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Frog Jumping Tournament of Calaveras County

1950

Frog Jumping Tournament of Calaveras County

Frog Jumping Tournament of Calaveras County

Celebrating the one hundredth anniversary of the Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, later celebrated in Mark Twain’s famous story, the International Frog Jump gets underway at Angels Camp, California. The croakers bare such distinguished names as Winnie and Clem from England, a Canadian jumper, Thames River Tom, fed on vitamins made from genuine Canadian maple […]

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Rosalie Allen: Chime Bells

1940's

Rosalie Allen: Chime Bells

Rosalie Allen: Chime Bells - 1940's

Who doesn’t love a great yodeler? It’s Rosalie Allen, who taught herself to play music as a child in Pennsylvania on her brother’s guitar. Involving herself with radio, she scored her first hit covering Patsy Montana’s “I Want to Be a Cowboy’s Sweetheart.” In this piece, Rosalie sees her beau off to war, a scenario […]

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Thanksgiving: Dining Together

1950

Thanksgiving: Dining Together

Thanksgiving: Dining Together - 1950

This is a story of a holiday and home. Helping make ready a celebration is part of the fun. Especially for one of the nicest days of the year – Thanksgiving. There is happiness in the air, and the smell of turkey. Mmmmm, that does look good. Thanksgiving is a day for the best of […]

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Football: Amos Alonzo Stagg

1950

Football: Amos Alonzo Stagg

Football: Amos Alonzo Stagg - 1950

In this newsreel, we visit Amos Alonzo Stagg, one of the most influential figures in American sports. Celebrating his 95th birthday, Stagg is inundated with fan mail congratulating him on this momentous milestone. Stagg was an actual team member of the very first All-American football team of 1888. Remarkably, he was also a star baseball […]

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Hair Dress Through The Ages

1950

Hair Dress Through The Ages

Hair Dress Through The Ages - 1950

In this lighthearted documentary, a news announcer fumbles his way through reporting on 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 […]

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Esso Extra

1950

Esso Extra

Esso Extra - 1950's

Everyone likes that little something extra … A dozen rolls and the baker tosses in an extra one to make it a baker’s dozen. The butcher throws in an extra bone for the bow wow. Every locality has a different name for it. Way down in east in New England they call it ‘something to […]

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America’s Presidents

1950

America’s Presidents

America's Presidents - 1950's

In this educational film from the 1950’s, a laundry list of America’s Presidents shows where the nation came from and where it was going at the brink of the Eisenhower era. After hearing the short, and often sanitized, description of each US leader, one wonders how this film might have continued to Nixon, Carter, Reagan, […]

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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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Reno Rodeo

1950

Reno Rodeo

Newsreel: Reno Rodeo - 1950

NEVADA A parade sets the stage for the greatest show in the Biggest Little City in the World, Reno, Nevada. And as a valued and loyal friend of Reno, our cameraman, Jimmy Lederer, gets in front of a cameraman to receive a testimonial. But there’s action in the offing and that’s when Jimmy gets behind the […]

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