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The Decades - 1940s

Universal Newsreels

Universal Newsreels

 

Pictured above: Universal News presents JFK Tour, Calls For US lead In Space 9/13/1962/By Screengrab©

VAV!/November 18, 2013

Universal Newsreel, also known as Universal-International Newsreel or U-I Newsreel, were 7- to 10-minute newsreels released bi-weekly between 1929 and 1967 by Universal Studios.

Universal publicity director, Sam B. Jacobson, was instrumental in the origination and production of the Newsreels that were primarily filmed in black-and-white.  By and large, the Newsreels were narrated by radio and television announcer, Ed Herlihy.

For almost a decade, between January 1919 to July 1929, Universal's International Newsreel was produced by Hearst's International News Service.  The Series was later known as Hearst Metrotone News, released first by Fox Film Corporation, between 1929 to 1934 and yet again by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer with the advent of 1934.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 16 September 2014 05:10 )

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The Decades - 1940s

Case Study House Program

Case Study House Program

Pictured above: The Case Study House No. 22 — Stahl House — Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles, California/Date 2007-01-15/Photo by Screen Grab©/ Transferred from en.wikip...

Last Updated ( Saturday, 26 April 2014 05:54 )

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The Decades - 1940s

Darlington Raceway - "Too Tough to Tame"

Darlington Raceway -

Pictured above:  Harold Brasington

VAV!/September 6, 2013

Harold Brasington, a local businessman, entertained a vision of transforming a cotton field in Darlington, So...

Last Updated ( Monday, 16 September 2013 21:36 )

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The Decades - 1940s

Darlington Raceway - "Too Tough to Tame"

Darlington Raceway -

Pictured above:  Harold Brasington

VAV!/June 13, 2014

Harold Brasington, a local businessman, once entertained a vision of transforming a cotton field in Darlington, S...

Last Updated ( Monday, 16 June 2014 05:09 )

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The Decades - 1940s

Hat Check Girl

Hat Check Girl

Pictured above: Ginger Rogers, 'Hat Check Girl.'

VAV!/July 14, 2013

Who was the perenniel hat check girl and what did she do?

Hat check girls or coat checks, as they were of...

Last Updated ( Sunday, 09 February 2014 19:52 )

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Cinematic Treasures Named to National Film Registry

Pictured above:  Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka in A still from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971). One of the 25 films added by the Librarian of Congress to the National Film Registry as "culturally, historically or aesthetically" significant and worthy of preservation./Contributed by Screen Grab from LOC Facebook. VAV!/December 17, 2014 Cinematic Treasures Named to National Film Registry "Saving Private Ryan," "Luxo Jr." and "Rosemary's Baby" Among Film Additions The horrors of war, the heroism of sacrifice, a vaudeville pioneer, the devil and a master of the macabre represent the diversity of an elite selection of films recognized for their cultural, historic or aesthetic significance. Librarian of Congress James H. Billington announced today the annual selection of 25 motion pictures to be named to the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress. Selection to the registry will help ensure that these films will be preserved for all time. "The National Film Registry showcases the extraordinary diversity of America's film heritage and the disparate strands making it so vibrant," said Billington. "By preserving these films, we protect a crucial element of American creativity, culture and history."

 

Cinematic Treasures Named to National Film Registry

Pictured above:  Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka in A still from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971). One of the 25 films added by the Librarian of Congress to the National Film Registry as "culturally, historically or aesthetically" significant and worthy of preservation./Contributed by Screen Grab from LOC Facebook. VAV!/December 17, 2014 Cinematic Treasures Named to National Film Registry "Saving Private Ryan," "Luxo Jr." and "Rosemary's Baby" Among Film Additions The horrors of war, the heroism of sacrifice, a vaudeville pioneer, the devil and a master of the macabre represent the diversity of an elite selection of films recognized for their cultural, historic or aesthetic significance. Librarian of Congress James H. Billington announced today the annual selection of 25 motion pictures to be named to the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress. Selection to the registry will help ensure that these films will be preserved for all time. "The National Film Registry showcases the extraordinary diversity of America's film heritage and the disparate strands making it so vibrant," said Billington. "By preserving these films, we protect a crucial element of American creativity, culture and history."

 

Charting a New Course on Cuba

  Pictured above: President Barack Obama delivers a statement on Cuba and the release of American Alan Gross, in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Dec. 17, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy) VAV!/December 17, 2014/The White House/Office of the Press Secretary President Obama today, announced historic steps to chart a new course in our relations with Cuba, and to further engage and empower the Cuban people.

 

Food Day Celebrations

VAV!/December 14, 2014 There's always something to celebrate because there's a food holiday every day of the year. In other words..."We are standing at the precipice of glorious food or drink celebrations daily!"  Not all food holidays have political, cultural or religious beginnings either. Nor, do local, state or federal offices close in honor of them... although, that is a nice thought.  The below food holidays include days, listed among the meaningful, that have been drummed up by people who are passionate about their favorite foods or who just plain want to sell their food products. Get ready for your ears to ring and your stomach to quivver in anticipation...   January January 2 -National Buffet week/National Creampuff DayJanuary 3 -National Chocolate Covered Cherry DayJanuary 19 -National Popcorn DayJanuary 20 -Cheese DayJanuary 23 -National Pie DayJanuary 24 -National Peanut Butter DayJanuary 27 -National Chocolate Cake Day

 

The White House Historical Association

Pictured above: The White House Historical Association/Contributed by Screen Grab VAV!/December 11, 2014 The White House Historical Association is a nonprofit educational association founded in 1961 for the purpose of enhancing the understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment of the Executive Mansion. The Association has expert historians and curators available to speak in depth on the White House Collection and its related history. In addition,  the Association features board members, authors, and others who have held a range of staff positions across White House administrations over the years and can speak from their personal experience and knowledge.

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