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Friday, December 01, 2006

Commercial Interruption: Propaganda Americana

The promise of capitalism and technological progress has always required storytellers who can give form to our brave new future. Here are some great classics of the commercial "educational" film, pioneered by the Jam Handy Organization.

The American Look (1958), "a tribute to the men and women, who design."

American Thrift (1962), a tribute to the American woman, who "spends to save, and saves to spend."

American Engineer (1956), a tribute to the American engineer courageously accepting the challenge to lead the way to progress.

The Front Line (1968), showcases the "battle being waged for the American dollar", and the wonders of the great American supermarket.

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