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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. 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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This German propaganda movie was part of a U.S. Navy archive compiled during WWII, and acquired by Periscope Film. This film celebrates the German U-boats, and especially the sinking of the British aircraft carrier HMS Courageous by submarine-launched torpedo. Adolf Hitler is seen decorating a U-boat crew. Featured submarines: Type IX (9) U-boats U-38 and U-37.
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Topic: German World War II (WWII) Propaganda film.
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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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This NASA film shows the rollout of the first Douglas DC-8 jet, and the ground testing of its instruments. At 1:25 the aircraft makes its first test flight. At 3:18 the aircraft comes in for a landing at the Douglas plant in Long Beach, California. At 4:16, a DC-8 in Delta livery is seen in service. The Douglas DC-8 (also known as the McDonnell Douglas DC-8) is an American four-engine long-range narrow-body jet airliner built from 1958 to 1972 by the Douglas Aircraft Company. Launched after the...
Topics: Douglas, DC-8, Jet Rollout, Ground Test, First Flight, Stock Footage
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This silent, 1938 black and white and color mixed home movie footage depicts operations of the Robbins Brothers Circus including a promotional parade, livestock unloading, and raising a big top tent (TRT 17:22).  Around the time the film was shot, the Robbins Brothers Circus merged with Cole Brothers and both eventually became part of the Ringling Brothers Circus. A poster advertises Robbins Bros. Circus (0:08). A circus wagon is wheeled along the bed of a railroad train car labeled “Robbins...
Topics: 1938, Home Movie, Robbins Brothers, Circus parade, Ringling Brothers, Stock Footage
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This 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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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 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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Produced in 1957 by the American Road Builders Association, “We’ll Take the High Road” is presented as a public service announcement, the films touts the ever-increasing number of cars on the nation’s roads and how builders are moving to meet an increasing need for more roads and highways. Because the existing roads were not originally engineered for safety or the number of cars using them, President Dwight D. Eisenhower (shown at mark 02:05) signed the National Interstate and Defense...
Topics: 1950s, Interstate Highway, Promotional Film, American Road Builders Association, Stock Footage,...
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This 16mm, silent, color home movie depicts activities of the late 1940’s or early 1950s at and around Roosevelt Roads Naval Station, a United States Navy base in the town of Ceiba, Puerto Rico. The site operates today as José Aponte de la Torre Airport. The propeller of a transport airplane flying above the clouds (0:08). A blanket of cloud cover and the view along the plane’s wing with the U.S. star insignia (0:28). A U.S. Navy blimp sits grounded at Roosevelt Roads airfield with 1940s...
Topics: 1940s, Home Movie, Roosevelt, Roads, Naval Station, Puerto Rico, Marine Corps, Stock Footage
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This 1960’s color film depicts NASA press conferences and training activity in preparation for the Gemini 9A crewed spaceflight of 1966. It depicts testing of the Agena Target Vehicle and the United States Air Force’s Astronaut Maneuvering Unit, both of which were unable to be successfully utilized during the mission that followed (TRT 12:07). Astronaut Ed White conducts a spacewalk during the Gemini 4 mission on June 3, 1965 (0:08). Gemini 6 and Gemini 7 meet in orbit (0:27). Gemini 8...
Topics: NASA, Gemini IX, Mission Pre Flight, Overview, ED White, Target Vehicle, 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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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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U.S. Navy profile of Micronesia, a subregion of Oceania, comprising thousands of small islands in the western Pacific Ocean. It has a shared cultural history with two other island regions, Polynesia to the east and Melanesia to the south. Includes Yap, Gagil-Tomil, Map and Rumung.   The region has a tropical marine climate, and is part of the Oceania ecozone. There are four main archipelagos along with numerous outlying islands.   At mark 00:37 is Micronesia which comprises of four main...
Topics: Tower to The Sky, US Navy, Map, Micronesia, Yap, Rumung, Stock Footage
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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 will take a look at major news events in the year of 1947. It is presented by Castle Films (:07) and will visit Africa first as the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth made the first ever royal family trip to the country (:23). While there, the pair took a 10,000-mile tour and enjoyed a demonstration performed by the Zulu warriors (:33). Turning to turmoil in Korea, the country had been experiencing unrest since the end of WW2 in 1945 and were seeking independence after 40 years of...
Topics: Castle Films, Parade of 1947, Unrest in Palastine, President truman, Queen Elizabeth, Stock Footage
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Made in 1947 by Paul Rotha Productions, LIFE BEGINS AGAIN was created by the British Government's Ministry of Information to show that many of those who experience setbacks in life can start over in life,  despite the physical injuries they might have suffered. Films like this one were considered important in post-WWII Great Britain, where hundreds of thousands of people (both soldiers and civilians) suffered life changing injuries as a result of the war. The government's "Emergency...
Topics: 1947, British Convalescent Hospital, Physical Rehabilitation, 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
This Soviet film, "Motorized Infantry Platoon in Free Assault" (or literally "on the fly assault") is a Red Army training movie, filmed in 1968. The film provides a rare look at mechanized infantry tactics and training during the Cold War. According to the title cards, it was created by the order of the Head of the Military Training Institutions of the Army, and filmed at the Omsk training grounds and with the participation of the officers at the Omsk City Military Academy....
Topics: Soviet Motorized Infantry Platoon, Free Assault, 1968, Red Army, Stock Footage
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Made in 1966, A CHOICE I MADE shows a group of Peace Corps volunteers operating in India. The film was one of the earliest showcases of the Peace Corps, and was made in the cinema-verite style developed by advanced European film-makers and by the National Film Board of Canada. The Harvard Crimson made these comments about the film when it was screened in Cambridge: "As the Peace Corps begins its sixth year, its directors have apparently decided that a major shift in orientation will be...
Topics: Peace Corps, India, 1966, Promotional Film, Stock Footage
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Based on the Charles Cahill film Red Light Return from 1965, this 1975 safety film discusses the importance of wearing seatbelts while in vehicles and features interviews with racecar drivers Alan Johnson and Mark Donahue, interviews with everyday drivers, footage of crash impact tests conducted by UCLA, and plenty of footage of 1960s and 1970s vehicles driving on California’s streets, highways, and freeways. The film opens with footage of people watching one of the inaugural IROC races at...
Topics: Safety Belts, Smashing Success, UCLA, Seatbelt, Stock Footage
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An exhaustive exposition of John Deere’s 1960 offerings in construction, farming, landscaping and logging equipment, set to a lush orchestral soundtrack. (TRT 41:17) Opening title, over an aerial view of a John Deere plant: “John Deere Presents: 1960 Industrial Equipment” (0:07). Tractors pulling sheepsfoot compactors, scrapers, bulldozers, crawlers, wheel loaders, cable plows, trenchers, landscape rakes, seeders and mowers (0:58). The 831 Crawler-Loader demonstrates its features (2:14)....
Topics: 1960, John Deere, Farm Tractor, Landscaping, Construction, Bulldozers, Loaders, Stock Footage,...
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This film takes a look at the marine journey to Prudhoe Bay from Seattle and Tacoma Washington in order to develop an Alaskan oil reserve which was to be under contract of Atlantic Richfield Company or ARCO. The Alaskan northern slope remains icy for most of the year and receives little rainfall (:13). Summers are brief and caribou are seen returning to their traditional calving grounds (:25). In 1968, ARCO's operating area in Prudhoe Bay is pictured (:49) and this was part of a large-scale...
Topics: 1975, Transportation, US Coast Guard, Journey To Pruhoe, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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"The Power and the Glory" is a film that dates to 1957. Produced by the 4H Clubs, it shows the glory of America's heritage linked with the promise awaiting today's youth through the development of character and leadership as exemplified in 4-H Club training. The film features rare images of the Atlantic Rural Exposition, which was the predecessor to the Virginia State Fair, and scenes shot during the visit of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip to Jamestown in 1957 (5 minutes). The...
Topics: 1947, 4H Club, Promotional Film, Battery Of Yorktown, Early History, Virginia, Stock Footage
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Dating to 1953, "Paris the Ageless City" was produced by Arthur Wolfe, released by Young America Films and made by the Centron Corporation.  The film shows the City of Light in the post-WWII era, with its tree lined avenues, cobble stone streets, bikes, taxis, and buses.  The Seine River, Notre Dame, Sacre Couer cathedral, the Louvre (2:30),  and many other sights are shown. Special treatment is given to the Eiffel Tower starting at the 6:15 mark. It includes shots from the Tower...
Topics: 1953, Paris, France, Travelogue, Eiffel, Ageless City, Post WWII Era, City Of Light, Stock Footage
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Produced in 1951 by British Petroleum, RIG 20 (French language version shown here) shows the hazards involved when fire breaks out at an oil well, and the measures taken to extinguish the fire. The oil well in question was in Persia. The fire is fought using water to cool the well head, and explosives placed in the throat of the well to deprive it of oxygen. The detonation (at 7:47) is tremendous but produces the desired result. The well can now be capped.   The film was directed by Ronald H....
Topics: 1951, Oil Well, Fire Fighting, Iran, French, Rig 20, 1951, Stock Footage
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‘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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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 brief film from 15 September 1948 shows Major Richard L. Johnson landing at the end of a record-setting flight of the then-new North American Aviation F-86A-1-NA Sabre, 47-611. Johnson set a Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) World Record Speed Over a 3 Kilometer Course, flying the sixth production North American Aviation F-86A-1-NA Sabre at Muroc Air Force Base, California (renamed Edwards AFB in 1949). Note the gun port doors on this early production aircraft. They opened in...
Topics: US Air Force, Major Richard L. Johnson, World Record Speed Flight, Stock Footage
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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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,...
Topics: Allied Invasion, Sicily, WWII, Excel Newsreel, Sears, American Public, George S Patton, Stock...
This newsreel compilation was prepared for review by the U.S. Treasury Department during or just after WWII, to show the publicity campaign affiliated with War Bond sales. It reviews the many efforts by the government, the public and Hollywood to raise money for the war effort.  More specifically, the film follows the 6th, 7th and 8th War Bond drives, opening with an Army art exhibit put together by the US Treasury Department with Eleanor Roosevelt and Martha Morgenthau as chairpersons (:13)....
Topics: 1945, US Treasury, News Clips, US War, Bond Sales, War Loan, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
This declassified 1963 color film provides a close look at the use of various methods of cargo transfer between naval craft for purposes of “vertical replenishment,” contrasting older methods of high line transfer with modern helicopter delivery methods. The piston-powered Sikorsky H-34, which served both as a transport and ASW platform for the Navy, is featured. (TRT 13:22).Title card: “Unclassified” (0:08). Opening credits denote the participation of the Navy’s Bureau of Supplies...
Topics: US Navy, 1963, US Navy Helicopter Supply Systems, Cargo Transfer, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This color documentary, titled “I Am a Soldier,” was part of a series called “The Saga of Western Man” shown on ABC in 1966. Filmed in 1965 during the Vietnam War, the program captures the mesmerizing aesthetic of war and features footage of African American and white soldiers in combat.   The documentary opens with nearly two dozen helicopters in flight, and a voiceover that remarks: “It is a different kind of war than we’ve ever fought. Even the weapons are new. Only the names of...
Topics: 1965, Vietnam, Infrantry, 1966, Vietnam War, The Saga Of Western Man, Stock Footage
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Navy Wives is a 1959, color, promotional film for women whose husbands are in or going into the Navy. The purpose of the film is to support and make Navy Wives feel better about what they are about to experience.   View of a Navy Aircraft Carrier   off San Diego, CA (0:48-0:54). A crowd of people stand around the docks at the San Diego Navy Base (the largest on the West coast) waiting for their loved ones to disembark the Navy Aircraft Carrier ship (0:58-2:41). A sailor waits for his wife who...
Topics: 1959, US Navy, Navy N Wives, Navy Aircraft, Promotional Film, Stock Footage
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This short 1947 U.S. Navy training film (MN-5348D) shows the intelligence that is gathered through Navy photography missions and gives viewers a look at the men who take the photographs, develop the photographs, and interpret the images. The film opens with a plane flying through the sky, followed by a shot of a Navy task force at sea. Viewers see ships’ guns moving into position and planes taking off from carriers (01:10). Men review the mission in a chart room. A man photographs enemy...
Topics: 1947, US Navy, Photography, Photo, Training Film, Ships, Stock Footage
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The Blimps: Clearly Identified Flying Objects is a short Goodyear promotional film from the late 1960s or early 1970s that gives viewers a look at the “life” of the company’s two aerial ambassadors, the Columbia and Mayflower. The film opens with aerial footage of a blimp flying in the night sky and shining a light below, while people look up at the flying object. The two Goodyear blimps fly over the horizon at the company’s headquarters at Wingfoot Lake, near Akron, OH (02:04). The...
Topics: 1970, Good Year, Good Year Blimp, Mayflower, Akron, Ohio, Stock Footage
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This is a 1959 United States Navy Training Film that shows in detail, by use of animation, how chemical energy is converted into electrical energy to produce electromotive force. A vintage shot of a mammoth submarine battery appears at (00:01:15:00). The film explains the process of converting chemical energy (00:03:35:00) and the effects of this conversion. (00:15:30:00)   The lead–acid battery was invented in 1859 by French physicist Gaston Planté and is the oldest type of rechargeable...
Topics: 1950, US navy, Lead, Acid, Storage Battery, BAttery, Training Film, Stock Footage
This 1960s color film produced by the United States Air Force offers a look at aircraft maintenance procedures and the often overlooked men who performed them during the Vietnam War era, using documentary footage and informal, macho narration to highlight the unique appeal and responsibility of what was once disparagingly known as the “grease monkey” profession, in a plea for respectability (15:05). The seal of the United States of America Department of the Air Force. Opening titles: “The...
Topics: Southeast Asia, 1960s, Air Force, Vietnam, F 150 Thunderchief, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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Narrated by Bill Slater, this short black & white educational film is about sporting and outdoor activities on the majestic Hudson River in New York State. Copyright 1950. Opening titles: Paramount Pictures presents Grantland Rice Sportlight - Down Stream Highway (:07-29). Map shows Lake Ontario, New York State, and parts of New England. Hudson River. Highest point in NY state is Mount Marcy, two men stand on it. The men walk as the scenery is behind them. Water falls in the forest,...
Topics: Stream, Highway, 1950s, New York, Lake Ontario, Hudson River, Documentary, Stock Footage, Periscope...
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This silent 1970’s color film depicts the prototype, two seat Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II trainer jet aircraft ( technically known as the YA-10B ) developed for the United States Air Force, during test flight takeoffs and landings (TRT 10:10). Flying in the second seat is U.S. Air Force Major General and Arizona Senator Barry Goldwater, who was an advocate of aviation and the A-10 program. Many A-10s were based at Davis-Monthan AFB in Tucson, Arizona and the nearby test range is...
Topics: Senator Barry, Goldwater, Flies, Fairchild, Republic A-10, Warthog, Thunderbolt II, YA-10B, Stock...
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This historic newsreel shows some interesting events in the 1940s including the attack on the French fleet by the British at Oran and the collapse of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge. The 1940 Tacoma Narrows Bridge, the first Tacoma Narrows Bridge, was a suspension bridge in the U.S. state of Washington that spanned the Tacoma Narrows strait of Puget Sound between Tacoma and the Kitsap Peninsula. It opened to traffic on July 1, 1940, and dramatically collapsed into Puget Sound on November 7 of the...
Topics: 1940s, Newsreel, Tacoma Bridge, French Fleet, Oran, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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Created for the home market in the year 1940, this silent newsreel film shows the Chicago Cubs Baseball Team in Spring Training mode on Catalina Island.  Most likely this is the 1939 team as it features catchers Gus Mancuso and Gabby Hartnett, Dick Bartell, Phil Cavaretta and pitcher Dizzy Dean.  The 1939 Chicago Cubs played 154 games during the regular season, won 84 games, lost 70 games, and finished in fourth position. They played their home games at Wrigley Field (Park Factors: 102/101)...
Topics: Chicago Cubs, Baseball, Spring Training, Catalina Island, 1940, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
This silent 8mm home movie shot in 1960 shows then candidate for president John F. Kennedy visiting Minneapolis, Minnesota. The film begins at Hector Field, later known as Hector International Airport. Two unidentified dignitaries are seen in a convertible type car awaiting Kennedy's arrival. At :40 Kennedy's campaign aircraft lands and he deplanes. The aircraft is a Convair 240, N240K 'Caroline' which was used by John F. Kennedy in the 1960 Presidential Campaign. The aircraft was purchased by...
Topics: JFK, john F Kennedy, Airport, 1960, Minneapolis, Stock Footage
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Dating to the late 1960s or early 1970s and directed by Peter Powell, "The Driving Scene" takes a rock-n-roll approach to driver's education. The film targets beginning drivers with a calm, psychologically pleasing message  ---- attemptIng to get across the idea that control over one's reckless impulses is imperative behind the wheel. Featuring narration by the great Jean Shepherd, the film is chock-full of classic cars including Mustangs, convertibles, VW Bugs and GTOs, drive in...
Topics: Driving, Driving Scene, 1960s, 1970s, Drivers Education, Stock footage
Made for the home market in the late 1920s and released by Kodak as part of their Kodascope film library, this collection of silent newsreels celebrates Charles Lindbergh's 1927 trans-Atlantic flight. Titled "The Epic American Trans-Atlantic Flight" the film shows Lindy at :25 before looking at the accidents that crippled his competitors for the Ortieg prize. At :30, Renee Fonck's  three-engine Sikorsky airplane, the S-35, is destroyed on takeoff. At :56 Admiral Byrd's Fokker...
Topics: Charles Lindbergh, Epic American Trans Atlantic Flight, Goodwill Newsreels, Stock Footage
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Automaker Henry Ford left behind a massive gift to the United States in the form of a vast non-fiction film collection, recorded from 1914-1945. Henry Ford’s Mirror Of America showcases the films from the Ford Historical Film collection that capture America during that era. It gives a glimpse into the life of America during that period, featuring much more than just the happenings of the Ford Motor Company. The film opens with Henry Ford sitting next to a river, camping with Thomas Edison,...
Topics: Henry Ford, 1914, 1945
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This 1953 film from the Swiss Federation of Watch Manufacturers gives tips for salesmen that will help them assure customers and successfully sell fine Swiss watches. The film opens with a shot of an American town’s main street. People window shop along a street. Women help customers at a department store. People look in at a jewelry store watch display (01:30). Inside the store, a woman approaches a salesman to discuss purchasing a watch. The salesman shows the woman several different...
Topics: Swiss Watch, 1953, Swiss, Wristwatch, Manufactures, Stock Footage
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This color educational film is about tires, what is in them and how to use them best and brought to you by Dupont. It was shot in Pennsylvania, USA. No copyright but this is circa the late 1960s/early 1970s. Opening titles: Dupont…First in Fibers for Tire Cord. An old model car like a Model T drives in the 1920s down a country road. A flat tire causes the car to stop and a man pumps the tire with air while the woman waits. The car is back on the road. Title: FACTS ABOUT TIRES (:08-1:19). A...
Topics: Facts, Tires, 1970s, Tire Maintenance, Cars, Stock Footage
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Hosted by General Holland "Howlin' Mad Smith, the gritty UNCOMMON VALOR TV series documents the U.S. Marines in combat in the Pacific theater during World War II and then during the Korean conflict. Created by Bill Karn, a Hollywood TV director best known for his work on "Gang Busters", "Uncommon Valor" was one of several military-inspired shows of its era (including "Navy Log", "Victory at Sea" and "Silent Service") that celebrated the...
Topics: Uncommon Valor, Death Plan, Island, Gen Holland Smith, Stock Footage
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Our America is a short 1940s propaganda film from the Dodge Division Chrysler Corporation, narrated by Vincent Pelletier and produced by Wilding Picture Productions, Inc., that looks at what makes America great. The film opens with shots of kids at a park playing baseball, riding a merry-go-round, and swinging. The film then takes viewers to the office of The Argus. Inside, the editor talks to the paper’s printer about what makes America great. The film shows a montage of shots of America’s...
Topics: 1940s, Dodge, Chrysler, patriotic, America, World War II, WWII, Stock Footage
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This color educational/training/promotional film by the Clevite Corporation, a maker of bearing parts, is about the recognition, causes, and corrective techniques taken in the replacement of engine bearings. No copyright but circa late 1950s.   Car pulls into a service station. A mechanic is under a car working on it. A customer has questions about his car and chats with the mechanic. Another car pulls in and the mechanic is under another car working on it. A customer has questions about his...
Topics: 1950s, Clevite Clinic, Automobile, Crankcase, Bearing, Camshaft, Stock Footage
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This 1965 color Navy recruiting film documents the process of the recruiting and training for service on a nuclear submarine. A woman wearing a 1960s Jackie Kennedy style suit and pillbox hat waits with her husband in his 1960s suit and hat at the train station. A teenage boy pulls up in a 1950s convertible. The train arrives and a sailor gets off and greets his family. The boys park in the driveway of a suburban 1960s neighborhood. The sailor greets a pretty girl next door. Dinner is served...
Topics: 1965, US Navy, Nuclear Submarine, Recruiting Film, Inner Space, Stock Footage
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Produced by California National, FLIGHT was a much beloved aviation TV show that unfortunately only ran for one season 1958-1959 (38 episodes total).   Featuring dramatic stories from the annals of the U.S. Air Force, the series starred Gen. George C. Kenney. California National also produced SILENT SERVICE, a wonderful drama about submarines. In this episode,TYPHOON CHASERS, the crew of a Guam-based B-29 weather aircraft survives Typhoon Marie and in the process, Capt. Art Crowley is able to...
Topics: Flight, TV Show. B-29, Typhoon, Air Weather Service, 1959, Stock Footage
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Made in 1954, this U.S. Navy film shows the main battery fire control procedures aboard a heavy cruiser or battleship. The film shows a target being acquired, general quarters being sounded (1:30), and the general alarm being sounded (1:50). At 2:00, the fire control procedures are shown as the ship prepares to fire its main battery. The bridge, combat information center, control forward (location of the gunnery officer), and control aft are shown. Spot one and two are shown at 3:19, as well as...
Topics: US Navy, Battery, Battery Fire Control, Fire, Naval Gunfire, 1954, Stock Footage
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Made to educate anti-aircraft gunnery crews, aircraft spotters and airplane pilots and crews, this WWII identification film shows the features of the P-61 airplane.   The Northrop P-61 Black Widow, named for the American spider, was the first operational U.S. military aircraft designed specifically for night interception of aircraft, and was the first aircraft specifically designed to use radar. It was an all-metal, twin-engine, twin-boom design developed during World War II. The first test...
Topics: Northrop P-61, Black Widow, Airplane, WWII, World War II, Stock Footage
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Made during WWII to train ground personnel, this film shows the proper way to prepare cargo for air transport, and how to load a transport aircraft. It also shows the role of the Air Transportation Officer in confirming that aircraft are loaded properly. The planes shown are the Curtiss C-46 Commando, and Douglas C-47 Skytrain and C-53 Skytrooper transports. (A C-53 is simply a DC-3 that was specifically designed for military service. Unlike the C-47 it does not have big cargo doors, a...
Topics: 1943, US Army, Army Air Forces, US Air Force, Air Transport Command, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This 1940s film, probably dating to early 1941 and narrated by Lowell Thomas, takes the viewer on a tour with the U.S. Navy for a day. The film features rare views of the revitalized "two ocean Navy" (the Atlantic Fleet was reactivated in 1941) and the men, planes and ships that make it possible. A war games is shown starting at the 6 minute mark, with battleships, cruisers and destroyers forming a battle line. Interestingly, and somewhat predictable for this era, the film gives short...
Topics: Navy, Lowell Thomas, 1930s, US Navy, 1940, Atlantic Fleet, Stock Footage
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“Meeting the Challenge” is a short black-and-white film made in 1957 by General Motors’ Chevrolet Motor Division. The kind of film you'd never be able to make today (owing to environmental concerns), "Meeting the Challenge" features a formidable climb by any truck -- right up the side of Pike's Peak. A Jam Handy Film, this promotional film touts Chevrolet trucks and opens with a convoy making its way down the Alcan Highway (Alaska Highway). Having met that challenge in 1956, the...
Topics: Pikes Peak, Bust, 1957, Chevrolet, Trucks, Promotional Film, Colorado, Stock Footage
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Made in the 1950s, this Shell Oil film covers two aspects of flight -- "Thrust" and "Forces in Balance". The film features early jet aircraft, as well as propeller-driven aircraft.  the film shows an Avro Anson (6 minutes),  a Curtiss-Wright AT-9 Jeep (8:45), and what might be a Lockheed Ventura (2:45) although it might be another aircraft. We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional information about our videos by adding a comment!  See...
Topics: Airplane, 1950s, Jet Aircraft, Shell, Flies, Educational Film, Stock Footage
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Made by the famed Jam Handy Organization for Chevrolet, "Hall of Wonders" features Today Show host Dave Garroway talking about General Motors as an innovator in the field of automotive design. The film ends with a look at the brand new Chevy Corvette.   The Chevrolet Corvette, known colloquially as the Vette, is a sports car manufactured by Chevrolet. The car has been produced through seven generations. The first model, a convertible, was introduced at the GM Motorama in 1953 as a...
Topics: Dave Garroway, Chevrolet, Corvette, Promotional Film, Stock Footage
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This WWII film "Pacific Menace" was produced as part of the industrial incentive program by the War Department. Intended to be shown to workers at naval aircraft, munitions and supply factories and shipyards, it was "Dedicated to the Workers Who Supply the Navy’s Fighting Needs."  This black and white film recounts the US involvement in the war effort against Japan and specifically the Battle of Luzon in the Philippines, and then tells the story of how an American airbase...
Topics: Pacific Menace, WWII, US Naval Digest, 1945, Luzon, Philippines, China Front, Stock Footage
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This black and white film is one of the episodes of "Yesterday's Newsreels", an early 1950s TV show made from the General Newsreel collection. It features eight segments of historic highlights. The Hope for Peace 1919-1945. 1919.  President Wilson is greeted by General Pershing in France for the Paris Peace Conference creating the League of Nations. Also present in the Hall of Mirrors is England’s Prime Minister George. The four leaders stand together: Wilson, George, Orlando...
Topics: Yesterdays Newsreel, Peace, WWI, WWII, League Of Nations, Fire, Manila, Stock Footage
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This color Marine Corps recruiting film is about the Marine Parade on Friday evenings at the Marine Barracks in Washington, D.C. aka "8th & I." Copyright is 1963. The Marine Barracks Washington, D.C., also known by its location at the corner of "8th & I," is the oldest active post in the Marine Corps. It was founded by President Thomas Jefferson and Lt. Col. William Ward Burrows, the second commandant of the Marine Corps, in 1801. The Barracks supports both...
Topics: USMC, United States Marine Corps, 1963, Washington, Marine Barracks, Stock Footage
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This fascinating WWII British propaganda film directed by Montgomery Tully, BEHIND THE GUNS, provides a fascinating look at wartime production of guns, weapons, tanks, aircraft, and ships. The film begins with images of British troops at war, and then shows a huge metal foundry and steel plant where gigantic weapons of war are being cast including the massive guns for warships (7:45). Precision personnel weapons, Bren guns and rifles are shown being assembled at the 5:20 mark. A naval gun is...
Topics: British WII Weapon, Ammunition, Tank, Warship, Airplane, Production, Stock Footage
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This black and white film is one of the episodes of "Yesterday's Newsreels", an early 1950s TV show made from the General Newsreel collection. It features eight segments of historic highlights. Jimmy Walker Story 1925-1932. “Beau” James is shown as a Senator, going on to be a liberal Democrat mayor of New York City. The group of men are dressed in 1925 overcoats over suits and wearing hats with wide bands. He shakes hands with Giants player John McGraw and throws the first pitch...
Topics: Yesterdays Newsreel, Jimmy Walker, Los Angeles, 1950s, Stock Footage
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Produced during WWII for the U.S. Army-Navy Screen Magazine, this historic film consists of two segments -- "By Request" and "Strictly G.I."  The "By Request" segment was a popular feature, in which an attractive woman answered letters sent by overseas G.I.s who missed their homes and lifestyle. The second "Strictly G.I." is a filmed version of an Army radio program featuring Lucille Ball and bandleader Kay Kyser. "By Request." Opening: A...
Topics: US Army, Screen Magazine, Lucille Ball, Mel Blanc, New York, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This declassified, color,  U.S. Navy training film from 1974 is about how to maintain the Fire Control System Mark 86, also known as the MK 86 Gun Fire Control System (GFCS). This system was created to provide ships of destroyer size and larger with an economical, versatile, lightweight, gun and missile fire control system effective against surface and air targets. The film shows basic steps in troubleshooting various bugs (called "casualties" or "faults" by the narrator)...
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This charming 16mm silent Kodachrome home movie shows Christmas for an average American family. The kids receive many presents including at the 10:50 mark, a cardboard rocket ship. This item was sold in comic books of the time for $4.98 and advertised as a "jet" rocket ship.   We have yet to find footage of the even more famous cardboard Polaris submarine which was sold in the same era! Other toys spotted include a toy airplane...blocks...cars and trucks. What do you see? We...
Topics: 1960s, Home Movie, Christmas, Cardboard, Rocket Playhouse, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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Filmed by Encyclopedia Brittanica's brilliant cinematographer Isadore Mankofsky, this color educational film is about the operations of a modern airport, filmed at LAX (Los Angeles International Airport). Copyright 1962. Opening titles: Airport In The Jet Age (Second Edition: Airport). Mr. Stuart parks his 1961 Ford station wagon (:06-:35). Air Traffic Control (ATC) tower. Two air traffic controllers converse. A jet takes off and is seen clearly from ATC. Los Angeles Tower. Mr. Stuart gives...
Topics: Jet Age, Airport, Los Angeles, Airport LAX, Educational Film, 1962, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This Yesterday’s Newsreel film (episode 25) 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 film starts off with “The Gandhi Story.” Mahatma Gandhi walks through a village (00:38). Disciple Madeleine Slade passes by the camera wearing a simple dress or robe. People strike in the streets. British troops suppress protesters in Bombay (01:50). The film shows India’s...
Topics: Yesterdays Newsreel, Mahatma Ghandi, Roscoe Turner, Hawks Bay, Earthquake, Stock Footage
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In the 1940s "soundies" -- short music films -- were very popular. This one was marketed to families with home 16mm film projectors and distributed by Official Films. Tracks include "Dreams of Old Hawaii" with the Aloha Islanders and Lani McIntire and his orchestra (:14), "Wiggles" featuring Napua Wood (3:12), and the "Hawaiian War Chant" starring Princess Momakai and the Hawaiian Ensemble (recorded 1942). Each production includes painted sets and plenty...
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This black & white educational film presents news headlines.  This particular episode of "This Week's News in Review" dates to the last week of April, 1954. Opening titles: This Week's News in Review - The McCarthy-Army Hearings (:06-:17). Senate hearings. Senator Joseph McCarthy shows a picture. Army Counsel Joseph Welch. The hearings are underway. Chairman speaks. People argue with Senator McCarthy (:18-2:14). Title: The Geneva Conference. Russian Molotov walks by. Chinese...
Topics: News, Review, Army, Maccarthy Hearing, Polio Vaccine, Solar Cell, Battery, 1954, Stock Footage,...
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Made for the home market in the late 1920s and released by Kodak as part of their Kodascope film library, this silent newsreel shows the aftermath of Charles Lindbergh's 1927 trans-Atlantic flight. At :17, the Lone Eagle is seen at Cherbourg, France, about to board the cruiser USS Memphis to sail home. At :45, exclusive pictures show Lindy at sea with the crew of the ship, learning how the big guns work and climbing aboard the ship's seaplane. At 1:21, Lindy looks through binoculars while at...
Topics: Charles, Linderbergh, USA, USS Memphis, Washington DC, Stock Footage
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One of the earliest non-fiction programs on broadcast television, "The Greatest Drama" dates to 1954. This episode profiles "The Cowboy Humorist" Will Rogers.   Opening: ticker tape parade in New York City. Title: The Greatest Drama - The Cowboy Humorist (:07-:37). Statue of Will Rogers. Picture of Will Rogers. Born in 1879 in Oklahoma. Men ride horses, a stampede of horses. Cowboys on his father's ranch. Will Rogers does a roping trick. New York City, Broadway, Ziegfeld...
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This 1944 color restricted film about being an “Aviation Ratings: Aerographer’s Mate” is part of a “Your Job in the Navy” series of recruitment films presented by the U.S. Navy. It opens with a Grumman TFB Avenger on the ground in front of a control tower (:36). Weather conditions are essential to Navy pilots for safe flying. Wind balls indicate which runway to use for takeoff (:45). The direction of takeoff is determined by a weather vane, shown spinning and its instrument panel...
Topics: 1944, US Navy, Aviation, Job, Aviation Ratings, TFB, Stock Footage
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This color home movie footage depicts a visit to Israel, offering a look at family life on a collective farm by Zionist working families or kibbutzniks. Jewish peoples of all ages are depicted at work and leisure in casual quotidien scenes (TRT: 6:04). A man and a young boy walk toward the camera. Ducks on a farm. A man in shorts waves and climbs down a ladder from a water tower flying an Israeli flag (0:08). A Jewish woman poses with four children on the back of a truck (0:53). Underexposed...
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This episode of the TV show "Watch the World" first aired in 1950 and was narrated by Don Goddard. The show consists of different segments including one about fireworks, another about the deep sea diving school with hard hat equipment. At 9:30 the show reveals Ted DeGrazia, the Tucson-based artist, at work in his desert studio. He uses a cactus to make a plaster mold, which he uses to produce a clay pot. At 11:30, he is shown painting murals and a Papago Indian dance. More on this:...
Topics: TV Show, Ted Degerazia, Hard Hat, Diving Fireworks, Stock Footage
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This film presents Chevrolet’s 1977 Chevy Blazer pointing to its various features and parts. It opens with a red four-wheel drive Chevy Blazer (:09) which was also available in a two-wheel drive model (:16). A low entry height of about twenty inches is pointed to enabling easy access (:25). The vehicle makes turns around a highway bend to demonstrate its easy turning ability (:28). Due to its height, it enabled easy viewing over cars ahead as one cuts through a town area (:34). A shot of the...
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This 1960 black and white installment of the newsmagazine “See It Now” produced and edited by Edward R. Murrow and Fred W. Friendly (Part 1 of 2) presents a behind-the-scenes overview of initial testing for the UGM-27 Polaris missile, a two-stage solid-fueled nuclear-armed submarine-launched ballistic missile, the United States Navy's first SLBM (TRT:  26:58). Title card: “Unclassified.” Opening titles: “See It Now Presents The Year of the Polaris” (0:08). Empty missile hatches...
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Made during WWII by the British Ministry of Information, CAMERAMEN AT WAR was produced by the Realist Film Unit with support of various newsreel companies, the armed services film units and the Trustees of the Imperial War Museum. Compiled by Len Lye, This film tells the story of British newsreel and combat cameramen under battle conditions compiled by Len Lye. The film begins with rare footage from World War I of tanks in action, and includes a few scenes from the 1914-1918 war including famed...
Topics: Cameramen At War, WWII, British Ministry Of Information, 1918, 1940, 1914 Len Lye
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Intended to train German fighter pilots, this silent WWII gun camera film shows Luftwaffe kills of Allied bomber aircraft. Almost all German and Allied fighters carried 16mm cameras to record and verify kills, and help improve overall tactics. They were often processed in the field and screened within a short time, both by intelligence officers and by air crews. The "flashes" in the footage indicate the use of tracer ammunition. The film starts with a card at (:08) that says...
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This historic newsreel shows Charles Lindbergh being honored in Washington, D.C. by President Calvin Coolidge.   When 25-year-old Charles A. Lindbergh set down his monoplane, The Spirit of St. Louis, at Le Bourget Aerodrome in Paris on May 21, 1927, he instantly became the leading hero of a decade of American heroes and celebrities. Lindbergh had not expected any welcome in France, but word of his arrival spread through Paris, and twenty-five thousand people surrounded the plane even before he...
Topics: Charles Lindbergh, Calvin Coolidge, Washington DC, 1927 Stock Footage
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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...
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This 1957 black and white educational film about 1840s travel in the U.S. was produced by Coronet Instructional Films. The educational collaborator was Lewis Paul Todd, Ph.D., author and former Professor of Social Studies at New York University.  The film’s narration begins in New York in 1840, where the narrator is working as a blacksmith under his grandfather’s watchful eye. The sound of hammer on anvil is heard (:42-1:20). A stagecoach arrives, having lost a rim from a wheel...
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This 1940s color documentary advertisement about suspension bridges is produced by the American Bridge Division of U.S. Steel, American Steel & Wire Division. The camera pans up from a stream to show a suspension bridge high above (:25-:35). Shown are a stone bridge, bridge arches, and covered bridges (:36-:49). A drawbridge closes (1:55). Pittsburgh has many bridges (2:13-3:08). An animation shows suspension bridges can be anchored into the water (typical) or self-anchored to the road...
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This color educational film is the story of how the Bell Telephone System, in cooperation with NASA, developed the Telstar Satellite and participated in the launch and transmissions of signals to and from Earth and space. Copyright 1962. Opening titles: Bell System - Behind the Scenes With Telstar (:08). Andover, ME, July 9, 1962 - telephone drive their the lonely hills of Andover (:51). Men work in a control room in Andover Control (1:34). Bell Labs and long line people man the control room...
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One of a series of TV programs made by Social Security to clarify rules, procedures and policies for the agency, this episode of "Social Security in Action" first aired in December of 1962.  It presents an interview with actor Regis Toomey. Opening titles: Social Security in Action, produced in Hollywood for the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare (:08-:28). Ed Kramer, the manager of the Hollywood Social Security office, sits at a desk and speaks. Actor Regis Toomey...
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This 1966 black and white in-flight movie produced by Pan Am Airlines provides a newsmagazine style look at various scenes of interest around Hamburg Germany, including a the Deutsches Derby, naval technology, The Beatles on tour, pop art, The Daimler-Benz Museum, and Kiel Week (TRT 14:54). Pan Am logo and titles over the first Boeing 707-121 jet airliner, “Clipper America” (N707PA) (0:06). In Horn, men in bowler hats smoke cigarettes in closeup. Women wear hats and sunglasses at the 97th...
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This matrimonial TV commercial for Invicta Games promotes Mastermind. It dates to the mid-1970s. Master Mind is a code-breaking game for two players. The modern game with pegs was invented in 1970 by Mordecai Meirowitz, an Israeli postmaster and telecommunications expert. It resembles an earlier pencil and paper game called Bulls and Cows that may date back a century.  The game was manufactured by Invicta Plastics, based near Leicester, UK and was released in 1971–2. We encourage viewers to...
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Topics: 1975, Invicta Games, Mastermind, Code breaking Game, TV Commercial, Stock Footage
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This 1960 black and white promotional film for Remington Rand's UNIVAC computer features a dramatized a U.S. Census taker interviewing some vagrants for the Census. Census history, goals, and recent technological advancements including the use of the UNIVAC 1105 computer system are discussed (TRT 14:38). The film was directed by George F. Johnston, written by Peter Ries Norman, and stars Joseph Riviere as the Census taker and Philip Bosco and Robert Conforti as the homeless men. 1950s cars on a...
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This black and white 1955 film produced for the American Institute of Accountants in cooperation with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), offers taxpayers broad and generalized information about the operations of the IRS while providing guidance on dealing with a financial audit. It includes dramatic re-enactments of the auditing process (TRT 14:43). Opening titles: “Helping the Taxpayer” and “What Happens When the Government Questions Your Tax Returns” (0:08). A man drops an envelope...
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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