Monday, October 12, 2015

Fire Prevention Classic Vintage Video Reviews & Fire Safety Check-up FREEBIE!

Welcome to our Fire Prevention Vintage Classic Video Reviews and Fire Safety Check-up FREEBIE!  

If you missed our Fire Safety Fingerplays, Poems, rhymes & Song Lists featuring a FREEBIE, click on the link below:

As scheduled, we begin all of our units implementing different forms of media both audio and visual to introduce the concept(s) of the unit being studied. 

The following Fireman video's are AKGVH FAV'S:

Our first vintage reel is a Disney Cartoon dated 1935 starring Mickey Mouse Mickey's featuring Donald Duck, Goofy and a guest star appearance, Clarabelle the Cow. Presented in its original TRUE vintage form it is filled with mishaps and calamity intermingling with MEGA havoc!!! As expected in cartoons of yesteryear, tho' havoc ensues, all is STILL havoc! Watch the original vintage Disney characters in FULL form:  

Mickey's Fire Brigade

Another Disney classic character is Donald Duck. In this vintage 1940 reel, Donald Duck plays a fire chief. Featuring the antic's of Donald's 3 devious nephew's along with Donald BLOWING his stack resulting in the most hilarious mishaps along the way:    




Hook and Ladder Hookum, a 1933 Cartoon put out by Van Beuren Studios starred their original characters, the short-tall human duo Tom & Jerry, who in later years the studio changed their names to Dick & Larry. The theme is basically the same as Disney's old tyme cartoons, tho' havoc ensues, all is STILL havoc!



Here are some most notable background info links outlining Van Beuren Studios to glean essay content for older children:

Wikipedia Van Beuren Studios

Images Journal Van Beuren Review


One of our FAV characters is Gabby from the 1939 Gulliver's Travels animated movie, which by the by won 7 awards and sported 9 spin off cartoons. In this reel, one of the spin off characters Gabby, resolves to help anyone in need and in this instance, it is his local fire department. Watch Gabby's antics take control as a fireman in "Fire Cheese" from Max Fleisher in 1941:

And here is the Fleischer Studios link for Gulliver. From there, older children can navigate for more studio essay information:

Some of my FAV cartoons as a child were from Famous Studios, "Screen Song" or "Start the Day with a Song" in which you follow the bouncing ball and sing the "The Big Flame Up" you will follow the flaming fireball to sing "A Hot Time in the Old Town":

Popeye the Sailor is another FAV from days gone by. In this Max Fleischer cartoon Olive Oyl once again finds herself in need of a man to rescue her. A series of competitions ensue between Popeye and his co-star "Bluto" later named "Brutus" which ensures a good thrashing for Olive and ultimately brings Popeye to her final rescue. Popeye in The Two Alarm Fire:


This last reel for the younger set, Smokey Bear in "The Fire Fighters Convention" is from Rankin & Bass. Airing in1969-1970 as a Saturday morning cartoon series the "Fire Fighters Convention" was one of the episodes, which thankfully is available on youtube:



Your Fire Department was a public ed film released by the Los Angeles Fire Dept. in 1949. It presents detailed segments of firefighters at work, various types of fires along with fire prevention and safety. It also displays the many different types of fire fighting vehicles of the era:



Fireman Tom Briggs starts as Firefighter First Class at Station 1in this 1954 "The Fireman". This reel displays  care of equipment and various fireman duties and drills, EXCELLENT for the younger set:




The Story of a Fireman put out by Los Angeles Fire Dept. depicts a narrated fireman's life at the LAFD in 1954 for older elementary and Junior High children:


Next I break out my view master projector:

to show "Firefighters in Action":

The reel comes with an accompanying guide covering each scene:

We close all the doors in our tiny hallway downstairs to make it as dark as possible. Then using the end door as a screen, my babes huddle around to experience learning via different medias:

If you dig the View Master Wall Projector scene, well DIG can find it on Amazon in vintage:

or new:

Check out eBay's rather large selection: 

View Master Projector

Only eBay has the Firefighter's in Action Reel and believe it or not, there is a small selection to choose from: 

Firefighters in Action View Master Reel 

Targeted for upper elementary and junior high children, The Flintstones in "Fire Escape" & "Fire Alarm" film strips with accompanying audio cassettes put out by Hanna-Barbara, distributed by B & L films come complete with a teacher's guide. These are a part of an entire series of various Hanna-Barbara characters starring in various films for education:


And believe it or not, you can still purchase these on eBay: 

Hanna-Barbara Film Strips

If you have never used film strips as an interactive ed media in your classroom, TRUST me on this as mine DIG the scene and you will find yours will as well. They find something exciting in that vintage metal projector, shutting off the lights and closing the blinds, not to  mention they are STOKED to run it themselves. They learn how to thread the projector as well, even showed me a few tricks. You will be absolutely astounded to note even the younger set gets hep to the action QUICKLY! 

You can make any flat solid color surface a screen. I use an easel:

Amazon has a projector you can check out:

eBay ALWAYS has a favorable selection of vintage projectors:

Vintage Film Strip Projector

You can even get replaceable lights and while it advertises 15 or 25 hr, well I can tell you that we have used our projector with every subject for decades and as yet had to change the bulb:

I will add that I DO have back up bulbs on hand carefully stored but I must proclaim these vintage projectors are practically BOMB PROOF!! MOST unlike today's throw away society.

Here are a few selections from Amazon:

eBay has a rather formidable selection: 

Film Strip Projector Bulb Replacements for Vintage Projectors

Film strips are also mind-blowing as you can trip the scenes one by one as classroom discussion evolves:

To promote discussion of a particular frame scene, you just switch the projector to fan only so the light does NOT melt film:

then either lift the needle with the lever in the back on the record player:

or push the stop on the cassette player:  

This spontaneous method of learning via projection keeps your babes in rapt attention throughout the strip thereby instilling greater recollection. 

Check these record players  out from Amazon:

or choose from over 9,000 listings on eBay:

Record Players

If you chose a record player with no cassette player, Amazon has a few:

 or check out over 5,000 listings on eBay: 

Cassette Players

Some projectors come with a case while others do not. To store a projector that does not have a case, you can use toaster, coffee maker or mixer sized appliance covers. The size you get will be determined on the dimensions of your projector. I used a blender size for mine. I had made it for my mother but when she came to live with us, I snagged it for my projector and just folded it over at the bottom to fit:

Here are some nice ones from Amazon:

You can find them on eBay as well as patterns to make your own like I did:

Appliance Covers

And believe it or not, even Amazon has some appliance sewing patterns:

Now that your babes have learned about basic fire safety, print out our Fire Safety Check-up Worksheet FREEBIE and see how much your babes have retained: 

We hope you have enjoyed our vintage video reviews and incorporate films in your classroom today!

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  1. Replies
    1. MANY thanks for visiting our blog, Liz! I enjoyed your Camping with Kids post so very much, I am honored you dropped by and commented!! YOU are a TRIP!!!

  2. I love all of the vintage movies. They bring back many memories. I just may have to show them to my students at school.

    1. Many thanks for visiting, Tami! STOKED you are thinking about showing some of these vintage reels in class. If anything, the historical value is an EXCELLENT topic of discussion. Hope to see you again!