This 1949 video warns us how easy it is for a country to fall into despotism

This short public information film from Encyclopedia Brittanica, made in 1946, hammers its points home with the fist of an angry god, but it’s fascinating to see where the American political mindset was after having witnessed the atrocities in Germany and the impending expansion of the Soviet Union. This is definitely worth a watch today.

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Here’s what we thought 1999 would look like back in 1967

From a “vision of the future” film made by the people at Philco-Ford. As usual, some of the ideas look quirky and the language used old-fashioned and the technology appears to be much larger than we actually need, but it’s interesting to see how many of these things we do have, albeit envisioned somewhat differently….

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British Diesel Locomotives in Action

Thanks to Ella’s Archives for posting this. This promotional film was produced in 1959 to educate the general public about the development of diesel, electric and steam engines in Britain. The film features many examples of motive power, both in England as well as locomotives exported to foreign countries, and includes scenes of the “Deltic”…

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Scary 70s Thursday: Men in Giant Psychedelic Animal Suits

You’re being chased through the woods by a man-sized fuzzy blue lion, who sings psychedelic Beatles songs at you while you run. An orange monkey, a tiger with an eyepatch, and a green dog wearing a big brown hat capture you in a massive net, then implore the lion, whose name is Rory, to read…

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10 Songs From The 1970s That Should Never Have Been Released

This is by no means a list of 70s songs that suck, or even a “Worst Songs Of the 70s” list, simply a list of songs that we wish no one had released for some reason or another. Usually it’s because it has turned us against something that we would otherwise have liked, or simply…

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What Were They Thinking Tuesday: Ball Buster

Honestly, what the hell were they thinking? This could go under the Simple 70s Games tag, as it’s about as simple as it gets, you have a bunch of balls on sticks, and move them around the board and try to hit as many opponents balls as possible. But to be serious, we can’t tag…

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Richard Clayderman and The Popularity of Windswept Pianists

Relax and enjoy the warm tones of Richard Clayderman’s “Ballade Pour Adeline” as he floats through Paris on the back of a flatbed truck playing the piano and staring at you like a hungry dog. Every now and then an anomaly appears in the record charts that just defies description. French pianist Richard Clayderman is…

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Man from 1950 tells us how to plan the perfect party

What Makes a Good Party: How to plan a party, suggested games and songs to sing -including “Jimmy Crack Corn”, or gay entertainment at a carnival. Halloween apple bobbing. Every parody of a pointless 1950s educational film looks and sounds just like this one. It’s filled with unintentional (?) sexual innuendo and has the kind…

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Asbestos – Sidewalls for Your Home – The Wonders of Asbestos (1950s)

Asbestos sidewalls, In Levittown, N.Y. The “wonders of asbestos”. Mineral fibers are cracked open from a rock and held over a flame but don’t burn.The durable fibers are caught in thin cement sheets which are nailed on to the home as “sidewall” shingles. Before anyone knew the full health consequences of the product. Before mesothelioma…

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British Pathe: 8 Vehicles That No Longer Exist

The Dynasphere, Zeppelins and other forms of transportation which have fallen by the wayside.

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