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Our Shrinking World
Description: Shows the development of transportation and communication, and the resultant bringing together of the world.
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Clip #: TFA-40E
Length: 9:54
Year: 1946
Color: B/W
Sound: Sound
Library: TFA Network
Decade: 1940s
Region: World
Original: 16mm
hundreds of Chinese laborers using human power to build an airfield. Air shot of THE GREAT WALL OF CHINA, shot of wall winding through the hills. Globe with modeling, shot with Africa largest in view, and Europe distorted (curtain behind globe) slowly rotating. Dramatically lit waving night sea mountains, desert, forest with lake in foreground, jungle palm trees, African tribes people carrying jugs on their heads, Asian children riding in baskets, American Indian people riding horses down a hill, camels with packs, donkeys with packs in snowy mountainous region, oxen pulling carts with men riding, men hand constructing canoe-type boats, sailboats in the ocean, Spanish royalty and "Columbus'" ships arriving from shore, Magellan -- 1519 and ship double exposure over rotating globe image, Globe image dissolves into smaller globe image with diameter of old globe remaining, stagecoaches and covered wagons, women in corsets and bonnets climbing off multi-leveled grand stagecoach type steam wagon crowded early steam train Map of the U.S. animated line marking the progress of the steam railroad line steamboats, close-up of paddle wheel close-up of hand tapping out Morse code woman enthusiastically speaking on early telephone apparatus (and chewing gum?) telephone wires Globe with former larger dimensions remaining, dissolved with telephone wires, steam train and text: "NELLY BLY -- 1899" Shot from above steering wheel of early gasoline engine automobile original newsreel film from 1903, Wright Bros. Wireless -- Telephone -- 1902, slow pan up very tall antenna tower "Communications took giant strides. With the perfection of wireless telephone, voices could be sent vast distances without wires. The peoples of the world were coming ever closer together. At a faster and faster pace, modern inventions were helping man to extend his control over space and time. " Orchestra in television studio, two studio cameramen with dollies, orchestra on tiny oval edged monitor with slight silhouettes of audience observing it in the dark Woman climbing into small jet Passengers climbing up outside staircase to board airline Men loading mailbags into jet from underside, woman with clipboard pushing cart of mail Jets with propellers, army jet planes, doing sky flips Shot from back, three telephone operators in polka dot dresses at switchboard Double exposure of orchestra with flickering text, "WHK, WHL, KLO, etc." superimposed to demonstrate international ability of broadcasting Shot of front of "Streamliner"(?) train shot from front, moving through the hillside Rotating models of "cars of the future" Greyhound bus Assembly line shots: many woman workers, phonograph assembly (?), washers moving down belt, cans being packed, sides of beef, bananas on belt, children in relay race, children climbing up slide, people in pool, crowd of children raising their hands towards the camera.

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