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The Star Spangled Banner III

1970's

The Star Spangled Banner III

The Star Spangled Banner – 1970’s

This rendition of America’s National Anthem is performed by the 2nd Armored Division Band based in Fort Hood, Texas. Also known as the “Hell on Wheels Band,” they were originally part of Colonel George S. Patton’s tank command during World War II. When not performing The Star Spangled Banner, the 2nd Armored Division Band were […]

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Liberty

1940's

Liberty

Liberty - 1940's

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame, With conquering limbs astride from land to land; Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name Mother of exiles. From her beacon-hand Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command The air-bridged harbor […]

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Perversion for Profit

1965

Perversion for Profit

Perversion for Profit - 1965

This moral decay weakens our resistance to the onslaught of the Communist masters of deceit — George Putnam, narrator, Perversion for Profit Now, you might ask yourself ‘Why this sudden concern? Pornography and sex deviation have always been with mankind.’ This is true. But, now, consider another fact: never in the history of the world have […]

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Marihuana

1936

Marihuana

Feature Film: Marihuana - 1936

Dwain Esper’s 1936 scare film Marihuana, written by his wife Hildagarde Stadie, an obvious expert on the subject.

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Independence Day

1940

Independence Day

Independence Day 1940

Strike up the band. Let’s celebrate the great day on which the Declaration of Independence was signed … July 4, 1776 … Be happy … Be glad we are living in the good old USA. Land of the free .. Home of fair play July 4th, 1940. PS: Get Well Soon.

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So They Tell Me

1919

So They Tell Me

So They Tell Me - 1919

So They Tell Me, circa 1919, skewers the top headlines of its day, the World War I era. Crude animation attempts to punctuate the sardonic and off-color humor supplied by political raconteur Warren W. Brown. Though the jokes are somewhat arcane by today’s standards, the tone tries to balance between being bombastic and nativist. Targets include labor […]

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Subject: Narcotics

1951

Subject: Narcotics

Subject: Narcotics - 1951

A declassified vice squad training film, Subject: Narcotics, produced in the 1950’s, takes an unflinching look at the lifestyle of heroin users during. Made in the pre-rock & roll era, the junkie flophouse depicted here resembles a scenario more out of beatnik novel than the more glamorous goth-punk facade we’ve become accustomed to today.  

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Jimmy Durante: Give a Man a Job

1933

Jimmy Durante: Give a Man a Job

Give a Man a Job - 1933

Can you think of a more timely song? Jimmy Durante captures the mood of the nation as perfectly now as he does then. Of course, the National Recovery Administration, which as part of FDR’s New Deal, encouraged employment, a minimum wage and a maximum of weekly hours: You and you and you and you You’ve […]

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Black Marketing

1940's

Black Marketing

Black Marketing - 1940's

Like a television courtroom drama, the prosecutor deconstructs a criminal enterprise within the meatpacking industry. The dramatization hints at Hollywood crime films of the day, with shakedowns, oblivious accomplices and bribe money wrapped in paper with a soup bone. Despite the fact that the accused are given no opportunity to defend themselves, this piece of […]

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