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 Richard Eisenhour Collection, no. 1 – Galveston (c. 1940)

This home movie, filmed by an unknown Galveston family, captures scenes of life on the island. While much of the reel is of the family and children, footage also includes construction of a home and building the docks and boat shelters in the harbor near Fort Point. These films are part of the collection courtesy […]

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The Arch Campbell Family Films, no. 1 – Chinese Sunken Garden (Japanese Tea Gardens), 1947

This home movie from the Arch Campbell Collection captures baby Arch and his family on a visit the Japanese Tea Garden in San Antonio (at the time it would have been known as the Chinese Sunken Garden.) Much of the film focuses on the baby, but it also shows the buildings and grounds of the […]

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The Father Emil Wesselsky Collection – Wedding, Family Reunion, and Trip to Pueblo Mountain Park (1967)

This home movie from the 1960s captures family gatherings in Shiner, including a family reunion, a wedding, and the welcoming a new addition. Also included is footage of children picking wildflowers and a family trip to Pueblo Mountain Park in Colorado.

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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 H.R. Ketchum Film Collection, no. 2 – Arkansas Air National Guard and Parade

This home movie from the 1920s captures scenes of Galveston’s Ketchum family in Arkansas and Oklahoma. The first portion of footage captures members of the Arkansas Air National Guard at an airfield in Fort Smith. A pilot dances for the camera and demonstrates how to don the proper flight attire while mechanics repair various planes […]

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The H.R. Ketchum Film Collection, no. 1 – Wedding Ceremony and Pram Parade

This home movie from the 1920s captures multiple Ketchum family gatherings in Tulsa and Galveston, from a wedding ceremony to a neighborhood parade of children in prams and floats to a trip to the beach. A portion of the footage takes place at the Ketchum’s Galveston residence, the historic Menard House. Michel B. Menard was […]

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