Film: 7952

Newsreels + Film Magazines | 1960 | Sound | Colour + B/W

Synopsis:

2.2.68: Newspaper clippings reporting increase in U.S. postal rates from 5 cents to 6 cents. Man buying stamps over counter. Commentary states that the 5 cent stamp is still valid if a 1 cent stamp is added to it on the envelope. A 1 cent stamp being added. Poster in window detailing 'New Postage Rates' as of 7 January 1968. Also in window is cartoon drawing of postman holding sign stating 'Use Zip Code'; pan up to sign 'Post Office Department'. Rear view of man working in stamp factory, sheets of stamps moving in front of him on machine. Close-up of the new 6 cent embossed envelope for first class letters featuring Statue of Liberty. Abraham Lincoln on 5 cent postcard (close-up of stamp). Outline of jet 'plane on red triangle for the 10 cent airmail envelope. Man checking enormous roll of stamps in factory. 3 cent postage stamp of 1939 detailing the inauguration of President Washington. 1950's 3 cent stamp detailing the development of the railways. 5 cent stamp with white dove and the words 'Search for Peace'. Another poster detailing new postal rates. 6 cent stamp with head of President Roosevelt. Abraham Lincoln's head on the 5 cent postcard. President Washington's head on 5 cent stamp having 1 cent stamp added to it with head of Andrew Jackson.
2.2.68: Use of 'Zip code' in American postal system. Letters falling into enormous pile. Postman appears from beneath pile screaming. More letters falling. Commentary states that the Post Office is flooded with mail. Postman in pile of letters looking at them. Commentary talks of the weight of mail slowing up delivery which is why zip code created. An addressed envelope; commentary says that when zip code used postal services can sort mail much quicker. Sorting machine. Close-up of woman's hands writing zip code on envelope. Man posting mail into U.S. style post box. Intertitle stating 'Always use Zip Code'.
10.1.68: California, U.S.A.. Heart transplant patient and press conference. Man sitting at desk with microphones. Television camera crews. Spokesman talks of the heart donor's condition as being critical; donor's liver is failing but heart is fine. Camera crews. Spokesman says there may be complications. Medical team, female doctor in surgeon's gown being interviewed. Asked if an operation of this sort could be routine in the future; she says that it is possible. States that everything went smoothly.
23.1.68: Washington D.C., U.S.A.. The suit that Abraham Lincoln wore when he was shot at Ford's Theater goes on display at the theatre when it re-opens. Exterior of Ford's Theater. Lincoln's clothes laid out on table. Close-up of waistcoat; close-up of trousers. Interior Secretary Stewart Udall makes statement inside theatre; thanks the trucking company that gave the $25,000 to the government so that it could purchase the suit from the granddaughter of one of Lincoln's bodyguards who had been given it by Mrs. Lincoln; talks about how well-preserved the suit is. Female spectators. Suit in long shot on table. Voice off camera asks Udall to hold trousers up to give indication of length of Lincoln's legs; they come up to Udall's chest.
8.5.68: West Virginia, U.S.A.. Trapped miners. Mine shaft, miners moving along tunnel in background; in foreground sign 'No Smoking'. Miners underground, flame in background (very dark but good). Close-up of miner's dirty face and helmet with flame framing it. Two women sitting and looking unhappy (trapped miners' wives?). Miners moving pipes. End of pipe with water flowing out. Miner on telephone underground. Group of miners standing and drinking from white cups.
20.12.68: U.S.A.. Ethel Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy's widow, has eleventh child. Hospital corridor; Ethel and crowd walking towards camera. Ethel and another Kennedy says that he and his wife (Joan) will take this baby home because Ethel has enough now (laughter). He introduces midwife who has apparently been at the births of all but one of the 'Kennedy grandchildren'; she (Luella Hennesy) walks forward holding child. Ethel holding baby (really odd that Ethel was not holding the baby in the first place).


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