Tag Archives: Universal Newsreel

The Fury of Hell on Wheels: Tank Warfare, April 1945

This post was written by Criss Kovac. Criss is the supervisor of the National Archives Motion Picture Preservation Lab.  Ten months after the D-Day invasion, Allied forces were sweeping through western Europe. Germany in April 1945 is often depicted as the Allies … Continue reading

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This Week in Universal News: Mardi Gras, 1965

This week in Universal News, New Orleans celebrates Mardi Gras. Be sure to look closely at 0:40 to catch a glimpse of a Beatles fan surrounded by a gaggle of clowns. From the release sheet: THE ANNUAL NEW ORLEANS STORY: … Continue reading

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This Week in Universal News: Summer Fashion Preview, 1961

This week in Universal News, designer Marc Bohan makes his debut with the House of Dior. The summer preview featured “less flutter and more shape”, with retro 1920s styles. From the release sheet: HOUSE OF DIOR SUMMER PREVIEW: Preview of … Continue reading

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This Week in Universal News: A London Smog Helmet, 1959

This week in Universal News, a woman sports a space-age helmet to protect herself from the London smog. Really, what more is there to say? From the release sheet: SMOG HELMET IS SNUG: A Martian-type head gear startles Londoners. A … Continue reading

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This Week in Universal News: The 1964 Winter Olympics

Are you ready to stay in for two weeks to watch the skiing, figure skating, and curling that comprise the 2014 Olympics? To prepare, here’s a story about the games held fifty years ago. The 1964 Winter Olympics in Innsbruck, … Continue reading

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This Week in Universal News: Ice Skating Chimpanzee, 1963

This week’s Universal News story dates from 1963 and features a chimpanzee ice skating in Germany. From the release sheet: SPORTS MONKEY SHINES! THIS CHIMP IS A GAY BLADE: Usually, summer is the whacky season, but this winter things aren’t … Continue reading

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Universal News, the New Year is celebrated in the United States and Cuba. 1933 would be the year that Prohibition was repealed, although the festivities evident in this story certainly do not seem lacking.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