Here’s a video of a nine-minute promotional film on Rhode Island, the smallest state in the union – though the state with the nation’s highest per capita production of industrial goods. The grainy black & white photography and the “professional” voice of the narrator combine, along with the film’s quaint subject matter, to produce a treasury of head-snapping “come again?” moments. Why does almost everyone in the film seem to be bedraggled, as if they had just survived the Hurricane of 1938, a full decade prior to the film’s release? Actually, in spite of the narrator’s condescending praise of the state’s economy, by the time this film was made the economy had been on the slide for at least three decades, a decline that remains the smallest state’s greatest legacy (except for its liberty in religious concernments). There is more than enough here to cognate the dissonance of every modern Rhode Islander. In addition to the video itself, below are several local screenshots. Enjoy!