The Earl & Vera Fridley Collection, no. 1 – Family Footage, Claire

The Earl & Vera Fridley collection includes home movies documenting three generations of the Fridley family as they vacation, celebrate special events, and go about everyday life. The films date from the early 1940s through the 1980s. This film features baby Claire at 20 months old as she plays in the front yard with her […]

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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 Orris D. Brown Collection, no. 4 – The Great Houston Flood of 1935

This home movie captures scenes of the Great Houston Flood of 1935, primarily of the flooded downtown district, including Main, Milam, Prairie, and Texas Streets. Houstonians are seen rowing canoes down these metropolitan streets, alongside submerged storefronts and homes. Brown then includes before and after shots of the downtown district. The flood began on December […]

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The Father Emil Wesselsky Collection – Trip to Ireland and London (1967)

This home movie captures a trip around Ireland and England in 1967, including stops in Shannon, Blarney, Knock, Athlone, Dublin, and London. The footage focuses mostly on views from the tour bus window and also includes footage of members of the group kissing the Blarney Stone.

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The E.B. Hopkins Collection, no. 11 – Trip to the White Mountains

In this home movie footage from 1928, the Hopkins family travels to the White Mountains region in New Hampshire. The family stays at the Ogontz White Mountain Camp, swimming in a lake and golfing at the nearby Maplewood Country Club. After the older children depart on their own trips through the Mountain Range, the remaining […]

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The Marcellus Hartman Collection, no. 16 – Leisure Time on a Vietnam War Military Base

Filmed by Texas-native Marcellus Hartman while serving in Vietnam, this footage captures some leisure time at Camp Evans. Hijinx caught on camera include a soldier impersonating Charlie Chaplain and another pretending to enjoy a fine dining experience of tar from the ground.

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