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American Artifacts: Early Public Affairs Films

First Color Film of a U.S. President - William Taft in 1912

First Color Film of a U.S. President - William Taft in 1912

Culpeper, Virginia
Sunday, July 21, 2013

American History TV visited the Library of Congress Packard Campus to learn about the earliest public affairs films, including U.S. Presidents, the Spanish-American War, World War One, and the first ever political ad, created in 1912 by the Democratic party.  The Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio-Visual Conservation in Culpeper, Virginia preserves and provides access to the world's largest collection of films, television programs, radio broadcasts and sound recordings. Our guide is Motion Picture Section Head Mike Mashon.

Updated: Monday, July 22, 2013 at 10:08am (ET)

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