This home movie from the Murphy Family Collection captures scenes of the family having fun outdoors in 1953. They play with their pets in their yard, watch cattle in a pasture and an air show, get a haircut in the yard, visit the beach in Galveston, celebrate a birthday, and rake leaves. Great scenes of […]
This home movie contains black-and-white, silent footage of a rodeo in Texas, likely held at E.H. Marks’ ranch, the LH7. The footage highlights the events of the day, beginning with the riders making their entrance onto the rodeo grounds. Several rodeo events are featured, including cattle branding, calf roping, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, and […]
This home movie captures scenes of the first annual Aqua Festival parade and rodeo in Austin in 1962. The Aqua Festival was founded in 1962 to promote Austin and the surrounding region as a destination and to boost the local economy during its slow season. This film documents one of the festival’s parades, where floats […]
This home movie captures scenes of a service station in Corpus Christi, Sam Napier Texaco. Service attendants service cars and change tires as customers come and go, a gas tank trunk refills the fuel supply, and men working at a food stand happily drink Coca-Colas.
This home movie captures a trip to the 1968 World’s Fair in San Antonio, known as HemisFair ’68. The film focuses on a visit to Fiesta Island, which housed the carnival rides and country pavilions. It also contains footage of the Migration Fountain, an art installation created by local artist and Trinity University Art professor […]
This film from the Ramon Galindo collection captures Austin’s 1964 Aqua Fest celebrations. In addition to the high school marching bands, locally sponsored floats and beauty queens, the parade up Congress Avenue features a show of U.S. military might – including troops, jeeps and floats carrying missiles and warheads. Later at the water ski demonstration, […]