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The Jeske/Gonyo Collection - Fishing and Halloween Party

Randal Jeske

Silent | 1960s

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  •  Pin the stem on the pumpkin 
  •  Bobbing for apples 
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This 1960s home movie captures members of the Jeske family spending an afternoon fishing near their home in Needville. Later, the adults throw a costumed Halloween party. The guests enjoy several party games, including pin the stem on the pumpkin and bobbing for apples. Please note, one partygoer appears in blackface. The Texas Archive of the Moving Image does not condone the use of blackface, but presents this film as it was originally created, because to do otherwise would be the same as to claim this practice never existed. Blackface refers to a form of theatrical makeup used by white performers to not only represent a black person but also embody racist stereotypes as a style of entertainment. Gaining popularity during the 19th century as a major component of minstrel shows and in the early 20th century as a form of its own, the practice contributed to the dissemination of racist characters, images, and attitudes worldwide. While its prominence began to wane as a theatrical device by the mid-20th century due to changing opinions about race and racism, this film illustrates blackface’s continued acceptance in popular culture.