four ten and four hundred…
Swish pan right and zoom out to MS. Joe Herman bidding against man, Ralph conducting auction. Ralph: Four ten and four hundred, four ten and twenty, and thirty, and forty, and fifty, four forty and fifty, at four forty and fifty, how many this time? He wants the other. Now we have these two here…
Pan left to MS. Woman and man writing down their purchase.
Cut to MCU. Woman and man in front of store shelves. Woman: We’re used to going to sales where we’re bidding against six, seven, eight antique dealers at least, so to only bid against one, that in itself was different for us to begin with. And I was interested in the reaction of the townpeople because they were, it was fun for them to see somebody else who was competitive with Joe. And it was one of the things that many of the townpeople talked to us about it afterwards. They thought it was great.
Cut to MCU. Man bidding. (off screen)
Ralph: Five and a half, five seventy-five, six hundred, six and a quarter, six and a quarter, at six and a quarter, at six and a half, six seventy-five and seven hundred, and seven hundred, and six seventy-five and seven, six seventy-five and seven. Six seventy-five and seven, you might as well keep them together, and seven, six seventy-five and seven, six seventy-five, eighty-five and seven hundred, and seven hundred, and seven hundred, at seven hundred, at seven hundred it’s nice! At seven hundred, seven hundred, six eighty-five…
Pan right to MS. Joe bidding.
Pan left to MS. Woman and man bidding.
Pan right. Joe bidding.
Move right. Ralph coaxing Joe to raise bid. Joe: Yeah.
Ralph: I have six eighty-five, seven hundred?
Joe: Six ninety-five.
Pan left. Woman and man bidding. Ralph: Six ninety-five, seven hundred, we don’t want to give them change so late in the day, seven hundred and ten…
Joe: No!
Ralph: …Seven hundred and ten, we’ll make change for ten dollars, seven hundred and ten, seven hundred and ten, seven hundred, number eighty-four.
Pan right. Joe bidding.
Pan left and zoom in to MCU. Woman and man noting their purchase.
Cut to MS. Counter buyer loading display cases on flatbed. Flatbed trailer. (voice over)
Counter Buyer: We bought ten counters and in those ten there were twp apothecary cabinets, and two matching shelves, and then the other glass cases with the large eighteen foot display case.
Cut to MS. Buyer carrying counter out of the store.
Cut to MS. Ralph auctioning loafer benches. Joe looks on. Ralph: Here’s one that ain’t too bad. Twenty-five, twenty bucks, twenty dollars, twenty dollars, twenty dollars, who will give me twenty dollars to start it, twenty, fifteen, ten. Ten dollars, at fifteen,…
Pan right to MCU. Man bidding on benches. (Voice over)
Interviewer: We saw you at the sale and we saw you biddingon the benches…
Cut to MS. Interviewer and man on couch. Interviewer: …Can you tell me why you were bidding on the benches and what happened?
Bidder: Well, I was bidding on them mainly because they were of sentimental value to me, and I was really surprised they brought that kind of money. But the antique dealer, of course, M.r. Herman, he bought them, he was the last bidder. So that’s just the way a public auction is. The Man who has the last bid, he’s the successful bidder. But I really missed the benches and the store, far as that’s concerned. Because after you’ve been in an area and went in a place like that for all those years you don’t just forget about it over night.
Zoom in to MCU. Man discussing benches. Interviewer: And the benches would have been what for you?
Bidder: Oh yes. Yeah, I’d of had them for when friends come here to the house to… We’d have the benches just like we did in the store. It’s a memory for a lot of people. That was the main thing that I had in mind for the benches was to bring them here and that a lot of people that came here would have, still could have sat in the benches. But, now that’s just the way it goes.
Cut to MCU. Man declines bidding on benches. (Off screen)
Ralph: Twenty-five, twenty-five, twenty-five and thirty, at twenty-five and thirty, twenty-five, seven and a half, twenty-five, seven and a half, at twenty-five seven and a half, and thirty dollars, thirty dollars, two and a half, thirty-two and a half, at thirty dollars two and a half. And you bought them, just the one? Well, now the best two we have left.
Joe: I’ll give you thirty dollars for the pair.
Ralph: Well, that’s the way we’ll sell them then.
Pan left to MS. Ralph auctioning benches, Joe observes. Narrator: A year later, we followed the loafers benches to Ken Hornberger’s auction house in Perry, Kansas.
Pan left to MS. Bidders in the crowd.
Pan right to MS. Ralph selling benches to Joe.
Cut to MLS. The auction house.
Cut to MS. Ken Hornberger and interviewer. Ken: I bought five benches from Joe Herman in Troxelville, Pennsylvania. He has auctions about every month, every month and a half. He has a lot of furniture, so I try to make all of his auctions… I bought these five benches to bring them back here to sell through my house. O sold some of them to individuals, like, the Perry Flea Market, the Antique Doctor.
Cut to MCU. Loafers bench. (voice over)
Ken: I sold two to the Perry Flea Markey and I still have two left.
Cut to MS. Loafers bench.
Cut to MS. Ken Hornberger and interviewer. Interviewer: What did you pay for them?
Ken: I paid forty dollars a piece and took all five.
Cut to LS. Perry Flea Market. (Voice over)
Antique Dealer: I fell in love with them and I bought two out of five…
Cut to MS. Antique dealer and interviewer. Antique Dealer: …which I feel I picked the best two. I refinished them, brought them up to my shop and just had them in for a short period of time and Elvira Angeletti came in and purchased the two.
Cut to MS. Interior decorator’s storefront. (voice over)
Antique Dealer: Then I delivered them to her shoip in Lawrence and I understand that they ended up at Kansas University.
Cut to CU. “Elvira Angeletti Interiors” sign.
Cut to MS. Sigma Nu fraternity house. Elvira: Well Bob, I’m an interior designer for Sigma Nu…
Cut to MS. Interviewer ad interior designer seated on loafers bench. Elvira: … and I was looking for two matching benches. It was important that they were matching benches so I happened to go into an antique shop in Perry one day and these had just arrived. They were just the right length and they were in great shape. They were good-looking benches and the right color, the right wood. We measured them and I bought them.
Cut to MLS. Interior of fraternity house. Elvira: This room is used as a walk-through to the dining room. In the evenings, the boys stand around waiting for dinner and this way it accommodates more people.
Cut to MS. Bench in walk-through to dining room.
Cut to MS. Interviewer and interior designer. Interviewer: Do you mind telling me how much you paid? For the benches?
Elvira Angelettti: About five hundred dollars.
Interviewer: For the pair?
Elvira Angeletti: Two hundred and fifty each.
Cut to MS. Ralph auctioning quilt. Ralph: A hundred and thirty-five and a hundred and forty, a hundred and thirty-five and forty, and hundred and forty, forty and five, a hundred and forty and five, and a hundred and forty, it’s nice, a hundred and forty-five, a hundred and forty, and you bought it a hundred and forty.
Pan left, then right. Bob and clerk, then back to Ralph.
Cut to MCU.
Pan left.
Tape being torn out of adding machine.
Clerk receiving money, reaching for change in cash box.
Clerk: Fourteen dollars. Fifteen and five are twenty. Thank you. Two fifty one.
Zoom in to CU.
Tilt up to MCU.
Money being removed from cash box. Next buyer in line.
Cut to MS. Lura seated at toy typesetter. Doris looks on. Doris: He never pronounced your name right either Lura.
Lura: What?
Doris: He never pronounced your name correctly.
Lura: I know. It’s going to take a while to type all this.
Cut to MCU.
Move back to MS.
Ralph pulling out drawers of a toy chest.
Bob in and out of frame.
Ralph: And there’s your… some dolls. But there’s your Havana Ribbon. And how much you bid for it? Give me a five dollar bill on it, what do you give, a five dollar bill, five, four, three, two, two, a dollar bill, one dollar, and two, and two and three, three and four…
Cut to MCU.
Tilt down to MCU.
Lura in doorway, holding toy sering machine.
Toy typesetter on table.
(voice over)
Ralph: Twelve and a half, ten, twelve and a half, ten dollar bill, eleven, ten, eleven, twelve, twelve and thirteen, thirteen and fourteen…
Cut to MS. Ralph auctioning toy dresser. Ralph: …fifteen, seventeen and a half and twenty dollars, two and a half, five, twenty-five, seven and a half, forty, two and a half…
Cut to CU. Lura in doorway. (offscreen)
Ralph: Six, now six, six, six dollar, seven… and eight and nine and ten and eleven…
Cut to MS. Ralph auctioning typesetter. Ralph: …and twelve and thirteen and fourteen and fifteen and sixteen and seventeen and eighteen and nineteen and twenty and one twenty dollars, one, bid one, twenty dollar one, twenty dollar one. Eight four, twenty dollars.
Pan right and tilt down.
Pan right and follow.
Ralph hands typesetter to runner.
Runner hands typesetter to buyer.
MS. Buyers examining typesetter. (voice over)
Ralph: Okay, let’s give them a house fill. There’s a cradle and there is your little chest of drawers…
Cut to MCU. Lura in front of store shelves. (off screen)
Interviewer: How do you feel about the way things sold?
Lura: Well, a lot of the things brought much more that I realized they were worth, a lot of the antique items. But there were some items that would have value to me that got practically nothing. Mother’s electric sewing machine went for a dollar and there were several other items like that.
Cut to MS.
Tilt down.
Tilt up and pan left.
Two men carrying table.
Small child.
Men load table on truck.
Doris: You know you said they are taking a part of history, you know, and putting it outside of the area. And for some reason they’re the only ones who can
Cut to MS. Two men set dresser down. afford to buy these things. And if you’re having a sale, usually the purpose is for the income that the sale brings. You know, I never thought about being nasty or anything like that, we were glad Joe Herman came.
Pan left. Men load a second dresser on Joe Herman’s truck. (voice over)
Celo: Yeah.
Pan right. Men carry first dresser toward truck. (Voice over)
Doris: We needed them to buy this but I was inside most of the time and people would come in, and people I know, who were friends and family, and they’d say, I can’t afford to buy anything. It gave me a guilt feeling and yet, the purpose of the sale was to get some money.
Cut to MCU. Joe loading furniture.
Cut to MS. Man and woman carrying dresser away from camera. (voice over)
Ralph: …You bought the last item. Two hundred and sixty. We wish to thank you one and all for kind paying of attention, don’t forget to settle up with the clerks before you go home and don’t forget next Friday night at 5:30. We have crocks, we have jugs, we have a lot of good things, some antiques in there, tools, books, we have a nice variety for Friday night there.
Cut to MLS, pan right to MS. Man carrying box and loading it on truck.
Quick pan left to MS, pan right. Second man loads sewing machine onto truck.
Cut to MS. Man and woman folding quilt.
Cut to MS. Two men discussing purchase. Man#1: Oh these are dandy.
Man#2: Yeah, because I’ve seen them things for twenty-five bucks apiece.
Cut to MS. Man and women discussing auction. Woman: I enjoyed it though.
Man: Yeah. I’ll see ya Ellie.
Woman: Okay
Cut to MS. Family cleaning grounds after auction. Woman: So these are y our girls and that’s your son, I bet.
Celo: Yeah, that’s right.
Woman: Now you have another one…
Celo: We have a youngest one, a boy…
Woman: Is he here today?
Celo: Yeah, he’s here…
Cut to MS. Lura and interviewer. Lura: Uh… We enjoyed it too. I think that we felt the pressure of meeting deadlines. But it helped you reminisce about things that happened in the past and it was a good, sort of together family activity that… I think we all feel that we had a good sale and we’re satisfied with the way that we handled it.
Cut to MCU. Joe Herman and customer. Joe: I’ll sell you the pair for a hundred and a quarter. If you want one that’s be seventy-five dollars.
Narrator: The next morning at his warehouse, Joe began to see what he bought at the Leitzel sale.
Man: I like your logic, Joe.
Pan left and zoom in to MCU. Woman holding basket. Woman: Are these the baskets?
Joe: Yeah, there’s a the baskets now.
Woman: A hundred and thirty-five. That is nice. But, one hundred and thirty-five?
Joe: That’s one of the nicest baskets you’re ever going to see.
Man: I see what you mean. It does have two handles!
Joe: Yeah.
Pan right. Woman hands basket to man, Joe looks on. Woman: Does this come from there too? Did that rye basket come from the sale?
Pan left. Woman examining plate. Joe: Yeah, I paid eighty-five for that. Nice pewter plate. That I have seventy-five for.
Cut to MLS. Lura’s basement. (Voice over)
Interviewer: Okay, tell us what you’ve done here.
Cut to MS. Scale and grinder. (voice over)
Lura: Well, I’ve tried to recreate Dad’s old store here in the basement of our house. I was raised just next to the store and grew up with these things and they have a lot of meaning for me. So I have just enough things here to make it feel like it’s part of the store.
(voice over)
Interviewer: You’re actually trying to make it look like the store, feel like the store?
Cut to MS. Apothecary cabinet.
Cut to CU. Bottles on shelf.
Cut to CU. Plaque.
Cut to MS. Lura and interviewer. Lura: Yes, a section of it. The two sections of shelves here. This was right by the kitchen door. And close to the candy case, Dad always kept drugs on the shelf… in this particular unit.
Pan to left. Lura indicating items on shelves.
Cut to MCU, slow pan right. Items on shelf. (Voice over)
Lura: There’s a lot of good memories that you associate with these things. It’s nice to have them in your own home, in a place where you can enjoy them.
Cut to CU. Joe Herman. Woman: The other bank too.
Pan left to MCU. Customers discussing items. Joe: And that tiger. I paid seventy-five dollars for that tiger.
Pan left to MS. Woman examining table. Woman: Here’s a table. Did this come from there?
Joe: Yeah.
Pan right and tilt down.
Zoom in to CU.
Woman moves bicycle to show man.
Woman: It’s the right size and height for you, but not your thing. This too?
Joe: Yeah.
Woman: Oh, we missed that.
Woman: Why were these benches here?
(off screen)
Joe: Well, the people sat on them in the store… Years ago, I mean, the store was a loafing place.
Woman: Isn’t that something.
Produced and Directed by
Robert Aibel
Ben Levin
Chris Musello
Jay Ruby
Joe: He had a little elephant, I mean that little bank there, that I paid eighty-five for.
Based upon the research of
Robert Aibel
Chris Musello
Jay Ruby
Woman: What this? That’s a bank, huh?
Joe: Yeah.
Man: That reminds me of a mechanical bank idea…
Edited by
Bob: A hundred and seventy-five, hundred and eighty, hundred and eighty-five, hundred and ninety, hundred and
(Credits roll)
Additional Camera
Ninety-five, and two hundred dollars, two five, two ten, two fifteen., two twenty, two twenty-five, two thirty, two
Additional Sound
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Fifty-five, two sixty, two sixty-five, two
Narration Written by
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two ninety-five, three hundred, three ten, three fifteen,
Production Assistants
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Sound Mix by
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Titles and Graphics by
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Production Stills
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Negative Cutter
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A Center for Visual Communication Production
Jay Ruby, Executive Producer
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We wish to acknowledge the kind assistance of the following people and organizations:
The Leitzel family
The community of Richfield
Larry and Ray Long
James Mclaughlin
Geraldine Rickenbaugh
Elva Shadel
The Mertz family
Christine Rice
And the people of Juniata County, Pa.
Dave Jones
Gei Zantzinger
Constant Spring Productions
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Major funding for the Country Auction Film Project was provided by the Endowment for the Humanities
Additional Funding provided by Pennsylvania Humanities Council
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