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Old people said the darndest things in the Twenties

The iconic Fox Movietone News, which ran in the United States from 1927 to 1963, was one of the first newsreels to marry moving pictures and sound. Pieced together from Movietone News footage made available by the Moving Image Research Collections at the University of South Carolina, this short film features interviews with elderly people across the US shot between 1928 and 1930 – in the middle of the Prohibition era, and overlapping with the stock market crash of 1929. With colourful characters ranging from a wise-cracking Hudson Valley farmer and a duo of retired travelling salesmen, to a former billiards champion and a tap-dancing Civil War veteran, the interviews offer a compelling (and, it should be noted, entirely white) perspective on the country and the times. Watch the first installment of the series here.

Editor: guy jones

18 May 2018

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