We take for granted how easy it is to get video footage of ourselves these days. Most people have phones with cameras and don't think twice about recording a little moment. It was a little less common to have a video camera nearby in 1937.
My grandfather was born in Lockhart- a tiny mill town in South Carolina in 1926. His father was the accountant for the mill. In 1937 a videographer came to Lockhart to take some footage and my grandfather and great-grandfather were caught on film! To see my 11 year-old grandfather and my great-grandfather (whom I never met) - it was amazing, even just for a few seconds.
Rats. It won't let me embed the video, so I'll have to link directly to YouTube. That's right- my grandfather is on YouTube!
My grandfather: Click here, go to minute 01:40. He's in overalls holding a bicycle (the middle boy).
My great-grandfather: Click here, go to minute 06:16. He's the shorter gentleman- and yes, my grandfather has that exact same smile!