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Texas in Review - Old French Legation (1957)

Texas Historical Commission

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  •  French Legation House 
  •  Built 1840 
  •  Description of interior of house 
  •  Dr. Joseph W. Robertson and family 
  •  Purchased by State of Texas in 1845 
  •  Restoration completed in 1946 and opened to public 
  •  Count Alphonse de Saligny 
  •  Original fireplace 
  •  One of the earliest clocks made in France 
  •  Rosewood sofa, original De Saligny pieces 
  •  Outdoors, landscape 
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The Historic French Legation, Austin, TX
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This clip from the "Texas in Review" series presents the history and a tour of the Old French Legation in Austin. The film features a number of period furnishings, some original to the house, and through their descriptions chronicles key events that took place there.

"Texas in Review" was a television series sponsored by the Humble Oil & Refining Company.  Originally produced in a news-like format by Fort Worth's Channel 5, the series was later given to the Jamieson Film Company, who developed its newsreel and TV-magazine style. For five years, Jamieson produced the program in its entirety (writing, filming, editing), until recession-induced budget cuts caused Humble Oil to cancel it in 1958. While on air in Dallas, it enjoyed the prime time spot between the popular "Burns & Allen" and "I Love Lucy."