Hands - 1944

A short World War II propaganda documentary examining the uses of hands, and how the united hands of America and her Allies will defeat the Axis.

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Birds of Prey - 1938

In this documentary from 1938, examined are the various types of owls, vultures and hawks that inhabit North America.

With footage in the field that any Audubon Society member would admire, observe birds of prey in their natural habitat as they hunt for food and feed their young.  

Often nesting in high places like trees or cliffs, their strong talons capture mice, fish and birds while their hooked beaks tear flesh into bitesize morsels.

Americans at Work: Barbers - 1959

The way to beauty may not be the most attractive, but the admiring glances that result are worth it.
- Americans at Work: Barbers

There is much tradition – In Greece, getting hair cut could be a social occasion, where men would discuss the issues of the day while having their hair trimmed and beards curled.  

Still today, the barber acts as a listener and sometime counselor of his clients.

December 7th, 1941: A Day that Will Live in Infamy

A collection of films from the Weirdo Video archive to commemorate the anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.

Newsreel: 'Frisco in Grip of Strike! - 1934

In this newsreel, presented is a look at the historic 1934 West Coast Longshoremen's Strike which lasted nearly three months and led to the establishment of unions for port workers on the West Coast.  

On Bloody Thursday, after fights broke out near San Francisco’s Embarcadero between police, strikebreakers and waterfront workers, the situation took a turn for the worse when police fired shotguns into a crowd of protesters.  This led to a general strike which shut down the city of San Francisco.

Educational: Civil War - 1954

In this 1954 educational documentary tightly condenses the American Civil War into a snug fifteen minutes.  

Beginning with John Brown’s revolt at Harper’s Ferry, the film uses artwork, photographs, dramatizations and panoramas of significant locations.  

As we move from the attack on Fort Sumter to the Battle of Antietam to Lee’s great defeat at Gettysburg, the chorus of “When Johnny Comes Marching Home” is sung heartily in between the narration.

Newsreel: Art in Italy - 1953

This newsreel takes a look at art in Italy in 1953, specifically at an exhibition in Milan showing great works of art scaled to fit on postage stamps by Carrado Mezana.  

The crowded event displaying the detail and craftsmanship of Mezzana even draws the president of Italy at the time, Luigi Einaudi.  Stamps include are portrayals of Galileo, Saint Catherine and Vatican City.


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