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Around the World in New York

1960's

Around the World in New York

Around the World in New York - 1960's

This short travel promotional film Around the World in New York was produced in the early 1960’s. In Around the World in New York, the City becomes more than Manhattan but a world of various cultures and traditions. Our tour begins in the Lower East Side in the street markets near the Puerto Rican barrios. […]

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Alaska: A Modern Frontier

1948

Alaska: A Modern Frontier

Alaska: A Modern Frontier - 1948

Although overseen by an associate professor of geography at Indiana University back in 1948, one could easily be forgiven for making the mistake of coming away from Alaska A Modern Frontier with the message Drill, baby, drill. Nearly a decade before its annexation as a state, this short film professes the new land rush in […]

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Art in Italy

1950's

Art in Italy

Newsreel: Art in Italy - 1953

This newsreel is an overview at art in Italy in 1953, specifically at an exhibition in Milan, showing great works of art scaled to fit to  postage stamps by Carrado Mezana. The crowded event displaying the detail and craftsmanship of Mezzana even draws the president of Italy, Luigi Einaudi. Stamps include portrayals of Galileo, Saint Catherine […]

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Sporting the Mountains to the Sea

1950's

Sporting the Mountains to the Sea

Sporting from the Mountains to the Sea - 1951

A fresh snow blankets the slopes of Mount Hood in the Cascades as a snowplow pushes through. But that is no obstacle to American ingenuity. The Skiway, a carriage on high wires, wisps the adventurous skiers to the peak, dropping them off at Timberline Lodge built in 1937. Meanwhile at the Cypress Gardens Raceway in […]

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Hamburg Red Light District

1960's

Hamburg Red Light District

Hamburg Red Light District - 1960's

Let us reminisce of beer celebrations held nightly during the 1950’s and ’60’s in the Teutonic hamlet of Hamburg. A phenomena that grew from a chronically disaffected population of post-war Germany, you may never see so many irretrievably plastered people in one place at one time ever again. It is in the legendary Rathskellers of […]

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New Orleans of the 1920s

1920's

New Orleans of the 1920s

New Orleans - 1920's

Newsreel documentary from the 1920’s with photography and animations illustrating old New Orleans, the Crescent City, at work and at play. Duelling oaks. Influences of colonial France and Spain. Iron grille work. The old townhouses surrounding open courts. New Orleans, the industrial city, where ports and depot junctions distribute throughout, and out from, the heart […]

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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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Olympics in Tokyo

1960's

Olympics in Tokyo

Olympics in Tokyo - 1964

A short newsreel recounting the Olympics held in China’s uneasy neighbor Japan. Over 60 years ago, notice the absence of over-the-top corporate sponsorship and the lack of steroid enhanced wins.    

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Lincoln Highway Groundbreaking

1910's

Lincoln Highway Groundbreaking

Lincoln Highway Groundbreaking - 1913

A promotional film for the Lincoln Highway from 1913, this short reel shows a groundbreaking ceremony for Carl G. Fisher’s dream project, the first coast-to-coast automobile highway. Conceived by headlight entrepreneur Fisher, also said to be the first car dealer in US history, the man, like many an American, seems to have become a visionary […]

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