The University of Georgia media collection features a handful of town films. The one about Athens, Georgia is the most complete in the sense of presenting the whole community, on the ground and from the air.
The description accompanying the offering on the web page is somewhat inaccurate:
Because of its business and housing content, we believe this 16mm color amateur film of scenes in and around Athens was made by Joel A. Weir who was, at that time, Executive Director of the Athens Housing Authority as well as Director of the Athens Chamber of Commerce (1931-1949). This short clip (14 mins.) is excerpted from the full film (approx. 45 mins.) and is silent.
Why this text has not been updated to be consistent with the 37 minute version is a puzzlement.
The more striking aspects of the footage are the extreme differences shown between the houses along Milledge and Prince Avenues, and the African-American neighborhoods, as well as the then fairly new public housing and apartments along Broad Street. Rev. Charles Knox of Athens has identified these neighborhoods as “Tip Toe Alley” (between Finley and Newton Streets at Baxter St.) and “Linden Town” (Lumpkin near Baxter), both of which were razed for public housing and for University of Georgia expansion.
Other footage not shown in this online clip includes local service organization members (Kiwanis, Pilot Club) gathering for lunch downtown, local bankers and businessmen outside their buildings, a scene of the Chamber of Commerce building, aerial views of Athens, a livestock auction at the Northeast Georgia Livestock Association building, a Shriners’ parade downtown, the airport, UGA campus scenes, the Garden Club of Georgia’s Founders Garden, a golf course, Athens General Hospital, and the Rodgers Hosiery Company.
The referenced material is all in the current online version, though obviously not in the 3 minute teaser. Since livestock and brick are still major enterprises in that part of the state, there’s no reason to leave them out.
Is it embarrassing that the only evidence of labor is that being performed by Athens’ black citizens, by a child’s nurse (complete with uniform), pulling a wagon, wash bleaching on the line and only the children at play?