Texas Archive of the Moving Image is loading...

Vintage Cars

Gordon Wilkison

Silent | 1960s

  • Normal
  • Large video
  • Large content
  • Full video
"rtmpconf":{ type:"flv", file:"mp4:2008_00120_480x360.mp4", baseUrl:wgScriptPath + "/extensions/player/", streamServer:'texas-flash.streamguys1.com:443/vod', width:"480", height:"360", config:{ showBrowserControls:false }, poster:"/library/index.php?action=ajax%26rs=importImage%26rsargs[]=Vintage Cars tn.jpg%26rsargs[]=480", controls:{ _timerStyle:"sides" } }
Loading Google Maps...
  •  Sign for Goodyear Service Center at 907 E. 41st St. This business is still in operation in 2009 at the same address. 
  •  Outbuildings on the grounds of the Commodore Perry Mansion are visible in background. 
  •  G. C. Murphy was a 5-and-10 cent store. By the middle 1970s this location had been taken over by Beall's department store. 
  •  The white-on-black license plates using a two-letter, four-number system indicate this is an even-numbered year no later than 1964; Texas changed to using the "English" system of license plate numbering in 1965. 
  •  Note runabout with unusual right-hand drive. 
  •  Wyatt's Cafeteria sign visible in the background; the cafeteria was centrally located on the south side of the mall. 
  •  Early Ford Model T 
  •  Cranking car; the man who "winds" the crank shows his unfamiliarity with the safe method of crank-starting a car. 
  •  Outbuildings on the grounds of the Commodore Perry Mansion are visible in background. 
Mark Video Segment:
See someone or something you recognize? TAMI Tagging
Click begin and end to mark the segment you wish
to tag. Then enter your comment and click on Tag!
To: tamitags@texasarchive.org
Share this video

Send E-mail


[Hide]Right click this link, select 'open in new tab', and add to bookmarks:
  • About the video
  • Gordon Wilkison Gordon Wilkison
  • Texas Locations
  • Keywords
Members of the Horseless Carriage Club gather in the parking lot of Austin's Hancock Center to show off their vintage cars. Possibly this is an event connected to the mall's 1964 opening.
Gordon Wilkison began work as a cameraman at the local Austin television station KTBC (now FOX 7) during 1952, its first year of operation.  At the time the station was owned by the Texas Broadcasting Company, which was owned by Senator Lyndon B. and Lady Bird Johnson. This relationship would continue to shape Wilkison's career well into the next decades - during the Johnson administration, Wilkison covered the president's visits to Texas, preparing material for national and international news correspondents. 
A particularly notable moment in his career occurred on August 1, 1966, when Wilkison and KTBC reporter Neal Spelce risked their lives to capture footage of the Tower shooting at the University of Texas. 
Wilkison was also the General Manager of Photo Processors at the LBJ Broadcasting Corporation, which he later took over and renamed Cenetex Film Labs. In addition to his camera work and film processing, his work at the station also included direction of a number of television film productions.
Outside of KTBC, Wilkison shot, edited, and processed Longhorn football game footage for the University of Texas, a partnership that lasted nearly 30 years.    
Recognizing the historical value of film and news footage, Wilkison kept the material, later contributing hundreds of reels to the Texas Archive of the Moving Image's collection.