Shooting World War I: The History of the Army Signal Corps Cameramen, 1917-1918

For the past two years, the National Archives Motion Picture Preservation Lab has been digitizing a series of Army Signal Corps films as part of a larger project to commemorate the centennial of World War I. Meanwhile, technicians from the Still Pictures Branch and the Digitization Division have scanned tens of thousands of Signal Corps … Continue reading Shooting World War I: The History of the Army Signal Corps Cameramen, 1917-1918

The March of Time Outtakes: Dixie USA and Metropolis

One of five major newsreel companies, The March of Time produced and released newsreels that were shown in movie theaters, once a month, from 1935 until 1951. While making newsreels, The March of Time filmed multiple takes. The footage that was not released to theaters was saved as outtakes that are now preserved at the National Archives. … Continue reading The March of Time Outtakes: Dixie USA and Metropolis

Aftermath of Disaster: RMS Lusitania in Photographs

In the early afternoon of May 7, 1915, the RMS Lusitania made her way towards Liverpool, England. Six days earlier she’d left New York City on her 202nd transatlantic voyage, carrying 1,265 passengers and 694 crew members from all over the world, including nearly 150 Americans. The mood aboard Lusitania during the voyage was one … Continue reading Aftermath of Disaster: RMS Lusitania in Photographs

Original Costume Sketches for a Production of Pinocchio, 1939

This post was written in collaboration with Kelsey Noel.   "This is the lesson of the penny. Some have too many,  Some have too few, But share with those who haven't any."                                               … Continue reading Original Costume Sketches for a Production of Pinocchio, 1939

This Week in Universal News: Tennis Legends Wills and Wightman Take on the Boehm Twins, 1931

On July 15th, 1931, legendary tennis players Helen Wills and Hazel Hotchkiss Wightman competed against Hilda and Helen Boehm in the first round of the National Doubles Championship at Longwood Cricket Club in Brookline, Massachusetts. The 17-year-old Boehm twins were junior doubles champions in 1931. Between 1922 and 1938, Helen Wills won 19 of the … Continue reading This Week in Universal News: Tennis Legends Wills and Wightman Take on the Boehm Twins, 1931

“An Awful Lot to Live For”: Lou Gehrig’s Final Season in the News

In 1939, the Fourth of July coincided with Lou Gehrig Appreciation Day at Yankee Stadium. A day usually reserved for parades and fireworks was transformed into one of the most solemn, heart-wrenching, and inspiring moments in the history of sports. It was here, before 62,000 fans, that Gehrig proclaimed he was the “Luckiest man on the … Continue reading “An Awful Lot to Live For”: Lou Gehrig’s Final Season in the News

The World of Tomorrow: The 1939 New York World’s Fair

The 1939 New York World's Fair opened 75 years ago this week. The international exposition was partly a trade show where companies like General Motors and Westinghouse showcased their newest technology, like the latest car models or home appliances, and partly a venue for sixty foreign governments to display their national art, culture, and industry. … Continue reading The World of Tomorrow: The 1939 New York World’s Fair

This Week in Universal News: The All-American Girl Baseball League, 1951

This week in Universal News, the All-American Girl Baseball League plays a pre-season game in Alexandria, Virginia. The league operated from 1943 to 1954, and was created to fill stadiums that were left empty when professional baseball players went to war. You probably know about these women baseball players from the 1992 film A League of … Continue reading This Week in Universal News: The All-American Girl Baseball League, 1951

This Week in Universal News: The New York World’s Fair Opens, 1964

The 1964 New York World's Fair opened fifty years ago this week, on April 22nd, with the theme of "Man's Achievements in an Expanding Universe." If this extended Universal News story leaves you with the impression that the fair was not a runaway success, that's because it wasn't. The fair was not sanctioned by the Bureau of … Continue reading This Week in Universal News: The New York World’s Fair Opens, 1964

Images of the Week (Baseball)

With Major League Baseball's Opening Day right around the corner, the subject matter this week is Baseball. Local Identifier: 111-BA-1952, “Baseball game between Union prisoners at Salisbury, North Carolina, 1863” Local Identifier: 306-PSD-72-6712, Photograph of a Baseball Game between Boston and Chicago at South Side Park in Chicago, Illinois, August 14, 1904, Source: Library of … Continue reading Images of the Week (Baseball)