Vintage Chemical Industry Films

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Vintage Chemical Industry Films. 1935–50s. Quality Information Publishers, 2007. DVD.

Description: This DVD compilation features vintage films about the wonders and dangers of living in a world filled with manufactured chemicals.

  1. Test Tube Tale (9 minutes, 1941). This is a chemical propaganda film showing all that chemicals help produce, from nylon to pesticides to raincoats. This film was made to encourage budding scientists to become chemists during the World War II era.
  2. The Magic Wheel (29 minutes, 1952). This film views the National Cash Register Company from the perspective of a 25-year veteran of a chemical engineering firm.
  3. Garden Wise (12 minutes, 1950s). This is a Monsanto-sponsored film about the wonders of treating your lawn and garden with chemicals. It includes some very controversial chemicals, such as polyacrylamide.
  4. Dow Midland (21 minutes, 1950s). This is a silent film that documents the daily operations of the Dow Midland Chemical Plant in Michigan. It includes footage of the manufacturing of chemicals and chemical products, specifically saran wrap, dyes, and pesticides.
  5. Death to Weeds (20 minutes, 1947). This film highlights the newly developed line of pesticides called 2-4-D and their ability to kill weeds.
  6. Mallinckrodt Chemical Comedy (8 minutes, 1935). This unusual film is filled with strange skits made by the employees of Mallinckrodt Chemical Company.

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