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Archive for September, 2013

Images of the Week: Airscapes

Photographs posted this week come from one of my favorite series, “Airscapes” of American and Foreign Areas, 1917 – 1964″ (18-AA). Click on the images below to view higher resolution versions. Local Identifier: 18-AA-138-5. Washington, D.C. – Keystone Bombardment airplanes of 2nd Bombardment Group. April 23, 1931. Local Identifier: 18-AA-139-2. Washington, D.C. – Griffith Stadium. […]

The U.S. Military Goes Hollywood: Behind the Scenes with the First Motion Picture Unit

I have to admit, I didn’t know about the U.S. Army Air Forces First Motion Picture Unit until 2007, when the Motion Picture Preservation Lab was tasked with making theater prints for a special program at the Pacific Film Archive. I may not have heard of the unit, but I certainly recognized its stars: “Hey, […]

From Top Secret Vault to Open Stacks: Declassification of Moving Images

Have you ever wondered how moving images and sound recordings get declassified? The process isn’t as simple as you might think. Because our records are media based – film, video or audio – the review process takes a few extra steps. Agencies transfer classified moving images and sound recordings to NARA according to Records Control […]

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