1959 Animation: The progress of Man is the progress of steel

In my last post, I gave a long list of the myriad metal objects from manhole covers to parts of electrical transmission towers to art that are being stolen for the scrap metal. Scrap metal is going for good money these days in part due to the construction boom in China and India.

Along the way, I found this 1959 animated film called “Rhapsody of Steel“. It’s an earnest love poem to the steel industry and how to metal helped build/shape America.

While the growth and ascendancy of China and to a lesser extent India have been portrayed as to near nightmare scenarios in the media (e.g. Mother Jones asked in December “Can the world survive China‘s headlong rush to emulate the American way of life?”), it’s important to take a look at America’s near past and how we viewed our own industries. The short film ends with the following pronouncement: “The progress of Man is the progress of steel”.

That said, the answer to Mother Jones’ question would be “Uh, no”.

A review of the film from ASIFA – Hollywood Animation Archive

via Laughing Squid

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