The Earl & Vera Fridley Collection, no. 2 – Ranch Trips

The Earl & Vera Fridley collection includes home movies documenting three generations of the Fridley family as they vacation, celebrate special events, and go about everyday life. The films date from the early 1940s through the 1980s. This home movie documents two of the family’s ranch trips. The first trip to Maudie Carter’s Ranch near […]

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Texas in Review – Seward Plantation (1957)

This clip, originally aired as part of the January 7, 1957 episode of “Texas in Review,” features the Seward home, a 24-room plantation mansion and grounds located outside of Independence, Texas. The tour of the property highlights the craftsmanship and interesting points of the house and outbuildings. At the time of filming, the plantation had […]

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The Cristela Gonzalez Bond Collection, no. 1 – A Stroll in Sombreros

This home movie from the 1960s features mutliple generations of the Gonzalez family strolling the streets of a city, possibly in Mexico. Costumed little boys wear sombreros and play with toy guns. The women of the family wear nice dresses and smile for the camera.

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The Cummings Collection, no. 8 – Leavell Ranch (1968)

This home movie captures scenes of the Cummings family visiting the a dude ranch in the mountains of Colorado, Leavell Ranch, around the time that El Paso’s Leavell family purchased the ranch. The Cummings hunt, fish, camp, and enjoy the sites of the area, including rivers and forests, as they ride on horseback through the […]

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The Railford H. Burton Collection, no. 2 – Texas Centennial and WWII Scrap Metal Drive (1930-43)

This home movie captures scenes of the Burtons throughout the 1930s and early 40s at work, on vacation, and at home. Notable footage includes a sandstorm in Andrews, Texas, a trip to the Texas Centennial Exposition at the World’s Fair in Dallas, and a scrap metal drive for the war effort in Freeport in 1943.

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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 Cruz Family Collection, no. 12 – Old Tucson

This home movie captures scenes of members of El Paso’s Cruz family on a trip to Tucson with the high school marching band where they watch men reenact frontier life in a recreated street from the Old West at Old Tucson theme park. Old Tucson was built in 1939 for the movie

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