The Orris D. Brown Collection, no. 1 – Dallas Centennial Exposition, A Holiday on Treasure Island (1936, 1937)

This home movie from the Orris Brown Collection captures scenes of the Texas Centennial Exposition at the Texas State Fair Grounds in Dallas in 1936. It was the first world’s fair south of the Mason-Dixon Line. At a cost of $25,000,000, the central exposition was built, occupying fifty buildings, including The Hall of Negro Life, […]

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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 E.B. Hopkins Collection, no. 2 – Baby and Peggie (c. 1925)

This home movie from Texas oilman E.B. Hopkins captures scenes of a family vacation to Miami, Florida in 1925. The family visits citrus groves, visits a Seminole tribe, meets a chimpanzee, and spends a good amount of time in downtown Miami and on the bayfront. The family also visits the Venetian Pool in Coral Gables […]

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The E.B. Hopkins Collection, no. 13 – Trips to the Wider Caribbean Region

This home movie captures scenes of trips to various South and Central American countries between 1926 and 1934, including Colombia, Panama, Venezuela, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Trinidad and Tobago, Martinique, and the United States Virgin Islands. In addition to sightseeing footage, the film highlights the means of transport to these destinations, from ocean liners to trains […]

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