Filmstripped

October 30th, 2006 by Editor B

I recently learned that the library here at the University has a stockpile of a few hundred educational filmstrips from the 50s and 60s. They’re getting rid of them, selling them to some company that extracts the silver.

I guess that’s better than just throwing them away. I guess they don’t have much real value. Over at Etsy someone is selling packs of eight for $2.50.

But I had to grab a few as souvenirs. These things are interesting to me.

Four Titles

Titles: “Two Decades of Cold War,” “Black Treasures,” “Look at Your Future,” “The Population Explosion,” “The Next Twenty Years.”

New Cities in Space

More pix here.

11 Responses to “Filmstripped”

  1. Kelly K. Says:

    Ooooohhhh! Those things are rich in cultural history, good, bad, and downright hilarious. I hope, at least, that there is an archive of these somewhere, and that what are being destroyed are only copies…

  2. G Bitch Says:

    AmAZing! I wish there were a way to “save” more of them.

  3. ryan Says:

    What a cool find. Did they have the audio cassettes that went with them? If they did, you could scan in the filmstrips and synch up the audio.. filmstrips on the net..

  4. Jana Says:

    That’s a shame! As Kelly says, those are rich in history and culture. Perhaps it’s not as dire, but it reminds me of how some photographic prints from the Civil War were used as greenhouse windows.

  5. Adrastos Says:

    It’s a pity that MST3K is off the air. You could send ‘em to Mike Nelson…

  6. Mominem Says:

    I used to love it when the teacher pulled out the old film strip projector.

    I wonder if there is a filmstrip archive somewheere. Most of those things must be long gone by now.

  7. Lee Says:

    If I could get my hands on a machine, I could digitize them for ya B! Those sure do hold some early school memories for me as well.

  8. Think New Orleans » Local Voices: Tracks Of My Tears Says:

    [...] Bart Everson brought home some old educational film strips and writes bout them in Filmstripping. He took stills. I like the focus slide. [...]

  9. cajun Says:

    Oh, How I wish they didn’t sell these. They are very rare and contain much historical data – much of it now debunked – but they are treasures from the past. I used to produce and do the voice-over on many of them.

    Glad you saved a few. Hold on to them.

    btw: i am a transplanted stumpjumper and have been lurking on a few NOLA sites since Katrina. I am so very proud of you folks.

  10. Courtney Says:

    http://www.archive.org/details/avgeeks

    AV Geeks film archive

    it is a shame to see those go. I wonder how much money is made, selling them for silver extraction.

    Bart grab a bunch! we could do an evening of educational filmstrip remixing.

  11. Kelly Says:

    I am looking for a vintage filmstrip about two ladies that made pancakes so good that the people that ate them saw polka dots and heard music. They ended up getting a crowd of people that desired the pancakes. I can’t remember anything else about that filmstrip, but we loved it so much. If anyone knows what it is called or where I can find it, please let me know.
    Thank you,
    Kelly

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