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A basic training film made by the U.S. Navy, "Co-ordinated Anti-Submarine Warfare Part I Why?" discusses how surface ships, aircraft and submarines work together to unravel the submarine threat.  The film begins with images of a Soviet submarine operating on the surface, and then explains basic anti-submarine techniques. This includes a discussion of both passive and active sonar, and shows how sonobuoys and other technology are deployed to locate enemy submarines.  Features footage...
Topic: U.S. Navy training film.
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Landing a plane on the deck of aircraft carrier is one of the most dangerous and amazing daily activity facing pilots and deck crew. This amazing training film graphically depicts various aircraft landing disasters.  It also instructs pilots how to avoid them and what emergency ejection or ditching procedures to follow in case they do occur.  A barrier landing, called for when a pilot has a landing gear problem, is shown as is the set-up of the barrier.  Many crashes in this film were...
Topic: U.S. Navy Training Film
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1958 U.S. Coast Guard
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The sea lanes surrounding Alaska are the gateway to the Arctic Ocean, and of vital importance to the United States during the Cold War. In this film, the men of the Coast Guard cutter USCGC Klamath (WHEC-66) visit Alaskan waters, and perform various humanitarian missions among its Native American residents. Klamath also monitors the seas, servicing buoys and making certain the sea lanes are safe for transit. They also wave the flag near the shores of the United States' key adversary during the...
Topic: U.S. Coast Guard educational film.
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1945 Castle Films
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This short newsreel, produced for the home market, shows the final events of World War II, including the development and testing of the atomic bomb, the atomic bombing of Japan, the Japanese surrender, and the U.S. occupation of the Japanese mainland including Honshu, and the arrival of the U.S. Third Fleet in Tokyo Bay. The film not only includes the Japanese surrender on the USS Missouri (BB-63) in Tokyo Bay, the celebration in Manhattan's Times Square, and a parade in Red Square Moscow. Some...
Topic: Newsreel.
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1944 Castle Films
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This short newsreel, produced for the home market, shows Operation Hailstone, the U.S. assault on "Japan's Pearl Harbor", the naval base at Truk. Footage shows Task Force 58, which included the fleet carriers USS Yorktown, USS Essex, USS Intrepid, USS Bunker Hill, USS Enterprise, and the light carriers USS Belleau Wood, USS Cabot, USS Monterey, and USS Cowpens as they strike the Japanese base beginning in February of 1944. Extensive gun camera footage is seen in the film, as well as...
Topic: Newsreel.
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1944 U.S. Navy
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Details the life of the crew aboard a fleet aircraft carrier operating in the Pacific during WWII in 1944. Includes footage of aircraft operations including Grumman TBM Avengers and Hellcats, maintenance, take-offs and landings, and the mundane side of crew life.
Topic: U.S. Navy recruiting film.
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1943 U.S. War Department
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Although this film was made by the War Department, the fingerprints of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) are all over it. In thirty minutes, the film details the background of the Imperial Japanese Army and Navy, and attempts to assess the character and make-up of its footsoldiers and leadership. The movie discusses the feudal origins of Japan, and the rise of the Samurai, contextualizing modern Japan's militarism with its earlier history. The history of Japan's imperial conquests is also...
Topic: Army training film.
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1943 Castle Films
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U.S. propaganda newsreel from World War II (WWII) featuring amazing footage of the air sea battles that raged near the Marshall Islands. Featured ships are: the battleship USS Texas, the submarine USS Wahoo, the cruisers USS San Francisco, and USS Boise. Also includes footage of fleet manuevers of PT Boats, destroyers, aircraft carriers, battleships and L1 and G1 blimps on anti-submarine patrol.
Topic: World War II (WWII) propaganda film.
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1943 U.S. Navy
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One of the U.S. Navy's industrial incentive films, the Life and Death of the USS Hornet traces the valiant career of CV-8. Footage includes the launching of the Doolittle Raider B-25s on their mission to strike Tokyo in 1942, including White House reaction by President Roosevelt that the planes came from "Shangri-La." Also on this film, is footage of the ill-fated Torpedo 8 Squadron which was sacrificed at the Battle of Midway. The carrier USS Hornet was sunk during the Battle of...
Topic: U.S. Navy propaganda film.
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1943 German Newsreel
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This German propaganda movie was part of a U.S. Navy archive compiled during WWII, and acquired by Periscope Film. This film celebrates the German U-boats, and especially the sinking of the British aircraft carrier HMS Courageous by submarine-launched torpedo. Adolf Hitler is seen decorating a U-boat crew. Featured submarines: Type IX (9) U-boats U-38 and U-37.
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Topic: German World War II (WWII) Propaganda film.
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1942 Castle Films
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This short newsreel, produced for the home market, expresses deep outrage at the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Due to classification issues at the time the film was made, very little of the damage to Pearl Harbor itself is shown; rather the film focuses on damage to civilian areas of Waikiki and Honolulu. Footage includes: Emporer Hirohito reviewing his troops, Secretary of State Cordell Hull speaking with Japanese ambassadors, Waikiki during bombing attack, emergency hospitals...
Topic: Newsreel.
This sound newsreel dates from 1942 and begins with the fighting on the Eastern Front as Russian forces defend Stalingrad.  As shown in the film, they eventually force the German Sixth Army to surrender, a major turning point in the war.  The second half of the film shows events in the Pacific, where a U.S. carrier task force led by "Carrier X" (actually the USS Yorktown with USS Lexington) battles Japanese planes in the Battle of the Coral Sea.  (Apparently due to secrecy concerns...
Topics: Stalingrad, WWII, Battle of the Coral Sea, USS Yorktown, aircraft carrier, naval combat, WW2,...
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1942 Castle Films
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This short newsreel, produced for the home market, shows the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown (CV-5) under attack by Japanese Zeros during the Battle of the Coral Sea. Although the carrier was badly damaged in the battle, it lived to sail another day and proved crucial to the U.S. victory at Midway a few months later.
Topic: Newsreel.
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1942 Germeinnuttziger
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This German propaganda movie was part of a U.S. Navy archive compiled during WWII, and acquired by Periscope Film. In this film, the Battle of The Atlantic is seen from the German perspective as Kreigsmarine U-boats converge for a wolfpack patrol, hunting Allied merchant ships.
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Topic: German World War II (WWII) Propaganda film.
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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...
Topic: German propaganda film.
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This short and apparently hastily assembled newsreel shows the events of December 7th, 1941 and expresses deep outrage at the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.  Due to classification issues at the time the film was made, very little of the damage to Pearl Harbor itself is shown; rather the film focuses on damage to civilian areas of Waikiki and Honolulu. Due to the lack of material available there are some laughable errors in the rather earnest film, including the presence of a plane...
Topics: Pearl Harbor, WWII, World War II, Japan, U.S. Navy, December 7th
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1942 Castle Films
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Yanks Bomb Tokyo
Topic: Newsreel.
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1942 Castle Films
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This short newsreel, produced for the home market, shows the first offensive action of the Pacific War by the U.S. Navy: a raid on Makin Island in the Marshalls conducted by the USS Yorktown battle group under command of Admiral William Halsey. The film claims to show Japanese cruisers and even an aircraft carrier sunk by American forces, but in reality there were no such enemy losses.
Topic: Newsreel.
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1941 Castle Films Newsreel
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The Japanese attacked Manila and the Phillipines on December 7, 1941, and caught one of America's great generals, Douglas MacArthur relatively unprepared. The loss of the American air forces on the ground in the initial attacks, forced the Army to make a quick retreat to the Bataan peninsula and the fortress of Corregidor. This film shows the early stage of the battle, and was made shortly after MacArthur fled the Phillipines for Australia where he would go on to command Allied forces. The...
Topic: Newsreel.
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1940 U.S. Navy
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Produced in cooperation with the United States Navy, "The Eyes of the Navy" follows aviators through their basic training in Pensacola, Florida and advanced training at Naval Air Station San Diego, California. Various phases of instruction are shown, from classroom work, to instrument training in a Link trainer, solo flight and carrier landings and take-offs from USS Enterprise (CV-6). Some other highlights include machine gun practice, bombing and dive bombing practice. Features a...
Topic: U.S. Navy recruiting film.
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1940 U.S. Government
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US Naval training film for US Submaine Crew members on the boyance properties of operating a submarine.
Topic: U.S. Navy Training film for the physical properties of the submarine.
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1940 U.S. Coast Guard
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Made in 1940, this U.S. Coast Guard film shows the Cadet Cruise made by the USCG's class of 1940. The USCG cutter Bibb was deployed to South America with the cadets on board, and visits made to a variety of Central and South American ports. A transit of the Panama Canal is made, and Lima and Santiago visited along with Cartagena. Bibb is quite a storied sip. Built in 1936, the USCGC Bibb (WPG-31) was a 327-foot (100 m) Secretary-Class (also known as "Treasury Class") Coast Guard ship...
Topic: U.S. Coast Guard recruiting film.
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1939 U.S. Government
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Made prior to the outbreak of World War II (WWII) as the United States began a build-up of its naval forces, "The Battle" shows a gigantic fleet exercise and promotes the capabilities of the two ocean navy. Features footage of battleships, aircraft carriers, cruisers, destroyers, submarines and various support craft including hospital ships and supply vessels. Many vessels are shown including the North Hampton class battleship Chicago (CA-29), the USS California (BB-44), and the...
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Topic: U.S. Navy Propaganda Film
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1939 German Newsreel
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This German propaganda movie was part of a U.S. Navy archive compiled during WWII, and acquired by Periscope Film. The German invasion of Norway is shown, with units of the Kriegsmarine enforcing sea lanes and allowing the free movement of supplies and men. Junkers trimotor aircraft support the invasion.
Topic: German propaganda film.
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1938 U.S. Coast Guard
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Shot in the 1930s, this film profiles the United States Coast Guard Academy (USCGA), the military academy of the United States Coast Guard located in New London, Connecticut. The four year program offered by the Academy is described, and the various academy, athletic and other opportunities presented detailed. Seagoing activities aboard a modern cutter are shown, including gunnery practice.
Topic: U.S. Coast Guard recruiting film.
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1938 Willard Pictures
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Made prior to the outbreak of WWII, "Men of the Coast Guard" presents America's first line of shore defense. Seen in this film are the Coast Guard cutters, life boats, and light ships that patrol America's home waters. The film also shows how recruits are drawn from the merchant marine and trained in the arts of lifesaving, seamanship, and navigation. The full rigged sail ship Joseph Conrad is seen at sea, fulfilling its mission by training cadets about teamwork. The lightship...
Topic: Newsreel.
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1938 U.S. Government
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Footage of the U.S. Gunboat Panay in Nanking China during the Japanese offensive knows as "The Rape of Nanking." After evacuating foreign civilians, the Panay was attacked and sunk by Japanese aircraft. The so-called Panay Incident almost led to war between the United States and Japan. Also features footage of the warship USS Augusta (CA-31) which served as command ship for the Asiatic Fleet, and the Royal Navy's HMS Ladybird.
Topic: Newsreel of US Involvement in China pre World War II (WWII)
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1937 Cine Art
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An amusing short film, made prior to WWII, that shows a group of Hawaiian maidens performing the traditional hula dance aboard a U.S. Navy battleship.
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Topic: U.S. Navy short.
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1935 U.S. Government
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This rare film features ships of the U.S. Asiatic fleet patroling the Yangtze River. The Asiatic Fleet's gunboats were tasked with protecting American shipping (primarily oil tankers) from pirates and the Japanese. Contains amazing footage of life in China circa 1935 including the cities of Chunking, Shanghai, and the countryside. Ships featured in this film are the USS Augusta (CA-31), USS Borie (DD-215) and USS Simpson (DD-221) as well as US gunboats.
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Topic: Newsreel of US Involvement in China pre World War II (WWII)
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1935 U.S. Government
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"A Salute to the US Navy" circa 1935 featuring U.S. Navy fleet maneuvers at sea. Ships highlighted in this film are: The battleship USS California (BB-44), destroyers USS Cushing (DD-376), USS Phelps (DD-360), USS Wasmuth (DD-338), cruisers USS Salt Lake City (CA-25), aircraft carriers and torpedo planes.
Topic: Pre WWII recruiting film.
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1934 U.S. Navy
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This fascinating travelogue was made in 1934, in the era when China was in the grip of the Imperial nations. America operated its own fleet of warships in Chinese waters, to protect American interests, especially the tankers belonging to Standard Oil. Shown in the film are various U.S. Navy warships and gunboats, and although none are identified by name the USS Augusta (CA-31), flagship for the Asiatic fleet, is clearly visible. Canton and Shanghai are cities visited during the course of the...
Topic: U.S. Navy Recruiting Film
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1930 U.S. Government
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Film shows basic physical training of new recruits into the U.S. Navy circa 1930. Location unknown, possibly the Presidio in San Francisco.
Topic: U.S. Navy Recruiting Film
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1928 U.S. Government
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Pre World War II (WWII) of U.S. Navy battleships and aircraft carriers on manuevers. Features the USS Lexington, CV-2.
Topic: Pre World War II (WWII) newsreel.
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1925 U.S. Government
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A history of the early days of Naval aviation, Wings of the Fleet was made in the mid-1920s. Includes footage of the battleship USS Texas as it became the first warship to launch an aircraft in 1919, early blimp and dirigible tests, and experiments with amphibious aircraft. Some of the craft shown include the dirigible ZR-1, the Shenandoah, the Los Angeles, and the C-7. Seaplanes featured include the PN-9 and the record-breaking NC-4. Various famous aviators are in the film include speed record...
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Topic: U.S. Navy Publicity Film
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1918 U.S. Navy
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While the Battle of the Atlantic that took place during WWII is well known, the struggle to get troops, man and supplies to Europe from the USA during World War I was also momentous. German U-boats took a frightening toll on American ships, and their brazen raids are in fact one of the key reasons America declared war on Germany and its allies. This film is a short portrait of the struggle, showing how lookouts, convoys, and new weapons such as the depth-charge-firing "Y gun" were...
Topic: U.S. Navy educational film.
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1916 U.S. Government
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Rare pre World War I (WWI) film depicting life in the U.S. Navy. Footage includes sailors playing baseball and football on the deck of battleship!
Topic: World War I US recruiting film.
Discovering Electronic Music is a short 1983 educational film directed by Bernard Wilets that gives a look at the early use of electronics in music production. The film opens with a shot of a computer and a keyboard. Recording reels run. A monitor shows sound waves of electronic jazz music. A composer talks to the camera about writing electronic jazz music (01:55). Another man talks about why he turned to electronic music for composing (02:38). Viewers see pages that show the new notation of...
Topics: Electronic Music, Early Synthesizers, Computers, Digitzers, Samplers, 1983, Stock Footage,...
G-B Instructional Limited presents OLIVE GROWING IN THE MIDDLE EAST a short film by the J. Arthur Rank Organization Limited and supervised by G I Cons, M.A. The film concentrates on showing the multiple processes used to make olive oil versus the actual olive growing process. The opening shot is a panoramic view of limestone hills dotted by olive trees. A map showing the heaviest concentrations of olive trees (:40 – 1:12 ) highlights the areas around Spain, the south of France, and Italy. The...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
This 1960s color film about Spain is one of a series of Pan Am travelogues. It is produced and directed by legendary filmmaker Henry Strauss. An organ grinder makes music in a wagon behind a burro (:22), while another donkey gets shoed (:28). Donkeys walk, their backs loaded with packs (:43). A man pushes a stubborn donkey that refuses to move (:48). An old man rides a donkey ( 1:06 ). A bull charges across the bullfighting ring at a matador ( 1:20 ). Castle shots include Alcazar of Segovia (...
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Made in the 1960s, this silent Russian film (actually -- it is a sound film but we have not yet been able to make a transfer of the magnetic sound, hope to do so soon) shows a demonstration of a Soviet punchcard computer system and other computers. These appear to include the ES EVM, one of a series of clones of IBM's System/360 and System/370 mainframes, released in the Comecon countries under the initiative of the Soviet Union in the 1960s. Production continued until 1998. The total number of...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
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Narrated by then-actor and later President of the United States Ronald Reagan, TARGET TOKYO presents the story of the first bombing raid on Tokyo by B-29 Superfortress bombers of the U.S. Army Air Forces flying out of Saipan. B-29 crews are followed from their training staging at Grand Island, Nebraska to their bombing embarkation point on the island of Saipan. From there, the B-29 attack on the Nakajima aircraft plant outside Tokyo is depicted. The story of the first bombing raid on Tokyo by...
Topics: Tokyo, Target Tokyo, bombing Of Tokyo, Air Raid, Ronlad Reagon, Boeing B-29 Superfortress
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BIRTH OF THE B-29 is a 1945 propaganda film commissioned by the U.S. War Department and released as War Film 30, one of a series of propaganda newsreels made during the war. As the name implies, the film concerns the production of the B-29 Superfortress bomber and its use in the aerial bombing of Japan in World War II. Opening amid scenes of volcanic eruptions, the narrator gives a brief description of the Japanese and their warlike nature, mentioning such concepts as bushido, Hakko ichiu, and...
Topic: Stock Footage
Directed by Dr. Futer, MAN AGAINST MOUNT EVEREST shows the 1952 Swiss Mount Everest expedition led by Edouard Wyss-Dunant.  His team including Raymond Lambert and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay reached a height of about 8,595 metres (28,199 ft) on the southeast ridge, setting a new climbing altitude record, opening up a new route to Mount Everest and paving the way for further successes by other expeditions. The oxygen sets were barely operable and when the two men continued in the morning, they were...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
Made during WWII and shown to the troops, this Private SNAFU cartoon "It's Murder She Says" has a definite purpose -- to encourage Allied troops to use protection against mosquitoes. With the threat of malaria and other mosquito-born diseases prominent in the Pacific Campaign as well as elsewhere, this 'toon was an important communication tool. If you've never heard of him, Private Snafu is the title character of a series of black and white American instructional cartoon shorts,...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
This Cold War era Soviet propaganda film shows a brief history of the Soviet Revolution with images of the Civil War, before launching into a discussion of the long rebuilding efforts that followed the Socialist victory. It then discusses some of the economic development plans that resulted in prosperity in the 1930s in the USSR. Narration: ‘A revolution is only worth something if it can defend itself’, Lenin said those days. The working people of Russia, who had just recently come to...
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This silent film, a home movie shot on 16mm, shows a U.S. Army exercise on July 18-31, 1930 near Fort Hoyle, Maryland. This was part of a program called the Civilian Military Training Camp system, which operated in the years between the wars. Fort Hoyle was first established in 1922 on Gunpowder Neck in Harford County and became a part of Edgewood Arsenal in 1940. The 1st Field Artillery Brigade is the primary unit shown in the film. The film begins with images of a U.S. Army encampment with...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
This color picture explains to its viewer the The Lockheed F-104 Starfighter — a single-engine, supersonic interceptor aircraft originally developed for the United States Air Force. One of the Century Series of fighter aircraft, it was operated by the air forces of more than a dozen nations beginning in 1958 (and lasting to 2004). The narrator touts the aircraft’s greatness starting at mark  00:30 , explaining how it can fly in any weather and at any hour, day or night, and capable of...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
The rally competition now known as Rally Finland, an annual race held in the Finnish Lakeland in Central Finland, is the focus of this 1968 color documentary produced by Castrol. Titled “The Flying Finns,” it features the 1968 1000 Lakes Rally and is concentrated on documenting the duel between Timo Makinen and Hannu Mikkola. The film opens with race crews, including those for rally driver Timo Salonen, expecting their vehicles and interviews with drivers describing the wide and smooth...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
THOUGH THE EARTH BE MOVED tells the story of the 1964 Alaskan earthquake, also known as the Great Alaskan earthquake and Good Friday earthquake, that occurred at 5:36 P.M. AST on Good Friday, March 27. Across south-central Alaska, ground fissures, collapsing structures, and tsunamis resulting from the earthquake caused about 139 deaths. The film primarily chronicles the first 72 hours after the 1964 Alaska Earthquake and the response to the disaster by the United States Office of Civil Defense,...
Topics: High Definition, Stock Footage
This classic 1961 United States Air Force training film, Survival Stresses (TF 1-5375), is designed to introduce members of the Air Force to the stresses of survival, prompt them to think about the stresses and how they would react to them, and encourage the servicemen to prepare for properly handling such stresses. The film begins with a flameout followed by an ejection from an F-106 Delta Dart. The film then moves to a classroom, and the instructor uses a combination of lecturers and other...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
Made by Dobeckmun, a leading manufacturer of cellophane bags for the retail industry and one of the great companies of 1930s Cleveland, Ohio, MAKING DRESSING OF SHIMMERING TRANSPARENCY is a silent industrial film highlighting the company and the city in which it resides. This rare color film begins with images of downtown Cleveland from the air (actually, a skyscraper roof) before showing the city from a "motor car" ( 1:25 ). At  1:43  the Dobeckmun Company plant is seen, and then...
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Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
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Created during WWII by the Santa Fe Railroad, this exceptionally rare color film shows Santa Fe's contribution to the war effort.  After December 7th, 1941 the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company (AT&SF) pressed all available steam and diesel locomotives into action to assist with America's war efforts.  This included the transport of military equipment, freight, troops & other military personnel. The increased employment of women railroad workers is also detailed.
Topics: WWII, World War II, Santa Fe, Santa Fe Railroad, 1941, Stock Footage
Aimed at a foreign audience, this Israeli promotional film illustrates the daily life and basic training on a military outpost of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), including paratrooper training. The IDF was first established in 1948 on the order of Defense Minister (and later Prime Minister) David Ben-Gurion. It has served in all of Israel’s major military operations, and is unique in that it includes the mandatory conscription of women. The film appears to be from the early 1970s. The film...
Topics: Israel Army, 1970, Israeli Defense Forces, IDF, Training Film, Stock Footage
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
This 1970s NASA documentary features the nine astronauts who participated in the 1973 Skylab missions and shows viewers some of the experiments and research they conducted as part of the Skylab program. The film opens with a shot of a space launch site and Skylab astronauts speaking to the camera about the program. Viewers see members from the three missions, including Paul J. Weitz, Gerald P. Carr, Owen K Garriott, William R. Pogue, Alan L. Bean, Joseph P. Kerwin, Edward G. Gibson, Jack R....
Topics: Skylab, Space Station, 1970, NASA, Astronauts, Stock Footage
This color US Navy training film is about basic computer techniques. This is a 1962 film based on the roman numeral copyright at the end. Opening credits: This US Navy Film has been adopted for department of the Army use. Unclassified. US Navy Training Film - DIGITAL COMPUTER TECHNIQUES (:08-:58). What are digital computers? Explanations are provided. Computers remember data and can fetch it in a fraction of a moment (:58-1:53). At 1:05 a Univac mainframe is shown. An ElectroData mainframe...
Topics: Digital, Computers, Techniques, Principles, 1962, US Navy, IBM, Electrodata, Stock Footage
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Created in the early 1970s for a foreign audience, "New Horizons" paints a vivid portrait of California in the jet age.  The film begins at LAX World Airport, and shows off Los Angeles' freeways, Century Blvd., Sunset Blvd., Hollywood and Vine, Chinatown, the Palladium, the Chinese Theater, San Francisco and Golden Gate Park, the "most crooked street in the world", Fisherman's Wharf, Haight Asbury, Cable Cars, Beverly Hills, Universal Studios, and more. Funny how many...
Topics: Airline, Pan American World Airlines, Travelogue, Disneyland, Hollywood Bowl, Knotts Berry Far, Oil...
This is a 1930s era, black and white, silent Japanese newsreel that pays tribute to one of Japan's greatest naval heroes, Fleet Admiral Heihachiro Togo. It was probably made prior to his death in 1934, although it is possible it is also a mourning reel. The film opens with a parade of horse and carriages coming down the road, carrying military officers. Togo is briefly visible in the throng at 1:10. It's unclear what this footage shows but it is possibly a celebration of the defeat of the...
Topic: Stock Footage
Made in 1945, ACTION AT ANGUAR documents the invasion and capture of Angaur Island in the Palau group by the 81st ("Wildcat") Infantry Division in its first battle. The film begins in July 1944 as the troops relax at Honolulu and on Waikiki Beach. It then shows troops boarding transports and shows activities aboard a troop transport, including a wild Neptune ceremony at the Equator, en route to Guadalcanal for a practice landing in August. On Sept. 17, 1944 after a bombardment by...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
This episode of Expedition! was originally broadcast February 14, 1961. The episode covered Operation Sandblast: the underwater circumnavigation of the globe by the US Navy first-generation nuclear-powered submarine USS Triton, starting February 24, 1960 and ending April 25, 1960. The trip covered 26,723 nautical miles (49,491 km) in 60 days and 21 hours, crossing the equator on four different occasions. Operation Sandblast was the code name for the first submerged circumnavigation of the...
Topic: Stock Footage
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Henry Harley "Hap" Arnold (June 25, 1886 -- January 15, 1950) was an American general officer holding the grades of General of the Army and later General of the Air Force. Arnold was an aviation pioneer, Chief of the Air Corps (1938--1941), Commanding General of the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II, the only Air Force general to hold five-star rank, and the only person to hold a five-star rank in two different U.S. military services. Instructed in flying by the Wright...
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This World War II German newsreel was retrieved from a U.S. Navy archive, and is now part of the Periscope Film collection. Made for propaganda purposes during the war by the German newsreel company Degeto Weltspiegel and sold to the home market in Germany, these newsreels provide a fascinating look at the German military, including the Kriegsmarine. These German newsreels were seized by the U.S. government following the war, and ended up in the collection of the U.S. government. This...
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One of a series of classified films made for the Army Air Forces during WWII about the Norden Bombsight, this film focuses on the principles behind the device. During the entire war the Norden was considered a top secret piece of equipment and normally when it was shown in training films, it was hidden behind a piece of canvas or otherwise "blacked out". This series of films provides a rare look at the operation of the bombsight as it was presented to bombardiers.  The Norden Mk. XV,...
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"Report From the Aleutians" is a documentary propaganda film produced by the U.S. Army Signal Corps about the Aleutian Islands Campaign during World War II. It was directed and narrated by John Huston. In contrast to the other technicolor films made in the Pacific war, Report from the Aleutians has relatively little combat footage, and instead concentrates on the daily lives of the servicemen on Adak Island, as they live and work there while flying missions over nearby Kiska. The film...
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Made in 1951 by the U.S. Army to train combat infantrymen during the Korean War, RECONNAISSANCE PATROL shows the organization of a nighttime patrol behind enemy lines, made to gather intelligence on enemy positions. The objective of the patrol is also to capture an enemy soldier so that he can be interrogated.  Told from the perspective of the commander, the film explains in great detail how the patrol is organized, equipped, and how the soldiers conduct themselves during the mission. Soldiers...
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Produced by the Perfect Circle Corporation as a publicity project in 1954, THE HOTTEST 500 shows the 1953 Indy 500 won by Bill Vukovich in 120-plus degree heat.   The 1953 race was infamous as one of the most memorable on record, with more relief drivers used than in any other year.  Tragically, driver Carl Scarborough actually died of heat prostration. Bill Vukovich, who led in 1952 but ended up losing due to a mechanical failure with his car, led almost the entire race and ended up taking...
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This wonderful propaganda film features Lowell Thomas narrating. Probably made before Pearl Harbor, the film features a brief segment at the end identifying Adolph Hitler and Japan as American adversaries. Some of the material includes: fleet maneuvers involving battleships, cruisers, destroyers and aircraft carriers, PT boats including PT-9, the destroyer USS Phelps (DD-360) launching a torpedo at sea, the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, basic training, sailors drilling and exercising at sea....
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Dating from 1972 when the airline was at the top of its market share, this Pan Am travelogue "Pan Am's World" begins with a flight from New York Kennedy Airport's Worldport to the Caribbean aboard a 747 jumbo jet.    At this time the airline flew to Antigua, Jamaica, Martinique, Guadeloupe, Haiti, St. Thomas, Trinidad, the Dominican Republic, St. Croix, Barbados, and Puerto Rico.  Scenes from many different nations are seen throughout the film, which also includes a driving...
Topics: Pan Am World Airline, Caribbean, Airline, Worldport, Boeing 747, Pirates, West Indies
This educational film by Boeing Aircraft, "Wings of Glass", shows how the company uses innovative techniques to use glass, fiberglass and other glass and plastic composite materials to produce lighter, stronger aircraft components.  The Boeing 727 and 747 aircraft are shown, as well as the assembly lines in which highly skilled workers painstakingly create many of the aircraft components by hand and using precision machinery.   The honeycomb structure of many internal components is...
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This black & white educational film is about Synoptic Meteorology, which is the analysis and prediction of large-scale weather systems; understanding relatively large-scale weather-producing disturbances like frontal depressions, tropical cyclones, and anticyclones. Copyright is circa the 1930s.  Opening titles: Meteorology - Synoptic Meteorology, produced by Science Films Ltd (:06-:32). Hands turn the pages of a book that contain many weather maps. A man writes down the air temperature...
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Chevrolet’s 1950 short film, “E for Efficiency,” produced by Jam Handy, touts the efficiency of Chevrolet’s valve-in-head engine. This type of engine ( 02:12 ) is only found in Chevrolets when it comes to sedans, such as the 1949 or 1950 Chevrolet Styleline ( 00:51 ). The film begins with an animation to briefly explain the general idea of efficiency. Continuing with animation, the film looks at a simplified model of the valve-in-head engine and how it maximizes power and fuel economy,...
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Made in the year 1933 by RKO and narrated by Alois Havrilla, this charming travelogue shows the highlights of Havana including the famed bar Sloppy Joe's, the Presidential Palace, the new Capitol Building, and more.  Ex-President Machado is seen leaving the Capitol as he flies into exile.  Down the Prado, the film shows Morro Castle, the wonderful beaches of Havana, the San Souci resort.  Cuban Rumba is shown at the 3:20 mark.  The seaport of Matanzas is shown, rope making, and the town of...
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Made during the Vietnam War, this 1967 Marine Corps documentary presents "Operation County Fair". County Fair was a civic action program intended to clear Vietcong from villages while helping support villagers. As part of that they were supposed to receive medical care, fed, entertained and protected by the Marines. Like most of the civic action programs during the war, County Fair had a mixed outcome. The Vietnamese often welcomed the Marines into their villages, but lived in fear of...
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This film about West Point shows the U.S. Military Academy as it appeared in the 1970s. The film pays tribute to the "long grey line", showcasing the modern curriculum and the "Path for Success" that it offers. We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional information about our videos by adding a comment! See something interesting? Tell people what it is and what they can see by writing something for example: "01:00:12:00 -- President...
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Flames shoot from a rocket thrust booster and workers add fuel to cylinders in the opening moments of “Careful Diets for Missiles” as a narrator dramatically proclaims, “Food — for the hungry bellies of rockets and missiles. Their diets are critical. The big jobs eat a lot and mixing it by hand isn't good enough anymore.” With that, the logo for Toledo Scales appears onscreen (mark  01:20 ) and we’re transported to aerospace manufacturer Thiokol Chemical Corporation in Utah while...
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This 1944 non-classified U.S. Navy black-and-white training film MN 2722a highlights the history of balloons. Animation shows balloon components: fabric, gas, net, load ring, basket, valve, appendix, ballast, rip panel, drag rope, and anchor (:20-1:29).  A Navy balloon is prepared for inflation in a hangar. The sailors turn valves on a wall of hydrogen gas bottles (1:30-1:56). A cartoon animation depicts the first hot air balloon and one using hydrogen in 1783. Using both together blows up...
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The 1943 documentary film HANDLE WITH CARE is the 11th film produced by the National Film Board of Canada in a series of films produced for the Department of Munitions and Supply. The short documentary looks at the industrial chemical plants that produce Canada’s explosives, a booming industry resulting from Canada’s wartime mobilization. The film begins by looking at large industrial complexes, complete with harmful byproducts such as acid water ( 00:41 ). Prairie factories harness...
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This 1930s short film, narrated by 1930s USC and UCLA football announcer Ken Carpenter, gives audiences a brief look at defensive formations and offensive plays. The film opens with a few scenes of football, including a punt, a reserve play, and players huddling on the field. The film shows a five-man line for a defensive formation (01:03), then it shows a 6-2-2-1 defense. A defensive end rushes in and tackles the ball carrier. A safety plays too close to the line of scrimmage and misses the...
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WARNING: this film contains disturbing imagery of animal testing. Discretion is advised. This film is not intended to be shown to minors. Made in 1962, this U.S. Air Force film shows experimental activities at the Hospital Lackland AFSC, part of the Aerospace Medical Division. At the time, a series of pioneering research activities were being conducted in the surgical-anethesiological laboratory, to determine how organs and other body parts could be transplanted. The problem of course is that...
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This 1960s color part-animated film “Steps to the Jets” is presented by Air France. A re-enactment depicts the Montgolfier brothers watching how smoke moves. Animation depicts the history of hot air balloons, the first dirigible, and models of motor-driven planes ( 1:31 - 2:40 ). Still photographs are shown of a man attempting to fly using a glider ( 2:42 - 2:50 ). An 1890 drawing shows a steam-powered airplane ( 2:59 ). Footage shows the Wright Brothers, followed by animation of how the...
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This color, educational film, Let’s Take Pictures, narrated by Burt Conway and produced by Kameny Associates of New York, was probably created for the Ricoh Company, Ltd. between 1957 and 1960. It explains how to use Ricoh cameras and their attachments properly. Intro ( 0:07 - 0:30 ). American students coming out of school dressed in late 1950’s clothing ( 0:31 - 1:13 ). A young man is looking at his Camera; he is doing an assignment for Camera Club ( 1:14 - 1:24 ). Picture of a Ricoh 500...
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This 1955 color educational film about gold filling is an RKO Pathe Production produced by Jay Bonafield, narrated by Dwight Weist. A woman wearing a 1950s calf-length suit with broach and large pin, wedge shoes, and pillbox hat enters a store. The salesman fails to explain the value of filled gold jewelry, to which the narrator does. A display of china patterns is in a showcase (:45-3:57). Gold is shown in the following: quartz rock, headpiece on an Egyptian mannequin, Egyptian statue, Roman...
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This Castle Film travelogue from the 1930s entitled "America's High Spots", showcases some of America's scenic wonders. Narrated by Charles K. Field, the movie begins with Mt. Shasta in California (:50), filmed from a biplane. Yosemite National Park is seen at 1:38, and an early rope climber is seen ascending. At 2:43, Carlsbad Caverns is seen. At 4:11, the Grand Canyon is seen by tour bus, and then by mule at 5:21 on the Bright Angel Trail. At 5:50,  a Boeing 80 trimotor airplane is...
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actual voyage by actors Wanda Wirth, Walter Kelley, Alexa Palmer, and Lawrence Paquin (also the narrator) as an Alfred T. Palmer production. The ship’s horn blows. The American President Lines entry is retracted. A pretty woman waves to those on the dock covered in streamers. She almost loses her 1950s hat with face netting. The ship passes under the San Francisco Bay Bridge and Golden Gate Bridge. Wanda and Walter stand next to the SS President Cleveland life flotation ring (:35- 2:10 )....
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This 1945 color travelogue Riders of the Rainbow Rocks about Bryce and Zion National Parks as mostly seen from horseback is presented by Bell & Howell as part of its Filmosound Library Series “Our Colorful World.” The narration is in the form of cue cards on a cloth background. It begins in southern Utah. A 1940s car crosses a bridge on a dusty road to Cedar Breaks National Monument. A man walks out to the edge of a rock with the canyon below (:39- 1:12 ). The towering Red Canyon rocks...
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“Chapter XI: North Africa, Nov. 1942-May 1943” (SFP 263-II) of The Air Force Story film series shows the Allied invasion of North Africa and the ensuing battles that lead to the Allied liberation of Tunis. The chapter opens with a shot of Allied ships on the Mediterranean on 8 November 1942 preparing to invade North Africa as part of Operation Torch. A Curtiss P-40 Warhawk is lifted up onto the flight deck of an aircraft carrier ( 01:34 ). There is a shot of P-40s on the deck of the...
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Produced in 1951, this Castle Films newsreel tells the story of Douglas MacArthur, one of the great generals in the history of the United States Army, but one who was removed from command for insubordination by President Truman in the Korean War.   The film contains rare footage of MacArthur in WWI, WWII, and the Korean War.   The dramatic footage of MacArthur arriving in Leyte is seen at the 3 minute mark, preceded by MacArthur speaking the famous words "I shall return" in front of...
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This black and white film "Madero of Mexico" was released in 1942, chronicles the short political life of Francisco Madero (1873-1913), who tried to bring democracy and land reform to Mexico. It opens with the following title screen: “This photoplay does not attempt complete historical accuracy. Its purpose is rather to honor in spirit the memory of a great idealist”. Sweeping views of Mexico at the turn of the 20th century. Under the iron rule of General Porfirio Díaz, wealth...
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This WWII film about the Battle of the Bulge was intended to promote the 7th War Bond Drive, and demonstrating that American soldiers cannot afford to stop fighting, just as American workers can never afford to slack off at vital war jobs.  The film begins with images of France in August of 1944, as U.S. troops celebrate (prematurely as it turned out) the liberation of Europe from the Nazis.  The German counterattack in December of 1944 proved devastating to Allied hopes of the war ending by...
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This silent film from the 1930s provides an overview of Singapore. It was made during the British Colonial era as the card at the start of the film makes clear. The film starts with a panning shot of the city/state at :44. At 1:58 a title card explains that the British Far Eastern Fleet is based here. At 2:21 are shots of busy streets with rickshaws being pulled by coolies wearing large brimmed hats. At 3:00 a policeman wearing a head scarf waves traffic onward. At 4:48 a title card mentions...
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This color film Power Across the Channel was produced by the Associated Electrical Industries and British Insulated Callender’s Cables in cooperation with Electricite de France. France had a peak demand of electricity at different times than England did. The solution was to exchange power across the English Channel between the two ( 1:40 ). Britain had nuclear and thermal power stations ( 1:58 - 2:14 ). France had thermal and hydroelectric power stations ( 2:15 - 2:27 ). Discussions turned to...
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From the 1930s, this film looks at the development of transportation from the days when the camel and horse were the fastest modes of travel up to the present days of the zeppelin, airplane and Zephyr train. Traces the history of steam from the days of Robert Fulton's steamboat, and the development of the gasoline engine from the days of the horseless carriage to the present day.
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This is a late 1950’s, early 1960s era color film about the wonders of California. The film opens with an aerial view of the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco. Union Pacific Railroad presents Golden Gate Empire. 1869 graphic and men waving from a locomotive, :51. The Union Pacific Railroad, 1:00. Man pans for gold behind an 1848 graphic, 1:13. Men line the banks of a river mining for gold, 1:20. Sign for James W. Marshall and an arrow pointing near the spot where he discovered gold on...
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This 1960s color film includes 1930s black and white footage on the design, fabrication, construction, and opening of the Golden Gate bridge. It was presented by Bethlehem Steel. The film begins with a bird’s eye view of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. A statue of Joseph Straus, chief engineer, is panned up. The bridge is shown from afar (0:11-1:20). A vintage illustration shows the topography and side-view of the bridge’s construction (1:21-3:57). Black and white footage prior to...
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This short film, presented by Breyers Ice Cream and narrated by Lowell Thomas, gives viewers a look at the attractions of historic Philadelphia. The film opens with footage of fireworks bursting in Philadelphia’s night sky on the 4th of July. The film shows Benjamin Franklin Parkway and the city’s skyline (00:48). Viewers see the William Penn statue on the top of City Hall Tower. Next, the film takes viewers to Independence Hall (01:32), where men reenact the signing of the Declaration of...
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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...
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Made in the late 1960s or early 1970s (probably 1971) to promote the construction of new highways and the cars that drive them, the ANATOMY OF A ROAD is an unapologetic paean to progress. As the narrator says, "Everyone will agree that we need good roads, an efficient system of highways and freeways and the reality of highway can give rise to a course of interesting individual opinions".  The film contains a brief history of American roads from the National Pike to the superhighway....
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This black and white 1953 “Family of Craftsmen” film is sponsored by The Studebaker Corporation and produced by Louis de Rochemont Associates. It portrays the lives of a family with multiple members who work for Studebaker. It has great clips of houses, furniture, and clothing from the early 1950s. The film opens with a great visual and sound of a factory steam whistle (:54). Workers leave the Studebaker factory on Friday afternoon in early 1950s sedans (1:00-1:25). A night security officer...
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This historic, silent film shows highlights of the 1932 Winter Olympics, officially known as the III Olympic Winter Games, held in Lake Placid, New York. The games opened on February 4 and closed on February 15. It was the first of four Winter Olympics held in the United States; Lake Placid hosted again in 1980. The games were awarded to Lake Placid in part by the efforts of Godfrey Dewey, head of the Lake Placid Club and son of Melvil Dewey, inventor of the Dewey Decimal System. California...
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