TAMI traveled to Amarillo in June of 2014 and fell in love with the Panhandle community that showed us Texas-sized hospitality! While nobody on Team TAMI was brave enough to take on the Big Texan's 72 oz steak challenge, we took part in the Amarillo tradition by watching another restaurant-goer give it his best try. Amarillo was one of our most successful Round-Ups to date, and we want to thank everyone in the Panhandle that participated! Here are some standout films from Amarillo.

Team TAMI at the Big Texan!

 

Here at TAMI, we love a good celebrity find. When the Lynch family brought in their home movies, we were thrilled to hear that Mrs. Lynch had footage of Elvis onstage at the Amarillo Civic Center on June 19, 1974. After digitization, we watched the film, mesmerized by the King. Though silent, there are great images of Elvis doing his signature dance moves. Our resident Elvis fan even noted that you can really see the karate influence in his moves. Be careful to not get hypnotized by all the hip shaking! 

As any Rosie the Riveter enthusiast knows, WWII created the need for many middle-class women to join the workforce for the first time. By 1945, nearly one out of every four married women worked outside the home. Though some returned to their domestic duties when the war ended, the trend of women in the workplace was firmly established and only continued to grow.

This video, donated by the Kirkland Family, depicts a day in the life at the Potter County Tax Assessor-Collector’s office in the 1950s. You can see more women than men working in this office, though they are restricted to more traditional roles, such as administrative work. Another relic of this bygone era is the amount of smoking going on in the office! Watch as these people ham it up for the camera and seem to thoroughly enjoy a day at work. 

Agriculture has always been big business in the Panhandle, and farming continues to employ many Amarilloans. Because agriculture is so vital to the area’s economy and culture, it is important to document the industry and way of living. Those that follow TAMI have likely heard about Joe Jeoffrey’s remarkable home movie discovery of the third Selma march. Although that was certainly an exceptional find, Mr. Jeoffrey’s other home movies, shot by his father Ray, are also significant as they beautifully document the farming industry in the Panhandle. During the mid-twentieth century, Ray Jeoffrey owned and managed Jeoffrey Manufacturing Incorporated, which claimed to be the “First in Chisel Plows.” This video documents the production of the chisel plows and then demonstrates how the machinery works. 

 

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