Tag Archives: 1950s

A. M. Harper, African Safari Part II

Born in Yorktown, Texas in 1901, Albert Morris “A.M.” Harper was a longtime resident of Alice where he owned and operated a successful oil field trucking company. Financial success followed from the early boom in the Texas oil industry and enabled Harper to enjoy a recreational home in Port Aransas and many adventurous pursuits, including

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The Ludeke Family Collection, no. 11 – Easter in Seymour, TX

James and Joreen Ludeke settled in Wichita County in 1954 and raised their 6 children on their ranch located on the former site of the Four Sixes Horse Ranch and the North West Oil field. Their film collection features scenes of farm life set against a backdrop of North Central Texas prairie, the Red River,

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The Local Gang in Kidnappers Foil – Pine Bluff, AR, 1952

This version of an Our Gang style itinerant film, made by Texas filmmaker Melton Barker, stars a local cast from Pine Bluff, Arkansas in 1952. When their friend Betty Davis is kidnapped, the local children pull together to find her. Once the kidnappers are caught and turned over to the police, the gang celebrates with

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The Jimmy Mitchell Family Films, no. 4 – Borger Parade, Christmas, Rice vs. TCU Football (1950)

This home movie captures scenes of a parade in the Mitchell family

A. M. Harper, African Safari Part I

This home movie shot during one of Harper’s African safaris shows life in the well-appointed hunting camps, native animals on the savanna, and hunters posing with their “trophy” kills. Born in Yorktown, Texas in 1901, Albert Morris “A.M.” Harper was a longtime resident of Alice where he owned and operated a successful oil field trucking

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The Easterwood Family Films, no. 12 – Rural Life

This home movie portrays rural life for the Easterwood family in the 1950s. Focusing primarily on the Easterwoods’ farm, the film captures many scenes of wheat fields, harvests, and farm equipment. Images of horses and ponies roaming in pastures, downtown Dimmitt, and an Easterwood family wedding anniversary celebration are also included.

The Fred Napp Collection, no. 1 – The Little D Jamboree

This home movie from the mid-1950s captures scenes from the

HP Wells Family Films – Birthday Party (1958)

This home movie from the HP Wells family captures scenes of women and dressed-up children eating cake, waving to the camera, and playing with presents and party favors at a birthday party in 1958.

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.

The Arch Campbell Family Films, no. 3 – San Antonio Snow, 1949

This home movie from the Arch Campbell collection documents a rare snowy day in San Antonio. On January 30, 1949, 4.7 inches of snow fell on the city – highly unusual for South Texas. The film captures members of the Campbell family having a snowball fight and building a snowman outside of their home, located

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