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The Arthur J. Higgins Texas Films Collection, no. 15 - Pettus, 1938

Albert Steg

Silent | 1938

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  •  Children and their teachers wave at the camera 
  •  Children play games outdoors 
  •  Children in classrooms 
  •  Children and their teachers walk by the camera and wave again 
  •  Young women play softball 
  •  Boys play softball 
  •  Children playing leapfrog and on the playgroud equipment 
  •  Kids singing in a choir 
  •  Students working in classrooms and with typewriters 
  •  Students exiting the school building 
 
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In Pettus, Texas in 1938 scenes of the school and its students are documented. Children are filmed in the classroom studying and singing, then in the school yard where they play softball, do pull-ups, do the long jump, and play other games. 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.