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The Fuentes Collection - Riding a Tricycle (1928)

Texas A&M University Corpus Christi

Silent | 1928

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  •  Antonio Rodríguez Fuentes teaches his son Antonio Jr. how to ride a tricycle 
  •  Fuentes steps behind the camera 
 
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This 1920s home movie, shot by longtime Corpus Christi resident Antonio Rodríguez Fuentes, may well represent some of the earliest produced by a Mexican-American filmmaker about the Mexican-American community in Texas. The footage first shows Fuentes, his wife Josefina, and four of their children exiting their home. Then, Fuentes steps behind the camera to capture his son Antonio Jr. riding a tricycle.
Antonio Rodríguez Fuentes (1895-1988) was born and raised on his family’s ranch near Montemorelos, Nuevo León, Mexico. He moved to Laredo as a young man, eventually taking up residence in Corpus Christi in the 1910s. He married Josefine Barrera, a Corpus Christi native, in 1918. The couple had five children: Ruben, Ophelia, Mercedes, Antonio, and Carmen. 
 
Josefina and her family were respected members of Corpus Christi Mexican-American society. After her marriage to Antonio, the couple developed their own ties with numerous community groups, including the Obreros y Obreras, Alianza Hispano-Americana, and Woodmen of the World. Antonio also became an active member of several local chapters, holding office and serving as a delegate to out-of-town-conventions.