The E.B. Hopkins Collection, no. 5 – Miami Vacation, The New Klondike (1925)

This intertitled home movie from Texas oilman E.B. Hopkins captures scenes of a family vacation to Miami, Florida in 1925. The family is in the Coral Gables area of Miami as the silent picture, The New Klondike, is filmed, resulting in scenes of alligators used in the film captured in this home movie. Scenes of […]

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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. 7 – San Antonio (c. 1960)

This home movie, filmed by San Antonio resident Wade R. Bedell, Sr., documents the city circa 1960. Footage includes the kiddie train at Brackenridge Park, the downtown skyline from a moving car, and the Pearl Brewery and distribution trucks practicing parking maneuvers. Mr. Bedell made these films to publicize his business, Bedell Trailer Company, which […]

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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 E.B. Hopkins Collection, no. 3 – Bob and Purcell’s Trip to Niagara

This home movie from Texas oilman E.B. Hopkins captures scenes of a May Day celebration, a family vacation to Niagara Falls, home construction, ships on the Houston Ship Channel, and the family swimming at the beach, likely in Galveston. The home movie begins with scenes of young girls going around a Maypole in the spring […]

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The Ewen Collection, no. 2 – Christening, Jimmy is Born, Cole Park (1955-56)

This home movie captures scenes of the Ewen family in 1955 and 1956, including Mike’s christening in Denton in 1955, Billy and Mike playing in the yard in both summer and winter, the family bringing Jimmy home from the hospital in Midland in 1957, Jimmy’s christening, and the boys attending several birthday parties, including one […]

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The Bentsen Film Collection, no. 11 – Easter Egg Hunt

This home movie captures scenes of the Bentsen family celebrating Easter with an egg hunt for the children. Girls dressed in fancy Easter dresses and boys in springtime dress clothes carry baskets in search of eggs while their mothers supervise.

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The David Ayala Collection, no. 12 – Dancing and Barton Springs

This home movie captures scenes of the Ayalas visiting extended family in Austin. In the living room, family members perform varying dance moves for the camera – from a goofy, somewhat spastic performance from a young man to a teenage girl performing choreographed dance steps. Images of Barton Springs Pool are also included.

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