Mark Twain was one of the most famous Americans who ever lived, yet the iconic film of him walking around his home in Connecticut is the only footage we have of him. Now, thanks to the restoration efforts of TFG Film & Tape, this invaluable footage has finally been given the treatment it deserves.
Pete Seeger—folk icon, hippie messiah, political and environmental activist, all around national treasure—died late last night at the age of 94. In honor of his innumerable contributions to American culture, here he is in 1946, narrating lan Lomax's documentary on the evolution of folk music.
Have you ever been to California? You should try it. Sure there are the beaches and the national parks and the movie stars and the big red bridge. There's also the delightful consequence of near-perfect weather all year round. Stuff just doesn't rust. Even when it rains.
IBM's standard-issue wall clock was ubiquitous on the walls of schools and offices throughout much of the 20th century. It's a perfect example of everyday design that goes unnoticed yet is imprinted in our cultural memory bank.
Like any normal human being, you've occasionally dreamt aloud, "Gee self, there really aren't enough films that transform cherished Americana legends into killer psychopaths." Well, the folks behind the upcoming horror flick Bunyan are making your dreams come true.
Throughout the 1980s, tourists flocked to the Xanadu House, a futuristic home in Kissimmee, Florida. This domestic pleasure dome was made of polyurethane and filled with "friendly computer servants."