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Baghdad Pact ’58

1958

Baghdad Pact ’58

Newsreel: Baghdad Pact - 1958

Over 60 years ago, an uncertain peace held the Mideast together, while 60 years later, an uncertain war pulls it apart. The late, great Ed Herlihy narrates this report from the Baghdad Pact conference in Ankara, Turkey in 1958.

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A Day in the Death of Donny B

1969

A Day in the Death of Donny B

A Day in the Death of Donny B. - 1969

Poor Donny B. . . . Forever wandering the streets looking for that fix to end all fixes. Those around him, his family, people in the neighborhood, functionaries in the system, however, know what’s in store . . . The degradation of junkie-life. A surprisingly non-sanctimonious anti-heroin film, this 1969 cautionary tale uses a docudrama motif […]

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Coney Island

1940's

Coney Island

Coney Island - 1940's

Coney Island, “the place where merriment is king!” Take a trip 75 years back in time. SEE masses of New Yorkers beat the heat by hitting the beach. SEE Side Shows! SEE Carnies! SEE Freaks! SEE Thrill rides! Includes the original Coney Island Hot Dog, the Bathing Girl Review, and people enjoying the frantic amusement rides of the day. […]

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California the Golden

1930

California the Golden

California the Golden - 1930

If you were taking a sea cruise from the Eastern Seaboard to the West Coast via the Panama Canal, this might be the film you’d see before disembarking in San Diego, Los Angeles, or San Francisco. An exquisite travel film documenting the magnificent landscape and locales of pre-WWII California, this film showcases classic school California, […]

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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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As We Like It – Beer

1950's

As We Like It – Beer

As We Like It - Beer

Before the History Channel produced such hard-hitting documentaries about the History of Cheese or the Story of French Fries, trade groups had to rely on themselves if they wanted to promote their industry. Hence came the short As We Like It, an industry trade film that revolves around one of the world’s greatest pastimes, Beer, produced […]

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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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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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Mid-Atlantic Sea Rescue

1950's

Mid-Atlantic Sea Rescue

Newsreel: Mid-Atlantic Sea Rescue - 1953

Experience a rescue at sea in 1953 as the Liberian registered cargo ship Greenville sinks in the treacherous Atlantic Ocean under the assault of 80 MPH winds and 50 foot waves. In harrowing footage captured by a guest on the luxury liner SS Ile de France, the crew rescue 24 of the 26 sailors abandoning […]

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