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 capturing scattered Axis soldiers and liberating citizens from the clutches of the Third Reich. Small … Continue reading The Fury of Hell on Wheels: Tank Warfare, April 1945

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. http://youtu.be/XVPbXwCMQHg From the release sheet: THE ANNUAL NEW ORLEANS STORY: The charming, old City of New Orleans, forever young in spirit, whoops it up … Continue reading This Week in Universal News: Mardi Gras, 1965

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. http://youtu.be/wQ7OV167cFQ From the release sheet: HOUSE OF DIOR SUMMER PREVIEW: Preview of the House of Dior's summer, 1961 collection, the sensationally successful showing that marks the … Continue reading This Week in Universal News: Summer Fashion Preview, 1961

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? http://youtu.be/H6oO_msCk98 From the release sheet: SMOG HELMET IS SNUG: A Martian-type head gear startles Londoners. A pretty girl demonstrates and tests the new anti-smog device. A plastic bubble that supplies … Continue reading This Week in Universal News: A London Smog Helmet, 1959

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, Austria opened January 29, 1964 and closed February 9th. http://youtu.be/tMtkJEnN1tE From the release sheet: WINTER … Continue reading This Week in Universal News: The 1964 Winter Olympics

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. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EHMEGatiKPM 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 on an even keel in Germany. They've taught a Chimp to Skate and he's … Continue reading This Week in Universal News: Ice Skating Chimpanzee, 1963

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. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TbDXtoOXjSI&feature=youtu.be From the release sheet: BIG CITIES CELEBRATE AS 1932 PASSES OUT; GAILY WELCOME 1933 Unprecedented whoppee and … Continue reading This Week In Universal News: New Year’s Eve, 1932

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 National Archives’ Universal Newsreel Collection released that week in history. Today’s post features the iconic … Continue reading Ice Skating at Rockefeller Center, 1937