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Released in 1945, when it won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, The True Glory was a co-production of the US Office of War Information and the British Ministry of Information. Directed by Carol Reed assisted by Garson Kanin, the film documents the victory on the Western Front, from D-Day at Normandy to the surrender of the Third Reich and V-E Day. The film features an introduction by Supreme Commander General Dwight D. Eisenhower, combat footage filmed by military photographers,...
Topics: True Glory, D Day, WWII, World War II, Europe, Eisenhower, Stock Footage
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This period newsfilm depicts the beach landings which took place on June 6th, 1944. This was the Allied invasion during WW2 and it was the largest seaborne invasion in history. It was released by British Information Services (:12) and opens with European citizens opening their windows and leaning out on the morning of D-Day (:31). Heads are titled to the skies as the drone of heavy-laden planes had been heard throughout the night (:34). An Evening Standard paper is seen with a headline reading...
Topics: Act, Fact, D Day, June 6, 1945, British, Normandy, Invasion, Stock Footage
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This 1944 sound newsreel shows the Allied push towards Rome, Italy and the D-Day Invasion of Europe.   It uses footage from both Allied and German sources.   Some of the highlights in the Rome section include celebrations in the aftermath of the liberation of the city.   The D-Day film includes highlights from several beachheads along with footage of Gen. Eisenhower and Field Marshall Montgomery on June 6, 1944.   It took four major offensives between January and May 1944 before the line...
Topics: Rome, Allied Forces, D Day, Invasion Of Europe, Stock Footage
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Depicting events in 1943-44, this newsreel shows the Italian Front with British and American forces running a gauntlet of Nazi and Italian defenses on the way up "the boot", including the landings at Anzio.   Once Mussolini was deposed in July of 1943 chaos swept Rome and Italy dropped out of the conflict.   German forces continued their opposition.   As the newsreel shows, the unrelenting fury of the Allies could not force a substantial German retreat.   The surrender of Italian...
Topics: Italy, Italy Falls, Allied Forces, D Day, Europe, Stock Footage
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This episode of The Air Force Story - Volume 1 Chapter 19 - "D-Day" features some of the events that occurred prior to and during the invasion of Normandy, June 6, 1944. These include General Eisenhower reviewing paratroops prior to their deployment behind enemy lines, strafing of German supply points and transport, support aircraft dropping supplies and gliders into the invasion area, bombardment of enemy fortifications by air and sea forces along the French coast, and the cracking...
Topics: US Air Force, Air Force, D Day, 1944, Air Force Story, Stock Footage
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This black & white educational film is about Standard Oil, its workers, and its improving products. It was circa the late 1930s or possibly 1940 as its pre-WW2. Opening titles: Produced by the March of Time - titles are cut (:07-:12). A Standard Oil truck drives down a highway. Pulls into a service station that sells Standard Oil products. Oil pipe is attached. Oil refinery. A slow moving train goes by. Tractor in a field. A train goes by. Airline flies in the sky. A luxury cruise ship. Bus...
Topics: 1940s, Standard Oil, Oil Company, Chicago, Illinois, Gasoline, Stock Footage
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This black & white educational film is about the D-Day Invasion of 1944 during World War 2 in which Allied forces invaded northern France by means of coordinated beach landings. Copyright 1944. Opening titles: Official Films News Thrill Invasion (:06-:20). Title: D-Day!! Allied Forces move across the English Channel. June 6, 1944, huge armada of ships and men head from the English Channel to the coast of France. Ships in the sky cover the convoy at sea. Bombers in the sky. Title: A railroad...
Topics: Official Films, Newsreel, D Day, Invasion, Normandy, France, WWII, June 6, 1944, Stock Footage,...
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Dating to 1957, this Encyclopedia Brittanica film documents the USA’s involvement in WWI and the aftermath, with Woodrow Wilson’s 14 Point Plan broken down and a discussion of the Treaty of Versailles. World War I, also known as the Great War, involved 28 nations from Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas (:39). A map of Europe in 1914 (:58) prior to the war. A single stack ocean liner is seen (1:09). German troops march (1:16). Prior to the war and for much of it’s beginning, the US held...
Topics: Encyclopedia, WWI, World War I, USA, Woodrw Wilson, Stock Footage
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This black and white 1953 “Family of Craftsmen” film is sponsored by The Studebaker Corporation and produced by Louis de Rochemont Associates. It portrays the lives of a family with multiple members who work for Studebaker. It has great clips of houses, furniture, and clothing from the early 1950s. The film opens with a great visual and sound of a factory steam whistle (:54). Workers leave the Studebaker factory on Friday afternoon in early 1950s sedans (1:00-1:25). A night security officer...
Topics: 1953, Studebaker, Furniture, Indiana, Stock Footage
From the 1930s, this film looks at the development of transportation from the days when the camel and horse were the fastest modes of travel up to the present days of the zeppelin, airplane and Zephyr train. Traces the history of steam from the days of Robert Fulton's steamboat, and the development of the gasoline engine from the days of the horseless carriage to the present day.
Topics: Transportation, 1930, Zeppelin, Zephyr, Stock Footage
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Dating to 1961, this U.S. Navy film "Meteorology: The Warm Front" teaches pilots and navigators basic information about warm front weather systems. The film appears to be aimed particularly at crews operating in northern climates such as Alaska and the arctic.  The film was made by Audio Productions. 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...
Topics: 1960s, Meteorology, US Navy, US Navy Pilot Training, Weather Systems, Stock Footage, Periscopev...
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Produced by the Owens-Illinois Glass Company in 1952, IN GLASSTOWN USA shows the company's manufacturing process. At the time Owens-Illinois was the largest glass container manufacturer in the world. The film begins with images of 1950s supermarkets at 1:17, before showing the glass plant at 1:38. At 3:23, the factory interior is seen with raw materials delivered to a melting furnace. At 4:00, the interior of the furnace is seen with torrents of flame visible. At 4:50 a vacuum glass forming...
Topics: Glasstown, Illinois, 1950, Stock Footage
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This promotional film from the 1950s provides an introduction to the Aetna Drivotrainer, one of the world's first automobile simulators. As the film explains, the Drivotrainer was inspired by trainers used by airline and military pilots as well as U.S. Navy personnel. The Drivotrainer was developed with the assistance of the Singer company and promoted by the Aetna Insurance Company, and widely used in driver training classes. It featured a full-sized simulated car complete with steering wheel,...
Topics: DriversEd, Driving Simulator, Computers, Scorecard, Stock Footage
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U.S. National Aerobatic Champion Harold Krier is just one of the pilots introduced in this 20-minute color film on the National Championship Air Races held in Reno, Nevada, and aerobatic flying. Made in 1965, it opens with the camaraderie and competitiveness shared by pilots, The camera eavesdrops on conversations as pilots and their teams discuss horizontal rolls and potential problems as Krier is introduced at mark 02:00 and shown performing his airborne acrobatics. As aerobatics pilot...
Topics: 1965, Reno, National Championship, Air Races, 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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The No. 944 is a short Caterpillar promotional film from the late 1950s or early 1960s that highlights the features and abilities of the new Cat 944 Traxcavator (later renamed the wheel loader). The 944 is manufactured in Aurora, IL, and is powered by a four-cylinder Cat D330 Diesel Engine or a Cat six-cylinder gasoline engine. The film opens with a man climbing onto a 944 Traxcavator. A 944 is operated in a field (00:50). A man climbs onto a 944 and demonstrates the machine’s adjustable...
Topics: 1950, Caterpillar, Traxcavator, Construction, Stock Footage
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The 1948 episode “Nomads Of The Jungle (Malaya),” part of the educational film series The Earth and Its Peoples, directed by Victor Jurgens and produced by Louis de Rochemont Associates, follows a nomadic tribe in the jungle of the Malay Peninsula and captures nomadic life through the eyes of the chief’s son Alune. The film begins with a description of the peninsula and the jungle, then introduces the nomadic people (01:14) that the story is based on. Alune narrates the story, and...
Topics: Nomads, 1948, Malaya, Stock Footage
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Lest We Forget is a 1947 military documentary that consists of newsreels and government propaganda films, giving viewers a look at the fighting of World War II. The film opens with aerial footage of Berlin in the aftermath of Allied bombing attacks. Footage shows some of the city’s buildings and squares looking desolate. People celebrate the end of the war in Paris (01:33) and London (02:12). Soldiers march along beaches in England, preparing for the invasion of Normandy. LCVPs land on a...
Topics: Lest We Forget, WWII, World War II, Stock Footage
1957 EDUCATIONAL FILM “TRANSPORTATION IN THE MODERN WORLD” This film presents the methods of modern transportation in comparison to methods of the past. It depicts the importance of various types of transportation for industry, travel and the growth of cities. It is a Coronet Film (:07) and opens with shots of a passenger plane (:30), a shipping harbor (:37), a railway and a modern highway with end of the 1950’s model automobiles (:53). Past methods of transportation were hindered by...
Topics: Transportation, Modern World, 1957, Industry, Highways, Railroads, Stock footage
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This black & white promotional film is about the Caterpillar Diesel DR7 Tractor . This was made in 1937 based on the roman numeral copyright shown. Opening credits: Caterpillar Tractor Co presentation (:08-:27). A globe goes round and round. Wherever work is needed to be done, Caterpillar DIesel equipment is there. Shots of the engineering department as well as the proving grounds. Women open files of the records for the tractors. Shots of the equipment at work. Files being plucked...
Topics: 1937, Caterpillar, DR7, Diesel, Tractor, Stock Footage
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This compilation of aircraft related home movies spans thirty to forty years in aircraft development and includes materials from home movies, professional films, and other sources. It begins with footage of a  Boeing 247 at an airfield in Illinois, home to the 33rd Division Aviation branch (:10). At :45 seconds you will see an extremely odd, tiny home-built aircraft take off and crash catastrophically (looks like it could be fatal). As far as we know this is the first time this material has...
Topics: Airplane, Aircraft, 1920, 1960, Aircraft, Stock Footage
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Made in 1947 by Paul Rotha Productions, LIFE BEGINS AGAIN was created by the British Government's Ministry of Information to show that many of those who experience setbacks in life can start over in life,  despite the physical injuries they might have suffered. Films like this one were considered important in post-WWII Great Britain, where hundreds of thousands of people (both soldiers and civilians) suffered life changing injuries as a result of the war. The government's "Emergency...
Topics: 1947, British Convalescent Hospital, Physical Rehabilitation, Stock Footage
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Made in 1966, A CHOICE I MADE shows a group of Peace Corps volunteers operating in India. The film was one of the earliest showcases of the Peace Corps, and was made in the cinema-verite style developed by advanced European film-makers and by the National Film Board of Canada. The Harvard Crimson made these comments about the film when it was screened in Cambridge: "As the Peace Corps begins its sixth year, its directors have apparently decided that a major shift in orientation will be...
Topics: Peace Corps, India, 1966, Promotional Film, Stock Footage
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Based on the Charles Cahill film Red Light Return from 1965, this 1975 safety film discusses the importance of wearing seatbelts while in vehicles and features interviews with racecar drivers Alan Johnson and Mark Donahue, interviews with everyday drivers, footage of crash impact tests conducted by UCLA, and plenty of footage of 1960s and 1970s vehicles driving on California’s streets, highways, and freeways. The film opens with footage of people watching one of the inaugural IROC races at...
Topics: Safety Belts, Smashing Success, UCLA, Seatbelt, Stock Footage
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This short film from Hughes Aircraft gives viewers a look at the company’s ground laser locator designator (GLLD), the AN/TVQ-2 GLLD. A tank turret swivels as a tank gunner prepares to fire a shell. A forward observer locates a target with a GLLD and the hidden tank is able to fire at the target without firing any spotting rounds (00:48). Viewers see a laser (01:07), key to the development of the GLLD. The film then shows a AN/TVQ-2 Ground Laser Locator Designator (01:30). Two soldiers carry...
Topics: Hughes Aircraft, Ground Laser Target, Stock Footage
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This documentary, produced by the Portland Cement Association, describes the construction and utility of The Pennsylvania Turnpike, completed October, 1940, was a landmark construction project completed in that served as the grandfather of the interstate highway system. The planning process began in the 1920s as automobiles rose in popularity. After the onset of the Great Depression in the 1930s and President Franklin Roosevelt’s establishment of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) in...
Topics: Pennsylvania, Turnpike, Highway Interstate, 1940, Stock Footage
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This short, silent film from the collection of Jeff Vilencia, shows a hovercraft or ground effect vehicle built by Franklin A. Dobson of Newport Beach, California. It likely dates to the early 1960s, when Dobson's Air Dart caught the attention of Popular Science magazine and became a brief sensation. Dobson went on to found a company called AIRCARS, Inc. and marketed kits and plans for the vehicle which were sold through magazine ads. According to Popular Science July 1963, the complete kit was...
Topics: Franklin, Dobson, Hovercraft, 1960s, Vehicle, Stock Footage
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This historic, silent film shows highlights of the 1932 Winter Olympics, officially known as the III Olympic Winter Games, held in Lake Placid, New York. The games opened on February 4 and closed on February 15. It was the first of four Winter Olympics held in the United States; Lake Placid hosted again in 1980. The games were awarded to Lake Placid in part by the efforts of Godfrey Dewey, head of the Lake Placid Club and son of Melvil Dewey, inventor of the Dewey Decimal System. California...
Topics: 1932, Lake Placid, Winter Olympics, Olympics, New York, Stock Footage
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Recognition of the Japanese Zero Fighter was a 1943 educational dramatic short produced by the United States Air Force during World War II. Its purpose was to instruct pilots in the Pacific theater about recognizing hostile planes at long distances and avoid friendly fire incidents. Most of the film is taken up with a short play in which a young pilot, portrayed by Ronald Reagan, is ordered on reconnaissance missions of the Pacific and encounters another plane which he can't tell is friendly or...
Topics: Recognition, Japanese Zero Fighter, WWII, World War II Stock Footage
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Dating to the 1920s, and released by the obscure Aladdin Motion Pictures, this "Travel Gem" shows views of the Peruvian city of Cuzco / Cusco, the City of the Sun. At :21 is a panorama of the city which sits at 11,000 feet in the Andes Mountains. At 1:09 the local inhabitants are shown including many Indians and descendants of the Inca. At 1:41 is a view of an ancient wall built with tightly cut stone blocks, and without concrete. At 2:09 the road to Fortress Hill is shown and at 2:40...
Topics: Cusco, Peru, 1920, Silent Travelogue, Andes Mountains, Stock Footage, PeriscopeFilm
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“A Brief Visit to St. Thomas, Virgin Islands” is the first part of a short 1930s film, In the Wake of the Buccaneers, produced by the Division of Motion Pictures for the U.S. Department of Interior. “A Brief Visit” highlights St. Thomas, promoting tourism for the U.S. Virgin Islands, which the U.S. purchased from Denmark in 1916. The film begins with a luxury steam liner arriving at St. Thomas (00:17), where people take a small boat to the island’s capital and largest city, Charlotte...
Topics: Virgin Islands, 1930s, Wake Of Buccaneers, St Thomas, Stock Footage
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Made in the 1930s by the Castle Film Co., WINGS OVER WORLD WONDERS is a silent film that shows airplanes flying over many different cities, scenic wonders and monuments.   This includes New York (1:19) and the Empire State Building, Niagara Falls (1:59),   Chicago (2:30), Grand Canyon (3:00), Boulder Dam (4:00), Golden Gate Bridge (6:00), Hawaii (6:45), Japan (7:45), Shanghai (8:26), Tunisia (9:00), the Sahara and the Great Pyramid in Cairo, Egypt (9:30), London (10:20), Paris (10:30), the...
Topics: 1930s, Airplane, Over World Monuments, Cities, World Parade, Stock Footage
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This 1955 Jam Handy film BOXES AND BALLS shows the engineering properties of the new Chevrolet chassis — which is designed for strength "like a box". Features many stunts to exemplify the driving qualities of the cars.   The stunts are mostly likely performed by George Rice Chitwood (April 14, 1912 – January 3, 1988), nicknamed "Joie". Chitwood was an American racecar driver and businessman. He is best known as a daredevil in the Joie Chitwood Thrill Show.   Henry...
Topics: 1955, Chevrolet, Car Promo, Joie Chitwood, Car Stunts, Stock footage
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Made in the late 1960s or early 1970s (probably 1971) to promote the construction of new highways and the cars that drive them, the ANATOMY OF A ROAD is an unapologetic paean to progress. As the narrator says, "Everyone will agree that we need good roads, an efficient system of highways and freeways and the reality of highway can give rise to a course of interesting individual opinions".  The film contains a brief history of American roads from the National Pike to the superhighway....
Topics: Anatomy, Road, Highway, Construction, Stock Footage
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One of the films made by the Jam Handy Organization for General Motors, "O'Mara's Chain Miracle" is a pay-it-forward branding film. It takes place in a small town where a short tempered traffic cop (played by Victor McLaglen) named O'Mara manages to hold his temper and not explode at the service station guy that stops in the crosswalk (in his brand new convertible Chevy). As a result, the service station guy is nice to a customer (in a Chevy), who then treats his customers nicely......
Topics: Chevrolet, 1950s, Sales, OMaras, Chain, Miracle, Stock Footage
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In the U.S. military’s Combat Bulletin No. 40 from 1945, viewers see footage from the Allied forces attack on Manila Harbor, the first landing on Luzon, action along the Western Front and Alsace, the damage from a bombing campaign targeting the oil refinery at Merkwiller, a British carrier fleet attacking Sumatra, and Allied airstrikes on Celebes. The newsreel starts with carrier planes of the 3rd Fleet firing on the Japanese naval base in Manila Harbor. A plane fires at an above-ground oil...
Topics: WWII, Combat Bulletin, Manila, Invasion, 1945, Stock Footage
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This 1937 black and white film about radio shows of that time was presented by Adolph Zukor and produced and directed by Herbert Moulton and Leslie Rousch. Actor Ted Husing plays The Star Reporter. The film opens with Ted dressed in a double-breasted 1930s suit and standing in front of a 1930s microphone on a stand. He introduces The Sons of the Pioneers, who play guitars and sing “Way Out There” around a campfire (:54-2:31). Singer Lanny Ross doddles on a piece of paper (2:33-2:45)....
Topics: Star Reporter, Hollywood, 1930, Radio, recording, Stock Footage
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This glorious silent film shows the National Junior Air Races, held in Cleveland, Ohio. The Scripps-Howard National Junior Air Races are almost completely forgotten, but in the 1930s and 40s they represented the premiere competitive arena for aircraft modelers, radio-control and control line pilots.  This rare silent home movie dates to 1939 - 1942, but probably 1942. It was shot by a member of the Cleveland Press staff.  It shows many of the events at the Races, including the weigh-in that...
Topics: 1942, Junior National Air Races, Cleveland, Ohio, Stock Footage
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This 1963 U.S. Army special bulletin (No. 10) describes “the scope and complexity of assistance given by Army advisers to ARVN officers and troops in their battle against Vietcong guerilla warfare.” The film follows Lt. William R. Johnston as he serves as a MAAG (Military Assistance Advisory Group) advisor to the 1st Infantry Battalion, 11th Regiment, 7th Infantry Division of the ARVN (Army of the Republic of Vietnam) from May 1962 through April 1963. The film opens with a shot of troops...
Topics: 1963, US Army, Vietnam, Military, MAAG, ARVN, Stock Footage
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LEWISTOWN, PA – JOHNSTOWN & ALTOONA RAILROAD REEL This color home movie from 1959 shows footage of the Johnstown Traction Company and views of Altoona, Johnstown and Lewistown, Pennsylvania. It was shot by Louis Buehler and preserved by Mitch Dakelman. Shots include: :00 Lewistown Pa dusk and night shots of passing Pennsylvania Railroad trains 1:07 Conemaugh & Black Lick locomotive, Johnstown,Pa. Passing Bethlehem Steel plant 1:23 Johnstown Trolley car 357 1:48 crossing bridge 2:23...
Topics: 1959, Pennsylvania, Railroad, trolley Cars, Johnstown, Stock Footage
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Movin’ On is a 1968 documentary presented by the United Transportation Union and the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainment and produced and directed by Harold Mayer that recaps the history of the American railroad, with an emphasis on the people who built the railroads and operated the lines. Photographs and footage are used to recreate the visual history of the railways, while folk music from the period alternates with the film’s narration for effective audio. This second half of the film...
Topics: Locomotive, Railroad, 1968, United Transportation Union, Stock Footage
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Produced in 1957 by the American Road Builders Association, “We’ll Take the High Road” is presented as a public service announcement, the films touts the ever-increasing number of cars on the nation’s roads and how builders are moving to meet an increasing need for more roads and highways. Because the existing roads were not originally engineered for safety or the number of cars using them, President Dwight D. Eisenhower (shown at mark 02:05) signed the National Interstate and Defense...
Topics: 1950, Interstate Highway, Promotional Film, 1957, Stock Footage
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This black & white silent educational film is a study of the Battak people of Sumatra, Indonesia, conducted by the Anthropology Department of Harvard University. Copyright 1929. Opening title: Peoples And Cultures of the World - The Battak of Sumatra (:07-:49) (also spelled Batak). Sumatra, one of the largest islands of the Malay Archipelago. Map of Asia, Australia , New Zealand, New Guinea, An arrow points out where Sumatra is in relation. Map of Sumatra, Boreno, Malay Peninsula. Battak...
Topics: 1929, Battack, Batak, Sumatra, Malaysia, Harvard, Stock Footage
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Produced in the early 1960s, "A Bridge Called Emma" is a short film about Curaçao, an island country in the southern Caribbean Sea. The film takes its name from the swinging Queen Emma Bridge, which spans the channel in the fourth largest harbor in the world. Curaçao is approximately 65 kilometres (40 mi) north of the Venezuelan coast, that is a constituent country (Dutch: land) of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Today it has a population of over 150,000 on an area of 444 km2 (171...
Topics: Curacao, Willemstad, Travelogue, Queen Emma Bridge, Stock Footage
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Giant Of The Earthmovers is a 1950s Caterpillar film that highlights the company’s new bulldozer tractor, the Caterpillar D9. A Caterpillar salesman pulls his car up in front of his office. Inside, he addresses the camera as he talks about the new D9 earthmover (01:10). A D9 operator stands on a D9 tractor (02:20). The operator demonstrates the control panel and the adjustable seat. The salesman and a client of his watch the D9 move earth. The operator easily steers the D9 as he maneuvers the...
Topics: Caterpillar D9 Bulldozer, Tractor, Earthmovers, Stock Footage
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This 1956 color educational film about American engineers was produced as a Jam Handy Picture for the Chevrolet Division of General Motors, making this film a subtle long advertisement. Different radio telescopes pick of sounds (:35-1:20). Men and women are shown in laboratories. Another writes mathematical equations on a blackboard. Different quick views representing engineers are shown (1:21-2:30). Shown are an hydroelectric dam, rivers splitting around a city, skyscrapers, office buildings,...
Topics: 1956, Jam handy, Chevrolet, General Motors, Stock Footage
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This black & white film from the late 1930s details the creation of diesel engines. To explain how pistons work, the ancient fire syringe or fire piston is explained. It was invented by Southeast Asia natives who used a bamboo cylinder and plunger with tinder on it. Rapidly compressing the plunger created fire (1:57-2:52). A modern version is constructed with thermometers and a pressure gauge into which oil is sprayed as the fire mechanism (2:58-4:48). Another way of showing the effects of...
Topics: Diesel, Modern Power, 1930, Southeast Asia, Stock Footage
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This fascinating, silent 16mm home movie -- shot by an unknown American who was almost certainly a military officer   -- shows a trip to Europe in 1949 and includes stunning footage of the end of the Berlin Air LIft. At 7:22, you will see dignitaries gather as a C-54 airplane with the "Last Vittles Flight" leaves Rhein Main Air Base, Frankfurt, Germany headed to Berlin Tempelhof Airport. At 1845 hours on September 30, 1949,   sister C-54 planes of the airlift flew overhead in...
Topics: Berlin, 1949, Germany, West Germany, Europe, Stock footage
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During WWII, with the war on and gasoline rationed nationwide, Shell Oil realized its gasoline dealers would need to differentiate themselves from other vendors.   So, they launched an ad campaign based on providing full service, in co-ordination with the War Department as a wartime marketing program.   This "Ground Crew Service" campaign compared the work of the service station attendant to that of an Army Air Corps crewman.   As part of the effort, 8 squadron emblems were issued...
Topics: Shell Oil, Company, Service Station, WWII, World War II, Stock Footage
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This Yesterday’s Newsreel film (episode 83) offers the viewer “television highlights of the news of yesteryear” by providing vintage clips of famous people and events from the first half of the 20th century. The episode starts with footage of Nazi Germany’s Siegfried Line. Nazi soldiers look down on the Siegfried line. Footage shows soldiers walking into a bunker, a trench, and more steel and concrete block houses along the line. French soldiers across the Rhine respond to the playing...
Topics: Yesterdays Newsreel, Brooklyn River Race, Jai Alai, Bremen Flight, Stock Footage
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"FILM COMMUNIQUE, EIGHTH ISSUE"   (1944, 20:24)   Includes CAPE GLOUCESTER: 7TH MARINES (New Guineau); REPORT FROM BRITAIN (American and British air war against Germany); A 5TH AIR FORCE REPORT FROM NEW GUINEA; A FEW QUICK FACTS (supply line distances); A FIFTH ARMY REPORT FROM THE BEACHHEAD (Anzio). 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...
Topics: War Film, Film Communique, USMC, US Marines, Marines 1944, Stock Footage
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This color silent film was shot as part of F-105D ejection seat tests. No test is shown, but the footage would likely have been intercut with an actual test, and then released to the Pentagon or the press. The slates indicate all the material was shot at the rocket sled facility at Hurricane Flats in Washington County, Utah on July 20, 1960. The seat shown being tested at the time was designed by Republic Aircraft and, according to Ejectionsite.com, used in at least one successful ejection in...
Topics: Hurricane Flats, Utah, F-105D, Thunderchief, 1960, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This 1960 black and white installment of “See It Now” produced and edited by Edward R. Murrow and Fred W. Friendly (Part 2 of 2) presents a behind-the-scenes overview of initial testing for the UGM-27 Polaris missile, a two-stage solid-fueled nuclear-armed submarine-launched ballistic missile, the United States Navy's first SLBM (TRT:  26:58). The USS George Washington (SSBN-598) ballistic missile submarine surfaces (0:08). One of the submarine’s missile hatches opens. A Polaris missile...
Topics: Polaris, Polaris Nuclear Submarine USS, George Washington, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This extraordinary silent home movie shot by a member of the Civil Air Patrol shows the aftermath of two plane crashes. At :37, you will see rescuers removing a body from the first crash scene. Debris is spread over a small area. This aircraft appears to be a single engine trainer belonging to the military. At 1:00, in another scene shot on a different day, you will see wreckage from a much larger aircraft strewn over a hillside. At 1:32, you can make out the wing with the number NC60526....
Topics: 1950s, Training Plane, C-47, Crash, Aftermath, Home Movies, Stock Footage
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This 1959 color documentary film covers the Research Programs at the University of Arizona. It is produced by prolific filmmaker Harry Atwood, himself a graduate from there. The film opens at Homecoming, and the band and cheerleaders perform (1:10-2:05). The original 1890 building is used by the ROTC (2:31-2:50). The old is demolished and replaced by new dormitories (2:51-3:24). The Fine Arts Center houses the Renaissance painting collection of Samuel H. Kress (3:25-3:40). Channel 2 TV crews...
Topics: 1959, University Of Arizona, Promotional Film, New Horizons, Tuscon, Stock Footage
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A Motion Picture History of the Korean War (AFIF 85) describes the Korean War from the U.S. perspective. The film begins with a brief overview of Korea’s geography and its capital city, Seoul (01:19), as it rebuilds following the war. While it is relatively quiet today, on 25 June 1950, artillery shots (03:05) mark an all-out attack on South Korea from the communist North, prompting U.S. President Harry Truman (03:40) to order U.S. forces to provide assistance to South Korea. At the United...
Topics: Motion Picture, History, Korean War, Armed Forces, Info Film. Stock Footage
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The Life and Death of the U.S.S. Hornet is a short Navy film that gives viewers a brief history of the famous CV-8 Yorktown-class aircraft carrier. The film opens with a shot of the nation’s Capitol Building, followed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt making a statement in the Oval Office about the B-25 bombing mission from “Shangri-La,” the code name for the USS Hornet. At a shipyard, men and women build the carrier (01:37). The USS Hornet is launched on 14 December 1940 (02:16)....
Topics: USS Hornet, CV-8, Yorktown, Class Aircraft Carrier, Midway, Stock Footage
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This film is an adaptation of a 1961 episode, “The Secret Door,” from Jack Douglas’ series Keyhole for presentation by the Ford Motor Company. Jack Douglas greets the audience from the studio. Viewers see a security man open the door to the Ford Motor Company’s Dearborn, MI Styling Center. William Clay Ford joins Douglas on set for the episode (00:50). Douglas sits and talks with Ford, who is head of product planning and design at the company. The episode shows Greenfield Village...
Topics: Automobile, FORD, Motor Company, Styling Center, 1961, The Secret Door, Stock Footage, Apollo 15,...
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“New Dimensions in Military Mobility” is a promotional film for the Bell 204B helicopter. It opens with the image of an army tanker of the 47th Regiment (:14) and men scouting another tank riding through woods (:33). The decades focused on will be the 50’s and 60’s and as the 60’s approached they expected to see an emphasis on different nations’ abilities to function in a limited warfare sense (1:03).   Success for each nation depended on tactics and mobility (1:23). The helicopter...
Topics: New Dimensions, Military, Mobiltary, 1960s, Helicopters, Stock Footage
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This film DIMENSION 10  THE DC-10 TAKES FLIGHT is a report on the design, construction and the first flight of the DC 10, the ground breaking jet passenger aircraft. The McDonnell Douglas DC-10 is a three-engine wide-body jet airliner manufactured by McDonnell Douglas. The DC-10 has range for medium- to long-haul flights, capable of carrying a maximum of 380 passengers. Its most distinguishing feature is the two turbofan engines mounted on underwing pylons and a third engine at the base of the...
Topics: DC10, McDonnell Douglas Corporation, Promotional Film, Stock Footage
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Made in 1932 in honor of the 200th anniversary of George Washington's birth, this silent film is one of a series that chronicles the life and times of the great general and president. The film was released by Eastman Classroom Films and shown in schools around the United States. Some scenes from the film were apparently created specifically for this film, others such as Washington crossing the Delaware River were drawn from feature films made in that era. In this episode "Conquering the...
Topics: George Washington, Conquering, Wilderness, Silent 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
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On July 1, 1952, the Chrysler Corporation unveiled its new M48 Patton battle tank, nicknamed the "Phantom 48".   This film, "Land Battleship", shows the demonstration by the first Pattons at the Delaware Tank Plant in Newark, Delaware.   The M-3, a WWII battle tank of the type that would be replaced by the '48, is also shown at the 6:45 mark.   This was the first tank ever built by Chrysler.   The M48 Patton is a main battle tank (MBT) that was designed in the United...
Topics: 1952, Demonstration, Prototype, Patton 48 Tank, Stock Footage
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Presented by the J.I. Case Company, this is a film history of the steam tractor and thresher. Contains rare historic footage of steam powered traction engines as well as footage from demonstration events in the 1950s.
Topics: Tractor, Steam, 1950, Thresher, JI Case, Stock Footage
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This 1970s Charles Cahill and Associates film discusses safe driving for motorcyclists, and it features shots of a number of different bikes riding on freeways, dirt roads, and along residential streets, as well as footage of crash tests conducted by the UCLA’s Institute of Transportation and Traffic Engineering. The film opens with shots of people driving cars, motorcycles, and trucks on Southern California’s freeways, highways, and streets. Footage of traffic is spliced with shots of a...
Topics: Motorcycle, Driving, Tactics, 1970, Training Film, Stock Footage
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This short 1970s film from Merck & Co., Inc. highlights some of the advances in medicine that have come as a result of developments in NASA’s space program. The film opens with an astronaut spinning in a simulator. Another astronaut experiences simulated zero-gravity. Astronauts in space suits work outside of a space shuttle (01:28). Dr. Charles Berry, Director of the Life Sciences Program at NASA and the astronauts’ physician, speaks to camera about his role at the control center for...
Topics: Medicine, Moonflights, NASA, X Ray, 1970, Stock Footage
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Made in the 1920s as part of Kodak's educational film library, this  silent, tinted film entitled "Beaver Dams" presents a wonderful portrait of beavers in the wild. 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: "01:00:12:00 -- President Roosevelt is seen meeting with Winston Churchill at the...
Topics: 1920, Kodak, nature, Beaver, Beaver Dams, Stock Footage
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This is Chapter 7 of DON WINSLOW OF THE NAVY, a Universal serial from 1942. Plot: Commander Don Winslow is returned to the Office of Naval Intelligence from his command of his cruiser to investigate strange events on the Pacific island of Tangita, noticeably a ship being torpedoed. He discovers that there is a ring of saboteurs and enemy agents who are trying to destroy ships carrying supplies to the troops stationed in the islands and sabotage the war effort. Though the US Navy is preparing to...
Topics: Don Winslow, US Navy, 1942, Naval Intelligence, Stock Footage
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These silent Vietnam War "dailies" -- unedited footage -- were brought back from S.E. Asia by a U.S. Army cameraman. This particular film consists of various segments. Some of it shows a Huey helicopter repair facility where choppers are put back together after suffering battle damage or needing maintenance. At 3:33, poorly shot footage shows an operation on someone's big toe which appears badly injured. At 5:48, the repair facility is seen in operation with a Huey having its rotor...
Topics: Vietnam War, Dailies, Huey Helicopter, Repair Facility, Stock Footage
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Made by Bell Telephone in the wake of the failure of the Teton Dam, DISASTER AT TETON shows recovery efforts. It has particular attention paid to communications and the phone system. The Teton Dam was an earthen dam on the Teton River in Idaho, United States. It was built by the Bureau of Reclamation, one of eight federal agencies authorized to construct dams. Located in the eastern part of the state, between Fremont and Madison counties, it suffered a catastrophic failure on June 5, 1976, as...
Topics: Teton, Dam, Failure, Disaster at Teton, Idaho, Stock Footage
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This black & white educational film tells a highly fictionalized story of the travels of Marco Polo. Marco Polo was a Venetian merchant, explorer, and writer who travelled through Asia along the Silk Road between 1271 and 1295. Copyright 1955.   Opening titles: Encyclopedia Britannica Films presents Marco Polo's Travels (:05-:42). "The Book of Marco Polo" serves as a backdrop for the main title. At the start of the film, Sir Marco Polo is awakened by two people. The men talk with...
Topics: Marco Polo, Travel, Silk Road, 1955, Encyclopedia, Stock Footage
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This color educational film is about the fresh vegetables grown in the west and shipped to the rest of the country by Union Pacific Railroad. This is circa 1958 or 1959. Opening credits: Union Pacific Railroad presents FRESH FROM THE WEST (:11-1:03). Cars drive on the 101 Freeway. High rise buildings -- known as Park LaBrea in Los Angeles. People walk in downtown Los Angeles at Hill Street. A Ralph's supermarket is shown outside and inside. People push their shopping carts and look at fruits...
Topics: 1958, Union Pacific, Railroad, Fruits, Vegetables, Farming, Stock Footage
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This fascinating 1945 newsreel shows the battle for the Philippines, as U.S. forces under the command of General Douglas MacArthur launch an assault on the island of Leyte.   The battle resulted in a U.S. and Filipino victory. The Allies had taken control of all strategically and economically important locations of Luzon by March 1945, although pockets of Japanese resistance held out in the mountains until the unconditional surrender of Japan. While not the highest in US casualties, it is the...
Topics: Manila, Phillipines, Jima, Luzon, Iwo, Castle Films, Stock Footage
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Made for the home market, this silent film features TWA's Starstream 707 jets.   Trans World Airlines launched its first jet service on Jan. 25, 1959, between New York-Idlewild and San Fransisco.   The route was chosen by TWA’s then President Howard Hughes to compete with American Airlines new jet service between New York-Idlewild and Los Angeles. Hughes pushed TWA’s finances to the limit to enter the jet age by ordering eight new Boeing 707-120’s in February 1956. TWA dubbed the new...
Topics: TWA, Starstream, 707 Jets, Kennedy International Airport, Stock Footage
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Note: some logos including the Olympic rings shown in this film, are trademarks of the International Olympic Committee. This historic, silent newsreel shows some of the highlights of the X Olympiad in Los Angeles. It begins with the parade of nations in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. At 2:13, the 800 meter run is seen, establishing a new world record of 1:49:08.  At 3:03, the hammer toss is seen, and at 3:32 the 100 meter run (women). In this event Stella Walsh of Cleveland won, running...
Topics: Los Angeles Olympics, Los Angeles, Olympics, 1932, Stock Footage
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This film is a color film with B&W historical clips showing the 1969 Reunion of The Tailhook Association. Tailhook is a U.S.-based, non-profit fraternal organization, supporting the interests of sea-based aviation, with emphasis on aircraft carriers. The word tailhook refers to the hook underneath the tail of the aircraft that catches the arresting wire suspended across the flight deck in order to stop the landing plane quickly. Photography by the Pacific Fleet Combat Camera Group. 00:13...
Topics: 1969, US Navy, Aviation, Las Vegas, Nevada, Stock Footage
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This 1960s American Airlines promotional film, produced by Audio Production Inc., shows the work that goes into developing a flight plan prior to that flight’s takeoff. The film opens with a plane taking off from New York’s Idlewild Airport (later renamed John F. Kennedy International Airport), and a man climbing out of a car with his suitcase and heading into the airport. An American Airlines Boeing 707 Astrojet flies through the sky. The film shows a departure board for a non-stop flight...
Topics: 1960, Flight Plan, Astrojet, 707 Astrojet, Pilots, Stock Footage
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Produced by the Moody Institute of Science (MIS), a production company for the pro-creationism Moody Bible Institute and headed by pastor Irwin A. Moon, A Sermon From Science is a late 1960s or early 1970s educational film that shows the developments made in recording the underwater sounds of the seas (while situating it in a Christian context). The film opens with a shot of the sun sitting just above the sea, reflecting off the water; this is followed by footage of coastal scenes and...
Topics: 1970, Science, Moody Institute, LA, Underwater, Bible, Stock Footage
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Made during the Vietnam War, "The Return of Private Youngblood" recounts the return of the body of PFC Boyd James Youngblood of Mountain City, Georgia, who was killed in action in 1968. Youngblood was one of 16,592 Americans killed and 87,000 wounded in 1968. Unfortunately, we don't know much about who made this touching film or the Youngblood family. The film was shot by Parick O'Dell and Ray Young, Roger Conner, John Pruitt, and Dennis Suit. It was produced and written by Hal Suit,...
Topics: Vietnam War, Kia, Vietnam, Private Youngblood, 1968, Stock Footage
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This color educational film is about storage batteries such as car batteries. This was made in 1959 and was produced by the Willard Storage Battery Division. Titles: US Department of the Interior, Bureau of Mines, The Story of the Modern Storage Battery (:13-:43). A man puts a storage battery together. He attaches the battery into a car. Close on the car's radio. Atomic Submarine shot. Guided missile. Mariners on a  boat. Doctors operate. A group of batteries. Many batteries are shown...
Topics: 1959, Storage Battery, Lead, Acid, Stock Footage
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This 1933 short film, “A Flying Visit to Poland,” produced by the Gdynia-America Line, gives an overview of visiting Poland, touching on many of Poland’s places of interest. The film begins in Krakow (or Kracow) with ancient city’s highlights: the Trumpeter of Krakow (01:00); St. Mary’s Church (01:17); the Wawel, a national shrine also referred to as Poland’s tower of London (01:23); the old cobbled streets of Krakow (01:27); the Barbican, Krakow’s old circular fort (01:34); and...
Topics: Poland, Travelogue, Krakow, Gdansk, Warsaw, Stock Footage
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Although heavily damaged, this silent 16mm home movie has historical value. It was brought home by an American G.I. after WWII, and shows the activities of a German Luftwaffe staff officer in Occupied France in 1941. The film starts with shots of a staff car and various officers conferring. At 1:05 a roadside points the way to Rouen. At 1:20 Rouen Cathedral is shown. At 2:10 a soldier poses for the camera. At 2:13 a large contingent of Germans lines the road and a group shoulders their rifles...
Topics: Germany, Luftwaffe, France, 1941, WWII, Stock Footage
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Postcards From Dalmatia is a colorful 1960s travel film promoting tourism along the coast of what is now Croatia and Montenegro. The film opens with titles printed over painted scenes and a buoyant folk song.  Notable crew includes cinematographer Arthur Wooster, director Adrian de Potier, and narrator James McKechnie.  A busy train station is crowded with tourists (0:33).  The film cuts to a small cruise ship, the S.S. Jadrolinija, bound from Venice for islands off the coast of...
Topics: Postcards, Dalmatia, 1960s, Croatia, Montenegro, Stock Footage
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Produced in the 1980s, this Cold War National Guard recruiting film shows the Guard conducting war games with Bell helicopters and M-60 and M-48 tanks. Voice-over explains the importance of the Guard and the benefits to being part of the nation's oldest branch of military service. Basic training is shown. A drill instructor is shown at 2:00, and advanced training at the 4:20 mark including truck driving, welding, cooking, computer operations and more.     Women members of the Guard are also...
Topics: 1980s, Army National Guard, Basic Training, War Games, Recruiting Film, Stock Footage
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This black & white educational film is about the battle of the Philippines between Japan and the United States in October 1944 during WW2. Copyright is 1944. Opening: Brought To Action! Produced by the Office of Strategic Services in cooperation with the United States Navy (:06-:33). Pearl Harbor, October 23. Office of the Navy door. A telegram shows the second battle of the Philippines had begun. Battleships at sea. Men in a briefing room. Pilots head for their planes. Planes in formation...
Topics: Brought To Action, 1944, WW2, WWII, Japan, Philippines, US Navy, Stock Footage
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This German propaganda movie was part of a U.S. Navy archive compiled during WWII, and acquired by Periscope Film. An allied fleet, hunts and sinks a Uboat during WWII. 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: "01:00:12:00 -- President Roosevelt is seen meeting with Winston Churchill at the...
Topics: German Newsreel, U-Boat, WWII, World War II, US Navy, Stock Footage
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“Crash and Live” is a sort of public service announcement meets public relations presentation about the improvements in automobile safety in the mid 1950s. Colonel John Paul Stapp was a physician in the Air Force who was interested in how G-force effects interacted with the human body. He believed that human bodies could withstand more than the accepted limit in the 1940s of 18 G’s. This black and white film reel shows an interview with Colonel Stapp of Holloman Air Development Center in...
Topics: Crash, Live, 1950s, Drivers Education, John Paul Stapp, Car Accidents, Stock Footage
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Air France presents us with “Flying Holidays: Traveling through France” a charming travelogue from the 1960s that taps into a Hollywood styled score to compliment the monumental sights that travelers frequent. Vacationers tour the French country side including Normandy and Brittany, and the French Riviera in a Renault Caravelle and make frequent stops, experiencing the leisure of good food and a friendly welcome. The voyage starts off with a fabulous picture of French cuisine served in...
Topics: Traveling, France, Europe, Air France, Flying Holiday, Stock Footage
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This short publicity film for the Syncom Satellite program dates to the 1960s. It was made after the successful launch of Syncom 3, so most likely dates to 1965.   Syncom (for "synchronous communication satellite") started as a 1961 NASA program for active geosynchronous communication satellites, all of which were developed and manufactured by Hughes Space and Communications. Syncom 2, launched in 1963, was the world's first geosynchronous communications satellite. Syncom 3, launched...
Topics: NASA, Satellite, NASA Satellite, 1960, Syncom 3, Stock Footage
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Produced in 1949 by the Jam Handy Organization for Chevrolet Motors, "Transportation Unlimited" shows Chevy trucks serving in various roles.   The film proudly points to the American system of transportation as the best in the world, and shows how the components of the system -- air, water, land -- are all linked by trucks. In 1949 one in every three of these trucks was a Chevrolet. This film contains excellent footage of Chevrolet trucks from the mid-1930s to 1949, carrying out more...
Topics: 1949, Chevrolet, Chevy, Post WWII, Trucks, Bus, Stock Footage
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Made during WWII by Wilding for Pratt & Whitney, "It's Our Job" was intended to be seen by the foremen of wartime industrial plants, who were vital for the success of home front factory production. Here, the problems foremen must meet and means of solving them and shown, from introducing new workers to job responsibilities, to  cooperating with other foremen, to preventing safety issues on the assembly line. The film features shots of the F4U-1 Corsair, produced by United...
Topics: United Aircraft, Vought, Division, Corsair, Factory, Production, Stock Footage
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This silent film (originally released with a soundtrack that we don't have, and apparently narrated by John Glenn) was made to profile Teledyne McCormick Selph and its plant at Hollister, California. McCormick Selph was an ordnance company with a strong reputation in the pyrotechnic escape systems products line. In other words, ejection seats and systems. At :19 the sprawling facility at Hollister is shown. At :47 employees wearing clean room apparel work on electronic components. At :58...
Topics: John Glenn, SAAS, Ejection Systems, Pyrotechnic Aircraft, Stock Footage
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This black & white educational film is about the Jefferson Memorial, which contains memorabilia related to Charles Lindbergh (1902-1974). Lindbergh was an American aviator, who made the first solo nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean on May 20-21, 1927. Other pilots had crossed the Atlantic before him but Lindbergh was the first person to do it alone nonstop. Lindbergh's feat gained him immediate, international fame. There is no copyright but this is circa the 1940s.   Opening title:...
Topics: Charles Linderbergh, ST.Louis, Missouri, 1902, 1927, 1974, Stock Footage
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Made in 1948 in an attempt to educate the American public and lobby Congress, AIR POWER AND PEACE POWER features Capt. Eddie Rickenbacker of Eastern Airlines speaking about the future of aviation. The title of the film was part of a slogan used throughout the aviation and defense industry in this era, to promote a strong military-industrial research and development effort that would simultaneously advance aviation technology while strengthening U.S. defense. The film mostly centers around a...
Topics: Air Power, Peace Power, 1948, Eddie Rickenbacker, Stock Footage
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Presented by the U.S. Army, The Infantry Noncommissioned Officer Candidate Course (TF 4118) is a short training film that provides a look at the program offered at Fort Benning, GA, from entrance qualifications to the training content up through the completion of the course. The film opens with a shot of Infantry Hall (00:30). Command Sergeant Major James A. Scott addresses the graduating class of the NCO Candidate Course (01:03). Candidates train with machine guns and batons in hand-to-hand...
Topics: 1960, US Army, 1967, Stock Footage, Fort Benning
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Produced for General Electric by Wilding, THE POWER BY WHICH WE LIVE was released in 1950.  The film tells the story of the electric power grid and power generation.  The company catalog stated that is shows "the source of the power which operates the appliances in our home, the lights we see by, the machines we work with. Somewhere in each locality giant turbines make this supply of electricity possible. These huge machines are built with the precision of a high-quality watch and...
Topics: power, Generations, 1950s, General Electric, Stock footage
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This silent, 1938 black and white and color mixed home movie footage depicts operations of the Robbins Brothers Circus including a promotional parade, livestock unloading, and raising a big top tent (TRT 17:22).  Around the time the film was shot, the Robbins Brothers Circus merged with Cole Brothers and both eventually became part of the Ringling Brothers Circus. A poster advertises Robbins Bros. Circus (0:08). A circus wagon is wheeled along the bed of a railroad train car labeled “Robbins...
Topics: 1938, Home Movie, Robbins Brothers, Circus parade, Ringling Brothers, Stock Footage
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This NASA film shows the rollout of the first Douglas DC-8 jet, and the ground testing of its instruments. At 1:25 the aircraft makes its first test flight. At 3:18 the aircraft comes in for a landing at the Douglas plant in Long Beach, California. At 4:16, a DC-8 in Delta livery is seen in service. The Douglas DC-8 (also known as the McDonnell Douglas DC-8) is an American four-engine long-range narrow-body jet airliner built from 1958 to 1972 by the Douglas Aircraft Company. Launched after the...
Topics: Douglas, DC-8, Jet Rollout, Ground Test, First Flight, Stock Footage
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These raw film "dailies" are from the 1943 Clark Gable documentary film "Combat America".   Although silent, they provide some interesting insight into the making of one of the iconic propaganda films of WWII.   Some of the material seen herein was utilized in the finished movie and some was not...   Combat America is a 1943 Allied propaganda film of World War II that came about through orders given to one of Hollywood's brightest stars: "1st Lieutenant Clark Gable...
Topics: Clark Gable, WWII, World War II, Combat America, 1943, Stock Footage
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This 1930s black and white propaganda for joining the Navy was produced by the American version of Pathe News. It is about Naval training for craftsmen skills and exciting ports Navy ships stopped at. A new Naval battleship slides into the water for her maiden voyage. Navy crew are seen as the giant anchor chains are wound. Supplies are swung over by a crane (:20-1:17). Early ships needed crewman to fill wheelbarrows full of coal. A sailor works on the oil fuel tanks and another flips the large...
Topics: 1930, US Navy, Blue Jackets, Pathe News, Naval Training, Stock Footage