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Historic Electricity and Electrical Science Film Collection on DVD

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Electricity - such a fundamental cornerstone of modern life that we don't give it a seconds thought. We assume that it will always work and be there for us. And with the exception of an occasional bad storm interrupting electrical power, this is almost always true.

But it wasn't always this robust. This film collection explores the origins of electricity and electrical science and shows how that early science developed into the robust network of electricity generation and products that need electricity that we all take for granted.

Here are the contents of each of the films in the electrical science and electricity history film collection:


This very early educational film about electromagnetism was filmed in the late 20s. It explains how electromagnets work and their relation to electricity. It then shows how a generator works and how the generator works with the transformers to allow long distance transmission of electricity. The film is a combination of animations and period elecrical production equipment.

Audio/Visual: silent, b&w
Run time: 10:26

Electronics At Work (1943)

This film, produced by Westinghouse, serves to introduce the vacuum tube and shows the six basic functions of it in electronic equipment and how it is used in both industrial and military applications.

Production Company: Westinghouse Electric Corp
Audio/Visual: sound, b&w
Run time: 20:00

Freedom and Power (1952)

This partially animated film explores the history of electricity and shows how the evolution of electrical power has resulted in more freedom and more convenience and luxurious living for the average American.

Producer: Wolff (Raphael G.) Studios, Inc.
Audio/Visual: Sound, Color
Run Time: 25:34

My Dad's Company (1946)

This film, presented as a discussion between a Detroit Edison Company employee and his son, explains how important electricity is to everything we do and how his company is a good solid company. It provides good jobs, an essential service to the community and is a good community member.

Producer: Handy (Jam) Organization
Audio/Visual: Sound, B&W
Run time: 21:33

The Power to Serve (1957)

This film shows how the electric company makes Cleveland a great place to live. In fact, it makes it the best place to live in the entire country.

Producer: Handy (Jam) Organization
Audio/Visual: Sound, Color
Run time: 20:56

Principles of Electricity (1945)

This film discussed the basic principles of electricity - starting with what atoms are and how they work leading up to how the flow of current works, what volts, amperes and ohms are and many more of the basic principles of electricity that are the cornerstone to electrical science. The film includes scientific advisors Dr. Saul Dushman; Dr. Roman Smoluchowski; Dr. David Harker to ensure it is an accurate presentation.

Production Company: Wolff (Raphael G.) Studios, Inc.
Audio/Visual: sound, color
Run time: 20:00

We Use Power (1956)

This film explores how power is generated to run a variety of machines. It uses small models to explain the integrated workings all all the components of these systems.

Production Company: Churchill Films
Audio/Visual: sound, color
Run time: 0:10:53

When the Circuit Breaks: America's Energy Crisis (1975)

This film is all about what happens when there is too much demand for electricity at a given time. It explains how when demand exceeds supply, it can cause the circuits that protect the system to "break" and cause an energy crisis or blackout. It looks at where we are getting our energy and shows how the demand for energy grows each year and puts more and more strain on the system. It also explains how the American public and government look at electrical generation with ambivalence and rounds off the presentation with a promotion that America be energy self sufficient by 1985.

Producer: Concept Films, Inc.
Audio/Visual: sound, Color
Run Time: 27:54

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