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A Journey By London Bus

1950's

A Journey By London Bus

A Journey By London Bus - 1950's

Produced by the British Colonial Unit, this film highlights how to get around the city of London in the 1950’s without getting off at the wrong stop.

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Greenwich Village Sunday

1960

Greenwich Village Sunday

Greenwich Village Sunday - 1960

Take a stroll through the streets, parks and neighborhoods that make up Greenwich Village. Before Washington Square became the NYU undergrad film school back lot, the area was known for its street art, spontaneous hootenannies, poetry jam sessions and neighborhood fairs. Take a walk around the Village before it became too cool for you.  

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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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The Civil War

1950's

The Civil War

Civil War - 1954

In this 1954 educational documentary tightly condenses the American Civil War into a snug fifteen minutes. Beginning with John Brown’s revolt at Harper’s Ferry, the film uses artwork, photographs, dramatizations and panoramas of significant locations. As we move from the attack on Fort Sumter to the Battle of Antietam to Lee’s great defeat at Gettysburg, […]

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Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address

1950's

Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address

Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address - 1951

It is November 19, 1863. We witness the minutes leading up to Abraham Lincoln’s momentous Gettysburg Address. After Lincoln asks his Gettysburg host, Judge David Wills, to request the band awaiting outside play Dixie, the president ponders his speech. “A mighty fine tune,” Lincoln proclaims. The following day, Lincoln gives his poignant speech before an audience beside […]

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Teddy Roosevelt

1919

Teddy Roosevelt

Newsreel: Teddy Roosevelt - 1953

“Keep your eyes on the stars and keep your feet on the ground.” – Theodore Roosevelt This biography of Theodore Roosevelt details the important milestones in his life, growing from a sickly child to the rugged individualist he so proudly became. It includes archived photos from Roosevelts’ experience as a frontiersman, a Dakota cowboy and […]

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Blue Planet

1970's

Blue Planet

Blue Planet - 1970's

Produced by NASA, narrated by inimitable Burgess Meredith, Blue Planet was exhibited at air and space museums based in major cities throughout the US during the 1970’s. Beginning with the launch of the first Apollo mission, everyday Americans describe the effect man’s first visit to the moon had on them. With unique footage of the […]

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Who Are The People of America?

1950's

Who Are The People of America?

Who Are The People of America? - 1953

Who Are the People of America? is a relatively egalitarian look at America, a country of different races, religions and ethnicities, in the country, in towns and in cities. The diversity of the US is seen through the conventional wisdom of the 1950’s, where conquistadors like Christopher Columbus, Vasco Núñez de Balboa, and Sir Walter […]

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