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Prelinger Archives: American Look (Part I) (1958) [electronic resource]

Prelinger Archives
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
This Prelinger Archives film celebrates the elegance and diversity of 1950s design, illustrating the work of skilled designers as its presents a wide range of objects. A young woman lounges on the floor while dialing and talking on an Ericofon telephone; two children watch TV in collapsible furniture; a child dives into a streamlined backyard swimming pool; a man shoots movies with an 8mm camera; a hand retrieves mail from a stylized mailbox; a hanging light is turned on; various dishes, platters, and drinking glasses are shown; a woman enjoying her modernized kitchen walks over to the stove; poultry broils on an electric chrome rotisserie; an electric can opener opens a can of Campbell's tomato soup; and a mother tends to her child in a playpen while her husband loads logs into a freestanding fireplace. The film also presents examples of packaging designed by Donald Deskey.
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Run Time
8 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
American Look. (Part I) (1958)
American Look (Part I) (1958) (8:00)
Produced by The Jam Handy Organization, for the General Motors Corporation.
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2010], c1958.
Publisher no.
41794 Films Media Group
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Access requires authentication through Films on Demand.
1 streaming video file (8 min.) : sd., col.
Mode of access: Internet.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
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