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Singing Circuits

    In 1915 when Victor records included Henry Dacre’s  “Daisy Bell (A Bicycle Built for Two)” in the above “Songs of the Past” medley (starting at 2:44), the song was likely viewed as something of a sentimental oldie. Two decades earlier, however, the bicycle craze was in full swing and the song was a […]

Copyright Descriptive Records (London After Midnight Edition)

Although the collections of the NAVCC are rightfully associated with audiovisual content (after all, it’s in our name), we have a tremendous amount of paper records—well in excess of two million items. And for moving images, this documentation really runs the gamut: posters, lobby cards, photographs, festival catalogs, scripts, trade periodicals, press kits, and on […]

Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (May 15-17, 2014)

It’s spring in Culpeper, and our fancy lightly turns to thoughts of monsters. Thursday, May 15 (7:30 p.m.) King Kong (RKO, 1933) Filmmaker Carl Denham (Robert Armstrong), recent discovery Ann Darrow (Fay Wray) and his team discover a giant prehistoric ape, dubbed Kong, while searching for locations on an uncharted jungle island. The crew manages […]

Now Playing at the Packard Campus Theater (May 8-10, 2014)

Here at the Packard Campus in Culpeper, April showers bring May…monsters? Among the many attributes of the Campus is our lovely 205 seat art deco theater, where we are proud to present free screenings three times a week. Future posts will feature more specific information about the theater and its design, but of special note […]

Let’s All Go to the Moving Images

The Great Train Robbery. Casablanca. Star Wars. 12 Years a Slave. I Love Lucy. All in the Family. Seinfeld. Game of Thrones. These well-known films and television shows are all part of the Library’s moving image collection. And so are How Buttons Got Even With the Butler (American Mutoscope & Biograph, 1903), Daily Report of […]

Now See Hear! (Pretty Please)

This post was co-written with Bryan Cornell and Karen Fishman. We hope we can be forgiven the stern tone of this blog’s name, but we couldn’t resist the pun. Welcome to the inaugural post of Now See Hear!, a blog devoted to sharing information about and content from the collections of the National Audio-Visual Conservation […]