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Zip Code with the Swingin’ Six

1960's

Zip Code with the Swingin’ Six

Zip Code with the Swingin' Six - 1960's

As the American communities and cities grew in the mid-twentieth century, so did the complexity of managing the immense mass of mail posted each day. The postal service needed a new process in which to map a package to it’s recipient. From this was born the Zip Code system. In this educational film aimed at […]

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The Star Spangled Banner II

1960's

The Star Spangled Banner II

The Star Spangled Banner – 1960’s

In yet another compelling version of the US National Anthem, the Star Spangled Banner is set within an unmistaken naval motif, showing off global strength across the seven seas. In this reel, you can hear the misalignment in the spool thread which causes the optical audio soundtrack make a whizzing sound.

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Happy Birthday, Stanley Kubrick.

1950's

Happy Birthday, Stanley Kubrick.

Stanley Kubrick's Day of the Fight - 1951

Marking the 90th birthday of Stanley Kubrick, we take a look back at his earliest film, The Day of the Fight from 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 […]

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Charlie Williams: Long Black Veil

1950's

Charlie Williams: Long Black Veil

Charlie Williams: Long Black Veil - 1959

In this clip, Charlie Williams, backed up by Joe Maphis, performs a solid rendition of Long Black Veil, made famous by Lefty Frizzell and Johnny Cash, on Town Hall Party in 1959. Born in Texas in 1929, and the underrated Williams got his start in radio, taking up residencies in Tupelo, Fort Worth, Pasadena, Los Angeles, San […]

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Cracker Jack

1953

Cracker Jack

Cracker Jack - 1967

In 1967, famed character actor Jack Gilford was featured in a classic commercial for Cracker Jack, the “molasses-flavored, caramel-coated popcorn and peanuts” snack typically found in movie theaters, carnivals, and baseball stadiums across America. Famed for it’s surprise novelty in every box (abandoned for QR codes in 2016 😛 ), Cracker Jack was perhaps the most […]

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VW Bug: Design

1960's

VW Bug: Design

VW Bug: Design - 1967

It’s 1967. A classic Volkswagen Bug cruises the streets of Milan, Italy.  It parks, and two smartly dressed business men get out. The narrator begins, “Some time ago, the Volkswagen people went to see one of Italy’s most famous automobile designers.” As if it were a moment lifted from a Federico Fellini film, a stylish […]

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A Word To The Wives

1950's

A Word To The Wives

A Word To The Wives - 1955

Presented by the Woman’s Home Companion, “A Word to the Wives … ” was produced in 1955 to promote the modern dream kitchens that were becoming en vogue in the contemporary American home. Despite the pandering melodramatics, “A Word to the Wives … ” in fact was performed and produced by an impressive cast and crew. […]

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Alka-Seltzer

1960's

Alka-Seltzer

Alka-Seltzer - 1967

Just because it’s a pie eating contest doesn’t mean there’s no conditioning involved. “That was pretty good pie for a change. What was it? Blueberry kind?” Down in the locker room, a neophyte on the indigestion scene has a heart-to-heart with a stomachache veteran. It’s all about the Alka-Seltzer. The medicine cabinet is stocked full […]

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