Prelinger Archives

My old iPod mini (in pink, of course) started to go this month, so I splurged and got myself a new iPod – the one that can handle videos. In addition to downloading a few clips from iTunes, I wandered over to the Internet Archive to see if I could download some of the Prelinger Archives films and convert them to iPod use. If you don’t know about this resource, you must go there immediately and view some classic ephemeral films which are, I’m happy to report, in the public domain.

While there are many fabulous films, some favorites of Miss Abigail are:
Are you Popular?
Everyday Courtesy
Molly Grows Up
What to do on a Date

For more fun, see this browse list by subject/keyword.

And if you want to learn more about films like these, I highly recommend author Ken Smith’s book Mental Hygiene: Classroom Films 1945-1970.