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The Arthur J. Higgins Texas Films Collection, no. 4 - Charlotte, 1938

Albert Steg

Silent | 1938

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  •  Students in class 
  •  Students in music class singing 
  •   Students exit the school building and wave for the camera  
  •   Kids play on the playground, baseball and jump rope  
  •   Woodshop  
  •   Cheerleading and gymnastics  
  •   Men working with cattle  
  •   Boys play a game on the playground  
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Children in Charlotte, Texas are captured taking part in class lessons and singing together in music class during a school day in 1938. They later play on the playground, jump rope, and enjoy a game of baseball. Wood shop and gymnastics class follow, where the young girls do complicated stunts. Scenes of men working with cattle are also inculded. 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.