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This historic NASA film, "The Eagle Has Landed", profiles the Apollo 11 mission to the moon. Apollo 11 was the spaceflight that landed the first humans on the Moon, Americans Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, on July 20, 1969, at 20:18 UTC. Armstrong became the first to step onto the lunar surface six hours later on July 21 at 02:56 UTC. Armstrong spent about two and a half hours outside the spacecraft, Aldrin slightly less, and together they collected 47.5 pounds (21.5 kg) of lunar...
Topics: NASA, Kennedy, space center, Michael Collins, Buzz Aldrin, Neil Armstrong
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This historic NASA film, "Houston We Have A Problem" tells the story of the ill-fated Apollo 13 mission. Apollo 13 was the seventh manned mission in the American Apollo space program and the third intended to land on the Moon. The craft was launched on April 11, 1970, at 13:13 CST from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida, but the lunar landing was aborted after an oxygen tank exploded two days later, crippling the Service Module (SM) upon which the Command Module (CM) depended. Despite...
Topics: NASA, Apollo 13, Apollo program
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Apr 6, 2015
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Created in 1964, this historic NASA film which aired as an hour-long TV special, discusses the "headline of tomorrow" -- American astronauts landing on the Moon. It then discusses what is being done to make that happen. Animations show how the Apollo mission may work, and designs of the various components including the lunar module and command module, are shown. The various divisions of NASA are also shown, and the wide myriad of research being conducted at the agency to advance the...
Topics: NASA, Space race, Kennedy space center, Apollo program, Gemini program
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Apr 6, 2015
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This short clip reel shows some of the human factors tests conducted by Col. John Paul Stapp. Col. Stapp was a career U.S. Air Force officer, USAF flight surgeon and pioneer in studying the effects of acceleration and deceleration forces on humans. He was a colleague and contemporary of Chuck Yeager, and became known as "the fastest man on earth". According to the book "A History of Murphy's Law" by Nick T. Spark, Stapp was also involved in the discovery of the famed Law...
Topics: John Paul Stapp, Northrop, Rocket sled, United States Air Force
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Apr 6, 2015
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Dating from 1962, this historic NASA film explores the space program and discusses what NASA is trying to accomplish, and what benefits will be gained from the enormous expenditures planned today and in the future.  Featured is the "Scout" booster rocket, images of mission control, the Mercury missions, and the TIROS and Echo 1 radio signal satellite missions as well as the Ranger lunar probe.   "Project Echo" was the first passive communications satellite experiment. Each...
Topics: NASA, Bell labs, Mercury Mission, TIROS, Project Mercury, Project echo
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Apr 7, 2015
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Created in the 1960s as the helicopter came into maturity as a transportation method, this fascinating Sikorsky film promotes the use of 'copters to supplement the transportation system and use the broad highway in the sky -- to reduce traffic congestion on the highways and eliminate gaps in efficiency. Chicago and Honolulu are shown -- where helicopters perform critical taxi service -- as well as cities in Europe where helicopters have been employed with great success. A large portion of the...
Topics: Disney, Los Angeles, helicopter, IBM 402 Computer
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Apr 7, 2015
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This historic NASA film shows the Apollo 7 mission -- the first mission in the United States' Apollo program to carry a crew into space. It was also the first U.S. spaceflight to carry astronauts since the flight of Gemini XII in November 1966. The AS-204 mission, also known as "Apollo 1", was intended to be the first manned flight of the Apollo program, scheduled to launch in February 1967. However, a fire in the cabin during a January 1967 test killed the crew. Manned flights were...
Topics: NASA, Apollo program, Apollo 7, kennedy Space Center, 1968, space race
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Celebrating the 50th year of the Langley Research Center, this NASA film highlights the many innovations and discoveries made from 1917 through 1967.  Langley Research Center (LaRC) is the oldest of NASA's field centers, located in Hampton, Virginia, United States. It directly borders Poquoson, Virginia and Langley Air Force Base. LaRC focuses primarily on aeronautical research, though the Apollo lunar lander was flight-tested at the facility and a number of high-profile space missions have...
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Topics: NASA, Apollo program, President John F. Kennedy, NACA, Space race, VTOL, landing gear test
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Apr 7, 2015
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Made in 1965 by the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission, this rare film discusses the design of SNAP-10A, an experimental nuclear reactor launched into space in 1965. The Systems Nuclear Auxiliary Power Program (SNAP) reactor was developed under the SNAPSHOT program overseen by the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission. SNAP-10A was launched from Vandenberg AFB by an ATLAS Agena D rocket on April 3, 1965 into a polar low Earth orbit altitude of approx. 1,300 km. Its nuclear electrical source, made up of...
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Topics: NASA, Nuclear power, Agena Rocket, Vanderburg Air Force, USAF, Atomic energy, Nuclear Reactor,...
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A tribute to the "Big Boy" locomotives produced by Union Pacific, "Last of the Giants" shows the end of a memorable era in Western Railroading. The "Big Boy" is the popular name of the American Locomotive Company 4000-class 4-8-8-4 articulated, coal-fired, steam locomotives manufactured between 1941 and 1944 and operated by the Union Pacific Railroad until 1959. In "Last of the Giants" you'll see the development of steam power on the Union Pacific from...
Topics: Union Pacific Railroads, Steam Locomotive, Union Pacific Big Boy, Rail transport
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This episode of the U.S. Army's TV program "The Big Picture" deals with the the first satellite of the United States Explorer 1, launched as part of its participation in the International Geophysical Year. The mission followed the first two satellites the previous year; the Soviet Union's Sputnik 1 and 2, beginning the Cold War Space Race between the two nations. Army General John Medaris headed the Army Ballistic Missile Agency, which oversaw both JPL and Wernher von Braun’s rocket...
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Topics: Wernher Von Braun, General John Mederis, Army ballistic missile, Space race, NASA, Jet Propulsion...
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Mohawk, and Niagara type steam locomotives, including the famous passenger trains the "20th Century Limited", "Commodore Vanderbilt" and "Pacemaker".  Also featured are day-to-day operations with Pacemaker freights. Freight train operations are also shown, along with many behind the scenes glimpses of railroad activities that help show what was required to keep the NYC operating day and night. The film clearly demonstrates the railroad's involvement in the...
Topics: New York City, train, Rail transport, Steam Locomotive, New York Central Railroad
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Apr 7, 2015
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Celebrating the 50th year of the Langley Research Center, this NASA film highlights the many innovations and discoveries made from 1917 through 1967. Langley Research Center (LaRC) is the oldest of NASA's field centers, located in Hampton, Virginia, United States. It directly borders Poquoson, Virginia and Langley Air Force Base. LaRC focuses primarily on aeronautical research, though the Apollo lunar lander was flight-tested at the facility and a number of high-profile space missions have been...
Topics: NASA, Apollo program, John F. Kennedy, VTOL, National Advisory Committee For Aeronautics, Langley...
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A tribute to the "Big Boy" locomotives produced by Union Pacific, "Last of the Giants" shows the end of a memorable era in Western Railroading. The "Big Boy" is the popular name of the American Locomotive Company 4000-class 4-8-8-4 articulated, coal-fired, steam locomotives manufactured between 1941 and 1944 and operated by the Union Pacific Railroad until 1959. In "Last of the Giants" you'll see the development of steam power on the Union Pacific from...
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Topics: Steam Locomotive, Union Pacific Big Boy, Union Pacific raiload, Rail transport
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Made in the early 1950s, "Within The Oval" presents the New York Central Railroad at the height of its operational power. Trains pulled by first generation diesels and electrics, as well as Hudson, Mohawk, and Niagara type steam locomotives, including the famous passenger trains the "20th Century Limited", "Commodore Vanderbilt" and "Pacemaker". Also featured are day-to-day operations with Pacemaker freights. Freight train operations are also shown, along...
Topics: Steam Locomotive, New York Central Railroad, train, New York City, Rail transport
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Translated to English by the C.I.A., this Soviet propaganda film was originally created in July,1967 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, and to document the Moscow Air Show.  The film also shows some of the history of aviation in the USSR.  This amazing film features combat footage from WWII, as well as (at about the 3 minute mark) interesting historic footage of aircraft designers Pavel Sukhoi, Alexander Yakovlev and Artem Mikoyan and Mikhail Gurevich (the men behind...
Topics: Yakutsk, Sukhoi Su-17, Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21, Moscow, USR, Soviet Union, Soviet Air Force, Soviet...
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Made in 1966, this rarely seen documentary "Today, Tomorrow and Titan III" shows the U.S. Air Force and NASA's activities and research. The Manned Orbiting Laboratory space station concept, put forward as part of an initiative to militarize space under the auspices of the USAF, is touched upon. Research efforts with lifting bodies (which might be used to resupply the MOL) including the M2-F1 and high speed aircraft including the X-15 rocket plane are shown at Edwards Air Force Base...
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Topics: Manned Orbiting Laboratory, NASA, NASA Drydena, North American X-15, Lifting Body, Rocket plane
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 1966, this rarely seen documentary "Today, Tomorrow and Titan III" shows the U.S. Air Force and NASA's activities and research. The Manned Orbiting Laboratory space station concept, put forward as part of an initiative to militarize space under the auspices of the USAF, is touched upon. Research efforts with lifting bodies (which might be used to resupply the MOL) including the M2-F1 and high speed aircraft including the X-15 rocket plane are shown at Edwards Air Force Base and the...
Topics: Manned Orbiting Laboratory, paragliding, Lifting Body, NASA, NASA Dryden, North American X-15, M2-51
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Coastal Command is a 1942 film originally made by the Crown Film Unit for the Ministry of Information. Two versions of the film are known to exist -- the original British version and this one, which was released by the War Department in the United States.  The U.S. version is more or less the same movie, only slightly shorter.  It was also originally released in the USA with War Department identification numbers. This fascinating movie, distributed by RKO, dramatised the work of RAF Coastal...
Topics: Battle of Antlantic, Flying boats, PBY, Sunderland flying boat, United Kindom, World War 2, Coastal...
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Coastal Command is a 1942 film originally made by the Crown Film Unit for the Ministry of Information. Two versions of the film are known to exist -- the original British version and this one, which was released by the War Department in the United States.  The U.S. version is more or less the same movie, only slightly shorter.  It was also originally released in the USA with War Department identification numbers. This fascinating movie, distributed by RKO, dramatised the work of RAF Coastal...
Topics: Coastal Command, Flying boats, PBY, Battle of Antlantic, Sunderland flying boat, World War 2,...
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Produced in 1945, "Glamour Gal" is a documentary film about the eponymous large artillery gun and the ten Marines who work her, "a team of eleven". The film follows Glamour Gal and her escorts from the time she ships off through her service on Iwo Jima. Life for the artillerymen aboard ship is depicted as monotonous, as they are, for the moment, "simply passengers" with little to do except read old magazines and brag about their girlfriends. However the monotony is...
Topics: World War 2, Battle Of Iwo Jima, U.S. Marine Corps, Glamour Gal, Japanese Imperial Army
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Created in 1945, this documentary film shows the massive battle for the island of Okinawa, focusing on the activities of the American 6th Marine Division. The 6th Marine Division was formed in September 1944. During the invasion of Okinawa it saw combat at Yae-Take and Sugar Loaf Hill and was awarded a Presidential Unit Citation. The 6th Division had also prepared for the invasion of Japan before the war ended. After the war it served in Tsingtao, China where the division was disbanded on April...
Topics: Okinawa, Battle Of Okinawa, World War 2, USMC
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Created in 1945, this documentary film shows the massive battle for the island of Okinawa, focusing on the activities of the American 6th Marine Division. The 6th Marine Division was formed in September 1944. During the invasion of Okinawa it saw combat at Yae-Take and Sugar Loaf Hill and was awarded a Presidential Unit Citation. The 6th Division had also prepared for the invasion of Japan before the war ended. After the war it served in Tsingtao, China where the division was disbanded on April...
Topics: Okinawa, Battle Of Okinawa, World War 2, USMC
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Created in 1959, this documentary film profiles the U.S. Navy's Supply Corps. and shows the varied activities of its personnel.   Modern punchcard computers are seen in the film (00:09:35:00 and 00:12:00:00) in a segment where a "vital part" is located in the supply point warehouse and sent to the fleet via a long chain of logistics. The Supply Corps of the United States Navy traces its beginnings to February 23, 1795 when the nation's first Purveyor of Public Supplies, Tench...
Topics: U.S. Navy Supply Corps, U.S. Navy, Supply Ships, Oiler, Underway replenishment
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Made in 1966 to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, this film shows combat activities from World War I to World War II, Korea and Vietnam.  Some other notable footage in the film includes shots of occupied Berlin and Checkpoint Charlie (00:08:49:00) and the "Toys for Tots" program and the Civic Action Program for Vietnam at the thirteen minute mark. The Marine Forces Reserve (MARFORRES or MFR) (also known as the United States Marine Corps Reserve (USMCR)...
Topics: Chateau-Theiry, Civic Action Program for Vietnam, Checkpoint Charlie, World War 2, USMC, U.S. Navy,...
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Produced by Westinghouse during WWII, this film explains how electronic vacuum tubes work from the simple diode (single pole switch) to the complex Cathode Ray tube.  As the film shows, tubes with grids can be used as electronic amplifiers, rectifiers, electronically controlled switches, oscillators, and for other purposes. Some of the innovations shown in the film include tubes used as rectifiers (for AC/DC conversion and production of metal such as aluminum), an early kind of tube based...
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Topics: Vacuum tube, Air purifier, Westinghouse, Power rectifier, Amplification, Steampunk, Electronics,...
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This vintage U.S. Army film shows how U.S. government inspectors evaluate contractors for quality control purposes. Various tests are shown including a tensile test, and inspection of manufacturing processes and operations for conformance to the contract.  U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command, or ATEC, is a direct reporting unit of the United States Army responsible for developmental testing, independent operational testing, independent evaluations, assessments, and experiments of Army...
Topics: Quality Control, United States Department Of Defense, U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command,...
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Apr 10, 2015
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Made by the Aberdeen Proving Ground, this film gives a history of the development of the MIM-72A/M48 Chaparral as well as the M163 Vulcan Air Defesne system. The M61 Vulcan is a hydraulically or pneumatically driven, six-barrel, air-cooled, electrically fired Gatling-style rotary cannon which fires 20 mm rounds at an extremely high rate (typically 6,000 rounds per minute). The M61 and its derivatives have been the principal cannon armament of United States military fixed-wing aircraft for fifty...
Topics: MIM-72 Chaparral, United States Army, Sidewinder Missile, AIM-9D, Aberdeen proving Ground, air...
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A Day Called X is a dramatized Civil Defense documentary set in Portland, Oregon ("roughly the size of Hiroshima"), in which the entire city is evacuated in anticipation of a nuclear air raid, after Soviet bombers had been detected by radar stations to the north.  The film opens with an overhead shot of then-mayor Terry Schrunk striding purposefully into the old underground Kelly Butte Civil Defense Center—a bunker-like structure built into a hillside. The film details the...
Topics: Glenn Ford, Portland, H-Bomb Atomic Bomb, Nuclear Weapon, Hydrogen Bomb, Atomic Era, Civil Defense,...
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Created by the Audio Visual division of the Bell & Howell Company, "Ideas and Film II" was intended to convince contractors that industrial films had a place in their communications plan.  "How Many Ways Can Film Serve Us?" is the premise of this movie -- and it shows many different industrial uses of cameras and camera technology.  This includes high speed and slow motion photography of shattering lightbulbs, SNARK missiles, ejection seats, and even atomic bomb...
Topics: Bell & Howell, 16 Mm Film, 16mm projector, 1960's, Industrial film, Lockheed Corporation, Slow...
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Created by Britain's Ministry of Information in 1942, this film describes the "new" incendiary bombs being used by the Luftwaffe -- one that contains an explosive device that will go off a few minutes after the bomb has landed.  (Presumably, this innovation was intended to kill civilian firefighters responding to the bombing.) The film also provides information about methods of defense regarding these bombs and how to put out the fires while protecting oneself against the possible...
Topics: Fire Bomb, WWII, Incendiary Bomb Battle of Britain, Air Raid Warden
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Created by the Federal Civil Defense Administration in 1955 and then revised in 1964, "Operation Cue" is one of the most famous films to emerge from the atomic era.  Perhaps this is because of the film's disturbing subject and odd pairing of domestic life -- here shown in a "typical American house" stocked with typical foods and appliances and mannequins dressed like Mom, Dad, Sister and Brother -- with an atomic explosion.  The blast shown was the Civil Defense Apple-2...
Topics: nuclear blast, nuclear test, Nevada atomic test site, Cold War, Operation Teapot, Civil defense,...
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Made by Britain's Ministry of Information, "London Fire Raids" details the civil defense activities carried out during the "Blitz" and the command and control systems that helped save London from annihilation. The film was shown in the United States as part of Civil Defense efforts both during and after WWII, in an attempt to demonstrate how effective fire fighting efforts can be when well coordinated.  On Dec. 29 to Dec. 30, 1940, the Germans struck the City of London in...
Topics: London Fire Brigade, United Kingdom, London, Film, The Blitz, Luftwaffe, Civil Defense, Ministry Of...
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Released in 1954 and later recalled by the U.S. Government, "Time of Disaster" is a classic Cold War film that was intended to awaken the American public to their responsibilities in a moment of disaster -- be it from a tornado, hurricane, earthquake -- or an atomic bomb. According to an excerpt from a civil defense newsletter, film explains “the responsibilities of the Federal Civil Defense Administration and other groups in wresting from natural disasters part of the toll it would...
Topics: Atomic Bomb, Hydrogen Bomb, Hurricane, Disaster Preparedness, 1954, Nucleqar, Earthquake, Red...
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Made in 1953, "Operation Doorstep" shows the Upshot-Knothole Annie nuclear weapons test conducted by the United States as part of Operation Upshot-Knothole. This took place at the Nevada Test Site on 17 March 1953, and was nationally televised.  The broadcast as well as this film suggests that it is possible to survive an a-bomb blast, as long as you have a good fallout shelter or other protection.  Unfortunately, just a few years after this film was made, larger and larger yield...
Topics: Civil Defense, Desert Rock, Nevada Nuclear Test Site, Operation, Doorstep, Upshot-knothole Annie,...
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Apr 13, 2015
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Created in the 1950s, "Food Supply After the Bomb" examines the aftermath of an atomic attack, and posits what the response might be from civilians and government officials. The devastation to America's food production areas, and the food and drinking water shortages that would follow as a result of contamination, is dramatized. Rationing would be a necessity, and each American home should (according to the narrator) keep at least a ten day supply of food on hand in an "Emergency...
Topics: Fallout, Bomb Shelter, Civil Defense, Atomic Bomb, Nuclear Warfare, Fallout shelter, Nuclear...
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This film about the trials of Nazi war criminals at Nuremberg was made by the Office of Military Government for Germany in 1947. Footage was received through an operation under the OSS Field Photographic Unit headed by John Ford. Budd Schulberg wrote and directed this film. It was made available for television in the 1950’s by the Department of the Army (:13). Decimated Germany, 1945 (:23). Citizens climb out of hideaways (1:01) as a man plays a violin in rotting streets (1:21). The film...
Topics: Nazism, Genocide, Stuart Schulberg, Concentration Camps, Nazi Party, The Holocaust, War Crime,...
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"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 what became a small team of editors and writers. During a frenzied 4-month period, the Schulberg brothers and their...
Topics: War crime, Nazism, Nuremberg Trials, Concentration Camp, WW2, Genocide, Stuart Schulberg, Germany,...
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This film (unfortunately we're uncertain of the exact title) was filmed in 1953 at the Atomic Energy Commission's Nevada site, known as Yucca Flats.  This atomic test, part of the AEC's developmental series, shows "Survival City" which was built by the Army for Operation Cue. The goal of the test was to observe how houses, shelters, power lines, a radio tower, metal buildings, food, clothing, and actual people would survive at various distances away from a nuclear blast. Mannequins...
Topics: Nuclear Weapons, Nuclear Weapons Testing, Fallout, Atomic Energy Commission, Shockwave, Tourist...
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Produced in the wake of the Three Mile Island accident by Westinghouse Nuclear Energy Systems, "The Nuclear Look" promotes the nuclear power industry as a safe and efficient component of infrastructure with a bright place in America's future.  Some of America's oldest nuclear power plants are shown in the film including Connecticut Yankee and Shippingport, as proof that nuclear power can be viable. This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic...
Topics: Nuclear Reactor, Atomic Reactor, Uranium, Connecticut Yankee, Atomic Energy Commission, Nuclear...
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Apr 16, 2015
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Hosted by former Governor Frederic "Val" Peterson, the director of the Federal Civil Defense Administration, this 1954 film lecture explains simply and graphically the dangers of radioactive fallout.  It also discusses the preventative measures that can be taken for individual protection against the bomb.  During his tenure as director of the FCDA, Gov. Peterson dealt with a host of new challenges but the most pressing was the development of the hydrogen bomb in 1952 -- the same...
Topics: Hydrogen, Thermonuclear Weapon, Fallout, Cold War, FAllout Shelter, Nuclear Attack
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Produced by the Burroughs Corporation in 1956, "Bombproof" is a fascinating Civil Defense film with something of a hidden agenda -- in that it shows the importance of keeping microfilm versions of corporate records in the Atomic Age.  The  fictional Donovan Manufacturing Company, with prolific Hollywood actor Walter Abel starring as its CEO J.B. Donovan, used microfilm processing (a service provided by the Burroughs Corp.) to preserve vital company records and is one of the few able...
Topics: Nuclear Weapon, Hydrogen Bomb, Burroughs Corporation, Civil Defense, Walter Abel, Nuclear Physics,...
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Apr 17, 2015
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Hosted by Sgt. James Mansfield, this episode of "The Big Picture" profiles the 41st Sunset Infantry Division and the Hell Bent for Leather 1st Cavalry Division, first to enter Leyte and then Tokyo. The second half of the program gives an overview of the weapons used by the infantry in combat. The 41st Infantry Division was composed of National Guard units from Idaho, Montana, Oregon, North Dakota and Washington that saw active service in World War I and World War II. It was one of the...
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Topics: 41st Infantry Division, infantry, 1st cavalry Division, Weapons, Crew Weapons, The Big Picture,...
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Produced in 1957 and presented by America's Trucking Industry, "Rehearsal for Disaster" shows the important role that motorized transport and in particular the trucking industry, plays in civil defense today, and in the event of an atomic attack. As the film says, "the trucking industry, organized on a nationwide basis, can be a tremendous factor in saving lives and property in the event of any emergency, natural or war-caused." The underlying idea of the film is that truck...
Topics: Disaster, Civil Defense, Nuclear Attack, Cold War, 1957, World War 2, Fallout center, Film, Atomic...
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Apr 17, 2015
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Produced in 1957 and presented by America's Trucking Industry, "Rehearsal for Disaster" shows the important role that motorized transport and in particular the trucking industry, plays in civil defense today, and in the event of an atomic attack. As the film says, "the trucking industry, organized on a nationwide basis, can be a tremendous factor in saving lives and property in the event of any emergency, natural or war-caused." The underlying idea of the film is that truck...
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Topics: Nuclear Attack, Cold War, Fallout Center, World War II, Atomic Bomb Cold War, Disaster, Civil...
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Apr 17, 2015
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Created in 1954 by General Electric, "The Atom Goes To Sea" shows the peaceful use of the atom -- used in a nuclear reactor to create power.  Ironically, the initial use of this reactor will be aboard a ship of war -- the submarine USS Nautilus (completed in 1955).  This film explains how an atomic powered submarine operates and contains scenes at the National Reactor Test Site in Arco, Idaho, the Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory in Schenectady and the submarine reactor test site at...
Topics: Submarine, General Electric, New London, USS Nautilus, Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory, Nuclear...
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Apr 17, 2015
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Hosted by actor Walter Matthau and narrated by Ronald Reagan, this special episode of "The Big Picture" profiles one of the great generals of the 20th Century -- George S. Patton.   George Smith Patton, Jr. (November 11, 1885 – December 21, 1945) was a United States Army general, who commanded the Seventh United States Army in the Mediterranean and European Theaters of World War II, but is best known for his leadership of the Third United States Army in France and Germany following...
Topics: The Big Picture, Invasion Of Sicily, U.S. Army, World War 2 Operation Torch, Third Army, Battle of...
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Created by Cenco in 1961, this film discusses radioactive fallout and describes the types of radiation involved, how such radiation spreads, and how it affects living matter. Explains what is being done to understand and solve the problems associated with nuclear radiation.  In this era, the health effects of fallout were not well understood.  This film makes an earnest attempt to discuss fallout and makes several important points about how dangerous it can be.  At this time public sentiment...
Topics: Civil Defense, X-ray generator, Uranium, Weather Balloon, Nuclear fallout, Radiation, Atomic Bomb,...
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Produced by the Federal Civil Defense Administration and the National Clean Up-Paint Up-Fix Up Bureau, "The House in the Middle" is a bizarre civil defense film that attempts to show that a clean, freshly painted house (the middle house) is more likely to survive a nuclear attack than its poorly maintained counterparts (the right and left houses). Yes, good housekeeping and clean yards are the best deterrents to fires ignited by an atomic bomb! In 2001, the Library of Congress deemed...
Topics: Film, Nuclear Weapons, Radiation, Cold War, Radioactivity, Atomic Age, Shockwave, The House In The...
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In this interesting newsreel from 1956 or 1957, Britain's Minister of Defence Selwyn Lloyd is interviewed by American reporter Robert McKenzie about the reasons that the United Kingdom decided to develop its own nuclear deterrent -- specifically both atomic and hydrogen bombs. The discussion also touches on Britain's military activities in Kenya and other areas of its dominion.  The United Kingdom was the third country to test an independently developed nuclear weapon, in October 1952. It is...
Topics: United Kindom, Atomic, Nuclear weapon, Communism, Selwyn Lloyd, Kenya, Atomic, Atomic Bomb, Cold War
This 1941 U.S. Army Air Force training film shows how aerial bombs, fuzes, detonators and other components should be handled and loaded aboard aircraft. 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 HD and 2k. For more information visit  http://www.PeriscopeFilm.com
Topics: Aerial Bomb, Air Force, Boeing B-17, Bombardier, Demoliton Bomb, Airplane, U.S. Air Force
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Featuring Leo Hoegh, the director of the Office of Civil Defense, this historic film discusses the Cold War situation and what might happen if the "forces of Communism" were arrayed against the "forces of Freedom."  To counter this threat the United States has arrayed many early warning systems including the DEW Line and NORAD, fallout shelters, counter-strike weapons -- and huge stockpiles of medical, engineering and other supplies buried in underground bunkers.  The film...
Topics: United States Civil Defense, North American Aerospace Defense Command, DEW Line, Distant Early...
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Apr 20, 2015
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This historic film documents Operation Greenhouse, the fifth American nuclear test series and the second conducted in 1951.  Operation Greenhouse was the first to test principles that would lead to developing thermonuclear weapons (hydrogen bombs). Conducted at the new Pacific Proving Ground at Eniwetok Atoll, all of the devices were mounted in large steel towers to simulate air bursts.  Operation Greenhouse represented new and aggressive designs for nuclear weapons. The main idea was to...
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Topics: Nuclear Weapon, Atomic, Atomic bomb, Nuclear, Los Alamos, Eniwetok Atoll, 1951, Atomic Energy...
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Created in 1950, this U.S. Air Force sponsored film was created to allay the American public's fears about nuclear radiation. Using animation to explain the various types of nuclear radiation and exposure, the film purports to give scientific insights into the effects of radiation exposure. In the light of more current science, the film seems woefully incomplete and misleading.
Topics: Nuclear Physics, Radiation, Civil defense, Acute Radiation, Nuclear Weapons, Cold War, Mutation
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Apr 21, 2015
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Created at the height of the Cold War, "Radiological Defense" presents the scenario of the USA dealing with a "fallout situation" as a result of an atomic attack. According to the film, 100 million people who were not affected by the atomic blast or heat effects, might be affected by the spread of fallout. Nuclear fallout, or simply fallout, is the residual radioactive material propelled into the upper atmosphere following a nuclear blast or a nuclear reaction conducted in...
Topics: Cold War, Civil Defense, Nuclear Fallout, Fallout Shelter, Nuclear Warfare, Radiological Weapon,...
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Created in the 1950s this film "Public Shelter Supplies" shows the type of fallout shelter provided by the U.S. Government as part of the Civil Defense system. The shelter shown as an example includes medical supplies, food and water and sanitary supplies for fifty people for a week to ten days. The film encourages communities to augment the supplies provided by the government with additional items such as cots, chairs, books (including Bibles), fire extinguishers, and so on. This...
Topics: Atomic Bomb, Nuclear Attack, Civil Defense, Fallout Shelter, United States Civil Defense, Nuclear...
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Apr 21, 2015
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Created in 1954, this Cold War U.S. Navy training film explains various methods to defend against Atomic, Biological and Chemical (ABC) attacks. The film was created to provide technical information for those who are concerned with planning preparatory defense measures and minimizing the damage that might result from nuclear, biological, and chemical warfare attacks on the Shore Establishment; and exercising control of areas that are contaminated as the result of accidents that involve nuclear...
Topics: Atom Bomb, Cold War, Biological Warfare, Chemical Warfare, Gas Mask, Military, Air Raid Siren,...
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Produced in the late 1960s or early 1970s before the Three Mile Island accident changed the American public's opinion about nuclear energy, "The Magic of the Atom: The Atom and the Environment" describes nuclear power and atomic research, and its impact on the environment, in highly positive terms.  As the narrator states: "The fight for the preservation of the earth's environment goes on, and one very valuable weapon in that fight is the magic of the atom." Various careers...
Topics: Atomic Energy Commission, Nuclear Power, Nuclear Reactor, U.C. Riverside, Oak Ridge National...
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Apr 21, 2015
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Created in 1951, this Civil Defense film was created after officials released plans that indicated that, in the event of an atomic attack, major highways connecting cities would need to be closed to all but the most important traffic.  The film's thru-line is that, in the event of a nuclear attack, Americans must do their patriotic duty and stay in the city even if that city has been decimated.  A mass evacuation will only cause mass chaos, including traffic jams and desperate fear and panic,...
Topics: Atomic Bomb, Cold War, Evacuation, Nuclear Weapon, Radiation, Bomb, Soviet Union, Traffic Jam,...
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Although the exact subject and creation date of this silent film footage is unclear,  we believe it dates to 1972 and shows some aspects of the test program for the Rockwell B-1A strategic bomber and the Tomahawk cruise missile.  The B-1A version of this aircraft was developed in the early 1970s, but its production was canceled, and only four prototypes were built.  In the 1980s the aircraft was revived as the B-1 Lancer[N 1].  This aircraft is a four-engine supersonic variable-sweep wing,...
Topics: Rockwell B-1A Lancer, Tomahawk Cruise Milsile, Test Film, Rockwell International, Cruise Misile,...
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Apr 22, 2015
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Produced in 1945, "The Atom Strikes" was created by the U.S. Army Signal Corps Pictoral Division shortly after the end of the Second World War. It documents the findings of a commission sent to Japan to assess the damage caused by the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The film opens with footage of the blast of the world's first atomic bomb in Los Alamos, New Mexico in July 1945. The film then focuses on the flight of the B-29 bomber "Enola Gay" and its mission over...
Topics: United States Army, Nuclear Weapon, Enola Gay, 1945, Fallout, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Zero...
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Created in the 1950s, this animated film describes the Civil Defense Emergency Hospitals, later renamed Civil Defense Packaged Disaster Hospitals.  These were 200 bed mobile hospitals based on the military's Mobile Army Surgeons Hospitals or MASH units. The CD hospitals were equipped with supplies for 30 days of operations.  In June 1956, the Federal Civil Defense Authority announced a new program for distribution of civil defense emergency hospitals. The objective was to store these 200-bed...
Topics: Animation, Nuclear Attack, War, Cold War, Medical Care, Nuclear Weapon, Film, United States Civil...
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Made in the 1950s, this Atomic Energy Commission film takes place at the AEC's Nevada test site as well as in the adjacent community of St. George, Utah (located over 135 miles distant).  The organization of the tests are shown, emphasizing range safety and procedures, and an explanation is offered as to why the tests are so important to national security.  Various atomic bomb effects are also discussed. The M65 Atomic Cannon, often called Atomic Annie, is shown being tested as part of...
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Topics: Atomic Energy Commision, Nuclaear Tests, Atomic Bomb, Utah, M65 Atomic Cannon, Radiation, Yucca...
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Apr 24, 2015
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Created in 1954 by Canada's Department of National Health and Welfare, "The Homeless Ones" is a terribly grim cartoon that tells the story of an atomic attack on a Canadian center of population and the untold death and destruction it would leave in its wake. This film, directed primarily at civil defense welfare workers, illustrates how such a disaster could be alleviated by people organized, trained and prepared for such an eventuality.  Drawn by Sidney Goldsmith, who created many...
Topics: Nuclear Weapon, Canada, Fallout, Atomic Physics, Fallout Shelter, Atomic Warfare, United States...
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This newsreel is part of the Army/Navy Screen Magazine, a WWII newsreel program produced from June 1943 until early 1946 by the Army Signal Corps under the supervision of director Frank Capra. It includes several segments. First, "Iron War Horse" which shows the operational training of troops at Camp Claiborne, Louisiana to maintain railroads at the battle front. "Seized from the Japs" shows rare captured Japanese military newsreel films, including an amphibious assault....
Topics: Steam Locomotive, Steam, World War II, Military Railroad, Newsreel, WW2, Camp Claiborne, Royal...
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Apr 24, 2015
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Although the main title is missing, this film is likely "Industrial Radiological Decontamination of Ships", a U.S. Navy production from 1951 that shows how the men aboard an aircraft carrier decontaminate their ship in the wake of a passing through a fallout area, the result of an enemy nuclear strike. 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...
Topics: Nuclear War, Atomic Bomb, Radiation, U.S Navy, Civil Defense, Skyraider, Cold, Geiger, Fallout,...
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This Cold War film "Information Within Public Shelters" takes place in a fallout shelter, showing how a well-trained staff that provides information to shelter occupants, can keep them busy and calm during nuclear armageddon.   This film was produced as the U.S. Government began to shift from promoting privately-owned "family" fallout shelters to the concept of large, public shelters.  Of course, it is hard to imagine nuclear armageddon would like anything remotely like...
Topics: Shelter, Nuclear Fallout, Fallout Shelter, Cold War, Atomic Bomb, United States Civil Defense,...
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Apr 24, 2015
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Produced in 1945, this newsreel film has two segments: "By Request" in which a hostess answers questions for the troops, and a terrific segment featuring famed journalist and author William L. Shirer speaking about the Nazi Youth Movement.   "By Request" (begins about 10:55 into the film) shows a new German secret weapon, the "one man torpedo".  Germany had three types of human torpedoes during WWII.  First, the Neger that was a torpedo carrying a second torpedo...
Topics: Army-Navy Screen Magazine, German Secret Weapon, Torpedo, Lina Romay, Manhattan, Manned Torpedo,...
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Apr 24, 2015
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Created in 1966, "Facts Make the Difference" is training film for Civil Defense personnel which examines the importance of collecting information and fact finding during a disaster, so that resources can be appropriately allocated. We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional information about our videos by adding a comment! See something interesting? Tell people what it is and what they can see by writing something for example like: "01:00:12:00 --...
Topics: Nuclear Weapon, Atomic Bomb, War Film, Cold War, Disaster, Hydrogen Bomb, Nuclear Warfare, Cold...
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Apr 24, 2015
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Produced in 1958 by the Office of Civil Defense and Mobilization and Norwood Studios, "Civil Defense in Schools" shows how teachers and staff can organize and implement emergency plans in case of an atomic attack.  The film begins with images of students conducting an emergency tornado drill and talks about how a new level of preparedness is required in the atomic age.  Interestingly, the film shows that much of the burden for implementing an "atomic plan" fell upon local...
Topics: Nuclear Weapon, Civil Defense, Fallout, Fallout Shelter, United States Civil Defense, Atomic Bomb,...
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Apr 27, 2015
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Made in the 1950s by the Shell Oil Company, "Refinery Process" goes behind the scenes at a huge oil refinery to show how crude oil is transformed into finished products.  The film uses a combination of animation and live-action to present the story in a simple and entertaining style, how crude oil is separated into major fractions or "cuts".  It then describes how complicated molecules are "cracked" into simpler molecules of the lighter, more valuable products by...
Topics: Oil Refinery, Shell Oil Company, Distillation, Catalysis, Crude Oil, Vacuum Distillation, Diesel...
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Made prior to the mission and featuring cosmonauts Alexey Leonov and Valerie Kubasov and astronaut Deke Slaton, this film presents an overview of the Apollo–Soyuz Test Project.  This mission was conducted in July 1975 and was the first joint U.S.–Soviet space flight, and the last flight of an Apollo spacecraft. Its primary purpose was as a symbol of the policy of détente that the two superpowers were pursuing at the time, and marked the end of the Space Race between them that began in...
Topics: Apollo Program, Apollo-Soyuz Test Program, Alexey Leonov, Valerie Kubasov, Donald Deke Slayton,...
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Apr 28, 2015
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Created in the 1950s by the Monon Railroad and featuring the Purdue Glee Club and hosted by a "Hoosier", this vintage film shows the Monon Railroad at the height of its operations.  The Monon Railroad, also known as the Chicago, Indianapolis, and Louisville Railway operated from 1897–1956, was an American railroad that operated almost entirely within the state of Indiana. The Monon was merged into the Louisville and Nashville Railroad in 1971, and much of the former Monon right of...
Topics: Train, Chicago, French Lick, Railroad, Michigan City, Purdue Glee Club, RCA Dome, Monon Railroad,...
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This historic NASA film shows the agency's highlights of 1973 including the Skylab space station and the efforts to repair it after it was damaged during launch.  Also covered is the training for the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project, the Pioneer 10 spacecraft, the Mariner mission to Mercury, Viking mission, designs for a new "space shuttle".  At Edwards AFB the X-24B lifting body is tested for the Space Shuttle program, and sounding rockets are used in examining the atmosphere. The Comet...
Topics: Apollo-Soyuz, Aeronautics, 1973, Mariner Program, Space Shuttle, NASA Dryden, Lockhead YF-12, Wake...
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Featuring astronauts John Young, Charles Duke Jr. and Ken Mattingly, this publicity film describes the Apollo 16 mission and its goals.  Apollo 16 was the tenth manned mission in the United States Apollo space program, the fifth and penultimate to land on the Moon and the first to land in the lunar highlands. The second of the so-called "J missions," it was crewed by Commander John Young, Lunar Module Pilot Charles Duke and Command Module Pilot Ken Mattingly. Launched from the...
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Topics: Apollo 16, NASA, Moon, Apollo Program, Mission Control, John Young, Astronaut Training, Astronaut,...
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Apr 28, 2015
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Made during the Skylab program, this film featuring astronauts Alan Bean, Owen K. Garriot and Jack R. Lousma details the repairs made to the space station after it was damaged during launch, and then describes the second manned mission to the space station known as the Skylab 3 mission. The station was damaged during launch when the micrometeoroid shield separated from the workshop and tore away, taking one of two main solar panel arrays with it and jamming the other one so that it could not...
Topics: Skylab 3, NASA, Wiliam Schneider, Alan Bean, 1973, Astronomy, Space Station, Cape Kennedy, Owen K....
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Apr 28, 2015
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Produced prior to the launch of Skylab, this publicity film featuring astronauts Charles "Pete" Conrad, Joseph P. Kerwin and Paul J. Weitz, gives an overview of the space station and its mission.  Skylab was a space station launched and operated by NASA and was the United States' first space station. Skylab orbited the Earth from 1973 to 1979, and included a workshop, a solar observatory, and other systems. It was launched unmanned by a modified Saturn V rocket, with a weight of...
Topics: NASA, Cold War, Paul j. Weitz, Joseph P. Kerwin, Charles Pete Conrad, Spacecraft, Orbital Workshop,...
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Produced in 1938 by the United Council for Civilian Relief in China, an organization led by Theodore Roosevelt Jr., this film vividly shows the nation of China under assault by the Japanese Imperial Army and documents the brutality of the invaders.  The UCCR was created before U.S. involvement in WWII when the nation was technically a neutral power.  Some Americans however felt it was important to speak out against Japanese aggression and the war crimes that were being committed.  The film...
Topics: China, American Propaganda During World War II, Chiang Kai-shek, Propaganda Film, Rape of Nanking,...
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Made prior to the mission and featuring cosmonauts Alexey Leonov and Valerie Kubasov and astronaut Deke Slaton, this film presents an overview of the Apollo–Soyuz Test Project.  This mission was conducted in July 1975 and was the first joint U.S.–Soviet space flight, and the last flight of an Apollo spacecraft. Its primary purpose was as a symbol of the policy of détente that the two superpowers were pursuing at the time, and marked the end of the Space Race between them that began in...
Topics: Soviet Union, NASA, Cosmonaut, Soyuz, Apollo Program, Valerie Kubasov, Alexey Leonov, Cold War,...
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Produced in 1942 by the American group called United China Relief, "This is China" uses newsreel and travelogue footage to present a portrait of "our friends and allies" -- the Chinese people. United China Relief was founded in 1941 in New York City for the purpose of raising funds to aid the Chinese people during times of national crisis. The main function of United China Relief was to provide funds for the relief and rehabilitation of the Chinese people. Ancillary goals...
Topics: China, World War II, Rape Nanking, Shanghai Greenland F.C, Refugee, War Crime, Propaganda Film
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Created in the 1980s by the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, this rarely-seen technical film profiles the International Atomic Energy Agency and its Department of Safeguards and discusses how it is implementing a nuclear safeguard program so that nuclear materials from power plants are not used to create weapons.  The idea of having periodic on-site inspectors by IAEA personnel under the "remote continual verification system" (aka RECOVER) was evaluated for a number of major...
Topics: Nuclear Reactor, Nuclear Weapon, Uranium, Arms Control, Nuclear Proliferation, Uranium-235, Atomic...
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Produced in 1950 and featuring the voice of Hollywood movie star Robert Taylor, "The Fighting Lady's Family" was something of a sequel to the famed film "The Fighting Lady".  While that movie followed the USS Yorktown (II) into combat in the South Pacific, "The Fighting Lady's Family" traced the growth of the Navy after WWII.  It also showcases the Navy's plans for the future both in terms of strategy and size, in an era when high tech weapons including jets,...
Topics: Operation HIghJump, Cold War, The Fighting Lady, USS Philippine Sea, Helicopter, James Forrestal,...
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Created by Convair in the early 1960s to promote the B-58 Hustler supersonic bomber, this film shows its role with Strategic Air Command as one part of America's nuclear defense.  It also does its best to defend the aircraft's loud "sonic booms" -- created as it broke the sound barrier -- against public criticism.   The film also shows the B-52 (seen after the six minute mark) and the Atlas missile.  The narrator comments that manned aircraft carrying atomic weapons can be recalled...
Topics: Bomber, Atomic Bomb, Boeing B-52, Atlas Missile, Bendix Trophy, Supersonic Flight, Over pressure,...
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Produced by the U.S. Army this instructional training film from 1949 shows (and this description comes from the official film catalog) "the role of medical professionals in organizing the entire community to provide effective medical services in an atomic disaster, and suggests some measures which should be undertaken to prepare for such a disaster.  At a medical society meeting the speaker reviews some of the problems, stressing the importance of public education.  A 'film within a...
Topics: Cold War, Civil Defense, Atomic Bomb, fallout Shelter, Flying wing, YB-49, Casualties, Medical...
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Apr 30, 2015
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Shot in 1945-47 by a British tourist, these home movies begin with images of New York City including the harbor and sections of downtown.  A visit to the Empire State Building observation deck and street scenes are visible.  The film also includes a visit to Niagara Falls and Washington, D.C. including images of National Airport, the White House and other monuments. Because home movies have inconsistent exposure some portions of the film may appear too dark or too bright; if you are surveying...
Topics: Niagara Falls, Empire State Building, New York City, Washington D.C., Home Movies
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May 1, 2015
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Produced in the 1950s, "Stop Fires Save Jobs" was produced by American insurance companies as part of an educational program in co-ordination with National Fire Prevention Week.  The film was widely screened at corporations and civic clubs across the country in the 1950s and shown as part of Civil Defense preparedness training.  The film introduces the common causes of industrial fires and how to prevent them, the concept of flashpoint, classes of fires, and fire extinguishers,...
Topics: Fire Safety, Fire Protection Engineering, Fire, Fire alarm, Fire Extinguisher, Industrial Fire,...
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May 1, 2015
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This Royal Canadian Air Force film shows a military plane crash and its aftermath, with one uninjured crewman doing his best to keep injured cohorts alive until help arrives.  The title of the film is not certain (because the opening title is missing!) but we believe it is called "No Time to Lose".  The scenario unfolds as the plane's crew, already low on fuel and with an engine out, learns that their base is completely fogged in.  Moments later a second engine failure dooms the...
Topics: Royal Canadian Air Force, Aircraft, Plane Crash, Accident, Survival, Canada, Airplane, Morse Code
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With Gemini 5's space flight as a backdrop, the impending destruction of Hurricane Betsy, or 'Billion-dollar Betsy' as she came to be known, is expressed in vivid shots of the storm forming and trekking across the Atlantic. 'A Hurricane Called Betsy,' shows the monstrously disastrous, billion dollar, storm as it slammed into New Orleans at 110 miles per hour, with stories and tales from people in the midst of the chaos. Hurricane Betsy was a costly precursor to the levee breaches of Hurricane...
Topics: Tiros Weather Satellite, Project Gemini, Hurricane Betsy, Hurricane, Storm, Corps Of Engineering,...
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reated in 1946 by the American organization  "United Service to China", this rare film "Bridge to Yinhsi" presents the chaotic situation in post-WWII China and attempts to bolster the idea that a "new",  "industrious" and democratic China is likely to emerge from the on-going Civil War but only with strong American support.  The film presents an American town called Junction City and compares it to an enclave of Shanghai called Yinhsi, a place where...
Topics: Chinese Civil War, Taiwan, Chinese Language, China, Documentary, Mao Zedong, Communism, Cold War,...
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May 5, 2015
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Created by The Christophers, a Christian inspirational group that was founded in 1945 by Father James Keller, "Atomic Energy Can Be a Blessing" dates to 1952.  The film stars Father Keller and actor Fred MacMurray (most famous for his role as Dad on "Leave it to Beaver"), and features footage of atomic experiments including medical uses that Keller describes as "gifts from God".  The point of the film is that the energy of the atom can be used for good, and in...
Topics: Nuclear Power, Thyroid Cancer, Nuclear Medicine, The Christophers, Cold War, Fred Mac Murray,...
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This short silent newsreel shows various aircraft flying for the R.A.F. including Armstrong Whitworth bombers, Bristol Blenheim pursuit bombers, and Fairey Battle attack bombers. These aircraft were all developed in the inter-war period.   The Bristol Blenheim was a British light bomber aircraft designed and built by the Bristol Aeroplane Company that was used extensively in the early days of the Second World War. It was adapted as an interim long-range and night fighter, pending the...
Topics: Aircraft, Royal Air Force, Bomber, Armstrong Witworth Whiteley, Bristol Blenheim, Fairey Battle,...
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May 5, 2015
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Although of somewhat poor quality, this historic silent newsreel shows German fighter ace Hermann Goering in action during WWI, and shots of the Fokker D.VII aircraft. Hermann Wilhelm Göring 12 January 1893 – 15 October 1946) was a German politician, military leader, and leading member of the Nazi Party (NSDAP). A veteran of World War I as an ace fighter pilot, he was a recipient of the coveted Pour le Mérite, also known as the "Blue Max". He was the last commander of...
Topics: Herman Goring, Newsreel, World War 1, Germany, Fokker, Manfred D. VII, Luftstretkrafte, Manfred Von...
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This terrific tour of Papua, New Guinea and Kalabahai, Indonesia, disrespectfully subtitled "Weird Haunts of Strange People" dates to 1933.  It includes footage shot in Port Moresby.   It was made by James A. Fitzpatrick whose "Travel Talks" series was a mainstay of the newsreel era.  This particular print was intended for home use by a family who owned a movie projector.   The film spends quite a bit of time in the narration discussing the fact that the Papuan People...
Topics: New Guinea, Indonesia, Kalabahi, Papua New Guinea, Jungle, Witchdoctor, Port Moresby, Cannibals,...
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Produced and narrated by filmmaker Don R. Catlin, "City on the Nile" profiles the city of Cairo as it appeared in the 1930s or 40s and the Nile Valley.  The tour of the city begins at the famed Shepheard's Hotel, the leading hotel in Cairo and one of the most celebrated hotels in the world from the middle of the 19th century until it was burned down in 1952.   The film also includes terrific footage of the city's "native quarter" and images of marketplaces, mosques, the...
Topics: Nile, Egypt, Native Quarter, Travelogue, Cairo
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This terrific 1930s tour of the Seychelles, Zanzibar, Tanzania, and Mombasa, Kenya is full of many colorful images including the Muslim Ramadam festival, and African elephants.  The narration includes a wide-ranging condemnation of the Ivory Trade.  It was made by James A. Fitzpatrick whose "Travel Talks" series was a mainstay of the newsreel era.  This particular print was intended for home use by a family who owned a movie projector.   Seychelles officially the Republic of...
Topics: Zanzibar, Seychelles, Mombasa, Travelogue, Ivory Trade, Elephants, Cote D'lvoire, Tanzania, Kenya,...
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Produced by the Princeton Film Center in cooperation with the Institute of Pacific Relations, narrated by Radcliffe Hall and featuring text by Major George Fielding Eliot, "Know Your Enemy Japan!" attempts to answer such vital questions as: How large in the Japanese Empire? Is Japan self-sufficient in food? What is Japan's naval and military strength? What are the living standards of the Japanese people? What are Japan's vital weaknesses? How can Japan be defeated?" It includes...
Topics: Frank Capra, Know Your Enemy, Propaganda, War In China, World War II, Film, George Fielding Eliot,...
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May 5, 2015
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This Castle Films newsreel vividly shows the last major eruption of Mount Vesuvius in March 1944, right in the middle of the Allied invasion of Italy. The eruption destroyed the villages of San Sebastiano al Vesuvio, Massa di Somma, Ottaviano, and part of San Giorgio a Cremano.  From March 18 to 23, 1944, lava flows appeared within the rim. There were outflows. Small explosions then occurred until the major explosion took place on March 18, 1944. At the time of the eruption, the United States...
Topics: Mount Vesuvuis, Campanian, Volcanic Arc, Pompeii, Eruption Of Mount Vesuvius, Italy, Kingdom Of...
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Created by the Department of the Interior in 1936, "In the Wake of the Buckaneers" is a wonderful travelogue about St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands.  It shows some of the geographic features of the Virgin Islands and makes geographic inferences concerning this area. The film includes many beautiful scenes including maidens in one-piece swimsuits and the "Drake Seat" -- a bench that looks out on Megan Bay.  A 1930s review of this film mentioned that the "sequence...
Topics: Virgen Islands, Travel Documentary, Caribbean, Caribbean Sea, Swizzle Stick, Department Of...
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May 6, 2015
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Created in the 1960s by the Shell Oil Company, "The Fossil Story" explains the importance of fossils to geologists who are searching for oil, and examines the role of paleontologists in interpreting the nature of the pre-historic world.   This film was one of a series created by Shell to educate the public about geology, oil exploration, and the petroleum industry in general in this period. Fossils (from Classical Latin fossilis; literally, "obtained by digging") are the...
Topics: Oil Refinery, Oil Field, Geology, Paleontology, Dinosaur, Petrolium Industry, Royal Dutch Shell,...
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This extremely rare silent film shows prototype tires created by the Martin Tire Company for use in combat on Jeeps and trucks.  The "elastic spoke" tires used no air, instead carrying all the vehicle's load in tension.  Tests appeared to indicate that the tires functioned well in various conditions and provided improved braking characteristics and shock absorption for the driver.   Information about this tire is rare but the patent for the tires, US 2331212 A, indicates that they...
Topics: Jeep, World War II, Tires, Willy's Jeep, Experimental, Automobile, Military, U.S. Army, Michelin,...