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Archive for January, 2014

This Week in Universal News: A Model Kitchen, 1934

This week’s Universal News features a story from 1934 about a model kitchen run by the Detroit Free Press  It is a local story and was only shown in movie theaters in Detroit. From the release sheet: WIVES TAUGHT TO COOK IN NEW MODEL KITCHEN SET UP BY NEWSPAPER.  Detroit Free Press runs a test kitchen: […]

Images of the Week: Polar Expeditions

The images this week relate to the polar regions. Local Identifer: 401-XPS-17-11, Photographs of the Robert Peary Sledge Party Posing with Flags at the North Pole. Ooqueh, holding the Navy League flag; Ootah, holding the D.K.E. fraternity flag; Matthew Henson, holding the polar flag; Egingwah, holding the D.A.R. peace flag; and Seeglo, holding the Red […]

Gangsters, G-Men, and Archivists

The gangster was an icon in the 1920s and 30s.  While prohibition limited the sale of alcohol, the gangster smuggled in liquor from Canada and established speakeasies across the country.  As the Great Depression left thousands unemployed, the gangster embodied a sense of rebellion.  Gangsters were immortalized in cinema and talked about in the papers.  […]

This Week in Universal News: Ice Skating Chimpanzee, 1963

This week’s Universal News story dates from 1963 and features a chimpanzee ice skating in Germany. From the release sheet: SPORTS MONKEY SHINES! THIS CHIMP IS A GAY BLADE: Usually, summer is the whacky season, but this winter things aren’t on an even keel in Germany. They’ve taught a Chimp to Skate and he’s a […]

Declassified Motion Pictures and Sound Recordings – 1st Quarter

In an effort to provide information on recently declassified motion pictures and sound recordings the Motion Picture, Sound and Video Branch will publish a quarterly list of newly declassified records. Operation MANTRAC (Manual Angle Tracking Capability) (Local Identifier 342-USAF-33788/ARC Identifier 68704), is an example of one declassified film. Using some really great animation and a […]

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