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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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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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Football: Amos Alonzo Stagg

1950

Football: Amos Alonzo Stagg

Football: Amos Alonzo Stagg - 1950

In this newsreel, we visit Amos Alonzo Stagg, one of the most influential figures in American sports. Celebrating his 95th birthday, Stagg is inundated with fan mail congratulating him on this momentous milestone. Stagg was an actual team member of the very first All-American football team of 1888. Remarkably, he was also a star baseball […]

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Snowbound on Donner Pass

1950's

Snowbound on Donner Pass

Newsreel: Snowstorm strands dozens on Donner Pass – 1952

Just because you’re snowed-in here-and-now doesn’t mean you wouldn’t have been in similar circumstances there-and-then. In this case, the passenger train “City of San Francisco” has been stranded in over ten feet of snow after a blizzard within the legendary Donner Pass. The travelers survived this journey, unlike their fabled predecessors, the legendary Donner Party […]

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Stanley Kubrick’s Day of the Fight [Edited]

1950's

Stanley Kubrick’s Day of the Fight [Edited]

Stanley Kubrick's Day of the Fight [Edited]

Day of the Fight shows Irish-American middleweight boxer Walter Cartier during the height of his career, on the day of a fight with middleweight Bobby James, which took place on April 17, 1950. The film opens with a short section on boxing’s history, and then follows Cartier through his day, as he prepares for the […]

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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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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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Griffith Park Fire Disaster Protest

1930's

Griffith Park Fire Disaster Protest

Newsreel: Griffith Park Fire Disaster Protest - 1933

A newsreel marking the protest over the Griffith Park fire disaster of 1933, where 29 workers were killed while widening roads in Los Angeles. The fire was one of the worst in the city’s history at that time.

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Stanley Kubrick: Day of the Fight [Original Version]

1950's

Stanley Kubrick: Day of the Fight [Original Version]

Stanley Kubrick: Day of the Fight [Original Version] - 1951

The Day of the Fight is the primary touchstone from which Stanley Kubrick’s unique cinematic style would evolve. Like the battling man-apes during 2001‘s Dawn of Man sequence, The Day of the Fight depicts a man’s struggle to survive the elements of a disinterested, sometimes hostile world. The Day of the Fight is a short newsreel documentary that tells the story […]

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