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This Vietnam era sales film for the McDonnell Douglas A-4 Skyhawk shows the versatile aircraft's development and unique characteristics.  The late model A-4F is seen.  This was a refinement of A-4E with extra avionics housed in a hump on the fuselage spine (this feature later retrofitted to A-4Es and some A-4Cs) and more powerful J52-P-8A engine with 9,300 lbf (41 kN) of thrust, later upgraded in service to J52-P-408 with 11,200 lbf (50 kN), 147 built. Some served with Blue Angels acrobatic...
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JATO (acronym for jet-assisted take off), is a type of assisted take-off for helping overloaded aircraft into the air by providing additional thrust in the form of small rockets. This rare film from 1963 was created in the aftermath of a fatal accident involving a mis-handled JATO rocket. In it, an Air Force safety officer lectures about JATO bottles, how they should be handled, and how they can be safely used. The B-47 Stratojet aircraft is featured. This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC...
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This film is of the documentary series “True Adventure” which ran from the 1950’s to the 1960’s and was created by Bill Burrud who also served as host (:19). This episode takes viewers to Guadalcanal, a major battleground during WW2, with Milas Hinshaw and Martin Clemens (1:26). Clemens was a District Officer on Guadalcanal of the British Solomon Islands protectorate in 1941 when Japan invaded (1:57). Unlike most who fled, Clemens and others like him chose to remain on the island with...
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Created by the U.S. Navy for publicity purposes in 1979, this historic films provides an overview of the ships of the fleet ranging from mighty nuclear powered aircraft carriers to lowly auxiliaries. Included are carriers USS Nimitz CVN-68, USS Eisenhower CVN-69, USS Enterprise CVN-65, USS Kitty Hawk CV-63, USS John F. Kennedy CV-67, USS Independence CV-62, and USS Midway CV-41. Cruisers shown include USS Long Beach CGN-9, USS Chicago CG-11, USS Richmond K. Turner CG-20, USS Wainwright CG-28,...
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"The Power and the Glory" is a film that dates to 1957. Produced by the 4H Clubs, it shows the glory of America's heritage linked with the promise awaiting today's youth through the development of character and leadership as exemplified in 4-H Club training. The film features rare images of the Atlantic Rural Exposition, which was the predecessor to the Virginia State Fair, and scenes shot during the visit of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip to Jamestown in 1957 (5 minutes). The...
Topics: 1947, 4H Club, Promotional Film, Battery Of Yorktown, Early History, Virginia, Stock Footage
This 1970, color film reviews the maintenance process for a DC-8 jet airliner at the United Airlines maintenance base in San Francisco. It was originally an episode of "Discovery", a kids program that ran on ABC between 1962-1971.   The film shows how the DC-8 undergoes a periodic overhaul that lasts for five full days. We follow the maintenance crews through the detailed process of maintaining these incredible machines. The film opens with a DC-8 jet airplane landing on the tarmac...
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This 1960s film is from Pacific Telephone Company which was founded in 1906 and has headquarters in San Francisco, California and it was to be used for employees of the company. It takes a look at safety standards and the notion of personal responsibility for safety on and off the job. It opens with a slew of traffic and warning signs as we are constantly bombarded with signs telling us to avoid accidents (:36) though human error still is prevalent as a man places a cigarette butt next to a...
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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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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, U Boat, Stock Footage
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This glorious silent film shows the National Junior Air Races, held in Cleveland, Ohio. The Scripps-Howard National Junior Air Races are almost completely forgotten, but in the 1930s and 40s they represented the premiere competitive arena for aircraft modelers, radio-control and control line pilots.  This rare silent home movie dates to 1939 - 1942, but probably 1942. It was shot by a member of the Cleveland Press staff.  It shows many of the events at the Races, including the weigh-in that...
Topics: 1942, Junior National Air Races, Cleveland, Ohio, Stock Footage
In this Army – Navy Screen Magazine newsreel, we learn about THE BATTLE OF THE UNITED STATES. In this film from 1944, we see narrator J. Edgar Hoover (00:00:37:00) discussing the importance of catching spies in the United States during World War II and the great efforts the FBI went through to stop them. J Edgar also credits the citizens with doing their part in the effort to stop spies in the United States. Vintage footage from 1940 New York can be seen at (00:01:40:00). Footage of an...
Topic: Stock Footage
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This black & white educational film is about the Fighting Cavalier Squadron and their F-105s flying/bombing in Vietnam. This is Part 1 and was filmed in November 1966, most of the base footage is from Korat Air Force Base in Thailand.  Opening titles: U.S. Air Force Presents 'There is a Way' (:10-:48). Three Lieutenants are about to land. They are landing, after their 101st missions, their Republic F-105 Thunderchiefs. Another soldier speaks on this. Jeep and cars drive down a tarmac...
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In this episode of the True Adventure TV series from the early 1960s, viewers go on an expedition through the Northwest Passage with the U.S. Coast Guard. The episode opens with dramatic shots of the Arctic, including an ice shelf breaking off ( 00:08 ). Host Bill Burrud discusses the Coast Guard’s voyage through the Northwest Passage. There are various shots of the Arctic Ocean with a number of different ships navigating its waterways ( 02:23 ). The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Bramble sails out...
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This black & white, WWII recruiting film showcases the Royal Australian Navy. This  was primarily shot at HMAS Cerberus, a training establishment. It was directed by Ralph Smart. Opening titles: The Ministry of Information Presents The Royal Australian Navy (:07). Royal Navy sailors stand at attention (:47). The men march (1:01). Rocks and ocean surf of Australia (1:08). Royal Australian Navy ships perform convoy duty (1:33). Recruits arrive at Flinders Naval Depot  in Victoria (1:46)....
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Created by United Aircraft Corporation to celebrate 50 years of powered flight, WE SAW IT HAPPEN features interviews with pioneers from the first half-century of American aviation: designers, engineers, industrial entrepreneurs, and pilots. Appearing in it are: Wellwood Beall, Larry Bell, William Boeing, William Bridgeman, Frank Caldwell, Clarence Chamberlin, Virginius Clark, Glenn Curtiss, James Doolittle, Donald Douglas, Ira Eaker, Oliver Echols, Earl Findley, Benjamin Foulois, Robert Gross,...
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This rare silent movie dates to 1918 and shows the arrival of US forces back in the United States at the conclusion of WWI, and features shots of General John J Pershing, as well as other members of the United States Expeditionary forces. It includes the destroyer USS Blakeley, a destroyer that was built in 1918. 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...
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This 1950s U.S. Navy newsreel shows the operation of the Taylor Model Ship Basin in the design of warship hulls.  The ship demonstrated here is an LCI, landing craft infantry.  Scale model propellers are built as well as a ship hull for extensive testing in the long basin.   The David Taylor Model Basin (DTMB) is one of the largest ship model basins—test facilities for the development of ship design—in the world. DTMB is a field activity of the Carderock Division of the Naval Surface...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Warship, United States Navy, LCI. Landing Craft, Landing Craft...
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Silent highlight reel shows Boeing Vertol's helicopters in action including the 107, now known as the Sea Knight in military configuration, and the CH-47 Chinook.   A demonstration is shown of the CH-47's amphibious capability, and various configurations of helicopters are shown.  Flights of New York Airways helicopters from the roof of the Pan Am building in downtown Manhattan to LaGuardia Airport are also shown (5:30 mark).   In May 1957 Frank Piasecki and his Vertol design team began work...
Topics: Boeing Ch-47 Chinook, Boeing Rotorcraft System, U.S. Navy Seals, Boeing Vertal CH-46 Sea Knight,...
Attack in the Pacific (also known by the series title: Armed Forces Information Film: A.F.I.F. Number 3) is a 1944 American war documentary film directed by Frank Capra. This dramatic documentary, an Armed Forces Information Film, was completed a year before the war's end. It is dedicated to the men of the United States Navy, a fighting organization which fulfilled a most significant role in bringing about the defeat of Japan. Following a valuable introduction describing the variegated Pacific...
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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
Topic: Stock Footage
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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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Created by MGM for American President Lines, "Departure" shows the round-the-world cruise of the SS President Wilson from San Francisco to the Orient and Europe in the late 1940s. A few other ships that were part of American President Lines (APL) are briefly shown as well. The SS President Cleveland and SS President Wilson were shining symbols of post war American technology, design and style, with streamline moderne styling.  After leaving San Francisco, at  8:00 , the ship arrives...
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Made by Westinghouse in 1938-39, "The Middleton Family at the New York World's Fair" is an American film directed by Robert R. Snody produced for the company's exhibit at the 1939 New York World's Fair. (NOTE: our print of this film is not complete, and represents only half of the original movie. Our apologies but we thought it worth sharing nevertheless.) "The Middleton Family" illustrates the contribution of free enterprise, technology, and Westinghouse products to the...
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Shot during WWII, this silent home movie shows the Cheyenne Municipal Airport when it was used as an air base, and scenes shot at the Cheyenne Frontier Days rodeo, as well as scenes shot at an informal gathering of airmen and local gals. The Cheyenne Frontier Days outdoor rodeo and western celebration which is shown, has been running annually since 1897 in Cheyenne, Wyoming.The film opens with footage of soldiers or U.S. Army Air Force personnel playing horseshoe (:11) at a corral or ranch....
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Made in World War II by the U.S. government as part of the war effort, GRACIAS AMIGOS is hosted by venerable radio reporter Lowell Thomas. The film explains how the USA came to rely on its Latin American and South American neighbors for aid during the war, in the form of vital raw materials. With rubber supplies from Indonesia cut off, and even hemp for rope in short supply, the USA had to look elsewhere for materials. Nations like Colombia, Peru, Costa Rica, Brazil and other republics provided...
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Assembled from the General Newsreel Co.'s holdings, this issue of Yesterday’s Newsreel provides film clips of news highlights. Segments include 1936 Fashions at :14, featuring various hats for women including derbies and turbans. At 1:02 , a sports segment shows the National Tennis Doubles Championship of 1933 featuring Frank Shields, Lester Stoefen, Frank Parker and George Lott. At 1:51 the 1927 Belmont Stakes, observed by Al Smith of New York. At 2:37 , images of German troops and Panzer...
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Dating to the late 1950s or early 1960s, this silent footage shows U.S. Navy training operations at Brunswick Naval Air Station in Maine. At least one of the aircraft (33:41) tail #128345 was affiliated with Patrol Squadron Eight (VP-8) , a U.S. Navy land-based patrol squadron. The film likely dates to prior to 1962, when VP-8 switched from P2V Neptunes to the P-3 Orion aircraft. Many activities are shown in the film including classroom training with radar and communications equipment, ground...
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Made in 1975 to commemorate the 200th Anniversary of the United States Marine Corps, "The Birthday Party" features a creative premise -- a group of retired Marines symbolizing various eras of the Corps get together for a celebratory dinner. Through vignettes, the history of the Corps is shown from the Revolutionary War through Vietnam, portraying the evolution of the Marine Corps from its origin to the present day. The film includes several well-known actors including Richard Dean...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
A showcase of the National Parks of the Western US during the 1920s, with primarily emphasis on Glacier National Park! 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 Dodge Brothers during WWII, this film shows the various trucks, command cars, ambulances, tractors and other vehicles made during the conflict for the U.S. Army.  A proving grounds for these vehicles is also shown starting around the 2 minute mark.  The Chrysler foundry is seen at the 4:30 mark, producing Sherman tanks.  Also shown is the precision made Sperry Gyrocompass (8 minute mark), anti-aircraft guns, radar systems, and other equipment built by Dodge during WWII.  Dodge...
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Manchukuo, or ""State of Manchuria"", was a puppet state comprised of Eastern Inner Mongilia and Manchuria. Created by the former Qing Dynasty Emperor and Imperial Japan in 1932, it ceased to exist after the defeat of Japan in WWII. The international furor that resulted from the creation of the state of Manchukuo, eventually led Japan to withdraw from the League of Nations. This propaganda film shows the newly-created state, with a focus on how the Japanese are improving the...
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Dating from the late 1960s, this U.S. Air Force Strategic Air Command produced film profiles the command and control systems developed for national defense, including the early versions of the 465L / SACCS system.  The film includes shots of various mainframe computers and communications equipment, including integrated networks that helped foment what we now know as the Internet.  The film contains some fascinating images including shots of communications centers, top secret documents, early...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, U.S. Air Force, War, Command And Control, Computers, Electronics,...
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Made in 1945, WE SAID WE'D COME BACK shows the invasion of Guam and the actions and successes of the U.S. Navy to maintain the support of the American public. The film features Admiral Ernest J. King, the Chief of Naval Operations and the Admiral in Chief. It also ends with a brief appearance by James Forrestal, Secretary of the Navy. The film shows how the war in the Pacific was turning to the American side including footage of the retaking of Guam and warships such as the U.S.S. Washington...
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One of many survival films made during WWII, Castaway shows simple skills that can be used in the event of an emergency. Reel 1 (featured here) shows how to survive a bail-out from an aircraft over the ocean, inflation of a life raft, and navigation to a safe harbor. Along the way are lessons about distilling water and shark repellant. Reel 2 shows survival on a tropical island typical of those found in the Pacific Theater of the war. Produced by Willard Pictures for the Bureau of Aeronautics...
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This episode of "The Big Picture" dates to the 1961-1962 season. Filmed at Washington,. D.C . it shows the Army's "Old Guard" - the 3rd Infantry Regiment - and the U.S. Army Band presenting its annual pageant of military skills and traditions. The 3rd United States Infantry Regiment is a regiment of the United States Army. It currently has three active battalions, and is readily identified by its nickname, "The Old Guard," as well as "Escort to the...
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This silent home movie shows a trip to Miami, Florida in the 1950s. The film starts at the Roney Plaza Hotel, which was demolished in 1968. You'll see the hotel's pool area. At 1:00, two brothers wearing identical "Texas" cowboy t-shirts parade in front of the camera. At 1:44 they pose with mom. At 4;23 children pose in costumes, apparently as part of a special food awareness day. Others pose with protest signs reading "Be Happy Be Healthy" and "Drink Milk". At...
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This NASA film shows the rollout of the first Douglas DC-8 jet, and the ground testing of its instruments. At 1:25 the aircraft makes its first test flight. At 3:18 the aircraft comes in for a landing at the Douglas plant in Long Beach, California. At 4:16, a DC-8 in Delta livery is seen in service. The Douglas DC-8 (also known as the McDonnell Douglas DC-8) is an American four-engine long-range narrow-body jet airliner built from 1958 to 1972 by the Douglas Aircraft Company. Launched after the...
Topics: Douglas, DC-8, Jet Rollout, Ground Test, First Flight, Stock Footage
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This black & white educational/promotional film is about the Amazing New Mobiloil. There is no copyright and this is circa the mid to late 1940s as World War 2 is mentioned as having just passed.   Opening titles: Socony-Vacuum presents KEEP IT CLEAN!, The Story of an Amazing New Mobiloil for safer, cleaner engines (:06-:34). War footage, tanks, soldiers on the move. Construction vehicles. Tanks and war vehicles move along dusty roads and through some water. A man looks at an engine....
Topics: Mobil, Mobil Oil
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Made for the home market in Germany during WWII, this silent film "German warships break through the Channel" shows the "Channel Dash" operation of the Kriegsmarine in 1942. The film begins with images of Brest harbor, as German ships plan a breakout thru the Dover Strait. At :35 Admiral Erich Raeder is seen addressing crew prior to the start of the operation. At :49 a map shows the strategic situation with ships leaving Brest. At 1:05 an E-boat or torpedo boat escorts the...
Topics: 1942, German Battleships, Warships, German Newsreel
In this 1955 episode (TV-326) of the television series The Big Picture, viewers get a glimpse of life in West Germany for the 7th Army’s 2nd Armored Division. Sgt. Stewart Queen speaks to camera about U.S. Army strength in Europe. Army men walk off a ship in Europe and load into transport trucks. There are several shots of central Germany’s cities, severely damaged from the fighting during World War II (02:22). A quick montage of footage of German industries shows the effectiveness of the...
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These raw film "dailies" are from the 1943 Clark Gable documentary film "Combat America".   Although silent, they provide some interesting insight into the making of one of the iconic propaganda films of WWII.   Some of the material seen herein was utilized in the finished movie and some was not...   Combat America is a 1943 Allied propaganda film of World War II that came about through orders given to one of Hollywood's brightest stars: "1st Lieutenant Clark Gable...
Topics: Clark Gable, WWII, World War II, Combat America, 1943, Stock Footage
The 1953 U.S. Navy training film (MN-6783a) Basic Mechanisms In Fire Control Computers, Part 1: Shafts, Gears, Cams and Differentials discusses some of the mechanisms that are required for the Fire Control Computer to function. The film opens with a Navy crew surrounding a Fire Control Computer ( 00:48 ), which solves fire control problems—including the ship’s location, direction, speed, and the enemy ship’s location, direction, and speed—in a matter of seconds so that the ship’s guns...
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Early 1920s travelogue of Africa and what appears to be Thailand. 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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These beautiful color home movies show the Chicago Railroad Fair, likely in 1948 but possibly in 1949. The film begins with images of the Indian village that was part of the Fair, before showing some of the railroad apparatus and steam engines that made the Fair such an amazing spectacle. The Chicago Railroad Fair was an event organized to celebrate and commemorate 100 years of railroad history west of Chicago, Illinois. It was held in Chicago in 1948 and 1949 along the shore of Lake Michigan...
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This 1948 black and white promotional film is a presentation by the Association of American Railroads showcasing steam and diesel trains. These include ALCO PA, Southern & Pacific, Atlantic Coast Line, and Baltimore & Ohio. The film opens with a view of the tracks from the engineer’s perspective and the sounds of track and whistle (:02-:18). A curtain blows over a sleeping boy, awakened by the train (:19- 1:25 ). The steel bands of the track shine at night from the engineer’s...
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Dating to the F-16 rollout in the mid-1970s, THE HOT PERFORMER shows the prototype F-16s being put through their paces at Edwards Air Force Base.  The film was targeted at the Pentagon but also foreign governments who might acquire the aircraft.  Some of the characteristics shown in the film include the plane's "fly by wire" capability, its unique bubble canopy, and its ability to accelerate faster than any other aircraft on the market.   The General Dynamics (now Lockheed Martin)...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, General Dynamics, War, U.S. Air Force, Fighter Aircraft
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This Department of the Air Force color film serves as a report on the Tactical Air Command’s participation in Exercise Desert Strike, conducted by the Air Force and US Army in May 1964. Conducted in the southwestern United States, it was the largest maneuvers on American soil since 1943. General Paul D. Adams, of the United States Strike Command, is shown at mark 03:33, as the narrator explains the exercise covered a variety of combat scenarios, including nuclear warfare. The conflict occured...
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This is a Chem Studies Film, produced by the Chemical Education Material Study for use in its course in chemistry. Molecular Spectroscopy. Collaborators are Dr. Bryce Crawford Junior, Professor of Chemistry and Dr. John Overend, Associate Professor of Chemistry, University of Minnesota. This movie is about molecular spectroscopy. There are in-depth conversations and vivid imagery about how molecules have natural frequencies of vibration and on the understanding of how light waves interact with...
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This silent film from WWII shows what appear to be tests of an aircraft gun sight aiming camera, or GSAP Camera. The film provides an interesting "gunner's eye view" of the reticle or firing ring that a WWII gunner or pilot would have seen, complete with a "dot" in the center. This was likely a type of reflector sight although the camera doesn't give a good impression of how the ring would disappear when viewed from attitudes not 90-degrees forward . The start of the film...
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In this episode of Richfield’s Success Story, a television series that profiles successful businesses with a connection to Richfield oil products, viewers see the Portland, OR production plant of Sawyer’s, Inc., where the popular View-Masters are manufactured. The film opens with a child looking through a View-Master. Footage shows one of the reels that features a fairytale scene with Pinocchio, Captain Hook, and Santa Claus. The show’s host, Bill Nielson, shows a shelf lined with models...
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Terrytoons was an animation studio founded by Paul Terry. The studio, located in suburban New Rochelle, New York, operated from 1929 to 1968. The studio created many popular cartoon characters including Heckle and Jeckle, Mighty Mouse, Gandy Goose, Sourpuss, Dinky Duck and Luno. The "New Terrytoons" period of the late 1950s and 60s brought us Sidney, Hector Heathcote, Hashimoto and Deputy Dawg as well as The Mighty Heroes. Famed animator Ralph Bakshi got his start at Terrytoons....
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This 1952 film depicts the launching of an Aerobee rocket at the Air Force Missile Test Center at Holloman Air Force Base in Alamogordo, New Mexico in the aftermath of Project Blossom. It was produced by Robert Redd. The film shows scientists from the Cambridge Research Center analyzing the air of the upper atmosphere. The film takes viewers through the process from the assembly of the rocket to its recovery, and to  data analysis. Dr. Marcus O’Day of the geophysics research division at...
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This silent U.S. Navy film, "SeaLab III Progress Report #2" documents the ill-fated SEALAB III experiment, in which aquanot Berry L. Cannon died. The film was likely shown as part of a U.S. Navy presentation, and would have had an accompanying script or commentary (now lost) read while it was projected. Some of the interesting segments in the film show the moving of the SeaLab habitat and its deployment, underwater assembly operations ( 7:25 ), and support operations. The converted...
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This World War II era, color, silent home movie features snippets of civilian life shot by ordinary American citizens in daily life in Washington, DC. It likely dates to 1944-1946, but unfortunately we don't know the precise year. The film opens with a man and a woman playing beneath a tree blossoming in springtime. Springtime blossoms surround the neighborhood. A man and two women walk down the street joyfully: 30. Three women wave to the camera: 43. A man and a woman play with a dog: 55....
Topics: Washington DC, WWII, Era Home Movie, Christmas Trees, Arlington National Cemetery, Stock Footage
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Made in 1945 by the National Conference of Christians and Jews, "The World We Want to Live In" is an important film that reflects upon the tumult of 1930s and 40s, which saw oppression and death in Europe, while presenting the idea that the America of the future must renounce hate, bigotry and intolerance. The film begins by showing how hate speech and anti-immigrant ideas fomented terror not only in abroad, but created an environment in the USA where racism and marginalization was...
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This film will take a look at major news events in the year of 1947. It is presented by Castle Films (:07) and will visit Africa first as the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth made the first ever royal family trip to the country (:23). While there, the pair took a 10,000-mile tour and enjoyed a demonstration performed by the Zulu warriors (:33). Turning to turmoil in Korea, the country had been experiencing unrest since the end of WW2 in 1945 and were seeking independence after 40 years of...
Topics: Castle Films, Parade of 1947, Unrest in Palastine, President truman, Queen Elizabeth, Stock Footage
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Dating from 1928, this silent newsreel shows the flight of the Bremen, a German Junkers W 33 aircraft that made the first successful transatlantic airplane flight from east to west between April 12 and 13, 1928. The Bremen left Baldonnel Aerodrome, Ireland on April 12 and flew to Greenly Island, Canada, arriving on April 13, after a flight fraught with difficult conditions and compass problems. The crew consisted of pilot Captain Hermann Köhl, the navigator, Major James Fitzmaurice, and the...
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Topics: 1928, newsreel, Bremen airplane, Greenly Island, Henry Ford Museum, Germany, Bremen, Baldonnel
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One of the Treasury Department's most extraordinary War Bonds promotional films, "Who Died?" was produced by the Office of Strategic Services, and written by author Betty Smith who wrote "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn."  The film features five dramatized sequences showing boys and young men in various roles in the home life. After each sequence the battlefield death of each -- now in uniform -- is shown answering the question, "who died?"   Born on December 15, 1896...
Topics: A tree Grows In Brooklyn, Betty Smith, WWII, War Bonds, World War II, Office Of Strategic Service,...
Created shortly after the death of President Franklin D. Roosevelt as a memorial, this newsreel was shown to U.S. troops overseas as part of the "Army/Navy Screen Magazine". The film shows the President's body leaving Warm Springs and going to Washington by train, and then the funeral parade through the nation's capitol, and ceremonial lying in state, and ends with the body interred at Hyde Park, New York. The film is set to music with the words of the fallen President throughout. The...
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Made in 1950, this U.S. Navy recruitment film focuses on the training of naval aviators at Pensacola, Florida.  It exposes new recruits to the training process and day to day activities for a Navy flier. They go over the general over view of the training and list the individual components of the program. It is aimed at encouraging new recruits to take the program seriously so that they can reap the rewards or risk being grounded. Fairly straight forward, non-technical intro to training style...
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This period newsfilm depicts the beach landings which took place on June 6th, 1944. This was the Allied invasion during WW2 and it was the largest seaborne invasion in history. It was released by British Information Services (:12) and opens with European citizens opening their windows and leaning out on the morning of D-Day (:31). Heads are titled to the skies as the drone of heavy-laden planes had been heard throughout the night (:34). An Evening Standard paper is seen with a headline reading...
Topics: Act, Fact, D Day, June 6, 1945, British, Normandy, Invasion, Stock Footage
This Yesterday’s Newsreel film (episode 75) 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 footage of Luther Burbank at home in Santa Rosa with his wife. He rolls around on the grass with his dog. He is then shown walking through wheat and a plot of his famous Burbank artichokes. Burbank walks through other areas in his garden (01:45); he holds a...
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The 1970 short film The New Era: Flight Testing the 747 Superjet is a documentary on the flight testing of Boeing’s 747 wide-body commercial jet with commentary from the 747 flight test personnel. The film begins with shots of the superjet taking off ( 00:10 ), landing, and flying through the air ( 01:21 ). Boeing tests the first five 747s off the production line, with several commercial airlines vying to be involved. Pan American Airways ( 02:17 ) and Trans World Airways ( 02:43 ) win the...
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This issue of the Army-Navy Screen Magazine opens with a dramatization of the story of stolen money from the University of Virginia ( 00:18 ). $500 is stolen from a dormitory, and Charles Randall is wrongfully accused and expelled. The secretive Seven Society at Virginia, a powerful weapon for good, looks into Charles Randall’s conviction and believe that he is an innocent victim. The Seven investigate another student they believe to be the real thief, which results in that student confessing...
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This animated film presents the theories of ionization as they are applied to gas filled or vacuum tubes. It was produced by the Division of Visual Arts of the U.S. Office of Education (:14). It opens with a display of a vacuum diode in which electrons are emitted by a cathode (:43) and attracted by a positively charged anode (:44). The number of electrons depend on the amount emitted from the cathode, the potential difference between the anode and the cathode and the negative space charge from...
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Dating to 1937, this short film features the Fordham Baseball team under coach Jack Coffey demonstrating various baseball techniques, equipment, and positions. John Francis "Jack" Coffey (January 28, 1887 – February 14, 1966) born in New York City was an infielder for the Boston Doves (1909), Detroit Tigers (1918) and Boston Red Sox (1918). Coffey graduated from Fordham University in 1910. While still actively playing, he became the part-time coach at his alma mater, holding that...
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These silent 16mm home movies are from the estate of someone who was close to Admiral Louis E. Denfeld and likely date to the mid to late 1950s. It's just possible that they are from 1950, when the subject of the film Admiral Denfeld was forced to retire due to his participating in the so-called "Revolt of the Admirals." The film begins in Hawaii where the sign for "Admiral L.E. Denfeld" is seen at 13:00 . Admiral Denfeld led Battleship Division 9 in 1945, and was the...
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This episode of "The Big Picture" dates to the 1961-1962 season. Filmed at Washington,. D.C . it shows the Army's "Old Guard" - the 3rd Infantry Regiment - and the U.S. Army Band presenting its annual pageant of military skills and traditions.  The 3rd United States Infantry Regiment is a regiment of the United States Army. It currently has three active battalions, and is readily identified by its nickname, "The Old Guard," as well as "Escort to the...
Topics: TV show, U.S. Army, military, The Old Guard, Arlington National Cemetery, Tomb of the Unknown...
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Made in 1941 by the Ministry of Information, H.M. MINELAYER (sometimes also known as HMS MINELAYER ) shows life aboard a British mine laying vessel.  This was perilous duty; nearly half the minelayers in the Abdiel class were sunk by enemy action during WWII. The most common use of the term "minelayer" is a naval ship used for deploying sea mines. In the Gallipoli Campaign of World War I, mines laid by the Ottoman Empire's Navy's Nusret sank HMS Irresistible, HMS Ocean, and the...
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This film, "Smoking and Lung Cancer" dates to 1960 and was an early attempt to show the deleterious effects of cigarettes. The film depicts an actual patient at the Royal Edward Chest Hospital in Montreal, Canada. The doctors perform diagnostic tests, assessment, and surgical preparation for the removal of a lung from a patient with a long history of cigarette smoking. The close link between smoking and lung cancer, as well as other diseases, is discussed as well but -- because of the...
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This silent film made by NBC shows the 1948 Rose Parade with General Omar Bradley serving as Grand Marshall, and part of the game between the Michigan Wolverines and the U.S.C. Trojans.   1948 represented the first local telecast of a college football game in the nation's history.   The reason the film is silent, we're not sure.  Possibly this was made to be shown on TV while a commentator spoke over it... The 1947 Michigan Wolverines football team represented the University of Michigan in...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, The Rose Parade, Rose Bowl Game, Michigan Wolverines Football,...
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This April, 1962 black and white television program “Adventure Tomorrow” was hosted by actor Peter Hansen (:28), interviewer Dr. Martin Klein, Director of Research, Communications Control Corporation (:49), and was produced by George Van Valkenburg. This broadcast is titled “The Fastest Man of Wheels.” It features Mickey Thompson, who on September 9, 1960 became the first American to break the 400 mph barrier at 406.6 mph. He did so in his 1959 Pontiac Challenger 1 at Utah’s...
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This April, 1962 black and white television program “Adventure Tomorrow” was hosted by actor Peter Hansen (:28), interviewer Dr. Martin Klein, Director of Research, Communications Control Corporation (:49), and was produced by George Van Valkenburg. This broadcast is titled “The Fastest Man of Wheels.” It features Mickey Thompson, who on September 9, 1960 became the first American to break the 400 mph barrier at 406.6 mph. He did so in his 1959 Pontiac Challenger 1 at Utah’s...
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Filmed on June 12, 1944, this silent film shows Allied leaders on their way to visit the invasion beachhead in France. There are apparently two (separate) parties shown, one British and one American. Some of the persons you will see in the film include British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, Field Marshal Jan Christiaan Smuts (to Churchill's right at 1:23 ), General George C. Marshall ( 7:08 ), Supreme Allied Commander General Dwight D. Eisenhower, Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Ernest...
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This silent German film shows the harvesting of peat in Ennstal, Austria in the 1930s. At :35 the Admonter Peat Industry building is shown. At 1:00 the area being used for cultivation are shown. At 2:17 onwards, a man is shown harvesting peat with a shovel, which looks absolutely back-breaking. At 5:19 peat is moved via wooden wheelbarrow to a storage rack. At 7:10 the empty barrow is loaded again. At 8:09 peat is harvested down in a deep trench. At 9:27 large wooden railroad carts are filled...
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This elaborate, amateur-produced 16mm silent film shows the 1947 Tournament of Roses Parade when the theme was "Holidays in Flowers". This was the 58th annual parade, with Bob Hope as grand marshall (see about  1:20  mark). The Rose Parade, also known as the Tournament of Roses and the Rose Parade presented by Honda, is part of "America's New Year Celebration" held in Pasadena, California each year on New Year's Day (or on Monday, January 2 if New Year's Day falls on a...
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Produced by the Army Film and Photographic Unit and the Royal Air Force Film Production Unit, this black-and-white film is Part 2 of “Desert Victory,” exploring the Battle for North Africa during World War II. The film starts cold with British tanks rolling across the desert during the Second Battle of El Alamein, and explanation that in the early going, the British Eighth Army had made a four-mile advance through German lines to the north, as well as advancements against the lines of...
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This brief film from 15 September 1948 shows Major Richard L. Johnson landing at the end of a record-setting flight of the then-new North American Aviation F-86A-1-NA Sabre, 47-611. Johnson set a Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) World Record Speed Over a 3 Kilometer Course, flying the sixth production North American Aviation F-86A-1-NA Sabre at Muroc Air Force Base, California (renamed Edwards AFB in 1949). Note the gun port doors on this early production aircraft. They opened in...
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Made during the Apollo program, “Assembling Apollo” is an official NASA film produced circa 1968 that tracks the numerous pieces used to create the rockets and spacecrafts that took man to the moon. The film opens with the various parts being brought to the Kennedy Space Center via all sorts of airplane, ship, and vehicle, as engineers carefully assemble the various stages of the Saturn V rocket. Workers attach communication and fuel lines at mark  02:10 , and at mark  03:15  put the...
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Rescued from the garbage bin of Rockwell International's defunct facility in Los Angeles, this silent film (which once had a soundtrack -- but we didn't find one in the dumpster so this is shown silent) features footage of the B-1 Bomber mock-up and General Dynamics' YF-16 Fighting Falcon prototype. The B-1 mock-up fuselage shown was made almost entirely of wood and debuted in 1971. At 3:10 engineers and U.S. Air Force maintenance crew are shown examining the mock-up and demonstrating how the...
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‘Conquest of the Air’ is a short film which follows around a Movietone newsreel cameraman on film assignments to capture various plane stunts and flights. The first assignment takes the cameraman into the cockpit of an Army plane (1:02) from which the other U.S. Army biplanes are seen flying in formation (1:02). These planes were to fly to Hawaii for an air circus (1:30) and they are filmed as they move over the newsreel cameraman’s plane (1:40) and as they land in Waikiki Beach. The...
Topics: Conquest Of The Air, 1930s, Aviation, Stunts Accidents, Newsreel, Highlights, Stock Footage
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Made in 1947 by Paul Rotha Productions, LIFE BEGINS AGAIN was created by the British Government's Ministry of Information to show that many of those who experience setbacks in life can start over in life,  despite the physical injuries they might have suffered. Films like this one were considered important in post-WWII Great Britain, where hundreds of thousands of people (both soldiers and civilians) suffered life changing injuries as a result of the war. The government's "Emergency...
Topics: 1947, British Convalescent Hospital, Physical Rehabilitation, Stock Footage
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Made by famed filmmaker Julien Bryan for the U.S. Government, ROADS SOUTH explores transportation in Latin America in the 1940s.   In doing so it explains how topography affects transport and how the difficulties of transportation are dealt with throughout history. Part history lesson, part geography lesson and part loving tribute, this vintage black and white film shows old and "new" 1940s transportation systems exist side by side. The seaplane and sailboat ride the same water. Dug...
Topics: Transportation, Latin America, Roads South, 1940s. Pan AM Airlines, Stock Footage
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An exhaustive exposition of John Deere’s 1960 offerings in construction, farming, landscaping and logging equipment, set to a lush orchestral soundtrack. (TRT 41:17) Opening title, over an aerial view of a John Deere plant: “John Deere Presents: 1960 Industrial Equipment” (0:07). Tractors pulling sheepsfoot compactors, scrapers, bulldozers, crawlers, wheel loaders, cable plows, trenchers, landscape rakes, seeders and mowers (0:58). The 831 Crawler-Loader demonstrates its features (2:14)....
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This 1965 promotional film "The Treasure of Lucaya" promotes development in Lucaya,  Grand Bahamas. The film's storyline is about a reporter sent to cover a story about Spanish treasure found off the coast of Lucaya. While on the island the reporter, Mark Stevens, finds love and chooses to return to live there. The film opens with the newspaper’s editor and his peer named Bill discussing Mark (:37). Mark initially didn’t believe in the treasure and is seen collecting paperwork in...
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"230,000 Will Die" is a 1954, black and white film that opens with narrator Charles Cameron, M.D., medical director of the American Cancer Society, speaking to the camera. This groundbreaking film about medical research was presented by the American Cancer Society. Its purpose is to warn Americans to take early action on their cancer as it can be treated and save lives. To a modern audience, the film is notable because of what it does not focus on -- for example smoking is not...
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This 1960’s era color film was produced by the Sikorsky Corporation in coordination with the United States Marine Corps to showcase the abilities of the Sikorsky HR2s / CH-37 Mojave and HUS-1 Seashorse helicopters. The film opens with choppers on the deck of an aircraft carrier. Vertical Assault. The choppers fly away from the carrier. Choppers on the tarmac as three choppers fly overhead 1:00. Choppers are headed for the USS Boxer. Sikorsky HR2s and HUS helicopters leave the marine core...
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This episode of the Army Navy Screen Magazine features three segments. The first TWENTY SEVEN SOLDIERS shows the various ethnicities and nations making up the Allied Army. The second is a profile of the AMERICAN FIELD SERVICE which provides medical care and transportation in support of the British. The third BY REQUEST features the city of Chicago as well as a song sung by Carol Bruce. Designed to promote racial harmony and understanding in wartime, TWENTY SEVEN SOLDIERS shows the cooperation...
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Cleverly designed as an educational film, this industrial film that subtly promotes Westinghouse refrigerators, stoves and other appliances has as its central focus the idea that crucial vitamins in food are being destroyed by improper food handling and preparation. For example, boiling and high heat, as well as exposure to air, can apparently cause loss of nutrients (as seen at the 7:00 mark). To demonstrate vitamin loss, samples are tested in a laboratory and the cost of "destructive...
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One of two stunning 16mm home movies shot by Ward Harris in the 1930s, this color film shows scenes of the U.K. including England as it appeared before WWII. Harris was an Edison Mimeograph dealer in San Francisco in the late 1920s and an avid collector of things related to Thomas Edison. His famous collection included phonographs, batteries, light bulbs and other electrical equipment including Edison toasters, etc. and was so large that at one point an inventory revealed it had 50,000 items....
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This newsreel compilation was prepared for review by the U.S. Treasury Department during or just after WWII, to show the publicity campaign affiliated with War Bond sales. It reviews the many efforts by the government, the public and Hollywood to raise money for the war effort.  More specifically, the film follows the 6th, 7th and 8th War Bond drives, opening with an Army art exhibit put together by the US Treasury Department with Eleanor Roosevelt and Martha Morgenthau as chairpersons (:13)....
Topics: 1945, US Treasury, News Clips, US War, Bond Sales, War Loan, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
Released by the British Information Service in the aftermath of the Market Garden failure, this short black-and-white newsreel, part of the “Act and Fact" series and titled "Gateway to Germany,” begins with cheering crowds in September 1944, as the British 2nd Army roars through Belgium. Men, women, and children are shown reaching out to shake the hands of the soldiers at their convoys make their way through city streets at mark 00:20. The British 11th Armored Division are shown...
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This story is told by Leslie Howard. This is the story of a nation in exile of Poland and Britain. But it is more than a story of just foreigners; it's the story of people who are now our guests, people we are proud to host. They have become by lands and sea our gallant comrades in arms. Here is a warzone in august 1939 at mark 1:42. Here a small boy is feeding the pigeons as bomb dropped. The small boy's name is Andrew. He found his way within incredible adventure and watches the pigeon in...
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This episode of the U.S. Air Force's news magazine "Air Force Now" shows the USAF of the 1980s (probably 1983), with its main focus being NATO and the Soviet threat in Europe. At the start of the film the new, high tech AWACS aircraft is shown in operation, also known as the Boeing E-3 Sentry. This is an American airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft developed by Boeing as the prime contractor. Derived from the Boeing 707, it provides all-weather surveillance,...
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Based on the Charles Cahill film Red Light Return from 1965, this 1975 safety film discusses the importance of wearing seatbelts while in vehicles and features interviews with racecar drivers Alan Johnson and Mark Donahue, interviews with everyday drivers, footage of crash impact tests conducted by UCLA, and plenty of footage of 1960s and 1970s vehicles driving on California’s streets, highways, and freeways. The film opens with footage of people watching one of the inaugural IROC races at...
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Dating to 1942 and then re-released in the post-WWII period, "American Anniversary" is a patriotic short film directed by Oscar winner Leslie Roush. The film was funded by the National Association of Manufacturers and produced by Paramount Pictures. The film shows 20 years in the life of an immigrant named Joe Karnak, who arrives in America uncertain of his place in society and future. Over the course of the film he becomes a substantial contributor to his community. According to a...
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This 1960’s color film depicts NASA press conferences and training activity in preparation for the Gemini 9A crewed spaceflight of 1966. It depicts testing of the Agena Target Vehicle and the United States Air Force’s Astronaut Maneuvering Unit, both of which were unable to be successfully utilized during the mission that followed (TRT 12:07). Astronaut Ed White conducts a spacewalk during the Gemini 4 mission on June 3, 1965 (0:08). Gemini 6 and Gemini 7 meet in orbit (0:27). Gemini 8...
Topics: NASA, Gemini IX, Mission Pre Flight, Overview, ED White, Target Vehicle, Stock Footage
Dating to 1961, this silent promotional film shows the Bisbee - Douglas International Airport in Southern Arizona. The film includes shots of Douglas, Arizona at 8:20 including the Southern Pacific railroad station at 8:30.  The Gadsden Hotel is visible at 9:30, as well as the Phelps Dodge Mercantile Company and Valley National Bank and Arizona Public Service Company (11:20).  At 12:55 the copper smelter is visible. At 15:16 the border crossing  / Port of Entry with Agua Prieta, Mexico is...
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Produced by the Public Service Company of Northern Illinois, this 1944 film shows farm life in northern Illinois during wartime. The film is broken into a number of sections (dairy, beef, sheep, hog, poultry, truck farming, ideas at work, youth, and family) and looks at the ways the various farming families of northern Illinois use electric-powered machines to enhance their productivity and improve quality of life during wartime. The film opens with a montage of shots of a number of northern...
Topics: Farm Life, Illinois, Wartime, WWII, Food, 1944, Stock Footage
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Made in the 1950s by Avion, a division of ACF Corporation, OPERATION PINPOINT outlines the use of a new horizontal position display, which was an innovation that allowed pilots to navigate with relative ease. It's unclear whether this display was ever adopted or deployed, as we've been unable to find references to it on the Internet. If you know about it -- let us know in the comments! According ot the film, the display was developed with Wright Air Development Center's Flight Control...
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