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The Arthur J. Higgins Texas Films Collection, no. 17 - Thorndale, 1937

Albert Steg

Silent | 1937

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  •  Children exit the school building and wave at the camera 
  •  Children on the playground 
  •  Young women and men playing softball and tennis 
  •  Track and field, tennis 
  •  Young men smoking cigarettes 
  •  Adults on Main Street outisde of local businesses, and their cars 
 
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In Thorndale, Texas in 1937, schoolchildren are captured leaving the schoolhouse and playing baseball and tennis. Scenes of the town square and residents patronizing local businesses are also included. 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.