Is This the Oldest Piece of Film of Houston? Possibly

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The Texas Archive of the Moving Image thinks this just may be the earliest known footage of Houston. Naturally, it involves an elephant parade.
It's a Shriners parade from 1915. It's difficult to watch -- the film has been degraded and, more annoyingly, the horizontal hold is out of whack -- but it provides a look into what passed for a grand spectacle, worthy of enshrining in the cutting-edge tech of film, back then.
And the TAMI has hopes it will get a grant to restore the piece.
"The film was pretty severely shrunken, and we are excited about the possibility of a newly restored copy," says Elizabeth Hansen, TAMI's outreach and education director. Until then: Elephants! Horseless carriages!! Horse carriages!!
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Wiki Moose
Wiki Moose

Aww, what's a little horizontal hold? Reminds me of my babyboomer education & practically every other time the teacher brought in a movie.  No one knew how to work those projectors...Maybe the projector is broken..anyone in AV? (old tech for audio-visual)

AtaboyLuther
AtaboyLuther

Is that Dave Ward in the film serving as Grand Marshall?

Schwarzestiefel
Schwarzestiefel

See those trolley tracks? That's what we should be investing in instead of those stupid trains. Trolleys that actually go where people need them to go, in neighborhood sized loops, and linked by nodes within neighborhoods, and in enough numbers to make mass transit inside the loop at least financially feasible. 

VernonGuy
VernonGuy

I definitely recommend taking a Dramamine before watching this.

Frank C
Frank C

If it is we need to be sure to tear it down and get a new film in its place. This is Houston, no need for historic preservation!! 

Craigley
Craigley

Yes it is.  I miss the Houston that grew its own talent.  Now we just import a bunch of Yankees.

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