Tag Archive: newsfilm

Jul 14

Filming the Wreck of the SS Eastland: Harry Birch and the Making of a Chicago News Family

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One hundred years ago this week, the Western Electric Co. in Chicago hosted its employees on the SS Eastland for a day of relaxation, a day away from work, a day together as a family. Over two thousand employees boarded the Great Lakes passenger ship while it was moored on the Chicago River. It was raining. …

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Jan 17

Prohibition Era Footage at MIRC

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This year is the 94th anniversary of the start of Prohibition in the United States. This imposed national ban on alcohol remained in effect until 1933. The illegal activity that resulted, paired with the music, culture, decadence, and new technology of the raucous era known as the “Roaring Twenties,” make this an unforgettable period in American history. The …

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Sep 13

UFO – Unidentified men on the street

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Where were you on January 24th 1973? Were you in Florence, SC and were you stopped by a WBTW reporter on that day? If so, you might recognize yourself in this featured video. We don’t know much about this local television news item. http://mirc.sc.edu/fedora/repository/usc%3A1155 It was possibly filmed in Florence, SC – can you identify …

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Jul 27

Visit the MIRC Digital Video Repository

The University of South Carolina’s Moving Image Research Collections is excited to announce the launch of its Digital Video Repository site: mirc.sc.edu This pilot site provides access to more than two hundred moving images from a diverse set of collections, including the Fox Movietone News Film Collection, the Roman Vishniac Collection of cinemicroscopy, the Chinese …

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