1950s

A Day of Thanksgiving - 1951

Thanksgiving Day is a holiday celebrated primarily in the United States and Canada. Thanksgiving is celebrated each year on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States and on the second Monday of October in Canada. Because of the longstanding traditions of the holiday, the celebration often extends to the weekend that falls closest to the day it is celebrated. Several other places around the world observe similar celebrations. Historically, Thanksgiving had roots in religious and cultural tradition. Today, Thanksgiving is primarily celebrated as a secular holiday.

Bob Wills: Wake Up, Susan & Liberty - 1951

Bob Wills shows his master showmanship as both bandleader and musician in this short known as Fiddlin' Man.

Backing the king of western swing, the gum-chewing pianist, the expressionless guitarist, and the giddy drummer make playing with Wills look easy.

Bob Wills was born in Limestone county near Kosse, Texas to Emma Lee Foley and John Tompkins Wills.  His father was a statewide champion fiddle player.  and the Wills family was either playing music, or someone was "always wanting us to play for them," in addition to raising cotton on their farm.

NYSE: What Makes Us Tick - 1952

An animated, idealized illustration of how the stock market works, produced ever so lovingly by the New York Stock Exchange in 1952.

The New York Stock Exchange, commonly referred to as the NYSE and ocassionaly as the "Big Board", is a stock exchange located at 11 Wall Street, Lower Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States. It is by far the world's largest stock exchange by market capitalization of its listed companies at US$14.242 trillion as of Dec 2011. Average daily trading value was approximately US$153 billion in 2008.

Beer: As We Like It - 1950's

Before the History Channel produced such hard-hitting documentaries about the History of Cheese or the Story of French Fries, trade groups had to rely on themselves if they wanted to promote their industry.  

Hence came the short As We Like It, an educational/propaganda/lobbying film that revolves around one of the world's greatest pastimes, Beer, produced by the United States Brewers Foundation.

Amos Milburn: Bad Bad Whiskey - 1950's

Originally from Texas, Amos Milburn moved to Los Angeles and soon became a fixture in the Central Avenue music scenes thriving in Watts during the 1940's and 1950's. As you can hear from his piano style, Milburn would be a great influence on Fats Domino. He wrote many hits during his day, and was also noted for recording Rudy Toombs' "One Scotch, One Bourbon, One Beer."

Drugs: The Terrible Truth - 1950's

In this Cold War era anti-drug film, the point is, if you smoke marijuana, you are destined to become a heroin addict, just like Phylis.

Sticking to the principals of red-scare tactics, a Harry Truman-like, hard-nosed narrator leads us through a cautionary tale, where once you start, you are forever a member, just like the commies.

Shot in color in early 1950's Los Angeles.

Classic lines include, "They both 'smoked pot.' That's Jive talk for marijuana." ... Brilliant!

Israel: Labor of Thy Hands - 1950's

In this vintage promotional film produced by the Jewish women's group Hadassah, viewers are reminded of the need to develop a skilled workforce in the young state of Israel.

Interesting footage of early kibbutzim and Israeli industry are highlighted in this film, with a stress on modernizing the economy and culture, the stress is on becoming an equal in a technologically advancing world.

Coney Island, USA - 1952

Coney Island is a peninsula and beach on the Atlantic Ocean in southern Brooklyn, New York City, New York, United States. The site was formerly an outer barrier island, but became partially connected to the mainland by land fill.

Hamburg Red Light District, Rathskellers - 1950's

With the coming of Oktoberfest, (and in response to the above mentioned film As We Like It), let us reminisce of beer celebrations held nightly during the 1950's and '60's in the Teutonic hamlet of Hamburg.

A phenomena that grew from a chronically disaffected population of post-war Germany, you may never see so many irretrievably plastered people in one place at one time ever again.

Iran - 1953

A fascinating look at the nation of Iran before the 1979 revolution. This film is not merely a survey of Persian history, but examines a civilization undergoing a transition into 20th century modernity.

Although made nearly sixty years ago, this short film portends the inevitable tension the Iran would be the center of due to its natural resources and geographical location.

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