Assignment: Venezuela – 1956

If it was the 1950s, and you worked for a petroleum company, and you were reassigned to Venezuela, you might

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Frank Westphal’s Orchestra: Sing You Sinners – 1930’s

In this soundie from the early 1930’s, Frank Westphal’s Orchestra performs Sing You Sinners live on WENR Chicago. Westphal, a

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Belo Horizante, Brazil – 1949

Belo Horizante is short documentary produced by The Office of the Coordinator of Inter-American Affairs in 1949. The OCIAA, established by

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Art Is … – 1971

“Art is … ” produced in 1971 by the Associated Councils of the Arts is a documentary that delves into

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Ask Me, Don’t Tell Me – 1961

“Ask Me, Don’t Tell Me,” produced in 1961, promotes the Northern California branch of the Youth for Services program which

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Turkey in the Straw – 1920’s

In this rare clip from the late 1920’s, an unknown group of musicians perform the American classic “Turkey in the

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Jimmie Rodgers in The Singing Brakeman – 1930

In 1930, Jimmie Rodgers was probably one of the hottest Americana pop artists in America. Five years later, he would

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Jimmy Pruett: Boogie Woogie – 1959

Born in 1925, Jimmy Pruett, a lifelong resident of Los Angeles, California, grew up blind. In his youth, he learned

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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

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Soundie: Sweet Sue, Just You – 1940s

This short, a swingy rendition of the classic jazz standard Sweet Sue, Just You, includes chorus lines, neat harmonies, and

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Jack Johnson: Tiger Rag – 1930s

  In this clip, the great boxer Jack Johnson, Heavyweight Champion of the World (1908–1915), conducts the song Tiger Rag,

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