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California the Golden

1930

California the Golden

California the Golden - 1930

If you were taking a sea cruise from the Eastern Seaboard to the West Coast via the Panama Canal, this might be the film you’d see before disembarking in San Diego, Los Angeles, or San Francisco. An exquisite travel film documenting the magnificent landscape and locales of pre-WWII California, this film showcases classic school California, […]

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Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address

1950's

Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address

Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address - 1951

It is November 19, 1863. We witness the minutes leading up to Abraham Lincoln’s momentous Gettysburg Address. After Lincoln asks his Gettysburg host, Judge David Wills, to request the band awaiting outside play Dixie, the president ponders his speech. “A mighty fine tune,” Lincoln proclaims. The following day, Lincoln gives his poignant speech before an audience beside […]

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Snowbound on Donner Pass

1950's

Snowbound on Donner Pass

Newsreel: Snowstorm strands dozens on Donner Pass – 1952

Just because you’re snowed-in here-and-now doesn’t mean you wouldn’t have been in similar circumstances there-and-then. In this case, the passenger train “City of San Francisco” has been stranded in over ten feet of snow after a blizzard within the legendary Donner Pass. The travelers survived this journey, unlike their fabled predecessors, the legendary Donner Party […]

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The Three Suns: Beyond the Blue Horizon

1940's

The Three Suns: Beyond the Blue Horizon

The Three Suns: Beyond the Blue Horizon

On the other side of the musical spectrum, here is the organ-accordion-guitar combo The Three Suns. Composed of Al & Marty Nevins on guitar & accordion and Artie Dunn on organ, this hot trio were one of the big ‘exotica’ acts of the mid-1940’s. Later, Al Nevins would go on to be one of the […]

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Propaganda Techniques

1950

Propaganda Techniques

Propaganda Techniques - 1950

This educational film made in the in 1950 teaches viewers about the dynamics of propaganda. A teacher breaks down how propaganda works to an eager student.

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