Postcards from Texas, is a new television program about Texas 19th and 20th century history, currently focusing on the greater Houston area. It is broadcast by Channel 55 on Sunday afternoons at 4:00 p.m. and repeated the next Saturday at 7:00 p.m.
Most segments are about 5 minutes, but some approach 10 minutes. Each segment splices together interviews from 2 or several historians or other informed folks and many historical photographs using the "Ken Burns" pan-and-zoom technique to elicit a dynamism from the photos. The interviewee's comments or each photo last on the screen for a couple of seconds to at most 10 seconds, so the viewers are kept entertained as well as informed. The audio on my computer system leaves the sound occasionally a bit blurry, but still communicable. Each segment is accompanied by an edited version of the narration. Music often plays in the background. The segments are archived on the channel's website. A companion blog gives occasional extra details. All rather well done by Mike Vance, producer.
Read more about it www.houstons55.com/postcards-from-texas/ or jump right in and see how Houstonian "Jesse Jones Saved the Houston Banks" back in the depressed 1930's. Jones was the principal financial architect of Roosevelt's national economic recovery. Jones had been earlier recommended to President Herbert Hoover by the powerhouse Texan John Nance Garner who went on to become FDR's veep. Jones even set salaries for some bankers! Did they have bonuses in those days?