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Description: 1950s film about the United States Social Security system.
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Clip #: MF-4D-2
Length: 9:00
Year: 1954
Color: B/W
Sound: Sound
Library: TFA Network
Decade: 1950s
Region: North America
Country: United States
Subject: Government
Original: 35mm
1950s, Social Security Administration, female Social Security representative assisting self-employed middle aged man apply for Social Security card in district office, office worker, grocer selling cigarettes to woman accompanied by girl, grocer giving lollipop to girl, man’s hand holding his Social Security card, grocer and female Social Security representative talking, grocer leaving office, barn, farm, farmhand backing truck up to barn entrance and unloading sacks while talking to farm operator, farmhand getting Social Security card application at post office, farm operator giving farmhand paycheck and explaining how Social Security deductions work, housekeeper mopping floor, washing dishes and ironing, housekeeper talking with female Social Security representative in district office, woman’s hand holding Social Security card, housekeeper giving female employer booklet about how to process Social Security for domestic workers, female employer reading booklet, female employer filling out form and mailing with check, Social Security district office, office staff, personnel, representatives, woman using typewriter, switchboard operator, man talking on telephone, woman removing files from file cabinet, man using adding machine, field representative putting files into briefcase, putting on hat and leaving office, field representative driving to small towns for visits, Maryland, Baltimore, Candler Building, “confidential records, admittance only to authorized persons” sign, workers in records area, personal records with same names and different Social Security numbers, woman’s hand flipping through names and adding one, workers using machines, bookkeeping operations, personnel, staff members, female workers using IBM card punch machines, machines generating checks and putting checks into envelopes, postman delivering check to senior man smoking pipe and working in yard, widowed applicants, beneficiaries, senior women running into each other on sidewalk and talking, senior woman rolling out dough in kitchen, widowed woman kissing sons goodby as they exit house and head to school, young man filling out application for Social Security card, female representative helping senior man file claim for old-age insurance benefit payments, female widow with child filing for survivor’s payments, hand holding Social Security card, blank Social Security card with 000-00-0000 number superimposed over images of applicants, Social Security Bureau of Old Age and Survivors Insurance District Office door, Social Security office workers, employees, representatives, man answering telephone, women writing at desk and smiling as they look up, blank Social Security card with 000-00-0000 number

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