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Explore historical stock footage for March events as we surface archival gems from our vast editorial library—uncovering top-quality, timely inspiration for your marketing calendars, news, or documentary projects. This month, we dive into Women’s History Month, the Hula Hoop, Coca-Cola, and Zeppelin’s navigable balloon.

 

Women’s History Month

March

National Women’s History Week was established in February 1980. In his official proclamation, President Jimmy Carter had the following to say:

“From the first settlers who came to our shores, from the first American Indian families who befriended them, men and women have worked together to build this nation. Too often the women were unsung, and sometimes their contributions went unnoticed. But the achievements, leadership, courage, strength, and love of the women who built America were as vital as that of the men whose names we know so well.”

Now a worldwide month-long observance, the theme for 2024 is ‘Women Who Advocate for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.’ See icons who’ve done precisely that in our Women’s History Month collection.

1970S Shirley Chisholm Signs Paper Work, Makes Phone Calls, Eats, And Greets A Group In Her Office by retrofootage.

 

Hula Hoop Patented

March 5, 1963

Kids may have enjoyed hoops for centuries — rolling them with sticks or throwing balls through them — but according to Wham-O toy company, Hula Hoop’s the name, and hip swingin’s the game.

In 1957, Richard Knerr and Arthur Melin discovered that some Australian children whirled wooden hoops around their waists in gym class. These toy tycoons soon introduced the plastic hoop, and around 25 million Hula Hoops were sold in the first four months alone! Knerr and Melin also sold the Frisbee, which flew off the shelves. These alliteration-loving inventors went on to sell the Water Wiggle, Silly String, Slip ‘n’ Slide, and Hacky Sack. To see more, play around with our Hula-Hoop curated collection.

1959-Play / Usa / 1950-1959 by TheArchivalCollection.

 

Coca-Cola First Sold in Bottles

March 12, 1894

After years as a fountain drink, Coca-Cola made history by selling in bottles for the first time. Owner Asa Griggs Candler didn’t see the value of bottling the bubbly brand, and it was a Mississippi candy store owner, Joseph A. Biedenharn, who became the first person to bottle Coke in a Hutchinson bottle. Biedenharn even sent Candler a case — still, Candler stuck with his fountain sales.

Five years later, Candler sold national bottling rights for a dollar, without collecting even that. It was in 1915 that Coca-Cola bottlers sought a distinctive bottle that could be recognized even if felt in the dark or shattered on the ground. The winning design was the iconic contoured receptacle we all know today. Dive into Coca-Cola’s fascinating history with our Coca-Cola stock media collection.

New York City, 1994, Times Square, Coca Cola, Coke Sign, Active Neon by Skyfox

 

Navigable Balloon Patented

March 14, 1899

Count Ferdinand Adolf Heinrich August Graf von Zeppelin was a general, engineer, aircraft manufacturer — and traveling spectator of the American Civil War. Count Ferdinand passionately campaigned for military dirigibles, often complaining that France was soaring ahead of Germany in this way. He perfected the airship and made it famous with a US patent, detailing designs with a metal airframe, multiple gas cells for stability, powerful engines, and precise controls.

The Zeppelin airship made its inaugural flight in 1900, and despite tragedies such as the Hindenburg of 1973, it played a crucial role in aviation history. See more of it unfold with our Zeppelin curated collection.

The German Airship Graf Zeppelin Flying Over Holland by VelvetMemories

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