Sign and symbol

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Date
1957
Summary
Man learned early to read the messages of the footprint and the broken twig and the book of the clouds and the tides, as truly as though these were printed texts. Soon he began to make readable marks, blazing trails, signaling with piled stones and scratches on rock. Out of this came primitive pictograph for purposes of magic, commemoration, and communication. He talked to strangers in a sign language, the very symbols of which later were written down as characters. Simple pictures of these things came to stand for complicated ideas, as well as the things themselves. This opening program shows how very elaborate messages were early conveyed by simple signs. 
Contributors
Department of Cinema, University of Southern California; Dr. Frank C. Baxter; David W. Johnson; Richard G. Harber; Daniel H. Wiegand; Melvin Sloan; William C. Jersey; Douglas W. Gallez; The Rudy Saltzer Singers
Publishers
National Educational Television; Indiana University Audio-Visual Center
Genres
Educational; Historical
Subject
Writing ; Communication ; Signs and symbols.
Collection
National Educational Television
Unit
IUL Moving Image Archive
Language
English
Rights Statement
No Copyright - United States
Physical Description
1 Film (0:00:00); 16mm
Other Identifiers
IULMIA Film Database: 40000003325851; Other: GR00451889; MDPI Barcode: 40000003325851

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