Christmas Day at Frank and Ang Testa's home, 1973
Testa, Frank Mathew, 1914-1984
Date Made, 12/25/1973, Christmas Day 1973
Colorado Italian-Italian American Collection
Testa, Angelina (Ange) Leprino, 1921-2017
Testa, Frank Mathew, 1914-1984
Cheatham, Leann, 1970-2021
Cheatham, Samuel D., 1939-2017
Film description: This film is one of 74 reels in the Testa Home Movie Collection (2017.57/R.33.2017). Filmed by Frank Testa in 1973, the home movie features: Christmas day 1973 at Frank & Ang Testa's home with Eleanor Cheatham, and Chub and Barbara.
Testa Home Movie Collection description:
The Testa films capture activities of four Italian American families (Testa, Leprino, Pergola, and Videtto) during the years 1949-1984. Frank Testa (1914-1984) recorded this 35 year span with his 8 millimeter camera. The films serve as a visual record of an extended Italian American family in Colorado. See CIAPA archive for related files, photos and oral histories for the Pergola, Testa, and Leprino families.
Italians of Colorado project description:
In 2002, the Colorado Historical Society (now known as History Colorado) founded the Colorado Italian American Preservation Association (CIAPA). A volunteer organization, CIAPA’s mission is to work collaboratively with the Society and other organizations to develop, support and coordinate projects that preserve, promote and celebrate Italian American culture and heritage. Since 2002, CIAPA has carried out its mission by meeting with people from the Colorado Italian American community, recording their stories and creating an archive of research materials that includes oral histories, photographs, moving images, sound recordings and artifacts. To date, CIAPA has helped the Society acquire over 200 oral histories, 600 artifacts and nearly 6,000 photographs. Since 2002, CIAPA has developed over 4,000 research files, all of which document the history, culture and traditions of Italian American families in Colorado.
Donated to History Colorado by Geraldine Pergola. Home movies accessioned into the History Colorado collection as part of the CIAPA archive. See activity record for MSS.02595 for full project details, including a complete list of materials in the collection. Some of the footage from the Testa films was used in the Italians of Denver exhibit at History Colorado which led to the donation of the films.,
The son of Italian immigrants and eldest of eleven children, Frank Testa (1914-1984) grew up in the North Denver Italian community. In 1940, he married Angelina Leprino, eldest daughter of Sue and Mike Leprino, who established Leprino Foods in 1950. While Frank worked as a tool and dye maker and later for the Samsonite Corporation (an employer of many Italian Americans), Angelina was a marvelous cook with an entrepreneurial spirit which led to the launching of a family business, Frangi’s Raviolis (a combination of their names, Frank and Angie) in 1950. For more information, see biography on Frank, the Testa Family and Frangi's Raviolis by Gerry Pergola in Attached Files.,
This film is held in the moving image collection of History Colorado. History Colorado holds the rights to this footage. The footage may not be reproduced or used in any form without permission from History Colorado. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Note: History Colorado staff has done their best to accurately reflect what is on the case and the film. Some of the films were digitized previous to donation to History Colorado. We have not been able to watch the films that have not been digitized, therefore we have been unable to verify all contents. These records reflect what we have found in 2022.
See Testa, Leprino, Pergola, and Videtto family MSS.2595 files. Also see Geraldine (Gerry) Pergola MSS.2595 files for additional information and images related to the film.
Handwritten inscription on top label: 12/25/73 Christmas Day / at Frank and Ang / Testa's. Eleanor / Cheatham in for the / Holidays. Chub and / Barbara
Handwritten inscription on tape on lid: MM
Handwritten inscription on orange sticker: 39
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