In 2003, there was an exceptional touring program of short films that made its way across North American theaters. How To Be Eccentric: The Films of Richard Massingham was a program of short films made between the 1930s and the 1950s by Richard Massingham, a man who trained for a medical career but ended up making a better name for himself from his part-time hobby of amateur film-making.
His short films, on such subjects as the dangers of spreading germs and posting your Christmas parcels early, are surprisingly entertaining, even after 50+ years. Most of them starred Massingham himself, who usually played a not-so-bright character who had to be taught the benefits of such modern manners as sneezing into one's handkerchief.
The Massingham film collection was supposed to be released on DVD, but after 5 years we've yet to see it show up. Thankfully those 5 years have also seen vast improvements in online video-watching, and we can now see a sampling of Massingham's work online.
Here's a listing of Massingham videos on YouTube:
Pedestrian Crossing -- how to cross the street safely
Coughs and Sneezes -- how to use your handkerchief
Jet Propelled Germs -- how to not spread germs
A Warning to Travellers -- don't take too much currency out of the country!
Watch Your Meters -- a reminder to conserve energy
Enjoy this short retrospective of Massingham's work. Here's hoping that DVD release shows up sometime soon...