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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

Sesame Street’s Numerosity: Baker Number 10

Numerosity, also known as The Henson 10, also known around our house as The Baker videos: this is number 10 in the series of number shorts by Jim Henson for the first season of Sesame Street in 1969. While the bak...

Ballet Swan Lake Fouetée: Nureyev and Fonteyn

This 1967 clip from Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake, legends Rudolf Nureyev and Margot Fonteyn give a very brief glimpse of the incredible athleticism involved in ballet. So. Many. Spins. You can watch the entir...

The Elephant Bird Egg

Watch young David Attenborough try to piece together a massive broken egg shell (given to him by locals) in this 1961 clip from Zoo Quest to Madagascar: The Elephant Bird Egg. The Elephant B...

Mathematica: A World of Numbers… and Beyond

In 1961, an interactive exhibition called Mathematica: A World of Numbers… and Beyond inaugurated the new science wing at Los Angeles’ California Museum of Science and Industry. Spo...

National Film Board of Canada: The Rink

From the National Film Board of Canada, this is Quebec director Gilles Carle’s The Rink. Details we noticed on this idyllic Sunday in 1962: everyone’s warm breath in the cold air...

Julie Andrews and Gene Kelly play The Tapping Game

Julie Andrews and Gene Kelly play The Tapping Game… and they sing and dance, because when you have Julie Andrews and Gene Kelly on stage together, that’s what happens. This clip i...

Winnie-the-Pooh (Винни-Пух) by Russian animator Fyodor Khitruk

Comparing different versions of familiar stories can be a great example of how many ways there are to see the world. The video above is a fascinating example: Winnie-the-Pooh (Винни-Пух, 1969) by Russian animator Fyo...

Jim Henson: Run, Run (1965)

Travel back to 1965 in Run, Run, a short autumn-filled film by Jim Henson in which his daughters Lisa and Cheryl run freely through the woods near their home in Greenwich, Connecticut.

Zoo (1961) by Bert Haanstra

Zoo (1961), filmed at Artis Royal Zoo in Amsterdam by Dutch documentary film maker Bert Haanstra. But whom are we really watching here? More excellent Haanstra: Glas. Updated video link.

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