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“The District of Columbia” was the very first episode in the 1940s motion picture series created by Carl Dudley Productions, “The Screen Book of Knowledge  -- This Land Of Ours”.  It dates to 1945 and presents a travelogue view of historic buildings, monuments, architecture and transportation in and around that nation's capitol Washington, D.C. A boy opens the “Screen Book of Knowledge” (0:07). Opening credits (0:10). Slow zoom on a color-coded map of the United States into a star...
Topics: 1945, Washington DC, Travelogue, Educational FIlm, US Capitol, National Mall, Stock Footage
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Created in 1980 by the United Steel Workers of America, "Faces of a Union" features some of the 1.4 million Americans who were union members. The film includes images of American and Canadian factories and production, as well as striking workers on the picket line (1:17) demanding their rights. At 1:26 workers clock into a Kaiser Aluminum plant. At 2:16 new union members learn about their membership rights and put on unions pins. At 2:35 historic footage of workers are shown. At 2:45...
Topics: Union, 1980s, United Steel, Workers History, Promotional Film, 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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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 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
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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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
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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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This fabulous film from General Electric tells the story of the backbone of America's transportation system in the 20th Century -- the railroad.  Made in 1950, the movie traces the evolution of locomotive power from steam through electric and diesel-electric to the latest super-powered gas-turbine electric. Emphasis is given to the ways in which these developments have kept pace with the ever-growing demands of a nation that today virtually "lives out of box cars." The picture also...
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Topics: Electric, Rails, Railroad, Transportation, 1950, Stock Footage
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Made by the Kendall Refining Company, this promotional film from the 1960s shows "Nature's Golden Touch" and explains how crude oil is refined and processed.   The Kendall Refining Company was founded in 1881 in Bradford, PA, to refine local grade crude oil into kerosene, lubricants and greases. The Kendall Allegheny brand introduced a number of significant industry firsts, including the first oil designated for winter use, the first prepackaged and factory sealed one-quart oil can,...
Topics: natures Golden Touch, Kendall Oil, Refining, 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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This black and white film, entitled “English Children (Life in the City),'' was produced by Encyclopedia Britannica Films, Inc. (EB Films). This 1949 film is a collaboration with Harold S. Kemp of Harvard University and is educational and observational in nature. The production opens at 0:31 with a pleasant narration and footage of English school children participating in recreational activities outside a schoolhouse in the summer. Boys and girls playing marbles and jumping rope outdoors...
Topics: 1949, UK, United Kingdom, EB Films, 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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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This color educational film is about tires, what is in them and how to use them best and brought to you by Dupont. It was shot in Pennsylvania, USA. No copyright but this is circa the late 1960s/early 1970s. Opening titles: Dupont…First in Fibers for Tire Cord. An old model car like a Model T drives in the 1920s down a country road. A flat tire causes the car to stop and a man pumps the tire with air while the woman waits. The car is back on the road. Title: FACTS ABOUT TIRES (:08-1:19). A...
Topics: Facts, Tires, 1970s, Tire Maintenance, Cars, Stock Footage
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Made by the famed Jam Handy Organization for Chevrolet, "Hall of Wonders" features Today Show host Dave Garroway talking about General Motors as an innovator in the field of automotive design. The film ends with a look at the brand new Chevy Corvette.   The Chevrolet Corvette, known colloquially as the Vette, is a sports car manufactured by Chevrolet. The car has been produced through seven generations. The first model, a convertible, was introduced at the GM Motorama in 1953 as a...
Topics: Dave Garroway, Chevrolet, Corvette, Promotional Film, Stock Footage
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This 1953 film from the Swiss Federation of Watch Manufacturers gives tips for salesmen that will help them assure customers and successfully sell fine Swiss watches. The film opens with a shot of an American town’s main street. People window shop along a street. Women help customers at a department store. People look in at a jewelry store watch display (01:30). Inside the store, a woman approaches a salesman to discuss purchasing a watch. The salesman shows the woman several different...
Topics: Swiss Watch, 1953, Swiss, Wristwatch, Manufactures, Stock Footage
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This 1940s color documentary advertisement about suspension bridges is produced by the American Bridge Division of U.S. Steel, American Steel & Wire Division. The camera pans up from a stream to show a suspension bridge high above (:25-:35). Shown are a stone bridge, bridge arches, and covered bridges (:36-:49). A drawbridge closes (1:55). Pittsburgh has many bridges (2:13-3:08). An animation shows suspension bridges can be anchored into the water (typical) or self-anchored to the road...
Topics: 1940, Suspension Bridge, Steel, American Wire, Stock Footage
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This reel "Melodrama Rides the Rails" is a compilation that includes three short films dealing with railroads in the early 20th Century. These are examples of early filmmaking depicting this mode of transportation in a dramatic form. These films were exhibited initially in nickelodeons and peep show houses, in which there was a large room with viewing machines. Individuals would insert a penny into a devise, look into it, a light would go on, and the viewer would crack the machine as...
Topics: Locomotive, Railroads, Rails, Edison, Stock Footage
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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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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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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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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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This film takes a look at the 2nd Battle of Guam in July through August of 1944. It involved U.S.forces moving to recapture Guam which had been captured by Japan in 1941. Guam was under 1,600 miles from Tokyo and Manila (:32), another reason the U.S. wanted to recapture it. Japan used the island to guard their vital sea lanes. After the fall of Saipan, Guam was pointed to as the next target (:43). US convoys make their way towards Guam (:52). Pre-invasion bombardments carried on hitting shore...
Topics: 1944, War Department, WWII, World War II, Guam, Stock Footage
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Created in 1972, "A Briefing on Civil Defense" attempts to present significant facts about radiological fallout, the fallout shelter program, and the national civil defense program.   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...
Topics: 1972, Civil Defense, Nuclear Fallout, Fallout, Fallout shelter, Stock Footage
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“The Land Called New Jersey” is a color film that portrays 300 years of progress in New Jersey and the contributions of the citizens of the state to the history of the United States. Produced by Humble Oil & Refining Company in the early 1960s, it includes sequences on the granting and the naming of the state, on the colonial period, on early industry and transportation, and on Thomas Edison and the age of invention. The program describes the industries, educational system, cities,...
Topics: Thomas Edison, New Jersey, 1960, Humble Oil & Refining, Stock Footage
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Made in the wake of the disastrous 1967 fire aboard the USS Forrestal, TRIAL BY FIRE recounts the incident and discusses some of the mistakes made by fire fighting teams that made the situation much worse than it might have been. It also shows the numerous systemic and leadership failures that nearly resulted in loss of the carrier. The film also shows the courageous work of the carrier's crew and that of support vessels, to stop the flames and rescue the wounded, and makes clear that the Navy...
Topics: USS Forrestal Aircraft Carrier, Fire Trial, Fire, 1967, Stock Footage
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“THE F2H BANSHEE BEFORE FLIGHT” 1953 US NAVY TRAINING FILM This US Navy training film will take a look at the McDonnell F2H Banshee which was a single seat carrier-based jet fighter type air craft. The US Marine Corp and Navy deployed the craft from 1948 to 1961 and it was the primary American fighter used during the Korean War. The film opens with the craft in flight (:32). The F2H Banshee was powered by 2 axial flow Westinghouse J34 turbo jet engines (:41) and had a wingspan of about 45...
Topics: F2H Banshee, US Navy, 1953, Training Film, USMC, Stock Footage
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This film presents the innovations in air lift transport planes due to the arrival of the C-130 Hercules and the subsequent continued innovations which led to the C-141 Starlifter and the C5 Galaxy, all manufactured by the Lockheed Georgia Company. The film opens with an airport as cargo shipments are loaded in (:11). Air lift traditionally was conducted by converted passenger planes (:24) however, by the mid fifties a new plane was developed specifically for air lifting capabilities and this...
Topics: 1973, Lockheed, Georgua, C-130, Hercules, Cargo Plane, 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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This black and white adverting film about safety built-in to the 1957 Chevrolet cars is presented by Chevrolet dealers and is a Jam Handy Picture. The film attempts to present safety innovations featured in the car, and while there are some, hindsight reveals that the cars of the 1950s were woefully equipped to meet accidents. Few if any were equipped with seat belts, and the Bel Air (like many cars of its era) had protruding items on the dash board, a telescoping steering wheel column the...
Topics: 1957, Chevrolet, Automobiles, Safety, Bel Air, Chevy, Stock Footage
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THE INVISIBLE LINK is a 1951 film directed by Victor Vicas. The film was produced in Europe as part of the overseas information program of the United States Government during the years of the Marshall Plan, 1948 to 1951. It was shown throughout Europe as a means of telling the story of United States participation in the European Recovery Program. This invisible link that power's Austria's industry, cities and farms is, of course, electric power. Ultimately that power means jobs for the nation's...
Topics: Marshall, Plan, Austria, The Invisible Link, 1951, Stock Footage
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This film from 1954 was a Johnson Films production directed by Richard Matt, written by Pecci De Nictolis and narrated by Charles Taylor. The film documents a trip to prove the durability of the Johnson Outboard Motor, made by the Johnson Brothers of Terre Haute, Indiana. The model shown is a Johnson Seahorse produced between 1954 and 1964. They are also testing the durability of the Johnson fish lures such as the Silver Minnow, the Sprite, and Jigs invented by Louis Johnson starting in 1920....
Topics: 1950s, Fishing Expedition, Peru, Ucayali, Putumayo Rivers, Stock Footage
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Yesterday’s Newsreel Tokyo Prepares for Bombing is a black and white film created in the late 1940’s and early 1950s. This film is one of the episodes of “Yesterday’s Newsreels”, a TV show made of television highlights from the General Newsreel collection. In these films, vintage clips can be found of famous people and events from the first half of the 20th century. Narration of this film is done by Tom Hale, Roger Owens, and Sally Anderson, each having done 139 episodes over their...
Topics: Yesterdays Newsreel, Tokyo, Air Raid, Drill, 1940, Stock Footage
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Beginning with a shot of a United Airlines DC-3 Mainliner, AMERICA LEARNS TO FLY was sponsored by the U.S. National Dairy Council. The film shows the burgeoning aviation industry of the 1930s with commercial and privately-owned planes transporting millions of passengers across the United States. It is primarily a film about health and physical fitness, that mentions the need for fitness as people prepare for careers in aviation.   And of course it mentions dairy products throughout! There's...
Topics: 1930s, Nutrition, health, Airline, Pilots, Flying Cadets, 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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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 color educational/training/promotional film by the Clevite Corporation, a maker of bearing parts, is about the recognition, causes, and corrective techniques taken in the replacement of engine bearings. No copyright but circa late 1950s.   Car pulls into a service station. A mechanic is under a car working on it. A customer has questions about his car and chats with the mechanic. Another car pulls in and the mechanic is under another car working on it. A customer has questions about his...
Topics: 1950s, Clevite Clinic, Automobile, Crankcase, Bearing, Camshaft, Stock Footage
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This black and white film is one of the episodes of "Yesterday's Newsreels", an early 1950s TV show made from the General Newsreel collection. It features eight segments of historic highlights. Jimmy Walker Story 1925-1932. “Beau” James is shown as a Senator, going on to be a liberal Democrat mayor of New York City. The group of men are dressed in 1925 overcoats over suits and wearing hats with wide bands. He shakes hands with Giants player John McGraw and throws the first pitch...
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This silent 8mm home movie shot in 1960 shows then candidate for president John F. Kennedy visiting Minneapolis, Minnesota. The film begins at Hector Field, later known as Hector International Airport. Two unidentified dignitaries are seen in a convertible type car awaiting Kennedy's arrival. At :40 Kennedy's campaign aircraft lands and he deplanes. The aircraft is a Convair 240, N240K 'Caroline' which was used by John F. Kennedy in the 1960 Presidential Campaign. The aircraft was purchased by...
Topics: JFK, john F Kennedy, Airport, 1960, Minneapolis, Stock Footage
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This 1957 black and white educational film about 1840s travel in the U.S. was produced by Coronet Instructional Films. The educational collaborator was Lewis Paul Todd, Ph.D., author and former Professor of Social Studies at New York University.  The film’s narration begins in New York in 1840, where the narrator is working as a blacksmith under his grandfather’s watchful eye. The sound of hammer on anvil is heard (:42-1:20). A stagecoach arrives, having lost a rim from a wheel...
Topics: Travel, America, 1840s, 1957, Coronet, New York, Stock Footage
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This historic newsreel shows Charles Lindbergh being honored in Washington, D.C. by President Calvin Coolidge.   When 25-year-old Charles A. Lindbergh set down his monoplane, The Spirit of St. Louis, at Le Bourget Aerodrome in Paris on May 21, 1927, he instantly became the leading hero of a decade of American heroes and celebrities. Lindbergh had not expected any welcome in France, but word of his arrival spread through Paris, and twenty-five thousand people surrounded the plane even before he...
Topics: Charles Lindbergh, Calvin Coolidge, Washington DC, 1927 Stock Footage
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Made for the home market in the late 1920s and released by Kodak as part of their Kodascope film library, this silent newsreel shows the aftermath of Charles Lindbergh's 1927 trans-Atlantic flight. At :17, the Lone Eagle is seen at Cherbourg, France, about to board the cruiser USS Memphis to sail home. At :45, exclusive pictures show Lindy at sea with the crew of the ship, learning how the big guns work and climbing aboard the ship's seaplane. At 1:21, Lindy looks through binoculars while at...
Topics: Charles, Linderbergh, USA, USS Memphis, Washington DC, Stock Footage
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Dating to the late 1960s or early 1970s and directed by Peter Powell, "The Driving Scene" takes a rock-n-roll approach to driver's education. The film targets beginning drivers with a calm, psychologically pleasing message  ---- attemptIng to get across the idea that control over one's reckless impulses is imperative behind the wheel. Featuring narration by the great Jean Shepherd, the film is chock-full of classic cars including Mustangs, convertibles, VW Bugs and GTOs, drive in...
Topics: Driving, Driving Scene, 1960s, 1970s, Drivers Education, 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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Original Japanese newsreels showing U.S. surrender in Philippines and march from Bataan. This original Japanese newsreel apparently dates to 1942, and shows Japanese Imperial Army and Navy forces on the move in the Pacific. The first part of the newsreel either has no soundtrack or the soundtrack was damaged; a later portion has sound. Some of the segments include Japanese forces accepting the surrender of American and Philippine troops at the 18 minute mark. General Jonathan M. Wainwright is...
Topics: Stock footage, Japanese Newsreel, Japanese, WWII, Philippines
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Note: This is a short version of this film. See the other film in the playlist for the full hour-long documentary. "Nuremberg: It's Lesson for Today" was made by the Office of Military Government for Germany in May of 1947 under the auspices of the OSS Field Photographic Unit headed by John Ford. In the summer of 1945, Ford dispatched Stuart Schulberg to Europe to hunt for Nazi films that could be used at the Nuremberg trial. His older brother Budd, of higher rank, followed and led...
Topics: Nuremburg, Holocaust, Trial, 1948, Nazis, Stock footage
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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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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...
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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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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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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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This silent footage shows the construction of an Exxon floating oil platform for the Gulf of Mexico. At 16:00 and 19:15 the platform is shown on a barge being moved by the tugboat Watergate, based in Houma, Louisiana. 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...
Topics: Silent Footage, Exxon, Mexico, Louisiana, Stock Footage
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This 1960s Moreland-Latchford production is a short “how-to” film on using fiberglass and plastic to create a laminate as well as a quick look at how to repair a plastic product using fiberglass. Viewers see a pile of fiberglass fibers on a table and then products made from reinforced plastic. A man pours a polyester resin into a cup (00:56), then adds a few drops of a chemical hardener called the catalyst. The man pours the hardened resin onto a sheet of cellophane and adds pieces of...
Topics: Fiberglass, 1960s, Plastic, Polyester, Laminate, Stock Footage
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Originally released in 1953 and then revised with a new ending in the 1970s, this black and white and color film recounts the beginning of the Ford Motor Company. The movie opens with a horse pulling a cart. The American Road, and MPO Production, New York City. Music composed and conducted by, Alex North. Script by, Joseph March. Re-created scenes directed by, George Stoney. Narrated by Raymond Massey. A wagon wheel rolls through the mud. A couple sit in a horse and buggy 1:15. A man and a...
Topics: Road, Automobile, 1953, American Road, 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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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
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Created by North American Aviation and its Autonetics Division, THE CASE FOR TOGGLESWITCH ALIGNMENT is an industrial film made to promote a contract for faster alignment of inertial navigation systems aboard aircraft carriers.   The film features images shot aboard the USS Independence in the mid-1960s with F-4 Phantoms, F-111 Aardvarks, and A-4 Skyhawks.   In any era before GPS, the inertial navigation system allowed for aircraft and ships to navigate accurately and in concert with one...
Topics: US Navy, Inertial, Guidance, Evaluation Program, Stock Footage
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This film about the construction of the first Transcontinental Railroad in the United Staes opens with images of the 1,500 miles of desert and plain which separated California Territory from the United States in the 1850s (:11). The continuous railroad line that ended up being built would cover 1,912 miles and was built between 1863 and 1869. Surveyors were sent out on fact finding missions in order to discover what the best route would be (:32). In 1853, a survey of five possible routes were...
Topics: Railroad Builders, Construction, Transcontinental Railroad, Utah, Stock Footage
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This black and white 1940’s educational classroom short by Encyclopedia Britannica films provides an introduction to the concept of property taxes and how they are derived (TRT 9:56). Opening titles: “Property Taxation (Arithmetic of Taxes), In collaboration with Dr. H.F. Aldefer of Pennsylvania State College (0:08). Partial view of a capitol building. Men walk up the steps (0:22). Interior view of a bank teller’s window, with a line of customers. A woman fills out a deposit slip (0:32)....
Topics: Property Taxation, 1940s, Taxes, Bonds, Internet, Stock Footage
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This WWII film, "Target: Japan", shows the rebuilding of the fleet after Pearl Harbor, and outlines some of the strategic operations in 1943-1944.  It features Fleet Admiral Ernest J. King outlining the strategic situation as it existed in 1944. The film shows U.S. troops landing on Enewetak and Kwajalein. Task Force 58 moves into the Marianas and Saipan is invaded. Troops advance on Guam.  The film features footage of submarines operating in the Northern Pacific at the 4:00 mark,...
Topics: US Navy, WWII, Target japan, Japan, World War II, Stock Footage
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Made for sale to the home market in the late 1920s, these silent newsreels show Charles LIndbergh preparing to leave on his epic Trans-Atlantic flight in 1927.   The film includes good luck greetings from Lindy's mother and even his rival, Commander Byrd.   At the 4:30 mark, a second newsreel shows Lindy returning to the United States aboard the cruiser USS Memphis, with his aircraft in a box on the deck.   The Memphis arrives at the Washington Navy Yard, and Lindy is greeted by his mother...
Topics: CHarles Lindbergh, Newsreel, 1920, Commander Byrd, Trans Atlantic Flight, Stock Footage
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This 1943 news review was produced by the U.S. Office of War Information.  It has several segments including: a band of isolated Australian troops fighting on the island of Timor, recycling of obsolete ordnance by the U.S. Army to create new metal for the war effort -- including Civil War cannonballs, WWI tanks, tractors and howitzers --, the effort to preserve British rare books and manuscripts in the United States through storage and microfilming,  wartime efforts to increase production by...
Topics: WWII, US News Review, Raiders Of Timor, Caucuses Battles, Stock Footage
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This silent footage shows the Martin Marietta X-24B lifting body at Edwards Air Force Base. It likely dates to 1973 when the aircraft was first flown. At 2:19 the aircraft is seen mated to a mothership B-52. At 4:27 are some brief shots of the aircraft being dropped at altitude. The Martin Marietta X-24 was an American experimental aircraft developed from a joint United States Air Force-NASA program named PILOT (1963–1975). It was designed and built to test lifting body concepts,...
Topics: X24, X-24B, Edwards Air Force Base, 1973, NASA, Stock Footage
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Made late during WWII, LIFELINE TO CHINA traces the journey of American war materiel — in this case a barrel of petroleum from Texas — to the front in China. The journey takes place across the Atlantic ocean aboard ship, all the way to Burma where it is transported by porters onto trains, and then through various methods to get to Kunming. The airport at Bhamo is shown, along with the HQ of the Tenth Air Force operating into China. B-29 bombers are shown operating in the China-Burma-India...
Topics: Lifeline, China World, World War II, WWII, Stilwell, Petroleum, Stock Footage
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Sieg im Westen (Victory in the West) is a 1941 German propaganda film the shows Hitler's greatest military victory -- the Blitzkrieg conquest of Holland, Belgium and France in the spring of 1940.It was produced by the Oberkommando des Heeres, the German Army High Command, rather than the Propaganda Ministry of Joseph Goebbels. Goebbels indeed sabotaged its release in minor ways, delaying its premiere and telling propagandists not to promote it. The prologue consists of the Nazi version of...
Topics: Victory In The West, German Invasion, Belgium, Holland, France, Stock Footage
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This black & white educational U.S. Navy Training Film is one of a series made to train lookouts. This one is about using the position angle system when reporting incoming aircraft. Copyright 1944. Opening: U.S. Navy Training Film - Position Angle (:06-:21). A sailor serving as a sky lookout uses his binoculars to scan for enemy planes. His job is to report incoming aircraft and their incoming bearing position angle so that the ship can be defended. A plane in the sky as seen through...
Topics: 1944, US Navy, Positive Angle, Sky Lookout, Airplane Spotting, Stock Footage
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Made in 1965, this film shows members of North American Aviation staff arriving in Saigon, to asses U.S. Navy needs in counterinsurgency in Vietnam. The film contains images of Saigon in this era, including shots at 1:25 of bullet holes in the Brinks Hotel, which was also the sight of a famous bombing during the Vietnam War. A funeral procession is seen at 1:40, the result of a claymore mine being set off in a restaurant. U.S. Navy personnel are seen advising Mekong riverine forces starting at...
Topics: 1965, North American Aviation, Counterinsurgency, Vietnam, US Navy, Stock Footage
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Made in 1966, READY ON ARRIVAL shows the activities of the United States Navy's aircraft carriers & the crews who man them. The USS Independence CV-62 is the carrier featured.   Carrier aircraft making attack runs over Vietnam are shown at the start of the film, landing on carrier decks at mark 1:00. At mark2:55, 4500 men are on the ship, they make it run; engineers, doctors, pilot, aircraft mechanics, fire men. They all help in running the ship. They work 14hours a day. They handle tons...
Topics: Vietnam War, US Navy, Marine Corps, USS Independence, Stock Footage
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This 1970 U.S. Navy unclassified training film highlights all weather instrument flight techniques for high performance jet aircraft. It is a Ralph Hall Productions. The VA-127 unit’s primary mission was to provide advanced all-weather jet instrument training for fleet replacement pilots and refresher training for light jet attack pilots. The Royal Blues nickname was used from the 1960s to 1980 and Cyclons beginning in 1981. A Navy pilot for the VFA-127 Strike Fighter Squadron (says Royal...
Topics: 1970, US Navy, Navy, Training Film, Ralph Hall, Stock Footage
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This 1950s film from Sterling Television "Dear Diary" -- apparently part of a series --   features journalist Inga Rode. It was directed by Roy Creveling and produced by Jackson B. Pokress. The film shows Rode's journey to meet Attilio Gatti, the adventurer and explorer, at his home at 66 Park Avenue. (This site is now the Kitano Hotel).   At 3:00, some of the books written by Gatti are shown on a shelf, at at 3:40 Gatti shows off his vast filing cabinet system filled with photos...
Topics: 1950, Great Gatti, New York, Home, Filmmaker, Commander, Stock Footage
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This is a 1950, black and white training film made by the United States Army, "Hospital Food Service Personnel Training. Part III. Equipment." The movie shows how proper cleaning and sanitation of food equipment in a hospital promotes the good health of everyone, whereas poor sanitation can result in a disaster. The film opens with men getting dressed and cleaned up in a hospital locker room. A man in a chef’s hat comes in and talks to a mess attendant -- one of the men who keeps...
Topics: 1950s, US Army, Hospital Food Service, Kitchen Equipment, Stock Footage
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One of the many films made by the Jam Handy Organization for General Motors and Chevrolet, THE WAY YOU WANT IT focuses on how Chevy designs and builds truly tough cars, and the pleasantness and excellent quality of the repair staff at your local dealership. It features an auto stunt likely performed by Joie Chitwood, who performed in many Chevy ads in this era. We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional information about our videos by adding a comment!  See...
Topics: Chevrolet Service, 1950s, Promotional Film, Automobile, jam handy, Stock Footage
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Made by Bell Helicopter, this short film focuses on the armament system of the Bell AH-1G Huey Helicopter. At 1:09 the film looks at the stability augmentation system used with the AH-1G, also known as the Model 209.   At 1:54 the turret system with its minigun is seen in action.Various versions are shown at 2:39 including a version with a grenade launcher. At 3:12 the sophisticated gunsight is shown. At 3:41 the wing stores are described including minigun pods at 4:00, and at 4:24 aerial...
Topics: AH-1G, Huey Cobra, Helicopter, Turret, Armament Systems, Stock Footage
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Produced by the 9076th Voluntary Air Reserve Group, the 5th annual National Convention and Reunion of the Air Force Association is a short film that recaps the events in Los Angeles, CA during August 1951 as well as a promoting the association and the Air Force. The film opens with two large bombers flying in the sky then landing. American Actor Reed Hadley poses as an Air Force officer who talks to the camera about the need for more planes in the Air Force; he also narrates the film. Boeing...
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Made in the 1930s, this short film highlights the effort to introduce streamlining into the American railroad industry. It begins with a brief recap of the streamlining concept as applied to buses, aircraft, and even passenger cars before showing the design and manufacture of streamlined locomotives and passenger train cars. The film shows the Silver Streak Zephyr, of the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad in the American midwest. On April 15, 1940 the Silver Streak Zephyr started...
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Originally released in1951, "American Harvest" was designed to promote Chevrolet's corporate citizenship rather than any specific model of automobile. The film shows how important auto manufacturing and use are to the American economy while simultaneously showing the effects of the automobile upon the American landscape. John Forsythe's narration is accompanied by  images of automobile manufacturing, the extraction and processing of raw materials including oil from the earth, and...
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This impressive silent movie shows the Sandy River and Rangeley Lakes Railroad. This line was among the first of a number of 2 foot (610mm) narrow gauge railroads to be built within the state of Maine. Dating to 1879 the railroad connected the towns of Strong, Phillips and Farmington. It was a common carrier railroad that operated approximately 112 miles (180 km) of track in Franklin County, Maine. Although abandoned in the mid 1930s a piece of the railroad has been rebuilt within the town of...
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Marketing Retail Sales Department of the Standard Oil Company of California, Western Operations Inc, presents, “Make Mine Service”. This is a color film which starts out at a standard 1950’s style service station, :45. Logos for Standard Station and Chevron Dealer are shown, :51. Bob and Dave’s service station is shown, 1:24. Pat Ivins service station is shown, 1:48. Chevron Supreme and Chevron gasoline service pumps, 2:45. RPM Supreme Motor Oil, 2:50, Atlas Tires and batteries, 2:55....
Topics: 1950, Oil, Service Station, Chevron, Stock Footage