Daddy, Where Do Babies Come From? This Handy 1940s Sex Ed Film Is Here to Help

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"This is the information which you, dad, should clearly understand before you can pass on correct knowledge to your child when he is old enough to understand," a wry narrator tells a terrified-looking father, faced with answering his son's questions. Human Reproduction, produced by McGraw-Hill in 1947, promotes a book from the publisher, Textbook of Healthful Living, by Dr. Harold S. Diehl. This 15-minute excerpt from the film (available in its entirety at the Prelinger Archive) covers female* and male anatomy, as well as the development of the fetus. Sexual intercourse is glossed over in favor of a brief and purely anatomical description. Yet with today's debate raging over reproductive rights, some pundits might benefit from revisiting the basics in this classic educational film.

* Clitoris not included.

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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