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PeriscopeFilm
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This short newsreel, produced for the home market, shows Operation Hailstone, the U.S. assault on "Japan's Pearl Harbor", the naval base at Truk. Footage shows Task Force 58, which included the fleet carriers USS Yorktown, USS Essex, USS Intrepid, USS Bunker Hill, USS Enterprise, and the light carriers USS Belleau Wood, USS Cabot, USS Monterey, and USS Cowpens as they strike the Japanese base beginning in February of 1944. Extensive gun camera footage is seen in the film, as well as...
Topic: Newsreel.
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by Castle Films
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This short newsreel, produced for the home market, expresses deep outrage at the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Due to classification issues at the time the film was made, very little of the damage to Pearl Harbor itself is shown; rather the film focuses on damage to civilian areas of Waikiki and Honolulu. Footage includes: Emporer Hirohito reviewing his troops, Secretary of State Cordell Hull speaking with Japanese ambassadors, Waikiki during bombing attack, emergency hospitals...
Topic: Newsreel.
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by Castle Films
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U.S. propaganda newsreel from World War II (WWII) featuring amazing footage of the air sea battles that raged near the Marshall Islands. Featured ships are: the battleship USS Texas, the submarine USS Wahoo, the cruisers USS San Francisco, and USS Boise. Also includes footage of fleet manuevers of PT Boats, destroyers, aircraft carriers, battleships and L1 and G1 blimps on anti-submarine patrol.
Topic: World War II (WWII) propaganda film.
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by Castle Films
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This short newsreel, produced for the home market, shows the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown (CV-5) under attack by Japanese Zeros during the Battle of the Coral Sea. Although the carrier was badly damaged in the battle, it lived to sail another day and proved crucial to the U.S. victory at Midway a few months later.
Topic: Newsreel.
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by Castle Films
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This short newsreel, produced for the home market, shows the final events of World War II, including the development and testing of the atomic bomb, the atomic bombing of Japan, the Japanese surrender, and the U.S. occupation of the Japanese mainland including Honshu, and the arrival of the U.S. Third Fleet in Tokyo Bay. The film not only includes the Japanese surrender on the USS Missouri (BB-63) in Tokyo Bay, the celebration in Manhattan's Times Square, and a parade in Red Square Moscow. Some...
Topic: Newsreel.
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by Castle Films
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This short newsreel, produced for the home market, shows the first offensive action of the Pacific War by the U.S. Navy: a raid on Makin Island in the Marshalls conducted by the USS Yorktown battle group under command of Admiral William Halsey. The film claims to show Japanese cruisers and even an aircraft carrier sunk by American forces, but in reality there were no such enemy losses.
Topic: Newsreel.
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by Castle Films
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Yanks Bomb Tokyo
Topic: Newsreel.
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This short and apparently hastily assembled newsreel shows the events of December 7th, 1941 and expresses deep outrage at the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.  Due to classification issues at the time the film was made, very little of the damage to Pearl Harbor itself is shown; rather the film focuses on damage to civilian areas of Waikiki and Honolulu. Due to the lack of material available there are some laughable errors in the rather earnest film, including the presence of a plane...
Topics: Pearl Harbor, WWII, World War II, Japan, U.S. Navy, December 7th
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by Castle Films Newsreel
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The Japanese attacked Manila and the Phillipines on December 7, 1941, and caught one of America's great generals, Douglas MacArthur relatively unprepared. The loss of the American air forces on the ground in the initial attacks, forced the Army to make a quick retreat to the Bataan peninsula and the fortress of Corregidor. This film shows the early stage of the battle, and was made shortly after MacArthur fled the Phillipines for Australia where he would go on to command Allied forces. The...
Topic: Newsreel.
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SIXTY DAYS BENEATH THE SEA tells the story of the Tektite habitat. This was an underwater laboratory which was the home to divers during Tektite I and II programs. The Tektite program was the first scientists-in-the-sea program sponsored nationally. The habitat capsule was placed in Great Lameshur Bay, Saint John, U.S. Virgin Islands in 1969 and again in 1970.   The Tektite habitat was designed and built by General Electric Company Space Division at the Valley Forge Space Technology Center in...
Topics: Tektite, US Navy, Diving Film, 1969, Underwater, Laboratory, Stock Footage
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 Made by the Pennsylvania Railroad and the Transcontinental Air Transport Inc., this 1929 black & white educational/promotional film shows "modern" travel from New York, New York to Los Angeles, CA in the breathtaking, hell for leather time of 48 hours. The film features Ford Trimotors and includes appearances by some of the famous aviators of the era Charles Lindbergh and Amelia Earhart, who help assure potential passengers about how safe and comfortable flying can be. The...
Topics: Transcontinental Air Transport Inc, Promo Film, Coast To Coast, 48 Hours, New York, Los Angeles,...
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Created for the U.S. Navy by the Treasury Dept. as part of the 6th War Loan drive, PHOTOGRAPHY FIGHTS is a docudrama that showcases the role of a naval photographic interpretation team in theater.   The film begins and ends with a "typical" American couple who openly doubt the value of photography in the war, and then shows an interpretation team working on the front lines at Guadalcanal in the Pacific. An aerial photograph is analyzed to reveal that Japanese troops are constructing...
Topics: WWII, World War II, Photography, US Navy, Guadalcanal, Stock Footage
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This 1930s black and white propaganda for joining the Navy was produced by the American version of Pathe News. It is about Naval training for craftsmen skills and exciting ports Navy ships stopped at. A new Naval battleship slides into the water for her maiden voyage. Navy crew are seen as the giant anchor chains are wound. Supplies are swung over by a crane (:20-1:17). Early ships needed crewman to fill wheelbarrows full of coal. A sailor works on the oil fuel tanks and another flips the large...
Topics: 1930, US Navy, Blue Jackets, Pathe News, Naval Training, Stock Footage
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by PeriscopeFilm
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Coastal Command is a documentary style account of the Shorts Sunderland and PBY Catalina flying boats during the Battle of the Atlantic. The film includes real footage of attacks on a major enemy ship by Hudson and Halifax bombers based in Iceland. Later, the film depicts a routine sea patrol, in which a Sunderland flying boat flies over a convoy and bombs a German U-boat. Two versions of the film were made, one featuring an explanatory voice over. In this version, the film ends with the...
Topics: Coastal Command, PBY Catalina, Flying Boats, U Boat, Stock Footage
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This educational film from 1940 gives viewers a brief overview of the causes of the First World War, a recap of the war, and the political-geographical consequences of the war. The film opens with footage of a young Winston Churchill standing with officers and then addressing a crowd about the dangers of global armament. Germany’s Kaiser Wilhelm II climbs into a carriage (01:15). King Edward VII inspects British troops (02:02). The film then shows footage of Morocco in 1905 (03:10), showing a...
Topics: WWI, World War I, The Great Big War, 1940, Stock Footage
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Made for the home market by World in Color Productions, this silent color newsreel shows the first full scale hydrogen bomb test at Enewetak, known as Ivy Mike. Various views of the test are seen, including aerial footage of the blasts.   Ivy Mike was the codename given to the first test of a full-scale thermonuclear device, in which part of the explosive yield comes from nuclear fusion. It was detonated on November 1, 1952 by the United States on Enewetak, an atoll in the Pacific Ocean, as...
Topics: First H- Bomb, Thermonuclear, Hydrogen Bomb Test, Stock Footage
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This incredible 16mm silent film shows images of Muscle Beach in Santa Monica, California (near today's Santa Monica Pier) including the Miss Muscle Beach Beauty Contest. The original Muscle Beach was just south of the SM Pier, and is credited as being the source of the fitness craze in the US.   Based on a bit of detective work we think this is the 1954 contest won by ravishing beauty Barbara Thomason whose victory was headlined in the papers as: “Blonde, 17, Chosen Muscle Beach Queen.”...
Topics: 1954, Santa Monica, California, 166mm, Stock Footage
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This color educational film is about firemen and firetrucks from EB Films. It seems to be aimed at grade school children based on the narration and was filmed in Evanston, IL. It is circa the early 1950s.   No opening credits. A firemen clean equipment and the truck. A snorkel is raised from a firetruck. A hand maneuvers a toggle. The ladder goes up and reaches high due to its extension. Firemen carry a hand ladder as well. The ladders are placed and firemen climb them onto the top of a...
Topics: Firefighters, 1950, Evanston, Illiniois, EB FIlms, Stock Footage
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1937 EDUCATIONAL TRAVELOGUE FILM “HINDU HOLIDAY” This film takes viewers to India in the 1930’s for the traditional festival called Dussehra. The film is narrated by Don Beddoe (:14) and it enters India through the temple gates (:25). Buildings which are over 1,500 years old are shown with intricate architecture (:31). A close up shot shows sacred animals, gods and goddesses along the walls (1:58). A pool sits adjacent to the temple which had been used by an east Indian prince and his...
Topics: 1937, Travelogue, Hindu, Holiday, India, Dussehra, Stock Footage
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The Sea: Mysteries of the Deep is a short 1977 educational film from Encyclopaedia Britannica Films, narrated by John Bartholomew Tucker, that looks at current research efforts to better understand undersea life and resources and how to protect it from manmade pollution. The film features great footage of undersea life, contrasted with footage of harmful industrial waste being pumped into the oceans. The film opens with shots of sea creatures, include ling a hammerhead shark, sea lions, and an...
Topics: 1970, Oceanography, SS Kaimalino, The Sea
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This U.S. Navy film traces the history of U.S. missile development up until 1958.   It includes footage from World War II of the BAT, a small guided missile for anti-ship use.   It also features footage of: the JB-1 Loon (a submarine-launched version of the German V-1 Buzz Bomb), the Terrier, the Talos, Polaris, Bullpup, the V-2 missile, the Regulus I, the Regulus II, and the Sidewinder.   It also includes footage of the Naval Research Laboratory NRL, the Naval Missile Test Center at Point...
Topics: 1960, US NAvy, Rocket, Bullpop, Polaris, Loon V-2
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The True Glory: From D-Day to V-E Day (1945) is a co-production of the US Office of War Information and the British Ministry of Information, documenting the victory on the Western Front, from Normandy to the collapse of the Third Reich.   Although many individuals, including screenwriter and director Garson Kanin, contributed to the film, British director Carol Reed is normally credited as the director. The film was promoted with the tagline, "The story of your victory...told by the guys...
Topics: True Glory, WWII, Europe, World War II, D Day, 1945
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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
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This film is of the series ‘Weekly Digest’ which aired during WW2 and provides footage of the A-26 as well as footage from WW2 fronts. It opens with the Douglas A-26; a twin-engine light bomber and ground attack air craft (:44). The A-20 it replaced is shown (:52). In England, a bomber group makes a changeover and prepares to return to its home base in France (:59). The craft’s all-purpose nose is pointed to (1:07). Within the cockpit, the pilot adjusts the controls (1:38) and the...
Topics: 1945, USAFF, Weekly Digest, WWII, World War II, Stock Footage
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SONS OF LIBERTY is a 1939 American short drama film directed by Michael Curtiz, which tells the story of Haym Solomon. It won an Academy Award in 1940 for Best Short Subject (Two-Reel). In this mini-biopic, director Michael Curtiz shows us the life and death of Salomon (Claude Rains), from his joining the Sons of Liberty (SOL) in 1776 and arrest in New York as a rebel to his spying for General Washington (Montagu Love) while working as a translator for the British. Later, in prison, he met...
Topics: 1939, Foudning Father, Haym Solomon, Son Of Liberty, 1940, Stock Footage
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This campy black & white educational film from 1953 is about Adolescent Development, aka teen sex education. It was likely made for education students or teachers, and produced to serve as a supplement by McGraw-Hill for the book "Adolescent Development" by Elizabeth B. Hurlock, Ph.D. This text, which attempted to provide a "complete and accurate picture of American adolescents and why they differ from adolescents in other cultures", is considered a classic in its field...
Topics: Adolescent Development, Dating, 1950s, Teenage Social Guidance Film. Sex Education, Stock Footage,...
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Made for the U.S. government, this 1979 color educational film "The Boundless Seas" presents a panoramic, as well as logical and dramatic view of the formation of our Earth and seas, the history of our lands and waters, and their interdependence with today's society.is about the world's oceans. It was made by the famed director/producer of industrials, Jerry Fairbanks and written by Leo S. Rosencrans and Martin Foshaug. This is part 1 of 2. Opening: Creation of the solar system. The...
Topics: The Boundless Seas, 1970s, Ocean Science, Oceanography, Research Film, Alvin Submarine, Stock...
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This film features the US Navy efforts in removing Japanese forces from the Philippine Islands at the end of WW2 in 1945. It was produced in cooperation with the US Army Pictorial Services (:14) and begins with an air strike on Manila (:27). Carrier planes of the 3rd fleet targeted enemy shipping in Manila and air fields and other installations including Cavite Navy Yard on Luzon Island (:39). Aerial footage of the attacks follows (:53) during which two enemy destroyers were hit, one light...
Topics: 1945, US Navy, Combat Bulletin, Liberation Of Luzon, Philippines, Stock Footage
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This glorious silent film shows the National Junior Air Races, held in Cleveland, Ohio. The Scripps-Howard National Junior Air Races are almost completely forgotten, but in the 1930s and 40s they represented the premiere competitive arena for aircraft modelers, radio-control and control line pilots.  This rare silent home movie dates to 1939 - 1942, but probably 1942. It was shot by a member of the Cleveland Press staff.  It shows many of the events at the Races, including the weigh-in that...
Topics: 1942, Junior National Air Races, Cleveland, Ohio, Stock Footage
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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
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Made for the home market during WWII, this silent German newsreel shows the signing of the Steel Pact and the role of German troops in Finland as part of the Finnish-Russian War.   The film starts with images of the signing of the Pact of Steel on 22nd of May, 1939. The Pact of Steel known formally as the Pact of Friendship and Alliance between Germany and Italy, was a military and political alliance between Italy and Germany. The pact was initially drafted as a tripartite military alliance...
Topics: German Film, Germany, Steel Pact, Condor, 1939
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Made during WWII for the home market in Germany, this silent newsreel shows the battle for Sevastopol. The film begins with a map showing Soviet defenses on the peninsula including fortifications. At :43 German columns of tanks occupy the high ground and mortars and artillery begin lobbing shells into the city.   After the barrage the infantry begins to move forward at 2:00, supported by tanks. At 2:30 Stukas join the fight, bombing Soviet positions. At 3:14 troops break into enemy lines. At...
Topics: German Newsreel, Thor, Heavy Mortar, 1941, 1942
This biography of Indian leader Mahatma Ghandi dates to the 1950s. 00:38 Graphic: Mahatma Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi over India map. Title: "Gandhi". 00:58 Gandhi sits among followers. 01:07 Girl puts floral necklace on Gandhi. 01:29 House drawn carriage followed by horseback riders. 01:38 Crowd on bridge watch military procession. 01:48 A British couple guided by Indian man. 02:03 Gandhi scraps food onto a woman's plate. 02:07 Gandhi talks with woman. 02:17 Gandhi smiles at camera....
Topics: Twentieth Century, Biography, Ghandi, Mahata, Mohandas Ghandi, India, 1950s, Stock Footage,...
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This color educational/promotional film is about how Chevrolet cars make the most sense in terms of fuel economy. This is circa the mid 1970s, probably 1976 given the patriotic, bicentennial type logo at the head. Title: Chevrolet Makes Sense For America (:01). Different Chevrolets - Nova, Camaro, Vega (:09). Inside a Chevy Vega (:32). Loading a Chevy station wagon (:53). Four bedroom homes (1:00). A man opens the door for a woman to get into a Chevy full size car (1:08). Chevy has space for...
Topics: Chevrolet, America, 1976, Economy Cars, Nova, Camaro, Vega, Impala, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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One of a series of films made by the National Association of Manufacturers, this black & white film "Industry on Parade" contains segments about nickel mining at Sudbury, Ontraio, manufacturing Eagle lead pencils and Industrial Brownhoist cranes. The film ends with a profile of four retirees from the General Petroleum Corporation. This was made circa the mid 1950s. Opening credits: Industry on Parade: The Need for Nickel! (:07-:36). Sudbury Basin of Ontario. A mining outfit hangs...
Topics: Industry On Parade, Nickel Mining, Eagle Pencil Co, Brownhoist Cranes, Stock Footage
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This mid-1970s documentary “A Look at Sound” is part of the “Life Around Us” series and was directed by Tom Spain, and narrated by Dan Ingram.  A man topples a tree with a chainsaw. Big Ben rings. A ballerina spins in a music box. A woman wearing a felt hat is part of a Princeton football crowd. A police car speeds past (1:10-3:01). Various decibel sound waves and examples are shown (3:16-3:48). A street noise barometer in Tokyo displays to traffic, including a Toyota 1000 (3:49-4:26)....
Topics: 1970, Physics of Sound, Magnetic Tape Recordings, Stock Footage
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This Yesterday’s Newsreel film (episode 82) offers the viewer “television highlights of the news of yesteryear” by providing vintage clips of famous people and events from the first half of the 20th century. The episode opens with George Lewis “Tex” Rickard looking over the fight contract between Jess Willard and Jack Dempsey. He looks at plans for a stadium, and footage shows men building the stands near Toledo, OH, site of the match. Jess Willard climbs into a car, then he is shown...
Topics: Yesterdays Newsreel, Tex Rickard, Boxing, Everglades, Highway, Stock Footage
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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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This black & white educational film is about the country of Scandinavia (which covers Denmark, Norway and Sweden). This was made in 1962 as a promotional film for Pan Am Airlines.   Opening titles: Wings to Scandinavia (:08-:28). A man ski jumps, followed by another with shots of a jumbo jet interspersed. A man water skis down a hill into water. A man stands on a roof. Ships in a harbor, city hall, flowers, people, cars. Norway is a constitutional monarchy, Norway's King salutes on a...
Topics: Pan Am Airlines, 1960s, Travelogue, Wings To Scandinavia, Stock Footage
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This black & white educational film is about the Native Americans working at a Southwest Mission. This was an Arthur Barr Production from 1965.   Opening titles: a Native American turns a book that has the credits on it - MISSION LIFE, Alta, CA 1776 (:10-:46). A Native American rings a bell. A Monk writes. Sheep graze in Alta, CA. Fertile grass and plants. Hands touch squash. A Native American eats fruit from the branch. A Monk blesses a Native American at a Mission. A Monk writes. The...
Topics: Catholic Mission, California, Southwest, Mission Life, 1965, Churches, Stock Footage
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This color propaganda film made National Education Program (NEP) as a warning to citizens of the USA about the subversive groups within the country looking to destroy the American system and its people. It dates to 1968, one of the most chaotic years in 20th Century American history.   Opening credits: a disclaimer, REVOLUTION UNDERWAY (:01-:46). July 1967, Newark, NJ riots. National Guardsmen and police battle snipers.   A wounded man is placed on a gurney. A displaced shop owner is...
Topics: Revolution, Revolutionary, Underwaty, 1960, Anti Communist, Stock Footage
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This film documents 1963's Operation Blowdown, an incredible test undertaken by Australia to determine what the effects of a nuclear detonation would be in a rainforest.   For various reasons a nuclear device was not used, so the test (in the Cape York Peninsula of Queensland) relied on conventional explosives -- 50 tons of TNT.   Although today the test seems quite peculiar, at the time the "Atoms for Peace" initiative was being advanced by both sides in the Cold War and the idea...
Topics: 1963, Nuclear, Nuclear Blast, Australian Civil Defense, Stock Footage
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Shot by an unknown amateur filmmaker, this mid-1960s color home movie captures scenes from the life of a Hollywood husband and wife as they enjoy leisure time golfing, swimming, boating, visiting children at school, and vacationing in Gibraltar. Screen icons Julie Newmar (My Living Doll, Batman), Henry Silva (The Tall T, Johnny Cool, The Manchurian Candidate), and Jamie Farr (F Troop, M*A*S*H) make casual, candid appearances in bathing attire (TRT: 18:24). A woman uses a driver on a Southern...
Topics: 1960s, Hollywood, Home Movies, Julie, Newmar, Henry Silva, TV, Film Stars, Stock Footage, Periscope...
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Shot by an unknown American, this 16mm silent home movie shows a visit to Hawaii and in particular Honolulu and its environs. It dates from the pre-war era, the late 1930s or early 1940s. One interesting aspect of this film is that it contains images of the famed boat Idle Hour (3:48), owned by Seattle resident Dwight Long. Long, who had very little experience at sea, bought the 32-foot ketch and ended up sailing it continuously for four years prior to the outbreak of WWII. (It's not clear if...
Topics: 1930s, Pre War, Honolulu, Hawaii, Home Movie, Royal Hawaiian Hotel, Waikiki Beach, Stock Footage,...
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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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This color educational/promotional film from Copley is about the history of the United States Military Academy at West Point on the Hudson River, and its contributions to the nation. It was part of the "Rediscovering America" series. It is hosted by actor William Shatner. Copyright 1974. It was directed by Ocee Ritch, written by Jim Gilbert and Ocee Ritch, filmed by J. Barry Herron, Dan Yarussi, Jay Skidmore and Ray Nankey, edited by Stuart O'Brien, and produced by Howard Matson and...
Topics: West Point, United States, Military Academy, William Shatner, Hudson River, Stock Footage,...
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This is a 1980’s era (or possibly late 1970s), color movie that opens with young students calling a navy recruiting center, part of the Naval Education and Training Command. The camera pans across the navy recruitment specialists talking about the benefits of military service, :30. The film is called NEATO which stands for Navy Educational And Training Opportunities. Navy filmmakers edit training films on a KEM flatbed, Moviola or Steenbeck, 1:22. Navy graduates are shown, 1:55. Navy recruits...
Topics: US Navy, 1980, NEATO, Navy Education, Navy Recruitment, Film Making, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This 1941 black and white film about the FBI and its wartime activities was narrated by Westbrook Van Voorhis. The inside of a 1940s FBI car is shown, followed by its FBI license plate (0:31-0:50). Men in suits walk into the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Department of Justice building (0:51-1:05). FBI agents work at a community table, do paperwork, and hold meetings with local law enforcement officers (1:06-1:48). People walk through the hallways in the FBI headquarters in Washington, DC...
Topics: 1941, FBI. Federal Bureau, March Of Time, Documentary, Stock Footage
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Uranium Prospecting is a documentary promoting the everyday fortunes that may be made hunting for the rare element uranium-235.   The film shows the methods of amateurs, hobbyists, and vacationing families who manage to supplement their income and explore the great outdoors at the same time.   The opening titles of the film have a distinct Mid-Century look with glowing animated letters that zoom in over a globe.   Following dramatic music the viewer is introduced to uranium as unrefined...
Topics: Uranium Prospecting, 1950, Nuclear Energy, Atomic Energy. Stock Footage
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This silent, historic German film produced during WWII by UFA is titled "U-boats on patrol". It shows U-boats operating in Wolfpacks, hunting Allied convoys during the Battle of the Atlantic. At the start of the film at :25, a Type IX U-boat is seen preparing to go on a mission. A band :39 plays as the submarine comes to port for a deployment ceremony. At :14 multiple U-boats head out to sea and the watch is manned. At 1:28 an Allied convoy is spotted and the boat crash dives (1:42)...
Topics: WWII, German U Boat, Atlantic, German Newsreel, Germany, Stock Footage
Produced in the 1940s, this wonderful movie takes you back to an era when flying was fun. Grab your trunks, prop off your plane & head for the beach. Members of the Long Island Aviation Club are shown headed out on a flying field trip. (The Club was based in Hicksville, but eliminated after World War II with the development of Levittown.) Gyrocopters, bi-winged stunt planes and amphibian planes that land near Wall Street in New York City for commuting.   The film also contains rare footage...
Topics: 1940, Civil Aviation, Gar Wood, Flying Clubs, Piper Club
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Made in the late 1970s, THE FABULOUS PHANTOM celebrates the completion of the 5000th F-4 Phantom. The McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II is a tandem two-seat, twin-engine, all-weather, long-range supersonic jet interceptor aircraft/fighter-bomber originally developed for the United States Navy by McDonnell Aircraft. It first entered service in 1960 with the U.S. Navy. Proving highly adaptable, it was also adopted by the U.S. Marine Corps and the U.S. Air Force, and by the mid-1960s had become a...
Topics: The Fabulous Phantom II, F-4, Phantom, McDonnell, Aircraft
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Presented by the U.S. Army, The Infantry Noncommissioned Officer Candidate Course (TF 4118) is a short training film that provides a look at the program offered at Fort Benning, GA, from entrance qualifications to the training content up through the completion of the course. The film opens with a shot of Infantry Hall (00:30). Command Sergeant Major James A. Scott addresses the graduating class of the NCO Candidate Course (01:03). Candidates train with machine guns and batons in hand-to-hand...
Topics: 1960, US Army, 1967, Stock Footage, Fort Benning
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This is a 1968, black and white news report featuring footage filmed by combat cameramen in the field. It is a presentation of the Armed Forces Information Service, Department of Defense. It opens with a reporter, Alan Smith, talking about the state of the Vietnam war, :30. Reporter, Alan Smith reporting on current events in the war, 1:30. Map of Camp Evans in Vietnam, 2:30. Men preparing Howitzer guns on a tank, 2:50. Tom DeCastro, reporting from the field as men fire Howitzers, 3:40. Aerial...
Topics: 1968, Vietnam Report, 9th Infantry Division, Mekong, Armed Forces, Stock Footage
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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
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This is a 1942 United States Navy Training Film, designated as MN-324A-D. PROTECTION AGAINST CHEMICAL WARFARE opens with a history of gas warfare while showing various gas masks. (00:00:33:00) At (00:01:20:00) , we see our first glimpse of animation provided by Walt Disney Studios, depicting a German gas attack.   Through animation, the film goes on to inform the viewer about the different types of gas warfare, including tear gas (00:02:17:00) , irritant smoke (00:02:31:00) , lung irritant...
Topics: World War II, World War II, Walt Disney, Chemical Warfare, Cartoon, Stock Footage
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Released in 1944, TARGET FOR TODAY is a documentary film describing the preparation and mounting of a United States Army Air Forces raid on East Prussia It contains much combat footage of B-17 and B-24 bombers and named for the phrase used at briefings before air raids. The October 1943 footage was filmed during Eighth Air Force attacks on Nazi Germany industrial targets in Anklam, the 22nd Air Base in Marienburg (on the 9th), and Gdynia in occupied Poland. Prior to the combat footage, the...
Topics: Target For Today, Bombing, 1943, 1944, Air force, Raids, Stock Footage
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Prepared for the home market, this silent WWII era Excel Newsreel was sold in Sears and other department stores for viewing by the American public.  The film shows Operation Husky, the Allied invasion of Italy in 1943, and contains some great shots of General George S. Patton in command of invasion forces.   Operation Husky, was a major World War II campaign, in which the Allies took Sicily from the Axis Powers (Italy and Nazi Germany). It was a big amphibious and airborne operation,...
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This episode of the early 1950s TV show "Non-Fiction" depicts basic training of the Los Angeles Fire Department. Drills, methods, and equipment for fighting fires are discussed in an interview format (TRT 27:02). The show was shot at Los Angeles Fire Department Station 27, which is now home of the LAFD Historical Society museum. The host of the show is Bob Moon, who also hosted a short-lived program called "Altar Bound" for ABC in 1951. Opening titles over a siren (0:11). A...
Topics: 1950s, Los Angeles, Non Fiction, Fire Department, Firefighters, Stock Footage
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Want to support this channel and help us preserve old films? Visit https://www.patreon.com/PeriscopeFilm Visit our website www.PeriscopeFilm.com Made in 1952 by the Investment Bankers Association, this black & white film takes a look at the power of the banking industry and the opportunities it presents for individual and collective success. Some of the topics examined include a look at capitalism and finance, and investing money in securities such as stocks or bonds. Opening: a mother...
Topics: Opportunity, USA, 1952, Investment Bankers, Banks, Stocks, Bonds, Stock Footage
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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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Lufthansa presents “Time Flies,” a 1960s color promotional film on the history of the German airline. Narrated by Frank Blair, the film is not only about commercial aviation but also about the “conquest of the air.”  “In man’s never ending struggle for more time, the conquest of the air has made the clock, rather than the calendar, time’s cardinal measurement,” says Blair at mark 01:25. Aviation history moved swiftly, the narrator explains starting 01:40, from the Wright...
Topics: Lufthansa, Airlines, History, Promotional Film. Germany, Time Flies, 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 color educational film is an episode of the 'True Adventure' series that features a religious community in Kentucky that performs ecstatic demonstrations of belief with snakes - a so-called "serpent cult". Copyright circa the early 1960s. Snake handling, also called serpent handling, as shown in the show is a religious rite observed in a small number of isolated churches, mostly in the United States. Participants are typically part of the Holiness, Pentecostals, Charismatics, or...
Topics: True Adventure, TV Episode, Serpent, Cult, Louisville, Kentucky, Snakes, Snake Handling, Stock...
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This black and white 1950’s installment of “The Greatest Drama”, an early non-fiction television show, focuses on the political career of 1940 Republican presidential nominee Wendell Willkie, using newsreel footage and impassioned narration to make a case for Willkie’s “victory in defeat” (TRT 12:41).  Willkie  was an American lawyer and corporate executive who was the 1940 Republican nominee for President. Willkie favored greater U.S. involvement in WWII to support the British...
Topics: Greatest Drama, TV Show, Profile, Wendell Wilkie, 1940, Stock Footage
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Shot by an unknown American tourist, this silent 1930s 16mm home movie footage of Heidelberg, Berlin, and Köln (Cologne), Germany during the interwar period of the 1930s offers views of historic architecture and city skylines. Incidentally, this print also offers excellent examples of the harmful, decaying effects of moisture and variable temperature storage upon photochemical film (TRT 11:38). Title card: “On the Rhein and Heidelberg” (0:08). Hotel Die Hirschgasse, in Heidelberg,...
Topics: Heidelberg, On The Rhine, 1930s, Berlin, Cologne, Germany, Home Movies, Stock Footage
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One of a series of short subjects made in 1949 by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, "Let's Go to the Movies" provides a brisk, Hollywood-centric gloss of early narrative film history, coupled with brief glimpses “behind the scenes” of major studio productions. A curtain opens on an Academy Awards Ceremony with an “ Oscar ” statuette on the stage (0:10). Title: “Members of the Motion Picture Industry present Let’s Go to the Movies” (0:13). A movie studio...
Topics: 1949, Hollywood, Feature Film, Movies, Ampas, Documentary, Stock Footage
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This is the extended version of the 1968 16mm color film "LSD: Insight or Insanity?" It was directed by Max Miller for Bailey Films warns of the potential dangers of Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), using interviews and special effects to describe the drug’s appeal and sometimes unpredictable effects. This print represents the “revised” edition of the film. Acting great Sal Mineo narrates (TRT 28:29). Opening title (0:17). Students near Hollywood High School, the Hollywood...
Topics: LSD, Insight, Insanity, Stock Footage, Anti Drug Film
This black and white travelogue film from 1951 showcases Atlantic City, New Jersey. You’ll see the famous boardwalk and beach, scenes from the 1951 Miss America parade, the nearby Atlantic City Race Track, boats for both sight seeing and sport fishing, and general amusements and attractions for all ages. Released by Castle Films, copyright United World Films, Inc. Atlantic City is a coastal resort city in Atlantic County, New Jersey, United States, known for its casinos, boardwalk, and...
Topics: Atlantic City, 1951, Castle Films, Travelogue, Boardwalk, Miss America Parade, Race Track, Stock...
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This Soviet propaganda film, featuring English narration, covers the Space Race from the perspective of the Soviet Union (USSR), highlighting the career of cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin and the landmark spaceflights of Sputnik, Vostok, and Voskhod (TRT 48:29). Media res opening montage. A rocket ready for launch (0:08). Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin in a still closeup. The 1961 launch of Vostok 1 with Russian title overlay (0:29). Credits over newspaper printing, switchboard operators, typists (0:52)....
Topics: 20th Century Soviet Space Program, Space Race, Yuri Gagarin, StocK footage
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Touting “America’s fighting ally, China,” during World War II, this 21-minute film focuses on the Nationalist Chinese and their part in WW2. Although the film begins with   the war in Europe and “a new messiah of murder and plunder,” Adolf Hitler, who is introduced at mark 01:08, the viewer is then introduced to Japan, an enemy most American’s had failed to take seriously until December 7, 1941, as recalled at mark 03:36. Recounting the sacrifices made by various nations prior to...
Topics: China, Western Front, WWII, World War II, Chinese, National Army, Stock Footage
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This color educational film is about the Operation Crossroads nuclear weapon tests conducted by the United States at Bikini Atoll in mid-1946. These were the first nuclear weapon tests since Trinity in July 1945, and the first detonations of nuclear devices since the atomic bombing of Nagasaki on August 9, 1945.   The film was made in 1949.   Opening titles: opening disclaimer about the tests of the atomic bomb, credits, OPERATION CROSSROADS (Able and Baker Day Tests) (:13-2:26). Aerial shots...
Topics: Operation Crossroads, Atomic Bomb Tests, Bikini Atoll, 1946, 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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Presented by the U.S. Air Force, Class of ’59 is a short film that details the life and training a cadet receives at the then-new Air Force Academy at Lowry Air Force Base. The film opens with a shot of the entrance to the Air Force Academy; new cadets arrive at Lowry Air Force Base in Denver (Aurora), CO (00:39). An Air Training Officer (ATO) teaches cadets how to march and salute. Cadets participate in close order drilling (01:21). An Air Force officer addresses the new cadets at the...
Topics: First US Air Force Academy, Air Force Base, 1959, USAF, Stock Footage
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Made for the home market in Germany during WWII by Degeto, this silent newsreel shows the start of the Battle of Stalingrad in the summer of 1942. At :38 a tactical map shows the German army's advance from Rostov and the Caucuses towards the Don River and Stalingrad and Kalach. At :42, German artillery bombards Soviet positions. At 1:40 German officers use binoculars to spot the effect of the barrage. At 1:57 Soviet tanks are shown on fire on the outskirts of the city. At 2:15 a German armored...
Topics: 1942, German Newsreel, Battle Of Stalingrad, Barbarossa, Eastern Front, Stock Footage
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This silent home movie from the 1940s was shot by a member of the Massasoit Greyhound Association, which was based in Raynham, Massachusetts. Racing continued at the park until the end of 2009, when it shut down. Raynham Park opened in 1940 and was founded by Russ Murray and with the financial backing of the Carney family. The lure at Raynham Park was known as "The Chief". The park was operated by the Massasoit Greyhound Association, and located near the Hockamock Swamp. The Wampanoag...
Topics: 1940s, Massasoit, Greyhound Park, Raynham, Massachusetts, Home Movie, 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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This Soviet Ukrainian film, narrated in English and entitled “No Statute of Limitations”, was directed by Eugen Tataretz. It depicts the court case prosecuting crimes against humanity committed during WWII by fascist collaborators Mykola Dufanets, Artem Bubela and Filip Rybachuk. The three were members of the Occupied Territories Reich Police and participated in rounding up the Jewish population to bring them to the ghetto in the Krymnoe Village of the Starovyzhevski county of the Volyn...
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Topics: Statue Of Limitations, Ukrainian Trial, Concentration Camps, Russian, Holocaust, Stock Footage
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This silent film shows the Northrop YA-9 performing its first public flight at Edwards Air Force Base. The Northrop YA-9 was a prototype attack aircraft developed for the United States Air Force A-X program. The YA-9 was passed over in preference for the Fairchild Republic YA-10 that entered production as the A-10 Thunderbolt II.   Apart from aircraft themselves, the A-X program was also developing a powerful cannon for the winning plane to carry. Eventually, this would result in the GAU-8...
Topics: Northrop, YA-9, First Flight Test, Thunderbolt, 1973, Stock Footage
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This film takes viewers on a tour through Norway’s town and country area. The film is presented by the Norwegian Travel Information Office of New York City (:14). Some of Europe’s largest glaciers exist in Norway (:26). These attribute to the common use of water for power in the country. A rainbow is pictured formed by the mist from a cascading waterfall (:59). Bird’s eye view footage shows how the roads must zig zag and cut through the mountainous terrain (1:24). In order to protect...
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This 1969 color footage from NASA’s Apollo 12 mission depicts the launch of a Saturn V rocket, the second moon walk, an astronaut using a sample collection tool, the Lunar Module’s successful ascent from the moon’s surface, and a solar eclipse (TRT 29:28). Test pattern and label: “Flight Load” (0:09). Though a circular field of vision, the surface of the moon races by, revealing craters and rocky terrain (0:20). A fiery ignition sequence explosion of yellow fire illuminated in...
Topics: NASA, 1969, Apollo 12, Saturn V Launch, Moon Walk, Eclipse, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This color promotional film "The Small Car Idea" shows the construction of automobiles including the Beetle,  Microbus and Fastback Coupe at the modern Volkswagen Factory in Wolfsburg, Germany. The film attempts to showcase the innovative design of these various vehicles while underscoring their safety features, reliability and gas efficiency.. Copyright is circa 1971 or 72. Opening: German cars including Porsches, a VW wagon, and a Karmann Ghia race around a test track. VW workers...
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Made in 1958 and partially sponsored by Pan Am Airlines to promote their service to Central America, "Land of the Maya" presents the nation of Guatemala and Guatemala City. The film ostensibly follows a horticulturalist on her trip cross country, examining flowers. The movie shows a nearly forgotten era in Guatemalan history, before earthquakes devastated the capitol. At 1:20 the central office is seen, before its modernization, and the capitol buildings and downtown at 2:00. At 2:29,...
Topics: Land of The Maya, Guatemala, Travelogue, Antigua, Stock footage
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An exhaustive exposition of John Deere’s 1960 offerings in construction, farming, landscaping and logging equipment, set to a lush orchestral soundtrack. (TRT 41:17) Opening title, over an aerial view of a John Deere plant: “John Deere Presents: 1960 Industrial Equipment” (0:07). Tractors pulling sheepsfoot compactors, scrapers, bulldozers, crawlers, wheel loaders, cable plows, trenchers, landscape rakes, seeders and mowers (0:58). The 831 Crawler-Loader demonstrates its features (2:14)....
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This vintage newsreel shows the eruption of Parícutin (or Volcán de Parícutin, also accented Paricutín) in 1943. The now-dormant scoria-cone volcano is located in the Mexican state of Michoacán, near the city of Uruapan and about 322 km west of Mexico City. The volcano surged suddenly from the cornfield of local farmer Dionisio Pulido in 1943, attracting both popular and scientific attention. This eruption presented the first occasion for modern science to document the full life cycle of...
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Topics: Eruption, Paricutin, Volcano, Michoacan, Mexico, 1943, Newsreel, Stock Footage
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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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This film focuses on the radioisotope; the radioactive isotope of an element. It was produced with the cooperation of the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission and its contractors (:23). It opens with a quote from Democritus (:40) as well as a man searching for gold in a river (1:03). Today, scientists hunt for minerals such as gold and silver in addition to others such as uranium (1:08). Uranium is a radioactive metal discovered through the use of a Geiger counter (1:20). Scientists believed it would...
Topics: 1951, US Army, Training Film, Fundamentals Of Radioactivity, Radioisotope, Part 1, Stock Footage
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This raw footage shows portions of the Apollo 16 lunar mission.   This 1972 NASA documentary on the flight of Apollo 16 includes film footage from the mission’s launch, lunar landing, and in the “moon buggy” before finally returning the crew (astronauts John W. Young, Thomas K. Mattingly, II, and Charles M. Duke, Jr.) to Earth. Apollo 16 was the fifth moon landing of Project Apollo, and the 10th manned mission in the Apollo program. It was the second mission to utilize a Lunar Rover...
Topics: Apollo 16, Lunar Mission, EVA, Earth, Raw Footage, 1972, Stock Footage
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This film presents the resistance of air on the forward movement of aircrafts. It depicts the parasite drag as well as skin friction and how to combat or minimize the effects of the drag. It opens with a plane taking off from a runway and provides the information that as it takes off, the air moving under the wing creates lift which enables it to fly (:35). Drag is when air resists the movement of any flying object (:47). A demonstration of drag includes a couple walking together freely when...
Topics: 1949, USAF, US Air Force, Training Film, Airplane, Stock Footage
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This circa 1963 black-and-white “unclassified” United States Navy Training Film shows its viewer the proper ways for assembling, inspecting, and testing the standard deep-sea diving outfit — composed of the “dress,” helmet, and breastplate — which together form a water-tight enclosure surrounding the diver. Heavy boots, hoses, and a regulated air supply complete the ensemble. Mark 01:50 begins a lengthy and thorough tutorial on proper inspection of the complete outfit, including the...
Topics: Deep Sea Diving, US Navy, USNA, 1963, Stock Footage
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Giant Of The Earthmovers is a 1950s Caterpillar film that highlights the company’s new bulldozer tractor, the Caterpillar D9. A Caterpillar salesman pulls his car up in front of his office. Inside, he addresses the camera as he talks about the new D9 earthmover (01:10). A D9 operator stands on a D9 tractor (02:20). The operator demonstrates the control panel and the adjustable seat. The salesman and a client of his watch the D9 move earth. The operator easily steers the D9 as he maneuvers the...
Topics: Caterpillar D9 Bulldozer, Tractor, Earthmovers, Stock Footage
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Entitled A SEMINOLE LOVE STORY, this 1947 Florida Tourism film offers young love and alligator wrestling as a demonstration of Seminole culture. Very much a product of its times, with Indian Madonna shots and sentimentalist representations of Seminole life in the Everglades, this film depicts two major themes: love and alligator wrestling. It also attempts to document Seminole culture and life in a much romanticized style.   Native activities shown:   Men cooking alligator, alligator...
Topics: Seminole, Indian Love Story, 1940s, Vintage Color, 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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Topics: Electric, Rails, Railroad, Transportation, 1950, Stock Footage
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This late 1950s / early 1960s black and white informational film from the  International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) explains the basics of secondary radar and illustrates its use in flight navigation and air traffic control using a combination of live-action footage and limited animation (TRT 23:09). It focuses on Secondary surveillance radar (SSR), a radar system used in air traffic control (ATC), that unlike primary radar systems that measure the bearing and distance of targets using...
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This black and white 1941 demonstration film, produced by Ford Motion Picture Laboratories and narrated by Michigan sportscaster Harry Wismer, shows U.S. Army Truck, ¼ ton 4x4 Command Reconnaissance vehicles in action at and around the Ford River Rouge Complex in Dearborn, Michigan (TRT 0:23). Opening titles (0:07). Dedication: “This film is respectfully dedicated to the officers and men of the United States Army in the name of American Industry…” (0:27). A trio of Ford 4x4...
Topics: 1941, Ford, Reconnaissance, Cars, Army, Jeep, Edsel Ford, Stock Footage
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This film from Ford shows the company's experimental gas turbine semi truck, known as "Big Red". It dates to approximately 1965. The film starts out with shots of the Cabana Motel in Atlanta before showing a map of the nation's new interstate highway system. At :54 a superhighway is shown with its many interchanges. "When this network is completed, true long-range hauling at sustained speeds with all city traffic bypassed...will become a practical idea for the first time."...
Topics: Ford Motor, Motor, Big Red, Simi Truck, 1964, New York Worlds Fair, 1964 New York Worlds Fair
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This black & white educational/promotional film is about the Amazing New Mobiloil. There is no copyright and this is circa the mid to late 1940s as World War 2 is mentioned as having just passed.   Opening titles: Socony-Vacuum presents KEEP IT CLEAN!, The Story of an Amazing New Mobiloil for safer, cleaner engines (:06-:34). War footage, tanks, soldiers on the move. Construction vehicles. Tanks and war vehicles move along dusty roads and through some water. A man looks at an engine....
Topics: Mobil, Mobil Oil
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Created in 1947 by Belmont Pictures Inc., this film for Los Angeles Transit Lines (the post-WWII moniker for the Los Angeles Railway and bus lines) is entitled "It’s a Big Job". It was created to recruit drivers, motormen and conductors. The film's script was written by Eric Strutt, produced by Dan Downer and photography by William Wooten. The film is narrated by actor Alexander Scourby, who also stars. It was directed by J. Richard Westen. The movie opens with text indicating it is...
Topics: 1947, Los Angeles, Trolley, Post WWII, Transit Lines, Stock Footage
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This color film from 1954, a sponsored film about the importance of the railroad industry in America, is framed around the narrative of railroad workers talking in restaurant. Television producer John O’Shea (Bill Kennedy) is directed to Scotty’s, where the crowd inside includes waitress Kelly (Pat Englund), newspaper editor Bill (James Gregory), and Scotty himself (Jock MacGregor). A railway worker sees in a trade magazine that a TV program about railroads is in the works, and this leads...
Topics: At This Moment, Trains, Highway, 1954, Railroad, Industry, Stock Footage