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Aluminum On The March. (Part I) (1956)

Streaming Video - 2010
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This Prelinger Archives film is a mid-20th-century look at the aluminum industry and its contributions to major engineering ventures as well as daily life. The documentary opens in the bauxite mines of Jamaica, from which bauxite ore is conveyed over an aerial tramway to waiting ships, then carried to a factory for processing. Emerging as a snow-white powder, the "alumina" is further processed and used in a variety of other industries, including aircraft manufacturing and national defense. Its versatility and flexibility are illustrated with stop-motion animation of a quasi-human aluminum figure leading ingots, blooms, and billets in a grand march. Perhaps most intriguing, however, is a detailed look at the steps by which massive aluminum blocks are pressed into thin foil sheets.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2010], c1956
Characteristics: 1 streaming video file (14 min.) :,sd., col


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