The way we used to travel – Life on board the Santa Fe Super Chief in the 1950s

As a someone who commutes regularly by train, it’s extraordinary to think how civilized train travel could be if we just spent a little time and money on making it a pleasant experience. The Santa Fe Super Chief operated once a week between Chicago and Los Angeles, and for that it was known as the…

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Vintage Video: The Submarine (1955) – A US Navy Film about Submarine Construction

More educational films about submarines. This time, how a submarine is constructed.

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The Future of TV – According to the Zenith Radio Corporation in 1955

Research, development, and design projects related to solid state physics being undertaken by the Zenith Radio Corporation laboratories in the 1950s. Advances in color television technologies are highlighted.

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What was Britain like in the 50s?

Through the eyes of newsreel cameras and advertising of the time, we present an affectionate look at the way we were in the 1950’s: the way we dressed, the way we laughed (and cried) – even the way we holidayed. In 1950, Britain was working hard to recover from the Second World War. Yet, as…

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A journey on a 1950s London bus

Marvel as two African students who appear to have been dropped off in a field in Friern Barnet queue for a bus and take it to central London.

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Vintage Video: 1950s Alcoa Aluminum Infomercial – Its Uses and New Products

This covers everything from rivets to space-age silver clothing, because here in the future, we love wearing aluminum.

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Vintage Video: Investing Your Hard Earned Dollars – Investments Made Simple (1956)

My posts have been dark of late, so here’s some timely investment advice from 1956. “Put everything in Apple Computers” surprisingly not mentioned.

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Declassified U.S. Nuclear Test Film #55

Another in a long series of now declassified films about the US Army nuclear weapon testing which took place in Nevada between 1951 and 1957. Most people know that the bombs were tested, but it wasn’t always common knowledge that soldiers were used as guinea pigs to test to the affects of radiation and the…

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Declassified nuclear test film #60 (1951)

0800060 – Exercise Desert Rock – 1951 -27:51 – Black&White – In 1951, the Army, working with the Atomic Energy Commission, carried out the Desert Rock Exercises, an experiment to “dispel much of the fear and uncertainty surrounding atomic radiation and the effects of gamma and x-rays.” A tent encampment was set up about 27…

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Vintage Video: Making America Greater Through Consumption (1955)

This information film lays out the key to American prosperity based on theories written by Paul Mazur in his book The Standards We Raise. “Not purchasing power but purchases,” he wrote. “Not production but consumption, are the ruling factors in our economy.” “[The] extraordinary and miraculous system called mass production in the United States [would]…

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