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Dating to 1949, this film from Northwest Orient Airlines "Highroad to the Orient" pays visits to Japan, Hong Kong, Macau, and the Philippines. It was made by Reid H. Ray Inc. Northwest was founded in 1926 and took on the moniker "Northwest Orient" after 1947, when it established transpacific routes to Japan. It was absorbed into Delta Airlines in 2010. The film begins with the route of the trip shown on a spinning globe (0:23). Manhattan, New York Harbor (1:10). Times Square...
Topics: Northwest Orient Airlines, Highroad To Hong Kong, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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Made during WWII by Castle Films and sold for home use through camera and department stores, and by mail order, "Salute to the Navy!" shows the Navy's various capabilities. The newsreel features amazing footage of the air sea battles that raged near the Marshall Islands starting at (6:08).  Featured ships include: the battleship USS Texas, the submarine USS Wahoo, the cruisers USS San Francisco and USS Boise.  Also includes footage of fleet maneuvers of PT Boats, destroyers,...
Topics: Castle Films, US Navy, WWII, Moral Boosting, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This 1960 black and white installment of the newsmagazine “See It Now” produced and edited by Edward R. Murrow and Fred W. Friendly (Part 1 of 2) presents a behind-the-scenes overview of initial testing for the UGM-27 Polaris missile, a two-stage solid-fueled nuclear-armed submarine-launched ballistic missile, the United States Navy's first SLBM (TRT:  26:58). Title card: “Unclassified.” Opening titles: “See It Now Presents The Year of the Polaris” (0:08). Empty missile hatches...
Topics: Polaris, 1960, Nuclear Submarine, Missile Tests, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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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
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This 16mm silent film shows the visit to Admiral Arthur W. Radford (1896-1973) to the Philippines and Taiwan in the early to mid 1950s.The most likely date for this Far East trip, based on some research, is December 1953 to January 1954, and was probably intended to reassure the Taiwanese military of America's willingness to support it, in the face of Chinese Communist aggression. It probably predates the 1955 First Taiwan Strait Crisis. In that crisis, Radford urged President Eisenhower to...
Topics: 1953, Home Movie, Admiral Arthur Radford, Taiwan, Philippines, Stock Footage, Periscope FIlm
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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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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 charming 16mm silent Kodachrome home movie shows Christmas for an average American family. The kids receive many presents including at the 10:50 mark, a cardboard rocket ship. This item was sold in comic books of the time for $4.98 and advertised as a "jet" rocket ship.   We have yet to find footage of the even more famous cardboard Polaris submarine which was sold in the same era! Other toys spotted include a toy airplane...blocks...cars and trucks. What do you see? We...
Topics: 1960s, Home Movie, Christmas, Cardboard, Rocket Playhouse, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This historic newsreel shows some interesting events in the 1940s including the attack on the French fleet by the British at Oran and the collapse of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge. The 1940 Tacoma Narrows Bridge, the first Tacoma Narrows Bridge, was a suspension bridge in the U.S. state of Washington that spanned the Tacoma Narrows strait of Puget Sound between Tacoma and the Kitsap Peninsula. It opened to traffic on July 1, 1940, and dramatically collapsed into Puget Sound on November 7 of the...
Topics: 1940s, Newsreel, Tacoma Bridge, French Fleet, Oran, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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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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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 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...
Topics: 1940s Union Camp Arizona, Tuscon, Campus, Staduim, Mall, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This 1960 black and white installment of “See It Now” produced and edited by Edward R. Murrow and Fred W. Friendly (Part 2 of 2) presents a behind-the-scenes overview of initial testing for the UGM-27 Polaris missile, a two-stage solid-fueled nuclear-armed submarine-launched ballistic missile, the United States Navy's first SLBM (TRT:  26:58). The USS George Washington (SSBN-598) ballistic missile submarine surfaces (0:08). One of the submarine’s missile hatches opens. A Polaris missile...
Topics: Polaris, Polaris Nuclear Submarine USS, George Washington, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This color silent film was shot as part of F-105D ejection seat tests. No test is shown, but the footage would likely have been intercut with an actual test, and then released to the Pentagon or the press. The slates indicate all the material was shot at the rocket sled facility at Hurricane Flats in Washington County, Utah on July 20, 1960. The seat shown being tested at the time was designed by Republic Aircraft and, according to Ejectionsite.com, used in at least one successful ejection in...
Topics: Hurricane Flats, Utah, F-105D, Thunderchief, 1960, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
This 1947 "World School of Adventure" film entitled "Rough Road to Panama" takes viewers to Panama through via the Pan-American Highway. The film follows a group of men who, prior to the trip, had little experience in exploration. At the time, the road was not completed and much of it was considered dangerous. This film was presented by Viking Pictures / 20th Century Vikings (:10) and was produced and narrated by Sullivan C. Richardson, a journalist who wrote a book entitled...
Topics: Rough Road, Panama, American Highway, USA, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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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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Created for the home market in the year 1940, this silent newsreel film shows the Chicago Cubs Baseball Team in Spring Training mode on Catalina Island.  Most likely this is the 1939 team as it features catchers Gus Mancuso and Gabby Hartnett, Dick Bartell, Phil Cavaretta and pitcher Dizzy Dean.  The 1939 Chicago Cubs played 154 games during the regular season, won 84 games, lost 70 games, and finished in fourth position. They played their home games at Wrigley Field (Park Factors: 102/101)...
Topics: Chicago Cubs, Baseball, Spring Training, Catalina Island, 1940, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This film takes a look at the marine journey to Prudhoe Bay from Seattle and Tacoma Washington in order to develop an Alaskan oil reserve which was to be under contract of Atlantic Richfield Company or ARCO. The Alaskan northern slope remains icy for most of the year and receives little rainfall (:13). Summers are brief and caribou are seen returning to their traditional calving grounds (:25). In 1968, ARCO's operating area in Prudhoe Bay is pictured (:49) and this was part of a large-scale...
Topics: 1975, Transportation, US Coast Guard, Journey To Pruhoe, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
This 1960s color film produced by Ray Jewell and Adam Ooms for the United States Air Force promotes the Military Airlift Command’s Reserve Associate Program, showing how civilians with day jobs might join defense efforts via the piloting program. Designed to drive enlistment, this propaganda film emphasizes good eats, vocational training, and sightseeing opportunities over the risks and consequences of military action during the Vietnam War era (TRT: 23:13). The seal of the “United States...
Topics: 1960s, US Air Force, Military Air Transport Service, US Navy, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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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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 This 1938 film is entitled "Croisière D'escadre" / "Squadron Cruise". This is Part 2 of the film. Part One can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/NHb11WlDRkM 0:08 Hand, tracing the line from Casablanca to Agadir 0:23 Cruisers at anchorage by Agadir 0:35 The Port of Agadir and the fort. 0:42 An officer steps down and takes a light boat to the shore. Algéria heavy cruiser in the distance and, possibly, a French navy «  rapid supply ship  » «  ravitailleur rapide  »...
Topics: 1938 Pre WWII, French Navy, Documentary, Toulon Heavy Squadron Cruise, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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Narrated by Alexander Scourby and directed by Lt. Frank Peele and written by Peele and Robert Sibley, this 1978 U.S. Navy film, "Pride Runs Deep" was produced on behalf of the Chief of Naval Operations. It presents an in-depth look at the life of a submariner, from missile and torpedo exercises, to mess and recreation. It explains in great detail the difference between fast attack submarines and Polaris ballistic missile submarines. The film was formally called SITREP 13, with...
Topics: Pride, 1978, Ballistic Missile, Attack Submarines, US Navy, Groton, 1978, Stock Footage, Periscope...
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This black & white film promotes financial relief for the people of South Korea, who are in desperate need of assistance due to the outbreak of the Korean War. In particular, the film emphasis the need to donate to help displaced civilians, refugees and orphaned children of that war ravaged country. The film offers a personal appeal by President Dwight Eisenhower. Copyright 1954. Opening titles: Helping Koreans To Help Themselves (:07-:46). Artillery is fired, explosions abound. Troops on...
Topics: 1954, Korean War, Relief Campaign, South Korea, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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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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Made in 1948 by the De Frenes Company,  this U.S. Navy training movie breaks down the steps that must be taken for proper film processing and shows each of the chemicals used and what they do. It opens with a photographer using a Speed Graphic type camera, checking his exposed film for satisfaction after taking a picture (:43). A diagram then points to the image which was thrown by the camera lens that has left an invisible record of itself on the film (:51). This record cannot be used until...
Topics: 1948, US Navy, Photography, Darkroom, US Navy Training Film, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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Filmed in the 1920s or early 1930s, this home movie was likely shot by Christian missionaries, and features delegates of the city of Hanzhou, Canton. The mission in question is very probably Congrégation du Cœur Immaculé de Marie – the Belgian Roman Catholic missionary congregation, established in 1865 in China and still present there.The footage starts by the scenes of everyday life for the water people of the Southern China and proceeds to show the missionary works of distributing food,...
Topics: 1930s, Home Movie, Belgian, Roman, Catholic Missionaries, Hanzhou, China, Stock footage, Periscope...
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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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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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Made by Wilding, this black & white training film teaches selling techniques for the new economical automobiles (in this case the Plymouth Valiant) and was shown to car salesmen. It was made in 1959 and focuses on the 1960 economy models. Opening titles: THE INSIDE STORY (:07-:25). A salesman, our host, talks to the viewer. He lifts a card, then speaks (:26-1:56) about how to qualify a prospect and make a sale. A prospective customer looks at a car and the salesman, our host, comes over and...
Topics: 1960, Chrysler, Plymouth, Automobile, Salesman, Training Film, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
This 1960s color film produced by the United States Air Force offers a look at aircraft maintenance procedures and the often overlooked men who performed them during the Vietnam War era, using documentary footage and informal, macho narration to highlight the unique appeal and responsibility of what was once disparagingly known as the “grease monkey” profession, in a plea for respectability (15:05). The seal of the United States of America Department of the Air Force. Opening titles: “The...
Topics: Southeast Asia, 1960s, Air Force, Vietnam, F 150 Thunderchief, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This color educational/promotional film is about how Chevrolet cars make the most sense in terms of fuel economy. This is circa the mid 1970s, probably 1976 given the patriotic, bicentennial type logo at the head. Title: Chevrolet Makes Sense For America (:01). Different Chevrolets - Nova, Camaro, Vega (:09). Inside a Chevy Vega (:32). Loading a Chevy station wagon (:53). Four bedroom homes (1:00). A man opens the door for a woman to get into a Chevy full size car (1:08). Chevy has space for...
Topics: Chevrolet, America, 1976, Economy Cars, Nova, Camaro, Vega, Impala, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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An exhaustive exposition of John Deere’s 1960 offerings in construction, farming, landscaping and logging equipment, set to a lush orchestral soundtrack. (TRT 41:17) Opening title, over an aerial view of a John Deere plant: “John Deere Presents: 1960 Industrial Equipment” (0:07). Tractors pulling sheepsfoot compactors, scrapers, bulldozers, crawlers, wheel loaders, cable plows, trenchers, landscape rakes, seeders and mowers (0:58). The 831 Crawler-Loader demonstrates its features (2:14)....
Topics: 1960, John Deere, Farm Tractor, Landscaping, Construction, Bulldozers, Loaders, Stock Footage,...
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Produced in 1957 by the American Road Builders Association, “We’ll Take the High Road” is presented as a public service announcement, the films touts the ever-increasing number of cars on the nation’s roads and how builders are moving to meet an increasing need for more roads and highways. Because the existing roads were not originally engineered for safety or the number of cars using them, President Dwight D. Eisenhower (shown at mark 02:05) signed the National Interstate and Defense...
Topics: 1950s, Interstate Highway, Promotional Film, American Road Builders Association, Stock Footage,...
This 1969 episode of “The Eternal Light,” an NBC television series produced in conjunction with the Jewish Theological Seminary, represents part two of a series telling the “story of the renewal of European Jewry” following World War II and the Holocaust (TRT: 28:51). The bombing of Europe by German Nazis during WWII (0:08). Opening titles: “The Eternal Light: The Remnant” (0:38). A placid Prague riverfront over narration invoking the horrors of the Holocaust (0:55). Holocaust...
Topics: Eternal Light, The Remnant, 1969, Jewish, Documentary, Holocaust, Aftermath, Documentary, Stock...
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Dating to 1936, this silent film "Air Stunts" shows highlights from the National Air Races, which featured a number of barnstormer acts as well as racing competitions. One astonishing segment shows pilot Harold Johnson performing a loop and roll with a gigantic Ford Trimotor -- a plane not exactly built for performance (1:44). At (3:19) he lands on one wheel. At (:44), Hollywood stunt pilot Frank Clark maneuvers a biplane above an attentive crowd. At (3:34) a parachutist jumps off the...
Topics: Air Stunts, Looping Ford, Trimotor, Barnstormer, Tricks, Stunts, Frank Clark, 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 keep faith with fellow prisoners, follow orders from superiors, and share no information with the enemy, or take part in any action which might harm fellow prisoners. The film also reminds prisoners of the succession of leadership: "if I am senior, I will take command". Produced in 1959 during the Cold War, the film seems to show an Eastern European...
Topics: Keep Faith, Army Code Of Conduct, Cold War, Prison Camp, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This longform commercial for Gulf Oil presents sunset images of West Texas, west of Houston, and a romantic view of those who prospect for oil.  A veteran oil employee narrates. The film contains footage of bleak desert dunes (2:00), rattlesnakes, wolves (2:32), and so on. At 2:50, oil pumpjack is shown in operation. Oil moves to Rankin Station at 3:29, where electric pumps move the oil through pipelines at up to 700 lbs.of pressure.  At 4:08 the route of the pipeline is shown underground,...
Topics: Gulf Oil, Longform Commercial, West Texas, Oil, Exploration, Petroleum Pipelines, Stock Footage,...
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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...
Topics: 1960s, Hawaii, Home Movie, Hula Show, Boat Cruise, Kilauea Volcano, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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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...
Topics: 1930s, Travelogue, Bergen, Oslo, Sardine Fishing Industry, Lapland, Sami People, 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 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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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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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 & 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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Shot by an unknown American who was part of the U.S. occupation forces in post-war Japan, this home movie shows a visit to the countryside and with the Sakiyama Family. It also shows part of a wedding ceremony, a fruit and vegetable farm, the process of replanting and harvesting rice, and the preparation to what's presumably Farmer's New Year (April 1st).  It is believed this film was shot because of, and contains images of, Lt. Gen. Robert L. Eichelberger at the end. Eichelberger was a highly...
Topics: WWII, Japan, Home Movie, Robert Eichelberger, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This black & white educational/promotional film is about the medium Caterpillar tractors D6, D7, and D8 models, most often configured as bulldozers (but also sold in other versions). This is circa 1946. The D6 was also available in a military version classified as the SNL G152. The D6 started out in 1935 as the RD6, fitted with a 3-cylinder 45 hp D6600 engine. The RD6 was renamed D6 in 1937, and updated  in 1941 with a D4600 engine of 55 hp (drawbar) and in 1947, with a D318 engine of 66...
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Topics: 1946, Caterpillar Tractor Co, Bulldozer Promo, Stock Footage, Periscope FIlm
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This short training film (TF-6746) covers the use of Terrain Following Radar (TFR) on a General Dynamics F-111 Aardvark. The film opens with a pilot flying an F-111 near some hills at a low elevation. The plane clears a hill, maintaining a relatively constant altitude over the earth. This is done using Terrain-Following Radar (TFR). The film shows the instrument panel of the TFR system (02:28). A shot from the cockpit shows an automated guiding image that helps the pilot with flight navigation....
Topics: General Dynamics, F-111 Weapon System, Terrain Following Radar, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
Made in the 1930s by the Castle Film Co., WINGS OVER WORLD WONDERS is a silent film that shows airplanes flying over many different cities, scenic wonders and monuments.  This includes New York (1:19) and the Empire State Building, Niagara Falls (1:59),  Chicago (2:30), Grand Canyon (3:00), Boulder Dam (4:00), Golden Gate Bridge (6:00), Hawaii (6:45), Japan (7:45), Shanghai (8:26), Tunisia (9:00), the Sahara and the Great Pyramid in Cairo, Egypt (9:30), London (10:20), Paris (10:30), the Alps...
Topics: 1930s, Airplanes, World Monuments, Cities, Wings Over World Wonders, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This is a silent film created by Excel as part of its “News of the World” series, which was created for the home market and sold through magazines. "News of the World" reported various news events from World War II. There were various editions, this one is from 1943. The film opens with a title card: Italian newsreel pictures show demonstrations against fascism at the beginning of the Badoglio government and the downfall of Mussolini. The film opens with unruly crowds in a Piazza...
Topics: 1943, Excel, Newsreel, Macarthur, Victory, Lae, Mussolini, Overthrown, WWII, Stock Footage,...
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Released in 1946, this film is a promotional for Chase and Sanborn Coffee which is an American coffee brand established in 1862 in Boston Massachusetts. It shows the process they undertake for choosing coffee beans as well as acquiring the right flavor from the beans. It is presented by the Fleischmann Division (:11), narrated by Hugh James and was produced by B. K. Blake Inc (:27). The film opens by pointing to the more than 50 countries in the tropical zone which grow coffee beans (:37)....
Topics: Tropical Treasure, 1946 Chase, Sanborn Coffee, Roasting, Promo Film, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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Filmed by Encyclopedia Brittanica's brilliant cinematographer Isadore Mankofsky, this color educational film is about the operations of a modern airport, filmed at LAX (Los Angeles International Airport). Copyright 1962. Opening titles: Airport In The Jet Age (Second Edition: Airport). Mr. Stuart parks his 1961 Ford station wagon (:06-:35). Air Traffic Control (ATC) tower. Two air traffic controllers converse. A jet takes off and is seen clearly from ATC. Los Angeles Tower. Mr. Stuart gives...
Topics: Jet Age, Airport, Los Angeles, Airport LAX, Educational Film, 1962, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This color home movie footage depicts a visit to Israel, offering a look at family life on a collective farm by Zionist working families or kibbutzniks. Jewish peoples of all ages are depicted at work and leisure in casual quotidien scenes (TRT: 6:04). A man and a young boy walk toward the camera. Ducks on a farm. A man in shorts waves and climbs down a ladder from a water tower flying an Israeli flag (0:08). A Jewish woman poses with four children on the back of a truck (0:53). Underexposed...
Topics: 1950s, Home Movie, Family Life, Israel, Kibbutz, Israeli Collective Farm, Stock Footage, Periscope...
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One of the earliest non-fiction programs on broadcast television, "The Greatest Drama" dates to 1954. This episode profiles "The Cowboy Humorist" Will Rogers.   Opening: ticker tape parade in New York City. Title: The Greatest Drama - The Cowboy Humorist (:07-:37). Statue of Will Rogers. Picture of Will Rogers. Born in 1879 in Oklahoma. Men ride horses, a stampede of horses. Cowboys on his father's ranch. Will Rogers does a roping trick. New York City, Broadway, Ziegfeld...
Topics: Greatest Drama, TV Show, Episode, Biography, Actor, Humorist, Will Rogers, Stock Footage, Periscope...
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Produced during WWII for the U.S. Army-Navy Screen Magazine, this historic film consists of two segments -- "By Request" and "Strictly G.I."  The "By Request" segment was a popular feature, in which an attractive woman answered letters sent by overseas G.I.s who missed their homes and lifestyle. The second "Strictly G.I." is a filmed version of an Army radio program featuring Lucille Ball and bandleader Kay Kyser. "By Request." Opening: A...
Topics: US Army, Screen Magazine, Lucille Ball, Mel Blanc, New York, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
This declassified 1963 color film provides a close look at the use of various methods of cargo transfer between naval craft for purposes of “vertical replenishment,” contrasting older methods of high line transfer with modern helicopter delivery methods. The piston-powered Sikorsky H-34, which served both as a transport and ASW platform for the Navy, is featured. (TRT 13:22).Title card: “Unclassified” (0:08). Opening credits denote the participation of the Navy’s Bureau of Supplies...
Topics: US Navy, 1963, US Navy Helicopter Supply Systems, Cargo Transfer, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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Narrated by Bill Slater, this short black & white educational film is about sporting and outdoor activities on the majestic Hudson River in New York State. Copyright 1950. Opening titles: Paramount Pictures presents Grantland Rice Sportlight - Down Stream Highway (:07-29). Map shows Lake Ontario, New York State, and parts of New England. Hudson River. Highest point in NY state is Mount Marcy, two men stand on it. The men walk as the scenery is behind them. Water falls in the forest,...
Topics: Stream, Highway, 1950s, New York, Lake Ontario, Hudson River, Documentary, Stock Footage, Periscope...
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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 black & white promotional film for B.F. Goodrich Tires, is about the manufacture of tubeless car tires. It was produced by Regan Film Productions, Inc., Detroit, and copyright 1961. Opening titles: Mileage in the Making: The Story of the Tubeless Tire (:07-:20). The host introduces a whitewall car tire, the B.F. Goodrich Silvertown tire. The host holds natural rubber, then synthetic rubber. The host holds high tensile steel wire. Fingers point at: Oil, Carbon Black, Zinc Oxide, and...
Topics: Milage, Tubeless Tire, 1947, Goodrich, Silvertown, Tire Promo, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
The 1947 episode “The State of Maine,” part of the Carl Dudley Productions motion pictures series This Land Of Ours, gives viewers a taste of the largest state in the Northeast. The film opens with shots of forests (00:55), fitting for a state known as the “Pine Tree State.” Maine is also home to lakes, historic forts, and scenic lighthouses. August (01:26) is the capital and is shaped by the Kennebec River. Lewiston and Auburn are the heart of the state’s industry (01:47), producing...
Topics: 1947, State, Maine, Educational Dilm, Lewiston, Auburn, Portland, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This black & white educational film "Eagles of the Fleet" was made by the British Government as a recruiting and information aide for the Royal Navy. The first part of the film shows shore training at HMS Heron aka Yeovilton, a facility sited a few miles north of Yeovil, Somerset.  The second part of the film shows flight operations, training and a mock attack staged by  HMS Vengeance (R71), a Colossus-class light aircraft carrier. The film features Fairey Firefly and Hawker Sea...
Topics: British Government, Eagles, 1950, Royal Navy, Recruiting Film, HMS, HMS Heron, 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 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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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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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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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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Produced by the Convair division of General Dynamics, this color film presents the Atlas Missile, the first operational intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) developed by the United States and the first member of the Atlas rocket family, as well as one of the first large liquid-fueled rockets. The first successful flight of a highly instrumented Atlas missile to full range occurred 28 November 1958, and the film probably dates from that time period. Atlas ICBMs were deployed operationally...
Topics: Atlas, Factor Production, VW Bugs, Microbus, Fastback, Wolfsgurg, Germany, Stock Footage, Periscope...
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In 1927, the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad sponsored a pageant commemorating the 100th anniversary of its founding and, in effect, the steam locomotive’s 100th year.  At the time, the B&O published a booklet giving the history of the road and issued a silent motion picture. This is a slightly modified version which appears today much as it did when originally presented in the months following the close of the pageant on October 16, 1927. The celebration was held at Halethorpe, near...
Topics: 1927, Baltimore, Ohio, Railroad, Centennial Celebration, Iron Horse, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This 1928 silent educational short produced by Eastman Classroom Films depicts operations at a coal mine near Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, showing minecarts, simple tools, and harsh working conditions (TRT 14:55). Opening titles (0:10). Coal miners riding in a mining car exit the tunnel of a coal mine stenciled, “Be Careful Today.” The men’s faces are grim as they pass by, wearing headlamps and hats (0:14). The miners climb out of the mining car (0:29). A line of miners hand in buckets and...
Topics: Bituminous Coal, 1928, Eastman, Pittsburg, Coalfield, Mines, Miining, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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One of a series of US Air Force news magazine films made in the late 1970s and into the 1980s, this episode of "Air Force Now" contains segments about the work of the inspector general, the USAF's C-17 Globemaster III aircraft, and the consequences of driving under intoxication or DUI, which at the time was an important area for new public awareness. Opening titles: Air Force Now (:09-:40).  Inspector general or (IG) watches training exercise. Soldier runs and takes cover. IG writes...
Topics: Air Force Now, 1980s, Globemaster, C-17, USAF, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This color educational film is about the construction of the Fontana Dam in Tennessee. In 1935, the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), which was concerned with the Little Tennessee's effect on flood control in the greater Tennessee Valley, began negotiating with Alcoa to assume control of the Fontana project. Although Alcoa preferred that TVA build the dam, TVA was unable to get necessary funding for the project until the outbreak of World War II in 1941, when emergency wartime initiatives...
Topics: 1947, Fontana Project, Tennesse Valley, Fontana Dam, Construction, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This circa 1952 kinescope film "Hawthorne Looks at the Weather" is a segment featuring comedian Jim Hawthorne. It begins with a station identification for KNBH Channel 4, Hollywood, California. This was the first iteration of what's now known as KNBC or NBC4, with the NBH standing for National Broadcasting Hollywood (the name changed to KNBC in 1962 when the station moved to Burbank). The show features a series of gags while promoting sponsor Armstrong Tires. The actual weather report...
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Dating to the post-Vietnam era of the mid-to-late 1970s, "The Green Scene" was a periodically issued U.S. Army film series, that promoted various aspects of Army life. In this episode (number 8), the focus is on the Army's travel agency / vacation and recreation services, the importance of having a school diploma, the history and legacy of the U.S. Army's infantry, and a look at the U.S. Army's role in disaster assistance featuring images of the 1972 Nicaragua Earthquake. This is...
Topics: 1970s, US Army, News Magazine, Army Travel Agecny, Disaster Relief, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This black & white educational film presents news headlines.  This particular episode of "This Week's News in Review" dates to the last week of April, 1954. Opening titles: This Week's News in Review - The McCarthy-Army Hearings (:06-:17). Senate hearings. Senator Joseph McCarthy shows a picture. Army Counsel Joseph Welch. The hearings are underway. Chairman speaks. People argue with Senator McCarthy (:18-2:14). Title: The Geneva Conference. Russian Molotov walks by. Chinese...
Topics: News, Review, Army, Maccarthy Hearing, Polio Vaccine, Solar Cell, Battery, 1954, Stock Footage,...
This newsreel compilation was prepared for review by the U.S. Treasury Department during or just after WWII, to show the publicity campaign affiliated with War Bond sales. It reviews the many efforts by the government, the public and Hollywood to raise money for the war effort.  More specifically, the film follows the 6th, 7th and 8th War Bond drives, opening with an Army art exhibit put together by the US Treasury Department with Eleanor Roosevelt and Martha Morgenthau as chairpersons (:13)....
Topics: 1945, US Treasury, News Clips, US War, Bond Sales, War Loan, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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These extraordinary Super 8mm home movies from the Vietnam War, come from a member of the "Ravens".  The Raven Forward Air Controllers, also known simply as The Ravens, were fighter pilots used for forward air control in a covert operation in conjunction with the Central Intelligence Agency of the United States in Laos during America's Vietnam War. The Ravens provided direction for most of the air strikes against communist Pathet Lao targets and People's Army of Vietnam's...
Topics: Vietnam War, Loas, Home Movies, Ravens KRT, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This black & white educational film is about the aircraft display of the Society of British Aircraft Constructors. This is circa the mid-to-late-1950s. Opening titles: British Information Services presents  "Achievement In The Air" (:07-:34). Great Britain. Aircraft display of the Society of British Aircraft Constructors aka the Farnborough Airshow.. People wait in line to go into a plane and look at it. A de Havilland Comet and a Bristol Type 167 Brabazon. Large crowds. Many...
Topics: 1950s, Farnborough Air Show, Brabazon, Avro 707B, Canberra Jet, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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Dating to 1943, this film "Smoke Rings" presents  Glen Gray Knoblauch ("Glen Gray") and his famous Casa Loma Orchestra, along with the Pied Pipers, trombonist Pee Wee Hunt and female vocalist Eugenie Baird. The short, which takes its name from the band's signature song, was directed by Arthur Dreifuss, associate produced by Will Cowan, shot by William Sickner with Charles Previn as musical director, and Bernard Brown as "sound director" (a title sometimes seen in...
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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: P Salvino, Polar Adventure, 1960s, Polar Bear, Big Game Hunt, Alaska, Taxidermy, Stock Footage,...
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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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This documentary film shows a brief glimpse into the highly influential life of Winston Churchill. It focuses on his burial ceremony and the impact it held over England. It opens with a note from the British Board of Film Censors (:08) certifying that it had been passed for general exhibition. Streets in Britain are seen lined with posters of newspaper headlines featuring Winston Churchill (:20) after his passing in January of 1965. Blenheim Palace in Oxford shire, England stands as a massive...
Topics: 1965, British Documentary, Homage, Winston Churchill, England, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This 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...
Topics: The Big Picture, US Army TV Show, US Army, 1930s, WWII, Army In Action, Stock Footage, Periscope...
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This extraordinary film about American POWs is one of a series of "Air Force Now" magazine type movies made for the U.S. Air Force in the 1970s and 1980s. This particular episode focuses on the  return of Prisoners of War (POWs) from Vietnam after the war. It was apparently made in either late 1973 or early 1974, after Operation Homecoming took place. Operation Homecoming took place from February 14, 1973 to April of that year, and involved the return of 591 American prisoners of...
Topics: Air Force Now, Vietnam War, Prisoners Of War, Operation Homecoming, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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Made during WWII to train ground personnel, this film shows the proper way to prepare cargo for air transport, and how to load a transport aircraft. It also shows the role of the Air Transportation Officer in confirming that aircraft are loaded properly. The planes shown are the Curtiss C-46 Commando, and Douglas C-47 Skytrain and C-53 Skytrooper transports. (A C-53 is simply a DC-3 that was specifically designed for military service. Unlike the C-47 it does not have big cargo doors, a...
Topics: 1943, US Army, Army Air Forces, US Air Force, Air Transport Command, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
This black and white 1955 travelogue documents seaside towns along the Adriatic Coast in the aftermath of World War II, showing natural landmarks, historic architecture, European tourists, and local peoples of diverse ethnic backgrounds from Croatia and former Yugoslavia (TRT: 14:01).Opening titles: “Adriatic Splendor” and credits (0:08). Sunbathers at Lake Bled, in the Julian Alps region of the Upper Carniolan region of northwestern Slovenia. Bled Island’s Church of the Mother of God on...
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This color recruiting film showcases the U.S. Navy's aircraft carriers, airplanes, pilots and flight crews. It was shot aboard a number of carriers including the Essex class USS Ticonderoga (CV-14), USS Forrestal (CV-59), USS Lexington (CV-16), USS Coral Sea (CV-43) and USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63). Copyright is 1970. Opening: An eagle soars through the air. Other types of birds fly. Different U.S. military jets. Title: FLIGHT, THE ROMANCE OF NAVAL AVIATION (:07-:56). A U.S. Navy carrier at sea....
Topics: Naval Aviation, 1970, US Navy, Aircraft Carriers, Recruiting Film, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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Shot by an unknown American tourist on a trip through California and on to Hawaii, this color 16mm silent home movie dates to 1954. It shows visits to Los Angeles, San Francisco, and finally Hawaii via the Matson Lines steamship SS Lurline. Opening: Pasadena Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA. CBS Television City in Los Angeles, CA. Farmers Market in Los Angeles. Downtown Los Angeles. Cars, store fronts, trolley goes down the street. Buildings in downtown Los Angeles. Trolley car goes up a hill...
Topics: 1954, Home Movie, Los Angeles, San Francisco, California, Hawaii, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This color educational film is about farmers who work on the land and was made in 1946. It was directed by Ernest Reid. This is a silent print, possibly made to be shown on a silent projector while a script was read to accompany it. The film follows a small, rural Canadian family as they problem solve how to keep a hardworking, recently married farmhand employed on their land during the winter months. The film gives pragmatic information that would have been highly valuable to the rural farmers...
Topics: 1946, Rural Canada, Farmers, Ernest Raid, National Film Board, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This short film from 1948 celebrates the 173rd anniversary of the United States Marine Corps, which was founded in 1775. It shows the 2nd Marine Division being inspected by Gen. Clifton V. Cates, Commandant of the Corps. The location is Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. At the time, the 2nd Division had just returned from an amphibious landing exercise. The film goes on to show some of the capabilities of the USMC, and the "first team" which includes new jet aircraft (1:30), cutting edge...
Topics: 173rd Anniversary, United Statess Marine Corps, USMC, 1948, Gen. Clifton B Cates, Commandant, Stock...
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Created for the Navy and Congressional oversight, this color film from Lockheed Aircraft reports on the progress of the development of the T2V-1 SeaStar aircraft. The T2V, later called the T-1 SeaStar, was a carrier-capable jet trainer that entered service in May 1957. It was developed from the highly successful Lockheed T-33, and was powered by one Allison J33 jet engine. Compared to the T-33/TV-2, the T2V was almost totally re-engineered for carrier landings and at-sea operations and fitted...
Topics: 1955, Lockheed T2V-1, Seastar Aircraft, Flight Test Program, Navy, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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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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This extraordinary silent 16mm home movie was shot by Dr. Harold L. Thompson, and shows the eruption of the Paricutin volcano. It likely dates towards the end of the volcanic eruption in the early 1950s. Thompson was a Los Angeles surgeon who liked to shoot home movies and present them. Around this same time he made an amateur film entitled "Invitation to Hawaii" which was widely seen around the USA. He was also president of the Los Angeles Physicians' Art Society. Parícutin (or...
Topics: Eruption, 1950s, Paricutin, Volcano, Mochoacan, Mexico, Home Movie, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This silent reel of documentary footage shows The People's Republic of China (PRC) in the 1960s, illustrating the era of Chairman Mao Zedong’s reign of power leading the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) through the “Great Leap Forward” and the “Cultural Revolution” of the era, with emphasis on displays of military force, a shift toward industrialization, the Socialist Education Movement, and Mao’s personality cult (TRT: 16:01). The Great Wall of China and the Chinese coast. A musical...
Topics: China, 1960s, Cultural Revolution, Documentary, Mao Zedong, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
This 1945 U.S. Navy training film, Quit Stalling—Or Spin In! (MN-4353a), teaches pilots the dangers of stalling, or spinning, and how to avoid crashing. A stall is what happens when an aero foil cannot make enough lift to keep the aircraft in level flight. The film features a Navy instructor who presents a series of case studies from the Navy’s office of Flight Safety Flight Statistics (00:52). The film begins with footage of a plane stalling and crashing into the ground (00:14); the...
Topics: 1945, Quit Stalling, Spin in, WWII, US Navy Pilot, Training Film, Stalls, Spins, Plane Crash, Stock...
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Intended to train German fighter pilots, this silent WWII gun camera film shows Luftwaffe kills of Allied bomber aircraft. Almost all German and Allied fighters carried 16mm cameras to record and verify kills, and help improve overall tactics. They were often processed in the field and screened within a short time, both by intelligence officers and by air crews. The "flashes" in the footage indicate the use of tracer ammunition. The film starts with a card at (:08) that says...
Topics: German Gun Camera Footage, Luftwaffe Fighter Aces, Soviet Fighters, B 17 Bomber Aircraft, Stock...
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This declassified, color,  U.S. Navy training film from 1974 is about how to maintain the Fire Control System Mark 86, also known as the MK 86 Gun Fire Control System (GFCS). This system was created to provide ships of destroyer size and larger with an economical, versatile, lightweight, gun and missile fire control system effective against surface and air targets. The film shows basic steps in troubleshooting various bugs (called "casualties" or "faults" by the narrator)...
Topics: US Navy, Fire Control, Training Film, Mark 86, Fire Control Systems, Computer Bugs, Stock Footage,...
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This film from the 1960’s is an educational short which follows the story of two city kids who spend the summer on their Uncle Jim’s farm with their two cousins. The children learn about the animals as well as what daily farm work chores are like. It depicts the similarity between human’s as well as animal’s needs for healthy sustenance and clean-living spaces.  It is presented by The National Dairy Council (:08) and was produced by Atlas Film Corporation (:24). The film opens with...
Topics: Unlce Jims Diary Far, 1963, National Dairy Council Film, MLK Productions, Stock Footage, Periscope...
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This color U.S. Navy film is about the NATO Seasparrow Surface Missile System. Sea Sparrow is a U.S. ship-borne short-range anti-aircraft and anti-missile weapon system, primarily intended for defense against anti-ship missiles. This is circa the late 1960s/early 1970s (in 1968, Denmark, Italy, and Norway signed an agreement with the US Navy to use the Sea Sparrow on their ships, and collaborate on improved versions) and the film was made by the Navy's Naval Ship Weapons Engineering Station at...
Topics: NATO, Seasparrow, Shipborne, Anti Ship Missile, Defense System, 1970s, Promo Film, 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,...
This black & white film was made by the Illinois Education Association during WWII in 1942 and released in 1943. According to the official description, "Backing up the Guns" shows  "the fine work of the schools in training workers for war industries, in turning out citizens who are physically fit and mentally awake. It shows how the schools stand as the great bulwarks of democracy by passing on to the generations of youths passing through their portals our great heritage of...
Topics: Illinois, WWII, 1942, 1943, Film School, Backing up guns, Guns, Stock Footage, Periscope Film