Film Collection: 1950s Cleveland Christmas Parade

On December 22, 2011, in Film, by dcole
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We continue to bring you short clips from the film collections of MDAH (see also the Key Brothers aviation film footage). Special thanks to Derrick Cole, webmaster, and Celia Tisdale, audiovisual curator, for their assistance in preparing the film for the blog.

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This short film clip from the B. F. Jackson Film collection1 depicts a Christmas parade in Cleveland from approximately the late 1950s. Ruleville native B. F. Jackson was an amateur film maker and owner of several movie theaters in the Mississippi Delta. Eight of his films were donated to MDAH in 2002 and the reel containing the Christmas parade film was conserved in 2005 with a National Film Preservation grant. This film may be viewed in its entirety in the MDAH Media Room, along with other MDAH film collections.

While we do not know the exact date of this parade, the following article from The Bolivar Commercial describes the annual parade of 1950:

Cleveland’s annual Christmas Parade and fireworks display on Tuesday, December 12, witnessed by approximately 5,000 people, was judged one of the most beautiful ever held in Cleveland. The float presented by Kamien’s Department Store was judged the most beautiful of 21 gloats entered by Cleveland business houses and organizations. The Shelby Rotary Club float received 2nd place, and the Business & Professional Women’s Club 3rd place in the judging. The following received honorable mention: (1) West Implement Company, (2) V. F. W. and V. F. W. Auxiliary, and (3) Cleveland Colored School.

The bands from Shelby, Benoit, Cleveland High School and the Cleveland Colored School thrilled the spectators as the beautiful floats passed along the parade route. The fireworks display held after the parade was witnessed by the largest crowd ever to see a fireworks display in Cleveland.2


1 Reel 2, MP 2002.03: B. F. Jackson Film collection (accretion), MDAH.

2 “Huge Crowd Witnesses Annual Christmas Parade; Kamien’s Float Judged Most Beautiful,” The Bolivar Commercial, December 15, 1950. MDAH microfilm roll 20397.

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Haining Photograph Album Online

On August 30, 2011, in Digital Archives, Photographs, by Amanda
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Page 17 of the Haining (J. L.) Photograph Album. Call Number: PI/1995.0007 (MDAH Collection)

Page 17 of the Haining (J. L.) Photograph Album. Call Number: PI/1995.0007 (MDAH Collection)

The Haining (J. L.) Photograph Album (PI/1995.0007) is a handmade album consisting of 129 black and white photographs of levee construction, boats, fields, and unidentified people in the Greenville, Mississippi, area ca. 1935-1947. Click the link above to read more about it and view the album.


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We will be exploring Mississippi’s rich aviation history in this series. From the early flight photographs shown here to the moon landing and beyond, MDAH collections document this exciting part of our past.

"First plane down Mississippi River. Janas, pilot, killed in Russia in 1917, stands in front of biwing airplane. Harris Hurlbert in sport jacket also in picture." Friars Point, Miss. Painter Collection. Call Number: PI/1988.0006 (MDAH)

"First plane down Mississippi River. Janas, pilot, killed in Russia in 1917, stands in front of biwing airplane. Harris Hurlbert in sport jacket also in picture." Friars Point, Miss. Painter Collection. Call Number: PI/1988.0006 (MDAH)

These black and white photographs from the Painter (Milton McFarland, Sr.) Collection depict an early airplane at Friars Point, a town on the Mississippi River in Coahoma County. The plane is identified by Painter as a Benoist Type XII in another photograph. This model was built around 1912 by Thomas Benoist, who had worked in the automotive industry before starting a successful flight school and airplane manufacturing company in 1911.

Benoist’s exhibition pilot was named Antony Jannus–it seems that he is pictured above and Painter apparently mispelled his name in the caption as “Janas.” At the time these photographs were taken, he may have been on the record setting 1912 over-water flight along the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers from Omaha, Nebraska to New Orleans.

"Flying Machine" in Friars Point, Mississippi. Painter Collection. Call Number: PI/1988.0006 (MDAH)

"Flying Machine" in Friars Point, Mississippi. Painter Collection. Call Number: PI/1988.0006 (MDAH)

This plane was the “floatplane” version of the Benoist XII. It was designed to take off from and land on water.

View of airplane in river and spectators standing on levee in Friars Point, Mississippi. Painter Collection. Call Number: PI/1988.0006 (MDAH)

View of airplane in river and spectators standing on levee in Friars Point, Mississippi. Painter Collection. Call Number: PI/1988.0006 (MDAH)

This scene may have been one of the forty-two exhibitions that Jannus performed on the flight to New Orleans. The exhibitions helped introduced the public to flying and also publicized the Benoist plane.

See more photographs of the Benoist XII plane at Friars Point in the Painter Collection exhibit in the Digital Archives.

Source:

Frederick W. Roos, “The Brief, Bright Aviation Career of St. Louis’s Tom Benoist,” American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Inc., 2005. http://www.airandspacemuseum.org/BenoistPaper.htm (accessed June 22, 2011).

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