Johns Manville Video 1946.

Well this is a new first for the Manville blog. I just recieved this 1946 Johns Manville video from Tom Kopsko, who got it from Larry Straice. It was filmed by Victor Bettinardi… this is an interesting real time look at Manville in the early days. I’m excited to have this up! Thanks again Tom!

Here is some background on the origin of this film, as told by Ed Bettinardi

“These were taken by my Uncle, Victor Bettinardi who was visiting from Oakland California. He had, at the time, the latest “motion picture camera”, and this is but a small portion of the films he took, but the only one of JM. At that time, my Dad, Robert Bettinardi worked in A1 building, which was where JM research was based. I had posted this video to a local Denver Group more than a year ago. I don’t know how it spread around, but I’m glad to see that it has”

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7 thoughts on “Johns Manville Video 1946.

  1. Nice.
    It’s such a shame that the original JM office building was demolished when the site was under “rehabilitation.” It would have made an excellent municipal complex — demonstrably better than the re-purposed bank building it’s in now.

  2. I recall Pete Semenick had 16 mm movies (and a lot of them) of various Manville events. The bar (Petey’s) used to show them on Monday nights. If you could get these and convert them to video that would really be something!

    • we need to get those up here. anyone still in touch with the Semenick family? They probably have a lot of great old photos too.

  3. No mystery here at all. These were taken by my Uncle, Victor Bettinardi who was visiting from Oakland California. He had, at the time, the latest “motion picture camera”, and this is but a small portion of the films he took, but the only one of JM. At that time, my Dad, Robert Bettinardi worked in A1 building, which was where JM research was based. I had posted this video to a local Denver Group more than a year ago. I don’t know how it spread around, but I’m glad to see that it has. Perhaps you can now properly attribute the video to Victor Bettinardi! Thanks..

    • Ron

      Anything from Windows 95 to Windows 7 should play this clip.It will not play IF you do not have Adobe Flash installed,or if in Internet Exploder you have that box checked off in Security (Internet Options)

      Can you play other YouTube videos?

  4. Ed, is there any other Manville film footage from this time? I’d be happy to credit you and your uncle if you have anything else.

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