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This silent footage shows the Martin Marietta X-24B lifting body at Edwards Air Force Base. It likely dates to 1973 when the aircraft was first flown. At 2:19 the aircraft is seen mated to a mothership B-52. At 4:27 are some brief shots of the aircraft being dropped at altitude. The Martin Marietta X-24 was an American experimental aircraft developed from a joint United States Air Force-NASA program named PILOT (1963–1975). It was designed and built to test lifting body concepts,...
Topics: X24, X-24B, Edwards Air Force Base, 1973, NASA, Stock Footage
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Made by the Kendall Refining Company, this promotional film from the 1960s shows "Nature's Golden Touch" and explains how crude oil is refined and processed.   The Kendall Refining Company was founded in 1881 in Bradford, PA, to refine local grade crude oil into kerosene, lubricants and greases. The Kendall Allegheny brand introduced a number of significant industry firsts, including the first oil designated for winter use, the first prepackaged and factory sealed one-quart oil can,...
Topics: natures Golden Touch, Kendall Oil, Refining, Stock Footage
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This silent 1950s color footage offers a glimpse into life on the USS Leyte (CV-32) aircraft carrier, showing numerous takeoffs and landings from iconic period aircraft (TRT 10:27) including F4U-4 Corsairs, F9F Cougars and A-1 Skyraiders. An underexposed shot of a United States Navy battleship cutting through sea water, taken from a high angle. A rope line runs to somewhere below the camera (0:06). Cruising through tall waves (0:31). A fighter plane numbered 47 comes in for a landing against an...
Topics: 1950s, Carrier, Operations, USS Leyte, A-1 Skyraider, F9F, Cougar F4U4 Corsair, Stock footage
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This color educational/promotional film "Where Dreams Come True" is about the diverse people who work at NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration), including women and minorities. The film wass written, produced and directed by William Greaves, and shot by cinematographer Robert Ipcar for NASA. Copyright 1978. Opening: Dr. Patricia S. Cowings speaks. Title: "Where Dreams Come True", narrated by Ricardo Montalban (:06-1:16). Mission control room at NASA. Men,...
Topics: 1978, Space Shuttle, ERA, Diversity, Opportunity, Dreams. Stock Footage
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Dating to 1941, this black and white, silent film from Castle "War in the East  British-Greek Victories" chronicles the Italian victory in Ethiopia in 1936, and shows some of the early successes that the Greek Army achieved against Italian forces, and British successes in North Africa -- in particular the Battle of Bardia -- in 1940-41. While largely forgotten, both of the campaigns shown in this film had meaningful impact on the war. In particular, Greece's defeat of Mussolini's...
Topics: 1941 WWII, Newsreel, British Victories, Libya, Greek, Italian Army, Ethiopia, Greece, Stock Footage
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This color short film produced by The Boeing Company documents the extensive tests performed on the 747 jet airliner prototypes before its rollout to the general public in 1969. The sun rises over a Boeing 747 jet airliner in silhouette. Title card: “Flight testing the Boeing 747” (0:10). Boeing engineers in white outfits work on manufacturing and testing aircraft parts (0:32). A 747 takes off and soars overhead, retracting landing gear (0:53). Wheels of the plane while taxiing in montage...
Topics: Boeing 747, Jumbo jet, Flight Testing, Rollout, Promotional Film, The Outer Limit, Stock Footage
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Opening credits: The Shade Tobacco Agricultural Association presents TOBACCO VALLEY, the story of Shade Grown Tobacco as told by Lowell Thomas (:08-:28). Connecticut River Valley. A tractor goes down a paved road between tobacco crops. A worker moves around. Men in the tobacco crop field. A man breaks down tobacco. A cigar on an ash tray (:29-1:33). Animated map of Connecticut, Massachusetts and Vermont. Land gets plowed. Connecticut River Valley is the Tobacco valley. Clouds in the sky. Fall...
Topic: Tobacco. Tobacco Valley
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Air France presents us with “Flying Holidays: Traveling through France” a charming travelogue from the 1960s that taps into a Hollywood styled score to compliment the monumental sights that travelers frequent. Vacationers tour the French country side including Normandy and Brittany, and the French Riviera in a Renault Caravelle and make frequent stops, experiencing the leisure of good food and a friendly welcome. The voyage starts off with a fabulous picture of French cuisine served in...
Topics: Traveling, France, Europe, Air France, Flying Holiday, Stock Footage
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Made in 1948 in an attempt to educate the American public and lobby Congress, AIR POWER AND PEACE POWER features Capt. Eddie Rickenbacker of Eastern Airlines speaking about the future of aviation. The title of the film was part of a slogan used throughout the aviation and defense industry in this era, to promote a strong military-industrial research and development effort that would simultaneously advance aviation technology while strengthening U.S. defense. The film mostly centers around a...
Topics: Air Power, Peace Power, 1948, Eddie Rickenbacker, Stock Footage
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Produced in 1949 by the Jam Handy Organization for Chevrolet Motors, "Transportation Unlimited" shows Chevy trucks serving in various roles.   The film proudly points to the American system of transportation as the best in the world, and shows how the components of the system -- air, water, land -- are all linked by trucks. In 1949 one in every three of these trucks was a Chevrolet. This film contains excellent footage of Chevrolet trucks from the mid-1930s to 1949, carrying out more...
Topics: 1949, Chevrolet, Chevy, Post WWII, Trucks, Bus, Stock Footage
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Originally released in 1947 as "Jitterumba" and then subsequently re-released by Castle Films in 1949 as "Melody Masters #5",   this short features Desi Arnaz (misspelled in the credits as "Arnez"!) explaining all about the rhumba. Arnaz is joined by Judy Clark and an obscure songstress named Dulcina, presenting "Taboo", "El Cumbanchero", "Boteando", "Managua Nicaragua" and "I'll Take the Rhumba." The film gives a...
Topics: Melody Masters, Castle Film, 1950s Music Videos, Judy Clark, Desi Arnaz, The Rhumba, Stock Footage,...
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Shot in the late 1920s or early 30s, this  16mm home movie consists of several sections. In the first, believe to show part of the 1929 Powder Puff Derby women's air race, an airport is seen with various numbered aircraft.  These include Travelair biplane, and what appears to be Pancho Barnes' Travelair Model R Mystery Ship (:13 seconds) taxiing and then taking off.  The biplane at 1:15 is marked NC4615, apparently a Waco GXE. At 1:30, a Ford Trimotor is seen at the airport and takes off in...
Topics: 1920s, Home Movie, Womens Air Race, Flying Over, Hudson River, Stock Footage
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This short film from Hughes Aircraft gives viewers a look at the company’s ground laser locator designator (GLLD), the AN/TVQ-2 GLLD. A tank turret swivels as a tank gunner prepares to fire a shell. A forward observer locates a target with a GLLD and the hidden tank is able to fire at the target without firing any spotting rounds (00:48). Viewers see a laser (01:07), key to the development of the GLLD. The film then shows a AN/TVQ-2 Ground Laser Locator Designator (01:30). Two soldiers carry...
Topics: Hughes Aircraft, Ground Laser Target, Stock Footage
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Created in 1972, "A Briefing on Civil Defense" attempts to present significant facts about radiological fallout, the fallout shelter program, and the national civil defense program.   We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional information about our videos by adding a comment!   See something interesting?   Tell people what it is and what they can see by writing something for example like: "01:00:12:00 -- President Roosevelt is seen meeting with...
Topics: 1972, Civil Defense, Nuclear Fallout, Fallout, Fallout shelter, Stock Footage
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This 1943 news review was produced by the U.S. Office of War Information.  It has several segments including: a band of isolated Australian troops fighting on the island of Timor, recycling of obsolete ordnance by the U.S. Army to create new metal for the war effort -- including Civil War cannonballs, WWI tanks, tractors and howitzers --, the effort to preserve British rare books and manuscripts in the United States through storage and microfilming,  wartime efforts to increase production by...
Topics: WWII, US News Review, Raiders Of Timor, Caucuses Battles, Stock Footage
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This film presents the innovations in air lift transport planes due to the arrival of the C-130 Hercules and the subsequent continued innovations which led to the C-141 Starlifter and the C5 Galaxy, all manufactured by the Lockheed Georgia Company. The film opens with an airport as cargo shipments are loaded in (:11). Air lift traditionally was conducted by converted passenger planes (:24) however, by the mid fifties a new plane was developed specifically for air lifting capabilities and this...
Topics: 1973, Lockheed, Georgua, C-130, Hercules, Cargo Plane, Stock Footage
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This film takes a look at the 2nd Battle of Guam in July through August of 1944. It involved U.S.forces moving to recapture Guam which had been captured by Japan in 1941. Guam was under 1,600 miles from Tokyo and Manila (:32), another reason the U.S. wanted to recapture it. Japan used the island to guard their vital sea lanes. After the fall of Saipan, Guam was pointed to as the next target (:43). US convoys make their way towards Guam (:52). Pre-invasion bombardments carried on hitting shore...
Topics: 1944, War Department, WWII, World War II, Guam, Stock Footage
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Sieg im Westen (Victory in the West) is a 1941 German propaganda film the shows Hitler's greatest military victory -- the Blitzkrieg conquest of Holland, Belgium and France in the spring of 1940.It was produced by the Oberkommando des Heeres, the German Army High Command, rather than the Propaganda Ministry of Joseph Goebbels. Goebbels indeed sabotaged its release in minor ways, delaying its premiere and telling propagandists not to promote it. The prologue consists of the Nazi version of...
Topics: Victory In The West, German Invasion, Belgium, Holland, France, Stock Footage
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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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This film from the British Act / Fact series recounts January 1st, 1945 -- New Year's Day -- when Allied aircraft faced a surprise onslaught of German fighters raiding their bases in Belgium and Holland. Anti-aircraft crews raced into action. Many Allied aircraft were hit on the ground before they could scramble into the air. At 2;02, Royal Air Force Spitfires, Typhoons and Tempests are sent to intercept the German planes, and fighter support for bombing raids is diverted to staunch the...
Topics: Air Battle, January, 1945, Luftwaffe, Battle Of The Bulge, Operation Bodenplatte, Stock Footage,...
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Produced in 1951 by Castle Films, and marketed for the home market in camera stores and magazines, this black & white novelty film shows daring stunts by hell drivers, barnstormers, and aerial artists. Copyright 1951. Titles: Castle Films presents "Living Dangerously" (:06-:15). Daredevil stuntmen of the Lynch and Lucky Teter Hell Driver teams drive their cars recklessly on a dirt track. Cars drive through fire and jump into the air off a ramp and crash into cars down below....
Topics: Living Dangerously, Lynch Hell Drivers, Tightrope Walker, Barnstormer, Stunt Pilots, Stock Footage,...
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This short group of films from the U.S. Office of Emergency Management presents patriotic military songs from WWII. It begins with THE CAISSONS GO ROLLING ALONG sung by Robert Weede...over hill...over dale... At 3:18 is the anthem of the U.S. Navy, ANCHORS AWEIGH sung by Conrad Thibault...anchors aweigh my boy, anchors aweigh...Finally, the MARINES' HYMN (6:30)  ...from the halls of Montezuma ....to the shores of Tripoli..we are proud to claim the title of United States Marines. At 9:45,...
Topics: WWII, American Patriotic Songs, Keep Em Rolling, Caissons, Rolling Along, War Bonds, Stock Footage,...
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Made for the home market, this "Sport Beams" film "Touchdown Thrills of 1948" was released by Official Films. Narrated by sportscaster Mel Allen, it features college football highlights including play by the Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. Purdue,  North Carolina vs. Texas, Penn State vs. Pennsylvania, Southern Methodist vs. Texas, Army vs. Stanford, Harvard vs. Yale, and Notre Dame vs. Northwestern. Surprisingly, the film does not show Michigan or Clemson, both of which...
Topics: Thrills, 1948, College Football, Highlights, Sports Beams, Touchdown Thrills, Official Films, Stock...
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This black and white vocational training film (with opening titles missing) aims to prepare beginner welders for safe and efficient handling of oxyacetylene torches with an educational tour of oxy-fuel welding techniques (TRT: 18:06). A man dons goggles and tests an ignited oxyacetylene torch. Narration: “Engineers are placing more and more confidence in this method of joining metals together” (0:06). A torch welder repairs a piece of damaged metal. A blowtorch and filler rod in closeup. A...
Topics: Oxyacetylene, 1950s, Educational Short Film, Welding, Training Film, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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: Polar Adventure, Polar Bear, Alaska, Taxidermy, Pat Salvino, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This late 1950s/early 1960s color advertising documentary about the progression of Boeing helicopters was produced by the Boeing Vertol Division.   A Boeing 107 helicopter rises from the heliport atop the New York City Pan Am building. It lands at the airport (:26-1:00). A Boeing 44 helicopter lands on a rooftop (1:01-1:22). Seagulls gather along a shoreline and sandhill cranes take off in flight (1:23-1:53). Block prints of mythological flying creatures and paintings of angels are shown. A...
Topics: Boeing Vertol, Boeing, Boeing Helicopter, 1960, Pan Am
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The No. 944 is a short Caterpillar promotional film from the late 1950s or early 1960s that highlights the features and abilities of the new Cat 944 Traxcavator (later renamed the wheel loader). The 944 is manufactured in Aurora, IL, and is powered by a four-cylinder Cat D330 Diesel Engine or a Cat six-cylinder gasoline engine. The film opens with a man climbing onto a 944 Traxcavator. A 944 is operated in a field (00:50). A man climbs onto a 944 and demonstrates the machine’s adjustable...
Topics: 1950, Caterpillar, Traxcavator, Construction, Stock Footage
Airstrike From Anywhere is a short film about the new portable, temporary airstrip capabilities of the U.S. Navy. The film opens with a Lockheed F-104 Starfighter taxing for take-off. The F-104 flies through the air. The film shows the plane’s tail hook. The F-104 lands (00:51) on a temporary runway constructed of interlocking mats manufactured by Harvey Aluminum, Inc. At the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station in El Toro, CA (01:26), F-104s are tested on the short 2,000-foot runway. An aerial view...
Topics: US Navy, Harvey, California, El Toro, F-104 Starfighter, Airstrike, Stock Footage
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This black & white film promotes the efforts of the American Red Cross, to help the U.S. Military and civilians through humanitarian work. Copyright 1964. Opening titles: Paratroopers jump. American National Red Cross presents "Down To Earth" (:08-:31). Paratroopers jump from airplanes and practice landing. A transport lands. Helicopters fly. American troops storm a beach as part of an exercise. A Red Cross Field Director watches the paratroopers in the air, prepared to help...
Topics: 1964, Red Cross, Civil, Military Support, Nurses, American Red Cross, US Military, Stock Footage,...
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This black and white film, entitled “English Children (Life in the City),'' was produced by Encyclopedia Britannica Films, Inc. (EB Films). This 1949 film is a collaboration with Harold S. Kemp of Harvard University and is educational and observational in nature. The production opens at 0:31 with a pleasant narration and footage of English school children participating in recreational activities outside a schoolhouse in the summer. Boys and girls playing marbles and jumping rope outdoors...
Topics: 1949, UK, United Kingdom, EB Films, Stock Footage
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This color educational/promotional film is about the Bofors 10.5 cm Field Howitzer L/28. The Internet has scant information on the L/28, but it was apparently designed for rapid movement and positioning, and the narrator notes that it was intended to be positioned quickly so as to hold off a paratroop or partisan type attack. Whereas prior to WWII Bofors had developed a 10.5 cm howitzer (also known as the Model 1924), this model appears to be different and may have never gone into volume...
Topics: 1960s, Bofors, Howitzer, CM Field Howitzer, Promo FIlm, Artillery Weapon System, Stock Footage,...
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This black & white wartime documentary is about the procedures, and the closely co-ordinated efforts made by the Royal Navy and Air Force, to locate and rescue downed pilots and aircrew. The rescue aircraft shown is a Westland Lysander, an airplane that was more or less obsolete by 1940 but well suited the role of spotter.  After the fall of France, UK-based Lysanders went to work operating air-sea rescue, dropping dinghies to downed RAF aircrew in the English Channel. Fourteen squadrons...
Topics: Pilot, WWII, World War II, Royal Air Force, Royal Navy, 1940s, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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Made late during WWII, LIFELINE TO CHINA traces the journey of American war materiel — in this case a barrel of petroleum from Texas — to the front in China. The journey takes place across the Atlantic ocean aboard ship, all the way to Burma where it is transported by porters onto trains, and then through various methods to get to Kunming. The airport at Bhamo is shown, along with the HQ of the Tenth Air Force operating into China. B-29 bombers are shown operating in the China-Burma-India...
Topics: Lifeline, China World, World War II, WWII, Stilwell, Petroleum, Stock Footage
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This silent film (originally released with a soundtrack that we don't have, and apparently narrated by John Glenn) was made to profile Teledyne McCormick Selph and its plant at Hollister, California. McCormick Selph was an ordnance company with a strong reputation in the pyrotechnic escape systems products line. In other words, ejection seats and systems. At :19 the sprawling facility at Hollister is shown. At :47 employees wearing clean room apparel work on electronic components. At :58...
Topics: John Glenn, SAAS, Ejection Systems, Pyrotechnic Aircraft, Stock Footage
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“THE F2H BANSHEE BEFORE FLIGHT” 1953 US NAVY TRAINING FILM This US Navy training film will take a look at the McDonnell F2H Banshee which was a single seat carrier-based jet fighter type air craft. The US Marine Corp and Navy deployed the craft from 1948 to 1961 and it was the primary American fighter used during the Korean War. The film opens with the craft in flight (:32). The F2H Banshee was powered by 2 axial flow Westinghouse J34 turbo jet engines (:41) and had a wingspan of about 45...
Topics: F2H Banshee, US Navy, 1953, Training Film, USMC, Stock Footage
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Search and Rescue…AMVER is an official U.S. Coast Guard film (CGMP 1-61) that discusses how ships and stations send AMVER reports to the Coast Guard’s New York headquarters, how AMVER message reports are processed using an IBM 305 RAMAC computer, and how the Coast Guard responds to a distressed tanker dealing with a fire using the AMVER system (AMVER is short for Atlantic Merchant Vessel Report System). The film opens with members of the Coast Guard looking at a large map on a wall. A Coast...
Topics: US Coast Guard, Search And Rescue, Atlantic Merchant Vessel Report, Stock Footage
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Made during WWII by Wilding for Pratt & Whitney, "It's Our Job" was intended to be seen by the foremen of wartime industrial plants, who were vital for the success of home front factory production. Here, the problems foremen must meet and means of solving them and shown, from introducing new workers to job responsibilities, to  cooperating with other foremen, to preventing safety issues on the assembly line. The film features shots of the F4U-1 Corsair, produced by United...
Topics: United Aircraft, Vought, Division, Corsair, Factory, Production, Stock Footage
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This black & white educational U.S. Navy Training Film is one of a series made to train lookouts. This one is about using the position angle system when reporting incoming aircraft. Copyright 1944. Opening: U.S. Navy Training Film - Position Angle (:06-:21). A sailor serving as a sky lookout uses his binoculars to scan for enemy planes. His job is to report incoming aircraft and their incoming bearing position angle so that the ship can be defended. A plane in the sky as seen through...
Topics: 1944, US Navy, Positive Angle, Sky Lookout, Airplane Spotting, Stock Footage
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Created by North American Aviation in 1949 to promote their newest jet aircraft, this film features the B-45 Tornado bomber and the F-86 Sabre, as well as the FJ-1 Fury. The North American B-45 Tornado 4-jet bomber is shown at (:24). It was the first operational jet to enter service with the United States Air Force as well as the very first multiengine jet bomber to have ever been refueled in midair. These planes entered into service in 1948. It is filmed gracefully taking off from the runway...
Topics: 1949, North American, Aviation, Promo Film, B-45 Tornado Bomber, F-86 Sabre, FJ-1 Fighter Jets,...
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“The Land Called New Jersey” is a color film that portrays 300 years of progress in New Jersey and the contributions of the citizens of the state to the history of the United States. Produced by Humble Oil & Refining Company in the early 1960s, it includes sequences on the granting and the naming of the state, on the colonial period, on early industry and transportation, and on Thomas Edison and the age of invention. The program describes the industries, educational system, cities,...
Topics: Thomas Edison, New Jersey, 1960, Humble Oil & Refining, Stock Footage
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This documentary, produced by the Portland Cement Association, describes the construction and utility of The Pennsylvania Turnpike, completed October, 1940, was a landmark construction project completed in that served as the grandfather of the interstate highway system. The planning process began in the 1920s as automobiles rose in popularity. After the onset of the Great Depression in the 1930s and President Franklin Roosevelt’s establishment of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) in...
Topics: Pennsylvania, Turnpike, Highway Interstate, 1940, Stock Footage
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This 1956 color educational film about American engineers was produced as a Jam Handy Picture for the Chevrolet Division of General Motors, making this film a subtle long advertisement. Different radio telescopes pick of sounds (:35-1:20). Men and women are shown in laboratories. Another writes mathematical equations on a blackboard. Different quick views representing engineers are shown (1:21-2:30). Shown are an hydroelectric dam, rivers splitting around a city, skyscrapers, office buildings,...
Topics: 1956, Jam handy, Chevrolet, General Motors, Stock Footage
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This black & white film from the late 1930s details the creation of diesel engines. To explain how pistons work, the ancient fire syringe or fire piston is explained. It was invented by Southeast Asia natives who used a bamboo cylinder and plunger with tinder on it. Rapidly compressing the plunger created fire (1:57-2:52). A modern version is constructed with thermometers and a pressure gauge into which oil is sprayed as the fire mechanism (2:58-4:48). Another way of showing the effects of...
Topics: Diesel, Modern Power, 1930, Southeast Asia, Stock Footage
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This silent footage shows a visit to the United States by Hasso Eccard von Manteuffel, a former Wehrmacht general who went on to become a member of the West German legislature and an advisor on the formation of the new army the Bundeswehr. The film starts at National Airport with Manteuffel arriving on an American Airlines DC-6. He is then whisked to the Pentagon for meetings.Hasso Eccard von Manteuffel (14 January 1897 – 24 September 1978) was a German general during World War II who...
Topics: West German Legislator, Hasso, Eccard, Von Manteuffel, Washington DC, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This color promotional film is about the U.S. Air Force Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Thunderbirds, making a tour of Latin America including Guatemala, Chile, Paraguay and Brazil. This is circa March 1961 to June 1963 when the Thunderbirds were flying the F-100 Super Sabre and led by Col. Ralph "Hoot" Gibson. Chile. Spectators watch in awe as the planes fly by. A solider on horseback watches as well. Plaza Baquedano, Santiago, Chile :32. Organ grinder plays and a monkey dances....
Topics: US Air Force, Thunderbirds, Cross Over, F-100, Super Sabre, Stock Footage
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This short, silent film from the collection of Jeff Vilencia, shows a hovercraft or ground effect vehicle built by Franklin A. Dobson of Newport Beach, California. It likely dates to the early 1960s, when Dobson's Air Dart caught the attention of Popular Science magazine and became a brief sensation. Dobson went on to found a company called AIRCARS, Inc. and marketed kits and plans for the vehicle which were sold through magazine ads. According to Popular Science July 1963, the complete kit was...
Topics: Franklin, Dobson, Hovercraft, 1960s, Vehicle, Stock Footage
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This silent, commercially produced "Travelette" movie shows the 1946 Rose Parade, the first parade since 1941, and the first post-WWII parade. It had a fitting theme -- Victory, Unity and Peace. The Grand Marshall this year was Admiral Frederick Halsey (1:00) who led the U.S. Navy to victory in the Pacific in WWII. Highlight floats are Mexico (1:20), City of Los Angeles (1:46), San Francisco (2:21), L.A. Times (2:40), the American Legion float featuring the Iwo Jima Flag Raising...
Topics: WWII, World War II, 1946, Rose Parade, 57th Tournament Of Roses, Pasadena, Stock Footage
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This color educational/training film is about the brand new Super Mobil Oil. This oil first appeared in 1974 thus the year of the film.   Opening titles/credit sequence: YOU KNOW IT BY ITS COLOR (:07-:33). Shots of oil and Mobil and 3 times longer (:34-1:46). A model poses. Super mobil. Look and Life magazine covers. Super Mobil oil (1:47-2:26). Super Mobil Oil, Brand X oil, and ice. Our narrator explains how the new oil keeps engines three times cleaner. We are introduced to the new Super...
Topics: Mobil, 1974, Mobil Oil, Supermobil, Promo Film
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This short publicity film for the Syncom Satellite program dates to the 1960s. It was made after the successful launch of Syncom 3, so most likely dates to 1965.   Syncom (for "synchronous communication satellite") started as a 1961 NASA program for active geosynchronous communication satellites, all of which were developed and manufactured by Hughes Space and Communications. Syncom 2, launched in 1963, was the world's first geosynchronous communications satellite. Syncom 3, launched...
Topics: NASA, Satellite, NASA Satellite, 1960, Syncom 3, Stock Footage
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This WWII film, "Target: Japan", shows the rebuilding of the fleet after Pearl Harbor, and outlines some of the strategic operations in 1943-1944.  It features Fleet Admiral Ernest J. King outlining the strategic situation as it existed in 1944. The film shows U.S. troops landing on Enewetak and Kwajalein. Task Force 58 moves into the Marianas and Saipan is invaded. Troops advance on Guam.  The film features footage of submarines operating in the Northern Pacific at the 4:00 mark,...
Topics: US Navy, WWII, Target japan, Japan, World War II, Stock Footage
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Made for sale to the home market in the late 1920s, these silent newsreels show Charles LIndbergh preparing to leave on his epic Trans-Atlantic flight in 1927.   The film includes good luck greetings from Lindy's mother and even his rival, Commander Byrd.   At the 4:30 mark, a second newsreel shows Lindy returning to the United States aboard the cruiser USS Memphis, with his aircraft in a box on the deck.   The Memphis arrives at the Washington Navy Yard, and Lindy is greeted by his mother...
Topics: CHarles Lindbergh, Newsreel, 1920, Commander Byrd, Trans Atlantic Flight, Stock Footage
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This silent film from Germany shows extraction operations at the The Ersberg mine, a large open-pit mine located in Eisenerz, Styria, in the central-western part of Austria, 60 km north-west of Graz and 260 km south-west of the capital, Vienna. Erzberg represents the largest iron ore reserves in Austria, having estimated reserves of 235 million tonnes of ore. The mine produces around 2,153,000 tonnes of iron ore per year. According to scholars, the mine was already working in the year 712, but...
Topics: German Film, Pre WWII, Open Pit, Open It Mining, Silent Film, Germany
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This silent film shows the battle for "Hill 700" starting on March 9, 1944. Depicted is the counter-attack by the 145th Infantry of the 37th Division to recapture the hill which had been taken in the early morning. The Japanese objective was to break through to the strategic beachhead on Empress Augusta Bay. Mortars (9:30) and light tanks and halftracks from the 754th Tank Battalion provided fire support and the battle continued through March 13th, when the troops regained the summit...
Topics: Army Pictorial, Silent Film, 1944, Japanese, WWII
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In this episode of True Adventure with Bill Burrud, Burrud welcomes viewers to the show, then footage shows rockets, including a space rocket blasting off (02:30). Men work on building a missile (02:55). The episode shows testing of the intercontinental Thor missile (03:50). Men in a control room prepare for the launch of the first Thor missile (04:30), which explodes during the launch attempt. Spectators watch a successful blastoff of the missile shortly thereafter (05:35). A Thor missile sits...
Topics: True Adventure, Cape Canaveral, Atlas Missile Thor
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Released for the home market, this short, silent documentary film consists of newsreels showing the Pan American Clippers in their heydey, 1934-1939 including the Martin 130 China Clipper and the Giant Boeing 314 Clipper. Footage includes interior shots of the aircraft showing the fairly deluxe sleeping accommodations.  At the 8 minute mark, footage of the ill-fated Samoa Clipper is shown. The film ends with the Yankee Clipper, which set a NY to Marseilles record in 1938. Samoan Clipper was...
Topics: Pan Am, Flying Boats, Boeing 314, 1938, Clippers NY, Yankee Clipper
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This German propaganda movie was part of a U.S. Navy archive compiled during WWII, and acquired by Periscope Film. This film celebrates the German U-boats, and shows them building a German Uboat and its launch into the water. We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional information about our videos by adding a comment!   See something interesting?   Tell people what it is and what they can see by writing something for example: "01:00:12:00 -- President...
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This fascinating, silent 16mm home movie -- shot by an unknown American who was almost certainly a military officer   -- shows a trip to Europe in 1949 and includes stunning footage of the end of the Berlin Air LIft. At 7:22, you will see dignitaries gather as a C-54 airplane with the "Last Vittles Flight" leaves Rhein Main Air Base, Frankfurt, Germany headed to Berlin Tempelhof Airport. At 1845 hours on September 30, 1949,   sister C-54 planes of the airlift flew overhead in...
Topics: Berlin, 1949, Germany, West Germany, Europe, Stock footage
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One of a series of films produced by Eugene Castle and sold for the home market through department stores, camera shops and mail order, this black & white film recounts news events in the world in the year 1938. Copyright 1939. Opening titles: Castle Films presents The News Parade of the Year (:07-:15). Flood's Havoc on eastern and western parts of the United States. Flooding in Southern California. Cars drive through water, people are stuck in the waters. A man water skis down a street.The...
Topics: News Parade, 1936, Spanish Civil War, War In China, China, WWII, Stock Footage, Periscope FIlm
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This black & white educational film is about the Jefferson Memorial, which contains memorabilia related to Charles Lindbergh (1902-1974). Lindbergh was an American aviator, who made the first solo nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean on May 20-21, 1927. Other pilots had crossed the Atlantic before him but Lindbergh was the first person to do it alone nonstop. Lindbergh's feat gained him immediate, international fame. There is no copyright but this is circa the 1940s.   Opening title:...
Topics: Charles Linderbergh, ST.Louis, Missouri, 1902, 1927, 1974, Stock Footage
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Made in the wake of the disastrous 1967 fire aboard the USS Forrestal, TRIAL BY FIRE recounts the incident and discusses some of the mistakes made by fire fighting teams that made the situation much worse than it might have been. It also shows the numerous systemic and leadership failures that nearly resulted in loss of the carrier. The film also shows the courageous work of the carrier's crew and that of support vessels, to stop the flames and rescue the wounded, and makes clear that the Navy...
Topics: USS Forrestal Aircraft Carrier, Fire Trial, Fire, 1967, Stock Footage
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This is a promotional video for the YC-15, S.T.A.R. OF THE FUTURE, looks at the strategic aircraft produced by McDonnell Douglas Corporation, designed for tactical transport.   The video dates from the mid 1970’s, most likely 1976.   Series of short shots of the YC-15; landing, a tank reverses into the cargo bay, two shots of a take-off, a refuelling, and of agile handling.   Slow zoom in on the U.S Air Force logo (:06-:59).   Title plate (1:00-1:09).   Several engineers look over...
Topics: 1976, McDonnell, Douglas Corp, YC-15, Tactical Transport, Stock Footage
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One of a series of films made by the National Association of Manufacturers, this black & white film "Industry on Parade" contains segments about nickel mining at Sudbury, Ontraio, manufacturing Eagle lead pencils and Industrial Brownhoist cranes. The film ends with a profile of four retirees from the General Petroleum Corporation. This was made circa the mid 1950s. Opening credits: Industry on Parade: The Need for Nickel! (:07-:36). Sudbury Basin of Ontario. A mining outfit hangs...
Topics: Industry On Parade, Nickel Mining, 1950s, Eagle Pencil Co, Brownhoist Cranes, Stock Footage,...
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Made in accordance with the American War Standard in 1944, this 16mm test film features picture and sound samples which a projectionist would use to set up a room or theater, prior to exhibition of films. Since room acoustics can vary, as well as light levels, etc. this sort of film was "standard issue". Variable density recordings are featured.We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional information about our videos by adding a comment!  See something...
Topics: WWII, Military Standard Projector, test, Movie Theater, 1944, Stock Footage, Periscope FIlm
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This 1937 black and white film about radio shows of that time was presented by Adolph Zukor and produced and directed by Herbert Moulton and Leslie Rousch. Actor Ted Husing plays The Star Reporter. The film opens with Ted dressed in a double-breasted 1930s suit and standing in front of a 1930s microphone on a stand. He introduces The Sons of the Pioneers, who play guitars and sing “Way Out There” around a campfire (:54-2:31). Singer Lanny Ross doddles on a piece of paper (2:33-2:45)....
Topics: Star Reporter, Hollywood, 1930, Radio, recording, Stock Footage
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In the U.S. military’s Combat Bulletin No. 40 from 1945, viewers see footage from the Allied forces attack on Manila Harbor, the first landing on Luzon, action along the Western Front and Alsace, the damage from a bombing campaign targeting the oil refinery at Merkwiller, a British carrier fleet attacking Sumatra, and Allied airstrikes on Celebes. The newsreel starts with carrier planes of the 3rd Fleet firing on the Japanese naval base in Manila Harbor. A plane fires at an above-ground oil...
Topics: WWII, Combat Bulletin, Manila, Invasion, 1945, Stock Footage
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This reel of silent films includes travelogues for Seville and the Santa Maria de Montserrat Abbey in Spain. It starts with a silent Dutch film, "A Look at Seville", that shows images of the Spanish city in the 1930s. Seville is the capital and largest city of the autonomous community of Andalusia and the province of Seville, Spain. It is situated on the plain of the river Guadalquivir. The inhabitants of the city are known as sevillanos (feminine form: sevillanas) or hispalenses,...
Topics: 1930, Seville, Santa Maria, Santa Maria De Montserrat, Spain, Travelogue, Stock Footage
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Written by historian Richard Hough and presented by the U.S. Navy, the late-1960s film The American Dreadnought gives viewers a brief history of the American battleship USS New Jersey and a solid background of this class of ship. The film opens by taking viewers to the spring of 1921 where planes sink battleships as part of the agreement to cease battleship production following World War I. The film then cuts to 1966 and shows viewers retired battleships sitting idle at a remote pier in the...
Topics: US Navy, Battleships, USS Jersey, 1968 WWII
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This beautiful home film from the 1930’s shows a visit aboard the USS Saratoga. It was shot by an unknown member of the "Amateur Cinema League" -- a national club of amateur filmmakers who supported one another's efforts and shared tips concerning 8mm and 16mm movie making. The ACL was founded in New York City in 1926. The film likely dates to 1932, as it shows aircraft that were deployed on the carrier in that time period, plus Captain George S. Steele is shown in command. Steele,...
Topics: 1932, Amateur Cinema League, Home Movie, US Navy, Aircraft Carrier, USS Saratoga, Stock Footage,...
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Want to support this channel and help us preserve old films? Visit https://www.patreon.com/PeriscopeFilm Visit our website www.PeriscopeFilm.com   REEL 1: https://youtu.be/ANNv-ilJ3Q0   Made by the Hotpoint appliance company to promote their electric appliances, "Sauce for the Gander" is a 1940 comedy starring Damien O'Flynn, Joan Woodbury and a   very young Alan Ladd in an un-credited role. (This may very well be Ladd's earliest big screen appearance.)   The plot of this film...
Topics: 1940, Hotpoint, Appliance, Appliance Sales Film
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“Sand and Steel” is a U.S. Marine Corps special film report from circa 1965. It highlights the construction of the Chu Lai Air Base in South Vietnam, and features the United States Seventh Fleet, the Seabees of the U.S. Naval Mobile Construction Battalion Ten, the III Marine Expeditionary Force, and the Fleet Marine Force, Pacific.The film opens with an aerial of an American fighter bomber attacking a communist installation in Vietnam (0:19). It drops a bomb on the ground below and fires...
Topics: 1965, US Marine Corps, Chu Lai Air Base, Vietnam, Sand and Steel, USMC
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This U.S. Navy film was made to educate pilots about the flight characteristics of the Ling-Temco-Vought A-7 Corsair II, and to prepare them for landing the aircraft on a carrier, as well as takeoff. The A-7 was developed during the early 1960s as replacement for the Douglas A-4 Skyhawk. Its design was derived from the Vought F-8 Crusader. Copyright 1970, and filmed aboard USS Oriskany (CV/CVA-34). The tail markings of the aircraft indicate they are from CVG-12, Carrier Air Group 12 or RCVG-12,...
Topics: A-7 Corsiar II, US Navy, Aircraft Carrier, Flight Deck Landing, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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Traces the building and launch of the Tank Landing Ship Coconino County (LST-603) during World War II.   During WWII, LST-603 was assigned to the European Theater of Operations. She participated in Operation Dragoon, the invasion of southern France, in August and September.   Also shown are LST 521 SS Cape May County,   an LST-491-class tank landing ship, and LST-470.   Landing Ship, Tank (LST) was the military designation for naval vessels created during World War II to support amphibious...
Topics: United States, Coast Guard, Guard landing Ship Tanks, USCG, LST Story, Stock Footage
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A 1960s United States Air Force film, “Helicopter Rescue Operations” takes it viewer along on various air rescue missions. Designed specifically for helicopter pilots, it’s purpose is to present examples of rescue procedures that will allow to use their training to successfully implement a rescue. Mark 01:05 shows a pilot, co-pilot, and paramedic headed for their helicopter for a standard aircraft and equipment check. “Although the best maintenance in the Air Force has pronounced it...
Topics: US Air Force, Helicopter, Rescue, Operations, 1960s, Training Film, Stock Footage
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These silent Vietnam War "dailies" -- unedited footage -- were brought back from S.E. Asia by a U.S. Army cameraman. This particular film consists of various segments. Some of it shows a Huey helicopter repair facility where choppers are put back together after suffering battle damage or needing maintenance. At 3:33, poorly shot footage shows an operation on someone's big toe which appears badly injured. At 5:48, the repair facility is seen in operation with a Huey having its rotor...
Topics: Vietnam War, Dailies, Huey Helicopter, Repair Facility, Stock Footage
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Dating to around 1967, these silent films were shot by U.S. Army cameramen, and brought back to the USA by one of them before winding up in the Periscope Film collection. This one starts with images of General Westmoreland visiting the 9th Infantry Division headquarters. At :42 he boards a jeep and waves goodbye. At 1:17 he is seen reviewing soldiers of the 9th Thai Army volunteer regiment. At 2:24, Westmoreland visits another base. At 4:00, a headquarters building is shown with signs...
Topics: Vietnam War, Dailies, General Westmoreland, Tai Army, 9th Thai Army, Stock Footage
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This WWII survival film, LAND AND LIVE IN THE JUNGLE (Part 1) dramatizes the survival of the crew of a downed military aircraft in the jungle. The film features Van Heflin as Lieutenant Lynn Harrison. The film was intended to offer practical information for downed fliers, but also to boost the morale of flight crews who might have to make a forced landing in the Pacific campaign.   In the film, four crewman rely on teamwork to make their survival fairly easy — using the jungle's resources to...
Topics: Live And Land, Jungle, US Army, Air Force, Survival Film, Stock Footage
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BEAUTY FOR KEEPS is a 29 minute long S.C Johnson Advertisement film produced during the 1950's by Wildling Productions, for the S.C Johnson & Son's Corporation, that features some rare views of Frank Lloyd Wright's famous headquarters building. It was shot predominately on location at a local college campus used for the film. It was directed by J.M Constable, written by Charles Cromer, and stars Jo Ann Carter as Doris, John Clark as her boyfriend Frank, and Dora Clement as the Mother who...
Topics: SC Johnson, Waxx Company, Waxx, Frank Lloyd, Wright, Building, Stock Footage
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This black & white educational film tells a highly fictionalized story of the travels of Marco Polo. Marco Polo was a Venetian merchant, explorer, and writer who travelled through Asia along the Silk Road between 1271 and 1295. Copyright 1955.   Opening titles: Encyclopedia Britannica Films presents Marco Polo's Travels (:05-:42). "The Book of Marco Polo" serves as a backdrop for the main title. At the start of the film, Sir Marco Polo is awakened by two people. The men talk with...
Topics: Marco Polo, Travel, Silk Road, 1955, Encyclopedia, Stock Footage
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A 1965 black and white episode (#643) of the U.S. ARMY  TV series “The Big Picture.” This, the tenth installment of the “Army in Action” series, covers events of the Korean War from 1950-1953 (TRT: 28:32). A soldier looks through the sight of a machine gun. Loading a cannon. United States Army training exercises (0:07). Handling guns. Armed soldiers standing in silhouette against water, trees, sky (0:30). Soviet T-34 tanks on parade and smiling Communist Party officials (0:41). Opening...
Topics: 1965, US Army TV, The Big Picture, US Army, The Cobra Strikes, Korean War, Stock Footage
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Presented by the Pacific Fleet Combat Camera Group, A Day In Westpac is a Vietnam War era film that gives viewers an overview of a typical day aboard the USS Oriskany in the Western Pacific. The film looks at members of the Navy performing routine operations and maintenance on the ship, as well as some other aspects of life on the “floating city.” The film opens with a shot of the Oriskany sailing on the Tonkin Gulf with the Seventh Fleet (00:30). A sailor wakes up and gets ready for call...
Topics: Westpac, USS Oriskany, CV-34, US Navy, Western Pacific, Stock Footage
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This is Chapter 7 of DON WINSLOW OF THE NAVY, a Universal serial from 1942. Plot: Commander Don Winslow is returned to the Office of Naval Intelligence from his command of his cruiser to investigate strange events on the Pacific island of Tangita, noticeably a ship being torpedoed. He discovers that there is a ring of saboteurs and enemy agents who are trying to destroy ships carrying supplies to the troops stationed in the islands and sabotage the war effort. Though the US Navy is preparing to...
Topics: Don Winslow, US Navy, 1942, Naval Intelligence, Stock Footage
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This fascinating 1932 16mm home movie shows the Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, beginning with track and field events in the Coliseum. At the 1:36 mark, Japanese athletes are seen. At the 5:30 mark running is seen, possibly the 500 meter. An obstacle course is seen at the 5:41 mark. At the 9:00 mark, boat racing is seen including what appears to be crew races. Equestrian events are seen at the 10:00 mark. At the 11:20 mark, swimming is seen at the swim stadium with its elaborate pools and...
Topics: Los Angeles, Olympics, 1932, Home Movie, Memorial Coliseum, Stock Footage
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Dating to 1947, this film "Skifully Yours" was produced by the Ford Motor Co. and directed by Jerry Webb and produced by Otto Lang. (Lang was a pioneering ski instructor who became one of the most famous skiers of his era. He taught Schneider's Arlberg Method and worked with many Hollywood stars at Sun Valley, Idaho.)  The film is narrated by Dan McNamara (:25). The film was part of a series of Ford films that promoted driving destinations in the USA. The film opens with a list of...
Topics: Skillfully Yours, 1947, Ski Resort, Promo Film, Sun Valley, Idaho, Otto Land, Hollywood Stars,...
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Made by Bell Telephone in the wake of the failure of the Teton Dam, DISASTER AT TETON shows recovery efforts. It has particular attention paid to communications and the phone system. The Teton Dam was an earthen dam on the Teton River in Idaho, United States. It was built by the Bureau of Reclamation, one of eight federal agencies authorized to construct dams. Located in the eastern part of the state, between Fremont and Madison counties, it suffered a catastrophic failure on June 5, 1976, as...
Topics: Teton, Dam, Failure, Disaster at Teton, Idaho, Stock Footage
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Made for the home market, this silent film features TWA's Starstream 707 jets.   Trans World Airlines launched its first jet service on Jan. 25, 1959, between New York-Idlewild and San Fransisco.   The route was chosen by TWA’s then President Howard Hughes to compete with American Airlines new jet service between New York-Idlewild and Los Angeles. Hughes pushed TWA’s finances to the limit to enter the jet age by ordering eight new Boeing 707-120’s in February 1956. TWA dubbed the new...
Topics: TWA, Starstream, 707 Jets, Kennedy International Airport, Stock Footage
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One of the films made by the Jam Handy Organization for General Motors, "O'Mara's Chain Miracle" is a pay-it-forward branding film. It takes place in a small town where a short tempered traffic cop (played by Victor McLaglen) named O'Mara manages to hold his temper and not explode at the service station guy that stops in the crosswalk (in his brand new convertible Chevy). As a result, the service station guy is nice to a customer (in a Chevy), who then treats his customers nicely......
Topics: Chevrolet, 1950s, Sales, OMaras, Chain, Miracle, Stock Footage
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Narrated by Robert Montgomery, this 1956 U.S. Navy film follows the fleet, and in particular the destroyers escorts of the Naval Reserve, as they make a trip across the Atlantic for a European cruise to Spain and Portugal. The film shows all sorts of activities of the destroyer escort crews, beginning with starting up the boilers on the vessels. Refresher training is seen as well as new recruit training, even Marlinspike seamanship, as the ships get underway for Europe. The destroyer escort USS...
Topics: US Navy, European, Cruise, 1956, Naval Reserve, Destroyer, Escort, Stock footage
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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...
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Made for the home market in the late 1920s and released by Kodak as part of their Kodascope film library, this collection of silent newsreels show the end of Charles Lindbergh's 1927 trans-Atlantic flight and his "goodwill tours" of Belgium, England and Mexico. The first segment "Lindbergh's Triumphant Arrival in Paris", released by William J. Ganz Co., (:15) starts with a view of Le Bourget Airport outside Paris, France. At :44, searchlights illuminate the sky as Paris...
Topics: Charles Lindbergh, Paris, Goodwill, Tours Belgium, England, Mexico, Stock Footage
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Shot by an unknown American tourist, this silent home movie takes viewers through parts of Italy and France in the 1930’s. During this time period in Italy, the fascist party had grabbed a solid foothold over the country. Meanwhile in France, the Great Depression hit in 1931, later than in other countries. The film opens with images of boats lined up along the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy (:20). The Rialto bridge (:24) appears and is the oldest of the four bridges which cross over the Grand...
Topics: 1930s, Italy, Switzerland, France, Home Movie, Venice, Rome, Paris, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This stock footage reel comes from the collections of the University of Arizona, Tucson which were sold by the institution in the early 2000s. Shots include the university's mall area (:18), Bear Down Gymnasium (:51), rose garden (2:11), Student Union (2:25), auditorium (4:00), stadium (5:47), swimming pool (6:15), 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...
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This color reel of home movie footage documents a 1950s tourist vacation to Hawaii, offering glimpses of the big island around the time of its statehood,revealing a colorful, relatively undeveloped land of beauty as well as a taste of the familiar tourist attractions that would later come to dominate the region (TRT: 12:46). Leader and punched holes. A group of yachts on a sunlit, sparkling panorama (0:05). A waterfront resort hotel. Grass huts, a weather vane, docks. Medium shot of a man in a...
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Dating to the era when Ronald Reagan was Governor of California (1967-1975), this news footage most likely dates from May, 1971. It first shows him at a press conference discussing whether teachers should receive pay for a holiday. At 1:37,  Reagan is seen deplaning a small twin engine Cessna 401A aircraft (presumably the Governor's plane) tail N6252Q, at the Sacramento Airport and being greeted by members of the press. Here the topic is about the size of the Governor's staff and a financial...
Topics: California, Governor, Ronald Reagan, 1971, Press Conference, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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After his beautiful wife Carole Lombard, was killed in a plane crash while working for the USO, a grieving Clark Gable couldn't face Hollywood anymore, so he joined up with the Army Air Corps. Gable famously requested that he be sent into actual combat. So naturally Hap Arnold decided he should make a movie about his combat group, the 351st Bombardment Group. Gable narrates this complete portrait of his outfit and appears in several short scenes where he interviews his comrades-in-arms. The...
Topics: Combat America, Clark Gable, Hollywood, Army Air Corps, 351 Bombardment, Stock Footage
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This compilation of aircraft related home movies spans thirty to forty years in aircraft development and includes materials from home movies, professional films, and other sources. It begins with footage of a  Boeing 247 at an airfield in Illinois, home to the 33rd Division Aviation branch (:10). At :45 seconds you will see an extremely odd, tiny home-built aircraft take off and crash catastrophically (looks like it could be fatal). As far as we know this is the first time this material has...
Topics: Airplane, Aircraft, 1920, 1960, Aircraft, Stock Footage
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This fascinating 1945 newsreel shows the battle for the Philippines, as U.S. forces under the command of General Douglas MacArthur launch an assault on the island of Leyte.   The battle resulted in a U.S. and Filipino victory. The Allies had taken control of all strategically and economically important locations of Luzon by March 1945, although pockets of Japanese resistance held out in the mountains until the unconditional surrender of Japan. While not the highest in US casualties, it is the...
Topics: Manila, Phillipines, Jima, Luzon, Iwo, Castle Films, Stock Footage
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This black & white educational film is about the country of Norway. This was made during WWII but contains footage from the 1930s. Opening titles: NORWAY (:06-:13). Mountains and fjords of the country of Norway -- as it looked before the outbreak of WWII. People walk around. Fishing village of Bergen. Bergen is a city on Norway’s southwestern coast. It's surrounded by mountains and fjords, including Sognefjord, the country’s longest and deepest. Sign for a bakery (1:01) and cobblestone...
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Made for pilot trainees by Wilding, this black & white, U.S. Navy film is about airplane attitude. It is one of a series of films made during WWII, to rapidly teach cadets the principles of flying. Copyright 1945. (N.B.: This version of the film was likely released after the end of WWII, as the end card has the Navy's post-WWII motto: "Keep the Fleet to Keep the Peace".) Opening titles: United States Navy Training Film - Primary Flight Training - Attitudes Of Flight (:06-:32)....
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U.S. Coast Guard Motion Picture Digest May 1945 is a silent newsreel-style film of the events of World War II in April and May 1945 that involved the U.S. Coast Guard. The first clip is of the damage done by “fire and exploding ammunition stowed on [the] tank deck aboard LST 884.” The ship was hit by a Japanese kamikaze plane near Okinawa on 1 April 1945. Viewers see the damage caused by the hit, as well as a soldier washing a small dog in a washbasin. In the next clip, SPARs (Coast Guard...
Topics: May, 1945, US Coast Guard, USCG, WWII, World War II, Newsreel, Stock Footage
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This color educational film is about the fresh vegetables grown in the west and shipped to the rest of the country by Union Pacific Railroad. This is circa 1958 or 1959. Opening credits: Union Pacific Railroad presents FRESH FROM THE WEST (:11-1:03). Cars drive on the 101 Freeway. High rise buildings -- known as Park LaBrea in Los Angeles. People walk in downtown Los Angeles at Hill Street. A Ralph's supermarket is shown outside and inside. People push their shopping carts and look at fruits...
Topics: 1958, Union Pacific, Railroad, Fruits, Vegetables, Farming, Stock Footage