The Digital Reference Library
This is beyond a Work in Progress - More or Less Notes and Pages I put together for research or to develop later or Graveyard of Stuff & ideas
Birth of TV 1930s-50s
Rare Film Shorts
The Director's Series
What is a Kinescope?
CLICK: The earliest type
was the “stand-up spot,”
I'm on location with Director Sydney Pollack for the movie Tootsie in 1982 starring Dustin Hoffman and Jessica Lange. I worked with Dustin on Marathon Man and Kramer vs Kramer.
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The History of Boomer America
Click: Chapter One: Roof Top Aliens
Day by day rooftops gave birth to television antennas all over town, throughout the suburbs and slowly the entire country.
Start Your Own History Library
Free Videos Download & Collect
What is Television ? Series: One
Sales& Promotional Film 1930's-50's
D.W. Griffith - updated
Biograph Films 1907-1913
Gallen Home Movies
with Laura Duval Bird
NY Toy Fair
Follow Gallen Home Movies starting in 1928
through 16mm, 8mm Super8mm & the video revolution.
My Pandemic Diary
The Director's Series
with John A. Gallagher
click Ira Gallen & Director Sidney Pollack on the set of Tootsie - Rare Interviews
Jazz Party Collection with Art Ford
American Negro Baseball League 1946
Click: To visit the world of Broadway Open House and other Late Night shows.
The Old American Barn Dance
Click: this is the only existing 16mm Kinescope of the Don McNeil's Breakfast Club,
needing to be restored.
Click: View the 16mm & 35mm Kinescopes of the 1954 musical Country & Western Series needing to be restored.
Click: Names like George Vandeman, Rex Humbard, and Fulton Sheen have mostly retreated into the annals of trivia and hazy nostalgia. All waiting for restoration.
Deluxe Man in Space Playset
Countdown Playset Ideal Toys
Star Wars Toy Collection
Ira Gallen Toy Segments
on News & Cable shows
A Past to Draw On
I was born on September 12, 1950, the same year science fiction films about what the future in space held for; what at the time was known as "mankind"was exciting inhabitants visiting their local neighborhood celluloid film projection type theaters showing Motion Pictures.
By the time I was nearing my first decade roaming the terra firma of middle class white America known as Brooklyn, New York, North American Continent, Planet Earth, which at the time of this printing was along the Mikey Way Galaxy, those same films were showing up on a new form of entertainment being invisible projected into our homes to a ground based device known as Television, and the decades to follow would give rise on a Global Scale by a new governing branch known as the era of The Baby Boomer Generation.
"The race is on and we’d better win it because there is absolutely no way to stop an attack from outer space. The first country that can use the moon for the launching of missiles will control the earth. That, gentlemen, is the most important military fact of this century.”
-Wernher von Braun- Rocket scientist
During the end of October, 1957, the United States launched and tested more missiles and rockets than had been tested in any single month, and most were blowing up. What concerned the allied powers so gravely was Russia’s ability to launch the satellite, a feat which meant, in no uncertain terms, that the Soviets also had the technology to produce an arsenal of intercontinental ballistic missiles, soon to be known as I. C. B. M.s.
Cheerios Kid Build a Rocket
Lionel Trains Mercury Capsule
Television commercials also reflected that excitement with space-age storylines creating a buzz to sell: soda, chocolate drinks, vitamins, soap detergent, clothing, cars, boats, cigarettes, cookies, candies, cereal, beer, hair products and especially toys.
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