The Ernest M. Hunt Family Film Collection, no. 6 – Rancho Feliz, 1944

This home movie from the Hunt Family Collection documents life on E.M. Hunt’s Rancho Feliz in Berion, New Mexico, located just northwest of El Paso on the New Mexican side of the Texas-New Mexico border. Featured are the operations and activities of a working farm and ranch in the southwestern United States in the 1940s. […]

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The Ernest M. Hunt Family Film Collection, no. 5 – El Ranchotel, El Paso, 1941

This home movie from the Hunt Family Collection captures a 1941 trip to the El Ranchotel, a dude ranch owned by Conrad Hilton. Captured are the grounds of the hotel, where guests don western wear as they hang out around the gleaming white adobe structure and with the horses. Of note is an excursion in […]

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The Ernest M. Hunt Family Film Collection, no. 7 – Rancho Feliz, 1945 – 1946

This home movie from the Hunt Family Collection documents life on E.M. Hunt’s Rancho Feliz in Berino, New Mexico, located just northwest of El Paso on the New Mexican side of the Texas-New Mexico border. Featured are the operations and activities of a working farm and ranch in the southwestern United States in the 1940s. […]

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The Bursley Collection, no. 5 – Day at the Airfield

This home movie features silent footage shot by Philip Bursley of hot air balloons, airplanes, and helicopters flying over and landing in El Paso in the late 1970s. The airport seen in the footage is the Horizon Airport, formerly known as the West Texas Airport, in Horizon City. In the film, skydivers prepare hot air […]

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The Bursley Collection, no. 1 – Air Show and Rockets

This home movie captures scenes shot by Philip Bursley of a group of friends having a party in the El Paso desert in the late 1970s. After a skydiver makes a parachute landing at the start of the film, the friends watch an impromptu air show and launch rockets.

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The Cummings Collection, no. 11 – Moto-Madness in the Dunes

This home movie captures scenes of the Cummings family riding motorcycles and a dune buggy in an off-road in the desert near El Paso. The riders do tricks on the vehicles and jump over hills. These scenes are caught with a variety of film techniques such as slow motion, zoom, and panning.

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