Rick Prelinger


Meta-archivist; home movie collector; co-founder outsider library; makes live historical film events; teaches Film&DigitalMedia @UCSC. Words own unless copied.

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Ancestor of #Craigslist, Sept 17 1971: classifieds & personals from San Francisco Good Times weekly paper. #sf

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Essential communications are a human right, at least at this phone booth near Lake Shasta, Calif.

Outdoor film screening starting shortly

New ScanStation arriving

From the dais at Porter College graduation, a first-time experience for me

Aquatic screening from catamaran/music raft floating on Mission Bay, #SF with lots of #prelinger footage

“Floating Man” regatta of unusual art-watercraft in Mission Bay, the central vessel being a project

Sing Sing #prison cells, "like a #library where human documents are shelved and forgotten." Ind Mgmt 1921/01/15

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"The ONLY REAL Security -- A HOME of your own." (1945)

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Back in stock!

Someone is feeding the #coyotes at Middle Lake, Golden Gate Park.

Hint of dope culture in the Holdenville, Oklahoma July 1937 phone book. Guaranteed authentic! #420

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Sorting books for ’s Manual of Civilization at Interval; a #library to survive the apocalypse, if possible

Here’s previewing her forthcoming book Inside the Machine

Generational humor: WMEX Boston April Fool's Day 1966 music survey — how many of the jokes do you get?

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It's really amazing what Simeon Heyer (shown L) has done with #TheJamHandy studio in #Detroit. Sky's the limit!

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Thomas Piketty reading at McRoskey Mattress Factory, organized by the excellent Green Arcade Books

just one overturn on 280 an sand hill, sorry

Pitching anxiety to the consumer. "Why Boastful Advertising Is Based upon Fear." Advertising & Selling, 10/48.

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This piece of ephemera, now refound, first got me interested in computers, spring of 1960.