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Aretha Franklin sings Won’t Be Long (1964)

Singer, songwriter, and musician Aretha Franklin was just 22 years old when she sang 'Won't Be Long' on The Steve Allen show in 1964. Today, of course, she's known as The Queen of Soul: Franklin has won a total of...

Welding in Space

On June 3, 1965, after America's first spacewalk was complete, the two Gemini IV astronauts, spacewalker Edward H. White II and command pilot James A. McDivitt, had trouble getting the hatch closed. They managed to, a...

Motorized Bath on Wheels

Travel back to England in the year 1960 to see how these engineering students from Kingston, Surrey Technical College made a splash with a bath tub... a motorized bath tub, perfect for driving around the center of tow...

The art & technology behind 1960s Wallpaper Manufacturing

Whether they were hand-printed with precisely placed large blocks of color, or were run through machines that quickly pressed the surface colors onto the rolls, wallpapers at this Perivale factory in Greater London we...

Fine Feathers (1968) – Evelyn Lambart

From Evelyn Lambart, renowned Canadian animator and technical director with the National Film Board of Canada, this is Fine Feathers, a 1968 cut paper animation about two rival birds that trade their plumage for green...

CBS Christmas Message (1966) by R.O. Blechman

From 1966, enjoy CBS' Christmas Message, a classic animation by illustrator, animator, and editorial cartoonist R.O. Blechman.

Notes on a Triangle (1966) by René Jodoin

From the National Film Board of Canada and director René Jodoin, this is Notes on a Triangle (1966), a ballet of three hundred geometric transformations, animated into divisions, alignments, and patterns. Waltz music ...

Billy Preston with Ray Charles – Agent Double O Soul

With the legendary Ray Charles on piano, this is former child piano prodigy and Beatles collaborator Billy Preston performing 'Agent Double O Soul' on The Ed Sullivan Show. The live 1967 performance was featured in th...

Ella Fitzgerald with Duke Ellington: It Don’t Mean A Thing (1965)

From The Ed Sullivan Show on March 7, 1965, (the video seems to be incorrectly dated as being from 1960), watch Ella Fitzgerald perform with Duke Ellington: It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing). ...a ...

Didn’t It Rain: Sister Rosetta Tharpe Live in Manchester (1964)

Playing her electric guitar under the eaves of an abandoned train station in rainy Manchester, England, Sister Rosetta Tharpe performed Didn't It Rain. An American singer, songwriter, and The Godmother of Rock & R...

Tops (1969) by Charles and Ray Eames

Charles Eames was quoted to have said, "Toys are not really as innocent as they look. Toys and games are the preludes to serious ideas." He and his wife Ray, both iconic designers, seemed to take this play-based appro...

Louis Armstrong & His All-Stars – Basin Street Blues (1964)

In 1964, Louis Armstrong & His All-Stars were featured on The Bell Telephone Hour, a long-running NBC music program that moved from the radio to television in 1959. Here they play an Armstrong standard: Basin Street B...

The Dot & the Line: A Romance in Lower Mathematics (1965)

Winner of the Academy Award for Animated Short Film in 1965, and adapted from the celebrated book by Norton Juster, best-known for Phantom Tollbooth, this is The Dot and the Line: A Romance in Lower Mathematics. Th...

James Earl Jones recites the alphabet on Sesame Street

There are few voices with this kind of gravitas, so it's no wonder that James Earl Jones was the first celebrity guest on Sesame Street in 1969. Watch as he transforms the alphabet into something rather riveting. D...

Joni Mitchell: The Circle Game

From the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's The Way It Is television program, this is Joni Mitchell singing The Circle Game in 1968, a favorite with the kiddos in our house. Start the video from the beginning to see ...

Nina Simone: Love Me Or Leave Me

With Johann Sebastian Bach's Fugue in C Major mixed into the piano solo -- infusing her love for Bach and her classical Juilliard School of Music education into a standard -- this is jazz legend Nina Simone performing...

Eva Szasz’s Cosmic Zoom (1968)

From director Eva Szasz and the National Film Board of Canada, Cosmic Zoom (1968) is a wordless journey that attempts to demonstrate the scale of the universe. Beginning with a boy boating on the Ottawa River, we trav...

Drums West by Jim Henson (1961)

Made with cut paper by Jim Henson, Drums West is an experimental animation from around 1961 that features music by jazz great Chico Hamilton. Bonus: At the end, we get to see Henson and his workspace, likely filmed by

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