The Prelingers and Appropriation

I’m a huge fan of the amazingly accessible print and media archives set up by Rick and Megan Prelinger.  The Prelinger Archive ( hosts a collection of educational, industrial and adversting films, from 1927 – 1987, free to download and use.  The Prelinger’s also have an ephemeral print archive called the Prelinger Library (  You can access many of the titles through the site, but if you are ever looking for images for a project while in San Francisco, it is a wonderful adventure and appropriation friendly with scanners and digital cameras.

– KS