Various scenes of downtown Bowman and the grade school. Donated by Betty Hodgson Seymour, who appears in the film with her father, the principal of the grade school. They are seen together as they exit the school. Also in the film is Ed Hurd [Herd?] an African American man from the community who dances for the camera. This film was preserved by the Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection.
Segment one: Everyday Life, 0:01. Title screen stating University of Georgia "1938 Bowman, Georgia" and film specifics. Movie reel countdown. Man sitting on blocks, standing outside farm building. Men walking around farm and mill-like area. Man and young girl drive by on horse and cart. Man carries iron furniture piece in a wheelbarrow. Men pose for the camera. Women pose for the camera. Man walks by store with window painted advertising fresh pork and beef and sign: "Coca-Cola." Students walk out of school carrying their books. People stand in front of a building with advertisements for Coca-Cola on it, and City Barber Shop painted on a window at the end. A child poses in the street. Older students walk out of school carrying their books, then pose for the camera before boarding school buses. Students board buses. People work on the outside of a building, and pose for the camera. Sign: "Bowman." Man maneuvers a large parcel of cotton. Girls pose smiling together. Segment two: Busy Stretch of Town, 8:49. Two young men drive a horse and cart down the street. People stand outside a store, and pose for the camera. Young women pose with babies. Men drive a horse and cart by a store with a sign: "Bowman Drug Co." People drive cars past stores and pose for the camera. Three men try to reattach a wheel to a cart. Men stand outside a barn with a sign: "Seed Rye Barley" hammered on a tree and a Sign: "Standard Oil Products" on a stand. A man stands by a sign: "Coca-Cola" and sign: "Esso." Men pose for the camera. Sign: "Bowman Hardware Company" and sign: "Oliver Farm Equipment." Men walk, pose, and horse play in front of the stores. Women walk and pose in front of stores. Men stand under a gazebo by the trains. Men and women walk by the stores. The store front for Bowman Drug Co. is shown. Sign: "Good Year Tires." Farmers Bank is painted on the side of a building that men congregate in front of. An African American man (named Ed Hurd or Herd) dances in the road. A building is shown across the train tracks. A truck is parked at a gas station with a sign: "Pure" for gasoline. Men wave from the front of their trucks. Students walk out of school with their books. Black slug.