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W.H. Tilley Collection, no. 7 - 1950s

Susan T. Solomon

Silent | 1955 | 1958 | 1959

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    Index of Intertitles
    •  Christmas 1955.  Playing Croquet- Gainesville Fla. 
    •  Christmas 1958.  Chicago Skating Party 
    •  Our Trip to Seattle.  June 1959 
    •  First Stop.  Chicago to visit the Children 
    •  The Hula Contest- Virginia, the Champ! 
    •  Seattle, from our Hotel.  Day View 
    •  Same Scene taken at Night.  A Glimpse of Fairyland 
    •  Pioneer Square.  Totem pole.  Chief Seattle's Statue 
    •  Denver, False Fronts for the Centennial - Looking Backwards 100 Years 
    •  Back Home!  How the Trees have Grown.  There's a house there Somewhere 
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    • Wesley Hope and Pau... Wesley Hope and Paul Tilley
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    Shot by W.H. Tilley in the mid- to late 1950s, these home movies begin with clips of W.H.'s son Wesley, Jr. and his family (wife Barb and children John, Virginia, and Susan) in their backyard in Gainesville, FL in 1955. Holidays in Chicago in Christmas 1958 (apparently after Wesley, Jr. and family had relocated there) as well as footage of W.H. and Helen's trip to Seattle make up a significant component of the film. The last features footage of W.H. and Helen's 1959 trip to Seattle. It begins with a stopover in Chicago - visiting family as well as points of interest like Lake Michigan and the Museum of Science and Technology - and continues in Seattle, with clips of the city lights, aerial views of Seattle's downtown and harbor, and landmarks like Chief Seattle's Statue. Brief footage of Denver (during its Centennial) follows, with a shot of the W.H. and Helen's Austin home concluding the set.

    Brothers Wesley Hope and Paul Tilley can be counted among Texas' pioneering filmmakers. Their movie work extends at least as far back as 1910.

    In addition to their short subjects (as for-hire filmmakers) and early documentary movies of Texas, the Austin-based Tilleys made cartoons, titles, slides, advertisements, newsreels, and comedy features. The brothers were also involved in the turn-of-the-century amusement business as carnival music producers and for-hire projectionists.

    The Tilley brothers are best known, however, for their three commercial narrative features: Mexican Conspiracy Outgeneralled, Their Lives By a Slender Thread and The Kentucky Feud. These films were produced in 1913 around central Texas (as well as Mexico) under the auspices of their Satex production company and film lab, one of the first of its kind in Texas.

    W. Hope Tilley eventually pursued his music-related activities full-time, remaining in Austin. Paul Tilley later worked with another fellow Texan in Hollywood, film director King Vidor.