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In this episode of the True Adventure TV series from the early 1960s, viewers go on an expedition through the Northwest Passage with the U.S. Coast Guard. The episode opens with dramatic shots of the Arctic, including an ice shelf breaking off ( 00:08 ). Host Bill Burrud discusses the Coast Guard’s voyage through the Northwest Passage. There are various shots of the Arctic Ocean with a number of different ships navigating its waterways ( 02:23 ). The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Bramble sails out...
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Created by United Aircraft Corporation to celebrate 50 years of powered flight, WE SAW IT HAPPEN features interviews with pioneers from the first half-century of American aviation: designers, engineers, industrial entrepreneurs, and pilots. Appearing in it are: Wellwood Beall, Larry Bell, William Boeing, William Bridgeman, Frank Caldwell, Clarence Chamberlin, Virginius Clark, Glenn Curtiss, James Doolittle, Donald Douglas, Ira Eaker, Oliver Echols, Earl Findley, Benjamin Foulois, Robert Gross,...
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Made in 1975 to commemorate the 200th Anniversary of the United States Marine Corps, "The Birthday Party" features a creative premise -- a group of retired Marines symbolizing various eras of the Corps get together for a celebratory dinner. Through vignettes, the history of the Corps is shown from the Revolutionary War through Vietnam, portraying the evolution of the Marine Corps from its origin to the present day. The film includes several well-known actors including Richard Dean...
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Attack in the Pacific (also known by the series title: Armed Forces Information Film: A.F.I.F. Number 3) is a 1944 American war documentary film directed by Frank Capra. This dramatic documentary, an Armed Forces Information Film, was completed a year before the war's end. It is dedicated to the men of the United States Navy, a fighting organization which fulfilled a most significant role in bringing about the defeat of Japan. Following a valuable introduction describing the variegated Pacific...
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Assembled from the General Newsreel Co.'s holdings, this issue of Yesterday’s Newsreel provides film clips of news highlights. Segments include 1936 Fashions at :14, featuring various hats for women including derbies and turbans. At 1:02 , a sports segment shows the National Tennis Doubles Championship of 1933 featuring Frank Shields, Lester Stoefen, Frank Parker and George Lott. At 1:51 the 1927 Belmont Stakes, observed by Al Smith of New York. At 2:37 , images of German troops and Panzer...
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Made in World War II by the U.S. government as part of the war effort, GRACIAS AMIGOS is hosted by venerable radio reporter Lowell Thomas. The film explains how the USA came to rely on its Latin American and South American neighbors for aid during the war, in the form of vital raw materials. With rubber supplies from Indonesia cut off, and even hemp for rope in short supply, the USA had to look elsewhere for materials. Nations like Colombia, Peru, Costa Rica, Brazil and other republics provided...
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This episode of the Army Navy Screen Magazine features three segments. The first TWENTY SEVEN SOLDIERS shows the various ethnicities and nations making up the Allied Army. The second is a profile of the AMERICAN FIELD SERVICE which provides medical care and transportation in support of the British. The third BY REQUEST features the city of Chicago as well as a song sung by Carol Bruce. Designed to promote racial harmony and understanding in wartime, TWENTY SEVEN SOLDIERS shows the cooperation...
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This color film documents the construction of the 1960 Lutheran Hour Float for the Pasadena Tournament of Rose New Year’s Day Parade. It was produced by the Lutheran Laymen’s League in Southern California. Finished, it will be 20’x40’x17’. To begin the float, men weld a set of four truck steering dollies under the front end before lowering a truck engine into the chassis as floats are driven from the rear ( 1:10 - 3:20 ). The float is started for the first time and inspected by the...
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Made in 1945, WE SAID WE'D COME BACK shows the invasion of Guam and the actions and successes of the U.S. Navy to maintain the support of the American public. The film features Admiral Ernest J. King, the Chief of Naval Operations and the Admiral in Chief. It also ends with a brief appearance by James Forrestal, Secretary of the Navy. The film shows how the war in the Pacific was turning to the American side including footage of the retaking of Guam and warships such as the U.S.S. Washington...
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War Film 50, an industrial incentive movie titled “Yankee Noodle” shows how and what the ‘American Noodle’ has been able to create in wartime and in peace. The first innovative example is a washing machine ( 1:37 ) crafted from old wheels, hacksaws, nuts, bolts and improvised tools that could be used anywhere. Next, we see an old grappling hook, ropes and grenade launcher being used to blow mines ( 1:53 ). Another example is how a parachute was used to help land a plane with only one...
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Made in the 1950s by Avion, a division of ACF Corporation, OPERATION PINPOINT outlines the use of a new horizontal position display, which was an innovation that allowed pilots to navigate with relative ease. It's unclear whether this display was ever adopted or deployed, as we've been unable to find references to it on the Internet. If you know about it -- let us know in the comments! According ot the film, the display was developed with Wright Air Development Center's Flight Control...
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This episode of the U.S. Air Force's news magazine "Air Force Now" shows the USAF of the 1980s (probably 1983), with its main focus being NATO and the Soviet threat in Europe. At the start of the film the new, high tech AWACS aircraft is shown in operation, also known as the Boeing E-3 Sentry. This is an American airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft developed by Boeing as the prime contractor. Derived from the Boeing 707, it provides all-weather surveillance,...
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The US Marine Corps presents “Tactical And Gunnery Air Observation,” developed to aid support to infantry units. The World War II-era color film (probably made post-war, likely in 1948) notes the importance of such observation, especially in situations when ground observation is impractical or impossible, as we see troops march through heavy foliage at mark  01:37  and a few seconds later we see a Stinson OY-1 Sentinel, a two-seat observation aircraft used during World War II, as well as...
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This 1960s era home movie is a true rarity because it was shot with sync'd sound track. It shows the Rose Parade, including Vice President Richard Nixon as Grand Marshall.   This film is one of a large series of Rose Parade films in the Periscope Film LLC archive. The Rose Parade, also known as the Tournament of Roses and the Rose Parade presented by Honda, is part of "America's New Year Celebration" held in Pasadena, California each year on New Year's Day (or on Monday, January 2...
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This pilot training film for the Lockheed F-104G Starfighter focuses on George Air Force Base, part of Tactical Air Command and home to the 4443 School Squadron, where initial training in the F-104G is conducted. Pilots trained at this school train allied nations in the operation of the F-104G. This includes pilots from Norway, Taiwan Republic of China, West Germany, Belgium, Italy, and others. At 1:38 an inspection of the aircraft is undertaken. At 2:14 , pre-flight inspection is discussed --...
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Assembled from the General Newsreel Co.'s holdings, this issue of Yesterday’s Newsreel provides film clips of news highlights.   The first segment shows the German invasion of France in 1940 including the assault on portions of the Maginot Line by artillery (:30). Parts of the shattered line are seen at 1:00 as German troops head towards Metz ( 1:46 ). These are mechanized forces supported by horses and infantry. At 3:55 , French prisoners are seen walking to camps while German troops pass...
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This film made by the U.S. Army to educate soldiers about Latin America opens with footage of the lively festivals and stunning landscapes of Central and South America (:30). The host and narrator is Frank McGee ( 1:02 ) and he will depict the American view of Latin American Revolutions and will focus on Fidel Castro. He begins by describing the varying raw materials that can be drawn from the land, including copper, tin, zinc, petroleum and iron ( 1:25 ). Food commodities such as coffee,...
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Created from official films of the U.S. Army Expeditionary Forces in World War I, "Flashes of Action" is a silent newsreel created in 1928 -- for the ten year anniversary of the end of hostilities.   The film features footage of trench warfare, balloon busting by aircraft (including a spotter jumping from the balloon moments before it bursts into flames), gas warfare, nighttime bombardments, and more. We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional...
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The 1960s television program LEADERSHIPS SPEAKS featured prominent members of the U.S. military, speaking about defense and other issues. Here Vice Admiral William F. Raborn presents views on leadership to Howard K. Smith. At the time Raborn had risen to public attention through his work developing the Polaris missile system and leading the project to build and deploy it. The complex, high tech Polaris system was innovative in the way it was managed because it was developed in record time, and...
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Land Of The Incas is a 1937 silent film produced by Castle Films as part of the Adventure Parade series that provides viewers with a glimpse of Peru and the Incan people who live there. The film begins “high up in the Cordilleras Mountains” ( 00:27 ) where donkeys and people haul kindling. Despite the rural mountain location, modern transportation now reaches the lofty villages in the form of a train ( 01:26 ), which passes mountains and lakes on its way. The film then takes viewers to...
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The Northrop T-38 Talon is the focus of “The Versatile T-38,” a 1960s promotional film on the supersonic aircraft. The two-person aircraft is shown in the air and on the runway as the narrator offers a detailed description of its turbo jet engines and its thrust-to-weight ratio. Again shown in flight at mark  01:55 , we’re told how the aircraft is considered one of the safest used by the Air Force and we learn more of the aircraft’s attributes as well as some of the records the...
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This black and white documentary film, Air Force Story Chapter 1, was produced around 1953 by the Department of the Air Force. The Department of the Air Force was formed September 18, 1947, within the Department of Defense. Musical score is by The U.S. Air Force Band under the direction of Lt. Col. George S. Howard, commander and conductor of the band from 1944-1963. The film traces the development of U.S. Airpower through World War I. The Air Force Story, Chapter I ( 0:16 - 1:14 ). A Hot Air...
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This 1950s black and white film “Battleship” is from the Adventure Today series with Ray Forrest and focuses on the USS Wisconsin (BB-64) [decommissioned in 1958]. Ray arrives at the battleship and the sailors release the mooring ropes from the dock. Captain RJ Foley talks to Ray (:24- 1:55 ). Ray adjusts the settings on his video camera. Footage from the top down shows sailors walking below.   The ship’s service ribbons are shown. Sailors perform various tasks, including thoroughly...
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This 1960s color film is about WABCO Motor Graders (LeTourneau-Westinghouse) and made by WABCO Earthmoving Equipment, Peoria, IL. The film opens with motor graders in action along the side of roads, including a 440H. A closeup of mud rolling in front of the blade from the operator’s point of view is shown (:04- 1:54 ). Preventive Maintenance. The Operator’s Guide is shown for the Models 666 and 777; the H and NH series; In-Line 71 Engines Detroit Diesel; Model 330, 330H, and Model 440. The...
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Hosted by Bob Hope with a truly corny narration script, this recruiting film for the Army National Guard was originally released as one of the episodes of "The Big Picture", the U.S. Army's TV show. It shows the readiness of the Guard. At the  1:50  mark, a target drone, a Radio Controlled Target Aircraft or RCAT, is shown being piloted through a gauntlet of fire. At  2:25 , the M-40 duster anti-aircraft gun is shown.  The Duster has the capability of pumping out a 120 rounds from...
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The United States Navy presents “Prelude to Victory — A Pictorial Record of the United States Eighth Fleet, Its Officers and Men.” The circa 1943 black-and-white picture was photographed by crews from the Navy, US Coast Guard, and US Army, and an opening title guard explains how the United Nations had agreed to a plan during World War II to first defeat Axis powers in Europe “and then crushing Imperial Japan.” The viewer watches scenes of factory workers assembling shells, guns,...
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This 1948 black and white promotional film is a presentation by the Association of American Railroads showcasing steam and diesel trains. These include ALCO PA, Southern & Pacific, Atlantic Coast Line, and Baltimore & Ohio. The film opens with a view of the tracks from the engineer’s perspective and the sounds of track and whistle (:02-:18). A curtain blows over a sleeping boy, awakened by the train (:19- 1:25 ). The steel bands of the track shine at night from the engineer’s...
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This silent U.S. Navy film, "SeaLab III Progress Report #2" documents the ill-fated SEALAB III experiment, in which aquanot Berry L. Cannon died. The film was likely shown as part of a U.S. Navy presentation, and would have had an accompanying script or commentary (now lost) read while it was projected. Some of the interesting segments in the film show the moving of the SeaLab habitat and its deployment, underwater assembly operations ( 7:25 ), and support operations. The converted...
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This short film, Paris, shows viewers scenes from the liberation of Paris and provides a brief history to the liberation, which occurred on 25 August 1944. The film opens with a shot of the Eiffel Tower and U.S. tanks driving past it. The streets of Paris are filled with people celebrating the city’s liberation. U.S. tanks and jeeps drive down a road ( 01:10 ). There are more scenes of Parisians celebrating in the streets; American GIs are kissed by French women ( 01:33 ). The city’s...
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One of a series of classified films made for the Army Air Forces during WWII about the Norden Bombsight, this film focuses on the importance of properly leveling the device so as to minimize the error of deflection. During the entire war the Norden was considered a top secret piece of equipment and normally when it was shown in training films, it was hidden behind a piece of canvas or otherwise "blacked out". This series of films provides a rare look at the operation of the bombsight...
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This black-and-white Douglas Aircraft Company “welcome film” dates to the early 1960s but begins with a 1924 proclamation: “World Cruisers Make Aviation History New York, N.Y.” — a nod to an accomplishment by the company after the first around-the-world flight was by a team of aviators of the United States Army Air Service (predecessor of the U.S. Air Force) using a modified Douglas DT.The trip took 175 days and covered nearly 28,000 miles. The celebration of the final landing in...
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This episode of The Air Force Story - Volume 1 Chapter 10 - is entitled "The Tide Turns" and shows WWII history for June thru September 1942. In this film you'll see the 97th bomber group as it embarks for England; B-17's initiating high altitude precision daylight bombing; Japanese forces closing in on the U.S. Army in New Guinea; Army Air Force personnel and materiel help build runways near the front; P-38's down Japanese aircraft. The film starts at :20 with images of the liner RMS...
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This color film about diesel farm tractor maintenance was produced by Standard Oil in the late 40s/early 50s. The time stamps apply to the first mention of the task. It opens with a McCormick-Deering WD-40 diesel tractor, introduced in 1934 (:09). A tractor with a blade fills a ditch ( 15:19 ). A special dirt throwing attachment can create terraces (:31). A Ford 8 N tractor (1947-1952) is small for easy maneuvering (:35). A 1940s Case row-crop model ( 1:42 ) has a close-up of the temperature...
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Made in 1947. this amazing Allis Chalmers-sponsored film shows how engineers and engineering build industry and the structure of the modern world, from power generation to mining, smelting, agriculture and beyond. At mark  1:20 , a college student named Bob is seen with his dad. He explains that he's not going back to school because he hates engineering and prefers getting a job. At mark  3:50 , his dad asks him at meal to go out to his workplace, an Allis Chalmers industrial plant.  At...
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Created by MGM for American President Lines, "Departure" shows the round-the-world cruise of the SS President Wilson from San Francisco to the Orient and Europe in the late 1940s. A few other ships that were part of American President Lines (APL) are briefly shown as well. The SS President Cleveland and SS President Wilson were shining symbols of post war American technology, design and style, with streamline moderne styling.  After leaving San Francisco, at  8:00 , the ship arrives...
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“X Minus Zero” opens with a United States Air Force general briefly explaining the purposes of that branch’s missile test center — such as flight-testing guided missiles. The circa 1958 film’s purpose, he reveals at mark  00:45 , is to give the viewer “a much clearer understanding of our mission.” The film shows a flawless launch of a guided Matador surface-to-air missile, but the narrator quickly explains that much work was put into the launch prior to countdown. The viewer...
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Created to promote Grumman Beechlink's VTXTS training aircraft, this film showcases the company's program and makes a case for further development, including the aircraft's fuel efficiency (a factor during the gas crunch). VTXTS can be traced to the mid-1970s, during which time the U.S. Navy formally commenced its search for a new jet trainer aircraft to serve as a single replacement for both its T-2 Buckeye and TA-4 Skyhawk trainers. During 1978, the VTXTS advanced trainer program to meet this...
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This black and white film about Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz contains graphic WWII footage. Ocean waves roll as a destroyer’s guns fire at Japanese ships. Nimitz boards to salutes (:17- 1:01 ). 1942, Japanese footage shows its Pacific fleet protected by airplanes. Japanese soldiers practice fighting with bayonets attached. Japanese General Tojo attends a party where Japanese and Nazi swastika flags hang on the wall ( 1:02 - 2:12 ).   Nimitz boards. Crew move torpedoes across the desk ( 2:13...
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Dating to 1950, this U.S. Navy film depicts the job description for the Plane Captain for an Aircraft Carrier type plane (:08). Plane captains are attached to squadrons aboard the U.S. Navy's forward-deployed aircraft carriers and are responsible to ensure that every aircraft is mission-ready. Plane captains assigned to line divisions perform maintenance and daily checks on every aircraft. The film begins with a Navy or USMC F-80 Shooting Star making an attack run on a bridge in enemy...
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This film about the LCVP provides an introduction and look at the nomenclature ( 00:44 ) of systems aboard these vessels. The film dates to 1944. LCVP is short for Landing Craft, Vehicle-Personnel, also known as a Higgins boat (named after its creator Andrew Higgins). The film begins by detailing the stats of the LCVP while showing footage of LCVPs skipping along the water then landing on shore ( 02:11 ), where they unload soldiers ( 02:15 ), vehicles ( 02:23 ), and cargo—such as ammunition (...
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This U.S. Navy Film Launch 'Em was filmed by pilots aboard the USS Hancock in 1956. The film was made while the carrier cruised home from her Far East deployment, apparently with the unofficial blessing of the Eisenhower administration. A legendary film among Naval Aviators, it disappeared from view in the very early 1960s, as it became politically incorrect and taboo. Pilots are fighting in the ready room. Flight deck crewmen starting jet engines with cigarette lighters. These and other...
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This elaborate, amateur-produced 16mm silent film shows the 1947 Tournament of Roses Parade when the theme was "Holidays in Flowers". This was the 58th annual parade, with Bob Hope as grand marshall (see about  1:20  mark). The Rose Parade, also known as the Tournament of Roses and the Rose Parade presented by Honda, is part of "America's New Year Celebration" held in Pasadena, California each year on New Year's Day (or on Monday, January 2 if New Year's Day falls on a...
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Made in 1945 by the National Conference of Christians and Jews, "The World We Want to Live In" is an important film that reflects upon the tumult of 1930s and 40s, which saw oppression and death in Europe, while presenting the idea that the America of the future must renounce hate, bigotry and intolerance. The film begins by showing how hate speech and anti-immigrant ideas fomented terror not only in abroad, but created an environment in the USA where racism and marginalization was...
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These silent 16mm home movies are from the estate of someone who was close to Admiral Louis E. Denfeld and likely date to the mid to late 1950s. It's just possible that they are from 1950, when the subject of the film Admiral Denfeld was forced to retire due to his participating in the so-called "Revolt of the Admirals." The film begins in Hawaii where the sign for "Admiral L.E. Denfeld" is seen at 13:00 . Admiral Denfeld led Battleship Division 9 in 1945, and was the...
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Filmed on June 12, 1944, this silent film shows Allied leaders on their way to visit the invasion beachhead in France. There are apparently two (separate) parties shown, one British and one American. Some of the persons you will see in the film include British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, Field Marshal Jan Christiaan Smuts (to Churchill's right at 1:23 ), General George C. Marshall ( 7:08 ), Supreme Allied Commander General Dwight D. Eisenhower, Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Ernest...
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This April, 1962 black and white television program “Adventure Tomorrow” was hosted by actor Peter Hansen (:28), interviewer Dr. Martin Klein, Director of Research, Communications Control Corporation (:49), and was produced by George Van Valkenburg. This broadcast is titled “The Fastest Man of Wheels.” It features Mickey Thompson, who on September 9, 1960 became the first American to break the 400 mph barrier at 406.6 mph. He did so in his 1959 Pontiac Challenger 1 at Utah’s...
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This April, 1962 black and white television program “Adventure Tomorrow” was hosted by actor Peter Hansen (:28), interviewer Dr. Martin Klein, Director of Research, Communications Control Corporation (:49), and was produced by George Van Valkenburg. This broadcast is titled “The Fastest Man of Wheels.” It features Mickey Thompson, who on September 9, 1960 became the first American to break the 400 mph barrier at 406.6 mph. He did so in his 1959 Pontiac Challenger 1 at Utah’s...
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Made during the Apollo program, “Assembling Apollo” is an official NASA film produced circa 1968 that tracks the numerous pieces used to create the rockets and spacecrafts that took man to the moon. The film opens with the various parts being brought to the Kennedy Space Center via all sorts of airplane, ship, and vehicle, as engineers carefully assemble the various stages of the Saturn V rocket. Workers attach communication and fuel lines at mark  02:10 , and at mark  03:15  put the...
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We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional information about our videos by adding a comment! See something interesting? Tell people what it is and what they can see by writing something for example like: "01:00:12:00 -- President Roosevelt is seen meeting with Winston Churchill at the Quebec Conference." This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage collections in...
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This black-and-white World War II-era film takes a look at combat conditions on the ground and in the air during WWII. The film has a cold open, with a narrator detailing conditions suffered by both Allied and Axis forces, but soon delves into the role of air power during the war and how it supports ground troops. Between World War I and World War II, we are told, the relationship between air power and land power was unclear. By the 1940s, Allied forced realized air power can weaken any...
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LB Littleford, the sign of modern engineered black-top road maintenance and construction equipment presents The Littleford Road Brooms, a silent film promoting several Littleford models. It was likely made around 1946. The film begins with graphics depicting the Model 106 Traction Driven Broom ( 00:36 ), the Model 108 Engine Driven Broom ( 00:45 ), the Model 106 With Sprinkler Attachment Model 111 ( 00:48 ), and the Model 108 With Two-Way Blower Attachment Model 112 ( 00:56 ). Footage shows the...
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Taking place in the spring and summer of 1972, this color film details live footage of the laying of a 123kV, three core, oil-filled power cable submerged between Lepe, England and Thorness Bay, Isle of Wight, a popular tourist center. At that time, the bulk of electricity was provided via two underwater (sub-marine) cables. The Southern Electricity board decided to install a third cable ( 1:32 ) and hired Balfour, Beatty & Co., Limited. To make this continuous cable for a 3-mile sub-marine...
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Made in the 1950s, “This is Lakehurst” explains the history of this famous air station. Lakehurst is the US Naval Air Force's station in Ocean County, New Jersey (:45). Commissioned in 1921, it is best known for being the base for airship training, development and operation (:54). It rests 75 miles south of New York and 50 miles east of Philadelphia ( 1:04 ). A facet of it's many varied missions is the Naval Air Technical Training Unit ( 1:13 ). In the phase nicknamed “flying the...
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On July 30, 1942, the WAVES became a World War II division of the U.S. Navy, and consisted entirely of women. The name was the acronym for "Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service". The word "emergency" implied that the acceptance of women was due to the unusual circumstances of World War II, and at the end of the war the women would not be allowed to continue in Navy careers. Their official name was the U.S. Naval Reserve (Women's Reserve), but the nickname of the...
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This 1968 U.S. Navy film SUBMARINE SOUND AND VIBRATION MEASUREMENT shows the techniques used to conduct airborne and structureborne noise surveys, in hopes of producing quieter and stealthier submarines. The film begins with an overview of the noise problem, with subs giving away their position to the enemy, and causing various crew problems including deafness.  As the narrator describes:  Noise is a potential hazard by which a submarine might give away its location to the enemy, it shows...
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Project Mohole was an ambitious attempt to drill through the Earth's crust into the Mohorovi i discontinuity, and to provide an Earth science complement to the high profile Space Race. The project was initially led by the American Miscellaneous Society (AMSOC) with funding from the National Science Foundation. Phase One was executed in spring 1961. Five holes were drilled off the coast of Guadalupe Island, Mexico, the deepest at 183 m (601 ft) below the sea floor in 3,500 m (11,700 ft) of...
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This fascinating, silent 16mm movie comes from the estate of William Hawley Bowlus (May 8, 1896 - August 27, 1967) or someone who was close to him. Bowlus was a designer, engineer and builder of aircraft (especially gliders) and recreational vehicles in the 1930s and '40s. Shown in this film is the plywood XCG-16a experimental military glider, which was ordered by the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1943 based on designs made by Bowlus in 1942. The glider was supposed to be able to fly at 200 miles per...
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“Sky Pilot” was an episode of the CBS television series Navy Log, originally airing on October 25, 1955. (The series was touted as a military drama based on true naval stories.) Narrated by Robert Carson and featuring Stanley Clements, Harry Townes, and Hayden Rorke (later of “I Dream of Jeannie” fame), the episode is set aboard the USS Nereus (AS-17), a Fulton-class submarine tender, in 1953, and revolves around a crewman who is up for promotion. His behavior becomes erratic and he is...
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A survival film made during the Cold War, this film attempts to give practical advice to airmen who find themselves stranded in the "desert without sand" -- the arctic tundra. As the U.S. military began seeing the polar regions as a potential battleground with the Soviet Union, more and more flights were made into these regions, and the need for films like this one greatly increased. In this film the crew of a C-119 Flying Boxcar bails out and must survive in trying circumstances.
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This early 1950s color film encouraging using airplanes to travel to favorite fishing spots was presented as a public service by United Aircraft Corporation and a presentation of The World Outdoors, Inc. There are also multiple verbal reminders to buy US Saving Bonds by narrator Peter Roberts. Shown are a 1948 Northwest Airlines logo and a Boeing 377-10-30 Stratocruiser (:26- 1:00 ). A man pulls up a large fish into a fishing boat in a Canadian river ( 1:01 - 1:28 ).   A man fishes from shore...
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This old travelogue profiles some of the world's most important harbors starting with Stockholm, Sweden and Goteborg. Puerto Barrios in Guatemala is seen at 1:00 , Rio De Janeiro Brazil at 1:50 , Alexandria Harbor in Egypt at 3:00 , Le Havre, France and Paris at 5:00 , Honolulu, Hawaii at 5:50 , and Yokohama, Japan at 7:00 . 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...
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This amateur, silent home movie shows a trip to Hawaii and Alaska in the 1970s, apparently made aboard the liner SS Arcadia. SS Arcadia was a passenger liner built for P&O in 1953 to service the UK to Australia route. Towards the end of her life she operated as a cruise ship, based in Sydney, until scrapped in 1979. This film doubtless dates to the 1970-1974 timeline when, after a refit, she became a full-time one-class cruise ship and worked the west coat of America, making a series of...
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The ground shakes, buildings crumble, walls fall, and music swells in the opening moments of the 19-minute U.S. Army Corps of Engineers film, “Response to Disaster,” detailing the events of Great Alaskan earthquake (also known as the Good Friday earthquake) on March 27, 1964. “Beneath this rugged crust of Earth in our 49th state, Alaska, tremendous stress has built up miles below the surface,” the announcer warns beginning at mark  00:32  as the camera pans snow-covered mountains. At...
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Filmed at the special request of Admiral Robert Dennison, the Naval Aide to President Truman, this 16mm silent film shows President Truman’s Rail Trip to the Pacific Coast, starting June 3, 1948. The reason for shooting the film is not altogether clear, but it paints a beautiful portrait of a whistle stop political tour. The film starts on June 4, 1948 with an early morning stop at Pittsburg. Harry S. Truman is seen from back of train. At 1:04 are scenes from Fort Wayne, Indiana. Scenes of...
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This never-seen-before silent, color 8mm home movie film was shot of the launch of the doomed S.S.EDMUND FITZGERALD on June 7, 1958. The film shows the crowds of spectators at Great Lakes Engineering Works. More than 15,000 people attended Fitzgerald's christening and launch ceremony on June 7, 1958. But the event was plagued by misfortunes: When Elizabeth Fitzgerald, wife of Edmund Fitzgerald, tried to christen the ship by smashing a champagne bottle over the bow, it took her three attempts to...
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This bizarre 1960s sales training film made by Wilding for Republic Steel attempts to teach salesmen how to market stainless steel products and grow their business. The plot, which revolves around a guardian angel sent from heaven to coach a struggling Republic salesman, is straight out of a Hollywood feature. As the salesman struggles with lack of sleep, problems with his marriage and even his TV set, etc. his guardian angel (a former #1 salesman) proffers important advice. The lessons derived...
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Presented by the Mead Atlanta Paper Company, Inc., PINE PACKS A PUNCH is a short film on the company’s operations in Georgia, which includes some emphasis on soil conservation. Produced by Robert M. Carson, this film shows the role the company (and Georgia’s timber industry) plays in the packaging industry. The film begins by discussing how agriculture has historically played a central role in Georgia’s economy, but the reliance on only a few crops—namely cotton—led to soil depletion...
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Primary Flight Training: Race Track Patterns, Part II (MN-3474k) is the second short U.S. Navy training film from 1945 that discusses the basics of flying a race track pattern. The film features a Navy instructor explaining concepts to his student, and it uses footage of a Navy N2S Stearman flying the patterns while supplementing with graphics to illustrate the concepts and issues new pilots will need to understand to perform the primary maneuver of the film—the 180-degree power-on approach....
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This historic, silent film from Republic Aviation shows the development of the company's ill-fated SD-3 Snooper drone. A second film PF# 54484 is also available. The film begins with shots of a slide rule and a drafting table (:42), as the drone is designed. A so-called breadboard model of the flight controller is seen at :51, and a circuit board is shown at 1:14 , part of the guidance system. At 1:30 a large analog computer mainframe is shown being used to analyze data. At 1:39 , a woman...
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Made by the U.S. Air Force during the Cold War, PENETRATION AND LOW APPROACH PROCEDURES FOR JET AIRCRAFT was shown to pilots to explain the techniques used to make instrument approaches to runways in situations where there is low visibility. The start of the film shows a Lockheed T-33 jet performing a training mission. At 1:32 , the mission encounters overcast and zero visibility weather during landing. The film then explains how all runways have standard, automatic radar and other features...
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Chevrolet’s 1956 short film, “On Top of the World,” produced by Jam Handy, follows six 1957 pre-production Chevrolet Task-Force models as they make the grueling trip from GM’s Proving Ground in Milford, Michigan to Fairbanks, Alaska, and back. The six Chevrolet trucks demonstrate their durability and performance as they tackle the formidable ALCAN highway. The six Task-Force trucks—a 1957 Chevrolet ½-ton Cameo Carrier Pickup, a 1957 Chevrolet 1-ton Panel, a 1957 Chevrolet Dump Truck,...
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Made in May of 1987, NEW STRENGTH FOR AMERICAN DEFENSE shows the then-brand-new B-1B Lancer bomber being put through its paces by Air Force crews. At  3:11 , SAC's first B-1B main operating base is shown at Dyess, Texas, and the Ellsworth Air Force Base is also shown. McConnell AFB in Kansas and Grand Forks Air Force Base are also mentioned as part of the deployment of 100 B-1Bs. At  4:00 , President Ronald Reagan is seen announcing the contracts for the B-1B, and the manpower build-up to...
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This episode of "The Greatest Drama" -- Mister New York -- is about Grover Whalen (1886-1962) and the influential role he played in New York City politics and society. The film begins by acknowledging that Grover Whalen ( 00:17 ) is master of the ticker tape parades that began in New York City (the first ticker tape parade occurred the year of Whalen’s birth, celebrating the dedication of the Statue of Liberty). Whalen tells the viewers how he organized the parades ( 00:29 ), making...
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This “restricted” United States War Department Film Bulletin provides the viewer with footage of the U.S. Army’s “Basic Training of Glider-Borne Troops.” This footage is “Part 2: Loading Equipment in the CG-4A” — a 48-foot long cargo glider that can carry 13 soldiers, along with a pilot and co-pilot. The camera takes us inside the glider, as the narrator explains what a soldier will see inside the glider. An explanation of the glider’s tie-down rings (for heavy equipment...
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This black and white film "Tomorrow The Stars", narrated by broadcaster Lowell Thomas, covers five early 1960s Air Force topics: the B-58 Hustler, Project Excelsior, preparing pilots for future space travel, solar research, and the Atlas missile. The Conair B-58 Hustler, the world’s first supersonic bomber, is capable of Mach 2 flight with four General Electric J79 engines and a delta wing. It had a 20mm multi-barrel cannon in the tail and could carry five conventional or nuclear...
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This 20-minute film shows the highlights of Pan Am Airlines' "Pan Am Makes the Going Great" global ad campaign in 1969. Featuring animation by Henry 'Hank' Syverson, a cartoonist and illustrator, who contributed cartoons regularly to The Saturday Evening Post" and many other magazines in this era. At the time these ads were made the Pan Am account was managed by J. Walter Thompson, and global in reach. This reel contains TV, radio, and print advertising samples. Pan American...
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This rare silent film from 1935 promotes the Ruth Dredger, a trench digging and clearing machine that was built in California in the 1920s. It begins showing "old model Ruths" at the start, before moving on to show the latest "continuous action" models, including a factory-new Ruth being delivered to a customer in Nebraska via railroad. Some of the dredgers shown include one working on irrigation canals near Yuma, Arizona and at ( 8:33 ) Coolidge, Arizona. The Ruth Dredger...
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This black-and-white World War II-era film takes a look at combat conditions on the ground and in the air during WWII. The film has a cold open, with a narrator detailing conditions suffered by both Allied and Axis forces, but by mark  02:30  delves into the role of air power during the war and how it supports ground troops. Between World War I and World War II, we are told, the relationship between air power and land power was unclear. By the 1940s, Allied forced realized air power can...
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Made by the Koehler Manufacturing Co., a Naperville-based furniture maker, this silent promotional film tells the story of the company and it's product's "Hidden Qualities". The film showcases a variety of mass-produced furnishings, all made through a version of the assembly line process that nevertheless produced a high-quality end product. Hardwood made up the frames, steel the springs, and strong fabrics were used for upholstery. The film provides an interesting insight into...
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This color film, AVR-140, is a U.S. Air Force audiovisual presentation about the A-10 capabilities and testing during a sortie surge on February 8, 1977. The A-10 attack aircraft were tested in Gila Bend, Arizona. Before the day was over, each plane flew 17 missions. The plane taxis in and the wheels are blocked. The ground crew works quickly to restock it with ammunition; large depleted uranium armor-piercing shells (:08- 1:40 ). The A-10 flies directly at the camera, passes by, and drops on a...
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This fascinating, silent 16mm movie comes from the estate of William Hawley Bowlus (May 8, 1896 - August 27, 1967) or someone who was close to him. Bowlus was a designer, engineer and builder of aircraft (especially gliders) and recreational vehicles in the 1930s and '40s. The film begins showing Bowlus buildling a balsa wood model of an airplane, most likely a P-61 Black Widow. At 2:00 , Bowlus shows off another model, this one of a midget racing car. At 3:10 , Bowlus is seen looking at a...
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Dating to approximately 1975, PORTRAIT THE BLUE ANGELS was created by the U.S. Navy and McDonnell Douglas, manufacturer of the A-4F Skyhawk II. The Navy's Flight Demonstration Team downsized to the subsonic Douglas A-4F Skyhawk II in December 1974 and was reorganized into the Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron. Immediately prior to this configuration, the Blues flew the McDonnell Douglas F-4J Phantom II, a Mach 2.2 capable, two-set fighter. The 1974 reorganization permitted the establishment of...
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Made in 1945 after the German surrender, this WWII combat bulletin was produced by the Army Air Forces. It shows various combat scenes and developments, starting with the use of JATO bottles for aircraft at Wright Field in Dayton, Ohio. At  1:40 , bomb damage is seen at Mainz, Germany including extensive damage to the city's railway terminals and electric power plant. At  2:20 , Worms Germany is seen almost entirely decimated by bomb strikes, although the cathedral is seen relatively intact....
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This promotional film by Boeing features the Model 707 Stratotanker / Stratoliner, America's first jet transport. Known as the Boeing 367-80, or simply as the Dash 80, this American four-engine prototype aircraft tail # N70700 demonstrated the advantages of jet propulsion for commercial aviation. It served as base for the design of the KC-135 tanker and the 707 airliner. Some of the design features of the aircraft were pioneered in the B-52 aircraft. The film shows many of the features of the...
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Shot during WWII, this silent film shows part of the Ingersoll Works in Chicago, Illinois. During this time period of critical war production, Ingersoll built shell casings and gas drop tanks for aircraft, and these are seen being manufactured. The war placed a premium on manpower, so a lot of Rosie the Riveter women worked in the plant in this era as seen at  7:24 ,  8:12 ,  10:13  and elsewhere. The end of the film at  10:56 shows the steps in taking an ingot of metal and making a...
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"The World At War" is a 1942 documentary used to inform the American public of why the U.S. entered World War II and to rally support for the war effort. The film opens with Japanese planes flying in formation ( 00:59 ) then cuts to the aftermath of the attack on Pearl Harbor ( 01:47 ; 07:54 ). The USS Arizona is on fire and sinking. A surviving battleship leaves the harbor. Franklin D. Roosevelt speaks to a Joint Session of Congress ( 02:57 ) on 8 December 1941; people gather in...
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Produced by Republic Aviation Corporation and in co-operation with Pratt & Whitney Aircraft, “Foreign Object Damage” (aka Foreign Object Debris ) is a short film presented by the Aeronautical System Division, Air Force Command; Tactical Air Command; and Mobile Air Material Area, Air Force Logistics Command. The film discusses the issues with foreign object damage (FOD) to aircraft and what the US Air Force is doing to combat the problem. The short film begins with a shot of three F-105...
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This black and white documentary, Wright Builds for Supremacy, is a film on how to create and build Curtiss-Wright aircraft engines, and was probably produced around 1941 to 1942. The documentary was presented by Wright Aeronautical Corporation which was in business from 1919-1929 and then merged with Curtiss to form Curtiss-Wright, remaining one of the divisions of that corporation. This film was narrated by Lowell Thomas, an American writer, broadcaster, and traveler, and was produced by...
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Handing It Back is 1942 U.S. Navy training film, produced by Jam Handy Organization, which provides an overview of what pilots do in the Pacific theatre and why pilots and gunners are needed. The film’s battle scenes are from actual combat in the “Pacific Area.” The film begins with naval ships firing artillery ( 00:32 ) before cutting to pilots on deck just before U.S. planes engage in a bombing run ( 01:20 ). The film’s narrator says that the U.S. needs more men and guns, and the film...
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Shot by an unknown member of the U.S. Navy, this 16mm silent home movie shows unique views from 1945. It begins somewhere in a Pacific harbor, probably Yokosuka, Japan, at :26, with images of a cruiser at sea. The ship's number is not visible but it might be USS Los Angeles. Visible on the rear deck at :35 is a crane used for seaplane retrieval. At 1:30 is what appears to be images of Japan, with damaged buildings evident. At 2:05 , a large harbor is seen, with what appears to be USS Montpelier...
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This episode of the 1950s television series Navy Log, a military drama based on true naval stories, is titled “Dr. Van” and originally aired on CBS on January 10, 1956. Directed by Jean Yarbroug, narrated by Robert Carson, and starring John Archer (the real-life father of actress Anne Archer) as Navy Lt. Commander Vance Crawford, the episode at the the US Naval Hospital in Guam, just two days following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii during World War II. As Crawford, a surgeon,...
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This film highlights two service songs. First, The Caissons Go Rolling Along, sung by Robert Weede and produced by the Office for Emergency Management. Second, The Marines' Hymn, produced by the Office of War Information and Bureau of Motion Pictures. Soundies were an early version of the music video, produced between 1940 and 1946.
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This film by Willard Pictures Inc., U.S. Navy Flight Surgeon, was made in 1951. This picture centers around naval flight surgeons; detailing the training requirements and what daily duties may be. It opens with the view of Corsair airplanes landing on an aircraft carrier. We watch as another plane crashes due to pilot error (:58) and are asked what the surgeon could have done to inhibit the crash. The US Navy’s slogan is to “keep as many men at as many guns for as many days as possible” (...
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One of a series of news reports produced by the U.S. Air Force, this newsreel showcases Strategic Air Command in the 1980s. It includes footage of a red alert drill, and KC-135 tankers in action. It also includes segments about the NATO Warrior Preparation Center in Europe, including simulation of Soviet attack strategies. This was an early form of computer-aided simulation utilized by the Department of Defense. It also includes a segment about U.S. forces in South Korea, the DMZ and Kunsan Air...
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Presented by Allegro Film Productions, this episode of the Science Screen Report shows viewers the state-of-the-art solar power plant in the Mojave Desert near Barstow, Ca. The film begins with shots of solar panels on houses, farm barns, and the commercial solar electric power plant Solar One ( 01:10 ), with its solar panel farm. There is a shot of a model of the power plant as well. Computer-controlled heliostats (mirrors) are tested near Albuquerque, NM ( 02:52 ) for the Solar One plant....
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The 1949 short film, “Rough House,” was one of a collection of 16mm films on Chevrolets produced by Jam Handy. The film promotes the benefits of Chevrolet cars by revealing the numerous tests performed on the cars. In this film, the tests are simulated using what appears to be a 1949 Chevrolet Fleetline or Styleline Deluxe Sedan ( 00:24 ). The tests behind the comfortable ride of the Chevrolet are conducted at the General Motors Proving Ground in Milford, Michigan ( 01:08 ). The vehicles...
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Produced by the Army Film and Photographic Unit and the Royal Air Force Film Production Unit, this black-and-white film is Part 2 of “Desert Victory,” exploring the Battle for North Africa during World War II. The film starts cold with British tanks rolling across the desert during the Second Battle of El Alamein, and explanation that in the early going, the British Eighth Army had made a four-mile advance through German lines to the north, as well as advancements against the lines of...
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