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Work, school, and leisure activities in the United States from 1894 to 1915 are featured in this presentation of 150 motion pictures, 88 of which are digitized for the first time (62 are also available in other American Memory presentations). Highlights include films of the United States Postal Service from 1903, cattle breeding, fire fighters, ice manufacturing, logging, calisthenic and gymnastic exercises in schools, amusement parks, boxing, expositions, football, parades, swimming, and other sporting events.


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Special Presentation: America at Work, School, and Leisure, 1894-1915

Understanding the Collection

About the Collection

Paper Print Film Collection

Selected Bibliography

Collection Connections

Working with the Collection

How to View Videos

How to Order Copies of Films

Building the Digital Collection

Copyright and Other Restrictions

Acknowledgments


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