Prelinger Archives – “Airport America (1954)”

“Short advocating airport construction, especially in rural regions, by illustrating the centrality of aviation in the American economy. Airport America presents a rich panorama of townscapes Admiral Cigarette 2 and farms and shows how aviation serves business. “The air is the greatest freeway man will ever know,” says the narrator. “It doesn’t have to be built or maintained. It touches every city and town.” note: Produced and released in Kodachrome.

Prelinger Archives – “The Dynamic American City Part 1 (1956)”

The Dynamic American City Part 1 (1956)

“Film promoting urban renewal as a means of stimulating business activity in American cities. The Dynamic American City illustrates the stages of the redevelopment process, from the demolition of decaying neighborhoods to their revival. In contrasting the old with the new, the film argues for the aggressive replacement of aging structures.

Prelinger Archives – “Destination Earth (1956)”

“Science-fiction-influenced cartoon sponsored by petroleum producers to lionize their industry and promote free enterprise. “Colonel Cosmic,” an astronaut from the totalitarian planet Mars flies to Earth, where he discovers cheap oil and the market economy. Returning home, he leads a revolution and frees Martian entrepreneurs to begin oil exploration, start small businesses, and lead the planet out of economic stagnation. note: Destination Earth played at New York’s Paramount Theatre and was later broadcast and distributed non-theatrically.