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.

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.

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.  

Poultry on the Farm - 1937

Welcome to Farmer Brown’s poultry farm, where he raises chicken, ducks, geese and turkeys.  

Visit the chicken coop where the head rooster rouses his harem of hens for breakfast.  White leghorn chickens lay an abundance of eggs which need to be incubated for healthy chicks to be born.

Take a look within the shell as the chick develops over time, pecks its way through and grows from a downy baby chicken to a full-size adult within 2 months.   

Farmer Brown has some Plymouth Rock chickens, ducks, geese and turkeys, as well.

Let's Talk Turkey - 1955

“Turkey – a dish that adds grace to every table!”

In this vintage cooking film, resident chef Marie Gifford shows how to prepare a turkey, not just for a 1955 Thanksgiving, but for turkey to enjoy 365 days a year.  

No longer do you need to be burdened by New York dressed turkeys, paying for and disposing of extra unneeded parts like the head or the feet.  

With the miracle of modern freezing technology, and developments at the FDA’s experimental laboratories in Beltsville, Maryland, you need only “pay for the meat you can eat.”  

Why Braceros? - 1950's

Why Braceros? - 1950's

Revolutionary New Triumph in Tape - 1960's

Revolutionary New Triumph in Tape - 1960's

Propaganda: Duck & Cover - 1951

Propaganda: Duck & Cover - 1951

Watching this may save your life in the event of a nuclear holocaust.


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