Monthly Archives: December 2013

This Week In Universal News: New Year’s Eve, 1932

This week in Universal News, the New Year is celebrated in the United States and Cuba. 1933 would be the year that Prohibition was repealed, although the festivities evident in this story certainly do not seem lacking. From the release … Continue reading

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A Moving Image “Newspaper”: Universal Newsreels at the National Archives

Before the advent of televised network news programs and the 24 hour news cycle on cable and the internet, newsreels were one of the main sources people had for news.  One of five major newsreel companies, Universal Studios produced and released newsreels … Continue reading

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Images of the Week: Photographs of Photographers

The theme this week is Photographs of Photographers. Local Identifier: 111-B-1074,  “Mathew B. Brady” Local Identifier: 174-G-22-4, “Lewis W. Hine” Local Identifier: 80-G-324556, “Capt. Edward J. Steichen, USNR, (retired), photographic expert, on island platform, studies his surroundings for one of … Continue reading

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Ice Skating at Rockefeller Center, 1937

This week, we’re excited to provide a sneak peek of a new series on our Media Matters blog. Starting in January, we’ll launch “This Week in Universal News”. Every Monday, archives technician Jim Konicek will feature a story from the … Continue reading

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Images of the Week: Aviation

The theme this week is Aviation. Local Identifier: 18-WP-48625, Photograph of the Wright Brothers’ Camp in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, 1903 Local Identifier: 165-WW-7B-6, “Wright Brothers’ 1904 Aeroplane (“Kitty Hawk”) in first flight, December 17, 1903 at Kitty Hawk,  N.C. … Continue reading

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Corsican Kids Christmas Party With the 57th Bomb Wing 1944

This post was written by guest blogger Carrie Goeringer. On December 23, 1944, weather on the island of Corsica was bleak and dreary, as it had been for most of the winter. Many of the children who lived on the island … Continue reading

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I Saw Kitty Hawk: Film, Memory, and Archives

A couple of weeks ago, we wrote about the 110th anniversary of “The Great Train Robbery,” a film that pioneered editing techniques that are so commonplace as to be invisible to viewers today and is acknowledged as the first example … Continue reading

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Celebrating Aviation with Magee’s “High Flight”

Today’s post is by Heidi Holmstrom. Heidi works in the Motion Picture Preservation Lab, which is responsible for performing conservation and preservation work on motion picture records held across the National Archives. “Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth … Continue reading

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Images of the Week: Space Exploration

This week I’m highlighting a new series of photographs received from NASA’s National Space Science Data Center. The series, “Photographs Relating to Space Exploration, 1961-1998″ (National Archives Identifier 7541247), features images taken by space probes, space observatories, earth observation satellites … Continue reading

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The Great Train Robbery

It’s not very often that we celebrate the 110th anniversary of a film.  When The Great Train Robbery debuted in December of 1903, Henry Ford had recently sold his first car, the Boston Americans had just won the first modern … Continue reading

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