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Prelinger Archives: Aluminum on the March (Part I) (1956) [electronic resource]

Prelinger Archives
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
This Prelinger Archives film is a mid-20th-century look at the aluminum industry and its contributions to major engineering ventures as well as daily life. The documentary opens in the bauxite mines of Jamaica, from which bauxite ore is conveyed over an aerial tramway to waiting ships, then carried to a factory for processing. Emerging as a snow-white powder, the "alumina" is further processed and used in a variety of other industries, including aircraft manufacturing and national defense. Its versatility and flexibility are illustrated with stop-motion animation of a quasi-human aluminum figure leading ingots, blooms, and billets in a grand march. Perhaps most intriguing, however, is a detailed look at the steps by which massive aluminum blocks are pressed into thin foil sheets.
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14 min.
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on August 21, 2010.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
Variant Title
Aluminum on the March. (Part I) (1956)
Aluminum on the March (Part I) (1956) (14:00)
Produced by Jam Handy Organization, for Reynolds Metals Company.
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2010], c1956.
Publisher no.
41783 Films Media Group
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Access requires authentication through Films on Demand.
1 streaming video file (14 min.) : sd., col.
Mode of access: Internet.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
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