Home Movies: Can 11310: San Francisco Scenes, ca. 1929, with Newsreel Fragments of San Francisco Earthquake Damage, 1906

Reel combining duped newsreel fragments (origin not yet researched) picturing damage from 1906 San Francisco earthquake with home movies shot in and around San Francisco, ca. 1929. Scenes include: San Francisco waterfront, Nob Hill, point-of-view driving shots, view from Twin Peaks, and Ocean Beach.

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The Earl & Vera Fridley Collection, no. 3 – Bruce Comes Home

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 captures Bruce being welcomed home from military service by his brother, sister, and neighbor. Also […]

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The Gonzales Collection, no. 2 – Texas Family Stationed at Fort Wainwright, Alaska

This home movie captures scenes of Fairbanks and Fort Wainwright, Alaska, taken by a Texas family stationed there. Included are snowy scenes of downtown Fairbanks, a dogsled race, and the military base.

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Sam Houston Tribute at Texas Centennial

Crowds assemble to celebrate the centennial of Texas independence with the introduction of descendants of signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence and stirring speeches of heroism. At least some of the footage appears to be at Sam Houston’s memorial grave in Huntsville.

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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 Orris D. Brown Collection, no. 1 – Dallas Centennial Exposition, A Holiday on Treasure Island (1936, 1937)

This home movie from the Orris Brown Collection captures scenes of the Texas Centennial Exposition at the Texas State Fair Grounds in Dallas in 1936. It was the first world’s fair south of the Mason-Dixon Line. At a cost of $25,000,000, the central exposition was built, occupying fifty buildings, including The Hall of Negro Life, […]

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The H.R. Ketchum Film Collection, no. 2 – Arkansas Air National Guard and Parade

This home movie from the 1920s captures scenes of Galveston’s Ketchum family in Arkansas and Oklahoma. The first portion of footage captures members of the Arkansas Air National Guard at an airfield in Fort Smith. A pilot dances for the camera and demonstrates how to don the proper flight attire while mechanics repair various planes […]

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The Marcellus Hartman Collection, no. 1 – Leisure Time at Camp Evans

This home movie footage includes soldiers throwing a football around, showing their comics, and heavy smoke in the background. The Marcellus Hartman Collection consists of over 300 Super 8 films made by Hartman, a Texan, while serving in the military in Vietnam in the early 1970s. The films document everyday life on his base, capturing […]

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