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This German propaganda movie was part of a U.S. Navy archive compiled during WWII, and acquired by Periscope Film. The German invasion of Norway is shown, with units of the Kriegsmarine enforcing sea lanes and allowing the free movement of supplies and men. Junkers trimotor aircraft support the invasion.
Topic: German propaganda film.
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Made for the home market in Germany during WWII, this silent film "German warships break through the Channel" shows the "Channel Dash" operation of the Kriegsmarine in 1942. The film begins with images of Brest harbor, as German ships plan a breakout thru the Dover Strait. At :35 Admiral Erich Raeder is seen addressing crew prior to the start of the operation. At :49 a map shows the strategic situation with ships leaving Brest. At 1:05 an E-boat or torpedo boat escorts the...
Topic: German propaganda film.
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This German propaganda movie was part of a U.S. Navy archive compiled during WWII, and acquired by Periscope Film. This film celebrates the German U-boats, and especially the sinking of the British aircraft carrier HMS Courageous by submarine-launched torpedo. Adolf Hitler is seen decorating a U-boat crew. Featured submarines: Type IX (9) U-boats U-38 and U-37.
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Topic: German World War II (WWII) Propaganda film.
Created with footage shot by the U.S. Army Signal Corps, CAMPS OF THE DEAD is a graphic newsreel that shows concentration camps as they appeared to the liberating Allied armies in 1945. This silent version was one of two produced; the other sound version runs about 20 minutes.   Full of horrifying images that vividly show the baseless and vile nature of the Nazi death camps, it is hard to even begin to describe the images herein.   The idea that anyone would even consider denying the...
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Topics: Nazi Holocaust, Concentration Camps, Liberation, Footage, Stock Footage
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Produced by the Owens-Illinois Glass Company in 1952, IN GLASSTOWN USA shows the company's manufacturing process. At the time Owens-Illinois was the largest glass container manufacturer in the world. The film begins with images of 1950s supermarkets at 1:17, before showing the glass plant at 1:38. At 3:23, the factory interior is seen with raw materials delivered to a melting furnace. At 4:00, the interior of the furnace is seen with torrents of flame visible. At 4:50 a vacuum glass forming...
Topics: Illinois, Owens Illinois, Glasstown, 1952, Glass, Stock Footage
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This is a color film showcases the Tohono O'odham people. University of Arizona, Tucson presented by the Bureau of Audiovisual Services. Explanation of the arboreal desert, :35. The Sonora desert in southern Arizona, 1:00. No rivers or streams in the arboreal desert, 1:12. Cacti, plants and the “fish hook” cactus with sharp barbs spotted with coyotes, 1:35. The Papago Indians call the desert home for hundreds of years, 1:48. Crooked mesquite tree was the only tree that the Indians had,...
Topics: Tohono O'Odham Tribe, Native Americans, Tuscon, Arizona, US Government Film, Stock Footage
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“The Land Called New Jersey” is a color film that portrays 300 years of progress in New Jersey and the contributions of the citizens of the state to the history of the United States. Produced by Humble Oil & Refining Company in the early 1960s, it includes sequences on the granting and the naming of the state, on the colonial period, on early industry and transportation, and on Thomas Edison and the age of invention. The program describes the industries, educational system, cities,...
Topics: Thomas Edison, New Jersey, 1960, Humble Oil & Refining, Stock Footage
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This color educational film is about catching shrimp off the coast of Maine. This is circa the late 1960s. Titles: THE MAINE SHRIMP (as the surf crashes onto the beach) (:08-:21). Shrimp fishing boats off the coast of Maine. Maine Shrimp boat has his net in the water as the cold water crashes into the boat. A boat slowly rocks as the cold sea moves. Another boat tosses lightly. Fishermen on a boat pull up their nets from the blue sea as the boat rocks. The catch is dumped out onto the deck and...
Topics: The Marine Shrimp, 1960s, Gulf Of Maine, Fishing Industry, Stock Footage
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This long form commercial from 1969 was made for Libra Cosmetic and directed by Rolf W. Brandis and L. John Castelli. The film presents images of African American beauty that reflected the times and focused on black pride. Interestingly, Libra was a white run luxury cosmetics manufacturer that relied on African American salespeople. (Yet notably the narrator is clearly a white man.) At the time, specialized cosmetics for minorities represented a new and emerging market, and Libra hoped to...
Topics: 1969, Libra, Cosmetics, African American, American Women, Promo, Stock Footage
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Created by members of amateur radio club Q.R.M. / Q.S.T., this exceptional silent film shows activities at the National Air Races in Cleveland, Ohio in 1929.  The start of the film shows the elaborate parade with various floats. At :52 the air races are seen with the Bendix towers. At 1:16 German pilot Ernst Udet's U12 Flamingo biplane marked D-822, thrills the crowd. At 3;21 the Flower Pageant, another parade, is shown. The date is August 24, 1929. At 4:14 the parking lot for the races is...
Topics: 1929, National Air Races, 1929, Santa Monica, California, Cleveland, Power Puff Derby
Created at the outset of America's entry into WWII, this Castle Film newsreel shows America as the "Arsenal of Democracy" producing men and materials for the war effort.   Basic training and testing of military equipment is shown, along with the construction of jeeps, tanks, ships, guns, planes, PT boats and other war material.   Some of the spectacular footage included shows tanks driving through buildings and over obstacles, soldiers fording rivers, exercises using horses,...
Topics: World War II, Early WWII, WWII, Call To Arms, Castle Films, Stock Footage
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This 1960s era, color movie is about men who have dedicated time in their lives to the Boy Scouts. The title is Men Who Make a Difference. The film is narrated but also has characters speaking directly to the camera about their experiences with Scouting. The movie’s purpose is to discuss the importance the Scoutmaster plays in the development of a boy’s life. Various men are interviewed about how important Scouting is in their lives. The movie’s narrative takes place through the...
Topics: 1962, Boy Scots, Scoutmasters, Men Who Make A Difference, Stock footage
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Communist Europe (AFIF 107) is a 1961 short film from the U.S. Department of Defense that gives viewers a look at the Communist satellite countries of eastern Europe. The film looks at the relationship of Communism with the countries’ cultures, economics, politics, and religious identities. The film opens with footage of a Communist parade: women and men march down a street, tanks roll by the gathered crowds, and jets fly overhead. The film then cuts to an American man, who narrates the film...
Topics: 1961, Cold War, AFIF, Communism, Europe, Stock Footage
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Created by North American Aviation and its Autonetics Division, THE CASE FOR TOGGLESWITCH ALIGNMENT is an industrial film made to promote a contract for faster alignment of inertial navigation systems aboard aircraft carriers.   The film features images shot aboard the USS Independence in the mid-1960s with F-4 Phantoms, F-111 Aardvarks, and A-4 Skyhawks.   In any era before GPS, the inertial navigation system allowed for aircraft and ships to navigate accurately and in concert with one...
Topics: US Navy, Inertial, Guidance, Evaluation Program, Stock Footage
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This silent, commercially produced "Travelette" movie shows the 1946 Rose Parade, the first parade since 1941, and the first post-WWII parade. It had a fitting theme -- Victory, Unity and Peace. The Grand Marshall this year was Admiral Frederick Halsey (1:00) who led the U.S. Navy to victory in the Pacific in WWII. Highlight floats are Mexico (1:20), City of Los Angeles (1:46), San Francisco (2:21), L.A. Times (2:40), the American Legion float featuring the Iwo Jima Flag Raising...
Topics: WWII, World War II, 1946, Rose Parade, 57th Tournament Of Roses, Pasadena, Stock Footage
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This silent footage shows a visit to the United States by Hasso Eccard von Manteuffel, a former Wehrmacht general who went on to become a member of the West German legislature and an advisor on the formation of the new army the Bundeswehr. The film starts at National Airport with Manteuffel arriving on an American Airlines DC-6. He is then whisked to the Pentagon for meetings.Hasso Eccard von Manteuffel (14 January 1897 – 24 September 1978) was a German general during World War II who...
Topics: West German Legislator, Hasso, Eccard, Von Manteuffel, Washington DC, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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Hosted by Lowell Thomas, Jr., "King of the Alaskan Seas" is a portrait of the people of Adak, Alaska including the Inuit peoples. Made in 1965, the film focuses on the wintertime King Crab harvest, including a visit with the captain and crew of the fishing vessel "Deep Sea" and the processing center.   Adak is a city located on Adak Island, in the Aleutians West Census Area, Alaska, United States. At the 2010 census the population was 326. It is the westernmost municipality...
Topics: Adak Alaska, Lowell Thomas, Alaskan Seas, King Crab, Stock Footage
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This 1960s, era color movie opens at Annapolis, Maryland with a view of the capital building. The purpose of the film is to show all of the wonderful sites and tourist attractions of Maryland. Small homes and colonial architecture are seen. The Hammond-Harwood House. The United States Naval Academy 1:00. Student-soldiers march throughout the grounds 1:15. The statue of Tecumseh during graduation week at Annapolis 1:40. A full dress parade on the football field 1:55. The students graduate 2:10....
Topics: 1960s, Tour, Maryland, Easton, Baltimore, Hagerstown, Annapolis, Ocean City, Stock Footage
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In this 1956 film by Coronet Instructional Films, INVENTIONS IN AMERICA'S GROWTH, the recollections of Scientific America editor Jonathan Sharpe tell about the Age of Miracles in America. From 1850-1910, innovation and invention shaped American life in dramatic ways. We can follow some of the advances in farming (horse drawn reaper 1:40), see Edison’s phonograph (:14), and the expansion of steel for daily life (street car rails at 2:54 and the high wheeled steel bicycle at 2:40). There are...
Topics: Inventions, America, 1850, 1910, Phonograph, Telephone, Light Bulb, Stock Footage
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This color educational/promotional film "Where Dreams Come True" is about the diverse people who work at NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration), including women and minorities. The film wass written, produced and directed by William Greaves, and shot by cinematographer Robert Ipcar for NASA. Copyright 1978. Opening: Dr. Patricia S. Cowings speaks. Title: "Where Dreams Come True", narrated by Ricardo Montalban (:06-1:16). Mission control room at NASA. Men,...
Topics: 1978, Space Shuttle, ERA, Diversity, Opportunity, Dreams. Stock Footage
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This color educational film from the Standard Oil Company "Welcome to Washington" presents a tour of Washington, D.C. Copyright is 1954, in other words during the Eisenhower administration. The film was shot by Tom Draper and produced by John Bransby Productions of New York. Opening titles: An Esso Picture - Esso Standard Oil Company presents "Welcome to Washington" (:07). Spinning globe of planet Earth revolves (:48). Map of Europe showing the various capitols (1:08)....
Topics: 1954, Tour of USA, Capitol, Washington DC, Branches, American Government, Stock Footage
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“Labor Comes of Age” is a black and white 1960s short from Encyclopaedia Britannica Films Inc. that focuses on the history of the United States labor movement during the 1930s and the accomplishments of Franklin D. Roosevelt. Actor Charlton Heston narrates the spoken words of F.D.R. throughout the film, and Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt served as a consultant. Opening credits (0:18). A political cartoon depicts men on strike, “By Honest Means we Obtain Our Rights” (0:44). Workers at a sewing...
Topics: Labor Comes Of Age, Labor Movement, Great Depression, 1960, School Film. Stock Footage
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Created by the famed producer David Wolper and narrated by Mike Wallace, this episode of the long-running TV show ‘Biography’ dates to 1963 and profiles Emperor Hirohito.  Hirohito was the 124th emperor of Japan, and presided over the country from 1926 to 1989; a period encompassing much of the country’s history including WW2. Some of the events included are the invasion of China, the bombing of Pearl Harbor, and the Japanese surrender to the Allies. It opens with a span of Japanese...
Topics: Emperor, Hirohito, 1963, Biography, Documentary, Japan, WWII, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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Filmed by an unknown American tourist, this silent home movie shows a visit to Soviet Russia "after twenty years". Presumably this means 20 years after the Revolution, or 1938. The film is notable because it presents a propaganda free look at life in the USSR just a few years before the outbreak of WWII, and during some of the worst purges in Soviet history. At :28 views of Kiev are seen including the old monastery at 1:01. At 2:08 Sports Day Parade is shown in the city with many...
Topics: 1938, Soviet Union, Soviet Russia, Home Movie, Stock Footage
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This 16mm silent home movie shows the Pennsylvania Railroad at Colonia, New Jersey. At the 1;12 mark, the wreck of the SS Morro Castle is seen on the beach at Asbury Park, New Jersey. SS Morro Castle was an ocean liner of the 1930s that was built for the Ward Line for voyages between New York City and Havana, Cuba. The ship was named for the Morro Castle fortress that guards the entrance to Havana Bay. On the morning of September 8, 1934, en route from Havana to New York, the ship caught fire...
Topics: Pennsylvania, New Jersey, SS Morro, 1930, Shipwreck, Stock Footage
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Grandma Goes to School" is a classic late 1940s or early 50s promotional film made by Jam Handy for Frigidaire about American living and the advantages and proper use of home electrical appliances.The film makes an argument about the reasons to upgrade appliances for the modern versions with all the conveniences. The film starts with a focus group -- a school board composed of older men and ladies -- arguing that there is no reason to upgrade, and then gradually shows how opinions change....
Topics: 1940, Jam handy, Frigidaire, Frozen Foods, Stock Footage
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This 1965 color film about the New England Heritage Trail is presented by New England Mutual Life Insurance Company and produced by Bay State Film Productions. A girl runs to a Colonial two-story house. She looks in the window. Her grandfather fills crystal glasses and hits them to play a song. She plays them. The red goblet has an animated face that narrates the film (:10-4:25). The Seth Warner statue is a memorial to the Green Mountain Boys (5:00-5:10). A person walks across the wooden North...
Topics: 1965, New England, Travelogue, Heritage trail, Bay State Film, Stock Footage
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This 1956 color educational film about American engineers was produced as a Jam Handy Picture for the Chevrolet Division of General Motors, making this film a subtle long advertisement. Different radio telescopes pick of sounds (:35-1:20). Men and women are shown in laboratories. Another writes mathematical equations on a blackboard. Different quick views representing engineers are shown (1:21-2:30). Shown are an hydroelectric dam, rivers splitting around a city, skyscrapers, office buildings,...
Topics: 1956, Jam handy, Chevrolet, General Motors, Stock Footage
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This black & white film from the late 1930s details the creation of diesel engines. To explain how pistons work, the ancient fire syringe or fire piston is explained. It was invented by Southeast Asia natives who used a bamboo cylinder and plunger with tinder on it. Rapidly compressing the plunger created fire (1:57-2:52). A modern version is constructed with thermometers and a pressure gauge into which oil is sprayed as the fire mechanism (2:58-4:48). Another way of showing the effects of...
Topics: Diesel, Modern Power, 1930, Southeast Asia, Stock Footage
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This silent footage shows the Martin Marietta X-24B lifting body at Edwards Air Force Base. It likely dates to 1973 when the aircraft was first flown. At 2:19 the aircraft is seen mated to a mothership B-52. At 4:27 are some brief shots of the aircraft being dropped at altitude. The Martin Marietta X-24 was an American experimental aircraft developed from a joint United States Air Force-NASA program named PILOT (1963–1975). It was designed and built to test lifting body concepts,...
Topics: X24, X-24B, Edwards Air Force Base, 1973, NASA, Stock Footage
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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
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Produced in the late 1940s or early 1950s, this NACA film shows the work at the NACA Lewis Flight Propulsion Lab, where researchers study the spread of fires in an airplane crash.   The history of Lewis Field begins with the National Air Races, held in Cleveland throughout the 1930s. Conducted at what is now Hopkins International Airport, the races were a major aviation event each year. Thousands of people came to view them. To accommodate the large crowds, bleachers and a parking lot were...
Topics: 1940s, 1950s, Airplane, Crash, Research, 1950s, NCA, NASA, Stock Footage
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Hosted by John D. Craig, "Expedition!" was a pioneering anthropological TV show. This episode from 1960, "Survivors of the Ice Age" portrays the really harsh way of life of the seldom filmed Laplander culture. The film observes their daily life as a herding people dependent on the reindeer of the Norway's far North. This is a documentary portrait of a culture adapted to survival in the harshest of world climates, the Arctic. The Sami people (traditionally known in English as...
Topics: Expedition, TV Show, Lapland, Norway, Survivors, Ice Age, ABC TV, Stock Footage
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UP FROM THE BED OF A DESERT SEA tells the story of the New Mexico based potash mine run by the International Mineral and Chemical Corporation of Carlsbad (now known as IMC Global). Released in 1952 or 53, the film is a fascinating portrait of mining in the post-WWII era.  Potash is any of various mined and manufactured salts that contain potassium in water-soluble form. The name derives from pot ash, which refers to plant ashes soaked in water in a pot, the primary means of manufacturing the...
Topics: IMC, Global, Potash Mine, Refinery, Carlsbad, New Mexico
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Made for Mobil as a promotional piece, THE INDIANAPOLIS 500 was produced by Dynamic Films,  directed by Lester S. Becker, with narration by Ralph Camargo.  The film shows the 1960 Indianapolis 500, one of the most exciting in history.   Defending champion Rodger Ward and challenger Jim Rathmann dueled right down to the last lap. The cars and drivers in this race included Troy Ruttman, Red Amick, A.J. Foyt, Johnny Boyd, Chuck Stevenson, Eddie Sachs, Bob Veith, Johnny Thomson, Len Sutton,...
Topics: 1960, Indianapolis 500, Race, Rodger, Ward, Jim, Rathamann, Stock Footage
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This film is an episode of ‘The Search’ a pioneering educational program that aired on CBS. This episode takes a look at the laboratories and plants that pioneered the development of automatic machines in 1954. It takes a tour through the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, the Bell Laboratories in New York, and others locales. It is narrated by Charles Romine (:47). Professor Donald B. Campbell (:52) of MIT, is the leading authority on automatic machines and their...
Topics: 1954, CBS, The Search, M.I.T., Automatic Robots, Digital Computers, Whirlwind, Stock Footage
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Made late during WWII, LIFELINE TO CHINA traces the journey of American war materiel — in this case a barrel of petroleum from Texas — to the front in China. The journey takes place across the Atlantic ocean aboard ship, all the way to Burma where it is transported by porters onto trains, and then through various methods to get to Kunming. The airport at Bhamo is shown, along with the HQ of the Tenth Air Force operating into China. B-29 bombers are shown operating in the China-Burma-India...
Topics: Lifeline, China World, World War II, WWII, Stilwell, Petroleum, Stock Footage
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This 1947 film outlines the responsibility of physicians and dentists in early recognition of oral cancer. Interestingly, it does not probe the causes of oral cancer, such as cigarette smoking, as at the time it was produced a causal link had yet to be firmly established. The film was sponsored by the American Cancer Society (:22) and produced by Audio Productions Inc (:36). The film opens with a 48-year-old patient whom has a white lesion on his tongue which proved to be a papillary tumor...
Topics: Oral Cancer, Cancer, 1947, Smoking, American Cancer Society, Stock Footage
Airstrike From Anywhere is a short film about the new portable, temporary airstrip capabilities of the U.S. Navy. The film opens with a Lockheed F-104 Starfighter taxing for take-off. The F-104 flies through the air. The film shows the plane’s tail hook. The F-104 lands (00:51) on a temporary runway constructed of interlocking mats manufactured by Harvey Aluminum, Inc. At the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station in El Toro, CA (01:26), F-104s are tested on the short 2,000-foot runway. An aerial view...
Topics: US Navy, Harvey, California, El Toro, F-104 Starfighter, Airstrike, Stock Footage
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Air France presents us with “Flying Holidays: Traveling through France” a charming travelogue from the 1960s that taps into a Hollywood styled score to compliment the monumental sights that travelers frequent. Vacationers tour the French country side including Normandy and Brittany, and the French Riviera in a Renault Caravelle and make frequent stops, experiencing the leisure of good food and a friendly welcome. The voyage starts off with a fabulous picture of French cuisine served in...
Topics: Traveling, France, Europe, Air France, Flying Holiday, Stock Footage
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Made in 1948 in an attempt to educate the American public and lobby Congress, AIR POWER AND PEACE POWER features Capt. Eddie Rickenbacker of Eastern Airlines speaking about the future of aviation. The title of the film was part of a slogan used throughout the aviation and defense industry in this era, to promote a strong military-industrial research and development effort that would simultaneously advance aviation technology while strengthening U.S. defense. The film mostly centers around a...
Topics: Air Power, Peace Power, 1948, Eddie Rickenbacker, Stock Footage
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Ambassadors in Blue is a short 1971 film on the U.S. Air Force’s Thunderbirds. Presented by the McDonnell Douglas Corporation, the film features the aerobatics of the F-4E Phantom IIs at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada and is set to the jazz music of the Air Force’s Academy Band, The Falconaires. The film opens with shots of the Phantom IIs taking off, flying through the sky, and being serviced. The film shows some of the various tasks performed by the U.S. Air Force outside of combat...
Topics: Ambassadors In Blue, McDonnell Douglas, USAF, US Air Force, F-4E Phantom, 1971, Thunderbirds USAF...
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This silent film from Germany shows extraction operations at the The Ersberg mine, a large open-pit mine located in Eisenerz, Styria, in the central-western part of Austria, 60 km north-west of Graz and 260 km south-west of the capital, Vienna. Erzberg represents the largest iron ore reserves in Austria, having estimated reserves of 235 million tonnes of ore. The mine produces around 2,153,000 tonnes of iron ore per year. According to scholars, the mine was already working in the year 712, but...
Topics: German Film, Pre WWII, Open Pit, Open It Mining, Silent Film, Germany
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This documentary, produced by the Portland Cement Association, describes the construction and utility of The Pennsylvania Turnpike, completed October, 1940, was a landmark construction project completed in that served as the grandfather of the interstate highway system. The planning process began in the 1920s as automobiles rose in popularity. After the onset of the Great Depression in the 1930s and President Franklin Roosevelt’s establishment of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) in...
Topics: Pennsylvania, Turnpike, Highway Interstate, 1940, Stock Footage
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Santa Fe presents ALL THE WAY , an overview of Santa Fe’s Freight service. (00:00:50:00) The film begins with a movie executive having a meeting concerning an overall film focused on their freight service. (00:01:15:00) An animated map of Santa Fe’s system can be seen at (00:02:00:00) and (00:03:55:00). Vintage footage of San Francisco bay cargo platforms / the “Santa Fe Navy” can be seen at (00:02:30:00). Footage of a canned food manufacturing line can be seen at (00:04:55:00) followed...
Topics: Santa Fe, Santa Fe Railroad, Freight Service, 1950, Stock Footage
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The 1960s Technicolor film by Owen Murphy, “All About New York” takes it viewer through the Big Apple and the Empire State. It opens with a view of the Empire State Building (mark 00:45) in New York City before sharing glimpses of a fisherman at Montauk Point, the Catskills, Coney Island, Lake Placid, the Brooklyn Navy Yard, the United Nations, and Times Square. “New York can be many things,” the narrator assures the viewer, before touching on the state’s history and the roles of such...
Topics: 1960, New York, Empire State, Big Apple, Owen Murphy, Stock Footage
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This 1967 color educational film produced by Coronet, which credits educational collaborator Dr. John E. Kempf, professor of Microbiology at the University of Illinois Medical Center of Chicago, takes a look at the subject of viruses (TRT: 13:38). A biological scientist in a laboratory pours a liquid from one beaker to another. “A Coronet Film” (0:09). The doctor reviews a chart in the lab, next to a microscope, and beakers of colorful liquid (0:35). An electron micrograph of a virus shows...
Topics: Viruses, Threshold Of Life, 1967, Disease Health, Educational, Stock Footage
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This black & white wartime documentary is about the procedures, and the closely co-ordinated efforts made by the Royal Navy and Air Force, to locate and rescue downed pilots and aircrew. The rescue aircraft shown is a Westland Lysander, an airplane that was more or less obsolete by 1940 but well suited the role of spotter.  After the fall of France, UK-based Lysanders went to work operating air-sea rescue, dropping dinghies to downed RAF aircrew in the English Channel. Fourteen squadrons...
Topics: Pilot, WWII, World War II, Royal Air Force, Royal Navy, 1940s, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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Dating to 1936, this fascinating 16mm silent home movie shows a convention of fire fighters meeting up to practice their techniques, and compete against one another. The film begins with a massive assembly complete with Nazi era flags, before getting to a series of contests that include moving fire fighting apparatus, placing hoses, moving dummies while wearing gas masks, etc. The film ends with a huge parade through city streets, complete with a Nazi salute by a person who might be Hitler but...
Topics: 1936, German Home Movies, Fire Fighter, Parade, Rally, Contest, Stock Footage
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This silent film shows highlights of the Apollo 15 lunar mission in 1971. The footage shows the launch, lunar rendezvous, moon landing and exploration including the use of the moon rover, and the return to Earth and splashdown and recovery of the crew.   Apollo 15 was the ninth crewed mission in the United States' Apollo program, the eighth to be successful, and the fourth to land on the Moon. It was the first J mission, with a longer stay on the Moon and a greater focus on science than...
Topics: NASA, Apollo 15, Moon Mission, 1971, David Scott, James Irwin, Alfred Worden, Stock Footage
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Created by North American Aviation in 1949 to promote their newest jet aircraft, this film features the B-45 Tornado bomber and the F-86 Sabre, as well as the FJ-1 Fury. The North American B-45 Tornado 4-jet bomber is shown at (:24). It was the first operational jet to enter service with the United States Air Force as well as the very first multiengine jet bomber to have ever been refueled in midair. These planes entered into service in 1948. It is filmed gracefully taking off from the runway...
Topics: 1949, North American, Aviation, Promo Film, B-45 Tornado Bomber, F-86 Sabre, FJ-1 Fighter Jets,...
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The Pontiac Motor Division of General Motors Corporation, in cooperation with its 4,200 Pontiac dealers, presents a 1951 color movie called, Stepping Up with the Joneses, with script by Dick Owen Allen, directed by Stephen Kiefer, photography by Grover Seyfried and recorded by Ralph Goeke. The movie opens with a woman filling glass containers of milk, and the storing them in her refrigerator, 00:43. Mother and son discuss the family car around the dining room table, 2:00. The father enters and...
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Topics: Stepping Up With The Joneses, 1951, Pontiac Car, Hydromatic Drive, Stock Footage
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Produced for General Electric by Wilding, THE POWER BY WHICH WE LIVE was released in 1950.  The film tells the story of the electric power grid and power generation.  The company catalog stated that is shows "the source of the power which operates the appliances in our home, the lights we see by, the machines we work with. Somewhere in each locality giant turbines make this supply of electricity possible. These huge machines are built with the precision of a high-quality watch and...
Topics: power, Generations, 1950s, General Electric, Stock footage
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This episode of The Air Force Story - Volume 1 Chapter 19 - "D-Day" features some of the events that occurred prior to and during the invasion of Normandy, June 6, 1944. These include General Eisenhower reviewing paratroops prior to their deployment behind enemy lines, strafing of German supply points and transport, support aircraft dropping supplies and gliders into the invasion area, bombardment of enemy fortifications by air and sea forces along the French coast, and the cracking...
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The 1947 episode “The State of Maine,” part of the Carl Dudley Productions motion pictures series This Land Of Ours, gives viewers a taste of the largest state in the Northeast. The film opens with shots of forests (00:55), fitting for a state known as the “Pine Tree State.” Maine is also home to lakes, historic forts, and scenic lighthouses. August (01:26) is the capital and is shaped by the Kennebec River. Lewiston and Auburn are the heart of the state’s industry (01:47), producing...
Topics: 1947, State, Maine, Educational Dilm, Lewiston, Auburn, Portland, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This short film from Hughes Aircraft gives viewers a look at the company’s ground laser locator designator (GLLD), the AN/TVQ-2 GLLD. A tank turret swivels as a tank gunner prepares to fire a shell. A forward observer locates a target with a GLLD and the hidden tank is able to fire at the target without firing any spotting rounds (00:48). Viewers see a laser (01:07), key to the development of the GLLD. The film then shows a AN/TVQ-2 Ground Laser Locator Designator (01:30). Two soldiers carry...
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This film about the construction of the first Transcontinental Railroad in the United Staes opens with images of the 1,500 miles of desert and plain which separated California Territory from the United States in the 1850s (:11). The continuous railroad line that ended up being built would cover 1,912 miles and was built between 1863 and 1869. Surveyors were sent out on fact finding missions in order to discover what the best route would be (:32). In 1853, a survey of five possible routes were...
Topics: Railroad Builders, Construction, Transcontinental Railroad, Utah, Stock Footage
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This silent home movie was shot in December 1945.  World War II had just ended and the Tournament of Roses celebrated in grand style. Many Victory floats are seen in the parade, and WWII themes including an Iwo Jima float seen at the 9:18 mark. The 1946 Rose Bowl, played on January 1, 1946 is seen briefly at the 11:30 mark.  This was the 32nd Rose Bowl Game, between the Crimson Tide of the University of Alabama and the Trojans of the University of Southern California. The Tide defeated the...
Topics: 1946, Rose Parade, California, WWII, World War II, Victory Celebration, Stock Footage
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During WWII, American engineers created a variety of training simulators for pilots and gun crews. This included Fred Waller, whose Waller Gunnery Trainer used multiple film projectors to train aerial gun crews.  Before the war, Waller was in charge of special effects for Paramount Pictures and head of their short-subjects division.  After the war Waller invented the multi-projector Cinerama film and theater format. This film is likely a 16mm version of a Waller training film -- which were...
Topics: WWII, World War II, Simulator, Army Air Forces, Tail Gunner, Stock Footage
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Made in the 1950s, this German promotional film for S.A.S. airlines features a flight from the New York International Airport at Idlewild, which opened in 1948,before being renamed in 1963 in memory of John F. Kennedy. The flight to Hamburg, Germany is aboard a Scandinavian Airlines or SAS DC-6. This airline, previously Scandinavian Airlines System, with the legal name Scandinavian Airlines System Denmark-Norway-Sweden, is the flag carrier of Sweden, Norway and Denmark, and currently the...
Topics: SAS, Airlines, West Germany, Rhineland, 1950s, Travelogue, Stock Footage
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This 1943 news review was produced by the U.S. Office of War Information.  It has several segments including: a band of isolated Australian troops fighting on the island of Timor, recycling of obsolete ordnance by the U.S. Army to create new metal for the war effort -- including Civil War cannonballs, WWI tanks, tractors and howitzers --, the effort to preserve British rare books and manuscripts in the United States through storage and microfilming,  wartime efforts to increase production by...
Topics: WWII, US News Review, Raiders Of Timor, Caucuses Battles, Stock Footage
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Made by the Kendall Refining Company, this promotional film from the 1960s shows "Nature's Golden Touch" and explains how crude oil is refined and processed.   The Kendall Refining Company was founded in 1881 in Bradford, PA, to refine local grade crude oil into kerosene, lubricants and greases. The Kendall Allegheny brand introduced a number of significant industry firsts, including the first oil designated for winter use, the first prepackaged and factory sealed one-quart oil can,...
Topics: natures Golden Touch, Kendall Oil, Refining, Stock Footage
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This short, silent film from the collection of Jeff Vilencia, shows a hovercraft or ground effect vehicle built by Franklin A. Dobson of Newport Beach, California. It likely dates to the early 1960s, when Dobson's Air Dart caught the attention of Popular Science magazine and became a brief sensation. Dobson went on to found a company called AIRCARS, Inc. and marketed kits and plans for the vehicle which were sold through magazine ads. According to Popular Science July 1963, the complete kit was...
Topics: Franklin, Dobson, Hovercraft, 1960s, Vehicle, Stock Footage
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This silent film shows the battle for "Hill 700" starting on March 9, 1944. Depicted is the counter-attack by the 145th Infantry of the 37th Division to recapture the hill which had been taken in the early morning. The Japanese objective was to break through to the strategic beachhead on Empress Augusta Bay. Mortars (9:30) and light tanks and halftracks from the 754th Tank Battalion provided fire support and the battle continued through March 13th, when the troops regained the summit...
Topics: Army Pictorial, Silent Film, 1944, Japanese, WWII
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This late 1950s/early 1960s color advertising documentary about the progression of Boeing helicopters was produced by the Boeing Vertol Division.   A Boeing 107 helicopter rises from the heliport atop the New York City Pan Am building. It lands at the airport (:26-1:00). A Boeing 44 helicopter lands on a rooftop (1:01-1:22). Seagulls gather along a shoreline and sandhill cranes take off in flight (1:23-1:53). Block prints of mythological flying creatures and paintings of angels are shown. A...
Topics: Boeing Vertol, Boeing, Boeing Helicopter, 1960, Pan Am
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Made for sale to the home market in the late 1920s, these silent newsreels show Charles LIndbergh preparing to leave on his epic Trans-Atlantic flight in 1927.   The film includes good luck greetings from Lindy's mother and even his rival, Commander Byrd.   At the 4:30 mark, a second newsreel shows Lindy returning to the United States aboard the cruiser USS Memphis, with his aircraft in a box on the deck.   The Memphis arrives at the Washington Navy Yard, and Lindy is greeted by his mother...
Topics: CHarles Lindbergh, Newsreel, 1920, Commander Byrd, Trans Atlantic Flight, Stock Footage
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This WWII film, which has sound by the way only it's incredibly low, shows the U.S. Navy's experimental WWII weapon the TDN-1 drone.  Built by the Naval Aircraft Factory, the TDN was an early unmanned combat aerial vehicle - referred to at the time as an "assault drone" - developed by the United States Navy's Naval Aircraft Factory during the Second World War. Developed and tested during 1942 and 1943, the design featured a television camera in the nose and could be flown by remote...
Topics: US Navy, TDN-1, Radio Controlled, World War II, WWII, Drones, Torpedos, Stock Footage
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This early silent, black & white educational film looks at maggots, house flies and the threat they pose to human health. House flies are one of the most common insects on the planet. They breed and feed in filth, including garbage, feces, and rotting or spoiled food. The film was made in 1926 by Pathe. Opening titles: "Our Common Enemy "(:07-:22). A fly lays eggs on a flower. In eight to ten hours, the eggs hatch. Larva move around and slither. They look for a stable place to...
Topics: 1926, Health Education, Our Common Enemy, Housefly, Houseflies, Maggots, Disease, Stock Footage,...
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In this episode of True Adventure with Bill Burrud, Burrud welcomes viewers to the show, then footage shows rockets, including a space rocket blasting off (02:30). Men work on building a missile (02:55). The episode shows testing of the intercontinental Thor missile (03:50). Men in a control room prepare for the launch of the first Thor missile (04:30), which explodes during the launch attempt. Spectators watch a successful blastoff of the missile shortly thereafter (05:35). A Thor missile sits...
Topics: True Adventure, Cape Canaveral, Atlas Missile Thor
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The No. 944 is a short Caterpillar promotional film from the late 1950s or early 1960s that highlights the features and abilities of the new Cat 944 Traxcavator (later renamed the wheel loader). The 944 is manufactured in Aurora, IL, and is powered by a four-cylinder Cat D330 Diesel Engine or a Cat six-cylinder gasoline engine. The film opens with a man climbing onto a 944 Traxcavator. A 944 is operated in a field (00:50). A man climbs onto a 944 and demonstrates the machine’s adjustable...
Topics: 1950, Caterpillar, Traxcavator, Construction, Stock Footage
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“Industry On Parade was a television series created by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) from 1950-1960. The series consisted of weekly episodes that highlighted American manufacturing and business. Hundreds of companies and products were documented during the [program’s] decade-long run.”   October 1953’s episode (no. 155) begins with a segment titled “Elusive Aluminum!” The segment shows a bauxite field in Arkansas (00:46), where clay-like ore is blown up to find...
Topics: Industry on Parade, Elusive Aluminum, 1950, 1960, Stock Footage
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Search and Rescue…AMVER is an official U.S. Coast Guard film (CGMP 1-61) that discusses how ships and stations send AMVER reports to the Coast Guard’s New York headquarters, how AMVER message reports are processed using an IBM 305 RAMAC computer, and how the Coast Guard responds to a distressed tanker dealing with a fire using the AMVER system (AMVER is short for Atlantic Merchant Vessel Report System). The film opens with members of the Coast Guard looking at a large map on a wall. A Coast...
Topics: US Coast Guard, Search And Rescue, Atlantic Merchant Vessel Report, Stock Footage
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Sieg im Westen (Victory in the West) is a 1941 German propaganda film the shows Hitler's greatest military victory -- the Blitzkrieg conquest of Holland, Belgium and France in the spring of 1940.It was produced by the Oberkommando des Heeres, the German Army High Command, rather than the Propaganda Ministry of Joseph Goebbels. Goebbels indeed sabotaged its release in minor ways, delaying its premiere and telling propagandists not to promote it. The prologue consists of the Nazi version of...
Topics: Victory In The West, German Invasion, Belgium, Holland, France, Stock Footage
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Rules in Fog. Sound signals. Title screen says, “Fog signals must be used in fog, mist, falling snow or heavy rain-storms, whenever visibility falls below 2 miles”. This 1943 era, black and white, U.S. Navy animated film, was produced by the Walt Disney Studios as part of its wartime cartoon production program. The film was intended to explain the proper use of signals for vessels to remain safe in fog - and how the signals can protect a captain with reference to the law. The movie opens...
Topics: 1943, US Navy, Rules In Fog, Ship, Navigation, Signaling, Walt Disney, Stock Footage
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Made for the home market, this "Sport Beams" film "Touchdown Thrills of 1948" was released by Official Films. Narrated by sportscaster Mel Allen, it features college football highlights including play by the Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. Purdue,  North Carolina vs. Texas, Penn State vs. Pennsylvania, Southern Methodist vs. Texas, Army vs. Stanford, Harvard vs. Yale, and Notre Dame vs. Northwestern. Surprisingly, the film does not show Michigan or Clemson, both of which...
Topics: Thrills, 1948, College Football, Highlights, Sports Beams, Touchdown Thrills, Official Films, Stock...
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Made by the U.S. Navy at the height of the Cold War, this informative film chronicles the history of the Soviet Navy from the Czarist era through WWI, the Revolution, WWII, and the Cold War. The film begins with shots of the helicopter aircraft carrier Moscow / Moskva on its maiden voyage in the Mediterranean Sea in 1968. The Kashin class guided-missile destroyers, the world's first major ships built with gas turbine propulsion, are also shown along with Soviet nuclear submarines. These...
Topics: Cold War, US Navy, Soviet, Soviet Union, USSR, USSR Navy, 1970. Stock Footage
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This color promotional film is about the U.S. Air Force Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Thunderbirds, making a tour of Latin America including Guatemala, Chile, Paraguay and Brazil. This is circa March 1961 to June 1963 when the Thunderbirds were flying the F-100 Super Sabre and led by Col. Ralph "Hoot" Gibson. Chile. Spectators watch in awe as the planes fly by. A solider on horseback watches as well. Plaza Baquedano, Santiago, Chile :32. Organ grinder plays and a monkey dances....
Topics: US Air Force, Thunderbirds, Cross Over, F-100, Super Sabre, Stock Footage
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This documentary film shows a brief glimpse into the highly influential life of Winston Churchill. It focuses on his burial ceremony and the impact it held over England. It opens with a note from the British Board of Film Censors (:08) certifying that it had been passed for general exhibition. Streets in Britain are seen lined with posters of newspaper headlines featuring Winston Churchill (:20) after his passing in January of 1965. Blenheim Palace in Oxford shire, England stands as a massive...
Topics: 1965, British Documentary, Homage, Winston Churchill, England, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This short publicity film for the Syncom Satellite program dates to the 1960s. It was made after the successful launch of Syncom 3, so most likely dates to 1965.   Syncom (for "synchronous communication satellite") started as a 1961 NASA program for active geosynchronous communication satellites, all of which were developed and manufactured by Hughes Space and Communications. Syncom 2, launched in 1963, was the world's first geosynchronous communications satellite. Syncom 3, launched...
Topics: NASA, Satellite, NASA Satellite, 1960, Syncom 3, Stock Footage
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"Everything You Ever Wanted in a 16mm Projector" is an RCA promotional film made for the RCA 1600, probably in the mid-1960s.   Yes, everything . . . brilliant pictures, superb sound, simple operation, smooth, safe film handling, instant performance, good looks, light weight, ruggedness — even an automatic threader that never touches the film ! (And if you Ve never wanted an automatic threader the 1600 provides for that as well, because its uniquely safe threader is uniquely...
Topics: RCA, 16mm, 16mm Projector, Pomotion Film
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Crusaders of the Sky (No. AFMR-661) is a short World War I film produced by Allegro Film Productions that gives viewers a look at the first American pilots to fight in the war as part of the Lafayette Escadrille corps. The primary aircraft flown by members of the Lafayette Escadrille included the Nieuport 11, Nieuport 17, and the SPAD VII. The film opens with footage of WWI: viewers see the firing of artillery guns and soldiers running across No Man’s Land. Photographs show the aircraft used...
Topics: Crusaders, US Air Force, World War I, WWI
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This short group of films from the U.S. Office of Emergency Management presents patriotic military songs from WWII. It begins with THE CAISSONS GO ROLLING ALONG sung by Robert Weede...over hill...over dale... At 3:18 is the anthem of the U.S. Navy, ANCHORS AWEIGH sung by Conrad Thibault...anchors aweigh my boy, anchors aweigh...Finally, the MARINES' HYMN (6:30)  ...from the halls of Montezuma ....to the shores of Tripoli..we are proud to claim the title of United States Marines. At 9:45,...
Topics: WWII, American Patriotic Songs, Keep Em Rolling, Caissons, Rolling Along, War Bonds, Stock Footage,...
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Made in 1955 and written, shot and edited by the great film director Louis Malle, STATION 307 is an early Jacques Cousteau movie. It shows a research expedition to the Persian Gulf and a dive near Bahrain in search of oil. The film was sponsored by the French arm of British Petroleum, and featured the ship Calypso which later became world famous. STATION 307 was the first of many films to single out the work of Cousteau.     At the time it was made the film offered several revolutionary ideas...
Topics: Jacques, 1955, Underwater, Petroleum, Prospecting, Station 307, Stock Footage
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This educational film shows the history of the Atomic Age, beginning with the dropping of the Atomic Bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.  It then goes on to describe the atom and the race to build the atomic bomb during WWII using (somewhat clunky) re-enactments. The film ends with a discussion of the dangers of atomic weapons, including the formation of the Emergency Committee of Atomic Scientists by Albert Einstein, intending to educate the American public about the destructive power of the...
Topics: Atomic Bomb, Manhattan Project, March Of Time, Stock Footage
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These extraordinary and never-before-seen home movies were filmed by a German-American family who visited Berlin and Germany during the Olympic Games in 1936.   They give a good idea of what a tourist might have experienced.   The film begins with shots aboard the liner Deutschland during the trans-Atlantic crossing, including a visit to the ship's bridge, dancing on deck to music provided by the ship's band, and more.   At the 5 minute mark the ship arrives in Germany, probably Hamburg, and...
Topics: 1936, Germany, Berlin, Olympics, Cruise Ship, American Tourists, Stock Footage
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This is a 1966 NASA documentary about Gemini VIII, the eighth flight in Project Gemini. The mission included the first successful docking of two spacecraft in orbit. Shortly after the docking, the capsule and the target vehicle started spinning, which could have resulted in the loss of crew members Neil Armstrong and David Scott.   As the film shows, the deliberate regimen of training -- including extensive simulation of the unexpected -- aided all in aspects of the mission's success after...
Topics: NASA, Gemini VIII, Program, Gemini 8, Houston Flight, Stock Footage
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Created by the Army Pictorial Service, this WWII newsreel shows the fight against German V-1 flying bombs in 1943-44.   Extensive Allied bombings destroyed many of the sites in Occupied France.   Some of these destroyed sites are seen, revealing catapults for launching and camouflage bunkers, as well as steel rail systems used to transport V-1s. Bombs were calibrated to attack London and abandoned war heads and missile launchers are shown scattered about the countryside.   At the 2:46 mark,...
Topics: WWII, World War II, 1945, Flying Bomb, launch Sites, Rocket, Stock Footage
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This German propaganda movie was part of a U.S. Navy archive compiled during WWII, and acquired by Periscope Film. This film celebrates the German U-boats, and shows them building a German Uboat and its launch into the water. We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional information about our videos by adding a comment!   See something interesting?   Tell people what it is and what they can see by writing something for example: "01:00:12:00 -- President...
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This silent home movie shows a trip to Lisbon, Portugal from New York City via Gander, Newfoundland aboard a Lockheed Constellation. It likely dates to the early 1950s. The film begins at Idlewild Airport, now JFK Airport, and apparently the flight went through Boston. At :46 are shots of Portugal from the air and the shadow of the Constellation on the ground. At 1:11 are shots of the Connie in TWA livery at the Azores Airport.  Passengers spend time taking pictures on the tarmac at 1:41. At...
Topics: Silent Film, New York, Libson, JFK Airport, TWA, Stock Footage
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This British Information Services film from the late 1940s, written and produced by Donald Taylor, traces the history of money and the evolution of bartering to banking. The film opens with a shot of a man scooping up coins and weighing them on a scale. In Africa, people heard cattle (02:10); footage shows women sorting what appears to be nuts in a village. People ride camels across a desert’s dunes. Images show some ornaments and jewelry that were early forms of barter material. The film...
Topics: The Story Of Money, Money, Currency, Gold Banks, 1940s, Stock Footage
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This color educational/training film is about the dropping of ordnance from a US Air Force McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom jet. No copyright is on file but this is from the United States Air Force and is circa the late 1960s/early 1970s Vietnam era.   A US Air Force F-4 Phantom jet streaks across the sky. Titles: USAF Audio/Visual presentation - Conventional Weapons Delivery (Bombs) (:08-1:08). An instructor talks to his cadets about Conventional Weapons Delivery. Animation of a F-4 Phantom. The...
Topics: US Air Force, USAF, F-4 Phantom, Weapons Delivery, Dive Bombing, Stock Footage
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This ‘News Parade of the Year’ will focus on the news highlights of 1948. It is presented by Castle Films and will begin with aerial shots of massive flood waters which had hit the pacific northwest (:17). The Columbia river swelled due to excessive rainfall and shots of a cow sitting in a boat (:22) as well as a house floating through flood waters are given (:25). Shots of relief workers bringing aide to those in need follow (:25). In Florida, a hurricane swept from Key West to Miami (:59)...
Topics: 1948, Castle Film, News Parade, Berlin Crisis, Israel, Palestine, Stock Footage
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This black & white educational/propaganda film is about the battle of Saipan during World War 2 in the Pacific between the USA and Japanese forces. The copyright is 1945.   Opening titles: U.S. Navy Training Film nonclassified, PACIFIC FIREPOWER (:07-:36). The Marianas Islands. Tanks ride in Saipan. Saipan is the largest of the Northern Mariana Islands. Cities on the island are shown on a map. Aslito Airfield, renamed Isley Field in name of an American flyer - P-47 planes land on the...
Topics: WWII, World War II, 1945, Saipan, Pacific Firepower, Stock Footage
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Produced in 1949 by the Jam Handy Organization for Chevrolet Motors, "Transportation Unlimited" shows Chevy trucks serving in various roles.   The film proudly points to the American system of transportation as the best in the world, and shows how the components of the system -- air, water, land -- are all linked by trucks. In 1949 one in every three of these trucks was a Chevrolet. This film contains excellent footage of Chevrolet trucks from the mid-1930s to 1949, carrying out more...
Topics: 1949, Chevrolet, Chevy, Post WWII, Trucks, Bus, Stock Footage
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BOLD JOURNEY recounts the voyage of the CCGS Labrador, a Wind-class icebreaker, through the Northwest Passage in 1954. Labrador set sail on her maiden voyage on 23 July 1954 from Halifax, Nova Scotia, bound for the Labrador Sea. Over the next summer the vessel worked her way through Canada's Arctic archipelago from east to west, conducting hydrographic soundings, resupplying RCMP outposts and deploying assorted scientific and geological teams. Her rendezvous with her American sister-ships USCGC...
Topics: Bold Journey, Royal Canadian Navy, CCGS, 1954, Voyage
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This silent, 16mm home movie was shot by American serviceman in Japan during the era of the Occupation (1945-1952). It shows footage of what we believe to be the town of Zushi, which has now grown to be a city-sized beach resort. Zushi is located in the Kanagawa prefecture,  straight across the peninsula from Yokohama and Yokosuka and across the bay from Mount Fuji.  The film ends with some New Year shots of Kamakura and the Japanese young women dressed for the Coming-of-Age Day. 0:06 –...
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“This is an Official Film. Its showing is limited to those persons authorized to attend War Department theaters under Army Regulations 210-390 July 10, 1942.” With that, this black-and-white film —“The War: A Current Information Film for the Armed Services #10” — begins as a medley of “The Army Goes Rolling Along,” “The US Air Force Song,” and “Anchors Away” play with the opening credits. Produced by the War Department, the Army Service Forces Special Service Division,...
Topics: War Bulletin, War Dogs, Stock Footage, 1942, USAF, US Air Force, War Department
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This WWII film, "Target: Japan", shows the rebuilding of the fleet after Pearl Harbor, and outlines some of the strategic operations in 1943-1944.  It features Fleet Admiral Ernest J. King outlining the strategic situation as it existed in 1944. The film shows U.S. troops landing on Enewetak and Kwajalein. Task Force 58 moves into the Marianas and Saipan is invaded. Troops advance on Guam.  The film features footage of submarines operating in the Northern Pacific at the 4:00 mark,...
Topics: US Navy, WWII, Target japan, Japan, World War II, Stock Footage
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Made in the wake of the disastrous 1967 fire aboard the USS Forrestal, TRIAL BY FIRE recounts the incident and discusses some of the mistakes made by fire fighting teams that made the situation much worse than it might have been. It also shows the numerous systemic and leadership failures that nearly resulted in loss of the carrier. The film also shows the courageous work of the carrier's crew and that of support vessels, to stop the flames and rescue the wounded, and makes clear that the Navy...
Topics: USS Forrestal Aircraft Carrier, Fire Trial, Fire, 1967, Stock Footage
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This silent Kodak Cinegraph educational / documentary film takes a brief look at the Golden Eagle. Kodak began selling Cinegraph films in 1927 for home use and renting them out on loan. Clearly, this as an early nature documentary and as such a rare piece of film history. The Golden Eagle resides in the northern hemisphere and is the most widely distributed species of eagles. Their coloring is dark brown with golden plumage on their wings. One of the birds to be shown is called William and the...
Topics: 1930s, Kodak Cinegraphy, Nature Documentary, Golden Eagles, Falconer, Falconry, Stock Footage,...