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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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This circa 1952 kinescope film "Hawthorne Looks at the Weather" is a segment featuring comedian Jim Hawthorne. It begins with a station identification for KNBH Channel 4, Hollywood, California. This was the first iteration of what's now known as KNBC or NBC4, with the NBH standing for National Broadcasting Hollywood (the name changed to KNBC in 1962 when the station moved to Burbank). The show features a series of gags while promoting sponsor Armstrong Tires. The actual weather report...
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Topics: 1952, Jim Hawthorne, Los Angeles, Comedy Program, KNBC, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This black & white educational film is about celebrating twenty five years of U.S. Savings Bonds. Starring Lucille Ball. Copyright 1966. Opening titles: The Department of Defense presents Lucille Ball in Twenty Five Years of Savings Bonds (:06-:19). Lucille Ball introduces the film. Servicemen hold savings bonds. A man holds a twenty five dollar savings bond. U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt holds a savings bonds. In order to promote the program, movie stars helped - Abbott &...
Topics: Twenty Five Years Of Saving, Bonds, Lucille Ball, WWII, War Bonds, Hollywood Stars, Stock Footage
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This 1954 silent color footage depicts prototype flight tests at Edwards Air Force Base for the Lockheed XF-104 Starfighter, a single-engine, supersonic interceptor aircraft developed for the United States Air Force (TRT 27:45). Includes footage of the prototype 53-37786. Most likely the pilot on most of these flights was Lockheed's Tony LeVier. Joshua Trees dot the horizon of Kern County, in Edwards, California. An airstrip runs through the desert with numbered runway markers on either side...
Topics: 1954, Lockheed, F-104 Starfighter, Prototype, Flight Test, EDwards AFB, California, Stock Footage
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A color episode of Bill Burrud’s “Vagabond” series from the mid 1950’s, focusing on famous natural landmarks and tourist attractions in the state of Colorado. Waves breaking on a sandy shore with title card overlay (0:30). Montage of Colorado’s natural wonders and local color (0:44). Our host introduces himself in a library setting (1:20). He moves to an angular map of Colorado (1:37). Views of a mining town in Central City and the ghost town of Nevadaville (2:05). Surveying the Patch...
Topics: Vagabond, TV Show, 1950s, State, Colorado, Tracelogue, Denver, Esters Park, Stock Footage
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This travelogue film of a holiday trip to Europe in mid-1950s was produced by Norman Schley, a filmmaker from Wisconsin who often presented and narrated his films in front of a live audience. This print does not have any extant narration, but the soundtrack remains. Includes footage from Portugal, Italy, Holland, Luxembourg, Paris, and London. Title screen of “Filmorama Holiday”, a “Picturelogue” presentation (0:37). Written/edited by Jack Camp (0:45). Narrated by Norman E. Schley...
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Topics: Norman Schley, 1950s, Europe, Travelogue, Portugal, Italy, Holland, France, England, Paris, London,...
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This series of TV commercials introducing the V-6 Buick Regal and Skylark hatchback coupe features a women's basketball team, and a female gardner and the tagline "It's so practical, it's beautiful." The Regal is an upscale mid-sized car that was first introduced by Buick for the 1973 model year as a personal luxury car.  The Regal commercials date to 1973 and the Skylark probably 1975. We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional information about our...
Topics: 1970s, Buick, Buick Regal, Skylark, hatchback, TV, Commercial, StocK Footage
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This 1920s black and white silent film promoting California Parlor Car Tours Inc. advertises bus line service between Los Angeles and San Francisco, with a focus on travel accommodations and sightseeing opportunities (TRT 9:57). Front view of a parked Fageol Safety Coach Parlor Car on a Los Angeles to San Francisco line (0:08). Glass windows are shown retracted, providing an unobstructed view of the passenger cabin (0:23). Title card: “America’s first Observation Motor Parlor Car” (0:30)....
Topics: California, San Francisco, Bus Tour, Los Angeles, Stock Footage
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This film segment from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, otherwise known as NASA, covers the manned space flight of 1966. At 0:20, metal machinery whirs along while the narrator begins a history of the primary objective of the US to develop capabilities for manned operations in space since 1961 (0:27-1:00). The Apollo manned lunar mission is described as a key element of this objective. Manned Gemini and Apollo missions are on the horizon, according to the film. The John F....
Topics: NASA, Manned Space Flight, Apollo, 1966
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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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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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“Wonderful World” is a 1959 color travelogue produced by Jam Handy for Coca-Cola and narrated by Ken Nordine. The broad documentary surveying global cultures, lifestyles, emphasizing common human activities. The opening minutes takes viewers to various sites across the United States, including a baseball game, New England churches, and the ivy-covered halls of Harvard University, before visits to the Canadian Parliament, Britain’s Parliament, and friendly British pubs. Mark 04:10...
Topics: Wonderful World, 1959, Jam handy, Coca Cola, Travelogue, Stock Footage
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This color educational film is about storage batteries such as car batteries. This was made in 1959 and was produced by the Willard Storage Battery Division. Titles: US Department of the Interior, Bureau of Mines, The Story of the Modern Storage Battery (:13-:43). A man puts a storage battery together. He attaches the battery into a car. Close on the car's radio. Atomic Submarine shot. Guided missile. Mariners on a  boat. Doctors operate. A group of batteries. Many batteries are shown...
Topics: 1959, Storage Battery, Lead, Acid, Stock Footage
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"To Mount Lowe with Love" presents a history of the Mt. Lowe Railroad. It was produced by  Philip Callahan's Galway Productions. Callahan was an amateur historian who presented slide shows about Mt. Lowe. They proved to be so impressive that Southern California Edison funded a film version as a public service. As the documentary shows, at the turn of the 20th Century a "railroad to the stars" ran from Pasadena to Mt. Wilson by way of Pacific Electric Red Car, incline cable...
Topics: Mount Lowe, With Love, Pasadena, Mt. Wilson, Funicular, Railroad, Thaddeus Lowe, Stock Footage,...
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The following movie reel was filmed by the late Ben Young, and was transferred from his 16mm Kodachrome camera original. Shots include: 00:00 Start at the Chicago loop, 1.79 miles in length, and forms the hub of the Chicago Transit Authority’s electric elevated rail service,  TITLE card is the CNS&M logo. 01:29 Passing rail tower on the loop 02:21 Passing CTA train, going north 03:00 Skokie 03:15 Full speed north to Milwaukee 03:50 Passing Electroliner train, and some freight action...
Topics: Chicago, North Shore Line, Ben Young, Brooklyn, New York, Stock Footage
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These silent home movies of the Brooklyn and New York City Rapid Transit system were shot by Artie Keyser in 1955-56.  The film shows the Fulton Street Line, an elevated line running at Liberty Avenue. The Fulton Street Line, also called the Fulton Street Elevated or Kings County Line, was an elevated rail line mostly in Brooklyn, New York City, United States. It ran above Fulton Street from Fulton Ferry, Brooklyn in Downtown Brooklyn east to East New York, and then south on Van Sinderen...
Topics: 1955, New York, Transit System, Railroad, Brooklyn, Stock Footage
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American Locomotive (Alco), General Electric, and the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad Company teamed up to create this 1950s color film promoting the aforementioned rail line. We see the rolling greens hills and valleys as well as the Atlantic coastline and farmland of Southern New England starting at mark 00:20 as the narrator explains how the region is the cradle of American liberty. Offering “a wholesome way of life” we’re told how the area is also known for its railroads as...
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Topics: New York, New haven, Southern New England, Hartford Railroad, Stock Footage
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This 1975 revised documentary is about man’s fight against disease. It’s sponsored by Shell and The World Health Organization, produced by Stuart Legg, and directed by Michael Clarke.  Facial disfigurations, elephantiasis, and blindness are shown in Africa (1:36-2:33). Van Leeuwenhoek and his primitive microscope are shown (2:34-2:55). A variety of organisms are seen through a microscope. A hand turns microscope lenses to show microbes (2:56-3:42). Microbes are swabbed onto petri dishes,...
Topics: Unseen Enemies, Shell Oil, 1975, Medical Research, Leprosy, Stock Footage
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The Keystone State is the subject of “Pennsylvania Land Of Decision.” Produced by the Pennsylvania Department of Commerce in the 1950s, we’re told in the color film’s opening seconds how the state has played a pivotal roll in the founding and continued success of the United States, from colonization and freedom of religion to the steel industry. Pennsylvania was the geographic key of the original 13 Colonies, and remains so as we look at the state’s seaports at mark 01:18. Every bend...
Topics: Pennsylvania, 1950, Keystone, Keystone State, Stock Footage
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Produced by George Pal, "Birth of An Oil Field" was directed by Duke Goldstone and released in 1949 by the Shell Oil Company.  This film, part of a series of outstanding movies on the petroleum industry produced by Shell, explains and demonstrates methods, procedures, and equipment used in the drilling of oil wells and delivery of petroleum products worldwide. The film contains outstanding footage of oil derricks and drilling, the Kelly Pipe, oil rigs, trains pulling oil tank cars,...
Topics: Oil Field, Oil., George Pal, Shell Oil, 1949, Stock Footage
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Note: some logos including the Olympic rings shown in this film, are trademarks of the International Olympic Committee. This historic, silent newsreel shows some of the highlights of the X Olympiad in Los Angeles. It begins with the parade of nations in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. At 2:13, the 800 meter run is seen, establishing a new world record of 1:49:08.  At 3:03, the hammer toss is seen, and at 3:32 the 100 meter run (women). In this event Stella Walsh of Cleveland won, running...
Topics: Los Angeles Olympics, Los Angeles, Olympics, 1932, Stock Footage
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Made by Coronet, this profile of Sir Isaac Newton dates to 1959, the early part of the Space Age. As a result the film directly connects Newton's major theories with rocketry. At 1:20 a satellite is shown orbiting the Earth. At 1:32 the school where Newton went as a boy is shown, and a childhood fight is re-enacted. At 2:08, Newton is shown at Cambridge, reading books about science. The rest of the film shows re-enactments of Newton's time at Trinity College. At 4:14, Newton returns home to...
Topics: 1959, Biography, Sir Isaac, Newton, Cambridge University, Mathematics, Stock Footage
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A Coronet Film. Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning. Educational Collaborator, Sam Adams, PhD. Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Prof. of Education, Louisiana State University. This 1960s era, color film explains, in detail, how air conditioners and refrigerators work. The film explains convection, compressors, condensers and cooling systems. The film opens with two boys walking down the road and up the walkway to a house. The boys are returning from playing baseball. An air conditioner is...
Topics: 1960s, Refrigeration, Air Conditioning, Educational Film, Stock Footage
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This black & white educational film is about how paper is made starting with trees in the forest to its finishing process. Copyright is 1941 by Coronet Productions. Titles: Paper Making (:07-:33). Title: Winter Logging in Northern United States. Forest with snow. Tall pine trees abound. Northern Michigan. Men eat breakfast. A man trudges through the snow with a saw and hammer. A bulldozer carries a man into the forest. A man hacks at a tree with an ax. Snow falls from a tree as another man...
Topics: Paper Making, Paper, 1941, Coronet Productions, Stock Footage
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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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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 1948 color travelogue is a quick look at the Caribbean Islands of Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, St. Thomas, Trinidad, Jamaica, and Cuba. Photography and live sound is by Irving Hartley and distributed by Hawley-Lord, Inc. The film opens with passengers getting on the Pan American Clipper Eagle, a Douglas DC-4, it rolls down the runway, and is shown flying to Puerto Rico (:20-1:00). A decrepit-looking building sits at the end of a pier with arched openings. The camera pans the Castillo San...
Topics: 1948, Travelogue, Caribbean Islands, Puerto Rico, Stock Footage
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This black & white educational film is about the formation of NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization), NATO is an intergovernmental military alliance between countries to safeguard the freedom and security of all its members by political and military means. Collective defense is at the heart of the Alliance and creates a spirit of solidarity and cohesion among its members.  The organization implements the North Atlantic Treaty that was signed on 4 April 1949. Copyright of this film is...
Topics: Keeping The Peace, 1951, North Atlantic Treaty, Organization Promotional Film, Nato Exercise, Stock...
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This 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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Willys, the “World’s Largest Manufacturer of Utility Vehicles,” presents the “Jeep Family of 4-Wheel Drive Vehicles and Special Equipment,” a circa 1954 black-and-white film promoting Jeeps produced for civilian use. Following the success of Jeeps during World War II, the film opens with an explanation of how the vehicles soon their way to civilian use. Some of the vehicles seen in this film are used by construction companies, farmers, firefighters, and even at airports to tow...
Topics: 1940s, Willys Jeep, Cars, 1954, Family Of 4, Drive Vehicles, Stock Footage
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Originally made for WFGA, a Florida news network that was popular in the 60s, READY RESERVE follows the Florida 4th Marine Division Air Wing Team into their two weeks of active training, and demonstrate the readiness of the troops. They rehearse bombing, mechanic maintenance, and supply delivery. No detail is left out as the reservist are asked to take full function of the command site and test for combat readiness. A few generals lend their praises to the men in uniform that take on this duty....
Topics: A4D Skyhawks, 4th Marine, Division, USS Guam, Vietnam War, Stock Footage
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This film proudly shows the USMC operating at the best of its abilities in conflict zones, with brave men struggling against enemies, and working hard to save the lives of their compatriots. In 1965 the U.S. Marines were deployed in two separate battles to stall communism -- in the Dominican Republic and Vietnam.  New and advanced military strategy was deployed, like helicopter assaults (seen at 12:07) and Expeditionary Landing Fields also known as ELF (Seen at 12:40). An embedded journalist...
Topics: US Marines, 1965, Vietnam War, USMC, US Marines, Dominican Republic, Stock Footage
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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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This newsreel was produced by Castle Films and shows events occurring around the world in 1950.   It opens in Moscow, Russia, with a crowd of Soviet soldiers marching in formation during a celebration of Joseph Stalin’s 70’s birthday. Stalin is seen in military uniform, greeting his communist supporters below (0:23). The crowd celebrates in an indoor stadium and Stalin applauds, surrounded by his supporters (0:40). The film cuts to communist marchers rioting in Tokyo(0:45). American and...
Topics: Castle Film, News Parade, 1950, Stalins Birthday, Stock Footage
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Castle Films presents this ‘News Parade of the Year’ (:08) which will center on news highlights of 1946; looking at the world a year after the second world war had ended. The commentator is Basil Ridsdale (:12) and opens with the Philippians (:24). General Douglas MacArthur is pictured (:32) as he arrived from Tokyo for Manuel Roxas’ inauguration as the first president (:35). The Philippines flag is seen hoisted (:37) and parades take to the streets. In Rome, violence (:44) broke out as...
Topics: Castle Films, Parade Of 1946, Nuremberg, Bikini A Bomb, Stock Footage
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Presented by the U.S. Army and its Chemical Corps, The Chemical Biological Radiation Story (M.F.3 9027) shows viewers how the U.S. army is developing its chemical, biological and radiation capabilities from both the aggressive and the defensive standpoints. The film follows a professor who tours the military’s CBR facilities and programs while also working as a consultant to the military. The film opens with a shot of a plane coming in for a landing, followed by an airport terminal and a...
Topics: US Army, Chemical Corps, Radiological, Chemical Warfare, Stock Footage
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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
Featuring Dr. H. David Baldridge who accumulated a great deal of data about shark attacks and wrote the book "Shark Attack" (1978), as well as other experts, this U.S. Navy-produced film SHARKS: THE DANGER IN THE SEA dates to the 1970s and may very well have been inspired by the release of the film JAWS. The film focuses on shark attacks and the Navy's efforts to combat them using shark repellant. Stuart Springer appears at the 5:00 mark, discussing the development of WWII-era shark...
Topics: US Navy, Sharks, Sea, Chemical, Non Lethal Repellents, Shark Attack, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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Dating to the era when Ronald Reagan was Governor of California (1967-1975), this news footage most likely dates from May, 1971. It first shows him at a press conference discussing whether teachers should receive pay for a holiday. At 1:37,  Reagan is seen deplaning a small twin engine Cessna 401A aircraft (presumably the Governor's plane) tail N6252Q, at the Sacramento Airport and being greeted by members of the press. Here the topic is about the size of the Governor's staff and a financial...
Topics: California, Governor, Ronald Reagan, 1971, Press Conference, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This color educational/inspirational film, "The Strangest Secret in the World" was produced by Jack Lieb Productions. It features motivational speaker Earl Nightingale sharing his secrets for success. It likely dates to the mid-1960s. Earl Nightingale was an American radio speaker and author, dealing mostly with the subjects of human character development, motivation, inspiration, and meaningful existence. He was also the voice during the early 1950s of Sky King, the hero of a radio...
Topics: Strangest Secret, Earl Nightmare, Motivational Film, Secret Of Success, Stock Footage, Periscope...
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Presented by the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, this is a 1965, black and white film that traces the early space age from Dr. Robert Goddard through Project Mercury. It opens on Main Street in front of a movie theatre in 1919, 2:14. Robert Hutchings Goddard was an American engineer, professor, physicist, and inventor who is credited with creating and building the world's first liquid-fueled rocket. Goddard successfully launched his rocket on March 16, 1926, ushering in an era of space...
Topics: 1965, Space, Space Age, Project Mercury, Stock Footage
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Havana Holiday is a short 1930s silent film, part of Castle Films’ The World Parade series, that gives viewers a quick look at the vibrant Cuban city of Havana. The film opens with a shot of Havana from across the bay, where a passenger liner moves in front of El Morro and into the bay. There is a good aerial shot of El Morro, followed by footage inside the old fortress. The film shows the lighthouse in front of the fortress. There is footage of Havana from the point of view of being on the...
Topics: Havana, 1930, Silent Film, ElMorro, Cuba, Stock Footage
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U.S. Coast Guard Motion Picture Digest May 1945 is a silent newsreel-style film of the events of World War II in April and May 1945 that involved the U.S. Coast Guard. The first clip is of the damage done by “fire and exploding ammunition stowed on [the] tank deck aboard LST 884.” The ship was hit by a Japanese kamikaze plane near Okinawa on 1 April 1945. Viewers see the damage caused by the hit, as well as a soldier washing a small dog in a washbasin. In the next clip, SPARs (Coast Guard...
Topics: May, 1945, US Coast Guard, USCG, WWII, World War II, Newsreel, Stock Footage
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This color reel of home movie footage documents a 1950s tourist vacation to Hawaii, offering glimpses of the big island around the time of its statehood,revealing a colorful, relatively undeveloped land of beauty as well as a taste of the familiar tourist attractions that would later come to dominate the region (TRT: 12:46). Leader and punched holes. A group of yachts on a sunlit, sparkling panorama (0:05). A waterfront resort hotel. Grass huts, a weather vane, docks. Medium shot of a man in a...
Topics: 1960s, Hawaii, Home Movie, Hula Show, Boat Cruise, Kilauea Volcano, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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Presented by the Free China Film Syndicate, The Double Tenth is a short documentary from 10 October 1978 that gives viewers a glimpse of the Republic of China’s (Taiwan) military parade during the celebration commemorating the Wuchang Uprising on 10 October 1911, which lead to the founding of the Chinese Republic the following year. The Double Tenth, also known as the National Day of the Republic of China, is celebrated with a massive military parade down the avenue in front of the...
Topics: 1978, Taiwan, Reupublic Of China, China, 1978, Stock Footage
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This 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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This 1937 black and white film about radio shows of that time was presented by Adolph Zukor and produced and directed by Herbert Moulton and Leslie Rousch. Actor Ted Husing plays The Star Reporter. The film opens with Ted dressed in a double-breasted 1930s suit and standing in front of a 1930s microphone on a stand. He introduces The Sons of the Pioneers, who play guitars and sing “Way Out There” around a campfire (:54-2:31). Singer Lanny Ross doddles on a piece of paper (2:33-2:45)....
Topics: Star Reporter, Hollywood, 1930, Radio, recording, Stock Footage
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CARACAS: MOUNTAIN CAPITAL OF VENEZUELA is a short, silent travelogue film produced in the late 1920s or early 1930s for the Cunard White Star ship line, most likely by filmmaker Andre de la Varre who spent many years documenting the land and people of South America. The film shows views of Caracas including government buildings, streets bustling with automobile and horse traffic, the University, statue of Simon Bolivar (2:30), marketplace (3:00), and more. At 4:48 a motorcycle with a sidecar is...
Topics: Caracas, LA Guaira, Venezuela, 1930, Travelogue, Cunard White Star Line, Stock Footage
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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...
Topics: Postcards, Dalmatia, 1960s, Croatia, Montenegro, Stock Footage
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Ralph M. Barnes’ “Motion Study Applications: Showing Better and Easier Ways to Work” is a black and white film studying motion economy. Ralph M. Barnes was a Professor of Engineering and Production Management at the University of California, Los Angeles, and the University of Iowa. The film was produced by the University of Iowa in 1942.   The film opens with various workers performing mundane, repetitive tasks, such as sorting (0:44), putting pegs in holes (1:11), hammering (1:23),...
Topics: Motion Study Application, 1940s, Ralph M Barnes, Human Factors, Stock Footage
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This 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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This color educational film is about how a newspaper is made in a community. It was made by Gary Goldsmith Films in cooperation with the Los Angeles Times. This was made in 1959 since the Dodgers/Cardinals home opener was this year and is shown in the film on the sports page. A room of reporters type at their typewriters. An editor assigns a reporter and a photographer to a job. On an airport tarmac, a reporter interviews a man while the photographer takes pictures. A baby elephant is taken off...
Topics: Los Angeles, LA, Newspaper, Community, Free Press, Stock Footage
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This color educational film is about the fresh vegetables grown in the west and shipped to the rest of the country by Union Pacific Railroad. This is circa 1958 or 1959. Opening credits: Union Pacific Railroad presents FRESH FROM THE WEST (:11-1:03). Cars drive on the 101 Freeway. High rise buildings -- known as Park LaBrea in Los Angeles. People walk in downtown Los Angeles at Hill Street. A Ralph's supermarket is shown outside and inside. People push their shopping carts and look at fruits...
Topics: 1958, Union Pacific, Railroad, Fruits, Vegetables, Farming, Stock Footage
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“Shell Mekong River Project” was produced in 1964, exploring the cultural and geographical significance of the Mekong river.   It explains how Shell’s project intends to protect the region from seasonal flooding and drought.   A man standing, praying, on banks of the Mekong.   Title card overlaid (:16-:41).   Map showing passage of entire river through Asia.   Credits overlaid (:42-1:00).   Aerial shots of mountains of Tibetan plateau (1:01-1:17).   Close ups on small streams and a...
Topics: United Nations, Mekong, River Project, 1964, Shell, Stock Footage
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This black & white educational film from the Vietnam War era is about Southeast Asia and what's going on in those countries looking to stave off Communism. This was made in 1968.   Opening: sky above Southeast Asia, a montage of horrific images: gunshots are fired, a hut burns, a body, a crying child, a fire blazes. Title: Outlook Southeast Asia (:09-:46). A map shows Southeast Asia: Philippines, Indonesia, Malayasia, Singapore, Republic of Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, and Burma. Men...
Topics: Outlook, Southeast Asia, Asia, Vietnam, Vietnam War, Stock Footage
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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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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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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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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
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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 beautiful home film from the 1930’s shows a visit aboard the USS Saratoga. It was shot by an unknown member of the "Amateur Cinema League" -- a national club of amateur filmmakers who supported one another's efforts and shared tips concerning 8mm and 16mm movie making. The ACL was founded in New York City in 1926. The film likely dates to 1932, as it shows aircraft that were deployed on the carrier in that time period, plus Captain George S. Steele is shown in command. Steele,...
Topics: 1932, Amateur Cinema League, Home Movie, US Navy, Aircraft Carrier, USS Saratoga, 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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One of a series of US Air Force news magazine films made in the late 1970s and into the 1980s, this episode of "Air Force Now" contains segments about the work of the inspector general, the USAF's C-17 Globemaster III aircraft, and the consequences of driving under intoxication or DUI, which at the time was an important area for new public awareness. Opening titles: Air Force Now (:09-:40).  Inspector general or (IG) watches training exercise. Soldier runs and takes cover. IG writes...
Topics: Air Force Now, 1980s, Globemaster, C-17, USAF, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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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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In the U.S. military’s Combat Bulletin No. 40 from 1945, viewers see footage from the Allied forces attack on Manila Harbor, the first landing on Luzon, action along the Western Front and Alsace, the damage from a bombing campaign targeting the oil refinery at Merkwiller, a British carrier fleet attacking Sumatra, and Allied airstrikes on Celebes. The newsreel starts with carrier planes of the 3rd Fleet firing on the Japanese naval base in Manila Harbor. A plane fires at an above-ground oil...
Topics: WWII, Combat Bulletin, Manila, Invasion, 1945, Stock Footage
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This reel of silent films includes travelogues for Seville and the Santa Maria de Montserrat Abbey in Spain. It starts with a silent Dutch film, "A Look at Seville", that shows images of the Spanish city in the 1930s. Seville is the capital and largest city of the autonomous community of Andalusia and the province of Seville, Spain. It is situated on the plain of the river Guadalquivir. The inhabitants of the city are known as sevillanos (feminine form: sevillanas) or hispalenses,...
Topics: 1930, Seville, Santa Maria, Santa Maria De Montserrat, Spain, Travelogue, Stock Footage
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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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The Big Wheel: 35th Infantry Division (MISC 7723) is a short 1950 film about the history of the 35th Infantry Division, focusing on the unit’s campaigns in Europe during WWII. The film opens with footage of pioneer wagon trains heading west, while explaining to viewers how the unit earned the nickname the “Santa Fe Division” for taking the Santa Fe cross for its shoulder sleeve insignia. The 35th arrives in France during WWI. The film shows footage of fighting, presumably the division’s...
Topics: 35th Infantry Division, WWII, WWI, Santa Fe, 1950, Stock Footage
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“Bastogne Presenting Lt. Clair Hess” is a short, black-and-white film about Bastogne, made by the Army-Navy Screen Magazine in early 1945. It is introduced by Lt. Clair Hess of the 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, Co F, 2nd Battalion, 101st Airborne. (On June 6, 1944, Lt. Hess jumped from a plane over Normandy, France. Within minutes, he was on the ground, wounded by machine-gun fire. His injured leg forced him to lie under his parachute for three days, during which a German soldier came...
Topics: Battle Of The Bulge, WWII, World War II, Army Navy Screen Magazine, 1945, Stock Footage
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This 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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Filmed at sea with the Sixth Fleet in the late 1950s, A FORCE FOR PEACE shows the aircraft carrier USS Randolph and its air arm, including A-1H Skyraiders and jet fighters. This print is slightly incomplete and missing the main title and a portion of the ending.   The film begins in Norfolk as the crew says goodbye and departs for the Mediterranean and duty in Europe.   At 4:54, the Captain addresses the ship's complement and discusses the importance of a strong presence in the Med, to...
Topics: US Navy, Sixth Fleet, A Force For Peace, USS Randolph, 950, Stock Footage
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One of a series of films made by the National Association of Manufacturers, this black & white film "Industry on Parade" contains segments about nickel mining at Sudbury, Ontraio, manufacturing Eagle lead pencils and Industrial Brownhoist cranes. The film ends with a profile of four retirees from the General Petroleum Corporation. This was made circa the mid 1950s. Opening credits: Industry on Parade: The Need for Nickel! (:07-:36). Sudbury Basin of Ontario. A mining outfit hangs...
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Filmed in the 1920s or early 1930s, this home movie was likely shot by Christian missionaries, and features delegates of the city of Hanzhou, Canton. The mission in question is very probably Congrégation du Cœur Immaculé de Marie – the Belgian Roman Catholic missionary congregation, established in 1865 in China and still present there.The footage starts by the scenes of everyday life for the water people of the Southern China and proceeds to show the missionary works of distributing food,...
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This silent, color film is a home movie shot in the early 1950’s and shows views of the Old Tucson movie set, the Little Britches Rodeo, and the Tucson Rodeo Parade which is held every November. The film opens with beautiful desert imagery and large Saguaro cacti near Gate's Pass. The camera pans across the desert, across the mountains, and across a small village built as a movie set 1:00. A sign is shown. “Welcome to old Tucson. The Tucson Junior Chamber of Commerce has undertaken the...
Topics: 1950s, Home Movie, Tucson, Arizona, Rodeo Parade, Stock Footage
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This fascinating 1945 newsreel shows the battle for the Philippines, as U.S. forces under the command of General Douglas MacArthur launch an assault on the island of Leyte.   The battle resulted in a U.S. and Filipino victory. The Allies had taken control of all strategically and economically important locations of Luzon by March 1945, although pockets of Japanese resistance held out in the mountains until the unconditional surrender of Japan. While not the highest in US casualties, it is the...
Topics: Manila, Phillipines, Jima, Luzon, Iwo, Castle Films, Stock Footage
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This 1962 black and white film about Soviet schools was distributed by McGraw-Hill Text-Films, and produced and directed by Nicholas Webster.   Female and male schoolchildren sing while they hoe the ground to learn manual labor. Others fix a fence (:10-:44). A technical training class teaches how to use machine equipment. Another teaches technical drawing (:45-1:35). A technical teacher instructs the class on electrical engineering. Students work at machines. Top students have their photos on...
Topics: Soviet School System, 1962, Cold War, Stock Footage
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Although heavily damaged, this silent 16mm home movie has historical value. It was brought home by an American G.I. after WWII, and shows the activities of a German Luftwaffe staff officer in Occupied France in 1941. The film starts with shots of a staff car and various officers conferring. At 1:05 a roadside points the way to Rouen. At 1:20 Rouen Cathedral is shown. At 2:10 a soldier poses for the camera. At 2:13 a large contingent of Germans lines the road and a group shoulders their rifles...
Topics: Germany, Luftwaffe, France, 1941, WWII, Stock Footage
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Made for pilot trainees by Wilding, this black & white, U.S. Navy film is about airplane attitude. It is one of a series of films made during WWII, to rapidly teach cadets the principles of flying. Copyright 1945. (N.B.: This version of the film was likely released after the end of WWII, as the end card has the Navy's post-WWII motto: "Keep the Fleet to Keep the Peace".) Opening titles: United States Navy Training Film - Primary Flight Training - Attitudes Of Flight (:06-:32)....
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This black and white film “Le Journal de la Resistance” (The Journal of Resistance) by the France Libre Actualites (France Libre News) is entirely in French. It provides actual footage from August, 1944 to December, 1944 during the liberation of France. It is presented by Le Comite de Liberation du Cinema Francais. The Paris Opera House is shown (:49). The road is patrolled by Nazi soldiers in open and armored trucks at the Grand Palais (1:06-1:14). Tanks with an Iron Cross insignia patrol...
Topics: WWII. France, French Resistance, 1944, Stock Footage
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1954 TRAVELOGUE FILM “CANYON COUNTRY” This film depicts the Grand Canyon as tourists take a ride through the area stopping at various points of interest. It opens with the starting point of a trek through the Grand Canyon on the western rim of the canyon at the Bright Angel Lodge (:37). The Lodge offers hotel accommodations or cabins (:41). Visitors are seen milling around the campgrounds (:47) and taking a look out at the Grand Canyon (:53). An aerial shot of the canyon follows (:55) and...
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Made during WWII by the War Department, this official training film describes what frequency modulation (FM) is and how to use it in reference to radio communications. It also provides the comparison between FM and AM radio as far as what advantages FM has over AM. Originally restricted, the film was released for public educational use in 1949. It opens with U.S. soldiers playing ping pong while listening to AM radio (:28). When one of the men begins to use an electric razor, the radio gets...
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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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Made for the home market in the late 1920s and released by Kodak as part of their Kodascope film library, this collection of silent newsreels show the end of Charles Lindbergh's 1927 trans-Atlantic flight and his "goodwill tours" of Belgium, England and Mexico. The first segment "Lindbergh's Triumphant Arrival in Paris", released by William J. Ganz Co., (:15) starts with a view of Le Bourget Airport outside Paris, France. At :44, searchlights illuminate the sky as Paris...
Topics: Charles Lindbergh, Paris, Goodwill, Tours Belgium, England, Mexico, Stock Footage
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Highlights of the aviation age, Chuck Yeager breaks the sound barrier at Muroc, California. On 14 October 1947, travelling 45,000 feet above the Mojave desert in California, Major Chuck Yeager of the United States Air Force broke the sound barrier. He was flying the Bell X-1, which had been dropped from a modified B-29 bomber at 26,000 feet, before sequentially opening the taps on the aircraft's four rockets. Charles Elwood "Chuck" Yeager, born February 13, 1923, is a retired major...
Topics: Chuck Yeager, Barrier Flight, Bell X-1, Rocket Aircraft, Stock Footage
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This 1934 black-and-white film takes the viewer to “Peiping — Land of Khan.” (At the time, China’s capital, Beijing, was known as Beiping — but written as “Peiping.” It has also been known as Peking.) An opening expository intertitle informs the viewer at mark 00:10: “Peiping means ‘Peace in the North.’ The modern city, once a perpetual battlefield, is now a quiet sightseeing mecca for world travelers and a favorite ‘port of call’” for United States sailors....
Topics: Beijing, China, 1930s, Travelogue, Land Of Khan, Stock Footage
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Dating to the 1940s, this silent home movie begins with images shot in the tropics, possibly the Panama Canal Zone. At 2:04 the SS Imperial is shown in port next to an American flagged passenger liner SS Cristobal (the flag at 2:24 is likely a symbol for U-boats to be aware that the ship is neutral). The images date from before January of 1942, as in that month S.S. Cristobal was requisitioned from the Panama Railroad Company by the U.S. Army and re-painted with camouflage. Cristobal was a...
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Made during the Soviet era, this propaganda / news film starts with the high treason criminal case against Oleg Penkovski, looks into the ravages of alcoholism, the penal system and the rehabilitation and isolation of criminals. It also examines the inevitable question--   why some USSR salaries are higher than others? It does this by discussing the difficulty of various jobs and the living environment of the workers. The next section explains the importance of electricity in production and...
Topics: 1963, Soviet Propaganda, Oleg, Penkovsky, Greville, Wynne, Stock Footage
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This black & white educational film is about the country of Norway. This was made during WWII but contains footage from the 1930s. Opening titles: NORWAY (:06-:13). Mountains and fjords of the country of Norway -- as it looked before the outbreak of WWII. People walk around. Fishing village of Bergen. Bergen is a city on Norway’s southwestern coast. It's surrounded by mountains and fjords, including Sognefjord, the country’s longest and deepest. Sign for a bakery (1:01) and cobblestone...
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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...
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