Monthly Archives: May 2014

Images of the Week: NASA Digital Images

This week I’m highlighting new digital images transferred from NASA that will soon be available in our research room and eventually uploaded into OPA. The four series, 255-AMP, ASTP, STS, and GRC, cover digital surrogates created from the original still … Continue reading

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Restoring The True Glory

This post was written by Criss Kovac and Harry Snodgrass. Criss is the supervisor of the National Archives Motion Picture Preservation Lab. Harry recently joined the Motion Picture Lab and is working on a project to preserve and digitize World … Continue reading

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Diary of a Sergeant

Harold Russell is an anomaly in film history. When Russell was cast in the classic film, The Best Years of Our Lives, he had practically no acting experience.  Despite being the only person to win two Academy Awards for the same performance, … Continue reading

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This Week in Universal News: Fall Fashion Preview, 1967

This week in Universal News, the 1967 Fall fashion preview, featuring an outfit for the fashionable highway robber and “wearable” butterfly decals that are “up-to-the-minute but not gimmicky.” From the release sheet: FASHIONS London designers show Fall Fashions. Included: capes, … Continue reading

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This Week in Universal News: Spraying DDT to Prevent Polio, 1946

In 1955, after years of research and testing, the polio vaccine created by Jonas Salk was declared safe and effective. The devastating virus is nearly eradicated in the United States today. In 1946, however, two years before Jonas Salk first … Continue reading

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With Strings Attached: Rice, Murder, and Awkward Communist Puppets

This post was written 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. Let’s suppose you have a child, and that child … Continue reading

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This Week in Universal News: Elmer Trudgen’s One-Man Band, 1937.

This week, we have a performance from Elmer Trudgen, who created a one-man band with an impressive eleven different instruments. And yet Trudgen was not content to stop at that achievement–according to a 1939 newspaper article, he added a banjo … Continue reading

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Images of the Week: Basketball and Hockey

The photographs featured this week are just a tiny sampling of the basketball and hockey related photos in our holdings. The overwhelming majority of our NBA, NHL and NCAA images have possible copyright restrictions, which limits online access. Local Identifier: … Continue reading

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“Bottle cap livin’, bottle cap dead”: A Day in the Death of Donny B.

When I first encountered A Day in the Death of Donny B. (1969), it seemed like the perfect counterpoint to the hilarious and beautiful Curious Alice (1971). Unlike Curious Alice, which misfires so completely that it makes drugs look like … Continue reading

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This Week in Universal News: The 64th Running of the Kentucky Derby, 1938

Did you enjoy a mint julep over the weekend in honor of the Kentucky Derby? This week, we look back to the sixty-fourth running of the Kentucky Derby, held on May 7th, 1938. The winner was long-shot Lawrin, the only Kansas-bred … Continue reading

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