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Film Preservation 101: What are the holes on the sides of the film for?

Have you ever thought to yourself: “Those holes on the side of the film, I wonder what they’re for?” Maybe you were afraid to ask? If you think it sounds like a dumb question, let me assure you that some super-smart people have asked us this before. Today we’ll tell you not only what those […]

Avrocar: The U.S. Military’s Flying Saucer

This post was written by Heidi Holmstrom. Heidi works in the Motion Picture Preservation Lab, which is responsible for performing conservation and preservation work on motion picture records held across the National Archives. Last fall, we told you about films from Project Blue Book, the United States Air Force investigation into unidentified flying objects. In addition to records […]

Film Preservation 101: Is Restoration the Same as Preservation?

This post was written by Heidi Holmstrom. Heidi works in the Motion Picture Preservation Lab, which is responsible for performing conservation and preservation work on motion picture records held across the National Archives. In this post, Heidi answers a frequently asked question. When you watch NARA’s video for The March on YouTube the first thing you see […]

Dr. Seuss Beyond Snafu: Your Job in Germany

This week, part two of our history of Dr. Seuss’s service in Frank Capra’s Army Signal Corps unit during World War II.  Last week we told you about Theodor Geisel’s work on the Private Snafu cartoon series, but his war-time service consisted of more than writing verse for delightful animated training films. One of Geisel’s […]

Bringing Battle to the Home Front: With the Marines at Tarawa

Who says Oscars are for Hollywood? Did you know that a number of films produced by the United States government were nominated or won Academy Awards? One such film is With the Marines at Tarawa, which brought the experience of a major battle to the American public and consequently won the 1945 Academy Award for […]

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