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The Ramon Galindo Collection, no. 9 - Home Movie Compilation

Ramon Galindo

Silent | 1957 - 1968

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  •  Driving north on Congress Avenue 
  •  Westgate Tower 
  •  Southern Pacific Depot at 3rd Street and Congress 
  •  Fishing on Town Lake 
  •  First United Methodist Church  
  •  Construction of the Westgate Tower 
  •  Construction on the Tower of the Americas and HemisFair '68 
  •  Bergstrom Air Force Base 
  •  Close up of HemisFair Arena and the Tower of the Americas 
  •  Air show at Bergstrom Air Force Base 
  •  Car race 
  •  Barbeque with family 
  •  Children playing 
  •  Magic show 
  •  Magic show in storefront window on Congress Avenue 
  •  Hancock Opera House 
  •  Shot of Congress Avenue 
  •  O Henry Hall on 6th street and Colorado street, formerly the U.S. Post Office and Federal Building 
    Capital view
  •  Bickler Academy, on 11th street and Interstate 35 
  •  Parade on Congress Avenue 
  •  Astrodome in Houston 
  •  Downtown Houston 
  •  The Warwick Hotel in Houston 
  •  View of Austin skyline from South shore of Town Lake 
  •  View of Town Lake, East of Congress Avenue 
  •  Interstate 35 bridge over Town Lake 
  •  Speedboat races on Town Lake 
  •  Easter pageant 
  •  Driving on Interstate 35 in Austin 
  •  A pioneer farm 
  •  Packer Jack, Austin’s television personality 
  •  Petting Zoo 
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This compilation of home movies taken by Austinite Ramon Galindo begins in 1957 and spans close to a decade. The bulk of the reel is comprised of Mr. Galindo's documentation of landmarks, and future landmarks under construction, in Austin, San Antonio, and Houston. Footage of particular note includes Austin's Hancock Opera House (no longer standing), construction of San Antonio's Hemisfair Park and Tower of the Americas, and a glass elevator ascending the exterior wall of Houston's Warwick Hotel. Also captured are family gatherings, air shows, car and boat races, a magic show or two, an Easter pageant, and a family outing to an event that included a pioneer set-up, a petting zoo, and a visit with Austin's television personality Packer Jack.
The 1968 Hemisfair was a World’s Fair held in San Antonio to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the city’s founding. It was the first World’s Fair to be held in the southwest, and its theme was “Confluence of Civilizations in the Americas.” From April 6th to October 6th, 1968, the Hemisfair welcomed over 6 million visitors. Famous attendees included Bob Hope, Louis Armstrong, Princess Grace of Monaco, President Johnson and his family, and Texas Governor John Connally. There were many attractions including exhibits, a monorail, a lagoon, and a variety of performances. Perhaps the most controversial was a show called the “Flying Indians of Papantla,” during which four men tied to ropes revolved down a 114-foot pole. The complaints stemmed from a mock sacrifice at the beginning of the show, which involved a chicken and a topless woman. This was swiftly edited out of the show. 
The popular River Walk was extended in order to meet the site of the fair, and many new buildings were constructed in the downtown area to accommodate exhibitions from over thirty countries and fifteen organizations. Some of these buildings remain, most notably the Tower of the Americas, which was the main symbol of the fair. The area is now known as HemisFair Park.