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The Government Compound Where Robots Watch TV

Posted By Bill Newcott On April 10, 2013 @ 10:29 pm In Entertainment | Comments Disabled

In the Nitrate Vault (photo by Bill Newcott) [1]

In the Nitrate Vault (photo by Bill Newcott)

I recently ventured into the hollowed-out Virginia mountain where the Library of Congress [2] keeps copies of every movie, TV show, and sound recording that’s submitted for copyright. Officially, it’s called the the National Audio-Visual Conservation Center. [3]

I call it Heaven.

Here are stored, in specially built vaults, the highly explosive nitrate prints of films made prior to the 1950s…historic videotapes, including the first-ever color broadcast…vinyl and shellac discs dating back to the days of Edison [4]… and in a lead-lined vault that once housed America’s emergency money supply, prints of every single movie you can name from the past 100 years.

And yes, there really is a special room where custom-made robots do nothing but watch old TV shows, 24 hours a day.

Come along with me on this remarkable journey through time, led by the most dedicated bunch of movie/TV/music enthusiasts you’ve ever met.


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[1] Image: http://blog.aarp.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/DSC07471.jpg

[2] Library of Congress: http://www.loc.gov/index.html

[3] National Audio-Visual Conservation Center.: http://www.loc.gov/avconservation/

[4] Edison: http://www.aarp.org/health/healthy-living/info-09-2012/famous-nappers-slideshow.html#slide4

[5] Image: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-Lp6kUDU9Y

[6] Annette Funicello: From Mouseketeer to Teen Idol: http://blog.aarp.org/2013/04/08/annette-funicello-mouseketeer-to-teen-idol-famous-child-stars/?intcmp=AE-ENDART2-BL-BOS

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