Is This the Oldest Piece of Film of Houston? Possibly
TheTexas Archive of the Moving Image
thinks this just may be the earliest known footage of Houston. Naturally, it involves an elephant parade.
It's a Shriners parade from 1915. It's difficult to watch -- the film has been degraded and, more annoyingly, the horizontal hold is out of whack -- but it provides a look into what passed for a grand spectacle, worthy of enshrining in the cutting-edge tech of film, back then.
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And the TAMI has hopes it will get a grant to restore the piece.
"The film was pretty severely shrunken, and we are excited about the possibility of a newly restored copy," says Elizabeth Hansen, TAMI's outreach and education director.
Until then: Elephants! Horseless carriages!! Horse carriages!!
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