American Look (1958)
A tribute to the American designer presented by Chevrolet. The first half of this film is a collage of 1950's American design from appliances to architecture, the second half follows the design process of a new Chevrolet automobile from the early sketches to a full sized model and finally the finish product.
Atomic Attack (1950)
A family living 50 miles away try to flee from the fallout of an atomic bomb that fell on New York City.
This Charming Couple (1950)
Marriage training film dramatizing a partnership too fraught with conflicts to survive. Produced as part of a post-World War II initiative to make marriages more sustainable in the face of postwar dislocation. An unusually literate, neo-realist film produced by a talented group of documentarians.
Yankee Go Home (1953)
An overview of soviet and communist block propaganda in the early '50s
A Date With Your Family (1950)
A Date with Your Family is a 1950 10-minute social engineering short film presented by Simmel-Meservey, directed by Edward G. Simmel, and written by Arthur V. Jones to primarily show youth how to act and behave with parents during dinner to have a pleasant time. The subject family consists of a father, mother and their offspring, the sister, older brother and the younger junior. The narrator tells what happens with the family; what should happen during the meal, what types of manners and socializing should be exhibited to not sour the time with your family and what should not happen. There are many stereotypical views of each person to coincide with the preferred image of a nuclear family in the post-war era of the 1950s.
A Day in the Life of a Small Town (1952)
This documentary film provides a glimpse of community life in a small town in the 1950s
Design for Dreaming (1956)
Set at the 1956 General Motors Motorama, this is one of the key Populuxe films of the 1950s, showing futuristic dream cars and Frigidaire's Kitchen of the Future.
A Day of Thanksgiving (1951)
An American family unable to afford a Thanksgiving turkey reviews the things for which they feel thankful. This patriotic film is unusual in that it does not link freedom and happiness with the pursuit of wealth. Produced with nonprofessional actors in Lawrence, Kansas. Written by Margaret Carlile (Trudy) Travis.
Duck and Cover (1951)
This iconic film short was produced by the US Government to teach school aged children what to do in the event of a nuclear attack.
Give Yourself the Green Light (1954)
Advocacy film produced to garner public support for the creation of the Interstate Highway System.
Hear and Now (1958)
How radio brings news and information to Americans. With footage of many news events covered by radio and images everyday life in the late 1950s.
Independent Radio (1951)
Military training film on a New York radio station, WMCA, owned by the Nathan Straus family, showing its ownership, management and activities. Good view of radio in the era when most stations were locally owned and operated.
Lets Face IT (1954)
This government film shows some of the systems in place during the US-USSR Cold War to inform and protect the nation in the event of a nuclear attack.
Miracle on the Delaware (1955)
Mid-Fifties slices of life and landscape in Philadelphia and surrounding towns. With excellent color footage of downtown scenes, neighborhoods, the Mummers Parade, Levittown, factories in Camden, New Jersey, and many other subjects that can no longer be seen.
Nation at Your Fingertips (1951)
How direct long distance dialing made the U.S. a smaller place, and how instantaneous direct communication between Americans without operator assistance became possible.
New Moon (1957)
This newsreel clip announces the launch of the Soviet Sputnik, the first artificial satellite launched into Earth orbit.
Stamp Day for Superman (1954)
Stamp Day for Superman is a 1954 black-and-white short film starring George Reeves as Superman and Noel Neill as Lois Lane. It was produced by Superman Inc. for the United States Department of the Treasury to promote the purchase of U.S. Savings Bonds. Never shown theatrically, it was distributed to schools as a means of educating children about the program.
Singing Wires (1951)
Sings the praises of rural electrification. Story of a farm family whose work and play are transformed when their place is hooked up to the grid.
Social Class in America (1957)
Shows the differences in the life experience of three male babies from three different social classes. One young man succeeds his father as president of the family manufacturing company. Another, a middle-class white-collar worker at the same company, leaves the town of his birth and moves to New York City where he becomes a respected advertising art director, thus rising in social status. A third, born into the working class, trains as a mechanic and holds an influential job at a service station.
Sound and the Story (1956)
The entire process of recording and manufacturing of phonograph records in 1956 is explained.
The Story of Television (1956)
Shows efforts of the Radio Corporation of America (RCA) in the creation, development and introduction of the all-electronic TV system; explains how science made television a working reality. David Sarnoff tells of the early research and experiments. Shown is the first successful picture tube, the first experimental TV station, the problems of improving piucture quality and reducing the size and cost of components at the transmitting and receiving ends, and the function of mobile units.
In The Suburbs (1957)
Life in the suburbs has its good and bad moments, but most people who live there want to be there. The suburbs are populated primarily by traditional young families, who can talk to each other about their common lives. Redbook Magazine provides a source of advice for these families, who are experiencing something new together in their suburban living style, such as home living, raising children, shopping (especially in the suburban phenomenon called the shopping mall), automobile care, entertaining and being entertained.
Telegram for America (1956)
This Western Union film shows a brief history of the telegraph, followed by the latest 1950s telegram technology.
Tulsa Oklahoma (1950)
A United States Information Service documentary film from the 1950's. Shows the history and role of Tulsa as a marketing center for Oklahoma's farm region and the oil industry with many scenes of typical 1950's life in America.