A/V Geeks have put online dozens of videos copied from old 16mm school films they rescued from dumpsters.
Oh! I totally want this! (spotted in an ad on the A/V Geek site)
Educational Archives: Limited Edition Lunchbox (4 DVD Box Set)
Generations of American children sat in dark classrooms and absorbed wisdom from 16mm educational films. Through the flicker of dim projector bulbs and the warble of optical soundtracks, a blueprint for better living in the atomic age was spelled out in no uncertain terms.This collection from the late 1940s to the 1980s is historical, hysterical, and filled with more important misinformation than you can digest in one viewing. Fantoma presents this special, four-volume set in a limited-edition metal lunchbox, complete with working thermos!
Volume One: "Sex and Drugs"Learn about the dangers of marijuana, the difference between boys and girls, and the joys of menstruation in such gems as LSD: Insight or Insanity, It's Wonderful Being a Girl, and Marijuana (with Sonny Bono).
Volume Two: "Social Engineering 101"Discover how to fit in, keep clean, choose between right and wrong, and behave yourself in the cafeteria. Featuring Lunchroom Manners, Soapy the Germ Fighter, Why Doesn't Cathy Eat Breakfast, and Shy Guy.
Volume Three: "Driver's Ed"In the '40s and '50s, America faced a threat even more frightening than the Bomb: teenagers with cars. Discover how we dealt with this new and terrible menace in The Last Prom, Joyride, Safety Belt for Susie, and Tomorrow's Drivers (narrated by James Stewart).
Volume Four: "On the Job"Learn about workplace safety and how to fire someone without being shot in Shake Hands with Danger, The Grapevine, The Trouble with Women, How to Keep a Job, and When You Grow Up.
Meanwhile, I'm going back to sorting through my filing cabinets and tossing out my notes from staff meetings in 1997. Sigh.