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The Arthur J. Higgins Texas Films Collection, no. 18 - Pettus, 1938

Albert Steg

Silent | 1938

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  •  Young women and men eat lunch outside and play games 
  •  Students play basketball and softball 
  •  Track and field events-sprinting, pole vault, shot put, long jump 
  •  Young women play softball 
  •  Audults of Pettys, Texas 
  •  Young children exit the school building and wave for the camera 
  •  Students enact a play in the classroom 
 
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In this film, made in Pettus, Texas in 1938, students are captured enjoying time outside at school. Younger children see-saw and play games while teenage students play basketball, softball, and practice track and field events. In a later scene, elementary age students perform a skit for their class. 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.