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This is a 1970’s era, color movie, presented by the Film Library, Department of Human Resources. The film opens with a family of four packing the car for a picnic, 0:15. The family buckles their safety belts and gets on their way, 1:04. Another car is show coming down the road quickly with two younger drivers; a girl and a boy; she seems to be distracted with her radio 1:25. Scenes of a car crash keep quickly coming on the screen, 1:40.The boy kisses the girl and takes his eyes off the road,...
Topics: 1970s, Fire Department, Rescue, Seatbelt, Jaws Of Life, Stock Footage
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This color educational/training film is about the dropping of ordnance from a US Air Force McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom jet. No copyright is on file but this is from the United States Air Force and is circa the late 1960s/early 1970s Vietnam era.   A US Air Force F-4 Phantom jet streaks across the sky. Titles: USAF Audio/Visual presentation - Conventional Weapons Delivery (Bombs) (:08-1:08). An instructor talks to his cadets about Conventional Weapons Delivery. Animation of a F-4 Phantom. The...
Topics: US Air Force, USAF, F-4 Phantom, Weapons Delivery, Dive Bombing, Stock Footage
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This is a 1960’s era, color movie about the Bougainville Copper Project in Papua, New Guinea. Opened in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s, The mine at Panguna was officially opened in 1972 and was majority-owned by Rio Tinto. The mine was vitally important to the economy of Papua New Guinea. The PNG national government received a 20% share of profit from the mine, of which the Bougainvilleans received 5% - 1.25% share of the total profit. The movie opens on a beach with palm trees. A...
Topics: 1970, Panguna, New Guinea, Copper Mine, Promo Film, Stock Footage
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Shot in the late 1920s or early 30s, this  16mm home movie consists of several sections. In the first, believe to show part of the 1929 Powder Puff Derby women's air race, an airport is seen with various numbered aircraft.  These include Travelair biplane, and what appears to be Pancho Barnes' Travelair Model R Mystery Ship (:13 seconds) taxiing and then taking off.  The biplane at 1:15 is marked NC4615, apparently a Waco GXE. At 1:30, a Ford Trimotor is seen at the airport and takes off in...
Topics: 1920s, Home Movie, Womens Air Race, Flying Over, Hudson River, Stock Footage
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This 1947 film outlines the responsibility of physicians and dentists in early recognition of oral cancer. Interestingly, it does not probe the causes of oral cancer, such as cigarette smoking, as at the time it was produced a causal link had yet to be firmly established. The film was sponsored by the American Cancer Society (:22) and produced by Audio Productions Inc (:36). The film opens with a 48-year-old patient whom has a white lesion on his tongue which proved to be a papillary tumor...
Topics: Oral Cancer, Cancer, 1947, Smoking, American Cancer Society, Stock Footage
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This ‘News Parade of the Year’ will focus on the news highlights of 1948. It is presented by Castle Films and will begin with aerial shots of massive flood waters which had hit the pacific northwest (:17). The Columbia river swelled due to excessive rainfall and shots of a cow sitting in a boat (:22) as well as a house floating through flood waters are given (:25). Shots of relief workers bringing aide to those in need follow (:25). In Florida, a hurricane swept from Key West to Miami (:59)...
Topics: 1948, Castle Film, News Parade, Berlin Crisis, Israel, Palestine, Stock Footage
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This educational film shows the history of the Atomic Age, beginning with the dropping of the Atomic Bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.  It then goes on to describe the atom and the race to build the atomic bomb during WWII using (somewhat clunky) re-enactments. The film ends with a discussion of the dangers of atomic weapons, including the formation of the Emergency Committee of Atomic Scientists by Albert Einstein, intending to educate the American public about the destructive power of the...
Topics: Atomic Bomb, Manhattan Project, March Of Time, Stock Footage
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This short film from Hughes Aircraft gives viewers a look at the company’s ground laser locator designator (GLLD), the AN/TVQ-2 GLLD. A tank turret swivels as a tank gunner prepares to fire a shell. A forward observer locates a target with a GLLD and the hidden tank is able to fire at the target without firing any spotting rounds (00:48). Viewers see a laser (01:07), key to the development of the GLLD. The film then shows a AN/TVQ-2 Ground Laser Locator Designator (01:30). Two soldiers carry...
Topics: Hughes Aircraft, Ground Laser Target, Stock Footage
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This black & white educational film is about the Battle of the Chosin Reservoir, a campaign early in the Korean War, part of the Chinese Second Offensive (November–December 1950) to drive the United Nations out of North Korea. This film has a 1951 copyright. A foreword that explains what we about to see shows the US Marines in the bitter struggle from the Chosin Reservoir to Hungnam, Korea. Credits: US Navy presents 'With the Marines - Chosin to Hungnam.' (:07-1:11). The film is narrated...
Topics: Chosin To Hungnam, Korean War, USMC, Marine Corps, Stock Footage
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This film takes a look at the 2nd Battle of Guam in July through August of 1944. It involved U.S.forces moving to recapture Guam which had been captured by Japan in 1941. Guam was under 1,600 miles from Tokyo and Manila (:32), another reason the U.S. wanted to recapture it. Japan used the island to guard their vital sea lanes. After the fall of Saipan, Guam was pointed to as the next target (:43). US convoys make their way towards Guam (:52). Pre-invasion bombardments carried on hitting shore...
Topics: 1944, War Department, WWII, World War II, Guam, Stock Footage
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This silent footage from WWII was shot by U.S. Navy combat cameramen for use in a wartime production entitled "Sunset in the Pacific" (see film 81884). This film was intended to promote the work of the combat cameramen and photographers in the Pacific. The film begins with footage aboard ship. At :00, a sailor uses an early radar system to detect incoming enemy aircraft. At :18,  anti-aircraft gunners engage targets. At :30 a Japanese plane falls into the sea. At :37, an escort...
Topics: US Navy, Combat Camera, Photographers, Pacific Theater, WWII, World War II, Stock Footage
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Search and Rescue…AMVER is an official U.S. Coast Guard film (CGMP 1-61) that discusses how ships and stations send AMVER reports to the Coast Guard’s New York headquarters, how AMVER message reports are processed using an IBM 305 RAMAC computer, and how the Coast Guard responds to a distressed tanker dealing with a fire using the AMVER system (AMVER is short for Atlantic Merchant Vessel Report System). The film opens with members of the Coast Guard looking at a large map on a wall. A Coast...
Topics: US Coast Guard, Search And Rescue, Atlantic Merchant Vessel Report, Stock Footage
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This film presents American ace of aces Eddie Rickenbacker. It details his early youth, career as a race car driver and his service in WWI. The film opens and concludes on the story of his 24 day ordeal, stranded at sea story during WWII after his plane crashed while on a mission to deliver a secret message to General Douglas MacArthur. The film opens with a shot of the White House in DC (:08) in December of 1942 just after Rickenbacker’s rescue. He tells the tale of a seagull landing on his...
Topics: Eddie Rickenbacker, WWI, World War I, Aces Of Aces, 94th Aero Squadron, Dogfights, Stock Footage,...
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This film about the construction of the first Transcontinental Railroad in the United Staes opens with images of the 1,500 miles of desert and plain which separated California Territory from the United States in the 1850s (:11). The continuous railroad line that ended up being built would cover 1,912 miles and was built between 1863 and 1869. Surveyors were sent out on fact finding missions in order to discover what the best route would be (:32). In 1853, a survey of five possible routes were...
Topics: Railroad Builders, Construction, Transcontinental Railroad, Utah, Stock Footage
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This black & white educational film is about the sights seen from the Rhine river from Koln (Cologne) to Mainz, Germany. This type of scenic cruise has been a popular pastime for many decades, and remains popular to this day. This film also shows the harvesting of grapes and other activities in the communities along the river. This film was made in 1940 and photographed by Otto Trippel, who created numerous films with his "Otto Trippel Kulturfilm-Produktion". For Wien-Film he...
Topics: Rhine, Pre War, Cologne, Bonn, Germany, Rhine River Cruise, Koln, Mainz, Stock Footage
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Forward Commandos is a short 1942 film from Raymond Spottiswoode (father of Hollywood director Roger Spottiswoode) that shows viewers the winter/arctic guerilla tactics used by commandos of the Allied forces against the Nazis during World War II, based on tactics employed by Russians in a similar environment. The film also shows some commandos operating in other countries with drier, warmer climates, and concludes with an Allied raid on a Nazi-held city on the coast of Norway. The film opens...
Topics: 1942, British WWII Propaganda, Raymond Spottiswoode, Stock Footage
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This silent home movie was shot in December 1945.  World War II had just ended and the Tournament of Roses celebrated in grand style. Many Victory floats are seen in the parade, and WWII themes including an Iwo Jima float seen at the 9:18 mark. The 1946 Rose Bowl, played on January 1, 1946 is seen briefly at the 11:30 mark.  This was the 32nd Rose Bowl Game, between the Crimson Tide of the University of Alabama and the Trojans of the University of Southern California. The Tide defeated the...
Topics: 1946, Rose Parade, California, WWII, World War II, Victory Celebration, Stock Footage
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Made by the famed Jam Handy Organization, a leading educational and training film company, this black & white training film "Doping Techniques" explains the process of doping fabric for airplanes. It likely dates to the WWII era. Aircraft dope is a plasticized lacquer that is applied to fabric-covered aircraft. It tightens and stiffens fabric stretched over airframes, which renders them airtight and weatherproof, increasing their durability and lifespan. Without the application of...
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Topics: WWII, World War II, WWII Era, Training Film, Fabric Airplane Wing, Dope, Stock Footage, Periscope...
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This color educational/training film is about the new generation of U.S. Army missiles and rockets . This features reporter Chet Huntley and was made in 1962 -- just five years after Sputnik shocked the world and left the U.S. struggling to develop viable rockets and missiles of its own. The film's confident tone, and presentation of a wide array of systems, shows part of the nation's response to the Soviet challenge. Opening: Commanders review maps and paperwork in a war room. The decision is...
Topics: Solid Punch, 1962, Army Missile Systems, Guided Missiles, Rockets, Nike Zeus, Stock Footage,...
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Glimpses of Colorful Portugal is a travelogue film (likely from the 1950s) narrated by Peter Allen and gives viewers a brief tour of the country. The film opens with a shot of a beach on the rocky Iberian Peninsula coast. People depart a passenger plane at the international airport in Lisbon (00:50). Highlights of the capital city include the Praca Do Comercio and the narrow streets of the Alfama district. There is a good shot of the harbor at the estuary of Tagus River (01:23). Fish wives sell...
Topics: Glimpses Of Colorful Portugal, 1950s, Portugal, Travelogue, Stock Footage
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Made in 1940, NOW YOU'RE TALKING was one of a trio of fast-paced shorts released in 1940  intended to illustrate the potentially catastrophic consequences of unguarded chatter in public places during wartime. The plot of the film is this: When a fallen Nazi aeroplane is recovered, British scientists have high hopes of learning valuable secrets. But a disgruntled factory worker inadvertently alerts enemy agents to the discovery, with disastrous consequences. From the BFI: As part of a wider...
Topics: World War II, WWII, British Propaganda, 1940s, Stock Footage
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During WWII, American engineers created a variety of training simulators for pilots and gun crews. This included Fred Waller, whose Waller Gunnery Trainer used multiple film projectors to train aerial gun crews.  Before the war, Waller was in charge of special effects for Paramount Pictures and head of their short-subjects division.  After the war Waller invented the multi-projector Cinerama film and theater format. This film is likely a 16mm version of a Waller training film -- which were...
Topics: WWII, World War II, Simulator, Army Air Forces, Tail Gunner, Stock Footage
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Made prior to the Apollo 11 Moon landing, this issue of the Apollo Digest entitled "Examining the Moon" shows the components of the Apollo Lunar Surface Experiment Package (ALSEP) being deployed by a technician wearing an Apollo spacesuit in a simulated lunar environment.   He carries them on a "barbell" that weighs about 30 pounds on the Moon but 200 on Earth. The Apollo Lunar Surface Experiments Package (ALSEP) comprised a set of scientific instruments placed by the...
Topics: Apollo Program, Lunar Surface Experiment, Lunar Seismic, Stock Footage
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Produced for General Electric by Wilding, THE POWER BY WHICH WE LIVE was released in 1950.  The film tells the story of the electric power grid and power generation.  The company catalog stated that is shows "the source of the power which operates the appliances in our home, the lights we see by, the machines we work with. Somewhere in each locality giant turbines make this supply of electricity possible. These huge machines are built with the precision of a high-quality watch and...
Topics: power, Generations, 1950s, General Electric, Stock footage
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This film is about the C-130’s first mission to create an unending supply line to the South Pole in Antarctica (:18) and is presented by Lockheed Georgia Division (:48). As science and methods of transportation accelerated, it was becoming possible to explore the icy tundra (1:21). American scientists had been conducting extensive programs since the international geophysical year of 1957 (1:43). Glaciologists are seen climbing down a ladder into deep ice mines (2:01). Temperatures here...
Topics: Lockheed, Aircraft, C-130, Antarctica, Rendezous, 90 South, Stock Footage
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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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Made just after the Korean War and directed by Robert Cashy, this rarely seen film entitled THE ULTIMATE WEAPON presents Ronald Reagan as narrator and host, speaking about the alleged brainwashing of American prisoners of war. Similar in some ways to the plot of "The Manchurian Candidate", the film posits the question, "What can be done in my community to stop the growth of socialism and communism?" The film illustrates how a lack of moral fiber can lead average American...
Topics: North Korea, Brainwashing, Korean War, Ronald Reagan, Stock Footage
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This color educational film, "Denmark The Fairy Tale Land" is about the country of Denmark. Copyright 1964 and released by Castle Films. Opening: Castle Films presents DENMARK: THE FAIRY TALE LAND (:07-:13). Denmark. Buildings and cathedrals. Cows graze. Castles and cottages. Aerial village shot. Men fish. Fields. Cattle cross the street as a car slows. A windmill. Men grab eels from the water. Churches. Funen, the birthplace of Hans Christian Andersen. Danish village (:14-2:04)....
Topics: Castle Film, Denmark, Fairy Tale Land, 1964, Copenhagen, Tivoli Gardens, Stock Footage
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This long form commercial from 1969 was made for Libra Cosmetic and directed by Rolf W. Brandis and L. John Castelli. The film presents images of African American beauty that reflected the times and focused on black pride. Interestingly, Libra was a white run luxury cosmetics manufacturer that relied on African American salespeople. (Yet notably the narrator is clearly a white man.) At the time, specialized cosmetics for minorities represented a new and emerging market, and Libra hoped to...
Topics: 1969, Libra, Cosmetics, African American, American Women, Promo, Stock Footage
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Made in 1955 and written, shot and edited by the great film director Louis Malle, STATION 307 is an early Jacques Cousteau movie. It shows a research expedition to the Persian Gulf and a dive near Bahrain in search of oil. The film was sponsored by the French arm of British Petroleum, and featured the ship Calypso which later became world famous. STATION 307 was the first of many films to single out the work of Cousteau.     At the time it was made the film offered several revolutionary ideas...
Topics: Jacques, 1955, Underwater, Petroleum, Prospecting, Station 307, Stock Footage
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Released in 1944 by Warner Brothers in cooperation with the U.S. Coast Guard, "Task Force" is a Technicolor short film narrated by Jackson Beck.  The film focuses around Coast Guard "Task Force" duty.  Besides operational glimpses, the viewer is treated to a snapshot of the life of a Coast Guardsman on and off duty.  While the film contains much documentary-style footage, some sections of the film are re-enactments and the scenario presented (in which the USCG battles a...
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Topics: WWII, World War II, USCG, US Coast Guard, Task Force, Stock Footage
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Created in 1972, "A Briefing on Civil Defense" attempts to present significant facts about radiological fallout, the fallout shelter program, and the national civil defense program.   We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional information about our videos by adding a comment!   See something interesting?   Tell people what it is and what they can see by writing something for example like: "01:00:12:00 -- President Roosevelt is seen meeting with...
Topics: 1972, Civil Defense, Nuclear Fallout, Fallout, Fallout shelter, Stock Footage
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This 1943 news review was produced by the U.S. Office of War Information.  It has several segments including: a band of isolated Australian troops fighting on the island of Timor, recycling of obsolete ordnance by the U.S. Army to create new metal for the war effort -- including Civil War cannonballs, WWI tanks, tractors and howitzers --, the effort to preserve British rare books and manuscripts in the United States through storage and microfilming,  wartime efforts to increase production by...
Topics: WWII, US News Review, Raiders Of Timor, Caucuses Battles, Stock Footage
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This educational film ‘Focus on 1954’ presents a look through at the news highlights of the year and includes footage of a young John F. Kennedy, Marilyn Monroe, Ho Chi Minh, Harry Truman and Winston Churchill among others. It is presented by the Atlantic Richfield company (:34). Opening shots are of the Cotton Bowl on New Year’s Day (:42). This took place in Dallas, Texas and pitted the Alabama Crimson Tide against the Rice Owls. Highlights from this game include a bizarre play in which...
Topics: News Event, 1954, Army Mccarthy hearing, Puerto Rican Terrorists, Stock Footage
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Churchill's Island is a 1941 propaganda film chronicling the defense of Great Britain during the early part of the Second World War. The film was directed by Stuart Legg and produced by the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) for the Director of Information, Government of Canada. The film describes the military and civilian elements that were involved in the Battle of Britain. The Royal Air Force in an epic battle with the Luftwaffe, was able to wrest control of the skies, while the Royal Navy...
Topics: Churchills Island, WWII, World War II, England, Braitain, Stock Footage
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These extraordinary and never-before-seen home movies were filmed by a German-American family who visited Berlin and Germany during the Olympic Games in 1936.   They give a good idea of what a tourist might have experienced.   The film begins with shots aboard the liner Deutschland during the trans-Atlantic crossing, including a visit to the ship's bridge, dancing on deck to music provided by the ship's band, and more.   At the 5 minute mark the ship arrives in Germany, probably Hamburg, and...
Topics: 1936, Germany, Berlin, Olympics, Cruise Ship, American Tourists, Stock Footage
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Air France presents us with “Flying Holidays: Traveling through France” a charming travelogue from the 1960s that taps into a Hollywood styled score to compliment the monumental sights that travelers frequent. Vacationers tour the French country side including Normandy and Brittany, and the French Riviera in a Renault Caravelle and make frequent stops, experiencing the leisure of good food and a friendly welcome. The voyage starts off with a fabulous picture of French cuisine served in...
Topics: Traveling, France, Europe, Air France, Flying Holiday, Stock Footage
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This is a 1966 NASA documentary about Gemini VIII, the eighth flight in Project Gemini. The mission included the first successful docking of two spacecraft in orbit. Shortly after the docking, the capsule and the target vehicle started spinning, which could have resulted in the loss of crew members Neil Armstrong and David Scott.   As the film shows, the deliberate regimen of training -- including extensive simulation of the unexpected -- aided all in aspects of the mission's success after...
Topics: NASA, Gemini VIII, Program, Gemini 8, Houston Flight, Stock Footage
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Created by North American Aviation and its Autonetics Division, THE CASE FOR TOGGLESWITCH ALIGNMENT is an industrial film made to promote a contract for faster alignment of inertial navigation systems aboard aircraft carriers.   The film features images shot aboard the USS Independence in the mid-1960s with F-4 Phantoms, F-111 Aardvarks, and A-4 Skyhawks.   In any era before GPS, the inertial navigation system allowed for aircraft and ships to navigate accurately and in concert with one...
Topics: US Navy, Inertial, Guidance, Evaluation Program, Stock Footage
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Created by the Army Pictorial Service, this WWII newsreel shows the fight against German V-1 flying bombs in 1943-44.   Extensive Allied bombings destroyed many of the sites in Occupied France.   Some of these destroyed sites are seen, revealing catapults for launching and camouflage bunkers, as well as steel rail systems used to transport V-1s. Bombs were calibrated to attack London and abandoned war heads and missile launchers are shown scattered about the countryside.   At the 2:46 mark,...
Topics: WWII, World War II, 1945, Flying Bomb, launch Sites, Rocket, Stock Footage
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Made in 1948 in an attempt to educate the American public and lobby Congress, AIR POWER AND PEACE POWER features Capt. Eddie Rickenbacker of Eastern Airlines speaking about the future of aviation. The title of the film was part of a slogan used throughout the aviation and defense industry in this era, to promote a strong military-industrial research and development effort that would simultaneously advance aviation technology while strengthening U.S. defense. The film mostly centers around a...
Topics: Air Power, Peace Power, 1948, Eddie Rickenbacker, Stock Footage
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This black & white educational film is about Mao Zedong, the Chinese Communist Revolution, and a look at what Mao's dreams might be for the future of the communist cause. Copyright 1966. Opening titles: "Thunder Over Asia" (:06-:49). Great Wall of China. Title: "The Dragon and His Dreams". Donkeys and camels. Mao's mountain hideaway, located at Phoenix Mountain, Yangjialing, Wangjiaping and Yiyuan. Mao Zedong (1:26) accompanied by staff and an unidentified westerner. An...
Topics: 1966, Thunder Over Asia, Mao Zedong, Chinese Civil War, Korean War, Communist China. Stock Footage,...
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This film BOUGAINVILLE A STEP TO VICTORY presents the Bougainville Campaign starting in mid-1943, as Allied planes began bombing the Solomons. At 1:10, troops are seen loading up at Guadalcanal, to head towards Bougainville. The beach assault is seen at 2:15, with the landing on November 3, 1943. The battle that follows is a heated one, with troops backed by tanks and flamethrowers advancing into the jungle and taking heavy casualties. Maps are read in the field at 5:30, with plans to assault...
Topics: World War II, WWII, Bougainville, Campaign, Operation Cartwheel, Newsreel, Stock Footage
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“THE F2H BANSHEE BEFORE FLIGHT” 1953 US NAVY TRAINING FILM This US Navy training film will take a look at the McDonnell F2H Banshee which was a single seat carrier-based jet fighter type air craft. The US Marine Corp and Navy deployed the craft from 1948 to 1961 and it was the primary American fighter used during the Korean War. The film opens with the craft in flight (:32). The F2H Banshee was powered by 2 axial flow Westinghouse J34 turbo jet engines (:41) and had a wingspan of about 45...
Topics: F2H Banshee, US Navy, 1953, Training Film, USMC, Stock Footage
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Produced in the late 1940s or early 1950s, this NACA film shows the work at the NACA Lewis Flight Propulsion Lab, where researchers study the spread of fires in an airplane crash.   The history of Lewis Field begins with the National Air Races, held in Cleveland throughout the 1930s. Conducted at what is now Hopkins International Airport, the races were a major aviation event each year. Thousands of people came to view them. To accommodate the large crowds, bleachers and a parking lot were...
Topics: 1940s, 1950s, Airplane, Crash, Research, 1950s, NCA, NASA, Stock Footage
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Created by the Jet Propulsion Lab, this film documents the 1958 effort to launch an American satellite into orbit as part of the International Geophysical Year. Designated Explorer, it was the first satellite of the United States, launched as part of its participation in the International Geophysical Year. The mission followed the first two satellites the previous year; the Soviet Union's Sputnik 1 and 2, beginning the Cold War Space Race between the two nations. Explorer 1 was launched on...
Topics: 1958, NASA, US Army, X Minus 80 Days, Jupiter, Satellite, Stock Footage
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Sieg im Westen (Victory in the West) is a 1941 German propaganda film the shows Hitler's greatest military victory -- the Blitzkrieg conquest of Holland, Belgium and France in the spring of 1940.It was produced by the Oberkommando des Heeres, the German Army High Command, rather than the Propaganda Ministry of Joseph Goebbels. Goebbels indeed sabotaged its release in minor ways, delaying its premiere and telling propagandists not to promote it. The prologue consists of the Nazi version of...
Topics: Victory In The West, German Invasion, Belgium, Holland, France, Stock Footage
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Dating to 1936, this fascinating 16mm silent home movie shows a convention of fire fighters meeting up to practice their techniques, and compete against one another. The film begins with a massive assembly complete with Nazi era flags, before getting to a series of contests that include moving fire fighting apparatus, placing hoses, moving dummies while wearing gas masks, etc. The film ends with a huge parade through city streets, complete with a Nazi salute by a person who might be Hitler but...
Topics: 1936, German Home Movies, Fire Fighter, Parade, Rally, Contest, Stock Footage
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Produced in 1951 by Castle Films, and marketed for the home market in camera stores and magazines, this black & white novelty film shows daring stunts by hell drivers, barnstormers, and aerial artists. Copyright 1951. Titles: Castle Films presents "Living Dangerously" (:06-:15). Daredevil stuntmen of the Lynch and Lucky Teter Hell Driver teams drive their cars recklessly on a dirt track. Cars drive through fire and jump into the air off a ramp and crash into cars down below....
Topics: Living Dangerously, Lynch Hell Drivers, Tightrope Walker, Barnstormer, Stunt Pilots, Stock Footage,...
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UP FROM THE BED OF A DESERT SEA tells the story of the New Mexico based potash mine run by the International Mineral and Chemical Corporation of Carlsbad (now known as IMC Global). Released in 1952 or 53, the film is a fascinating portrait of mining in the post-WWII era.  Potash is any of various mined and manufactured salts that contain potassium in water-soluble form. The name derives from pot ash, which refers to plant ashes soaked in water in a pot, the primary means of manufacturing the...
Topics: IMC, Global, Potash Mine, Refinery, Carlsbad, New Mexico
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Hosted by Lowell Thomas, Jr., "King of the Alaskan Seas" is a portrait of the people of Adak, Alaska including the Inuit peoples. Made in 1965, the film focuses on the wintertime King Crab harvest, including a visit with the captain and crew of the fishing vessel "Deep Sea" and the processing center.   Adak is a city located on Adak Island, in the Aleutians West Census Area, Alaska, United States. At the 2010 census the population was 326. It is the westernmost municipality...
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Arts and Crafts of the Southwest Indians is a short 1940 film that looks at the work produced by the artisans of the Navajo and Pueblo people. The film is broken up into two parts (Navajo and Pueblo), and shows viewers the production processes of crafting rugs, silver jewelry, woven baskets, and pottery. In the first part of the film, viewers see a Navajo man working on a hogan and herding goats. Women work on vertical looms weaving rugs, and a man walks into the Pine Springs Trading Post. Sam...
Topics: Navajo, Pueblo, Indians, Arts, Crafts, 1940s, Documentary, native Americans, Stock Footage
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EMERGENCY OPERATING CENTERS – THE BASIC CONCEPTS, a film from 1967, begins with amazing footage of various emergencies such as a forest fire (00:00:15:00) , a tsunami (00:00:25:00) , a blizzard (00:00:035:00) and a nuclear mushroom cloud. (00:00:49:00) We then are taught some basic information about what the EOC stands for. (00:01:25:00) Police and fire dispatch equipment are seen at (00:04:32:00). More equipment from a standard emergency operating center is shown at (00:05:50:00). Emergency...
Topics: Civil Defense, Emergency, Operating Centers, 1967, Government Film, Stock Footage
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Made for Mobil as a promotional piece, THE INDIANAPOLIS 500 was produced by Dynamic Films,  directed by Lester S. Becker, with narration by Ralph Camargo.  The film shows the 1960 Indianapolis 500, one of the most exciting in history.   Defending champion Rodger Ward and challenger Jim Rathmann dueled right down to the last lap. The cars and drivers in this race included Troy Ruttman, Red Amick, A.J. Foyt, Johnny Boyd, Chuck Stevenson, Eddie Sachs, Bob Veith, Johnny Thomson, Len Sutton,...
Topics: 1960, Indianapolis 500, Race, Rodger, Ward, Jim, Rathamann, Stock Footage
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Made during WWII by Wilding for Pratt & Whitney, "It's Our Job" was intended to be seen by the foremen of wartime industrial plants, who were vital for the success of home front factory production. Here, the problems foremen must meet and means of solving them and shown, from introducing new workers to job responsibilities, to  cooperating with other foremen, to preventing safety issues on the assembly line. The film features shots of the F4U-1 Corsair, produced by United...
Topics: United Aircraft, Vought, Division, Corsair, Factory, Production, Stock Footage
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This black & white educational U.S. Navy Training Film is one of a series made to train lookouts. This one is about using the position angle system when reporting incoming aircraft. Copyright 1944. Opening: U.S. Navy Training Film - Position Angle (:06-:21). A sailor serving as a sky lookout uses his binoculars to scan for enemy planes. His job is to report incoming aircraft and their incoming bearing position angle so that the ship can be defended. A plane in the sky as seen through...
Topics: 1944, US Navy, Positive Angle, Sky Lookout, Airplane Spotting, Stock Footage
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Made in the 1950s, this German promotional film for S.A.S. airlines features a flight from the New York International Airport at Idlewild, which opened in 1948,before being renamed in 1963 in memory of John F. Kennedy. The flight to Hamburg, Germany is aboard a Scandinavian Airlines or SAS DC-6. This airline, previously Scandinavian Airlines System, with the legal name Scandinavian Airlines System Denmark-Norway-Sweden, is the flag carrier of Sweden, Norway and Denmark, and currently the...
Topics: SAS, Airlines, West Germany, Rhineland, 1950s, Travelogue, Stock Footage
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This is a color film showcases the Tohono O'odham people. University of Arizona, Tucson presented by the Bureau of Audiovisual Services. Explanation of the arboreal desert, :35. The Sonora desert in southern Arizona, 1:00. No rivers or streams in the arboreal desert, 1:12. Cacti, plants and the “fish hook” cactus with sharp barbs spotted with coyotes, 1:35. The Papago Indians call the desert home for hundreds of years, 1:48. Crooked mesquite tree was the only tree that the Indians had,...
Topics: Tohono O'Odham Tribe, Native Americans, Tuscon, Arizona, US Government Film, Stock Footage
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This film is an episode of ‘The Search’ a pioneering educational program that aired on CBS. This episode takes a look at the laboratories and plants that pioneered the development of automatic machines in 1954. It takes a tour through the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, the Bell Laboratories in New York, and others locales. It is narrated by Charles Romine (:47). Professor Donald B. Campbell (:52) of MIT, is the leading authority on automatic machines and their...
Topics: 1954, CBS, The Search, M.I.T., Automatic Robots, Digital Computers, Whirlwind, Stock Footage
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This silent film shows highlights of the Apollo 15 lunar mission in 1971. The footage shows the launch, lunar rendezvous, moon landing and exploration including the use of the moon rover, and the return to Earth and splashdown and recovery of the crew.   Apollo 15 was the ninth crewed mission in the United States' Apollo program, the eighth to be successful, and the fourth to land on the Moon. It was the first J mission, with a longer stay on the Moon and a greater focus on science than...
Topics: NASA, Apollo 15, Moon Mission, 1971, David Scott, James Irwin, Alfred Worden, Stock Footage
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Created by North American Aviation in 1949 to promote their newest jet aircraft, this film features the B-45 Tornado bomber and the F-86 Sabre, as well as the FJ-1 Fury. The North American B-45 Tornado 4-jet bomber is shown at (:24). It was the first operational jet to enter service with the United States Air Force as well as the very first multiengine jet bomber to have ever been refueled in midair. These planes entered into service in 1948. It is filmed gracefully taking off from the runway...
Topics: 1949, North American, Aviation, Promo Film, B-45 Tornado Bomber, F-86 Sabre, FJ-1 Fighter Jets,...
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Hosted by John D. Craig, "Expedition!" was a pioneering anthropological TV show. This episode from 1960, "Survivors of the Ice Age" portrays the really harsh way of life of the seldom filmed Laplander culture. The film observes their daily life as a herding people dependent on the reindeer of the Norway's far North. This is a documentary portrait of a culture adapted to survival in the harshest of world climates, the Arctic. The Sami people (traditionally known in English as...
Topics: Expedition, TV Show, Lapland, Norway, Survivors, Ice Age, ABC TV, Stock Footage
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Made by Republic to promote the F-105 Thunderchief, MACH OF THE THUNDERCHIEF shows the aircraft going through maneuvers. It had just recently set a new world's record for speed at Edwards Air Force Base. The film shows the design, construction and testing of this unique supersonic aircraft at the Republic Aviation factory in Bethpage, New York, including the roll-out of the aircraft. The film concludes with a mock war game at Eglin AFB, with F-105s dropping munitions on a B-29 or B-50 target...
Topics: March Of Time, Thunderchief, F-105, Promotional Film, Stock Footage
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Presented by United World Films and distributed by United Education and Visual Arts, this 1958 black-and-white film, “The Way We Live,” takes a look at “Making a Living Around the World — Trade and Transportation.” The film opens on “Main Street” in any small town of the 1950s, with quaint grocery stores, hardware stores, clothing stores, cobblers, and bakeries. “When we want things others have to sell, we give them money,” the narrator explains at mark 1:22. “When we...
Topics: United World Films, Trade, Transportation, 1958, Documentary, Stock Footage
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This rarely seen 1968, black and white film made for the United Jewish Appeal recounts the Six-Day War between Arabs and Israel in 1967 and how it affected the lives of Israelis. The film opens on the ancient site of Masada. Close-up of a man’s eyes. Bombings in Israel. "Never Again to Be Denied" 1:10. Narrated by actor Michael Tolan. Written by Harold Mayer and his wife and collaborator Lynn Rhodes Mayer. Edited by Walter Katz. Associate producer, Lynn Rhodes Mayer. Song, “How...
Topics: Never Again, To Be Denied, Arab, Israeli, 1967, Six Day War, Aftermath, Stock Footage
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This 1954, color educational film made by Encyclopedia Brittanica is about antibiotics, specifically the new era of treatments made possible by the discovery and widespread use of mold derived medicines. The film celebrates the use of Penicillin, which was up at this point one of the most important discoveries in medicine. It was discovered in 1928 by Scottish scientist Alexander Fleming as a crude extract of P. rubens. The purified compound (penicillin F) was isolated in 1940 by a research...
Topics: Bacteria, Friend, Foe, 1954, Educational Film, Medicines, Antibiotics, Stock Footage
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EB Films presents, Hawaii The 50th State People and Resources. Produced by Encyclopedia Britannica Films. In collaboration with George Kish, PhD, University of Michigan. Producer is William Deneen. The film is narrated. The purpose of the film is to educate people on Hawaiian culture, fruit crops, travel and industry. The film opens with a view of the open sea. Lava explosions are seen, :30. Rock outcroppings in the ocean are shown: 40. A volcano is shown 1:10. A waterfall is shown 1:25. Aerial...
Topics: Hawaii, The 50th State, EB Film, Food Culture, Sugar Cane, Stock Footage
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This 1960s, era color movie opens at Annapolis, Maryland with a view of the capital building. The purpose of the film is to show all of the wonderful sites and tourist attractions of Maryland. Small homes and colonial architecture are seen. The Hammond-Harwood House. The United States Naval Academy 1:00. Student-soldiers march throughout the grounds 1:15. The statue of Tecumseh during graduation week at Annapolis 1:40. A full dress parade on the football field 1:55. The students graduate 2:10....
Topics: 1960s, Tour, Maryland, Easton, Baltimore, Hagerstown, Annapolis, Ocean City, Stock Footage
Iron Curtain lands. Post-Stalin Period. Copyright MCMLIX. Educational Supervision: Michael Boro Petrovich, PhD. Associate Professor of History, The University of Wisconsin. Photographed & directed by filmmaker and author Charles Dee Sharp. This 1959, color movie presents a cross-section of life in the lands considered to be behind the iron curtain after the rule of Joseph Stalin. It is a profile of the communist society. It takes us a step closer to understanding these lands ruled by an...
Topics: Iron Curtains Lands, 1959, Post Stalin Era, Soviet Union, Eastern Europe, Stock Footage
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Rules in Fog. Sound signals. Title screen says, “Fog signals must be used in fog, mist, falling snow or heavy rain-storms, whenever visibility falls below 2 miles”. This 1943 era, black and white, U.S. Navy animated film, was produced by the Walt Disney Studios as part of its wartime cartoon production program. The film was intended to explain the proper use of signals for vessels to remain safe in fog - and how the signals can protect a captain with reference to the law. The movie opens...
Topics: 1943, US Navy, Rules In Fog, Ship, Navigation, Signaling, Walt Disney, Stock Footage
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This silent home movie film was shot in 1941 by an American on vacation in Florida. Some of the sights seen include a tourist bureau at 36 seconds, a visit to the Oriental Gardens of Jacksonville at the :43 second mark. An alligator farm is seen at the 2 minute mark, and the entrance to St. Augustine at 2:20, along with the Castillo de San Marcos, the Oldest Church in America, and the Oldest School in the United States. At 6:30, the Silver Spring Seminole Indian Village is seen, and a...
Topics: 1941, Florida, Trip, Home Movie, ST. Augustine, Tourist, 1941, Stock Footage
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This 1960s color educational film about Connecticut as part of the weekly TV series “America!” that was narrated by actor Jack Douglas. The Hartford skyline is followed by the gold-domed Capital Building. The window-washing method is shown for the two-sided boat-shaped Phoenix Life Insurance Company Building. Constitution Plaza is a commercial mixed-use development area. “The Safe Arrival” is a statue monument commemorating the first pioneers. Across from it is Center Church, where...
Topics: Connecticut, 1960s, Travelogue, Hartford, Stratford, New London, Mystic Seaport, Stock Footage
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This black and white 1940’s educational classroom short by Encyclopedia Britannica films provides an introduction to the concept of property taxes and how they are derived (TRT 9:56). Opening titles: “Property Taxation (Arithmetic of Taxes), In collaboration with Dr. H.F. Aldefer of Pennsylvania State College (0:08). Partial view of a capitol building. Men walk up the steps (0:22). Interior view of a bank teller’s window, with a line of customers. A woman fills out a deposit slip (0:32)....
Topics: Property Taxation, 1940s, Taxes, Bonds, Internet, Stock Footage
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This British Information Services film from the late 1940s, written and produced by Donald Taylor, traces the history of money and the evolution of bartering to banking. The film opens with a shot of a man scooping up coins and weighing them on a scale. In Africa, people heard cattle (02:10); footage shows women sorting what appears to be nuts in a village. People ride camels across a desert’s dunes. Images show some ornaments and jewelry that were early forms of barter material. The film...
Topics: The Story Of Money, Money, Currency, Gold Banks, 1940s, Stock Footage
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Made by Chrysler Corporation / Dodge to promote their automobiles, "The Hell Driver Formula" features Jack Kochman's famous stunt car team. It dates to about 1981 and is narrated by Lindsey Nelson.   Opening: people in the grand stands watch and wait. A man wraps straps around himself and tugs on another strap. Wearing a helmet, the man stands on the back of a car and the car speeds towards a fire that was set, the man lowers himself in the flames at a fast speed and the title...
Topics: Jack Kochmans, Hells Drivers, 1980s, Chrysler, Dodge, Auto Stunt, 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   Created by producer Paul Hoefler and photographed by Willard C. Hahn, this early 1960s educational film "Operation Freighter" provides a look at the SS Hawaiian Farmer. At the time the "Farmer" was working the sea lane between San Francisco and Hawaii as part of the Matson Navigation Company aka the Matson Line (and now more well...
Topics: Operation Freighter, 1964, SS Hawaiian Farmer, Matson Line Freighter, Stock Footage
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This silent Kodak Cinegraph educational / documentary film takes a brief look at the Golden Eagle. Kodak began selling Cinegraph films in 1927 for home use and renting them out on loan. Clearly, this as an early nature documentary and as such a rare piece of film history. The Golden Eagle resides in the northern hemisphere and is the most widely distributed species of eagles. Their coloring is dark brown with golden plumage on their wings. One of the birds to be shown is called William and the...
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This color educational film is about catching shrimp off the coast of Maine. This is circa the late 1960s. Titles: THE MAINE SHRIMP (as the surf crashes onto the beach) (:08-:21). Shrimp fishing boats off the coast of Maine. Maine Shrimp boat has his net in the water as the cold water crashes into the boat. A boat slowly rocks as the cold sea moves. Another boat tosses lightly. Fishermen on a boat pull up their nets from the blue sea as the boat rocks. The catch is dumped out onto the deck and...
Topics: The Marine Shrimp, 1960s, Gulf Of Maine, Fishing Industry, Stock Footage
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The Pontiac Motor Division of General Motors Corporation, in cooperation with its 4,200 Pontiac dealers, presents a 1951 color movie called, Stepping Up with the Joneses, with script by Dick Owen Allen, directed by Stephen Kiefer, photography by Grover Seyfried and recorded by Ralph Goeke. The movie opens with a woman filling glass containers of milk, and the storing them in her refrigerator, 00:43. Mother and son discuss the family car around the dining room table, 2:00. The father enters and...
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Produced in 1941, "Life in Old Louisiana" was created by Erpi Classroom Films, Inc. in collaboration with James Fortier, the archivist of New Orleans. The film purports to show the history of 1830-1950, and starts with images of a steam boat traveling on the Mississippi River near New Orleans. A northerner interacts with a creole man name Dornier on board the ship who describes life in the deep South. At 1:40, an above-ground plantation home is shown and at 1:52 the fields, which are...
Topics: Old Louisiana, Louisiana, 1941, New Orleans, Stock Footage
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The 1960s Technicolor film by Owen Murphy, “All About New York” takes it viewer through the Big Apple and the Empire State. It opens with a view of the Empire State Building (mark 00:45) in New York City before sharing glimpses of a fisherman at Montauk Point, the Catskills, Coney Island, Lake Placid, the Brooklyn Navy Yard, the United Nations, and Times Square. “New York can be many things,” the narrator assures the viewer, before touching on the state’s history and the roles of such...
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Grandma Goes to School" is a classic late 1940s or early 50s promotional film made by Jam Handy for Frigidaire about American living and the advantages and proper use of home electrical appliances.The film makes an argument about the reasons to upgrade appliances for the modern versions with all the conveniences. The film starts with a focus group -- a school board composed of older men and ladies -- arguing that there is no reason to upgrade, and then gradually shows how opinions change....
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“The Land Called New Jersey” is a color film that portrays 300 years of progress in New Jersey and the contributions of the citizens of the state to the history of the United States. Produced by Humble Oil & Refining Company in the early 1960s, it includes sequences on the granting and the naming of the state, on the colonial period, on early industry and transportation, and on Thomas Edison and the age of invention. The program describes the industries, educational system, cities,...
Topics: Thomas Edison, New Jersey, 1960, Humble Oil & Refining, Stock Footage
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This 16mm silent home movie shows the Pennsylvania Railroad at Colonia, New Jersey. At the 1;12 mark, the wreck of the SS Morro Castle is seen on the beach at Asbury Park, New Jersey. SS Morro Castle was an ocean liner of the 1930s that was built for the Ward Line for voyages between New York City and Havana, Cuba. The ship was named for the Morro Castle fortress that guards the entrance to Havana Bay. On the morning of September 8, 1934, en route from Havana to New York, the ship caught fire...
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This 1965 color film about the New England Heritage Trail is presented by New England Mutual Life Insurance Company and produced by Bay State Film Productions. A girl runs to a Colonial two-story house. She looks in the window. Her grandfather fills crystal glasses and hits them to play a song. She plays them. The red goblet has an animated face that narrates the film (:10-4:25). The Seth Warner statue is a memorial to the Green Mountain Boys (5:00-5:10). A person walks across the wooden North...
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This documentary, produced by the Portland Cement Association, describes the construction and utility of The Pennsylvania Turnpike, completed October, 1940, was a landmark construction project completed in that served as the grandfather of the interstate highway system. The planning process began in the 1920s as automobiles rose in popularity. After the onset of the Great Depression in the 1930s and President Franklin Roosevelt’s establishment of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) in...
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This 1956 color educational film about American engineers was produced as a Jam Handy Picture for the Chevrolet Division of General Motors, making this film a subtle long advertisement. Different radio telescopes pick of sounds (:35-1:20). Men and women are shown in laboratories. Another writes mathematical equations on a blackboard. Different quick views representing engineers are shown (1:21-2:30). Shown are an hydroelectric dam, rivers splitting around a city, skyscrapers, office buildings,...
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Santa Fe presents ALL THE WAY , an overview of Santa Fe’s Freight service. (00:00:50:00) The film begins with a movie executive having a meeting concerning an overall film focused on their freight service. (00:01:15:00) An animated map of Santa Fe’s system can be seen at (00:02:00:00) and (00:03:55:00). Vintage footage of San Francisco bay cargo platforms / the “Santa Fe Navy” can be seen at (00:02:30:00). Footage of a canned food manufacturing line can be seen at (00:04:55:00) followed...
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This black & white film from the late 1930s details the creation of diesel engines. To explain how pistons work, the ancient fire syringe or fire piston is explained. It was invented by Southeast Asia natives who used a bamboo cylinder and plunger with tinder on it. Rapidly compressing the plunger created fire (1:57-2:52). A modern version is constructed with thermometers and a pressure gauge into which oil is sprayed as the fire mechanism (2:58-4:48). Another way of showing the effects of...
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This 1967 color educational film produced by Coronet, which credits educational collaborator Dr. John E. Kempf, professor of Microbiology at the University of Illinois Medical Center of Chicago, takes a look at the subject of viruses (TRT: 13:38). A biological scientist in a laboratory pours a liquid from one beaker to another. “A Coronet Film” (0:09). The doctor reviews a chart in the lab, next to a microscope, and beakers of colorful liquid (0:35). An electron micrograph of a virus shows...
Topics: Viruses, Threshold Of Life, 1967, Disease Health, Educational, Stock Footage
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In this 1956 film by Coronet Instructional Films, INVENTIONS IN AMERICA'S GROWTH, the recollections of Scientific America editor Jonathan Sharpe tell about the Age of Miracles in America. From 1850-1910, innovation and invention shaped American life in dramatic ways. We can follow some of the advances in farming (horse drawn reaper 1:40), see Edison’s phonograph (:14), and the expansion of steel for daily life (street car rails at 2:54 and the high wheeled steel bicycle at 2:40). There are...
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This 1960s era, color movie is about men who have dedicated time in their lives to the Boy Scouts. The title is Men Who Make a Difference. The film is narrated but also has characters speaking directly to the camera about their experiences with Scouting. The movie’s purpose is to discuss the importance the Scoutmaster plays in the development of a boy’s life. Various men are interviewed about how important Scouting is in their lives. The movie’s narrative takes place through the...
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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...
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This short publicity film for the Syncom Satellite program dates to the 1960s. It was made after the successful launch of Syncom 3, so most likely dates to 1965.   Syncom (for "synchronous communication satellite") started as a 1961 NASA program for active geosynchronous communication satellites, all of which were developed and manufactured by Hughes Space and Communications. Syncom 2, launched in 1963, was the world's first geosynchronous communications satellite. Syncom 3, launched...
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"Everything You Ever Wanted in a 16mm Projector" is an RCA promotional film made for the RCA 1600, probably in the mid-1960s.   Yes, everything . . . brilliant pictures, superb sound, simple operation, smooth, safe film handling, instant performance, good looks, light weight, ruggedness — even an automatic threader that never touches the film ! (And if you Ve never wanted an automatic threader the 1600 provides for that as well, because its uniquely safe threader is uniquely...
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This black and white 1940 travelogue film produced and directed by Armand Denis and his wife Leila Roosevelt for the Chrysler Corporation documents their 1939 expedition to Burma (now Myanmar), depicting landmarks and customs with an air of exoticism (TRT 31:48). Titles: “Dodge Division, Chrysler Corporation presents'' over automobiles driving through rugged off-road terrain. “Wheels Across India'' (0:10). Title card: “New England. Cows graze. A white colonial style home on a...
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This silent, 16mm home movie was shot by American serviceman in Japan during the era of the Occupation (1945-1952). It shows footage of what we believe to be the town of Zushi, which has now grown to be a city-sized beach resort. Zushi is located in the Kanagawa prefecture,  straight across the peninsula from Yokohama and Yokosuka and across the bay from Mount Fuji.  The film ends with some New Year shots of Kamakura and the Japanese young women dressed for the Coming-of-Age Day. 0:06 –...
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This episode of The Air Force Story - Volume 1 Chapter 19 - "D-Day" features some of the events that occurred prior to and during the invasion of Normandy, June 6, 1944. These include General Eisenhower reviewing paratroops prior to their deployment behind enemy lines, strafing of German supply points and transport, support aircraft dropping supplies and gliders into the invasion area, bombardment of enemy fortifications by air and sea forces along the French coast, and the cracking...
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This silent film from Germany shows extraction operations at the The Ersberg mine, a large open-pit mine located in Eisenerz, Styria, in the central-western part of Austria, 60 km north-west of Graz and 260 km south-west of the capital, Vienna. Erzberg represents the largest iron ore reserves in Austria, having estimated reserves of 235 million tonnes of ore. The mine produces around 2,153,000 tonnes of iron ore per year. According to scholars, the mine was already working in the year 712, but...
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This silent film shows the battle for "Hill 700" starting on March 9, 1944. Depicted is the counter-attack by the 145th Infantry of the 37th Division to recapture the hill which had been taken in the early morning. The Japanese objective was to break through to the strategic beachhead on Empress Augusta Bay. Mortars (9:30) and light tanks and halftracks from the 754th Tank Battalion provided fire support and the battle continued through March 13th, when the troops regained the summit...
Topics: Army Pictorial, Silent Film, 1944, Japanese, WWII