The Baylor Family Collection, no. 1 – Barnum & Bailey Circus, 1948

This home movie, from the collection of Austin’s John Baylor family, captures the assembly of the of the Ringling Bros. & Barnum & Bailey Circus Combined Show site in Austin. A number of circus animals are shown while the big top is being constructed, including elephants, tigers, polar bears, miniature ponies, and donkeys.

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The John and Alois Morkovsky Collection, no. 18 – Battle of Flowers Parade

This home movie from the Morkovsky collection captures scenes from a Battle of Flowers Parade, one of the signature events of Fiesta San Antonio. Across the street, spectators watch from the roof of Walter’s Pharmacy and the Hotel Nuevo Leon, located at the corner of W. Houston Street and N. Santa Rosa Avenue.

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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 Marks Family Films, no. 3 – Starting the Salt Grass Trail Ride (1958)

This home movie features silent footage of participants lining up and leaving Brenham for the 1958 Salt Grass Trail Ride. The kick-off event for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo (previously known as the Houston Fat Stock Show and Livestock Exhibition), the trail ride began in 1952 after four cowmen decided to reenact the journey […]

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