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PeriscopeFilm
Mar 5, 2010 U.S. Government
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US Naval training film for US Submaine Crew members on the boyance properties of operating a submarine.
Topic: U.S. Navy Training film for the physical properties of the submarine.
PeriscopeFilm
Mar 5, 2010 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.
PeriscopeFilm
Mar 5, 2010 U.S. Government
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"A Salute to the US Navy" circa 1935 featuring U.S. Navy fleet maneuvers at sea. Ships highlighted in this film are: The battleship USS California (BB-44), destroyers USS Cushing (DD-376), USS Phelps (DD-360), USS Wasmuth (DD-338), cruisers USS Salt Lake City (CA-25), aircraft carriers and torpedo planes.
Topic: Pre WWII recruiting film.
PeriscopeFilm
Mar 5, 2010 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.
PeriscopeFilm
Mar 5, 2010 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.
PeriscopeFilm
Mar 8, 2010 U.S. Government
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Rare pre World War I (WWI) film depicting life in the U.S. Navy. Footage includes sailors playing baseball and football on the deck of battleship!
Topic: World War I US recruiting film.
PeriscopeFilm
Mar 8, 2010 U.S. Government
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Footage of the U.S. Gunboat Panay in Nanking China during the Japanese offensive knows as "The Rape of Nanking." After evacuating foreign civilians, the Panay was attacked and sunk by Japanese aircraft. The so-called Panay Incident almost led to war between the United States and Japan. Also features footage of the warship USS Augusta (CA-31) which served as command ship for the Asiatic Fleet, and the Royal Navy's HMS Ladybird.
Topic: Newsreel of US Involvement in China pre World War II (WWII)
PeriscopeFilm
Mar 8, 2010 U.S. Government
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This rare film features ships of the U.S. Asiatic fleet patroling the Yangtze River. The Asiatic Fleet's gunboats were tasked with protecting American shipping (primarily oil tankers) from pirates and the Japanese. Contains amazing footage of life in China circa 1935 including the cities of Chunking, Shanghai, and the countryside. Ships featured in this film are the USS Augusta (CA-31), USS Borie (DD-215) and USS Simpson (DD-221) as well as US gunboats.
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Topic: Newsreel of US Involvement in China pre World War II (WWII)
PeriscopeFilm
Mar 8, 2010 U.S. Government
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Film shows basic physical training of new recruits into the U.S. Navy circa 1930. Location unknown, possibly the Presidio in San Francisco.
Topic: U.S. Navy Recruiting Film
PeriscopeFilm
Mar 8, 2010 U.S. Government
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A history of the early days of Naval aviation, Wings of the Fleet was made in the mid-1920s. Includes footage of the battleship USS Texas as it became the first warship to launch an aircraft in 1919, early blimp and dirigible tests, and experiments with amphibious aircraft. Some of the craft shown include the dirigible ZR-1, the Shenandoah, the Los Angeles, and the C-7. Seaplanes featured include the PN-9 and the record-breaking NC-4. Various famous aviators are in the film include speed record...
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Topic: U.S. Navy Publicity Film
PeriscopeFilm
Mar 8, 2010 U.S. Government
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Made prior to the outbreak of World War II (WWII) as the United States began a build-up of its naval forces, "The Battle" shows a gigantic fleet exercise and promotes the capabilities of the two ocean navy. Features footage of battleships, aircraft carriers, cruisers, destroyers, submarines and various support craft including hospital ships and supply vessels. Many vessels are shown including the North Hampton class battleship Chicago (CA-29), the USS California (BB-44), and the...
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Topic: U.S. Navy Propaganda Film
PeriscopeFilm
Mar 8, 2010 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.
PeriscopeFilm
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A basic training film made by the U.S. Navy, "Co-ordinated Anti-Submarine Warfare Part I Why?" discusses how surface ships, aircraft and submarines work together to unravel the submarine threat.  The film begins with images of a Soviet submarine operating on the surface, and then explains basic anti-submarine techniques. This includes a discussion of both passive and active sonar, and shows how sonobuoys and other technology are deployed to locate enemy submarines.  Features footage...
Topic: U.S. Navy training film.
PeriscopeFilm
Mar 9, 2010 U.S. Navy
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The Pacific Campaign is recounted in this post-WWII film. Beginning with the Japanese invasion of the China, the film rapidly shows the U.S. entry to the war at Pearl Harbor, and the battles that followed from Guadalcanal to the Phillipines, Marianas, Iwo Jima and Okinawa, and culminating with the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki by B-29s flying from island bases.
Topic: U.S. Navy educational film.
PeriscopeFilm
Mar 15, 2010 U.S. Navy
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One of the U.S. Navy's industrial incentive films, the Life and Death of the USS Hornet traces the valiant career of CV-8. Footage includes the launching of the Doolittle Raider B-25s on their mission to strike Tokyo in 1942, including White House reaction by President Roosevelt that the planes came from "Shangri-La." Also on this film, is footage of the ill-fated Torpedo 8 Squadron which was sacrificed at the Battle of Midway. The carrier USS Hornet was sunk during the Battle of...
Topic: U.S. Navy propaganda film.
PeriscopeFilm
Mar 15, 2010 U.S. Navy
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Details the life of the crew aboard a fleet aircraft carrier operating in the Pacific during WWII in 1944. Includes footage of aircraft operations including Grumman TBM Avengers and Hellcats, maintenance, take-offs and landings, and the mundane side of crew life.
Topic: U.S. Navy recruiting film.
PeriscopeFilm
Mar 15, 2010 U.S. Navy
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Produced in cooperation with the United States Navy, "The Eyes of the Navy" follows aviators through their basic training in Pensacola, Florida and advanced training at Naval Air Station San Diego, California. Various phases of instruction are shown, from classroom work, to instrument training in a Link trainer, solo flight and carrier landings and take-offs from USS Enterprise (CV-6). Some other highlights include machine gun practice, bombing and dive bombing practice. Features a...
Topic: U.S. Navy recruiting film.
PeriscopeFilm
Apr 12, 2010 U.S. Government
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Pre World War II (WWII) of U.S. Navy battleships and aircraft carriers on manuevers. Features the USS Lexington, CV-2.
Topic: Pre World War II (WWII) newsreel.
PeriscopeFilm
Apr 12, 2010 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.
PeriscopeFilm
Apr 12, 2010 Castle Films
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Yanks Bomb Tokyo
Topic: Newsreel.
PeriscopeFilm
Apr 12, 2010 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.
PeriscopeFilm
Apr 12, 2010 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.
PeriscopeFilm
Apr 12, 2010 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.
PeriscopeFilm
Apr 12, 2010 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.
PeriscopeFilm
Apr 12, 2010 U.S. Navy
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While the Battle of the Atlantic that took place during WWII is well known, the struggle to get troops, man and supplies to Europe from the USA during World War I was also momentous. German U-boats took a frightening toll on American ships, and their brazen raids are in fact one of the key reasons America declared war on Germany and its allies. This film is a short portrait of the struggle, showing how lookouts, convoys, and new weapons such as the depth-charge-firing "Y gun" were...
Topic: U.S. Navy educational film.
PeriscopeFilm
Apr 12, 2010 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.
PeriscopeFilm
Apr 12, 2010 Willard Pictures
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Made prior to the outbreak of WWII, "Men of the Coast Guard" presents America's first line of shore defense. Seen in this film are the Coast Guard cutters, life boats, and light ships that patrol America's home waters. The film also shows how recruits are drawn from the merchant marine and trained in the arts of lifesaving, seamanship, and navigation. The full rigged sail ship Joseph Conrad is seen at sea, fulfilling its mission by training cadets about teamwork. The lightship...
Topic: Newsreel.
PeriscopeFilm
Apr 12, 2010 U.S. War Department
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Although this film was made by the War Department, the fingerprints of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) are all over it. In thirty minutes, the film details the background of the Imperial Japanese Army and Navy, and attempts to assess the character and make-up of its footsoldiers and leadership. The movie discusses the feudal origins of Japan, and the rise of the Samurai, contextualizing modern Japan's militarism with its earlier history. The history of Japan's imperial conquests is also...
Topic: Army training film.
PeriscopeFilm
Apr 12, 2010 U.S. Navy
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This fascinating travelogue was made in 1934, in the era when China was in the grip of the Imperial nations. America operated its own fleet of warships in Chinese waters, to protect American interests, especially the tankers belonging to Standard Oil. Shown in the film are various U.S. Navy warships and gunboats, and although none are identified by name the USS Augusta (CA-31), flagship for the Asiatic fleet, is clearly visible. Canton and Shanghai are cities visited during the course of the...
Topic: U.S. Navy Recruiting Film
PeriscopeFilm
Apr 12, 2010 U.S. Coast Guard
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Made in 1940, this U.S. Coast Guard film shows the Cadet Cruise made by the USCG's class of 1940. The USCG cutter Bibb was deployed to South America with the cadets on board, and visits made to a variety of Central and South American ports. A transit of the Panama Canal is made, and Lima and Santiago visited along with Cartagena. Bibb is quite a storied sip. Built in 1936, the USCGC Bibb (WPG-31) was a 327-foot (100 m) Secretary-Class (also known as "Treasury Class") Coast Guard ship...
Topic: U.S. Coast Guard recruiting film.
PeriscopeFilm
Apr 12, 2010 U.S. Coast Guard
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The sea lanes surrounding Alaska are the gateway to the Arctic Ocean, and of vital importance to the United States during the Cold War. In this film, the men of the Coast Guard cutter USCGC Klamath (WHEC-66) visit Alaskan waters, and perform various humanitarian missions among its Native American residents. Klamath also monitors the seas, servicing buoys and making certain the sea lanes are safe for transit. They also wave the flag near the shores of the United States' key adversary during the...
Topic: U.S. Coast Guard educational film.
PeriscopeFilm
Apr 12, 2010 U.S. Coast Guard
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Shot in the 1930s, this film profiles the United States Coast Guard Academy (USCGA), the military academy of the United States Coast Guard located in New London, Connecticut. The four year program offered by the Academy is described, and the various academy, athletic and other opportunities presented detailed. Seagoing activities aboard a modern cutter are shown, including gunnery practice.
Topic: U.S. Coast Guard recruiting film.
PeriscopeFilm
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Landing a plane on the deck of aircraft carrier is one of the most dangerous and amazing daily activity facing pilots and deck crew. This amazing training film graphically depicts various aircraft landing disasters.  It also instructs pilots how to avoid them and what emergency ejection or ditching procedures to follow in case they do occur.  A barrier landing, called for when a pilot has a landing gear problem, is shown as is the set-up of the barrier.  Many crashes in this film were...
Topic: U.S. Navy Training Film
PeriscopeFilm
Feb 13, 2015 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
PeriscopeFilm
Feb 13, 2015 Castle Films
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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
PeriscopeFilm
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One of filmmaker Carl Dudley’s fine films "On the Track" is a portrait of America's railroads in the post-World War II era. The film is basically a salute to America, its railroads, and the multitude of trains that criss-cross the nation. Much like Dudley's "Life Line of the Nation", adoration for American railroads abounds with scene after scene of various trains rolling down the tracks. The railroads are depicted as the “symbol of American progress and prosperity for a...
Topics: Railroad, train, transportation, America, vintage film
PeriscopeFilm
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American Can Company presents “Vitamin Rivers,” a color film produced Caravel Films, Inc. of New York in the 1950s. A typical 1950s family opens the picture with the teenaged daughter working on a school project on fruit and vegetable juices. She explains the history of oranges to her father (and the audience) starting at mark  01:45 , having originated in China, and ultimately finding their way to the New World thanks to Christopher Columbus. Thankfully, dad went to Agricultural College,...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
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S O S Coast Guard (1937) is a Republic film serial. It was the seventh of the sixty-six serials made by Republic. The plot concerns the mad scientist Boroff (Bela Lugosi) attempting to sell a superweapon to the highest bidder, opposed by Coast Guard Lieutenant Terry Kent (Ralph Byrd), for both personal and professional reasons. The main stars were Bela Lugosi and Ralph Byrd. It was made during the 2-year period when the Hayes Office put a moratorium on horror movies, Lugosi's usual genre, and...
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S O S Coast Guard (1937) is a Republic film serial. It was the seventh of the sixty-six serials made by Republic. The plot concerns the mad scientist Boroff (Bela Lugosi) attempting to sell a superweapon to the highest bidder, opposed by Coast Guard Lieutenant Terry Kent (Ralph Byrd), for both personal and professional reasons. The main stars were Bela Lugosi and Ralph Byrd. It was made during the 2-year period when the Hayes Office put a moratorium on horror movies, Lugosi's usual genre, and...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
PeriscopeFilm
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S O S Coast Guard (1937) is a Republic film serial. It was the seventh of the sixty-six serials made by Republic. The plot concerns the mad scientist Boroff (Bela Lugosi) attempting to sell a superweapon to the highest bidder, opposed by Coast Guard Lieutenant Terry Kent (Ralph Byrd), for both personal and professional reasons. The main stars were Bela Lugosi and Ralph Byrd. It was made during the 2-year period when the Hayes Office put a moratorium on horror movies, Lugosi's usual genre, and...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
PeriscopeFilm
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American Can Company presents “Vitamin Rivers,” a color film produced Caravel Films, Inc. of New York in the 1950s. A typical 1950s family opens the picture with the teenaged daughter working on a school project on fruit and vegetable juices. She explains the history of oranges to her father (and the audience) starting at mark  01:45 , having originated in China, and ultimately finding their way to the New World thanks to Christopher Columbus. Thankfully, dad went to Agricultural College,...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
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S O S Coast Guard (1937) is a Republic film serial. It was the seventh of the sixty-six serials made by Republic. The plot concerns the mad scientist Boroff (Bela Lugosi) attempting to sell a superweapon to the highest bidder, opposed by Coast Guard Lieutenant Terry Kent (Ralph Byrd), for both personal and professional reasons. The main stars were Bela Lugosi and Ralph Byrd. It was made during the 2-year period when the Hayes Office put a moratorium on horror movies, Lugosi's usual genre, and...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
PeriscopeFilm
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“Roving The Mediterranean” is a black-and-white circa 1940 film that opens with a shakedown cruise of one of the United States Navy’s latest cruisers from the Atlantic Ocean into the Mediterranean Sea. The ship pulls into port at Gibraltar on Spain’s southern coast at mark  01:13  as sailors are shown visiting spots of local interest including climbing (rather unsuccessfully) the famed Rock of Gibraltar at mark  02:05 . By mark  04:23  the crew is on to Tunis in North Africa to...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
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One in a series of Army Navy Screen Magazines produced during WWII for the troops and war workers, #48 features the short British film "V-1" about Hitler's robot bombs, and "Command Performance", a wonderful war bond film featuring Bob Hope, June Allyson, Jerry Colonna and Ethel Smith. This is a British documentary short released by The British Ministry of Information in 1944. It was made to describe the attacks made on England by Hitler's V-1 bombs and the successful...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
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Made in 1929, "Hello Hawaii" presents views of Honolulu and the Hawaiian islands in the pre-WWII era, before the U.S. Navy fully expanded its Pacific Fleet HQ to Pearl Harbor. This is a story about a trip made by the American navy to Hawaii. Honolulu bound Navy men and ships sail over the sparkling Pacific to America’s island playground. At mark  1:00 , the ships are seen on maneuvers. At mark  1:35 , Hawaii sunny skies, waving palms and all that makes tropical paradise is seen....
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
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Made in 1943 during WWII, "Down Where North Begins" was one of many films made by the Office of the Coordinator of Inter-American Affairs to encourage unity and cooperation among Latin countries and the United States. The film includes an overview of the geographic, economic, and social aspects of Ecuador: mountains, jungles, Riobamba, and Quito; farms, Indian handicrafts, volcanoes; pre-Inca and Inca ruins.  This story is about Ecuador. Ecuador is the only country whose name means...
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“Get Back Somehow” was an episode of the CBS television series Navy Log, originally airing on April 24, 1956. (The series was touted as a military drama based on true naval stories.) It was directed by Jean Yarbrough and starred Stanley Clements and Francis De Sales. In the episode, set in 1942, a United States Marine fighter pilot is shot down over the Pacific and parachutes into the enemy-held jungle. He is forced to fight for his life against the elements and the Japanese in an attempt...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
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Made by General Mills and their Larro brand feed, "Let's Talk Turkey" promotes the industry of raising turkeys on the farm. The film features a visit to the Larro Research Farm, which apparently was located in Michigan. The film focuses on the science, technique, and profitability of raising turkeys which in this era, was a business conducted by thousands of family farmers across the nation. This is a story about turkey, their feeding, breeding and marketing. This is the way it goes n...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
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Produced by the Army Film and Photographic Unit and the Royal Air Force Film Production Unit, this black-and-white film is Part 2 of “Desert Victory,” exploring the Battle for North Africa during World War II. The film starts cold with British tanks rolling across the desert during the Second Battle of El Alamein, and explanation that in the early going, the British Eighth Army had made a four-mile advance through German lines to the north, as well as advancements against the lines of...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
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Made by the Koehler Manufacturing Co., a Naperville-based furniture maker, this silent promotional film tells the story of the company and it's product's "Hidden Qualities". The film showcases a variety of mass-produced furnishings, all made through a version of the assembly line process that nevertheless produced a high-quality end product. Hardwood made up the frames, steel the springs, and strong fabrics were used for upholstery. The film provides an interesting insight into...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
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Made in 1948, "Land of Fair Dinkum" is a travelogue about Australia that had it's title -- which was not in common use among Australians -- criticized by the Australian Consul-General when initially released. Paramount Pictures' Paul White defended the title, saying that several Australians had recommended it to him. The film was one of a series entitled "Our Changing World" made for distribution to educational institutions. The film shows New South Wales with its surfing,...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
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Made in 1953, "Ram Power in Action" promotes the new 1953 Dodge cars. The film emphasizes the car's directional stability, comfort, speed and performance. The "Red Ram" engine is the centerpiece of the automobile, and it is shown off in a variety of ways including a police chase at the 18 minute mark. The film begins at mark  0:50 , with a script writer and his secretary writing about movies on new cars in action. The main purpose of the movie is going to be to describe the...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
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One of the "Greatest Drama" TV series syndicated in1953, "The Wild Blue Yonder" focuses on General James Doolittle, better known as Jimmy Doolittle. James Harold "Jimmy" Doolittle (December 14, 1896 – September 27, 1993) was an American aviation pioneer. A Reserve officer in the United States Army Air Corps, Doolittle was recalled to active duty during World War II and awarded the Medal of Honor for his valor and leadership as commander of the Doolittle Raid, a...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
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Produced for Dodge, this vintage film explains the new "Red Ram" hemispherical V-8 engine, one of the A-engine series. The A engine family was a modern, efficient, and durable design produced from 1956 through 1966; the LA series of V8 engines was based on a lightweight casting of the A engines, appearing in 1964. The A and LA blocks are similarly sized and hard to tell apart from the outside, but the A's polyspherical heads were considerably larger than the LA's heads. It was an...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
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Featuring journalist Bob Considine, "The New Story of Milk" tells the story of "modern" milk production. The film focuses on the “latest techniques” in use on the dairy farm, at the milk processing plant, and in the distribution network. A successful public service film, it was screened at the Brussels World’s Fair in 1958.  The film begins with pastoral images of a farm in the era before mechanization, with a cow milked by hand at  2:30 , strained, and then cooled....
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
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Made in the era of corporate colonialism, this historic film from the 1940s tells the story of the Firestone Natural Rubber Company, a subsidiary of the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company. Headquartered in Indianapolis, the company operates the largest contiguous rubber plantation in the world in Liberia, which first opened in 1926. During the 1920s, the United States access to rubber was restricted by the European colonial powers (Britain and the Netherlands), which held a monopoly in rubber...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
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Dating to 1965 and produced by Communications Satellite Corp., or COMSAT, "Live Via Early Bird" is a fascinating film about the assembly and launch by NASA of the Early Bird communications satellite. Intelsat I (nicknamed Early Bird for the proverb "The early bird catches the worm") was the first commercial communications satellite to be placed in geosynchronous orbit, on April 6, 1965. It was built by the Space and Communications Group of Hughes Aircraft Company (later...
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“Our Crucial Deterrent” is a circa 1972 color United States Navy film that touts the importance of the Polaris and Poseidon submarine missile programs. An opening crawl quotes President John F. Kennedy in his 1961 State of the Union address and explains his plan to create the crucial deterrent, “a fleet that never will attack first, but will possess sufficient powers of retaliation concealed beneath the sea, to discourage any aggressor from launching an attack upon our security.” At...
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Promoting the Southern Pacific Railroad's Golden State and Sunset Routes, between New Orleans, Chicago and the Pacific Coast respectively, this vintage 1940s travelogue film shows tourists traveling by both train and motor buses to Carlsbad Caverns. The film begins with images of El Paso and a journey to Carlsbad Caverns. A motor coach is used to transport tourists at mark  1:20 . Guadalupe Canyon is seen at mark  1:45 . The highway to this follows the old Butterfield Trail. At mark  1:56 ,...
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On July 30, 1942, the WAVES became a World War II division of the U.S. Navy, and consisted entirely of women. The name was the acronym for "Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service". The word "emergency" implied that the acceptance of women was due to the unusual circumstances of World War II, and at the end of the war the women would not be allowed to continue in Navy careers. Their official name was the U.S. Naval Reserve (Women's Reserve), but the nickname of the...
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Created by the United States Marine Corps, “Objective … Security” is a 20-minute propaganda film covering U.S. Navy security on the Pacific island of Okinawa during World War II. Filmed by Marine combat photographers, the picture opens with Easter Sunday services in 1945, shown at mark  00:30 , as we’re reminded that while the war in Europe seemed to nearing an end, half a world away, in the Pacific Theater, combat continued. On Okinawa, only 400 miles from Japan, more than 100,000...
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Directed by Jerry Hartleben, who's had a long career as a documentary filmmaker, and shot by award winning cinematographer Conrad Buff, "Down to the Wire" is a portrait of naval aviation cadets struggling to receive their carrier wings circa 1970. To become qualified as a carrier jet pilot, a variety of tasks must be mastered from "touch-and-go's" on land to that first hairy carrier landing at sea. The famed Essex class carrier USS Lexington (CV/CVA/CVS/CVT/AVT-16), known as...
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Made in 1947, "Human Growth" was the first film about human reproduction to be approved for screenings in American public schools. The film uses a film-within-a-film technique, showing a seventh-grade class as they view and discuss an animated movie which traces human growth from conception to adulthood. Differences in male and female structural development are emphasized. A mixed group of seventh grade youngsters in a class situation view and discuss the cartoon. "Human...
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Made in the early 1960s and featuring actor Jack Webb, who served with the U.S. Marine Corps, this film presents the Armed Forces Code of Conduct, explaining each article and what each means to those in the Armed Services. The film features a re-enactment of a wartime military prison, with U.S. soldiers being held captive by enemies intent on breaking their morale, and extracting valuable information from them.  THIS IS THE CODE OF CONDUCT FOR THE U. S. FIGHTING MAN 1. I am an American...
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Made in 1931, this travelogue of American Samoa shows the island nation as it appeared prior to WWII, before the peace of this tiny protectorate was destroyed. Predominantly shot on the island of Tutuila, the film features rare views of traditional native life including Copra harvesting. American Samoa is an unincorporated territory of the United States located in the South Pacific Ocean, southeast of Samoa. It consists of five main islands and two coral atolls. The largest and most populous...
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"The Long Right Arm" profiles the Douglas C-133A aircraft and the Military Air Transport Service or MATS. The film addresses the issues of supply, and makes an argument (presumably to members of Congress who would have watched the film) that spending on MATS and a new generation of cargo aircraft makes a lot of sense. The flight of George-76 shown in the film, is a supply mission to France from Dover. The C-133 Cargomaster aircraft shown has the capability to fly all over the world....
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S O S Coast Guard (1937) is a Republic film serial. It was the seventh of the sixty-six serials made by Republic. The plot concerns the mad scientist Boroff (Bela Lugosi) attempting to sell a superweapon to the highest bidder, opposed by Coast Guard Lieutenant Terry Kent (Ralph Byrd), for both personal and professional reasons. The main stars were Bela Lugosi and Ralph Byrd. It was made during the 2-year period when the Hayes Office put a moratorium on horror movies, Lugosi's usual genre, and...
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S O S Coast Guard (1937) is a Republic film serial. It was the seventh of the sixty-six serials made by Republic. The plot concerns the mad scientist Boroff (Bela Lugosi) attempting to sell a superweapon to the highest bidder, opposed by Coast Guard Lieutenant Terry Kent (Ralph Byrd), for both personal and professional reasons. The main stars were Bela Lugosi and Ralph Byrd. It was made during the 2-year period when the Hayes Office put a moratorium on horror movies, Lugosi's usual genre, and...
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This color picture from 1980 is an official National Aeronautics and Space Administration film report produced for NASA by Boeing in 1979. It dates to the dawn of the composite materials revolution, when a nearly $9 million research program was created to study whether an advanced composite elevator could be made for the cargo version of the Boeing 727. The picture focuses on the continuing efforts of manufacturers to develop aircraft that are lighter and more fuel efficient without sacrificing...
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Made during WWII and shown to the troops, this Private SNAFU cartoon "It's Murder She Says" has a definite purpose -- to encourage Allied troops to use protection against mosquitoes. With the threat of malaria and other mosquito-born diseases prominent in the Pacific Campaign as well as elsewhere, this 'toon was an important communication tool. If you've never heard of him, Private Snafu is the title character of a series of black and white American instructional cartoon shorts,...
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Made in 1938, "Bit and Bridle" shows the horse loving world of Aiken, South Carolina, horse capitol of the South, where the finest thoroughbred horses are trained including hunting horses, steeplechase racers and harness racers. Here in the deep South of America, the entire community is active in breeding, raising and racing horses. Children are shown learning to ride cross-country and jumping at an early age, including the 3-year-old son of steeplechase racer Tommy Hitchcock at ...
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This color picture explains to its viewer the The Lockheed F-104 Starfighter — a single-engine, supersonic interceptor aircraft originally developed for the United States Air Force. One of the Century Series of fighter aircraft, it was operated by the air forces of more than a dozen nations beginning in 1958 (and lasting to 2004). The narrator touts the aircraft’s greatness starting at mark  00:30 , explaining how it can fly in any weather and at any hour, day or night, and capable of...
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“The Land Called New Jersey” is a color film that portrays 300 years of progress in New Jersey and the contributions of the citizens of the state to the history of the United States. Produced by Humble Oil & Refining Company in the early 1960s, it includes sequences on the granting and the naming of the state, on the colonial period, on early industry and transportation, and on Thomas Edison and the age of invention. The program describes the industries, educational system, cities,...
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Lufthansa presents “Time Flies,” a 1960s color promotional film on the history of the German airline. Narrated by Frank Blair, the film is not only about commercial aviation but also about the “conquest of the air.” “In man’s never ending struggle for more time, the conquest of the air has made the clock, rather than the calendar, time’s cardinal measurement,” says Blair at mark  01:25 . Aviation history moved swiftly, the narrator explains starting  01:40 , from the Wright...
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Created in 1945 by the Warner Bros. Studio to sell U.S. Savings Bonds, “America the Beautiful” opens to the patriotic strains of the song of the same name. The film paints a picture of the United States as an industrious society on the move. Shot in Technicolor and directed by six-time Academy Award-winner Gordon Hollingshead, the film begins at mark  00:35  “on your front door, on the street where you live” and spans the American continent through the ranches and farms of the West...
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“The Longest Street” is an early 1960s color film that explores international trade — which, we are told at mark  00:36 , involves not only the trading of goods and services but also plants the seeds needed for the development of mutual respect that leads to world peace. Produced by the International Trade Communication and Research Institute (in association with the University of Redlands in California), the economic-themed film explains, in detail, how the United States had been...
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This silent film footage dates to 1971 and shows various scenes related to protests against the Vietnam War. This includes some of the protests known as "Operation Dewey Canyon III' that included members of the Vietnam Veterans Against the War (read more here:  http://www.vvaw.org/veteran/article/?... ) The demonstration was given its name, "Operation Dewey Canyon III", in reference to military operations known as Dewey Canyon I and II. Some of the aspects of these offensives...
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Also released in slightly different form as "Voice of the Deep". this vintage Moody Institute of Science film explores the nature of sound in the deep sea. The film charts the early use of undersea hydrophones to listen to sounds beneath the sea, and the invention of sonar at the  6:00 mark. At  6:17 , hydrophones at Chesapeake Bay are shown in 1942, used for national defense, detecting croaker fish. At  7:58 , Moody Science explorers are seen getting into a deep sea diving suit to...
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Made in 1945 during WWII by the Bureau of Aeronautics as an industrial incentive film, "The Admiral's Reply" features Navy Cross winner Read Admiral Dewitt C Ramsey, speaking to the American people on why we must win the war, and why we must see the fight to the end. The film was viewed as necessary by leaders such as Ramsey, because by the time it was made -- 4 years into World War II -- many Americans were disillusioned by the pace of the war, and unwilling to remain at industrial...
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Castle Films’ World Parade presents “Old Spain,” a short black-and-white picture that takes its viewer to “the sunniest land in all Europe.” The film opens with scenic views of Spain and a reminder that the country was “the fatherland of valiant men who braved the seas to carry civilization to the Western Hemisphere.” The harvest is seen, with horses pulling farm equipment, at  1:10 . Mark  01:35  shows us the ancient city of Granada and its Muslim-influenced designs from the...
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The United States Navy presents “Prelude to Victory — A Pictorial Record of the United States Eighth Fleet, Its Officers and Men.” The circa 1943 black-and-white picture was photographed by crews from the Navy, US Coast Guard, and US Army, and an opening title guard explains how the United Nations had agreed to a plan during World War II to first defeat Axis powers in Europe “and then crushing Imperial Japan.” The viewer watches scenes of factory workers assembling shells, guns,...
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One of the Ministry of Information's "Into Battle" shorts, "These are the Men" was written by Dylan Thomas. This incredible film uses footage from Leni Riefenstahl's "Triumph of the Will" and other speeches by Hitler and other Nazi leaders, and replaces normal translations with bombastic, over-the-top confessions. Various leaders including Hitler, Goebbels, Göering, Streicher and Hess bare their terrible sins and character flaws as frankly as if they were victims...
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"Mr. Push-a-Button", a U.S. Navy film about the education and responsibilities of a Naval officer, starts with images of the U.S. Navy's mothball or reserve fleet, as a Navy officer receives new orders transferring him from reserve duties to the fleet and in particular, managing one of the U.S. Navy's new surface-to-air guided missile systems aboard the cruiser USS Canberra CA-70. The title of the film comes from the fear that the officer in the film expresses that "men are being...
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Made in 1943 by the Ministry of Information to train rescue squads during the Blitz, "Debris Tunnelling" is introduced and commentated by a rescue party instructor. When a bomb demolishes a building the urgent need is to rescue any casualities trapped under the debris. There are two methods of doing this by either clearing the debris or tunnelling through. This film deals with the process of tunnelling.The film shows how a tunnel is dug into the side of a large pile of debris using a...
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“The Trout at Rainbow’s End” is a 1957 black-and-white episode of the docudrama “Silent Service” — about the U.S. Navy's submarine fleet. All stories 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 the Navy in 1949 after 22 years service.  Dykers...
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Dating to the 1950s, this biography of Admiral Richard C. Byrd presents a pioneer in aviation, a scientist, a great explorer who challenges the unknown. As the narrator says, "His is a lifetime of danger and knowledge and this is his biography."  He was one of the pioneers who traveled to the frozen wasteland of Antarctica, a barren world of eternal cold. Antarctica is seen at mark  1:43 . It is vast, white, silence but even Richard loved the region. But most of all he loved the...
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Made in the late 1940s or early 1950s, this promotional film for North American Aviation is a great historical document of the history of mass produced airplanes used mostly for warring efforts of the United States, told from the perspective of one of the largest airplane manufacturers in the world. It is filled with historic footage of various types of World War II fighter planes, surveillance planes, bombers and fighter jets. Spectacular air battle scenes from World War II and the Korean...
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Produced during WWII, this Coast Guard Report, "Coast Guard at War Along Our Shores" shows the USCG as it operated near the continental USA. Coast Guardsmen are seen training at the Coast Guard Academy, study sabotage detection, battle a ship fire, and patrol a beach. An icebreaker clears a channel for ore carriers on the Great Lakes. FBI agents pose with German spies captured by the Coast Guard. Shows the cutter Icarus, a convoy, airplanes, helicopters, airships, an amphibious...
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The Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company presents “Along the Santa Fe Trail,” a 1950s-era color film promoting travel by train. The film opens with a colorful array of travel brochures and schedules spread across a table at mark  00:28  before offering a montage of potential destinations across the United States — from snowcapped to beaches, from bustling urban areas to wide open spaces, from factories to farmland — there are “twin bands of steel” that carry the...
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Released in 1961, SECONDS FOR SURVIVAL was produced by AT&T / The Bell System and presented around the country by representatives of the phone company. The film tells how the North American Air Defense Command links NORAD, Sage, SAC, the DEW Line (Distant Early Warning), BMEWS, White Alice System, picket ships, Texas Towers blimps and air ships and air patrols into a single giant warning system to protect Americans from Soviet attack. The film begins with an overview of civilian...
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This 1968 U.S. Navy film SUBMARINE SOUND AND VIBRATION MEASUREMENT shows the techniques used to conduct airborne and structureborne noise surveys, in hopes of producing quieter and stealthier submarines. The film begins with an overview of the noise problem, with subs giving away their position to the enemy, and causing various crew problems including deafness.  As the narrator describes:  Noise is a potential hazard by which a submarine might give away its location to the enemy, it shows...
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Based on the famed "Joe MaGee" series of instructional films made by General Electric, "Fundamentals of Manual Shielded Arc Welding Part 2" presents vertical and overhead techniques for arc welding. Joe Magee was an animated character created by General Electric in 1942 to present the subject of arc welding, and always seems to do the "wrong thing". The original series consisted of six, ten minute films; but in this re-release they are condensed and extended into...
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Created by MGM for American President Lines, "Departure" shows the round-the-world cruise of the SS President Wilson from San Francisco to the Orient and Europe in the late 1940s. A few other ships that were part of American President Lines (APL) are briefly shown as well. The SS President Cleveland and SS President Wilson were shining symbols of post war American technology, design and style, with streamline moderne styling.  After leaving San Francisco, at  8:00 , the ship arrives...
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Made to show U.S. Navy activities in the arctic and antarctic, "Oceanographer in the Polar Regions" shows some of the exploration and support work conducted during the Cold War. Teams are shown examining ice cores, launching weather balloons and manning weather stations, and conducting studies of sea life. At  6:20 , the submarine USS Seadragon is seen surfacing at the North Pole, and views under the idea are seen. Divers are also seen at the 6 minute mark in special cold water...
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Airline Pilot was produced by BOAC in 1970. The training of airline pilot Stephen Radcliffe is painstakingly thorough and this film intercuts the story of the young man's first flight as third officer on a journey from London, via Bahrain, to Bombay, with earlier scenes of his training. It describes the role of the College of Air Training, the aptitude tests, the theories and practical knowledge taught, the first solo flight, the hours in the simulator and the controlled flights in a real...
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"Queens of Beauty" shows the 1955 Miss Universe competition. This was only the 4th Miss Universe pageant, and was held on 22 July 1955 at the Long Beach Municipal Auditorium with 22 female competitors. Miss Sweden, 21-year-old Hillevi Rombin, won the competition and was crowned by outgoing titleholder Miriam Stevenson from USA. The first runner-up was Maribel Arrieta of El Salvador. Winner Hillevi Rombin Schine (September 14, 1933 – June 19, 1996) was a Swedish actress and beauty...
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"Bikini -- The Atom Island" is a 1946 short that chronicles the evacuation of Bikini Atoll prior to the Operation Crossroads atomic bomb tests. The forced re-location of the island inhabitants was just the beginning of an ordeal that continues into the present day, as life was never the same after the tests (which, incidentally, are not shown in this film but took place just after it was shot). Bikini Atoll is an atoll in the Marshall Islands. The atoll consists of 23 islands totaling...
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“Analysis Of Bulk Plant Fire” is a black-and-white film created by the American Petroleum Institute circa 1960 and narrated by John A. Ainlay. The film begins with news footage from a 1959 petroleum bulk plant fire in Kansas City, Missouri, and an explanation of events that led up to the fire. (The accidental fire began, we are told at mark  02:58 , as gasoline was being transferred into a tanker. The fire spread to the service station and adjacent tankers.) Six firefighters were killed....
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"A War Within a War" is a U.S. Marine Corps Special Film Report about the battle for the hearts and minds of the Vietnamese people. Made in an optimistic era, before the Communists gained the advantage and American losses surged, the film does not hint at the defeat that would come. "In the final victory," explains the narrator, "it will not be who holds the ground, but who holds the allegiance of the people that win this war."   The film, which likely dates to...
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Made prior to the outbreak of World War II (WWII) as the United States began a build-up of its naval forces, "The Battle" shows a gigantic fleet exercise (known in the day as a "fleet problem", see below) and promotes the capabilities of the two ocean navy. Features footage of battleships, aircraft carriers, cruisers, destroyers, submarines and various support craft including hospital ships and supply vessels. Many vessels are shown including the North Hampton class...
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