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These educational films were aimed at constructing and influencing various social norms or attitudes among teens in the post-WWII era, a time when youthful Americans of a certain age had never known prosperity and peace in their lives, having grown up in the shadows of both the end of the Depression and World War II.
The people in charge of making these films, and distributing them, knew that these teens would soon be a powerful consumer group and a tremendous cultural and economic force, but along with that upwardly-mobile movement came the awareness of certain Cold War-era fears, particularly the problem of rampant juvenile delinquency, which flooded the daily thoughts of parents and teachers and civic leaders across America.
The entire collection was shot on 8mm between the 1940s and 80s, with the majority being shot in the 1950s.
JACK BEHREND COLLECTION (161 titles and elements) .) and hosted informal weekly seminars for Chicago filmmakers at his establishment.
Teenagers in the 1950's are so iconic that, for some, they represent the last generation of innocence before it is "lost" in the sixties.
When asked to imagine this lost group, images of bobbysoxers, letterman jackets, malt shops and sock hops come instantly to mind.
Their goal was “attitude adjustment” and and their approach was subtle: to create an imitation world of malt shops, classrooms and suburban homes and populate it with average-looking teens acting the way parents wanted teenagers to act.
Only, the problem was, teens didn’t identify with characters they saw in these mental hygiene films.
This film explores the sexual maturity of boys during puberty.
JACK BAKER COLLECTION (17 reels) The Baker Family lived in the Chicago suburb of Park Ridge, Illinois.
Jack Baker, the patriarch of the family, was a freelance commercial artist who worked for the Stone Container Corporation.
He has an extensive knowledge of Chicago film history.
Within this collection are films of Gordon Weisenborn, a Chicago filmmaker who gave his prints and rights to Jack Behrend before his death.