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This silent home movie of a Thunderbirds air show contains an incredible segment around 5:20, when an Air Force C-123 crashes and burns. The date of this tragic accident was September 24, 1961, the location the New Hanover County Airport. The two-engine C-123 was carrying members of the U.S. Army's Golden Knights parachute team from Fort Bragg. Three crew members were killed including the co-pilot John E. Markel and flight engineer Sgt. John M. Lesko, and the unit photographer for the Golden...
Topics: Golden Knights, Air Force, Thunderbirds, USAF
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This silent film shows the aftermath of the devatating 1933 Long Beach Earthquake, including shots of many damaged and destroyed buildings, many of them built with unreinforced freemasonry. At :23 the shattered Lynwood Sweet Shop is shown, in the rear the completely collapsed Lynwood Theater, located at 11606 Long Beach Boulevard, is visible. At 1:35 a DeSoto and Plymouth auto dealership is shown, and then at 1:41 the Morgan Motor Co, a Packard dealer, all with severe damage. At 1:58 the...
Topics: Aftermath, 1933, Long Beach, Lynwood, Los Angeles, Stock Footage
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Produced in 1951, "The Waking Point" is a British Civil Defense film aimed at increasing recruitment to the now defunct Civil Defense Corps.   The narrative of the story is set around an “every man” character in Joe Mercer who comes to realize that civil defense is universal after a mishap with his son getting trapped in a sandpit. At the end of the film he realizes there is “still time” to train in civil defense after he dreams about WWIII being declared before he’d...
Topics: British Civil Defense, 1951, Sandpit, WWII. World War II, Stock Footage
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This color film provides highlights of the 1947 Cleveland National Air Races. A plane sits under a SkyTech Inc. sign. The B.F. Goodrich plant can be seen. The grandstand, Frederick C. Crawford, and Governor Thomas Herbert kick-off the 1947 Cleveland National Air Races (:40-1:30). Movie stunt flyer Paul Mantz wins the trophy for the cross-country Bendix Trophy race. He is joined by female pilot Jacqueline Cochran to congratulate him (1:31-2:46). Stunt flier Jimmy Grenier purposely awkwardly...
Topics: 1947, Air Races, National Air Races, Ohio, Cleveland, Stock Footage
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One of a series of films made by the U.S. Army to educate recruits about the Code of Conduct, this film discusses the duty of soldiers to resist the enemy, including when in captivity. Soldiers are instructed to resist by all means available, and make every effort to escape, and especially to not accept any parole or favors from the enemy. The will to resist, the film teaches, is what can keep men who are imprisoned alive.  Produced in 1959 during the Cold War, the film seems to show an...
Topics: 1959, US Army, Army Code Of Conduct, Basic Training, Prison Camp Escape, Stock Footage, Periscope...
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This 1943 U.S. Army Air Force film, Keep ‘Em Flying (T.F. 1-3314), is a short educational film to help new recruits find their place in the Army Air Force’s Technical Training Command. This WWII film details the activities of the men who support the U.S. Army Air Force, from crew chiefs to mechanics to armorers and munitions crew. The film opens with shot of planes flying in the air. An advanced air drone takes off (00:50). The film shows some of the various people who play a role in...
Topics: US Army, Air Force, WWII, World War II, 1943, USAF, TF
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Amphibious Warfare: The Salvage Boat is one of a series of U.S. training films. This film discusses how salvage boats conduct their rescue operations. The film opens with footage of various landing craft hitting a beach and soldiers storming the beach. Several landing craft break down or are stranded (01:02). The film shows a salvage boat on the water (01:22) as well as a salvage boat LCPL (landing craft personal large) being lowered from a cruiser down to the water. The film provides an...
Topics: Amphibious Warfare, Salvage Boat, WWII, World War II, Stock Footage
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"Railroading in the East" is a collection of silent, short films depicting fast moving trains filmed between 1897-1906. This is among some of the earliest extant footage of trains moving, as audiences in small theaters had the illusion that they were seeing the real thing. (The famous story is that audiences seeing a train headed straight for them panicked and bolted from the theater!) These short films were photographed by the Edison and Biograph Companies. In order to register a...
Topics: Railroads, Eastern USA, 1897, 1906, Trains, Stock Footage
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Produced in 1958 by Jam Handy Organization (and sponsored by the Chevrolet division of General Motors), “In Appreciation Of Stylist Of America” is a Technicolor American Look film that documents automotive, industrial, interior, and architectural design from the last truly great era of American design. An opening crawl explains that purpose, to pay tribute to men and women who work in the design industry — those “who work in lines, forms and textures, and colors to give to us beauty,...
Topics: Chevrolet, Jam handy, 1958, General Motors, Stock Footage
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Presented by the Studebaker Corporation and directed by Seymour Friedman, The Studebaker Story, Vol. 1 The First Hundred Years is a short 1953 film that gives viewers a quick look at the history of the Studebaker family and their rise from making wagons to producing quality automobiles. The film opens with illustrations of the development of the wheel, before cutting to a reenactment of the Studebaker brothers in 1852 South Bend, Indiana (01:34). Henry and Clement Studebaker work in their...
Topics: 1953, Indiana, Automobile, Studebaker, Seymour, Friendman, Stock Footage
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This 1959 sponsored documentary directed by Shirley Clarke uses experimental montage techniques to dramatize the construction of the 666 Fifth Avenue Skyscraper in Manhattan, New York City (TRT: 21:11).   Clarke was a member of the Independent Filmmakers of America and was part of a circle of independent filmmakers in Greenwich Village such as Maya Deren, Stan Brakhage, Jonas Mekas, and Lionel Rogosin. Opening titles: “Brandon Films Presents.” The Bellringers Monument in Herald Square...
Topics: Skyscraper, 1959, 666 fth Avenue, New York, Stock Footage
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This color film from 1954, a sponsored film about the importance of the railroad industry in America, is framed around the narrative of railroad workers talking in restaurant. Television producer John O’Shea (Bill Kennedy) is directed to Scotty’s, where the crowd inside includes waitress Kelly (Pat Englund), newspaper editor Bill (James Gregory), and Scotty himself (Jock MacGregor). A railway worker sees in a trade magazine that a TV program about railroads is in the works, and this leads...
Topics: 1954, USA, Railroad, Industry, Advocacy, Freight Trains, Stock Footage
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This Technicolor film, produced by the U.S. Steel Corporation, opens with a panoramic view of steel mills (:28). They rely on iron ore (:48), high-grade coke baked from bituminous coal and limestone (:49). The first step in producing steel is to make iron in the blast furnace (1:38), where raw materials are loaded into skip cars (1:48-2:00). Inside the furnace, chemical reactions occur (2:31).  An animation is shown (2:42-3:32) of the lime combining with impurities in the ore and coke to form...
Topics: United States Steel, Steel, Modern Steel, Stock Footage
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This silent home movie begins with a segment photographed in the St. Paul / Minneapolis, Mn. Twin cities area in the 1930s. It shows activity at Minneapolis Junction and the area down the Mississippi River, showing trains from Soo, Milwaukee Road, Chicago & Northwestern and Great Northern.The second portion of the film dates up to fifteen years later and starts at around 13 minutes. It focuses on 1st generation streamliner trains. This is a silent film. Shots include: 00:06 Train passing...
Topics: Railway, 1930, Minneapolis, Mississippi River, Stock Footage
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Made by the New York Central Railroad in 1935, FLIGHT OF THE CENTURY is a portrait of the "most famous train in the world." The 20th Century Limited was an express passenger train on the New York Central Railroad (NYC) from 1902 to 1967. The train traveled between Grand Central Terminal (GCT) in New York City and LaSalle Street Station in Chicago, Illinois, along the railroad's "Water Level Route". The NYC inaugurated this train as direct competition to the Pennsylvania...
Topics: New York, Railroad, Flight Of The Century, Trains, Stock Footage
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Produced by the Department of Transportation and the United States Coast Guard, this circa 1972 ‘“Port Safety — Vessel Inspection” training film covers the proper procedure for the captain of the port inspection of vessels carrying dangerous cargo.   As the film opens, the viewer is reminded that a system of safe ports is vital to the prosperity of the United States, with the USCG responsible for overseeing that safety and the captain of port ultimately held accountable for proper...
Topics: US Coast Guard, USCG, Training Film, Fire Aboard, Pleasure Boats, Stock Footage
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Made for the home market in the 1930s, this silent film draws from Pathe Newsreels and is called “News Digest”, with a focus on the year 1938. It had been produced by Pathegrams (:09). The first section of the film is about the Los Angeles flood of 1938 (:19). This disastrous flood was one of the largest in history and occurred due to two major storms blowing in over the Los Angeles Basin. In a matter of a few days it produced about a year’s worth of rainfall. 20,000 had been forced into...
Topics: 1938, News Headlines, Los Angeles, Food, Airplane, Stock Fotoage
Shake Hands with your Feet is a short film on the importance of foot health and the growing profession of chiropodists. The film begins with leg and feet shots of people walking on city streets and sidewalks, as well as people using their feet for various jobs. Men exit a factory (02:20) and kids walk in line to an open area for what appears to be recess (02:30). A woman sits with her feet up during a foot examination (03:00). Chiropodists examine patients’ feet (03:25) in a large exam room....
Topics: 1940, Foot Health, Chiropodists, Podiatry Profession, Stock Footage
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This film from Rockwell International pays tribute to the men and women who built America's Space Shuttles. "To Build a Star" starts with footage from July 4, 1982 as the Space Shuttle Columbia glides to Earth following its 4th successful flight in space. At 1:00 the Space Shuttle Challenger is shown. The film also features appearances by President Ronald Reagan (2:00) and his wife First Lady Nancy Reagan. The film shows images of the planning, design and construction of the Shuttle...
Topics: Star, Build, Space Shuttle, Columbia, Challenger, Stock Footage
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This short 1963 educational film from Film Associates of California gives viewers an overview of the role satellites play in relaying information across the world, specifically showing how the early satellite developments—focusing on the Echo, Telstar, and Syncom satellites—make it possible for the fast and continuous transmitting of communication signals across the planet. The film opens with a shot of a satellite moving in space and the first television broadcast ever relayed through...
Topics: 1963, Space Satellite, Communication Satellites, Stock Footage
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Created in the late 1920s or early 1930s, this Eastman Classroom Film examines ocean liners. It begins with a shot of a three stack ocean liner at :20. At :24 an ocean liner is designed by draftsman. At :46 a model is built. At :51 a layout is done on the floor. At 1:13 metal hull segments are machined. At 1:29 workers construct the ship at a shipyard. At 2:02 a vast scaffold surrounds the ship's hull.   At 2:35 the ship's propeller is moved into position while at 2:40 the rudder is seen being...
Topics: 1920s, Ocean Liner Design, Construction, launching, Stock Footage
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In this 1944 issue of Army-Navy Screen Magazine, viewers see a tribute to the late Lt. Gen. Lesley James McNair. McNair shakes hands with soldiers on an airstrip next to a plane, then he is shown sitting inside a car. Next, the film shows an aerial view of the cities of Normandy left in ruins following the heavy fighting that preceded the Allied liberation of the region (01:48). Troops fire artillery guns and off in the distance a building in a city is burning. A soldier talks on a radio while...
Topics: 1944, Army Navy Screen Magazine, Gen, Lesley Mcnar, WWII, World War II, Stock Footage
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This color educational film, one in a series entitled "Wheat - The Staff of Life" is about the milling of wheat. It was apparently made by the General Mills, Inc. corporation. Copyright is 1947. Directed by Rand Kellogg and Frederick R. Jones, the film was released by Simmel-Meservey. Opening: WHEAT---THE STAFF OF LIFE (:07-:33). Title: The Milling of Wheat. A huge wheat processing facility, the General Mills factory in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Samples of wheat are ground in a small...
Topics: Wheat, Staff Of Life, Milling Of Wheat To Flour, Flour, 1947, General Mills, Minneapolis, Stock...
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This twelve-minute sales film was produced for Chevrolet in 1954 by the Jam Handy Organization to show the changes in car purchasing since WWII. It features William " Bill " Frawley from the I Love Lucy TV show. Your Chevrolet dealer presents, “Shopping Around”. The movie opens with words rolling up the screen: “Successful selling today is largely a matter of point of view. Salesmen can learn points of selling techniques and memorize ways to overcome objections. But without the...
Topics: 1954, Chevrolet, Automobile, Sales Film, Shopping, WWII, Auto Industry, Stock Footage
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In the 1945 Department of the Navy film, DAMAGE CONTROL describes the effect on the metacenter of changes in the value of "G" relationship of metacenter height with range of stability, and initial stability in terms of displacement. At (00:00:50:00) , we see a pontoon stability experiment, and the metacenter’s effect on buoyancy. Vintage footage of American sailors and ships at port can be seen at (00:06:12:00). More vintage footage of ships at sea appears at (00:08:30:00) and...
Topics: WWII, World War II, Damage Center, Training Film, Metacenter, Stability, Stock Footage
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One of the many films made by Jam Handy for Chevrolet and General Motors, "It's Your Money" shows a customer examining a Chevy panel truck. The 3100 Truck, part of the Advance Design Series, was one of the most popular delivery trucks in its era because of its efficient engine, with a valve and head design, steering-column shifter, and large useable load space. It was sold in a variety of models including pick-ups, panel vans, and double duty models. Chevrolet's first major redesign...
Topics: Chevrolet, Advance Design, 1950s, Panel Truck, Sales Film, Stock Footage
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One of a series of driver's ed films made by General Motors known as "We Drivers", this 1962 Jam Handy produced movie was shot near Detroit, Michigan in the community of Cloverdale.   This very campy movie features miniature versions of the drivers — the "inner self" that speaks in a "wee little voice" through the miracle of special effects.   The film emphasizes defense driving techniques, including not following cars too closely, and allowing a forward and...
Topics: 1960, General Motors, Drivers Education Film, Miniature People, Stock Footage
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This color educational animated film from the John Sutherland studios is about a certain Mr. Finchly who has just gotten a 60 dollar raise and wants to figure out the best way to invest it. The film promotes the idea of investing money in stocks by using the MIP (Monthly Investment Plan) and speaking with a broker who deals with the NYSE (New York Stock Exchange). Copyright is 1956. The film was directed by Carl Urbano, animated by Emery Hawkins, George Cannata and James Parian, and written by...
Topics: 1956, New York, Stock Exchange, Working Dollars, Wall Street, Stock Footage
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This black & white advertising film is about the construction of the new Nash Airflyte automobiles. Copyright 1951. This film was made by the Nash Motors Company, which was was an American automobile manufacturer based in Kenosha, Wisconsin, in the United States from 1916 to 1937. From 1937 to 1954, Nash Motors was the automotive division of the Nash-Kelvinator Corporation. Nash production continued from 1954 to 1957 after the creation of American Motors Corporation. The aerodynamic 1949...
Topics: NASH, Motors, 1951, Automobile, Airflyte, Lucky Lott, Stock Footage
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Dating to the late 1920s, this film from the collection of Jeff Villencia shows the Kreutzer Air Coach, a trimotor airplane built by the Joseph Kreutzer Corp. at Clover Field in Santa Monica, California. The company opened on the verge of the Great Depression and apparently did not survive for long --  operations were suspended in 1931. It was later reorganized as the Air Transport Manufacturing Company in 1935. The Air Coach was the fifth type of trimotor approved in the U.S., the first being...
Topics: 1929, Kreutzer, Trimotor, Airplane, Santa Monica, Clover Field, California, Stock Footage,...
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This Technicolor color film was produced in 1956 for the New Jersey Bell Telephone Company, and based on a 1953 John T. Cunningham book This is New Jersey. The film opens with a bird’s eye view of New Jersey (1:00), bordered by Philadelphia and New York City (1:12-1:28), Cape May (1:33) and High Point (1:40). Reminders of the past include a Revolutionary War cannon (4:03), Washington’s Headquarters at Morristown (4:06), Washington’s pistol (4:22), the McConkey Ferry Inn (4:40), where...
Topics: New Jersey, 1956, New Jersey Bell, Bell Telephone, Stock Footage
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This 1960s color film includes 1930s black and white footage on the design, fabrication, construction, and opening of the Golden Gate bridge. It was presented by Bethlehem Steel. The film begins with a bird’s eye view of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. A statue of Joseph Straus, chief engineer, is panned up. The bridge is shown from afar (0:11-1:20). A vintage illustration shows the topography and side-view of the bridge’s construction (1:21-3:57). Black and white footage prior to...
Topics: Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, 1960, 1930, Steel, Stock Footage
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This U.S. Navy produced film tells the story of the NC-4 Flying Boats and the epic Transatlantic flight, as well as the unveiling of one of the aircraft NC-4 at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.   The NC-4 was a Curtiss NC flying boat which was designed by Glenn Curtiss and his team, and manufactured by Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Company. In May 1919, the NC-4 became the first aircraft to fly across the Atlantic Ocean, starting in New York State and making the crossing...
Topics: US Navy, NC-4, Flying Boat, Navy, 1919, Stock Footage
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This silent film is one of the "This Land Of Ours" travelogues produced for educational purposes in the 1940s and 50s. This one profile the state of Arizona starting with a Navajo woman who is shown weaving at :35. At 1:35 the city of Phoenix is seen with commanding views of downtown. The Maricopa Court House is seen at 2:09. At 2:16 what might be Central Avenue is seen with a Walgreens and First National Bank buildings. In the far background radio station KTAR's tower is seen above...
Topics: 1940, Arizona, Phoenix, Tuscon, Grand Conyan, Stock Footage
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In this 1952 U.S. Navy Training Film (MN-7339), viewers get brief look at the work a Navy Commissioned Officer Nurse does in a military hospital. The film follows a nurse, Janet, from being commissioned to her first assignment at a Navy hospital, and ends with her second assignment at the Naval Medical Center San Diego. The film opens with Janet putting on her uniform and packing her room as she prepares to leave for her second assignment. Women take their oaths as they are commissioned as...
Topics: US Navy, Navy Nurse, 1952, San Diego, Stock Footage
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Made by famed filmmaker Warren Miller for the Sears department store chain, this short film features Olympic champion Othmar Schneider (1928-2012) demonstrating his special skiing system.   The "Austrian" technique came about in the early 1950 and started the new wave of skiing. It featured turns made in the legs and lower body, with the upper body quiet.   Schneider was born in Lech am Arlberg. At the 1952 Winter Olympics in Oslo, he was the gold medalist in the slalom and the...
Topics: Othmar, 1960s, Austrian Skiing Technique, Ski Instructional Film, Stock Footage
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Presented by Plymouth Motor Company, this film shows the 2nd Annual Model Airplane Contest.   Presented by Plymouth Motors and sanctioned by the Academy of Model Aeronautics, this historic film "Adventures in Imagination" shows the run-up to the 2nd Annual international Model Airplane Contest in Detroit Michigan in 1948, and the event itself. In 1947, Plymouth Motors sponsored the first such contest, which lasted four days and garnered national attention. It was so successful that...
Topics: 1948, Model Airplane, 2nd Annual Model Airplane Contests, Detroit, Michigan, Stock Footage
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This brief drama film created during WW2 depicts the Arctic Sea Lanes and shows the Canadian conquest of the northern frozen tundra section of the country through air power. It features the northern route to Europe and Asia, isolated weather stations, outposts in the northern tundra, as well as bombers being fortified to Europe. It is presented by Official Films (:07) and is dedicated to the pioneer flyers whom had originally blazed the air routes of the northern route (:23). Pilots are seen...
Topics: 1942, Canadian Air Force, Arctic Air Routes, Stock Footage
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This black & white educational film is about the rubber made at Firestone Plants. Circa the late 1940s. Title: RUBBER FOR INDUSTRY (:07-:22). Firestone Plant in Fall River, MA. The ship Taurus unloads its rubber and latex. An African map, Liberia. Basic material, liquid latex drips from a tree. A man moves rubber. Factory. Rubbers ar unpacked: neoprene, butyl rubber, nitrile rubber, reclaimed rubber, GRS synthetic rubber. Rubber is cut in the factory (:23-2:35). Factory workers. Rubber is...
Topics: Rubber, Firestone, Firestone Plants, Rubber For Industry, Fall River MA, Stock footage
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Presented by the U.S. Navy, U.S.S. Forrestal (MN 8087) is a 1956 film that shows the construction of the Forrestal at the shipyards of the Newport News Shipbuilding company, the ship’s christening and commissioning, and its first sea trials. The ship is named after James Forrestal, the first US Secretary of Defense; it is first launched on 11 December 1954 and commissioned on 1 October 1955. It is the first U.S. carrier to be built with an angled flight deck. The film opens with shot of the...
Topics: 1956, US Navy, Aircraft, Carrier, Sea Trials, USS Forrestal, Stock Footage
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Produced by Sarra Productiosn for the National Safety Council, "Smooth Operation" is a black & white educational film, about how to drive trucks safely and efficiently on city streets.  Copyright 1951. Opening: National Safety Council presents SMOOTH OPERATION (:06-:29). A man pulls a Pacific Intermountain Express (P.I.E.) trailer, with a Ford F7 Big Job truck. Truck turns down a street. A trucker smiles, waves at another. Trucks come into the depot. Another trucker fills out a...
Topics: Smooth Operation, 1951, Truck Driver, Truckers, City Driving, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
This training film from 1955 was made for sales representatives working for Sears. It follows a narrative of two sales representatives who sell vacuum cleaners, taking lunch at a diner. They are discussing a training seminar which promoted the idea of ‘pitch, plant, profit’ in order to sell their Kenmore vacuums. The film was presented by Sears Roebuck and Company (:18) and opens with two men ordering coffee and a donut (1:17). One of the pair is disgruntled with the training seminar and...
Topics: Pitch Plant Profit, 1950s, Sears, Roebuck, Vacuum Cleaner, Salesman Pitch, Stock Footage
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Made in the late 1960s or early 1970s, this film shows the Book-O-Tron system, a high tech card reading and keypunch computer system developed by the Harwald Company of Evanston, Illinois for a library to keep track of film rentals. A 16mm film library is also seen, and the system by which films are rented and shipped to teachers in classrooms.   An IBM computer was used to keep track of overall film usage by title, apparently providing ready statistics to librarians.   The library shown is...
Topics: Book o Tron, Keypunch Computer System, Library, Stock Footage
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Made in 1932 in honor of the 200th anniversary of George Washington's birth, this silent film is one of a series that chronicles the life and times of the great general and president. The film was released by Eastman Classroom Films and shown in schools around the United States. Some scenes from the film were apparently created specifically for this film, others such as Washington crossing the Delaware River were drawn from feature films made in that era. In this episode "Conquering the...
Topics: George Washington, Conquering, Wilderness, Silent Film, Stock Footage
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This color promotional film is about the new 1961 RCA Whirpool Refrigerators. There is no copyright at the beginning or end of the film so the date of the production is late 1960 or early 1961 since our host mentions the brand new 1961 refrigerators. A country man named Wynn plays a guitar while a woman dances. He sings a song about a woman going to buy a refrigerator. An RCA Whirlpool is the refrigerator she bought (:09-:57). Our host talks about the brand new 1961 refrigerators (:58-1:29) RCA...
Topics: Musical, 1961, RCA, Whirlpool, Freezer Salesman, Training Film, Stock Footage
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“New Dimensions in Military Mobility” is a promotional film for the Bell 204B helicopter. It opens with the image of an army tanker of the 47th Regiment (:14) and men scouting another tank riding through woods (:33). The decades focused on will be the 50’s and 60’s and as the 60’s approached they expected to see an emphasis on different nations’ abilities to function in a limited warfare sense (1:03).   Success for each nation depended on tactics and mobility (1:23). The helicopter...
Topics: New Dimensions, Military, Mobiltary, 1960s, Helicopters, 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. Will Rogers 1921-1935. 1921- Rogers, wearing a suit, performs a rope trick as part of a Ziegfeld Follies act with Tom Mix. 1927- Will poses with his wife and children.  He performs at a rodeo in Mexico. Will tells Universal Studios founder Carl Laemmle he’s going to represent the audience....
Topics: Yesterdays Newsreel, 20th Century, Will Rodgers, Floats, Safety, Stock Footage
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Produced in the 1940s, this U.S. Navy instructional film gives an overview of how a photographic negative works on a chemical level, and how it can be processed successfully. All the steps of the procedure are shown, and a modern photographic darkroom demonstrated. We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional information about our videos by adding a comment!  See something interesting?  Tell people what it is and what they can see by writing something for...
Topics: Developing, Photographic, Negative, US Navy, Stock Footage
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This silent film shows some of the work of University of Arizona band director Jack Lee, who was an innovator in the choreography of marching bands at football games. This film shows a halftime show likely from the 1950s, with the band making a variety of formations on the football field before finally spelling out "U A" at the finale. Jack K. Lee was born in Akron, Ohio, attended Kent State University and graduated from Ohio State University. He served in the army during World War II...
Topics: Silent Film, Jack Lee, 1950, AZ, Arizona, Stock Footage
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This 1957 color 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 (1:21-1:53)....
Topics: Travel, 1840s, America, Steamships, Canals, Stagecoaches, Trains, Stock Footage
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This documentary "China: Century of Revolution, Part 1 - The Search for National Unity" focuses on Chinese history 1800-1927. It was produced in 1967 by the prolific filmmaker David Wolper. The movie summarizes Chinese history from late Qing, through the foundation of the Republic of China and the ensuing warlord era, strengthening of the Guomindang (KMT), to the beginning of suppression of the Communist party.0:08-0:50 Chinese men performing taichi, followed by a mix of the footage...
Topics: China, Century Of Revolution, Chinese History, 1800s, 1927, Boxer Rebellion, Periscope Film, Stock...
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In this 1967 episode of the U.S. Army’s The Big Picture series (TV 714), viewers see the work of the 101st Airborne Division in Vietnam from 1965 to the beginning of 1967, with a look at combat missions in operations Van Buren, Austin IV, Hawthorne, John Paul Jones, and Pickett. The film opens with paratroopers of the 101st jumping out of a plane and parachuting to the ground. Several soldiers climb into a Bell UH-1 Iroquois. Viewers see the USS Iwo Jima carrier in 1965 loaded with assault...
Topics: Screaming Eagle, Vietnam, The Big Picture, 101st Airborne, Stock Footage
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This color film is raw footage shot in the jungles of Vietnam, and includes various segments including shots at a field hospital, a fire base, a jungle patrol, and a riverine patrol. This footage is from September of 1967 (slate at 7:20 / 9:25 says 28 of September, another at 16:13 says 27 of September and says the cameraman is Kalsey). Opening: A patient is being worked on, on a operating table inside a quonset hut. The patient is covered by surgeons standing and cannot really be seen. The...
Topics: 1967, Vietnam War, Raw Footage, Bell UH-1, Helicopters, Jungle Patrol, Stock Footage
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One of a series of films made by Jam Handy for General Motors and Chevrolet, "Help Yourself" promotes the new 1949-1950 Chevy sedan. The film takes the interesting step of putting customers on a stage where the cars' appearance, safety features, economy, comfort, performance and other features are discussed by a salesman. The 1949 Ford was an American automobile produced by Ford. It was the first all-new automobile design introduced by the Big Three after World War II, civilian...
Topics: Chevrolet, Automobile, 1950, sales Movie, Help Yourself, Jam handy, Stock Footage
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This short 1970s film by the National Safety Council "Find a Float" takes a look at water safety and what to do in the event of an emergency situation. It opens with a water skier enjoying the sport and conducting spin jumps and dodging around buoys (1:08) as well as a family of three water skiing together (1:58). Other recreational water activities beyond water skiing include diving from a diving board (2:07) and scuba diving (2:16). While many see the water as a place of sport, some...
Topics: 1972, National Safety Council, Boating, Water Skiing, Water Safety, Stock Footage
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This short NASA film from the Apollo Program, details the second stage of the mighty Saturn V rocket.  Known as the S-II (pronounced "ess two") was the second stage of the Saturn V rocket. It was built by North American Aviation. Using liquid hydrogen (LH2) and liquid oxygen (LOX) it had five J-2 engines in a quincunx pattern. The second stage accelerated the Saturn V through the upper atmosphere with 1,000,000 pounds-force (4,400 kN) of thrust. The S-II was built by North American...
Topics: Apollo Digest, NASA, Saturn V, Rocket, Stock Footage
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This silent film shows nearly twenty minutes of the famed Long Count Fight (also known as the Battle Of The Long Count) boxing match. This was actually a rematch between world Heavyweight champion Gene Tunney and former champion Jack Dempsey, held on September 25, 1927, at Soldier Field in Chicago. "Long Count" is applied to the fight because when Tunney was down the count was delayed due to Dempsey's failure to go to and remain in a neutral corner. Whether this "long count"...
Topics: Jack Dempsey, Gene Tunney, 1927, Boxing, Boxing Match, Stock Footage
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This 1954 U.S. Navy training film MN 9301 highlights safety in aircraft line operations. U.S. Navy planes taxi onto the runway, including Vought F4U Corsairs. Propellers spin, the jet intake whistles, and the jet exhaust is shown on a Grumman F-9F Cougar #127292 (:25-1:20).   Gasoline is added from a tanker truck. The front guns are shown. Ammunition and rockets are loaded. A practice bomb is attached (1:21-1:49).   F4U #967 and #956 are guided forward, as #512, #513, #516, #968, and #952...
Topics: US Navy, Safety, Aircraft, Line Operations, 1954, Training Film, Stock Footage
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This fundraising film from the late 1940s or early 1950s (but most likely 1949), "Epidemic's Children" was produced by the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis. Produced prior to the development of a vaccine, the film tells some of the modern history of the fight against the disease, and shows some of the effects of the polio disease and the treatment regimen of this era including water therapy and the use of iron lungs. The National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis is now...
Topics: Polio, 1940s, Paralysis, Iron Lung, Epidemics Children, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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A Story of Fighter Development is a short film, narrated by Anthony Kimmins, that gives viewers a brief history of British development of fighter aircraft from the 1920s through the years following World War II. The film begins with a Supermarine Attacker fighter plane moving out onto a runway at a Supermarine facility. Pilot Jeffrey Quill demonstrates flying the Attacker, flying the plane above a crowd of spectators at the airfield facility. A type 510, a high-speed version of the Attacker,...
Topics: Story Of A Fighter, Development, Supermarine, Attacker Jet, Spitfire, Jeffrey Quill, Stock Footage
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This color educational film is about America's first deep space probe, Pioneer V. Animation depicts the path the spacecraft takes on its journey. This is copyright circa 1960. Opening: model planet Earth spins round. Scientific engineers at work on a solar panel on a satellite. A rocket. In the distance, the planet Venus (:55). Title: The Path of Venus (:06-1:09). It is 1960, a Thor DM 18-Able IV rocket is on a launchpad. A man with a radio relays information. Construction helmets. Planet Earth...
Topics: Pioneer 5 Deep Space, Space Probe, 1960, NASA, Venus, Atlas Rocket, Stock Footage
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Produced by Ford as a public service, DRIVING THE SUPERHIGHWAYS gives basic lessons about how to drive a car on a highway or expressway. A highway through Connecticut is shown, with various scenarios playing out showing driver mistakes that can cause auto accidents. The film also shows information about how to take care of a car and keep it serviced properly (see your authorized Ford dealer wink wink!) We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional information about...
Topics: 1950s, Ford, Motors, Ford Motor Company, Drivers ED, Film Driving, Stock Footage
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This color educational film is about how oil is drilled for and found. This was by the Shell Company. This is circa the late 1960s/early 1970s. Men climb a tower. Opening titles: OIL, a Shell Film (:08-:21). Large ship on a river near a city. Cars whiz down a California freeway. A train goes over a bridge. An airliner flies. A luxury ship goes by. A boat on a river with south Pacific Islanders. A water wheel. A boy sleds in the snow and goes by an oilman. Close on machine parts. Closeup of oil...
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Dating to 1944, these two newsreel segments are extracts from a longer Army-Navy Screen Magazine of the Screen. The first segment concerns the Polish city of Lublin,  after the retreating Germans have been forced out. The second segment shows the State of Texas and its contributions to the WWII effort. Opening title: Report From Lublin (:06-:13). Bombed out buildings in WWII. On July 24, 1944, the advancing Russian Army drove Germans from Polish city of Lublin. Liberated Poles are shown as...
Topics: Lublin, Poland, Liberated, Texas, War Effort, stock Footage
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A British Ministry of Information Second World War film, released by the Office of War Information, about Dover during 1942. This version for US consumption is narrated by the American journalist and media figure, Edward R. Murrow.   Features:   Dunkirk Evacuation Winston Churchill The Mayor Dover Town Hall St Martin's Battery "Look-a-like" Pencester Gardens.   This World War Two (WWII, WW2) film gives a resume of the Battle of Britain and Dunkirk Evacuation, 'current' Royal Navy...
Topics: WWII, World War II, Dover, British Ministry Of Defense, 1942, Stock Footage
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The first newsreel, titled A NEW GENERATION, shows some of the stunning accomplishments made by the Silent Service in the late 1950's. First, the launching of the Barbel-class USS Blueback is shown. (00:00:30:00) USS Blueback was built by Ingalls Shipbuilding Corporation of Pascagoula, Mississippi, and was the last non-nuclear submarine to join the fleet. The boats that would supplant Blueback and its diesel brethren are then shown. First, USS Skipjack (SSN-585), (00:01:00:00) which boasted...
Topics: 1950s, US Navy, Screen Highlights, Operation Big Deal, USS Independence, Stock Footage
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Made by the Royal Navy at HMS Excellent, the RN's gunnery school, TRACER OBSERVATION shows the use of tracer ammunition in combat conditions against aircraft. Using animation and live action, the film shows how tracer works, and how it can be used to adjust shell trajectories against a moving target. The film also contains a fascinating look at some of the optical effects produced by the human eye when dealing with a fast moving target such as an aircraft. A typically British film, at 8:11 it...
Topics: Royal Navy, HMS Excellent, RNs Gunnery School, Tracer Observation, Tracer, Stock Footage
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Dailies from the Clark Gable documentary film "Combat America" shot in WWIIThese 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…   some wonderful material including at 2:30 a wrecked B-17, a tail gun in action at the...
Topics: Clark Gable, World War II, WWII, Raw Footage, Combat America, Stock Footage
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This 1950s black and white educational film is about milk production. It was produced by Victor Solow as an MPO Productions. A baby in a bassinet cries as its parents sleep. The husband gets the infant, removes a glass bottle from the refrigerator, and feeds it (:24-1:33). A farmer walks in a field, seen through barbed wire. Inside a barn, cows wait to be milked by a portable milking machine. A cow is hand-milked. A calf drinks from a bucket of milk with a rubber nipple attached. Milk is poured...
Topics: 1950, Milk, Dairy, Dairy Industry, Milk Men, Chevy, Stock Footage
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This black & white film shows the early stages of the Allied forces invasion at Anzio, Italy in 1944. The film lacks credits or other information, but likely dates to 1944. The Battle of Anzio took place from January 22 to June 5, 1944, when Rome was finally captured. The operation was opposed by German forces in the area of Anzio and Nettuno. The landing operation was commanded by U.S. Army Major General John P. Lucas of VI Corps. The initial landing achieved complete surprise. However...
Topics: Anzio Beachhead, 1944, Combat Newsreel, Allied Italian Campaign, Operation Shingle, Stock Footage,...
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Created by Encyclopedia Brittanica in the late 1930s, this black & white educational film is about the country of Chile with a focus on the nation's rich natural resources and principal cities including Santiago. The film uses the device of a family visit, involving a family called the McKennas, to propel its narrative. The McKenna family has a historical link to the nation of Chile:  Brigadier Juan Mackenna (b. 1771) was an Irish-born, Chilean military officer and hero of the Chilean War...
Topics: 1930s, Chile, South America, Travelogue, Santiago Copper Industry, Nitrate Prodcution, Stock...
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This travelogue film, presented by Castle Films was one of a series sold for the home market called "The World Parade". They were commonly sold in department stores and camera shops. This film shows Glacier National Park,  a 1,583 square mile wilderness area in Montana’s Rocky Mountains, as it appeared in the 1940s. It includes shots of the area’s landscape including some of the glaciers and valleys. The Rocky Mountains are viewed through trees (:25). The park sits near the...
Topics: Castle Films, 1945, Travelogue, Glacier National Park, Montana, Rocky Mountains, Stock Footage
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Sports International With Bud Palmer’s 1963 special, “Stirling Moss—Portrait of a Hero,” tells the story of British Formula One racing star Stirling Moss as Bud Palmer interviews Moss. The segment is complemented with additional interviews of contemporaries of Moss. The film opens with footage of driving down streets in London, then cuts to the British Racing Drivers’ Club (00:52). Interviews with friends and competitors give their thoughts on Moss. An unidentified man talks about...
Topics: Sports International, Formula One, Race Car, Racing, 1963, Stock Footage
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1930’s TRAVELOGUE FILM “PORT O’ CALL, CITY OF DAVID” This film takes viewers on a tour through Jerusalem in the 1930’s and present the various types of religions which use the area for pilgrimage. In the film it presents Jerusalem as belonging to Palestinian territory, though today it is currently Israeli territory. It was produced by William M. Pizor (:17) and is of the Port O’ Call film series. It opens with an expansive view of the city from a hilltop (1:06). Jerusalem sits on...
Topics: 1930s, Travelogue, Port O Call, City Of David, Stock Footage
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Created by Telefilms for Kiekhaefer Mercury in 1968, this color film promotes travel in Europe and various boating activities and recreation. It is a subtle advertisement for Mercury Outboard engines. Kiekhaefer Mercury company began in 1939 when engineer Carl Kiekhaefer purchased a small outboard motor company in Cedarburg, Wisconsin, and ended up with a successful business selling motors through the Montgomery Ward catalog. Today, the company exists as Mercury Marine, a division of Brunswick...
Topics: 1968, Mercury Outboard Engines, Boating, Europe, Travel Film, Norway, England, Italy, Germany,...
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This color educational film is about Aviation Machinist's Mates, who are United States Navy aircraft engine mechanics that inspect, adjust, test, repair, and overhaul aircraft engines and propellers. No copyright but this is circa the late 1940s or early 1950s.   Title: Aviation Machinists Mate (:06-:17).A worn airplane, a Douglas SBD Dauntless Scout Bomber, is being wheeled in to a hangar for repair. The propeller mechanic puts a hoist on the propeller. The plane's engine is removed. The...
Topics: Your Job in The Navy, US Navy, Aviation Machinists mate, 1950s, Stock Footage
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This episode of the U.S. Army's "The Big Picture" TV show is entitled "Three Faces of Evil". It is one of a series of episodes in the "Army in Action" series which focused on WWII history. This episode specifically examines the aftermath of WWI and the lead-up to WWII, with the rise of the dictators Tojo in Japan, Mussolini in Italy and Adolf Hitler in Germany. Copyright 1964. Opening: Paintings of conquerors and defenders. Narrator explains how bow & arrow...
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Made by filmmaker, sporting goods store and truck company owner Pat Salvino, this film POLAR ADVENTURE shows a big game hunt of a different sort -- a hunt for a polar bear. It likely dates to about 1964. The film follows Salvino from Seattle to Alaska, where he shoots a bear and has its pelt as a trophy. At 3:46 Salvino flies north to Kotzebue, Alaska by the Arctic Ocean. At 4:52 the Alaskan Airlines DC-6 carrying Salvino arrives at the airport. It is February and the temperature is well below...
Topics: Pat Salvinos, Polar Adventure, Bear, DC -6, Sporting Goods, Stock Footage
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This rare WWII British film shows the operation of a Sea Fort, a fortified tower equipped with anti-aircraft guns and heavy artillery.  These so-called Palmerston Forts were built in the Solent, off Portsmouth. The name comes from their association with Lord Palmerston, who was Prime Minister at the time and promoted the idea.  (There were also Maunsell Forts which were built in the Thames and Mersey estuaries during the Second World War to help defend the United Kingdom. They were operated...
Topics: WWII, British Film, Sea Fort, Horse Sand Fort, Palmerston Fort, Stock Footage
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Made by the P. Lorillard Tobacco Company and produced and directed by Alan Shilin, PUEBLO HERITAGE is a 1940s portrait of the Hopi People.  It was photographed by Toge Fujihara.  The film traces the history of the Pueblo peoples from the Mesa Verde to the present pueblos -- with emphasis on Taos, Acoma, and Zuni. Concludes with scenes of the Indian Ceremonials in Gallup, New Mexico. Editor: Ann Busch. Production Assistant: Sandy Goodman. Narrator: George Williams. Technical Consultant:...
Topics: Pueblo, Hopi, Indian Tribe, Pueblo Heritage, 1940, Stock Footage
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The United States Navy gave viewers a look at “Sea Power in the Pacific” during World War II in this nearly 30-minute film. The film opens in 1931 China as Japanese bombs rain down from the sky. The horrors of war are shown in grim detail at mark 01:05, including the murder and mass burial of Chinese civilians. Japan was poised to control all of the Pacific and the resources of the East Indies, including its oil and rubber. “The only power the Japanese aggressor had to face,” we’re...
Topics: Sea Power In The Pacific, WWII, World War II, US Navy, Stock Footage
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On July 1, 1952, the Chrysler Corporation unveiled its new M48 Patton battle tank, nicknamed the "Phantom 48".   This film, "Land Battleship", shows the demonstration by the first Pattons at the Delaware Tank Plant in Newark, Delaware.   The M-3, a WWII battle tank of the type that would be replaced by the '48, is also shown at the 6:45 mark.   This was the first tank ever built by Chrysler.   The M48 Patton is a main battle tank (MBT) that was designed in the United...
Topics: 1952, Demonstration, Prototype, Patton 48 Tank, Stock Footage
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Made by RKO Pathe as part of the WWII industrial incentive effort, "Conquer by the Clock" presents a hectic montage of images of productivity, set to the click of time clocks, the hum of industrial machinery, and the clattering of guns.   In wartime America, three 8-hour shifts and 24 hours of work were necessary in munitions plants, shipyards, and other vital factories.   In 1943, the film was nominated for an Academy Award.   The film shows the activities in a munitions plant at...
Topics: Conquer By The Clock, WWII, Word War II, Industrial Incentive, 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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Dating to 1915, this black & white, silent film promotes General Electric's "King of the Rails" electric locomotives built for the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad (Milwaukee Road). These locomotives formed two classes designated EP-1 and EF-1. There were eventually forty two such boxcab electric locomotives built by the American Locomotive Company (Alco) in service, and the remained in operation into the 1950s. Opening titles: King of the Rails presented by...
Topics: King Of The Rails, General Electric, Milwaukee Road, Electric Locomotives, Stock Footage
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This early 1950’s color travelogue film by Kent Lane Films, Inc. highlights tourist attractions in the state of Kentucky, covering National Parks and historical monuments with an emphasis on recent highway developments (TRT 18:36). It was sponsored by the State of Kentucky's tourism agency. Opening credits: “More Per Mile” (0:07). A white 1952 Ford Customline Convertible drives towards the camera (0:22). Loading luggage into an open car trunk (0:31). An elderly couple reads a map of...
Topics: Kentucky, Fun Per Mile, 1950s, Frankfort, State, National Park, Stock Footage
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This American Red Cross film "The Uncalculated Risk" was designed to present viewers with the dangers of taking up water sports such as white-water rafting, canoeing or kayaking with little to no experience. It shows the threat of underwater obstacles, treacherous currents, icy water and flow through hazards while stressing the need for pre-experience training. The film opens with two young girls in life vests (:09) and a long line of vacationers carrying rafts and gear (:15). The...
Topics: 1970s, Water, Water Sports, Safety Film, Calculated Risk, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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Shot by an unknown American, this silent home movie footage was shot in and around Shanghai, China in 1946-1948 time period. The person who filmed them appears to have been working for the OMEA, or Officer's Moral Endeavor Association, a sort of non-governmental, YMCA type group operating in post-WWII China.  This film shows scenes of life in 1946-1948 Shanghai, Huangpu road, Daming road, Jinling road, Huaiai road and Yan'an. A celebration of opening a local chapter of a Triad, boat people,...
Topics: 1946, Shanghai, China, Home Movie, Whangpoo, Road, Waitan, District, Stock Footage
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This 1950’s color film provides a nautical tour of the state of Virginia, highlighting historic architectural landmarks and a diversity of steam, coal, and taker ships as they load and unload various import and export cargoes (TRT 16:54). Opening titles over a seal: “Virginia State Ports Authority” (0:08). An early map of the Americas. Zoom in on what would become Virginia (0:21). Dissolve to historical reenactors in Colonial Williamsburg. The reconstructed Governor’s Palace. Bruton...
Topics: Ports, Virginia, Hampton Roads, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Stock Footage
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This late 1940s black and white documentary “Operation Mercy” is from the Christian Rural Overseas Program (C.R.O.P.) on relief to Europe and Asia. The program was a collaboration between Catholic and Protestant churches. It includes carillon music by Ira Schroeder. It opens with churches in rural settings (:50-1:00). Tree tops are missing in war-scarred fields. Grain falls off a hand-pulled cart. Refuges push wagons and baby strollers through the snow. An Asian girl carries a baby on her...
Topics: Christian Overseas, Program, Operation Mercy, Post WWII, Stock Footage
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Shot by an unknown American tourist, this 1937 color and black and white home movie presents a silent European travelogue, showing major architectural and natural landmarks in pre-war Germany, Italy, Holland and France (TRT 9:16). Pan to a view of the Reichstag building in Berlin, Germany. The dome is present (0:08). The Berlin Victory Column (0:24). A famous Berlin street, Unter der Linden, lined with white columns and Nazi eagles. (Unter den Linden is a boulevard in the central Mitte district...
Topics: 1937, Home Movie, Trip, Nazi Berlin, Germany, Venice Rome, Stock Footage
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Sponsored by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, this highly optimistic, 1952 full color animation/live-action hybrid film presents the USA in the forefront of the world. It examines the medium of advertising as “the magic key” to continued American economic prosperity in the post-war era, suggesting a relationship between ads and modern refinements to household appliances (TRT 21:54). It was produced by the Raphael G. Wolff Studios. Animated searchlights over a city skyline. Opening credits...
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This (somewhat incomplete) late 1940s / early 1950’s color film "Seminar to Priesthood" uses the conceit of a scrapbook photo album to make a case for the vocation of Roman Catholic priesthood. Life on seminary campuses is depicted with an emphasis on recreation, while the benefits of a non-secular education are praised (TRT 38:06). The film was produced by the Jam Handy Organization. Film begins in media res. Young men play soccer at a French prep seminary (0:06). A student writes...
Topics: Seminar To Priesthood, 1950s, Roman Catholic Church, Seminary, Stock Footage
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This 1920’s silent black and white film with intertitles presents an introduction to the electric starter, using a combination of live action and animated footage to illustrate its implementation on buses, taxis, and motor boats (TRT 12:11). A title card introduces the voltage regulator as a tool for preventing buses from overcharging their batteries (0:23). An early Yellow Coach Model Z-63 double-decker bus labeled “1595 Special” with men and women in hats visible from the top deck....
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Made for the home market in Germany during WWII, this silent newsreel shows the Caucus front and in particular the ascent of Mt. Elbrus on the border of Southern Russia and Georgia. The film starts with a situational map before showing Axis allied troops in the forests with both horses and camels. At 1:30 mountain troops move up into the snow line. At 2:40 parts of a large artillery piece are assembled and the piece is then readied. At 3:00 mountain troops advance high up Elbrus. At 4:00 a...
Topics: WWII, World War II, Mt. Elbris, GErman Newsreel
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With a blast of dramatic music to gain a viewer’s attention, waves crash over rocks as the narrator remarks in the opening seconds of this circa 1964 US Department of the Navy color film, “This world of ours is largely water … since earliest explorers first dispelled the darkness out across the ocean seas, mankind has sought the sea as an avenue of communication and commerce. A lifeline so vital that its preservation means also the preservation of a way of life.” There is only one way...
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This 1942 film edition of the The Bluejacket’s Manual is “designed to familiarize the student with the general characteristics of U.S. Navy ships” and shows several examples of each classification. Individual vessels that can be identified in the film include PT-9, PT-11, PT-13, PT-10, PT-18, USS Fanning (DD-385), USS McDougal (DD-358), USS Phelps (DD-360), USS Porter (DD-356), submarine S-45 (one of the S-42 class boats), and submarine N-2 (SS-54). The film opens with a panoramic shot of...
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This 1944 U.S. War Department Combat Bulletin (No. 17) gives viewers a look at Operation Dragoon, the Allied push south after D-Day, Fighting in Burman, and a naval battle in the Pacific off the coast of the Mariana Islands. The bulletin begins with footage of Operation Dragoon. The Allied fleet waits for orders to invade Southern France. Secretary of the Navy James Forrestal discuses the operation on deck (00:39). The Allied convoy moves toward the French coast. Men make last-minute...
Topics: Combat Bulletin, Invasion, Southen France, France, Air Force, China, Stock Footage
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Photographed by U.S. Coast Guard cameramen with additional scenes provided by the U.S. Navy and Army Air Forces, United States Coast Guard Report No. 4 is a short war film that shows the work of the USCG during the Allied invasion of Normandy as part of Operation Overlord. The film opens with footage of “D Day +3,” showing viewers destroyed or damaged tanks, trucks, and landing craft on the beaches of Normandy. The film then cuts to January 1944 where Coast Guard men train moving from ship...
Topics: US Coast Guard, USCG, 1944 D Day, US AIr Force, US Navy
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"Nuremberg: It's Lesson for Today" was made by the Office of Military Government for Germany in May of 1947 under the auspices of the OSS Field Photographic Unit headed by John Ford.   In the summer of 1945, Ford dispatched Stuart to Europe to hunt for Nazi films that could be used at the Nuremberg trial. His older brother Budd, of higher rank, followed and led what became a small team of editors and writers. During a frenzied 4-month period, the Schulberg brothers and their...
Topics: Nuremberg, 1947, John Ford, Berlin, Stock Footage, Germany