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A scenic cruise along the Hudson and the East River in New York is used to discuss the history of the U.S. Navy, from its earliest era to the present. Features footage of the SS United States, RMS Queen Mary, the Statue of Liberty and the United Nations. Also contains shots of the fighting ship USS Constitution, known as "Old Ironsides".
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Topic: U.S. Navy propaganda film.
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Landing a plane on the deck of aircraft carrier is one of the most dangerous and amazing daily activity facing pilots and deck crew. This amazing training film graphically depicts various aircraft landing disasters.  It also instructs pilots how to avoid them and what emergency ejection or ditching procedures to follow in case they do occur.  A barrier landing, called for when a pilot has a landing gear problem, is shown as is the set-up of the barrier.  Many crashes in this film were...
Topic: U.S. Navy Training Film
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A basic training film made by the U.S. Navy, "Co-ordinated Anti-Submarine Warfare Part I Why?" discusses how surface ships, aircraft and submarines work together to unravel the submarine threat.  The film begins with images of a Soviet submarine operating on the surface, and then explains basic anti-submarine techniques. This includes a discussion of both passive and active sonar, and shows how sonobuoys and other technology are deployed to locate enemy submarines.  Features footage...
Topic: U.S. Navy training film.
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Details the life of the crew aboard a fleet aircraft carrier operating in the Pacific during WWII in 1944. Includes footage of aircraft operations including Grumman TBM Avengers and Hellcats, maintenance, take-offs and landings, and the mundane side of crew life.
Topic: U.S. Navy recruiting film.
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While the Battle of the Atlantic that took place during WWII is well known, the struggle to get troops, man and supplies to Europe from the USA during World War I was also momentous. German U-boats took a frightening toll on American ships, and their brazen raids are in fact one of the key reasons America declared war on Germany and its allies. This film is a short portrait of the struggle, showing how lookouts, convoys, and new weapons such as the depth-charge-firing "Y gun" were...
Topic: U.S. Navy educational film.
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The Pacific Campaign is recounted in this post-WWII film. Beginning with the Japanese invasion of the China, the film rapidly shows the U.S. entry to the war at Pearl Harbor, and the battles that followed from Guadalcanal to the Phillipines, Marianas, Iwo Jima and Okinawa, and culminating with the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki by B-29s flying from island bases.
Topic: U.S. Navy educational film.
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This wonderful propaganda film features Lowell Thomas narrating. Probably made before Pearl Harbor, the film features a brief segment at the end identifying Adolph Hitler and Japan as American adversaries. Some of the material includes: fleet maneuvers involving battleships, cruisers, destroyers and aircraft carriers, PT boats including PT-9, the destroyer USS Phelps (DD-360) launching a torpedo at sea, the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, basic training, sailors drilling and exercising at sea....
Topic: U.S. Navy recruiting film.
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Produced in cooperation with the United States Navy, "The Eyes of the Navy" follows aviators through their basic training in Pensacola, Florida and advanced training at Naval Air Station San Diego, California. Various phases of instruction are shown, from classroom work, to instrument training in a Link trainer, solo flight and carrier landings and take-offs from USS Enterprise (CV-6). Some other highlights include machine gun practice, bombing and dive bombing practice. Features a...
Topic: U.S. Navy recruiting film.
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Diving in the deep sea, whether with scuba gear or a hard hat suit, is fairly safe as long as the diver is conscious of the effects of pressure. This U.S. Navy training film discusses the physical principles of diving, and shows some of the medical consequences of mishaps.
Topic: U.S. Navy training film.
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One of the U.S. Navy's industrial incentive films, the Life and Death of the USS Hornet traces the valiant career of CV-8. Footage includes the launching of the Doolittle Raider B-25s on their mission to strike Tokyo in 1942, including White House reaction by President Roosevelt that the planes came from "Shangri-La." Also on this film, is footage of the ill-fated Torpedo 8 Squadron which was sacrificed at the Battle of Midway. The carrier USS Hornet was sunk during the Battle of...
Topic: U.S. Navy propaganda film.
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This fascinating travelogue was made in 1934, in the era when China was in the grip of the Imperial nations. America operated its own fleet of warships in Chinese waters, to protect American interests, especially the tankers belonging to Standard Oil. Shown in the film are various U.S. Navy warships and gunboats, and although none are identified by name the USS Augusta (CA-31), flagship for the Asiatic fleet, is clearly visible. Canton and Shanghai are cities visited during the course of the...
Topic: U.S. Navy Recruiting Film
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Made by Coronet, this profile of Sir Isaac Newton dates to 1959, the early part of the Space Age. As a result the film directly connects Newton's major theories with rocketry. At 1:20 a satellite is shown orbiting the Earth. At 1:32 the school where Newton went as a boy is shown, and a childhood fight is re-enacted. At 2:08, Newton is shown at Cambridge, reading books about science. The rest of the film shows re-enactments of Newton's time at Trinity College. At 4:14, Newton returns home to...
Topics: 1959, Biography, Sir Isaac, Newton, Cambridge University, Mathematics, Stock Footage
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This black & white educational film is about how paper is made starting with trees in the forest to its finishing process. Copyright is 1941 by Coronet Productions. Titles: Paper Making (:07-:33). Title: Winter Logging in Northern United States. Forest with snow. Tall pine trees abound. Northern Michigan. Men eat breakfast. A man trudges through the snow with a saw and hammer. A bulldozer carries a man into the forest. A man hacks at a tree with an ax. Snow falls from a tree as another man...
Topics: Paper Making, Paper, 1941, Coronet Productions, Stock Footage
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A Coronet Film. Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning. Educational Collaborator, Sam Adams, PhD. Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Prof. of Education, Louisiana State University. This 1960s era, color film explains, in detail, how air conditioners and refrigerators work. The film explains convection, compressors, condensers and cooling systems. The film opens with two boys walking down the road and up the walkway to a house. The boys are returning from playing baseball. An air conditioner is...
Topics: 1960s, Refrigeration, Air Conditioning, Educational Film, Stock Footage
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The following movie reel was filmed by the late Ben Young, and was transferred from his 16mm Kodachrome camera original. Shots include: 00:00 Start at the Chicago loop, 1.79 miles in length, and forms the hub of the Chicago Transit Authority’s electric elevated rail service,  TITLE card is the CNS&M logo. 01:29 Passing rail tower on the loop 02:21 Passing CTA train, going north 03:00 Skokie 03:15 Full speed north to Milwaukee 03:50 Passing Electroliner train, and some freight action...
Topics: Chicago, North Shore Line, Ben Young, Brooklyn, New York, Stock Footage
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“Wonderful World” is a 1959 color travelogue produced by Jam Handy for Coca-Cola and narrated by Ken Nordine. The broad documentary surveying global cultures, lifestyles, emphasizing common human activities. The opening minutes takes viewers to various sites across the United States, including a baseball game, New England churches, and the ivy-covered halls of Harvard University, before visits to the Canadian Parliament, Britain’s Parliament, and friendly British pubs. Mark 04:10...
Topics: Wonderful World, 1959, Jam handy, Coca Cola, Travelogue, Stock Footage
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This color educational film is about storage batteries such as car batteries. This was made in 1959 and was produced by the Willard Storage Battery Division. Titles: US Department of the Interior, Bureau of Mines, The Story of the Modern Storage Battery (:13-:43). A man puts a storage battery together. He attaches the battery into a car. Close on the car's radio. Atomic Submarine shot. Guided missile. Mariners on a  boat. Doctors operate. A group of batteries. Many batteries are shown...
Topics: 1959, Storage Battery, Lead, Acid, Stock Footage
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"To Mount Lowe with Love" presents a history of the Mt. Lowe Railroad. It was produced by  Philip Callahan's Galway Productions. Callahan was an amateur historian who presented slide shows about Mt. Lowe. They proved to be so impressive that Southern California Edison funded a film version as a public service. As the documentary shows, at the turn of the 20th Century a "railroad to the stars" ran from Pasadena to Mt. Wilson by way of Pacific Electric Red Car, incline cable...
Topics: Mount Lowe, With Love, Pasadena, Mt. Wilson, Funicular, Railroad, Thaddeus Lowe, Stock Footage,...
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Note: some logos including the Olympic rings shown in this film, are trademarks of the International Olympic Committee. This historic, silent newsreel shows some of the highlights of the X Olympiad in Los Angeles. It begins with the parade of nations in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. At 2:13, the 800 meter run is seen, establishing a new world record of 1:49:08.  At 3:03, the hammer toss is seen, and at 3:32 the 100 meter run (women). In this event Stella Walsh of Cleveland won, running...
Topics: Los Angeles Olympics, Los Angeles, Olympics, 1932, Stock Footage
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Produced by George Pal, "Birth of An Oil Field" was directed by Duke Goldstone and released in 1949 by the Shell Oil Company.  This film, part of a series of outstanding movies on the petroleum industry produced by Shell, explains and demonstrates methods, procedures, and equipment used in the drilling of oil wells and delivery of petroleum products worldwide. The film contains outstanding footage of oil derricks and drilling, the Kelly Pipe, oil rigs, trains pulling oil tank cars,...
Topics: Oil Field, Oil., George Pal, Shell Oil, 1949, Stock Footage
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Automaker Henry Ford left behind a massive gift to the United States in the form of a vast non-fiction film collection, recorded from 1914-1945. Henry Ford’s Mirror Of America showcases the films from the Ford Historical Film collection that capture America during that era. It gives a glimpse into the life of America during that period, featuring much more than just the happenings of the Ford Motor Company. The film opens with Henry Ford sitting next to a river, camping with Thomas Edison,...
Topics: Ford, 1945, Henry Ford, Mirror, America, Stock Footage
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American Locomotive (Alco), General Electric, and the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad Company teamed up to create this 1950s color film promoting the aforementioned rail line. We see the rolling greens hills and valleys as well as the Atlantic coastline and farmland of Southern New England starting at mark 00:20 as the narrator explains how the region is the cradle of American liberty. Offering “a wholesome way of life” we’re told how the area is also known for its railroads as...
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Topics: New York, New haven, Southern New England, Hartford Railroad, Stock Footage
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These silent home movies of the Brooklyn and New York City Rapid Transit system were shot by Artie Keyser in 1955-56.  The film shows the Fulton Street Line, an elevated line running at Liberty Avenue. The Fulton Street Line, also called the Fulton Street Elevated or Kings County Line, was an elevated rail line mostly in Brooklyn, New York City, United States. It ran above Fulton Street from Fulton Ferry, Brooklyn in Downtown Brooklyn east to East New York, and then south on Van Sinderen...
Topics: 1955, New York, Transit System, Railroad, Brooklyn, Stock Footage
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The Keystone State is the subject of “Pennsylvania Land Of Decision.” Produced by the Pennsylvania Department of Commerce in the 1950s, we’re told in the color film’s opening seconds how the state has played a pivotal roll in the founding and continued success of the United States, from colonization and freedom of religion to the steel industry. Pennsylvania was the geographic key of the original 13 Colonies, and remains so as we look at the state’s seaports at mark 01:18. Every bend...
Topics: Pennsylvania, 1950, Keystone, Keystone State, Stock Footage
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This 1975 revised documentary is about man’s fight against disease. It’s sponsored by Shell and The World Health Organization, produced by Stuart Legg, and directed by Michael Clarke.  Facial disfigurations, elephantiasis, and blindness are shown in Africa (1:36-2:33). Van Leeuwenhoek and his primitive microscope are shown (2:34-2:55). A variety of organisms are seen through a microscope. A hand turns microscope lenses to show microbes (2:56-3:42). Microbes are swabbed onto petri dishes,...
Topics: Unseen Enemies, Shell Oil, 1975, Medical Research, Leprosy, Stock Footage
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In 1923 the Yale University Press commissioned films based on the fifty volumes in their "Chronicles of America" book series. Ultimately, only fifteen episodes were produced. This film from 1924 is entitled "The Puritans". According to the book "Hollywood on the Hudson", Yale spent $1.25 million dollars making the films and then found it could not easily recoup the investment, because the films were not theatrically viable and most schools in that era did not have...
Topics: Chronicles, America, Puritans, John Winthrop, 1924, Stock Footage
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This late 1960s documentary recaps the 1966 solar eclipse expedition off the coast of Brazil and Argentina by members of the Atomic Energy Commission and scientists of the University of California’s Los Alamos, Sandia, Lawrence Livermore, and the Air Force Cambridge Research Laboratory. The mission also featured a new innovative hydraulic tracking system used on several of the telescopes. The film opens with telescope footage of the Sun, including the solar corona, and photographs of the...
Topics: Solar Eclipse, Photo, Photography, NC-135, 1960, 1966, Stock Footage
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Target for Today is a documentary film describing the preparation and mounting of a United States Army Air Forces raid on East Prussia It contains much combat footage of B-17 and B-24 bombers and named for the phrase used at briefings before air raids. The October 1943 footage was filmed during Eighth Air Force attacks on Nazi Germany industrial targets in Anklam, the 22nd Air Base in Marienburg (on the 9th), and Gdynia in occupied Poland. Prior to the combat footage, the documentary explains...
Topics: Target For Today, Army Air Forces, B-17, B-24, East Prussia, Stock Footage
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Produced in the early 1970s,   "Hook Down, Wheels Down" was one of the most comprehensive (and expensive) films made by the U.S. Navy. It covers the history and development of the U.S. aircraft carrier, and does so through interviews with many of the men who made it happen. While dozens of aircraft carriers are featured, it is the USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67) that takes center stage -- and the material shot on her deck looks like it is right out of "Top Gun". There is...
Topics: US navy, Aircraft Carriers, WWII, 1970, USS Yorktown US Aircraft
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This rarely seen U.S. Navy film BATTLE FATIGUE DEALING WITH FEAR was produced during or just after WWII, and attempts to explain the condition known as "Battle Fatigue" or what we now describe as PTSD or Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.   It was intended to be shown to those suffering from battle fatigue, including those who were hospitalized.   As the psychiatrist host of the film explains, fear is a fighting man’s friend, but it can overrun you. A case study named Corporal Edwards...
Topics: WWII, World War II, Battle Fatigue, US Navy, Stock Footage
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This color educational film is about the state of Kentucky. There is no copyright at the beginning or end of the film so the date of the production remains unclear although is it the early 1960s (and 1965 based on the footage of the Kentucky Derby and its winner, Lucky Debonair). It begins with an introduction by Jack Douglas who states that this will be an Armchair Vacation (:07-:13) BLUEGRASS, a word synonymous with the state of Kentucky, is shown as the title (:14-:21). Lush meadows,...
Topics: Bluegrass, 1965, Kentucky, Travelogue Derby, Colonel Sanders, Stock Footage
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After his beautiful wife Carole Lombard, was killed in a plane crash while working for the USO, a grieving Clark Gable couldn't face Hollywood anymore, so he joined up with the Army Air Corps. Gable famously requested that he be sent into actual combat. So naturally Hap Arnold decided he should make a movie about his combat group, the 351st Bombardment Group. Gable narrates this complete portrait of his outfit and appears in several short scenes where he interviews his comrades-in-arms. The...
Topics: Combat America, Clark Gable, Hollywood, Army Air Corps, 351 Bombardment, Stock Footage
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This color educational film is about farmers who work on the land and was made in 1946. It was directed by Ernest Reid. This is a silent print, possibly made to be shown on a silent projector while a script was read to accompany it. The film follows a small, rural Canadian family as they problem solve how to keep a hardworking, recently married farmhand employed on their land during the winter months. The film gives pragmatic information that would have been highly valuable to the rural farmers...
Topics: 1946, Rural Canada, Farmers, Ernest Raid, National Film Board, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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Narrated by Robert Montgomery, this 1956 U.S. Navy film follows the fleet, and in particular the destroyers escorts of the Naval Reserve, as they make a trip across the Atlantic for a European cruise to Spain and Portugal. The film shows all sorts of activities of the destroyer escort crews, beginning with starting up the boilers on the vessels. Refresher training is seen as well as new recruit training, even Marlinspike seamanship, as the ships get underway for Europe. The destroyer escort USS...
Topics: US Navy, European, Cruise, 1956, Naval Reserve, Destroyer, Escort, Stock footage
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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 Naval Aviation, Mueseum, Wings Of Eagles, Stock Footage
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These silent Vietnam War "dailies" -- unedited footage -- were brought back from S.E. Asia by a U.S. Army cameraman. This particular film consists of various segments. Some of it shows a Huey helicopter repair facility where choppers are put back together after suffering battle damage or needing maintenance. At 3:33, poorly shot footage shows an operation on someone's big toe which appears badly injured. At 5:48, the repair facility is seen in operation with a Huey having its rotor...
Topics: Vietnam War, Dailies, Huey Helicopter, Repair Facility, Stock Footage
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This silent film was likely a test print of "dailies" for an industrial film about the missile guidance computer for the Titan II ICBM and rocket booster. The film was shot by IBM-Oswego, also known as IBM Federal Systems, which was created in 1957 to handle IBM's military business. This organization later became Lockheed Martin Systems Integration – Owego (LMSI), a subsidiary of Lockheed Martin, and also called Lockheed Martin Federal Systems. IBM's contract for Titan I/Titan II...
Topics: Silent Film, Dailies, Industrial, Titan II, ICBM, Stock Footage
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Produced by the Department of Transportation and the United States Coast Guard, this circa 1972 ‘“Port Safety — Vessel Inspection” training film covers the proper procedure for the captain of the port inspection of vessels carrying dangerous cargo. As the film opens, the viewer is reminded that a system of safe ports is vital to the prosperity of the United States, with the USCG responsible for overseeing that safety and the captain of port ultimately held accountable for proper...
Topics: US Coast Guard, Port Safety Vessel Port, Inspection, Stock Footage
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This silent short, "The Big Red Cars" shows interurban trolley cars of the Pacific Electric Railroad. It was shot by Leo Caloia, a municipal worker who shot short films in his free time, including some of the earliest motion picture footage of Marilyn Monroe. Some of these films were marketed by a company called World in Color Productions for the home market. At :34, shots of 1950s Los Angeles with car 1535, also known as a "blimp". Car 1519 is shown at 1:31. At 2:08 the...
Topics: Pacific, Electric Railroad, The Big Red Cars, Los Angeles, Trolley Car System, Stock Footage
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Presented by the National Safety Council and filmed in the suburbs of Chicago, Get the Big Picture is a short educational driving safety film from the 1960s (probably 1964) that discusses the importance of the driver’s field of vision—“the big picture.” The film, produced by Pilot Productions, is based on the Smith System of No-Accident Driving. The film opens with a shot from the point-of-view of a driver, driving down the street to where a potential crash may happen. The film is shot...
Topics: Drivers ED, The Big Picture, Chicago, 1964, Stock Footage
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This black & white educational film tells a highly fictionalized story of the travels of Marco Polo. Marco Polo was a Venetian merchant, explorer, and writer who travelled through Asia along the Silk Road between 1271 and 1295. Copyright 1955.   Opening titles: Encyclopedia Britannica Films presents Marco Polo's Travels (:05-:42). "The Book of Marco Polo" serves as a backdrop for the main title. At the start of the film, Sir Marco Polo is awakened by two people. The men talk with...
Topics: Marco Polo, Travel, Silk Road, 1955, Encyclopedia, Stock Footage
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Made in 1952 by the Jam Handy Organization for Chevrolet, "The Key to Our Horizons" shows America and the planet Earth with an increasing amount of cars and traffic. In fact at the time the movie was made, 50 million cars and trucks (which could circle the earth 7 times) were in the United States. Today they are 250 million.     The film promotes the role of the auto industry in the nation's economy, and the role of the automobile in everyday life. The film features images of...
Topics: Automobile, American Prosperity, 1952, Chevrolet, Publicity Film, Stock Footage
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This color educational film is about how a newspaper is made in a community. It was made by Gary Goldsmith Films in cooperation with the Los Angeles Times. This was made in 1959 since the Dodgers/Cardinals home opener was this year and is shown in the film on the sports page. A room of reporters type at their typewriters. An editor assigns a reporter and a photographer to a job. On an airport tarmac, a reporter interviews a man while the photographer takes pictures. A baby elephant is taken off...
Topics: Los Angeles, LA, Newspaper, Community, Free Press, Stock Footage
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This WWII training film takes a look at the procedure for a proper take off in accordance with the US Army Air Force. It follows a narrative of a bushy eyed pilot in training as he takes his first flight with his instructor as well as his first solo take off. It is an Official Training Film of the War Department (:11) and was produced by the 1st Motion Picture Unit (:22). It opens with the fresh pilot, Mr. Blake as he distractedly bumps into peers while watching another plane take off and fly...
Topics: 1944, US Army, AF Pilot, Training, Take Off, Part, Stock Footage
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Made by the U.S. Navy at the height of the Cold War, this informative film chronicles the history of the Soviet Navy from the Czarist era through WWI, the Revolution, WWII, and the Cold War. The film begins with shots of the helicopter aircraft carrier Moscow / Moskva on its maiden voyage in the Mediterranean Sea in 1968. The Kashin class guided-missile destroyers, the world's first major ships built with gas turbine propulsion, are also shown along with Soviet nuclear submarines. These...
Topics: Cold War, US Navy, Soviet Navy, 1970s, USSR, Navy, Stock Footage
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Traces the building and launch of the Tank Landing Ship Coconino County (LST-603) during World War II.   During WWII, LST-603 was assigned to the European Theater of Operations. She participated in Operation Dragoon, the invasion of southern France, in August and September.   Also shown are LST 521 SS Cape May County,   an LST-491-class tank landing ship, and LST-470.   Landing Ship, Tank (LST) was the military designation for naval vessels created during World War II to support amphibious...
Topics: United States, Coast Guard, Guard landing Ship Tanks, USCG, LST Story, Stock Footage
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The Small Boat Navy (Navy film MN-10387) is a short 1968 film from the U.S. Navy that offers viewers a look at how the U.S. Navy uses small boats to create trade and travel stability in Vietnam. The film looks at three of the Navy’s operations in Southeast Asia to show how this is done: Operation Market Time (coastal patrol), Operation Stable Door (forming a protective screen around merchant ships), and Operation Game Warden (patrol and security on Vietnam’s rivers). The film opens with a...
Topics: US Navy, Small Boat, Navy, US Navy, Vietnam, Operation Game Warden, Stock Footage
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Dating to around 1967, these silent films were shot by U.S. Army cameramen, and brought back to the USA by one of them before winding up in the Periscope Film collection. This one starts with images of General Westmoreland visiting the 9th Infantry Division headquarters. At :42 he boards a jeep and waves goodbye. At 1:17 he is seen reviewing soldiers of the 9th Thai Army volunteer regiment. At 2:24, Westmoreland visits another base. At 4:00, a headquarters building is shown with signs...
Topics: Vietnam War, Dailies, General Westmoreland, Tai Army, 9th Thai Army, Stock Footage
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Produced in the 1950s, THE NAVY WAY was one of many films created by the service to instill a moral backbone in service personnel as part of an overall Navy Moral Standards and Character Education Program. The target for this film appears to be officers charged with leadership, who needed to deal with the attitudes, mixed backgrounds, and lack of motivation by blue jackets. With so many of the men in service having only a high school education, films like this one attempted to show officers how...
Topics: Campy, US Navy, 1950s, Officer Training, Discipline, The Navy Way, Stock Footage
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Although heavily damaged, this silent 16mm home movie has historical value. It was brought home by an American G.I. after WWII, and shows the activities of a German Luftwaffe staff officer in Occupied France in 1941. The film starts with shots of a staff car and various officers conferring. At 1:05 a roadside points the way to Rouen. At 1:20 Rouen Cathedral is shown. At 2:10 a soldier poses for the camera. At 2:13 a large contingent of Germans lines the road and a group shoulders their rifles...
Topics: Germany, Luftwaffe, France, 1941, WWII, Stock Footage
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This color educational film is about the construction of the Fontana Dam in Tennessee. In 1935, the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), which was concerned with the Little Tennessee's effect on flood control in the greater Tennessee Valley, began negotiating with Alcoa to assume control of the Fontana project. Although Alcoa preferred that TVA build the dam, TVA was unable to get necessary funding for the project until the outbreak of World War II in 1941, when emergency wartime initiatives...
Topics: 1947, Fontana Project, Tennesse Valley, Fontana Dam, Construction, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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U.S. Coast Guard Motion Picture Digest May 1945 is a silent newsreel-style film of the events of World War II in April and May 1945 that involved the U.S. Coast Guard. The first clip is of the damage done by “fire and exploding ammunition stowed on [the] tank deck aboard LST 884.” The ship was hit by a Japanese kamikaze plane near Okinawa on 1 April 1945. Viewers see the damage caused by the hit, as well as a soldier washing a small dog in a washbasin. In the next clip, SPARs (Coast Guard...
Topics: May, 1945, US Coast Guard, USCG, WWII, World War II, Newsreel, Stock Footage
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Shot by a U.S. serviceman, this 16mm silent home movie shows rare footage of Taiwan and likely dates to 1948 or 1949. At the time, Taiwan had just emerged from an era where it was a Japanese colony for fifty years (1895-1945). A new era was beginning with the dramatic finale to the Chinese Civil War, with Chiang Kai-Shek's nationalist forces retreating to the island after their defeat on the mainland. The footage in the film provides a rare look at the immediate postwar era in Taiwan, with the...
Topics: 1948, Taipei, Taiwan, 16mm, Home Movies, Republic Of China, Stock Footage
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BEAUTY FOR KEEPS is a 29 minute long S.C Johnson Advertisement film produced during the 1950's by Wildling Productions, for the S.C Johnson & Son's Corporation, that features some rare views of Frank Lloyd Wright's famous headquarters building. It was shot predominately on location at a local college campus used for the film. It was directed by J.M Constable, written by Charles Cromer, and stars Jo Ann Carter as Doris, John Clark as her boyfriend Frank, and Dora Clement as the Mother who...
Topics: SC Johnson, Waxx Company, Waxx, Frank Lloyd, Wright, Building, Stock Footage
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A U.S. Army training film circa 1953, the first of a two part instructional video describing the advancements of planetary gears (used in the newer tanks such as the M47 Patton) as compared to the older system used on such tanks as the M-4 Sherman. A technician demonstrates the principles of operation governing multiple sets, while a narrator gives a short review of how the planet-carrier gears work. Features original footage of tanks performing tests and exercises as well as the demonstration...
Topics: M47, Patton, Tank, Planetary, Gears, Principles, Operation, Stock Footage
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Made for the home market, this silent film features TWA's Starstream 707 jets.   Trans World Airlines launched its first jet service on Jan. 25, 1959, between New York-Idlewild and San Fransisco.   The route was chosen by TWA’s then President Howard Hughes to compete with American Airlines new jet service between New York-Idlewild and Los Angeles. Hughes pushed TWA’s finances to the limit to enter the jet age by ordering eight new Boeing 707-120’s in February 1956. TWA dubbed the new...
Topics: TWA, Starstream, 707 Jets, Kennedy International Airport, Stock Footage
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Created in the late 1940s, this film from Bell explains the operation of the Mobile Telephone Service (MTS) by showing how it can be used to make business more efficient. The film also shows some of the cutting edge equipment used in the system and shows how it was installed in vehicles (7:30). MTS was a pre-cellular VHF radio system that linked to the Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN). As such it used both radio signals and telephone lines to connect parties. MTS was the radiotelephone...
Topics: 1940s, Bell, Telephone, Movie, Early Cell, Mobile Telephone System, Stock Footage
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One of a series of US Air Force news magazine films made in the late 1970s and into the 1980s, this episode of "Air Force Now" contains segments about the work of the inspector general, the USAF's C-17 Globemaster III aircraft, and the consequences of driving under intoxication or DUI, which at the time was an important area for new public awareness. Opening titles: Air Force Now (:09-:40).  Inspector general or (IG) watches training exercise. Soldier runs and takes cover. IG writes...
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The Big Wheel: 35th Infantry Division (MISC 7723) is a short 1950 film about the history of the 35th Infantry Division, focusing on the unit’s campaigns in Europe during WWII. The film opens with footage of pioneer wagon trains heading west, while explaining to viewers how the unit earned the nickname the “Santa Fe Division” for taking the Santa Fe cross for its shoulder sleeve insignia. The 35th arrives in France during WWI. The film shows footage of fighting, presumably the division’s...
Topics: 35th Infantry Division, WWII, WWI, Santa Fe, 1950, Stock Footage
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“Vol. 2, Chapter I: The Air Force And The Atom Bomb,” the 1960 episode (SFP 263) of The Air Force Story, reviews the impact of the atomic bomb, how it was tested, and the new power of the hydrogen bomb. The chapter opens with U.S. bomber fleets flying in formation and dropping bombs on targets during WWII (01:14). An atomic bomb is detonated (01:38). During 1946 at Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands, the U.S. carries out Operation Crossroads, a pair of nuclear weapons tests. Footage shows...
Topics: Air Force, US Air Force, USAF, Stock Footage, Atomic Bomb, Atmoic, 1960
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An interesting home movie from WWII, this silent 8mm film shows "Our Sailor Off to War". It shows a woman named Pat joining the U.S. Navy WAVES in July, 1943. (Note: the movie is a bit damaged from exposure to high heat and has shrunk, so bear with the visuals.) The film shows various scenes including New York's Rockefeller Center at 1:19, what appears to be the observation deck at 2:22, and St. Patrick's Cathedral. At 3:00, A.T. salutes in her uniform. At 3:10, she is shown again in...
Topics: WWII, Home Movies, World War II, Sailors, War, 1843, Stock Footage
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“Wings for this Man” is a 1945 film produced by the U.S. Army Air Forces First Motion Picture Unit, narrated by a pre-presidential Ronald Reagan. It promotes and lauds the Tuskegee Airmen, the first black / African American military aviators in the U.S. armed forces, formed during World War II. They formed the 332nd Expeditionary Operations Group and the 477th Bombardment Group of the U.S. Army Air Forces. The film opens with Bf-109s in the skies (0:25). These are enemy fighters, with the...
Topics: 1945, Tuskegee Airmen, African American Pilots, Ronald Reagan, Stock Footage
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One of the films made by the Jam Handy Organization for General Motors, "O'Mara's Chain Miracle" is a pay-it-forward branding film. It takes place in a small town where a short tempered traffic cop (played by Victor McLaglen) named O'Mara manages to hold his temper and not explode at the service station guy that stops in the crosswalk (in his brand new convertible Chevy). As a result, the service station guy is nice to a customer (in a Chevy), who then treats his customers nicely......
Topics: Chevrolet, 1950s, Sales, OMaras, Chain, Miracle, Stock Footage
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This is a 1950’s era, color film produced by Coronet. It is an instructional film called “See Better: Healthy Eyes”. It is produced in part, with the educational collaborator, Derrick T. Vail, Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology at the Northwestern University Medical School.  It opens in a classroom and begins to talk about the important things we know by using our eyes, 1:00. Child with eyeglasses, 1:12. Girl squints when she takes her glasses off, 1:38. Little boy is...
Topics: 1950s, Education, Healthy Eyes, Oculist, Optician, Glasses, Stock Footage
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Made by Kendall Motor Oil, COMPETITION DRIVER is a rare 1958 movie for and about people who love cars and racing.   You'll see some great vintage types in the film including foreign makes like Jaguars, Sprites, Maserati, Ferrari, and Formula 1 Coopers, Corvettes and so on, going through their paces at Watkins Glen. There are shots in the pits, shots on the racetrack, and spectacular car accidents, spin outs. It really takes you inside the world of the track! See what happens before the races,...
Topics: 1958, Kendall, Motor Oil, Driver, Glen Motor, Speedway, Stock Footage
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Made by filmmaker, sporting goods store and truck company owner Pat Salvino, this film POLAR ADVENTURE shows a big game hunt of a different sort -- a hunt for a polar bear. It likely dates to about 1964. The film follows Salvino from Seattle to Alaska, where he shoots a bear and has its pelt as a trophy. At 3:46 Salvino flies north to Kotzebue, Alaska by the Arctic Ocean. At 4:52 the Alaskan Airlines DC-6 carrying Salvino arrives at the airport. It is February and the temperature is well below...
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Made to launch the 1960 product year, CIRCLE OF CONFIDENCE shows the Case Corporation's full line of tractors and farm equipment. The premiere of the "easiest to drive", "easiest to work" machines was extremely successful, with over $150 million in pre-orders placed for Case equipment between 1958-1960.   The Case Corporation was a manufacturer of construction equipment and agricultural equipment. Founded by Jerome I. Case as the J.I. Case Threshing Machine Company, it...
Topics: Case-O-matic, Case Tractor, Company, 1960, Product, Stock Footage
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Presented by the Free China Film Syndicate, The Double Tenth is a short documentary from 10 October 1978 that gives viewers a glimpse of the Republic of China’s (Taiwan) military parade during the celebration commemorating the Wuchang Uprising on 10 October 1911, which lead to the founding of the Chinese Republic the following year. The Double Tenth, also known as the National Day of the Republic of China, is celebrated with a massive military parade down the avenue in front of the...
Topics: 1978, Taiwan, Reupublic Of China, China, 1978, Stock Footage
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This is a promotional video for the YC-15, S.T.A.R. OF THE FUTURE, looks at the strategic aircraft produced by McDonnell Douglas Corporation, designed for tactical transport.   The video dates from the mid 1970’s, most likely 1976.   Series of short shots of the YC-15; landing, a tank reverses into the cargo bay, two shots of a take-off, a refuelling, and of agile handling.   Slow zoom in on the U.S Air Force logo (:06-:59).   Title plate (1:00-1:09).   Several engineers look over...
Topics: 1976, McDonnell, Douglas Corp, YC-15, Tactical Transport, Stock Footage
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This short 1975 film from Rockwell International’s Space Division gives viewers a look at two of the NASA contractor’s projects in development: the command module for the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project and the Space Shuttle Orbiter. The film opens with a spaceship and launch vehicle at a launch pad; the rockets ignite, and the system launches into the atmosphere. Viewers see an animation of the unnumbered Apollo space craft that will link up with the Soviet Soyuz spacecraft in July 1975 (01:03)....
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Topics: NASA, Rockwell, International Space Division, Space Shuttle, Stock Footage
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BOLD JOURNEY recounts the voyage of the CCGS Labrador, a Wind-class icebreaker, through the Northwest Passage in 1954. Labrador set sail on her maiden voyage on 23 July 1954 from Halifax, Nova Scotia, bound for the Labrador Sea. Over the next summer the vessel worked her way through Canada's Arctic archipelago from east to west, conducting hydrographic soundings, resupplying RCMP outposts and deploying assorted scientific and geological teams. Her rendezvous with her American sister-ships USCGC...
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This 1971 Encyclopedia of Britannica educational classroom film, created in collaboration with Dr. Lawrence Welsh of Northwestern University, makes use of footage from a film created by Budapest Studios in Hungary to illustrate the phenomenon of light polarization, using mid-century modern furniture and colorful photographic effects. Opening titles (0:12). A man driving a car at night squints into the distance. His POV reveals low visibility and glare from oncoming headlines due to light...
Topics: Polarization, Light, 1970s, Science, Polaroid Filters, Stock Footage
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Want to support this channel and help us preserve old films? Visit https://www.patreon.com/PeriscopeFilm Browse our products on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2YILTSD Created in 1952 by an unknown filmmaker (apparently named "Williams") this film is titled "Iranian Snapshots".  The film shows an American effort called the "Point Four Program" to create films in Iran, including films about health and agriculture. Point Four also assisted with other modernization and...
Topics: Irianian Snapshots, 1952, Documentary Film, Stock Footage
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Castle Films presents this ‘News Parade of the Year’ (:08) which will center on news highlights of 1946; looking at the world a year after the second world war had ended. The commentator is Basil Ridsdale (:12) and opens with the Philippians (:24). General Douglas MacArthur is pictured (:32) as he arrived from Tokyo for Manuel Roxas’ inauguration as the first president (:35). The Philippines flag is seen hoisted (:37) and parades take to the streets. In Rome, violence (:44) broke out as...
Topics: Castle Films, Parade Of 1946, Nuremberg, Bikini A Bomb, Stock Footage
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This newsreel was produced by Castle Films and shows events occurring around the world in 1950.   It opens in Moscow, Russia, with a crowd of Soviet soldiers marching in formation during a celebration of Joseph Stalin’s 70’s birthday. Stalin is seen in military uniform, greeting his communist supporters below (0:23). The crowd celebrates in an indoor stadium and Stalin applauds, surrounded by his supporters (0:40). The film cuts to communist marchers rioting in Tokyo(0:45). American and...
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Presented by the U.S. Army and its Chemical Corps, The Chemical Biological Radiation Story (M.F.3 9027) shows viewers how the U.S. army is developing its chemical, biological and radiation capabilities from both the aggressive and the defensive standpoints. The film follows a professor who tours the military’s CBR facilities and programs while also working as a consultant to the military. The film opens with a shot of a plane coming in for a landing, followed by an airport terminal and a...
Topics: US Army, Chemical Corps, Radiological, Chemical Warfare, Stock Footage
Made for the home market in the late 1920s and released by Kodak as part of their Kodascope film library, this collection of silent newsreels show the end of Charles Lindbergh's 1927 trans-Atlantic flight and his "goodwill tours" of Belgium, England and Mexico. The first segment "Lindbergh's Triumphant Arrival in Paris", released by William J. Ganz Co., (:15) starts with a view of Le Bourget Airport outside Paris, France. At :44, searchlights illuminate the sky as Paris...
Topics: Charles Lindbergh, Paris, Goodwill, Tours Belgium, England, Mexico, Stock Footage
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This silent film -- probably made by Eastman Kodak as part of the company's educational film library --   shows a Ford Model A assembly plant, probably the famed Rouge Ford Plant, and the manufacturing of these vehicles of the late 1920’s. According to a Ford expert, the closed bodies cars are Model As with all steel doors, and the crankshafts depicted are also Model A.   Introduced in 1927, the Model A was Ford's second market success after the Model T which had been in production for 18...
Topics: 1919, Ford, 1920s, Automobile, Model T Plant, Stock Footage
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This raw, silent footage shows a Gloster Meteor, (probably tail VT196), in a hangar with maintenance crew working on it, and swapping out an engine.  This particular aircraft was likely a Mark IV (VT196) which came to Canada in July 1953 for winterization trials, and this footage may date from that time frame. From January 1954 onwards this particular plane was used in developing the afterburner system for Canada’s Orenda engine. This enabled the aircraft to reach 20,000 feet in three...
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Presented by the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, this is a 1965, black and white film that traces the early space age from Dr. Robert Goddard through Project Mercury. It opens on Main Street in front of a movie theatre in 1919, 2:14. Robert Hutchings Goddard was an American engineer, professor, physicist, and inventor who is credited with creating and building the world's first liquid-fueled rocket. Goddard successfully launched his rocket on March 16, 1926, ushering in an era of space...
Topics: 1965, Space, Space Age, Project Mercury, Stock Footage
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“Bastogne Presenting Lt. Clair Hess” is a short, black-and-white film about Bastogne, made by the Army-Navy Screen Magazine in early 1945. It is introduced by Lt. Clair Hess of the 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, Co F, 2nd Battalion, 101st Airborne. (On June 6, 1944, Lt. Hess jumped from a plane over Normandy, France. Within minutes, he was on the ground, wounded by machine-gun fire. His injured leg forced him to lie under his parachute for three days, during which a German soldier came...
Topics: Battle Of The Bulge, WWII, World War II, Army Navy Screen Magazine, 1945, Stock Footage
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A wartime US Navy training film, narrated by Mike Wallace, that demonstrates techniques for emergency escape from burning and sinking ships. Various drown-proofing and survival-at-sea techniques are presented, from using cargo nets to MK6 life rafts, and brief footage of actual sinking carriers, transports and other ships is featured.   A “restricted film to be shown to authorized personnel only,” this black-and-white United States Navy Training Film, produced under the supervision of the...
Topics: WWII, Abandon Ship, Survival, Ship, Abandon Ship, US Navy
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This U.S. Navy propaganda film from the late 1950s shows the threat of Soviet expansion and U.S. efforts to contain it while giving viewers a look at the U.S. Navy’s sea power being developed in the “Missile Age.” The film opens with an animation of a globe showing trade routes, new sea routes developed during the Age of Great Exploration, and contemporary sea lanes crisscrossing the world’s oceans. An explosive is detonated in the sea (01:50). Footage shows a torpedo moving through a...
Topics: 1950, US Navy, Seapower, Missile, USS Forrestal, Cold War, Stock Footage
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Presented by the Chrysler Corporation’s Dodge Division, and produced by Wilding Picture Productions, Land Of The Free is a 1940 film that gives a look at the people and natural resources that helped make America one of the most prosperous countries. The film shows montage after montage of quickly edited shots of U.S. industries, people, and the role the automobile industry plays in the larger American economy. The film opens with footage of a plane flying in the sky, rolling ocean waves,...
Topics: WWII, World War II, Dodge, 1940, Chrysler, Land Of The Free, Stock Footage
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This 1933 short film, “A Flying Visit to Poland,” produced by the Gdynia-America Line, gives an overview of visiting Poland, touching on many of Poland’s places of interest. The film begins in Krakow (or Kracow) with ancient city’s highlights: the Trumpeter of Krakow (01:00); St. Mary’s Church (01:17); the Wawel, a national shrine also referred to as Poland’s tower of London (01:23); the old cobbled streets of Krakow (01:27); the Barbican, Krakow’s old circular fort (01:34); and...
Topics: Poland, Travelogue, Krakow, Gdansk, Warsaw, Stock Footage
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Presented by Czechoslovak State Films, this 1950s film is a “pictorial report by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry of the visit to Czechoslovakia of the Economic Commission for Europe delegation.” The film opens with a shot of Prague looking across the Vltava River at what appears to be the skyline of the Old Town Square area. The ECE delegation arrives at the airport aboard a Swiss Air Lines plane (00:54). The delegation walks with members past a “historical memorial” (01:40),...
Topics: 1950, Prague, Bohemia, Pilsen, Eastern Europe, Travelogue, Stock Footage
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This 1937 black and white film about radio shows of that time was presented by Adolph Zukor and produced and directed by Herbert Moulton and Leslie Rousch. Actor Ted Husing plays The Star Reporter. The film opens with Ted dressed in a double-breasted 1930s suit and standing in front of a 1930s microphone on a stand. He introduces The Sons of the Pioneers, who play guitars and sing “Way Out There” around a campfire (:54-2:31). Singer Lanny Ross doddles on a piece of paper (2:33-2:45)....
Topics: Star Reporter, Hollywood, 1930, Radio, recording, Stock Footage
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This black and white documentary film, Air Force Story Chapter 2, After the War, 1918-1923, was produced around 1953 by the Department of the Air Force. The Department of the Air Force was formed September 18, 1947, within the Department of Defense. Musical score is by The U.S. Air Force Band under the direction of Lt. Col. George S. Howard, commander and conductor of the band from 1944-1963. The film features a drastic cut in the American Army Air Service after WWI, while maintaining an...
Topics: Air Force Story, Carl Spaatz, Billy Mitchell, Chapter 2, 1918, Stock Footage
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Dating to the era when Ronald Reagan was Governor of California (1967-1975), this news footage most likely dates from May, 1971. It first shows him at a press conference discussing whether teachers should receive pay for a holiday. At 1:37,  Reagan is seen deplaning a small twin engine Cessna 401A aircraft (presumably the Governor's plane) tail N6252Q, at the Sacramento Airport and being greeted by members of the press. Here the topic is about the size of the Governor's staff and a financial...
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This late 1960s educational color film (#14-676) provides step-by-step operational instructions for the IBM 029 Key Punch machine, which was introduced in 1964. It is one of a seven-part series produced by Moreland-Latchford and distributed by Sterling Educational Films. The film covers the keyboard, card hopper and punching station, reading station and card stacker, manipulative parts, and punching the card. The camera moves in on a woman typing on an IBM 29 card (key) punch machine....
Topics: Punched Card, Key Punch Machine, Computer Data, IBM, Stock Footage
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CARACAS: MOUNTAIN CAPITAL OF VENEZUELA is a short, silent travelogue film produced in the late 1920s or early 1930s for the Cunard White Star ship line, most likely by filmmaker Andre de la Varre who spent many years documenting the land and people of South America. The film shows views of Caracas including government buildings, streets bustling with automobile and horse traffic, the University, statue of Simon Bolivar (2:30), marketplace (3:00), and more. At 4:48 a motorcycle with a sidecar is...
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Postcards From Dalmatia is a colorful 1960s travel film promoting tourism along the coast of what is now Croatia and Montenegro. The film opens with titles printed over painted scenes and a buoyant folk song.  Notable crew includes cinematographer Arthur Wooster, director Adrian de Potier, and narrator James McKechnie.  A busy train station is crowded with tourists (0:33).  The film cuts to a small cruise ship, the S.S. Jadrolinija, bound from Venice for islands off the coast of...
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This black and white film is one of a 1950-1960 television series Industry on Parade, produced by the National Association of Manufacturers. Instead of the usual multiple segments, this is a single segment “Making Contact” about communication among the industrial workforce.   An automobile factory worker finger whistles, pats his head, and his side. A worker makes a signal like pulling a horn to indicate more doors are needed, shown stacked. Putting your fingers around your eyes signals...
Topics: Industry On Parade, Bulletin Boards, Corporate Magazines, Stock Footage
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Mr. Tompkins in Wonderland is a short educational film from the University of Akron based on the story by George Gamow. The film uses Gamow’s story featuring the titular character Mr. C.J.H. Tompkins to explain the basics of space, time, and relativity. The film opens with a banking clerk sitting at his desk. The clerk, Mr. Tompkins, sits at his desk and reads a newspaper. He sees an advertisement for a public lecture on “Space, Time and Relativity” in the paper. Mr. Tompkins takes his...
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This color educational film is about the fresh vegetables grown in the west and shipped to the rest of the country by Union Pacific Railroad. This is circa 1958 or 1959. Opening credits: Union Pacific Railroad presents FRESH FROM THE WEST (:11-1:03). Cars drive on the 101 Freeway. High rise buildings -- known as Park LaBrea in Los Angeles. People walk in downtown Los Angeles at Hill Street. A Ralph's supermarket is shown outside and inside. People push their shopping carts and look at fruits...
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“Shell Mekong River Project” was produced in 1964, exploring the cultural and geographical significance of the Mekong river.   It explains how Shell’s project intends to protect the region from seasonal flooding and drought.   A man standing, praying, on banks of the Mekong.   Title card overlaid (:16-:41).   Map showing passage of entire river through Asia.   Credits overlaid (:42-1:00).   Aerial shots of mountains of Tibetan plateau (1:01-1:17).   Close ups on small streams and a...
Topics: United Nations, Mekong, River Project, 1964, Shell, Stock Footage
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This black & white educational film from the Vietnam War era is about Southeast Asia and what's going on in those countries looking to stave off Communism. This was made in 1968.   Opening: sky above Southeast Asia, a montage of horrific images: gunshots are fired, a hut burns, a body, a crying child, a fire blazes. Title: Outlook Southeast Asia (:09-:46). A map shows Southeast Asia: Philippines, Indonesia, Malayasia, Singapore, Republic of Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, and Burma. Men...
Topics: Outlook, Southeast Asia, Asia, Vietnam, Vietnam War, Stock Footage
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This color reel of home movie footage documents a 1950s tourist vacation to Hawaii, offering glimpses of the big island around the time of its statehood,revealing a colorful, relatively undeveloped land of beauty as well as a taste of the familiar tourist attractions that would later come to dominate the region (TRT: 12:46). Leader and punched holes. A group of yachts on a sunlit, sparkling panorama (0:05). A waterfront resort hotel. Grass huts, a weather vane, docks. Medium shot of a man in a...
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This black and white film is one of a 1950-1960 television series Industry on Parade, produced by the National Association of Manufacturers. This episode, “The Golden Years”, is a single segment highlight that the elderly are still productive employees. An elderly gentleman checks in with the receptionist at the doctor’s office. The doctor wears a bowtie and suit and draws the patient’s blood (:18-:57). At Upjohn, a female lab technician works with vials in research on cortisol. The...
Topics: Industry On Parade, 1950s, Eldery, Retired, Employees, Stock Footage
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Shot by an unknown American tourist, this silent home movie takes viewers through parts of Italy and France in the 1930’s. During this time period in Italy, the fascist party had grabbed a solid foothold over the country. Meanwhile in France, the Great Depression hit in 1931, later than in other countries. The film opens with images of boats lined up along the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy (:20). The Rialto bridge (:24) appears and is the oldest of the four bridges which cross over the Grand...
Topics: 1930s, Italy, Switzerland, France, Home Movie, Venice, Rome, Paris, Stock Footage, Periscope Film