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Are You Popular?

1947

Are You Popular?

Are You Popular? - 1947

“Are You Popular?”, an educational film produced in 1947, discusses dating etiquette and how the wrong moves can destroy your reputation. You don’t have to be like Jenny, who parks in cars with boys at night, to be popular. In fact, Jenny’s not popular because she’s grown to have a reputation for being easy. Try […]

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Aqua Frolics

1940's

Aqua Frolics

Aqua Frolics

  Before SeaWorld and Marineland, the carneys of Wakulla Springs, Florida began training unsuspecting marine life to perform impressive tricks before a paying audience. Take Aqua Frolics, for instance, a short entertaining review of the growing popularity of water sports from the 1940’s. And could you blame the captive seals and dolphins for gladly tolerating […]

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Jimmie Rodgers: The Singing Brakeman

1930

Jimmie Rodgers: The Singing Brakeman

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 be dead. Born in 1897, a native of Mississippi, Jimmie Rodgers, along with the Carter Family, would influence generations of country musicians to come as the Blue Yodeler with songs like “In the Jailhouse Now,” […]

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Frank Westphal’s Orchestra: Sing You Sinners

1920's

Frank Westphal’s Orchestra: Sing You Sinners

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 native to Chicago, began his career as a pianist-for-hire in vaudeville around 1910. It was during his time on the circuit that the up-and-coming performer met the great singer Sophie Tucker who hired him as […]

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