[Entrance to Pleasure Pier Ballroom]

[Entrance to Pleasure Pier Ballroom]

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph of the entrance to the Pleasure Pier Ballroom in Port Arthur, TX. Three people are standing on the front stairs looking down at something. The main portion of the building has large windows traveling the length of the wall. Several metal barrels are on the sidewalk leading to the entrance.
Contributing Partner: Port Arthur Public Library
[Circle of Children Clapping as Two Boys Dance]

[Circle of Children Clapping as Two Boys Dance]

Date: unknown
Creator: Wallace, Sally Brittingham
Description: Photograph of a circle of children who are clapping as two boys dance. They are wearing western style costumes. This dance is taking place outside at night on a grassy field.
Contributing Partner: Matthews Family and Lambshead Ranch
Couple doing the Jitterbug at Lockheed Martin performance by Frankie Masters' Orchestra

Couple doing the Jitterbug at Lockheed Martin performance by Frankie Masters' Orchestra

Date: May 4, 1945
Creator: unknown
Description: L.D. McCoy and Betty Glaze dancing the Jitterbug to the Frankie Master Orchestra on May 4, 1945. She wears a dress with a belt and decorative buttons and he wears an argyle sweater over a dress-shirt.
Contributing Partner: Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company, Fort Worth
Female Student in Dance Position

Female Student in Dance Position

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: Woman at TCJC (now TCC) practicing dance step
Contributing Partner: Tarrant County College NE, Heritage Room
Centennial Pioneers Dance at Culberson County Courthouse, 1936

Centennial Pioneers Dance at Culberson County Courthouse, 1936

Date: 1936
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph of large group of dancers in ballroom. Photograph of large group of dancers standing in ballroom of the Culberson County Courthouse, at the 1936 Centennial Pioneers Dance.
Contributing Partner: Clark Hotel Museum
[Abilene, Texas: West Texas Fair and James Leddy Boots]

[Abilene, Texas: West Texas Fair and James Leddy Boots]

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: This film is unedited television footage regarding events and sites in Abilene, Texas. The footage includes a female television host addressing the camera in multiple takes of narration, as well as audio of the camera crew. Events and sites covered are: the West Texas Fair’s Rodeo Parade; dancing; and the news anchor getting fitted with boots from a local boot maker named James Leddy.
Contributing Partner: UNT Media Library
[McAllen, Texas: Rio Grande River and Reynosa, Mexico]

[McAllen, Texas: Rio Grande River and Reynosa, Mexico]

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: This film is unedited television footage regarding events and sites in McAllen, Texas. The first segment of the film includes Tony Roma’s restaurant of McAllen, a couple being filmed inside, and an interview with its General Manager and CEO, Richard D. Guerra. Guerra describes McAllen as the “home of the Texas Ruby Red grapefruit” and “square dancing capital of the world”. During the interview with Guerra, an off-camera female crew member says that she is shooting footage for “Discover America” and mentions the show’s producer. Throughout the footage in this film, the crew talks casually off-camera while filming panoramas of the city and its town square. The next segment of the video follows a group of senior citizens visiting sites near the Mexican border. They walk through an open air market, they approach border crossing to Reynosa, Mexico, they watch orioles and other birds at the Bentsen Rio Grande Valley State Park of the Texas Park and Wildlife Department, and then they leave the park in an RV. Next, a female crewmember appears on camera and poses as a visitor to a mission, as the crew film shots of the mission interior and grounds. The film ends at the Rio ...
Contributing Partner: UNT Media Library
[Port Arthur, Texas: "Where the Southwest Meets the Old South"]

[Port Arthur, Texas: "Where the Southwest Meets the Old South"]

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: This film is unedited footage shot by a camera crew intended for a television show; the footage herein concerns events and sites in Port Arthur, Texas. The film begins with footage of a marshy beach, where family groups and individuals play sports, fish and hike. In the marsh, the crew tries to interact with an alligator. The film includes other material of recreational activity, such as: people operating jetskis, rowboats, motorboats, speedboats, sailboats, airboats, fishing boats, and barges; zydeco musicians playing music to restaurant patrons; and men playing frolf and golf. Various local sites of interest captured on film include: a statue of Lt. Richard (Dick) W. Dowling; an off-shore oil rig; local architecture, including the Rainbow Bridge; and the Museum of the Gulf Coast. In an interview at the museum, Dr. Sam Monroe, President of the Port Arthur Historical Society, describes the Port Arthur region as “an area where the Old South meets the Southwest.” Much of the remainder of the film is comprised of footage of a carnival and nighttime parade in celebration of Mardi Gras. At this event, the crew films: carnival rides; parade spectators with Mardi Gras beads; the West Brook High School Navy JROTC and ...
Contributing Partner: UNT Media Library
[McAllen, Texas: Home of the Texas Ruby Red Grapefruit and Square Dancing Capital of the World]

[McAllen, Texas: Home of the Texas Ruby Red Grapefruit and Square Dancing Capital of the World]

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: This film is unedited television footage regarding events and sites in McAllen, Texas and the nearby town of Mission. It includes footage of the Mission Citrus Fiesta of 1995, a citrus grove, and a square dance gathering. The film begins in Mission, TX, and captures footage of the Citrus Fiesta parade, including: family groups and spectators; souvenir vendors; the Mission High School JROTC Eagle Battalion of the US Army; Mission Junior High and Mission High School marching bands, dancers, color guard, and cheerleaders all in burgundy, white, and gold uniforms; various floats advertising "Border Fest", "Citrus Fiesta '95", "Texas, 1995", Converse shoe brand, Miss Hidalgo 1995, E.R. Chapa Elementary School, and Mission Bell Resort; bald eagle and bee mascots; female pageant winners in ball gowns; and the local police. The next segment of the film takes place in McAllen and features a citrus grove and an adjoining country store called Klement's Grove. The store sells and offers samples of citrus fruits like grapefruit, tangerines, and oranges. Miscellaneous scenes cover: a cookout and social gathering of senior citizens; a mission bell tower; and grazing cows. Last, the film shows an indoor square dance gathering, with traditional costumes, musicians, and dance leaders.
Contributing Partner: UNT Media Library
[A group of young girls posing in ballet outfits]

[A group of young girls posing in ballet outfits]

Date: May 15, 1953
Creator: Douglass, Neal
Description: A group of young girls posing in ballet dresses with a floral design on them at a Spring Program.
Contributing Partner: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library
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