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The Stroud Collection - Texan Theatre, no. 3 - Schoolyard

Suzanne Stroud Santo

Silent | 1930s

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  •  See-saws 
  •  Volleyball 
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This film from the Stroud collection captures students outdoors at the school. Teenage girls enjoy lunch on the lawn and pose for the camera while younger children play on seesaws and a merry-go-round. Another group of students play games of baseball and volleyball as teachers supervise. Donor Suzanne Stroud Santo tells the story of the films in this collection: "My family owned the Texan Theatre in Hamilton, Texas. During the Depression, a fellow from Hollywood, down on his luck, sold my grandfather his film equipment. Grandpa would go to community events in Hamilton County and film them, then develop them and have a "showing" to promote business." The family also owned the 281 Drive-In Theatre, the first Drive-In in Texas to install a swimming pool.