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Ray Jelinek Collection, no. 10

Jan Valentine

Silent | ca. 1942-44

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  •  Scenery from train window including buttes/mesas; possibly Arizona 
  •  Note "Californian" embroidered headrest slipcover.  The Californian ran from Chicago to Los Angeles via the Rock Island and Southern Pacific.  Its only significant stop in Texas was at El Paso/Juarez. 
  •  Arriving in Los Angeles (note smoggy haze, even then) 
  •  The novelty of oleanders 
  •  Looking across the Los Angeles basin 
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This color film features scenes of a family vacation in the 1940s. A train ride takes the young family to a Southern California city, where they visit (along with another family) local parks and residential neighborhoods, enjoying various leisurely pursuits together.

The films of the Ray Jelinek Collection were rescued from a flooded trailer on Galveston after Hurricane Ike. They were donated by Jan Valentine and are permanently housed in the archives at the Alfred R. Neumann Library, University of Houston - Clear Lake.