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 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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The Marks Family Films, no. 4 – Rodeo Footage

This home movie contains black-and-white, silent footage of a rodeo in Texas, likely held at E.H. Marks’ ranch, the LH7. The footage highlights the events of the day, beginning with the riders making their entrance onto the rodeo grounds. Several rodeo events are featured, including cattle branding, calf roping, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, and […]

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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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