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Made in 1945, this morale boosting Soviet documentary/propaganda movie is about the Battle of Kursk during WWII. It was produced by Eduard Bushkin, written by Moisei Belenki, and edited by F. Chicago with the help of consultants Lt. Cols. Verzhbitski and Popov. It shows the course of the battle which was one of the largest tank engagements of WWII, and a major defeat for the Wehrmacht.     00:17 Map, showing the front line, with major Soviet-and German-held cities pointed out – Bryansk,...
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Topics: 1943, Battle Of Kursk, Eastern Front, Red Army, Tank Battle, Stock Footage
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Aug 19, 2022 PeriscopeFilm
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Created in 1959 by MGM for American Motors Corporation, AMERICA THE AUTOMOIBLE AGE was written by Robert C. Bennett and directed by David Monahan. This sprawling publicity piece to promote the brand, traces the history of the automobile in the United States. WWI auto and truck construction is seen at the 8:00 mark, and WWII production at the 23:30 mark. In between and especially towards the end the history of AMC is shown, with the 1960 Nash Rambler getting star treatment at about the 34 minute...
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Topics: American Motors, Automobile, Industrial Film, 1959, MGM, Stock Footage
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Dating to 1929 and released by Cine Art, "Uncle Si and the Sirens" is a hilarious short film that mixes the excitement of the era's most hi-tech and revolutionary technology — television — with unclothed girls. This type of "nudie cutie" film was fairly common in the era, and Cine Art specialized in releasing these kind of titles. The plot of this film is more complex than most (they typically featured artists models and zero plot). Here, a farmer named Uncle Si sits at...
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Topics: Uncle Si, 1929, Nudie Cutie, Short Film, Television Base Plot, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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Made in the immediate aftermath of WWII, this German language film focuses on the atrocities committed at the Oranienburg concentration camp and the prisoner of war camp that replaced it, Sachsenhausen. The facility was preserved post-war as a museum and memorial.   The film begins with images of the camp grounds, barracks, guard towers, barbed wire fences and stockades. At 3:10 a sign proclaims "Prisoner of War Camp". At 3:45 footage shot after the liberation of the camp shows a...
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Topics: World War II, WWII, German Concentration Camp, Holocaust, Stock Footage
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Created with footage shot by the U.S. Army Signal Corps, CAMPS OF THE DEAD is a graphic newsreel that shows concentration camps as they appeared to the liberating Allied armies in 1945. This silent version was one of two produced; the other sound version runs about 20 minutes.   Full of horrifying images that vividly show the baseless and vile nature of the Nazi death camps, it is hard to even begin to describe the images herein.   The idea that anyone would even consider denying the...
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Topics: Nazi Holocaust, Concentration Camps, Liberation, Footage, Stock Footage
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This Soviet Ukrainian film, narrated in English and entitled “No Statute of Limitations”, was directed by Eugen Tataretz. It depicts the court case prosecuting crimes against humanity committed during WWII by fascist collaborators Mykola Dufanets, Artem Bubela and Filip Rybachuk. The three were members of the Occupied Territories Reich Police and participated in rounding up the Jewish population to bring them to the ghetto in the Krymnoe Village of the Starovyzhevski county of the Volyn...
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Topics: Statue Of Limitations, Ukrainian Trial, Concentration Camps, Russian, Holocaust, Stock Footage
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Released in 1944 by Warner Brothers in cooperation with the U.S. Coast Guard, "Task Force" is a Technicolor short film narrated by Jackson Beck.  The film focuses around Coast Guard "Task Force" duty.  Besides operational glimpses, the viewer is treated to a snapshot of the life of a Coast Guardsman on and off duty.  While the film contains much documentary-style footage, some sections of the film are re-enactments and the scenario presented (in which the USCG battles a...
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Topics: WWII, World War II, USCG, US Coast Guard, Task Force, Stock Footage
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This travelogue film of a holiday trip to Europe in mid-1950s was produced by Norman Schley, a filmmaker from Wisconsin who often presented and narrated his films in front of a live audience. This print does not have any extant narration, but the soundtrack remains. Includes footage from Portugal, Italy, Holland, Luxembourg, Paris, and London. Title screen of “Filmorama Holiday”, a “Picturelogue” presentation (0:37). Written/edited by Jack Camp (0:45). Narrated by Norman E. Schley...
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Topics: Norman Schley, 1950s, Europe, Travelogue, Portugal, Italy, Holland, France, England, Paris, London,...
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The "Dupont Show of the Week" was an anthology program that ran from 1961 to 1964, often featuring significant Hollywood stars and comedians. The programs also featured the occasional documentary, including this non-fiction film entitled "Flight Deck". Produced and directed by A Wasserman, the hour-long program from 1964 offered an inside look at the operations of the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) aircraft carrier. The fourth Nimitz-class, nuclear-powered aircraft carrier...
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Topics: Flight Deck, 1964, Carrier USS, Theodore Roosevelt, Stock Footage
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May 13, 2022 PeriscopeFilm
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In this 1946 U.S. Navy training film (MN-5801) from Jam Handy Productions, viewers see the appropriate way to wear parachutes, tighten harnesses, check for tested parachutes, bail out of a plane, and collapse a parachute on land and open water. The film opens with footage of paratroopers parachuting through the air. An officer examines a parachute kit. A pilot demonstrates securing a parachute harness on an airstrip. He then climbs into an F8F Bearcat with his parachute. The film shows another...
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Topics: Parachutes, 1946, US Navy Pilot, Training Film, Jam handy, Stock Footage
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Made by the famed Jam Handy Organization, a leading educational and training film company, this black & white training film "Doping Techniques" explains the process of doping fabric for airplanes. It likely dates to the WWII era. Aircraft dope is a plasticized lacquer that is applied to fabric-covered aircraft. It tightens and stiffens fabric stretched over airframes, which renders them airtight and weatherproof, increasing their durability and lifespan. Without the application of...
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Topics: WWII, World War II, WWII Era, Training Film, Fabric Airplane Wing, Dope, Stock Footage, Periscope...
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American Locomotive (Alco), General Electric, and the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad Company teamed up to create this 1950s color film promoting the aforementioned rail line. We see the rolling greens hills and valleys as well as the Atlantic coastline and farmland of Southern New England starting at mark 00:20 as the narrator explains how the region is the cradle of American liberty. Offering “a wholesome way of life” we’re told how the area is also known for its railroads as...
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Topics: New York, New haven, Southern New England, Hartford Railroad, Stock Footage
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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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Made during WWII, this silent footage shows homefront activities in Canada. It was apparently shot in and around Vancouver, British Columbia. The start of the film shows recruits marching past (:16) a local newspaper office and downtown (1:05).   At 1:22 another recruit joins the group. At 1:40 oxen carrying wheat move slowly through a city street. At 2:42 the recruits walk past clothing set on a line to dry. At 3:42 "Duke Street" in Vancouver is shown (footage flopped).   At 5:14,...
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Topics: WWII, World War II, Vancouver, Columbia, RCAF, Stock Footage
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This circa 1952 kinescope film "Hawthorne Looks at the Weather" is a segment featuring comedian Jim Hawthorne. It begins with a station identification for KNBH Channel 4, Hollywood, California. This was the first iteration of what's now known as KNBC or NBC4, with the NBH standing for National Broadcasting Hollywood (the name changed to KNBC in 1962 when the station moved to Burbank). The show features a series of gags while promoting sponsor Armstrong Tires. The actual weather report...
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Topics: 1952, Jim Hawthorne, Los Angeles, Comedy Program, KNBC, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This vintage newsreel shows the eruption of Parícutin (or Volcán de Parícutin, also accented Paricutín) in 1943. The now-dormant scoria-cone volcano is located in the Mexican state of Michoacán, near the city of Uruapan and about 322 km west of Mexico City. The volcano surged suddenly from the cornfield of local farmer Dionisio Pulido in 1943, attracting both popular and scientific attention. This eruption presented the first occasion for modern science to document the full life cycle of...
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Topics: Eruption, Paricutin, Volcano, Michoacan, Mexico, 1943, Newsreel, Stock Footage
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This late 1930s-early 1940s black-and-white WWII British military training film (B.191 C.191) shows segments focusing on “shooting to kill” using a Bren, rifle, anti-tank rifle, or Tommy gun, which are shown (:15-1:24). Bren and Rifle. A demonstration of when to fire with the Bren and rifle is given. Troops wait in a trench. A Range Card is shown. Enemy troops emerge from the trees. Troops fire before the enemy is within range and a shell is fired at the troops. The scene is re-enacted. The...
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Topics: British Army, 1930s, Tommy Gun, Anti Tank Rifle, Stock Footage
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This 1960 educational film from Coronet Films gives viewers a look at the White House while briefly covering the history of the building. The film opens with an aerial view of the White House.  Cars drive in front of the White House, and people mill around the entrance to the building. A weeping birch tree planted by the wife of Calvin Coolidge continues to grow on the grounds (01:07). The film shows both entrances to the White House, followed by a painting of the building, and a shot of the...
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Topics: Washington DC, The White House, 1960s, Documentary, Stock Footage
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The Pontiac Motor Division of General Motors Corporation, in cooperation with its 4,200 Pontiac dealers, presents a 1951 color movie called, Stepping Up with the Joneses, with script by Dick Owen Allen, directed by Stephen Kiefer, photography by Grover Seyfried and recorded by Ralph Goeke. The movie opens with a woman filling glass containers of milk, and the storing them in her refrigerator, 00:43. Mother and son discuss the family car around the dining room table, 2:00. The father enters and...
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Topics: Stepping Up With The Joneses, 1951, Pontiac Car, Hydromatic Drive, Stock Footage
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cThis black & white promotional film dates to the early era of television and station KCOP-TV in Hollywood, California. The film shows the station's capabilities and gives an idea what is available for commercial clients, including new sound stages at the facility located at 915 N. La Brea Ave. The bit is hosted by Peter Hansen, a WWII veteran who was a working television actor and commercial spokesman, who also briefly served as the station's news anchor in the early 1960s. Opening: Sign...
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Topics: KCOP, TV, KCOP TV, Hollywood Studio, Commercial, Television Advertising, Promo Film, Stock Footage
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This black & white educational film is called 'INDUSTRY ON PARADE.' It is around the late 1940s/early 1950s (this is based on the last segment, research shows the concept car was 1951). It begins with the title and then states it is produced each week by the National Association of Manufacturers (:06-:28). Title that shows Open House followed by the General Food Corp in San Leandro, CA, (this is where the narrator begins) groundskeepers tend to grass and flowers, man cleans windows, lights...
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Topics: Industry On Parade, House Coffee, Fare Boxes, Jello, Stock Footage
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This is a 1950’s era, black and white movie which is a pictorial review of events in business and industry. It is produced each week by the National Association of Manufacturers. The first section is about Horsepower for the Air Force. The film opens on the assembly line at the Indianapolis of the Allison division of General Motors. Men working on Jet engines, :46. People observe the different working parts of the jet engine number 10,000, 1:00. The J25-A23 jet engine on stage, 1:28. Jet...
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Topics: Industry On Parade, Allison Jet, Engines, Harry Winston, 1950, Stock Footage
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This matrimonial TV commercial for Invicta Games promotes Mastermind. It dates to the mid-1970s. Master Mind is a code-breaking game for two players. The modern game with pegs was invented in 1970 by Mordecai Meirowitz, an Israeli postmaster and telecommunications expert. It resembles an earlier pencil and paper game called Bulls and Cows that may date back a century.  The game was manufactured by Invicta Plastics, based near Leicester, UK and was released in 1971–2. We encourage viewers to...
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Topics: 1975, Invicta Games, Mastermind, Code breaking Game, TV Commercial, Stock Footage
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This short 1975 film from Rockwell International’s Space Division gives viewers a look at two of the NASA contractor’s projects in development: the command module for the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project and the Space Shuttle Orbiter. The film opens with a spaceship and launch vehicle at a launch pad; the rockets ignite, and the system launches into the atmosphere. Viewers see an animation of the unnumbered Apollo space craft that will link up with the Soviet Soyuz spacecraft in July 1975 (01:03)....
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Topics: NASA, Rockwell, International Space Division, Space Shuttle, Stock Footage
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This short mid-1960s film from Atomics International, a division of North American Aviation, Inc., gives viewers a look at the July 1964 power conversion subsystem development status of   The Mercury-Rankine program (CRU). This was part of the Systems Nuclear Auxiliary POWER (SNAP) program, a program of experimental radioisotope thermoelectric generators (RTGs) and space nuclear reactors flown during the 1960s by NASA. SNAP-1 was a test platform that was never deployed, using cerium-144 in a...
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Topics: Atomics, Mercury, Ranking CRU, Snap Program, Nuclear Reaction, Space Flight, Stock Footage
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This fabulous film from General Electric tells the story of the backbone of America's transportation system in the 20th Century -- the railroad.  Made in 1950, the movie traces the evolution of locomotive power from steam through electric and diesel-electric to the latest super-powered gas-turbine electric. Emphasis is given to the ways in which these developments have kept pace with the ever-growing demands of a nation that today virtually "lives out of box cars." The picture also...
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Topics: Electric, Rails, Railroad, Transportation, 1950, Stock Footage
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Made in late 1944 by the U.S. Army Pictorial Service, "The Liberation of Rome" depicts the successful Allied advance into Rome, freeing it from German control during World War II. The film begins with footage of Allied forces arriving in the city, before flashing back to the beginnings of the campaign that eventually liberated Southern Italy from Axis control. At 1:37, the combined Chiefs of Staff are seen planning the campaign after the successful battle for Siciliy. At 2:45, Gen....
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Topics: World War II, WWII, Liberation Of Rome, Italian Campaign, Rome, Stock Footage
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"Show Business at War" dates to 1943 and showcases the incredible efforts of the entertainers of the day, the film and entertainment industries, and their collective sacrifice to support our troops and the victory effort during World War II. The bright lights of Broadway in New York City and the offices of the weekly theatrical paper, Variety 1:00. Variety is an American media company owned by Penske Media Corporation. It was founded by Sime Silverman in New York in 1905 as a weekly...
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Topics: Show Business, Show Business At War, 1943, World War II, Hollywood, Broadway, Stock Footage
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This silent film shows the New York World's Fair of 1939-1940. The Fair, which covered the 1,216 acres (492 ha) of Flushing Meadows-Corona Park (also the location of the 1964–1965 New York World's Fair), was the second most expensive American world's fair of all time, exceeded only by St. Louis's Louisiana Purchase Exposition of 1904. Many countries around the world participated in it, and over 44 million people attended its exhibits in two seasons. It was the first exposition to be based on...
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Topics: 1939, 1940, Worlds Fair, Futurama, Exhibit, New York, Stock Footage
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Produced in 1945, this WWII G.I. MOVIE WEEKLY is one of the original programs which were presented to members of the Armed Forces during World War II. This series of films, which reached our overseas forces for 204 weeks until October of 1945, included 1,042 features and 1,051 shorts. After WWII, the series continued commercially through the Army.   The first segment of this film is MANILA - U.S. TROOPS POUR IN FOR DRIVE TO JAPAN (00:00:35:00) is narrated by Dwight Weist. This segment starts...
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Topics: WWII, G.I, Movie Weekly, 1945, Manila, Liner SS Normandie, Stock Footage
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Dating to World War II, this film tells the story of the Goodyear Aircraft Corporation and the manufacture of blimps and aircraft. It begins with a shot of Paul W. Litchfield, the American industrialist who was president (1926–40) and chairman of the board (1930–58) of Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, a firm that he helped develop into a worldwide operation. Also shown is Lt. Dougherty of the U.S. Navy and a representative of the U.S. Army. The four are looking at a model of the Goodyear...
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Topics: Good Year Blimp, Aircraft, WWII, World War II, Airplanes, Stock Footage
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DOWN THE POTOMAC is a 12 minute silent film, produced by the Edison Company in 1917. It depicts a traveler in a small boat, being pulled by a horse, along the historic Chesapeake & Ohio Canal. The trip starts at its north-west terminus in Cumberland, Maryland, and heads 184 miles south east to Georgetown, Washington, D.C. The canal, completed in 1850, was in operation between 1831-1924, and was one of the last extant mule-hauled towpath canals built in the north east region of the fledgling...
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Topics: Potomac Valley, Georgetown, Washington DC, Potomac Canal, Stock Footage
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Apr 10, 2020 PeriscopeFilm
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Made during WWII in 1945, this   United States Navy training film looks at Combat Fatigue Irritability, or shell shock, now known as PTSD. This is a very rare film, the type of which was, like John Huston's landmark "Let There Be Light", not widely shown due to the effects it could have on morale.   Most likely it was only shown to those suffering from combat fatigue, and those who were working to help alleviate it.   Oversimplistic in its approach, compared to what we know today,...
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Topics: WWII, World War II, Combat Fatigue, PTSD, US Nav, Stock Footage
This black & white educational film is about the rubber made at Firestone Plants. Circa the late 1940s. Title: RUBBER FOR INDUSTRY (:07-:22). Firestone Plant in Fall River, MA. The ship Taurus unloads its rubber and latex. An African map, Liberia. Basic material, liquid latex drips from a tree. A man moves rubber. Factory. Rubbers ar unpacked: neoprene, butyl rubber, nitrile rubber, reclaimed rubber, GRS synthetic rubber. Rubber is cut in the factory (:23-2:35). Factory workers. Rubber is...
Topics: Rubber, Firestone, Firestone Plants, Rubber For Industry, Fall River MA, Stock footage
Made in 1948, LETTER FROM AMERICA Film was ostensibly created to celebrate Goodyear Tire and Rubber's Golden Anniversary. The real goal of the film however, was to promote the company's anti-union agenda, and the Cold War ideals of capitalism and economic opportunity.The story begins with a letter, written by an immigrant worker named Karl to his family behind the Iron Curtain, that describes the American way of life and the opportunities pro- vided by his employer, Goodyear. Flashbacks show...
Topics: Goodyear, Tire, Rubber, Cold War, Letter, America, Stock Footage
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Produced by Crawley Films of Canada for McGraw-Hill Book Co, Inc., When Should I Marry? is a 1957 educational film that is part of the Marriage and Family Living series. Viewers watch as a young couple, Jim and Pat, meet with their minister, Dr. Hamilton, to discuss if they are ready for marriage. Dr. Hamilton tells them the stories of two couples that highlight only the negative hardship aspects of marrying young. The film opens with a shot of Jim and Pat walking through a park holding hands....
Topics: Marry, Mariage, 1960s, Social Guidance, 1957, Stock Footage
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This historic film THE ARMY DOZEN AND THE H-13K SIOUX ON THE WARPATH was created by Bell Helicopter to showcase 12 "nap of the earth" maneuvers for pilots. Nap-of-the-earth (abbreviated NOE) is a type of very low-altitude flight course used by military aircraft to avoid enemy detection and attack in a high-threat environment.During NOE flight, geographical features are used as cover, exploiting valleys and folds in the terrain by flying in, rather than over, them. This keeps below...
Topics: The Army Dozen, Bell H-13k, Sioux Helicopter, Warparth, Stock Footage
This black and white film is one of the episodes of "Yesterday's Newsreels", an early 1950s TV show made from the General Newsreel collection. It features eight segments of historic highlights. Will Rogers 1921-1935. 1921- Rogers, wearing a suit, performs a rope trick as part of a Ziegfeld Follies act with Tom Mix. 1927- Will poses with his wife and children.  He performs at a rodeo in Mexico. Will tells Universal Studios founder Carl Laemmle he’s going to represent the audience....
Topics: Yesterdays Newsreel, 20th Century, Will Rodgers, Floats, Safety, Stock Footage
Amphibious Warfare: The Salvage Boat is one of a series of U.S. training films. This film discusses how salvage boats conduct their rescue operations. The film opens with footage of various landing craft hitting a beach and soldiers storming the beach. Several landing craft break down or are stranded (01:02). The film shows a salvage boat on the water (01:22) as well as a salvage boat LCPL (landing craft personal large) being lowered from a cruiser down to the water. The film provides an...
Topics: Amphibious Warfare, Salvage Boat, WWII, World War II, Stock Footage
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"Railroading in the East" is a collection of silent, short films depicting fast moving trains filmed between 1897-1906. This is among some of the earliest extant footage of trains moving, as audiences in small theaters had the illusion that they were seeing the real thing. (The famous story is that audiences seeing a train headed straight for them panicked and bolted from the theater!) These short films were photographed by the Edison and Biograph Companies. In order to register a...
Topics: Railroads, Eastern USA, 1897, 1906, Trains, Stock Footage
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Produced in 1958 by Jam Handy Organization (and sponsored by the Chevrolet division of General Motors), “In Appreciation Of Stylist Of America” is a Technicolor American Look film that documents automotive, industrial, interior, and architectural design from the last truly great era of American design. An opening crawl explains that purpose, to pay tribute to men and women who work in the design industry — those “who work in lines, forms and textures, and colors to give to us beauty,...
Topics: Chevrolet, Jam handy, 1958, General Motors, Stock Footage
This color film from 1954, a sponsored film about the importance of the railroad industry in America, is framed around the narrative of railroad workers talking in restaurant. Television producer John O’Shea (Bill Kennedy) is directed to Scotty’s, where the crowd inside includes waitress Kelly (Pat Englund), newspaper editor Bill (James Gregory), and Scotty himself (Jock MacGregor). A railway worker sees in a trade magazine that a TV program about railroads is in the works, and this leads...
Topics: 1954, USA, Railroad, Industry, Advocacy, Freight Trains, Stock Footage
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This Technicolor film, produced by the U.S. Steel Corporation, opens with a panoramic view of steel mills (:28). They rely on iron ore (:48), high-grade coke baked from bituminous coal and limestone (:49). The first step in producing steel is to make iron in the blast furnace (1:38), where raw materials are loaded into skip cars (1:48-2:00). Inside the furnace, chemical reactions occur (2:31).  An animation is shown (2:42-3:32) of the lime combining with impurities in the ore and coke to form...
Topics: United States Steel, Steel, Modern Steel, Stock Footage
Made by the New York Central Railroad in 1935, FLIGHT OF THE CENTURY is a portrait of the "most famous train in the world." The 20th Century Limited was an express passenger train on the New York Central Railroad (NYC) from 1902 to 1967. The train traveled between Grand Central Terminal (GCT) in New York City and LaSalle Street Station in Chicago, Illinois, along the railroad's "Water Level Route". The NYC inaugurated this train as direct competition to the Pennsylvania...
Topics: New York, Railroad, Flight Of The Century, Trains, Stock Footage
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This black & white educational film is about Gibraltar. This was made in 1934. Gibraltar, a British overseas territory occupying a narrow peninsula of Spain's southern Mediterranean coast, is just northeast of the Strait of Gibraltar. It’s dominated by the Rock of Gibraltar, a 426m-high limestone ridge.   Opening titles: RKO Radio Pictures presents Gibraltar - Vagabond Adventure Series. A Van Beuren Production (:06-:38). Turning our backs on the atlantic as we enter the Mediterranean...
Topics: 1930s, Gibraltar, Travelogue, Rock Of Gibraltar, Mediterranean, Stock Footage
Produced in the 1940s for the U.S. Navy, THE BASIC CAMERA provides a brief historical overview of the camera, including the famed camera obscure, before showing modern photographic equipment and techniques. Box cameras, bellows cameras, and other specialized equipment is shown. At the 13 minute mark the film also shows a motion picture camera with a turret, and explains the operation of the shutter. A Graflex camera is seen at the 9:00 mark and following, including a high speed camera at the 10...
Topics: US Navy, Basic Photography, Motion Picture, Cameras, Stock Footage
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First made in 1937 by General Motors and then repackaged for the WWII war effort, DIESEL THE MODERN POWER tells the story of the development and principles of the diesel engine. The film uses live action and animation to show how the diesel engine works, and live action footage of Sherman tanks, streamlined locomotives, switching engines, ships, and more. The film begins with an historical overview that includes a brief lesson on how to make fire, including two stones, rubbing pieces of wood,...
Topics: General Motors, Diesel, Modern Power Diesel, Locomotives, Burlington Zephyr, Stock Footage
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
This color educational film is about Aviation Machinist's Mates, who are United States Navy aircraft engine mechanics that inspect, adjust, test, repair, and overhaul aircraft engines and propellers. No copyright but this is circa the late 1940s or early 1950s.   Title: Aviation Machinists Mate (:06-:17).A worn airplane, a Douglas SBD Dauntless Scout Bomber, is being wheeled in to a hangar for repair. The propeller mechanic puts a hoist on the propeller. The plane's engine is removed. The...
Topics: Your Job in The Navy, US Navy, Aviation Machinists mate, 1950s, Stock Footage
Number One In Europe is a color, promotional film created for British European Airways (BEA) in about 1971, its 25th birthday. BEA was a British airline which existed from 1946-1974. Produced by Harold Weaver. Narrated by Patrick Allen, John Keith Patrick Allen, a British film, television and voice actor. The film tells the story of the British European Airways. British European Airways (BEA) (0:08-0:18). Flight schedule board (0:19-1:05) Trident Three, Introduced in April, 1969 (1:06-1:30)....
Topics: Europe, Airways, 1960, British European Airways, British Airlines, Stock Footage
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One of a series of films made by Jam Handy for General Motors and Chevrolet, "Help Yourself" promotes the new 1949-1950 Chevy sedan. The film takes the interesting step of putting customers on a stage where the cars' appearance, safety features, economy, comfort, performance and other features are discussed by a salesman. The 1949 Ford was an American automobile produced by Ford. It was the first all-new automobile design introduced by the Big Three after World War II, civilian...
Topics: Chevrolet, Automobile, 1950, sales Movie, Help Yourself, Jam handy, Stock Footage
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Originally made for showing at the Society of Experimental Test Pilots (SETP) annual convention, YOU GOTTA EXPECT LOSSES AKA BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD  is a SILENT film with a simple lesson: pilots make mistakes, machines fail, and -- you've got to expect to come up short every once in a while.  The film begins with footage of a WWI pilot getting into his plane, taking off, and being immediately shot down. The antics continue with Hollywood footage of World War I, with burning balloons, dog...
Topics: Airplane, Disaster, Crash Movie, Expect Losses, WWI, Stock Footage
A Story of Fighter Development is a short film, narrated by Anthony Kimmins, that gives viewers a brief history of British development of fighter aircraft from the 1920s through the years following World War II. The film begins with a Supermarine Attacker fighter plane moving out onto a runway at a Supermarine facility. Pilot Jeffrey Quill demonstrates flying the Attacker, flying the plane above a crowd of spectators at the airfield facility. A type 510, a high-speed version of the Attacker,...
Topics: Story Of A Fighter, Development, Supermarine, Attacker Jet, Spitfire, Jeffrey Quill, Stock Footage
This training film from 1955 was made for sales representatives working for Sears. It follows a narrative of two sales representatives who sell vacuum cleaners, taking lunch at a diner. They are discussing a training seminar which promoted the idea of ‘pitch, plant, profit’ in order to sell their Kenmore vacuums. The film was presented by Sears Roebuck and Company (:18) and opens with two men ordering coffee and a donut (1:17). One of the pair is disgruntled with the training seminar and...
Topics: Pitch Plant Profit, 1950s, Sears, Roebuck, Vacuum Cleaner, Salesman Pitch, Stock Footage
Presented by Plymouth Motor Company, this film shows the 2nd Annual Model Airplane Contest.   Presented by Plymouth Motors and sanctioned by the Academy of Model Aeronautics, this historic film "Adventures in Imagination" shows the run-up to the 2nd Annual international Model Airplane Contest in Detroit Michigan in 1948, and the event itself. In 1947, Plymouth Motors sponsored the first such contest, which lasted four days and garnered national attention. It was so successful that...
Topics: 1948, Model Airplane, 2nd Annual Model Airplane Contests, Detroit, Michigan, Stock Footage
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
Made by famed filmmaker Warren Miller for the Sears department store chain, this short film features Olympic champion Othmar Schneider (1928-2012) demonstrating his special skiing system.   The "Austrian" technique came about in the early 1950 and started the new wave of skiing. It featured turns made in the legs and lower body, with the upper body quiet.   Schneider was born in Lech am Arlberg. At the 1952 Winter Olympics in Oslo, he was the gold medalist in the slalom and the...
Topics: Othmar, 1960s, Austrian Skiing Technique, Ski Instructional Film, Stock Footage
“News Thrills: 1941 Vol. 1,” one of Official Films newsreels and edited by Leslie Winik, features Wendell L. Willkie’s visit to England (mark 00:23), Britain’s capture of Tobruk, Libya (mark 01:23), Malta’s 234th air raid (02:21), the sinking of Germany’s Bismarck (03:13), Romania’s King Carol and Madame Lupescu’s arrival in Bermuda after exile (04:23), President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s proclamation of Unlimited National Emergency (05:08), the U.S. Army’s 15th Regular...
Topics: Official FIlms, News Reel, 1941, Wendell Wilkie, Battleship, Bismarck, Sunk, King Carol, Stock...
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With a blast of dramatic music to gain a viewer’s attention, waves crash over rocks as the narrator remarks in the opening seconds of this circa 1964 US Department of the Navy color film, “This world of ours is largely water … since earliest explorers first dispelled the darkness out across the ocean seas, mankind has sought the sea as an avenue of communication and commerce. A lifeline so vital that its preservation means also the preservation of a way of life.” There is only one way...
Topics: US Navy, Seapower, 1964, Glenn Ford
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Shot by an unknown member of the U.S. Army occupation forces in Japan in the mid-1940s, this silent home movie begins with scenes of the sunrise over Sagami Bay from Hayama. At :52 the garden of Mr. Okumura at Osaka is shown. At 5:40, a large temple complex is shown. At 8:00, seaweed gathering is seen near Yokosuka. At 8:30, the Tokyo PX (military exchange) and Ginza are shown. At 9:53 the headquarters for General MacArthur in Tokyo. At 11:00, bombed out areas of Tokyo are shown. The film ends...
Topics: Post WWII, Sagami, 1940, US Army, Japan, Home Movie, Tokyo, Stock Footage
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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 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: Nuremberg, 1947, John Ford, Berlin, Stock Footage, Germany
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This U.S. Navy produced film tells the story of the NC-4 Flying Boats and the epic Transatlantic flight, as well as the unveiling of one of the aircraft NC-4 at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.   The NC-4 was a Curtiss NC flying boat which was designed by Glenn Curtiss and his team, and manufactured by Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Company. In May 1919, the NC-4 became the first aircraft to fly across the Atlantic Ocean, starting in New York State and making the crossing...
Topics: US Navy, NC-4, Flying Boat, Navy, 1919, Stock Footage
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Created by the U.S. Army in 1967, this film about the Bell OH-58 Kiowa helicopter features footage from the Vietnam War, emphasizing the concept of air mobility and showing the OH-58A scout.   The Bell OH-58 Kiowa is a family of single-engine, single-rotor, military helicopters used for observation, utility, and direct fire support. Bell Helicopter manufactured the OH-58 for the United States Army based on its Model 206A JetRanger helicopter. The OH-58 has been in continuous use by the U.S....
Topics: Bell, Textron, Kiowa, US Army, 1967, Helicopter, Stock Footage
This 1943 U.S. Army Air Force film, Keep ‘Em Flying (T.F. 1-3314), is a short educational film to help new recruits find their place in the Army Air Force’s Technical Training Command. This WWII film details the activities of the men who support the U.S. Army Air Force, from crew chiefs to mechanics to armorers and munitions crew. The film opens with shot of planes flying in the air. An advanced air drone takes off (00:50). The film shows some of the various people who play a role in...
Topics: US Army, Air Force, WWII, World War II, 1943, USAF, TF
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Photographed by U.S. Coast Guard cameramen with additional scenes provided by the U.S. Navy and Army Air Forces, United States Coast Guard Report No. 4 is a short war film that shows the work of the USCG during the Allied invasion of Normandy as part of Operation Overlord. The film opens with footage of “D Day +3,” showing viewers destroyed or damaged tanks, trucks, and landing craft on the beaches of Normandy. The film then cuts to January 1944 where Coast Guard men train moving from ship...
Topics: US Coast Guard, USCG, 1944 D Day, US AIr Force, US Navy
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1930’s TRAVELOGUE FILM “PORT O’ CALL, CITY OF DAVID” This film takes viewers on a tour through Jerusalem in the 1930’s and present the various types of religions which use the area for pilgrimage. In the film it presents Jerusalem as belonging to Palestinian territory, though today it is currently Israeli territory. It was produced by William M. Pizor (:17) and is of the Port O’ Call film series. It opens with an expansive view of the city from a hilltop (1:06). Jerusalem sits on...
Topics: 1930s, Travelogue, Port O Call, City Of David, Stock Footage
Created by Telefilms for Kiekhaefer Mercury in 1968, this color film promotes travel in Europe and various boating activities and recreation. It is a subtle advertisement for Mercury Outboard engines. Kiekhaefer Mercury company began in 1939 when engineer Carl Kiekhaefer purchased a small outboard motor company in Cedarburg, Wisconsin, and ended up with a successful business selling motors through the Montgomery Ward catalog. Today, the company exists as Mercury Marine, a division of Brunswick...
Topics: 1968, Mercury Outboard Engines, Boating, Europe, Travel Film, Norway, England, Italy, Germany,...
Narrated by Alexander Scourby and directed by Lt. Frank Peele and written by Peele and Robert Sibley, this 1978 U.S. Navy film, "Pride Runs Deep" was produced on behalf of the Chief of Naval Operations. It presents an in-depth look at the life of a submariner, from missile and torpedo exercises, to mess and recreation. It explains in great detail the difference between fast attack submarines and Polaris ballistic missile submarines. The film was formally called SITREP 13, with...
Topics: Pride, 1978, Ballistic Missile, Attack Submarines, US Navy, Groton, 1978, Stock Footage, Periscope...
This black & white film promotes financial relief for the people of South Korea, who are in desperate need of assistance due to the outbreak of the Korean War. In particular, the film emphasis the need to donate to help displaced civilians, refugees and orphaned children of that war ravaged country. The film offers a personal appeal by President Dwight Eisenhower. Copyright 1954. Opening titles: Helping Koreans To Help Themselves (:07-:46). Artillery is fired, explosions abound. Troops on...
Topics: 1954, Korean War, Relief Campaign, South Korea, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This silent home movie of a Thunderbirds air show contains an incredible segment around 5:20, when an Air Force C-123 crashes and burns. The date of this tragic accident was September 24, 1961, the location the New Hanover County Airport. The two-engine C-123 was carrying members of the U.S. Army's Golden Knights parachute team from Fort Bragg. Three crew members were killed including the co-pilot John E. Markel and flight engineer Sgt. John M. Lesko, and the unit photographer for the Golden...
Topics: Golden Knights, Air Force, Thunderbirds, USAF
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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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Shot in the early 1940s, SUMMERTIME IN YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK is a silent travelogue that presents a series of gorgeous Kodachrome color views of the park including of course El Capitan, Mirror Lake, Yosemite Falls, Vernal and Nevada Falls, the Mariposa Grove of Sequoias including the Grizzly Giant, and more.   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...
Topics: 1940s, 1930s, Yosemite, Park, Redwoods, Travelogue, Stock Footage
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Made by the P. Lorillard Tobacco Company and produced and directed by Alan Shilin, PUEBLO HERITAGE is a 1940s portrait of the Hopi People.  It was photographed by Toge Fujihara.  The film traces the history of the Pueblo peoples from the Mesa Verde to the present pueblos -- with emphasis on Taos, Acoma, and Zuni. Concludes with scenes of the Indian Ceremonials in Gallup, New Mexico. Editor: Ann Busch. Production Assistant: Sandy Goodman. Narrator: George Williams. Technical Consultant:...
Topics: Pueblo, Hopi, Indian Tribe, Pueblo Heritage, 1940, Stock Footage
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The United States Navy gave viewers a look at “Sea Power in the Pacific” during World War II in this nearly 30-minute film. The film opens in 1931 China as Japanese bombs rain down from the sky. The horrors of war are shown in grim detail at mark 01:05, including the murder and mass burial of Chinese civilians. Japan was poised to control all of the Pacific and the resources of the East Indies, including its oil and rubber. “The only power the Japanese aggressor had to face,” we’re...
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One of a series of driver's ed films made by General Motors known as "We Drivers", this 1962 Jam Handy produced movie was shot near Detroit, Michigan in the community of Cloverdale.   This very campy movie features miniature versions of the drivers — the "inner self" that speaks in a "wee little voice" through the miracle of special effects.   The film emphasizes defense driving techniques, including not following cars too closely, and allowing a forward and...
Topics: 1960, General Motors, Drivers Education Film, Miniature People, Stock Footage
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This short NASA film from the Apollo Program, details the second stage of the mighty Saturn V rocket.  Known as the S-II (pronounced "ess two") was the second stage of the Saturn V rocket. It was built by North American Aviation. Using liquid hydrogen (LH2) and liquid oxygen (LOX) it had five J-2 engines in a quincunx pattern. The second stage accelerated the Saturn V through the upper atmosphere with 1,000,000 pounds-force (4,400 kN) of thrust. The S-II was built by North American...
Topics: Apollo Digest, NASA, Saturn V, Rocket, Stock Footage
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The Hollow Nickel Case (or the Hollow Coin) was the FBI investigation that grew out of the discovery of a container disguised as a U.S. coin and containing a coded message, eventually found to concern espionage activities of Vilyam Genrikhovich Fisher (aka Rudolf Ivanovich Abel) on behalf of the Soviet Union. The Steven Spielberg film Bridge of Spies, released on October 16, 2015, focuses on the events surrounding the Hollow Nickel Case and its historical ties to the Francis Gary Powers U-2...
Topics: Bridge, Spies, Espionage Case, Rudolf Abel, The Hollow Coin, Stock Footage
This amateur 16mm silent home movie shows some of the events the day the USS Yorktown was launched. It dates to 21 January, 1943.  Unfortunately, this film is missing the "sliding down the ways" section -- it was apparently removed at some point as there is a splice in the movie. However it is still quite an interesting bit of history, captured by a civilian who observed the event. Work was begun on (what was then called) Bonhomme Richard when her keel was laid down on 1 December...
Topics: Launch Ceremony, For USS, Yorktown, CV-10, Newport News, Stock Footage
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One of a series of survival training films made by the U.S. Army, this one dates to the 1980s and shows troops in forest terrain similar to what might be encountered in continental Europe.   At mark 01:00, a platoon of soldiers is caught in an enemy attack, and their armored personnel carrier destroyed. Separated from their unit, they must now survive in the field with limited equipment -- and survival is a matter of life over death.   At mark 3:11, we have the troops planning their survival...
Topics: United States Army, 1980s, Cold War Era, Europe, Training Film, Stock Footage
Shake Hands with your Feet is a short film on the importance of foot health and the growing profession of chiropodists. The film begins with leg and feet shots of people walking on city streets and sidewalks, as well as people using their feet for various jobs. Men exit a factory (02:20) and kids walk in line to an open area for what appears to be recess (02:30). A woman sits with her feet up during a foot examination (03:00). Chiropodists examine patients’ feet (03:25) in a large exam room....
Topics: 1940, Foot Health, Chiropodists, Podiatry Profession, Stock Footage
This short film from the early 1960s, produced by North American Aviation’s Atomics International division for the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission (AEC), uses footage, illustrations, animation and models to give viewers a look at the development of compact nuclear power sources for the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission’s SNAP Program (Systems for Nuclear Auxiliary Power). The film opens with a shot of sunrise over a city. Viewers see powerlines running through a valley and into a residential...
Topics: Atoms, Space, NASA, Nuclear Auxiliary Power, US Atomic Energy, Stock Footage
This film from Rockwell International pays tribute to the men and women who built America's Space Shuttles. "To Build a Star" starts with footage from July 4, 1982 as the Space Shuttle Columbia glides to Earth following its 4th successful flight in space. At 1:00 the Space Shuttle Challenger is shown. The film also features appearances by President Ronald Reagan (2:00) and his wife First Lady Nancy Reagan. The film shows images of the planning, design and construction of the Shuttle...
Topics: Star, Build, Space Shuttle, Columbia, Challenger, Stock Footage
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Produced by the Department of Transportation and the United States Coast Guard, this circa 1972 ‘“Port Safety — Vessel Inspection” training film covers the proper procedure for the captain of the port inspection of vessels carrying dangerous cargo.   As the film opens, the viewer is reminded that a system of safe ports is vital to the prosperity of the United States, with the USCG responsible for overseeing that safety and the captain of port ultimately held accountable for proper...
Topics: US Coast Guard, USCG, Training Film, Fire Aboard, Pleasure Boats, Stock Footage
This silent, confidential film from WWII shows tests of various 4.5" B.R. launchers at Camp Pendelton, California on Jan. 19, 1944. It's not entirely clear what the abbreviation "B.R." stood for, but these are clearly multiple artillery rocket launchers similar in some ways to the Russian Katyusha system. According to a website, the type 36 rocket launcher could be easily installed on a Jeep and featured armored plating to protect the driver. This plating can be seen in the...
Topics: WWII, World War II, M-8, 1944, Stock Footage
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Produced in 1951, "The Waking Point" is a British Civil Defense film aimed at increasing recruitment to the now defunct Civil Defense Corps.   The narrative of the story is set around an “every man” character in Joe Mercer who comes to realize that civil defense is universal after a mishap with his son getting trapped in a sandpit. At the end of the film he realizes there is “still time” to train in civil defense after he dreams about WWIII being declared before he’d...
Topics: British Civil Defense, 1951, Sandpit, WWII. World War II, Stock Footage
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Made in the late 1960s or early 1970s, this film shows the Book-O-Tron system, a high tech card reading and keypunch computer system developed by the Harwald Company of Evanston, Illinois for a library to keep track of film rentals. A 16mm film library is also seen, and the system by which films are rented and shipped to teachers in classrooms.   An IBM computer was used to keep track of overall film usage by title, apparently providing ready statistics to librarians.   The library shown is...
Topics: Book o Tron, Keypunch Computer System, Library, Stock Footage
Made by Eastman Classroom Films in the 1930s, this historic silent film shows views of the Chesapeake Bay the "Mother of Waters". The film starts with shots of a small ketch or sailboat (:17), before showing the geography and history of the area through an animated map (:45). At 2:40 aerial shots, possibly shot from a blimp given their stability, show the area around Jamestown. At 3:16 are shots of a bridge near Jamestown. At 3:42 remains of the earthworks at Jamestown are seen as...
Topics: 1930s, Chesapeak Bay, Norfolk, Hamptons, Roads, Virginia, Stock Footage
In this 1956 film by Coronet Instructional Films, INVENTIONS IN AMERICA'S GROWTH, the recollections of Scientific America editor Jonathan Sharpe tell about the Age of Miracles in America. From 1850-1910, innovation and invention shaped American life in dramatic ways. We can follow some of the advances in farming (horse drawn reaper 1:40), see Edison’s phonograph (:14), and the expansion of steel for daily life (street car rails at 2:54 and the high wheeled steel bicycle at 2:40). There are...
Topics: Light Bulb, Phonograph, Telephone, Inventions, America, 1956, Coronet Film. Stock Footage
This 1960s color film includes 1930s black and white footage on the design, fabrication, construction, and opening of the Golden Gate bridge. It was presented by Bethlehem Steel. The film begins with a bird’s eye view of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. A statue of Joseph Straus, chief engineer, is panned up. The bridge is shown from afar (0:11-1:20). A vintage illustration shows the topography and side-view of the bridge’s construction (1:21-3:57). Black and white footage prior to...
Topics: Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, 1960, 1930, Steel, Stock Footage
This 1960s color film produced by Ray Jewell and Adam Ooms for the United States Air Force promotes the Military Airlift Command’s Reserve Associate Program, showing how civilians with day jobs might join defense efforts via the piloting program. Designed to drive enlistment, this propaganda film emphasizes good eats, vocational training, and sightseeing opportunities over the risks and consequences of military action during the Vietnam War era (TRT: 23:13). The seal of the “United States...
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This silent film shows some of the work of University of Arizona band director Jack Lee, who was an innovator in the choreography of marching bands at football games. This film shows a halftime show likely from the 1950s, with the band making a variety of formations on the football field before finally spelling out "U A" at the finale. Jack K. Lee was born in Akron, Ohio, attended Kent State University and graduated from Ohio State University. He served in the army during World War II...
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This silent, color film, shot in the 1950’s opens with a no-filter cigarette burning in a Belmar Hotel ashtray adorned in the center with a sailfish. The Hotel Belmar is Mazatlan's original beach front hotel, located in the Olas Altas neighborhood. People stand on the tarmac in front of a LAMSA / Lineas Aereas Mexicanas, SA DC-3 airliner "Ciudad de Mazatlán". (The airline operated from 1942-1952 so the film predates 1952. For a time, LAMSA was owned by United Airlines, and then was...
Topics: Trip To Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico, 1940s, Home Movies, LAMSA, Airlines, Stock Footage
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,...
This brief drama film created during WW2 depicts the Arctic Sea Lanes and shows the Canadian conquest of the northern frozen tundra section of the country through air power. It features the northern route to Europe and Asia, isolated weather stations, outposts in the northern tundra, as well as bombers being fortified to Europe. It is presented by Official Films (:07) and is dedicated to the pioneer flyers whom had originally blazed the air routes of the northern route (:23). Pilots are seen...
Topics: 1942, Canadian Air Force, Arctic Air Routes, Stock Footage
This 1945 U.S. Navy training film, Quit Stalling—Or Spin In! (MN-4353a), teaches pilots the dangers of stalling, or spinning, and how to avoid crashing. A stall is what happens when an aero foil cannot make enough lift to keep the aircraft in level flight. The film features a Navy instructor who presents a series of case studies from the Navy’s office of Flight Safety Flight Statistics (00:52). The film begins with footage of a plane stalling and crashing into the ground (00:14); the...
Topics: 1945, Quit Stalling, Spin in, WWII, US Navy Pilot, Training Film, Stalls, Spins, Plane Crash, Stock...
This travelogue film, presented by Castle Films was one of a series sold for the home market called "The World Parade". They were commonly sold in department stores and camera shops. This film shows Glacier National Park,  a 1,583 square mile wilderness area in Montana’s Rocky Mountains, as it appeared in the 1940s. It includes shots of the area’s landscape including some of the glaciers and valleys. The Rocky Mountains are viewed through trees (:25). The park sits near the...
Topics: Castle Films, 1945, Travelogue, Glacier National Park, Montana, Rocky Mountains, Stock Footage
This color promotional film is about the evolution of fighter aircraft including the new Grumman F-14 Tomcat. No copyright but this is circa 1974.   Opening: A man climbs into a plane. A man climbs into a jet. A plane with a propeller takes off. A jet takes off. The back of the jet has flames shooting out of it as it takes off into the sky (:08-1:46). A bi-plane takes off. A bi-plane flies in the sky. A bi-plane with a gun turret for the flier is used. An aircraft battle in 1917. Bi-plane...
Topics: F-14, Tomcat, Aircraft, 1974, Grumman, Second Plate, Stock Footage
This black & white pilot training film is one of a series created by the U.S. Navy to familiarize pilots with the McDonnell F2H-2 Banshee aircraft. The F2H Banshee was a single-seat carrier-based jet fighter aircraft deployed by the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps from 1948 to 1961. Two primary aircraft were built --  the F2H-1 and the more powerful F2H-2 which was equipped with the Westinghouse J34-WE-34. Versions of the F2H-2 included the nuclear capable F2H-2B, the night fighter F2H-2N,...
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In this 1967 episode of the U.S. Army’s The Big Picture series (TV 714), viewers see the work of the 101st Airborne Division in Vietnam from 1965 to the beginning of 1967, with a look at combat missions in operations Van Buren, Austin IV, Hawthorne, John Paul Jones, and Pickett. The film opens with paratroopers of the 101st jumping out of a plane and parachuting to the ground. Several soldiers climb into a Bell UH-1 Iroquois. Viewers see the USS Iwo Jima carrier in 1965 loaded with assault...
Topics: Screaming Eagle, Vietnam, The Big Picture, 101st Airborne, Stock Footage
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