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Presidents, parades and drill teams
    Like the old adage says "You can never go back," but the next best thing is being able to view the never-before-seen footage of Venice and its residents on this website. Unfortunately, the quality is not the best, but it will have to do. We have several short clips. (that's the way 8mm film was taken "back in the day.") There was only three minutes of film on a roll, so there were lots of short pieces of film taken of a number of scenes on one roll.
    We have seven pieces of film, taken by either Ed Foley Sr. or his brother Howard Foley, that shows scenes of Broadway in Venice including visits by a presidential candidate, a former president and several parades. There are also clips of a parade in Granite City in which the Color Guards of Venice-Madison Post 307 American Legion and its Auxiliary participated and a competition featuring the Legion men's and women's drill teams.
    You can click on a link below to view a particular video.

You might see yourself!

    Here are links to the various film clips:

A parade in the 1950's
Senator Kennedy campaigns
A Broadway parade
President Truman visits
A parade in Granite City
Another parade along Broadway
Drill Teams compete

    Here is a link to a clip from a film produced by the Illinois Traction Society and used here for educational purposes only. It shows the streetcars in the Tri-City area including on the McKinley Bridge:


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