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Navigation, devastation, exploration

Prologue MagazineThe Summer 2010 issue of Prologue has just hit the shelves, and YouTube. While our award-winning magazine is packed with Ponzi schemes, prison themes, and polar dreams, we’ve added something extra for our online readers: the silver screen.

Our hardworking writers have searched the motion picture holdings to find some footage related to three of our feature articles in this issue. Watch the video below and then check out the related articles on our web site.

Magellans of the Sky – In 1924, eight Army airmen set out to become the first humans to circumnavigate the globe by air. This is their story.

Frame After Frame - Philip W. Stewart chronicles the movie-making done by the federal government from World War I through the space race as he documents the motion picture holdings of the National Archives, including footage of the Aisne-Marne operation in the film below.

Women of the Polar Archives - Preservation specialist Audrey Amidon points the spotlight on two women who were drawn to the Arctic regions and whose exploits were captured on film in two of the films below: Building the Peary Monument (top) and The Louise Boyd 1928 Expedition.

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Mother–she isn’t quite herself today

Petition for Naturalization - Alfred Hitchcock

Petition for Naturalization - Alfred Hitchcock (RG 21, National Archives Pacific Region, Riverside)

Few individuals had a more, ah, peculiar relationship with their mother than Norman Bates in the movie Psycho, which premiered 50 years ago today in New York City. The movie was a one-of-a-kind in terms of suspense and shock, but it was just another in an illustrious career of one man: Alfred Hitchcock.

The Englishman was first lawfully admitted for permanent residence in 1939 and petitioned for US citizenship at the ripe age of 55, information that is preserved in the documents of the National Archives.

The writer and director is often lauded as one of the greatest filmmakers of all time, having produced over 50 feature films in a career spanning over half a century.  Of his films, many have left an indelible mark on his adopted home country: whether it’s making us look over our shoulders in hotel showers or dodging planes in the Midwest.

All in all, Sir Alfred led a career that any mother would be proud of, save perhaps one.

What’s your favorite Hitchcock movie moment?… [ Read all ]