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“Wonderful World” is a 1959 color travelogue produced by Jam Handy for Coca-Cola and narrated by Ken Nordine. The broad documentary surveying global cultures, lifestyles, emphasizing common human activities. The opening minutes takes viewers to various sites across the United States, including a baseball game, New England churches, and the ivy-covered halls of Harvard University, before visits to the Canadian Parliament, Britain’s Parliament, and friendly British pubs. Mark 04:10...
Topics: Wonderful World, 1959, Jam handy, Coca Cola, Travelogue, Stock Footage
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This color educational film is about storage batteries such as car batteries. This was made in 1959 and was produced by the Willard Storage Battery Division. Titles: US Department of the Interior, Bureau of Mines, The Story of the Modern Storage Battery (:13-:43). A man puts a storage battery together. He attaches the battery into a car. Close on the car's radio. Atomic Submarine shot. Guided missile. Mariners on a  boat. Doctors operate. A group of batteries. Many batteries are shown...
Topics: 1959, Storage Battery, Lead, Acid, Stock Footage
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"To Mount Lowe with Love" presents a history of the Mt. Lowe Railroad. It was produced by  Philip Callahan's Galway Productions. Callahan was an amateur historian who presented slide shows about Mt. Lowe. They proved to be so impressive that Southern California Edison funded a film version as a public service. As the documentary shows, at the turn of the 20th Century a "railroad to the stars" ran from Pasadena to Mt. Wilson by way of Pacific Electric Red Car, incline cable...
Topics: Mount Lowe, With Love, Pasadena, Mt. Wilson, Funicular, Railroad, Thaddeus Lowe, Stock Footage,...
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The following movie reel was filmed by the late Ben Young, and was transferred from his 16mm Kodachrome camera original. Shots include: 00:00 Start at the Chicago loop, 1.79 miles in length, and forms the hub of the Chicago Transit Authority’s electric elevated rail service,  TITLE card is the CNS&M logo. 01:29 Passing rail tower on the loop 02:21 Passing CTA train, going north 03:00 Skokie 03:15 Full speed north to Milwaukee 03:50 Passing Electroliner train, and some freight action...
Topics: Chicago, North Shore Line, Ben Young, Brooklyn, New York, Stock Footage
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These silent home movies of the Brooklyn and New York City Rapid Transit system were shot by Artie Keyser in 1955-56.  The film shows the Fulton Street Line, an elevated line running at Liberty Avenue. The Fulton Street Line, also called the Fulton Street Elevated or Kings County Line, was an elevated rail line mostly in Brooklyn, New York City, United States. It ran above Fulton Street from Fulton Ferry, Brooklyn in Downtown Brooklyn east to East New York, and then south on Van Sinderen...
Topics: 1955, New York, Transit System, Railroad, Brooklyn, Stock Footage
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American Locomotive (Alco), General Electric, and the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad Company teamed up to create this 1950s color film promoting the aforementioned rail line. We see the rolling greens hills and valleys as well as the Atlantic coastline and farmland of Southern New England starting at mark 00:20 as the narrator explains how the region is the cradle of American liberty. Offering “a wholesome way of life” we’re told how the area is also known for its railroads as...
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Topics: New York, New haven, Southern New England, Hartford Railroad, Stock Footage
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This 1975 revised documentary is about man’s fight against disease. It’s sponsored by Shell and The World Health Organization, produced by Stuart Legg, and directed by Michael Clarke.  Facial disfigurations, elephantiasis, and blindness are shown in Africa (1:36-2:33). Van Leeuwenhoek and his primitive microscope are shown (2:34-2:55). A variety of organisms are seen through a microscope. A hand turns microscope lenses to show microbes (2:56-3:42). Microbes are swabbed onto petri dishes,...
Topics: Unseen Enemies, Shell Oil, 1975, Medical Research, Leprosy, Stock Footage
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The Keystone State is the subject of “Pennsylvania Land Of Decision.” Produced by the Pennsylvania Department of Commerce in the 1950s, we’re told in the color film’s opening seconds how the state has played a pivotal roll in the founding and continued success of the United States, from colonization and freedom of religion to the steel industry. Pennsylvania was the geographic key of the original 13 Colonies, and remains so as we look at the state’s seaports at mark 01:18. Every bend...
Topics: Pennsylvania, 1950, Keystone, Keystone State, Stock Footage
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Produced by George Pal, "Birth of An Oil Field" was directed by Duke Goldstone and released in 1949 by the Shell Oil Company.  This film, part of a series of outstanding movies on the petroleum industry produced by Shell, explains and demonstrates methods, procedures, and equipment used in the drilling of oil wells and delivery of petroleum products worldwide. The film contains outstanding footage of oil derricks and drilling, the Kelly Pipe, oil rigs, trains pulling oil tank cars,...
Topics: Oil Field, Oil., George Pal, Shell Oil, 1949, Stock Footage
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Note: some logos including the Olympic rings shown in this film, are trademarks of the International Olympic Committee. This historic, silent newsreel shows some of the highlights of the X Olympiad in Los Angeles. It begins with the parade of nations in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. At 2:13, the 800 meter run is seen, establishing a new world record of 1:49:08.  At 3:03, the hammer toss is seen, and at 3:32 the 100 meter run (women). In this event Stella Walsh of Cleveland won, running...
Topics: Los Angeles Olympics, Los Angeles, Olympics, 1932, Stock Footage
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Made by Coronet, this profile of Sir Isaac Newton dates to 1959, the early part of the Space Age. As a result the film directly connects Newton's major theories with rocketry. At 1:20 a satellite is shown orbiting the Earth. At 1:32 the school where Newton went as a boy is shown, and a childhood fight is re-enacted. At 2:08, Newton is shown at Cambridge, reading books about science. The rest of the film shows re-enactments of Newton's time at Trinity College. At 4:14, Newton returns home to...
Topics: 1959, Biography, Sir Isaac, Newton, Cambridge University, Mathematics, Stock Footage
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A Coronet Film. Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning. Educational Collaborator, Sam Adams, PhD. Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Prof. of Education, Louisiana State University. This 1960s era, color film explains, in detail, how air conditioners and refrigerators work. The film explains convection, compressors, condensers and cooling systems. The film opens with two boys walking down the road and up the walkway to a house. The boys are returning from playing baseball. An air conditioner is...
Topics: 1960s, Refrigeration, Air Conditioning, Educational Film, Stock Footage
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This black & white educational film is about how paper is made starting with trees in the forest to its finishing process. Copyright is 1941 by Coronet Productions. Titles: Paper Making (:07-:33). Title: Winter Logging in Northern United States. Forest with snow. Tall pine trees abound. Northern Michigan. Men eat breakfast. A man trudges through the snow with a saw and hammer. A bulldozer carries a man into the forest. A man hacks at a tree with an ax. Snow falls from a tree as another man...
Topics: Paper Making, Paper, 1941, Coronet Productions, Stock Footage
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Made for the home market during WWII, this silent German newsreel shows the aftermath of the Allied raid on Dieppe, also known as Operation Jubilee. The film begins with a graphic that shows the landing force before showing German shore defenses firing against Royal Navy ships. At 1:10 an anti-aircraft barrage goes up against Allied aircraft. At 1:50 German troops fight back and at 1:58 take casualties. The rest of the film is aftermath footage showing dead bodies, wrecked equipment including...
Topics: WWII, World World 2, German Newsreel, France, Allied Raid on Dieppe, 1942
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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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“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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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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This silent short, "The Big Red Cars" shows interurban trolley cars of the Pacific Electric Railroad. It was shot by Leo Caloia, a municipal worker who shot short films in his free time, including some of the earliest motion picture footage of Marilyn Monroe. Some of these films were marketed by a company called World in Color Productions for the home market. At :34, shots of 1950s Los Angeles with car 1535, also known as a "blimp". Car 1519 is shown at 1:31. At 2:08 the...
Topics: Pacific, Electric Railroad, The Big Red Cars, Los Angeles, Trolley Car System, Stock Footage
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This black & white educational film is called 'INDUSTRY ON PARADE.' It is around the late 1940s/early 1950s (this is based on the last segment, research shows the concept car was 1951). It begins with the title and then states it is produced each week by the National Association of Manufacturers (:06-:28). Title that shows Open House followed by the General Food Corp in San Leandro, CA, (this is where the narrator begins) groundskeepers tend to grass and flowers, man cleans windows, lights...
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Topics: Industry On Parade, House Coffee, Fare Boxes, Jello, Stock Footage
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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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Produced in the early 1970s,   "Hook Down, Wheels Down" was one of the most comprehensive (and expensive) films made by the U.S. Navy. It covers the history and development of the U.S. aircraft carrier, and does so through interviews with many of the men who made it happen. While dozens of aircraft carriers are featured, it is the USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67) that takes center stage -- and the material shot on her deck looks like it is right out of "Top Gun". There is...
Topics: US navy, Aircraft Carriers, WWII, 1970, USS Yorktown US Aircraft
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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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Details the work of the U.S. Coast Guard in the international sea lanes of the Northern Pacific, where icebergs are a constant threat to passenger and cargo ships.   USCG patrol vessels track ice formations, assisted by B-17 aircraft.   Features footage of the famed liner Queen Mary and USCGC Mendota (WHEC-69), an Owasco class high endurance cutter.   Mendota was scrapped in 1974.   Produced by the Department of State and the United States Information Service in 1949, "International...
Topics: US Coasst Guard, Ice Patrol, USCG, Atlantic Ocean, 1974
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A wartime US Navy training film, narrated by Mike Wallace, that demonstrates techniques for emergency escape from burning and sinking ships. Various drown-proofing and survival-at-sea techniques are presented, from using cargo nets to MK6 life rafts, and brief footage of actual sinking carriers, transports and other ships is featured.   A “restricted film to be shown to authorized personnel only,” this black-and-white United States Navy Training Film, produced under the supervision of the...
Topics: WWII, Abandon Ship, Survival, Ship, Abandon Ship, US Navy
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BOLD JOURNEY recounts the voyage of the CCGS Labrador, a Wind-class icebreaker, through the Northwest Passage in 1954. Labrador set sail on her maiden voyage on 23 July 1954 from Halifax, Nova Scotia, bound for the Labrador Sea. Over the next summer the vessel worked her way through Canada's Arctic archipelago from east to west, conducting hydrographic soundings, resupplying RCMP outposts and deploying assorted scientific and geological teams. Her rendezvous with her American sister-ships USCGC...
Topics: Bold Journey, Royal Canadian Navy, 1954, CCGS
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Target for Today is a documentary film describing the preparation and mounting of a United States Army Air Forces raid on East Prussia It contains much combat footage of B-17 and B-24 bombers and named for the phrase used at briefings before air raids. The October 1943 footage was filmed during Eighth Air Force attacks on Nazi Germany industrial targets in Anklam, the 22nd Air Base in Marienburg (on the 9th), and Gdynia in occupied Poland. Prior to the combat footage, the documentary explains...
Topics: Target For Today, Army Air Forces, B-17, B-24, East Prussia, Stock Footage
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This color educational/inspirational film, "The Strangest Secret in the World" was produced by Jack Lieb Productions. It features motivational speaker Earl Nightingale sharing his secrets for success. It likely dates to the mid-1960s. Earl Nightingale was an American radio speaker and author, dealing mostly with the subjects of human character development, motivation, inspiration, and meaningful existence. He was also the voice during the early 1950s of Sky King, the hero of a radio...
Topics: Strangest Secret, Earl Nightmare, Motivational Film, Secret Of Success, Stock Footage, Periscope...
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Presented by the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, this is a 1965, black and white film that traces the early space age from Dr. Robert Goddard through Project Mercury. It opens on Main Street in front of a movie theatre in 1919, 2:14. Robert Hutchings Goddard was an American engineer, professor, physicist, and inventor who is credited with creating and building the world's first liquid-fueled rocket. Goddard successfully launched his rocket on March 16, 1926, ushering in an era of space...
Topics: 1965, Space, Space Age, Project Mercury, Stock Footage
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Havana Holiday is a short 1930s silent film, part of Castle Films’ The World Parade series, that gives viewers a quick look at the vibrant Cuban city of Havana. The film opens with a shot of Havana from across the bay, where a passenger liner moves in front of El Morro and into the bay. There is a good aerial shot of El Morro, followed by footage inside the old fortress. The film shows the lighthouse in front of the fortress. There is footage of Havana from the point of view of being on the...
Topics: Havana, 1930, Silent Film, ElMorro, Cuba, 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)....
Topics: Flight, WWII, US Navy, Flight Training, Stearman Model, 75 Biplane, 1945, Stock Footage, Periscope...
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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Highlights of the aviation age, Chuck Yeager breaks the sound barrier at Muroc, California. On 14 October 1947, travelling 45,000 feet above the Mojave desert in California, Major Chuck Yeager of the United States Air Force broke the sound barrier. He was flying the Bell X-1, which had been dropped from a modified B-29 bomber at 26,000 feet, before sequentially opening the taps on the aircraft's four rockets. Charles Elwood "Chuck" Yeager, born February 13, 1923, is a retired major...
Topics: Chuck Yeager, Barrier Flight, Bell X-1, Rocket Aircraft, 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...
Topics: 1930s, Travelogue, Bergen, Oslo, Sardine Fishing Industry, Lapland, Sami People, Stock Footage,...
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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 silent film was likely a test print of "dailies" for an industrial film about the missile guidance computer for the Titan II ICBM and rocket booster. The film was shot by IBM-Oswego, also known as IBM Federal Systems, which was created in 1957 to handle IBM's military business. This organization later became Lockheed Martin Systems Integration – Owego (LMSI), a subsidiary of Lockheed Martin, and also called Lockheed Martin Federal Systems. IBM's contract for Titan I/Titan II...
Topics: Silent Film, Dailies, Industrial, Titan II, ICBM, Stock Footage
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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 1962 black and white film about Soviet schools was distributed by McGraw-Hill Text-Films, and produced and directed by Nicholas Webster.   Female and male schoolchildren sing while they hoe the ground to learn manual labor. Others fix a fence (:10-:44). A technical training class teaches how to use machine equipment. Another teaches technical drawing (:45-1:35). A technical teacher instructs the class on electrical engineering. Students work at machines. Top students have their photos on...
Topics: Soviet School System, 1962, Cold War, Stock Footage
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Although heavily damaged, this silent 16mm home movie has historical value. It was brought home by an American G.I. after WWII, and shows the activities of a German Luftwaffe staff officer in Occupied France in 1941. The film starts with shots of a staff car and various officers conferring. At 1:05 a roadside points the way to Rouen. At 1:20 Rouen Cathedral is shown. At 2:10 a soldier poses for the camera. At 2:13 a large contingent of Germans lines the road and a group shoulders their rifles...
Topics: Germany, Luftwaffe, France, 1941, WWII, Stock Footage
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“Wings for this Man” is a 1945 film produced by the U.S. Army Air Forces First Motion Picture Unit, narrated by a pre-presidential Ronald Reagan. It promotes and lauds the Tuskegee Airmen, the first black / African American military aviators in the U.S. armed forces, formed during World War II. They formed the 332nd Expeditionary Operations Group and the 477th Bombardment Group of the U.S. Army Air Forces. The film opens with Bf-109s in the skies (0:25). These are enemy fighters, with the...
Topics: 1945, Tuskegee Airmen, African American Pilots, Ronald Reagan, Stock Footage
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This U.S. Navy propaganda film from the late 1950s shows the threat of Soviet expansion and U.S. efforts to contain it while giving viewers a look at the U.S. Navy’s sea power being developed in the “Missile Age.” The film opens with an animation of a globe showing trade routes, new sea routes developed during the Age of Great Exploration, and contemporary sea lanes crisscrossing the world’s oceans. An explosive is detonated in the sea (01:50). Footage shows a torpedo moving through a...
Topics: 1950, US Navy, Seapower, Missile, USS Forrestal, Cold War, Stock Footage
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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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The Big Wheel: 35th Infantry Division (MISC 7723) is a short 1950 film about the history of the 35th Infantry Division, focusing on the unit’s campaigns in Europe during WWII. The film opens with footage of pioneer wagon trains heading west, while explaining to viewers how the unit earned the nickname the “Santa Fe Division” for taking the Santa Fe cross for its shoulder sleeve insignia. The 35th arrives in France during WWI. The film shows footage of fighting, presumably the division’s...
Topics: 35th Infantry Division, WWII, WWI, Santa Fe, 1950, Stock Footage
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“Bastogne Presenting Lt. Clair Hess” is a short, black-and-white film about Bastogne, made by the Army-Navy Screen Magazine in early 1945. It is introduced by Lt. Clair Hess of the 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, Co F, 2nd Battalion, 101st Airborne. (On June 6, 1944, Lt. Hess jumped from a plane over Normandy, France. Within minutes, he was on the ground, wounded by machine-gun fire. His injured leg forced him to lie under his parachute for three days, during which a German soldier came...
Topics: Battle Of The Bulge, WWII, World War II, Army Navy Screen Magazine, 1945, 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,...
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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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Created by Goodyear as a promotion for their airships, which were featured at the event, this historic silent film shows the Chicago World's Fair of 1933, known as the Century of Progress.   Some of the highlights include the Skyride at the 3:30 mark, the replica of Fort Dearborn seen at the 5:30 mark, amusement rides at the 7:00 mark, a dancing revue at 9:00, and views of the City of Chicago as seen from a Goodyear blimp at the 10 minute mark.     A Century of Progress International...
Topics: Chicago World Fair, 1933, Silent Film, Century, Chicago, World Fair, GoodYear
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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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Presented by the Chrysler Corporation’s Dodge Division, and produced by Wilding Picture Productions, Land Of The Free is a 1940 film that gives a look at the people and natural resources that helped make America one of the most prosperous countries. The film shows montage after montage of quickly edited shots of U.S. industries, people, and the role the automobile industry plays in the larger American economy. The film opens with footage of a plane flying in the sky, rolling ocean waves,...
Topics: WWII, World War II, Dodge, 1940, Chrysler, Land Of The Free, Stock Footage
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This WWII training film takes a look at the procedure for a proper take off in accordance with the US Army Air Force. It follows a narrative of a bushy eyed pilot in training as he takes his first flight with his instructor as well as his first solo take off. It is an Official Training Film of the War Department (:11) and was produced by the 1st Motion Picture Unit (:22). It opens with the fresh pilot, Mr. Blake as he distractedly bumps into peers while watching another plane take off and fly...
Topics: 1944, US Army, AF Pilot, Training, Take Off, Part, Stock Footage
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This rarely seen U.S. Navy film BATTLE FATIGUE DEALING WITH FEAR was produced during or just after WWII, and attempts to explain the condition known as "Battle Fatigue" or what we now describe as PTSD or Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.   It was intended to be shown to those suffering from battle fatigue, including those who were hospitalized.   As the psychiatrist host of the film explains, fear is a fighting man’s friend, but it can overrun you. A case study named Corporal Edwards...
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Filmed at sea with the Sixth Fleet in the late 1950s, A FORCE FOR PEACE shows the aircraft carrier USS Randolph and its air arm, including A-1H Skyraiders and jet fighters. This print is slightly incomplete and missing the main title and a portion of the ending.   The film begins in Norfolk as the crew says goodbye and departs for the Mediterranean and duty in Europe.   At 4:54, the Captain addresses the ship's complement and discusses the importance of a strong presence in the Med, to...
Topics: US Navy, Sixth Fleet, A Force For Peace, USS Randolph, 950, Stock Footage
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In 1923 the Yale University Press commissioned films based on the fifty volumes in their "Chronicles of America" book series. Ultimately, only fifteen episodes were produced. This film from 1924 is entitled "The Puritans". According to the book "Hollywood on the Hudson", Yale spent $1.25 million dollars making the films and then found it could not easily recoup the investment, because the films were not theatrically viable and most schools in that era did not have...
Topics: Chronicles, America, Puritans, John Winthrop, 1924, 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...
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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 1934 black-and-white film takes the viewer to “Peiping — Land of Khan.” (At the time, China’s capital, Beijing, was known as Beiping — but written as “Peiping.” It has also been known as Peking.) An opening expository intertitle informs the viewer at mark 00:10: “Peiping means ‘Peace in the North.’ The modern city, once a perpetual battlefield, is now a quiet sightseeing mecca for world travelers and a favorite ‘port of call’” for United States sailors....
Topics: Beijing, China, 1930s, Travelogue, Land Of Khan, Stock Footage
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Dating to the 1940s, this silent home movie begins with images shot in the tropics, possibly the Panama Canal Zone. At 2:04 the SS Imperial is shown in port next to an American flagged passenger liner SS Cristobal (the flag at 2:24 is likely a symbol for U-boats to be aware that the ship is neutral). The images date from before January of 1942, as in that month S.S. Cristobal was requisitioned from the Panama Railroad Company by the U.S. Army and re-painted with camouflage. Cristobal was a...
Topics: 1930, Panama, Lima, Peru, Home Movie, Stock Footage
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This silent film -- probably made by Eastman Kodak as part of the company's educational film library --   shows a Ford Model A assembly plant, probably the famed Rouge Ford Plant, and the manufacturing of these vehicles of the late 1920’s. According to a Ford expert, the closed bodies cars are Model As with all steel doors, and the crankshafts depicted are also Model A.   Introduced in 1927, the Model A was Ford's second market success after the Model T which had been in production for 18...
Topics: 1919, Ford, 1920s, Automobile, Model T Plant, Stock Footage
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1954 TRAVELOGUE FILM “CANYON COUNTRY” This film depicts the Grand Canyon as tourists take a ride through the area stopping at various points of interest. It opens with the starting point of a trek through the Grand Canyon on the western rim of the canyon at the Bright Angel Lodge (:37). The Lodge offers hotel accommodations or cabins (:41). Visitors are seen milling around the campgrounds (:47) and taking a look out at the Grand Canyon (:53). An aerial shot of the canyon follows (:55) and...
Topics: 1954, Travelogue, Canyon Country, Stock Footage
Made during WWII by the War Department, this official training film describes what frequency modulation (FM) is and how to use it in reference to radio communications. It also provides the comparison between FM and AM radio as far as what advantages FM has over AM. Originally restricted, the film was released for public educational use in 1949. It opens with U.S. soldiers playing ping pong while listening to AM radio (:28). When one of the men begins to use an electric razor, the radio gets...
Topics: 1944, US War Department, Frequency Modulation, FM Radio, Stock Footage, Periscope FIlm
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This 1948 color travelogue is a quick look at the Caribbean Islands of Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, St. Thomas, Trinidad, Jamaica, and Cuba. Photography and live sound is by Irving Hartley and distributed by Hawley-Lord, Inc. The film opens with passengers getting on the Pan American Clipper Eagle, a Douglas DC-4, it rolls down the runway, and is shown flying to Puerto Rico (:20-1:00). A decrepit-looking building sits at the end of a pier with arched openings. The camera pans the Castillo San...
Topics: 1948, Travelogue, Caribbean Islands, Puerto Rico, Stock Footage
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This raw, silent footage shows a Gloster Meteor, (probably tail VT196), in a hangar with maintenance crew working on it, and swapping out an engine.  This particular aircraft was likely a Mark IV (VT196) which came to Canada in July 1953 for winterization trials, and this footage may date from that time frame. From January 1954 onwards this particular plane was used in developing the afterburner system for Canada’s Orenda engine. This enabled the aircraft to reach 20,000 feet in three...
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This black & white educational film is about the formation of NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization), NATO is an intergovernmental military alliance between countries to safeguard the freedom and security of all its members by political and military means. Collective defense is at the heart of the Alliance and creates a spirit of solidarity and cohesion among its members.  The organization implements the North Atlantic Treaty that was signed on 4 April 1949. Copyright of this film is...
Topics: Keeping The Peace, 1951, North Atlantic Treaty, Organization Promotional Film, Nato Exercise, Stock...
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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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Presented by the Free China Film Syndicate, The Double Tenth is a short documentary from 10 October 1978 that gives viewers a glimpse of the Republic of China’s (Taiwan) military parade during the celebration commemorating the Wuchang Uprising on 10 October 1911, which lead to the founding of the Chinese Republic the following year. The Double Tenth, also known as the National Day of the Republic of China, is celebrated with a massive military parade down the avenue in front of the...
Topics: 1978, Taiwan, Reupublic Of China, China, 1978, Stock Footage
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This black and white documentary film, Air Force Story Chapter 2, After the War, 1918-1923, was produced around 1953 by the Department of the Air Force. The Department of the Air Force was formed September 18, 1947, within the Department of Defense. Musical score is by The U.S. Air Force Band under the direction of Lt. Col. George S. Howard, commander and conductor of the band from 1944-1963. The film features a drastic cut in the American Army Air Service after WWI, while maintaining an...
Topics: Air Force Story, Carl Spaatz, Billy Mitchell, Chapter 2, 1918, Stock Footage
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“Vol. 2, Chapter I: The Air Force And The Atom Bomb,” the 1960 episode (SFP 263) of The Air Force Story, reviews the impact of the atomic bomb, how it was tested, and the new power of the hydrogen bomb. The chapter opens with U.S. bomber fleets flying in formation and dropping bombs on targets during WWII (01:14). An atomic bomb is detonated (01:38). During 1946 at Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands, the U.S. carries out Operation Crossroads, a pair of nuclear weapons tests. Footage shows...
Topics: Air Force, US Air Force, USAF, Stock Footage, Atomic Bomb, Atmoic, 1960
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This black and white film is one of a 1950-1960 television series Industry on Parade, produced by the National Association of Manufacturers. This episode, “The Golden Years”, is a single segment highlight that the elderly are still productive employees. An elderly gentleman checks in with the receptionist at the doctor’s office. The doctor wears a bowtie and suit and draws the patient’s blood (:18-:57). At Upjohn, a female lab technician works with vials in research on cortisol. The...
Topics: Industry On Parade, 1950s, Eldery, Retired, Employees, Stock Footage
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This black and white film is one of a 1950-1960 television series Industry on Parade, produced by the National Association of Manufacturers. Instead of the usual multiple segments, this is a single segment “Making Contact” about communication among the industrial workforce.   An automobile factory worker finger whistles, pats his head, and his side. A worker makes a signal like pulling a horn to indicate more doors are needed, shown stacked. Putting your fingers around your eyes signals...
Topics: Industry On Parade, Bulletin Boards, Corporate Magazines, Stock Footage
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Mr. Tompkins in Wonderland is a short educational film from the University of Akron based on the story by George Gamow. The film uses Gamow’s story featuring the titular character Mr. C.J.H. Tompkins to explain the basics of space, time, and relativity. The film opens with a banking clerk sitting at his desk. The clerk, Mr. Tompkins, sits at his desk and reads a newspaper. He sees an advertisement for a public lecture on “Space, Time and Relativity” in the paper. Mr. Tompkins takes his...
Topics: Mr Tompkins, Wonderland, Space, Time, Reality, Physics, 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
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“Shell Mekong River Project” was produced in 1964, exploring the cultural and geographical significance of the Mekong river.   It explains how Shell’s project intends to protect the region from seasonal flooding and drought.   A man standing, praying, on banks of the Mekong.   Title card overlaid (:16-:41).   Map showing passage of entire river through Asia.   Credits overlaid (:42-1:00).   Aerial shots of mountains of Tibetan plateau (1:01-1:17).   Close ups on small streams and a...
Topics: United Nations, Mekong, River Project, 1964, Shell, Stock Footage
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This black & white educational film from the Vietnam War era is about Southeast Asia and what's going on in those countries looking to stave off Communism. This was made in 1968.   Opening: sky above Southeast Asia, a montage of horrific images: gunshots are fired, a hut burns, a body, a crying child, a fire blazes. Title: Outlook Southeast Asia (:09-:46). A map shows Southeast Asia: Philippines, Indonesia, Malayasia, Singapore, Republic of Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, and Burma. Men...
Topics: Outlook, Southeast Asia, Asia, Vietnam, Vietnam War, Stock Footage
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This newsreel was produced by Castle Films and shows events occurring around the world in 1950.   It opens in Moscow, Russia, with a crowd of Soviet soldiers marching in formation during a celebration of Joseph Stalin’s 70’s birthday. Stalin is seen in military uniform, greeting his communist supporters below (0:23). The crowd celebrates in an indoor stadium and Stalin applauds, surrounded by his supporters (0:40). The film cuts to communist marchers rioting in Tokyo(0:45). American and...
Topics: Castle Film, News Parade, 1950, Stalins Birthday, Stock Footage
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Castle Films presents this ‘News Parade of the Year’ (:08) which will center on news highlights of 1946; looking at the world a year after the second world war had ended. The commentator is Basil Ridsdale (:12) and opens with the Philippians (:24). General Douglas MacArthur is pictured (:32) as he arrived from Tokyo for Manuel Roxas’ inauguration as the first president (:35). The Philippines flag is seen hoisted (:37) and parades take to the streets. In Rome, violence (:44) broke out as...
Topics: Castle Films, Parade Of 1946, Nuremberg, Bikini A Bomb, Stock Footage
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Presented by the U.S. Army and its Chemical Corps, The Chemical Biological Radiation Story (M.F.3 9027) shows viewers how the U.S. army is developing its chemical, biological and radiation capabilities from both the aggressive and the defensive standpoints. The film follows a professor who tours the military’s CBR facilities and programs while also working as a consultant to the military. The film opens with a shot of a plane coming in for a landing, followed by an airport terminal and a...
Topics: US Army, Chemical Corps, Radiological, Chemical Warfare, Stock Footage
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Made by Kendall Motor Oil, COMPETITION DRIVER is a rare 1958 movie for and about people who love cars and racing.   You'll see some great vintage types in the film including foreign makes like Jaguars, Sprites, Maserati, Ferrari, and Formula 1 Coopers, Corvettes and so on, going through their paces at Watkins Glen. There are shots in the pits, shots on the racetrack, and spectacular car accidents, spin outs. It really takes you inside the world of the track! See what happens before the races,...
Topics: 1958, Kendall, Motor Oil, Driver, Glen Motor, Speedway, Stock Footage
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Willys, the “World’s Largest Manufacturer of Utility Vehicles,” presents the “Jeep Family of 4-Wheel Drive Vehicles and Special Equipment,” a circa 1954 black-and-white film promoting Jeeps produced for civilian use. Following the success of Jeeps during World War II, the film opens with an explanation of how the vehicles soon their way to civilian use. Some of the vehicles seen in this film are used by construction companies, farmers, firefighters, and even at airports to tow...
Topics: 1940s, Willys Jeep, Cars, 1954, Family Of 4, Drive Vehicles, Stock Footage
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Originally made for WFGA, a Florida news network that was popular in the 60s, READY RESERVE follows the Florida 4th Marine Division Air Wing Team into their two weeks of active training, and demonstrate the readiness of the troops. They rehearse bombing, mechanic maintenance, and supply delivery. No detail is left out as the reservist are asked to take full function of the command site and test for combat readiness. A few generals lend their praises to the men in uniform that take on this duty....
Topics: A4D Skyhawks, 4th Marine, Division, USS Guam, Vietnam War, Stock Footage
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This film proudly shows the USMC operating at the best of its abilities in conflict zones, with brave men struggling against enemies, and working hard to save the lives of their compatriots. In 1965 the U.S. Marines were deployed in two separate battles to stall communism -- in the Dominican Republic and Vietnam.  New and advanced military strategy was deployed, like helicopter assaults (seen at 12:07) and Expeditionary Landing Fields also known as ELF (Seen at 12:40). An embedded journalist...
Topics: US Marines, 1965, Vietnam War, USMC, US Marines, Dominican Republic, Stock Footage
Featuring Dr. H. David Baldridge who accumulated a great deal of data about shark attacks and wrote the book "Shark Attack" (1978), as well as other experts, this U.S. Navy-produced film SHARKS: THE DANGER IN THE SEA dates to the 1970s and may very well have been inspired by the release of the film JAWS. The film focuses on shark attacks and the Navy's efforts to combat them using shark repellant. Stuart Springer appears at the 5:00 mark, discussing the development of WWII-era shark...
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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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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 silent, color film is a home movie shot in the early 1950’s and shows views of the Old Tucson movie set, the Little Britches Rodeo, and the Tucson Rodeo Parade which is held every November. The film opens with beautiful desert imagery and large Saguaro cacti near Gate's Pass. The camera pans across the desert, across the mountains, and across a small village built as a movie set 1:00. A sign is shown. “Welcome to old Tucson. The Tucson Junior Chamber of Commerce has undertaken the...
Topics: 1950s, Home Movie, Tucson, Arizona, Rodeo Parade, Stock Footage
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Presented by the National Safety Council and filmed in the suburbs of Chicago, Get the Big Picture is a short educational driving safety film from the 1960s (probably 1964) that discusses the importance of the driver’s field of vision—“the big picture.” The film, produced by Pilot Productions, is based on the Smith System of No-Accident Driving. The film opens with a shot from the point-of-view of a driver, driving down the street to where a potential crash may happen. The film is shot...
Topics: Drivers ED, The Big Picture, Chicago, 1964, Stock Footage
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This black & white educational film is about the D-Day Invasion of 1944 during World War 2 in which Allied forces invaded northern France by means of coordinated beach landings. Copyright 1944. Opening titles: Official Films News Thrill Invasion (:06-:20). Title: D-Day!! Allied Forces move across the English Channel. June 6, 1944, huge armada of ships and men head from the English Channel to the coast of France. Ships in the sky cover the convoy at sea. Bombers in the sky. Title: A railroad...
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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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CARACAS: MOUNTAIN CAPITAL OF VENEZUELA is a short, silent travelogue film produced in the late 1920s or early 1930s for the Cunard White Star ship line, most likely by filmmaker Andre de la Varre who spent many years documenting the land and people of South America. The film shows views of Caracas including government buildings, streets bustling with automobile and horse traffic, the University, statue of Simon Bolivar (2:30), marketplace (3:00), and more. At 4:48 a motorcycle with a sidecar is...
Topics: Caracas, LA Guaira, Venezuela, 1930, Travelogue, Cunard White Star Line, Stock Footage
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This 1933 short film, “A Flying Visit to Poland,” produced by the Gdynia-America Line, gives an overview of visiting Poland, touching on many of Poland’s places of interest. The film begins in Krakow (or Kracow) with ancient city’s highlights: the Trumpeter of Krakow (01:00); St. Mary’s Church (01:17); the Wawel, a national shrine also referred to as Poland’s tower of London (01:23); the old cobbled streets of Krakow (01:27); the Barbican, Krakow’s old circular fort (01:34); and...
Topics: Poland, Travelogue, Krakow, Gdansk, Warsaw, 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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This 1950 film presented by the Hawaiian Pineapple Company (:08) is a promotion for the Dole Fruit Cocktail invented in the Barron-Gray Canning Company plant. The cocktail includes cherries, peaches, pears, grapes and pineapples. The film shows this colorful variety of fruits from their harvest and as they go through canning processes. It was produced by Jerry Fairbanks Inc. (:18) and opens with a span of a cherry tree orchard (:28) in the San Joaquin Valley, California. The famous vinelands of...
Topics: 1950s, Dole Fruit, Promo Film, Rainbow Harvest, Hawaii, Pineapple, California, Grapes, Stock Footage
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This is a 1950’s era, color film produced by Coronet. It is an instructional film called “See Better: Healthy Eyes”. It is produced in part, with the educational collaborator, Derrick T. Vail, Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology at the Northwestern University Medical School.  It opens in a classroom and begins to talk about the important things we know by using our eyes, 1:00. Child with eyeglasses, 1:12. Girl squints when she takes her glasses off, 1:38. Little boy is...
Topics: 1950s, Education, Healthy Eyes, Oculist, Optician, Glasses, 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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Postcards From Dalmatia is a colorful 1960s travel film promoting tourism along the coast of what is now Croatia and Montenegro. The film opens with titles printed over painted scenes and a buoyant folk song.  Notable crew includes cinematographer Arthur Wooster, director Adrian de Potier, and narrator James McKechnie.  A busy train station is crowded with tourists (0:33).  The film cuts to a small cruise ship, the S.S. Jadrolinija, bound from Venice for islands off the coast of...
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Ralph M. Barnes’ “Motion Study Applications: Showing Better and Easier Ways to Work” is a black and white film studying motion economy. Ralph M. Barnes was a Professor of Engineering and Production Management at the University of California, Los Angeles, and the University of Iowa. The film was produced by the University of Iowa in 1942.   The film opens with various workers performing mundane, repetitive tasks, such as sorting (0:44), putting pegs in holes (1:11), hammering (1:23),...
Topics: Motion Study Application, 1940s, Ralph M Barnes, Human Factors, Stock Footage
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This color educational film is about how a newspaper is made in a community. It was made by Gary Goldsmith Films in cooperation with the Los Angeles Times. This was made in 1959 since the Dodgers/Cardinals home opener was this year and is shown in the film on the sports page. A room of reporters type at their typewriters. An editor assigns a reporter and a photographer to a job. On an airport tarmac, a reporter interviews a man while the photographer takes pictures. A baby elephant is taken off...
Topics: Los Angeles, LA, Newspaper, Community, Free Press, Stock Footage
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This color educational film is about the state of Kentucky. There is no copyright at the beginning or end of the film so the date of the production remains unclear although is it the early 1960s (and 1965 based on the footage of the Kentucky Derby and its winner, Lucky Debonair). It begins with an introduction by Jack Douglas who states that this will be an Armchair Vacation (:07-:13) BLUEGRASS, a word synonymous with the state of Kentucky, is shown as the title (:14-:21). Lush meadows,...
Topics: Bluegrass, 1965, Kentucky, Travelogue Derby, Colonel Sanders, Stock Footage
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The 11th quarterly report of NASA’s Manned Space Flight mission will focus on the fourth quarter of 1965 (:23). Some of the major events included are the first Apollo operated Saturn 1 mission (:33) and the Gemini 6 and 7 rendezvous (:58), beginning with the Apollo-Saturn development (1:06). At the White Sands Test Facility (1:08), the first firing program for Apollo space craft propulsion subsystem is finished and will be used for the first Saturn 1 Apollo flight. The nozzle skirt depicted...
Topics: 1965, NASA, Manned Space Flight, Gemini, Saturn V, Stock Footage
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This film is a collection of four short NASA films from the 1970s (Space Colonization, Autotram, Space Pioneers, and New Advances in Plane Design), giving viewers a look at various developments in space exploration and flight. In Space Colonization, NASA’s Chief of Life Sciences Experiment Office Dr. Richard Johnson speaks to the camera about a disc-shaped space colony named the Stanford torus. The film opens with images and animation showing future renderings of space colonies. Viewers see...
Topics: NASA, 1970s, Space Colonization, Oblique X Wing, Probes, Stock Fotoage
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This short 1975 film from Rockwell International’s Space Division gives viewers a look at two of the NASA contractor’s projects in development: the command module for the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project and the Space Shuttle Orbiter. The film opens with a spaceship and launch vehicle at a launch pad; the rockets ignite, and the system launches into the atmosphere. Viewers see an animation of the unnumbered Apollo space craft that will link up with the Soviet Soyuz spacecraft in July 1975 (01:03)....
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Topics: NASA, Rockwell, International Space Division, Space Shuttle, Stock Footage