submitted by Chrissie Perella
Back in the day, we didn’t have computers and PowerPoint slides. If you wanted images to accompany your lecture, you had to use…film strips!
The Penn Museum has a large collection of film strips, many from their education department. We were treated to slides about the written language, ancient Egypt, and the history of fashion. (Why do people wear clothes? To make themselves more attractive, of course!)
We even got a chance to work the film projector, which was oddly satisfying!
The film strips were fascinating, not just because they were old, but also because they freeze a moment in time of how history was taught in the early-to-mid 20th century, and what has changed since then.
While the film strips aren’t digitized, many other films are, so head on over to https://www.penn.museum/collections/ to check them out!