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Produced in 1962 and narrated by actor James Cagney, "The Road to the Wall" explores the steady march of Communism through the years.  It begins with the writings of Karl Marx and tracks milestones up until the 1961 construction of the Berlin Wall.  Filled with spectacular footage pulled from historic propaganda and dramatic films, the documentary was produced by U.S. Armed Forces and released as an "Information Film."  It presents the expansion of Communism around the...
Topics: Cold War, Soviet Union, Communist Revolution, USSR, Berlin Wall, Fidel Castro, Chairman Mao, China,...
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by Burlington, Rio Grande and Western Pacific Railroads
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The Burlington Route, Rio Grande, and Western Pacific Railroads produced this tourism promotional film in the 1950's to highlight the California Zephyr luxury train, running between Chicago and San Francisco.  The California Zephyr (the CZ, or "Silver Lady") was a passenger train operated by the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy (CB&Q), Denver & Rio Grande Western (D&RGW) and Western Pacific railroads, all which dubbed it "the most talked about train in America"...
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Topics: railroad, train, California, locomotive, transportation
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by Castle Films
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This short newsreel, produced for the home market, shows the first offensive action of the Pacific War by the U.S. Navy: a raid on Makin Island in the Marshalls conducted by the USS Yorktown battle group under command of Admiral William Halsey. The film claims to show Japanese cruisers and even an aircraft carrier sunk by American forces, but in reality there were no such enemy losses.
Topic: Newsreel.
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This short and apparently hastily assembled newsreel shows the events of December 7th, 1941 and expresses deep outrage at the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.  Due to classification issues at the time the film was made, very little of the damage to Pearl Harbor itself is shown; rather the film focuses on damage to civilian areas of Waikiki and Honolulu. Due to the lack of material available there are some laughable errors in the rather earnest film, including the presence of a plane...
Topics: Pearl Harbor, WWII, World War II, Japan, U.S. Navy, December 7th
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by Castle Films
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Yanks Bomb Tokyo
Topic: Newsreel.
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by Castle Films
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This short newsreel, produced for the home market, expresses deep outrage at the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Due to classification issues at the time the film was made, very little of the damage to Pearl Harbor itself is shown; rather the film focuses on damage to civilian areas of Waikiki and Honolulu. Footage includes: Emporer Hirohito reviewing his troops, Secretary of State Cordell Hull speaking with Japanese ambassadors, Waikiki during bombing attack, emergency hospitals...
Topic: Newsreel.
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by Castle Films
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U.S. propaganda newsreel from World War II (WWII) featuring amazing footage of the air sea battles that raged near the Marshall Islands. Featured ships are: the battleship USS Texas, the submarine USS Wahoo, the cruisers USS San Francisco, and USS Boise. Also includes footage of fleet manuevers of PT Boats, destroyers, aircraft carriers, battleships and L1 and G1 blimps on anti-submarine patrol.
Topic: World War II (WWII) propaganda film.
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by Castle Films
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This short newsreel, produced for the home market, shows Operation Hailstone, the U.S. assault on "Japan's Pearl Harbor", the naval base at Truk. Footage shows Task Force 58, which included the fleet carriers USS Yorktown, USS Essex, USS Intrepid, USS Bunker Hill, USS Enterprise, and the light carriers USS Belleau Wood, USS Cabot, USS Monterey, and USS Cowpens as they strike the Japanese base beginning in February of 1944. Extensive gun camera footage is seen in the film, as well as...
Topic: Newsreel.
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by Castle Films
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This short newsreel, produced for the home market, shows the final events of World War II, including the development and testing of the atomic bomb, the atomic bombing of Japan, the Japanese surrender, and the U.S. occupation of the Japanese mainland including Honshu, and the arrival of the U.S. Third Fleet in Tokyo Bay. The film not only includes the Japanese surrender on the USS Missouri (BB-63) in Tokyo Bay, the celebration in Manhattan's Times Square, and a parade in Red Square Moscow. Some...
Topic: Newsreel.
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by Castle Films
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This short newsreel, produced for the home market, shows the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown (CV-5) under attack by Japanese Zeros during the Battle of the Coral Sea. Although the carrier was badly damaged in the battle, it lived to sail another day and proved crucial to the U.S. victory at Midway a few months later.
Topic: Newsreel.
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by Castle Films Newsreel
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The Japanese attacked Manila and the Phillipines on December 7, 1941, and caught one of America's great generals, Douglas MacArthur relatively unprepared. The loss of the American air forces on the ground in the initial attacks, forced the Army to make a quick retreat to the Bataan peninsula and the fortress of Corregidor. This film shows the early stage of the battle, and was made shortly after MacArthur fled the Phillipines for Australia where he would go on to command Allied forces. The...
Topic: Newsreel.
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by Cine Art
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An amusing short film, made prior to WWII, that shows a group of Hawaiian maidens performing the traditional hula dance aboard a U.S. Navy battleship.
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Topic: U.S. Navy short.
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by Federal Security Agency
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Created by the Federal Security Agency in the 1940s, "The Operator and Safety" is a bus driver training film.  Featuring a Mack CM-G3 transit bus, the film was shot in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and vicinity around 1941.  The bus used in the film, number 1822, was part of the Philadelphia Rapid Transit system. This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage collections in the USA. Entirely film...
Topics: Mack bus, Philadelphia, driver training, driver's ed, bus driver, Philadelphia Rapid Transit, stock...
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by German Newsreel
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This German propaganda movie was part of a U.S. Navy archive compiled during WWII, and acquired by Periscope Film. This film celebrates the German U-boats, and especially the sinking of the British aircraft carrier HMS Courageous by submarine-launched torpedo. Adolf Hitler is seen decorating a U-boat crew. Featured submarines: Type IX (9) U-boats U-38 and U-37.
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Topic: German World War II (WWII) Propaganda film.
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Made for the home market in Germany during WWII, this silent film "German warships break through the Channel" shows the "Channel Dash" operation of the Kriegsmarine in 1942. The film begins with images of Brest harbor, as German ships plan a breakout thru the Dover Strait. At :35 Admiral Erich Raeder is seen addressing crew prior to the start of the operation. At :49 a map shows the strategic situation with ships leaving Brest. At 1:05 an E-boat or torpedo boat escorts the...
Topic: German propaganda film.
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by German Newsreel
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This German propaganda movie was part of a U.S. Navy archive compiled during WWII, and acquired by Periscope Film. The German invasion of Norway is shown, with units of the Kriegsmarine enforcing sea lanes and allowing the free movement of supplies and men. Junkers trimotor aircraft support the invasion.
Topic: German propaganda film.
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by Germeinnuttziger
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This German propaganda movie was part of a U.S. Navy archive compiled during WWII, and acquired by Periscope Film. In this film, the Battle of The Atlantic is seen from the German perspective as Kreigsmarine U-boats converge for a wolfpack patrol, hunting Allied merchant ships.
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Topic: German World War II (WWII) Propaganda film.
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by News Parade, Super Thrills, French Fleet, Sunk, WWII, Stock footage
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This historic newsreel shows some interesting events in the 1940s including the attack on the French fleet by the British at Oran and the collapse of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge.   The 1940 Tacoma Narrows Bridge, the first Tacoma Narrows Bridge, was a suspension bridge in the U.S. state of Washington that spanned the Tacoma Narrows strait of Puget Sound between Tacoma and the Kitsap Peninsula. It opened to traffic on July 1, 1940, and dramatically collapsed into Puget Sound on November 7 of the...
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This War Department training film (TF 18-1116) shows the secondary weapons that a tank-hunting team uses to destroy tanks as well as ambush methods that assist in destroying enemy tanks. The film features what appears to be a captured Polish 7TP light tank used by the Panzerwaffe. The tank moves over a small gully and through trees (00:47). The film shows inside the tank and the view through the window slits (01:12). The tank’s turret revolves around. An illustration is used to show the...
Topics: German Tanks, Tanks, WWII, World War II, Nazi, Stock Footage
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Produced in the 1960s, this film shows the mission of the Polaris missile submarines and their base in Holy Loch, Scotland. Between 1961 and 1992, Holy Loch was the site of the United States Navy's FBM Refit Site One (FBM: Fleet Ballistic Missile). It was the home base of Submarine Squadron (SUBRON) 14, part of Submarine Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet. To make maximum usage of its submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) deterrent force, American military had determined that it required an...
Topics: Polaris, World Of Polaris, 1960s, Nuclear Ballistic, Missiles, Stock Footage
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“Call Us Penn Central” is a circa 1968 color promotional film about the Penn Central Transportation Company, a railroad company created by the 1968 merger of the Pennsylvania and New York Central railroads that operated from 1968 until 1976. In 1970, the company filed for what was, at that time, the largest bankruptcy in US history. The first few minutes are filled with scenes of railroad yards and locomotives before the narrator presents a litany of locations and job occupations ranging...
Topics: Railroad, 1968, Penn Central, New York, Stock Footage
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Created in 1947 by the Association of American Railroads, "A Whistle in the Night" takes a look at post-war American railroads during their conversion to peace. During the war, frantic efforts to move freight resulted in a huge maintenance backlog, and railroads at the close of the conflict found themselves operating under the handicap of little to no new equipment. The film looks past this era at the plans for the future, with swifter, safer and more comfortable traveling for the...
Topics: 1947, Railroads, American Railroad, Promotional Film, Stock Footage
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This film looks at Sweden’s early Viking history and how the country has grown while retaining its history. It was produced by Olle Nordemar Artfilm (:29) and opens with a view from the Baltic Sea (:56) on the island of Gotland. Gotland was the center of trade (1:01) beginning in days of the Vikings and extending through the days of the Hanseatic League (1:13). The serpent head on one of the Viking longboats on a painting depicting their gathering on Gotland Island (1:20). Vikings conducted...
Topics: 1958, US Army, Sweden, Modern Land, Vikings, Stockholm
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Filmed five years before the shootings of unarmed students at Kent State University by members of the Ohio National Guard, this 1965 black and white film is TF19 3545, a US Army training video about riot control techniques. The demonstration was filmed at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, by the 716th Military Police Battalion. A uniformed MP approaches the camera head-on with a rifle with a bayonet attached (:30-:50). A group of civilians runs down a street. The mob stops and displays angry gestures...
Topics: US Army, Riot Control, Tear Gas, Training Film, 1965, Stock Footage
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“Peto Plucks Some Chickens” is a 1958 black-and-white episode of the docudrama “The Silent Service” —  a show that was typically about the U.S. Navy's submarine fleet.  "Silent Service" episodes were based on fact and the realism was heightened by actual use of combat footage from the files of the Navy. The stories were varied between the South Pacific during World War II and the Korean War. The series was the brainchild of Rear Admiral Thomas M. Dykers, who retired from...
Topics: Silent Service TV Show, Lifeguard Patrol, US Navy, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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In this U.S. Air Force training film (TF-6164b) from 1968, viewers learn about the ejection, recovery, and landing of the General Dynamics F-111 Aardvark Crew Module Escape System, an “escape crew capsule system that allows one or more occupants of an aircraft or spacecraft to escape from the craft while it is subjected to extreme conditions, such as high speed or altitude.” The film opens with a shot of a test F-111 Crew Module taking off and the crew escape capsule parachuting to the...
Topics: General Dynamics, F-111 Aardvark, Module Escape System, Ejection System, Stock Footage, Periscope...
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Yankee Do: A Story of Sea Power is a 1960s Navy film promoting the new nuclear USS Enterprise and giving viewers a look at life aboard the Navy’s attack carrier USS Franklin D. Roosevelt. Most of the film is filmed aboard the USS Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1962 during a cruise to and through the Mediterranean that included NATO exercise assignments, which provides the context for the film’s story: A Scottish NATO Exchange Officer is spending a year with the U.S. 6th Fleet. The film opens with...
Topics: 1960, Nuclear Aircraft Carrier, Yankee Do, US Navy
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This black & white U.S. Navy film, which was likely shown to sailors as part of basic training, is about the dangers of VD (venereal disease). The title "Taking Chances" has an extended metaphor throughout the film, which compares the odds of winning carnival games with catching a social disease. Copyright 1952. Produced by Herbert Kerkow Productions. Opening: U.S. Navy Training Film - "Taking Chances V.D." (:06-:28). A roulette wheel spins. Navy men at a carnival. A...
Topics: Disease Scare Film, US navy, 1952, Syphilis, Gonorrhea, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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Here are two WWII U.S. Army Air Forces recruiting films. The first "Survival of the Fittest" is about how physical training is important for survival in combat. This is copyrighted 1944. The second, "Sustineo Atlas" is about the elite the Officers Candidate School. It dates to 1943. Opening titles: SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST (:06-:31). An U.S. Army Air Force officer who survived for weeks in the jungle receives a medal. Another officer receives a medal. He is seen walking...
Topics: WWII, US Army Air Force, Basic Training, Recruiting Film, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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Created in the early stage of WWII, this propaganda and recruiting film was intended to educate ordinary Americans about some of their responsibilities at the "home front".  This might include serving as Air Raid Wardens, Civil Defense Workers, or in services such as the Driver's Corps (whose members were trained in first aid and auto repair) or as messengers.  The film includes a brief excerpt from a speech by President Roosevelt, and uses the British auxiliary services as an...
Topics: World War II, Civil Defense, Air Raid Wardens, Recruiting Film, Periscope Film, Stock Footage
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This color educational film, which also can be viewed as a promotional film for United Airlines, is about the new Douglas DC-8 jetliner and its debut with United Airlines. United's first-ever jet service took place on September 18th, 1959 when the DC-8 performed a transcontinental flight between San Francisco International Airport and New York's Idlewild. Copyright is circa 1959. The aircraft shown in the film, tail number N8016U, flew with United from 1959 to 1966. Opening title: Paul Hoefler...
Topics: 1959, Operation Jetliner DC8, United Airlines, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This silent film shows a special "boosters club" trip on the Pacific Electric Railroad in Los Angeles. Combination car #1375 is shown at :11 at a carbarn, most likely the downtown Pacific Electric Building,   flanked by #1225 and #1612 (:21). At 3:25 interurban car 1200 (lead car in the 1200 class) rumbles by. At 4:01 car 1375 is shown parked. At 5:41 Pacific Electric city car #103 -- with Highland displayed in the destination box -- is shown. The Highland railroad station is visible...
Topics: Los Angeles, Pacific Electric Railway, Boosters Club, Trolley trip, Red Cars
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Produced by NATO and the Signal Photographic Service of the U.S. Army, this black & white film is about the formation of NATO and its importance in the defense of the free world. Copyright 1951. The film features a score by William Alwyn. The film dates from the time when Gen. Dwight Eisenhower was supreme commander of NATO (1950-52), a post he left in order to run for President of the United States. Opening: NATO presents Alliance for Peace (:07-:47). Edward R. Murrow narrates. On a road...
Topics: Alliance For Peace, 1951, North Atlantic Treaty, Cold War, NATO, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
This black and white 1930s film (part 4 of a series made by architect Walter Harrington Kilham Jr.) depicts the construction of Rockefeller Center and Radio City Music Hall in Midtown Manhattan, New York (TRT 17:22). Title card: “The Building of Rockefeller Center” (0:08). “Todd, Robertson & Todd, Engineering Corporation - Todd & Brown - Managers” and “Reinhard & Hofmeister - Corbett, Harrison & MacMurray - Hodd & Fouilhoux - Architects” (0:17). In a staged shot,...
Topics: 1930s, Radio City, Rockefeller Center, Construction, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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“U-47 in Scapa Flow” is a 1958 black-and-white episode of the docudrama “The Silent Service” —  a show that was typically about the U.S. Navy's submarine fleet. This particular episode is different in that it tells the story of a German U-boat. "Silent Service" episodes were based on fact and the realism was heightened by actual use of combat footage from the files of the Navy. The stories were varied between the South Pacific during World War II and the Korean War. The...
Topics: Silent Service, TV Show, U-47, German U Boat, Royal Oak, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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Discovering Electronic Music is a short 1983 educational film directed by Bernard Wilets that gives a look at the early use of electronics in music production. The film opens with a shot of a computer and a keyboard. Recording reels run. A monitor shows sound waves of electronic jazz music. A composer talks to the camera about writing electronic jazz music (01:55). Another man talks about why he turned to electronic music for composing (02:38). Viewers see pages that show the new notation of...
Topics: Electronic Music, Early Synthesizers, Computers, Digitzers, Samplers, 1983, Stock Footage,...
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Made for the home market in Germany during WWII, this short silent newsreel shows wartime activities "From Murmansk to Africa". At the start of the film, bombs are loaded on Luftwaffe Stukas and bomber aircraft tasked with the mission of bombing Allied convoys headed for Murmansk. At 1:00 bombs fall onto the port of Murmansk. At 1:18 the Caucus Front line is shown with German artillery firing against Russian lines. At 2:00 German troops with inflatable assault boats prepare to cross a...
Topics: 1942, Africa, German Newsreel, Murmansk, WWII, World War 2
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In this episode of Air Force Now, the Air Force’s monthly news film produced during the 1980s, viewers see the work being done by the 307th Civil Engineering Squadron, a recruiting clip for being stationed in Europe, and the “Portrait in Blue” featuring Lt. Col. Clyde East. The first segment of the episode, “Patriot Horse,” shows the 307th Civil Engineering Squadron at Kelly Air Force Base in Texas during a training operation. Members of the unit back trucks up into transport planes,...
Topics: Air Force Now, 1960, USAF, Europe, Civil Engineering Squad, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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Dating to 1949, this U.S. Army film "Camouflage Principles" provides an overview about how to effectively conceal equipment and field positions from enemy observation including by air. Main title (:11-:18). Shots of an analyst reviewing new aerial photos of an enemy encampment, and circling a likely target (:30). Aircraft makes a bomb attack on the position, but misses the soldiers and Bofors type anti-aircraft gun concealed by foliage. The troops camouflage a Sherman tank. They then...
Topics: US Army Training Film, Camouflage Principles, Aerial Observation, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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 This film is from British Transport Films which was set up in 1949 and made documentary films on British transport. This particular film is one of their travelogues which was meant to celebrate the quiet unchanging image of rural Britain. The narrator of this film is Stephen Murray (:28) and it opens with a map pointing to the heart of England where the narrator was born (:47). A span of the countryside catches a tractor at work on a farm (1:08) as winter was ending and leading into spring....
Topics: Heart, England, 1954, British Transport, Travelogue, Cotswalds, Stratford, Stock Footage, Periscope...
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Produced for Richfield Oil Corp. (now part of ARCO) by Alfred Higgins Productions, "Baja Holiday" is a color travelogue film about the marlin fishing opportunities offered in Baja, Mexico. It was filmed by Alfred Higgins and William Clark with a script by Eric Strutt. This film was released in 1961. Opening: Richfield presents Baja Holiday (:08-:48). A marlin jumps up from the water. Airplanes on the tarmac at LAX (Los Angeles International Airport). Two men, in suits, point at planes...
Topics: Baja Holiday, 1961, Baja California, Marlin Fishing Expedition, Mexico, Sea Of Cortez, Stock...
This film, narrated in German, shows a brief tour of Germany in the mid 1950’s. It was presented by the Int'l Film Bureau (:09) and narrated by Meno Spann (:22) from the German Department NW University. The US Embassy building (:39), known as the Diechmannsaue Castle opens the film. US President Eisenhower visits the country in August of 1959 (:48) as German’s welcome his arrival (:57). Police on motorcycles escort the American president through town (1:20). The troupe arrives at the Villa...
Topics: 1950s, Germany, 1959, President Eisenhower, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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Made in the late 1940s to promote their Dempster-Dumpster sanitation system, this silent film was created by the Dempster Brothers. It shows the use of Dempster-Dumpster containers in the city of Baltimore. The film shows the standard problems affiliated with trash collection in the 30s, 40's and 50s, with steel garbage cans used to remove refuse by hand. The word "dumpster", first used commercially in 1936, came from the Dempster-Dumpster system of mechanically loading the contents...
Topics: Dempster Dumpster, Dumpster Waste Management, promo Film, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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Want to support this channel and help us preserve old films? Visit https://www.patreon.com/PeriscopeFilm Visit our website www.PeriscopeFilm.com   Made by the Hotpoint appliance company to promote their electric appliances, "Sauce for the Gander" is a 1940 comedy starring Damien O'Flynn, Joan Woodbury and a   very young Alan Ladd in an un-credited role. (This may very well be Ladd's earliest big screen appearance.)   The plot of this film revolves around Tom Tupper (Damian O'Flynn)...
Topics: Sales Film, Sauce, 1940 Appliance sales film, Hot Point
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Prepared by the British and then released by the U.S. Army Air Force's Aeronautical Lab at Wright Field, this film shows two German weapons developments: a nitric acid rocket motor, a German armor piercing bomb and a spherical bouncing bomb with rocket assist motor.    This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage collections in the USA. Entirely film backed, this material is available for licensing in 24p...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, United States, Army Air Force, Air Force, Nazi's, World War II
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This color educational film is about how oil is drilled for and found. This was by the Shell Company. This is circa the late 1960s/early 1970s. Men climb a tower. Opening titles: OIL, a Shell Film (:08-:21). Large ship on a river near a city. Cars whiz down a California freeway. A train goes over a bridge. An airliner flies. A luxury ship goes by. A boat on a river with south Pacific Islanders. A water wheel. A boy sleds in the snow and goes by an oilman. Close on machine parts. Closeup of oil...
Topics: Shell oil, Shell, Promo Film, Exploration, Recovery, Refining, North Sea, Saudi Arabia, Stock...
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In the 1945 Department of the Navy film, DAMAGE CONTROL describes the effect on the metacenter of changes in the value of "G" relationship of metacenter height with range of stability, and initial stability in terms of displacement. At (00:00:50:00) , we see a pontoon stability experiment, and the metacenter’s effect on buoyancy. Vintage footage of American sailors and ships at port can be seen at (00:06:12:00). More vintage footage of ships at sea appears at (00:08:30:00) and...
Topics: WWII, World War II, Damage Center, Training Film, Metacenter, Stability, Stock Footage
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Produced in the 1940s for the U.S. Navy, THE BASIC CAMERA provides a brief historical overview of the camera, including the famed camera obscure, before showing modern photographic equipment and techniques. Box cameras, bellows cameras, and other specialized equipment is shown. At the 13 minute mark the film also shows a motion picture camera with a turret, and explains the operation of the shutter. A Graflex camera is seen at the 9:00 mark and following, including a high speed camera at the 10...
Topics: US Navy, Basic Photography, Motion Picture, Cameras, Stock Footage
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“Space Project” is a short 1950s film from Johnson & Johnson and produced by Henry Strauss and Company. Part of the Stop Look Listen films made by Johnson & Johnson for Drug Store owners and operators to improve their business, this film focuses on the importance of managing the space and inventory of the modern drug store. The film begins with Charlie Higgins of Higgins & Son Pharmacists speaking to the camera from inside of his drug store about how Johnson & Johnson is...
Topics: Johnson And Johnson Pharmaceutical Co., 1960s, DRug Store, Stock Footage
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This episode of the TV show, Discovery ‘66, dates to the year 1966. Discovery (in several incarnations) was an innovative historical, cultural and educational documentary TV series for children that aired from 1962-1971 on ABC. It was originally hosted by Frank Buxton on aired on weekdays, but for most of the Sixties it could be found on Saturday afternoons or Sunday mornings. This episode "The World Beneath the Sea" opens with a diver in full scuba gear underwater. A submersible...
Topics: Discovery 66, 1968, The World Beneath The Sea, Part 2, Stock Footage, Mini Submarines
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This 1953 film from the Swiss Federation of Watch Manufacturers gives tips for salesmen that will help them assure customers and successfully sell fine Swiss watches. The film opens with a shot of an American town’s main street. People window shop along a street. Women help customers at a department store. People look in at a jewelry store watch display (01:30). Inside the store, a woman approaches a salesman to discuss purchasing a watch. The salesman shows the woman several different...
Topics: Swiss Watch, 1953, Swiss, Wristwatch, Manufactures, Stock Footage
This color educational film is about CB Radios/Two Way Radios and how necessary they are. Most of the footage is still images live action and animation. Copyright 1959. Opening titles: A Million Invisible Messengers (:07-:55) Clock bell goes off. Police car is stationary with two policemen in it. One uses a CB radio to contact another. Police have a man cuffed. Map of the United States (:56-2:10). A woman calls the city gas plant, there's a gas odor. The plant contest a person to go smell the...
Topics: Million Invisible Messengers, 1959, CB Radio, Citizens Band, Promotional Film, Communications,...
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"Show Business at War" dates to 1943 and showcases the incredible efforts of the entertainers of the day, the film and entertainment industries, and their collective sacrifice to support our troops and the victory effort during World War II. The bright lights of Broadway in New York City and the offices of the weekly theatrical paper, Variety 1:00. Variety is an American media company owned by Penske Media Corporation. It was founded by Sime Silverman in New York in 1905 as a weekly...
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Topics: Show Business, Show Business At War, 1943, World War II, Hollywood, Broadway, Stock Footage
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This beautiful 1940s color film NEW JERSEY JOURNEY was produced by John Bransby Productions for the Esso Standard Oil Company at a time when the state's future seemed bright and limitless. The New Jersey of this era was a state on the move. It has shipyards (1:36), industrial areas (1:38), oil refineries (1:40), trunk line railroads (1:45), manufacturers (1:52), commuter trains (1:58), shipping (2:01), trucking (2:07), the Newark Airport (2:11), aerial skyways (2:21) of the New Jersey Turnpike,...
Topics: 1940, New Jersey, Travelogue, Atlantic City, Asbury Park, Stock Footage
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This 1950’s travelogue profiles the Santa Fe Super Chief, the most luxurious way to travel across the country. The film begins by showing how train’s now offer all of the comforts of home. (00:00:20:00) Then, the new flagship of Santa Fe’s fleet is introduced, the Super Chief. (00:00:40:00). Our narrator then cuts to a beautiful actress, who is planning a train trip to Southern California. (00:01:10:00) The narrator convinces her to try the new Super Chief for her trip. The narrator then...
Topics: Train, Superchief, Railroad, Santa Fe, 1950s, Travelogue, California, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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A U.S. Army training film circa 1953, the first of a two part instructional video describing the advancements of planetary gears (used in the newer tanks such as the M47 Patton) as compared to the older system used on such tanks as the M-4 Sherman. A technician demonstrates the principles of operation governing multiple sets, while a narrator gives a short review of how the planet-carrier gears work. Features original footage of tanks performing tests and exercises as well as the demonstration...
Topics: M47, Patton, Tank, Planetary, Gears, Principles, Operation, Stock Footage
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This 1960s NASA film shows viewers the test flights of the first two Saturn rockets, SA-1 and SA-2. The film follows the rockets from Marshall Space Flight Center to the barge transportation to Cape Canaveral for the test flights. The film begins with footage from August 1961 of a barge carrying SA-1 down what appears to be the Mississippi River on its way to Cape Canaveral. A truck drives onto a dock carrying part of the rocket (01:08). Viewers see the Saturn rocket in one of the buildings at...
Topics: Saturn, Giant Step, moon, 1960s, NASA, Apollo Program, Saturn I, IB, Project Highwater, Stock...
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This short drama film from 1953, produced by Sid Davis and winner of the Trend Publications Award, gives viewers a look at the hot rod or drag racing culture. The film revolves around a teenager, Bill Bower, who moves to California and learns how safety and education have been integrated into the hot rod scene. The film opens with Bill driving his 1928-9 Ford Model A Roadster down a street in what is presumably Inglewood, CA. Cars pull in to park at a high school (01:28). Bill parks his...
Topics: The Cool Hot Rod, 1950, Culture, Southern California, Model A Roaster, Stock Footage
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This fascinating 1932 16mm home movie shows the Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, beginning with track and field events in the Coliseum. At the 1:36 mark, Japanese athletes are seen. At the 5:30 mark running is seen, possibly the 500 meter. An obstacle course is seen at the 5:41 mark. At the 9:00 mark, boat racing is seen including what appears to be crew races. Equestrian events are seen at the 10:00 mark. At the 11:20 mark, swimming is seen at the swim stadium with its elaborate pools and...
Topics: Los Angeles, Olympics, 1932, Home Movie, Memorial Coliseum, Stock Footage
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This beautiful travelogue was sponsored by Air France and features a jazz soundtrack by the inimitable Alain Goraguer. The film features visits to Savoy, Burgundy and Alsace, and also contains footage shot on board an Air France 707. The airline started uninterrupted jet operations in 1960 with the Sud Aviation Caravelle and the Boeing 707; jet airliners cut travel times in half and improved comfort. Born 20 August 1931 in Rosny-sous-Bois, Seine-Saint-Denis, Goraguer is a French jazz pianist,...
Topics: Air France, Travelogue, 1960s, Coast, France, Alsace, Burgundy, Savoy, Stock Footage
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Made in 1952 by the Jam Handy Organization for Chevrolet, "The Key to Our Horizons" shows America and the planet Earth with an increasing amount of cars and traffic. In fact at the time the movie was made, 50 million cars and trucks (which could circle the earth 7 times) were in the United States. Today they are 250 million.     The film promotes the role of the auto industry in the nation's economy, and the role of the automobile in everyday life. The film features images of...
Topics: Automobile, American Prosperity, 1952, Chevrolet, Publicity Film, Stock Footage
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Automaker Henry Ford left behind a massive gift to the United States in the form of a vast non-fiction film collection, recorded from 1914-1945. Henry Ford’s Mirror Of America showcases the films from the Ford Historical Film collection that capture America during that era. It gives a glimpse into the life of America during that period, featuring much more than just the happenings of the Ford Motor Company. The film opens with Henry Ford sitting next to a river, camping with Thomas Edison,...
Topics: Ford, 1945, Henry Ford, Mirror, America, Stock Footage
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This silent footage dates to the time of the Martin P6M Seamaster flight test program, with the prototype the third P6M-2 production aircraft featured.  At the start of the film you will see this incredible amphibian in the air on a test flight. The aircraft is seen being moved to the water at :28, and then performing engine run up tests. At 2:12 are nice shots of the plane on its cradle. Starting at about 3:30 are high speed taxi runs. At 7:59 what might be the maiden flight of the aircraft...
Topics: P6M Seamaster, Amphibious Strategic Bomber, Flight Test, Stock Footage
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Produced in the 1940s by Wilding Picture Productions, Inc., the Dodge Division of the Chrysler Corporation presented “Rubber River,” a color film that opens at mark 00:30 by stressing the importance of rubber during World War II. The war effort caused rubber shortages as the material was needed for mobile guns, aircraft, and countless other uses. With Asian supplies of rubber cut off, the United States turned to areas such as Nicaragua and Costa Rica for rubber. Noted adventurers Sullivan...
Topics: Rubber River, harvesting, Central America, Rubber, WWII, Pan American Highway, Stock Footage
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Dating to the 1920s, and released by the obscure Aladdin Motion Pictures, this "Travel Gem" shows views of the Peruvian city of Cuzco / Cusco, the City of the Sun. At :21 is a panorama of the city which sits at 11,000 feet in the Andes Mountains. At 1:09 the local inhabitants are shown including many Indians and descendants of the Inca. At 1:41 is a view of an ancient wall built with tightly cut stone blocks, and without concrete. At 2:09 the road to Fortress Hill is shown and at 2:40...
Topics: Cusco, Peru, 1920, Silent Travelogue, Andes Mountains, Stock Footage, PeriscopeFilm
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This black and white documentary assembles photos and newsreel footage of Eleanor Roosevelt, exploring her changing roles as political advisor, First Lady, and international woman of influence. Anna Eleanor Roosevelt (October 11, 1884 – November 7, 1962) served as the First Lady of the United States from March 4, 1933, to April 12, 1945, during her husband President Franklin D. Roosevelt's four terms in office, making her the longest-serving First Lady. Eleanor Roosevelt speaks while wearing...
Topics: Biography, Eleanor Roosevelt, First Lady, United States, Stock Footage
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Note: This is a short version of this film. See the other film in the playlist for the full hour-long documentary. "Nuremberg: It's Lesson for Today" was made by the Office of Military Government for Germany in May of 1947 under the auspices of the OSS Field Photographic Unit headed by John Ford. In the summer of 1945, Ford dispatched Stuart Schulberg to Europe to hunt for Nazi films that could be used at the Nuremberg trial. His older brother Budd, of higher rank, followed and led...
Topics: Nuremburg, Holocaust, Trial, 1948, Nazis, Stock footage
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Giant Of The Earthmovers is a 1950s Caterpillar film that highlights the company’s new bulldozer tractor, the Caterpillar D9. A Caterpillar salesman pulls his car up in front of his office. Inside, he addresses the camera as he talks about the new D9 earthmover (01:10). A D9 operator stands on a D9 tractor (02:20). The operator demonstrates the control panel and the adjustable seat. The salesman and a client of his watch the D9 move earth. The operator easily steers the D9 as he maneuvers the...
Topics: Caterpillar D9 Bulldozer, Tractor, Earthmovers, Stock Footage
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Uranium Prospecting is a documentary promoting the everyday fortunes that may be made hunting for the rare element uranium-235.   The film shows the methods of amateurs, hobbyists, and vacationing families who manage to supplement their income and explore the great outdoors at the same time.   The opening titles of the film have a distinct Mid-Century look with glowing animated letters that zoom in over a globe.   Following dramatic music the viewer is introduced to uranium as unrefined...
Topics: Uranium Prospecting, 1950, Nuclear Energy, Atomic Energy. Stock Footage
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This 1969 color footage from NASA’s Apollo 12 mission depicts the launch of a Saturn V rocket, the second moon walk, an astronaut using a sample collection tool, the Lunar Module’s successful ascent from the moon’s surface, and a solar eclipse (TRT 29:28). Test pattern and label: “Flight Load” (0:09). Though a circular field of vision, the surface of the moon races by, revealing craters and rocky terrain (0:20). A fiery ignition sequence explosion of yellow fire illuminated in...
Topics: NASA, 1969, Apollo 12, Saturn V Launch, Moon Walk, Eclipse, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This silent educational film from the 1940s shows views of shipping and transport on the Great Lakes. The film starts with a map showing Lake Superior in the west, Lake Michigan, Lake Huron and Lake Erie in the middle, and Lake Ontario in the East. Along the way it shows the industry arrayed around the lakes, including steel mills and factories. At 1:37 a passenger steamer (possibly SS Keewatin or sister ship SS Assiniboia ) is shown. A Great Lakes ore carrier the William G. Clyde is seen at...
Topics: 1940s, Silent Film, Great Lake Ore Carriers, Passenger, Steamers, Cargo Ships, Stock Footage
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This film was produced by Centron Films for Inland Steel in 1981.  It is an educational film showing the entire process of the production of steel, from the mining of taconite, through the various stages inside the steel mill to the final product of pure steel.  The film specifically focuses on the production of a steel coil. Centron Films logo shown (0:12-0:20).  Brief and eclectic range of shots; of the Chicago skyling / cityscape, farming equipment, a film projector, and two silhouetted...
Topics: Steel, The Metal Giants, 1981, Inland Stee Co., Steel Mill, Stock Footage
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“Industry On Parade was a television series created by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) from 1950-1960. The series consisted of weekly episodes that highlighted American manufacturing and business. Hundreds of companies and products were documented during the [program’s] decade-long run.”   October 1953’s episode (no. 155) begins with a segment titled “Elusive Aluminum!” The segment shows a bauxite field in Arkansas (00:46), where clay-like ore is blown up to find...
Topics: Industry on Parade, Elusive Aluminum, 1950, 1960, Stock Footage
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This color educational/promotional film is about the Bofors 10.5 cm Field Howitzer L/28. The Internet has scant information on the L/28, but it was apparently designed for rapid movement and positioning, and the narrator notes that it was intended to be positioned quickly so as to hold off a paratroop or partisan type attack. Whereas prior to WWII Bofors had developed a 10.5 cm howitzer (also known as the Model 1924), this model appears to be different and may have never gone into volume...
Topics: 1960s, Bofors, Howitzer, CM Field Howitzer, Promo FIlm, Artillery Weapon System, Stock Footage,...
This 1947 "World School of Adventure" film entitled "Rough Road to Panama" takes viewers to Panama through via the Pan-American Highway. The film follows a group of men who, prior to the trip, had little experience in exploration. At the time, the road was not completed and much of it was considered dangerous. This film was presented by Viking Pictures / 20th Century Vikings (:10) and was produced and narrated by Sullivan C. Richardson, a journalist who wrote a book entitled...
Topics: Rough Road, Panama, American Highway, USA, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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Produced for General Electric by Wilding, THE POWER BY WHICH WE LIVE was released in 1950.  The film tells the story of the electric power grid and power generation.  The company catalog stated that is shows "the source of the power which operates the appliances in our home, the lights we see by, the machines we work with. Somewhere in each locality giant turbines make this supply of electricity possible. These huge machines are built with the precision of a high-quality watch and...
Topics: power, Generations, 1950s, General Electric, Stock footage
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This early silent, black & white educational film looks at maggots, house flies and the threat they pose to human health. House flies are one of the most common insects on the planet. They breed and feed in filth, including garbage, feces, and rotting or spoiled food. The film was made in 1926 by Pathe. Opening titles: "Our Common Enemy "(:07-:22). A fly lays eggs on a flower. In eight to ten hours, the eggs hatch. Larva move around and slither. They look for a stable place to...
Topics: 1926, Health Education, Our Common Enemy, Housefly, Houseflies, Maggots, Disease, Stock Footage,...
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This black & white educational film is about Standard Oil, its workers, and its improving products. It was circa the late 1930s or possibly 1940 as its pre-WW2. Opening titles: Produced by the March of Time - titles are cut (:07-:12). A Standard Oil truck drives down a highway. Pulls into a service station that sells Standard Oil products. Oil pipe is attached. Oil refinery. A slow moving train goes by. Tractor in a field. A train goes by. Airline flies in the sky. A luxury cruise ship. Bus...
Topics: 1940s, Standard Oil, Oil Company, Chicago, Illinois, Gasoline, Stock Footage
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Released in 1945, when it won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, The True Glory was a co-production of the US Office of War Information and the British Ministry of Information. Directed by Carol Reed assisted by Garson Kanin, the film documents the victory on the Western Front, from D-Day at Normandy to the surrender of the Third Reich and V-E Day. The film features an introduction by Supreme Commander General Dwight D. Eisenhower, combat footage filmed by military photographers,...
Topics: True Glory, D Day, WWII, World War II, Europe, Eisenhower, Stock Footage
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Dating to 1957, this Encyclopedia Brittanica film documents the USA’s involvement in WWI and the aftermath, with Woodrow Wilson’s 14 Point Plan broken down and a discussion of the Treaty of Versailles. World War I, also known as the Great War, involved 28 nations from Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas (:39). A map of Europe in 1914 (:58) prior to the war. A single stack ocean liner is seen (1:09). German troops march (1:16). Prior to the war and for much of it’s beginning, the US held...
Topics: Encyclopedia, WWI, World War I, USA, Woodrw Wilson, Stock Footage
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This color promotional film is about the new 1961 RCA Whirpool Refrigerators. There is no copyright at the beginning or end of the film so the date of the production is late 1960 or early 1961 since our host mentions the brand new 1961 refrigerators. A country man named Wynn plays a guitar while a woman dances. He sings a song about a woman going to buy a refrigerator. An RCA Whirlpool is the refrigerator she bought (:09-:57). Our host talks about the brand new 1961 refrigerators (:58-1:29) RCA...
Topics: Musical, 1961, RCA, Whirlpool, Freezer Salesman, Training Film, Stock Footage
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One of a series of films made by the U.S. Army to educate recruits about the Code of Conduct, this film discusses the duty of soldiers to resist the enemy, including when in captivity. Soldiers are instructed to resist by all means available, and make every effort to escape, and especially to not accept any parole or favors from the enemy. The will to resist, the film teaches, is what can keep men who are imprisoned alive.  Produced in 1959 during the Cold War, the film seems to show an...
Topics: 1959, US Army, Army Code Of Conduct, Basic Training, Prison Camp Escape, Stock Footage, Periscope...
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This silent film shows the aftermath of the devatating 1933 Long Beach Earthquake, including shots of many damaged and destroyed buildings, many of them built with unreinforced freemasonry. At :23 the shattered Lynwood Sweet Shop is shown, in the rear the completely collapsed Lynwood Theater, located at 11606 Long Beach Boulevard, is visible. At 1:35 a DeSoto and Plymouth auto dealership is shown, and then at 1:41 the Morgan Motor Co, a Packard dealer, all with severe damage. At 1:58 the...
Topics: Aftermath, 1933, Long Beach, Lynwood, Los Angeles, Stock Footage
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Produced in 1958 by Jam Handy Organization (and sponsored by the Chevrolet division of General Motors), “In Appreciation Of Stylist Of America” is a Technicolor American Look film that documents automotive, industrial, interior, and architectural design from the last truly great era of American design. An opening crawl explains that purpose, to pay tribute to men and women who work in the design industry — those “who work in lines, forms and textures, and colors to give to us beauty,...
Topics: Chevrolet, Jam handy, 1958, General Motors, Stock Footage
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This 1959 sponsored documentary directed by Shirley Clarke uses experimental montage techniques to dramatize the construction of the 666 Fifth Avenue Skyscraper in Manhattan, New York City (TRT: 21:11).   Clarke was a member of the Independent Filmmakers of America and was part of a circle of independent filmmakers in Greenwich Village such as Maya Deren, Stan Brakhage, Jonas Mekas, and Lionel Rogosin. Opening titles: “Brandon Films Presents.” The Bellringers Monument in Herald Square...
Topics: Skyscraper, 1959, 666 fth Avenue, New York, Stock Footage
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This color film from 1954, a sponsored film about the importance of the railroad industry in America, is framed around the narrative of railroad workers talking in restaurant. Television producer John O’Shea (Bill Kennedy) is directed to Scotty’s, where the crowd inside includes waitress Kelly (Pat Englund), newspaper editor Bill (James Gregory), and Scotty himself (Jock MacGregor). A railway worker sees in a trade magazine that a TV program about railroads is in the works, and this leads...
Topics: 1954, USA, Railroad, Industry, Advocacy, Freight Trains, Stock Footage
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"Railroading in the East" is a collection of silent, short films depicting fast moving trains filmed between 1897-1906. This is among some of the earliest extant footage of trains moving, as audiences in small theaters had the illusion that they were seeing the real thing. (The famous story is that audiences seeing a train headed straight for them panicked and bolted from the theater!) These short films were photographed by the Edison and Biograph Companies. In order to register a...
Topics: Railroads, Eastern USA, 1897, 1906, Trains, Stock Footage
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This Technicolor film, produced by the U.S. Steel Corporation, opens with a panoramic view of steel mills (:28). They rely on iron ore (:48), high-grade coke baked from bituminous coal and limestone (:49). The first step in producing steel is to make iron in the blast furnace (1:38), where raw materials are loaded into skip cars (1:48-2:00). Inside the furnace, chemical reactions occur (2:31).  An animation is shown (2:42-3:32) of the lime combining with impurities in the ore and coke to form...
Topics: United States Steel, Steel, Modern Steel, Stock Footage
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This 1960s color film includes 1930s black and white footage on the design, fabrication, construction, and opening of the Golden Gate bridge. It was presented by Bethlehem Steel. The film begins with a bird’s eye view of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. A statue of Joseph Straus, chief engineer, is panned up. The bridge is shown from afar (0:11-1:20). A vintage illustration shows the topography and side-view of the bridge’s construction (1:21-3:57). Black and white footage prior to...
Topics: Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, 1960, 1930, Steel, Stock Footage
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Made by the New York Central Railroad in 1935, FLIGHT OF THE CENTURY is a portrait of the "most famous train in the world." The 20th Century Limited was an express passenger train on the New York Central Railroad (NYC) from 1902 to 1967. The train traveled between Grand Central Terminal (GCT) in New York City and LaSalle Street Station in Chicago, Illinois, along the railroad's "Water Level Route". The NYC inaugurated this train as direct competition to the Pennsylvania...
Topics: New York, Railroad, Flight Of The Century, Trains, Stock Footage
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This Technicolor color film was produced in 1956 for the New Jersey Bell Telephone Company, and based on a 1953 John T. Cunningham book This is New Jersey. The film opens with a bird’s eye view of New Jersey (1:00), bordered by Philadelphia and New York City (1:12-1:28), Cape May (1:33) and High Point (1:40). Reminders of the past include a Revolutionary War cannon (4:03), Washington’s Headquarters at Morristown (4:06), Washington’s pistol (4:22), the McConkey Ferry Inn (4:40), where...
Topics: New Jersey, 1956, New Jersey Bell, Bell Telephone, Stock Footage
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Made by the Royal Navy at HMS Excellent, the RN's gunnery school, TRACER OBSERVATION shows the use of tracer ammunition in combat conditions against aircraft. Using animation and live action, the film shows how tracer works, and how it can be used to adjust shell trajectories against a moving target. The film also contains a fascinating look at some of the optical effects produced by the human eye when dealing with a fast moving target such as an aircraft. A typically British film, at 8:11 it...
Topics: Royal Navy, HMS Excellent, RNs Gunnery School, Tracer Observation, Tracer, Stock Footage
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In this 1952 U.S. Navy Training Film (MN-7339), viewers get brief look at the work a Navy Commissioned Officer Nurse does in a military hospital. The film follows a nurse, Janet, from being commissioned to her first assignment at a Navy hospital, and ends with her second assignment at the Naval Medical Center San Diego. The film opens with Janet putting on her uniform and packing her room as she prepares to leave for her second assignment. Women take their oaths as they are commissioned as...
Topics: US Navy, Navy Nurse, 1952, San Diego, Stock Footage
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Produced by Sarra Productiosn for the National Safety Council, "Smooth Operation" is a black & white educational film, about how to drive trucks safely and efficiently on city streets.  Copyright 1951. Opening: National Safety Council presents SMOOTH OPERATION (:06-:29). A man pulls a Pacific Intermountain Express (P.I.E.) trailer, with a Ford F7 Big Job truck. Truck turns down a street. A trucker smiles, waves at another. Trucks come into the depot. Another trucker fills out a...
Topics: Smooth Operation, 1951, Truck Driver, Truckers, City Driving, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This twelve-minute sales film was produced for Chevrolet in 1954 by the Jam Handy Organization to show the changes in car purchasing since WWII. It features William " Bill " Frawley from the I Love Lucy TV show. Your Chevrolet dealer presents, “Shopping Around”. The movie opens with words rolling up the screen: “Successful selling today is largely a matter of point of view. Salesmen can learn points of selling techniques and memorize ways to overcome objections. But without the...
Topics: 1954, Chevrolet, Automobile, Sales Film, Shopping, WWII, Auto Industry, Stock Footage
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Dating to 1944, these two newsreel segments are extracts from a longer Army-Navy Screen Magazine of the Screen. The first segment concerns the Polish city of Lublin,  after the retreating Germans have been forced out. The second segment shows the State of Texas and its contributions to the WWII effort. Opening title: Report From Lublin (:06-:13). Bombed out buildings in WWII. On July 24, 1944, the advancing Russian Army drove Germans from Polish city of Lublin. Liberated Poles are shown as...
Topics: Lublin, Poland, Liberated, Texas, War Effort, stock Footage
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Created by Encyclopedia Brittanica in the late 1930s, this black & white educational film is about the country of Chile with a focus on the nation's rich natural resources and principal cities including Santiago. The film uses the device of a family visit, involving a family called the McKennas, to propel its narrative. The McKenna family has a historical link to the nation of Chile:  Brigadier Juan Mackenna (b. 1771) was an Irish-born, Chilean military officer and hero of the Chilean War...
Topics: 1930s, Chile, South America, Travelogue, Santiago Copper Industry, Nitrate Prodcution, Stock...
This 1945 U.S. Navy training film, Quit Stalling—Or Spin In! (MN-4353a), teaches pilots the dangers of stalling, or spinning, and how to avoid crashing. A stall is what happens when an aero foil cannot make enough lift to keep the aircraft in level flight. The film features a Navy instructor who presents a series of case studies from the Navy’s office of Flight Safety Flight Statistics (00:52). The film begins with footage of a plane stalling and crashing into the ground (00:14); the...
Topics: 1945, Quit Stalling, Spin in, WWII, US Navy Pilot, Training Film, Stalls, Spins, Plane Crash, Stock...
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Created by Telefilms for Kiekhaefer Mercury in 1968, this color film promotes travel in Europe and various boating activities and recreation. It is a subtle advertisement for Mercury Outboard engines. Kiekhaefer Mercury company began in 1939 when engineer Carl Kiekhaefer purchased a small outboard motor company in Cedarburg, Wisconsin, and ended up with a successful business selling motors through the Montgomery Ward catalog. Today, the company exists as Mercury Marine, a division of Brunswick...
Topics: 1968, Mercury Outboard Engines, Boating, Europe, Travel Film, Norway, England, Italy, Germany,...
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This 16mm silent film shows the visit to Admiral Arthur W. Radford (1896-1973) to the Philippines and Taiwan in the early to mid 1950s.The most likely date for this Far East trip, based on some research, is December 1953 to January 1954, and was probably intended to reassure the Taiwanese military of America's willingness to support it, in the face of Chinese Communist aggression. It probably predates the 1955 First Taiwan Strait Crisis. In that crisis, Radford urged President Eisenhower to...
Topics: 1953, Home Movie, Admiral Arthur Radford, Taiwan, Philippines, Stock Footage, Periscope FIlm