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Made during WWII in 1942, this profile of the Free French Navy begins with footage of a Frenchman escaping to England to join the fight against the Axis.  The Free French Navy Headquarters in London is shown, along with sailor cadet training at sea aboard sailing vessels.  The most unique vessel shown is at the 4 minute mark, where the submarine Sourcouf is shown, followed by various French destroyers, and British built Corvettes manned by Frenchmen at the 5:30 mark.      Les Forces...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Free French Naval Force, French Navy, World War II, Charles De Gaulle
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Dating from the late 1960s, this U.S. Air Force Strategic Air Command produced film profiles the command and control systems developed for national defense, including the early versions of the 465L / SACCS system.  The film includes shots of various mainframe computers and communications equipment, including integrated networks that helped foment what we now know as the Internet.  The film contains some fascinating images including shots of communications centers, top secret documents, early...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, U.S. Air Force, War, Command And Control, Computers, Electronics,...
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This 1950s or 60s travelogue of Holland shows the tulip and flower industry (:40).  The island of Marken is seen at 1:10. A "typical housewife" is seen at the 2 minute mark putting up the laundry to dry. The village of Volendam is seen at the 2:30 mark, as children play jump rope.  Trawlers are seen in port. Vast tulip fields are seen at 3:00, along with the Lakken factory. Gouda is seen at 3:30 with the Cathedral of St. John.  A cheese market is seen at 4:45, and cheese is...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock footage, Tulips, Dutch, Marken Island, Volendam, Netherlands, Amsterdam
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One of the many episodes of the 1960s TV show "True Adventure" produced and hosted by Bill Burrud, this episode presents a documentary profile of Sylvan Ambrose "Buckskin Bill" Hart (1906-1980), a mountain man who resided in Salmon River, Idaho. Hart was among the last of the mountain men in the Western United States. The film offers glimpses of his mode of life and the many products of his own manufacture, including his house, utensils, canoe, and several weapons. The film...
Topics: 1960s, True Adventure, Man, Mountain, TV Show, Bill Burrud, Salmon River, Idaho, Stock Footage,...
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Entitled SNAFU, this wonderful WWII training film is part of the "Fighting Men" series, designed to psychological prepare troops for the rigors of combat and Army life.  It features various scenarios about SNAFUs -- situation normal, all fouled up (or "f-d" up!)  As the narrator says "in war, the abnormal is normal.  You can't predict the turns of battle."  Rifles can jam, bridges will not be ready, food won't be delivered on time.  The point of the film is...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, World War II, Training Film, SNAFU, African American In WWII
This silent film made by NBC shows the 1948 Rose Parade with General Omar Bradley serving as Grand Marshall, and part of the game between the Michigan Wolverines and the U.S.C. Trojans.   1948 represented the first local telecast of a college football game in the nation's history.   The reason the film is silent, we're not sure.  Possibly this was made to be shown on TV while a commentator spoke over it... The 1947 Michigan Wolverines football team represented the University of Michigan in...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, The Rose Parade, Rose Bowl Game, Michigan Wolverines Football,...
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Made in 1950, this U.S. Navy recruitment film focuses on the training of naval aviators at Pensacola, Florida.  It exposes new recruits to the training process and day to day activities for a Navy flier. They go over the general over view of the training and list the individual components of the program. It is aimed at encouraging new recruits to take the program seriously so that they can reap the rewards or risk being grounded. Fairly straight forward, non-technical intro to training style...
Topics: Stock Footage, Periscope Film, Footage, United Sates Naval Aviator Training Aircraft, United States...
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Made by the Walt Disney Company during WWII for the U.S. Navy, ICE FORMATION ON AIRCRAFT was part of a series of films and booklets in the "Aerology Series" produced by the Bureau of Aeronautics Training Division, Navy Department, Washington D.C. for Naval Aviation Cadets. (The film was later re-made after the war, with the graphics updates to reflect more modern aircraft.) Each section of the film deals with a type of ice and its ramifications for aircraft. The film features flight...
Topics: Walt Disney, US Navy, Ice Formation, WWII, Animated Film, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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These 1950s home movies show a trip to Panama and the Canal Zone, as well as the island nation of Cuba prior to the Cuban Revolution.  The trip was made by a family aboard the ocean liner RMS Mauretania towards the end of its service life (it was scrapped in 1965).  Some of the sights included in the film are the Havana Zoo, the "El Rancho" Gardens in Panama City, and Castleton Gardens in Jamaica. RMS Mauretania was launched on 28 July 1938 at the Cammell Laird yard in Birkenhead,...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, RMS Mauretania, Castleton Gardens, Panama, Panama City, Panama...
Made in the year 1958 by Cathedral Films, one of the premiere Christian film producers of the era, TONGUES OF FIRE purports to tell the true story of the mission to Hawaii that introduced Christianity to the islands. This colorful docudrama was exquisitely photographed on locations in Hawaii to reenact the story of Kapiolani -- who at the time was viewed as one of the true heroines of Christian history. Making the film was very challenging, as the producers quickly learned that many native...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, hawaii Language, Queen Kapiolani, Hawaii islands, Island,...
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Made by the U.S. Department of State as part of  "The History of U.S. Foreign Relations" series in 1972, this episode is titled FROM YOUTH TO MATURITY.  It traces the development of United States foreign relations from the Monroe Doctrine to the participation of the United States in The Hague conferences of the early twentieth century.  The film also includes a discussion of Commodore Perry's voyage to Japan, which opened that country to the West.  The documentary also shows how...
Topics: Periscope film, Stock Footage, foreign Relationships. Commodore Perry, Theodore Roosevelt, United...
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Dating to the year 1964 before the Vietnam War was in full swing, but American advisors were on the ground, this U.S. Navy film presents a portrait of the nations of the Pacific Rim including Japan, Vietnam, Taiwan, South Korea, and the Pacific Fleet.  This includes the First Fleet, the 7th Fleet, and various groups including an anti-submarine warfare group.  A large scale amphibious assault exercise is seen at the 18 minute mark.  Also shown is monitoring of Russian shipping and patrol of...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Cold War, United States Navy, Seventh Fleet, First Fleet, Taipei,...
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Made in 1942 by the British Ministry of Information, BIRTH OF A TANK shows the assembly of a Valentine Tank as part of the war effort.  The Tank, Infantry, Mk III, Valentine was an infantry tank produced in the United Kingdom during the Second World War. More than 8,000 of the type were produced in eleven marks, plus various specialised variants, accounting for approximately a quarter of wartime British tank production. The many variants included riveted and welded construction, petrol and...
Topics: Stock Footage, Periscope Film, Tank, Propaganda, Valentine Tank, World War II, Film
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This silent WWII newsreel, made by Official Films for the home market, shows the end of the conflict in Europe.  Times Square in New York is the scene of raucous celebrations on May 8, 1945 (30 seconds).  At the 1 minute mark, the U.S. Army meets the Russian Army at the Elbe River.  At Caserta, German troops are surrendered en masse and the Nazi representatives sign surrender documents (1:30).  At Nuremberg, home of the famed Nazi rallies, an iconic Swastika emblem is covered by the...
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Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, German Instrument Of Surrender, Newsreel, World War II, News Film,...
Made in 1945 by the U.S. Treasury Department, PERISHABLE RUSH shows how the Army Air Forces during World War II flew wounded men from Pacific battle areas to mobile army surgeons hospitals, hospital ships, and finally major  hospitals and eventually home towns in the United States. Uses a mix of actuality footage and fictional reenactments to follow a soldier from being wounded in action, cared for by medics on the battlefield, undergoing surgery in a mobile hospital near the front lines,...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, United States Force, World War II, Sikorsky, R-4 Helicopter, Army,...
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An official film made by the War Department, Highballing to Victory is a short US propaganda movie made toward the end of World War II about the importance of material and transportation in the war effort.  The movie includes an emphasis on the story of tires, which proved vital for the war effort.  At the 5:50 mark tire "casualties" are seen with tires damaged or destroyed in accidents, from wear, or combat.  A B-24 crash is seen at 6:40, and other aircraft making ground loops and...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Highballing To Victory, Film
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This historic film, made by Cunard White Star Lines to promote the Queen Elizabeth, begins with the launching of a ship in the year 1938, as hull no.552 — at 1031ft long, the largest liner in the world. Narrator: "The times of the 552 were not to be easily worn on the Atlantic Sea.  The time was a time of crisis; the world was on the brink of war. At this time his majesty was unable to attend the launching but the Queen and 2 princesses were there and 300,000 voices were raised to...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock footage, New York harbor, Queen Elizabeth, HMS Queen Elizabeth, White Star...
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Dating to 1949, this U.S. Army film "Camouflage Principles" provides an overview about how to effectively conceal equipment and field positions from enemy observation including by air. Main title (:11-:18). Shots of an analyst reviewing new aerial photos of an enemy encampment, and circling a likely target (:30). Aircraft makes a bomb attack on the position, but misses the soldiers and Bofors type anti-aircraft gun concealed by foliage. The troops camouflage a Sherman tank. They then...
Topics: US Army Training Film, Camouflage Principles, Aerial Observation, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This 1969 color footage from NASA’s Apollo 12 mission depicts the launch of a Saturn V rocket, the second moon walk, an astronaut using a sample collection tool, the Lunar Module’s successful ascent from the moon’s surface, and a solar eclipse (TRT 29:28). Test pattern and label: “Flight Load” (0:09). Though a circular field of vision, the surface of the moon races by, revealing craters and rocky terrain (0:20). A fiery ignition sequence explosion of yellow fire illuminated in...
Topics: NASA, 1969, Apollo 12, Saturn V Launch, Moon Walk, Eclipse, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This film, part of the Army Screen Magazine, features two segments. The first has an interview with Captain Ruth E. Parsons, who worked as a nurse on the embattled island of Corregidor during the first Battle of the Philippines. This incredible woman later became the model for the Nurse's Memorial statue at Arlington National Cemetery. Parsons recounts the collapse of the U.S. Army on Bataan and Corregidor, and the gallant service by the Marines as they fought against overwhelming odds to stave...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Corregidor, Philippines, Douglas MacArthut, Nurses Memorial,...
Dating to the F-16 rollout in the mid-1970s, THE HOT PERFORMER shows the prototype F-16s being put through their paces at Edwards Air Force Base.  The film was targeted at the Pentagon but also foreign governments who might acquire the aircraft.  Some of the characteristics shown in the film include the plane's "fly by wire" capability, its unique bubble canopy, and its ability to accelerate faster than any other aircraft on the market.   The General Dynamics (now Lockheed Martin)...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, General Dynamics, War, U.S. Air Force, Fighter Aircraft
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This silent film shows an early production Polaris missile, possibly the prototype, being placed onto a transport cradle. The Polaris missile was a two-stage Solid-fuel rocket nuclear-armed submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) built during the Cold War by Lockheed Corporation of California for the United States Navy. It was designed to be used for second strike countervalue (CEP not good enough for first strike counterforce) as part of the Navy's contribution to the United States arsenal...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Stock Footage, Polaris Missile, Lockheed, SLBM
This short film shows crop dusting biplanes of the California Insecticide Service Company, or CISCO, at work over the farms of Lancaster, California.  Although the planes are clearly stunting for the camera, it's a fairly realistic portrait of the dangerous work of these pilots.   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...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Crop Dusting, Crop Duster, Barn Storming, Biplane
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This amazing silent movie from the 1940s shows the transport of a 16" / 50 caliber gun barrel on the highway, and its test firing in an emplacement.  This United States Naval Gun was the main armament of the Iowa-class battleships.  These guns were 50 calibers long—or 50 times their 16-inch (406 mm) bore diameter which makes the barrels 66.6 feet (20 m) long, from breechface to muzzle. Each gun weighed about 239,000 pounds (108,000 kg) without the breech, or 267,900 pounds (121,517 kg)...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Battleship, Artillery, Iowa-class Battleship, 16/50 Caliber Mark 7...
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This 1950s U.S. Navy newsreel shows the operation of the Taylor Model Ship Basin in the design of warship hulls.  The ship demonstrated here is an LCI, landing craft infantry.  Scale model propellers are built as well as a ship hull for extensive testing in the long basin.   The David Taylor Model Basin (DTMB) is one of the largest ship model basins—test facilities for the development of ship design—in the world. DTMB is a field activity of the Carderock Division of the Naval Surface...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Warship, United States Navy, LCI. Landing Craft, Landing Craft...
This newsreel compilation was prepared for review by the U.S. Treasury Department during or just after WWII, to show the publicity campaign affiliated with War Bond sales. It reviews the many efforts by the government, the public and Hollywood to raise money for the war effort.  More specifically, the film follows the 6th, 7th and 8th War Bond drives, opening with an Army art exhibit put together by the US Treasury Department with Eleanor Roosevelt and Martha Morgenthau as chairpersons (:13)....
Topics: 1945, US Treasury, News Clips, US War, Bond Sales, War Loan, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This 1960s film about the Strategic Air Command features B-52 bomber aircraft serving in a nuclear deterrent role.  The film also shows operations inside a missile trainer, similar to the type of underground facility in an operational silo, command and control facilities, and the interior of an actual Minuteman missile silo.  Offutt Air Force Base is featured, the headquarters (as the narrator explains) "for the strongest and most capable force ever conceived." The film shows full...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Strategic Air Command, United States Air Force, Boeing B-52...
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This black & white educational/promotional film is about the medium Caterpillar tractors D6, D7, and D8 models, most often configured as bulldozers (but also sold in other versions). This is circa 1946. The D6 was also available in a military version classified as the SNL G152. The D6 started out in 1935 as the RD6, fitted with a 3-cylinder 45 hp D6600 engine. The RD6 was renamed D6 in 1937, and updated  in 1941 with a D4600 engine of 55 hp (drawbar) and in 1947, with a D318 engine of 66...
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Topics: 1946, Caterpillar Tractor Co, Bulldozer Promo, Stock Footage, Periscope FIlm
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This black & white educational film is about hand to hand combat techniques. This is entirely in French. This is circa the 1930s.Opening titles: L'Ecole De Gendarmerie presents Le Combat Corps & Corps (:34-1:27). Two men walk along in a wooded area. A French military man walks over to them and checks their papers. The two men suddenly jump the military man. He reacts and subdues them. Combat fighting technique is shown in slow motion as a training exercise. One man tosses the other over...
Topics: Hand To Hand Combat, Combat, Combat Corps, 1930s, French, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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Made in 1960 by Arthur Barr, this film presents one of the earliest looks at the tremendous problem of Urban Sprawl. growth in single-family homes begin built outside cities. The growth of suburban regions is (according to the narrator) one of the biggest challenges facing the United States of the 1960s. The desertion of the metropolises' downtowns, and the explosion of suburban populations, was indeed a threat to the health of American cities. Highways, such as Los Angeles' 101 Freeway seen at...
Topics: 1860, Urban Sprawl, Suburbia, Post WWII, Housing Boom Vintage, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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THE RIVER is a 1938 short documentary film which shows the importance of the Mississippi River to the United States, and how farming and timber practices had caused topsoil to be swept down the river and into the Gulf of Mexico, leading to catastrophic floods and impoverishing farmers. It ends by briefly describing how the Tennessee Valley Authority project was beginning to reverse these problems. It was written and directed by Pare Lorentz and, like Lorentz's earlier documentary The Plow That...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Great Depression, The Plow That Broke The Plains, Virgil Thompson,...
Made in 1957, TOWERS OF TRUTH shows how the money collected from the first Crusade for Freedom in 1950 led to the establishment of Radio Free Europe the following year. Scenes recreated by Hollywood actors portray a Cold War version of communist tyranny, the Berlin Wall and Soviet military parades, and show activities such as signal jamming as well as broadcasting. The Crusade for Freedom was an American propaganda campaign operating from 1950–1960. Its public goal was to raise funds for...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Radio Free Europe, Walter Cronkite, Cold War, Signal Jamming Radio,...
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This 1960 black and white installment of “See It Now” produced and edited by Edward R. Murrow and Fred W. Friendly (Part 2 of 2) presents a behind-the-scenes overview of initial testing for the UGM-27 Polaris missile, a two-stage solid-fueled nuclear-armed submarine-launched ballistic missile, the United States Navy's first SLBM (TRT:  26:58). The USS George Washington (SSBN-598) ballistic missile submarine surfaces (0:08). One of the submarine’s missile hatches opens. A Polaris missile...
Topics: Polaris, Polaris Nuclear Submarine USS, George Washington, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This rare full color travelogue from the 1940s shows Hawaii as it looked in the era before air travel made the island a highly accessible tourist destination.  The film was photographed by Walter "Butch" Resce, who served as a combat cameraman during WWII and founded Rainbow Pictures after the war.  The film shows Waikiki Beach, surfing, Diamond Head, the Royal Hawaiian Hotel, and many other scenes of classic Hawaii.  Floral leis are seen at the 4:30 mark, with service personnel...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Hawaii, Lei Day, The Royal Hawaiin, King Kamehameha
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Made by the late John Hutter in the late1940s or early 1950s, this travelogue film shows views of St. Augustine, Florida. The filmmaker, who was a Chicago-based accountant, traveled all over the world and filmed many of his adventures. The title card at the beginning "Chateau Hutter Films Presents", refers to a European-style resort that Hutter built in Door County, Wisconsin. Apparently Hutter hoped to show this film and others to visitors there, but the resort never hit its stride...
Topics: St. Augustine, Florida, 1950s, Travel Film, John Hutter, Travelogue, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This silent film shows U.S. Navy personnel as part of the Navy Marine Mammal Program working with a pilot whale to recover a practice torpedo. The origins of the NMMP program date back to 1960, when a Pacific White-sided Dolphin was acquired for hydrodynamic studies seeking to improve torpedo performance. The aim was to determine whether dolphins had a sophisticated drag-reduction system, but the technology of the day failed to demonstrate that dolphins have any unusual capabilities in this...
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Made by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in the 1920s, "Wheels of Progress" is a silent educational film that contains fascinating footage of horses, buggies, bicycles and early automobiles.  The film notes that even "25 years ago" a 25-mile trip was very, very far.  Now thanks to the automobile, distances are shorter.  However as the film shows at the 2:09 mark, early automobiles were far from reliable.  The film shows an early traffic jam at the 3:00 mark, and...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Model T, Flivver, Early Automobiles, Horse and Buggy, Model A Ford,...
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INTRODUCTION TO A CHAMPION showcases Delta Airlines' new aircraft, the Convair 880.  Although the aircraft was successful for Delta, it proved a commercial failure and only 65 were built between 1959 and 1962. The Convair 880 was a narrow-body jet airliner produced by the Convair division of General Dynamics. It was designed to compete with the Boeing 707 and Douglas DC-8 by being smaller and faster, a niche that failed to create demand. When it was first introduced some aviation circles...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Convair 880, Delta Air Lines, Jet Aircraft, General Dynamics, Speed...
This film 1959 VICTORY CIRCLES was presented by the Perfect Circle Company, and showcases the Indianapolis 500.  This was the 43rd International 500-Mile Sweepstakes held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Saturday, May 30, 1959. The event was part of the 1959 USAC National Championship Trail, and was included in the 1959 World Drivers Championship.  The race was won by Rodger Ward with Jim Rathmann in second place.  Rodger M. Ward (January 10, 1921 – July 5, 2004) was an American...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Indianapolis 500, Daytona 500, Auto Racing, Speedway, 1959, Nascar,...
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This WWII film shows a demonstration of airborne aviation engineers presented in 1943 at Westover, Massachusetts.  The airborne aviation engineers -- in this case the 879th Airborne Engineer Aviation Battalion -- were created to meet the need for an air transportable unit capable of rapid repair or construction of airfields.  Their equipment was limited in size by the load capacities and door dimensions of the C-47 plane (5000 pounds, 841/2 inches wide) or WACO CG-4A glider (3750 pounds, 70...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Westover Air Reserve Base, War, Army, World War II, Waco Aircraft...
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One of the episodes of the pioneering TV show "The Greatest Drama", this black & white episode entitled "The Black Beret" is a portrait of British Field Marshall Bernard Montgomery. This is circa 1954. Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery, (1887 – 1976), better known by his nickname "Monty" and "The Spartan General", served in the First World War, the Irish War of Independence and the Second World War. Opening: ticker tape parade in New York City....
Topics: The Black Beret, Biography, Field Marshall, George Montgomery, WWII, British General, Stock...
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This short training film (TF-6746) covers the use of Terrain Following Radar (TFR) on a General Dynamics F-111 Aardvark. The film opens with a pilot flying an F-111 near some hills at a low elevation. The plane clears a hill, maintaining a relatively constant altitude over the earth. This is done using Terrain-Following Radar (TFR). The film shows the instrument panel of the TFR system (02:28). A shot from the cockpit shows an automated guiding image that helps the pilot with flight navigation....
Topics: General Dynamics, F-111 Weapon System, Terrain Following Radar, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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"Flight" was a short-lived TV series that debuted in 1958 and only lasted one year. Hosted by Gen. George C. Kenney, the program focused on dramatic tellings of stories from the chronicles of the U.S. Air Force. Production company California National also produced "The Silent Service" which profiled the Navy's submariners, and "Navy Log". This particular episode tells the story of Col. Robert Evans, who in 1947 was involved in a special Cold War mission to prove...
Topics: Flight TV Show, 1958, B-29, All Weather Flight, Show Force, Strategic Air Command, Stock Footage,...
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This silent German newsreel shows World War I U-boats preparing for war patrols, and departing for combat, and then sinking vessels on the high seas.  Some of the rare images in this film include a U-boat stopping a sailing vessel in the Atlantic, forcing the crew to abandon ship and then sinking the enemy vessel.  This type of "gallant" warfare would be replaced by less kind methods -- unrestricted submarine warfare.    Unrestricted submarine warfare is a type of naval warfare in...
Topics: Newsreel, Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Submarine, German Navy, World War, U-Boat, SS Luisitania,...
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This 1946 color travelogue of Washington, D.C. was (judging from the lack of traffic) shot during WWII and released in 1946 by the Byron organization.   Created by the Greater National Capital Committee of the Washington Board of Trade, INVITATION TO THE NATION shows the many tourist sights of the District of Columbia and its environs, including Mount Vernon.   Some of the iconic places in the film include the Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, Washington Monument, Tomb of the Unknown...
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This historic WWII Marine Corps. newsreel shows the activities of the USMC in the early stages of American involvement in the war.  The newsreel starts with a segment showing Marines in Iceland keeping an eye out for German aircraft.  The Marines are also shown parading for relief funds in New York City.  The retirement ceremony is shown for Quartermaster Sgt. Frank W. Wright.  The film ends with President Franklin Roosevelt speaking in front of a joint session of Congress, paying tribute...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, World War II, US marines, War, Iceland
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Dating to about 1951, this Castle Film is a profile of Paris, France with just about every famous sight included.  It begins with shots of the Eiffel Tower, then the tallest structure in all of Europe.  Other sights include the Champs-Elysees, the Arc De Triomphe, sidewalk cafes, Notre Dame cathedral, various parks, the Sienne, the Louvre, and much more. This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Paris, Film, Champs-Elysees, Arc De Triomphe, Notre Dame De Paris,...
In this classroom film from 1963, a filmmaker and an historian discuss the background issues leading into the beginning of World War II, starting with the Treaty of Versailles and ending with Germany’s invasion of Poland. A major lesson of the film is the familiar of the strategy of appeasement in preventing war. (TRT 16:15) Titles. Crane Brinton, Ph.D., the McLean Professor of Ancient and Modern History at Harvard University (0:09) meets with a filmmaker who is using a 16mm projector to show...
Topics: WWII, World War II, 1963, Nazi Party, Fascism, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This film shows TRW's Capistrano Test Site, a remote, 2,700 acre R&D complex in the hills at the edge of Camp Pendleton, operated by TRW's Defense Space Systems Group. San Juan Capistrano has been the primary test site for high energy laser devices for over three decades. It was built up dramatically to support space-based "Star Wars" weapons systems / SDI in the 1980's, and is still at work on advanced and powerful chemical laser systems, as well as radar and propulsion systems....
Topics: San Juan Capistrano, Periscope Film, Swallows, Star Wars Defense System, Missile Defense Agency,...
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Produced by the Perfect Circle Corporation as a publicity project in 1954, THE HOTTEST 500 shows the 1953 Indy 500 won by Bill Vukovich in 120-plus degree heat.   The 1953 race was infamous as one of the most memorable on record, with more relief drivers used than in any other year.  Tragically, driver Carl Scarborough actually died of heat prostration. Bill Vukovich, who led in 1952 but ended up losing due to a mechanical failure with his car, led almost the entire race and ended up taking...
Topics: Stock Footage, Periscope Film, Indianapolis 500, 1953 Indianapolis, Indianapolis, Auto Racing
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Produced by Sarra Productiosn for the National Safety Council, "Smooth Operation" is a black & white educational film, about how to drive trucks safely and efficiently on city streets.  Copyright 1951. Opening: National Safety Council presents SMOOTH OPERATION (:06-:29). A man pulls a Pacific Intermountain Express (P.I.E.) trailer, with a Ford F7 Big Job truck. Truck turns down a street. A trucker smiles, waves at another. Trucks come into the depot. Another trucker fills out a...
Topics: Smooth Operation, 1951, Truck Driver, Truckers, City Driving, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This fundraising film from the late 1940s or early 1950s (but most likely 1949), "Epidemic's Children" was produced by the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis. Produced prior to the development of a vaccine, the film tells some of the modern history of the fight against the disease, and shows some of the effects of the polio disease and the treatment regimen of this era including water therapy and the use of iron lungs. The National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis is now...
Topics: Polio, 1940s, Paralysis, Iron Lung, Epidemics Children, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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In this U.S. Air Force training film (TF-6164b) from 1968, viewers learn about the ejection, recovery, and landing of the General Dynamics F-111 Aardvark Crew Module Escape System, an “escape crew capsule system that allows one or more occupants of an aircraft or spacecraft to escape from the craft while it is subjected to extreme conditions, such as high speed or altitude.” The film opens with a shot of a test F-111 Crew Module taking off and the crew escape capsule parachuting to the...
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This 1971 vintage U.S. Coast Guard film shows the proper procedures for a Captain of the Port inspection of a waterfront facility.  In the United States, Captain of the Port (COTP) is a title held by a United States Coast Guard officer, usually the commander of a United States Coast Guard sector with the rank of captain (O-6). Captain of the Port duties involve enforcing within their respective areas port safety and security and marine environmental protection regulations, including...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, U.S. Coast Guard, Waterfront, Port, 1971, USCG, Fire Safety
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Dating to the late 1920s, this film from the collection of Jeff Villencia shows the Kreutzer Air Coach, a trimotor airplane built by the Joseph Kreutzer Corp. at Clover Field in Santa Monica, California. The company opened on the verge of the Great Depression and apparently did not survive for long --  operations were suspended in 1931. It was later reorganized as the Air Transport Manufacturing Company in 1935. The Air Coach was the fifth type of trimotor approved in the U.S., the first being...
Topics: 1929, Kreutzer, Trimotor, Airplane, Santa Monica, Clover Field, California, Stock Footage,...
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Made in the 1970s, IN SUPPORT OF THE FLEET is a U.S. Navy film about the Surface Warfare Center, a naval laboratory that delivers technology and hardware for the Navy.   The SWC was created from the Naval Ordnance Laboratory in White Oak, Maryland and the Naval Weapons Laboratory in Dahlgren, Virginia.  The film features images of the various work begin conducted, including with ordnance, weapons, computers, surface ship weapon systems.  The EX-105, a guided projectile, is seen at the 3...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Surface Warfare Center, United States Navy, Dahlgren, Naval...
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Presented by the Associated Producers of Negro Motion Pictures,  produced and directed by African American filmmaker William D. Alexander and narrated by Fredric March, THE HIGHEST TRADITION (1946) tells the story of African Americans participating in WWII.  This includes Joseph Cross, Doris "Dorrie" Miller, Leonard "Roy" Harmon, Elbert Oliver (who won the silver star), and more.  Hampton Institute in Virginia and the Great Lakes facility in Illinois are shown where...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Americans, World War II, African Americans, Great Lakes, Hampton...
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This 1970s Coast Guard film entitled ICE (narrated by John Flynn) shows the icy gauntlet of the arctic, the Bering Sea, North Atlantic and Alaska. The film briefly shows the history of USCG exploration in the Arctic including pioneering cutters. In 1912, the Titanic sank after hitting an ice berg, prompting the USCG to carry out an International Ice Patrol.  This work is now carried out primarily by aircraft, as the film shows, which bomb ice bergs with dye markers. WWII Coast Guard activity...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock footage, Coast Guard, USCG Mathew, WAGB-83, Ross Ice Shelf, Antartica, Little...
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This silent home movie shows the Rose Parade in 1947.  The Grand Marshall this year was Bob Hope. This film is one of a large series of Rose Parade films in the Periscope Film LLC archive. The 1947 Rose Bowl was a college football bowl game. It was the 33rd Rose Bowl Game. The Illinois Fighting Illini defeated the UCLA Bruins, 45–14. Illinois halfbacks Buddy Young and Jules Rykovich shared the Rose Bowl Player Of The Game award. They were named the Rose Bowl Players Of The Game when the...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Bob Hope, Tournament Of Roses, Rose Parade, University Of Illinois,...
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Made during WWII by Castle Films and sold for home use through camera and department stores, and by mail order, "Salute to the Navy!" shows the Navy's various capabilities. The newsreel features amazing footage of the air sea battles that raged near the Marshall Islands starting at (6:08).  Featured ships include: the battleship USS Texas, the submarine USS Wahoo, the cruisers USS San Francisco and USS Boise.  Also includes footage of fleet maneuvers of PT Boats, destroyers,...
Topics: Castle Films, US Navy, WWII, Moral Boosting, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This color U.S. Navy film is about the NATO Seasparrow Surface Missile System. Sea Sparrow is a U.S. ship-borne short-range anti-aircraft and anti-missile weapon system, primarily intended for defense against anti-ship missiles. This is circa the late 1960s/early 1970s (in 1968, Denmark, Italy, and Norway signed an agreement with the US Navy to use the Sea Sparrow on their ships, and collaborate on improved versions) and the film was made by the Navy's Naval Ship Weapons Engineering Station at...
Topics: NATO, Seasparrow, Shipborne, Anti Ship Missile, Defense System, 1970s, Promo Film, Stock Footage,...
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This 16mm silent film shows the visit to Admiral Arthur W. Radford (1896-1973) to the Philippines and Taiwan in the early to mid 1950s.The most likely date for this Far East trip, based on some research, is December 1953 to January 1954, and was probably intended to reassure the Taiwanese military of America's willingness to support it, in the face of Chinese Communist aggression. It probably predates the 1955 First Taiwan Strait Crisis. In that crisis, Radford urged President Eisenhower to...
Topics: 1953, Home Movie, Admiral Arthur Radford, Taiwan, Philippines, Stock Footage, Periscope FIlm
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Made in the 1950s for U.S. Navy pilot recruits, this historic film shows how to perform both wingovers and chandelles.  The film uses live action and animation to simulate the maneuvers, which are performed in an SNJ training aircraft.  A wingover (also called a wing-over-wing, crop-duster turn or box-canyon turn) is an aerobatic maneuver in which an airplane makes a steep climb, followed by a vertical flat-turn (the plane turns to its side, without rolling, similar to the way a car turns)....
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Wingover, Chandelle Pilot Training, Pilot, U.S. Navy, Flight Trainer
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Hastily created immediately after Pearl Harbor, DEMOCRACY IN ACTION was released by the Department of Agriculture to encourage greater productivity in the nation's farm belt.  The movie describes how the last two years have set productivity records for United States agriculture, but that more work is needed given the desperate demands of the looming conflict.  From cotton (4:25) used to make uniforms and bandages, to meat and grain used to feed troops or the tobacco the troops smoke, the film...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Agriculture, Cattle, Tabacco, Dairy Industry, World War II
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"A Freighter in Port" is a wonderful 1950s educational film about merchant ships, explaining not only how they work but describing their layout and equipment in the era prior to the arrival of shipping containers.  The primary ship shown is the USS Marmactide, ex- USS Lyon (AP-71), which was built in 1939 and served in WWII, and USS Comayagua, a refrigerated cargo ship owned by United Fruit Co. -- a real banana boat!  The film shows various equipment on the ship including anchors,...
Topics: Long Beach, Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Longshoremen, United Fruit Company, Matson Inc, USS...
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One of a series of films made by the U.S. Army to educate recruits about the Code of Conduct, this film discusses the duty of soldiers to resist the enemy, including when in captivity. Soldiers are instructed to resist by all means available, and make every effort to escape, and especially to not accept any parole or favors from the enemy. The will to resist, the film teaches, is what can keep men who are imprisoned alive.  Produced in 1959 during the Cold War, the film seems to show an...
Topics: 1959, US Army, Army Code Of Conduct, Basic Training, Prison Camp Escape, Stock Footage, Periscope...
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This extraordinary film about American POWs is one of a series of "Air Force Now" magazine type movies made for the U.S. Air Force in the 1970s and 1980s. This particular episode focuses on the  return of Prisoners of War (POWs) from Vietnam after the war. It was apparently made in either late 1973 or early 1974, after Operation Homecoming took place. Operation Homecoming took place from February 14, 1973 to April of that year, and involved the return of 591 American prisoners of...
Topics: Air Force Now, Vietnam War, Prisoners Of War, Operation Homecoming, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
Made by the Crown Film Unit in 1949, "The People at Number 19" is a melodramatic STD scare movie reporting on the evils of syphilis.  The film was sponsored after reported cases of sexually transmitted disease spike during and after World War II, but as this film testifies, sexual license amongst soldiers on the frontline wasn't the sole cause. Back on the home front, for many women, like Joan from No. 19, loneliness or newfound independence acted as an incentive to extramarital...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, United Kingdom, STD, Crown Film Film Unit
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These silent home movies were shot by an American serviceman during the Korean War.  Scenes include camp life in tents with lots of mud present, calisthenics in underwear (2:30), and more.  Around 5:00, there are shots of Korean civilians on the move with all their belongings, possibly as refugees of the war.  At the 5:20 mark is footage of a USO Camp Show featuring an unknown female performer (some of this footage is flopped).  American tanks are seen at the 6:40 mark, helicopters at the...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Korean War, Home Movies, Film
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Made in 1962 by Castle Films, this travelogue of Jordan and Lebanon presents a vital, full color look at many of the Holy Land's most famous sights including the Garden of Gethsemane, the Dome of the Rock, and the Mountains of Lebanon.  Roman ruins are seen at Baalbek, where majestic pillars still flank the temple of Jupiter.  The film shows many traditional sights including farming with primitive tools and animals such as mules and camels, etc.  Pipelines are shown carrying oil through...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Jerusalem, Beirut, Gethsemane, Jordan, Middle East, Muslim, Mosque,...
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This 1920s or early 1930s home movie is a bit of a mystery.  It shows scenes at an airport where some kind of air show is in progress.  Based on research done by third parties, we've determined that the airport at the beginning of the film is likely the McIntyre Airport in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  (If you look closely at the hangar in the rear at the :40 mark you can see the airport's distinctively marked hangar).   At the 2:45 mark a group of women are seen who may either be female pilots, or...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Air Racing Pilot, Home Movies, Airport, Traveler, Delta Air Lines
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ALASKA, RESERVOIR OF RESOURCES, shows the Territory of Alaska in 1947.  It includes extensive footage of the timber industry and lumberjacks.  Logs are shown being floated to mills at the 2:13 mark.    At the 2:50 mark, the salmon industry is shown, with individual fishermen trapping the fish.    The unending stream of fish is seen at the 4:00 mark, being moved into a cannery and packaged for sale internationally.  At 4:41, a ship of the Alaska Steam Ship Company is seen taking on...
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Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Lumber, Lumberjack, Salmon, Gold Mining, Alaska, Fishing Industry,...
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Made at the early in the Apollo Program, this film details the simulator built to test the control and maneuverability systems for the re-entry of the space capsule.  The film gives an overview of the lunar mission and shows the equipment used to simulate the mission.  A cathode ray tube is shown at the 4:30 mark, surrounded with displays that indicate lift vector direction, velocity, and more.  Roll and Yaw display is seen at the 5:00 mark. Two Electronics Associates Inc. (EAI) 231-R...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Apollo Program, Spacecraft, Re-entry, Simulation, Moon, Apollo Lunar...
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Made by NASA, this historic film gives an overview of the entire Gemini X mission and features imagery of the control centers, tracking centers, and Navy support given to the mission, from launch to splashdown and recovery by the crew of the USS Guadalcanal.  At the 1:05 point, the Atlas Agena rocket is seen at launch.  Gemini 10 (officially Gemini X) was a 1966 manned spaceflight in NASA's Gemini program. It was the 8th manned Gemini flight, the 16th manned American flight and the 24th...
Topics: periscope Film, Stock Footage, Project Gemini, Gemini X, NASA, Michael Collins, Astronomy, Extra...
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Made in the wake of the Prague Spring, WE BORDER TROOPS is a Soviet film directed at the members of the Soviet Army who are tasked with defending the nation's borders — and presumably stopping those who would like to flee the great socialist nation.  This film presents a kinder, gentler look at Soviet border guards, who stop to speak to mothers and grandmothers.  The Soviet Coast Guard is seen at the 3 minute mark, conducting a full scramble and deploying radios and attack dogs.  At the 5...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Soviet Union, Russian Armed Force, Film, Propaganda Film
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This fantastic U.S. Army Air Forces newsreel consists of several segments, detailing the work of the Air Force in Europe in the fall of 1943.  First, the B-17 Berlin Sleeper is seen making an air raid over Berlin.  Next, operations in the mud of North Africa are seen, with B-25s sitting in heavy mud, with C-47s and the bombers eventually moved to Italy.  Next, P-47s are seen escorting a bombing mission over Nazi-held Europe.  The P-47s are ground prepped and their guns fired and gas tanks...
Topics: Stock Footage, Periscope Film, Ploesti, Italy, Coletta, Republic P-47 Thunderbird, United States...
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Produced in 1936, this wonderful old film shows a voyage aboard a schooner named Wanderbird around South America.  The captain of this vessel is Warwick M. Tompkins of Gloucester, Massachusetts, who later wrote a book about the journey entitled "50 South to 50 South".  For decades, the book has inspired many to seek out their own nautical adventures.    The film is rich in imagery of the age of sail, including shots of sailors at work, Gloucester harbor, a woman at the helm of the...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Sea, Clipper, South America, Cape Of Good hope, Schooner, Cape Horn,...
This film THE ATOM UNDERGROUND profiles Project Gasbuggy and Project Plowshare, which were ill-fated attempts to demonstrate the use of nuclear detonations for peaceful purposes, in this case extracting more oil and natural gas from underground through nuclear fracking.     Plowshare was the overall United States term for the development of techniques to use nuclear explosives for peaceful construction purposes. It was the US portion of what are called Peaceful Nuclear Explosions (PNE)....
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, United States Atomic Energy Commission, United States of America,...
Made in 1943 for the U.S. Navy, DAMAGE CONTROL IV shows the use of the Rescue Breathing Apparatus during firefighting operations aboard ships.  Shown is the Navy Oxygen Breathing Rescue Apparatus, Type A-1, a self-contained, closed-circuit device. Oxygen, generated by chemicals in a canister, flowed to the right-hand section of the breathing bag, where it mixed with air previously passed through the canister, then to the left-hand breathing bag and on through the inhalation tube into the...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, United States Navy, World War II, Fire Fighting, Fire, Training
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This late 1930s, early 1940s educational movie attempts to provide some insight into the Seminole tribe in Florida's Everglades.  It contains rare footage of tribe members foraging in the swamps amid alligators, wildcats and snakes. Alligators are harvested at the 2:20 mark.  Clothesmaking is seen at the 3:50 mark, using a sewing machine. Hunting is seen at the 5:00 mark. A scarce black bear is seen at the 5:30 mark. The film's droning and jingoistic narration is of course fairly appalling in...
Topics: periscope film, Stock Footage, Everglades, Florida, Seminoles
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This WWII movie shows the U.S. Navy's WAVES,  the acronym for the Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service, the World War II women's branch of the United States Naval Reserve.  The film shows WAVE training in San Diego, California.  The film shows WAVES employed as stenographers, postal clerks, telephone operators, air traffic control, pharmacists mates, dental hygienists, aerographers, store keepers, and more.   At the 5:30 mark, women are shown operating LINK trainers and repairing...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Naval Reserve, World War II Air Traffic Control, Women's Softball,...
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This 1950s film shows the laying of anti-tank and anti-personnel mines by soldiers of the U.S. Army.  Procedures are shown including posting of guards around the mine field area during the laying procedure, and proper recording of mine locations.  Various mine types are shown including mines placed under boards, grenade-based push type mines, and more. There is also discussion of how boundary and M-3 mines are used in tactical conditions.   We encourage viewers to add comments and,...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Mine Field, Mines, Anti-personnel Mine, Land Mine
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This somewhat rough but very interesting 16mm silent home movie dates to the 1930s and was shot by a member of the U.S. Army at Fort Bragg.  The film shows an encampment of soldiers performing various duties including the dreaded K.P. or "Kitchen Patrol" at the 1:30 mark.  Horse drawn wagons, cavalry troops and a monoplane are seen in the film, as well as tanks, trucks and other vehicles.  Clearly this was shot in an era when horses and mechanized forces were still working...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Home Movies, United States Army
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The Arm Behind the Army is a sensational propaganda film produced by the US Army Signal Corps in 1942 to encourage the home front to participate in war production -- the "Arm Behind the Army".  The film uses stock footage of both Japan and Germany, along with driving score and  urgent narration, to promote "outproducing the Axis".  This type of appeal was especially important in this era, as there was worry that labor unrest and strikes could torpedo the war effort. The...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, The Army Behind The Army, Signal Corps
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Produced in 1953 by Jam Handy, one of the most famous industrial filmmakers of the 20th Century, HOW TO BUY A CAR was made for Chevrolet to promote the sale of their new automobiles.  It features a father who doesn't want to buy a new car, but of course the rest of the family has other ideas.  Lots of great shots of 1953 Chevrolet cars including a convertible Bel Air, a wagon and sedan, as well as a Chevy showroom from the 1950s. Henry Jamison "Jam" Handy (March 6, 1886 – November...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Chevrolet, Jam Handy, 1953, sales Film, Convertible, Automobile
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This 1940s silent educational film shows Washington D.C. in that era. Sights include Pennsylvania Avenue, the Capitol Building, Treasury Building, Union Station (1:15), and more.  Arlington Cemetery (4:47) and various monuments are seen, as well as Embassy Row, the White House (2:15), old War Department and Navy Department buildings (2:40), the new Pentagon Building at 3:00, the Supreme Court, and more.  Mount Vernon is seen after a cruise down the Potomac. Ford's Theater is seen at 5:30, the...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Washington, Capitol Building, 1940, Washington DC
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This classified WWII film, shot by the 12th Combat Camera Unit and released by the Office of Strategic Services, shows the activities of Axis Saboteurs operating in North Africa.  The film shows how in Tunisia, several Arab saboteurs were arrested, and forced to confess about their activities.  A "saboteurs box" is shown that includes TNT, rubber hoses to make an altitude bomb, and various detonators and other devices.  At 2:00, a saboteur demonstrates how to place an altitude bomb...
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This black & white educational film is about the aircraft display of the Society of British Aircraft Constructors. This is circa the mid-to-late-1950s. Opening titles: British Information Services presents  "Achievement In The Air" (:07-:34). Great Britain. Aircraft display of the Society of British Aircraft Constructors aka the Farnborough Airshow.. People wait in line to go into a plane and look at it. A de Havilland Comet and a Bristol Type 167 Brabazon. Large crowds. Many...
Topics: 1950s, Farnborough Air Show, Brabazon, Avro 707B, Canberra Jet, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This black & white promotional film for B.F. Goodrich Tires, is about the manufacture of tubeless car tires. It was produced by Regan Film Productions, Inc., Detroit, and copyright 1961. Opening titles: Mileage in the Making: The Story of the Tubeless Tire (:07-:20). The host introduces a whitewall car tire, the B.F. Goodrich Silvertown tire. The host holds natural rubber, then synthetic rubber. The host holds high tensile steel wire. Fingers point at: Oil, Carbon Black, Zinc Oxide, and...
Topics: Milage, Tubeless Tire, 1947, Goodrich, Silvertown, Tire Promo, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This somber WWII War Bond promotional film, JUST FOR REMEMBRANCE, shows the activities of the Quartermaster Effects Depot in Kansas City, Missouri.  Here, some of the hundreds of thousands of personal effects for the deceased — wrapped in 2000 bundles each month — were processed, to be sent back to grieving families.  The importance of this "strange, sad warehouse house filled with echoes" is that here, the items that survive evoke memories of those lost.  Whether it be a pair...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, World War II, War, Casualties, KIA, MIA, Killed In Action, War...
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This late 1930s or early 1940s film AWAY WITH THE WIND features various ships and water activities.  It includes rare footage of clipper ships at the 10 second mark, and square riggers.  Fishing on the Grand Banks is seen at the 1:00 mark.  The Gertrude L. Thebaud is seen at the 1:08 mark.  This is an American fishing and racing schooner built and launched in Essex, Massachusetts in 1930. A celebrated racing competitor of the Bluenose, it was designed by Frank Paine and built by Arthur D....
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Getrude Thebaud, Bluenose, Clipper Ship, Schooner, Hawaii, Surfing,...
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Made for the home market in the 1950s, this silent travelogue shows Moscow and Leningrad in the Soviet Union. Certainly designed as a piece of propaganda, the film shows some of the mosques and cathedrals in the atheist state, and long bread lines (2:20) as well as shortages of many other basic supplies including bread (7:46) and transportation problems (2:46). The implication of course is that the so-called communist state is not a very successful country. It also shows men and women working...
Topics: periscope Film, Stock footafge, Moscow, Lenigrad, Soviet Union, Cold War, Red Square, St. Basil's...
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Made in the late 1930s, this travelogue of Panama shows some of the ruins of the early colonization of the nation, as well as the modern Panama Canal -- the "Gateway to the Pacific".  The film contains footage of the construction of the canal and the "mammoth task" that joined two oceans.  There is terrific footage of steam shovels, steam engines and railroad trains, and construction personnel.   The Panama Canal (Spanish: Canal de Panamá) is a 77.1-kilometre (48 mi)...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Panama Canal Zone, Locks, U.S. Navy
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This black & white WWII film from 1944, "Beachhead Operation" shows the brutal fight for the beachhead at Anzio, Italy. Day to day struggles of Allied soldiers are shown under heavy shell fire, trying to keep up the assault on German positions. Opening: Beachhead Operation (:23-:54). Artillery is fired at night, the flare lights up the night sky. Fighting in war. Bombed out town. U.S. Military on site. A bulldozer pushes debris in Anzio. Bombed out ruins. Smokey ruins. A baker...
Topics: Beachhead Operation, Anzio, 1944, WWII, Italian Campaign, WWII Allied Morale Film Stock Footage,...
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One of a group of films made by General Motors for the purposes of driver's education. the "We Drivers" series dates back to at least the 1940s.  This particular film shows the freeways of Houston, Texas in the late 1960s or early 1970s.  The film uses the relatively new technology of the traffic helicopter to provide a new perspective on highway safety, showing how maneuvers in traffic on the beltways can cause accidents.   This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one...
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Made in 1966, this short film shows a Communist political figure giving a speech at a factory commune, as well as (at the 3:00 mark) a parade celebrating the National Day of Celebration, the anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China.    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....
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Communist Party, Peoples republic Of China
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This issue of "Fighting Men" entitled KEEP IT CLEAN warns WWII American soldiers that they must keep their rifle clean, or face the consequences. Made by a Hollywood studio, this is a very polished WWII training film. The premise being that it is told through letters written by soldiers who experienced issues due to their lack of care with their M-1s. The film starts with a re-enactment of a situation in combat where a soldier was unable to fire his weapon due to the mud he allowed...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Rifle, M-1 Garand, U.S. Army World War II, Infantry
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Shot in the marine of Washington, D.C., this 1970s vintage Coast Guard film shows the procedures that are supposed to be used by USCG personnel to board pleasure craft. The flashing blue light of the Coast Guard boat, a police whistle, a load hailer, and siren are all demonstrated to "pull over" a suspect boat.  Once the boat owner complies, a safety inspection of the boat is made from stem to stern.  The owner is cited in this instance, for not having a fire extinguisher in an...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Coast Guard, USCG, Small Boats
Made by 20th Century Fox as part of their "Adventures of the Newsreel Cameramen" series, this black & white film contains spectacular footage of early 20th Century aviation, while showcasing the newsreel cameramen who documented pilots and planes. Copyright is 1936, produced by Truman Talley and edited by Lew Lehr. Opening titles: Adventures of the Newsreel Cameraman - Scouring the Skies! (:07-:43). Army maneuvers in the clouds. Boeing P-26 "Peashooter" planes are shown...
Topics: 1930s, Scouring The Skies, Stun Pilots, Crazy Planes, Plane Crashes, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
This well-produced home movie shows a trip to Acapulco and through the Panama Canal, made by a man named Lund on a cruise ship back in the 1960s.  Some of the highlights include vistas of Acapulco, including resort hotels, the Mexican Navy at anchor, museums,and more.  The Panama Canal is seen at the 10:00 mark, and continues through the Canal.  This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage collections in...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Film, Home Movies, Canal, Panama Canal, 1960's Cruise Ship, Mexico,...