Mystery Video: July 2014


July’s Mystery Video comes from the Stroud Collection. Donor Suzanne Stroud Santo’s grandfather owned the Texan Theatre in Hamilton, Texas, and she tells us that during the Depression, “a fellow from Hollywood, down on his luck, sold my grandfather his film equipment. Grandpa would go to community events in Hamilton County and film them, then develop them and have a ‘showing’ to promote business." This makes Mr. Stroud an itinerant filmmaker of sorts! The Mystery Video comes from his collection of community films, presumably in the Central Texas region. In it, people around a town pose for the camera, and there are extended scenes of a long wagon train on a trail ride. Many men on horses and horse-drawn buggies pass by. Does anyone recognize this town? Better yet, do you know on what occasion this trail ride was held? We would love to know the when, where, and why of this very picturesque film!

If you want to contribute this month, please leave any information in the comments on the video page or by using our TAMI Tagging system to give us a precise time code for your information. Click on TAMI Tagging and a box will appear for you to enter your descriptive information. Use the Mark Video Segment feature below the video player to add a Begin and End mark to the segment you wish to tag. Finish by clicking the Tag button. Because tags and comments are moderated, they will not appear immediately, but information will be updated as soon as possible after receiving your input.

Tell us what you see and check back next month as we continue the mystery video series! Remember, you can always help us to identify details by tagging or commenting on any video page. Also be sure to check out last month’s Mystery Video -- we had a sensational response to the Ranch-O-Twirler film! Lots of new information has been added, so visit the video page to read the stories.

Happy tagging and commenting!