The Orris D. Brown Collection, no. 6 – Houston, Henderson, and FDR (1936)

This reel from the Orris D. Brown Collection contains footage from a number of events. The first part includes examples of early film credit techniques, footage of a then-modern, diesel electric streamlined train at Houston’s Railway Post Office, fireworks over Houston’s Buffalo Stadium, and scenes of Clara Mae Brown, Orris D. Brown’s mother, visiting family […]

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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 August F. Wittenborn Collection, no. 2 – Holidays and HemisFair

This home movie features several Wittenborn family events, including shots of their soon-to-be new home in the Briarcliff Area of Austin, Christmas 1967, a family vacation to Acapulco, both children’s birthdays, and footage of HemisFair Park in San Antonio and the Ringling Brothers Circus. The Wittenborn Family hails from Austin, Texas and the films of […]

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The Orris D. Brown Collection, no. 8 – Trip to New Orleans

This home movie captures scenes of the Brown family driving to then vacationing in New Orleans, Louisiana in the late 1930s. The family makes stops in Lake Charles and New Iberia as they drive to New Orleans, where they see farm workers harvesting sugar cane. In New Orleans, they spend time in the French Quarter, […]

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The August F. Wittenborn Collection, no. 4 – Birthdays and Holidays

The Wittenborn family celebrates several events, including Christmas, Easter, a cowboy themed birthday party, and a family trip to the zoo. The Wittenborn Family hails from Austin, Texas and the films of father August Wittenborn include scenes from numerous family vacations, holiday and birthday celebrations, and important moments in the lives of children, Heidi and […]

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