Stock Library Can AXJ (silent raw footage)

The 1960s film footage illustrates various aspects of everyday life and includes notable landmarks. The scenes begin in a library with a boy looking through a card catalog and a woman with a girl engaging in similar research activities. The library setting is further emphasized with girls at tables, individuals selecting books, and a boy sitting down to read.

Monuments and structures are highlighted with low-angle shots of the Eiffel Tower and the Washington Monument, alongside a view of a statue and a bust carved into a building exterior. The natural world is depicted with a pan across a forest scene with marionettes, including one chopping down a tree and a toy ax falling into water. Farm life is captured with a man driving a tractor and stacking hay, and cows are shown in both a pen and walking by a fence.

The footage also includes serene ocean views and a high-angle pan across a town and countryside, juxtaposed with scenes of historical reenactment with men in period costume sword fighting outside ancient ruins, where stairways and carvings are also showcased.

Everyday life continues with close-ups of personal hygiene, such as drying feet and pointing out toes, and tranquil scenes of birds in a birdbath. Domestic life is represented by a cat with kittens, both resting and feeding.

The film captures typical suburban activities like a boy riding a bike delivering newspapers, a mailman on his route, a man connecting a hose to a house, and various other service-related tasks. A woman is shown dialing a phone, a man takes photographs, and another man reads a newspaper, highlighting the social and domestic routines of the time.

Overall, the film provides a diverse portrayal of life in the 1960s, capturing both the mundane and the historic, the natural and the man-made, showcasing a tapestry of activities that defined the era.

We digitized and uploaded this film from the A/V Geeks 16mm Archive. Email us at if you have questions about the footage and are interested in using it in your project.

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