Category Archives: The Ravel Films

The Ravel Films, no. 1 – Vacation in Mexico with the Aaronsons

This home movie captures scenes of Dr. and Mrs. Ravel vacationing in Mexico with Abe Aaronson, owner of Aaronson Brothers department store in El Paso.

The Ravel Films, no. 4 – Rita Faces Life and Discovers Afikomen (1946)

This intertitled home movie from El Paso’s Ravel family captures scenes of baby Rita where she first “Faces Life” then “Discovers Afikomen.” In the first scene, Rita is seen holding the April 8, 1946 issue of Life Magazine (sold for 10 cents), and in the second scene, she is eating the matzah afikomen. Afikoman is

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The Ravel Films, no. 2 – Rita’s 6th Birthday (1952)

This home movie from El Paso’s Ravel family captures the family posing for a portrait with new baby Elise, followed by scenes of Rita’s 6th birthday party where children sit around a table in the backyard for a meal and cake.

The Ravel Films, no. 3 – Rita and Jerry Going Western

This home movie from El Paso’s Ravel family captures scenes of Rita and Jerry Ravel participating in what looks like a Go Western Day in the community. The kids pose for the camera in their boots, jeans, and cowboy hats.