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Jimmy Pruett: Boogie Woogie

1950's

Jimmy Pruett: Boogie Woogie

Jimmy Pruett: Boogie Woogie - 1959

Born in 1925, Jimmy Pruett, a lifelong resident of Los Angeles, California, grew up blind. In his youth, he learned both guitar and piano, developing his own unique style by the age of nine. It was around then that country artist Stuart Hamblen discovered Pruett and gave him a spot on his radio show on […]

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Trailer: Marathon of Fright

1950's

Trailer: Marathon of Fright

Trailer-Marathon-of-Fright-1950s

How much can the mind stand? Do you pit your sanity against our – MARATHON OF FRIGHT? Shock follows shock! Your breath comes in gasps. Then, the mind explodes! For the unlucky ones, a straitjacket. And a free trip to the booby hutch. He ha ha ha ha ha ha! See the grisly, macabre – […]

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Willie Shoemaker’s First Victory

1950's

Willie Shoemaker’s First Victory

Willie Shoemaker's First Victory - 1951

In this short newsreel segment, witness legendary horserace jockey Willie Shoemaker win his first of 8,833 victories. It was 1951 at Golden Gate Fields in Albany, California, just north of Oakland, that the teenage Shoemaker embarked on a career in which he would dominate the field for 29 years. Born in Fabens, Texas in 1931, […]

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Centuries of Telling Time

1950's

Centuries of Telling Time

Centuries of Telling Time - 1957

In this short newsreel from 1957, we visit San Francisco’s Academy of Sciences as it exhibits the Horological Collection of Dr. William Barclay Stephens. Dr. Stephens incredible collection of clocks is a testament of the true art and history of our never-ending attempt to measure and capture time. A labor of love, for over fifty […]

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Trailer: The Amazing Transparent Man

1960

Trailer: The Amazing Transparent Man

Trailer: The Amazing Transparent Man - 1960

Sprung from prison! The nation’s most daring criminal! “Why’d you setup the break?” “Because I can use you.” Held captive. Today’s most advanced scientist! “This machine utilizes x-ray, ultraviolet, and alpha-beat and omega rays.” Together they create “The Amazing Transparent Man.” This man is a killer! “Owww!” Mad with dreams of fantastic power! “We’re conducting […]

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Jimmie Rodgers: The Singing Brakeman

1930

Jimmie Rodgers: The Singing Brakeman

Jimmie Rodgers in The Singing Brakeman - 1930

In 1930, Jimmie Rodgers was probably one of the hottest Americana pop artists in America. Five years later, he would be dead. Born in 1897, a native of Mississippi, Jimmie Rodgers, along with the Carter Family, would influence generations of country musicians to come as the Blue Yodeler with songs like “In the Jailhouse Now,” […]

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Poultry on the Farm

1930's

Poultry on the Farm

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 […]

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A Day of Thanksgiving

1950's

A Day of Thanksgiving

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 […]

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Cracker Jack

1953

Cracker Jack

Cracker Jack - 1967

In 1967, famed character actor Jack Gilford was featured in a classic commercial for Cracker Jack, the “molasses-flavored, caramel-coated popcorn and peanuts” snack typically found in movie theaters, carnivals, and baseball stadiums across America. Famed for it’s surprise novelty in every box (abandoned for QR codes in 2016 😛 ), Cracker Jack was perhaps the most […]

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Let’s Talk Turkey

1950's

Let’s Talk Turkey

Let's Talk Turkey - 1955

Today’s Thanksgiving Recipe – Make a 1955 Turkey! “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 to enjoy 365 days a year. No longer do you need to be burdened by […]

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