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This Yesterday’s Newsreel film (episode 48) 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 begins with a short bio on “Hollywood’s First Lady,” Mary Pickford. Pickford signs the contract creating United Artists Corporation with D.W. Griffith, Charlie Chaplin, and Douglas Fairbanks. There is a short clip from her film Rosita. Pickford climbs into a plane to...
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This 1970 film from Jam Handy Productions gives viewers a look at the daily operations of The Detroit News, as well as insight to what people think of the paper. The film features many short shots of the various employees of the paper as they work to produce the day’s edition. The film opens with footage of a soap box derby, cars driving onto transport carriers, the Detroit city skyline, factories, and various people moving around the city. A Detroit News truck drives through the city. Papers...
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Made in 1972 for General Motors, this film shows the full line of Chevrolet pick-up trucks and gives salesmen and potential customers insight into the line's durability and value. As the film states, almost 56% of Chevy trucks made in the 1950s were still in service in the early 1970s thanks to their rugged design. At 1:25, the Nationwide Consumer Institute tests the truck versus a comparable Ford pick-up. At 2:11 a demonstration of the double steel cab strength. At 2:28 the box wall of the...
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This silent film shows "The War on the Ground". It consists of footage shot by British and American cameramen during World War I, and was released in the 1960s. At :47 German prisoners are seen being moved behind allied lines. At 1:36 a French mortar is fired by an artillery crew with effects seen at 1:50. At 2:40 reinforced French positions are shown. At 2:48 a German graveyard, now behind French lines, is shown. At 3:26 supply wagons are on the move while at 3:36 armored cars file...
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This 16mm motion picture was created to promote the new Bell & Howell Autoload 16mm film projectors and show off the company's entire production line -- from high end to low end and everything in between: "A Full Horizon in Motion". The film begins by discussing some of the projector components such as the "shuttle" (:50) which pulls down the film via the sprocket holes. At 1:27 the loop restorer is shown. Also shown at 2:30 is the solid state amplifier, which was quite...
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Produced by the U.S. Navy, this film details the commissioning of the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise. USS Enterprise (CVN-65), formerly CVA(N)-65, is a retired United States Navy aircraft carrier. She was the world's first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier and the eighth United States naval vessel to bear the name. Like her predecessor of World War II fame, she is nicknamed "Big E". At 1,123 ft (342 m), she was the longest naval vessel in the world, a record which still stands. Her...
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United States Air Force Training Film. TF 6186. 1968. This color film, produced in 1968 by the US Air Force opens in the jungle. The purpose of the film is to demonstrate how to survive when you’re emergency equipment fails and how to use signaling techniques to save yourself. The film opens with a soldier running down the hill through the brush. He is in danger. Survival – Improvised Emergency Signaling. A soldier is starting a fire with brush in the desert 1:10. A man carries his...
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This is a 1940’s era, black and white movie made by RKO Radio Pictures entitled "The Ramparts We Watch".  It features a script by Robert L. Richards and Cedric R. Worth and was produced and directed by Louis de Rochemont. The film (made just before the entry of the USA into WWII) draws parallels between the First World War and the Second, and shows how the complacency of the "teen" years and the isolationism preceding WWII can lead to disastrous consequences. This final...
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This film from the Van Beuren Corporation was part of a series called the "Grantland Rice Sportlights", named after commentator Grantland Rice. Rice began his career as a sports writer for the New York Tribune, and eventually contributed to films such as this one. Van Beuren Studios (:07) was a New York based studio which provided live action shorts for Paramount from the 1920’s to 1936. The film begins with the Moore-McCormack cargo / passenger ship SS Honolulu on a voyage to...
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n this vintage 1947 film, Hawaiian melodies features Hawaiian musicians and dancers performing popular music. The world parade - Hawaii is a travelogue featuring the scenic beauties of Hawaii and surfing. This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage collections in the USA. Entirely film backed, this material is available for licensing in 24p HD. For more information visit http://www.PeriscopeFilm.com
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"The Phantom Ship" was originally produced as a sound film; this silent version comes from a Super 8mm version of the film that was sold to the home market in the U.K. in the late 1960s/early 1970s. "The Phantom Ship" showcases the Ark Royal and its aircraft which at the time it was shot included Westland Sea King helicopters, F-4 Phantom attack aircraft, and Harrier jump jets.  The film is notable in showing some of the capabilities the Royal Navy had at the time of the...
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This film shows operations of the German fleet, the Kriegsmarine, during WWII. It also shows German aircraft reading allied convoys. This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage collections in the USA. Entirely film backed, this material is available for licensing in 24p HD. For more information visit http://www.PeriscopeFilm.com
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Made by the Central Office of Information, Foreign and Commonwealth Office — the UK government's marketing and communications agency -- "People in the Sky" shows the state of UK passenger air travel in the late 1970s and demonstrates its advance since 1914. Initially viewed as a daredevil adventure for the wealthy, plane flights were now available to all walks of life. The film opens with a shot of passengers asleep on a British Airways Flight creating an image of trust and...
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Made by the late John Hutter in the late1940s or early 1950s, this travelogue film shows views of St. Augustine, Florida. The filmmaker, who was a Chicago-based accountant, traveled all over the world and filmed many of his adventures. The title card at the beginning "Chateau Hutter Films Presents", refers to a European-style resort that Hutter built in Door County, Wisconsin. Apparently Hutter hoped to show this film and others to visitors there, but the resort never hit its stride...
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This is part of a series of Combat camera dailies from Vietnam in 1967. This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage collections in the USA. Entirely film backed, this material is available for licensing in 24p HD. For more information visit http://www.PeriscopeFilm.com
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This is part of a series of Combat camera dailies from Vietnam in 1967. This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage collections in the USA. Entirely film backed, this material is available for licensing in 24p HD. For more information visit http://www.PeriscopeFilm.com
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Released in 1940, THE WORLD IN FLAMES is an hour-long American documentary that tells the story of the rise of Fascism, and the beginnings of WWII in Asia and Europe. The film begins with  scenes of world-wide depression in 1929 and 1930, and continues with (as NY Times reviewer Bosley Crowther described it): "the inevitability of a prepared scenario through the evidences of unrest in Europe, the growth of totalitarian power, the futile gestures made toward appeasement and the eventual...
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This silent footage shot aboard USS Ranger (CVA 61) shows RA-5C Vigilante aircraft operating off Vietnam. The RA-5C was a reconnaissance variant of the Vigilante. 69 of the aircraft were built by North American, plus 20 were redesignated and 61 converted from earlier variants. Based on a slate (8:08), we believe this film dates to the week of May 6, 1968 and features Carrier Air Wing 2 (CARAIRWING TWO) CVW-2. It's unclear why the film was shot, but it might represent an operational test of the...
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This 1945 U.S. Navy black-and-white training film MN 3474d is part of a series of films on primary flight training. This is part 1 of 2 parts (see 59994) by Wilding Picture Productions. A 1940s couple is jostled on a roller coaster, and the “Bomber” and parachute rides are shown. A Packard Clipper and 1930s roadster narrowly avoid a collision. To avoid hitting a train, a car veers through a barn and fence. A progression of vehicles span from the 1900s to the 1940s, including a surrey, a...
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Based on the holdings of the defunct General Newsreel Co, Yesterday’s Newsreel was a TV series that actual vintage news footage with modern narration. This episode begins in 1932 to 1936 and Charles Lindbergh Jr. appears on screen in his home in Hopewell, NJ (:42). Viewers are shown the ladder (:51) in which his son had been carried down to his death on March 1st, 1932. It leads to two and a half years later at the county courthouse and David T. Wilentz (1:03) handles the case. Supreme Court...
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This historic film shows a portion of the Kitchen Debate. The Kitchen Debate was a series of impromptu exchanges (through interpreters) between then U.S. Vice President Richard Nixon and Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev at the opening of the American National Exhibition at Sokolniki Park in Moscow on July 24, 1959. For the exhibition, an entire house was built that the American exhibitors claimed anyone in America could afford. It was filled with labor-saving and recreational devices meant to...
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This home movie from the mid to late 1940’s takes viewers on a tour through Malmo. Malmo is the largest city in Scandinavia, Sweden. It is a coastal city including sites such as the Lilla Torg and the Malmo Castle. It opens with a blue trolley car moving down the city streets (:09). Some of the intricate architecture and window balconies are zoomed in on (:22). An ‘Annie Get Your Gun’ poster is seen at (:39) for the film produced by MGM and released in 1950 based loosely off the life of...
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This short 1951 film from Reader’s Digest On The Screen and Columbia Pictures gives viewers a look at the work of the FBI as they work with local law enforcement to solve crimes. The film shows several reenactments of agents working cases, as well as shots of the Department of Justice building, the FBI Academy and the training of new agents, the FBI’s mail sorting room and massive fingerprint files, and various forensic laboratories. The film opens with a shot of the Department of Justice...
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This color educational/promotional film is about the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD and what is offered there. Copyright is 1954. Opening: United States Navy presents The Annapolis Story (:06-:49). Naval cadets march. Some carry rifles. Some carry books. Huge group of cadets marches. Aerial shot of U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. Cadets march. Graduation day. A mailman delivers mail to a boy sitting, another working on a car. A boy runs with his letter to a group of girls. U.S....
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“Once Upon A Time” is an animated film made by Audio Productions. It was created to show the importance of being a careful and safe driver on streets and highways (:15). It is presented by Metropolitan Life Insurance Company (:30) which has been in operation for over 145 years and is now known as MetLife. Title screen (:30). The first scene shows cartoon trains, buses and cars on a road (:58).   This unique driver safety cartoon, told through a clever song, created as part of an insurance...
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This 1960s color film is about the ABC islands in the Leeward Antilles: Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao. It was produced by John Ferno and Cinesphere, and narrated by actor Frank Thornton. Up-close views are shown of different textures, shapes, architectures, and colors on walls, houses, buildings, ships, and people on Curacao (:07- 1:49 ). A flag is raised by a wind sock, the weather station spins, and the wind direction and speed is shown ( 1:50 - 1:58 ). A map shows the islands’ location (...
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Regular 8mm home movie of ""Luke"" on site at a Nike Hercules missile base, location unknown. Includes missile launching in 1962. This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage collections in the USA. Entirely film backed, this material is available for licensing in 24p HD. For more information visit http://www.PeriscopeFilm.com
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This U.S. Army film from 1957 was shown to demolition men, instructing them on the use of electric primers.  This is a story on how the military carry out demolitions. This is a standard operating procedure as seen at mark 0:50. Most of the demolition done by today’s Army is by means of explosives as seen at mark 1:11. A main explosive charge is needed. In order to denote them, a small explosive charge is needed. The smaller charge is the blasting cap. There are 2 types of cap as seen at...
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This fascinating black & white home movie features a 4th of July parade in Globe, Arizona, as well as some desert (!) golfing. The images of Globe are especially interesting as they show a diverse vision of the West -- if you look you'll see Native Americans and African Americans in the footage. This is circa the late 1920s or early 1930s.  Globe is a city in Gila County, Arizona that was founded c. 1875 as a mining camp. The Old Dominion mine was the principal copper producer in the Globe...
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"Camouflage", is one of a series of animated movies made by the Walt Disney Co. in support of the U.S. war effort.  Between 1942 and 1945, during World War II, Walt Disney was involved in the production of many propaganda films for the US government, some featuring well-known Disney characters including Donald Duck and Mickey Mouse. The widespread familiarity of Walt Disney's productions benefited the US government in producing support for the war.    In "Camouflage", the...
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The Growler Story is a Department of Defense film from 1958. This story highlights one of the most famous individual acts of heroism during WWII. When fatally wounded Commander Gilmore, from the bridge of the USS Growler, gave the final command to "take er down" which is now one of the most famous of Naval Commands for Submarine Commanders. Gilmore became one of the seven World War II submariners to earn the Medal of Honor. This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of...
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This film, "The Narrow Gauge, Catskill Mountain Railway" was produced by Blackhawk in 1959. It was made from one of the two 35mm "paper print" positives in the Library of Congress that were the original copyright registration copies deposited with the library on March 9, 1906, by American Mutoscope. George L. Wasson and Harold Schecht of Catskill, N.Y., supplyied much of the historical data on which the text titles are based. The Catskill Mountain Railway was a 3-foot gauge...
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This black & white WWIl era morale film features footage from the 1927 classic boxing match which featured Jack Dempsey vs Gene Tunney. It also has a "By Request" segment about animals "speaking for themselves" which features hilariously campy animation and singing cows (and likely inspired a few "talking mule" films!). This is circa the mid-1940s, apparently post-war so likely 1946-48. Opening titles: Navy Edition Army-Navy Screen Magazine presents...
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This post-World War II training film (Issue No. 90) shows what guns are effective in delivering firepower against the German pillboxes by testing various guns on pillboxes at the Army’s Aberdeen Proving Ground. The film opens with an officer speaking to the camera about the contents on the film. Viewers see fortified pillboxes at the Aberdeen Proving Ground (01:06). The film shows the Siegfried Line with Nazi pillboxes, followed by an aerial view of the line. Back at Aberdeen, the film shows...
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This historic U.S. Air Force newsreel covers several topics, including the rocket sled tests being conducted by Col. John Paul Stapp as part of human factors testing. These deceleration tests provided valuable data for aircraft and automobile safety systems and, according to the book "A History of Murphy's Law" by author Nick T. Spark, were responsible for the discovery of that famous law. Also on the reel -- the story of the Eskimo scouts in Alaska, and the "Darmstadt Case"...
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This Vietnam War U.S. Army news segment (set to a jazzy version of a Beatles song!) shows how remote bases were supplied by the C-7 Caribou aircraft. In this film you will see a remote "special operations" fire base in Tra Bong receiving ammunition and food as well as medical supplies. The de Havilland Canada DHC-4 Caribou (designated by the United States military as the CV-2 and later C-7 Caribou) is a Canadian-designed and produced specialized cargo aircraft with short takeoff and...
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This color educational/promotional film is about the careers offered by the U.S. Army transportation Center in Fort Eustis, VA. Copyright circa the 1970s.  Opening: cars, truck, buses, boats, planes. Giant ships in port. Ships on the water. Allegheny Airlines is unloaded. Trucks and subways move. Sign for the Spearhead of Logistics, U.S. Army, Transportation Center, Fort Eustis in Newport News, VA. Title: A CAREER THAT MOVES (:06-1:02). Army trucks are driving and moving items. An army soldier...
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Produced in the 1940s for the U.S. Navy, THE BASIC CAMERA provides a brief historical overview of the camera, including the famed camera obscure, before showing modern photographic equipment and techniques. Box cameras, bellows cameras, and other specialized equipment is shown. At the 13 minute mark the film also shows a motion picture camera with a turret, and explains the operation of the shutter. A Graflex camera is seen at the 9:00 mark and following, including a high speed camera at the 10...
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This 1943 War Department training film (T.F. 1-3403) instructs viewers on how to survive a crash landing in an arctic climate. The film follows an Army Air Forces pilot, Hardy, as he recalls his survival training, which is presented as an internal dialogue between the pilot and his instructor. The film opens with footage of a plane flying over snow-capped mountain peaks. A man lies dead in the snow (00:44). The film then cuts to an Army Air Forces briefing room where an officer talks to pilots...
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The Missile Navy is a late-1960s film reported by Chet Huntley that presents viewers with a history of rocket propulsion and missile development. The film opens with a shot of the Navy’s nuclear-powered attack carrier Enterprise at sea. On the ship, men run to their positions and a fighter jet is fitted with guided missiles. Navy jets take off from the carrier (01:58) and fly through the air. Chet Huntley reports on the deck of the ship. Men in the “nerve center” of the ship monitor radar...
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This is part of a series of Combat camera dailies from Vietnam in 1967. This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage collections in the USA. Entirely film backed, this material is available for licensing in 24p HD. For more information visit http://www.PeriscopeFilm.com
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This wartime black & white educational/promotional film is about Texaco and its petroleum products, and what Texaco service station owners can do to help the war effort. Since civilian car production was curtailed during the war, what this effort amounted to, was to help keep existing cars on the road. This was made in early 1942, shortly after the bombing of Pearl Harbor as America's involvement in the war deepened, and as rubber, oil, gasoline and other products began to be rationed....
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Made in the 1950s, this U.S. Navy produced documentary is about the history of "lighter than air" flight in the 19th Century. It opens with Thaddeus Lowe, the father of U.S. military aerial reconnaissance. During the Civil War, Lowe staged a balloon ascent near the Smithsonian Institute in Washington (:16) and convinced US leaders of aerial observations’ advantages (:22). Lowe organized a Union Balloon Corps (:51). James Allen (1:51) serving for the Northern Army, first ascended on...
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This is a 1970’s era, color movie that opens with race cars going around a racetrack. The movie is called Formula Vee racing and it is about the Formula Vee class racecar. It was directed by Kenneth Baldwin and sponsored by Volkswagen of America. Formula Vee began in 1963 and was formed in an effort to emphasize driver ability over technological development of the car. The concept was to provide an inexpensive, reliable, and competitive race car for everyone to be able to race.   In 1963,...
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Report On Mileage And Money Savings is a short film promoting the money-saving tires of General Truck Tire and the Kraft System Recapping. It probably dates from between 1946 and 1952.  A man drives a truck on a highway (00:30). A dump truck pulls away from a gravel pit. The film shows various shots of trucks hauling different loads (gravel, livestock, oil). A truck pulls up to a highway toll booth (02:07). A chart shows the various costs of owning and operating a truck (03:32). Close-up...
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This silent film from 1913 shows the opening of the Los Angeles Aqueduct system, a "stupendous undertaking" as a title card describes it. Chief Engineer William Mulholland is shown at 1:38, and again at 3:14 when the gates of the aqueduct are first opened. At 6:40 the San Fernando Reservoir is shown. The aqueduct project began in 1905 when the voters of Los Angeles approved a US$1.5 million bond for the 'purchase of lands and water and the inauguration of work on the aqueduct'. On...
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Released by producer Albert E. Seuss in 1932 as part of his "World Before Your Eyes" series, "The Land of the Vikings" profiles the nation of Norway. The silent film begins with images of a four stack ocean liner at sea on its way up the Sognefjord (1:33). At 2:42 the liner is shown again. At 3:50 a mountain village is shown. A national shrine, the statue of a legendary viking warrior Frithjof den Frokne at Vangsnes is shown at 4:18. Other scenes include a mountain road at...
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This is part of a series of Combat camera dailies from Vietnam in 1967. This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage collections in the USA. Entirely film backed, this material is available for licensing in 24p HD. For more information visit http://www.PeriscopeFilm.com
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Help us identify where this film was shot and what units it shows! One person suggested it could be part of Operation Goldflake. Operation Goldflake was the administrative move of I Canadian Corps (in essence, all Canadian combatant units) and the British 5th Infantry Division from Italy to Northwestern Europe during the Second World War. British-led forces had been fighting in Italy since the Allied invasion of Sicily in July 1943. The Allied commanders decided to move the British and Canadian...
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 This color documentary film from circa 1964 features real people, places, and events in the telling of the story, “The Best Investment We Ever Made!” — and encouraging viewers to build airports in their community. As a small airplane takes off from a landing strip, narrator Arthur Godfrey tells the audience how businesses are beginning to relocate from major metropolitan areas to rural areas. In 1962, 9 out of 10 factories were being built in small communities, which has led to an...
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“The ‘Princess’ Way to Alaska” is a 1960s color film presented by Canadian Pacific, the “world’s most complete transportation system,” and encourages travelers to rely on the company’s Princess Patricia cruise ship when planning a visit to Alaska or the Yukon. The luxury liner is introduced at mark 00:30, with the narrator explaining the vessel has been designed specifically for voyages to Alaska. The itinerary takes the passenger from Vancouver, British Columbia, northward to...
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Dating to 1958-59, this silent home movie from a trip to Hawaii shows the final cruise of the venerable liner SS Matsonia to that island state. The film begins with a parade -- possibly the Grand Parade held every March -- in Honolulu at 13:15 , complete with floats and clowns. At :30 a melting pot themed float goes by followed by one for Dole Pineapples. At 1:21 father time comes past in a jeep. At 1:36 , hula dancers perform. At 3:04 the Matsonia is seen off Diamond Head on its way into...
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This late 1930s/early 1940s black and white film Built to “Take It”  about Dodge truck dependability provides an extra thousands of miles without valve grinding. It is produced for Dodge Brothers Corporation, a division of Chrysler Corporation by Metropolitan Motion Picture Company. It is directed by Arthur Hoerl and features actor Robert Strange as the customer. The film opens with a Dodge 6 1½-ton stake truck in slow motion completely off the ground as it speeds over a pile of dirt. The...
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Dating to the 1960s, this Soviet film's title translates as "People from the Sky" and celebrates the art of skydiving. It features two prominent Russians -- including world record holder Valeria Marencheva -- and some fantastic photography of the free fall. The film's lyrical beginning features the female skydiver literally telling the clouds that she loves them! At 2:55 a group of male and female skydivers ascend in a Russian aircraft and then bail out the rear cargo doors at 3:40....
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This 1945 U.S. Navy black-and-white training film MN 3474e is part of a series of films on primary flight training. This is part 2 of 2 parts (see 59984) by Wilding Picture Productions. The Model 75 trainer biplane continues with its instructor and pilot in training. The sticks are shown in movement to find a smooth path of air. Both men remove their hands from the sticks and their feet from the rudder pedals to illustrate this. The plane is held level to the horizon, shown from the pilot’s...
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1973 US ARMY WAR OFFICE FILM “ANTI-PREJUDICE” This narrative film depicts equal opportunity in the workplace. It follows a man as he debates the idea and while believing he is upholding this ideal in the work place is in fact not and is still judging his potential and current employees with prejudice. Throughout the film are intermittent dream like sequences of a group of people debating his actions and motivations. It opens with a montage of people blaming various races for incidents and...
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This color educational film from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) is about airline pilots and safety. There is no copyright at the beginning or end of the film so the date of the production remains unclear however this is the mid 1970s, probably 1976 or 1977 due to 1975 airline statistics being reported. 'Be Aggressively Safe' title card appears. (:09-:21). Onscreen reads: "The aggressively safe pilot reacts in a positive manner with safety considerations above all."...
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This black & white silent educational film is about coffee and sugar production in the Torrid Zone, the hot central belt of the earth bounded by the tropics of Cancer and Capricorn. It shows a copyrighted date of 1940-1942 (both dates are shown).   Opening title: Coffee & Sugar. Title card: Coffee. NOTE: This silent educational film has title cards that give some explanation to what is shown (:10-:26). Tropical trees. Grass and trees. Workers chop at the trees. A hand holds berries,...
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This color educational film directed by E.D. Holden and photographed by Freeman Brown and Walter Melves is about the procedures done in developing new varieties of small grains and the production of Wisconsin Certified Seeds. This was made in 1953 by the University of Wisconsin.  As the film makes clear, Wisconsin Certified Seed is developed through careful study and genetic modification through generations. Care is taken to protect varietal purity and to provide seed of sound mechanical...
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This 1972 era promo for Chevrolet utility vans shows off the many features of the line.It was shown at dealerships to educate salespeople and potential customers.  The film shows the many reasons to buy a Chevy, from ease in loading -- it was equipped with sliding cargo doors, and flat loading rear doors. A Ford van (2:30) is used as a comparison. A conversion is seen at 4:09 with a raised roof to increase capacity by 92 square feet. At 5:08 the 6-cylinder engine is shown, and the 8-cylinder...
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This WWII newsreel shows the assault on the Italian island of Pantelleria, followed by the invasion of Sicily ( 2:42 ) by British and American, and Canadian troops. At 8:00 , General Patton is seen in Sicily while his troops surge into the interior of the island. Operation Corkscrew was the code name for the Allied invasion of the Italian island of Pantelleria (between Sicily and Tunisia) on 11 June 1943, prior to the Allied invasion of Sicily during the Second World War. There had been an...
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This 1946 instructional film by Coronet provides insights into how the art of tackling in football. It was created by famed coach Andrew Kerr of Colgate University and supervised by Norman Sper. The film features images of the pigskin helmet days of college football. The film includes great images of calisthenics and physical training. The film highlights the shoulder tackle and the cross body tackle. Andrew Kerr IV (October 7, 1878 – February 17, 1969) was an American football, basketball,...
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This silent 1950s home movie shows some of the mining operations for blue asbestos at Kuruman, South Africa. The entire film was shot outside the mine itself, which was underground (opening visible at 1:46 ) and you can see ore cars being moved to and from the mine at :33. Ore is moved on a series of conveyer belts (:45) to be processed. At 2:12 , a supervisor wearing a pith type helmet pours himself a drink.At 2:15 mine tailings are visible. At 2:42 the scene switches to the blue asbestos...
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Contrasts America's free industrial labor force with the subjugation of laborers in countries overtaken by Axis powers. Stresses the fact that World War II is the war of industry and labor. This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage collections in the USA. Entirely film backed, this material is available for licensing in 24p HD. For more information visit http://www.PeriscopeFilm.com
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Filmed in 1973 at LaGuardia Airport, this UPI TV short news film shows the airport's brand new security screening hardware including metal detectors and x-ray machines. At :22 a sign indicates that "Aircraft hijacking is a federal crime punishable by death" -- a sign of the times as hijackings were rampant in this era.  At :28 an African-American ticket agent waves passengers towards a metal detector. At :55 the x-ray machine conveyer belt is shown. At 1:10 a security agent describes...
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This black & white educational film is called INTRODUCTION TO FLYING. It appears to have been made by the US Airforce as an opening to a flying lesson for new cadets. There is no copyright at the beginning or end of the film so the date of the production remains unclear although it is either in the late 1930s or early 1940s.  Titles: Official training film, War Department. A product of the first motion picture unit, Army Air Forces (:10-:30). Opening title: INTRODUCTION TO FLYING...
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This 1948 color travelogue is a quick look at the Caribbean Islands of Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, St. Thomas, Trinidad, Jamaica, and Cuba. Photography and live sound is by Irving Hartley and distributed by Hawley-Lord, Inc. The film opens with passengers getting on the Pan American Clipper Eagle, a Douglas DC-4, it rolls down the runway, and is shown flying to Puerto Rico (:20-1:00). A decrepit-looking building sits at the end of a pier with arched openings. The camera pans the Castillo San...
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This color promotional film is about the Federal Express company. This is circa the mid= to late 1970s. It features some truly campy voice-over and music, but is a terrific document of the early years of one of America's great, innovative companies. Opening: A Federal Express cardboard plane hangs from the ceiling by a string. A real Federal Express jet plane, tail N8FE, takes off down the runway (as it does, the title: "Plane People" floats by) and flies away (:06-1:06). This is a...
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This is a silent film.  Created by the Ballistics Research Laboratory at Aberdeen, Maryland this movie shows tests of 4000 lb "blockbuster" munitions, most likely the Mark V and Mark VI.  Blockbuster or "cookie" was the name given to several of the largest conventional bombs used in World War II by the Royal Air Force (RAF). The term blockbuster was originally a name coined by the press and referred to a bomb which had enough explosive power to destroy an entire city...
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Produced in 1943 by the Office of War Information for the men and women involved in wartime production, DAY OF BATTLE is a typical industrial incentive film. The plot focuses on the building, sailing, battles and ultimate death of an American Navy aircraft carrier in the Pacific campaign of WWII. The carrier is not mentioned by name but could be USS Lexington, lost in the Battle of the Coral Sea, or USS Yorktown lost at the Battle of Midway. The film contains terrific images of workers shaping...
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This is a 1930’s era, color movie. It was produced by Bob Newman and called Fishermen of the North with Commander Donald B MacMillan. It is a “Musical Memory of Labrador”, presented in Vericolor. Associate producer is Howard Young. The story is by Bob Newman, and the movie is narrated by Howard Young. Photographed by Glenn Kershner and theme music by Jerome Russler. Released by Imperial Distributing Company. The movie opens with us aboard a sailboat. Two men talk in a car, 1:25. Men...
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Portrays a day's activities aboard a U.S. battleship off the coast of Korea, including bombardment of enemy positions along the shore, and living conditions and habits of officers and crew. This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage collections in the USA. Entirely film backed, this material is available for licensing in 24p HD. For more information visit http://www.PeriscopeFilm.com
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Made in 1960s "Reaching for the Stars" was produced by the Corning Glass Company to showcase Project Stratoscope,  which lofted balloon-borne telescopes between 1957 and 1971. A German-born American astronomer named Martin Schwarzschild and Dr. Robert Danielson, came up with the idea to build the stratoscopes. Project Stratoscope was sponsored by the Office of Naval Research, the National Science Foundation and the National Aeronautics and Space Agency. The first Stratoscope was...
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Captured German WWII film of motor torpedo and patrol boats in action. This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage collections in the USA. Entirely film backed, this material is available for licensing in 24p HD. For more information visit http://www.PeriscopeFilm.com
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This 1947 black and white documentary about the history of trade  is part of a series of films called “The World Today” and produced by 20th Century Fox. A camel caravan of loaded camels opens the film. The desert winds blow across the sand. A set of three against a dark background is reminiscent of the three Wisemen (:33-1:05). Inside a trading center in Asia Minor, money being exchanged is interspersed with camels chewing hay (1:06-1:34). Outside, men work with fabric and a raised design...
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Created by Canadian Pacific Airlines, this 1960s travelogue begins in Amsterdam and then shows images from London, England, Paris, France, Madrid Spain, Rome, Italy, Lisbon, Portugal and elsewhere. Canadian Pacific Air Lines was a Canadian airline that operated from 1942 to 1987. It operated under the name CP Air from 1968 to 1986. Based at Vancouver International Airport in Richmond, British Columbia, it served Canadian and international routes until it was purchased and absorbed into...
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The first bowhunting movie ever made, the silent documentary "Alaskan Adventure" showcases the skill of Art Young. Young was a gifted athlete who learned his archery skills from Will Compton. Compton also later introduced him to Dr. Saxton Pope and Ishi. Young used his exceptional abilities with the bow and arrow to quiet skeptics who doubted the efficiency of the archer's tools. According to Cassius Styles, Art Young was the best shot of the group, "He was one of the very few...
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This color film CGMP 11-71 is about the Air Cushion Vehicle (ACV) and its eight-month evaluation in 1971 for use with the Coast Guard. It is presented by the Department of Transportation and the U.S. Coast Guard. An Experimental Bell SK-5 Coast Guard air cushion vehicle hovercraft glides on top of the waves. It moves up onto the land. Others are briefly shown (:32- 1:54 ). In 1969, the Coast Guard Station in St. Petersburg evaluated one for use. The back rudders, propeller, and hull are shown....
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This film presented by Castle Films (:09) shows two tribes of southern Africa; the Venda tribe and the Zulu tribe both of which are Bantu ethnic groups. It opens with footage of animals typically found in the area including zebras (:36) antelope (:45), hippos (:59), giraffes (1:13) as well as elephants (1:19). A native kraal of the Venda tribe is then shown (1:31) with thatched roof huts. Venda tribe members patch the huts with clay and mud (1:50). The female members of the tribe are seen...
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This film breaks down the operation of mechanical transport which on a broad scale refers to everything affecting the organization, control and movement of transport on the field and on a smaller scale simply refers to the actual handling of vehicles (:31). This film will deal with the former view and will include the Royal Army Service Corps (:57). The move enacted will be to advance the company fifteen miles from their current location (1:26). The company is currently located in a lightly...
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This color educational film is about the many Missions in the Southwestern United States . There is no copyright at the beginning or end of the film but research shows that this is an Arthur Barr Production circa 1967. No titles and missions are shown on the screen. A monk introduces us to the missions of the southwest. One in particular is the Mission in San Juan Capistrano, Santa Barbara and another is San Xavier. (:06-1:14). Missions remind us of a time when Spain ruled northern Mexico &...
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This restricted, silent film CF-579, shows U.S. Army modifications to a Willy's Jeep to make it into an amphibious vehicle. At :34, a look under the hood shows engine components sealed against water incursion. At :39, the jeep enters deep water and literally drives across the bottom, thanks to a snorkel visible on the vehicle's right side. At 1:22 tests continue, with a Dodge Command Car or truck emerging from the water at 1:54. While these tests appear successful, it's not clear how many...
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Created in 1951, "Crusade in the Pacific" was an early television documentary that remains one of the most comprehensive looks at the Pacific Campaign on land, sea and air. In 24 separate 30 minute episodes, "Crusade" journals the War through tons and tons of basically uncensored stock footage, along with the timeless voice of Westbrook Van Voorhis. This episode of Crusade in the Pacific, "Up the Solomons Ladder: Bougainville", looks at the campaign in the Solomon...
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Narrated by then-actor and later President of the United States Ronald Reagan, TARGET TOKYO presents the story of the first bombing raid on Tokyo by B-29 Superfortress bombers of the U.S. Army Air Forces flying out of Saipan. B-29 crews are followed from their training staging at Grand Island, Nebraska to their bombing embarkation point on the island of Saipan. From there, the B-29 attack on the Nakajima aircraft plant outside Tokyo is depicted. The story of the first bombing raid on Tokyo by...
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In this episode of The World We Live In, viewers are taken to Chile for a look at the people, culture, and industry of the South American country. The episode opens with a shot of the Atacama Desert in northern Chile. Footage shows the expansive desert, and a bus drives through it along a dirt highway. An oasis sits with the snow-covered Andes looming in the background (02:28). In the Atacamenos village in the oasis, men herd sheep and llamas. Others harvest a dried fungus to use for fuel....
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Fakeers of the East is a short travelogue from the mid-1930s, from Van Beuren Productions, that gives viewers a glimpse of the “magic” they will encounter on a visit to India. The film opens with a group of men playing instruments (flute and drums) during a snake charming performance. A man entertains a crowd by performing tricks (01:05), such as pulling a long line of flags out of his mouth. Another man (an Arab Fakeer, according to the narrator) pulls out yards of cotton string, sets it...
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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. The Fall of Poland 1939 (1:12). Civilians dig trenches in the publics parks in Poland (1:15-1:39). The troops are mobilized. On the Baltic Sea, Poland’s fleet is ready to fight (1:40-2:14). German propaganda pictures show officers plotting against Poland, followed by Nazi bombers, artillery...
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This film is in color. Trans World Airlines (TWA) presents four vignettes.  0:43 Vignette #1: A commercial entitled “Arnold Palmer and O.J. Simpson Trade Secrets”.  Arnold Palmer and O.J. Simpson for Hertz are traveling in a golf cart on a golf course. Cart comes to a stop. 0:50 Palmer asks Simpson if Hertz is really better than everyone else. 1:00 They agree to share information about Hertz Rent-a-Car and golfing tips. Palmer steps up to the tee and takes a big swing. 1:17 Simpson...
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Made sometime in the 1940s, this silent movie shows a trip through the Post Grape Nuts manufacturing center at Battle Creek, Michigan. Grape-Nuts is a breakfast cereal developed in 1897 by C. W. Post, a former patient and later competitor of the 19th-century breakfast food innovator, Dr. John Harvey Kellogg. The cereal originally prepared by C. W. Post when developing the product was a batter that came from the oven as a rigid sheet. He then broke the sheet into pieces and ran them through a...
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This 1937 black and white travelogue film follows a Pan American flight to the Southern Americas. It is narrated by Edward Tomlinson. In 1929, Colonel Charles Lindbergh pilots his Spirit of Saint Louis plane loaded with air mail to South America. Mail is loaded aboard a Pan American Airways Boeing 314 Clipper; the cargo shown includes live baby chickens. Well-dressed passengers board the floating airplane, which taxis and takes off. The coastline of Miami is below. Passengers play cards at a...
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Made for the home market in Germany during WWII, this newsreel shows the campaign in North Africa. The soundtrack is in French. The film begins with images of a formal lunch being served in Spain to a group of Moroccan officers, an annual ritual.  At :51 Italian Marines are seen parading in Rome. The troops are reviewed by Mussolini. At 1:14 King Victor Emmanuel III of Italy presents decorations near the Vittoriano (or Altare della Patria). Some of these include medals given posthumously to...
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Dating to 1930, "Purifying Water" is one of the early, silent educational films made by Encyclopedia Brittanica. EB films would continue to produce films for many decades. The film combines animation with footage to show how water is drawn from a lake (:20) and moved to the city via a pipe and pump system. At :52 a large city pump station is shown. At 1:07 sediment is shown in the water being removed by settling tanks shown at 1:38. At 2:02 the film mentions that chemicals can also be...
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This raw, silent footage shows a Gloster Meteor, tail VT196, in flight. This particular aircraft was a Mark IV (VT196) which came to Canada in July 1953 for winterization trials, and this footage may date from that time frame. From January 1954 onwards this particular plane was used in developing the afterburner system for Canada’s Orenda engine. This enabled the aircraft to reach 20,000 feet in three minutes. VT196 went back to Britain in June 1955 where it was used in further experimental...
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The arrival of the DC-8 into service changes the airline industry forever. This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage collections in the USA. Entirely film backed, this material is available for licensing in 24p HD. For more information visit http://www.PeriscopeFilm.com
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This short, silent film from the collection of Jeff Vilencia, shows the design and construction of the Dobson Convertiplane built by Franklin A. Dobson of Newport Beach, California. It likely dates to the early 1950s. Frank Dobson was an inventor with many ideas who also built and/or patented an anti-submarine warfare device known as "SCAT", toys, and started a business selling hovercraft kits. At 1:15, one of his toys is shown -- a flying wing aircraft with similarities in design to...
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This is a 1950’s era, color movie about Campbell’s Soup. This campy, 1952 cooking film shows you every possible recipe you can devise using Campbell's soup. The Campbell’s Soup kid comes out on stage in front of a tomato. Campbell’s Soups present, The Magic Shelf. Featuring Anne Marshall, Director, Home Economics, Campbell’s Soup Company. The curtain opens and a magician with a tuxedo and top hat appears. The man winds up a handkerchief and makes a knot 1:00. The knot unravels itself...
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Shot by an unknown American camerman during WWII, this fascinating silent color home movie shows activities in India at an American air base located at New Delhi.. The person who filmed it was apparently part of the American 10th Air Force, and you will see the Headquarters building at 4:50, located at 43 Queensway. The film also shows the famed India Gate (not to be confused with the one in Bombay) at New Delhi, at the :35 mark.  The air base is seen in more detail around the 6:30 mark, with...
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Pick-up (TF 8-2060) is an official War Department training film from 1944 that informs World War II servicemen about the dangers of sexually transmitted infections and the need to protect themselves from contracting a possible STI, as well as what to do to treat it and what happens if you don’t treat the infection. The film focuses on the symptoms of gonorrhea and syphilis as it covers proper courses of treatment. The film opens with a shot of an Air Force base where a soldier, Corporal John...
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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. Woodrow Wilson 1856-1924. 1914 President Wilson votes in the primaries. He leaves Princeton University and is shown waving from the back of the Presidential Train. Mrs. Wilson waves to crowds from a curtained window. 1917 President Wilson speaks to Congress. He is blindfolded to draw the first...
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This sales film advertises the Bofors 40mm gun, an anti-aircraft autocannon. Created in the 1930’s by AB Bofors, a Swedish arms manufacturer, it was used largely in WW2 by the western Allied Forces. The film opens with the Bofors crest (:21) and will take viewers through a detailed breakdown of the weapon. This weapon had become the standard anti-aircraft gun during WWII and had been modified to become entirely "tropicalized" (:49) meaning it resisted rust and damage from moisture...
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