Monday, November 16, 2015


More and more librarians across the country are discovering that we at Sentimental Productions share a common goal with them: drawing more people into their libraries.

In recent years, we have tried to provide libraries some easy ways to let their patrons know that videos by Sentimental Productions are available.

One example is the posters we provide for libraries to
display revealing the content of each edition of Sentimental Reflections.We also make links available so that any given library can post a video clip on its web site.And we let them know that our video magazine makes a great program that can be shown at a brown-bag lunch.

Why do we do this? First of all, because the videos by Sentimental Productions are a great fit for libraries. Clearly they offer unique content. Our programs appeal to the very people who use their public libraries including retirees, travelers and those of any age who are interested in learning.

 There are lots of examples of video with compelling content from Sentimental Reflections, our quarterly video magazine, which we’ve been producing four times a year since 2004.

One of our timeless favorites is the Cover Story we did on the 100th anniversary of the Model T Ford. A gentleman standing beside his restored Tin Lizzie observed that prior to the Model T, people couldn’t go very far. But the Model T meant they could see somebody “other than their cousins,”
he said.

Another is the story that explores vintage Base Ball, the game that evolved into the national pastime we know today. The time frame we look back on is before balls and strikes were called and baseball had yet to become one word.

If you’re interested in acquiring Sentimental Productions videos for your library, let us know. And also let us know if we can provide some links to help promote our videos already in your collection.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

50th Anniversary of the Great Steamboat Race

The Great Steamboat Race has been a long-standing tradition in Louisville leading up to the Kentucky Derby.  The first race between the Belle of Louisville and the Delta Queen was held in 1963.  Sentimental Productions has followed the story of the Delta Queen for 25 years since producing a 45-minute DVD titled the Unsinkable Delta Queen.  The video was produced for Cincinnati’s bicentennial in 1988.

The Unsinkable Delta Queen includes the story of the first steamboat race 50 years ago.  Historic footage shows the first race on a wet, chilly day in 1963.  Event organizers weren’t sure what to expect that year but despite the bad weather, an estimated 250,000 people lined the banks of the Ohio River in Louisville to watch the race.

The Delta Queen was involved in the race until 2008.  
Today, the steamboat is a floating hotel in Chattanooga, Tennessee and no longer runs overnight river cruises. 

But the tradition goes on.  Since 2009, the Belle of Cincinnati has taken the Delta Queen's spot against the Belle of Louisville.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Top 5 Sentimental Reflections Segments in 2012

Sentimental Productions has produced four editions of Sentimental Reflections each year since the quarterly video magazine started in 2004.  The goal is to present entertaining stories of America’s heritage in story, scenery and song.  We have plenty of our own favorite topics and segments that we've produced through the years, but we thought now would be a good time to share our favorite content from 2012.

1. Vintage Base Ball (Summer 2012 Edition)

We share the early history of base ball before the first professional teams took the field.  Many vintage base ball teams across the country, like the Cincinnati Red Stockings, play according to the rules of the 1860s. Many terms we know today are different but the biggest change is that vintage base ball players do not use gloves.  
2. Hershey, Pennsylvania (Winter 2012 Edition)

Milton Hershey created his world famous Hershey Chocolate Company in the early 20th century when he built a chocolate factory near farms in rural Pennsylvania. He heavily relied on storefront displays instead of  traditional advertising to spread the word about his chocolate products. Aside from his successful business, Hershey built a town along with his factory with numerous amenities to benefit his workers.

3. Newseum (Spring 2012 Edition)

Five centuries of news history are on display at the Newseum, located along Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, DC.  One of the most popular exhibits is Today's Front Pages, a display of 80 front pages from newspapers around the globe.  Another powerful exhibit is the 9/11 Gallery which includes the broadcast communications tower from the north tower of the World Trade Center. The museum is a must-see for visitors to the nation's capitol.

4. Amphibious Vehicles (Autumn 2012 Edition)

Poor marketing efforts doomed the Amphicar in the United States, an amphibious vehicle produced in Europe in the early 1960s.  An annual gathering of Amphicar owners at a lake in western Ohio gives owners the chance to show off their unusual vehicles.  Owners participated in a parade on land and then a "splash-in" event on the water.

5.  Old Time Piano Playing Contest (Summer 2012 Edition)

Ragtime and tin pan alley tunes make up a weekend of music at the Old Time Piano Playing Contest, an annual event held in Peoria, Illinois.  The energetic performances also include impromptu sing-alongs.  Organizers of the event say the young participants are the key to keeping this style of music alive.

Stay tuned for more great content from Sentimental Reflections in 2013 and beyond.  Click here to order a 1-year subscription to the quarterly video magazine.

What is your favorite Sentimental Reflections segment?  Leave a comment below.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Classic Cars & Fascinating Automobile History Featured In Videos by Sentimental Productions

Ron Gaydis of Johnstown, Pennsylvania might not be as finicky about his Amphicar as some other classic car collectors we at Sentimental Productions have encountered over the years. It’s harder to worry about every ding when part of the fun is driving your prized possession into a lake.

Viewers of Sentimental Reflections meet Gaydis in the Time Capsule segment of our just-released Autumn 2012 Edition. He owns one of the 3900 amphibious models manufactured in Germany in the 1960s. We see many of them driving down a ramp and splashing into Grand Lake St. Mary’s in Ohio. Gaydis is a font of information about the little Amphicars designed for both highway and waterway.

 Cars from yesterday are among our favorite subjects. We’ve been featuring classic and antique cars in Sentimental Productions videos since the 1990s.

We’ve looked at the story of the Model T Ford a couple of times, mostly recently when we attended the  100th anniversary of the Tin Lizzy in 2008.

“It allowed you to visit people other than just your cousins,” said Tim Simonson of Wellington, Ohio in summing up the transformational changes ushered in with the Model T.

And a few years back we helped the folks at Jeep celebrate its 70th anniversary, presenting some historic film of the first Army versions as well as the American favorite it has become.

The most comprehensive video about the history of the automobile was the video, Roadsters, Rumbleseats & Country Drives, part of our Americana Series.  Alan King, director of the National Road Museum in Zanesville, Ohio stated boldly in the video that no other single invention may have had more impact on society than the automobile.   

The Amphicars are something of a footnote to the overall history of the auto. But over the years we’ve learned that our viewers are fascinated by film, photos and stories of old cars, regardless of make, model or era.