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During WWII, with the war on and gasoline rationed nationwide, Shell Oil realized its gasoline dealers would need to differentiate themselves from other vendors.   So, they launched an ad campaign based on providing full service, in co-ordination with the War Department as a wartime marketing program.   This "Ground Crew Service" campaign compared the work of the service station attendant to that of an Army Air Corps crewman.   As part of the effort, 8 squadron emblems were issued...
Topics: Shell Oil, Company, Service Station, WWII, World War II, Stock Footage
This film is a color film with B&W historical clips showing the 1969 Reunion of The Tailhook Association. Tailhook is a U.S.-based, non-profit fraternal organization, supporting the interests of sea-based aviation, with emphasis on aircraft carriers. The word tailhook refers to the hook underneath the tail of the aircraft that catches the arresting wire suspended across the flight deck in order to stop the landing plane quickly. Photography by the Pacific Fleet Combat Camera Group. 00:13...
Topics: 1969, US Navy, Aviation, Las Vegas, Nevada, Stock Footage
Recognition of the Japanese Zero Fighter was a 1943 educational dramatic short produced by the United States Air Force during World War II. Its purpose was to instruct pilots in the Pacific theater about recognizing hostile planes at long distances and avoid friendly fire incidents. Most of the film is taken up with a short play in which a young pilot, portrayed by Ronald Reagan, is ordered on reconnaissance missions of the Pacific and encounters another plane which he can't tell is friendly or...
Topics: Recognition, Japanese Zero Fighter, WWII, World War II Stock Footage
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This 1959 color documentary film covers the Research Programs at the University of Arizona. It is produced by prolific filmmaker Harry Atwood, himself a graduate from there. The film opens at Homecoming, and the band and cheerleaders perform (1:10-2:05). The original 1890 building is used by the ROTC (2:31-2:50). The old is demolished and replaced by new dormitories (2:51-3:24). The Fine Arts Center houses the Renaissance painting collection of Samuel H. Kress (3:25-3:40). Channel 2 TV crews...
Topics: 1959, University Of Arizona, Promotional Film, New Horizons, Tuscon, Stock Footage
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This extraordinary silent home movie shot by a member of the Civil Air Patrol shows the aftermath of two plane crashes. At :37, you will see rescuers removing a body from the first crash scene. Debris is spread over a small area. This aircraft appears to be a single engine trainer belonging to the military. At 1:00, in another scene shot on a different day, you will see wreckage from a much larger aircraft strewn over a hillside. At 1:32, you can make out the wing with the number NC60526....
Topics: 1950s, Training Plane, C-47, Crash, Aftermath, Home Movies, Stock Footage
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This black & white educational film is about the battle of the Philippines between Japan and the United States in October 1944 during WW2. Copyright is 1944. Opening: Brought To Action! Produced by the Office of Strategic Services in cooperation with the United States Navy (:06-:33). Pearl Harbor, October 23. Office of the Navy door. A telegram shows the second battle of the Philippines had begun. Battleships at sea. Men in a briefing room. Pilots head for their planes. Planes in formation...
Topics: Brought To Action, 1944, WW2, WWII, Japan, Philippines, US Navy, Stock Footage
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This episode of "Navy Log" dates to 1957 and is titled "The Star". The plot revolves around John Carradine, who stars as a seaman first class who volunteered to scout the beaches of Scoglitti, Sicily, prior to the amphibious landing there   Navy Log was produced by Sam Gallu, and this episode was written by Allan E. Stone and directed by Jean Yarbrough.   The show was a drama anthology series that initially aired for three seasons, first on CBS and later ABC. It relates...
Topics: Navy Log, The Star, US Navy, 1957, Sicily, Invasion, WWII, Stock Footage
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U.S. National Aerobatic Champion Harold Krier is just one of the pilots introduced in this 20-minute color film on the National Championship Air Races held in Reno, Nevada, and aerobatic flying. Made in 1965, it opens with the camaraderie and competitiveness shared by pilots, The camera eavesdrops on conversations as pilots and their teams discuss horizontal rolls and potential problems as Krier is introduced at mark 02:00 and shown performing his airborne acrobatics. As aerobatics pilot...
Topics: 1965, Reno, National Championship, Air Races, Stock Footage
This short film, presented by Breyers Ice Cream and narrated by Lowell Thomas, gives viewers a look at the attractions of historic Philadelphia. The film opens with footage of fireworks bursting in Philadelphia’s night sky on the 4th of July. The film shows Benjamin Franklin Parkway and the city’s skyline (00:48). Viewers see the William Penn statue on the top of City Hall Tower. Next, the film takes viewers to Independence Hall (01:32), where men reenact the signing of the Declaration of...
Topics: Ice Cream, Philadelphia, 1940, Pennsylvania, Travelogue, Stock Footage
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This 1944 sound newsreel shows the Allied push towards Rome, Italy and the D-Day Invasion of Europe.   It uses footage from both Allied and German sources.   Some of the highlights in the Rome section include celebrations in the aftermath of the liberation of the city.   The D-Day film includes highlights from several beachheads along with footage of Gen. Eisenhower and Field Marshall Montgomery on June 6, 1944.   It took four major offensives between January and May 1944 before the line...
Topics: Rome, Allied Forces, D Day, Invasion Of Europe, Stock Footage
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A Motion Picture History of the Korean War (AFIF 85) describes the Korean War from the U.S. perspective. The film begins with a brief overview of Korea’s geography and its capital city, Seoul (01:19), as it rebuilds following the war. While it is relatively quiet today, on 25 June 1950, artillery shots (03:05) mark an all-out attack on South Korea from the communist North, prompting U.S. President Harry Truman (03:40) to order U.S. forces to provide assistance to South Korea. At the United...
Topics: Motion Picture, History, Korean War, Armed Forces, Info Film. Stock Footage
"Flight" was a short-lived TV series that debuted in 1958 and only lasted one year. Hosted by Gen. George C. Kenney, the program focused on dramatic tellings of stories from the chronicles of the U.S. Air Force. Production company California National also produced "The Silent Service" which profiled the Navy's submariners, and "Navy Log". This particular episode tells the story of Col. Robert Evans, who in 1947 was involved in a special Cold War mission to prove...
Topics: Flight TV Show, 1958, B-29, All Weather Flight, Show Force, Strategic Air Command, Stock Footage,...
This black & white educational film is about some of the tourist attractions and big cities to see in South America, primarily focusing on Argentina and Brazil but also including images in Peru. This is copyright 1941, and features footage that was shot in the 1930s. Opening: South American Vista (:06-:09). The Andes Mountains loom.  Flowing waters below the equator in South America. Horses walk by. A man sits atop a horse. The iconic Gaucho, or cowboy. Argentina beef. Peru, people in the...
Topics: South American Vista, 1941, South American Travelogue, Peru, Brazil, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
This well shot silent 16mm home movie shows a trip to Indonesia undertaken by an American tourist in the 1960s. The film begins with images shot in Jakarta including the famed Hotel Indonesia designed by Neal A. Prince, visible at 1:09. Various other buildings shown include a modern government building or hotel at 1:30, and Dutch colonial buildings shown at 1:43, and what might be a school at 1:55. (If you recognize these buildings please leave comments).  At 3:10 a fish market is shown. At...
Topics: 1960s, Home Movie, Trip, Indonesia, Jakarta, Bandung, Paris, Rice Farming, Stock footage
Dating to the post-Vietnam era of the mid-to-late 1970s, "The Green Scene" was a periodically issued U.S. Army film series, that promoted various aspects of Army life. In this episode (number 8), the focus is on the Army's travel agency / vacation and recreation services, the importance of having a school diploma, the history and legacy of the U.S. Army's infantry, and a look at the U.S. Army's role in disaster assistance featuring images of the 1972 Nicaragua Earthquake. This is...
Topics: 1970s, US Army, News Magazine, Army Travel Agecny, Disaster Relief, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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Made in 1969, SEAPOWER ON THE MOVE presents an impressive array of U.S. Navy ships, submarines and aircraft, and describes the myriad efforts that go into keeping the world's oceanic supply lines open. The Soviet Union's forces are shown and described (starting at about the 5 minute mark) as the adversary for the USA.   Advanced diving techniques are shown at the 6:00 mark. Nuclear submarines including the Polaris missile boats are shown at the 8:00 mark, and aircraft carrier task force at...
Topics: 1960s, US Navy, Cold War, Seapower, Navy Ships, Submarines, Stock Footage
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Shot in the 1950s, this silent home movie shows a visit to West Berlin and includes shots of East Berlin. At :29 are images of the Berliner Funkturm or Funkturm Berlin (Berlin Radio Tower) is a former broadcasting tower in Berlin. Nicknamed der lange Lulatsch ("the lanky lad"), the tower is one of the best-known points of interest in the city of Berlin. Following are shots of East and West Berlin as seen from the tower. At 1:12 is the Victory Column, and at 1:15 a shot looking down...
Topics: Trip, Germany, 1950s, Home Movies, East, West, Berlin, Stock Footage
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Made in 1952 and produced by the legendary Dore Shary, THE HOAXSTERS is an American documentary film written by Herman Hoffman, about the threat posed by communism to the American way of life. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. The film compares Hitler and Mussolini to a carnival barker and a snake oil salesman, and connects their outrageous talk to that of the Bolsheviks, in particular Josef Stalin.   The film includes the voices of Marilyn Erskine, Howard...
Topics: The Hoaxsters Cold War, Anti Communist, Documentary, Stock Footage
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Made in 1956 by the U.S. Navy, this film shows a history of the motion picture beginning with the optical toys and the persistence of vision devices that preceded the motion picture. Thomas Edison's pioneering work is shown, as is that of Daugerre and other pioneers of photography. Paper print images of the Great White Fleet are shown at the 1 minute mark, as well as other rare paper print footage. Some of the devices shown include the praxiscope, zoetrope, zoopraxiscope and others. Thomas...
Topics: US Navy, History, Picture Movie, 1956, Thomas Edison, Great White Fleet, Stock Footage
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Created in 1959 by MGM for American Motors Corporation, AMERICA THE AUTOMOIBLE AGE was written by Robert C. Bennett and directed by David Monahan. This sprawling publicity piece to promote the brand, traces the history of the automobile in the United States. WWI auto and truck construction is seen at the 8:00 mark, and WWII production at the 23:30 mark. In between and especially towards the end the history of AMC is shown, with the 1960 Nash Rambler getting star treatment at about the 34 minute...
Topics: American Motors, Automobile, Industrial Film, 1959, MGM, Stock Footage
This U.S. Air Force Monthly Film Report shows the various operations conducted at the Air Force Eastern Test Range, Cape Kennedy in January and February 1965. The film opens with an aerial shot of Cape Kennedy. Astronauts Gus Grissom and John Young put on gear as part of the new man-in-space program, Project Gemini. A Titan II rocket sits at a launch pad (01:27). Men sit in control room waiting for launch. The Titan II takes off on 19 January and flies through the air carrying the unmanned...
Topics: US Air Force, Monthly, Film Report, 1965, Cape Kennedy, Titan II, Stock Footage
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Made during the Vietnam War, "The Return of Private Youngblood" recounts the return of the body of PFC Boyd James Youngblood of Mountain City, Georgia, who was killed in action in 1968. Youngblood was one of 16,592 Americans killed and 87,000 wounded in 1968. Unfortunately, we don't know much about who made this touching film or the Youngblood family. The film was shot by Parick O'Dell and Ray Young, Roger Conner, John Pruitt, and Dennis Suit. It was produced and written by Hal Suit,...
Topics: Vietnam War, Kia, Vietnam, Private Youngblood, 1968, Stock Footage
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One of many U.S. Government films made in the wake of the detonation of the H-Bomb, CIVIL DEFENSE A PRIMER FOR SURVIVAL attempts to reassure an anxious public that thermonuclear war is survivable. A write up of this film appears at the Atomic Theater website: http://www.atomictheater.com/aprimerforsurvival.htm  Check out the site for a great overview of the Civil Defense films from this era. Quoting from that site: "Hosted by Dave Garroway, A Primer for Survival consisted of four short...
Topics: Civil Defense, Primer For Survival, Cold War, Fallout, Dave Garroway, Stock Footage
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Originally produced by the Bray Studios in 1936, this fascinating travelogue presents the island nation of Japan just before the outbreak of WWII. Here, Japan is not an enemy but a "land of enchantment" that is presented as having fairly little sophisticated infrastructure or technology. The religious traditions of the nation are emphasized, with the temples at Kyoto shown, with zigzag bridges. At the 2:30 mark, bustling Tokyo is seen, recovered from the huge earthquake. Narrow,...
Topics: 1930s, Japan, Travelogue, Land Of Enchanment, Stock Footage
The American Nurses’ Association and the National League for Nurses present, The Shelter: The Psychological Aspects of Nursing in Disaster. This is a 1950’s era, black and white movie made under a grant from the U.S. Department of Health Service and the National Institute of Mental Health. The movie stars Eliza Ross Thorne as the nurse and isnarrated by Gregory Peck. Produced and directed by Roger Tilton Films, Inc. Music by David Raksin. Screenplay by Alvin Boretz. Photographed by Robert...
Topics: Cold War, Nurse, Training Film, The Shelter, Psychological Impact, Atomic Bomb, Stock Footage
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This 1960’s era movie is called "More Power on the Ground". It is presented by Allis-Chalmers, Agricultural Division. The film highlights several tractor pulls at county fairs across the United States, with an eye towards promoting A/C tractors. The purpose of the film is to highlight the strength of the different motors in tractors that give farmers and workmen more pull power in their tractors. Tractor pulls are featured throughout the movie. The movie opens with images of a...
Topics: More Power, Ground, Allis Chalmers, Tractor Pull, Celebration, Stock Footage
This video is produced by the Sales Training Department of Anheuser-Busch, demonstrating to businesses how to correctly store and serve beer. Series of short shots of beer being poured, producing a large head.  Two shots of cans being opened.  (:08-:35)  Title plate; “It’s How It’s Handled” (:36-:44).  Several exterior shots of the Anheuser-Busch brewery (:45-1:12).  Montage of shots from brewery interior; bottles on a conveyer belt, a room of fermenters (1:13-1:36).  A delivery...
Topics: Anheuser-Busch, Beer, Brewery, Alcohol, Stock Footage
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This silent film, a home movie from 1940, is titled "A March Took Place at Nordwall". It's unclear precisely where this was shot but possibly Nordweil, near the German border with France. The parade appears to be a victory parade, most likely celebrating the defeat of the French in late June of 1940. We don't know who is shown in the film but it appears that there are officers of importance or general staff shown at the 5:49 mark and following. (If you know who they are, please note...
Topics: 1940s, German Army, Victory Parade, Nordwall, Defeat Of France, Stock Footage
This is a 1951 black and white film called Movie Wonderland. 6116 Glen Tower, Hollywood California. The film opens with the title “Screen Magazine: featuring the amazing people and things of our Wonderful World…” With Betty Gray, released through United Artists. The purpose of the movie is to highlight the many ways that women are making strides in different industries, fashion and sports. The movie is fashioned as a news piece, is hosted by Betty Gray and is narrated by a man and a woman...
Topics: Screen Magazine, Womens Fashion, Sprots, Betty Gray, Stickum Jewelry, Stock Footage
This is a 1971 color film made by Bert van Bork entitled "The Lumberman" was part of the "Our Changing Way of Life" series of films released by Encyclopedia Brittanica. The film looks at the seachanges that have come to the timber and logging industries (and more were to come as the environmental movement was in a nascent stage at the time this film was made). The film discusses the past and present of the life of a forest worker and not only how these workers’ lives have...
Topics: The Lumberman, 1970s, Logging, Lumberjack, Oregon, Pacific Northwest, Stock Footage
This is a 1970’s era color movie promoting travel in South America. The full credits are missing but the film was shot by cinematographer Henry Javorsky and sponsored by American Express and Pan Am Airlines. This travelogue visits Ecuador, Bolivia, Argentina, Colombia, Brazil and the rest of South America is highlighted as a beautiful destination to visit. The movie opens with a woman and a boy holding hands in front of Machu Picchu in Peru. Main title: "Invitation to South...
Topics: South America, 1970s, Travelogue, Peru, Ecuador, Brazil, Argentina, Stock Footage
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Created during WWII by the Santa Fe Railroad, this exceptionally rare color film shows Santa Fe's contribution to the war effort.  After December 7th, 1941 the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company (AT&SF) pressed all available steam and diesel locomotives into action to assist with America's war efforts.  This included the transport of military equipment, freight, troops & other military personnel. The increased employment of women railroad workers is also detailed.
Topics: WWII, World War II, Santa Fe, Santa Fe Railroad, 1941, Stock Footage
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This historic, silent film shows highlights of the 1932 Winter Olympics, officially known as the III Olympic Winter Games, held in Lake Placid, New York. The games opened on February 4 and closed on February 15. It was the first of four Winter Olympics held in the United States; Lake Placid hosted again in 1980. The games were awarded to Lake Placid in part by the efforts of Godfrey Dewey, head of the Lake Placid Club and son of Melvil Dewey, inventor of the Dewey Decimal System. California...
Topics: 1932, Lake Placid, Winter Olympics, Olympics, New York, Stock Footage
This beautiful circa Easter 1960 Kodachrome color, silent film, was shot by an amateur filmmaker. It crosses the line between a professional documentary and a home movie, in that it is impressively put together and extremely well shot. It features impressive views of Manhattan. Dating on the film is not 100% certain but the Janet Leigh film "The Vikings" seen advertised at 6:49 was released in 1958. The film "Portrait in Black" with Lana Turner seen advertised at 7:00 was...
Topics: 1960, New York, City Times Square, Radio City, Stock Footage
This 1960s color film includes 1930s black and white footage on the design, fabrication, construction, and opening of the Golden Gate bridge. It was presented by Bethlehem Steel. The film begins with a bird’s eye view of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. A statue of Joseph Straus, chief engineer, is panned up. The bridge is shown from afar (0:11-1:20). A vintage illustration shows the topography and side-view of the bridge’s construction (1:21-3:57). Black and white footage prior to...
Topics: Golden Gate Bridge, 1960, San Francisco, Bethlehem Steel, Stock Footage
From the 1930s, this film looks at the development of transportation from the days when the camel and horse were the fastest modes of travel up to the present days of the zeppelin, airplane and Zephyr train. Traces the history of steam from the days of Robert Fulton's steamboat, and the development of the gasoline engine from the days of the horseless carriage to the present day.
Topics: Transportation, 1930, Zeppelin, Zephyr, Stock Footage
LEWISTOWN, PA – JOHNSTOWN & ALTOONA RAILROAD REEL This color home movie from 1959 shows footage of the Johnstown Traction Company and views of Altoona, Johnstown and Lewistown, Pennsylvania. It was shot by Louis Buehler and preserved by Mitch Dakelman. Shots include: :00 Lewistown Pa dusk and night shots of passing Pennsylvania Railroad trains 1:07 Conemaugh & Black Lick locomotive, Johnstown,Pa. Passing Bethlehem Steel plant 1:23 Johnstown Trolley car 357 1:48 crossing bridge 2:23...
Topics: 1959, Pennsylvania, Railroad, trolley Cars, Johnstown, Stock Footage
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This black and white 1953 “Family of Craftsmen” film is sponsored by The Studebaker Corporation and produced by Louis de Rochemont Associates. It portrays the lives of a family with multiple members who work for Studebaker. It has great clips of houses, furniture, and clothing from the early 1950s. The film opens with a great visual and sound of a factory steam whistle (:54). Workers leave the Studebaker factory on Friday afternoon in early 1950s sedans (1:00-1:25). A night security officer...
Topics: 1953, Studebaker, Furniture, Indiana, Stock Footage
This black & white silent educational film is a study of the Battak people of Sumatra, Indonesia, conducted by the Anthropology Department of Harvard University. Copyright 1929. Opening title: Peoples And Cultures of the World - The Battak of Sumatra (:07-:49) (also spelled Batak). Sumatra, one of the largest islands of the Malay Archipelago. Map of Asia, Australia , New Zealand, New Guinea, An arrow points out where Sumatra is in relation. Map of Sumatra, Boreno, Malay Peninsula. Battak...
Topics: 1929, Battack, Batak, Sumatra, Malaysia, Harvard, Stock Footage
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Made in the late 1960s or early 1970s (probably 1971) to promote the construction of new highways and the cars that drive them, the ANATOMY OF A ROAD is an unapologetic paean to progress. As the narrator says, "Everyone will agree that we need good roads, an efficient system of highways and freeways and the reality of highway can give rise to a course of interesting individual opinions".  The film contains a brief history of American roads from the National Pike to the superhighway....
Topics: Anatomy, Road, Highway, Construction, Stock Footage
Produced in the 1940s by Wilding Picture Productions, Inc., the Dodge Division of the Chrysler Corporation presented “Rubber River,” a color film that opens at mark 00:30 by stressing the importance of rubber during World War II. The war effort caused rubber shortages as the material was needed for mobile guns, aircraft, and countless other uses. With Asian supplies of rubber cut off, the United States turned to areas such as Nicaragua and Costa Rica for rubber. Noted adventurers Sullivan...
Topics: Rubber River, harvesting, Central America, Rubber, WWII, Pan American Highway, Stock Footage
This official U.S. Navy recruiting film dates to the 1930s (:13). It shows a tour of a training station and details the new students’ training courses prior to being assigned to sea duty. Its not clear where it was shot, although the architecture of some buildings is reminiscent of the U.S. Naval Station at San Diego. (The large domed building at :58 is hard to identify however.) The film opens with a young sailor introducing the film (:31). The new sailors are shown on the field for early...
Topics: 1930s, US Navy, Recruiting, Blue Jackets, Naval Training Center, Stock Footage
This 1968 color film about air suspension by Firestone was presented by Firestone Industrial Products, a division of The Firestone Tire & Rubber Co. A semi-truck drives by a “Ship Federal Express” building (1:34). A Firestone executive glances through a “Put the Pair on Air” marketing brochure for Firestone Airide Airsprings (1:36-2:09).  A cartoon explains what air suspension is  (2:23-3:04). Suspension systems shown are buggy-style elliptical leaf springs, semi-elliptical...
Topics: Soft Touch, Firestone, Tires, Air Ride, Air Suspension, 1968, Trucks, Bugs, Stock Footage
Official Film’s “Journey of Faith” was filmed during the 1950 Holy Year Pilgrimage led by His Eminence Cardinal Francis Spellman. Pope Pius XII created him Cardinal-Priest of Santi Giovanni e Paolo on February 18, 1946.   His Eminence Francis Cardinal Spellman addresses the viewer (0:38). As the spiritual leader of the New York Archdiocese, Cardinal Spellman led a Pilgrimage to Rome, with 500 pilgrims. Viewers see exterior shots of Saint Peter’s Square (1:24). Cardinal Spellman stands...
Topics: Journey Of Faith, 1950, Holy Year, italy, Spain, Malta, Stock Footage
This 1960s American Airlines promotional film, produced by Audio Production Inc., shows the work that goes into developing a flight plan prior to that flight’s takeoff. The film opens with a plane taking off from New York’s Idlewild Airport (later renamed John F. Kennedy International Airport), and a man climbing out of a car with his suitcase and heading into the airport. An American Airlines Boeing 707 Astrojet flies through the sky. The film shows a departure board for a non-stop flight...
Topics: 1960, Flight Plan, Astrojet, 707 Astrojet, Pilots, Stock Footage
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"FILM COMMUNIQUE, EIGHTH ISSUE"   (1944, 20:24)   Includes CAPE GLOUCESTER: 7TH MARINES (New Guineau); REPORT FROM BRITAIN (American and British air war against Germany); A 5TH AIR FORCE REPORT FROM NEW GUINEA; A FEW QUICK FACTS (supply line distances); A FIFTH ARMY REPORT FROM THE BEACHHEAD (Anzio). 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...
Topics: War Film, Film Communique, USMC, US Marines, Marines 1944, Stock Footage
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The Story of Measuring Time: Hours, Minutes, Seconds, is a black and white film copyrighted in 1964. This film was produced by Coronet Films (also known as Coronet Instructional Media Inc.) which was a producer and distributor of American documentary shorts that were shown in schools from the 1940s through the 1980s. This film shows the progression of the measurement of time. Educational Collaborator was Herbert F. Spitzer, Ph.D., professor of Education at State University of Iowa. A Train...
Topics: Measuring, Time, Hourglass. 1964, Coronet Film, Stock Footage
1957 EDUCATIONAL FILM “TRANSPORTATION IN THE MODERN WORLD” This film presents the methods of modern transportation in comparison to methods of the past. It depicts the importance of various types of transportation for industry, travel and the growth of cities. It is a Coronet Film (:07) and opens with shots of a passenger plane (:30), a shipping harbor (:37), a railway and a modern highway with end of the 1950’s model automobiles (:53). Past methods of transportation were hindered by...
Topics: Transportation, Modern World, 1957, Industry, Highways, Railroads, Stock footage
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This black and white documentary film, Lever-age, History of the Toothed Wheel, explains the principles of levers and gears. It was presented by Shell Oil Company, directed by Geoffrey Bell, and narrated by famous announcer Harlow Wilcox. The Shell logo used from 1948 to 1955 finishes the film. However, a description of the 1939 film by Bell called Transfer of Power and also sponsored by Shell Oil matches this film and so this may be a re-release. The film opens with a girl pumping water, a man...
Topics: Lever Age, Lever, Toothed Wheel, Oil, Physics, Leverage, Stock Footage
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This color film from 1964 illustrates the basics in firearm safety in the home, and includes examples of how to inspect several types of firearms to ensure they are not loaded and safe to handle. After Mrs. Johnson accidentally discharges a carelessly placed shotgun in the basement rec room, a narrator explains how to handle each of the Johnson family’s firearms, and even provides some backstory on each weapon. Guns examined here include a Savage Model 99 lever action rifle, a Winchester...
Topics: Home With Guns, Guns, 1964, national Rifle, Gun Safety, Stock footage
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Shot by an American tourist who visited London in 1936, these silent 16mm home movies provide fascinating views of the great city on the verge of WWII.  Likely shot during a holiday, based on the lack of traffic, the film begins with images of Trafalgar Square and Nelson's Column, and then show the London Bridge Wharf (1:00) and views of the Thames (1:20). The Tower of London is seen at (2:39), and the Tower Bridge at (3:30). The Plynth is seen at (4:25) and St. James Palace at (4:40)....
Topics: 1936, London, England, Trip, 16mm, Home Movies, WWII, Stock Footage
One the "Forum Edition" films created by the March of Time for classroom use, "The New South" is a black & white educational film about the Southern USA. Made in the era of segregation, the film attempts to chronicle how the South has changed since the Civil War, and how economic and other conditions are improving for African Americans. This is circa the 1940s. Opening titles: (:08). Title card: The New South (:29). African Americans work in the fields of the American...
Topics: The New South, 1940s, Segregation, School. African Americans, Cotton Industry, stock Footage
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This black and white documentary assembles photos and newsreel footage of Eleanor Roosevelt, exploring her changing roles as political advisor, First Lady, and international woman of influence. Anna Eleanor Roosevelt (October 11, 1884 – November 7, 1962) served as the First Lady of the United States from March 4, 1933, to April 12, 1945, during her husband President Franklin D. Roosevelt's four terms in office, making her the longest-serving First Lady. Eleanor Roosevelt speaks while wearing...
Topics: Biography, Eleanor Roosevelt, First Lady, United States, Stock Footage
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Made in 1972 this Soviet film, presented in Russian, tells a brief history of the Communist party and has other segments as well.   To be honest we don't speak Russian so we are hoping someone out there will offer some more insight in the comments.   Some of the imagery in the film includes shots of Russia during the Communist Revolution and its aftermath.   Various scenes include mining (2:45) and industry (4:40), the 1935 Communist Congress (5:55),   WWI Russian troops (10:00) and more....
Topics: Soviet, Communist Party, Lecture, 1972, Russia, WWII, World War II, Stock Footage
Shot by an unknown American who was part of the U.S. occupation forces in post-war Japan, this home movie shows a visit to the countryside and with the Sakiyama Family. It also shows part of a wedding ceremony, a fruit and vegetable farm, the process of replanting and harvesting rice, and the preparation to what's presumably Farmer's New Year (April 1st).  It is believed this film was shot because of, and contains images of, Lt. Gen. Robert L. Eichelberger at the end. Eichelberger was a highly...
Topics: WWII, Japan, Home Movie, Robert Eichelberger, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
Released in 1946, this film is a promotional for Chase and Sanborn Coffee which is an American coffee brand established in 1862 in Boston Massachusetts. It shows the process they undertake for choosing coffee beans as well as acquiring the right flavor from the beans. It is presented by the Fleischmann Division (:11), narrated by Hugh James and was produced by B. K. Blake Inc (:27). The film opens by pointing to the more than 50 countries in the tropical zone which grow coffee beans (:37)....
Topics: Tropical Treasure, 1946 Chase, Sanborn Coffee, Roasting, Promo Film, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
This film is a color film with B&W clips. Produced by the U.S. Navy and narrated by Rod Serling. A summary of the pioneers of the U.S. Naval Aviators and their accomplishments over time. 1:10 Opening Title Screen: “Wings of Eagles, Wings of Gold”. Executive Producer: Cdr. Wes Larson, USN. 1:25 View of men preparing to board Aircraft on an air carrier. 2:21 Naval Aviators are called “eagles”. 2:47 Pensacola Florida, a city synonymous with the birth of naval aviation, began in January...
Topics: 1970s, US Navy, Naval Aviation, Museum, Wings Of Eagles, Stock Footage
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This 1944 color restricted film about being an “Aviation Parachute Rigger” is part of a “Your Job in the Navy” series of recruitment films presented by the U.S. Navy. It opens with colorful parachutes hanging high on a wall. One is lowered by a wire to a waiting sailor (:23-:38). Women Parachute Riggers in Navy WAVES blouses sit at sewing machines and repair parachutes (:39-:52). Two Parachute Riggers are shown up-close packing a parachute along a long table. The entire parachute is...
Topics: 1944, US Navy, Recruiting Film, Parachute Rigger, Your Job In The Navy, Stock Footage
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Movin’ On is a 1968 documentary presented by the United Transportation Union and the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainment and produced and directed by Harold Mayer that recaps the history of the American railroad, with an emphasis on the people who built the railroads and operated the lines. Photographs and footage are used to recreate the visual history of the railways, while folk music from the period alternates with the film’s narration for effective audio. This second half of the film...
Topics: Locomotive, Railroad, 1968, United Transportation Union, Stock Footage
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This short training film (TF-6746) covers the use of Terrain Following Radar (TFR) on a General Dynamics F-111 Aardvark. The film opens with a pilot flying an F-111 near some hills at a low elevation. The plane clears a hill, maintaining a relatively constant altitude over the earth. This is done using Terrain-Following Radar (TFR). The film shows the instrument panel of the TFR system (02:28). A shot from the cockpit shows an automated guiding image that helps the pilot with flight navigation....
Topics: General Dynamics, F-111 Weapon System, Terrain Following Radar, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
The Life and Death of the U.S.S. Hornet is a short Navy film that gives viewers a brief history of the famous CV-8 Yorktown-class aircraft carrier. The film opens with a shot of the nation’s Capitol Building, followed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt making a statement in the Oval Office about the B-25 bombing mission from “Shangri-La,” the code name for the USS Hornet. At a shipyard, men and women build the carrier (01:37). The USS Hornet is launched on 14 December 1940 (02:16)....
Topics: USS Hornet, CV-8, Yorktown, Class Aircraft Carrier, Midway, Stock Footage
This Yesterday’s Newsreel film (episode 83) offers the viewer “television highlights of the news of yesteryear” by providing vintage clips of famous people and events from the first half of the 20th century. The episode starts with footage of Nazi Germany’s Siegfried Line. Nazi soldiers look down on the Siegfried line. Footage shows soldiers walking into a bunker, a trench, and more steel and concrete block houses along the line. French soldiers across the Rhine respond to the playing...
Topics: Yesterdays Newsreel, Brooklyn River Race, Jai Alai, Bremen Flight, Stock Footage
This short mid-1960s film from Atomics International, a division of North American Aviation, Inc., gives viewers a look at the July 1964 power conversion subsystem development status of   The Mercury-Rankine program (CRU). This was part of the Systems Nuclear Auxiliary POWER (SNAP) program, a program of experimental radioisotope thermoelectric generators (RTGs) and space nuclear reactors flown during the 1960s by NASA. SNAP-1 was a test platform that was never deployed, using cerium-144 in a...
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Topics: Atomics, Mercury, Ranking CRU, Snap Program, Nuclear Reaction, Space Flight, Stock Footage
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Made during the Vietnam War, this 1967 Marine Corps documentary presents "Operation County Fair". County Fair was a civic action program intended to clear Vietcong from villages while helping support villagers. As part of that they were supposed to receive medical care, fed, entertained and protected by the Marines. Like most of the civic action programs during the war, County Fair had a mixed outcome. The Vietnamese often welcomed the Marines into their villages, but lived in fear of...
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This early 1950s color educational film about the components of the 1949 winning Indy 500 car was sponsored by Socony-Vacuum (now part of ExxonMobil). 1949, Bill Holland has just won his first Indianapolis 500 and receives his trophy. Car owner Lou Moore joins him for photos (:20-:54). Lou Moore’s mailbox is shown at his North Hollywood, CA machine shop. Lou and an employee work among tools and car parts. A 350+ horsepower 4-cylinder engine is shown (:55-2:20). The highway is full of 1940s...
Topics: 1949, Indianapolis, 500 motor Race, Behind The Checkered Flag, Bill Holland, Stock Footage
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This silent German film shows the harvesting of lumber during winter, most likely near Bergen, Norway. As you will see, almost all the effort is by hand, although at 2:30 a sledge and gravity make the transport of firewood fairly easy. At 4:14 firewood is piled up for storage. At 5:05 one of the workers shows off his shoe which has a long metal spike on it for steadiness in the snow.   At 5:19 sleds are moved back up the mountain. At 6:20 lumberjacks pause to eat a warm meal.   At 6:55 the...
Topics: 1920, Silent, Germany, German Film, Harvesting, Lumber, Bergern, Norway
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This 1955 Jam Handy film BOXES AND BALLS shows the engineering properties of the new Chevrolet chassis — which is designed for strength "like a box". Features many stunts to exemplify the driving qualities of the cars.   The stunts are mostly likely performed by George Rice Chitwood (April 14, 1912 – January 3, 1988), nicknamed "Joie". Chitwood was an American racecar driver and businessman. He is best known as a daredevil in the Joie Chitwood Thrill Show.   Henry...
Topics: 1955, Chevrolet, Car Promo, Joie Chitwood, Car Stunts, Stock footage
This film is an adaptation of a 1961 episode, “The Secret Door,” from Jack Douglas’ series Keyhole for presentation by the Ford Motor Company. Jack Douglas greets the audience from the studio. Viewers see a security man open the door to the Ford Motor Company’s Dearborn, MI Styling Center. William Clay Ford joins Douglas on set for the episode (00:50). Douglas sits and talks with Ford, who is head of product planning and design at the company. The episode shows Greenfield Village...
Topics: Automobile, FORD, Motor Company, Styling Center, 1961, The Secret Door, Stock Footage, Apollo 15,...
This 1960 black and white installment of “See It Now” produced and edited by Edward R. Murrow and Fred W. Friendly (Part 2 of 2) presents a behind-the-scenes overview of initial testing for the UGM-27 Polaris missile, a two-stage solid-fueled nuclear-armed submarine-launched ballistic missile, the United States Navy's first SLBM (TRT:  26:58). The USS George Washington (SSBN-598) ballistic missile submarine surfaces (0:08). One of the submarine’s missile hatches opens. A Polaris missile...
Topics: Polaris, Polaris Nuclear Submarine USS, George Washington, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
This United States Navy Department film from 1944 is dedicated to naval aircraft workers and is brought to viewers by Pathe News Inc. for the Bureau of Aeronautics Production Division. The contributions and role of the aircraft industry are described, along with the number of Japanese warships that had been sunk by United States aircraft (01:30-02:01). Navy bombers were used to support the men of the 37th infantry division using precision bombing techniques. At 03:28, a map with directional...
Topics: WWII, Aircraft, Aircraft Workers Digest, Saipan, US navy, 1944
\This black & white educational film is about the Army Corps of Engineers and National Guard assisting with flood aftermath. The organization that predated the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) is shown -- the Federal Civil Defense Administration. This is circa 1956 but shows news events of 1955, when there was extensive flooding caused by Hurricanes Connie and Diane. In little over a week, the two hurricanes passed by Southern New England producing major flooding over much...
Topics: 1955, US National Guard, FEMA, Hurricane Connie, Hurricane Diane, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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The 1948 episode “Nomads Of The Jungle (Malaya),” part of the educational film series The Earth and Its Peoples, directed by Victor Jurgens and produced by Louis de Rochemont Associates, follows a nomadic tribe in the jungle of the Malay Peninsula and captures nomadic life through the eyes of the chief’s son Alune. The film begins with a description of the peninsula and the jungle, then introduces the nomadic people (01:14) that the story is based on. Alune narrates the story, and...
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This black & white educational film is about hand to hand combat techniques. This is entirely in French. This is circa the 1930s.Opening titles: L'Ecole De Gendarmerie presents Le Combat Corps & Corps (:34-1:27). Two men walk along in a wooded area. A French military man walks over to them and checks their papers. The two men suddenly jump the military man. He reacts and subdues them. Combat fighting technique is shown in slow motion as a training exercise. One man tosses the other over...
Topics: Hand To Hand Combat, Combat, Combat Corps, 1930s, French, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
This black and white, silent film is a collection of footage related to the Ford Motor Company from the early 1920’s through the early 1940’s (though not in chronological order: Footage from 00:06 to 01:56 is from the 1920’s, 01:56 to 03:25 appears to be early 1940’s, and the remaining segments are from the early 1930’s.) You’ll see Ford’s River Rouge factory, acres of newly built cars, Model T’s, Model A’s, workers, trains, planes, a fire, and the twenty-millionth car Ford...
Topics: Ford Motor. 1920s, 1940s, Fords, Cars, Assembly Line, Stock Footage
This black & white educational/promotional film is about the medium Caterpillar tractors D6, D7, and D8 models, most often configured as bulldozers (but also sold in other versions). This is circa 1946. The D6 was also available in a military version classified as the SNL G152. The D6 started out in 1935 as the RD6, fitted with a 3-cylinder 45 hp D6600 engine. The RD6 was renamed D6 in 1937, and updated  in 1941 with a D4600 engine of 55 hp (drawbar) and in 1947, with a D318 engine of 66...
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This color film, U.S. Navy Destroyermen, was produced for the United States Navy by the Office of Information. This office maintains close relations and contacts in the entertainment industry with the goal of telling the US military's story. It was created for the Chief of Naval Operations at the Naval Photographic Center in 1970 to be used as a recruiting tool. The U.S. Navy Band plays as families say goodbye to naval personnel getting ready to depart on Destroyer duty (0:07-0:58). The...
Topics: US Navy, Destroyer, Destroyermen, 1970
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This silent newsreel footage shows the naval actions in World War I (WWI), including the German High Fleet engaging the British Royal Navy at Jutland.  Contains actual combat footage of German warships firing upon and sinking a British battlecruiser which then capsizes.  Footage also includes  Zebrugge, Scapa Flow and Firth of Forth (6:29). The film also shows German seaplanes (:34) on scout patrol. At 2:03 a carrier pigeon is being used to report intelligence. At 3:14 a British windjammer...
Topics: WWI, German Navy, Battle Of Jutland, Great War, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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Produced by the Moody Institute of Science (MIS), a production company for the pro-creationism Moody Bible Institute and headed by pastor Irwin A. Moon, A Sermon From Science is a late 1960s or early 1970s educational film that shows the developments made in recording the underwater sounds of the seas (while situating it in a Christian context). The film opens with a shot of the sun sitting just above the sea, reflecting off the water; this is followed by footage of coastal scenes and...
Topics: 1970, Science, Moody Institute, LA, Underwater, Bible, Stock Footage
This silent 16mm footage was  most likely shot during and after the 2nd Moscow International Film Festival in 1961 (9 to 23rd of July). The movie contains scenes of all the major sightseeing spots in Moscow – the Red Square, Kremlin, Ivan the Great bell tower, Luzhniki stadium, the VDNKh, All-Union Exhibition of the National Economy, the Mt. Vorobyovy ski jump, GUM Central Department Store and a couple of special locations – the Moscow International Car Camping Ground, only one of 25 such...
Topics: Summer, 1961, Moscow, Russia, Soviet Union, Kremlin, Lenins Tomb, Stock Footage
This black & white educational film "Mexicana" is about the country of Mexico. Copyright is circa the late 1930s or early 1940s. It was made by the Calvin Co. of Kansas City. Opening titles: Little Features presents Mexicana (:07-:18). Mexico City. National Palace. Palace of Fine Arts. Residential districts. Cars go down a boulevard. Chapultepec Castle with a bronze grasshopper statue in the courtyard. People walk around the castle grounds. A man wears a sombrero. Cathedral...
Topics: Mexicana, 1940s, Travelogue, Nation Of Mexico, Mexico City, Pyramids, Bull Fight, Stock Footage,...
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Produced by the Owens-Illinois Glass Company in 1952, IN GLASSTOWN USA shows the company's manufacturing process. At the time Owens-Illinois was the largest glass container manufacturer in the world. The film begins with images of 1950s supermarkets at 1:17, before showing the glass plant at 1:38. At 3:23, the factory interior is seen with raw materials delivered to a melting furnace. At 4:00, the interior of the furnace is seen with torrents of flame visible. At 4:50 a vacuum glass forming...
Topics: Glasstown, Illinois, 1950, Stock Footage
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Moscow Metropolitan, a cinematographic excerpt for the secondary-school pupils post-1976. This is an instructional and promotional movie about the convenience of the   Moscow Metropolitan / Metro transit system (subway). Shown are several subway stations, two of the 6 types of commonly-circulating subway trains, the use of an entrance gate, mechanical stairs. Subway cleaning crews, various small infrastructure (inter-train interval wall clock, subway traffic lights) also appear in this movie....
Topics: Moscow, Metro, Metropolitan Subway, 1970s, Soviet Film, Stock Footage
This short, silent film shows "The Big Red Cars" of the Pacific Electric railroad in Los Angeles. It was shot by Leo Caloia, an amateur cameraman who filmed many subjects in Southern California in the mid to late 1940s. The start of the film shows interurban trolley car 1535 on Long Beach Blvd. This "blimp" car was typically mated with 1537.   Car 1519 is seen at 2:08 and 1529 at 3:21.   The Los Angeles-to-Long Beach passenger rail line was the longest-serving of all the...
Topics: Pacifi, c Electric Railroad, Long Beach Line, 1940s, Los Angeles, California, Stock Footage
This film is of the series of films titled ‘Yesterday’s Newsreel’ which combined actual news footage with modern commentary. The first segment is from 1917 to 1920 (:08) and begins with historic images of the events which resulted in the constitutional amendment that led to the women’s right to vote (:18). It had been a 69-year movement that was climaxed with the appeal of the White House depicted here (:24).   Susan B. Anthony became the chairwoman of the executive committee of the...
Topics: Yesterdays Newsreel, Susan B Anthony, 1917, Stock Footage
This silent film was released by Castle Films in 1940 for the home market. It shows the outbreak of "War in Europe" with the German invasion of Poland, which triggered a declaration of war by France and Great Britain.  The film begins with Hitler demanding the city-state of Danzig (:12).  Oppressed minorities flee Germany as refugees (:30).  Polish Army mobilizes (:48).  Poland closes German border (1:00).  Great Britain and France pledge to assist Poland and summon reserves...
Topics: War, Europe, 1939, Castle FIlm, WWII, Germany, Invasion, Poland, France, Stock Footage, Periscope...
One of the episodes of the pioneering TV show "The Greatest Drama", this black & white episode entitled "The Black Beret" is a portrait of British Field Marshall Bernard Montgomery. This is circa 1954. Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery, (1887 – 1976), better known by his nickname "Monty" and "The Spartan General", served in the First World War, the Irish War of Independence and the Second World War. Opening: ticker tape parade in New York City....
Topics: The Black Beret, Biography, Field Marshall, George Montgomery, WWII, British General, Stock...
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This German propaganda movie was part of a U.S. Navy archive compiled during WWII, and acquired by Periscope Film. An allied fleet, hunts and sinks a Uboat during WWII. We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional information about our videos by adding a comment!   See something interesting?   Tell people what it is and what they can see by writing something for example: "01:00:12:00 -- President Roosevelt is seen meeting with Winston Churchill at the...
Topics: German Newsreel, U-Boat, WWII, World War II, US Navy, Stock Footage
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This silent film footage is from the gun cameras of German fighter planes intercepting Allied aircraft including B-17s in the skies of Europe. The films were shot using recording 16mm cameras in the wings of the aircraft, and used to both verify kills and probables, as well as examine tactics used in combat.   The title card at :19 roughly translates as "Original footage of the defense of the Reich by hunter killer squadrons operating against bomber groups."   Each entry shows the...
Topics: 1944, German Gun Camera, WWII, World War II, Air Raids, Stock Footage
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Dating to the 1920s, and released by the obscure Aladdin Motion Pictures, this "Travel Gem" shows views of the Peruvian city of Cuzco / Cusco, the City of the Sun. At :21 is a panorama of the city which sits at 11,000 feet in the Andes Mountains. At 1:09 the local inhabitants are shown including many Indians and descendants of the Inca. At 1:41 is a view of an ancient wall built with tightly cut stone blocks, and without concrete. At 2:09 the road to Fortress Hill is shown and at 2:40...
Topics: Cusco, Peru, 1920, Silent Travelogue, Andes Mountains, Stock Footage, PeriscopeFilm
This color silent film was shot as part of F-105D ejection seat tests. No test is shown, but the footage would likely have been intercut with an actual test, and then released to the Pentagon or the press. The slates indicate all the material was shot at the rocket sled facility at Hurricane Flats in Washington County, Utah on July 20, 1960. The seat shown being tested at the time was designed by Republic Aircraft and, according to Ejectionsite.com, used in at least one successful ejection in...
Topics: Hurricane Flats, Utah, F-105D, Thunderchief, 1960, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
Aimed at a foreign audience, this Israeli promotional film illustrates the daily life and basic training on a military outpost of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), including paratrooper training. The IDF was first established in 1948 on the order of Defense Minister (and later Prime Minister) David Ben-Gurion. It has served in all of Israel’s major military operations, and is unique in that it includes the mandatory conscription of women. The film appears to be from the early 1970s. The film...
Topics: Israel Army, 1970, Israeli Defense Forces, IDF, Training Film, Stock Footage
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"Navy Log" was an early television show that appealed to the public and especially to veterans of WWII. It was created by Sam Gallu and presented little known stories and personalities from events spanning World War 2 and the Korean conflict.   These stories were dramatizations based upon true events, many of which are/were unknown to many historians and authors.   The episode, “Men from Mars” is no exception.   This show could very well be about a little known extraterrestrial...
Topics: 1956, Navy Log, Navy Log TV Show, Seaplane, WWII, Stock Footage
Made in the 1930s by the Castle Film Co., WINGS OVER WORLD WONDERS is a silent film that shows airplanes flying over many different cities, scenic wonders and monuments.  This includes New York (1:19) and the Empire State Building, Niagara Falls (1:59),  Chicago (2:30), Grand Canyon (3:00), Boulder Dam (4:00), Golden Gate Bridge (6:00), Hawaii (6:45), Japan (7:45), Shanghai (8:26), Tunisia (9:00), the Sahara and the Great Pyramid in Cairo, Egypt (9:30), London (10:20), Paris (10:30), the Alps...
Topics: 1930s, Airplanes, World Monuments, Cities, Wings Over World Wonders, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
Created at the outset of America's entry into WWII, this Castle Film newsreel shows America as the "Arsenal of Democracy" producing men and materials for the war effort.   Basic training and testing of military equipment is shown, along with the construction of jeeps, tanks, ships, guns, planes, PT boats and other war material.   Some of the spectacular footage included shows tanks driving through buildings and over obstacles, soldiers fording rivers, exercises using horses,...
Topics: World War II, WWII, Stock Footage, Castle Films, Tanks, Boats, Ships, Guns, Basic Training
This silent, pre- WWII movie shows the harvesting of bananas at an American Fruit Company plantation in Cameroon, Africa. Unfortunately the name of the production company has been erased from the film (:10) so we don't know who made it but one can imagine from the font that it was made by the national German educational film service UFA. Cameroon became a German colony in 1884 (known as Kamerun) but after World War I, the territory was divided between France and the United Kingdom as League of...
Topics: 1930, Fruit, American Fruit Company, Bananas, Banana Plantation Stock footage
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Made in late 1945, THE ARMY NURSE is a short documentary propaganda film commissioned by the US military to highlight the role and contributions of army nurses.   The film opens with a combat scene in the summer of 1945, when the war becomes a million men old (presumably the Battle of Okinawa) one of the soldiers is show getting wounded and the scene goes woozy. The narrator notes "This is the time for you to decide what you're gonna be: a soldier that gets injured and dies, or a soldier...
Topics: 1945, WWII, World War II, US Army, US Army Nurse, Stock Footage
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This 1944 color restricted film about being an “Aviation Radioman” is part of a “Your Job in the Navy” series of recruitment films presented by the U.S. Navy. It opens with a view of the flat top of an escort type aircraft carrier (:16-:30). Radiomen wear headphones. One types on a piece of paper and hands it off (:32-:44). A sailor uses a multimeter. He polishes relay contacts on a radio transmitter (:46- 1:13). A stealth bomber is raised from the hangar on an elevator to the deck. The...
Topics: 1944, US Navy, Your job In The Navy, Radioman, Stock Footage
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This extraordinary silent 16mm home movie was shot by Dr. Harold L. Thompson, and shows the eruption of the Paricutin volcano. It likely dates towards the end of the volcanic eruption in the early 1950s. Thompson was a Los Angeles surgeon who liked to shoot home movies and present them. Around this same time he made an amateur film entitled "Invitation to Hawaii" which was widely seen around the USA. He was also president of the Los Angeles Physicians' Art Society. Parícutin (or...
Topics: Eruption, 1950s, Paricutin, Volcano, Mochoacan, Mexico, Home Movie, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
WARNING: this film contains disturbing imagery of animal testing. Discretion is advised. This film is not intended to be shown to minors. Made in 1962, this U.S. Air Force film shows experimental activities at the Hospital Lackland AFSC, part of the Aerospace Medical Division. At the time, a series of pioneering research activities were being conducted in the surgical-anethesiological laboratory, to determine how organs and other body parts could be transplanted. The problem of course is that...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Medical Film, Dog, Transplant, USAF, Research, Testing
Made by the late John Hutter in the late1940s or early 1950s, this travelogue film shows views of St. Augustine, Florida. The filmmaker, who was a Chicago-based accountant, traveled all over the world and filmed many of his adventures. The title card at the beginning "Chateau Hutter Films Presents", refers to a European-style resort that Hutter built in Door County, Wisconsin. Apparently Hutter hoped to show this film and others to visitors there, but the resort never hit its stride...
Topics: St. Augustine, Florida, 1950s, Travel Film, John Hutter, Travelogue, Stock Footage, Periscope Film