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Dating to 1951, WASHINGTON CLOSE-UP is the pilot episode of an an early public affairs television show that ran on the DuMont Network. Hosted by veteran radio broadcaster John B. Hughes, who holds up a plastic donkey and elephant to symbolize the Democratic and Republican Parties, the show was intended to present news fairly and impartially (so what else is new?). This episode looks at world government, the threat to U.S. sovereignty, and a gag rule that emerged as part of the Cold War. At 1:27...
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The 1963 America’s Junior Miss Pageant is the subject of this color film. The film opens with 1962 pageant winner Jean Allen (mark  00:25 ) who calmly explains that the pageant “is the search for the ideal high school senior in the nation” and details the various competitions leading up to the Junior Miss Pageant as scenes from her competition are shown. After being crowned, Allen recounts her world wind year as Junior Miss starting at mark  02:25  with a montage of scenes from parades...
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WINGS TO YUGOSLAVIA is a Pan American promotional travel film from the 1960s, when the nation was part of the Eastern Bloc. The film takes viewers on a tour of Yugoslavia, a land made up of “six republics, five nations, four languages, three religions, two alphabets, and one desire: independence.” The film begins in Belgrade ( 01:16 ) with scenic shots of the Sava and Danube Rivers and the airport. Belgrade is a bustling city, its streets lined with outdoor cafes ( 01:48 ) and its markets...
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Dating to the year 1933, this silent film from the Chicago Public School System under Superintendent of Schools, Dr. William J. Bogan celebrates "A Century of Progress handicapped children". (The "Century of Progress" was the name of the Chicago World's Fair of this same time period). The film gives an extraordinary glimpse into "state of the art" education for children with disabilities in the first part of the 20th Century, and is one of a couple films in our...
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Based on the holdings of the defunct General Newsreel Co, Yesterday’s Newsreel was a TV series that actual vintage news footage with modern narration. This particular episode begins with the years 1912 to 1946 and the title is ‘A Military Man’. Douglas MacArthur (:41) was a West Point graduate since 1913. He is then shown on a military expedition to Veracruz, Mexico as a Captain and among comrades including Franz Von Papen ( 1:02 ). General John BlackJack Pershing recognizes MacArthur...
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This black and white film is one of the episodes of "Yesterday's Newsreels", an early 1950s TV show made from the General Newsreel collection. It features nine segments of historic highlights. Wings of Commerce (:28). In 1919, John Alcock and Arthur Brown make the first non-stop transatlantic flight in a modified WW1 Vickers Vimy bomber. Others follow suit (:29- 1:10 ). Children crowd around and watch a barnstorming exhibit ( 1:11 - 1:40 ). In Paris, open-cockpit passengers are flown...
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This Soviet propaganda film recounts the crucial events of 1919 with the White Army battling the Red Army for control of Russia. Narrator: In the summer of 1919, the Soviet Republic was threatened by a new military power. General Denikin formed an army of 200,000 people out of officers, Cossacks, and groups of local nationalists in the south. In July 1919, in Tsaritsyn, general Denikin issued a directive ordering the forces to take over Moscow. (01.00) An offensive was launched. In October...
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This 1954 black and white film “Easy Out?” is U.S. Navy Training Film MN-7904, produced by The Jam Handy Organization. The film was made to make clear to U.S. Navy personnel the devastating consequences of receiving a Bad Conduct Discharge from the service. Long story short anyone who is dishonorably discharged shames his family, won't be able to impress women, and will be unable to receive any veteran benefits, etc. (A Bad Conduct Discharge (BCD) can only be given by a court-martial...
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This 1954 black and white documentary film Tomorrows Drivers is presented by Chevrolet dealers (:07) and produced by Jam Handy Pictures (Jam was also a U.S. Olympic swimmer). It details an early education safety consciousness driving program aimed at kindergarten through third-grader students at Garfield Elementary School in Phoenix, Arizona. James (Jimmy) Stewart is the storyteller. Actors Charles Bernstein, Haskel Welch, and Thelma Bennett play roles. A group of six-year-old children shown...
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This black and white film is one of the episodes of "Yesterday's Newsreels", an early 1950s TV show made from the General Newsreel collection. It features seven segments of historic highlights. Italian-Ethiopian War 1934-1946 (:39- 3:22 ). Italian King Victor Emmanuel III inspect graduate officers on horseback followed by tanks following the same difficult course. Actual footage of Italy attacking Ethiopia in tanks is shown. General Graziani watches as his troops penetrate the valley....
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This film is by Encyclopedia Britannica Educational Corporation (:08). Its topic will be lysergic acid diethylamide (:53) the natural and synthetic hallucinogen. A bottle containing LSD is shown and one ounce is capable of producing 300,000 hallucinogenic trips (1:23). It has been produced by Concept films (1:48). It begins in 1951, in southern France where citizens had been hit with a strange illness constituted with pain, high fever and hallucinations (2:24). The plague was dubbed ‘St....
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Stopping Power is a film by the World Bestos Company that shows how their brake lining products are manufactured. The film begins with footage of semis and other large trucks driving on highways. A number of early-to-mid twentieth century cars are shown driving down a rural road ( 01:05 ) as the narrator talks about the evolution of braking. The components of a brake system are laid out on a table ( 02:11 ). At the World Bestos lab, engineers test braking parts ( 02:44 ). The film then shows...
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This beautiful color film produced for Alcoa Process Development Laboratories is about aluminum finishes. The anodic processes are trademarked Alumalite. It may be from the 1960s, based on the psychedelic screenshots and music. Giant rollers splash aluminum across a metal sheet as it moves through the line ( 2:10 - 2:29 ). Beakers in a test lab brew colors ( 3:09 ), measured by a spectrophotometer ( 3:31 ). Also measured is the thickness of coatings ( 3:37 ). Data is gathered, including the...
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Let There Be Light is a 1946 American documentary film directed by John Huston. The film, commissioned by the United States Army Signal Corps, was the final entry in a John Huston trilogy of films produced at the request of the U.S. Government. This documentary film follows 75 U.S. soldiers who have sustained debilitating emotional trauma and depression. A series of scenes chronicle their entry into a psychiatric hospital, their treatment and eventual recovery. Some of the treatments involved...
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Shot by an unknown American, these 16mm silent Kodachrome movies date back to the 1930s. The beginning shows a formal wedding. Scenes include entrance of the groom at :30, followed by the bride and bridesmaids at :59. The bride is at 2:00 with her father. The ceremony is seen at 2:10 with the ring going on the finger at 2;25. Big kiss at 2:33 . Wedding cake gets cut at 3:25 . At 3:40 we see a young boy, probably the son of the newlyweds, looks like the kid is getting his first haircut. At 4:30...
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This black and white film, Combat Bombing, was filmed as a restricted film in the mid 1940’s and was an official training film for the War Department (which was dissolved September, 1947). Its number was T.F. 1-3466. The film describes and shows actual footage of the various types of bombs used in World War II and emphasizes how the personal are to hit the targets given to them. The film was produced by the First Motion Picture Unit of the Army Air Forces unit. This unit produced film during...
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This is a 1960’s era, color movie about the Grace Line that opens with a married couple speaking on the couch in their home. They are talking about taking a vacation. They discuss going on a cruise. The ships mentioned are the SS Santa Rosa and the SS Santa Paula. The couple visits a travel agent, 2:00 . Sights of NYC are shown, 2:30 . The couple boards the cruise ship, 3:08 . The ship departs, 3:45 . View of ship on the NYC skyline, 4:08 . The couple enters their stateroom, 4:49 . View of NY...
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This 1944 black-and-white film is the second part “Castaway” — a Willard Pictures creation for the Bureau of Aeronautics. It continues to follow a downed pilot, who after being adrift at sea for several days finds his way to a dry island. “The hunt for food is on and you’re not overlooking anything,” the narrator immediately explains at mark  00:10  at the pilot walks along the shoreline, picking up snails, scallops, and conch. Sleep envelops the pilot but by mark  1:30  he is...
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Shot in 1970, this silent 16mm home movie shows a visit to Hong Kong and its harbor. At :55 seconds you will see the wreck of the RMS Queen Elizabeth, once a grand sovereign of the seas but by this time reduced to a charred and sunken wreck. The story on this derelict can be traced back to November of 1968, when the luxury liner crossed the Atlantic for the last time and was sold to a group of Philadelphia businessmen. Their plan was to turn the ship into a tourist attraction in Florida similar...
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Made in 1956 by Castle Films, this movie "The Fabulous Harlem Globetrotters" was originally released as a silent for the home market. We haven't been able to confirm it, but we believe this film includes Clarence Wilson, George "Meadowlark" Lemon, Charlie Hoxie, Roman Turmon, Andy Johnson, Woodrow "Woody" Sauldsberry, Carl Green, Leon Hillard, Willie Gardner, and others. The famed Washington Generals are also shown in the exhibition match that occurs about halfway...
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Industry on Parade was a short television program that aired in the U.S. from 1950-1960. It was produced by the National Association of Manufacturers. The series demonstrated complicated industrial processes that transformed raw materials into finished products. Industry On Parade Man Made Miracles is one of those black and white, public service, industrial films, probably produced in the mid 1950’s. Narrators used were Bob Wilson, Peter Roberts, and Radcliffe Hall. It was produced by Arthur...
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Shot by a news cameraman in the late 1950s or early 1960s, this film contains disturbing images of car accident aftermaths. It's unclear why this footage was shot, but we suspect it may have been intended to be shown to young drivers as part of driver's education or, another possibility, it was being shot to create a film about safe driving techniques. The footage is not in sequence and various locations are shown; and in some cases the accidents are clearly fatal. At  5:48 , a funeral home is...
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Produced by British Airways Film Unit, the 1976 TRANSATLANTIC SUPERSONIC is a promotional film for British Airways’ commercial transatlantic flights on the supersonic Concorde jet. The film follows several men and one woman as they depart various locations (Germany, Bahrain, Scotland, and Paris) to travel to the U.S. via Heathrow Airport. The use of British Airways’ supersonic Concorde jet allows these passengers to cross the Atlantic in just over 3.5 hours. The Concorde lands ( 02:25 ) in...
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One of the Ministry of Information's "Into Battle" shorts, "These are the Men" was written by Dylan Thomas. This incredible film uses footage from Leni Riefenstahl's "Triumph of the Will" and other speeches by Hitler and other Nazi leaders, and replaces normal translations with bombastic, over-the-top confessions. Various leaders including Hitler, Goebbels, Göering, Streicher and Hess bare their terrible sins and character flaws as frankly as if they were victims...
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Made in 1942 during WWII by Universal for the U.S. Government and the War Production Board, KEEPING FIT features actors Robert Stack, Broderick Crawford, Andy Devine, Anne Gwynne, Irene Hervey, Lon Chaney Jr. and Dick Foran in a propaganda movie directed by Directed by Arthur Lubin, written by Paul Huston and produeced by Will Cowan. The film was intended to be shown to war workers and, apparently, the wives of war workers who would be tasked with keeping them well fed and "in shape"....
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Industry on Parade was a short television program that aired in the U.S. from1950-1960. It was produced by the National Association of Manufacturers. The series demonstrated complicated industrial processes that transformed raw materials into finished products. Industry On Parade Wisconsin is one of those black and white, public service, industrial films, probably produced in the mid 1950’s. Narrators used were Bob Wilson, Peter Roberts, and Radcliffe Hall. It was produced by Arthur Lodge...
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Dating to 1949, TROPICAL MOUNTAIN ISLAND was directed by Victor Jurgens. The film shows rare views of Java and discusses its geography, crafts, and produce, including quinine bark, tea plantations, sisal plants, cocoa trees, kapok pods, sugar cane, rubber latex and rice. 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...
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Part two of the Big Picture about the Battle of the Bulge, TIGERS ON THE LOOSE was produced by the Army Pictorial Center and is narrated by Lorne Green. It features live WWII footage and interviews with commanders of the infamous 10th Armored “Tiger” Division. It begins December 16, 1944 as Hitler drives forward (:45- 1:08 ). American defenders at Bastogne are outnumbered and outgunned. General Anthony McAuliffe ( 1:29 ) has replied to a letter of surrender with the single word “NUTS.”...
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This silent test film shows the results of a high speed crash test on a fourth generation Chevrolet Corvette, and features various angles of the impact including shots from underneath the vehicle. The film begins with reference shots of the car from all sides before moving into the tests, with the car traveling into an angled concrete wall. The car doors were made of transparent plastic to aid researchers in seeing the impact effects on the passengers -- crash test dummies.  The test shows...
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One of a series of 16mm silent films made by architect Walter Harrington Kilham, Jr., this historic film shows the construction of Rockefeller Center and Radio City Music Hall. Kilham also authored a book, "Rockefeller Center: a pictorial record from photographs" published in 1933. Kilham worked directly underneath architect Raymond Hood, the chief designer of Rockefeller Center, and his films document history in the making. This film contains with incredible images of the building of...
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This declassified film details attacks by the USAF in North Vietnam and Laos in 1966. Some of the attacks include F-4s and F-105s, some flying out of Korat Air Base. Includes rare footage of a North Vietnamese MiGs being shot down by cannon fire. Seventeen MiGs were shot down in 1966, including a MiG-21 shot down by a sidewinder missile. At the beginning of 1966, the number of U.S. military personnel in South Vietnam totaled 184,314. South Vietnamese military forces totaled 514,000 including...
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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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“Voyage North” is a color film that focuses on operations on the HMS Artemis (S49), an Amphion class submarine built in 1946 during a voyage. The official British government film, produced circa 1970, is an impressionistic account of life on the submarine told partly through the eyes of Lt. Ellison, a new submarine officer. After seeing the sub while pulling into a dock in Copenhagen, Denmark, we move inside at mark  02:24  for a training exercise on escape routes in the event of an...
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This black and white film TROOPSHIP dates to WWII and is presented by the British Ministry of Information. At least some of it was filmed by the Army Film Unit before January 17, 1943, as the SS Vestfold, which was destroyed by a German submarine on that date, is shown leaving the arrival port at 6:43 in the film. The theme song “Hold Your Hats On (Toodle-Oodle-OO)” was copyrighted December 31, 1942 by Sonny Miller. TROOPSHIP shows a converted ocean liner drafted into Royal Navy service...
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This promotional film for Century City dates to the early 1970s, when Los Angeles' "city within a city" came into its own. It features a futuristic score by Mort Garson and was produced by John McComb and written, photographed and edited by Lee Chaney and Filmagic. Century City is actually a 176-acre (71.2 ha) neighborhood and business district in Los Angeles County's Westside. Outside of Downtown Los Angeles, Century City is one of the metropolitan area's most prominent employment...
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An Associated Film Artists Production directed by Karl Robinson, this 1950s European travelogue takes the viewer to Turkey. The film is aimed at American viewers and makes much of the fact that Turkey is an important U.S. ally. The film opens with a brief history of the country, referencing its strategic location and size, and goes on to focus on three major cities: Ankara, Istanbul, Bursa. At  2:30 , a Swissair propeller airplane is shown leaving New York City for Turkey. Visitors are shown...
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Produced by Canadian Pacific, which operated a steamship line that serviced Manila, this color film shows stunning views of the Philippines pre-WWII. The movie was made during the American colonial rule by Richard and Elizabeth Hubert, who lived in Asia in the 1930s. After escaping from Shanghai on one of the last ships that left before the Japanese invasion of Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, Richard Hubert, a Canadian citizen, went to work for the U.S. Office of War Information in 1942. He...
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Made by the RWU (see below), this silent German film shows the lives of farmers (or "Fellah") living in Northern Egypt near Cairo and likely dates to the 1930s or early 1940s. Some of the scenes include life along the Nile, camels and Bedouins, typical homes and making of mud bricks and clay pots, grinding of flour using a stone wheel and preparation of food, and it ends with scenes of women washing their clothes in the river. Fellah (Arabic: فلاح‎‎, fallāḥ; plural...
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Made by Young America Films as part of a series of educational films about citizenship, this 1950s short illustrates how a community can solve problems together. The film shows the importance of civic action and personal responsibility. In the film a local citizen in Elmdale — a fictional town that represents main street USA -- named Bert Henderson discovers that there are no doctors living within 20 miles of his home. He then works with the Kiwanis Club and local leaders to recruit a...
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Andre De La Varre is the ‘Screen Traveler’ (:08) and this film will take viewers on tour through Cebu. This is the oldest island in the Philippines (:21). In 1519, the great explorer Magellan had sailed from Spain in an attempt to make it around the world (:51). In March of 1521 he fell upon the 7,000 islands that make up the Philippines (1:08). While he was killed at the neighboring island of Mactan, his crew completed the trip (1:41) and later Miguel Lopez de Legazpi (1:56) used...
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In this US Navy Combat Bulletin (No. 4), produced in Cooperation with the U.S. Army Pictorial Services, viewers get updates to the Allied war efforts in Europe and the Pacific. The bulletin begins with a segment on air combat support. Footage from cameras on U.S. planes show German planes being shot out of the air and the strafing of German ground targets, including trains. “Piggyback” planes fly toward Allied lines (also known as Mistel, “Piggyback” planes refer to composite aircraft...
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MEN OF LIGHTSHIP 61 is an American version of a short propaganda film, MEN OF THE LIGHTSHIP, produced by the Crown Film Unit for the British Ministry of Information in 1940, the year after the beginning of the Second World War. It dramatises the bombing of the East Dudgeon lightship by the Luftwaffe on 29 January 1940 and was designed to portray Germany as a barbaric enemy. An opening narration explains the traditional understanding of lightships (stationary ships used as lighthouses) as...
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Made in 1942 during the German occupation of France, PAR 18 METRES DE FOND or 18 METERS DEEP is a pioneering film shot partially under water by Jacques-Yves Cousteau and Philippe Talliez. It was directed by Frederic Dumas who met the pair in 1937. The film was shot in 1941, and its production did not benefit from the SCUBA breathing system that Cousteau would develop and use later in his career. To shoot the underwater scenes a special depth-pressure-proof camera case developed by mechanical...
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This WWII Army Air Forces Weekly Digest newsreel consists of various segments. It begins with an assessment of bomb damage in Pilsen, where marshaling yards were struck by 500 bombers of the 8th Air Force. The Skoda Works is seen heavily damaged. At  1:57 , the newsreel assesses the rocket jet plane Me-163, which first saw combat in 1944. The Messerschmitt Me 163 Komet, designed by Alexander Lippisch, was a German rocket-powered fighter aircraft. It is the only rocket-powered fighter aircraft...
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Featuring actor / pilot James Stewart and beloved newsman and entertainer Arthur Godfrey, this film promotes the International AeroClassic, an air show that took place only once — in November of 1965 at Palm Springs, California. Unfortunately for Palm Springs and event organizers, the event took place in inclement weather. The AeroClassic racked up considerable debts and put the organization behind it into bankruptcy. At  4:20 , Miss Ila Johnson is seen arriving to open the AeroClassic....
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This silent film of the 1929 National Air Races in Cleveland, Ohio begins with the inaugural parade for the event (:17), and then quickly moves to the Cleveland Airport for the arrival of various contestants, including the finish of the Women's Air Derby — also known as the "Powder Puff Derby" — from Santa Monica, California to Cleveland ( 3:39 ). There is rare footage of the winner, Louise Thaden ( 4:19 ). Thaden was a friend and rival of pioneer aviators Amelia Earhart, Pancho...
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Made in the 1960s when Egypt grew close to the Soviet Union as an ally, this documentary film starts with images of the pyramids at Giza and scenes of ancient Egypt. At  1:40 , ships are seen in the Suez Canal along with imperialist oil tankers. At  2:00 , the Suez Crisis is seen with its aftermath -- the canal closed to all traffic.  At  2:30 , primitive methods of farming are shown, along with pastoral images of the Nile River, some of the wildlife along its banks, and the farmland that...
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This startling U.S. Navy color film, Advance Base, narrated by WWII journalist Quentin Reynolds, was filmed by Marine Combat Cameramen and Seabees (:33). Color WWII combat footage includes bombing, a dead Japanese soldier, burning out enemies then shown dead, dropping a hand grenade in and blasting enemy troops out (:43- 1:16 ). Gruesome dead bodies are hard to look at ( 1:18 - 1:46 ). Japanese equipment is recovered ( 1:47 - 2:14 ). The Navy practiced setting up mobile and fixed bases in...
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This World War II-era Army Air Forces film demonstrates the proper method of bomb handling and loading of a B-29 Superfortress, including the use of a C-3 bomb hoist. (A scroll at the start of the film reminded the viewer that the C-3 was later replaced with a C-6 bomb hoist, though the operations were basically the same.) The film takes its viewer to the Army Air Forces Board headquarters in Orlando, Florida, where offers are discussing “Project No. F-3607” — a test of bomb handling and...
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Made in 1945 after the German surrender, this WWII combat bulletin was produced by the Army Air Forces. It shows various combat scenes and developments, starting with the use of JATO bottles for aircraft at Wright Field in Dayton, Ohio. At  1:40 , bomb damage is seen at Mainz, Germany including extensive damage to the city's railway terminals and electric power plant. At  2:20 , Worms Germany is seen almost entirely decimated by bomb strikes, although the cathedral is seen relatively intact....
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The US Navy presents “Mission: Oceanography,” a 1966 educational film that examines the history of the Navy’s exploration of life under the sea. A narrator explains how a fledging United States looked to the sea after having expanded westward in the early 18th century. In 1830 the Navy established “The Depot of Charts and Instruments” (mark  03:00 ), designed as a “repository for knowledge.” Includes shots of a tall ship or clipper navigating through heavy seas at  2:20 . The...
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This silent film, likely an unfinished television pilot or promotional movie, shows divers deploying from a yacht somewhere in the Caribbean. They use SCUBA gear to dive on a reef. The divers retrieve lobsters, sea shells and artifacts from the bottom, and use spear guns to capture exotic fish and eels ( 10:25 ). A shark is shown at 6:19 . At 17:50 a shipwreck is seen on the ocean floor. At 23:16 some of the artifacts are shown including what appear to be gems and crucifixes.   We encourage...
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Produced in 1946 for Martin, Black and Company, makers of wire rope, this film is about how steel cables came to existence through the work of ingenious minds. Ingenious minds can thrive and measure; with expert judgment and knowledge they select the best raw material available. The film describes the making of steel ropes for mining cages, excavator work, overhead tram wires, and more in the steel works and rope making premises where strands are bound together. At mark  0:44 , strands of...
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This late 1960s color travelogue film provides highlights of footage cut from other films in this series. It is narrated by Jack Douglas as part of the America! Television series.   A clam bake in Cape Cod is sponsored by the Bass River Rod & Gun Club. Being prepared in baskets are clams, corn, potatoes, sweet potatoes, onions, hot dogs, and sausages.   Stones are heated in a fire and covered with wet seaweed.   The metal food baskets are placed on top and covered with a sheet. The...
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This Soviet propaganda newsreel recounts the story of the Soviet Revolution and the subsequent civil war between the Red Army and White Army. It shows crucial events in St. Petersburg and the fight for control of Kiev and Moscow. Narrator: October 25, 1917. The Socialist Revolution won in Petrograd. The triumphant march of the revolution began in the country. Smolny remained the military headquarters of the revolution. The Central Committee of the Bolshevik Party was situated here. Lenin worked...
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This Navy WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service) recruitment film was produced in 1944. Scenes of the Hydrographic Office and barracks were filmed beginning May 9, 1944. Hydrographic Office history records that, “Photo Science Lab photographers aboard to make motion pictures of WAVES for a BuPers (Bureau of Naval Personnel) Procurement “Short” to be released by Warner Brothers.” The main character, the mother, is an actress, but the other WAVES appearing in the film are...
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“The 6th Infantry Division” (TV 214) is an episode of The Big Picture television series that showcases the famous division, also known as the “Sight Seein’ Sixth,” as it fights in New Guinea, the Philippines. The episode also features a bit of propaganda—an “interview” of a U.S. soldier posing as a Chinese communist private. The episode begins with Sgt. James Mansfield’s introduction to the segment ( 00:50 ) and Col. William W. Quinn’s promise of a rare interview with the...
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Made by Victor and Ellen Landweber, this film was made just before the moment that home computing became widespread. The film is filled with imagery of early computers, and also presents the concept of the "counting machine" starting with the abacus and moving through history to the mechanical computer ( 1:50 ). Charles Babbage's counting machine is shown at 2:12 . At 2:32 , integrated circuits are presented and electronic circuits described. Basic concepts such as Input, Storage,...
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This newsreel, “News Thrills of 1943” by Official Films (volume 4 of 1943) and edited by Leslie Winik ( 00:10 ), recaps two key events in WWII. “Yanks Bomb Ploesti Oil Fields” ( 00:24 ) begins with B-24 Liberator bombers ( 00:28 ) practicing precision skip bombings over the Egyptian desert (possibly Libyan desert) in preparation for the raid on Romania’s Ploesti oil fields. Upon completion of the rehearsal, the bombers take off ( 00:49 ) on their mission to destroy the Ploesti oil...
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This circa 1938 black-and-white Pictoreel sports film takes its viewer to Pinehurst, North Carolina — the cradle of American golf. The film shows several luxurious homes and street scenes as the narrator explains how golf is the life blood of the city, so much so that many businesses close during the course of the day so that owners may take time to head to the links. Even “gentlemen of the cloth … mingle with their flocks” as at mark  01:50  two clergymen walk to the greens toting...
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Paul Hoefler Productions presents “Cotton Picking and Ginning.” The black-and-white educational film, made in cooperation with the National Cotton Council of America, provides the viewer with “the story of cotton from harvest to mill” and was the first film in a series of five subjects on cotton. There are a few strains of “My Old Kentucky Home” before we’re told how cotton is the most important crop grown in the United States (mark  00:40 ) and the most widely used fiber in the...
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This late 1950s / early 1960s color film is an Air France and TAI travelogue about Manureva and Tahiti. It is produced by Les Analyses Cinematographiques and directed by Claude Pinoteau. While waiting at a red light in Los Angeles, a driver in a car turns on the knob for the AM radio. A two-toned Chevy Bel Air passes (:41-:53). Buildings shown are NBC KRCA Television Channel 4 and CBS Television City ( 1:22 - 1:26 ). A billboard advertises the 1959 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer “Ben-Hur” film ( 1:29...
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Made by the short-lived Mercury Pictures (not to be confused with Orson Welles' company), this silent short "Cameramen on Location" was sold to the home market in the 1940s. It shows "behind the scenes" footage shot during the production of the 1941 Roy Rogers movie "Robin hood of the Pecos". The film begins with a Republic Pictures camera truck ( 4:05 ) arriving on set. A Mitchell camera is seen at 4:17 being loaded. At 4:23 reflectors are put in place and at 4:38...
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Made in the late 1930s by producers Marcel De Hubsch and Etienne Lallier, "Branlebas de Combat" or literally "Call to Action" presents a look at the fighting French Navy just before it was torn to pieces in World War II. Featuring a score by acclaimed composer Jacques Ibert, the movie contains images of the fleet including especially the battleship Provence, which incredibly was sunk twice in WWII -- once by the British and once by the French. After World War I, the French...
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Made as part of the Chicago "Century of Progress" campaign, affiliated with the Chicago World's Fair, this silent promotional movie for the Chicago school system focuses on truancy and "problem kids" for whom attendance in school is of paramount importance. The film shows how Chicago is working to craft special schools and curriculums to deal with problem kids.  It begins with images of gangs of kids roving the streets, hitching rides on the back of cars, fighting, gambling...
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This McDonnell produced film “The Phantom Joins the Fleet” was made in 1962 when their F4H-1 (later F-4B) Phantom II had just achieved deployment. The film features Fighter Squadron SEVEN FOUR (VF-74) aka Bedevilers flying from the nearly-new aircraft carrier USS Forrestal (CVA-59) along with the rest of Carrier Air Wing EIGHT (CVW-8).   Some of the other aircraft seen in the film include the Vought F8U-2N Crusaders of VF-103 Sluggers, the Douglas A4D-2N Skyhawks of VA-83 Rampagers and...
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Made in late 1944 by the U.S. Army Pictorial Service, "The Liberation of Rome" depicts the successful Allied advance into Rome, freeing it from German control during World War II. The film begins with footage of Allied forces arriving in the city, before flashing back to the beginnings of the campaign that eventually liberated Southern Italy from Axis control.  At  1:37 , the combined Chiefs of Staff are seen planning the campaign after the successful battle for Siciliy. At  2:45 ,...
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This silent home movie shows early Kodachrome color views of the 1938 and 1939 Rose Parades in Pasadena, California. These were the 49th and 50th Parades, respectively. The 1939 Parade theme was "Playland Fantasies" and features marvelous floats and at 3:43 a 20th Century Fox wagon. At 3:47 the 1939 Parade begins. This one includes a sensational Wizard of Oz float at 6:11 , sponsored by Culver City where MGM Studios was located. Some of the other floats include North Hollywood at 8:20...
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This silent home movie from 1954-1961 show the Hillside New Jersey Little League. 1954 was actually its inaugural year. Sadly, the little league disbanded in 2015 due to a lack of community support. Various teams are shown in the film including one sponsored by Kiwanis ( 1:50 and 8:14 ).   At 6:30 the construction of a new ballpark is shown, right next to a housing development. The finished stadium is seen at 14:00 hosting a game. At 18:30 the Goodfair team is shown. At 21:56 a July 4th or...
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New Hampshire is the topic of this film from the short travelogue films by Dudley Productions (:10), part of the company's "This Land of Ours" series of educational movies. A part of the New England section of the nation, it is full of history such as the old covered bridges ( 1:00 ) and towns and cities older than the nation itself ( 1:03 ). One of the historical meeting houses is Meeting House Hill ( 1:07 ) and this is the birthplace of Daniel Webster ( 1:11 ). He was an American...
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“Railroadin’” is a 1941 documentary on the development of railroads in the United States. The color educational film, produced in conjunction with the US Departments of War and Interior and the Association of American Railroads (AAR), gives an overview of the history and operation of railroads in the United States. (The AAR is an industry trade group representing primarily the major freight railroads of North America that works to improve the efficiency, safety and service of the railroad...
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“The Men of Polaris” is a circa 1963 United States Navy film that informs the viewer of the nuclear-powered fleet ballistic missile submarines. The USS Daniel Boone (SSBN-629) breaks the waves in the color film’s opening seconds while the narrator explains how it is the duty of sailors — and especially submariners — to “sustain the position of the United States and her allies in an unsettled world.” Visiting the Naval Submarine Base in New London, Connecticut (mark 01:!5) we learn...
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This short promotional film by Pan American is one in a series called New Horizons produced during the 1960s. New Horizons promotes the different destinations Pan American Airlines flies to. This film, The Low Countries: Belgium, Holland, Luxembourg, was produced by Henry Strauss Communications and gives viewers a glimpse into the three countries. The film provides footage of rural and urban life, traditional and modern activities, and includes a narration that provides more of an elusive feel...
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This historic, silent newsreel was made for the home market (a sound version would have been shown in theaters) shows the victory tour of Allied Supreme Commander Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower in the aftermath of V-E Day, May 8, 1945. Ike made a series of triumphant visits to London (57 seconds), Paris ( 1:50 ), Washington, D.C.( 2:27 ) where he was re-united with his wife Mamie, New York ( 4:00 ) including Yankee Stadium ( 6:27 ), West Point ( 6:50 ), Kansas City ( 7:44 ) and finally ( 8:58 ) on...
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Chevrolet’s short film, “Turboglide,” produced by Jam Handy in 1957 or 1958, explains how Chevrolet’s new and innovative Turboglide transmission works. Using animation and featuring the character “Mr. T” (Mr. Transmission), the film shows how the Turboglide eliminates gear shifting altogether and uses three turbines to transfer power to the rear wheels as well as boost acceleration. The Turboglide is a Chevrolet constant torque 3-speed automatic transmission that made its debut as...
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This 1960s color educational film about Saint Louis, Missouri was part of the weekly TV series “America!” that was narrated by actor Jack Douglas. A statue commemorates French King Louis XV, for whom Saint Louis is named after. A monument marks the spot founder Pierre Liguest landed in 1764 ( 1:00 - 1:37 ). The Courthouse Building held the Dred Scott trials ( 1:38 - 1:43 ). The Gateway Arch (completed 1965), is still under construction in the film. Also at the riverfront is the S.S. Admiral...
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Made by the Church World Service and the great filmmaker Julien Bryan, DAYBREAK shows the refugee crisis that gripped Central Europe in the aftermath of WWII. The film follows a single refugee named Roland Venner who is searching for his mother in Linz, Austria. Roland, who had been a divinity student in the pre-war era but ended up in a Russian prisoner camp, now lives as a man without a country. The film shows Roland's story while containing as a backdrop war-torn Austria. As a Church World...
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Pan American World Airways presents “World Marketing in the Jet Age” is a 1961 color film promoting Pan Am cargo and freight operations. Produced by Henry Strauss Productions, a New York-based educational and corporate production company, the film reminds the viewer marketing involves more than taking a “come and get it” approach (mark  02:52 ). Rather, modern marketing strategies often involve dealing with situations beyond your control ( 05:10 ) including pilferage. Although...
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This black and white military propaganda film T.F.30 #2033 is one of two parts; this is Part Two. It was shown to theatre audiences as part of the “loose lip sink ships” WWII warnings. It opens where Part One left off. The woman orders a drink from a waiter as the soldier steps over. The two flirt. He lights her cigarette first and lights his off hers. She asks him questions while a man listens in (:05- 1:35 ). The couple kiss, dance, and have more drinks. He gets drunk and loud. ( 1:36 -...
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POLARIS BLUE AND GOLD (MN-9756) is a 1962 Navy recruiting film showing the responsibilities aboard the USS George Washington, the nation’s first ballistic missile (FBM) submarine, featuring the newest naval weapon, the Polaris fleet ballistic missile. The film begins with an underwater launch of a Polaris missile ( 00:38 ). The crew aboard the FBM submarine engages in a dive maneuver ( 01:35 ). These submarines have a crew of 100 men and 12 officers. Every officer has the technical and...
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The Monty Python song "I'm a lumberjack..." might have been inspired by this wonderful film from the 1930s "Treetop Daredevils", shot in the Pacific Northwest. The film shows lumberjacks and axemen working in an era before power tools were brought to bear on the forest, and almost everything was done by muscle. In addition to showing the cutting down of old growth forest logs and their floating down the river, the film includes a lengthy segment (starting at  5:30 ) showing...
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One of a series of newsreels produced by the War Department during WWII, Combat Bulletin 34 dates to December of 1944. The film begins with coverage of the 9th Army as it drives across Belgium from Aachen towards Germany. The German cities of Linnich and Juelich are shown. At  1:00 , the drive towards Antwerp is shown, with the port itself in ruins due to the work of retreating Germans. American engineers are seen busy working with British and other workers to restore the port to full...
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This short film by the United States Navy OPERATION SUNSHINE is narrated by Edward R. Murrow. It covers the successful secret mission of Operation Sunshine, code name for the USS Nautilus (SSN-571) voyage from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean via the North Pole. It opens with footage of the canopy of ice that covers the Arctic Ocean (:13). A dog sled team crosses the frozen tundra (:36) and an ice breaker ship tries unsuccessfully to plow through the mass (:43). The USS Nautilus crosses...
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Made in 1942 by Universal (:10) and produced by Joseph O’Brien and Thomas Mead (:17), MENACE OF THE RISING SUN focuses on the USA's relations with Japan (:30) and that nation's acts of aggression and treachery leading up to Pearl Harbor. The film begins with Commodore Matthew Perry of the United States Navy, who presented the Japanese with Americanized sciences and civilizations (:55). At a nine-power conference in 1921, a pact was later signed to limit costly arrangements with Japan ( 1:49...
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This U.S. Navy film “Smart Boy” encouraged World War II sailors to be just that — especially when it comes to enjoying shore leave. The film opens with a group of sailors in their off hours as they get ready to go ashore for liberty (or time off) in their enlisted dress blue uniforms. At mark  03:47 , one of the sailors decides to swipe campaign ribbons from a sick crewmate’s jumper. The sailor’s misbehavior continues in town, disrespecting civilians and a junior officer. “The navy...
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This film is of the weekly production called Industry on Parade which won a Peabody Award for public service (:14). It begins in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania at Lehigh University (:21) with recruiters from different industry branches hunting for recruits on campus (:50). An interview is conducted between a steel industry representative and a student ( 1:06 ) and this student takes a tour of the steel mill ( 1:48 ). Engineers are to take the inventions of scientists and find daily use for them ( 2:52...
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Made in 1942, RING OF STEEL is a U.S. Army recruiting film narrated by Hollywood actor Spencer Tracy. The film was produced at the Long Island studio of the Army Signal Corps by Warner Brothers for the U.S. Office for Emergency Management. The film uses stock footage -- much of it pastoral images of old battlefields and monuments -- coupled with Tracy's stirring voice-over narrating the story of America's military history from the perspective of the personification of the American soldier. The...
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Published on Jun 14, 2017 This film made by General Dynamics shows the cruise of the submarine USS Triton (SSRN-586) around the world in 1960. Triton was one of the largest submarines of its era and equipped with twin nuclear reactors. The circumnavigation of the world was conducted under the command of famous submariner Edward L. Beach. This color film details life aboard Triton during that epochal trip, and shows its triumphant homecoming, including a visit from President Dwight Eisenhower....
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Produced by United Artists, “The World in Action” is a World War II-era newsreel that reminds viewers “New Soldiers Are Tough.” The newsreel opens with footage from December 1941, “as the wail of a banshee heralds a new chapter of total war.” Scenes of Japanese bombs falling on Manilla, Rangoon, and Mandalay are quickly followed with scenes of the devastation that followed, as lifeless bodies lay strewn amongst the rubble and crying family members cradle the dead and dying. The...
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Produced for Dodge, this vintage film explains the new "Red Ram" hemispherical V-8 engine, one of the A-engine series. The A engine family was a modern, efficient, and durable design produced from 1956 through 1966; the LA series of V8 engines was based on a lightweight casting of the A engines, appearing in 1964. The A and LA blocks are similarly sized and hard to tell apart from the outside, but the A's polyspherical heads were considerably larger than the LA's heads. It was an...
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“The Land Called New Jersey” is a color film that portrays 300 years of progress in New Jersey and the contributions of the citizens of the state to the history of the United States. Produced by Humble Oil & Refining Company in the early 1960s, it includes sequences on the granting and the naming of the state, on the colonial period, on early industry and transportation, and on Thomas Edison and the age of invention. The program describes the industries, educational system, cities,...
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One of a series of newsreels directed at U.S. troops during the war, this Combat Bulletin consists of various segments. It begins with a reserve airbase on an island in Yugoslavia where damaged American aircraft are being repaired, and emergency landings are being made. Americans are shown meeting with Yugoslavian freedom fighters. At  2:30 , the film shifts to show some of the experimental activities of the USAAF including shatterproof oxygen tanks for aircraft. At  3:20 , a U.S. version of...
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Made in the 1930s by the U.S. Navy, "Crossing the Line" shows the life of sailors in the era between the wars. The film starts with images of the fleet on its way across the Pacific as part of a large scale exercise. At 1:08 the decks are scrubbed and at 1:40 a baseball game is played on the deck of a battleship. At 1:56 boxing and other exercises are shown on deck. At 2:00 a rugby game is shown. At 2:17 some dancing and playing of music is shown, again aboard a battleship. At 2:39 ,...
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The scroll at the start of this 28-minute U.S. Navy film informs the viewer that part of the mission of the United States Navy is to “maintain the Polaris Missile System as a major instrument in the preservation of world peace.” So starts our journey “Around the World of Polaris” and an examination of nuclear ballistic missiles, their submarines that were in place during the Cold War, and their various ports of call in the late 1960s. Actor and announcer Ed Reimers, who appeared in a...
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Released commercially by Kodak in 1928, this silent film shows the American Legion Parade in Paris in September, 1927. The film shows some of the 20,000+ Americans who visited France in that year, the 9th anniversary of the end of WWI.Calling themselves the “Second American Expeditionary Force,” they attended the American Legion’s 9th National Convention in the City of Lights. Gen. John J. Pershing accompanied National Commander Howard P. Savage on the voyage on board the steamship...
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This rare Convair promotional film details the testing and development of the Lobber, a surface-to-surface cargo missile developed during the mid 1950s for use by the United States Army. Intended to deliver supplies to troops in combat, it was successfully tested, but for various reasons failed to go into production. The history of this missile is interesting, Inspired by the use of artillery shells to resupply surrounded troops during the Battle of the Bulge (and probably also by air-dropped...
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The New York Telephone Company presents “Hidden Gold,” a color film that opens to the strains of “Oh! Susanna” before the narrator explains how man has long been driven by the desire to find hidden gold. Such efforts have often changed then course of history, with the discovery of California gold in 1849 altering the West. Wealth is not only hidden in the ground, explains the narrator, but also in unused potions of material in the workplace. “Unfortunately we do not always think of...
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