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Old 12-19-2011, 09:09 PM
 
Location: Round Rock, Texas
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Austin 1955 Edit - YouTube
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Old 12-19-2011, 09:39 PM
 
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That was really cool, my kids loved it. Where is that twin oaks shopping center? Did Polar ice cream get bought out by anyone? Where was the Circle K ranch located?
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Old 12-19-2011, 10:21 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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I believe the Twin Oaks shopping center is still at Oltorf & Congress. It's the now dingy, bland white strip mall which appears to barely register next to the funky, ambiance of SoCo.
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Old 12-19-2011, 10:35 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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I believe the Twin Oaks shopping center is still at Oltorf & Congress. It's the now dingy, bland white strip mall which appears to barely register next to the funky, ambiance of SoCo.
Yeah, I actually see that place as an eyesore now. I would love to see it redeveloped into something worthy of a South-Central Austin location. Funny how time changes things.
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Old 12-19-2011, 10:39 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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That was really interesting. I would have liked to see more footage of recognizable Austin streets, though.

By the way: how come every documentary film I've ever seen from the 1950's sounds like it's narrated by the same guy?
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Old 12-21-2011, 12:14 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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By the way: how come every documentary film I've ever seen from the 1950's sounds like it's narrated by the same guy?
I know, and the music! Especially at the beginning. It's so cliche I had to listen again and make sure this wasn't a new soundtrack satirically recorded more recently.

Interesting note: This video was made during the drought of record (1951-56), worse than what we are experiencing now (at least so far). I thought brief Lake Travis shots looked eerily familiar to what it looks like now... except their boat house had water. Maybe they kept moving it?

But knowing that, it's interesting to look at the trees, golf course, etc.

The poster has some other fascinating old films of Austin. Like a great mix of home movies of Austin from 1911-1930 (some parts from California):http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=whOhd...hannel&list=UL

Also a Butter Krust bakery tour by schoolchildren (during segregation), a report by Walter Cronkite on a gruesome bus accident involving some Austin kids in New Mexico... worth looking at some of those other videos.

Added: this one is good -
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3iy1B..._order&list=UL

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Old 12-21-2011, 03:31 PM
 
Location: Heights
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it seems the videos have now been made private
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Old 12-21-2011, 08:32 PM
 
Location: Texas Hill Country
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My aunt just watched it and said thanks for the walk down memory lane. She and my mom grew up in Terrytown in the 40s and 50s!
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Old 12-21-2011, 09:10 PM
 
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it seems the videos have now been made private
I noticed that- so glad I watched it first. Wonder why they made them private?
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Old 12-21-2011, 09:29 PM
 
Location: Holly Neighborhood, AUSTINtx
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Our Town Austin - TAMI
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