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Charles Lindbergh’s Trans-Atlantic Flight and Goodwill Tours: News Programs and Home Movie Footage (1927)

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This reel from the Hopkins Collection contains three home movie-market news specials about Charles Lindbergh’s trans-Atlantic flight, followed by home movie footage of Lindbergh in Caracas, Venezuela spliced on to the reel by Texas oilman, E.B. Hopkins, who was likely working in Caracas at the time. The three cinegraphs/kinograms are titled “Lindbergh: The Epic American Trans-Atlantic Flight”, “Lindbergh’s Triumph”, and “Lindbergh Captures New York”. They profile the various unsuccessful attempts at trans-Atlantic flights prior to Lindbergh's flight, Lindbergh’s success and sudden rise to fame, and his various tours throughout Europe and in New York upon his return, where he is celebrated by citizens and politicians alike. Hopkins’ home movie footage captures scenes of Lindbergh with Venezuelan President Juan Vicente Gómez at his residence and with other dignitaries in Caracas. Hopkins’ splicing of his own related home movie footage onto the reel of commercial releases is an interesting example of home media practices of the day.
Petroleum geologist and oilman Edwin Butcher Hopkins was born to Andrew Delmar and Delia (Butcher) Hopkins in Evans, West Virgina in 1882. He attended the University of West Virginia, George Washington University, and Cornell University before beginning work in the geological department of the Mexican-Eagle Oil Company. He was married to Amy Myrtilla Longcope Hopkins of Lampasas, Texas in 1913 at a wedding in Dallas. After several years of work with Mexican-Eagle and rising to the rank of field superintendent in charge of production and exploration in Mexico, Hopkins moved to Washington D.C. in 1916 to begin consulting work as a geologist and petroleum engineer. Hopkins moved to Dallas in 1929 with his wife and young family to establish his home and permanent office, and he began work with the Peroleum Finance Corporation of Texas, the Drilling and Exploration Company, Inc., the Highland Oil Company, and the American Maracaibo Company. Hopkins also served as vice-president of the American Petroleum Geological Association and as a member of the American Institute of Mining and Metallurgical Engineers. He was a trustee of the Dallas Art Museum, the Dallas Public Library, and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Hopkins wrote many technical papers about his discoveries and work as a petroleum engineer and geologist, distinguishing himself within his field. He and his wife had five children. E.B. Hopkins died in his Dallas home in 1940.
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