Unusual Occupations – Archival Footage

The “Unusual Occupations” series of theatrical short subjects was produced by Jerry Fairbanks Studios and released by Paramount Pictures from 1937 through 1949. This remarkable collection throws a spotlight on ordinary, everyday people who chose “the path less taken” in pursuit of extraordinary odd jobs, crazy careers and hysterical hobbies. “Unusual Occupations” is also an incredible chronicle of pop culture, lifestyles and remarkable achievements by individuals the world over. Sometimes outrageous (a woman who kills fleas, outfits them in evening attire and then sells them), often remarkable (a young illustrator shows-off his line of fanciful sculptures – the first film footage ever captured of a young Dr. Seuss) and always enlightening (meet Conchita Cintron – the world’s first female bullfighter), these astounding hidden histories are more riveting today than when they first premiered. Filmed in beautiful 35mm Nitrate Cinecolor and Magnacolor, there are 74 individual ten minute episodes presenting hundreds and hundreds of compelling stories.
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Collection Shields Pictures, Fairchild PT-19, Women Airforce Service Pilots, Test Pilot, Flying School, Emancipation, Women in the Military, Training Camp, Adult Education, Flight Pioneer, Unusual Occupations, Jerry Fairbanks, Short Film, Documentary Film, Troop, US Army, Learning, Midair, Second World War, Soldier, Flying (Flight), Working, Historical Footage, Woman, USA, People,

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Collection Shields Pictures, Punching Bag, Boxing Gloves, Unusual Occupations, Boxer (Athelete), Jerry Fairbanks, Short Film, Documentary Film, Bizarre, Trash & Style, Funny, Sportsman, Working, Historical Footage, Woman, USA, Adult, People,

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Collection Shields Pictures, Sound Effect, Radio Drama, Foley Artist, Radio Studio, Voice-over Artist, Recording Studio, Unusual Occupations, Jerry Fairbanks, Short Film, Documentary Film, Synchronously, Microphone, Working, Historical Footage, Woman, USA, Man (Human), Adult, People,

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Collection Shields Pictures, Unusual Occupations, Grandson, Grandpa, Teaching, Jerry Fairbanks, Short Film, Documentary Film, Indigenous Peoples, Indian (American), Painting (Process), American Indian Ethnicity, Ceremony, Native, Arizona, Image, Tradition, Sand, Historical Footage,

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Collection Shields Pictures, Doll (Toy), Tailor, Sewing, Handmade, Unusual Occupations, Jerry Fairbanks, Short Film, Documentary Film, Painting (Process), Image, Manufacturing, Artist, Working, Clothes, Historical Footage, Woman, USA, Adult, People,

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Collection Shields Pictures, Circus Artist, Clown, Unusual Occupations, Feat, Artiste, Teaching, Jerry Fairbanks, Short Film, Documentary Film, Class (Procedure), Student (Pupil), Learning, School, Girl, Working, Historical Footage, Woman, USA, Man (Human), Adult, People,

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Collection Shields Pictures, Steel Plate, Paint (Painting Something), Unusual Occupations, Drawing (Procedure), Jerry Fairbanks, Short Film, Documentary Film, Painting (Process), Painter (Artist), Painting (Picture), Artwork, Image, Portrait, Working, Historical Footage, Woman, USA, Adult, People,

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Collection Shields Pictures, Westernstadt, Unusual Occupations, Nostalgia, Pioneer (Human), Cowboy, Jerry Fairbanks, Short Film, Documentary Film, Coach (Carriage), Visiting (Looking Around), Building (Constructing), Equestrian, Riding (Horse), Tourist, Production Animal, California, Recreational Activities, Working, Driving (Procedure), Sights, Historical Footage, Man (Human), Adult, People,

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Collection Shields Pictures, Living Being, Gaucho, Unusual Occupations, Driving (Animal), Jerry Fairbanks, Short Film, Documentary Film, 3-6 Years, Equestrian, Riding (Horse), Argentina, Cattle (Bovini), Production Animal, Boy, Working, Latin America, Child, Historical Footage, USA, Man (Human), Adult, People,

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Collection Shields Pictures, Torero, Bull Fighting Arena, Bullfighting, Unusual Occupations, Jerry Fairbanks, Short Film, Documentary Film, Custom, Mexico, Adolescent, Girl, Working, Latin America, Historical Footage, Woman, People,

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Collection Shields Pictures, Diving Bell, Unusual Occupations, Dunking (Procedure), Jerry Fairbanks, Short Film, Documentary Film, Diver (Swimming), Diving (Procedure), Florida, Swimming (Procedure), Lake, Working, Historical Footage, Woman, Adult, People,

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Collection Shields Pictures, Living Being, Circus Waggon, Circus Rehearsal, Circus Tent, Animal Trainer, Circus Artist, Unusual Occupations, Feat, Artiste, Jerry Fairbanks, Short Film, Documentary Film, Elephant, Preparing (Getting Ready), Dance, Working, Historical Footage, Woman, USA, Man (Human), Adult, People,

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Collection Shields Pictures, Comet, Telescope, Starlit Sky, Unusual Occupations, Star (Celestial Body), Moon (Celestial Body), Jerry Fairbanks, Short Film, Documentary Film, Astronomy, Researcher, Scientist, Observing, Recreational Activities, Night, Working, Historical Footage, USA, Man (Human), Adult, People,

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Collection Shields Pictures, Amateur Circus, Circus Waggon, Pet Owner, Pony, Unusual Occupations, Houston, Obedience, Animal Training, Jerry Fairbanks, Short Film, Documentary Film, Practicing, Lion (Animal), Dog, Preparing (Getting Ready), Pet (Animal), Working, Historical Footage, Woman, Man (Human), Adult, People,

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Collection Shields Pictures, Guide, White Sands National Monument, Unusual Occupations, Nature Conservation, Jerry Fairbanks, Short Film, Documentary Film, Vintage Car, Nature Reserve, Working, Driving (Procedure), Historical Footage, USA, Building (Edifice), Man (Human), Adult, People,

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Collection Shields Pictures, Castanets, Instrument Maker, Handmade, Unusual Occupations, Workmanship Activity, Rhythm, Female Dancer, Jerry Fairbanks, Short Film, Documentary Film, Making Music (Instrument), Artist, Working, Historical Footage, Woman, USA, Man (Human), Adult, People,

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Collection Shields Pictures, Philadelphia Quartermaster Depot, Tailor, Sewing, Unusual Occupations, National Color, Jerry Fairbanks, Short Film, Documentary Film, Political Symbol, American Flag, Patriotism, Cutting, Factory, Second World War, Manufacturing, Working, Historical Footage, Woman, USA, Man (Human), Adult, People,

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Collection Shields Pictures, Artificial Flower, Goldsmith, Jewelery Manufacturing, Dyeing, Conservation, Unusual Occupations, Scale (Part of the Body), Creative Business, Designer, Handcrafted Work, Jerry Fairbanks, Short Film, Documentary Film, Trinket, Creativity, Carcass, Twinkling, Death, Fashion, Artist, Fish (Species), Working, Historical Footage, Woman, USA, Adult, Animal, People,

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Collection Shields Pictures, Penny-farthing, Collection (Objects), Antique, Unusual Occupations, Collecting, Jerry Fairbanks, Short Film, Documentary Film, Cycling (Procedure), Working, Historical Footage, Woman, USA, Man (Human), Adult, People,

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Collection Shields Pictures, Autogyro, Unusual Occupations, Winter Holidays, Jerry Fairbanks, Short Film, Documentary Film, Pilot (Airoplane), Skiing Region, Passenger, Logistics, Wealthiness, Transport, Outdoor Recreation, Sweden, Lifestyle (Concept), Flying (Flight), Working, Snow, Historical Footage, Woman, Man (Human), Adult, People,

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Collection Shields Pictures, Candlemaking, Wick, Handmade, Unusual Occupations, Pouring (Object), Jerry Fairbanks, Short Film, Documentary Film, Pouring (Liquid), Mexico, Craftsman, Handicraft, Working, Latin America, Historical Footage, Man (Human), Adult, People,

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Collection Shields Pictures, Unusual Occupations, Choreography, Acrobatics, Pole (Stick), Jerry Fairbanks, Short Film, Documentary Film, Rite, Dancer, Festival (Event), Native, Mexico, Artist, Working, Latin America, Historical Footage, Man (Human), Adult, People,

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Collection Shields Pictures, Living Being, Pet Owner, Animal Trainer, High Diving (Competition), Diving Board, Unusual Occupations, Jerry Fairbanks, Short Film, Documentary Film, Bizarre, Texas, Trash & Style, Funny, Bathing, Horse, Jumping, Working, Historical Footage, Woman, Adult, Body of Water, People,

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Collection Shields Pictures, Glass Industry, Kalmar (City), Glas Painting, Artisan, Glassmaker, Glassblower, Crystal Glass, Unusual Occupations, Glassblowing, Cut Glass Production, Handcrafted Work, Jerry Fairbanks, Short Film, Documentary Film, Artist, Working, Historical Footage, Man (Human), Adult, People,

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Collection Shields Pictures, Mailbag, Post Office, Postman (Human), Unusual Occupations, Pack Animal, Jerry Fairbanks, Short Film, Documentary Film, Country Life, Logistics, Equestrian, Riding (Horse), Arizona, Transport, Desert, Working, Historical Footage, Man (Human), Adult, People,

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Collection Shields Pictures, Military School, Women in the Military, Unusual Occupations, Military Step, Teaching, Jerry Fairbanks, Short Film, Documentary Film, Classroom, Teacher, Practice, Class (Procedure), Student (Pupil), Learning, Military Uniform, Military Personnel, Canada, Working, Historical Footage, Woman, Adult, People,

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Collection Shields Pictures, Rancher, Unusual Occupations, Light Aircraft, Jerry Fairbanks, Short Film, Documentary Film, Pilot (Airoplane), Propeller Plane, Seniors, Flying (Flight), Working, Historical Footage, Woman, USA, Adult, People,

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Collection Shields Pictures, Unusual Occupations, Carving (Art), Figure (Object), Jerry Fairbanks, Short Film, Documentary Film, Objet d'art, Massachusetts, Arts and Crafts, Wood (Material), Artist, Working, Historical Footage, Man (Human), Adult, People,

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Collection Shields Pictures, Bowling Ball, Ice Show, Bowling (Kind of Sport), Talent, Figure Skater, Figure Skating, Unusual Occupations, Jerry Fairbanks, Short Film, Documentary Film, 3-6 Years, Childhood, Young, Girl, Sportsman, Working, Historical Footage, USA, People,

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Collection Shields Pictures, Living Being, Bull Riding, Unusual Occupations, Cowboy, Jerry Fairbanks, Short Film, Documentary Film, Equestrian, Riding (Horse), Learning, School, Production Animal, Working, Historical Footage, Woman, USA, Man (Human), Adult, People,

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Collection Shields Pictures, Treasure Hunt, Metal Detector, Excavating, Gold Digger, Search for Gold, Double Decker (Airplane), Aerobatics, Stunt, Unusual Occupations, Light Aircraft, Jerry Fairbanks, Short Film, Documentary Film, Pilot (Airoplane), Air Transport, Midair, Flying (Flight), Working, Historical Footage, USA, Man (Human), Adult, People,

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Collection Shields Pictures, Lockheed P-80 Shooting Star, Test Pilot, Air Force Base, Unusual Occupations, Jet Aircaft, Jerry Fairbanks, Short Film, Documentary Film, Flying (Flight), Working, Historical Footage, USA, Man (Human), Adult, People,

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Collection Shields Pictures, Information material, Reconnaissance Airplane, Extradition, Unusual Occupations, Jerry Fairbanks, Short Film, Documentary Film, Photographer, Photography, Photographing, Photographic Camera, Military Personnel, Working, Historical Footage, Woman, USA, Man (Human), Adult, People,

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Collection Shields Pictures, Steve Clemente, Knife Throwing, Knife Thrower, Throwing Knife, Axe (Tool), Movie Set, Shooting (Film), Film Team, Unusual Occupations, Artiste, Hollywood (Motion Picture Industry), Jerry Fairbanks, Short Film, Precision, Documentary Film, Risk, Actress, Filming, Apple (Fruit), Skillful, Courage, Actor, Danger, Manufacturing, Working, Historical Footage, Woman, USA, Man (Human), Adult, People,

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Collection Shields Pictures, Cypress Gardens, Unusual Occupations, Jerry Fairbanks, Short Film, Documentary Film, Photographer, Posing, Model (Person), Photographing, Florida, Working, Historical Footage, Woman, Adult, People,

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Collection Shields Pictures, Slingshot, Carver, Carving (Wood Carving), Unusual Occupations, Light Bulb, Carving (Art), Cigarette, Jerry Fairbanks, Short Film, Documentary Film, Practicing, Shooting (Weapon), Bizarre, Armed, Trash & Style, Danger, Stone, Working, Historical Footage, Woman, USA, Man (Human), Adult, People,

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Collection Shields Pictures, Stonemason, Artisan, Unusual Occupations, Jerry Fairbanks, Short Film, Documentary Film, Objet d'art, Arts and Crafts, Sculpture (Object), Working, Historical Footage, Woman, USA, Adult, People,

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Collection Shields Pictures, Fertiliser, Fertilization (Agriculture), Pesticide, Plant Protection, Pest Control, Distributing, Unusual Occupations, Cornfield, Light Aircraft, Jerry Fairbanks, Short Film, Documentary Film, Pilot (Airoplane), Propeller Plane, Spraying (Process), Dusting (Dust), Air Transport, Midair, Flying (Flight), Working, Historical Footage, USA, Man (Human), Adult, People,

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Collection Shields Pictures, Judge (Sport), Box Ring, Unusual Occupations, Boxer (Athelete), Boxing, Jerry Fairbanks, Short Film, Documentary Film, Fighting, Sportsman, Working, Historical Footage, Woman, USA, Man (Human), Adult, People,

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Collection Shields Pictures, Diving Helmet, Crayon, Easel, Unusual Occupations, Jerry Fairbanks, Short Film, Documentary Film, Painting (Process), Bizarre, Student (University), Diver (Swimming), Model (Person), Trash & Style, Diving (Procedure), Florida, Working, Historical Footage, Woman, Man (Human), Adult, People,

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Collection Shields Pictures, Kellett Autogiro Corporation, Kellett KD-1, Mailplane, Post Office, Postman (Human), Unusual Occupations, New Jersey (USA), Jerry Fairbanks, Short Film, Documentary Film, Pilot (Airoplane), Helicopter (Aircraft), Landing (Flying), Roof (Architecture), Transport, Working, Historical Footage, Building (Edifice), Man (Human), Adult, People,

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Collection Shields Pictures, Manoeuvre (Military), Ski (Equipment), Unusual Occupations, Saluting, Jerry Fairbanks, Short Film, Documentary Film, Practicing, Warfare, Rifle, Troop, Shooting (Weapon), Armed, Climbing (Moving), US Army, Military Uniform, Soldier, Working, Sports, Mountains, Historical Footage, USA, Man (Human), Adult, People,

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Collection Shields Pictures, War-Disabled Person, Battle Injury, Women in the Military, Training Camp, Evacuation, Rescue Team, Unusual Occupations, Rescueing (Saving), American Army, Extinguishing, American Navy, Rescue Operation, Jerry Fairbanks, Short Film, Documentary Film, Fire Brigade, Practicing, Fire (Blaze), Warfare, Practice, Camouflaging, Helping, US Army, Military Uniform, Soldier, Working, Historical Footage, Woman, USA, Adult, People,

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Collection Shields Pictures, LeRoy Prinz, Paramount Pictures, Casting, Choreographer, Unusual Occupations, Hollywood (Motion Picture Industry), Jerry Fairbanks, Short Film, Documentary Film, Dancer, Photographer, Photography, Model (Person), Celebrity, Photographing, Artist, Looking at Camera, Working, Historical Footage, USA, People,

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Collection Shields Pictures, Living Being, Gene Autry, Pistol (Weapon), Horse Farm, Unusual Occupations, Pack Animal, Hollywood (Motion Picture Industry), Guitar, Film Star, Cowboy, Foal, Jerry Fairbanks, Short Film, Documentary Film, Making Music (Instrument), Celebrity, Actor, Singing, Keeping of Animals, Artist, Looking at Camera, Working, Historical Footage, USA, Man (Human), Adult, People,

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Collection Shields Pictures, Richard Arlen, Double Decker (Airplane), Aerobatics, Delivery (Goods), Unusual Occupations, Light Aircraft, Hollywood (Motion Picture Industry), Film Star, Jerry Fairbanks, Short Film, Documentary Film, Pilot (Airoplane), Celebrity, Actor, Midair, Transport, Artist, Flying (Flight), Working, Historical Footage, USA, Man (Human), Adult, People,

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Collection Shields Pictures, Kathryn Stuberg, Clark Gable, Marlene Dietrich, Modelling (Activity), Wax Figure, Mannequin, Paint (Painting Something), Handmade, Unusual Occupations, Hollywood (Motion Picture Industry), Hollywood (Los Angeles), Film Star, Jerry Fairbanks, Short Film, Documentary Film, Actress, Painting (Process), Model (Person), Celebrity, Actor, Manufacturing, Personality, Artist, Working, Historical Footage, Woman, Adult, People,

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Collection Shields Pictures, Helium, Dyeing, Unusual Occupations, Balloon, Forming, Rubber, Trying, Female Dancer, Jerry Fairbanks, Short Film, Documentary Film, Filling, Test, Sexy, Midair, Factory, Machine, Manufacturing, Worker (Human), Artist, Sky, Group of People, Historical Footage, Woman, USA, Adult,

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