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This German propaganda movie was part of a U.S. Navy archive compiled during WWII, and acquired by Periscope Film. In this film, the Battle of The Atlantic is seen from the German perspective as Kreigsmarine U-boats converge for a wolfpack patrol, hunting Allied merchant ships.
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Topic: German World War II (WWII) Propaganda film.
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by Castle Films
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This short newsreel, produced for the home market, shows the final events of World War II, including the development and testing of the atomic bomb, the atomic bombing of Japan, the Japanese surrender, and the U.S. occupation of the Japanese mainland including Honshu, and the arrival of the U.S. Third Fleet in Tokyo Bay. The film not only includes the Japanese surrender on the USS Missouri (BB-63) in Tokyo Bay, the celebration in Manhattan's Times Square, and a parade in Red Square Moscow. Some...
Topic: Newsreel.
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by German Newsreel
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This German propaganda movie was part of a U.S. Navy archive compiled during WWII, and acquired by Periscope Film. The German invasion of Norway is shown, with units of the Kriegsmarine enforcing sea lanes and allowing the free movement of supplies and men. Junkers trimotor aircraft support the invasion.
Topic: German propaganda film.
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by Willard Pictures
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Made prior to the outbreak of WWII, "Men of the Coast Guard" presents America's first line of shore defense. Seen in this film are the Coast Guard cutters, life boats, and light ships that patrol America's home waters. The film also shows how recruits are drawn from the merchant marine and trained in the arts of lifesaving, seamanship, and navigation. The full rigged sail ship Joseph Conrad is seen at sea, fulfilling its mission by training cadets about teamwork. The lightship...
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Made by General Mills and their Larro brand feed, "Let's Talk Turkey" promotes the industry of raising turkeys on the farm. The film features a visit to the Larro Research Farm, which apparently was located in Michigan. The film focuses on the science, technique, and profitability of raising turkeys which in this era, was a business conducted by thousands of family farmers across the nation. This is a story about turkey, their feeding, breeding and marketing. This is the way it goes n...
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Shot by an unknown American in the spring of 1949, this film (one of a three parter) is a silent home movie shot on 16mm film. This reel starts with a flight to the U.K. aboard a propeller aircraft and shows London starting at ( 1:49 ), with the mounting of the Guard at Whitehall and various shots outside Kensington Palace. A steam train trip is seen at ( 10:23 ), and shots of railyards and trackside scenes. At ( 11:18 ) the film returns to London with the Tower Bridge, Tower of London, House...
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Presented by the Jacobs Manufacturing Company, designer and builder of engine brakes for large trucks and semis, this film shows some of the research conducted by engineers to reduce noise.  The sponsor of this film brought the revolutionary Jacobs Engine Brake on the market since 1961. The company is now known as Jacobs Vehicle Systems, Inc. It's not exactly clear why Jacobs produced the film, but engine brakes can be notoriously loud, so the company may have viewed this film as an important...
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This film EMPLOYMENT OF SEA POWER was shown in history classes at the U.S. Naval Academy and elsewhere in the USA in the 1950s. It was one of a series of two films that looked at overall U.S. naval strategy in WWII. Using animation and live action footage, this film looks at the thinking of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in regard to strategic decisions with respect to the Atlantic, Mediterranean and European Theater. In December of 1941, war was being fought between the US, Japan, Germany and Italy...
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In 1939, Episcopal Reverend James K. Friedrich moved to Hollywood to found Cathedral Films, Inc. Friedrich advocated film as a medium of Christian Education and ministry. In 1943 Cathedral Films became a tax-exempt nonprofit corporation, and it remained a leader in the production and distribution of religious educational films, filmstrips and recordings across denominations for the next 30-plus years, with many films receiving national and international recognition. This film WE TOO RECEIVE is...
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Produced in cooperation from Union Carbide and the Atomic Energy Commission, this circa 1960 color film shows some of the peaceful uses of radioactive isotopes in medicine, food preservation, and other areas. Union Carbide's Nuclear Division, which started out as Carbide and Carbon Chemicals Company, operated the Atomic EnergyCommission/Energy Research and Development Administration/Department of Energy sites in Oak Ridge, Paducah, Ky., and Portsmouth, Ohio, until 1984, some 40 years. The film...
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The Naval Surface Weapons Center is the topic of this 1983 film, commemorating the 65th anniversary of the center. The NAVSEA Warfare Center supplies the technical operations, people, technology, engineering services, and products needed to equip and support the Navy. It is also the United States Navy’s principal Research, Development, Test and Evaluation (RDT&E) assessment activity for surface ship and submarine systems and subsystems, in addition to providing depot maintenance and...
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This “restricted” United States War Department Film, produced by the US Army Signal Corps, is “one of a series of war film communiques released by the War Department for showing to men and women workers in America’s industrial arsenals. Photographed by army cameramen, the scenes you are about to see are the war as it is.” So begins this film, made in late 1943, which at mark  00:48  takes us to a reassembly and automotive service yard in the Mediterranean Sea, one of the many...
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We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional information about our videos by adding a comment! See something interesting? Tell people what it is and what they can see by writing something for example like: "01:00:12:00 -- President Roosevelt is seen meeting with Winston Churchill at the Quebec Conference." This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage collections in...
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THE NEXT OF KIN, also known as Next of Kin, is a 1942 World War II propaganda film produced by Ealing Studios. The film was originally commissioned by the British War Office as a training film to promote the government propaganda message that "Careless talk costs lives". After being taken on by Ealing Studios, the project was expanded and given a successful commercial release. After World War II and up until at least the mid 1960s, services in British Commonwealth countries continued...
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This restricted War Department “official training film” was produced in 1940 by the United States Army Signal Corps in collaboration with the Chief of the Air Corps. The purpose is made clear within the first 30 seconds of the black-and-white picture, thanks to a title card: “This film presents some elementary principles of carburetor functioning, the understanding of which will assist the pilot in making proper use of the carburetor and effecting good engine performance. Improper...
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This Vietnam War-era United States Coast Guard film takes the viewer to the coast of South Vietnam onboard the cutter Point White (CG82308), as a sailor is heard lamenting the tedious nature of the patrol to make sure supplies are not being delivered to the Viet Cong. “You’re at sea more than 70 percent of your time. What a life,” he notes at mark  1:00 . As the ship approaches a vessel, an officer shouts “Ngung Lai” and the meaning of the Vietnamese phrase — “STOP!” —...
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Made in 1944 after the D-Day landings in Normandy, France, "Brief for Invasion" is a rousing war incentive film designed to encourage factory workers and others critical to the war effort, to keep working and win the war. The film begins with images of Allied troops landing at Normandy, and paratroops enplaning in England. It then shows war workers raising questions about how much material will be needed to win the battle to liberate Occupied France. At  7:18 , the failed Dieppe Raid...
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Presented in Italian the color film, “Pan AM the Philippines”, is a documentary about the culture of the Philippines. It is part of a series of films put out by Pan AM called “Pan AM’s 1960’s and 70’s Travel Films: Visit 11 Places, in 7 Languages” commissioned to be done by New Horizons, for the movie making, and Movietonews, Inc., to assembled the footage and audio. Editorial director: Harry L. Coleman. Narrator: Ed Stokes. The video opens with views of the Philippines ( 0:08 -...
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Made in 1943 as part of the WWII war effort, CADET CLASSIFICATION features the voice of actor Ronald Reagan as narrator. This fascinating film shows the procedure used to sort air cadets and guide them towards positions as pilots, navigators and bombardiers based on their aptitude. To make the selections the Air Corps devised a series of tests, many of which are seen in the film. These included agility and mental fitness tests using electronic equipment, medical checks, stress tests, and...
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Made during WWII and then re-released in the post-war period, "What to do in a gas attack?" is a civil defense film showing civilians how to protect themselves from this form of warfare. The context of the film is provided in the early going, with headlines indicating that the Japanese have engaged in chemical warfare in Asia, and cautioning that the threat of gas warfare is a clear and present danger. As the narrator says at  2:47 , the best defense is to have an airtight shelter in...
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This silent film from August 4, 1973 shows the second flight of Boeing's prototype "Compass Cope" drone, which unfortunately ended in disaster when the aircraft made a hard landing (read more below including the cause of the accident). The Boeing YQM-94 B-Gull (also called Compass Cope B) was a developmental aerial reconnaissance drone developed by Boeing. It could take off and land from a runway like a manned aircraft, and operate at high altitudes for up to 24 hours to perform...
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This somewhat ridiculous 1963 US Air Force training film from the series “Mountain and Desert Survival,” outlines principles of desert survival and procedures for promoting rescue and maintaining personnel health and comfort. The film opens with scenes of the hostile desert, with its bleak landscape and oppressive heat. At  1:32 , an airplane is seen on fire and the pilot ejects (apparently this is real footage of an accident) followed at  1:46  with a process shot of a pilot in a...
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This 1963 US Air Force training film from the series “Mountain and Desert Survival,” outlines principles of mountain survival and procedures for promoting rescue and maintaining personnel health and comfort. The film opens with a dark scene and a dramatized rescue of a downed pilot who had the equipment to survive in his mountainous environment but failed to rely on his training. After finding his lifeless body, the narrator asks at mark  02:45 , “What does it take to succeed in a...
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Made in 1957 by Northern Films, LETTER FROM ALASKA shows the Alaska of that era: its cities, people, industries, climate, the Alaska Railroad, and a review of the state's history from 1741 to the present. This film uses the device of a reporter writing a letter about his life and travels in Alaska. At mark  0:30 , he is seen typing his letter with a typewriter.  You can drive across Canada either of two highway which leads Dawson Creek. This is where the Alaska Highway begins. The distances...
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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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Presented by the Civilian Conservation Corps, the Office of Indian Affairs and the Department of the Interior, WATER! GRASS! THE NAVAJO'S ETERNAL QUEST presents a brief (and very biased) history of the Navajo people and shows modern Navajo life circa 1940. The Navajos (British English: Navajo, Navajo: Diné or Naabeehó) are a Native American people of the Southwestern United States. The Navajo Nation constitutes an independent governmental body that manages the Navajo reservation in the Four...
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Directed by Sherman Price, "The Wonderful Jet World of Pan American" dates to 1959, as Pan Am's jet fleet began a new era in global transportation. As the narrator states: In the beginning, man’s world was no larger than his eye could see, the far side of the earth was a mystery to him. But slowly man ventures out across the seas, and to all continents. By the beginning of our century, most of the world was on the map. But for ordinary man who wishes to see farther places, time was...
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This is the story about the Fifth Army and its assault on Anzio in late January, 1944, with hopes of reaching Rome. At mark  0:46 , the Fifth Army is seen advancing with tanks and other armor as well as jeeps and trucks. They took this place by under the command of General Mark Clark saying. "We are here to stay. Not one foot of ground will be given up." At mark  1:32 , soldiers are given a welcome by Italian civilians. At mark  1:59 , material of every description including...
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This film, "Mission: 22 Orbits" recounts Mercury-Redstone 3, or Freedom 7, the first United States human spaceflight. On May 5, 1961, piloted by astronaut Alan Shepard. It was the first manned flight of Project Mercury, the objective of which was to put an astronaut into orbit around the Earth and return him safely. Shepard's mission was a 15-minute suborbital flight with the primary objective of demonstrating his ability to withstand the high g forces of launch and atmospheric...
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This well shot 16mm home movie from the late 1940s or early 1950s shows a visit to South Africa and in particular, a voyage at sea with a South African whaling vessel. The targets are most likely fin whales, also called the finback whale, razorback, or common rorqual. The vessel that this film was shot on is not known, but a sister ship is seen at roughly  27:00  in the film, the UNI-2. This ship was likely owned by the Union Whaling Company of South Africa during this timeframe. It was built...
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“Atlantic Trawler” is a 1944 black-and-white Ministry of Information film. An opening scrawl reminds the viewer that: “In peacetime fishermen’s lives are hard and dangerous. In wartime, all their best ships and many of their young men are in the Navy. Those who are left must face not only the ordinary dangers of the sea and storm, but enemy aircraft, floating mines, U-boats and the minefields that cover their old fishing grounds.” The film continues with hots of a steam trawler at...
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This short Russian propaganda film presents the events from March 1918, with foreign troops arriving in Russia in support of the White Army against the Communist Red Army. Narrator: In March of 1918, the first foreign troops landed from an English cruiser in Murmansk. That is how the intervention began. German occupants moved towards the Soviet Russia from the west. Ukrainian Central Rada opened the Ukrainian frontier to them. Kaiser’s troops occupied a few regions in the south and west of...
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The Continental Bus System used this color film to entice viewers to use their bus line to visit the Western United States in the 1950s. The film opens with a map of the United States and the explanation that from the Midwest, East, or South, Continental Bus Service provides routes to Albuquerque — “gateway to the Southwest” — and on to El Dorado. Beginning at mark  00:45  we’re taken to Albuquerque as the cameraman drives along the street showing us locations such as the Franciscan...
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The culture of Pueblo Indians is explored in this 1950s color film, produced by the Ford Motor Company. Opening with shots of the far southern United States, the picture cuts to a Native American village (mark  00:46 ) where men and women go about their daily routines of cleaning, doing laundry, and other chores. At mark  01:40 , one of the men receives an invitation to the end of summer Indian festival and the man and his son began preparations. The young boy tries to learn a native hoop...
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The United States Army and the Mississippi River Commission explain the importance of the Mississippi River as a major trade waterway in “Valley of the Giant,” a black-and-white from the 1940s. A map (mark  00:55 ) shows the Mississippi River and its many outlets as the narrator explains its importance and its reach of over 1 million square miles, draining water from more than 30 states and two Canadian provinces. We listen to the slap of paddle wheels on the river (mark  03:17 ) and see...
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Made in the 1940s or early 50s, "Disaster Strikes" showcases the capabilities of the American Red Cross during times of regional and national disaster. The film looks at a wide variety of natural disasters including Gulf Coast hurricanes, tornadoes, floods and forest fires as well as earthquakes, and also contains footage of man-made disasters such as train wrecks, airplane accidents, and more. At  2:25 , the film shows the organization of the American Red Cross including the...
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This 1946 color travelogue film about North Carolina was presented by the Esso Standard Oil Company and is a John Bransby Production. Scenes of the Blue Ridge Parkway include three 1946 Dodge Deluxe cars (:45- 1:17 ). A 1946 Ford Super Deluxe convertible drives down the winding curves ( 1:18 - 2:43 ). An animated map is shown ( 2:44 - 3:29 ). A play is reenacted on Roanoke Island ( 3:30 - 4:40 ). Bath was the first permanent settlement ( 4:41 - 4:53 ). The University of North Carolina opened in...
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by Burlington, Rio Grande and Western Pacific Railroads
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The Burlington Route, Rio Grande, and Western Pacific Railroads produced this tourism promotional film in the 1950's to highlight the California Zephyr luxury train, running between Chicago and San Francisco.  The California Zephyr (the CZ, or "Silver Lady") was a passenger train operated by the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy (CB&Q), Denver & Rio Grande Western (D&RGW) and Western Pacific railroads, all which dubbed it "the most talked about train in America"...
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This 1948 American Red Cross short film, “Danger is Your Companion,” produced by Ted Nemeth Studios, promotes the importance of being first aid ready in an age (late 1940s) of increasing accidents. The film begins with a scene of two men chatting on a street about the increasing number of accidents; stores for the F.W. Woolworth Company, Jay Ann, and Miles are featured in the background ( 00:45 ). While groups work to educate more and more people on accident safety and response, accidents...
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Made by primary contractor Rockwell International, this short film provides an overview of the Space Shuttle program which is described as a "new era in space flight". The film makes many promises which would not hold up over the life of the shuttle program, but which were great sales tools at the time! One of these is a comment that each re-usable Space Shuttle will "be used 100 times or more" (note: Discovery ended up making 39 missions, the most of any shuttle). At 1:00 ,...
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Made in 1948 and directed by Jules Bucher, HORSEMEN OF THE PAMPAS shows Argentina in the immediate post-WWII period. The start of the film highlights Buenos Aires and includes images of the downtown with its parks and avenues, including at :58 the seat of government. At 1:07 a trolley car moves through the city, which is bustling with activity. At 1:33 , a restaurant is shown serving the national dish -- meat and more meat. At 2:30 the film switches its focus to the Pampa, the source of...
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The Temple of Love, the seventh film in the 1930s’ travel film series Traveltalks, produced by James A. Fitzpatrick, takes viewers on a tour of India and features visits to Delhi, Agra, and the Deserted City. The film begins on the road outside of the Deserted City, Fatehpur Sikri ( 00:56 ), showing the ancient abandoned city. The impressive city ( 01:50 ) features a beautiful courtyard in the Great Mosque, and a surprising community of orphaned children ( 02:30 ). The tour of India continues...
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Produced by Alfred Higgins Productions with assistance from the University of Missouri-Columbia’s Academic Support Center Film Library, Keep America Beautiful, Inc., and Keep Los Angeles Beautiful, Inc., the 1963 short film A Land Betrayed examines the various ways people have spread the “cancer of ugliness” across America and offers call-to-action solutions to combat the nation-wide problem. The film opens with a scenic footage of natural landscapes ( 00:22 ), Yellowstone National...
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This film, JET MAINLINER FLIGHT 803 was presented by United Airlines ( 1:49 ) and produced by Cate & McGlane ( 1:54 ) in Hollywood, California to promote the new DC-8 passenger jets and celebrate the arrival of the new "jet age". The Douglas DC-8 (also known as the McDonnell Douglas DC-8) was a four-engine long-range narrow-body jet airliner built from 1958 to 1972 by the Douglas Aircraft Company. Launched after the competing Boeing 707, the DC-8 nevertheless kept Douglas in a...
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This color film “El Navajo” is an educational documentary presented by Santa Fe Railway. It is a Telefilm Recording (a format popular in 1935-1940, and represented a motion picture created to be shown on television). The Navajo Reservation spans New Mexico and Arizona during this film’s time period. Women in Navajo dress wave at an oncoming Santa Fe train (38), whose Chicago to San Francisco route passes it ( 1:03 ). Views outside the train window see the red desert cliffs ( 1:27 - 1:44...
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Created by the Office of Emergency Management during WWII in 1942, LAKE CARRIER shows "the steel mills where the armaments of war are forged" and the ships that transport raw materials for production. The film is narrated by Frederick March and was directed by Guy Bolte with music by Jack Shaindlin. At :44, the steel furnaces of Gary, Indiana, Toledo, Ohio, Detroit, Cleveland, Buffalo and other cities are seen. At  1:40 , the great fleet of lake carriers are seen transporting iron...
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This color Northwest Orient Airlines film encourages travelers to visit the Orient of the 1950s and opens with scenes from Tokyo, Japan, including parks and tourists enjoying a traditional Japanese dinner and performance. At mark  01:39 , the neon lights of the city fill the screen as night falls and Tokyo really comes to life with scenes of more theatrical productions. The narrators tells us of other interesting destinations including Kamakura, Enoshima, Lake Hakone, Chibba, Nikko, and Osaka,...
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This official NASA film covers the X-15 rocket research aircraft program of the 1960s. Though undated, references in the narrative suggest this film was made circa 1964 era. Photography of the X-15 flights at the edge of space and landings on dry lake beds are included. The film opens with scenes of the X-15 being launched from a United States Air Force jet (mark  01:10 ) as the narrator discusses “manned flight in a near-space environment” including structural design. Prior to the...
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This color Northwest Orient Airlines film encourages travelers to visit the Philippines and opens with an aerial view of Corregidor Island at the entrance to Manilla Bay and how life on the island has returned to normal after having been a battleground in World War II. The 1950s film shows fisherman heading out for the day’s catch while families live in their straw huts. On Luzon, residents carve elaborate likenesses for the tourist trade (mark  01:00 ) while others perform a native bamboo...
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This authentic Soviet newsreel recounts some of the economic programs that defined the early history of the Soviet Union, and the industrialization of the nation that helped transform the USSR into a 20th Century superpower. The film is full of impressive imagery of Soviet power plants, mines, railroads, steel plants and heavy industry, road building, electrification, and the construction of huge factories and industrial plants. Narrator: "1925 was the 8th year of the Soviet rule and the...
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Made by Cinecraft in 1954 for both consumers and the sales force, A FAN FAMILY ALBUM promotes the line of fans made by Westinghouse Electric & Manufacturing Company with a focus on the innovations made in the late 1940s and 1950s. Made in an era before air conditioning when fans were extremely important, the movie is hosted by a group of "hot" swimsuit wearing models. The film begins with a brief history of the company and George Westinghouse's invention of the electric fan in...
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“Wheels Across the Andes” is covers expedition by Armand Denis in Dodge trucks across the Andes in 1947. The color film, presented by the Dodge Dealers of America, begins on the Pacific Coast of Ecuador (mark  01:07 ) and moves on to Lake Titicaca in Bolivia before concluding the journey in Peru. From paved roads to muddy dirt paths, Dodge vehicles are shown to be up to the task, even when it involves crossing a riverbed or through jungles to spend several minutes with the Colorado Indians...
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Presented by Caltex, this 1959 profile of South Africa presents an outline of South African history is followed by descriptions of the Union as it existed in that decade: the Boers and agriculture; measures to advance the Bantu; the Cape Malayas and Indians; mining and industrial developments. New towns. The film completely ignores apartheid. At mark  1:20  is how South Africa came to existence. In 1652, small group of Dutch colonies established the first European settlement at the southern...
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This film "The American in Orbit" recounts the events of February 20, 1962, when Col. John H. Glenn, Jr., became the first American to orbit Earth. An Atlas launch vehicle propelled a Mercury spacecraft into Earth orbit and enabled Glenn to circle Earth three times. The flight lasted a total of 4 hours, 55 minutes, and 23 seconds before the Friendship 7 spacecraft splashed down in the ocean. Most major systems worked smoothly, and the flight was a great success as an engineering feat....
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First released in 1952 by Fotovox and Ideal Pictures, “Selling the Sizzle” sales and marketing film that capitalizes on the old business adage “Sell the Sizzle Not the Steak” — meaning to sell people what they want, not what they need” in order to make more sales. The phrase was created in 1936 by Elmer Wheeler, and it’s Wheeler (who was well-known as one of the pioneers of persuasion and persuasive writing) who’s the star of this film. Wheeler asks the viewer (starting at...
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This Soviet propaganda film celebrates the nation's victory in World War II while showing the strengthening of Socialism and the USSR in the 20th Century. Narrator: The more years pass since the war ended, the brighter seem the feats of the Soviet nation that fought a cruel and powerful enemy and protected its motherland’s freedom, happiness, and future. (02.09) We keep remembering those who hastened victory with their own blood, life, and effort. The Soviet Army, its commanders, and soldiers...
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The circa 1962 black-and-white film “The Race to Space” recounts exploration of the world and beyond, opening with a reference to the space race between the United States and the Soviet Union and the Tiros-1 satellite (the first successful low-Earth orbital weather satellite). The film quickly moves on to the exploration of the Marianas Trench in January 1960 (mark  00:50 ) with Don Walsh and Jacques Piccard on board the United States Navy-owned bathyscaphe Trieste reached, as well as US...
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This Soviet newsreel recounts the long retreat of Soviet forces during the initial stages of Operation Barbarossa, the German invasion of the USSR beginning in the summer of 1941.A second part of the film can be seen here:  https://youtu.be/2Uqs0jVxzjs Narration: Our soldiers displayed their heartfelt allegiance to the Motherland and determination to protect it at the cost of their lives by thwarting the attack of the enemy, whose forces were superior in strength. An incredibly difficult...
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Chesterfield Cigarettes presents “Tobaccoland USA at War,” a black-and-white circa 1943 “new kind of pictorial adventure” examining tobacco production in such states as Tennessee, Virginia, and the Carolinas — areas that have made “Chesterfield synonymous with American smoking pleasure.” We visit the offices of Liggett & Myers Tobacco, Inc. (Chesterfield’s parent company) in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina starting at mark  01:04  and view production lines and tobacco...
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This wonderful film from 1948 shows the "Pacific Skyway" that links Sydney, Australia with Vancouver, Canada, 8,000 miles in 48 hours. In this era only four planes per day made the grueling flight. Featured in the film is a Douglas DC-6 operated by British Commonwealth Pacific Airlines or BCPA. This was an airline registered in New South Wales, Australia in June 1946 with headquarters in Sydney. It was formed by the governments of Australia (50%), New Zealand (30%) and the United...
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This silent documentary film "Big Boy and his Brothers" shows the big steam locomotives of the Union Pacific Railroad. Shot by Gene Miller primarily in western Nebraska, Wyoming and Colorado, this film gives a rare look at some of the largest locomotives ever built.  It includes images of the 4-12-2s known as the "Union Pacifics" at  2:43 , the largest non-articulated locomotives at the time they were made, and featured 67-inch drivers. At  5:14 , a 4-6-6-4 Challenger...
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In 1952, actors performed the musical ADAM TO ATOM for the 160th Anniversary of American Society of Chemical Engineers. This musical featured music by Isaac Van Grove, choreography by Joan Woodruff, and a script by Ben Aronin. This 1952 color film shows the stage production of Adam to Atom as it was presented at the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry (:21), interspersed with clips of actual items discussed in the musical. It highlights a history of man beginning with creating fire,...
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ThIs promotional film for the Federal Cartridge corporation's high quality shotgun cartridges and centerfire ammunition dates to the 1970s, after the introduction of the company's Premium line. The film attempts to show the "inside story" of Federal Cartridge, showing how quality is maintained throughout the manufacturing process, and touching on various innovations that the company has pioneered. The film begins with aerial footage of the company's 1 million square foot factory,...
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Silent 16mm home movie of the 1951 Rose Parade. We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional information about our videos by adding a comment! See something interesting? Tell people what it is and what they can see by writing something for example like: "01:00:12:00 -- President Roosevelt is seen meeting with Winston Churchill at the Quebec Conference." This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military,...
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A flying saucer skirts across the screen as a narrator ominously declares, “You have just seen a UFO … For some people these letters represent an element of fear because they represent an unknown threat.” But “UFO” can represent another danger: “Unrestrained Flying Objects.” So begins this color film from the General Motors Corporation. Likely produced circa 1978 (though the Roman numeral copyright date — MCXXVIII — translates to the year 1128), the narrator explains at mark ...
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Presented here are two propaganda films made during WWII by the War Finance Division of the U.S. Treasury Department. These films were released as part of the 7th War Loan, which took place in May 1945, just days after victory in Europe. Treasury officials were concerned that the defeat of Germany might lessen bond sales, and so the "Mighty 7th" came into being. The first film THE 957th DAY was a propaganda short produced by the US Navy in 1944. The film uses authentic battle footage...
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Made in the late 1960s by Wilding, this U.S. Navy recruiting film "BENEATH NAVY WINGS" begins with an anti-submarine warfare exercise. At :41, an enemy submarine is seen on the surface of the ocean. Above it flies a Lockheed P-2 Neptune, Maritime patrol and anti-submarine warfare aircraft. The airplane prepares to make a sonobuoy run and successfully locates the hostile boat. Later, at  2:40 , in the scenario that unfolds over the course of the film, the crew of the Neptune tries to...
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“Operation Seadragon” is a 1958 black-and-white episode of the docudrama “The Silent Service” — about the U.S. Navy's submarine fleet. The were based on fact and the realism was heightened by actual use of combat footage from the files of the Navy. The stories were varied between the South Pacific during World War II and the Korean War. The series was the brainchild of Rear Admiral Thomas M. Dykers, who retired from the Navy in 1949 after 22 years service and introduces this episode....
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Dating to 1951, this episode of the Armed Forces Screen Report entitled RETURN OF THE ZIPPER FLEET which shows how World War II naval ships were mothballed after V-J Day, and then re-activated as the Korean War escalated. At 2:44 , the film shows how 2/3rds of the WWII fleet was put into reserve. In order to protect the ships against rust, plastic sheeting cocoons and silica gel dehumidifiers were placed all over the ships to protect them from corrosion. The "zipper fleet" was one of...
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One of the outstanding travelogues created by Eugene Castle and his company Castle Films, this travelogue of Mexico begins and ends with a stereotypical image, of a peasant riding atop a donkey. The film presents the "most exotic land in the Western Hemisphere" including shots of charming towns and native villages. At  1:10 , women are seen washing clothes at a town square. At  1:29 , a street barber provides shaves and haircuts, and at  1:50  an oxcart is seen. At  1:59 , a...
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This historic film THE ARMY DOZEN AND THE H-13K SIOUX ON THE WARPATH was created by Bell Helicopter to showcase 12 "nap of the earth" maneuvers for pilots. Nap-of-the-earth (abbreviated NOE) is a type of very low-altitude flight course used by military aircraft to avoid enemy detection and attack in a high-threat environment.During NOE flight, geographical features are used as cover, exploiting valleys and folds in the terrain by flying in, rather than over, them. This keeps below...
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This 1958 color film shows the Navajo Nation of the 1960s, with a postscript from the 1970s (:13). It’s “A Line on America” film presentation of “A People Between Two Worlds” (:50), produced by Francis and Helen Line. This largest Indian tribe lives on a reservation mostly in Arizona into New Mexico, Utah, and Colorado ( 1:18 ). Sheep provides resources and an income ( 1:50 - 2:08 ). Most of the 15 million acres are too barren, mountainous, or heavily forested ( 2:10 - 2:34 ). Only 4...
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This black and white film highlights the 1964-1965 New York World’s Fair in Flushing Meadows Park, Queens, New York. It opens with The Pieta! by Michelangelo, created in 1499 and on display in the Vatican Pavilion (:09-:18), followed by inside the General Motors’ Futurama 2 ride (:19-:54). The opening credits are shown with the Unisphere, presented by United States Steel (:57), shown again at ( 1:36 ). Crowds solemnly pass by the white marble statue of The Pieta! ( 1:51 - 2:11 ). The...
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This 1972 NASA documentary on the flight of Apollo 16 includes film footage from the mission’s launch, lunar landing, and in the “moon buggy” before finally returning the crew (astronauts John W. Young, Thomas K. Mattingly, II, and Charles M. Duke, Jr.) to Earth. Apollo 16 was the fifth moon landing of Project Apollo, and the 10th manned mission in the Apollo program. It was the second mission to utilize a Lunar Rover (Lunar Roving Vehicle, LRV) during lunar EVAs (moonwalks). The film...
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Produced by Vision Associates for Pan American Airlines, the 1960s short film Wings To Germany promotes travel to Germany with the U.S. commercial airlines. A trip to Germany provides the traveler a trip full of history, culture, scenery, delicious food, city life, and more. Fly into Berlin ( 01:28 ), and visit the bustling streets with all they offer. Stop in at the Pan Am office ( 01:51 ) or visit famous coffee houses, such as Café Kranzler on Kurfurstendamm Street ( 02:16 ), which always...
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Part of Leslie Winik's "Sportbeams" series of short films, SPEEDWAY opens with images of the Monte Carlo Grand Prix, with open-wheeled cars racing down city streets. At  1:00 , the XI Grand Prix of Tripoli is shown. This is the 1934 running of the race, which originated in 1925 and lasted up until 1940 and the start of WWII in Libya. At  1:48 , the Continental Grand Prix is shown, with pit crews hard at work at the  2:14  mark. At 2;46, a car is seen wiping out on the track, while...
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The 1949 short film, “Rough House,” was one of a collection of 16mm films on Chevrolets produced by Jam Handy. The film promotes the benefits of Chevrolet cars by revealing the numerous tests performed on the cars. In this film, the tests are simulated using what appears to be a 1949 Chevrolet Fleetline or Styleline Deluxe Sedan ( 00:24 ). The tests behind the comfortable ride of the Chevrolet are conducted at the General Motors Proving Ground in Milford, Michigan ( 01:08 ). The vehicles...
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Made by the U.S. Air Force's Eastern Test Range, this rarely seen film shows the launch of the special Vela satellite designed to detect radiation from nuclear tests. The film shows the Titan IIIC launch vehicle used in the program with a specific focus on the C-18 / Vela - VB mission. This was the last of the Vela satellites, launched on April 8, 1970. The Titan IIIC shown was the 100th launched at the Eastern Test Range. The Titan IIIC consisted of a two-stage Titan core and upper stage...
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Hollywood star Humphrey Bogart expressed his disappointment on multiple occasions about being too old to serve in WWII, but the veteran actor did his part working for the USO and making this film, "Report from the Front". The plot of this 3 minute short is simple: As Humphrey Bogart (clad in his distinctive overcoat and trademark fedora) and his wife Mayo Methot arrive home after a Red Cross tour, they are met by reporters who ask Bogie about the work of the Red Cross overseas. The...
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This 16mm silent movie BITS OF JAPAN dates to the 1920s/30s with the end section showing the Japanese invasion of China definitely belonging to the 30s. It begins with images of Nara Park at :39, a public park located in the city of Nara, Japan, at the foot of Mount Wakakusa, established in 1300s and one of the oldest parks in Japan. At 1:17 , the "Dance of the Cherry Blossoms" by Geisha Girls is shown. At 2:35 Cherry Blossoms are shown in bloom, with people traveling on foot and...
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This 1940s amateur, silent home movie shows a wedding ceremony and reception. The cake is shown being cut at 2:27 , and there's a nice smootch at 3:49 , and at 3:55 the bouquet is thrown to a lucky bridesmaid. We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional information about our videos by adding a comment! See something interesting? Tell people what it is and what they can see by writing something for example: "01:00:12:00 -- President Roosevelt is seen meeting...
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Dating to WWII, this hilarious reel of bloopers shows outtakes from various movies prepared by the U.S. Army's First Motion Picture Unit. The Unit made many training, incentive and propaganda films and documentaries for the war efforts during WWII, many of them featuring Hollywood actors. The failures in the film range from actors who can't remember their lines, malfunctioning cigarette lighters and doors, and more. At 3:56 , future U.S. President Ronald Reagan is shown discussing malaria when...
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Made in 1988 as the Soviet Union ended its long struggle in Afghanistan, this odd and haunting (and really -- experimental) Soviet era propaganda film "Afghanistan Dreams" traces some of the history of the Soviet invasion and looks at its aftermath. The film seems to be told from the perspective of a Russian soldier who survived the war but is haunted by some of what he saw in country.  The film begins with images of the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games, which were boycotted by the United...
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Presented by Gulf Oil, 12 HOURS OF SEBRING presents the Florida International Grand Prix of Endurance. It was produced by Nathan Zucker and shows the 1963 race. In the field you'll see the Ferrari 250P, 330 TRI/LM, 250 GTO, Jaguar E-type, Chevrolet Corvette, Shelby Cobra, Chaparral 1 Corvette, Triumph TR4, Morgan Plus 4, Osca 1600 GT, Alfa Romeo, Abarth-Simca, Porsche, Lotus TVR and Austin MG. The film also shows women participating in the sport, including as pit crew and as drivers. A full...
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This short film showing MILITARY SONGS begins with the MARINES' HYMN ...from the halls of Monteczuma ....to the shores of Tripoli. At 3:30 THE CAISSONS GO ROLLING ALONG is sung by Robert Weede...over hill...over dale... Finally at 6:30 is the anthem of the U.S. Navy, ANCHORS AWEIGH sung by Conrad Thibault...anchors aweigh my boy, anchors aweigh... We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional information about our videos by adding a comment! See something...
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This silent 16mm home movie shows an air show at the U.S. Navy's China Lake airport sometime in the 1950s. It must date to between 1951 and 1959, as a Vought F7U Cutlass appears in the film at 1:15 and this jet was in the Navy only for that brief span of years. The plane shown has orange or red markings, indicating it was likely being used for tests at China Lake. At 2:30 a bare metal Douglas A-4 Skyhawk, first flown by the Navy in 1954, is shown. A Lockheed P2V-5 Neptune is seen on the ramp at...
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This 1946 U.S. Navy medical film about Asiatic Schistosomiasis, better known as Schistosomiasis Japonicum, a human blood fluke that occurs in China and Philippines and also in Sri Lanka. The film shows how the disease can be detected, treated, and also prevented. It includes various footage shot in the field in China and Southeast Asia, showing the water and irrigation systems that help breed the parasite. At 4:48 , women who are washing clothes in a river, and children bathing in a jungle...
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This film made in 1962 shows the Naval Academy Preparatory School or NAPS. NAPS is the preparatory school for the United States Naval Academy and is located on Naval Station Newport, Rhode Island. The mission of the Naval Academy Preparatory School is "To enhance Midshipman Candidates' moral, mental, and physical foundations to prepare them for success at the United States Naval Academy". The film shows a more or less typical overview of NAPS, from morning assembly through daytime...
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This 1960s color film about Portugal is one of a series of Pan Am New Horizons travelogues. The film opens with scenes of Lisbon, the capital (:25). A toddler chases pigeons in the square (:50). Flower sellers have colorful displays ( 1:08 - 1:18 ). Hieronymites Monastery was begun in 1502 ( 1:29 - 1:40 ). The Monument of the Discoveries was built for the 1940 World Exhibition ( 1:48 ). A Pan American Jet Clipper arrives and the crew and passengers disembark ( 1:50 - 2:12 ). People dine at...
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Made in the 1920s or early 1930s by Keystone, this short film shows sights in the nation of Spain. The film starts with images of troubadours or mariachis and a procession of lovely Spanish ladies dressed in finery. At :37 an old man is seen with a donkey. At :45, more lovely ladies pose for the camera. At 1:18 , water is drawn from a well in a quaint village. At 1:30 , a child fills a jug from a fountain while at 1:48 another poses with a baby burro. Madrid is seen at 1:58 , while at 2:11 a...
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This 1949 film by RKO Radio Pictures details the 75th anniversary of the Kentucky Derby. Churchill Downs (:42) in Louisville, Kentucky, hosts this Diamond Jubilee ( 1:02 ) for three-year old thoroughbreds. The names of each “run for the roses” winner are displayed ( 1:05 ), beginning with Aristides from May 17, 1875. Colonel Martin “Matt” Winn ( 1:11 ), president of Churchill Downs, has witnessed every Kentucky Derby. Footage of Derby winners is shown: 1918 Exterminator ( 1:44 ); 1930...
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Photographed by E.E. Olsen and produced by the Dudley Pictures Corporation, the 1947 Danger River is the “first professional motion pictures ever taken of the dangerous journey down the raging” Colorado River. The film opens with shots of massive rapids of the Colorado River as it rushes through the Grand Canyon ( 00:34 ). This stretch of the Colorado is known as “Danger River,” and the remains of men who attempted to run the river ( 01:31 ; 05:56 ) serve as a testament to how dangerous...
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This rare color film produced by The Brown-Firth Research Laboratories in Sheffield presents the September 9, 1960 21st S.B.A.C. Flying Display at Farnborough Airport in England. [This event still serves today as an exhibition for the aerospace and defense industries and a public airshow.] The film opens with some of the inside exhibits (:34) and features the Bristol Siddeley swiveling jets (:56), Firth Brown and Firth-Derihon special and alloy steel parts booths ( 1:14 - 1:21 ), the...
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The Land of the Firewalkers is a short silent film about a visit to Beqa (or Mbeqa), Fiji to observe the fabled firewalkers (presumably the Sawau people). The film appears to capture a day of traditional life on Beqa, as villagers prepare for a fishing expedition by harvesting vines to make ropes ( 00:40 ) then eat lunch, complete with coconuts ( 01:33 ) and snakes ( 02:45 ). After the meal, the villagers move into the water by boat ( 03:20 ) or by wading ( 03:58 ), while children play in the...
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Shot in 1970, this silent 16mm home movie shows a visit to Hong Kong and its harbor. At :55 seconds you will see the wreck of the RMS Queen Elizabeth, once a grand sovereign of the seas but by this time reduced to a charred and sunken wreck. The story on this derelict can be traced back to November of 1968, when the luxury liner crossed the Atlantic for the last time and was sold to a group of Philadelphia businessmen. Their plan was to turn the ship into a tourist attraction in Florida similar...
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This 1957 black and white educational film about 1840s travel in the U.S. was produced by Coronet Instructional Films. The educational collaborator was Lewis Paul Todd, Ph.D., author and former Professor of Social Studies at New York University. The film’s narration begins in New York in 1840, where the narrator is working as a blacksmith under his grandfather’s watchful eye. The sound of hammer on anvil is heard (:42- 1:20 ). A stagecoach arrives, having lost a rim from a wheel ( 1:21 -...
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This color educational film produced by A-V Corporation for NASA addresses fire in the 1969 Apollo missions. It opens with shots of bubbling magma (:17), an Apollo rocket launch (:49), and firemen battling a huge blaze ( 1:00 ). Fire must have three basic components: a combustible fuel or material, an agent to react chemically with the fuel to produce combustion, and an ignition source, using a candle as an example ( 1:28 - 2:05 ). Within a manned space flight, there are other flammable...
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“South America - Continent of Contrasts” is a circa 1960s color film focusing on the aforementioned continent served by Pan American World Airways and its offshoot Panagra. Pan American-Grace Airways, better known as Panagra, was an airline formed as a joint venture between Pan American World Airways and Grace Shipping Company. Panagra was founded in 1929 to compete with SCADTA, a German-owned company, and held a quasi-monopoly over air travel in parts of Colombia and South America during...
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The Red Adair Co., Inc. presents “The Devil’s Cigarette Lighter.” This circa 1962 color film features the first person narration of famed oil well fire fighter Red Adair, who takes you step by step as he and his fire fighters (including Boots Hansen and Coots Mathews) extinguished the oil well fire that put the Red Adair Company on the map and made him a celebrity. The natural gas well fire was nicknamed “The Devil’s Cigarette Lighter. The fire, in the Sahara Desert of Algeria,...
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A SIAMESE JOURNEY presents a precious view into the Thailand of yesterday. This is a film record created by Leon Shamroy and Tom White of the Ellsworth Huntington Expedition. Ellsworth Huntington (1876-1947) was a well-known Yale geography professor who led a series of expeditions to various parts of the world including the Middle East. At some point in the late 1930s, he he led an expedition to Siam, present-day Thailand, and this film was released in 1937-38 in the USA. The film is notable...
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