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The Peter Pauls Stewart Collection - Family Vacations and Celebrations (1956-7)

Liz Wally

Silent | 1956

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  •  Disneyland’s Casey Jr. Circus Train 
  •  Festivities at the United States Capitol 
  •  The military parade begins 
  •  President Dwight Eisenhower and Vice Present Richard Nixon lead the procession 
  •  MIM-3 Nike Ajax, 1954, the world’s first operational surface-to-air missile, designed to attack bomber aircraft flying above 50,000 feet 
  •  Martin MGM-1 Matador, 1952, the United States’ first surface-to-surface cruise missile, incorporating a radio command to enable in-flight course corrections 
  •  Hughes AIM-4 Falcon, 1956, the first guided air-to-air missile, designed to shoot down slow bombers during the Vietnam War 
  •  Lockheed F-104 Starfighter, 1958, a single-engine, supersonic interceptor aircraft, retired by the Italian Air Force in May 2004 
  •  PGM-11 Redstone, 1958, the first large American short-range ballistic missile and the first missile to hold a live nuclear warhead during the 1958 Pacific Ocean weapons test  
  •  Easter celebrations 
  •  Dance practice 
  •  Opening presents on Christmas  
  •  Three year-old girl celebrates her birthday  
  •  Family vacation to Mexico City, Mexico 
  •  La Terminal del Valle de Mexico, also known as Ferrovalle 
  •  Popocatepetl, an active volcano in Central Mexico 
  •  Young boy’s birthday party 
  •  Beach trip 
  •  In the cockpit 
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This home movie captures various family events and outings throughout 1956 and 1957. Beginning in Disneyland, the footage shows a Dallas family enjoying the Casey Jr. Circus Train and other park attractions. The family then travels to Washington, D.C., for a military parade, showcasing the United States Army Band and the United States Air Force. President Dwight D. Eisenhower and Vice President Richard Nixon lead the festivities. The film then follows the family back to their home in Dallas, where they celebrate Easter, Christmas, and children’s birthdays. The family then takes a vacation to Mexico City, Mexico. They enjoy views of volcano Popocatepetl, swim in a resort pool, and visit the city’s primary railway terminal, Ferrovalle. The film ends with the family spending the day together at the beach.