Tag Archive: aviation

May 24

Beaten by their own Scoop: Fox Movietone News and the Orteig Prize


The following blog is adapted from a presentation delivered by MIRC Curator Dr. Greg Wilsbacher to the Orphan Film Symposium X (April 7, 2016, Library of Congress, National Audio Video Conservation Center, Culpeper, VA). “Movietone” sound was a patented system first perfected by Theodore Case and Earl I. Sponable at the Case Research Labs in …

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Aug 19

Elinor Smith: The “Flying Flapper”


When conjuring images of pilots flying during the 1920s and 1930s, the names that most easily leap to mind are Amelia Earhart and Charles Lindbergh. Earhart may be the most widely known aviatrix today, but in the early years of aviation, there were many women pushing the boundaries of aeronautics. Elinor Smith was one of these …

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Oct 15

Feature Video–October 20th–Owens Field–Gibbes–home movies

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Home Movie Day is upon us again and this year it is the 10th anniversary of the annual event. I have attended and assisted this event for the last few years in London, and this year will be both attending and extending my assistance to the Columbia, SC version that will be taking place at …

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Jun 19

Feature Video – 20th June – Amelia Earhart


My favorite part from this great clip of Amelia Earhart is actually the outtakes that are seen at the very end, which show Amelia on board of the Mayor of New York James Walker’s boat. She is being questioned by reporters in a light hearted manner about her solo transatlantic flight from which she has …

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