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This color educational film, which also can be viewed as a promotional film for United Airlines, is about the new Douglas DC-8 jetliner and its debut with United Airlines. United's first-ever jet service took place on September 18th, 1959 when the DC-8 performed a transcontinental flight between San Francisco International Airport and New York's Idlewild. Copyright is circa 1959. The aircraft shown in the film, tail number N8016U, flew with United from 1959 to 1966. Opening title: Paul Hoefler...
Topics: 1959, Operation Jetliner DC8, United Airlines, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
This film, narrated in German, shows a brief tour of Germany in the mid 1950’s. It was presented by the Int'l Film Bureau (:09) and narrated by Meno Spann (:22) from the German Department NW University. The US Embassy building (:39), known as the Diechmannsaue Castle opens the film. US President Eisenhower visits the country in August of 1959 (:48) as German’s welcome his arrival (:57). Police on motorcycles escort the American president through town (1:20). The troupe arrives at the Villa...
Topics: 1950s, Germany, 1959, President Eisenhower, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
This color educational film is about CB Radios/Two Way Radios and how necessary they are. Most of the footage is still images live action and animation. Copyright 1959. Opening titles: A Million Invisible Messengers (:07-:55) Clock bell goes off. Police car is stationary with two policemen in it. One uses a CB radio to contact another. Police have a man cuffed. Map of the United States (:56-2:10). A woman calls the city gas plant, there's a gas odor. The plant contest a person to go smell the...
Topics: Million Invisible Messengers, 1959, CB Radio, Citizens Band, Promotional Film, Communications,...
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One of a series of films made by the U.S. Army to educate recruits about the Code of Conduct, this film discusses the duty of soldiers to resist the enemy, including when in captivity. Soldiers are instructed to resist by all means available, and make every effort to escape, and especially to not accept any parole or favors from the enemy. The will to resist, the film teaches, is what can keep men who are imprisoned alive.  Produced in 1959 during the Cold War, the film seems to show an...
Topics: 1959, US Army, Army Code Of Conduct, Basic Training, Prison Camp Escape, Stock Footage, Periscope...
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This 1959 sponsored documentary directed by Shirley Clarke uses experimental montage techniques to dramatize the construction of the 666 Fifth Avenue Skyscraper in Manhattan, New York City (TRT: 21:11).   Clarke was a member of the Independent Filmmakers of America and was part of a circle of independent filmmakers in Greenwich Village such as Maya Deren, Stan Brakhage, Jonas Mekas, and Lionel Rogosin. Opening titles: “Brandon Films Presents.” The Bellringers Monument in Herald Square...
Topics: Skyscraper, 1959, 666 fth Avenue, New York, Stock Footage
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This color promotional film "Camp Time, Any Time!" was made by the Girl Scouts of America in 1959. It was shot by Leonard Stark, produced by Carol Hale, and directed by Sidney Meyers. The film shows typical activities at a Girl Scout Camp including canoeing, hiking, art and more. The film emphasizes the importance of city kids, who are raised in the hustle and bustle, getting a chance to explore nature. The actual camp site shown in the film is not identified but it appears to be...
Topics: 1959, Girl Scout Camp, Promo Film. Camp Time, Summer Camp, 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
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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
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T+INFINITY is the name of this film, which profiles part of the Air Force Space Program and the launch of the satellite Discoverer-1 in 1959. The USAF-sponsored development of launch vehicles for space applications known as CORONA is shown, with a Thor-Agena booster system in use. Thor-Agena was a series of orbital launch vehicles that used Thor first stages and Agena second stages. They are thus cousins of the more famous Thor-Deltas, which founded the Delta rocket family. The first attempted...
Topics: 1959, Lockheed, Agena, Booster Rocket Launch, Discoverer-1, Stock Footage
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This color educational film is about storage batteries such as car batteries. This was made in 1959 and was produced by the Willard Storage Battery Division. Titles: US Department of the Interior, Bureau of Mines, The Story of the Modern Storage Battery (:13-:43). A man puts a storage battery together. He attaches the battery into a car. Close on the car's radio. Atomic Submarine shot. Guided missile. Mariners on a  boat. Doctors operate. A group of batteries. Many batteries are shown...
Topics: 1959, Storage Battery, Lead, Acid, Stock Footage
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“Wonderful World” is a 1959 color travelogue produced by Jam Handy for Coca-Cola and narrated by Ken Nordine. The broad documentary surveying global cultures, lifestyles, emphasizing common human activities. The opening minutes takes viewers to various sites across the United States, including a baseball game, New England churches, and the ivy-covered halls of Harvard University, before visits to the Canadian Parliament, Britain’s Parliament, and friendly British pubs. Mark 04:10...
Topics: Wonderful World, 1959, Jam handy, Coca Cola, Travelogue, Stock Footage
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Made by Coronet, this profile of Sir Isaac Newton dates to 1959, the early part of the Space Age. As a result the film directly connects Newton's major theories with rocketry. At 1:20 a satellite is shown orbiting the Earth. At 1:32 the school where Newton went as a boy is shown, and a childhood fight is re-enacted. At 2:08, Newton is shown at Cambridge, reading books about science. The rest of the film shows re-enactments of Newton's time at Trinity College. At 4:14, Newton returns home to...
Topics: 1959, Biography, Sir Isaac, Newton, Cambridge University, Mathematics, Stock Footage
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This brief travelogue film was released just after Hawaii was inducted as the 50th state of the United States which took place on August 21st, 1959. It shows a vibrant look throughout the island as tourists enjoy it’s many sites and activities. It was presented by Castle Films (:08) and opens with hula dancers with colorful flower blossoms in their ears and hair (:22). Inhabitants of the island are composed of a melting pot of ethnicities (:44). Hawaii is generally looked at as an island...
Topics: 1960, Travelogue, Hawaii, 1959, Tourists, Castle Films, Stock Footage
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This 1959 color documentary film covers the Research Programs at the University of Arizona. It is produced by prolific filmmaker Harry Atwood, himself a graduate from there. The film opens at Homecoming, and the band and cheerleaders perform (1:10-2:05). The original 1890 building is used by the ROTC (2:31-2:50). The old is demolished and replaced by new dormitories (2:51-3:24). The Fine Arts Center houses the Renaissance painting collection of Samuel H. Kress (3:25-3:40). Channel 2 TV crews...
Topics: 1959, University Of Arizona, Promotional Film, New Horizons, Tuscon, Stock Footage
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Created in 1959 by MGM for American Motors Corporation, AMERICA THE AUTOMOIBLE AGE was written by Robert C. Bennett and directed by David Monahan. This sprawling publicity piece to promote the brand, traces the history of the automobile in the United States. WWI auto and truck construction is seen at the 8:00 mark, and WWII production at the 23:30 mark. In between and especially towards the end the history of AMC is shown, with the 1960 Nash Rambler getting star treatment at about the 34 minute...
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Topics: American Motors, Automobile, Industrial Film, 1959, MGM, Stock Footage
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LEWISTOWN, PA – JOHNSTOWN & ALTOONA RAILROAD REEL This color home movie from 1959 shows footage of the Johnstown Traction Company and views of Altoona, Johnstown and Lewistown, Pennsylvania. It was shot by Louis Buehler and preserved by Mitch Dakelman. Shots include: :00 Lewistown Pa dusk and night shots of passing Pennsylvania Railroad trains 1:07 Conemaugh & Black Lick locomotive, Johnstown,Pa. Passing Bethlehem Steel plant 1:23 Johnstown Trolley car 357 1:48 crossing bridge 2:23...
Topics: 1959, Pennsylvania, Railroad, trolley Cars, Johnstown, Stock Footage
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Presented by the U.S. Air Force, Class of ’59 is a short film that details the life and training a cadet receives at the then-new Air Force Academy at Lowry Air Force Base. The film opens with a shot of the entrance to the Air Force Academy; new cadets arrive at Lowry Air Force Base in Denver (Aurora), CO (00:39). An Air Training Officer (ATO) teaches cadets how to march and salute. Cadets participate in close order drilling (01:21). An Air Force officer addresses the new cadets at the...
Topics: First US Air Force Academy, Air Force Base, 1959, USAF, Stock Footage
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THE LAST CLEAR CHANCE   is a 1959 American short film produced and directed by Robert Carlisle. Sponsored by Union Pacific Railroad, Last Clear Chance is a safety film intended to warn young drivers to be careful at railroad crossings. The film's cast consists of William Boyett, Harold Agee, Mrs. Harold Agee, Tim Bosworth, William Agee, Christine Lynch, and Lou Spraker. Written by Leland Baxter, the film was shot in parts of Idaho. Wondsel, Carlisle & Dunphy Inc, based in New York City,...
Topics: 1959, Union Pacific Railroad, The Last Clear Chance, Stock Footage
Iron Curtain lands. Post-Stalin Period. Copyright MCMLIX. Educational Supervision: Michael Boro Petrovich, PhD. Associate Professor of History, The University of Wisconsin. Photographed & directed by filmmaker and author Charles Dee Sharp. This 1959, color movie presents a cross-section of life in the lands considered to be behind the iron curtain after the rule of Joseph Stalin. It is a profile of the communist society. It takes us a step closer to understanding these lands ruled by an...
Topics: Iron Curtains Lands, 1959, Post Stalin Era, Soviet Union, Eastern Europe, Stock Footage