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John H. Walker Family Collection - Wedding Receptions (1959)

McFaddin-Ward House

Silent | 1959

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  •  Family picnic with popsicles 
  •  The bride stepping out of the house 
  •  Family posing for the camera 
  •  Kissing the bride 
  •  The decked-out “Just Married” car 
  •   Opening gifts at a pre-wedding shower 
  •  The wedding buffet 
  •  A tour of all the gifts bestowed upon a third happy couple 
  •  Family portraits on the wall 
  •  Spring fever 
  •  The wedding party lined up 
  •  Cutting the cake 
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This 1950s home movie presents scenes from various family gatherings, including a backyard picnic and three wedding receptions held in Beaumont. Throughout, John H. Walker captures his participants smiling and casually chatting with one another, and often ready to pose for the camera once they realize they are being filmed. The first wedding reception additionally features a decked-out “Just Married” car, complete with painted-on eyelashes and lips.