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Ephemeral Films

Ephemeral films are non-fiction films usually made for educational, industrial, or promotional purposes. The two classic ephemeral film collections found on the Archive are the Prelinger Archives and AV Geeks.



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National Film Preservation Foundation
by B. P. Schulberg Productions
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Surviving reels of a feature with Clara Bow in an early role. Preserved in collaboration with the New Zealand Film Archive and the Library of Congress.
Topics: silent film, New Zealand Project
National Film Preservation Foundation
by Benjamin Brodsky Moving Picture Co.
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Travelogue by Benjamin Brodsky spotlighting the work of Japanese women,  , preserved with the collaboration of the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia and the George Eastman Museum.
Topics: silent film, sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
by Biff Comedies
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Slapstick comedy about a hearing-impaired burglar and a coveted suit of clothes. Preserved in collaboration with the New Zealand Film Archive and the Library of Congress.
Topics: silent film, New Zealand Project
National Film Preservation Foundation
by Bill and Cora Baird
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One of the Bell Telephone System’s many films instructing the public on proper use of the telephone. Bobby finds his lost dog with the help of the residents of Telezonia, who teach him how to use directory assistance, party lines, and proper phone manners. Note:   Adventure in Telezonia  was the Bairds’ second film for AT&T; “Telezonia” was the name of an instructional package on good telephone habits that was prepared for schools. It contained this film as well as practice...
Topic: sponsored film
National Film Preservation Foundation
by Blaché Screen Service
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Made by San Francisco–based producer Maurice Blaché, the  Buy at Home  series promoted local small town commerce across the western United States during the Great Depression. This example was made in Burlingame, California. It features ads for merchants and various citizens—from firefighters and police officers to students of McKinley Elementary School and members of the Burlingame–San Mateo Lions Club.
Topic: sponsored film
Orgone Archive
by Bray Productions
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Bobby Bumps Starts for School We digitized and uploaded this film from the Orgone Cinema 16mm Archive. Email us at footage@avgeeks.com if you have questions about the footage and are interested in using it in your project.
Topics: school, animation, bray, orgone archive
National Film Preservation Foundation
by Bray Studios Inc.
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eye 1,244

favorite 16

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Animated tall tale in which the colonel recounts how he single-handedly ended the “Great Banana Famine of 1923”. Preserved  in collaboration with the New Zealand Film Archive and The Museum of Modern Art.
Topics: silent film, New Zealand Project
National Film Preservation Foundation
by Bray Studios Inc.
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eye 1,532

favorite 3

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Two-reel comedy with the “McDougall Alley Kids” about a rich boy who gets his comeuppance, preserved in collaboration with the New Zealand Film Archive and the George Eastman Museum.
Topics: silent film, New Zealand Project
National Film Preservation Foundation
by Bud Fisher Films
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Mutt and Jeff cartoon featuring live-action shots of Bud Fisher, creator of the original comic strip. Preserved  with the collaboration of the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia and The  Museum of Modern Art.
Topics: silent film, cartoon
Orgone Archive
by Burlingham Adventures
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An Arctic Hike on the Great Aletsch Glacier We digitized and uploaded this film from the Orgone Cinema 16mm Archive. Email us at footage@avgeeks.com if you have questions about the footage and are interested in using it in your project.
Topics: Arctic, Hike, great Aletsch Glacier, orgone archive