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3rd Ave. El

1950's

3rd Ave. El

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It’s the elevated train that used to run up and down Manhattan until the mid-1950’s, when it was decommissioned and turned into scrap metal. Despite this, you can still experience the trip through New York City that vanished over half-a-century ago, not only from the overhead view of the train window, but through the actual […]

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Stanley Kubrick: Day of the Fight [Original Version]

1950's

Stanley Kubrick: Day of the Fight [Original Version]

Stanley Kubrick: Day of the Fight [Original Version] - 1951

The Day of the Fight is the primary touchstone from which Stanley Kubrick’s unique cinematic style would evolve. Like the battling man-apes during 2001‘s Dawn of Man sequence, The Day of the Fight depicts a man’s struggle to survive the elements of a disinterested, sometimes hostile world. The Day of the Fight is a short newsreel documentary that tells the story […]

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The Brown Sisters: Underneath the Harlem Moon

1930

The Brown Sisters: Underneath the Harlem Moon

The Brown Sisters: Underneath the Harlem Moon - 1930's

In this clip, the undocumented Brown sisters sing the number “Underneath the Harlem Moon.” The soulful trio starts the song slow and syncopated. But this gives way to an almost swingy up-tempo rhythm more than worthy of being captured on film.

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News Sketches by Max Fleischer

1940's

News Sketches by Max Fleischer

News Sketches by Max Fleischer - 1944

“News Sketches by Max Fleischer” is a short cartoon created by famed animator Max Fleischer with an irreverent take on bizarre stories “drawn from the wires of the Associated Press.” As the news ticker types away, Fleischer literally illustrates the stories with pen and ink before our very eyes. Using a combination of stop motion […]

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Happy Birthday, Stanley Kubrick.

1950's

Happy Birthday, Stanley Kubrick.

Stanley Kubrick's Day of the Fight - 1951

Marking the 90th birthday of Stanley Kubrick, we take a look back at his earliest film, The Day of the Fight from 1951. The Day of the Fight is the primary touchstone from which Stanley Kubrick’s unique cinematic style would evolve. Like the battling man-apes during 2001‘s Dawn of Man sequence, The Day of the Fight depicts a […]

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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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Brooklyn Goes to San Francisco

1950's

Brooklyn Goes to San Francisco

Brooklyn Goes to San Francisco - 1956

Brooklyn Goes to San Francisco, produced in 1956, is a guided tour of mid-1950s San Francisco through the eyes of an authentic Brooklynite. Narrated by Phil Foster, best know for playing Laverne’s father Frank DeFazio on 1970s sitcom Laverne & Shirley, wisecracks and a classic New York drawl counterpoint panoramas of the Golden Gate City’s […]

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Freedomland USA

1960's

Freedomland USA

Travel Time: Freedomland - 1963

Freedomland U.S.A. (usually just called Freedomland) was a short-lived, themed amusement park in the Baychester area in the northeastern part of the Borough of The Bronx, New York City. Its slogan was “The World’s Largest Entertainment Center” (later, “The World’s Largest Outdoor Family Entertainment Center”). Freedomland opened on June 19, 1960. It closed at the […]

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