Films from the Prelinger Archives showing the type of energy and ideals that the United States had during the 1930s, 40s, and 50s
Discover the type of energy and ideals that the United States had during the 1930s, 40s and 50s. They are invaluable documents that show the economic and political situation of that period, the social values, and the enormous pride for the achievements.
A IS FOR ATOM (1953)
AMERICAN ENGINEER (PART I) (1956)
BEHIND THE BRIGHT LIGHTS (1935)
FOOD FOR FIGHTERS (ca. 1943)
OIL FOR ALADDIN’S LAMP (ca. 1949)
Prelinger Archives was founded in 1983 by Rick Prelinger in New York City. Over the next twenty years, it grew into a collection of over 60,000 “ephemeral” (advertising, educational, industrial, and amateur) films. In 2002, the film collection was acquired by the Library of Congress, Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division. Prelinger Archives remains in existence, holding approximately 4,000 titles on videotape and a smaller collection of film materials acquired subsequent to the Library of Congress transaction. Its goal remains to collect, preserve, and facilitate access to films of historic significance that haven’t been collected elsewhere.