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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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Heavenly Bodies

1920

Heavenly Bodies

Heavenly Bodies - 1920

HEAVENLY BODIES Gravitation.  The Moon. Constellations. One great riddle of the world was solved when Sir Isaac Newton discovered what holds the worlds in their places. When an apple fell at his feet, he began to wonder why everything “falls to the Earth” and never in another direction. And then it came to him: “What […]

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Girls Beware

1960's

Girls Beware

Girls Beware - 1961

Girls Beware, a follow up to Boys Beware, is another cautionary tale produced by filmmaker Sid Davis, intended to be shown to middle and high school students in the early 1960’s to warn them of predatory boys who seek to take advantage of them.

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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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Despotism

1940's

Despotism

Despotism - 1946

“The State – I am the State.” – Louis XIV In this timeless educational film from 1946, the pernicious mechanics of despotism are broken down. Through illustrated charts, we can determine analytically where our community stands within a scale with Democracy on one end and Despotism on the other. These conditions are affected by the […]

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Zip Code with the Swingin’ Six

1960's

Zip Code with the Swingin’ Six

Zip Code with the Swingin' Six - 1960's

As the American communities and cities grew in the mid-twentieth century, so did the complexity of managing the immense mass of mail posted each day. The postal service needed a new process in which to map a package to it’s recipient. From this was born the Zip Code system. In this educational film aimed at […]

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Dr. Heard’s Fire Magic

1950's

Dr. Heard’s Fire Magic

Newsreel: Dr. Heard's Fire Magic - 1953

The story of fire told through magic – Fire Magic – that’s entertaining and educational, too. The magician is Dr. Llewellyn Heard who likes to play with fire. A research chemist, he studies oil processes and products. Some of the products, this rubbery grease for instance are most unusual. But the principle subject of his […]

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Birds of Prey

1930's

Birds of Prey

Birds of Prey

In this documentary from 1938, examined are the various types of owls, vultures and hawks that inhabit North America. With footage in the field that any Audubon Society member would admire, observe birds of prey in their natural habitat as they hunt for food and feed their young. Often nesting in high places like trees […]

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Early Settlers of New England

1940

Early Settlers of New England

Early Settlers of New England - 1940

Early Settlers of New England, an educational film produced in 1940, observes the daily lives of English settlers in the establishment of Naumkeag. Located along the Massachusetts coast, subsistence in the small village came from fishing, “abandoned” corn and goat milk. As more colonists arrived and the infrastructure built-out, the town was re-christened Salem. Salem […]

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Navajo Canyon Country

1950's

Navajo Canyon Country

Navajo Canyon Country - 1954

Produced in 1954, Navajo Canyon Country takes both a historical and anthropological look in examining the traditional lifestyle of the Navajo community. The film visits contemporary, working homes inhabited by this Southwestern tribe of the US. Not far from the modern world of skyscrapers and motorways, the canyons of northern Arizona and New Mexico, is […]

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