As some of you know, I've been diving into the Prelinger Archives which recently released over 6600 vintage short films/documentaries/tv spots/etc to the public for FREE use in any production or whatever you desire to use them in. I've watched about 100 of them enraptured at times by the auto propaganda of the 50s & 60s foisted upon our country by the car companies (who sponsored many of these).
My latest fascination is the "Give Yourself the Green Light" (1954) a 25 minute epic likely played in communities, classrooms and theaters across America which features so much good (horrible) propaganda it's hard to know where to start. But I wanted to edit it down to a watchable length and pull out the best stuff (4 minutes) for Streetfilms fans.
- Watch as a frustrated Miss America desperately attempts to find parking to go shopping.
- Listen as the narrator tells us "best investment a town can make: lots and lots of parking!"
- Pittsburgh digging a "$4 million dollar hole" in the heart of downtown to put in a fabulous parking garage.
- See the Gowanus Expressway as it "speeds over a densely populated area of Brooklyn without disturbing life below." (yes that is the actual narration)
- Brooklyn Heights with a pedestrian promenade on top, a local traffic on the bottom and two one-way expressways in between. "Four story proof, that our modern highway planners with imagination and public support can solve our traffic problems."
There are plenty of jaw dropping moments. So much to look back on to how our country was grossly pushed towards an dependent culture that cities and towns are still paying for (and still attempting to achieve with road widenings, road expansions, and parking, parking everywhere (for free)!