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Culley family collection of Cinecraft Productions audiovisual materials

Accession 2018.201

Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department, Hagley Museum and Library


PO Box 3630
Wilmington, Delaware, 19807
302-658-2400
askhagley@hagley.org

Finding aid prepared by Laurie Sather, Lisa Kruczek, and Kevin Martin, 2018.

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2018-04-13T07:56-0400

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Culley family collection of Cinecraft Productions audiovisual materials
Dates: 1937-2016, bulk 1937-1975
Accession Number: 2018.201
Creator: Cinecraft Productions, Inc.; Culley family
Extent: 5 linear feet
Physical Description: 19 reels : sd., col. ; 16mm. 7 reels : sd., b&w ; 16mm. 76 magazine/newspaper clippings. 111 articles : copies. 7 advertisements : copies. 60 photographic prints : b&w ; 8 x 10 in. 2 photographic prints : b&w ; 10 x 12.5 in. or larger. 1 photographic print : b&w ; 3 x 5.5 in. 1 photographic print : color ; 5 x 7 in. 14 transparencies : color ; 8 x 10 in. 7 transparencies : color ; 5 x 7 in. 5 negatives : b&w ; 8 x 10 in. 1 negative : b&w ; 4 x 5 in. 3 contact sheets. 1 drawing : colored pencils ; 11 x 11 in. 81 slides : color ; 35mm. 24 filmstrips. 6 sound discs : analog ; 33 1/3 rpm. 11 sound cassette tapes : analog. 1 videocassette (VHS). 1 album. 30 booklets. 27 letters. 5 certificates. 6 scripts. 1 coloring book. 49 items. 7 Gigabytes.
Language of Material: English
Repository: Hagley Museum and Library: Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives Department
Abstract: Cinecraft Productions was founded in 1939 by Ray Culley (1904-1983) and Betty Culley (1914-2016) in Cleveland, Ohio. Ray Culley served as president of the company until his retirement in 1970. During his tenure, Cinecraft specialized in commercial productions for business, industry, trade organizations, and, in some cases, government agencies and social service organizations. Cinecraft was one among hundreds of production houses in the U.S. during the middle decades of the 20th century that specialized in motion pictures commonly referred to as non-theatrical, industrial, business and/or sponsored films. This collection documents the history of the company, the people that worked there, and some of the company's film and educational projects. The collection has been arranged into three series: Company and personnel history; Films; and Educational materials. The materials date from 1937 to 2016 with a bulk of the collection dating from 1937 to 1975.
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Historical Note

Cinecraft Productions was founded in 1939 by Ray Culley (1904-1983) and Betty Culley (1914-2016) in Cleveland, Ohio. Ray Culley served as president of the company until his retirement in 1970. During his tenure, Cinecraft specialized in commercial productions for business, industry, trade organizations, and, in some cases, government agencies and social service organizations. Cinecraft was one among hundreds of production houses in the U.S. during the middle decades of the 20th century that specialized in a motion pictures commonly referred to as non-theatrical, industrial, commercial, business and/or sponsored films. While ownership has changed twice since its founding, Cinecraft is still in business and rightfully claims itself the “country's longest standing corporate film & video production house.”

Cinecraft’s founder, Ray Culley, was born in 1904 in Norwalk, Ohio. He apprenticed and worked as a watchmaker and jeweler for twelve years before moving to Hollywood in 1930 with the intent of working in the movies. He started his Hollywood career as an actor with bit parts in a number of films before moving behind the camera as a production manager and assistant director mainly for Allied Pictures, Liberty Pictures, and Republic Films. In 2018, the Internet Movie Database (IMDb) lists Culley as part of the production team on twenty-three films in the genres of westerns, dramas, and comedies.

Culley’s transition to industrial/sponsored filmmaking came in 1937 when he was hired as assistant director on a General Electric film titled From Now On produced by Tri-State Productions in Cleveland. The movie was written and produced like a Hollywood film except it was entirely funded by GE and featured numerous GE products. This work influenced him to move back to Ohio where he was hired as the director on another commercial film The World’s Largest Electrical Workshop for the General Electric Lighting Division in Cleveland.

Betty (Buehner) Culley was born in 1914 in Germany and immigrated to the United States in 1923. Her family ended up in Cleveland where her father worked on the construction of the Terminal Tower. When she met her future husband, she was employed as a film editor with Tri-State Productions in Cleveland. She later worked as an editor for a film lab in New York where she gained experience working with 16mm sound film, a relatively new format at the time.

Ray and Betty married in May 1939 and started Cinecraft that same year. Betty Culley recognized the economy and potential of 16mm film and influenced her husband to employ the format in their new business of making commercial films. Since 16mm was a cheaper format then 35mm, films became affordable for more businesses to employ in marketing and advertising opening up a larger customer base. Betty Culley was also instrumental in developing the multi-camera film shooting methods that became an important element of Cinecraft’s success. That innovation brought down production costs as well.

Cinecraft started its production studio in a rental space in the Card Building in Downtown Cleveland. Their first film was a thirty-minute educational safety film titled You Bet Your Life for the Cleveland Railway Company under contract with Fuller & Smith & Ross, a prominent Cleveland-based advertising agency. The early years of Cinecraft brought work from many local businesses and national businesses with satellite offices and/or operations in Ohio. Fuller & Smith & Ross played an important part in Cinecraft’s early years. Cinecraft produced films for Westinghouse from their start. Westinghouse was among the ad agencies most prominent clients at the time. During the Second World War, Cinecraft made films for the government -- they received a check for $34,486 in 1944 from the U.S. Treasury related to work they did for the Navy. Starting in 1948, Cinecraft began producing television advertisements directly for clients and through ad agencies including Fuller & Smith & Ross, McCann Erickson, and Lang, Fisher & Stashowe.

After less than ten years of operation, Cinecraft moved its operation to the Cleveland Chamber of Industries Building at 2515 Franklin Ave in Cleveland. The $45,000 purchase price paid in 1947 provides insight into the company’s early success. They renovated the building’s atrium into a soundstage. The space allowed them to design and build custom sets for a variety of productions. In the 1940s, they added an animation department that included five full-time artists. According to a notation in the Cinecraft log books, between 1939 and 1959 Cinecraft produced 299 films and 900 TV/Radio commercials.

In addition to Westinghouse, prominent clients during Ray Culley’s tenure as the head of Cinecraft (1939 to 1970) included DuPont, Hercules Powder, Standard Oil of Ohio, Seiberling Rubber Company, Firestone, Goodyear, Bethlehem Steel, Owens-Corning, Ohio Bell Telephone, General Electric, American Greetings, Carling Brewing, The Austin Company, and Republic Steel.

Cinecraft also produced films for trade organizations including the National Association of Manufacturers, American Society for Metals, Lake Carriers Association, and the American Iron and Steel Institute. On a smaller scale, they produced films for various governmental agencies, social service agencies, and religious organizations

Many of their accounts -- Westinghouse, General Electric, Ohio Bell Telephone, Republic Steel, and Standard Oil of Ohio being prime examples -- lasted for decades. Production of films for the steel, energy, and tire industries endured well into the twentieth century.

Cinecraft relied on local acting talent from the Cleveland Playhouse but also attracted well known (or soon to be well known) actors and celebrities to appear in their films including Alan Alda, Don Ameche, Merv Griffin, Wally Cox, Tim Conway, Brian Donlevy, Reed Hadley, Chet Huntley, Danny Kaye, Otto Kruger, George Montgomery, Burgess Meredith, Basil Rathbone, and James Whitmore. Future presidents Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan also participated in Cinecraft projects.

Starting in the 1940s, Cinecraft developed and employed a 3-camera production technique that would later become standard for shooting television shows. In 1950, Cinecraft produced a film for the Domestic Sewing Machine Company under contract for Fuller & Smith & Ross. The President of Domestic Sewing Machine Co, Dodge E. Barnum (1902-1981), wrote an article for Advertiser’s Ink in September 1950 titled “Three-camera technique used to shoot TV film.” In the article, Barnum described how the method saved time and money by eliminating re-shoots from multiple angles and lighting changes which were necessary with single camera shoots.

The three-camera film technique improved the quality of television programming re-broadcasts by eliminating the need for low quality versions that used a kinescope - a film camera that would produce a copy of a broadcast from a video monitor. In 1953, Cinecraft demonstrated the three-camera technique in a film they described as “experimental” titled Sadie Ferguson - Postmistress. The last five minutes of the film went into detail about the advantages of the production method.

Cinecraft produced a television series called The Ohio Story, an educational program that started on radio in 1947 before transitioning to TV in 1951. In all, 1,309 radio shows and 175 TV films were made in the series. The Ohio Story sponsored by Ohio Bell Telephone -- ran on local Ohio television until 1962.

In addition to producing industrial films and television commercials, Cinecraft made slide films for clients and audio only programs for radio. In some cases, they managed the sales of film prints for clients and, on a small scale, sold stock footage which provided another revenue stream.

In 1970, Ray Culley sold the business to his younger brother Paul Culley (1924-2016) and his wife Christine (Hofstetter) Culley (1921-2016), who ran the business until 1985 when they sold it to its current owners Neil McCormick and Maria Keckan. McCormick and Keckan were Cinecraft employees at the time of the sale.

Cinecraft began to transition from film to video in the 1970s. They produced their final work on film in the early 1980s. Starting in the 1990s they began to transition to the digital technology that is now ubiquitous in all motion picture production. They are one of the few independent industrial/commercial production houses that successfully transitioned through these three significant technological changes.

Cinecraft continues to operate out of the same facility purchased by Ray Culley in 1947. In recent years, Cinecraft has evolved into a nationally recognized producer of custom content for corporate learning and development clients.

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Scope and Content

This collection documents the history of the company, people that worked there, and some of the films and educational projects. The collection has been arranged into three series: Company and personnel history; Films; and Educational materials. The materials date from 1937 to 2016 with a bulk of the collection dating from 1937 to 1975.

Company and personnel history series includes correspondence, account ledgers, Ray Culley’s phonebook, biographies of select personnel, staff photographs, newspaper and magazine articles, and awards. The two account ledgers document the financial activities surrounding films made between 1945 and 1971. The account ledgers are copies. Of particular note is a memoir about Paul Culley, and two oral history interviews with key members of Cinecraft of which there is both a digital video and a written transcript. The materials date from 1939 to 2016.

The Films series contains reels for twenty-six films. The films are generally sponsored by a company or trade organization such as General Electric, the DuPont Company, Hercules Powder, Westinghouse, Armco Steel, National Association of Manufacturers, and the Cleveland Chamber of Commerce. There is associated documentation related to thirteen of the twenty-six films. The related documents include copies of articles about the film or showings of the film, brochures, advertisements, and published film descriptions. Six scripts or shooting scripts are included. In some cases there are photographs or transparencies. There is documentation related to thirty-two films in which the film reels are not a part of the collection, four of which have digital copies and there are two digital videos with no accompanying material. There are a few photographs of studios built by Ray Culley. There are production stills which include photographs of film appearances of Ray and Betty Culley, Ray and Betty's oldest two sons, Jim and Paul, as children, and their family home when it was used as a shooting location. The films are arranged chronologically by the date of the film creation, which is not necessarily the date of the associated documentation. Most of the articles and advertisements are copies. The materials date from 1937 to 1975.

Educational materials series contains booklets, audio, and filmstrips for classes on electronics, reading, and writing. There are also two sets of a children’s educational series called “The Lollipop Dragon,” which was geared at pre-school and elementary school age children, created by three Kent State students and produced by Cinecraft Productions. This series is arranged chronologically and the materials date from 1970 to 1972.

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Series Descriptions and Inventory

I. Company and personnel history, 1939-2016
Box Folder
1 1 Correspondence, 1943-1965, 1994; 16 letters.
Box Folder
1 2 Sale of business from Ray Culley to Paul Culley, 1970-1973; 11 items.
Box Folder
1 3 Account ledger, "black book," copy, 1946-1959 [Motion picture productions.] ; 13 pages.
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1 4 Account ledger, "black book," copy, 1949-1954 [Slide film productions.] ; 19 pages.
Box Folder
1 5 Account ledger, "black book," copy, 1951-1955 [Miscellaneous projects.] ; 13 pages.
Box Folder
1 6 Account ledger, "black book," copy, 1947-1963 [Sound department projects.] ; 12 pages.
Box Folder
1 7 Account ledger, "black book," copy, 1948-1961 [Television spots productions.] ; 27 pages.
Box Folder
1 8 Account ledger, "black book," copy, 1945-1947 [Motion pictures made for television list.] ; 1 page.
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1 9 Account ledger, "black book," copy, 1948-1955 [Frank Siedel - Storycraft projects.] ; 2 pages.
Box Folder
1 10 Account ledger, "black book," copy, 1947-1955 [Checking account spreadsheets.] ; 17 pages.
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1 11 Account ledger, "black book," copy, 1953-1956 [Checking account spreadsheets.] ; 16 pages.
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1 12 Account ledger, "black book," copy, 1953-1963 [Checking account spreadsheets.] ; 19 pages.
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1 13 Account ledger, "black book," copy, 1961, 1968, 1969 [Invoices.] ; 4 pages.
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1 14 Account ledger, "red book," copy, 1959-1971 [Project lists by invoice number.] ; 93 pages.
Box Folder
1 15 Ray Culley's phonebook, copy, undated; 34 pages.
Box
DF 19 Light control console drawing, undated; 1 drawing : colored pencils ; 11 x 11 in.
Box
DF 19 Cinecraft Motion Pictures diesel electric generator truck, circa 1950s; 1 photographic print : b&w ; 10 x 12.5 in. mounted on board.
Box
DF 19 Cinecraft staff group photograph, 1959 January 15; 1 photographic print : b&w ; 10 x 14.5 in. matted.
Box Folder
1 16 Cinecraft staff photographs, 1940, 1959, 1960; 11 photographic prints : b&w ; 8 x 10 in. 1 photographic print : b&w ; 3 x 5.5 in.
Box Folder
1 17 Cinecraft personnel biographies, undated [Includes: William Donohue Ellis, Robert Welchans, Harry Horrocks, Robert "Bob" E. Haviland, Reed Hadley, Ray Culley, and Everett Dodrill.] ; 10 items.
Box Folder
1 18 Partial list of Hollywood movies Ray Culley worked on, undated; 1 item.
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1 19 Magazine articles, 1944-1947, 1959, 1963; 6 items.
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1 20 Newspaper clippings, 1939, 1953-1966; 39 items.
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4 Newspaper clippings scrapbook, circa 1949-1954; 1 album : brown, leather ; 6.25 x 7.75 in. (closed). Containing: 26 articles and 1 photographic print : b&w ; 4 x 5 in.
Box Folder
1 21 "Three-Camera Technique Used To Shoot TV Film," by Dodge E. Barnum, 1950 [Article appeared in "Printers' Ink."] ; 1 item.
Box Folder
1 22 Merit Award for Advertising Excellence, 1955 [To Raymond Culley from the Cleveland Advertising Club.] ; 1 certificate.
Box
DF 19 Best Commercials on TV, 1954 [American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) award to Cinecraft Productions, Inc. for Libby-Owens-Ford Plate Glass and Ohio Bell Telephone.] ; 1 certificate.
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DF 19 Best Productions on TV: 5 minutes or more in duration, 1954 [American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) award to Cinecraft Productions, Inc. for Magnificat and Milestones in Motoring.] ; 1 certificate.
Box
DF 19 Best Filmed Commercial, 1955 [American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) award to Cinecraft Productions, Inc., Ray Culley for McCann Erickson, Inc. and Standard Oil Company of Ohio.] ; 1 certificate.
Box
DF 19 Society of Motion Pictures and Television Engineers membership certificate, 1941 March 14 [Ray Culley.] ; 1 certificate.
Box
4 Cinecraft Productions 50th Anniversary, 1988 June 9 [WEWS-TV5 6PM news.] ; 1 videocassette (VHS).
Cinecraft Productions, Inc., Remembering How It All Began, 1999 December 7; 2 MP4 files. [ID: History of Cinecraft -Part 1; History of Cinecraft -Part 2].
Box Folder
1 23 Cinecraft Productions, Inc., Remembering How It All Began, 1999 December 7 [Transcript of interviews with Paul Culley, Bob Haviland, and Neil McCormick. Moderated by Jim Haviland.] ; 1 item: 74 pages.
Box Folder
1 24 A Memoir Paul Eugene Culley, Growing up: 1924-1945, 1999, 2014, 2017 ["Paul wrote this memoir when he was 75. The memoir was edited and photos were added by Paul R. Culley (son) and Carol Denzinger (daughter) in 2014. Jim Culley (nephew) added the cover and a number of pictures in 2017."] ; 1 item: 52 pages.
Cinecraft Productions, Inc., John, Jim, and Ray Culley - Remembering Ray Culley and The Start of Cinecraft, 2016 May 16; 1 MP4 file. [ID: Culley Family Intervw WIDE].
Box Folder
1 25 Cinecraft Productions, Inc., John, Jim, and Ray Culley - Remembering Ray Culley and The Start of Cinecraft, 2016 May 16 [Transcript of interview with John Culley, Jim Culley, and Ray Culley. Interviewed by Neil McCormick.] ; 1 item: 29 pages.
Biographical info, by Jim Culley, 2018 [Includes: Betty Buehner - A Life Fulfilled and Ray Culley from Hollywood to the Founding of Cinecraft Productions.] ; 2 PDF files. [ID: Betty Buehner; Ray Culley].
II. Films, 1937-1975
Box Folder
2 1 From Now On, 1937 [General Electric.] ; 3 articles.
Film
Can 9 The Romance of Iron and Steel, 1938 [Presented by Armco Steel Company. Produced by Cinecraft Productions, Inc. Directed by Ray Culley. Narrated by Basil Ruysdael. Film follows process of turning iron ore into steel. Research building erected in 1937 is depicted. Founder of Armco, George M. Verity speaks at end of film.] ; 1 reel (600 ft) : sd., b&w ; 16mm. TRT 00:21:16. This film has been digitized [ID: FILM_2018201_FC09 ].
Box Folder
2 2 The Romance of Iron and Steel, 1938 [Armco Steel Company.] ; 3 emails with articles and links.
World's Largest Electrical Workshop, 1938; 1 MOV file. [ID: LargestElectricalWorkshop].
Box Folder
2 3 World's Largest Electrical Workshop, 1938 [General Electric.] ; 1 script : 16 pages.
Box Folder
2 4 You Bet Your Life, 1938 [Cleveland Railway Company. First Cinecraft movie.] ; 1 shooting script. 2 sets of notes : handwritten.
Box Folder
2 5 General Electric pamphlets, 1939, undated [Mrs. Cinderella and The Poor Wife's Revenge.] ; 2 pamphlets.
Film
Can 14 Story of Phenothiazine, 1940 [Presented by E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company. Produced by Cinecraft Productions, Inc. In collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Story of Phenothiazine, a drug created by DuPont for removal of worms, from sheep, swine and other farm animals. Film depicts the Beltsviile Research Center of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.] ; 1 reel (600 ft) : sd., col. ; 16mm. TRT 00:20:41. This film has been digitized [ID: FILM_2018201_FC14 ].
Box Folder
2 6 Story of Phenothiazine, 1940 [E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company] ; 1 photographic print : b&w ; 8 x 10 in. 1 catalog listing : copy.
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Can 3 It Happened in the Kitchen, 1941 [Presented by Modern Kitchen Bureau. Produced by Cinecraft Productions, Inc. The importance of the modern kitchen and how modernizing can benefit the average American. Fictional couple is shown various kitchen remodels and how they too can afford a new kitchen. Includes preparation of food and food shots as well.] ; 1 reel (900 ft) : sd., col. ; 16mm. TRT 00:39:21. This film has been digitized [ID: FILM_2018201_FC03 ].
Box Folder
2 7 It Happened In The Kitchen, 1941 [Modern Kitchen Bureau.] ; 7 transparencies : color ; 5 x 7 in. 7 transparencies : color ; 8 x 10 in. 4 photographic prints : b&w ; 8 x 10 in. 2 booklets.
Film
Can 6 DuPont, A Better Way, circa 1941 [Presented by E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company. Produced by Cinecraft Productions, Inc. Two poultry farmers, using different methods, need to boost production because of World War II. One farmer raises concerns about accessing Vitamin D. DuPont introduces Delsterol to end Rickets in chicks.] ; 1 reel (600 ft) : sd., col. ; 16mm. TRT 00:20:37. This film has been digitized [ID: FILM_2018201_FC06 ].
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Can 21 Our Part of the Job, 1942 [Presented by Hercules Powder Company. Produced by Cinecraft Productions, Inc. Film depicts two fictional house painters using Hercules Steam-Distilled Wood Turpentine. They visit a paint store and discuss the product with the store owner. Then they view a film by Hercules Powder Company about how the turpentine is produced.] ; 1 reel (500 ft) : sd., col. ; 16mm. TRT 00:17:59. This film has been digitized [ID: FILM_2018201_FC21 ].
Box Folder
2 8 Our Part of the Job, 1942 [Hercules Powder Company.] ; 1 photographic print : b&w ; 8 x 10 in. 2 articles : copies.
Film
Can 11 Careers for Cellulose, 1944 [Presented by Hercules Powder Company. Produced by Cinecraft Productions, Inc. Film describes the many products derived from cellulose and the careers created as a result. Some uses shown from cellulose derivatives are lunchboxes, motion picture film, glider parts. Also, many products are shown created of plastic, chemically derived from cellulose are piano keys, furniture, costume jewelry, handles, combs and more. The process of making chemical derivatives from cellulose is explained, from cotton to products.] ; 1 reel (600 ft) : sd., col. ; 16mm. TRT 00:24:15. This film has been digitized [ID: FILM_2018201_FC11 ].
Box Folder
2 9 It All Adds Up, 1945 [Westinghouse Electric.] ; 1 booklet. 1 advertisement : copy.
Film
Can 22 Little Known Facts About a Well Known Product-Ridgid, 1945 [Presented by The Ridge Tool Company. Produced by Cinecraft Productions, Inc. Exterior of Ridge Tool Company plant in Elyria, Ohio is shown. Then film moves inside to show various office and employees of plant. Finally, the production floor is depicted, including the foundry, forge shop, machine shop and heat treating department. Multiple tests for various products are shown. Lastly, all Ridgid pipe tool products are shown.] ; 1 reel (900 ft) : sd., col. ; 16mm. TRT 00:39:21. This film has been digitized [ID: FILM_2018201_FC22 ].
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Can 18 The Micrometer, circa 1945 [Presented by The Federal Security Agency and the U.S. Office of Education. Produced by Loucks & Norling Studios. Directed by F.E. Brooker. Number 2 in the series, Machine Shop Work in the Metal Working Industry. Film describes how to use a micrometer caliper. Diagrams show all aspects of the instrument and different scenarios of how to use the micrometer are explained.] ; 1 reel (400 ft) : sd., col. ; 16mm. TRT 00:14:56. This film has been digitized [ID: FILM_2018201_FC18 ].
Box Folder
2 10 Crystal Clear, 1946 [Fostoria Glass.] ; 3 booklets. 1 magazine.
Film
Can 17 Linter Logic, 1946 [Presented by Hercules Powder Company. Produced by Cinecraft Productions, Inc. Film depicts fictional Ogletree family that runs a cottonseed mill and how they expand their business to supply linters for the growing market of products created with cellulose.] ; 1 reel (600 ft) : sd., col. ; 16mm. TRT 00:20:19. This film has been digitized [ID: FILM_2018201_FC17 ].
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Can 19 Flight in the Ohio Heritage, circa 1947 [Description of the history of flight in the Ohio area. Includes photographs of the Wright Brothers flight and historical footage of various aircrafts. Introduces the Air Force Museum in Dayton, Ohio and contains footage of aircrafts from museum.] ; 1 reel (400 ft) : sd., b&w ; 16mm. TRT 00:14:55. This film has been digitized [ID: FILM_2018201_FC19 ].
Film
Can 1 Naturally-It's F.M., 1947 [Presented by General Electric. Produced by Cinecraft Productions, Inc. Directed by Ray Culley. Written by Frank Siedel. Husband explains radio technology to his wife. Film includes flashback to characters as children and newlyweds as well animation that visually depicts radio technology.] ; 1 reel (500 ft) : sd., b&w & col. ; 16mm. TRT 00:20:47. This film has been digitized [ID: FILM_2018201_FC01 ].
Box Folder
2 11 Naturally-It's F.M., 1947 [General Electric.] ; 2 articles : copies.
Film
Can 10 A Report on DDT, 1947 [Presented by the DuPont Grasselli Chemicals Department, this film explains the importance of the chemical Deenate or DDT. A professor/entomologist describes to a farmer how DDT helps in agriculture and livestock industries. Images of farms being crop dusted and livestock being sprayed with DDT are included.] ; 1 reel (600 ft) : sd., b&w ; 16mm. TRT 00:18:44. This film has been digitized [ID: FILM_2018201_FC10 ].
Box Folder
2 12 Thank You Mr. Chips, 1947 [National Potato Chip Institute.] ; 1 brochure.
Film
Can 7 Miracle on Mulberry St., 1948 [Presented by Seiberling Rubber Company. Produced by Cinecraft Productions, Inc. Directed by Ray Culley. Written by Frank Siedel. Film about fictional residents of Mulberry street and their safety concerns. Includes demonstrations of tires that can withstand nails and punctures and reseal themselves.] ; 1 reel (700 ft) : sd., col. ; 16mm. TRT 00:24:04. This film has been digitized [ID: FILM_2018201_FC07 ].
Box Folder
2 13 Miracle on Mulberry St., 1948 [Seiberling Rubber Company. Film location: 21800 Morewood Parkway, Rocky River, Ohio.] ; 4 photographic prints : b&w ; 8 x 10 in. 1 advertisement : copy.
Box Folder
2 14 Sales Are The Payoff, 1948 [Bryant Heater.] ; 1 sales aid foldout.
Film
Can 5 The Talking Hoist, 1948 [Presented by Yale & Towne Manufacturing Company. Produced by Cinecraft Productions, Inc. and Fuller & Smith & Ross, Inc. Marketing film for the Yale Load King wire rope electric hoist, presented by the Philadelphia Division of the Yale & Towne Manufacturing Company. The hoist animates through a talking puppet face of the "Yale Load King" explaining the benefits of the product. Assisted by a young woman, includes charts and graphics of equipment.] ; 1 reel (400 ft) : sd., col. ; 16mm. TRT 00:13:26. This film has been digitized [ID: FILM_2018201_FC05 ].
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Can 15 Television Televised, 1948 [Presented by The Austin Company. Produced by Cinecraft Productions, Inc. Edited into five segments, separated by leader, each one describing a different part of the television process. Includes animation explaining how television signal is sent and received.] ; 1 reel (600 ft) : sd., b&w ; 16mm. TRT 00:20:41. This film has been digitized [ID: FILM_2018201_FC15 ].
Box Folder
2 15 Television Televised, 1948 [The Austin Company.] ; 1 photographic print : b&w ; 8 x 10 in. 1 advertisement : copy. 1 history of Austin Company document : copy.
Film
Can 24 Two Square Feet of Cooking Magic, 1948 [Presented by Westinghouse Electric & Manufacturing Company. Produced by Cinecraft Productions, Inc. Film describes the Westinghouse automatic electric roaster oven. Various meals are prepared using the oven and it's use as a food warmer is also shown.] ; 1 reel (400 ft) : sd., b&w ; 16mm. TRT 00:11:02. This film has been digitized [ID: FILM_2018201_FC24 ].
Box Folder
2 16 Two Square Feet of Cooking Magic, 1948 [Westinghouse Electric & Manufacturing Company.] ; 2 advertisements : copies.
Film
Can 13 Unto the Least of These, 1948 [Directed by K. Elmo Lowe. Produced by Cinecraft Productions, Inc. The Story of Children's Services: Foster Care Bureau, Adoption Service Bureau, Alice Hunt Center, National Guidance Bureau and the Children's Clinic. Tells the story of young girl taken from her parents and sent to a foster home until they are able to take care of her properly.] ; 1 reel (600 ft) : sd., col. ; 16mm. TRT 00:20:42. This film has been digitized [ID: FILM_2018201_FC13 ].
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Can 25 Unto the Least of These (Newer version), 1948 [Directed by K. Elmo Lowe. Produced by Cinecraft Productions, Inc. The Story of Children's Services: Foster Care Bureau, Adoption Service Bureau, Alice Hunt Center, National Guidance Bureau and the Children's Clinic. Tells the story of young girl taken from her parents and sent to a foster home until they are able to take care of her properly. Different narrator.] ; 1 reel (600 ft) : sd., col. ; 16mm. TRT 00:20:42. This film has been digitized [ID: FILM_2018201_FC25 ].
Box Folder
2 17 Why Do Home Owners Insurance, 1948 [Baldwin-Hill Company.] ; 1 booklet.
Home Miracles for 1950, 1949 [Presented by Natural Foods Institute. Produced by Cinecraft Productions, Inc. Directed by Ray Culley. Starring W.G. Barnard.] ; 1 MP4 file. [ID: HomeMiraclesfor1950].
Box Folder
2 18 Home Miracles for 1950, 1949 [Vita-Mix infomercial] ; 6 articles : copies.
Vita-Mix infomercial, 1949 [Interview excerpt with Paul Culley, Bob Haviland, and Jim Haviland talking about Papa Barnard and the making of the first infomercial.] ; 1 MP4 file. [ID: Vitamix-first_infomercial_Papa_Barnard].
Film
Can 16 The Wayward BTU, 1949 [Presented by Owens Corning Fiberglass Corporation. Produced by Cinecraft Productions, Inc. Animation showing BTUs at work in the oven and how fiberglass insulation is used to keep the heat in.] ; 1 reel (400 ft) : sd., col. ; 16mm. TRT 00:10:36. This film has been digitized [ID: FILM_2018201_FC16 ].
Box Folder
2 19 The Wayward BTU, 1949 [Owens Corning Fiberglass Corporation.] ; 2 advertisements : copies.
Box Folder
2 20 How to Decorate and Light Your Home, 1952 [General Electric.] ; 1 article : copy.
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Can 23 Sadie Ferguson - Post Mistress, circa 1952 [Produced by Cinecraft Productions, Inc. and Ray Culley. Directed by K. Elmo Lowe. Starring Dorothy Paxton. Fictional character Sadie Ferguson stars in show with various characters set at the Red River Post office. Includes commercial for Hudson Wasp automobile. Director K. Lowe appears with crew at end of film to describe Cinecraft's new 3 camera production process, called Cinescope.] ; 1 reel (700 ft) : sd., b&w ; 16mm. TRT 00:28:42. This film has been digitized [ID: FILM_2018201_FC23 ].
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2 21 Sadie Ferguson - Post Mistress, circa 1952 [Biography of K. Elmo Lowe, Dorothy Paxton's husband.] ; 1 photographic print : b&w ; 8 x 10 in. 1 biography : copy.
A Fan Family Album, 1954 [Presented by Westinghouse Electric. Produced by Cinecraft Productions, Inc. Directed by Ray Culley. Sound by Paul Culley. Promotes the line of fans made by Westinghouse Electric & Manufacturing Company with a focus on the innovations made in the late 1940s and 1950s.] ; 1 MOV file. 1 DOCX file. [ID: FanFamilyAlbum; 1954 Westinghouse].
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Can 20 I've Got A Story, 1954 [Presented by Westinghouse Electric & Manufacturing Company. Produced by Cinecraft Productions, Inc. Sales film explaining all the food that can fit in various spaces in the new Westinghouse refrigerator. Includes animation explaining how Westinghouse's new cooling technology is used to keep things cold throughout the refrigerator.] ; 1 reel (400 ft) : sd., col. ; 16mm. TRT 00:15:44. This film has been digitized [ID: FILM_2018201_FC20 ].
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Can 2 Milestones of Motoring, 1954 [Presented by Sohio Shale Oil Company. Starring Joe E. Brown, Merv Griffin, Warren Guthrie, and Rita Farrell. Film introducing new Boron supreme gasoline depicts various automobile milestones in Ohio history beginning in 1898. Actors include Rita Farrell, Merv Griffin and Joe E. Brown, with host Warren Guthrie. Includes statements from Sohio's Vice President in charge of Sales, Sam Elliott and Chairman of the Board of Directors.] ; 1 reel (700 ft) : sd., b&w ; 16mm. TRT 00:29:37. This film has been digitized [ID: FILM_2018201_FC02 ].
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2 22 Milestones of Motoring, 1954 [Sohio Shale Oil Company.] ; 20 articles : copies.
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Can 8 Tune in Tomorrow, 1954 [Presented by CBS Radio Network. Produced by United Productions of America. Film predicts prosperity for American economy in 1960 through a higher standard of living. Radio advertising, through many statistics, is explained to be the best way for advertisers to reach their audience, primarily advertising on CBS Radio.] ; 1 reel (400 ft) : sd., col. ; 16mm. TRT 00:13:59. This film has been digitized [ID: FILM_2018201_FC08 ].
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Can 4 Land of Promise, 1955 [Presented by The Cleveland Electric Illuminating Company. Produced by Cinecraft Productions, Inc. Directed by K. Elmo Lowe. Written by Frank Siedel. Narrated by Robley Evans. Film explains the importance of Northeast Ohio on the St. Lawrence Seaway and the opportunities it can provide. Highlights the four ports in this area: Cleveland, Fairport, Ashtabula and Conneaut. Discusses the transportation and industrial systems in the area and how they are beneficial to growth.] ; 1 reel (700 ft) : sd., col. ; 16mm. TRT 00:27:38. This film has been digitized [ID: FILM_2018201_FC04 ].
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2 23 Land of Promise, 1955 [Cleveland Electric Illuminating Company.] ; 1 article : copy.
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2 24 Boy In The Doorway, 1956 [Autism.] ; 1 directory listing : copy.
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2 25 Men Who Made Steel, 1956 [Republic Steel Company.] ; 4 articles : copies.
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2 26 Blindness, 1958 [Three films, one supported by Standard Oil of Ohio.] ; 1 letter. 1 booklet.
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2 27 Ohio The Grown State, 1959 [Bureau of Unemployment. Film included three Hollywood actors with ties to Ohio: Brian Don Levy, Reed Hadley, and Otto Kreuger.] ; 4 photographic prints : b&w ; 8 x 10 in. 14 newspaper clippings.
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2 28 Ohio Story, 1959 [Ohio Bell Telephone Company.] ; 4 booklets. 2 newspaper clippings. 2 magazine articles.
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2 29 Candidly Speaking, 1960 [Pennzoil.] ; 1 newsletter.
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2 30 Conservation Pays Off, 1960 [Carling Conservation Club.] ; 2 articles : copies.
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2 31 Long Ship Passing, 1960 [Lake Carries.] ; 5 articles : copies.
Letter to Youngstown, 1961 [Presented by Youngstown Sheet and Tube. Produced by Cinecraft Productions, Inc. Shows the steelmaking process through the story of a young boy, Jimmy who wants a bicycle for his birthday, but his grandfather gives him a stock certificate to a steel company instead. Jimmy writes a letter to the President of the company to ask why it's so important to be a stockholder. The company president gives Jimmy a tour and explains the significance of the steel industry.] ; 1 MP4 file. [ID: Letter_To_Youngstown].
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2 32 Letter to Youngstown, 1961 [Youngstown Sheet and Tube.] ; 1 newsletter. 1 magazine article.
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2 33 New World of Stainless Steel, 1961 [Republic Steel Company.] ; 1 newspaper clipping. 4 articles : copies.
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2 34 Water: Pattern of Life, 1961 [Ohio Water Commission.] ; 1 magazine clipping. 1 article : copy.
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2 35 Cleveland: City on a Schedule, 1962 [Cleveland Development Foundation and the Cleveland Chamber of Commerce.] ; 1 film description : copy. 1 transcript : 9 pages.
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Can 12 The Velvet Curtain, 1962 [Presented by The American Good Government Society. Produced by Cinecraft Productions, Inc. Starring Reed Hadley. Civics film examining the significance of voting. Follows newspaper reporters encouraging people to go to the polls.] ; 1 reel (600 ft) : sd., b&w ; 16mm. TRT 00:20:49. This film has been digitized [ID: FILM_2018201_FC12 ].
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2 36 The Velvet Curtain, 1962 [American Good Government Society.] ; 9 articles : copies. 1 newspaper clipping. 1 contact sheet.
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2 37 Teaching Modern Math, 1963 [Science Research Associates (SRA).] ; 1 brochure.
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2 38 Invitation To Ohio, 1964 [Wally Cox (Mr. Peepers). Music by Cleveland Orchestra.] ; 3 newspaper clippings.
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2 39 The Most Important ..., 1964 [National Association of Manufacturers.] ; 17 articles : copies. 3 letters : copies.
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2 40 Building Political Leadership, 1966 [Republic Steel Company.] ; 13 articles : copies. 1 memo : copy. 1 script : copy. 1 shooting script : copy.
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2 41 Why Politics, 1966 [Republic Steel Company.] ; 1 program : copy. 7 letters : copies. 1 script : copy.
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Can 26 Bill James-Comedy, 1967 [Film follows male character on silly escapades trying to attend a meeting. Can labeled "Bill James-s.w.-Slo-motion-Comedy."] ; 1 reel (200 ft) : sd., col. ; 16mm. TRT 00:04:44.
C5 Largest Aircraft, 1969 [Presented by the United States Air Force. Produced by Cinecraft Productions, Inc. and the Aerospace Audio-Visual Service Military Airlift Command. A film about the C-5 Galaxy, history, manufacturing process, and system capabilities. Discusses the impact the aircraft will have on military and civilian transportation.] ; 1 MP4 file. 1 PDF file. [ID: Largest_Aircraft; Business_Screen_Mag].
In Quest of Cleaner Air and Water, 1970; 1 MP4 file. [ID: InQuestOfCleanerAir].Presented by American Iron & Steel Institute. Produced by Cinecraft Productions, Inc. Examines the industries research and programs for pollution control. Shows various types of procedures and equipment employed throughout the steel manufacturing process to reduce pollution.
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2 42 In Quest of Cleaner Air and Water, 1970 [American Iron and Steel Institute.] ; 2 film descriptions : copies.
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2 43 Not With Empty Hands, 1972 [American Negro Emancipation Centennial Authority (ANECA).] ; 11 articles : copies.
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2 44 Where's Joe?, 1973 [U.S. Steel Industry.] ; 9 articles : copies.
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2 45 Make Steel But Keep It Clean, 1975 [Bethlehem Steel.] ; 4 articles : copies.
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3 1 Studio sets built by Ray Culley, 1962; 7 transparencies : color ; 8 x 10 in.
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3 2 Production stills, undated; 5 negatives : b&w ; 8 x 10 in. 1 negative : b&w ; 4 x 5 in.
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3 3 Production stills, 1945-1960s; 22 photographic prints : b&w ; 8 x 10 in. 1 photographic print : color ; 5 x 7 in. 1 contact sheet.
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3 4 Production stills, circa 1959 [Ray and Betty Culley, "Ohio Story."] ; 2 photographic prints : b&w ; 8 x 10 in. 1 contact sheet.
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3 5 Production stills, 1947 [Jim and John Culley.] ; 6 photographic prints : b&w ; 8 x 10 in.
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3 6 Production stills, circa 1967 [Filmed on location at the Culley family home.] ; 2 photographic prints : b&w ; 8 x 10 in.
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3 7 Chart for optical wipe-offs, undated; 1 photographic print : b&w ; 8 x 10 in.
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3 8 Advertising ideas, undated; 18 slides : color ; 35mm.
III. Educational materials, 1970-1972
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3 9 Class In Electronics, 1972 [Cleveland Institute of Electronics.] ; 5 booklets.
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4 Greater Cleveland Reading Program, undated [Educational Research Council.] ; 12 filmstrips.
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5 The Lollipop Dragon Adventures, 1970 [SVE Educational Filmstrips. Includes: How The Lollipop Dragon Got his Name (Sharing), Working Together, Taking Turns, Kindness to Animals, Care of Property, and Avoiding Litter.] ; 6 filmstrips. 6 booklets. 3 sound discs : analog ; 33 1/3 rpm. 1 coloring book.
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6-7 The Lollipop Dragon: Holiday Adventures of the Lollipop Dragon, 1971 [SVE Educational Filmstrips. Includes: Lollipop Dragon's Valentine Party, The Big Easter Egg Hunt, Mother's Day Surprise, Lollipop Dragon's First Halloween, Thanksgiving in Tumtum, and Lollipop Dragon Helps Santa.] ; 6 filmstrips. 6 booklets. 3 sound discs : analog ; 33 1/3 rpm. 3 sound cassette tapes : analog. 1 coloring book.
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3 10 Put It In Writing, 1972 [Industrial Writing Institute.] ; 1 booklet. 1 brochure. 63 slides : color ; 35mm.
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4 Put It In Writing, 1972; 2 sound tape cassettes : analog.
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4 Write To Communicate, 1972 [Industrial Writing Institute.] ; 6 sound tape cassettes ; analog.