The Marks Family Films, no. 2 – The Salt Grass Trail Ride (1956)

This home movie features silent, black-and-white footage of the Salt Grass Trail Ride in 1956. 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 of pioneer cattlemen taking their […]

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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 Father Emil Wesselsky Collection – Viva Max! (1968)

This home movie captures scenes of the VIVA MAX! set in downtown San Antonio outside of the Alamo as the movie was filmed in 1969. Viva Max! is a comedy directed by Jerry Paris based on the novel by news anchor James Lehrer. The film stars Peter Ustinov as Max, a Mexican general who decides […]

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The Chambliss and Britton Collection, no. 12 – Pioneer Amphitheater

This home movie captures scenes of a camping trip to Palo Duro Canyon State Park, where the family goes to see “Texasâ€ the musical at Pioneer Amphitheatre during its 1973 season. The family enjoys the scenic Red River and a campfire, then goes to the Pioneer Amphitheatre to see the musical. “Texasâ€ is produced annually […]

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The August F. Wittenborn Collection, no. 3 – Star Wreck

One of Heidi’s school projects at Austin High included this 10th grade English class presentation of Star Wreck, a spoof on the popular sci-fi program “Star Trek.” 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 […]

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