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Prelinger Archives was founded in 1983 by Rick Prelinger in New York City. Over the next twenty years, it grew into a collection of over 60,000 "ephemeral" (advertising, educational, industrial, and amateur) films. In 2002, the film collection was acquired by the Library of Congress, Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division. Prelinger Archives remains in existence, holding approximately 11,000 digitized and videotape titles (all originally derived from film) and a large collection of home movies, amateur and industrial films acquired since 2002. Its primary collection emphasis has turned toward home movies and amateur films, with approximately 17,000 items held as of Spring 2019. Its goal remains to collect, preserve, and facilitate access to films of historic significance that haven't been collected elsewhere. Included are films produced by and for many hundreds of important US corporations, nonprofit organizations, trade associations, community and interest groups, and educational institutions. Getty Images represents the collection for stock footage sale, and over 6,400 items (representing approximately 4,800 distinct films) are available here.

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The Field Guide to Sponsored Films by Rick Prelinger was published by the National Film Preservation Foundation in January 2007. It describes 452 historically or culturally significant motion pictures commissioned by businesses, charities, advocacy groups, and state or local government units between 1897 and 1980. The annotated filmography features repository information for some 350 titles as well as links to works viewable online. Also included are an introductory essay and name and subject indexes. The book is recommended for all interested in the history of advertising, industrial and sponsored films.

A free copy of the 152-page NFPF publication can be viewed and downloaded here.

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Information about Prelinger Library, an appropriation-friendly library of printed materials located in San Francisco, is here.

If you have historical home movies of San Francisco or Detroit that might work in future Lost Landscapes urban history screenings, Rick would be delighted to hear from you. He can be reached here.

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SHOW DETAILS up-solid down-solid SORT BY VIEWS TITLE DATE ARCHIVED DATE PUBLISHED DATE REVIEWED CREATOR eye Title Date Archived Creator Prelinger Archives 27.1M 27M About Bananas Jul 16, 2002 07/02 by Castle Films movies
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Complete presentation of the banana industry from the clearing of the jungle and the planting to the shipment of the fruit to the American markets.
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Topics: Agriculture: Bananas, Central America
Prelinger Archives 13.5M 13M Doctor in Industry (Part I) Jul 16, 2002 07/02 by Handy (Jam) Organization movies
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Epic history of industrial medicine in the first half of the 20th century, showing how manufacturers and the medical profession came to terms with one another and culminating in GM's rehabilitation program for returned World War II veterans. Directed by Haford Kerbawy.
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 2 reviews )
Topics: Medicine: Industrial medicine, Medicine: Occupational health, World War II: Postwar issues
Prelinger Archives 10.6M 11M Health: Your Posture Jul 16, 2002 07/02 by Centron Corporation movies
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Young girl's mirror image teaches her fundamentals of good posture.
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Topic: Health and hygiene
Prelinger Archives 10.5M 10M From the Ground Up Jul 16, 2002 07/02 by Unknown movies
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Promotional film for "Nutrilite," a 1950s-vintage food supplement.
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Topics: Agriculture: Food industry: Supplements, Nutrition
Prelinger Archives 5.9M 5.9M Sleep for Health Jul 16, 2002 07/02 by Encyclopaedia Britannica Films movies
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Told from the viewpoint of a child, this film emphasizes that children should train themselves in good sleeping habits. In typical "Goofus and Gallant" style, it shows the advantages a well-rested kid has over his poor-sleeping classmate. Dreams are presented as a normal part of sleeping, and there is a funny dream sequence.
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 3 reviews )
Topics: Health and hygiene, Dreams, Sleep
Prelinger Archives 5.7M 5.7M Joan Avoids a Cold Jul 16, 2002 07/02 by Coronet Instructional Films movies
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How young children must behave to avoid transmitting germs to one another.
favoritefavoritefavorite ( 3 reviews )
Topic: Health and hygiene
Prelinger Archives 5.4M 5.4M Eat for Health Jul 16, 2002 07/02 by Encyclopaedia Britannica Films movies
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Ralph learns the five food groups, helping him to eat a balanced diet, and has more fun because of his better health.
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Topics: Health and hygiene, Food, Nutrition
Prelinger Archives 4.8M 4.8M Breath-Takers, 2 Dec 9, 2008 12/08 movies
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Prelinger Archives 3.6M 3.6M Babies and Breadwinners (Part II) May 16, 2003 05/03 movies
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Presented by: U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare, Public Health Service and Bureau State Services. Produced by the Communicable Disease Center in cooperation with the Georgia Department of Public Health and the Muscogee Health Department. 0647 PA8739 Babies and Breadwinners
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 2 reviews )
Topics: Motion Pictures: Government, Health and Hygiene, Medicine: Infectious Diseases
Prelinger Archives 3.4M 3.4M Right to Health, A (Part I) May 27, 2003 05/03 by Professional Arts, Inc. movies
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A Right to Health, Neighborhood Health Centers in Profile. A Production of Professional Arts, Inc. in San Mateo, CA for the Office of Health Affairs and Office of Economic Opportunity. Directed and Produced by David W. Parker, PhD, Written by Parker and William J. Bicknell, M.D., shot and edited by Peter P. Drowne, narrated by Earle Marsh, M.D. 0726 PA8850 Right to Health, A
favoritefavoritefavorite ( 4 reviews )
Topics: Motion Pictures: Sponsored, Health and Hygiene, Medicine: Public Health
Prelinger Archives 3.2M 3.2M Automotive Service Jul 16, 2002 07/02 by Holmes (Burton) Films, Inc. movies
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Opportunities for employment servicing America's vast motor fleet.
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Topics: Occupations: Automotive, Car culture: General, Automobiles: Service and repair
Prelinger Archives 2.9M 2.9M Care of the Skin Jul 16, 2002 07/02 by Encyclopaedia Britannica Films movies
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Structure of the skin; good cleanliness habits; the proper way to wash; the correct use of soap.
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Topics: Health and hygiene, Medicine: Dermatology
Prelinger Archives 2.6M 2.6M Sniffles and Sneezes Jul 16, 2002 07/02 by Audio Productions, Inc. movies
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Children as carriers and victims of infections.
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Topic: Health and hygiene
Prelinger Archives 2.5M 2.5M Park Conscious Jul 16, 2002 07/02 by U.S. Dept. of Agriculture movies
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Elegy to recreation and relaxation in state and national parks.
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Topics: Recreation, Parks, Nature
2.4M 2.4M Prelinger Archives Home Movies collection 1,167 ITEMS 2.4M VIEWS Apr 11, 2009 04/09 by Rick Prelinger collection
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Home Movies from the Prelinger Archives. For more information see the Prelinger Archives
Prelinger Archives 2.4M 2.4M Personal Hygiene (Part I) Jul 16, 2002 07/02 by U.S. Army movies
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Military training drama showing how the residents of a barracks convince a sloppy soldier to clean up his act. With many folk songs on cleanliness.
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Topics: Health and hygiene, Military, Music: Folk
Prelinger Archives 2.1M 2.1M 122 Eyes Jul 16, 2002 07/02 by Hardcastle Films movies
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Hard times in 1950s St. Louis and the social services that aimed to alleviate them.
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Topics: Social issues: 1950s, Social services
Prelinger Archives 2M 2.0M Using the Bank Jul 16, 2002 07/02 by Encyclopaedia Britannica Films movies
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Banking services and procedures in the pre-computer era.
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Topics: Economics, Occupations: Banking industry, Finance
Prelinger Archives 1.8M 1.8M Bacteria: Friend and Foe May 16, 2003 05/03 by Encyclopedia Britannica Films, Inc. movies
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Produced by Encyclopedia Britannica Films, Inc., in collaboration with Stewart A. Koser, Ph.D, Department of Bacteriology and Parasitology, the University of Chicago, Warren Everote, Producer. 0595 PA8087 Bacteria: Friend and Foe
favoritefavoritefavorite ( 4 reviews )
Topics: Motion Pictures: In Education, Science, Health and Hygiene
Prelinger Archives 1.7M 1.7M Have I Told You Lately That I Love You? Jul 16, 2002 07/02 by University of Southern Califonia (student film) movies
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Imaginative film showing how automatic gadgets in homes and workplaces alienate people from one another.
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 18 reviews )
Topics: Technology: Critiques, Automation, Consumerism
Prelinger Archives 1.3M 1.3M Case of Spring Fever, A Jul 16, 2002 07/02 by Handy (Jam) Organization movies
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Gilbert Willoughby is punished for voicing Luddite ideas (complaining about pesky springs) by "Coily," an obnoxious, animated spring who subjects him to the hassles of a springless world.
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 13 reviews )
Topics: Physics: Springs, Animation, Technology: Critiques
Prelinger Archives 1.1M 1.1M Spot News Jul 16, 2002 07/02 by Handy (Jam) Organization movies
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Dramatization of how photographs are transmitted by wire, an exciting new technology in the 1930s.
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Topics: Communication: Wirephotos, Media: Newspapers, Technology
Prelinger Archives 953,265 953K Wartime Nutrition Jul 16, 2002 07/02 by U.S. Office of War Information movies
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Wartime work of public welfare agencies in the field of nutrition.
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 4 reviews )
Topics: World War II: Homefront, Nutrition
Prelinger Archives 945,898 946K Good Eating Habits Jul 16, 2002 07/02 by Coronet Instructional Films movies
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Drama focusing on gluttony and "hidden hunger," where well-nourished people eat poorly and malnourish themselves.
favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 7 reviews )
Topics: Nutrition, Food, Social guidance
Prelinger Archives 913,431 913K Achievement USA Jul 16, 2002 07/02 by Sound Masters movies
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General Motors celebrates production of 50 millionth automobile with a parade through Flint, Michigan.
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 13 reviews )
Topic: Car culture: Ceremonies
Prelinger Archives 882,312 882K Always On Call May 16, 2003 05/03 by Premiere Hardcastle movies
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Story by Kensiger Jones, directed by John Kennedy. Produced by Premiere Hardcastle, St. Louis. 0551 PA8484 Always On Call 033.10;
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 2 reviews )
Topics: Motion Pictures: Sponsored, Health and Hygiene, Medicine: Public Health
Prelinger Archives 859,666 860K How to Go Places Jul 16, 2002 07/02 by Handy (Jam) Organization movies
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Actress Gale Storm and family take a road trip in their Chevrolet and review the do's and don'ts of auto traveling.
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 3 reviews )
Topics: Tourism, Travelogues, Car culture: General
Prelinger Archives 765,193 765K General Health Habits Jul 16, 2002 07/02 by Unknown movies
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Personal hygiene, 1920s-style.
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Topic: Health and hygiene
Prelinger Archives 718,055 718K Duck and Cover Jul 16, 2002 07/02 by Archer Productions, Inc. movies
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favorite 413
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Selected for the 2004 National Film Registry of "culturally, historically and aesthetically significant" motion pictures. Famous Civil Defense film for children in which Bert the Turtle shows what to do in case of atomic attack.
favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 76 reviews )
Topics: Atomic-nuclear: Civil defense, Animation
Prelinger Archives 635,524 636K Time Savers for House Makers Jul 16, 2002 07/02 by Unknown movies
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Screen ad for instant laundry starch.
favoritefavoritefavorite ( 3 reviews )
Topics: Advertising: Screen ads, Home economics: Laundry, Starch
Prelinger Archives 634,880 635K Preventing the Spread of Disease Jul 16, 2002 07/02 by National Motion Picture Company movies
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Health film using unusual imagery and metaphors to impart lessons in hygiene.
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 3 reviews )
Topics: Health and hygiene, Children, Medicine: Infectious diseases
Prelinger Archives 599,844 600K Experiments in the Revival of Organisms Jul 16, 2002 07/02 by Techfilm Studio, Moscow movies
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This disturbing film records the successful experiments in the resuscitation of life to dead animals (dogs), as conducted by Dr. S.S. Bryukhonenko at the Institute of Experimental Physiology and Therapy, Voronezh, U.S.S.R. Director: D.I. Yashin. Camera: E.V. Kashina. Narrator: Professor Walter B. Cannon. Introduced by Professor J.B.S. Haldane.
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 74 reviews )
Topics: Animals: Dogs, Medicine: Veterinary: Experiments, Life extension
Prelinger Archives 589,724 590K San Francisco (1955 Cinemascope film) Dec 25, 2011 12/11 by Tullio Pellegrini movies
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Cinemascope homage to the city of San Francisco made by amateur filmmaker and inventor Tullio Pellegrini.
favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 10 reviews )
Topics: san francisco, amateur film, widescreen, Cinemascope, pasta1
Prelinger Archives 567,512 568K Exercise and Health Jul 16, 2002 07/02 by Coronet Instructional Films movies
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How exercise will make you healthy and popular.
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 5 reviews )
Topics: Health and hygiene, Exercise
Prelinger Archives 516,319 516K Hindenburg Explodes May 19, 2003 05/03 movies
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Footage from Castle and Pathé coverage of the Hindenburg disaster at Lakehurst. Also shots of the big ships over New York.
favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 8 reviews )
Topic: need keyword
Prelinger Archives 449,290 449K Private Life of a Cat Jul 16, 2002 07/02 by Hammid (Alexander) and Deren (Maya) movies
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Alexander Hammid's intimate study of a female cat and the birth and maturation of her five kittens.
favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 36 reviews )
Topics: Animals: Cats, Animals: Behavior, Psychology
Prelinger Archives 422,241 422K Make Mine Freedom Jul 16, 2002 07/02 by Sutherland (John) Productions movies
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This Cold War-era cartoon uses humor to tout the dangers of Communism and the benefits of capitalism.
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 36 reviews )
Topics: Cold War, Animation: Advertising, Capitalism
Prelinger Archives 407,704 408K Brunette Mar 1, 2007 03/07 movies
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favorite 198
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favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 15 reviews )
Topic: Vintage Erotica
Prelinger Archives 404,505 405K Blonde Stag Film Mar 1, 2007 03/07 movies
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favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 28 reviews )
Topics: need keyword, Stag
Prelinger Archives 379,502 380K Perversion for Profit (Part I) Jul 16, 2002 07/02 by Unknown movies
eye 379,502
favorite 355
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Anti-pornography film produced by financier Charles Keating, linking pornography to the Communist conspiracy and the decline of Western civilization.
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 83 reviews )
Topics: Culture wars, Sexualities, Pornography
Prelinger Archives 353,616 354K Co-Ed Secrets Stag Film Mar 1, 2007 03/07 movies
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favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 24 reviews )
Topics: need keyword, Stag
Prelinger Archives 348,630 349K Golden Years, The Jul 16, 2002 07/02 by Handy (Jam) Organization movies
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favorite 92
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Bowling made respectable and appealing to middle-class Americans through modernization and "Populuxe" design.
favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 3 reviews )
Topics: Recreation, Sports: Bowling, Families
Prelinger Archives 345,704 346K Boys Beware May 23, 2003 05/03 by Sid Davis movies
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favorite 230
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Anti-homosexual film targeted at teenage boys, urging them to avoid encounters with potential molesters.
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 120 reviews )
Topics: Homosexualities, Crime and criminals (Molestation), Los Angeles
Prelinger Archives 329,875 330K As Boys Grow Jul 16, 2002 07/02 by Medical Arts Productions movies
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favorite 157
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Sex education film aimed at teenage boys, with the coach as authority figure and teacher.
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 23 reviews )
Topics: Sex education, Children, Gender roles
Prelinger Archives 296,145 296K How to Be Well Groomed Jul 16, 2002 07/02 by Coronet Instructional Films movies
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Siblings Don and Sue show how they keep themselves well groomed throughout the school week and for their Friday night dates.
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 6 reviews )
Topics: Social guidance, Health and hygiene
Prelinger Archives 290,934 291K My Japan Jul 16, 2002 07/02 by U.S. Treasury Department movies
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Complex and disturbing anti-Japanese propaganda film produced to spur the sale of U.S. war bonds. CONTENT ADVISORY: Explicit racism and extreme violence.
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 95 reviews )
Topics: World War II: Japan, Propaganda, World War II: Homefront
Prelinger Archives 289,378 289K Are You Popular? Jul 16, 2002 07/02 by Coronet Instructional Films movies
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One of the best examples of post-World War II social guidance films, with examples of "good" and "bad" girls, proper and improper dating etiquette, courtesy to parents, and an analysis of what makes some people popular and others not. A scream and a sobering document of postwar conformity. Director: Ted Peshak. Cinematography: Bill Rockar. Writers: Robert Chapin and Patricia Kealy. Editor: George Wilbern. Educational adviser: Dr. Alice Sowers, Director, Family Life Institute...
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 51 reviews )
Topics: Social guidance, Teenagers, Gender roles
Prelinger Archives 287,294 287K Ride for Cinderella, A Jul 16, 2002 07/02 by Handy (Jam) Organization movies
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Cinderella relies on a Chevrolet to carry her home by midnight through obstacles and storms.
favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 9 reviews )
Topics: Animation: Advertising, Folk tales, Automobiles: Advertising
Prelinger Archives 281,269 281K Peeping Toms Paradise Mar 1, 2007 03/07 movies
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favorite 173
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from tape 0517 PA8151 Burlesque (including Sheree) 016.10, PA6908
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 20 reviews )
Topic: need meta
Prelinger Archives 276,977 277K Don't Be a Sucker Jul 16, 2002 07/02 by U.S. War Department movies
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Admonishes Americans that they will lose their country if they let fanaticism and hatred turn them into "suckers." "Let's forget about 'we' and 'they' -- let's think about us!" In the context of the emerging Cold War, this film appears paradoxical.
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 20 reviews )
Topics: Prejudice, Cold War, Racism
Prelinger Archives 267,598 268K For Health and Happiness Jul 16, 2002 07/02 by Cornell University movies
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favorite 141
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Lively children illustrate the results of good nutrition, affection, and intelligent care.
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 6 reviews )
Topics: Health and hygiene, Agriculture: Food industry: Meat, Nutrition
Prelinger Archives 258,221 258K Classic Television Commercials (Part I) Jul 16, 2002 07/02 by Various movies
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favorite 238
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Collection of TV commercials significant to the history and development of TV as an advertising medium.
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 13 reviews )
Topics: Advertising: Television commercials, Consumerism, Advertising: History
Prelinger Archives 224,005 224K Going Places Jul 16, 2002 07/02 by Sutherland (John) Productions, Inc. movies
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Cold War cartoon defending the profit motive against anti-capitalist critics.
favoritefavoritefavorite ( 3 reviews )
Topics: Economics, Cold War, Animation: Advertising
Prelinger Archives 210,050 210K Destination Earth Jul 16, 2002 07/02 by Sutherland (John) Productions movies
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In this corporate-sponsored cartoon, Martian dissidents learn that oil and competition are the two things that make America great.
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 25 reviews )
Topics: Economics, Oil industry, Advertising: Animation
Prelinger Archives 208,133 208K Television Commercials (1950s-1960s) Jul 16, 2002 07/02 by Various movies
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Examples of broadcast advertising from the 1950s and 1960s.
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 33 reviews )
Topics: Advertising: Television commercials, Consumerism
Prelinger Archives 200,576 201K Day of Thanksgiving, A Jul 16, 2002 07/02 by Centron Corporation movies
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An American family unable to afford a Thanksgiving turkey reviews the things for which they feel thankful. This patriotic film is unusual in that it does not link freedom and happiness with the pursuit of wealth. Produced with nonprofessional actors in Lawrence, Kansas. Written by Margaret Carlile (Trudy) Travis.
favoritefavoritefavorite ( 10 reviews )
Topics: Patriotism, Holidays: Thanksgiving, Families: 1950s
Prelinger Archives 200,129 200K Cherry Knight Mar 1, 2007 03/07 movies
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favorite 99
comment 8
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 8 reviews )
Topics: Vintage Erotica, Erotic Dance
Prelinger Archives 197,966 198K A is for Atom Jul 16, 2002 07/02 by Sutherland (John) Productions movies
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Animated classic presenting what an atom is, how energy is released from certain kinds of atoms, the peacetime uses of atomic energy and the byproducts of nuclear fission.
favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 26 reviews )
Topics: Atomic-nuclear: Energy, Physics, Animation
Prelinger Archives 197,946 198K Hot Number Mar 1, 2007 03/07 movies
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favoritefavoritefavorite ( 5 reviews )
Topic: Vintage Erotica
Prelinger Archives 196,035 196K Japanese Relocation Jul 16, 2002 07/02 by U.S. Office of War Information movies
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U.S. government-produced film defending the World War II internment of Japanese American citizens.
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 25 reviews )
Topics: World War II: Japanese Americans: Internment, Racism, Human rights
Prelinger Archives 195,529 196K Perversion for Profit (Part II) Jul 16, 2002 07/02 by Unknown movies
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Anti-pornography film produced by financier Charles Keating, linking pornography to the Communist conspiracy and the decline of Western civilization.
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 47 reviews )
Topics: Culture wars, Sexualities, Pornography
Prelinger Archives Home Movies 192,565 193K [Amateur film: New Orleans Carnival Week, February 22, 1941] Jul 16, 2002 07/02 by Unknown movies
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Mardi Gras: Parade of Nor.
favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 9 reviews )
Topics: New Orleans, Mardi Gras, Celebrations
Prelinger Archives 191,289 191K Atom Bomb [Joe Bonica's Movie of the Month] Jul 16, 2002 07/02 by Bonica (Joe) movies
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Early atomic weapons testing.
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 33 reviews )
Topics: Atomic-nuclear: Weapons, Cold War
Prelinger Archives 190,359 190K Dating: Do's and Don'ts Jul 16, 2002 07/02 by Coronet Instructional Films movies
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Classic instructional film for teen daters, presented here in the rare (but incomplete) Kodachrome version.
favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 25 reviews )
Topics: Social guidance, Social guidance: Dating, Gender roles
Prelinger Archives Home Movies 178,222 178K [Amateur film: Dog Cart] Jul 16, 2002 07/02 by Unknown movies
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Two unhappy-looking dogs, sporting an American flag, pull a dog cart and its juvenile cargo.
favoritefavorite ( 6 reviews )
Topics: Animals: Dogs, Transportation: Dog carts, Children
Prelinger Archives 178,000 178K Miracle on the Delaware Jul 16, 2002 07/02 by WPTZ Motion Picture Unit movies
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Mid-Fifties slices of life and landscape in Philadelphia and surrounding towns. With excellent color footage of downtown scenes, neighborhoods, the Mummers Parade, Levittown, factories in Camden, New Jersey, and many other subjects that can no longer be seen. Producer and Director: Cal Jones. Cinematographer: Ralph Lopatin. Writer and Narrator: Dick McCutchen.
favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 18 reviews )
Topics: Philadelphia, Pa., Cities: U.S., Northeast, Levittown, Pa.
Prelinger Archives 176,936 177K Foundation Foods Jul 16, 2002 07/02 by Avis Films movies
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Topic: Nutrition
Prelinger Archives 175,783 176K Stripper - Variety Girls May 28, 2003 05/03 movies
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Prelinger Archives 175,689 176K Look to the Land Jul 16, 2002 07/02 by Encyclopaedia Britannica Films movies
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Plea for sustainable land and resource use.
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Prelinger Archives 174,441 174K One Got Fat: Bicycle Safety Jul 16, 2002 07/02 by Interlude Films movies
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A group of children, all wearing ape masks, rides their bicycles to the park for a picnic. Along the way, all but one are eliminated for violating basic bike safety rules. This strange film was narrated by Edward Everett Horton. Script and Direction: Dale Jennings. Photography: Max Hutto. Art Direction: Ralph Hulett. With Dick Hutto, Janice Powell, Lucie Hagens, Ralph Hulett, Clyde L. Johnson, Dave Hembree, Colleen Hutto, Charles Hagens, Kevin Lindsay, Dan Whitehead, Don Moody, Diane Chambers,...
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Prelinger Archives 172,596 173K Communism Jul 16, 2002 07/02 by Coronet Instructional Films movies
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Educational film on the Cold War conflict.
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Prelinger Archives 172,238 172K Why Play Leap Frog? Jul 16, 2002 07/02 by Sutherland (John) Productions, Inc. movies
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Cold War-era cartoon aimed at convincing workers that increased productivity brings about greater purchasing power.
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Prelinger Archives 169,486 169K Lucky Strike Cigarette Commercial: Square Dance Jul 16, 2002 07/02 by Handy (Jam) Organization movies
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Lucky Strike cigarette commercial with stop-motion animation of square-dancing cigarettes.
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Prelinger Archives 168,675 169K What Makes Us Tick Aug 19, 2013 08/13 by Sutherland (John) Productions movies
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Prelinger Archives Home Movies 167,285 167K San Francisco Earthquake footage Mar 1, 2007 03/07 movies
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Prelinger Archives was founded in 1983 by Rick Prelinger in New York City. Over the next twenty years, it grew into a collection of over 60,000 "ephemeral" (advertising, educational, industrial, and amateur) films. In 2002, the film collection was acquired by the Library of Congress, Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division. Prelinger Archives remains in existence, holding approximately 11,000 digitized and videotape titles (all originally derived from film) and a large collection of home movies, amateur and industrial films acquired since 2002. Its primary collection emphasis has turned toward home movies and amateur films, with approximately 17,000 items held as of Spring 2019. Its goal remains to collect, preserve, and facilitate access to films of historic significance that haven't been collected elsewhere. Included are films produced by and for many hundreds of important US corporations, nonprofit organizations, trade associations, community and interest groups, and educational institutions. Getty Images represents the collection for stock footage sale, and over 6,400 items (representing approximately 4,800 distinct films) are available here.

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