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The Richard Eisenhour Collection, no. 6 - Galveston (c. 1939)

Richard Eisenhour

Silent | c. 1939

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  •  Baseball game played on the grounds of Fort Crockett, the batter is wearing a T-Shirt with "Buccaneers" on it, a reference to the Texas League team in Galveston from 1931-37  
 
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This home movie, from an unknown Galveston family, captures scenes of life on the island. Footage includes the family enjoying time on the beach, riding the ferry, sailing in the harbor, and visiting the San Jacinto Monument. Also of note are shots of the SS City of Joliet (a freighter torpedoed and sunk in 1942 during WWII), views of the Pelican Island Quarantine Station, a baseball game, likely at the now-demolished Moody Stadium; and views the city's skyline from the roof of the Trust Building at Tremont and 23rd street, which has also been demolished. These films are part of the collection courtesy of native Galvestonian and current Austin resident Richard Eisenhour, who discovered and bought them on Ebay in 2011. The family in the film and the person who shot the footage are unknown, but they are mainly shot in-and-around Galveston.