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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
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
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
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
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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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
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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
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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
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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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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
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
Coast Guard Auxiliary. Narrated by Bill Stern. (Member CGA Flotilla Number 302). A US Coast Guard Picture. This is a black and white, 1940s era film, produced by the United States Coast Guard. The purpose of the film is to show the effort and training auxiliary Coast Guardsmen undergo in order to serve the United States Coast Guard. The film opens with a man in a captain’s hat screwing a number plaque on the side of a boat. A small yacht launches into the water. Men load lifejackets onto a...
Topics: United States, Coat Guard, Auxiliary, WWII, World War II, 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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Produced in the 1980s, this Cold War National Guard recruiting film shows the Guard conducting war games with Bell helicopters and M-60 and M-48 tanks. Voice-over explains the importance of the Guard and the benefits to being part of the nation's oldest branch of military service. Basic training is shown. A drill instructor is shown at 2:00, and advanced training at the 4:20 mark including truck driving, welding, cooking, computer operations and more.     Women members of the Guard are also...
Topics: 1980s, Army National Guard, Basic Training, War Games, Recruiting Film, Stock Footage
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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
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
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 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
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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...
Topics: 1967, Vietnam War, Vietnam, Civic Action, County Fair, Stock Footage
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
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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
The World Of Work’s “TV News: Behind The Scenes” is a 1973 episode from Encyclopaedia Britannica Films that shows viewers the day’s operations required to broadcast a news program. The episode follows the men and women of ABC7 Eyewitness News, including Roger Grimsby, Bill Beutel, Geraldo Rivera, Robert Labe, and Melba Tolliver, as they work to put together stories for the evening’s broadcast. The episode touches on topics such as how stories are discovered, how they are covered by...
Topics: TV News, Behind The Scenes, 1970s, Action News, Documentary, Geraldo Rivera, Roger Grimsby, Stock...
One of a series of "Industry on Parade" films made by the National Association of Manufacturers, this film is about precise parts, how Lenox China plates are made, and how Renwal toy tow trucks are produced. This is circa the mid 1950s. Opening: Industry on Parade: The Age of Precision (:06-:34). A jumbo jet takes off. A car drives. A washing machine. Machine parts. A packaging machine, printing presses, surgeons needle. A shilling. .040 thickness of worn shilling is explained and...
Topics: Imdustry On Parade, Lenox China, Renwal Toys, Lever Bros, Soap Manufacture, Stock Footage,...
This reel of film contains several films documenting the Mt. Lowe Railroad near Pasadena, California. The first, filmed by cameramen dispatched by Thomas A. Edison, is a silent film that shows a trip up Rubio Canyon aboard one of the trolley cars.   The second silent film, possibly a home movie from the 1920s, begins around 1:59. It starts at the base of the Mt. Lowe Incline Railway, a funicular that connected to the trolley system. At 2:18 one of the two funicular cars descends on the track....
Topics: Mt Lowe, Railroad, Mt Lowe Railroad, California, Pasadena
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Made in 1960 by Arthur Barr, this film presents one of the earliest looks at the tremendous problem of Urban Sprawl. growth in single-family homes begin built outside cities. The growth of suburban regions is (according to the narrator) one of the biggest challenges facing the United States of the 1960s. The desertion of the metropolises' downtowns, and the explosion of suburban populations, was indeed a threat to the health of American cities. Highways, such as Los Angeles' 101 Freeway seen at...
Topics: 1860, Urban Sprawl, Suburbia, Post WWII, Housing Boom Vintage, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
This is a 1950’s era, black and white movie which is a pictorial review of events in business and industry. It is produced each week by the National Association of Manufacturers. The first section is about Horsepower for the Air Force. The film opens on the assembly line at the Indianapolis of the Allison division of General Motors. Men working on Jet engines, :46. People observe the different working parts of the jet engine number 10,000, 1:00. The J25-A23 jet engine on stage, 1:28. Jet...
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Topics: Industry On Parade, Allison Jet, Engines, Harry Winston, 1950, 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
One of 26 Private SNAFU (Situation Normal, All F*cked Up) cartoons made by the U.S. Army Signal Corps to educate and boost the morale of the troops. The SNAFU character was created by Theodore Geisel (Dr. Seuss) and Phil Eastman, and most were animated by Warner Brothers Animation Studios. They were voiced by actors including Mel Blanc and scored by Carl Stalling. In this episode, Private Snafu imagines the good times his family is having back home while he's stationed in the Arctic.
Topics: WWII, World War II, US Army, Cartoon, Private SNAFU, DR SEUSS, Stock Footage
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Dating to the 1970s, this silent footage shows sights around Edwards Air Force Base. At :25 the Air Force Flight Test Center main building is shown. At :37 a Chinook helicopter used for rescue is shown on the runway. At 1:46 the exterior of the USAF Aero Space Research and Flight School is shown. At 1:53 a large cargo type aircraft is shown circling. At 2:55 various pursuit and training aircraft are shown on the ramp. At 3:35 a sign for the Rocket Propulsion Lab is shown. At 3:54 a freight...
Topics: Edwards Air Force Base, 1970, Air Force, California, Stock Footage
This silent footage dates to the time of the Martin P6M Seamaster flight test program, with the prototype the third P6M-2 production aircraft featured.  At the start of the film you will see this incredible amphibian in the air on a test flight. The aircraft is seen being moved to the water at :28, and then performing engine run up tests. At 2:12 are nice shots of the plane on its cradle. Starting at about 3:30 are high speed taxi runs. At 7:59 what might be the maiden flight of the aircraft...
Topics: P6M Seamaster, Amphibious Strategic Bomber, Flight Test, Stock Footage
Boeing Today and Tomorrow is a color promotional film put out by their Public Relations Department. It was probably put out in the late 1960’s to promote the company and its aircraft. A young boy playing in the sand by the sea when all of a sudden he looks up (0:07-0:47). An airplane flies over (0:48-0:52). A guided missile takes off (0:53-0:59). Workers leave their Boeing jobs (1:05-1:16). Arial view of a Boeing Plant (1:17-1:43). History of Boeing. Picture of William Boeing who founded the...
Topics: 1960s, Boeing, Promotional Film, Today And Tomorrow, Minuteman, Saturn V, Stock Footage
Shot by an unknown U.S. Army cameraman named Staal, this color film is raw footage of American troops filmed during the Vietnam War in 1967.  At least some of it was shot in Tân Trụ, a rural district of Long An Province in the Mekong Delta region of Vietnam. At the time Operation Concordia, a joint U.S. and South Vietnamese Army operation to root out the Viet Cong, was underway. Camera slate shows June 1967 (:07). American soldiers walk with some Vietnamese locals (:15). Soldier assists...
Topics: Vietnam War, Vietnam, Raw Footage, 1967, Tan Tru, Mekong, Delta US, Army Hospital, Stock Footage
Released in 1946, this film is a promotional for Chase and Sanborn Coffee which is an American coffee brand established in 1862 in Boston Massachusetts. It shows the process they undertake for choosing coffee beans as well as acquiring the right flavor from the beans. It is presented by the Fleischmann Division (:11), narrated by Hugh James and was produced by B. K. Blake Inc (:27). The film opens by pointing to the more than 50 countries in the tropical zone which grow coffee beans (:37)....
Topics: Tropical Treasure, 1946 Chase, Sanborn Coffee, Roasting, Promo Film, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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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
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 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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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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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,...
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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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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 black and white Historical documentary film, Air Force Story Chapter 9, The AAF Fights Back, was produced around 1953 by the Department of the Air Force. The Department of the Air Force was formed September 18, 1947, within the Department of Defense. Musical score is by The U.S. Air Force Band under the direction of Lt. Col. George S. Howard, commander and conductor of the band from 1944-1963. The film documents paratroop and glider training and the Battle of Midway in the Pacific Theater...
Topics: Air Force Story, Chapter 9, AAF, 1953, Paratroop, Stock Footage
This black and white film is one of a 1950-1960 television series Industry on Parade, produced by the National Association of Manufacturers. It contains four segments. “Behind the Druggist!” The pharmacy at Historic Williamsburg has a wall of jars and containers full of medicinal ingredients. Dressed in historic costumes, the pharmacist uses a mortar and pestle to create a concoction for a female customer (:43-1:53). Pills are mechanically manufactured by Rexall Drug Company. A scientist...
Topics: Drugs, Pharmacy, 1950, 1960, Industry On Parade, Florida, Stock Footage
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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
This color educational film is about the new Westinghouse Electric Ovens and Ranges versus the "old" gas kitchen appliances. This was made by Roland Reed productions circa 1946 and directed by Frank Strayer, a Hollywood veteran who produced many films from the 1920s into the 1950s.   Opening: A Roland Reed Production, other credits cut off (:07-:14). A woman, Mrs. B. talks with no one visible at her table. She's called on it by the narrator. The woman chats with the narrator. She...
Topics: Dinner At 6, 1946, Westinghouse, Electric, Appliance Ovens, 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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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
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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 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
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
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
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 episode of The Air Force Story - Volume 1 Chapter 10 - is entitled "The Tide Turns" and shows WWII history for June thru September 1942. In this film you'll see the 97th bomber group as it embarks for England; B-17's initiating high altitude precision daylight bombing; Japanese forces closing in on the U.S. Army in New Guinea; Army Air Force personnel and materiel help build runways near the front; P-38's down Japanese aircraft.   The film starts at :20 with images of the liner...
Topics: US Air Force, Air Force Story, P-38, P-38 Lightning, 1942 Stock Footage
\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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"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
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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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
This black and white film "Madero of Mexico" was released in 1942, chronicles the short political life of Francisco Madero (1873-1913), who tried to bring democracy and land reform to Mexico. It opens with the following title screen: “This photoplay does not attempt complete historical accuracy. Its purpose is rather to honor in spirit the memory of a great idealist”. Sweeping views of Mexico at the turn of the 20th century. Under the iron rule of General Porfirio Díaz, wealth...
Topics: Madero, Mexico, 1942, Dramatic Film, Mexican President, Francisco Madero, Stock Footage
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Produced in 1951, this Castle Films newsreel tells the story of Douglas MacArthur, one of the great generals in the history of the United States Army, but one who was removed from command for insubordination by President Truman in the Korean War.   The film contains rare footage of MacArthur in WWI, WWII, and the Korean War.   The dramatic footage of MacArthur arriving in Leyte is seen at the 3 minute mark, preceded by MacArthur speaking the famous words "I shall return" in front of...
Topics: The Macarthur, Report, Korean War, newsreel, Douglas Macarthur, Stock Footage
This film is presented by General Motors (:04) and it is composed of two films, the first being “All Things Considered”. This first segment focuses on the year 1975. As the Clean Air Act had been established in 1970, fuel costs and emission standards became a deciding factor in purchasing vehicles. A couple goes over finances (:18) with items such as annual fuel costs and maintenance being of most importance. In 1975 GM developed new efficiency systems to keep operating costs low (:47). The...
Topics: 1975, General Motors, Catalytic Converter, Chevy Monte Carlo, Stock Footage
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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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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 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 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
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,...
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
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...
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...
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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 black and white training film, made for the United Kingdom’s Civil Defense and Fire Service in 1956, provides a straight forward and unflinching look at the possible effects a hydrogen bomb would have on a major city in that country. Using World War II era footage of rescue work in the aftermath of German air attacks, animations, scale models, and somber narration, the film attempts to convey the devastation such an attack would inflict, what rescuers should expect to encounter in their...
Topics: The H Bomb, 1956, United Kingdom, Civil Defense, Training Film, Stock Footage
This 1960 black and white installment of “See It Now” produced and edited by Edward R. Murrow and Fred W. Friendly (Part 2 of 2) presents a behind-the-scenes overview of initial testing for the UGM-27 Polaris missile, a two-stage solid-fueled nuclear-armed submarine-launched ballistic missile, the United States Navy's first SLBM (TRT:  26:58). The USS George Washington (SSBN-598) ballistic missile submarine surfaces (0:08). One of the submarine’s missile hatches opens. A Polaris missile...
Topics: Polaris, Polaris Nuclear Submarine USS, George Washington, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This 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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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...
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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
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 black & white film, one of the episodes of the pioneering documentary program "Biography", is about the life of Thomas Edison. Thomas Edison was an American inventor and businessman who has been described as America's greatest inventor. He developed many devices in fields such as electric power generation, mass communication, sound recording, and motion pictures. The film's copyright is 1962. Opening: February 11, 1931. A man turns 84-years-old. He speaks to another man. The...
Topics: 1962, Thomas Eidson, Lightbulb, Phonograph, Motion Picture, Stock Footage, Periscoep Film
One of a series of educational films directed and shot by Victor Jurgens and released under the name "This World of Ours" , this film "Sheep Ranch Country" focuses on the people of Southeastern Australia. Copyright 1949. Opening titles: Educational Film Library - Sheep Ranch Country (:06-:50). Country of Australia. It's sparsely populated. Broad rolling plains. Sheep on the great plains. Clouds in the sky. Pastures for dairy cattle. Creamery, a mechanical churn (:51-2:41)....
Topics: Sheep, Ranch Country, 1949, Southeastern Austrailia, Educational Film. Wool Production, Stock...
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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
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“A Brief Visit to St. Thomas, Virgin Islands” is the first part of a short 1930s film, In the Wake of the Buccaneers, produced by the Division of Motion Pictures for the U.S. Department of Interior. “A Brief Visit” highlights St. Thomas, promoting tourism for the U.S. Virgin Islands, which the U.S. purchased from Denmark in 1916. The film begins with a luxury steam liner arriving at St. Thomas (00:17), where people take a small boat to the island’s capital and largest city, Charlotte...
Topics: Virgin Islands, 1930s, Wake Of Buccaneers, St Thomas, Stock Footage
Made by filmmaker, sporting goods store and truck company owner Pat Salvino, this film POLAR ADVENTURE shows a big game hunt of a different sort -- a hunt for an "Alaskan brown bear" or Kodiak Bear on Kodiak Island. The island is on the south coast of the U.S. state of Alaska, separated from the Alaska mainland by the Shelikof Strait. The film likely dates to the mid-1960s. Opening: semi tractor trailer being loaded with cargo by a forklift. The semi being filled belongs to the P....
Topics: Voyage, Kodiak Island, 1960s, Alaskan Brown Bear, Hunting, Kodiak Bear, Sport Hunting, Stock...
This color educational film is about the 1967 International and Universal Exposition or Expo 67, which was a general exhibition, Category One World's Fair held in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. This was made in 1967 and is told in still pictures. Opening: Flowers, lights, colors, Montreal skyline. Credits: This was Expo 67 (:06-:44). For the Expo 67, islands were constructed in the middle of the St. Lawrence River. Harbors were built. Giant Expo sign with a woman in it. An oceanliner. A train near...
Topics: Expo 67, 1967, International Universal Exposition, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, 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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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
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...
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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 1949 film takes a look at certain Native American people, including tribes of the Navajo and Apache tribes as they make an annual pilgrimage to the so-called "Indian Capital" of Gallup, New Mexico. The film was produced by Phil E. Cantonwine (:19) and narrated by Perry King (:24).   It is of the educational series call “Know Your Land” (:32). It opens with swaths of the Native American’s lands with their primitive dwellings erected onto it (:45). The Native Americans had...
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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
"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
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In LET THERE BE LIGHT, a 1940s educational film, the story of Thomas Edison is told. The film opens with the miracle of glittering modern cities and Times Square. (00:00:15:00) Vintage footage of an elderly Edison speaking is shown at (00:00:27:00). Edison’s childhood home in Ohio is shown at (00:01:28:00). Vintage railroad footage is shown at (00:01:45:00). Telegraph lines being erected are shown at (00:02:00:00) , a job Edison had as a young man at seventeen. He soon became a telegraph...
Topics: Story, Thomas A Edison, Invention, Lightbulb, Biography, Light, Stock Footage
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Produced in the early 1960s, "A Bridge Called Emma" is a short film about Curaçao, an island country in the southern Caribbean Sea. The film takes its name from the swinging Queen Emma Bridge, which spans the channel in the fourth largest harbor in the world. Curaçao is approximately 65 kilometres (40 mi) north of the Venezuelan coast, that is a constituent country (Dutch: land) of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Today it has a population of over 150,000 on an area of 444 km2 (171...
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Produced by the U.S. Navy during WWII, this black & white training film explains the construction and operation of diesel engines, primarily through a series of animated diagrams. The film examines a generic type of diesel engine (probably one built by Fairbanks Morse for use on submairines), noting that while there are differences in design, they all share the same fundamentals in terms of construction and operation. Copyright 1942, and made by Audio Productions.  Note: A related film can...
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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,...
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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...
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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