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FDR Inaugural Parade, January 1941: Color 8mm Film

September 16, 2014

Excuse us, but this just couldn’t wait until “Throwback Thursday.”Screen Shot 2014-09-16 at 12.52.57 PM

Today, one of our clients graciously granted us permission to share this extraordinary color film we just digitized and restored for his family: An excerpt of the 1941 Inaugural Parade of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who had just been elected to an unprecedented third term in office.

The clip includes a brief glimpse of the presidential car, where we see FDR and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt smiling and waving to the crowds (At the end, we have slowed down and enlarged this portion of the clip so you can see the Roosevelts better.)

Although the United States was still 11 months away from entering World War II, we see evidence of how the nation was steeling itself for battle with all the military paraphernalia on display – including planes, soldiers and speeding (!) tanks.

If you’ve been watching Ken Burns latest documentary “The Roosevelts” on PBS this week, this film is a real treat.

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