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Newports: On the Beach

1967

Newports: On the Beach

Newports: On the Beach - 1967

Newport Menthols: On the Beach – 1967 A banned advertisement for Newport menthol cigarettes from 1967. Lifestyle advertising at its finest, with perhaps subliminal imagery reinforcing the message. Cigarettes are long, smooth, and sexy. Over a million cases of cancer served.

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El Cortez Hotel Glass Elevator

1956

El Cortez Hotel Glass Elevator

Newsreel: El Cortez Hotel Glass Elevator - 1956

In this newsreel from 1956, the great newsreader Ed Herlihy describes the futuristic glass elevator recently installed in the El Cortez Hotel in San Diego, California. Believe it or not, this will be the future … of soon-to-be developed tract buildings everywhere.

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Iran

1953

Iran

Iran - 1953

This documentary about Iran produced in 1953 is a fascinating look at the nation of Iran before the 1979 revolution. Iran: 1953 is not merely a survey of Persian history, but examines a civilization undergoing a transition into 20th century modernity. Although made nearly sixty-five years ago, this short film portends the inevitable tensions that would […]

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The Stranger

1946

The Stranger

Feature Film: The Stranger - 1946

In 1946, Mr. Wilson (Edward G. Robinson) of the United Nations War Crimes Commission is hunting for Nazi fugitive Franz Kindler (Orson Welles), a war criminal who has erased all evidence which might identify him, with no clue left to his identity except “a hobby that almost amounts to a mania—clocks.” Wilson releases Kindler’s former […]

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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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Betty Boop and the Little King

1936

Betty Boop and the Little King

Betty Boop and the Little King - 1936

Is it any wonder that the first alternative comic book artists like R. Crumb and Kim Deitch give immense credit to Max Fleischer, animator of Betty Boop, Koko the Clown, Bimbo the Dog, Popeye, and Superman? Fleischer’s cartoons definitely have a surreal feel about them, lending themselves to psychedelic inspiration.  

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Take Me Back to Oklahoma

1940

Take Me Back to Oklahoma

Feature Film: Take Me Back to Oklahoma - 1940

  Bob Wills’ feature film debut including performances with Leon McAuliffe and Tex Ritter. Bob Wills is one of the most important musicians in the history of 20th century country music. The King of Western Swing, Wills’ songs have become an influential part of the repertoire of Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Buck Owens, Waylon Jennings, […]

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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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