Newsreel: Teddy Roosevelt - 1953

“Keep your eyes on the stars and keep your feet on the ground.” – Theodore Roosevelt

This biography of Theodore Roosevelt details the important milestones in his life, growing from a sickly child to the rugged individualist he so proudly became. It includes archived photos from Roosevelts’ experience as a frontiersman, a Dakota cowboy and a colonel in the Rough Riders.

This film also includes the only know recording of Teddy Roosevelt's actual voice.

The Star Spangled Banner by the 2nd Armored Division Band – 1970’s

This rendition of America’s National Anthem is performed by the 2nd Armored Division Band based in Fort Hood, Texas.  Also known as the “Hell on Wheels Band,” they were originally part of Colonel George S. Patton’s tank command during World War II. 

Our Bill of Rights - 1940

“A sturdy tree of liberty with shade for all.” - Benjamin Franklin

Although artistic license is taken in dramatizing the events, much of the “dialogue originates in the correspondence of the principals.”

Experience a nation being planned and made for the first time in world history.  We join the momentous occasion in New York City on April 30, 1789, in a parlor where George Washington bids farewell to Benjamin Franklin.  Franklin in turn compliments other monumental figures present in the room - John Adams, James Madison, Alexander Hamilton and John Jay.  

Washington in Wartime - 1940s

“War is never cheap.  But as I’ve said before, it’s a million times cheaper to win than to lose.” - Secretary of the Treasury Henry Morganthau, Jr.

Washington in Wartime, narrated by Ed Herlihy, examines the daily happenings of Washington, DC at the height of World War II.  From department secretaries down to office secretaries, observe how the citizens of the nation’s capital, center of the Free World, dedicate themselves to the US war effort.

Hair Dress Through The Ages - 1950

In this lighthearted documentary, a news announcer fumbles his way through reporting the history of hairdressing.

Not surprisingly, it  begins in France, on the Dordogne River, many thousands of years ago. A caveman, annoyed with long hair that interferes with his work, uses a fishbone to keep his hair in place.

It is perhaps the first record of the man-bun.

Fast-forward a few thousand years to Babylon, where ancient sculptures show that they not only curled their hair, but coiffed their beards.

Early Settlers of New England - 1940

Early Settlers of New England, an educational film produced in 1940, observes the daily lives of English settlers in the establishment of Naumkeag.  

Located along the Massachusetts coast, subsistence in the small village came from fishing, “abandoned” corn and goat milk.  As more colonists arrived and the infrastructure built-out, the town was re-christened Salem.  

Salem would later be known for contaminated rye fields and witch trials, for which Arthur Miller’s The Crucible would be based.

A Day of Thanksgiving - 1951

Thanksgiving in 1951 might not be as different for many today as it was back then.

Bill Johnson’s family can’t afford a turkey this year.  Dick, Tommy, Susan and Baby Janet are devastated.  

But there is still much to be thankful for, especially in the shadow of what the world was like only a few short years before during World War II.  At that time, it was a world of refugees, barbaric oppression, where starvation was rampant and life was cheap.  


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