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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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Lincoln Highway Groundbreaking

1910's

Lincoln Highway Groundbreaking

Lincoln Highway Groundbreaking - 1913

A promotional film for the Lincoln Highway from 1913, this short reel shows a groundbreaking ceremony for Carl G. Fisher’s dream project, the first coast-to-coast automobile highway. Conceived by headlight entrepreneur Fisher, also said to be the first car dealer in US history, the man, like many an American, seems to have become a visionary […]

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Achievement U.S.A.

1950's

Achievement U.S.A.

Achievement U.S.A. - 1955

Produced for the auto industry in 1955, Achievement U.S.A. portrays an optimistic look at Flint, Michigan as GM celebrates the production of their 50 millionth automobile.

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A History of SF & Oakland Streetcars

1940's

A History of SF & Oakland Streetcars

A History of SF & Oakland Streetcars - 1945

1945’s March of Progress, produced by the Key System, a privately owned streetcar system owned by business magnate Francis “Borax” Smith, lays out a selective albeit fascinating historical view of a growing California. Take a trip from the early years of Spanish missions and Gold Rush boomtowns to the modern era, where cities like San Francisco […]

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VW Bug: Design

1960's

VW Bug: Design

VW Bug: Design - 1967

It’s 1967. A classic Volkswagen Bug cruises the streets of Milan, Italy.  It parks, and two smartly dressed business men get out. The narrator begins, “Some time ago, the Volkswagen people went to see one of Italy’s most famous automobile designers.” As if it were a moment lifted from a Federico Fellini film, a stylish […]

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