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Dating to 1929 and released by Cine Art, "Uncle Si and the Sirens" is a hilarious short film that mixes the excitement of the era's most hi-tech and revolutionary technology — television — with unclothed girls. This type of "nudie cutie" film was fairly common in the era, and Cine Art specialized in releasing these kind of titles. The plot of this film is more complex than most (they typically featured artists models and zero plot). Here, a farmer named Uncle Si sits at...
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Topics: Uncle Si, 1929, Nudie Cutie, Short Film, Television Base Plot, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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Made in the immediate aftermath of WWII, this German language film focuses on the atrocities committed at the Oranienburg concentration camp and the prisoner of war camp that replaced it, Sachsenhausen. The facility was preserved post-war as a museum and memorial.   The film begins with images of the camp grounds, barracks, guard towers, barbed wire fences and stockades. At 3:10 a sign proclaims "Prisoner of War Camp". At 3:45 footage shot after the liberation of the camp shows a...
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Topics: World War II, WWII, German Concentration Camp, Holocaust, Stock Footage
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Created with footage shot by the U.S. Army Signal Corps, CAMPS OF THE DEAD is a graphic newsreel that shows concentration camps as they appeared to the liberating Allied armies in 1945. This silent version was one of two produced; the other sound version runs about 20 minutes.   Full of horrifying images that vividly show the baseless and vile nature of the Nazi death camps, it is hard to even begin to describe the images herein.   The idea that anyone would even consider denying the...
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Topics: Nazi Holocaust, Concentration Camps, Liberation, Footage, Stock Footage
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This Soviet Ukrainian film, narrated in English and entitled “No Statute of Limitations”, was directed by Eugen Tataretz. It depicts the court case prosecuting crimes against humanity committed during WWII by fascist collaborators Mykola Dufanets, Artem Bubela and Filip Rybachuk. The three were members of the Occupied Territories Reich Police and participated in rounding up the Jewish population to bring them to the ghetto in the Krymnoe Village of the Starovyzhevski county of the Volyn...
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Topics: Statue Of Limitations, Ukrainian Trial, Concentration Camps, Russian, Holocaust, Stock Footage
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Released in 1944 by Warner Brothers in cooperation with the U.S. Coast Guard, "Task Force" is a Technicolor short film narrated by Jackson Beck.  The film focuses around Coast Guard "Task Force" duty.  Besides operational glimpses, the viewer is treated to a snapshot of the life of a Coast Guardsman on and off duty.  While the film contains much documentary-style footage, some sections of the film are re-enactments and the scenario presented (in which the USCG battles a...
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Topics: WWII, World War II, USCG, US Coast Guard, Task Force, Stock Footage
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This travelogue film of a holiday trip to Europe in mid-1950s was produced by Norman Schley, a filmmaker from Wisconsin who often presented and narrated his films in front of a live audience. This print does not have any extant narration, but the soundtrack remains. Includes footage from Portugal, Italy, Holland, Luxembourg, Paris, and London. Title screen of “Filmorama Holiday”, a “Picturelogue” presentation (0:37). Written/edited by Jack Camp (0:45). Narrated by Norman E. Schley...
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Topics: Norman Schley, 1950s, Europe, Travelogue, Portugal, Italy, Holland, France, England, Paris, London,...
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The "Dupont Show of the Week" was an anthology program that ran from 1961 to 1964, often featuring significant Hollywood stars and comedians. The programs also featured the occasional documentary, including this non-fiction film entitled "Flight Deck". Produced and directed by A Wasserman, the hour-long program from 1964 offered an inside look at the operations of the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) aircraft carrier. The fourth Nimitz-class, nuclear-powered aircraft carrier...
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Topics: Flight Deck, 1964, Carrier USS, Theodore Roosevelt, Stock Footage
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In this 1946 U.S. Navy training film (MN-5801) from Jam Handy Productions, viewers see the appropriate way to wear parachutes, tighten harnesses, check for tested parachutes, bail out of a plane, and collapse a parachute on land and open water. The film opens with footage of paratroopers parachuting through the air. An officer examines a parachute kit. A pilot demonstrates securing a parachute harness on an airstrip. He then climbs into an F8F Bearcat with his parachute. The film shows another...
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Topics: Parachutes, 1946, US Navy Pilot, Training Film, Jam handy, Stock Footage
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Made by the famed Jam Handy Organization, a leading educational and training film company, this black & white training film "Doping Techniques" explains the process of doping fabric for airplanes. It likely dates to the WWII era. Aircraft dope is a plasticized lacquer that is applied to fabric-covered aircraft. It tightens and stiffens fabric stretched over airframes, which renders them airtight and weatherproof, increasing their durability and lifespan. Without the application of...
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Topics: WWII, World War II, WWII Era, Training Film, Fabric Airplane Wing, Dope, Stock Footage, Periscope...
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American Locomotive (Alco), General Electric, and the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad Company teamed up to create this 1950s color film promoting the aforementioned rail line. We see the rolling greens hills and valleys as well as the Atlantic coastline and farmland of Southern New England starting at mark 00:20 as the narrator explains how the region is the cradle of American liberty. Offering “a wholesome way of life” we’re told how the area is also known for its railroads as...
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Topics: New York, New haven, Southern New England, Hartford Railroad, Stock Footage
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This black & white educational/promotional film is about the medium Caterpillar tractors D6, D7, and D8 models, most often configured as bulldozers (but also sold in other versions). This is circa 1946. The D6 was also available in a military version classified as the SNL G152. The D6 started out in 1935 as the RD6, fitted with a 3-cylinder 45 hp D6600 engine. The RD6 was renamed D6 in 1937, and updated  in 1941 with a D4600 engine of 55 hp (drawbar) and in 1947, with a D318 engine of 66...
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Topics: 1946, Caterpillar Tractor Co, Bulldozer Promo, Stock Footage, Periscope FIlm
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Made during WWII, this silent footage shows homefront activities in Canada. It was apparently shot in and around Vancouver, British Columbia. The start of the film shows recruits marching past (:16) a local newspaper office and downtown (1:05).   At 1:22 another recruit joins the group. At 1:40 oxen carrying wheat move slowly through a city street. At 2:42 the recruits walk past clothing set on a line to dry. At 3:42 "Duke Street" in Vancouver is shown (footage flopped).   At 5:14,...
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Topics: WWII, World War II, Vancouver, Columbia, RCAF, Stock Footage
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This circa 1952 kinescope film "Hawthorne Looks at the Weather" is a segment featuring comedian Jim Hawthorne. It begins with a station identification for KNBH Channel 4, Hollywood, California. This was the first iteration of what's now known as KNBC or NBC4, with the NBH standing for National Broadcasting Hollywood (the name changed to KNBC in 1962 when the station moved to Burbank). The show features a series of gags while promoting sponsor Armstrong Tires. The actual weather report...
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Topics: 1952, Jim Hawthorne, Los Angeles, Comedy Program, KNBC, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This vintage newsreel shows the eruption of Parícutin (or Volcán de Parícutin, also accented Paricutín) in 1943. The now-dormant scoria-cone volcano is located in the Mexican state of Michoacán, near the city of Uruapan and about 322 km west of Mexico City. The volcano surged suddenly from the cornfield of local farmer Dionisio Pulido in 1943, attracting both popular and scientific attention. This eruption presented the first occasion for modern science to document the full life cycle of...
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Topics: Eruption, Paricutin, Volcano, Michoacan, Mexico, 1943, Newsreel, Stock Footage
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This late 1930s-early 1940s black-and-white WWII British military training film (B.191 C.191) shows segments focusing on “shooting to kill” using a Bren, rifle, anti-tank rifle, or Tommy gun, which are shown (:15-1:24). Bren and Rifle. A demonstration of when to fire with the Bren and rifle is given. Troops wait in a trench. A Range Card is shown. Enemy troops emerge from the trees. Troops fire before the enemy is within range and a shell is fired at the troops. The scene is re-enacted. The...
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Topics: British Army, 1930s, Tommy Gun, Anti Tank Rifle, Stock Footage
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This 1960 educational film from Coronet Films gives viewers a look at the White House while briefly covering the history of the building. The film opens with an aerial view of the White House.  Cars drive in front of the White House, and people mill around the entrance to the building. A weeping birch tree planted by the wife of Calvin Coolidge continues to grow on the grounds (01:07). The film shows both entrances to the White House, followed by a painting of the building, and a shot of the...
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Topics: Washington DC, The White House, 1960s, Documentary, Stock Footage
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The Pontiac Motor Division of General Motors Corporation, in cooperation with its 4,200 Pontiac dealers, presents a 1951 color movie called, Stepping Up with the Joneses, with script by Dick Owen Allen, directed by Stephen Kiefer, photography by Grover Seyfried and recorded by Ralph Goeke. The movie opens with a woman filling glass containers of milk, and the storing them in her refrigerator, 00:43. Mother and son discuss the family car around the dining room table, 2:00. The father enters and...
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Topics: Stepping Up With The Joneses, 1951, Pontiac Car, Hydromatic Drive, Stock Footage
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cThis black & white promotional film dates to the early era of television and station KCOP-TV in Hollywood, California. The film shows the station's capabilities and gives an idea what is available for commercial clients, including new sound stages at the facility located at 915 N. La Brea Ave. The bit is hosted by Peter Hansen, a WWII veteran who was a working television actor and commercial spokesman, who also briefly served as the station's news anchor in the early 1960s. Opening: Sign...
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Topics: KCOP, TV, KCOP TV, Hollywood Studio, Commercial, Television Advertising, Promo Film, Stock Footage
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This black & white educational film is called 'INDUSTRY ON PARADE.' It is around the late 1940s/early 1950s (this is based on the last segment, research shows the concept car was 1951). It begins with the title and then states it is produced each week by the National Association of Manufacturers (:06-:28). Title that shows Open House followed by the General Food Corp in San Leandro, CA, (this is where the narrator begins) groundskeepers tend to grass and flowers, man cleans windows, lights...
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Topics: Industry On Parade, House Coffee, Fare Boxes, Jello, Stock Footage
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This is a 1950’s era, black and white movie which is a pictorial review of events in business and industry. It is produced each week by the National Association of Manufacturers. The first section is about Horsepower for the Air Force. The film opens on the assembly line at the Indianapolis of the Allison division of General Motors. Men working on Jet engines, :46. People observe the different working parts of the jet engine number 10,000, 1:00. The J25-A23 jet engine on stage, 1:28. Jet...
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Topics: Industry On Parade, Allison Jet, Engines, Harry Winston, 1950, Stock Footage
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This matrimonial TV commercial for Invicta Games promotes Mastermind. It dates to the mid-1970s. Master Mind is a code-breaking game for two players. The modern game with pegs was invented in 1970 by Mordecai Meirowitz, an Israeli postmaster and telecommunications expert. It resembles an earlier pencil and paper game called Bulls and Cows that may date back a century.  The game was manufactured by Invicta Plastics, based near Leicester, UK and was released in 1971–2. We encourage viewers to...
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Topics: 1975, Invicta Games, Mastermind, Code breaking Game, TV Commercial, Stock Footage
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This short 1975 film from Rockwell International’s Space Division gives viewers a look at two of the NASA contractor’s projects in development: the command module for the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project and the Space Shuttle Orbiter. The film opens with a spaceship and launch vehicle at a launch pad; the rockets ignite, and the system launches into the atmosphere. Viewers see an animation of the unnumbered Apollo space craft that will link up with the Soviet Soyuz spacecraft in July 1975 (01:03)....
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Topics: NASA, Rockwell, International Space Division, Space Shuttle, Stock Footage
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This short mid-1960s film from Atomics International, a division of North American Aviation, Inc., gives viewers a look at the July 1964 power conversion subsystem development status of   The Mercury-Rankine program (CRU). This was part of the Systems Nuclear Auxiliary POWER (SNAP) program, a program of experimental radioisotope thermoelectric generators (RTGs) and space nuclear reactors flown during the 1960s by NASA. SNAP-1 was a test platform that was never deployed, using cerium-144 in a...
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Topics: Atomics, Mercury, Ranking CRU, Snap Program, Nuclear Reaction, Space Flight, Stock Footage
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This fabulous film from General Electric tells the story of the backbone of America's transportation system in the 20th Century -- the railroad.  Made in 1950, the movie traces the evolution of locomotive power from steam through electric and diesel-electric to the latest super-powered gas-turbine electric. Emphasis is given to the ways in which these developments have kept pace with the ever-growing demands of a nation that today virtually "lives out of box cars." The picture also...
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Topics: Electric, Rails, Railroad, Transportation, 1950, Stock Footage
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Made in late 1944 by the U.S. Army Pictorial Service, "The Liberation of Rome" depicts the successful Allied advance into Rome, freeing it from German control during World War II. The film begins with footage of Allied forces arriving in the city, before flashing back to the beginnings of the campaign that eventually liberated Southern Italy from Axis control. At 1:37, the combined Chiefs of Staff are seen planning the campaign after the successful battle for Siciliy. At 2:45, Gen....
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Topics: World War II, WWII, Liberation Of Rome, Italian Campaign, Rome, Stock Footage
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"Show Business at War" dates to 1943 and showcases the incredible efforts of the entertainers of the day, the film and entertainment industries, and their collective sacrifice to support our troops and the victory effort during World War II. The bright lights of Broadway in New York City and the offices of the weekly theatrical paper, Variety 1:00. Variety is an American media company owned by Penske Media Corporation. It was founded by Sime Silverman in New York in 1905 as a weekly...
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Topics: Show Business, Show Business At War, 1943, World War II, Hollywood, Broadway, Stock Footage
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This silent film shows the New York World's Fair of 1939-1940. The Fair, which covered the 1,216 acres (492 ha) of Flushing Meadows-Corona Park (also the location of the 1964–1965 New York World's Fair), was the second most expensive American world's fair of all time, exceeded only by St. Louis's Louisiana Purchase Exposition of 1904. Many countries around the world participated in it, and over 44 million people attended its exhibits in two seasons. It was the first exposition to be based on...
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Topics: 1939, 1940, Worlds Fair, Futurama, Exhibit, New York, Stock Footage
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Produced in 1945, this WWII G.I. MOVIE WEEKLY is one of the original programs which were presented to members of the Armed Forces during World War II. This series of films, which reached our overseas forces for 204 weeks until October of 1945, included 1,042 features and 1,051 shorts. After WWII, the series continued commercially through the Army.   The first segment of this film is MANILA - U.S. TROOPS POUR IN FOR DRIVE TO JAPAN (00:00:35:00) is narrated by Dwight Weist. This segment starts...
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Topics: WWII, G.I, Movie Weekly, 1945, Manila, Liner SS Normandie, Stock Footage
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Dating to World War II, this film tells the story of the Goodyear Aircraft Corporation and the manufacture of blimps and aircraft. It begins with a shot of Paul W. Litchfield, the American industrialist who was president (1926–40) and chairman of the board (1930–58) of Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, a firm that he helped develop into a worldwide operation. Also shown is Lt. Dougherty of the U.S. Navy and a representative of the U.S. Army. The four are looking at a model of the Goodyear...
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Topics: Good Year Blimp, Aircraft, WWII, World War II, Airplanes, Stock Footage
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DOWN THE POTOMAC is a 12 minute silent film, produced by the Edison Company in 1917. It depicts a traveler in a small boat, being pulled by a horse, along the historic Chesapeake & Ohio Canal. The trip starts at its north-west terminus in Cumberland, Maryland, and heads 184 miles south east to Georgetown, Washington, D.C. The canal, completed in 1850, was in operation between 1831-1924, and was one of the last extant mule-hauled towpath canals built in the north east region of the fledgling...
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Topics: Potomac Valley, Georgetown, Washington DC, Potomac Canal, Stock Footage
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Made during WWII in 1945, this   United States Navy training film looks at Combat Fatigue Irritability, or shell shock, now known as PTSD. This is a very rare film, the type of which was, like John Huston's landmark "Let There Be Light", not widely shown due to the effects it could have on morale.   Most likely it was only shown to those suffering from combat fatigue, and those who were working to help alleviate it.   Oversimplistic in its approach, compared to what we know today,...
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Topics: WWII, World War II, Combat Fatigue, PTSD, US Nav, Stock Footage
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Created by Theodore Andrica and narrated by him, CHILDREN OF EUROPE is an emotional, and disturbing portrait of post-WWII Europe.   It shows the plight of the youngest survivors of the war, including the many orphans and Jewish concentration camp victims who outlasted the conflict and now face uncertain futures.   Andrica's film, which was funded by the Cleveland Press, represents a plea for support for organizations like the Red Cross which was actively working to return children to school...
Topics: WWII, World War II, Aftermath, 1947, Europe, Stock Footage
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Coastal Command is a documentary style account of the Shorts Sunderland and PBY Catalina flying boats during the Battle of the Atlantic. The film includes real footage of attacks on a major enemy ship by Hudson and Halifax bombers based in Iceland. Later, the film depicts a routine sea patrol, in which a Sunderland flying boat flies over a convoy and bombs a German U-boat. Two versions of the film were made, one featuring an explanatory voice over. In this version, the film ends with the...
Topics: Coastal Command, PBY Catalina, Flying Boats, Iceland, German U Boats, Stock Fotoage
NOW — THE PEACE is a film produced and directed in 1945 by Stuart Legg for the National Film Board of Canada series The World in Action, with unaccredited narration by Lorne Greene. Over its nearly 21-minute running time, circumstances during the immediate postwar period following the Second World War, leading to the formation of the United Nations are discussed.   The film contains imagery of the end of WWII, with refugees, Jewish survivors in liberated concentration camps, decimated...
Topics: 1945, Now The Peace, United Nations, League Of Nations, Stock Footage
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This 1965 color Navy recruiting film documents the process of the recruiting and training for service on a nuclear submarine. A woman wearing a 1960s Jackie Kennedy style suit and pillbox hat waits with her husband in his 1960s suit and hat at the train station. A teenage boy pulls up in a 1950s convertible. The train arrives and a sailor gets off and greets his family. The boys park in the driveway of a suburban 1960s neighborhood. The sailor greets a pretty girl next door. Dinner is served...
Topics: 1965, US Navy, Nuclear Submarine, Recruiting Film, Inner Space, Stock Footage
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Produced by California National, FLIGHT was a much beloved aviation TV show that unfortunately only ran for one season 1958-1959 (38 episodes total).   Featuring dramatic stories from the annals of the U.S. Air Force, the series starred Gen. George C. Kenney. California National also produced SILENT SERVICE, a wonderful drama about submarines. In this episode,TYPHOON CHASERS, the crew of a Guam-based B-29 weather aircraft survives Typhoon Marie and in the process, Capt. Art Crowley is able to...
Topics: Flight, TV Show. B-29, Typhoon, Air Weather Service, 1959, Stock Footage
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
This is a 1960s era, color movie about the Procurement process and the pitfalls one may face if procedures and schedules are not followed including espionage and spying. The movie opens with a man trying to separate to nails that are bent and intertwined. It’s a Chinese puzzle. Understanding classification. Procurement and the Chinese puzzle. Presented by the division Of Classification. US Atomic Energy Commission. The purpose of the movie is to show how when schedules aren’t followed,...
Topics: Chinese Puzzle, 1960s, US Atomic Energy
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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This episode of the TV show "Watch the World" first aired in 1950 and was narrated by Don Goddard. The show consists of different segments including one about fireworks, another about the deep sea diving school with hard hat equipment. At 9:30 the show reveals Ted DeGrazia, the Tucson-based artist, at work in his desert studio. He uses a cactus to make a plaster mold, which he uses to produce a clay pot. At 11:30, he is shown painting murals and a Papago Indian dance. More on this:...
Topics: TV Show, Ted Degerazia, Hard Hat, Diving Fireworks, Stock Footage
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Made for the home market, this Castle Films production depicts the dangerous job of whale hunting. The footage shown dates to the late 1950s / early 1960’s and the film was released in 1961. It follows a band of whale hunters described as South Africans, Norweigians and Scotsmen, as they go through the process of searching for and harpooning whales in the South Atlantic. It opens with the information that whale hunting has been conducted since antiquity (:22) though modern whaling had been...
Topics: 1960s, Whale Hunting, South Atlantic, harpoons. TNT, Stock Footage
Created by the Indianapolis ad firm Handley & Miller to promote the concept of "Total Electric Living", this peculiar film "The Interviewers are Coming" draws on some West Virginia stereotypes and some comic references to the movie "Deliverance" for its punchlines. 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...
Topics: Electric Living, Indianapolis, West Virginia Stereotypes, Stock Footage
Yesterday’s Newsreel Ships For Peace 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 career. 1918:...
Topics: Yesterdays Newsreel, WWII, World War II, German U Boats, Gemany, Stock Footage
Our America is a short 1940s propaganda film from the Dodge Division Chrysler Corporation, narrated by Vincent Pelletier and produced by Wilding Picture Productions, Inc., that looks at what makes America great. The film opens with shots of kids at a park playing baseball, riding a merry-go-round, and swinging. The film then takes viewers to the office of The Argus. Inside, the editor talks to the paper’s printer about what makes America great. The film shows a montage of shots of America’s...
Topics: 1940s, Dodge, Chrysler, patriotic, America, World War II, WWII, Stock Footage
Produced in 1947 by Warner Bros., "The Power Behind the Nation" is a patriotic film that stresses the indispensability of good, solid, American workmanship. It was made about the "America that all Americans love" and "takes up the story of the pioneering that made America what it is today."  Features great images of the heavy industry of the 40s including the automobile assembly line, chemical plants, fishing industry, textile industry, railroads, steel industry,...
Topics: 1947, Warner Brothers, Patriotic Film, Industry, Railroad, Stock Footage
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Created for the home market in the year 1940, this silent newsreel film shows the Chicago Cubs Baseball Team in Spring Training mode on Catalina Island.  Most likely this is the 1939 team as it features catchers Gus Mancuso and Gabby Hartnett, Dick Bartell, Phil Cavaretta and pitcher Dizzy Dean.  The 1939 Chicago Cubs played 154 games during the regular season, won 84 games, lost 70 games, and finished in fourth position. They played their home games at Wrigley Field (Park Factors: 102/101)...
Topics: Chicago Cubs, Baseball, Spring Training, Catalina Island, 1940, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This film presents Chevrolet’s 1977 Chevy Blazer pointing to its various features and parts. It opens with a red four-wheel drive Chevy Blazer (:09) which was also available in a two-wheel drive model (:16). A low entry height of about twenty inches is pointed to enabling easy access (:25). The vehicle makes turns around a highway bend to demonstrate its easy turning ability (:28). Due to its height, it enabled easy viewing over cars ahead as one cuts through a town area (:34). A shot of the...
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Automaker Henry Ford left behind a massive gift to the United States in the form of a vast non-fiction film collection, recorded from 1914-1945. Henry Ford’s Mirror Of America showcases the films from the Ford Historical Film collection that capture America during that era. It gives a glimpse into the life of America during that period, featuring much more than just the happenings of the Ford Motor Company. The film opens with Henry Ford sitting next to a river, camping with Thomas Edison,...
Topics: Henry Ford, 1914, 1945
This late 1950s black-and-white film about the Youth for Service program sponsored by The American Friends Service Committee Inc. of Northern California. Youth for Service was an inter-racial inter-faith organization founded by Carl May in 1957 that enabled youth to serve the community doing volunteer work projects. A group of 1950s dressed white teenage guys, one in a letter jacket, stand on a corner. A woman passes by and they watch her walk.  A group of black teenagers stand on a corner...
Topics: Youth, 1950, Northern California, American Friends Service Committee, Stock Footage
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This charming 16mm silent Kodachrome home movie shows Christmas for an average American family. The kids receive many presents including at the 10:50 mark, a cardboard rocket ship. This item was sold in comic books of the time for $4.98 and advertised as a "jet" rocket ship.   We have yet to find footage of the even more famous cardboard Polaris submarine which was sold in the same era! Other toys spotted include a toy airplane...blocks...cars and trucks. What do you see? We...
Topics: 1960s, Home Movie, Christmas, Cardboard, Rocket Playhouse, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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Made by Republic Aviation around 1960, this F-105 Thunderchief promotional film — originally classified "Secret" according to a card at the end — focuses on the aircraft's armament capability and spin tests. The film begins with astonishing shots of the aircraft's wide array of ordnance, and shows the supersonic aircraft's large bomb bay, equipped with an ejection system. The bay can also carry an extra fuel tank or small training bombs.   The aircraft is shown performing...
Topics: Secret republic, F-105, THunderchief, Armament, Capability Spin, Stock Footage
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This 1930s silent German educational film shows the manufacture of clay dishes, pitchers and other kitchen items.  The entire process is shown from the harvesting and preparation of clay, to the use of a potter's wheel to create shapes, glazing, firing in a kiln, and final painting of the items to produce a finished piece. 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...
Topics: 1930, German Film, Making Pottery, Clay, Tableware, Stoneware, Stock Footage
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One in a series of films made by the U.S. Department of State for the Bicentennial in 1976, this film THE RELUCTANT WORLD POWER shows the history of U.S. foreign relations from 1914 when the nation was a neutral party, through the entry into the war, the armistice, and the role played by President Woodrow Wilson in the conflict and uncertain peace that followed. Includes the sinking of the RMS Lusitania and Wilson's work to found the League of Nations.   The film then continues through the...
Topics: History OF US, USA, World War I, WWI, WWII, World War II, Stock Footage
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This wonderful 1960s travelogue of Greece was made by TransWorld Airilnes.   Entitled SUPERJET TO GREECE, the film shows the tourist attractions of the cradle of civilization.   At the 1:45 mark you will see TWA trans-Atlantic service, including Royal Ambassador Service complete with first class lounge, stewardess and bartender service.   Drinks were served in Swedish crystal tumblers and meals on Rosenthal China.   A typical TWA “Royal Ambassador” flight to Paris featured dinner with...
Topics: 1960s, TWA, Greece, Travelogue, Athens, Boeing, 707, Trans World, Airline, Stock Footage
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Presented in Ukrainian, this Soviet-era documentary film shows battles on the Eastern Front in WWII.  It begins with combat in and near Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine in October of 1943.  This was part of the 1943 offensive and the second Battle of Smolensk (7 August–2 October 1943). Staged almost simultaneously with the Lower Dnieper Offensive (13 August–22 September), the offensive lasted two months and was led by General Andrei Yeremenko, commanding the Kalinin Front, and Vasily Sokolovsky,...
Topics: Russian World War II, World War II, WWII, Russia, Stock Footage
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Produced in 1945 as part of the Sixth War Loan, this short War Bond film presents a haunting portrait of the cost of war.   As the narrator notes, every two and a half minutes — approximately equal to the amount of time spent watching the film — another American soldier has fallen in combat.   It contains horrific images of wounded and deceased American soldiers, including a naked corpse at the :50 second mark.   These gruesome images are contrasted with the work on the assembly lines of...
Topics: American War Dead, Casualties, World War II, WWII, War Bond, Stock Footage
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This NASA film introduces astronaut Major William A. Anders, who served aboard Apollo 8. At :42, Anders is shown in a classroom with Buzz Aldrin and an unidentified lecturer. At :58, Anders participates in a geology field exercise. At 1:14, the Anders family house is shown near El Lago, near the Manned Space Flight Center in Houston, Texas. At 1:23, Anders is shown working out in a gym, and using a punching bag. At 1;48, Anders is shown in a series of quick cuts of astronaut training, including...
Topics: 1968, Apollo, Astonaut, William Anders, Official Nasa Film, NASA, Space, Stock Footage, Periscope...
This color film is raw footage shot during World War II by United States servicemen in the Pacific Theater. It includes kamikaze attacks. The film ends with raw footage of Washington D.C. tourist sites. This is circa the mid 1940s. Opening: clouds in the sky, tracer gunfire aimed at enemy planes in the sky (:07). Smoke plumes in the sky, artillery continues to fire into the sky (:29). Enemy plane is seen on fire after being struck with AA gunfire (:46). Aerial footage of combat mission, firing...
Topics: WWII, Pacific Theater, TBM, Avengers, Kamikaze Attacks, Washington DC, 1940s, Stock Footage,...
One of a series of "Air Force Now" news magazine films made by the U.S. Air Force, this edition dates to 1976. It begins with a bicentennial look at the Revolutionary War fought in 1775-1783. The film opens with the narrator standing in Middlesex County, Massachusetts at the site of the Lexington Green (:31). The British were met with resistance from Minutemen fighters here as a reenactment of this event takes place (:42). A monument honoring the fallen Minutemen stands near the...
Topics: 1976, Air Force Now, News Magazine, Strategic Air Command, German F 4 Phantoms, Stock Footage,...
This black and white transfer of a 1933 Kodacolor lenticular home movie film documents the 1933 Century of Progress International Exposition, aka the Chicago World’s Fair, held in Chicago, Illinois from 1933 to 1934 in celebration of the city’s centennial. Despite taking place in the midst of the Great Depression, the theme technological innovation is evidenced by the signature “Sky Ride” transporter bridge, and the Moderne architecture of the constructed “Rainbow City” (TRT:...
Topics: 1933, Chicago, Worlds Fair, Century Of Progress, Home Movie, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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Narrated by Bill Slater, this short black & white educational film is about sporting and outdoor activities on the majestic Hudson River in New York State. Copyright 1950. Opening titles: Paramount Pictures presents Grantland Rice Sportlight - Down Stream Highway (:07-29). Map shows Lake Ontario, New York State, and parts of New England. Hudson River. Highest point in NY state is Mount Marcy, two men stand on it. The men walk as the scenery is behind them. Water falls in the forest,...
Topics: Stream, Highway, 1950s, New York, Lake Ontario, Hudson River, Documentary, Stock Footage, Periscope...
Filmed by Encyclopedia Brittanica's brilliant cinematographer Isadore Mankofsky, this color educational film is about the operations of a modern airport, filmed at LAX (Los Angeles International Airport). Copyright 1962. Opening titles: Airport In The Jet Age (Second Edition: Airport). Mr. Stuart parks his 1961 Ford station wagon (:06-:35). Air Traffic Control (ATC) tower. Two air traffic controllers converse. A jet takes off and is seen clearly from ATC. Los Angeles Tower. Mr. Stuart gives...
Topics: Jet Age, Airport, Los Angeles, Airport LAX, Educational Film, 1962, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
One of a series of newsreels produced by Official Films during WWII, this film features news events of 1942. It begins with coverage of Gen. Douglas MacArthur's departure from the Philippines, Gen. Stillwell and Chiang Kai-shek in Burma, the famous Flying Tigers operating in China, an Allied convoy repelling an Axis attack, British planes bomb Paris, the British occupy Madagascar and the Battle of Midway in the Pacific. The Flying Tigers were a mercenary flying force from the USA, active prior...
Topics: Official FIlms, Newsreel, 1942, Vol.2, Douglas Macarthur, Flying Tigers, Battle Of Midway, Stock...
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This 1960s United Nations produced program INTERNATIONAL ZONE looks at the value of using atomic energy for peace and the benefit of mankind. The production of atomic energy begins deep in the core of a nuclear reactor where atoms break each other in a chain reaction, known as fusion (3:29-3:47). The result is energy that can generate electricity, such as at Calder Hall, England (3:58); the Ural Mountains, Russia (4:03); and U.S. shipping ports (4:09). Atomic fuel can extend a ship’s stay at...
Topics: Atomic Energy, International Zone, 1960, United Nations, Stock Footage
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This silent footage shows the launch of a Titan-IIIc booster. Unfortunately there are no dates visible on the footage, so we're not sure which booster this is! The Titan IIIC was an expendable launch system used by the United States Air Force from 1965 until 1982. It was the first Titan booster to feature large solid rocket motors and was planned to be used as a launcher for the Dyna-Soar, though cancelled before any astronauts flew. The majority of the launcher's payloads were DoD satellites,...
Topics: TITAN III-C, BOOSTER, TITAN III, Launch, 1982, USAF, NASA Stock Footage
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Navy Wives is a 1959, color, promotional film for women whose husbands are in or going into the Navy. The purpose of the film is to support and make Navy Wives feel better about what they are about to experience.   View of a Navy Aircraft Carrier   off San Diego, CA (0:48-0:54). A crowd of people stand around the docks at the San Diego Navy Base (the largest on the West coast) waiting for their loved ones to disembark the Navy Aircraft Carrier ship (0:58-2:41). A sailor waits for his wife who...
Topics: 1959, US Navy, Navy N Wives, Navy Aircraft, Promotional Film, Stock Footage
This short 1947 U.S. Navy training film (MN-5348D) shows the intelligence that is gathered through Navy photography missions and gives viewers a look at the men who take the photographs, develop the photographs, and interpret the images. The film opens with a plane flying through the sky, followed by a shot of a Navy task force at sea. Viewers see ships’ guns moving into position and planes taking off from carriers (01:10). Men review the mission in a chart room. A man photographs enemy...
Topics: 1947, US Navy, Photography, Photo, Training Film, Ships, Stock Footage
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“Nuclear Attack Preparedness Procedures: Survive to Fight” is a 1968 US Air Force training film dramatizes activities at an Air Force Base following a nuclear attack. As a siren blares, pilots are shown being taken to their aircraft (mark 00:40) while command post operations unfold. An eerie silence follows until a “nuclear flash” fills the screen at mark 02:24 and a fiery mushroom cloud races upward. The narrator explains the sheltered command post personnel review the status of their...
Topics: US Air Force, Air Force, Atomic Warfare, Nuclear Attack, Stock Footage
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RIG FOR ULTRA QUIET presents an overview of submarine warfare in WWII, and shows post-WWII submarine warfare activities. It especially focuses on early nuclear-capable guided missile submarine capabilities. The Soviet threat, then brought to the world's attention through the suppression of the Hungarian Revolution, is emphasized. Guppy type subs, including two Regulus guided missile boats USS Tunny and USS Barbero, along with nuclear submarines are shown undertaking a simulated Atlantic war...
Topics: US Navy, US Navy, Seapower, Submarine, WWII, Stock Footage
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Made in 1945 to promote the role of women in the war effort, "Mary Smith, American" features women working in an aircraft factory to assemble fighter, bomber and other aircraft in support of the war effort. Women are shown working as machinists, riveters, welders, and more — although most of the supervising personnel if not all, appear to be men.   The film compares Smith to a pioneer woman (at the 3:00 mark) and to Betsy Ross, for her heroic actions as a war worker.   The title...
Topics: WWII, World War II, Female Aviation Worker, Tribute, Rosie Riveter, Stock Footage
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Made in the 1950s, this Shell Oil film covers two aspects of flight -- "Thrust" and "Forces in Balance". The film features early jet aircraft, as well as propeller-driven aircraft.  the film shows an Avro Anson (6 minutes),  a Curtiss-Wright AT-9 Jeep (8:45), and what might be a Lockheed Ventura (2:45) although it might be another aircraft. We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional information about our videos by adding a comment!  See...
Topics: Airplane, 1950s, Jet Aircraft, Shell, Flies, Educational Film, Stock Footage
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“Carry Me Back,” an episode in Jack Douglas’ 1960s weekly America! series, highlights popular places to visit in Virginia. The episode opens with Jack Douglas introducing the episode’s destination, Virginia, which is then followed by quick highlights of the episode. The first stop is at the Jamestown Festival Park, with the replicas of Susan Constant, Godspeed and Discovery (01:24). At the park, visitors see statues of John Smith and Pocahontas, the reconstructed Fort James (03:30), a...
Topics: Virginia, USA, 1960s, Travelogue, Williamsburg, Mount Vernon, Stock Footage
This black & white educational film was made during WWII by the office of the Coordinator of Inter-American Affairs as part of the USA's "good neighbor" policy. Produced by Julien Bryan, it is a profile of the city of Lima, Peru, with narration providing historical background and visuals showing the modern city as it appeared in 1944. The film depicts the nation of Peru as one on the rise, with modern hospitals, transportation systems, and a public university open to all students,...
Topics: Lima, Capital Of Peru, Andes Mountains, South America, 1944, Travelogue, WWII, World War II, Stock...
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This 1976 Army film explores the history of the United States Army Signal Corps. The United States Army Signal Corps (USASC) develops, tests, provides, and manages communications and information systems support for the command and control of combined arms forces. It was established in 1860, the brainchild of United States Army Major Albert J. Myer, and has had an important role from the American Civil War through to the current day. Over its history, it had the initial responsibility for a...
Topics: Story, US Army, Signal Corps, Combat America, Stock Footage
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The educational film, The Magic of Sulphur, is a color film describing how sulfur is found and some of its uses. The film was part of the film library of the Bureau of Mines of the United States Department of Interior which existed between 1910 and 1996. It was produced in cooperation with Texas Gulf Inc. in an unknown year, but probably in the 1950’s. Sulfur pools (0:29-0:46). A burning campfire with a witch doctor dancing around it (0:47-1:03). Ancient Egyptian doctor using sulfur as...
Topics: Sulfur, Magic, Mining, Refining, 1910, 1996, Stock Footage
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One of the many films made by the famed Jam Handy Organization for Chevrolet and General Motors, "How To Go Places" features actress Gale Storm making a cross-country trip. Some of the problems of travel in this era are shown, including the amount of pre-planning that one has to make in a time when there is no GPS or smartphones to navigate with, or find the nearest gas station. In addition to actress Gale Storm, her husband and fellow actor Lee Bonnell is featured along with their...
Topics: Chevrolet, 1950s, Advertising Film, Automobile, Jam handy, General motors, Stock footage
This color Marine Corps recruiting film is about the Marine Parade on Friday evenings at the Marine Barracks in Washington, D.C. aka "8th & I." Copyright is 1963. The Marine Barracks Washington, D.C., also known by its location at the corner of "8th & I," is the oldest active post in the Marine Corps. It was founded by President Thomas Jefferson and Lt. Col. William Ward Burrows, the second commandant of the Marine Corps, in 1801. The Barracks supports both...
Topics: USMC, United States Marine Corps, 1963, Washington, Marine Barracks, Stock Footage
This episode of the TV show, Discovery ‘66, dates to the year 1966. Discovery (in several incarnations) was an innovative historical, cultural and educational documentary TV series for children that aired from 1962-1971 on ABC. It was originally hosted by Frank Buxton on aired on weekdays, but for most of the Sixties it could be found on Saturday afternoons or Sunday mornings. This episode "The World Beneath the Sea" opens with a diver in full scuba gear underwater. A submersible...
Topics: Discovery 66, 1968, The World Beneath The Sea, Part 2, Stock Footage, Mini Submarines
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The “new navy” is the focus of this 1969 educational documentary presented by the United States Navy — “The Attack Carrier: From USS Langley CV1 to USS Enterprise CVAN65.” The color film traces the development and history of aircraft carriers used by the United States Navy. Aircraft that have been used by the Navy, such as the Grumman A-6 Intruder and McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II, also are featured.   The USS Enterprise is shown at sea at mark 01:14, as several fighters launch...
Topics: US Navy, USS Langley, Aircraft Carrier, 1969
This declassified 1963 color film provides a close look at the use of various methods of cargo transfer between naval craft for purposes of “vertical replenishment,” contrasting older methods of high line transfer with modern helicopter delivery methods. The piston-powered Sikorsky H-34, which served both as a transport and ASW platform for the Navy, is featured. (TRT 13:22).Title card: “Unclassified” (0:08). Opening credits denote the participation of the Navy’s Bureau of Supplies...
Topics: US Navy, 1963, US Navy Helicopter Supply Systems, Cargo Transfer, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
This declassified, color,  U.S. Navy training film from 1974 is about how to maintain the Fire Control System Mark 86, also known as the MK 86 Gun Fire Control System (GFCS). This system was created to provide ships of destroyer size and larger with an economical, versatile, lightweight, gun and missile fire control system effective against surface and air targets. The film shows basic steps in troubleshooting various bugs (called "casualties" or "faults" by the narrator)...
Topics: US Navy, Fire Control, Training Film, Mark 86, Fire Control Systems, Computer Bugs, Stock Footage,...
Made by Henry Ford's newsreel team, "A Trip up Mount Lowe with the Ford Camera Man" shows Mount Lowe in the Sierra Madre range near Pasadena, California. The film is silent. The 6,100 foot high mountain boasted a popular attraction -- a funicular or incline railway in Rubio Canyon that connected to an electric trolley system. The trolley ran to a mountain retreat. At 1:18 the summit of the incline at Echo Mountain House is shown. At 1:24 a ride to the Alpine Tavern aboard one of the...
Topics: MT Lowe, Ford, Sierra Madre, California, Padadena, Stock Footage
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This 1969 color film about Spain is one of a series of Pan Am Airlines travelogues produced by F.D. and I.L. Kay as a Film Authors Production. El Escorial was built in 1559 by King Philip II (:56-1:24). Crowds cross the busy streets (2:09-2:34). The Museum del Prado is a national art museum of paintings and statues (2:41-3:00). A fountain spins and people row a boat in a park (3:12-3:35). The Catholic Virgin Mary Statue has busy traffic pass by (3:38). Goats are herded up a mountain road...
Topics: Pan AM, Airlines, Spain, Travelogue, 1960, Stock Footage
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This documentary from 1961 is part of the ‘Biography’ series created in the 1960’s by David L. Wolper and narrated by Mike Wallace. This episode takes a look at Francisco Franco prior to, during and after the Spanish Civil War which took place from 1936 to 1939. Francisco Franco is pictured at (:39). Mike Wallace informs viewers Franco had ruled as a dictator for a quarter of a century (1:27). Spanish army troops are seen moving through the streets (2:11). Franco’s early youth is...
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This silent color 1940s travelogue film “Death Valley Ancient and Modern (Historic Death Valley)” is a Paul Hoefler Productions. The film opens with the camera scanning the salt pans (:55-1:22). Maps show the location of Death Valley in California and Nevada (1:24-1:52). A man sweeps across plaster to expose a hoof print (2:13-2:53). A stream runs through salt flats and low shrubs. Minnows are shown up-close   (2:55-3:20). Petroglyphs are seen on various rock formations (3:21-3:44). A...
Topics: 1940, Death Valley, Silent Film, Travelogue, Stock Footage
This silent, black and white film, shot in the 1950’s -- probably 1956-57 -- contains various segments, including shots of steam trains and what appears to be the 1957 Presidential Inaugural Parade. The film opens with shots of a heavy Norfolk and Western coal train with two large locomotives coming around a mountainside, engines billowing smoke. The engines appear to be 1200 class "A" fast freight locomotives, similar to Norfolk and Western No. 1218 (which the railroad retired in...
Topics: Home Movie, 1200 Class Steam Locomotive, 1957, President Eisenhower, Inaugural Parade, Stock Footage
This 1960s color film produced by the United States Air Force offers a look at aircraft maintenance procedures and the often overlooked men who performed them during the Vietnam War era, using documentary footage and informal, macho narration to highlight the unique appeal and responsibility of what was once disparagingly known as the “grease monkey” profession, in a plea for respectability (15:05). The seal of the United States of America Department of the Air Force. Opening titles: “The...
Topics: Southeast Asia, 1960s, Air Force, Vietnam, F 150 Thunderchief, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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In the 1940s "soundies" -- short music films -- were very popular. This one was marketed to families with home 16mm film projectors and distributed by Official Films. Tracks include "Dreams of Old Hawaii" with the Aloha Islanders and Lani McIntire and his orchestra (:14), "Wiggles" featuring Napua Wood (3:12), and the "Hawaiian War Chant" starring Princess Momakai and the Hawaiian Ensemble (recorded 1942). Each production includes painted sets and plenty...
Topics: Songs Of, Hawaii, 1940s, Musical, Hawaiin War Chant, Dreams, Old Hawaii, Stock Footage, Periscope...
This short silent film by Billy Burke likely dates to the early 1940s, gives viewers a quick look at a few highlights of southern California. The film opens with footage of a golden field of California poppies, where a family picks the flowers. A little girl holds the flowers and smells them. She is then shown walking through the field (01:02). Next, viewers see an unidentified exclusive California hotel, possibly the Santa Barbara Biltmore. A bird’s eye view looks down on guests relaxing on...
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Made during WWII by the British Ministry of Information, CAMERAMEN AT WAR was produced by the Realist Film Unit with support of various newsreel companies, the armed services film units and the Trustees of the Imperial War Museum. Compiled by Len Lye, This film tells the story of British newsreel and combat cameramen under battle conditions compiled by Len Lye. The film begins with rare footage from World War I of tanks in action, and includes a few scenes from the 1914-1918 war including famed...
Topics: Cameramen At War, WWII, British Ministry Of Information, 1918, 1940, 1914 Len Lye
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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
Made by the War Department during World War II, this training film was intended to be shown to airmen in training. It shows the regiment used to train airmen and the type of instruction that's given over the course of the cadet program. The aircraft shown is the Vultee Valiant BT-13 or BT-15.   The Vultee BT-13 Valiant was an American World War II-era basic trainer aircraft built by Vultee Aircraft for the United States Army Air Corps, and later US Army Air Forces. A subsequent variant of the...
Topics: WWII, World War II, US Army, USAF, Training Film, BT-13
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This is a 1959 United States Navy Training Film that shows in detail, by use of animation, how chemical energy is converted into electrical energy to produce electromotive force. A vintage shot of a mammoth submarine battery appears at (00:01:15:00). The film explains the process of converting chemical energy (00:03:35:00) and the effects of this conversion. (00:15:30:00)   The lead–acid battery was invented in 1859 by French physicist Gaston Planté and is the oldest type of rechargeable...
Topics: 1950, US navy, Lead, Acid, Storage Battery, BAttery, Training Film, Stock Footage
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Made during the Vietnam War, this report by Bob Considine   entitled AIRLIFT: VIET NAM was sponsored by American Airlines as a public service. The film features combat airlift operations involving cargo aircraft and helicopters and the lifeline of supply provided in part by American civil aviation operators such as American Airlines, which flew the 707 to Vietnam on a routine basis. The film features the Military Airlift Command HQ at Scott Air Force Base and Howell Marion Estes Jr. (or Howell...
Topics: Airlift, Vietnam, American Airlines, Vietnam War, Bob Considine, Stock Footage
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This 1944 color restricted film about being an “Aviation Ratings: Aerographer’s Mate” is part of a “Your Job in the Navy” series of recruitment films presented by the U.S. Navy. It opens with a Grumman TFB Avenger on the ground in front of a control tower (:36). Weather conditions are essential to Navy pilots for safe flying. Wind balls indicate which runway to use for takeoff (:45). The direction of takeoff is determined by a weather vane, shown spinning and its instrument panel...
Topics: 1944, US Navy, Aviation, Job, Aviation Ratings, TFB, Stock Footage
Encyclopedia Britannica Films presents, “Atomic Radiation”. Produced by Encyclopedia Britannica Films, in collaboration with the division of the physical sciences which includes the Institute of Nuclear Studies and the University of Chicago. Produced by Warren P. Everote. This is a 1950’s era, black and white film. The purpose of the film is to explain atomic radiation, its discovery and how it is being harnessed in the modern day and for what purposes. The film opens with two men digging...
Topics: 1950, Atomic Radiation, Atomic, Radium, Uranium, Stock Footage
This silent, raw footage from the Vietnam War shows U.S. Army and South Vietnamese troops examining a large cache of arms captured from the Viet Cong. At :29, an African American soldier shows off an RPG round. The weapons shown at :45 include many wrapped for storage underground. At 1:12, boxes of ammunition are shown off, many of the boxes look Chinese or Soviet in origin. At 1:34 an African American soldier writes a report. At 1:50 belts of ammunition are shown along with what appear to be...
Topics: Vietnam, War, Raw Footage, Viet Cong, Arms, Stock Footage
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Produced by E.S. and F.W. Keller and directed by John Hanau, RUINS OF PALMYRA AND BAALBEK presents a stunning color look at the Middle East in 1953, long before ISIS destroyed so much of these ancient ruins.  This is an extremely rare print, only recently located in our archive and now made available on-line for the first time. Some sources indicate that this film dates to 1938, but the fact that it is in color seems to indicate it is from 1953, as a copyright guide indicates. It's possible...
Topics: Ruins, Palmyra, Baalbek, Syria, 1950s, Travelogue, Stock Footage
The short 1939 documentary The City is a “plea” for residential planning and presents ways to remold cities to better accommodate the demand for housing and the need for clean, healthy communities. The film follows the chronological development of American communities, beginning with rural New England circa 1800, opening with shots of old rural homes, a water wheel and mill house (02:33), and Sias Farm. Children jump into a pond or a river and splash around. A horse-drawn wagon carries...
Topics: The City, 1939, Development, American Cities, Urban Planning, Documentary, Stock Footage
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This short 1986 film celebrates Coca-Cola’s 100th Anniversary with a look back at the company’s founding in 1886, the development of bottling the beverage, and a recap of the marketing campaigns for the product. The film opens with an image of President Grover Cleveland and an illustration of John Pemberton with Jacob’s Pharmacy in the background. Another photograph shows people at a store enjoying soda fountain drinks. A picture shows the room where early carbonated soda was made. Next,...
Topics: 1986, Coca Cola, A Century Ago, 100th Anniversary, Celebration, Stock Footage