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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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Black Music in America

1970's

Black Music in America

Black Music in America: From Then Till Now - 1970's

This tremendous educational documentary from the mid-1970’s examines the priceless contributions of African-Americans to musical heritage, so closely tied to their unique history in the United States. From Africa upon slave ships captive immigrants brought with them melodies, cadences and rhythms that inarguably gave rise to music considered ‘modern’ today. Beginning with the genius Louis […]

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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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Griffith Park Fire Disaster Protest

1930's

Griffith Park Fire Disaster Protest

Newsreel: Griffith Park Fire Disaster Protest - 1933

A newsreel marking the protest over the Griffith Park fire disaster of 1933, where 29 workers were killed while widening roads in Los Angeles. The fire was one of the worst in the city’s history at that time.

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Lady Life Guards

1930's

Lady Life Guards

Lady Life Guards - 1930's

Mouth-to-mouth resuscitation is just a click away with our next short feature, Lady Life Guards, produced during the 1930’s.

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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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Travelers Choice ‘66

1960's

Travelers Choice ‘66

Westinghouse Travelers Choice ‘66 Trip Program - 1966

Why wait? Use your Golden Touch to see the Americas on Westinghouse Travelers Choice ‘66 Trip Program. Use it to touch us for a glorious 4-day Touchdown holiday. 4 days and 3 nights of pure fun and relaxation. Choose for yourself among the most glamorous cities in America.   Stay at the newest and the […]

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Grand Coulee Dam

1950's

Grand Coulee Dam

Newsreel: Grand Coulee Dam - 1953

With America’s infrastructure crumbling, it’s time we took a look back at our past achievements, their purpose, and why we need to rebuild and maintain them. The Grand Coulee Dam was built upon the Columbia River during the Roosevelt Administration between 1933 and 1942. To this day, The Grand Coulee is the largest electric power […]

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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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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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