The Associated Press is digitizing and has begun to release a “treasure trove” of historical film footage from the 1960s and ’70s that had been sitting in Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower’s former World War II headquarters in London.
The footage had been sitting for decades in the Central London bunker, from which Eisenhower directed the D-Day landings.
Although the films have been well-preserved, the text that accompanied them has been scattered across the United States and the United Kingdom, the AP said. That text catalog was key to identifying the footage held in each of the 20,000 film cans.
So far, 17,000 pieces of film content from the late ’60s to the mid ’70s have been restored and digitized, with 700 stories being added each week.
Notable items include Jane Fonda’s controversial visit to North Vietnam at the height of the Vietnam War and Elizabeth Taylor’s star-studded 40th birthday party in 1972. There are other cultural moments, too, from hippies at music festivals to what the AP called “amazingly bizarre fashion shoots.”
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