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Dating to 1929 and released by Cine Art, "Uncle Si and the Sirens" is a hilarious short film that mixes the excitement of the era's most hi-tech and revolutionary technology — television — with unclothed girls. This type of "nudie cutie" film was fairly common in the era, and Cine Art specialized in releasing these kind of titles. The plot of this film is more complex than most (they typically featured artists models and zero plot). Here, a farmer named Uncle Si sits at...
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Topics: Uncle Si, 1929, Nudie Cutie, Short Film, Television Base Plot, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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Made in the immediate aftermath of WWII, this German language film focuses on the atrocities committed at the Oranienburg concentration camp and the prisoner of war camp that replaced it, Sachsenhausen. The facility was preserved post-war as a museum and memorial.   The film begins with images of the camp grounds, barracks, guard towers, barbed wire fences and stockades. At 3:10 a sign proclaims "Prisoner of War Camp". At 3:45 footage shot after the liberation of the camp shows a...
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Topics: World War II, WWII, German Concentration Camp, Holocaust, Stock Footage
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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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This Soviet Ukrainian film, narrated in English and entitled “No Statute of Limitations”, was directed by Eugen Tataretz. It depicts the court case prosecuting crimes against humanity committed during WWII by fascist collaborators Mykola Dufanets, Artem Bubela and Filip Rybachuk. The three were members of the Occupied Territories Reich Police and participated in rounding up the Jewish population to bring them to the ghetto in the Krymnoe Village of the Starovyzhevski county of the Volyn...
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Topics: Statue Of Limitations, Ukrainian Trial, Concentration Camps, Russian, Holocaust, Stock Footage
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Released in 1944 by Warner Brothers in cooperation with the U.S. Coast Guard, "Task Force" is a Technicolor short film narrated by Jackson Beck.  The film focuses around Coast Guard "Task Force" duty.  Besides operational glimpses, the viewer is treated to a snapshot of the life of a Coast Guardsman on and off duty.  While the film contains much documentary-style footage, some sections of the film are re-enactments and the scenario presented (in which the USCG battles a...
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Topics: WWII, World War II, USCG, US Coast Guard, Task Force, Stock Footage
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This travelogue film of a holiday trip to Europe in mid-1950s was produced by Norman Schley, a filmmaker from Wisconsin who often presented and narrated his films in front of a live audience. This print does not have any extant narration, but the soundtrack remains. Includes footage from Portugal, Italy, Holland, Luxembourg, Paris, and London. Title screen of “Filmorama Holiday”, a “Picturelogue” presentation (0:37). Written/edited by Jack Camp (0:45). Narrated by Norman E. Schley...
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Topics: Norman Schley, 1950s, Europe, Travelogue, Portugal, Italy, Holland, France, England, Paris, London,...
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The "Dupont Show of the Week" was an anthology program that ran from 1961 to 1964, often featuring significant Hollywood stars and comedians. The programs also featured the occasional documentary, including this non-fiction film entitled "Flight Deck". Produced and directed by A Wasserman, the hour-long program from 1964 offered an inside look at the operations of the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) aircraft carrier. The fourth Nimitz-class, nuclear-powered aircraft carrier...
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Topics: Flight Deck, 1964, Carrier USS, Theodore Roosevelt, Stock Footage
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In this 1946 U.S. Navy training film (MN-5801) from Jam Handy Productions, viewers see the appropriate way to wear parachutes, tighten harnesses, check for tested parachutes, bail out of a plane, and collapse a parachute on land and open water. The film opens with footage of paratroopers parachuting through the air. An officer examines a parachute kit. A pilot demonstrates securing a parachute harness on an airstrip. He then climbs into an F8F Bearcat with his parachute. The film shows another...
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Topics: Parachutes, 1946, US Navy Pilot, Training Film, Jam handy, Stock Footage
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Made by the famed Jam Handy Organization, a leading educational and training film company, this black & white training film "Doping Techniques" explains the process of doping fabric for airplanes. It likely dates to the WWII era. Aircraft dope is a plasticized lacquer that is applied to fabric-covered aircraft. It tightens and stiffens fabric stretched over airframes, which renders them airtight and weatherproof, increasing their durability and lifespan. Without the application of...
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Topics: WWII, World War II, WWII Era, Training Film, Fabric Airplane Wing, Dope, Stock Footage, Periscope...
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American Locomotive (Alco), General Electric, and the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad Company teamed up to create this 1950s color film promoting the aforementioned rail line. We see the rolling greens hills and valleys as well as the Atlantic coastline and farmland of Southern New England starting at mark 00:20 as the narrator explains how the region is the cradle of American liberty. Offering “a wholesome way of life” we’re told how the area is also known for its railroads as...
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Topics: New York, New haven, Southern New England, Hartford Railroad, Stock Footage
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This black & white educational/promotional film is about the medium Caterpillar tractors D6, D7, and D8 models, most often configured as bulldozers (but also sold in other versions). This is circa 1946. The D6 was also available in a military version classified as the SNL G152. The D6 started out in 1935 as the RD6, fitted with a 3-cylinder 45 hp D6600 engine. The RD6 was renamed D6 in 1937, and updated  in 1941 with a D4600 engine of 55 hp (drawbar) and in 1947, with a D318 engine of 66...
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Topics: 1946, Caterpillar Tractor Co, Bulldozer Promo, Stock Footage, Periscope FIlm
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Made during WWII, this silent footage shows homefront activities in Canada. It was apparently shot in and around Vancouver, British Columbia. The start of the film shows recruits marching past (:16) a local newspaper office and downtown (1:05).   At 1:22 another recruit joins the group. At 1:40 oxen carrying wheat move slowly through a city street. At 2:42 the recruits walk past clothing set on a line to dry. At 3:42 "Duke Street" in Vancouver is shown (footage flopped).   At 5:14,...
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Topics: WWII, World War II, Vancouver, Columbia, RCAF, Stock Footage
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This circa 1952 kinescope film "Hawthorne Looks at the Weather" is a segment featuring comedian Jim Hawthorne. It begins with a station identification for KNBH Channel 4, Hollywood, California. This was the first iteration of what's now known as KNBC or NBC4, with the NBH standing for National Broadcasting Hollywood (the name changed to KNBC in 1962 when the station moved to Burbank). The show features a series of gags while promoting sponsor Armstrong Tires. The actual weather report...
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Topics: 1952, Jim Hawthorne, Los Angeles, Comedy Program, KNBC, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This vintage newsreel shows the eruption of Parícutin (or Volcán de Parícutin, also accented Paricutín) in 1943. The now-dormant scoria-cone volcano is located in the Mexican state of Michoacán, near the city of Uruapan and about 322 km west of Mexico City. The volcano surged suddenly from the cornfield of local farmer Dionisio Pulido in 1943, attracting both popular and scientific attention. This eruption presented the first occasion for modern science to document the full life cycle of...
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Topics: Eruption, Paricutin, Volcano, Michoacan, Mexico, 1943, Newsreel, Stock Footage
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This late 1930s-early 1940s black-and-white WWII British military training film (B.191 C.191) shows segments focusing on “shooting to kill” using a Bren, rifle, anti-tank rifle, or Tommy gun, which are shown (:15-1:24). Bren and Rifle. A demonstration of when to fire with the Bren and rifle is given. Troops wait in a trench. A Range Card is shown. Enemy troops emerge from the trees. Troops fire before the enemy is within range and a shell is fired at the troops. The scene is re-enacted. The...
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Topics: British Army, 1930s, Tommy Gun, Anti Tank Rifle, Stock Footage
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This 1960 educational film from Coronet Films gives viewers a look at the White House while briefly covering the history of the building. The film opens with an aerial view of the White House.  Cars drive in front of the White House, and people mill around the entrance to the building. A weeping birch tree planted by the wife of Calvin Coolidge continues to grow on the grounds (01:07). The film shows both entrances to the White House, followed by a painting of the building, and a shot of the...
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Topics: Washington DC, The White House, 1960s, Documentary, Stock Footage
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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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cThis black & white promotional film dates to the early era of television and station KCOP-TV in Hollywood, California. The film shows the station's capabilities and gives an idea what is available for commercial clients, including new sound stages at the facility located at 915 N. La Brea Ave. The bit is hosted by Peter Hansen, a WWII veteran who was a working television actor and commercial spokesman, who also briefly served as the station's news anchor in the early 1960s. Opening: Sign...
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Topics: KCOP, TV, KCOP TV, Hollywood Studio, Commercial, Television Advertising, Promo Film, Stock Footage
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This black & white educational film is called 'INDUSTRY ON PARADE.' It is around the late 1940s/early 1950s (this is based on the last segment, research shows the concept car was 1951). It begins with the title and then states it is produced each week by the National Association of Manufacturers (:06-:28). Title that shows Open House followed by the General Food Corp in San Leandro, CA, (this is where the narrator begins) groundskeepers tend to grass and flowers, man cleans windows, lights...
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Topics: Industry On Parade, House Coffee, Fare Boxes, Jello, Stock Footage
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This is a 1950’s era, black and white movie which is a pictorial review of events in business and industry. It is produced each week by the National Association of Manufacturers. The first section is about Horsepower for the Air Force. The film opens on the assembly line at the Indianapolis of the Allison division of General Motors. Men working on Jet engines, :46. People observe the different working parts of the jet engine number 10,000, 1:00. The J25-A23 jet engine on stage, 1:28. Jet...
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Topics: Industry On Parade, Allison Jet, Engines, Harry Winston, 1950, Stock Footage
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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 short 1975 film from Rockwell International’s Space Division gives viewers a look at two of the NASA contractor’s projects in development: the command module for the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project and the Space Shuttle Orbiter. The film opens with a spaceship and launch vehicle at a launch pad; the rockets ignite, and the system launches into the atmosphere. Viewers see an animation of the unnumbered Apollo space craft that will link up with the Soviet Soyuz spacecraft in July 1975 (01:03)....
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Topics: NASA, Rockwell, International Space Division, Space Shuttle, Stock Footage
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This short mid-1960s film from Atomics International, a division of North American Aviation, Inc., gives viewers a look at the July 1964 power conversion subsystem development status of   The Mercury-Rankine program (CRU). This was part of the Systems Nuclear Auxiliary POWER (SNAP) program, a program of experimental radioisotope thermoelectric generators (RTGs) and space nuclear reactors flown during the 1960s by NASA. SNAP-1 was a test platform that was never deployed, using cerium-144 in a...
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Topics: Atomics, Mercury, Ranking CRU, Snap Program, Nuclear Reaction, Space Flight, 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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Made in late 1944 by the U.S. Army Pictorial Service, "The Liberation of Rome" depicts the successful Allied advance into Rome, freeing it from German control during World War II. The film begins with footage of Allied forces arriving in the city, before flashing back to the beginnings of the campaign that eventually liberated Southern Italy from Axis control. At 1:37, the combined Chiefs of Staff are seen planning the campaign after the successful battle for Siciliy. At 2:45, Gen....
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Topics: World War II, WWII, Liberation Of Rome, Italian Campaign, Rome, Stock Footage
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"Show Business at War" dates to 1943 and showcases the incredible efforts of the entertainers of the day, the film and entertainment industries, and their collective sacrifice to support our troops and the victory effort during World War II. The bright lights of Broadway in New York City and the offices of the weekly theatrical paper, Variety 1:00. Variety is an American media company owned by Penske Media Corporation. It was founded by Sime Silverman in New York in 1905 as a weekly...
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Topics: Show Business, Show Business At War, 1943, World War II, Hollywood, Broadway, Stock Footage
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This silent film shows the New York World's Fair of 1939-1940. The Fair, which covered the 1,216 acres (492 ha) of Flushing Meadows-Corona Park (also the location of the 1964–1965 New York World's Fair), was the second most expensive American world's fair of all time, exceeded only by St. Louis's Louisiana Purchase Exposition of 1904. Many countries around the world participated in it, and over 44 million people attended its exhibits in two seasons. It was the first exposition to be based on...
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Topics: 1939, 1940, Worlds Fair, Futurama, Exhibit, New York, Stock Footage
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Produced in 1945, this WWII G.I. MOVIE WEEKLY is one of the original programs which were presented to members of the Armed Forces during World War II. This series of films, which reached our overseas forces for 204 weeks until October of 1945, included 1,042 features and 1,051 shorts. After WWII, the series continued commercially through the Army.   The first segment of this film is MANILA - U.S. TROOPS POUR IN FOR DRIVE TO JAPAN (00:00:35:00) is narrated by Dwight Weist. This segment starts...
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Topics: WWII, G.I, Movie Weekly, 1945, Manila, Liner SS Normandie, Stock Footage
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Dating to World War II, this film tells the story of the Goodyear Aircraft Corporation and the manufacture of blimps and aircraft. It begins with a shot of Paul W. Litchfield, the American industrialist who was president (1926–40) and chairman of the board (1930–58) of Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, a firm that he helped develop into a worldwide operation. Also shown is Lt. Dougherty of the U.S. Navy and a representative of the U.S. Army. The four are looking at a model of the Goodyear...
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Topics: Good Year Blimp, Aircraft, WWII, World War II, Airplanes, Stock Footage
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DOWN THE POTOMAC is a 12 minute silent film, produced by the Edison Company in 1917. It depicts a traveler in a small boat, being pulled by a horse, along the historic Chesapeake & Ohio Canal. The trip starts at its north-west terminus in Cumberland, Maryland, and heads 184 miles south east to Georgetown, Washington, D.C. The canal, completed in 1850, was in operation between 1831-1924, and was one of the last extant mule-hauled towpath canals built in the north east region of the fledgling...
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Topics: Potomac Valley, Georgetown, Washington DC, Potomac Canal, Stock Footage
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Made during WWII in 1945, this   United States Navy training film looks at Combat Fatigue Irritability, or shell shock, now known as PTSD. This is a very rare film, the type of which was, like John Huston's landmark "Let There Be Light", not widely shown due to the effects it could have on morale.   Most likely it was only shown to those suffering from combat fatigue, and those who were working to help alleviate it.   Oversimplistic in its approach, compared to what we know today,...
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Topics: WWII, World War II, Combat Fatigue, PTSD, US Nav, Stock Footage
Discusses, through the recollections of an old settler, the contributions of inventions to the growth of America prior to 1850. Shows the use made of such inventions as the Franklin stove, Sam Slater's spinning machine, Eli Whitney's cotton gin, James Watt's steam engine, Robert Fulton's steamboat, DeWitt Clinton's locomotive, and Cyrus McCormick's reaper. Includes views of reconstructions of early machines, and of originals which have been preserved in museums.
Topics: Inventions, America, 1850, Eli Whitney, Dewitt Clinton, Stock Footage
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This late 1960s color training film for police officers “Play it Cool – A Question of Attitudes” is about how attitudes affect situations between police and citizens. It was produced in cooperation with the International Association of Chiefs of Police, Inc. and distributed by Association Instructional Materials. It was written and directed by Lee R. Bobker. Some of the film is just the narrator looking at the camera and explaining points. The film opens from the vantage point of a group...
Topics: 1960, Police Civility Training Film', Play It Cool, Police, Stock Footage
This color U.S. Air Force educational/promotional film is for Boeing Vertol's 107 helicopters. No copyright but this is circa the mid/late 1960s. Opening: Boeing Vertol Division presents The Boeing Vertol 107 Operational Versatility (:08-:26). Three Boeing Vertol 107 helicopters fly in the sky. The U.S. Marines version of the Boeing Vertol 107 is called the CH-46a, called the Sea-Knight by the Marines. The Sea Knight helicopters come in for a landing and troops exit and start running, it takes...
Topics: Boeing, Boeing Vertol 107, Operation Versatility, 1960, Stock Footage
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Before Liz Smith and Perez Hilton became household names in the world of celebrity gossip, before Rush Limbaugh became the voice of conservatism, there was Hedda Hopper. In 1938, this 52-year-old struggling actress rose to fame and influence writing an incendiary gossip column, "Hedda Hopper's Hollywood," that appeared in the Los Angeles Times and other newspapers throughout Hollywood's golden age. Often eviscerating moviemakers and stars, her column earned her a nasty reputation in...
Topics: Hedda Hoppers Hollywood, WWII, World War II, Bob Hope, Jane Withers, Stock Footage
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This 1930s German educational film shows the harvesting of rye, and the processing of it in the field.  It includes images of men working with scythes to cut the plants, and then the use of horse-drawn equipment in other parts of the process.  Some mechanization is also apparent -- tractors and other equipment are used to harvest and bale the grain so that it can be taken to market. We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional information about our videos by...
Topics: Rye harvest, 1930, Germany Educational Film, Farming, Stock Footage
This short silent film SIGHTS OF LONDON was sold to tourists in the 1930s. It includes shots of the Tower of London (:19), Tower Bridge (:40), St. Paul's Cathedral (1:00), Trafalgar Square (1;14), Westminster Abbey, Big Ben and House of Parliament (starting at 2:00). Piccadilly Circus is seen at 2:39 and Buckingham Palace at (3:00). We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional information about our videos by adding a comment!  See something interesting?  Tell...
Topics: 1930, London, England, St Paul, Cathedral, Stock Footage
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. Golden Eaglets 1919-1950. Girl Scouts in uniform show their allegiance hand gesture. Founder Juliet Low looks up at the camera in 1919. An early group of Girl Scouts march in formation. A Girl Scout blows a bugle in front of tents. Girl Scouts weave baskets. The Girl Scouts have their camping...
Topics: Yesterdays Newsreel, Girl Scouts, 1919, 1950, Ice Skating, Stock Footage
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American Tempo is an industrial documentary detailing the manufacture of General Electric’s Mazda lamps and various other light bulbs. The film opens with multiple exposures showing machine and man whirling together, bars of the song “America” are heard mixed in with stirring stock music.  Titles dissolve to shots of shipyards, factories and railroads as narration pronounces the USA the leading industrial nation: “Make it better, make it cheaper, make it faster, that is the American...
Topics: 1940, General Electric, Mazda, Lamps, Light Bulbs
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This 1970 documentary narrated by Frank McGee, gives viewers a look at the Apollo 11 mission as well as a brief history of early space exploration leading up to the 1969 moon landing mission. The film begins with Frank McGee talking to the camera about the beginning of mankind’s space exploration. Viewers see an illustration from a Jules Verne novel and clips from several early motion pictures showing people traveling to the moon (02:58). The film shows a photograph of Konstantin Tsiolkovsky...
Topics: We Came In Peace, NASA, Race, Apollo 11, Moon Mission, Documentary, Stock Footage
This U.S. Air Force film from the late 1970s or early 1980s highlights the KC-10A tanker development program. The McDonnell Douglas KC-10 Extender is an aerial refueling tanker aircraft operated by the United States Air Force (USAF). A military version of the three-engined DC-10 airliner, the KC-10 was developed from the Advanced Tanker Cargo Aircraft Program. It incorporates military-specific equipment for its primary roles of transport and aerial refueling. It was developed to supplement the...
Topics: Mcdonnell Douglas, USAF, US Air Force, KC-10A, DC-10, Aircraft, Stock Footage
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This 1943 Jam Handy Productions film takes viewers on a tour of the Anheuser-Busch Brewery in St. Louis, MO where Budweiser is brewed and bottled. The film’s stated purpose is to “give you an iron-clad answer to any questioner who asks why he should pay more for Budweiser.” The film opens with a father and his adult daughter climbing out of a car and heading into a restaurant for dinner—a black tie affair. They sit down at their table and order food. The man orders a Budweiser then...
Topics: Jam handy, Budweiser, 1943, Beer, Alcohol, Stock Footage
This black & white educational film is about the process of Democracy. The copyright is 1945. Opening titles: DEMOCRACY, An Erpi Classroom Film. From Encyclopaedia Britannica Films, Inc. (:06-:14). A man speaks to a group of people as Democracy is explained. State Constitution booklet. A man works at his desk. He then speaks to the viewer about Democracy. Signs of Democracy: Shared Respect and Shared Power. Shared Respect is explained. People talk at a meeting. A female doctor and a little...
Topics: Democracy, 1945, US Government, Voting, Free Speech, Stock Footage
Originally released in1951, "American Harvest" was designed to promote Chevrolet's corporate citizenship rather than any specific model of automobile. The film shows how important auto manufacturing and use are to the American economy while simultaneously showing the effects of the automobile upon the American landscape. John Forsythe's narration is accompanied by  images of automobile manufacturing, the extraction and processing of raw materials including oil from the earth, and...
Topics: Chevrolet, 1951, American Harvest, Automobile, Stock Footage
Witness the entire supply chain process of tin cans as a narrator leads you from the point of a can being discarded back into the cans creation and finally its origin. The industrial process of metal work is on in full display as skilled workers across various industries each do their part to contribute to the final product. The film emphasizes how easily the smallest parts of our daily lives can play a huge role in shaping a global economy. Film starts with a groomsman setting up a newlywed...
Topics: United States Steel, Tin Cans, Treasure Chest, Stock Footage
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Made after the mission and featuring footage from both Russian and USA sides of the mission, this film gives an overview of the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project.   This mission was conducted in July 1975 and was the first joint U.S.–Soviet space flight, and the last flight of an Apollo spacecraft. Its primary purpose was as a symbol of the policy of détente that the two superpowers were pursuing at the time, and marked the end of the Space Race between them that began in 1957.   The mission...
Topics: NASA, Apollo, Soyuz, Space, Russia, US Soviet Space Flight, Stock Footage
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This 1962 color educational film — Andy Warhol would have loved it — is all about soup. It is a Jam Handy Picture, directed by Donald Livingston. It opens with Broadway performer Gordon Dilworth playing a guitar and singing a “Soup is the Secret of Good Living” song. The film moves into animation (2:06). In the beginning of the cartoon segment various vegetables are chopped, sliced, and diced. Since meat juices are lost over an open flame, they are best preserved by cooking meats in a...
Topics: 1962, Soup Du Jour, Andy Warhol, Jam Handy, Stock Footage
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Celebrating the building spirit of the American citizen, past and present in an incredibly patriotic way, AMERICAN MAKER is a Chevolet promotional film unlike any other. Made by the famed Jam Handy organization and released in October of 1960, this movie is an extravaganza that shows everything from an American kitchen (3:00) and garages to the space program, this movie shows how Americans make everything from dolls to colored telephones to clothes and musical instruments like pianos and...
Topics: 1960, Chevrolet, Jam Handy, American Maker, Stock Footage
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Note: this version of the film dates from 1953.  A revised version of the film can also be seen on our Youtube channel from the 1960s. Created in the year 1953 by the Shell Oil Company, "The Fossil Story" explains the importance of fossils to geologists who are searching for oil, and examines the role of paleontologists in interpreting the nature of the pre-historic world.   This film was one of a series created by Shell to educate the public about geology, oil exploration, and the...
Topics: Shell, Fossil Story, Oil, Fossils. 1950, Stock Footage
The Union Pacific Railroad sponsored this 1952 travelogue, Northwest Empire, to promote travel to and around the states of Oregon and Washington. The film highlights the places to visit as well as some of the region’s industries. The film begins with a shot of the waves of the Pacific Ocean crashing into the shoreline, streams, wheat fields, and vistas of mountains and harbors. The Union Pacific travels along the Columbia River (02:15), making its way to the city of Portland (03:08). The...
Topics: Washignton State, Union Pacific, Northwest Empire, 1950, Oregon, Stock Footage
This color educational film is about the introduction of the White Alice Communications Antenna System as well as daily life in Alaska. This was made in 1959. Mountains and glaciers of Alaska. Alaska's new antennas for a long distance telephone system, known as white alice. Snow covered landscapes. Aerial shots of the antennas. Snowy mountains. Map shot of Alaska. The White Alice Communications System was a United States Air Force telecommunication network with 80 radio stations constructed in...
Topics: Alice, Alaska, Radio, Telephone, Dew Line, Stock Footage
Marketing Retail Sales Department of the Standard Oil Company of California, Western Operations Inc, presents, “Make Mine Service”. This is a color film which starts out at a standard 1950’s style service station, :45. Logos for Standard Station and Chevron Dealer are shown, :51. Bob and Dave’s service station is shown, 1:24. Pat Ivins service station is shown, 1:48. Chevron Supreme and Chevron gasoline service pumps, 2:45. RPM Supreme Motor Oil, 2:50, Atlas Tires and batteries, 2:55....
Topics: 1950, Oil, Service Station, Chevron, Stock Footage
Life-Line of the Nation is a short film from the Association of American Railroads and produced by Carl Dudley in the mid-1940s (most likely 1944) that shows how America’s railroads are ensuring the defense of the nation by meeting the transportation needs of a country mobilized for war. The film opens with a shot of a train moving through snowy terrain. Off in the distance, a train goes over a bridge (01:22). There are several shots of various trains moving along tracks. At the U.S. Capitol...
Topics: WWII, Railroads, Railroads, 1944, American Railroads, Stock Footage
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This historic film shows the construction of the Oroville Dam, which has been in the headlines of late. The film provides a fascinating look at how this massive embankment dam was created. The film was likely made by McDowell Wellman, who designed the state of the art excavator shown in the film. Oroville Dam is an earthfill embankment dam on the Feather River east of the city of Oroville, California, in the Sierra Nevada foothills east of the Sacramento Valley. At 770 feet (235 m) high, it is...
Topics: Oroville Damn, California, Sierra Nevada, Stock Footage
Shot by Fred McLeod between Montreal and Toronto, this film of the Canadian National Railroad in action dates to 1958. McLeod was something of a visionary, who recognized that the arrival of diesel locomotives meant that the days of steam were doomed. This film shows steam locomotives in operation pulling both freight and passenger trains in a variety of settings, and all in full color. Some of this material was later released by Blackhawk Films in b&w. Mcleod was dogged in his pursuit, and...
Topics: Canada, Grand Trunk Railroad, Steam Locomotives, 1958, Stock Footage
Shot over a period of 25 years by one cameraman Roy Creveling, "Paradise Ditch" shows the Delaware Division of the Pennsylvania Canal. After the canal was no longer useful as a means of transportation, 60 miles of it was preserved as a park. The film contains rare and historic footage of the infrastructure of the canal including a canal boat graveyard (4:30), bridges built for mule teams to travel across, locks, and more. The film also has historic footage of the canal in operation...
Topics: Delaware, Pennsylvania Canal, Lehigh River, Stock Footage
This 1948 travelogue about New York City is part of Pan American Airways “Wings to…” series, directed and photographed by Charles Beeland. The film opens with a long advertisement for Pan Am. Clipper ships are contrasted to close-ups of these Boeing 377-10-26 Pan Am Jet Clipper: Golden Fleece, Mayflower, Hotspur, and Invincible, with world routes graphically mapped (:28-2:52). The skyline is seen as the airplane approaches and lands at New York Airport. Passengers in 1948 clothing and...
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Dating from 1957, "Behind the Ticker Tape" is a wonderful film that tells the story of the American Stock Exchange (now NYSE), showing how securities sales have evolved over the years, and giving a profile of the ASE at the height of its activity.  NYSE MKT LLC, formerly known as the American Stock Exchange (AMEX), is an American stock exchange situated in New York City, New York. AMEX was previously a mutual organization, owned by its members. Until 1953, it was known as the New...
Topics: AMEX, 1957, Ticker Tape, Stock Exchange, New York, Stock Footage
This 1940 black and white educational film is the first edition produced by Encyclopaedia Britannica Films Inc. The focus is on making train travel look enjoyable while expounding on the streamliners safety and comfort. It opens at a large railroad station -- Union Station in Washington, D.C.-- , where 1930s buses, taxis, and cars drop off passengers (:18-:32). Inside the train station, the waiting room has benches for seating (:33-:45). Passengers by their railroad and pullman tickets at...
Topics: Streamliner, 1940, Trains, Railroad, Stock Footage
This episode of the TV show, Discovery ‘66, dates to the year 1966. Discovery (in several incarnations) was an innovative historical, cultural and educational documentary TV series for children that aired from 1962-1971 on ABC. It was originally hosted by Frank Buxton on aired on weekdays, but for most of the Sixties it could be found on Saturday afternoons or Sunday mornings. This  episode "The World Beneath the Sea" opens with host Bill Owen (who succeeded Buxton in 1966) holding...
Topics: Discovery, 1968, World Beneath The Sea, Stock Footage
This episode of the TV show, Discovery ‘70, dates to the year 1970. Discovery (in several incarnations) was an innovative historical, cultural and educational documentary TV series for children that aired from 1962-1971 on ABC. It was originally hosted by Frank Buxton on aired on weekdays, but for most of the Sixties it could be found on Saturday afternoons or Sunday mornings. This episode is hosted by Bill Owen (who replaced Buxton after 1966 as host) and Virginia Gibson. This episode...
Topics: Discovery, Portugal, 1970, TV Show, Bill Owen Lisbon, Stock Footage
This 1942 black and white, partially animated film was produced by the U.S. Army Signal Corps (USASC) during in collaboration with the Chief of Air Corps explains “the creation and behavior of radio waves” and antennas during the WWII era (TRT: 10:47). Opening title card: “Official War Department Training Film 1-474 Restricted” (0:06). A large radio tower extends high into the clouds. Title appears: “Radio Antennas” (0:19). A transparent dish atop a radio tower (0:37). A radio...
Topics: Creation, Behavior, Radio Waves, 1942, US Army, Signal Corps, Stock Footage
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This early 1950’s color film presents a travelogue view of Ceylon (Sri Lanka), covering major architectural monuments, exports, and traditional folk arts, while advertising TWA and encouraging western tourism (TRT 16:07).  Trans World Airlines began direct commercial air travel service to Colombo, Ceylon in February of 1953. This film was shot by Ed Drews, edited by William Faris, and Produced by Carl Dudley. Opening credits (0:09). A man uses an elephant to haul a large log. Another...
Topics: 1950s, TWA Promo Film, Flight To Ceylon, Sri Lanka, Colombo, Travelogue, Stock Footage
"Kingdom of the Sea"  was a syndicated, documentary TV show that ran from 1954-1959, and was hosted by Col. John D. Craig and the actor Bob Stevenson. Each episode was 25–30 minutes long. This episode "Ports of Call" examines various world ports from Panama to Hawaii, the Philippines to Singapore, Hong Kong, Singapore and Zanzibar. This black and white episode of the syndicated 1957-1958 television documentary program, “Kingdom of the Sea” (TRT 24:19). Opening titles:...
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This color educational film from the 1950s is about the history of Southern plantations in the USA, from the Civil War days to "the present". The film was produced during the era of Segregation and as such, contains many outdated terms and concepts, some of which may be offensive to a modern audience. Opening titles: A Coronet Film - The Plantation System in Southern Life (:10). A white family on vacation looks at an old plantation home built before the Civil War (:31). Inside a home,...
Topics: Plantation System, Southern Life, Sharecroppers, African Americans, Cotton Farms, Stock Footage
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This silent footage from Lockheed dates to the 1950s, and shows a busty secretary carrying important mail from the Lockheed plant in Burbank. First she hitches a ride and goes by company truck, then by a Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star. (This film originally had a soundtrack of some sort, but our print is silent.) 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...
Topics: 1950s, Lockheed, Aircraft, Corporation, California, Division, TV Commercial, Stock Footage
This is a silent, color/black & white home movie. We believe this was shot at the Fort Monmouth, New Jersey by members of the Signal Corps, U.S. Signal Training Regiment, known as Company U. This is circa 1949, when the Signal Corps Training School was based at Monmouth. There are actually two films here. The first shows members of the regiment on parade and being inspected. The second is a sort of "gag film" called "A Day At Home" showing everyday life for inductees in...
Topics: 1949, Fort, Monmouth, New Jersey, Signal Corps, Home Movies, Stock Footage
This 1960 color educational film from Encyclopedia Britannica Films (Unit 5 in their biology program) serves as an introduction to DNA, covering its molecular structure and its role in human growth, reproduction, and the transmission of hereditary traits (TRT 15:34). Leader: “Central Washington State College.” Opening titles (0:06). A colorful model of a double helix encircles a transparent post. Pan to reveal our host, Dr. George Beadle of the California Institute of Technology in an...
Topics: DNA, Molecule Of Heredity, 1960, Biology, Genetics, Stock Footage
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This color promotional film "Camp Time, Any Time!" was made by the Girl Scouts of America in 1959. It was shot by Leonard Stark, produced by Carol Hale, and directed by Sidney Meyers. The film shows typical activities at a Girl Scout Camp including canoeing, hiking, art and more. The film emphasizes the importance of city kids, who are raised in the hustle and bustle, getting a chance to explore nature. The actual camp site shown in the film is not identified but it appears to be...
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"Felix Out of Luck" is a 1924 Felix the Cat cartoon, directed by Otto Messmer and produced by Pat Sullivan. This version is silent and was created for home use. The plot centers around a confident yet hungry Felix, who believes he has lunch waiting for him at his house -- only to discover that's not the case.     Felix the Cat is a funny-animal cartoon character created in the silent film era. The anthropomorphic black cat with his black body, white eyes, and giant grin, coupled...
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This impressive silent movie shows the Sandy River and Rangeley Lakes Railroad. This line was among the first of a number of 2 foot (610mm) narrow gauge railroads to be built within the state of Maine. Dating to 1879 the railroad connected the towns of Strong, Phillips and Farmington. It was a common carrier railroad that operated approximately 112 miles (180 km) of track in Franklin County, Maine. Although abandoned in the mid 1930s a piece of the railroad has been rebuilt within the town of...
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This color educational film is about Copper and to promote Kennecott's Bingham Mine. This is circa 1970s. No copyright on file and research couldn't find the date. Title cards: A Kennecott Film Presentation, narrated by Burgess Meredith (:07-:19). City shots. Bridges. New York City at dawn. This is the story of copper's place in the world. Tugboats in the waters near NYC. The narrator explains how copper is so very important (:20-2:33). Little boys and girls play hopscotch and baseball in the...
Topics: Copper, Kennecott, Utah, Bingham Mine, 1970, Stock Footage
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This is 1967 color, driver's ed film was presented by the Ford Motor Company. The purpose of the movie is to illustrate safe driving techniques at dusk and at night, the importance of headlights and other safety measures to be taken while driving at night. The movie opens with cars driving down the highway – it is light outside. It becomes dark outside. A vehicle approaches over a hill and around the curve with lights in the face of the driver. Lights can be reflected in the rearview mirror....
Topics: Driving At Night, 1967, Ford, Drivers, Educational Film, Stock Footage
This raw footage shows the General Dynamics F-111 Aardvark performing in-flight refueling, apparently as part of tests conducted at Edwards Air Force Base in California. The film shows the F-111 taking off, rendezvous with a tanker, and refueling approaches. It includes POV shots from inside the tanker aircraft as well as exterior footage shot by chase aircraft. The aircraft shown is tail #39773, S/N 63-9773, which we believe was the prototype F-111A aircraft. It is painted in a grey and white...
Topics: F-111, AARDVARK, Flight Test Program, Air To Air Refueling, Edwards AFB, Stock Footage
This 1964 U.S Navy documentary looks at the Navy's Marine Mammal Program. It is narrated by Commander Glenn Ford, USNR, a renowned Hollywood actor.   Here at mark 1:40 on the edge of the pacific zone 50 miles north of Los angeles is the U.S. Navy base Pt. Mugu, a major center for the Navy space studies and missile experiments. It is also the location of one of the most fascinating program that US has ever launched, a program for studying dolphins. At mark 02:10, a naval officer is seen making...
Topics: 1964, The Dolphins, US Navy, US Marines, Glenn Ford, Stock Footage
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Made by the U.S. Navy at the height of the Cold War, this film observes current Soviet naval forces and attempts to assess their global reach and strategy.  By this time, the Soviets had achieved the world's largest submarine force, and supplemented it with state-of-the-art anti-submarine weapons including the helicopter aircraft carrier Moskva, which is shown in the film.  Also shown are various other vessels, including Russian PT boats, Kashin class guided-missile destroyers, and Soviet...
Topics: US Navy, Cold War, Soviet Naval Forces, Sea Power, Stock Footage
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In this 1962 episode of the U.S. Army's TV show THE BIG PICTURE (00:01:13:00) - THE DRAGON’S TEETH, General J. Lawton Collins (00:10:20:00) tells of the U.S. Army's fight to take the Siegfried line in World War II and of the campaign to cross onto the soil of Germany. The story of the Siegfried Line campaign takes place in Northern Germany, featuring savage combat and inhospitable terrain. A wonderful shot of the Siegfried Line, known as the dragon’s teeth, is featured at (00:03:20:00)....
Topics: The Big Picture, The Dragons Teeth, WWII, Siegfriesd Line, Stock Footage
This briefing film "The Antarctic" was prepared especially for members of Operation HIGHJUMP.  HIGHJUMP, officially titled The United States Navy Antarctic Developments Program, 1946–1947, was a United States Navy operation to establish the Antarctic research base Little America IV.  The film draws upon footage shot in 1939-1941 by the Antarctic Service Expedition, also often referred to as Byrd’s Third Antarctic Expedition. The Expedition consisted of 125 men aboard two ships,...
Topics: US Navy, Operation Highjump, 1939, 1940, 1941, Antarctic Service Expedition, Stock Footage,...
This 1967 color film production follows members of the United States Marine Corps to show tourist luxuries enjoyed by servicemen on R&R in Taipei, Taiwan during the Vietnam War (TRT 26:48). The film glosses over some of the more lurid aspects of the military R&R excursions, and the fact that they tended to promote social ills including prostitution, human trafficking and drug running in countries like Thailand, the Philippines and elsewhere. Film begins. “Korea, Winter 1952.” US...
Topics: Holiday From Hell, 1967, G.i., Vietnam, Taiwan, USMC, US Marine Corps, R&R, Stock Footage
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This 1968 Big Picture TV-746 color film about the 9th Infantry Division in Vietnam was presented by the U.S. Army. The soldier narrator holds a book about the 9th in WWII. A poster displays its patch (1:18-2:59). 1966, soldiers are inspected at Fort Riley. A soldier kisses his wife and children goodbye. Soldiers exercise on deck (3:10-3:50).   Heavy equipment clears trees at Bear Cat base. 1st and 2nd Brigades march for Major General Eckhart. Soldiers move through jungle terrain. Clearings...
Topics: 9th Infantry Division, Vietnam, 1968, US Army, Big Picture, Stock Footage
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This color, silent film is raw footage from the Vietnam War. It is circa the late 1960s. It primarily shows views shot from inside a Bell UH-1 Iroquois aka Huey helicopter, which was being used to conduct some kind of survey over large swaths of land which are on fire. It's hard to say what is going on definitively. In Southeast Asia and Vietnam, rice residues are routinely burned after the harvest to prepare fields for the next season...so it's possibly that. On the other hand, it might be...
Topics: Vietnam Raw Footage, David plenn, 9th Infantry Division, Vietnam War, Stock Footage
This color silent film footage was shot during the Vietnam War and shows day to day operations of members of the 9th Infantry Division ("Old Reliables"). All the material was filmed circa Spring, 1967 in and around the Mekong Delta. The footage gives a sense of the monotony of life for many soldiers during the Vietnam conflict. The newly reconstituted 9th ID arrived in South Vietnam on 16 December 1966 from Fort Riley, Kansas. The 9th was deployed in Dinh Tuong and Long An Provinces...
Topics: 1967, Vietnam War Dailies, Vietnam War, Vietnam, 9th infantry Division, Mekong Delta, Stock Footage
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This silent Castle Films travelogue includes images from Thailand, Burma and possibly Cambodia in the 1950s.   Castle Films were sold for the home market, and like National Geographic in this era had a special appeal — featuring images of bare chested women at the 2:45 mark and following.   Elephants are seen at the 4 minute mark. The collection of natural rubber is seen at the 5:30 mark, and tea at the 6 minute mark.     Primitive pumps powered by human labor are seen at the 6:45 mark....
Topics: South Pacific, Thailand, Travelogue, Castle Films, Stock Footage
Made by 20th Century Fox as part of their "Adventures of the Newsreel Cameramen" series, this black & white film contains spectacular footage of early 20th Century aviation, while showcasing the newsreel cameramen who documented pilots and planes. Copyright is 1936, produced by Truman Talley and edited by Lew Lehr. Opening titles: Adventures of the Newsreel Cameraman - Scouring the Skies! (:07-:43). Army maneuvers in the clouds. Boeing P-26 "Peashooter" planes are shown...
Topics: 1930s, Scouring The Skies, Stun Pilots, Crazy Planes, Plane Crashes, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
This color educational/promotional film is about the new UH-60A built by Sikorsky. This helicopter was designed to meet the U.S. Army's Utility Tactical Transport Aircraft System (UTTAS) requirements released in 1972. The Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk is a four-blade, twin-engine, medium-lift utility helicopter manufactured by Sikorsky Aircraft. Deliveries of the UH-60A to the Army began in October 1978 and the helicopter entered service in June 1979. Copyright is circa the mid to late 1970s....
Topics: A New Star In The Sky, Sikorsky UH-60A, Black Hawk Helicopter, UTTAS, Stock Footage
This silent 16mm home movie takes viewers on a picturesque tour through Blue Ridge Parkway which is a National Parkway and All-American road noted for its scenery which this film focuses primarily on. It is the US’s longest linear parkway running through Virginia and North Carolina. It runs mainly along the spine of the Blue Ridge mountain chain. A map points to the Parkway’s location (:30). Trees with changing autumn leaves and shrubbery of the area are shown (2:30). Trail’s Cabin is...
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This 1960s black and white film documents the 24th Infantry Division in Korea as part of the Army’s “The Big Picture” weekly televised series by the Signal Corps Pictorial Center. Hosted by Master Sergeant Stuart Queen. 1959, the Task Force Smith Memorial in Korea is dedicated. A gun salute is followed by a bugler playing “Taps” (1:48-3:05). 1950, the 24th is shown in occupied Japan (3:14-3:45). A map shows the 38th parallel, followed by North Korea tanks and burning buildings...
Topics: US Army, 24th Infantry Division, Korea, Task Force, Korean War, Stock Footage
Made by Wilding, this black & white training film teaches selling techniques for the new economical automobiles (in this case the Plymouth Valiant) and was shown to car salesmen. It was made in 1959 and focuses on the 1960 economy models. Opening titles: THE INSIDE STORY (:07-:25). A salesman, our host, talks to the viewer. He lifts a card, then speaks (:26-1:56) about how to qualify a prospect and make a sale. A prospective customer looks at a car and the salesman, our host, comes over and...
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These Are South Africans is a 1950s propaganda film from the South African Government Information Office that paints an idyllic picture of South Africa by showing the leisure lifestyle enjoyed almost exclusively by the country’s white citizens. The film opens with footage of the Parade of Uniforms in Cape Town celebrating the opening of parliament. Soldiers march in full uniform. A car drives up in front of Cape Town’s Parliament Building and Dr. E.G. Jansen, Governor-General of the Union...
Topics: 1950s, South Africans, 1950s, Government, Information Office, Stock Footage
Created for the Navy and Congressional oversight, this color film from Lockheed Aircraft reports on the progress of the development of the T2V-1 SeaStar aircraft. The T2V, later called the T-1 SeaStar, was a carrier-capable jet trainer that entered service in May 1957. It was developed from the highly successful Lockheed T-33, and was powered by one Allison J33 jet engine. Compared to the T-33/TV-2, the T2V was almost totally re-engineered for carrier landings and at-sea operations and fitted...
Topics: 1955, Lockheed T2V-1, Seastar Aircraft, Flight Test Program, Navy, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
This black & white promotional film for B.F. Goodrich Tires, is about the manufacture of tubeless car tires. It was produced by Regan Film Productions, Inc., Detroit, and copyright 1961. Opening titles: Mileage in the Making: The Story of the Tubeless Tire (:07-:20). The host introduces a whitewall car tire, the B.F. Goodrich Silvertown tire. The host holds natural rubber, then synthetic rubber. The host holds high tensile steel wire. Fingers point at: Oil, Carbon Black, Zinc Oxide, and...
Topics: Milage, Tubeless Tire, 1947, Goodrich, Silvertown, Tire Promo, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This 1950’s travelogue profiles the Santa Fe Super Chief, the most luxurious way to travel across the country. The film begins by showing how train’s now offer all of the comforts of home. (00:00:20:00) Then, the new flagship of Santa Fe’s fleet is introduced, the Super Chief. (00:00:40:00). Our narrator then cuts to a beautiful actress, who is planning a train trip to Southern California. (00:01:10:00) The narrator convinces her to try the new Super Chief for her trip. The narrator then...
Topics: Santa Fe, Super Chief, 1950s, Railroad, Promotional Film, Stock Footage
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Dating to the 1940s, this historic travelogue of Quebec, Canada presents the many sights of Quebec City including the St Lawrence River, La Porte St. Louis,  General Montcalm's headquarters, the business and residential areas, the Basilica of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré, agricultural areas, the Montmorency River Falls,  Lake St. Joseph, the beach and various activities including boating, water skiing and sailing.  At 4:48 the Tadoussac, a passenger ship from the Canada Steamship Lines, is...
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Featuring Dr. H. David Baldridge who accumulated a great deal of data about shark attacks and wrote the book "Shark Attack" (1978), as well as other experts, this U.S. Navy-produced film SHARKS: THE DANGER IN THE SEA dates to the 1970s and may very well have been inspired by the release of the film JAWS. The film focuses on shark attacks and the Navy's efforts to combat them using shark repellant. Stuart Springer appears at the 5:00 mark, discussing the development of WWII-era shark...
Topics: Jaws ERA, US Navy, Sharks, Danger In The Sea, Shark Attack, 1978, Stock Footage
This 1950s United States Navy training film describes the principles of relative motion to be applied in naval maneuvers for ships at sea. It opens with a cartoon depicting a caveman hunting with a rock (:39). Without understanding relative motion, when he throws the rock at the deer, he misses every time as the deer is in motion (1:00). When begins to guess the two motions of the moving deer and the rock he begins to understand relative motion and becomes a skillful hunter (1:58). From the...
Topics: 1957, US Navy, Maneuvering Board, Navigation, Training Film, Stock Footage
This color ESSO training film "Opportunity Unlimited" is about how to improve business at an Esso service station. It also shows some of the ESSO and ATLAS branded point of sale signage and advertising campaigns. Produced circa the mid 1950s, probably 1957. It was directed by Edward Seward and produced by John Bransby. Note: the film may have been shot at the Jackson Esso Service Station located at 328 Henderson Drive, Jacksonville, North Carolina. The plot of the film consists of an...
Topics: 1950s, Opportunity Unlimited, ESSO, Standard Oil, Service Station, Training Film, Stock Footage
Made by the Burton Holmes Film Co., this black & white educational U.S. Navy Training Film is one of a series made to train lookouts. This one is about night vision and how to maintain it. Copyright 1944. Opening: U.S. Navy Training Film - Night Vision (:06-:19). A sailor raises binoculars at night. Eyes on a face. Eyes shift. Diagram of how the human eye works, animation shows how the eye lens sees. Diagram points out how an eye sees during the day versus at night. A man looks up at night...
Topics: 1944, US Navy, Training Film, Night Vision, Airplane, Ship, Stock Footage
Created in the 1955s, FIERY MAGIC shows the creation of calcium carbide with lime and coke to generate acetylene gas, and the use of calcium chloride to make plastic products. The film was made by National Carbide which marketed its products under the trade name Airco. At 8:23, the film shows how acetylene was used to power the headlights of early automobiles. At 9:04 the use of acetylene for welding and cutting in the forge is shown. At 9:44, calcium carbide is used to remove sulfur from cast...
Topics: 1955, Calcium, Carbide, Plastic, Manufacture, Fiery Magic, Acetylene Gas, Stock Footage
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Educational film produced by the Seaboard Air Line Railroad telling the "story of a new South whose roots are embedded deep in the honored tradition of the old."  The film shows the economy of the Southeast, including white and African American workers, cities, and daily life, all in the context of railroad business and operations. Produced and directed by Carl Dudley with a script by Herman Boxer. The film incorporates some racist imagery common (unfortunately) to films of this era....
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One of the many promotional films for General Motors made by the Jam Handy Organization, MILLIONS OF MASTERPIECES shows the design and assembly process behind the Chevrolet cars of the 1950s. It starts with an historical overview of design in the form of the illumination of books, and then the development of the printing press, as an example of how technology can make things more efficient and produce "millions of masterpieces" just like an auto assembly line and mass production make...
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