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On behalf of the Library of Congress I am curating an online playlist of American sponsored movies that promote telecommunication platforms.

I Love My Radio

Here is a still from the animated short promotional film More Than Meets the Eye (1952) made by United Productions of America (the same company responsible for Mr. Magoo). In every domestic space someone is listening to a radio set.

 

Other films promoting radio sets, radio shows, and advertising airtime established the convention of presenting montages of white people enjoying domestic bliss with their radio sets. Sponsored telecommunication films 1935-1960. Continue reading

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Only Connect

Ad Man 1: How can we effectively communicate America’s growing communication networks?
Ad Man 2: Ooh, ooh, I know this one…
Promotional telecommunication films 1930-1960

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Something Horrifying For The Kids

Here are some stills from the bloody terrifying film Adventure in Telezonia (1950) that traumatized generations of Americans while teaching them how to use the telephone. In the movie a young boy travels to the seemingly post-apocalyptic world of Telezonia so that he can learn how to use the telephone, so that he can find his lost dog, so that he can get the hell out of Telezonia!

 

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And, cut to shot of female switchboard operators…

Bell Telephone sponsored films (1935 – 1960)
For many more of the same see Caroline Martel’s superb Le fantôme de l’opératrice (2004)

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Library of Congress: Sponsored Films Project

Stills from the stunning film Land of White Alice (1959) about daily life in Alaska, directed by Willard Van Dyke and written by poet Norman Rosten. I want to make the follow-up! Writing about this film and others as part of a digital project for the Library of Congress.

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