The Richard Eisenhour Collection, no. 6 – Galveston (c. 1939)

This home movie, from an unknown Galveston family, captures scenes of life on the island. Footage includes the family enjoying time on the beach, riding the ferry, sailing in the harbor, and visiting the San Jacinto Monument. Also of note are shots of the SS City of Joliet (a freighter torpedoed and sunk in 1942 […]

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The Richard Eisenhour Collection, no. 8 – Galveston-Bolivar Ferry (c. 1960)

This home movie, filmed by San Antonio resident Wade R. Bedell, Sr., captures images of Galveston from the Galveston-Bolivar Ferry. Along with scenes of the family, footage includes ships on the ship channel and the Bolivar Point Lighthouse. These films are part of the collection courtesy of native Galvestonian and current Austin resident Richard Eisenhour, […]

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The Richard Eisenhour Collection, no. 3 – Galveston (c. 1940)

This home movie, filmed by an unknown Galveston family, documents a number of Galveston’s historic sites. Included with scenes of the family is footage of Seawall Boulevard, the Buccaneer Hotel, Murdoch’s Bathhouse, Sui Jen (later the Balinese Room), the Galveston Ship Channel, Public School Stadium, Ursuline Academy, and a parade on Seawall Boulevard where Beaumont’s […]

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The H.R. Ketchum Film Collection, no. 5 – Trip to Galveston

This home movie from the 1920s captures scenes of the Ketchum family’s visit to Galveston. First they stop by the harbor to see ships unloading their cargo. Next they walk along the seawall and pose in front of the Hotel Galvez. Later footage also includes scenes of the family at their home in Tulsa. Children […]

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The Orris D. Brown Collection, no. 4 – The Great Houston Flood of 1935

This home movie captures scenes of the Great Houston Flood of 1935, primarily of the flooded downtown district, including Main, Milam, Prairie, and Texas Streets. Houstonians are seen rowing canoes down these metropolitan streets, alongside submerged storefronts and homes. Brown then includes before and after shots of the downtown district. The flood began on December […]

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The Richard Eisenhour Collection, no. 4 – Galveston (c. 1939)

Filmed in 1939 by an unknown Galveston family, this home movie captures scenes of daily life on the island. Footage includes family and children, ship activity in the harbor, and even a calf-roping event at a small rodeo. These films are part of the collection courtesy of native Galvestonian and current Austin resident Richard Eisenhour, […]

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