Author Archives: aravis77

Archival Space

In honor of the recent announcement that the Internet Archive is partnering with NASA to archive and manage all of their photographs and audiovisual materials, this blog entry is devoted to space science. The archive has several titles that address … Continue reading

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Celluloid Ephemera

It’s easy to forget that film was always a tangible, physical medium before the advent of inexpensive digital technologies. Even though the archive’s primary moving image collections are digital by the time they reach us in mpeg, quicktime, or flash … Continue reading

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How to be Clean

What better way to spruce up a potentially boring subject than through film! The archive has several films that all find different ways – sometimes bizarre, sometimes clever but always entertaining – to attack the subject of cleanliness and personal … Continue reading

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Stop Motion Part II: The World Moves Around You

Part II of our series on stop motion animation at the archive features commercials, industrials and innovative shorts from both the early years of cinema and from recent years. Commercials and Industrial Films using stop motion: Saint Paul Police Detectives … Continue reading

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Airships and Balloons

The history of gas and wind-powered air travel is steeped in myth and legend, inspiring many a writer to create a story around the idea. The archive holds several text and moving image items related to airship travel, dirigibles, and … Continue reading

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Stop Motion Part I: Attack of the Toys!

Anyone who has explored the archive’s Animation and Cartoons section knows that we have an extensive collection of animated titles. So extensive, in fact, that one can get lost trying to find certain types of films. In order to showcase … Continue reading

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Time for Wine

The Internet Archive is located in San Francisco, and so to celebrate our proximity to some of the most renowned wine regions in the world, we bring you this entry about our favorite ferment. This entry contains aromas of cedar, … Continue reading

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Turn of the Century Magazines

The late 1800s and early 1900s were an exciting time to be part of the magazine industry. Literary and pulp magazines began to flourish as the cost of chemical wood pulp dropped from $366 per metric tonne in 1866 to … Continue reading

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Your Life Work

Produced by Vocational Guidance Films, Inc. and Holmes Burton Films, the Your Life Work Series was a set of educational shorts from the early 1940′s meant to inspire young post-depression workers into specific new careers. The “manuscripts” were penned by … Continue reading

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Yelling Fire in a Crowded Archive

It’s been a hot summer already, with massive fires springing up in Lake Tahoe and Neola, Utah in the past two weeks alone. Some researchers and fire safety organizations are trying to start warning us how to spot potential problem … Continue reading

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