Encyclopædia Britannica Films

From Audiovisual Identity Database


Encyclopedia Britannica Films (also named EB Films for short) was the top producer and distributor of educational 16 mm films and later VHS videocassettes for schools and libraries from the 1940s through the 1990s. Prior to 1943, the company operated under the name of Electrical Research Products Inc. (ERPI) Classroom Films.

Electrical Classroom Films Inc.


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Logo: On a granite background, we see the text "Erpi Classroom Films Inc.". Below it, a rotating globe is shown with the text "BRING THE WORLD TO THE CLASSROOM" on a filmstrip in front of the globe.

Technique: The rotating globe.

Music/Sounds: None.

Variants: There is a later Version with the Encyclopedia Britannica name instead of the Electrical name.

Availability: Seen on films from the period, such as Sound On Film.

Encyclopedia Britannica Films

1st Known Logo (1949?-1952?)

Logo: On a stylish Background, The EBF Logo appears.

Technique: None.

Music/Sounds: Usually the opening to a film.

Availability: Near extinction. This logo was seen on films like Care of the Skin and Sleep for Health.

2nd Known Logo (1953?-197?)

Logo: Same as before except with the newer EBF logo.

Variants: An in credit version exists on some of their films.

Technique: None.

Music/Sounds: Same as before.

Availability: Ultra rare, Seen on films like Eat for Health.

3rd Known Logo (197?-1986?)

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Logo: The EBF logo of the time appears on a black background.

Variants: In credit and superimposed versions are known to exist.

Technique: None.

Music/Sounds: Silent or the opening to a film.

Availability: Rare. Seen on films from the time such as Introduction to Holography.

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