A veritable treasure trove of old footage
October 30, 2018 6:59 AM   Subscribe

The Library of Congress has unveiled its new National Screening Room, a free collection of digitized historical films, commercials, newsreels and other clips from the 1800s until the end of the 20th century and capture a broad range of American life. Notable films include home movies by the songwriters George and Ira Gershwin; issues of the “All-American News,” a newsreel intended for black audiences in the mid-20th century; and a selection of instructional films about mental health from the 1950s. Hat tip to Sara Aridi @ NYT .
posted by SecretAgentSockpuppet (5 comments total) 46 users marked this as a favorite
The Miles Brothers' "A Trip Down Market Street" was filmed four days before the April 18, 1906 earthquake and fire obliterated most of downtown San Francisco.

LOC notes: "The negative was taken by train to the Miles New York office on 17 April 1906, narrowly saving it from destruction by one day and thus preserving a moment in the history of San Francisco that would soon cease to exist."
posted by ryanshepard at 7:32 AM on October 30, 2018 [2 favorites]

Oh, man. I have work to do today.
posted by octothorpe at 8:06 AM on October 30, 2018 [1 favorite]

Wow - this looks amazing!

Unfortunately, the videos themselves aren't playing for me. I really wanted to see Gay and Proud and Voting Can Be Fun. I'll try again later.

Thanks for this incredible find, SecretAgentSockpuppet!
posted by kristi at 11:35 AM on October 30, 2018

If you are interested in instructional films, you should check out the Prelinger Archives.
posted by tallmiddleagedgeek at 6:14 AM on October 31, 2018 [3 favorites]

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