The Baylor Family Collection, no. 1 – Barnum & Bailey Circus, 1948

This home movie, from the collection of Austin’s John Baylor family, captures the assembly of the of the Ringling Bros. & Barnum & Bailey Circus Combined Show site in Austin. A number of circus animals are shown while the big top is being constructed, including elephants, tigers, polar bears, miniature ponies, and donkeys.

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The Grimes Family Films – Puppies! (1956-1957)

This home movie from the Grimes Family Films captures scenes of a birthday celebration and two Christmas mornings. It also shows the young Grimes daughter playing with small puppies, and the brother and sister playing together in a backyard pool.

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The Benson Family Films, no. 1 – Vacation to Rock Hound State Park

This home movie captures the Benson family camping at New Mexico’s Rock Hound State Park, famous for attracting amateur geologists known as “rockhounders” in search of agates and quartz crystal. Among the footage of the mountainous scenery, a family member holds and pets a horny toad, the Texas State reptile.

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