A look at the work and motivations of four turn-of-the-century photographers: George and Alvah Howes, Frances Benjamin Johnson and T.S. Bronson, all of whom recorded their subjects on glass-plate negatives. The Howes' portraits of workers were done for profit, while photojournalist Johnson made a social statement for her time and Bronson focused on the emerging middle class. Narrated by William Shatner. Based on the research of historian Martin Sandler.
Vintage photographs recall 19th-century advances in transportation which provided Americans with increased personal mobility. Compiled by historian Martin W. Sandler, the period pictures span the years between the linking of the two oceans by rail (1869) and the dawn of the aviation age. In between, the program focuses on the electric trolley, the bicycle craze of the 1890s, the omnipresent railroads and the development of the first horseless carriages.
"Faces of America" looks at the various ethnic groups that assimilated into the American melting pot, as well as those that did not---the blacks, orientals and Native Americans. The relative gains and losses of assimilation are considered. Researched by historian Martin Sandler. Narrated by William Shatner.
From coastal fishing shanties to the advent of the U.S. Navy, America's rise to prominence on the seas is documented with vintage photographs which include glimpses of passenger trade and the merchant marine. Narrated by William Shatner. Researched by historian Martin Sandler.
Vintage family portraits, gleaned from attics and basements by historian Martin Sandler, illustrate the cohesiveness of the family unit in turn-of-the-century America, as well as the changing roles of men, women and children.
Sepia-toned photographs depict the rugged individualists who sought a better life on the prairie, in frontier towns and in the Rockies. Researched by historian Martin Sandler. Narrated by William Shatner.
The advent of machinery brought changes in labor and in laborers, as documented in turn-of-the-century photographs of factories and children, offices and immigrants. Compiled by historian Martin W. Sandler.
Turn-of-the-century photographs recall the spirit of Americans "Learning to Play" in their new-found leisure time, a by-product of the Industrial Revolution. Compiled by historian Martin Sandler, these sepia-toned stills show the middle class enjoying national pastimes such as baseball, croquet, amusement parks, circuses, horse racing and resort vacations.
Historian Martin Sandler's vintage photograph collection illustrates early photographers' success at vividly documenting social and environmental change. Among the endangered life styles preserved by the camera: Old West cowboys, Pacific Northwest lumberjacks, the rural residents of Maine.
A photographic view of what it was like to grow up at the turn of the century both in the city and in the country, as researched by Martin Sandler. The camera focuses on youngsters in the streets and in classrooms; and, for the lucky few, on college campuses.
Photographic images of tree-shaded avenues and lemonade served on the front porch depict why small towns were considered the ideal of American life at the turn of the century. Based on the research of Martin Sandler. Narrated by William Shatner.
Turn-of-the-century photographs document a flurry of experimental activity that produced such inventions as the typewriter and washing machine and brought America into the era of the big-time entrepreneur with an accompanying surge of advertising. Researched by Martin Sandler and narrated by William Shatner.