Most widely held works by Jaffe Productions
Panama Canal ( Visual )
5 editions published between 1994 and 2008 in English and held by 715 libraries worldwide
The French began construction on the Panama Canal in 1880, but abandoned the project after nine years and a loss of 20,000 lives. The United States took over the project and completed it on January 7, 1914. This historical account of its construction examines the ingenuity and enterprise that went into making it one of the 20th-century's engineering wonders.
The Statue of Liberty enlightening the world ( Visual )
5 editions published between 1994 and 2003 in English and held by 512 libraries worldwide
Discover the glory of this gift from France in a breathtaking look at the creation and restoration of "Liberty enlightening the world."
The Eiffel Tower ( Visual )
7 editions published between 1994 and 2007 in English and held by 483 libraries worldwide
This historical tour of the world's most fabled and famous tower begins with the engineer behind it, Gustave Eiffel. When it was first built, just over a century ago, it provoked outrage and ire. The challenges and breakthroughs of its construction are examined.
Gothic cathedrals ( Visual )
1 edition published in 1995 in English and held by 439 libraries worldwide
The Gothic cathedral stands as a rich and complex design. The engineering behind these great testaments to faith has not changed dramatically in 900 years.
Empire State Building ( Visual )
6 editions published between 1993 and 2007 in English and held by 429 libraries worldwide
An historical documentary about the Empire State Building, also known as the "Cathedral of Dreams" during its construction during the Depression.
Mount Rushmore ( Visual )
3 editions published between 1993 and 2007 in English and held by 388 libraries worldwide
Located in the Black Hills of South Dakota, Mount Rushmore was considered an unorthodox masterpiece when it was created by a young sculptor named Gutzon Borglum. This historical documentary discusses the remarkable design specifications and construction efforts that occurred over the course of 15 years.
Television window to the world ( Visual )
6 editions published between 1996 and 2005 in English and held by 368 libraries worldwide
This feature chronicles the incredible story of television, from the vision of Philo Farnsworth, a Utah farmboy who developed the first working system in 1925, to the latest technological breakthroughs that are transforming the medium. Interviews with media moguls and TV personalities, including legendary anchorman, Walter Cronkite provide an insider's look at the huge industry TV has become. And broadcast pioneers recall the patent battles and competing systems that defined the early years of television.
Golden Gate Bridge ( Visual )
2 editions published between 1994 and 1995 in English and held by 360 libraries worldwide
The story of the Golden Gate Bridge, one of the foremost man-made tourist attractions in the United States, which critics said could never be built.
Andrew Carnegie prince of steel ( Visual )
5 editions published between 1995 and 2001 in English and held by 345 libraries worldwide
Traces the life of Andrew Carnegie, who went from being a poor Scottish immigrant to a fabled man of wealth. Carnegie built a fortune by amassing stock in the growth industries of trains and steel, then started sharing it. Today libraries, concert halls, and universities across the United States have benefitted from his philanthropy.
Transcontinental railroads ( Visual )
4 editions published between 1995 and 2002 in English and held by 275 libraries worldwide
America's first transcontinental railroad system was finally completed on May 10, 1869, a decade after it began. This is the story of the struggle to forge an iron link across the untamed West.
Modern marvels. The Great Wall of China ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 274 libraries worldwide
The true history of the engineering marvel: the Great Wall of China.
Grand Coulee Dam ( Visual )
3 editions published between 1993 and 2002 in English and held by 268 libraries worldwide
An historical documentary about the history and construction of the Grand Coulee Dam.
Modern marvels. Thinking machines the creation of the computer ( Visual )
1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 256 libraries worldwide
Traces the history of the computer from Charles Babbage's Victorian counting machine to the desktop models of the 1990s.
America's ad icons ( Visual )
3 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 229 libraries worldwide
This program uses case studies of Tony the Tiger, Charlie the Tuna, the Energizer Bunny, Jack in the Box, Colonel Sanders, Kool-Aid Man, Mr. Peanut, Morris the Cat, and Mr. Clean to illustrate different approaches to creating memorable brand icons. Discusses the psychology behind their consumer and cultural appeal. Also includes commercial clips.
Thinking machines the creation of the computer ( Visual )
3 editions published between 1996 and 2005 in English and held by 226 libraries worldwide
Traces the evolution of the computer over the past two decades.
Tunnels ( Visual )
2 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 224 libraries worldwide
Traces the history of tunnels and the development of tunneling technology from the ancient world to modern times.
Alexander Graham Bell voice of invention ( Visual )
2 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 221 libraries worldwide
An account of the life and work of Alexander Graham Bell.
The Great Wall of China ( Visual )
3 editions published between 1997 and 2007 in English and held by 211 libraries worldwide
The Great Wall of China is one of the most massive building achievements in history. Winding 6,000 kilometers through undulating mountains, it is said to be visible to the naked eye from space. This documentary attempts to reveal the true history of this engineering marvel.
Captured light the invention of still photography ( Visual )
4 editions published between 1995 and 2008 in English and held by 194 libraries worldwide
"There is a camera in almost every American home today. Cameras and photography are an everyday part of our lives, something we rarely give a thought to accept when we need to buy film or get pictures developed. But the invention of still photography was monumental in the history of science and technology. For the first time, images could be transferred and saved. The role of still photography in world history and world culture is immeasurable. Because of this invention there exists images of the some of the eighteenth century and all of the twentieth century, television, motion pictures-the list is endless. Captured Light: The Invention of Still Photography takes a look at the invention and evolution of the art, science, and business of photography"--Historychannel.com webpage excerpt.
Domed stadiums ( Visual )
4 editions published between 1995 and 2008 in English and held by 191 libraries worldwide
The dome was the first form of shelter built by primitive man. Now it has reemerged in one of the most advanced engineering constructs ever conceived: the domed sports stadium.
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