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This 1963 U.S. Army special bulletin (No. 10) describes “the scope and complexity of assistance given by Army advisers to ARVN officers and troops in their battle against Vietcong guerilla warfare.” The film follows Lt. William R. Johnston as he serves as a MAAG (Military Assistance Advisory Group) advisor to the 1st Infantry Battalion, 11th Regiment, 7th Infantry Division of the ARVN (Army of the Republic of Vietnam) from May 1962 through April 1963. The film opens with a shot of troops...
Topics: 1963, US Army, Vietnam, Military, MAAG, ARVN, Stock Footage
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Dating from 1928, this silent newsreel shows the flight of the Bremen, a German Junkers W 33 aircraft that made the first successful transatlantic airplane flight from east to west between April 12 and 13, 1928. The Bremen left Baldonnel Aerodrome, Ireland on April 12 and flew to Greenly Island, Canada, arriving on April 13, after a flight fraught with difficult conditions and compass problems. The crew consisted of pilot Captain Hermann Köhl, the navigator, Major James Fitzmaurice, and the...
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Topics: 1928, newsreel, Bremen airplane, Greenly Island, Henry Ford Museum, Germany, Bremen, Baldonnel
This 1960s color travelogue film was produced for Pan American. Narrated by actor Paul Stevens, Coleman Productions. The silhouette of a hugging couple contrasts against sunset. The peaks of South America are shown. Water rushes through rocks (:47-3:12). The rooftops of Caracas, Venezuela are below. The National Pantheon and skyscrapers are panned. Women in 1950s white one-piece bathing suits approach the pool. Waiters bring drinks to sunbathers. A picnic couple dip shrimp in cocktail sauce...
Topic: Stock Footage
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The 1970 short film The New Era: Flight Testing the 747 Superjet is a documentary on the flight testing of Boeing’s 747 wide-body commercial jet with commentary from the 747 flight test personnel. The film begins with shots of the superjet taking off ( 00:10 ), landing, and flying through the air ( 01:21 ). Boeing tests the first five 747s off the production line, with several commercial airlines vying to be involved. Pan American Airways ( 02:17 ) and Trans World Airways ( 02:43 ) win the...
Topic: Stock Footage
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Created by the Bell Telephone Laboratories, "A Missile Named Mac" tells the story of how ICBMS are guided towards targets through the miracle of modern electronics. The film was directed by Carl Urbano, animated by Oliver Callahan and Gerard Baldwin, and produced by John Sutherland (who at one time worked for Walt Disney). This animated cartoon is told from the point of a view of a missile ("Mac"), and explains how the guidance system, using radar and ground based computers...
Topic: Stock Footage
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U.S. Navy profile of Micronesia, a subregion of Oceania, comprising thousands of small islands in the western Pacific Ocean. It has a shared cultural history with two other island regions, Polynesia to the east and Melanesia to the south. Includes Yap, Gagil-Tomil, Map and Rumung.   The region has a tropical marine climate, and is part of the Oceania ecozone. There are four main archipelagos along with numerous outlying islands.   At mark 00:37 is Micronesia which comprises of four main...
Topics: Tower to The Sky, US Navy, Map, Micronesia, Yap, Rumung, Stock Footage
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Ceci est la version française du film britannique de guerre " Femmes en temps de guerre " montrant des femmes Anglais siégeant en tant que pilotes , les travailleurs de la protection civile , des membres des services d'incendie et ambulanciers , et que les travailleurs des usines de munitions et des fermes . Comme le narrateur dit : . «Partout où les femmes d'aujourd'hui en uniforme sont engagés à faire des emplois pour soulager les hommes pour les postes de danger Dans le kaki...
Topics: War, Edward VII, Elizabeth II, Women In Wartime, British Propaganda Film, United Kindom, World War...
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One of the Treasury Department's most extraordinary War Bonds promotional films, "Who Died?" was produced by the Office of Strategic Services, and written by author Betty Smith who wrote "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn."  The film features five dramatized sequences showing boys and young men in various roles in the home life. After each sequence the battlefield death of each -- now in uniform -- is shown answering the question, "who died?"   Born on December 15, 1896...
Topics: A tree Grows In Brooklyn, Betty Smith, WWII, War Bonds, World War II, Office Of Strategic Service,...
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EYES OF THE FLEET tells the story of the U.S. Navy's Composite Photo Squadron VC-61 at Miramar Naval Air Station.  Made in the year 1953, the film shows the unit operating Grumman F9F Panthers in Korea off the carrier USS Boxer.  Their operations are to fly reconnaissance missions behind enemy lines, and guide strikes by AH-1 Skyraiders and other aircraft.  The film presents fascinating color images of the war in Korea including air strikes on enemy bridges and other positions. This film is...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, United States Navy, Miramar, Miramar Naval Air Station, Photo...
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reated in 1943, PANTELLERIA is a confidential Army Air Forces film featuring Gen. Jimmy Doolittle that details the raid in support of Operation Corkscrew. Corkscrew was the code name for the Allied invasion of the Italian island of Pantelleria (between Sicily and Tunisia) on 11 June 1943, prior to the Allied invasion of Sicily during the Second World War. The radar installations and airfield on the island were seen as a real threat to the planned invasion of Sicily. The Italian garrison on the...
Topics: Army Air Forces, Raid, WWII, World War II, Pantelleria, Stock Footage
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The United States Navy presents “Prelude to Victory — A Pictorial Record of the United States Eighth Fleet, Its Officers and Men.” The circa 1943 black-and-white picture was photographed by crews from the Navy, US Coast Guard, and US Army, and an opening title guard explains how the United Nations had agreed to a plan during World War II to first defeat Axis powers in Europe “and then crushing Imperial Japan.” The viewer watches scenes of factory workers assembling shells, guns,...
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This is a Kodachrome home movie made by a member of the Amateur Cinema League and titled "Flight From Winter"; this film shows a trip to Florida made in the 1940s. The film begins with a flight on an Eastern Airlines DC-3. The aircraft lands at Washington National Airport and also stops in Savannah, Georgia before finally landing in Florida. There are fascinating images of on-board service and airports and facilities in this era. The rest of the film includes rare images of Florida in...
Topic: Stock Footage
This is a 1957 educational film about transportation in the modern world. It includes vintage images of propeller passenger planes, diesel locomotives, buses, and cars. It also contains footage of a Trans World Airlines Lockheed Constellation aircraft. This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage collections in the USA. Entirely film backed, this material is available for licensing in 24p HD. For more...
Topic: Stock Footage
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An apprentice officer, Niko Catsis, tells the story of life aboard the S.S. Olympia. The film shows the excitement of leaving New York harbor, activities on the bridge, in the engine room, galleys, dining rooms, and passengers' and crew's quarters. Illustrates the use of radar to make sailing safe. This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage collections in the USA. Entirely film backed, this material is...
Topic: Stock Footage
This 1948 black and white promotional film is a presentation by the Association of American Railroads showcasing steam and diesel trains. These include ALCO PA, Southern & Pacific, Atlantic Coast Line, and Baltimore & Ohio. The film opens with a view of the tracks from the engineer’s perspective and the sounds of track and whistle (:02-:18). A curtain blows over a sleeping boy, awakened by the train (:19- 1:25 ). The steel bands of the track shine at night from the engineer’s...
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This Department of the Air Force color film serves as a report on the Tactical Air Command’s participation in Exercise Desert Strike, conducted by the Air Force and US Army in May 1964. Conducted in the southwestern United States, it was the largest maneuvers on American soil since 1943. General Paul D. Adams, of the United States Strike Command, is shown at mark 03:33, as the narrator explains the exercise covered a variety of combat scenarios, including nuclear warfare. The conflict occured...
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These raw film "dailies" are from the 1943 Clark Gable documentary film "Combat America".   Although silent, they provide some interesting insight into the making of one of the iconic propaganda films of WWII.   Some of the material seen herein was utilized in the finished movie and some was not...   Combat America is a 1943 Allied propaganda film of World War II that came about through orders given to one of Hollywood's brightest stars: "1st Lieutenant Clark Gable...
Topics: Clark Gable, WWII, World War II, Combat America, 1943, Stock Footage
The 1953 U.S. Navy training film (MN-6783a) Basic Mechanisms In Fire Control Computers, Part 1: Shafts, Gears, Cams and Differentials discusses some of the mechanisms that are required for the Fire Control Computer to function. The film opens with a Navy crew surrounding a Fire Control Computer ( 00:48 ), which solves fire control problems—including the ship’s location, direction, speed, and the enemy ship’s location, direction, and speed—in a matter of seconds so that the ship’s guns...
Topic: Stock Footage
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This silent U.S. Navy film, "SeaLab III Progress Report #2" documents the ill-fated SEALAB III experiment, in which aquanot Berry L. Cannon died. The film was likely shown as part of a U.S. Navy presentation, and would have had an accompanying script or commentary (now lost) read while it was projected. Some of the interesting segments in the film show the moving of the SeaLab habitat and its deployment, underwater assembly operations ( 7:25 ), and support operations. The converted...
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This short film, Paris, shows viewers scenes from the liberation of Paris and provides a brief history to the liberation, which occurred on 25 August 1944. The film opens with a shot of the Eiffel Tower and U.S. tanks driving past it. The streets of Paris are filled with people celebrating the city’s liberation. U.S. tanks and jeeps drive down a road ( 01:10 ). There are more scenes of Parisians celebrating in the streets; American GIs are kissed by French women ( 01:33 ). The city’s...
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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 importance of properly leveling the device so as to minimize the error of deflection. 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...
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This black-and-white Douglas Aircraft Company “welcome film” dates to the early 1960s but begins with a 1924 proclamation: “World Cruisers Make Aviation History New York, N.Y.” — a nod to an accomplishment by the company after the first around-the-world flight was by a team of aviators of the United States Army Air Service (predecessor of the U.S. Air Force) using a modified Douglas DT.The trip took 175 days and covered nearly 28,000 miles. The celebration of the final landing in...
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Go Years Ahead With The Ferguson 35 is a short promotional film from the 1950s that highlights the features and capabilities of the Ferguson 35 Tractor. The film opens with a delivery truck carrying the Ferguson 35 tractor to a farm. The Ferguson sales/deliveryman backs the tractor off the trailer then shows off the tractor’s body to the farmer (02:10). The film explains the engine as the Ferguson man points out the oil tank, removes the front grill to show the radiator (04:30), and opens the...
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Dating to the late 1950s or early 1960s, this silent footage shows U.S. Navy training operations at Brunswick Naval Air Station in Maine. At least one of the aircraft (33:41) tail #128345 was affiliated with Patrol Squadron Eight (VP-8) , a U.S. Navy land-based patrol squadron. The film likely dates to prior to 1962, when VP-8 switched from P2V Neptunes to the P-3 Orion aircraft. Many activities are shown in the film including classroom training with radar and communications equipment, ground...
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This episode of The Air Force Story - Volume 1 Chapter 10 - is entitled "The Tide Turns" and shows WWII history for June thru September 1942. In this film you'll see the 97th bomber group as it embarks for England; B-17's initiating high altitude precision daylight bombing; Japanese forces closing in on the U.S. Army in New Guinea; Army Air Force personnel and materiel help build runways near the front; P-38's down Japanese aircraft. The film starts at :20 with images of the liner RMS...
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This silent film shows an early production Polaris missile, possibly the prototype, being placed onto a transport cradle. The Polaris missile was a two-stage Solid-fuel rocket nuclear-armed submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) built during the Cold War by Lockheed Corporation of California for the United States Navy. It was designed to be used for second strike countervalue (CEP not good enough for first strike counterforce) as part of the Navy's contribution to the United States arsenal...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Stock Footage, Polaris Missile, Lockheed, SLBM
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This 1940s silent home movie shows a trip to the Grand Canyon and Montezuma's Castle, the ancient Native American building site. At about 2 minutes it shows the entrance to the Beaver Creek Horse Farm, aka Beaver Creek Ranch, and then you'll see at about 3 minutes people riding horses at the dude ranch. At 3:50 a traditional dude ranch breakfast is cooked on the trail. At 5:50, there's a polo contest at another ranch.  We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional...
Topic: Stock Footage
This 1967 color film about Air Force camera crews was for official use only. Lookout Mountain Air Force Station was the photographic installation for the Aerospace Audiovisual Service Airlift Command of the 1352nd photographic group (:34-:55). The NHF building is in the San Fernando Valley. Sample film titles are shown (:56- 1:35 ). Technical animators sit at drafting tables. A woman wearing white gloves draws on a cel, photographed by film cameras on movable platforms ( 1:37 - 2:13 ). A stack...
Topic: Stock Footage
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Airline Pilot was produced by BOAC in 1970. The training of airline pilot Stephen Radcliffe is painstakingly thorough and this film intercuts the story of the young man's first flight as third officer on a journey from London, via Bahrain, to Bombay, with earlier scenes of his training. It describes the role of the College of Air Training, the aptitude tests, the theories and practical knowledge taught, the first solo flight, the hours in the simulator and the controlled flights in a real...
Topic: Stock Footage
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Made in 1945, REMEMBER THESE FACES is a poignant, agonizing tribute to the men who became casualties of World War II.  Produced by the U.S. Navy, Marines and Coast Guard, the film was originally intended to serve as a promotion for the 7th War Bond Drive. Unlike the dozens of idealized, grand propaganda films that preceded it, "Remember These Faces" feels real and authentic. It is graphic, almost hard to take in terms of its content, and at the time reminded the American public that...
Topic: Stock Footage
Dating to the 1930s and produced by Kodak as part of the Kodascope Film Library, this silent, tinted film shows many scenes of Paris before WWII, including pretty views of the Eiffel Tower, Trocadero (:52), Seine (1:00), original Statue of Liberty (1:15), Arc de Triomphe (1:39), Tomb of Unknown Soldier (1:48), Place de la Concorde (2:13), Rue Royale (2:32), Tuileries Palace (2:59), Notre Dame (3:13), Champs Elysees and more
Topic: Stock Footage
This color film about diesel farm tractor maintenance was produced by Standard Oil in the late 40s/early 50s. The time stamps apply to the first mention of the task. It opens with a McCormick-Deering WD-40 diesel tractor, introduced in 1934 (:09). A tractor with a blade fills a ditch ( 15:19 ). A special dirt throwing attachment can create terraces (:31). A Ford 8 N tractor (1947-1952) is small for easy maneuvering (:35). A 1940s Case row-crop model ( 1:42 ) has a close-up of the temperature...
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Made in 1947. this amazing Allis Chalmers-sponsored film shows how engineers and engineering build industry and the structure of the modern world, from power generation to mining, smelting, agriculture and beyond. At mark  1:20 , a college student named Bob is seen with his dad. He explains that he's not going back to school because he hates engineering and prefers getting a job. At mark  3:50 , his dad asks him at meal to go out to his workplace, an Allis Chalmers industrial plant.  At...
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Created by MGM for American President Lines, "Departure" shows the round-the-world cruise of the SS President Wilson from San Francisco to the Orient and Europe in the late 1940s. A few other ships that were part of American President Lines (APL) are briefly shown as well. The SS President Cleveland and SS President Wilson were shining symbols of post war American technology, design and style, with streamline moderne styling.  After leaving San Francisco, at  8:00 , the ship arrives...
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“X Minus Zero” opens with a United States Air Force general briefly explaining the purposes of that branch’s missile test center — such as flight-testing guided missiles. The circa 1958 film’s purpose, he reveals at mark  00:45 , is to give the viewer “a much clearer understanding of our mission.” The film shows a flawless launch of a guided Matador surface-to-air missile, but the narrator quickly explains that much work was put into the launch prior to countdown. The viewer...
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Rescued from the garbage bin of Rockwell International's defunct facility in Los Angeles, this silent film (which once had a soundtrack -- but we didn't find one in the dumpster so this is shown silent) features footage of the B-1 Bomber mock-up and General Dynamics' YF-16 Fighting Falcon prototype. The B-1 mock-up fuselage shown was made almost entirely of wood and debuted in 1971. At 3:10 engineers and U.S. Air Force maintenance crew are shown examining the mock-up and demonstrating how the...
Topic: Stock Footage
This Soviet film, "Motorized Infantry Platoon in Free Assault" (or literally "on the fly assault") is a Red Army training movie, filmed in 1968. The film provides a rare look at mechanized infantry tactics and training during the Cold War. According to the title cards, it was created by the order of the Head of the Military Training Institutions of the Army, and filmed at the Omsk training grounds and with the participation of the officers at the Omsk City Military Academy....
Topics: Soviet Motorized Infantry Platoon, Free Assault, 1968, Red Army, Stock Footage
This 1972 color educational propaganda film about emergency preparedness for a nuclear attack was presented by the Defense Civil Preparedness Agency in Washington, D.C., with the cooperation of the California Office of Emergency Services. It was produced by Screenscope, Inc. and narrated by actor Peter Thomas. The film provides its message by showing the process for making the film. The scene opens at the Washing Memorial reflection pool. Two girls in winter coats play. A man on a bicycle...
Topic: Stock Footage
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Created to promote Grumman Beechlink's VTXTS training aircraft, this film showcases the company's program and makes a case for further development, including the aircraft's fuel efficiency (a factor during the gas crunch). VTXTS can be traced to the mid-1970s, during which time the U.S. Navy formally commenced its search for a new jet trainer aircraft to serve as a single replacement for both its T-2 Buckeye and TA-4 Skyhawk trainers. During 1978, the VTXTS advanced trainer program to meet this...
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This black and white film about Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz contains graphic WWII footage. Ocean waves roll as a destroyer’s guns fire at Japanese ships. Nimitz boards to salutes (:17- 1:01 ). 1942, Japanese footage shows its Pacific fleet protected by airplanes. Japanese soldiers practice fighting with bayonets attached. Japanese General Tojo attends a party where Japanese and Nazi swastika flags hang on the wall ( 1:02 - 2:12 ).   Nimitz boards. Crew move torpedoes across the desk ( 2:13...
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Produced by Sun Dial Films Inc. in the 1960s, Traditions Old, Traditions New (MN-10365e) is a U.S. Navy film that shows viewers how the Navy is adapting to the times with a new Guided Missile Destroyer, also referred to as a DDG ship. The film opens with a shot of a statue in the National Cemetery at Arlington, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and national monuments in Washington, D.C. Sailors get off a bus at Norfolk, VA and board the new DDG-23 USS Richard E. Byrd, a Charles F. Adams-class...
Topic: Stock Footage
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Dating to 1950, this U.S. Navy film depicts the job description for the Plane Captain for an Aircraft Carrier type plane (:08). Plane captains are attached to squadrons aboard the U.S. Navy's forward-deployed aircraft carriers and are responsible to ensure that every aircraft is mission-ready. Plane captains assigned to line divisions perform maintenance and daily checks on every aircraft. The film begins with a Navy or USMC F-80 Shooting Star making an attack run on a bridge in enemy...
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This film about the LCVP provides an introduction and look at the nomenclature ( 00:44 ) of systems aboard these vessels. The film dates to 1944. LCVP is short for Landing Craft, Vehicle-Personnel, also known as a Higgins boat (named after its creator Andrew Higgins). The film begins by detailing the stats of the LCVP while showing footage of LCVPs skipping along the water then landing on shore ( 02:11 ), where they unload soldiers ( 02:15 ), vehicles ( 02:23 ), and cargo—such as ammunition (...
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This U.S. Navy Film Launch 'Em was filmed by pilots aboard the USS Hancock in 1956. The film was made while the carrier cruised home from her Far East deployment, apparently with the unofficial blessing of the Eisenhower administration. A legendary film among Naval Aviators, it disappeared from view in the very early 1960s, as it became politically incorrect and taboo. Pilots are fighting in the ready room. Flight deck crewmen starting jet engines with cigarette lighters. These and other...
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JATO (acronym for jet-assisted take off), is a type of assisted take-off for helping overloaded aircraft into the air by providing additional thrust in the form of small rockets. This rare film from 1963 was created in the aftermath of a fatal accident involving a mis-handled JATO rocket. In it, an Air Force safety officer lectures about JATO bottles, how they should be handled, and how they can be safely used. The B-47 Stratojet aircraft is featured. This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC...
Topic: Stock Fotoage
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This rare promotional film discusses the merits of the Northrop YB-49 Flying Wing. This unique aircraft was a prototype jet-powered heavy bomber aircraft developed by Northrop shortly after World War II. Intended for service with the U.S. Air Force, the YB-49 featured a flying wing design. It was a jet-powered development of the earlier, piston-engined Northrop XB-35 and YB-35; the two YB-49s actually built were both converted YB-35 test aircraft. The YB-49 never entered production, being...
Topic: Stock Footage
This film is of the documentary series “True Adventure” which ran from the 1950’s to the 1960’s and was created by Bill Burrud who also served as host (:19). This episode takes viewers to Guadalcanal, a major battleground during WW2, with Milas Hinshaw and Martin Clemens (1:26). Clemens was a District Officer on Guadalcanal of the British Solomon Islands protectorate in 1941 when Japan invaded (1:57). Unlike most who fled, Clemens and others like him chose to remain on the island with...
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"The Frozen War" recounts the The Polar Bear Expedition (also known as the Northern Russian Expedition, the American North Russia Expeditionary Force - ANREF or the American Expeditionary Force North Russia - AEFNR), a contingent of about 5,000 United States Army troops that landed in Arkhangelsk, Russia as part of the Allied intervention in the Russian Civil War and fought the Red Army in the surrounding region during the period of September 1918 through July 1919. The Polar Bear...
Topic: Stock Footage
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‘Conquest of the Air’ is a short film which follows around a Movietone newsreel cameraman on film assignments to capture various plane stunts and flights. The first assignment takes the cameraman into the cockpit of an Army plane (1:02) from which the other U.S. Army biplanes are seen flying in formation (1:02). These planes were to fly to Hawaii for an air circus (1:30) and they are filmed as they move over the newsreel cameraman’s plane (1:40) and as they land in Waikiki Beach. The...
Topics: Conquest Of The Air, 1930s, Aviation, Stunts Accidents, Newsreel, Highlights, Stock Footage
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An exhaustive exposition of John Deere’s 1960 offerings in construction, farming, landscaping and logging equipment, set to a lush orchestral soundtrack. (TRT 41:17) Opening title, over an aerial view of a John Deere plant: “John Deere Presents: 1960 Industrial Equipment” (0:07). Tractors pulling sheepsfoot compactors, scrapers, bulldozers, crawlers, wheel loaders, cable plows, trenchers, landscape rakes, seeders and mowers (0:58). The 831 Crawler-Loader demonstrates its features (2:14)....
Topics: 1960, John Deere, Farm Tractor, Landscaping, Construction, Bulldozers, Loaders, Stock Footage,...
This 1960s film is from Pacific Telephone Company which was founded in 1906 and has headquarters in San Francisco, California and it was to be used for employees of the company. It takes a look at safety standards and the notion of personal responsibility for safety on and off the job. It opens with a slew of traffic and warning signs as we are constantly bombarded with signs telling us to avoid accidents (:36) though human error still is prevalent as a man places a cigarette butt next to a...
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This film takes a look at the marine journey to Prudhoe Bay from Seattle and Tacoma Washington in order to develop an Alaskan oil reserve which was to be under contract of Atlantic Richfield Company or ARCO. The Alaskan northern slope remains icy for most of the year and receives little rainfall (:13). Summers are brief and caribou are seen returning to their traditional calving grounds (:25). In 1968, ARCO's operating area in Prudhoe Bay is pictured (:49) and this was part of a large-scale...
Topics: 1975, Transportation, US Coast Guard, Journey To Pruhoe, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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"The Power and the Glory" is a film that dates to 1957. Produced by the 4H Clubs, it shows the glory of America's heritage linked with the promise awaiting today's youth through the development of character and leadership as exemplified in 4-H Club training. The film features rare images of the Atlantic Rural Exposition, which was the predecessor to the Virginia State Fair, and scenes shot during the visit of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip to Jamestown in 1957 (5 minutes). The...
Topics: 1947, 4H Club, Promotional Film, Battery Of Yorktown, Early History, Virginia, Stock Footage
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Dating to 1953, "Paris the Ageless City" was produced by Arthur Wolfe, released by Young America Films and made by the Centron Corporation.  The film shows the City of Light in the post-WWII era, with its tree lined avenues, cobble stone streets, bikes, taxis, and buses.  The Seine River, Notre Dame, Sacre Couer cathedral, the Louvre (2:30),  and many other sights are shown. Special treatment is given to the Eiffel Tower starting at the 6:15 mark. It includes shots from the Tower...
Topics: 1953, Paris, France, Travelogue, Eiffel, Ageless City, Post WWII Era, City Of Light, Stock Footage
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Produced in 1951 by British Petroleum, RIG 20 (French language version shown here) shows the hazards involved when fire breaks out at an oil well, and the measures taken to extinguish the fire. The oil well in question was in Persia. The fire is fought using water to cool the well head, and explosives placed in the throat of the well to deprive it of oxygen. The detonation (at 7:47) is tremendous but produces the desired result. The well can now be capped.   The film was directed by Ronald H....
Topics: 1951, Oil Well, Fire Fighting, Iran, French, Rig 20, 1951, Stock Footage
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Made for the home market in Germany during WWII, this silent film "German warships break through the Channel" shows the "Channel Dash" operation of the Kriegsmarine in 1942. The film begins with images of Brest harbor, as German ships plan a breakout thru the Dover Strait. At :35 Admiral Erich Raeder is seen addressing crew prior to the start of the operation. At :49 a map shows the strategic situation with ships leaving Brest. At 1:05 an E-boat or torpedo boat escorts the...
Topics: 1942, German Battleships, Warships, German Newsreel
In this 1955 episode (TV-326) of the television series The Big Picture, viewers get a glimpse of life in West Germany for the 7th Army’s 2nd Armored Division. Sgt. Stewart Queen speaks to camera about U.S. Army strength in Europe. Army men walk off a ship in Europe and load into transport trucks. There are several shots of central Germany’s cities, severely damaged from the fighting during World War II (02:22). A quick montage of footage of German industries shows the effectiveness of the...
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Made by Eastman Kodak, this short educational film explains how film is manufactured. (Unfortunately our print is incomplete.)  The film begins with animation of a roll of 127 film with the familiar yellow Kodak protective coating. Animation shows the layers of the film including the gelatine overcoating, silver emulsion, base and backing. At 2:01, cotton fiber is processed to form the cellulose ester base. At 2:18 a dope, or liquid film base, moves through a series of mixers. Finally it moves...
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This 1952 film depicts the launching of an Aerobee rocket at the Air Force Missile Test Center at Holloman Air Force Base in Alamogordo, New Mexico in the aftermath of Project Blossom. It was produced by Robert Redd. The film shows scientists from the Cambridge Research Center analyzing the air of the upper atmosphere. The film takes viewers through the process from the assembly of the rocket to its recovery, and to  data analysis. Dr. Marcus O’Day of the geophysics research division at...
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Early 1920s travelogue of Africa and what appears to be Thailand. This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage collections in the USA. Entirely film backed, this material is available for licensing in 24p HD. For more information visit http://www.PeriscopeFilm.com
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This period newsfilm depicts the beach landings which took place on June 6th, 1944. This was the Allied invasion during WW2 and it was the largest seaborne invasion in history. It was released by British Information Services (:12) and opens with European citizens opening their windows and leaning out on the morning of D-Day (:31). Heads are titled to the skies as the drone of heavy-laden planes had been heard throughout the night (:34). An Evening Standard paper is seen with a headline reading...
Topics: Act, Fact, D Day, June 6, 1945, British, Normandy, Invasion, Stock Footage
This animated film presents the theories of ionization as they are applied to gas filled or vacuum tubes. It was produced by the Division of Visual Arts of the U.S. Office of Education (:14). It opens with a display of a vacuum diode in which electrons are emitted by a cathode (:43) and attracted by a positively charged anode (:44). The number of electrons depend on the amount emitted from the cathode, the potential difference between the anode and the cathode and the negative space charge from...
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This elaborate, amateur-produced 16mm silent film shows the 1947 Tournament of Roses Parade when the theme was "Holidays in Flowers". This was the 58th annual parade, with Bob Hope as grand marshall (see about  1:20  mark). The Rose Parade, also known as the Tournament of Roses and the Rose Parade presented by Honda, is part of "America's New Year Celebration" held in Pasadena, California each year on New Year's Day (or on Monday, January 2 if New Year's Day falls on a...
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Made in 1945 by the National Conference of Christians and Jews, "The World We Want to Live In" is an important film that reflects upon the tumult of 1930s and 40s, which saw oppression and death in Europe, while presenting the idea that the America of the future must renounce hate, bigotry and intolerance. The film begins by showing how hate speech and anti-immigrant ideas fomented terror not only in abroad, but created an environment in the USA where racism and marginalization was...
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These silent 16mm home movies are from the estate of someone who was close to Admiral Louis E. Denfeld and likely date to the mid to late 1950s. It's just possible that they are from 1950, when the subject of the film Admiral Denfeld was forced to retire due to his participating in the so-called "Revolt of the Admirals." The film begins in Hawaii where the sign for "Admiral L.E. Denfeld" is seen at 13:00 . Admiral Denfeld led Battleship Division 9 in 1945, and was the...
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Made in 1950, this U.S. Navy recruitment film focuses on the training of naval aviators at Pensacola, Florida.  It exposes new recruits to the training process and day to day activities for a Navy flier. They go over the general over view of the training and list the individual components of the program. It is aimed at encouraging new recruits to take the program seriously so that they can reap the rewards or risk being grounded. Fairly straight forward, non-technical intro to training style...
Topics: Stock Footage, Periscope Film, Footage, United Sates Naval Aviator Training Aircraft, United States...
This World War II era, color, silent home movie features snippets of civilian life shot by ordinary American citizens in daily life in Washington, DC. It likely dates to 1944-1946, but unfortunately we don't know the precise year. The film opens with a man and a woman playing beneath a tree blossoming in springtime. Springtime blossoms surround the neighborhood. A man and two women walk down the street joyfully: 30. Three women wave to the camera: 43. A man and a woman play with a dog: 55....
Topics: Washington DC, WWII, Era Home Movie, Christmas Trees, Arlington National Cemetery, Stock Footage
In this episode of Richfield’s Success Story, a television series that profiles successful businesses with a connection to Richfield oil products, viewers see the Portland, OR production plant of Sawyer’s, Inc., where the popular View-Masters are manufactured. The film opens with a child looking through a View-Master. Footage shows one of the reels that features a fairytale scene with Pinocchio, Captain Hook, and Santa Claus. The show’s host, Bill Nielson, shows a shelf lined with models...
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This silent German film shows the harvesting of peat in Ennstal, Austria in the 1930s. At :35 the Admonter Peat Industry building is shown. At 1:00 the area being used for cultivation are shown. At 2:17 onwards, a man is shown harvesting peat with a shovel, which looks absolutely back-breaking. At 5:19 peat is moved via wooden wheelbarrow to a storage rack. At 7:10 the empty barrow is loaded again. At 8:09 peat is harvested down in a deep trench. At 9:27 large wooden railroad carts are filled...
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This is a Chem Studies Film, produced by the Chemical Education Material Study for use in its course in chemistry. Molecular Spectroscopy. Collaborators are Dr. Bryce Crawford Junior, Professor of Chemistry and Dr. John Overend, Associate Professor of Chemistry, University of Minnesota. This movie is about molecular spectroscopy. There are in-depth conversations and vivid imagery about how molecules have natural frequencies of vibration and on the understanding of how light waves interact with...
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This silent film from WWII shows what appear to be tests of an aircraft gun sight aiming camera, or GSAP Camera. The film provides an interesting "gunner's eye view" of the reticle or firing ring that a WWII gunner or pilot would have seen, complete with a "dot" in the center. This was likely a type of reflector sight although the camera doesn't give a good impression of how the ring would disappear when viewed from attitudes not 90-degrees forward . The start of the film...
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Filmed on June 12, 1944, this silent film shows Allied leaders on their way to visit the invasion beachhead in France. There are apparently two (separate) parties shown, one British and one American. Some of the persons you will see in the film include British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, Field Marshal Jan Christiaan Smuts (to Churchill's right at 1:23 ), General George C. Marshall ( 7:08 ), Supreme Allied Commander General Dwight D. Eisenhower, Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Ernest...
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Created shortly after the death of President Franklin D. Roosevelt as a memorial, this newsreel was shown to U.S. troops overseas as part of the "Army/Navy Screen Magazine". The film shows the President's body leaving Warm Springs and going to Washington by train, and then the funeral parade through the nation's capitol, and ceremonial lying in state, and ends with the body interred at Hyde Park, New York. The film is set to music with the words of the fallen President throughout. The...
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This silent film made by NBC shows the 1948 Rose Parade with General Omar Bradley serving as Grand Marshall, and part of the game between the Michigan Wolverines and the U.S.C. Trojans.   1948 represented the first local telecast of a college football game in the nation's history.   The reason the film is silent, we're not sure.  Possibly this was made to be shown on TV while a commentator spoke over it... The 1947 Michigan Wolverines football team represented the University of Michigan in...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, The Rose Parade, Rose Bowl Game, Michigan Wolverines Football,...
This film, "Smoking and Lung Cancer" dates to 1960 and was an early attempt to show the deleterious effects of cigarettes. The film depicts an actual patient at the Royal Edward Chest Hospital in Montreal, Canada. The doctors perform diagnostic tests, assessment, and surgical preparation for the removal of a lung from a patient with a long history of cigarette smoking. The close link between smoking and lung cancer, as well as other diseases, is discussed as well but -- because of the...
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This episode of "The Big Picture" dates to the 1961-1962 season. Filmed at Washington,. D.C . it shows the Army's "Old Guard" - the 3rd Infantry Regiment - and the U.S. Army Band presenting its annual pageant of military skills and traditions.  The 3rd United States Infantry Regiment is a regiment of the United States Army. It currently has three active battalions, and is readily identified by its nickname, "The Old Guard," as well as "Escort to the...
Topics: TV show, U.S. Army, military, The Old Guard, Arlington National Cemetery, Tomb of the Unknown...
Dating to the F-16 rollout in the mid-1970s, THE HOT PERFORMER shows the prototype F-16s being put through their paces at Edwards Air Force Base.  The film was targeted at the Pentagon but also foreign governments who might acquire the aircraft.  Some of the characteristics shown in the film include the plane's "fly by wire" capability, its unique bubble canopy, and its ability to accelerate faster than any other aircraft on the market.   The General Dynamics (now Lockheed Martin)...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, General Dynamics, War, U.S. Air Force, Fighter Aircraft
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These beautiful color home movies show the Chicago Railroad Fair, likely in 1948 but possibly in 1949. The film begins with images of the Indian village that was part of the Fair, before showing some of the railroad apparatus and steam engines that made the Fair such an amazing spectacle. The Chicago Railroad Fair was an event organized to celebrate and commemorate 100 years of railroad history west of Chicago, Illinois. It was held in Chicago in 1948 and 1949 along the shore of Lake Michigan...
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Made in 1941 by the Ministry of Information, H.M. MINELAYER (sometimes also known as HMS MINELAYER ) shows life aboard a British mine laying vessel.  This was perilous duty; nearly half the minelayers in the Abdiel class were sunk by enemy action during WWII. The most common use of the term "minelayer" is a naval ship used for deploying sea mines. In the Gallipoli Campaign of World War I, mines laid by the Ottoman Empire's Navy's Nusret sank HMS Irresistible, HMS Ocean, and the...
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This issue of the Army-Navy Screen Magazine opens with a dramatization of the story of stolen money from the University of Virginia ( 00:18 ). $500 is stolen from a dormitory, and Charles Randall is wrongfully accused and expelled. The secretive Seven Society at Virginia, a powerful weapon for good, looks into Charles Randall’s conviction and believe that he is an innocent victim. The Seven investigate another student they believe to be the real thief, which results in that student confessing...
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Dating to 1937, this short film features the Fordham Baseball team under coach Jack Coffey demonstrating various baseball techniques, equipment, and positions. John Francis "Jack" Coffey (January 28, 1887 – February 14, 1966) born in New York City was an infielder for the Boston Doves (1909), Detroit Tigers (1918) and Boston Red Sox (1918). Coffey graduated from Fordham University in 1910. While still actively playing, he became the part-time coach at his alma mater, holding that...
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This April, 1962 black and white television program “Adventure Tomorrow” was hosted by actor Peter Hansen (:28), interviewer Dr. Martin Klein, Director of Research, Communications Control Corporation (:49), and was produced by George Van Valkenburg. This broadcast is titled “The Fastest Man of Wheels.” It features Mickey Thompson, who on September 9, 1960 became the first American to break the 400 mph barrier at 406.6 mph. He did so in his 1959 Pontiac Challenger 1 at Utah’s...
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This April, 1962 black and white television program “Adventure Tomorrow” was hosted by actor Peter Hansen (:28), interviewer Dr. Martin Klein, Director of Research, Communications Control Corporation (:49), and was produced by George Van Valkenburg. This broadcast is titled “The Fastest Man of Wheels.” It features Mickey Thompson, who on September 9, 1960 became the first American to break the 400 mph barrier at 406.6 mph. He did so in his 1959 Pontiac Challenger 1 at Utah’s...
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This film will take a look at major news events in the year of 1947. It is presented by Castle Films (:07) and will visit Africa first as the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth made the first ever royal family trip to the country (:23). While there, the pair took a 10,000-mile tour and enjoyed a demonstration performed by the Zulu warriors (:33). Turning to turmoil in Korea, the country had been experiencing unrest since the end of WW2 in 1945 and were seeking independence after 40 years of...
Topics: Castle Films, Parade of 1947, Unrest in Palastine, President truman, Queen Elizabeth, Stock Footage
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Made by famed filmmaker Julien Bryan for the U.S. Government, ROADS SOUTH explores transportation in Latin America in the 1940s.   In doing so it explains how topography affects transport and how the difficulties of transportation are dealt with throughout history. Part history lesson, part geography lesson and part loving tribute, this vintage black and white film shows old and "new" 1940s transportation systems exist side by side. The seaplane and sailboat ride the same water. Dug...
Topics: Transportation, Latin America, Roads South, 1940s. Pan AM Airlines, Stock Footage
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Produced by the Army Film and Photographic Unit and the Royal Air Force Film Production Unit, this black-and-white film is Part 2 of “Desert Victory,” exploring the Battle for North Africa during World War II. The film starts cold with British tanks rolling across the desert during the Second Battle of El Alamein, and explanation that in the early going, the British Eighth Army had made a four-mile advance through German lines to the north, as well as advancements against the lines of...
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This brief film from 15 September 1948 shows Major Richard L. Johnson landing at the end of a record-setting flight of the then-new North American Aviation F-86A-1-NA Sabre, 47-611. Johnson set a Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) World Record Speed Over a 3 Kilometer Course, flying the sixth production North American Aviation F-86A-1-NA Sabre at Muroc Air Force Base, California (renamed Edwards AFB in 1949). Note the gun port doors on this early production aircraft. They opened in...
Topics: US Air Force, Major Richard L. Johnson, World Record Speed Flight, Stock Footage
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Made during the Apollo program, “Assembling Apollo” is an official NASA film produced circa 1968 that tracks the numerous pieces used to create the rockets and spacecrafts that took man to the moon. The film opens with the various parts being brought to the Kennedy Space Center via all sorts of airplane, ship, and vehicle, as engineers carefully assemble the various stages of the Saturn V rocket. Workers attach communication and fuel lines at mark  02:10 , and at mark  03:15  put the...
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This 1965 promotional film "The Treasure of Lucaya" promotes development in Lucaya,  Grand Bahamas. The film's storyline is about a reporter sent to cover a story about Spanish treasure found off the coast of Lucaya. While on the island the reporter, Mark Stevens, finds love and chooses to return to live there. The film opens with the newspaper’s editor and his peer named Bill discussing Mark (:37). Mark initially didn’t believe in the treasure and is seen collecting paperwork in...
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This 1970, color film reviews the maintenance process for a DC-8 jet airliner at the United Airlines maintenance base in San Francisco. It was originally an episode of "Discovery", a kids program that ran on ABC between 1962-1971.   The film shows how the DC-8 undergoes a periodic overhaul that lasts for five full days. We follow the maintenance crews through the detailed process of maintaining these incredible machines. The film opens with a DC-8 jet airplane landing on the tarmac...
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This black & white educational/promotional film is about the Amazing New Mobiloil. There is no copyright and this is circa the mid to late 1940s as World War 2 is mentioned as having just passed.   Opening titles: Socony-Vacuum presents KEEP IT CLEAN!, The Story of an Amazing New Mobiloil for safer, cleaner engines (:06-:34). War footage, tanks, soldiers on the move. Construction vehicles. Tanks and war vehicles move along dusty roads and through some water. A man looks at an engine....
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This NASA film shows the rollout of the first Douglas DC-8 jet, and the ground testing of its instruments. At 1:25 the aircraft makes its first test flight. At 3:18 the aircraft comes in for a landing at the Douglas plant in Long Beach, California. At 4:16, a DC-8 in Delta livery is seen in service. The Douglas DC-8 (also known as the McDonnell Douglas DC-8) is an American four-engine long-range narrow-body jet airliner built from 1958 to 1972 by the Douglas Aircraft Company. Launched after the...
Topics: Douglas, DC-8, Jet Rollout, Ground Test, First Flight, Stock Footage
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This silent, 1938 black and white and color mixed home movie footage depicts operations of the Robbins Brothers Circus including a promotional parade, livestock unloading, and raising a big top tent (TRT 17:22).  Around the time the film was shot, the Robbins Brothers Circus merged with Cole Brothers and both eventually became part of the Ringling Brothers Circus. A poster advertises Robbins Bros. Circus (0:08). A circus wagon is wheeled along the bed of a railroad train car labeled “Robbins...
Topics: 1938, Home Movie, Robbins Brothers, Circus parade, Ringling Brothers, Stock Footage
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This fabulous film from General Electric tells the story of the backbone of America's transportation system in the 20th Century -- the railroad.  Made in 1950, the movie traces the evolution of locomotive power from steam through electric and diesel-electric to the latest super-powered gas-turbine electric. Emphasis is given to the ways in which these developments have kept pace with the ever-growing demands of a nation that today virtually "lives out of box cars." The picture also...
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Produced in 1957 by the American Road Builders Association, “We’ll Take the High Road” is presented as a public service announcement, the films touts the ever-increasing number of cars on the nation’s roads and how builders are moving to meet an increasing need for more roads and highways. Because the existing roads were not originally engineered for safety or the number of cars using them, President Dwight D. Eisenhower (shown at mark 02:05) signed the National Interstate and Defense...
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This film by Willard Pictures Inc., U.S. Navy Flight Surgeon, was made in 1951. This picture centers around naval flight surgeons; detailing the training requirements and what daily duties may be. It opens with the view of Corsair airplanes landing on an aircraft carrier. We watch as another plane crashes due to pilot error (:58) and are asked what the surgeon could have done to inhibit the crash. The US Navy’s slogan is to “keep as many men at as many guns for as many days as possible” (...
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One of a series of news reports produced by the U.S. Air Force, this newsreel showcases Strategic Air Command in the 1980s. It includes footage of a red alert drill, and KC-135 tankers in action. It also includes segments about the NATO Warrior Preparation Center in Europe, including simulation of Soviet attack strategies. This was an early form of computer-aided simulation utilized by the Department of Defense. It also includes a segment about U.S. forces in South Korea, the DMZ and Kunsan Air...
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Shot by Nick Spark on Super 8mm equipment, this short silent home movie shows the Old Pueblo Trolley heritage streetcar line as service was inaugurated on April 17, 1993. Two trolley cars were available for service when the line opened, and were operated in the inaugural runs: Car 10, a 1918-built Birney-type car that was ex-Pacific Electric Railway 332 and was under lease to OPT from the Orange Empire Railway Museum, and car 255, ex-Osaka, Japan (Hankai Electric Tramway), which was built in...
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Presented by Allegro Film Productions, this episode of the Science Screen Report shows viewers the state-of-the-art solar power plant in the Mojave Desert near Barstow, Ca. The film begins with shots of solar panels on houses, farm barns, and the commercial solar electric power plant Solar One ( 01:10 ), with its solar panel farm. There is a shot of a model of the power plant as well. Computer-controlled heliostats (mirrors) are tested near Albuquerque, NM ( 02:52 ) for the Solar One plant....
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Shot in the late 1920s or early 30s, this  16mm home movie consists of several sections. In the first, believe to show part of the 1929 Powder Puff Derby women's air race, an airport is seen with various numbered aircraft.  These include Travelair biplane, and what appears to be Pancho Barnes' Travelair Model R Mystery Ship (:13 seconds) taxiing and then taking off.  The biplane at 1:15 is marked NC4615, apparently a Waco GXE. At 1:30, a Ford Trimotor is seen at the airport and takes off in...
Topics: 1920s, Home Movie, Womens Air Race, Flying Over, Hudson River, Stock Footage