The Hall Era: 1937 - 1981

Hall Home Movie Footage

From the late 1920s through the 1960s, Howard and Margaret Hall produced more than 23,000 feet of home movie footage.

Personal motion picture technology blossomed in the early twentieth century and the Halls took advantage of it.

While they documented typical scenes of vacations, family, and friends, their collection also includes remarkable images that illustrate their colorful lives:

  • A 1928 parade at Brucemore for presidential candidate Herbert Hoover
  • A 1939 Iowa football practice with Heisman Trophy winner Nile Kinnick
  • Howard wrestling with his pet lion
  • Stunning, behind-the-scenes images from the set of Gone with the Wind

The films provide a fascinating look at the incomparable world of Margaret and Howard. A selection of footage was featured in “A Virtual Celebration (2020).”