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DATE: 1930

LENGTH: 13 min

CATEGORY: Educational & Instructional, Silent, Black & White



This circa 1930s silent dental film throws at the viewer a potpourri of instructional techniques and tactics: blackboards, plaster casts and models, x-rays, exhibition displays, a projector projecting film footage, a tour of a laboratory, and more. It seems deliberately haphazard, and hearkens to an era before the conventions of educational film-making have been established. Transferred to NLM from the American Dental Association some 30 years ago, Ask Your Dentist is what’s known as an orphan film, its origins unclear. In a 1935 issue of the Journal of the American Dental Association, it’s advertised as “Excellent for high school and adult groups.”….Read the Essay

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