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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.

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.

Newsreel: Mid-Atlantic Sea Rescue - 1953

Experience a rescue at sea in 1953 as the Liberian registered cargo ship Greenville sinks in the treacherous Atlantic Ocean under the assault of 80 MPH winds and 50 foot waves.  

In harrowing footage captured by a guest on the luxury liner SS Ile de France, the crew rescue 24 of the 26 sailors abandoning ship.  

Before reality TV, the desire for on-the-scene footage by amateurs was still highly valued.

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.

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.

Newsreel: Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address - 1951

Newsreel: Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address- 1951

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Newsreel: El Cortez Hotel Glass Elevator - 1956

In this newsreel from 1956, the great news reader Ed Herlihy describes the futuristic glass elevator recently installed in the El Cortez Hotel in San Diego, California.  Believe it or not, this will be the future ... of soon-to-be developed tract buildings everywhere.

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