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Description: Promotional film presented by the Nesbitt Fruit Products Company about orange production and the making of Nesbitt’s Orange soda at the company's Los Angeles plant.
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Clip #: MF-34B
Length: 20:29
Year: 1948
Color: Color
Sound: Sound
Library: TFA Network
Decade: 1940s
Region: North America
Country: United States
State: California
Subject: Agriculture
Original: 16mm
1940s, 1948, Nesbitt’s Fruit Company, Southern California, Los Angeles, “roving television reporter” Ken Carpenter, Union Station facade, people sitting on benches and walking outside Union Station, Olvera Street, market stands, water trough, La Brea Tar Pits, statues of prehistoric animals, oil fields, refineries, orange tree near cross, Mission San Gabriel, first orange grove, Riverside, Parent Washington Navel Orange Tree, Los Angeles cityscape, skyline, nearby orange groves, workers picking oranges from trees, oranges hanging on trees, hand holding up oranges on tree, men on platform and standing on ground spraying groves with pesticides, man stacking oranges in grocery store, female workers sorting and packing oranges in plant, male workers picking oranges from trees, pickers, Nesbitt Fruit Products production manager and beverage division manager inspecting oranges in grove, orange picker wearing picking bag slung over one shoulder, pickers snapping open bottom of bag and dumping oranges into crates, man cutting open green colored Valencia orange to reveal orange inside, attractive young women wearing swimsuits picking oranges, production manager nodding and smiling, women hitching ride on Nesbitt truck loaded with oranges, smiling women throwing oranges and waving goodbye, truck arriving at Nesbitt’s Fruit Products Los Angeles plant, driver backing trailer up to tip ramp and onto block of wood so that trailer outside edge is raised and load is tipped towards unloading ramp, load of oranges falling out of truck, government inspector checking load to ensure quality and upholding government standards, oranges entering elevator and being raised to upper bin feed, oranges dropping to system of rubber belts and diverted to storage bins, male worker scanning oranges and removing imperfect ones, oranges being immersed in sterilizing bath and up elevator, oranges being washed, brushed and polished dry, oranges being conveyed on belts and separated according to size into different reamers, oranges being conveyed up to cutting knives and halved, reamers extracting juice from orange halves, peels being conveyed to storage and dump bins, seeds, heavy pulp and fibrous material being removed on strainer, woman in kitchen squeezing orange juice by hand and refrigerating bottle, deaerator removing air from juice right after extraction ensuring purity, vacuum holding tanks, flash sterilizers, juice pumped to concentrator, water drawn off and evaporated through vacuum condensers on roof, female lab assistants and male food chemist working in Nesbitt plant laboratory, chemist measuring sugar content of Nesbitt's Orange on refractometer, male worker using machine to affix labels onto bottles, male worker using machine to automatically measure exact amount needed to fill bottles, male workers packing bottled orange concentrate into cartons and prepared for shipment to bottlers and franchise holders, map showing main Nesbitt plant in Los Angeles and warehouses throughout country, bottles moving to filling machines, bottles being filled and capped on machines, capping machine, bottles of Nesbitt’s Orange being agitated into deep orange color on revolving agitator, female workers packing bottles into cartons, sign warning bottling plants about sending in samples of Nesbitt’s Orange every 30 days, bottler picking samples at random from moving line of filled and capped bottles to be sent to Los Angeles plant, female lab worker receiving samples of bottled Nesbitt’s Orange to be tested, oranges and bottle of Nesbitt’s Orange hanging on tree

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