This week’s story features a demonstration of the “often-forecast” videophone. Today, numerous devices and programs enable video calling, but the videophone as a separate appliance never quite took off. One reason why 1955 was not the year for the video phone is the price tag: According to the Universal news story, the videophone cost $5000.00, or about $43,000.00 in today’s dollars. […]
Posted by Jim Konicek on August 25, 2014, under Fun Films, Motion Pictures, Universal News Collection.
In this story from Universal News, swimsuit-clad women participate in a pie-baking contest on the beach. While there is not much more to be said about the story itself, it is a classic example of the “Bathing Beauties” that appear in the Universal newsreels throughout the 1930s. The original release sheet reads: Bathing Beauties in […]
On July 25, 1909, Louis Bleriot became the first man to fly over the English Channel. In 1959, the flight was commemorated with the first crossing by hovercraft. Taking a hovercraft between England and France was a reality for commercial passengers between 1968 and 2000, when a commercial hovercraft service offered transportation across the English Channel. […]
Posted by Jim Konicek on July 28, 2014, under Motion Pictures, Universal News Collection.
The world’s first parking meter was installed in Oklahoma City on July 16th, 1935. Today, advanced parking meters allow a driver to pay by mobile phone, but the first parking meters required a nickel to operate. This story from Universal News demonstrates the novelty of the new invention. From the release sheet: Town Clocks Parking […]
Posted by Jim Konicek on July 21, 2014, under Motion Pictures, Universal News Collection.
What are you doing with your summer? Ever thought of building your own submarine? This week, we’re featuring a homemade submarine, built by amateur inventor Byron Connett in the early 1930s. The underwater vessel was only ten feet long and 34 inches high. The inaugural voyage lasted 45 minutes and covered one mile. From the […]
1930s 1950s 1960s 1970s Academy Awards AEF American Expeditionary Forces animation Army Air Forces art aviation Civil Rights Civil War D-Day declassified Defense Visual Information Center digitization Fashion Film France Guest blogger horses Inventions Lyndon Baines Johnson Motion Picture Preservation Motion Pictures NARA National Archives newsreels New York City Preservation restoration Still Pictures Training films United States Air Force (USAF) United States Army United States Information Agency Universal News Universal Newsreel US Army USIA US Navy Washington DC World War I World War II