An amazing find






Matt Grigsby
Matt Grigsby was born and raised in Redding but has often felt he should have been born in Italy. By day he's a computer analyst toiling for the public good and by night he searches airline websites for great travel deals. His interests include books, movies, prowling thrift shops for treasure and tricking his friends into cooking for him. One day he hopes to complete his quest in finding the best gelato shop in Italy.
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  1. Avatar Matt Grigsby says:

    My mom purchased a box of 16mm film reels at an auction recently and we had no idea what was on them. Once we found a working projector (from the 1940s no less), we were shocked at what we had. Several dozen news reels from WWII showing the fall of Berlin, the liberation of Belgium, the war in the Pacific, Allied troops marching into Paris and much more. There were also a couple of reels of cartoons, including a Mickey Mouse short! Quite an amazing find in a few dusty cardboard boxes.

  2. Avatar Brian says:

    Great find! How cool is it to find something that has lasted the test of time and really speaks to an amazing time in our history.

  3. Avatar Kathleen says:

    Thanks for sharing. They are fascinating!

  4. Avatar `AJacoby says:


    Since my dad was quite the techno-phyle, in his day (1930s and 40s) we had a 16mm projector in our house that we used quite often He bought any number of news shorts from Castle Films that showed some of the same photos that you displayed. Thanks for the memories.

    Wonder whatever happened to those . . . .

  5. Avatar Cendy says:

    Matt, this is pretty great!!

  6. Avatar Dawn says:

    What great pictures. They made the transition from 1940-2013 quite well.

    thanks for the share.

  7. Avatar sunny says:

    Wow! Those pictures are so great! Can believe they came from 16mm…boy do they stand up! Great pics Matt

  8. Avatar Kathleen G. says:

    These are amazing! loved to see them, thanks for sharing!