Free: British Pathé Puts Over 85,000 Historical Films on YouTube

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British Pathé was one of the leading producers of newsreels and documentaries during the 20th Century. This week, the company, now an archive, is turning over its entire collection — over 85,000 historical films – to YouTube.

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Rare Audio: Albert Einstein Explains “Why I Am an American” on Day He Passes Citizenship Test (1940)

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Most Americans by birth, myself included, have little reason to think about the process of attaining our highly sought-after nationality.

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How the CIA Turned Doctor Zhivago into a Propaganda Weapon Against the Soviet Union

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Humanity has long pondered the relative might of the pen and the sword. While one time-worn aphorism does grant the advantage to the pen, most of us have entertained doubts: the sword, metaphorically or literally, seems to have won out across an awfully wide swath of history.

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Old Books Bound in Human Skin Found in Harvard Libraries (and Elsewhere in Boston)

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For at least a decade now, the “death of print” has seemed all but inevitable. Amidst all the nostalgia for printed literature, it’s easy to forget that mass-produced books and media, and a literate population, are fairly recent phenomena in human history.

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Batgirl Fights for Equal Pay in a 1960s Television Ad Supporting The Equal Pay Act

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Featured on the Emily’s List Facebook Page today is this “PSA from the 1960s,” where “Batgirl advocates for equal pay while saving Batman and Robin.

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Eleanor Roosevelt’s Durable Wisdom on Curiosity, Empathy, Education & Responding to Criticism

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First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt was a prolific columnist and writer, with an impressive list of clips produced both during FDR’s tenure in the White House and afterwards.

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New York Public Library Puts 20,000 Hi-Res Maps Online & Makes Them Free to Download and Use

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When I was a kid, my father brought home from I know not where an enormous collection of National Geographic magazines spanning the years 1917 to 1985. I found, tucked in almost every issue, one of the magazine’s gorgeous maps—of the Moon, St. Petersburg, the Himalayas, Eastern Europe’s ever-shifting boundaries.

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Thomas Edison & His Trusty Kinetoscope Create the First Movie Filmed In The US (c. 1889)

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Thomas Edison is undoubtedly America’s best-known inventor. Nicknamed “The Wizard of Menlo Park” for his prolific creativity, Edison amassed a whopping 1093 patents throughout his lifetime.

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Titanic: The Nazis Create a Mega-Budget Propaganda Film About the Ill-Fated Ship … and Then Banned It (1943)

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(NOTE: While the trailer remains untranslated, the full film includes English subtitles.)
James Cameron’s Titanic appeared in 1997 as the most expensive film ever made. Werner Klingler and Herbert Selpin’s Titanic appeared in 1943 as the most expensive German film ever made.

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Electric Photo of Nikola Tesla, 1899

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Quite the shot: Nikola Tesla appears in a multiple-exposure photo in 1899, while a Tesla coil discharges millions of volts.
Want to see more old sparks flying? Here we have an image of Mark Twain, the literary giant, tinkering in More Tesla’s laboratory in 1894.

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