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[Elementary School Drill Team]

Description: Photograph of the Lamar Elementary School Drill Team. The drill team is made up of children in uniforms holding batons. Two girls in the back of the line are holding drums, and a few girls in each line are doing the splits. Handwriting on the border of the photograph dates it from 1952.
Date: 1952
Creator: Watkins, J. C.

[Photograph of Sunbonnet Sue Operetta]

Description: Photograph of Sunbonnet Sue Operetta cast at Tyrell Elementary School. Rows of students are lined up and wearing mostly agricultural costumes. Janis Joplin is the fifth child from the right. Behind the children, there is a backdrop of a night scene set along the stage curtain. A mixed group of adults and children are seated before the stage.
Date: 1954-05~
Creator: Rice Studio

[Photograph Featuring Janis Joplin at Tyrell Elementary School]

Description: Photograph of the Tyrell Elementary School' 1952 Christmas Program. Children are arranged onstage in a raked pyramid in front of a curtain. Each child is wearing a white top and holding a microphone. The girl sitting to the far right of the bottom row is Janis Joplin. An adult woman is sitting before the stage in a wooden chair, and other people can be seen sitting behind her.
Date: December 1952

[Woman Sitting on Small Car]

Description: Photograph of a woman in a long dress with flowers in her hair sitting on a small car driven by a young boy in a cowboy hat, during a parade in Port Arthur, Texas. A man walks beside them, and a crowd of people stand in front of the building in the background.
Date: 1953

[Ship at Grain Elevator]

Description: Photograph of a large boat at a grain elevator. The elevator is connected to a building that is on the left side of the photograph. There is another boat in the background and a water tower in the distance. A stamp on the back of the photograph identifies the photographer as J. C. Watkins.
Date: July 19, 1956
Creator: Watkins, J. C.

[Aerial View of Drawbridge]

Description: Aerial photograph of Pleasure Pier Drawbridge. A large ship has just passed through the bridge and it is still drawn. There are cars waiting for the ship to pass, and the town can be seen on the other side of the river. A stamp on the back of the photograph identifies the photographer as J. C. Watkins.
Date: September 17, 1955
Creator: Watkins, J. C.

[View of Ship Passing Through Drawbridge]

Description: Photograph of a town on the edge of a river with a ship passing through a bridge, identified as Pleasure Pier drawbridge. Cars are waiting for the ship to pass on either side of the bridge. There is what appears to be a factory in the distance with multiple smokestacks. A stamp on the back of the photograph identifies the photographer as J. C. Watkins.
Date: November 19, 1952
Creator: Watkins, J. C.

[Staff Posing in Front of Restaurant]

Description: Photograph of a group of people identified as staff of The Schooner Restaurant standing outside. There are two women in white dresses and two men, and they are standing by the corner of the building. There are four visible cars parked in front of the restaurant. A sticker on the back of the photograph identifies the photographer as James Everett from Groves, Texas., and dates the image 1955.
Date: 1955
Creator: Everett, James

[Officer With Automobile Accident]

Description: Photograph of Officer Tommy Baxter standing behind an automobile accident. Two cars have been badly damaged, and one is flipped upside down and on top of the other one. There is one man standing in the background looking at the wreck. Writing on the back of the photograph states that there was a death involved.
Date: 1954

[Photograph of Aerial View of Rainbow Bridge, 1957]

Description: Photograph with aerial view of the Rainbow Bridge spanning the Neches River near Port Arthur, Texas. Shadows of several clouds dot the landscape. A ship is passing underneath the bridge. Several canals branch off from the river on its way to Sabine Lake, which encompasses much of the background. The other side of the photo has a handwritten note saying that this was a gift of A. W. Catanach, 1992.
Date: August 2, 1957
Creator: Watkins Studio