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The Arthur J. Higgins Texas Films Collection, no. 11 - Lytle, 1938-1941

Albert Steg

Silent | 1938

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  •  Students walk by the camera 
  •  Children play jump rope, baseball, soccer, tennis 
  •  Lytle track and field team 
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Recorded in this film are scenes of schoolchildren and high school age students in Lytle, Texas from 1938-1941. Children leaving the schoolhouse are filmed as they file out of the building, and footage of the boys' track and field team is recorded. The older boys can be seen running sprint races, throwing discus, and practicing the pole vault, high jump, and long jump. This film is part of a larger collection of itinerant films made by Arthur J. Higgins. Higgins was an itinerant filmmaker in the 1930s and 40s who visited towns across the country with his wife, spending several days recording posed scenes of daily life there that focused primarily on the residents, for whom the film was typically shown at a local theater.