The Daredevil Ingenuity of the All-American Soap Box Derby

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This documentary about the national soap box derby of 1936 in Akron, Ohio, was sponsored by an assortment of newspapers and General Motors. Courtesy of the Prelinger Archive, this excerpt from the ten minute film focuses on the main event -- the finalists face off in their homemade cars before a crowd of hundreds, accompanied by enthusiastic, super patriotic narration. 

For more films from the Prelinger Archive, visit http://www.archive.org/details/prelinger.

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Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg is the executive producer for video at The AtlanticMore

Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg's work in media spans documentary television, advertising, and print. As a producer in the Viewer Created Content division of Al Gore's Current TV, she acquired and produced short documentaries by independent filmmakers around the world. Post-Current, she worked as a producer and strategist at Urgent Content, developing consumer-created and branded nonfiction campaigns for clients including Cisco, Ford, and GOOD Magazine. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University, where she was co-creator and editor in chief of H BOMB Magazine.

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