Tuesday, February 21, 2006

What I Do For Free

These pics are part of a digitization project I've been working on. I'm taking film and caring for it, putting it into a workprint film projector, and digitizing it as part of an archival preservation strategy. I love figuring out what is on the films and helping to keep them accessible for the future. All the films are from a San Antonio photographer/filmmaker in the 1930s...

brokeback rancher
Here's a screen pic with the possible owner of a ranch, the man who helped bring the Texas longhorn back from extinction.

man on cow action
Here's some cattle wrangling and branding action. Pretty cool stuff.

so wrong little black sambo float
This one's CRAZY! It's from a parade in San Antonio back in the day. If you look closely, this float has the theme of Little Black Sambo. If this isn't a sign of change I don't know what is. I used to innocently eat at Sambo's restaurant as late as the mid-1970s. One could make the argument that racism has gotten a lot more subtle, but at least it isn't out in the open to poison minds. Well, unless you are a Muslim, that is. It's an understatement to say that it would suck to be an American Muslim right now.

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