Boyhood Scrapbook

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Boyhood Scrapbook
Year Released: unknown
MPAA Rating (USA): Unrated
Starring: Peter Glawson

Lyric International's publications included magazines, photo sets and short films. "Boyhood Scrapbook", like "Peter and the Desert Riders" appears to have been assembled twenty years after the fall of Lyric. While it features the Lyric stable of actors, including Peter Glawson, and such Lyric locations as The pool with the cinderblock walls, it is composed not of moving images, but a 46'59" slide show of still photographs, with transitions and instrumental music. The photos all look to be Lyric's, suggesting that the film was assembled from Slim Pfeiffer's Lyric photography, but was not produced by Lyric.

Scrolling white-on-black text at the start of the film says:

During the 50's and the 60's, I grew up in the south. We had a very special place called Sandy Hill.

It was our Mississippi river, our Hannibal Missouri. We were Tom and Huck, and the whole world was our playground ...

Additional opening title cards are bold letters over the slideshow images, "Gulf Coast Productions Presents", "Slim Pfeiffer's Boyhood Scrapbook", and "Featuring the timeless photography of Slim Pfeiffer". Intermediate title cards, while letters on black, are "the sandy hill", "the pool", "the secret cove", "the boys" and "the gulf coast". A final card says, "Dedicated to all the wonderful friends of my boyhood. - Slim Pfeiffer".

The boys are nude as is almost invariable for Lyric photos, and white, and at varying stages of puberty. The place identified as Sandy Hill seems to be that same as that called the Secret Cove, a sand quarry. The pool is The Pool with the Cinderblock Walls. The segment titled "The Boys" seems indistinguishable from the others. Most of the photos are candid, while some are clearly posed. A quick scan found no poses that seemed erotic.

Technical Quality

The movie was available some years ago on Usenet as a file with a resolution of 352x240, 29 frames per second, a runtime of 46'59", and 22k stereo sound. Assorted transitions are used between images, which are displayed for roughly 6 seconds apiece, for a total of approximately 370 photos.

The source material varies wildly in quality, especially in the colors. Some photos are so faded as to seem sepia; the royal blue of the pool's cinderblock walls can be almost black, or a blue that glows in a way only an on-screen photo can. Some are distorted, as if the photographer had filmed a slide show projected on a sheet.