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Archive for September, 2013

Project Blue Book: Spotting UFOs in the Film Record

This week, we’ll be taking a look at Project Blue Book, via the National Archives’ film holdings. Project Blue Book was not the United States Air Force’s first investigation into the reports of unidentified flying objects. It wasn’t even the second. Project Blue Book was actually the third formal analysis of UFO sightings, coming after […]

Images of the Week: Washington, DC Roads

This week I’m posting photographs from the Bureau of Public Roads and its successor the Federal Highway Administration.  These images relate to the Washington, D.C. area and are just a few examples of what can be found in the series Historical Photograph Files, 1896-1963 (30-N) and General Photograph Files, 1954-1984 (406-G), which both contain photos […]

The Sailor and the Seagull: FMPU Veterans Animate Re-Enlistment Efforts

For the last two weeks, we have been sharing films of the First Motion Picture Unit. This week, we’ll take a look at an animated film produced for the Navy by former members of the FMPU. This post was written with Criss Kovac, supervisor of the Motion Picture Preservation Lab at the National Archives. Like […]

Images of the Week (9/20/2013)

The two photographs posted this week come from the series “Photographic File of the Paris Bureau of the New York Times, ca. 1900 – ca. 1950″ (306-NT). I guess you can say the theme this week is historic golf courses. Local Identifier: 306-NT-804-P-5  “Augusta, GA – “The Perfect Course” which has only 22 traps, known […]

A WWII Training Film in Action: Recognition of the Japanese Zero Fighter

As a follow-up to last week’s post on the Army Air Force’s First Motion Picture Unit (FMPU), this week I am focusing on a title that is arguably the most significant training film produced by the unit. Considered as a federal record, Recognition of the Japanese Zero Fighter (1943) is an important historical document of the training […]

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