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Centuries of Telling Time

1950's

Centuries of Telling Time

Centuries of Telling Time - 1957

In this short newsreel from 1957, we visit San Francisco’s Academy of Sciences as it exhibits the Horological Collection of Dr. William Barclay Stephens. Dr. Stephens incredible collection of clocks is a testament of the true art and history of our never-ending attempt to measure and capture time. A labor of love, for over fifty […]

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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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Ask Me, Don’t Tell Me

1960's

Ask Me, Don’t Tell Me

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 worked to transform juvenile delinquents in San Francisco into productive members of the community. Written by veteran San Francisco journalist George Dusheck, “Ask Me, Don’t Tell Me” was co-written and directed by esteemed cinematographer David Myers. […]

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Art Is …

1970's

Art Is …

Art Is ... - 1971

“Art is … ” produced in 1971 by the Associated Councils of the Arts is a documentary that delves into the real meaning of art. What is art? There are many ways to express it, many ways to define it, and no single answer. Ask the artist or a person on the street. We each […]

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VW Bug: Design

1960's

VW Bug: Design

VW Bug: Design - 1967

It’s 1967. A classic Volkswagen Bug cruises the streets of Milan, Italy.  It parks, and two smartly dressed business men get out. The narrator begins, “Some time ago, the Volkswagen people went to see one of Italy’s most famous automobile designers.” As if it were a moment lifted from a Federico Fellini film, a stylish […]

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Edison’s Elephant

1900's

Edison’s Elephant

Thomas Edison: Electrocuting an Elephant - 1903

Red leicester smelly cheese cream cheese. Jarlsberg fromage frais cow pepper jack chalk and cheese airedale fondue manchego. Brie parmesan port-salut croque monsieur bavarian bergkase.

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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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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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Alka-Seltzer

1960's

Alka-Seltzer

Alka-Seltzer - 1967

Just because it’s a pie eating contest doesn’t mean there’s no conditioning involved. “That was pretty good pie for a change. What was it? Blueberry kind?” Down in the locker room, a neophyte on the indigestion scene has a heart-to-heart with a stomachache veteran. It’s all about the Alka-Seltzer. The medicine cabinet is stocked full […]

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Poultry on the Farm

1930's

Poultry on the Farm

Poultry on the Farm

Welcome to Farmer Brown’s poultry farm, where he raises chicken, ducks, geese and turkeys. Visit the chicken coop where the head rooster rouses his harem of hens for breakfast. White leghorn chickens lay an abundance of eggs which need to be incubated for healthy chicks to be born. Take a look within the shell as […]

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