1940s: Swimming – New York City & Harlem etc

This black and white film depicts a family trip to New York. Includes African American families lounging, fishing, and swimming near a body of water. Additional footage depicts an old woman and a young woman strolling arm in arm, children playing and a man hanging laundry. There are brief street scenes in front of the […]

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Home Movies: Can 11268: Detroit, Michigan Family, Postal Workers, ca. 1955

Home movies presumably shot by a Detroit, Michigan family showing children, babies, backyard action, adults, children and baby posing with automobile parked on street. A sequence towards the end of the film shows postal workers posing outside a U.S. Post Office facility, probably located on Baltimore St. in Detroit, by the railroad tracks.

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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 H.R. Ketchum Film Collection, no. 1 – Wedding Ceremony and Pram Parade

This home movie from the 1920s captures multiple Ketchum family gatherings in Tulsa and Galveston, from a wedding ceremony to a neighborhood parade of children in prams and floats to a trip to the beach. A portion of the footage takes place at the Ketchum’s Galveston residence, the historic Menard House. Michel B. Menard was […]

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The Edmund D. and Haw Jung Collection – Trip to Dallas and New Orleans (1961)

This home movie from March of 1961 captures scenes of the Jung family’s trip to Dallas and New Orleans. Footage includes shots of the iconic Statler Hilton Hotel, later renamed the Dallas Grand Hotel, and the flagship Neiman Marcus store. In New Orleans, the family visits St. Louis Cathedral, Jackson Square, and Canal Street and […]

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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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