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Featuring actor / pilot James Stewart and beloved newsman and entertainer Arthur Godfrey, this film promotes the International AeroClassic, an air show that took place only once — in November of 1965 at Palm Springs, California. Unfortunately for Palm Springs and event organizers, the event took place in inclement weather. The AeroClassic racked up considerable debts and put the organization behind it into bankruptcy. At  4:20 , Miss Ila Johnson is seen arriving to open the AeroClassic....
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An early television program derived from footage gathered by the defunct General Newsreel Co., “Yesterday’s Newsreel” offers the viewer “television highlights of the news of yesteryear” by providing vintage clips of famous people and events from the first half of the 20th century. The historical episodes opens with the signing of the Versailles Peace Treaty in 1919 (mark  02:28 ), and scenes of delegates from the United States and Europe, including Charles Evans Hughes and British...
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Dating to 1959, these silent Kodachrome home movies begin at Stewart Air Force Base in Tennessee, where Armed Forces Day is celebrated (May 17th) with a big air show. B-52 airplanes are seen flying in formation as well as other aircraft. At 2:27 the ladies in the family play a friendly game of cards. The men do so at 2:51 . At 3:00 , downtown skyscrapers are seen, possibly Nashville or Lexington but then again, maybe not! At 3:41 , horses are seen doing dressage. At 7:20 the family station...
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This film familiarizes the viewer with the Lockheed T2V SeaStar, later called the T-1 SeaStar, a turbojet trainer aircraft for the U.S. Navy that entered service in May 1957. It was developed from the Lockheed T-33 and powered by one Allison J33 engine. As the year 1955 began, Lockheed Aircraft Corporation had design built and delivered to the arm forces more than 6,000 jet fighter and trainer. Of this total the trainer accounted for more than 300 planes including air force T33 and navy TV2s....
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USSR is a promotional film from Pan American World Airways, produced and directed by Henry Strauss (most likely in the late 1960s), that encourages tourism to the Soviet Union by taking viewers on a visual tour of a number of the republics and their cities. The film opens with footage of Moscow’s Red Square as the narrator recaps the famous rulers, writers, and musicians from the Russia’s past. The size of the USSR, with its diverse climate and people, make it a destination unlike any...
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Made in 1929, "Hello Hawaii" presents views of Honolulu and the Hawaiian islands in the pre-WWII era, before the U.S. Navy fully expanded its Pacific Fleet HQ to Pearl Harbor. This is a story about a trip made by the American navy to Hawaii. Honolulu bound Navy men and ships sail over the sparkling Pacific to America’s island playground. At mark 1:00 , the ships are seen on maneuvers. At mark 1:35 , Hawaii sunny skies, waving palms and all that makes tropical paradise is seen. On...
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NOTE: the film actually starts at 1:15 . Before that is a long Pan Am leader. Pan American Airlines’ short promotional film Israel, directed by famed filmmaker Andre de LaVarre, presents a marketing campaign for Pan Am vacations. The film begins with a Pan Am travel agent assisting a customer with finding a trip, and the customer selects a brochure for Israel. Over the credits are images of a Pan Am four-engine airplane, probably a DC-4. The film then cuts to scenes of the Negev Desert (...
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This 1945 nonclassified US Navy training film, “Primary Flight Training Landings,” opens with a naval lieutenant (mark  00:30 ) reviewing a “power off” landing accompanied by filmed footage of the procedure. Aided by illustrations (mark  02:45 ), the narrator continues his explanation of stalled landings — comparing the movements of a Stearman biplane to that of a bird. Wind direction as it relates to landings is addressed beginning near mark  03:15 , followed by standard landing...
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This silent, 16mm home movie dates to the 1930s and shows a trip to Cuba aboard the ship RMS Empress of Austalia (ship's bell can be seen at 1:15 ). The film begins at sea at :24 with passengers playing games on the deck. RMS Empress of Australia was an ocean liner built in 1913–1919 by Vulcan AG shipyard in Stettin, Germany for the Hamburg America Line. She was refitted for Canadian Pacific Steamships; and the ship – the third of three CP vessels to be named Empress of China – was...
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This restricted “official training film” was produced in 1941 by the United States Army Signal Corps in collaboration with the chief of infantry and is titled “Instruction of the Soldier, Dismounted, without Arms” and specifically focuses on “Positions and Facings.” As troops march through the Presidio of San Francisco, a narrator informs the viewer that these “seasoned soldiers” have already received the training needed to efficiently work together. The necessary training to...
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Episode 76 of this “Yesterday’s Newsreel” film offers the viewer “television highlights of the news of yesteryear” by providing vintage clips of famous people and events from the first half of the 20th century. This episode opens with the heroic exploits of Rear Admiral Richard Evelyn Byrd, Jr., a Medal of Honor recipient known for his 1926 expedition to the North Pole and 1927 Trans-Atlantic flight, as he’s first shown taking off for the North Pole in a Fokker F.VIIa/3m Trimotor...
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Dating to 1968, this U.S. Navy training film shows the operation of the Fresnel Lens Optical Landing System Mark 6, Mod 1. Shot aboard the USS Independence, this U.S. Navy film gives an orientation for the men who operated the Fresnel Lens Optical Landing System, Mark 6. As opposed to conventional films from this era that give pilots guidance about how to land on the carrier deck, this film provides an overview of the circuitry and physical system components that make up the OLS. An optical...
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The ‘Corinth Canal’ is a short film produced in Europe as a testimony of US involvement in the European Recovery Program during the years of the Marshall Plan. The film was made specifically to highlight the important work of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in restoring the canal to operational capacity, after it was seriously damaged by German forces retreating from Greece as part of "scorched earth" operations. German forces used explosives to set off landslides to block the...
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Veteran character actor James Whitmore hosts “Survival!,” a 1964 black-and-white series that focused on a famous disaster in each episode. US Navy Lt. Frank Ellis is the subject of this particular episode, and opens with the tale of Ellis as a young boy watching from his Florida home as pilots practiced various maneuvers. Ellis recalls his enthusiasm in a voiceover and we learn how in 1950 the family moved to Ohio and the young man began taking flying lessons. Following high school he...
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Made in 1948 in an attempt to educate the American public and lobby Congress, AIR POWER AND PEACE POWER features Capt. Eddie Rickenbacker of Eastern Airlines speaking about the future of aviation. The title of the film was part of a slogan used throughout the aviation and defense industry in this era, to promote a strong military-industrial research and development effort that would simultaneously advance aviation technology while strengthening U.S. defense. The film mostly centers around a...
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This 1960s unclassified color film “Breakthrough” is about using PERT, the Navy’s technique for managing large-scale R&D programs, to develop nuclear-powered submarines and Polaris missiles two years ahead of schedule. It was produced by the United States Navy Special Projects Office and Merit Film Productions. A Polaris missile launches from a submarine (:38- 1:25 ). The USS George Washington moves across the ocean’s surface ( 1:26 - 1:45 ). A man speaks to a small group of...
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This silent home movie was made by Purcell Wood, the owner of the Gillette Camera Store on Park Avenue in New York City, and rented out to customers who wanted to entertain guests for the evening. The film shows the events of May 31, 1934 as the U.S. Navy's Atlantic Fleet steamed into New York harbor. Among the vessels there that day was the USS Indianapolis (CA-35), which came into New York with President Franklin D. Roosevelt on board. Other ships there that day included USS Overton...
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Produced by Canadian Pacific, which operated a steamship line that serviced Manila, this color film shows stunning views of the Philippines pre-WWII. The movie was made during the American colonial rule by Richard and Elizabeth Hubert, who lived in Asia in the 1930s. After escaping from Shanghai on one of the last ships that left before the Japanese invasion of Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, Richard Hubert, a Canadian citizen, went to work for the U.S. Office of War Information in 1942. He...
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Made in the 1983 as part of the Air Force's internal communications program, AIR FORCE NOW was a morale-boosting news magazine that was widely shown around the world on military bases. This issue #223 begins with an historical look at the Berlin Air Lift and the USAF's crucial role in defeating the Soviet blockade.  At  6:45 , the film presents a look at the historical events of 1783 when the U.S. Constitution was created. 1983 was the 200th anniversary of the creation of the document.  At ...
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The Submarine Part I: Physical Principles is a short Navy training film produced by Audio Productions, Inc. in 1940. The film, using animation, presents an overview of the key physical principles of how a submarine operates. The film starts with footage of a sub surfacing ( 00:37 ) before switching to animation to demonstrate the physical principles. First is Archimedes’ Law of Buoyancy ( 00:50 ) and Force of Buoyancy ( 02:00 ), as the film discusses how to change buoyancy through engineering...
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Shot in January of 1973, this raw, silent footage shows stall tests of the U.S. Navy's E-2A Hawkeye at Pax River, Maryland. The aircraft shown is likely the prototype, which started flying in 1971. Although by 1973 the aircraft had been considered operational, the type suffered a long teething process and underwent significant upgrades into the 1980s. The film shows the pilot of the Hawkeye intentionally placing the aircraft in a stall attitude and then falling off to recover. The aircraft's...
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Is A Career In Civil Aviation For You? is a short career educational film produced by Ralph Lopatin Productions in the 1970s. The film opens with scenes of a small jet flying, people working with planes, and people flying gliders, an Air Tractor AT-501 crop duster at :39, a Sky Crane helicopter and other aircraft before the film’s narrator gives a quick overview of the evolution of aviation ( 00:57 ). At 1:19 a Boeing 747 takes off. With civil aviation a major industry, employing about...
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“Flying Fun” is a 1960s color film created by the Cessna Aircraft Company to promote aviation and aerobatics. The first 90 seconds of the film features scenes of a Cessna in action in the sky before the narrator explains at mark  01:50  how pilots are constantly looking for excitement in the air and can find it via such aircraft as the Cessna 172 Skyhawk, Silver Eagle, or Gull, nearly becoming capable of imitating the free-flight of a bird. We are introduced to Mary Akins (mark  02:22 ),...
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“The Challenge of Ideas” is a 1961 film produced by the Defense Department’s Army Pictorial Center for showing to the US military. It dramatizes the Communist threat to American ideals and global aims as celebrities and media figures discuss the polarization of politics between the Western Allies of the United States and the Soviet bloc, pointing out the need for vigilance and action to protect democracy in the US and abroad. The film is introduced by Edward R. Murrow, the former CBS...
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On June 29, 1983, President Ronald Reagan gave the keynote address at VICA, the Vocational Industrial Clubs of America (now known as SkillsUSA). The 19th Annual Conference was held this year in Louisville, Kentucky. Reagan's full remarks can be read at this website:  http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/?pi... President Reagan begins this way: "This country was built with the sweat and determination of hard-working men and women who, like many of you, love to work with their hands as well as...
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In 1961, England's Queen Elizabeth II paid a state visit to Iran where she and Prince Philip were hosted by Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi at Isfahan, Tehran and Persepolis. Elizabeth returned for another visit in 1975. Mohammad Reza Pahlavi (26 October 1919 – 27 July 1980), was the Shah of Iran from 16 September 1941 until his overthrow by the Iranian Revolution on 11 February 1979. Mohammad Reza Shah took the title Shāhanshāh ("Emperor" or "King of Kings") on 26 October...
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Osa Johnson presents Martin Johnson’s last picture — “Borneo” — a 1937 film by the husband-and-wife team of documentary filmmakers captured during a trip to British North Borneo from 1935 to 1936. Narrated by Lowell Thomas, this piece opens with a title card (mark  01:00 ) explaining how Martin Johnson “has photographed the last of his beloved jungles (in Borneo) — filmed the pictorial climax of a great career that led him through the dark, mysterious byways of the unknown...
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Episode 63 of “Yesterday’s Newsreel” provided viewers “television highlights of the news of yesteryear” by providing vintage clips of famous people and events from the first half of the 20th century. This episode opens at mark  00:30  with the famed 1919 World Series scandal — famously known as the Black Sox Scandal — in which eight members of the Chicago White Sox were accused of intentionally losing the 1919 World Series against the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for money from...
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This black and white film about tractor maintenance is a training film produced by the U.S. Office of Education, Federal Security Agency, between 1934 and 1948 as J.W. Studebaker is listed as the Commissioner of Education. It is #6 in the series of “Farm Work Equipment Maintenance.” All maintenance is shown up close and the timestamps given began that task. It opens with a man on a International Harvester Farmall bringing his tractor in to perform maintenance (:33) Each owner’s manual (...
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Made for the United Way in the late 1940s or early 1950s and featuring newsman John Daly, this promotional film for the United Way focuses on the New York and New Jersey vicinity and its needs. The film uses the activities of registered nurse Virginia Bishop to show the good work of the United Way, starting at 1:55 , where she is seen at the Visiting Nurses headquarters. First, the nurse visits a family with a sick father and many children. At 3:20 the "Red Feather Service" of the...
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Dating to the Korean War era, this wonderful U.S. Marine Corps film begins with images of combat and an amphibious landing drill, probably at Camp Pendleton in California. At 1:40 , the concept of "vertical envelopment" is described with helicopters deployed off of an aircraft carrier. At 1:45 , a nuclear weapon goes off and Marines (at the nation's nuclear test site in Nevada as part of Upshot-Knothole ) observe the rising mushroom cloud. The cloud dissolves into the USMC logo at the...
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Directed by Max Miller, LSD: INSIGHT OR INSANITY is one of the classic anti-drug films. Dating to 1967 and featuring images of hippie youths and mini skirt girls, this documentary about the potentially dangerous and unpredictable drug LSD was narrated by Sal Mineo. The film even includes images of car-driving boys playing a game of "chicken" as in "Rebel Without a Cause." Various experts discuss how LSD is made and the hazards involved in using it while avid users explain...
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THIS IS CANADA is a promotional tourism film produced by the Canadian National Railroad, highlighting the cities, sights, and incredible natural landscapes of Canada. The “tour” begins in its capital city, Ottawa, Ontario with footage of the Peace Tower (also known as the Tower of Victory and Peace) of the Houses of Parliament ( 01:15 ). A Royal Mounted Police officer stands on the steps of the parliament building ( 01:24 ). Inside the Peace Tower is the Memorial Chamber—a memorial to the...
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Airline Pilot was produced by BOAC in 1970. The training of airline pilot Stephen Radcliffe is painstakingly thorough and this film intercuts the story of the young man's first flight as third officer on a journey from London, via Bahrain, to Bombay, with earlier scenes of his training. It describes the role of the College of Air Training, the aptitude tests, the theories and practical knowledge taught, the first solo flight, the hours in the simulator and the controlled flights in a real...
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“Operation Ivy” cold opens with an address by President Dwight D. Eisenhower discussing the rapid advancement of the Atomic Age. A scroll at mark  00:45  then details how the Federal Civil Defense Administration “firmly believes it is necessary for the American public to know the facts about the destructiveness of nuclear weapons” and leading to the “public issuance … a non-secret portion of a secret film” that takes the viewer to the Pacific Proving Ground “to witness an...
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This startling U.S. Navy color film, Advance Base, narrated by WWII journalist Quentin Reynolds, was filmed by Marine Combat Cameramen and Seabees (:33). Color WWII combat footage includes bombing, a dead Japanese soldier, burning out enemies then shown dead, dropping a hand grenade in and blasting enemy troops out (:43- 1:16 ). Gruesome dead bodies are hard to look at ( 1:18 - 1:46 ). Japanese equipment is recovered ( 1:47 - 2:14 ). The Navy practiced setting up mobile and fixed bases in...
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“The Deep Frontier” is an episode in the CBS News series 21st Century from 1968, that surveys exploration of the ocean floor. It utilizes U.S. Navy footage throughout. The film opens with divers in the deep sea, before cutting to an interview with oceanographer Harris Stewart ( 01:51 ). The film discusses the technological advances in ocean exploration, enabling potential study of deep trenches and the bottom of the continental slope ( 03:39 ). Oceanographers use FLIP (Floating Instrument...
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"Overnight To Nassau" is a 1940s promotional film by Pan American World Airways, marketing the short flight times on Pan Am’s fleet of DC-3 Clipper Ships to a variety of destinations. In this film, Pan Am boasts that a trip around the Caribbean is now “as close to your home as your Sunday afternoon picnic ground” with the clipper ship. However, the plane shown in this film is Pan Am’s DC-3 (the DC-3 fleet operated 1937-1948). People board Pan Am’s DC-3 ( 00:18 ) in...
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Made in 1939, this film about the Navajo Native Americans presents an overview of the tribe and the land in which it resides. At mark  0:26 , is the Navajo Indians in the southwest desert region in the United States. Taska with the indian youth are seen riding. At mark  1:18 , they are seen Annaba is seen with their flocks and sheep. At mark  1:20 , their house is seen. Within this house, Annaba and her mother are preparing evening meals while her father is seen repairing his horse saddle....
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The International Harvester Company in cooperation with the United States Department of the Interior Bureau of Reclamation presents “A Bridge to the Future,” the story of the construction of the Glen Canyon Dam, a concrete arch-gravity dam (mark  03:00 ) near the town of Page, Arizona. The 710-foot high dam was built from 1956 to 1966 and forms Lake Powell, one of the largest man-made reservoirs in the United States. Although the film begins with the 1959 opening of a bridge over Glen...
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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...
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“Nationalism” is a circa 1957 Encyclopedia Brittanica educational film. We are told at mark  01:15  that since 1946, every new nation in Southeast Asia has annually celebrated its day of independence, such as the Philippines, India, Pakistan, Burma, Ceylon, Indonesia, Vietnam, and Malaya, as the countries are highlighted on a map. The narrator defines nationalism (mark  02:07 ) as the belief of a people that they ought to be unified into an independent nation. “A homeland.” We learn...
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This 1937 silent 16mm home movie shows a cruise through the Panama Canal. The film begins aboard an unknown ship, one operated by the Grace Line (probably S.S. Santa Paula based on the rear of the ship seen at  11:58  but otherwise possibly S.S. Santa Rosa, S.S. Santa Ana, or S.S. Santa Teresa). At  1:19  the ship enters the harbor of an unknown Caribbean island, with a large fortress visible atop a mountain. At  1:50 local men and children in canoes vie for coins dropped by ship...
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Filmed in the 1930s, this 16mm silent home movie (shot by an unknown American tourist) shows a visit to Europe including Holland, Austria, Czechoslovakia, and Hungary. If you recognize landmarks within the film, please note them in the comments as we had difficultly identifying many portions of the film. At the beginning of the film you'll see people in Volendam in traditional dress standing near the Zuiderzee (as it was called before it was closed off from the open sea by the Afsluitdijk in...
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Interactive Graphics: A Man/Machine Partnership (possibly from 1979) is a short film that takes viewers on a tour of Central Contra Costa Sanitary District’s (CCCSD) new state-of-the-art water reclamation plant ( 00:25 ). The recently constructed advanced waste treatment plant ( 00:31 ) recycles domestic sewage for use as cooling and process water for the major industries in the San Francisco Bay area. It is one of the most advanced systems, constructed with state-of-the-art computer and...
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This 1970's NASA movie shows the results of the Mariner 9 mission -- which produced hundreds of photographs of the planet's surface, creating a new understanding of the planet's geography and atmosphere. At 7:30 , the film discusses the 1976 Viking mission including the dropping of a lander onto the planet's surface. The film speculates that the lander could find life on Mars, and shows at 8:00 possible types of Martian life that could be encountered, including creatures that extract water from...
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This silent 16mm home movie shows a visit to the 1933-34 Chicago World's Fair also known as the Century of Progress. A Century of Progress International Exposition was a World's Fair registered under the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), which held in Chicago, as The Chicago World's Fair, from 1933 to 1934 to celebrate the city's centennial. The theme of the fair was technological innovation. The fair's motto was "Science Finds, Industry Applies, Man Adapts". Its...
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This black and white film is sponsored by the Bell & Howell Company and was used by sales people to show interested customers. It introduces the Bell & Howell Filmosound 202 projector, an innovative 16-millimeter optical magnetic motion picture sound projector produced from 1952-1955 (:25-:37.) The projector used a thin magnetic stripe on the 16mm film to record and play back sound. This stripe could be added using a special striping machine that a person could buy, or at a Bell &...
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This 1948 black and white film was presented by The Highway Transportation Industries of America and produced by RKO Pathe, Inc. It is narrated by radio actor Dwight Weist and violinist Herman Fuchs supervised the music. The film opens with headlights on a dark street, and a spotlight on a “Horizons Unlimited” sign (:09-:32). A bird’s eye view is seen of an interstate with a tunnel (:58). The viewer passes a Howard Johnson’s ( 1:08 ). Passengers on a Greyhound Bus look happy ( 1:10 -...
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Flight into Time is a gorgeous color vintage travelogue made by Trans World Airlines or TWA, which takes viewers through some of Southern Europe and Northern Africa’s most historic sites and possible stops for vacationers. The film references the importance of each location, the daily lives of the locals and interesting things visitors might do or see throughout their trips in Portugal, Spain, Italy, Egypt, Syria and Greece.  Travel in this era was aboard a Lockheed Constellation, seen at...
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One of a series of Coast Guard films made to educate the public about USCG emergency capabilities, this 1960s film shows a dramatic overview of the search and rescue system. The USCG is here to render help to people in distress using helicopters, planes, land takeoff or flying boats including the Grumman HU-16 Albatross as seen at mark  01:08 . At  25:20  the USCGC Cape Newagen, a Cape-class patrol boat, is seen. At mark  01:35 , we have life boat stations on seas. They are always alert to...
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This 1960s film, Operation Ice Cloud, produced by the Vertol Division of the Boeing Company, shows viewers how a testing rig, which creates an “ice cloud,” is used to create icy conditions for testing aircraft. The film features testing on Vertol’s Model 107 transport helicopter ( 00:51 )—also known as the Boeing Vertol CH-46 Sea Knight—as engineers subject the helicopter to two months of testing. Tests include deicing technology for helicopter blades, rotor deicing, and anti-icing of...
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This 1963 color documentary film about Cape Canaveral launches was produced by the Air Force Missile Test Center. It begins with the sound and sight of rocket nozzles (:08). In July 1950, “Bumper”, a captured German V2 with an Army-developed second stage, is launched (:55- 1:10 ). A bird’s eye view of the proving ground launch pads is shown ( 1:15 - 1:30 ). A Titan II launches but destructs ( 1:32 - 2:10 ). Another Titan II is successfully launched ( 2:11 - 2:26 ). Long range cameras...
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Made by Lockheed during WWII to promote the P-38 Lightning and introduce it to Army Air Force pilots, P-38 FLIGHT CHARACTERISTICS gives an overview of this vaunted aircraft. Interestingly, the film begins with an animated discussion of how to bail out of the aircraft, owing to "hangar talk" that suggested it would be a widow maker. The film features a number of Lockheed test pilots including chief engineering test pilot Lionel Burgess, giving insights into how to handle the P-38. It...
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Directed by Jerry Hartleben, who's had a long career as a documentary filmmaker, and shot by award winning cinematographer Conrad Buff, "Down to the Wire" is a portrait of naval aviation cadets struggling to receive their carrier wings circa 1970. To become qualified as a carrier jet pilot, a variety of tasks must be mastered from "touch-and-go's" on land to that first hairy carrier landing at sea. The famed Essex class carrier USS Lexington (CV/CVA/CVS/CVT/AVT-16), known as...
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Castle Films’ World Parade presents “Old Spain,” a short black-and-white picture that takes its viewer to “the sunniest land in all Europe.” The film opens with scenic views of Spain and a reminder that the country was “the fatherland of valiant men who braved the seas to carry civilization to the Western Hemisphere.” The harvest is seen, with horses pulling farm equipment, at  1:10 . Mark  01:35  shows us the ancient city of Granada and its Muslim-influenced designs from the...
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Made in 1952 to promote the release of the new Model 200 16mm movie camera, this Bell & Howell company film "Movie Star" also contains a brief history of B&H's cameras -- with nearly 250K sold by the time this movie was released. This included WWII aerial gun cameras as well as B&H's first camera, the Filmo-121 and its relative the 141 and the post-WWII 153 camera. As the film says, the B&H 200 won the Society of Motion Picture Art Directors award in 1951 for its...
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Produced by the Shell Lake Boat Company in Shell Lake, Wisconsin, “Highway to Adventure” is a 1950s-era color film that accompanies Alaskan explorer Father Bernard Hubbard (“The Glacier Priest”). The film opens in a southeastern Alaska (mark  01:16 ) Flowers bloom and bees collect honey before the camera takes us to a nearby dock at mark  02:00  and crews ready two Shell Lake cabin cruisers for their journey into a nearby fiord. Their Johnson-brand motor cuts through the water as the...
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“Psychiatry in Action” is a lengthy circa 1943 black-and-white film opening with a slow crawl explaining how in September 1939, Great Britain’s Ministry of Health organized its medical services to combat the threat of injury and death to its citizens at the start of World War II. From the smallest village to the largest towns, the narrator explains how medical professionals are geared to assist Brits with any healthcare issues including psychiatric. Anyone suffering from neurosis, we are...
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The United States Navy brings the viewer “Seabees In The Antarctic: Base Construction,” a circa 1959 color film detailing the construction of scientific research stations by Task Force 43 as part of Operation Deep Freeze. The station was part of the US Navy's contribution to the IGY (International Geophysical Year) in 1957. We learn, starting at mark  00:43 , how the Navy’s Construction Battalion Center in Rhode Island established a special mobile construction battalion to construct and...
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The Douglas Aircraft Company presents “Birth of a Jet,” a circa 1958 16mm promotional movie for the Douglas DC-8 jetliner. The corporate/educational color film opens by touting jets as “the new symbol of commercial aviation” and we see a DC-8 jetliner streaking across the sky and flying past San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge (mark  01:08 ). Douglas has been a pioneer in aviation, the narrator remarks starting at mark  01:50 , since the first flight of the DC-1 in 1933, followed by...
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This WWII Soviet propaganda film celebrates the heroic defense of Leningrad, Stalingrad and Moscow during 1942-1943 in WWII. You can see the first part of this film, about the invasion of Russia by the Germans, at  https://youtu.be/rx-WjGtyR1c Narrator:  A commander telegraphed that the selfless struggle of the fighters in Sevastopol was an example of heroism for all the Soviet army and nation. Sevastopol, a hero city, fought for eight months. (00.24) At great cost, Hitler’s army came close...
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Coleman Engineering Company, Inc. presents “Supersonic Survival,” a circa 1955 film that looks at the United States Air Force’s Project SMART (Supersonic Military Air Research Track) a 12,000-foot supersonic sled track designed and built for the Air Force at Hurricane Mesa in southwestern Utah. The track simulated pilot escape systems of high-speed aircraft and starting at mark  01:10  as we see a few aircraft being tested and “dummy pilots” being ejected. Crews were needed to build...
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Del Mar Engineering Laboratories presents “Supersonic Weapons Training Systems,” a color film providing information on such missiles as the Sidewinder, Falcon, and Sparrow III. A company spokesman opens the film by explaining how Del Mar Engineering worked with US Air Force officials to develop various missiles including those used on the North American F-86D Sabre (mark  01:02 ). Before long, all branches of the military began employing some type of Del Mar system. Modern interceptor...
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This 1949 color animated film titled “Bailing Out” is a U.S. Navy training film covering parachute ejections. It begins with an animated Vought F4U Corsair cruising through the sky when a thunderstorm begins ( 0:14 - 0:38 ). A bird flies into the engine and causes rapid altitude loss. It passes a floating 7000-ft altitude sign as it drops towards a mountain range ( 0:39 - 1:45 ). The Lieutenant looks terrified at the prospect of using his parachute and bailing out ( 1:46 - 1:53 ). An...
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This film THE GOLDEN CHALLENGE centers around Larry Thornton (:47) the jet pilot and 23 year old from Arizona of the US Marine Corp. The film was made in 1966, in the early Vietnam War era,and shows the training regime for U.S. naval aviators and features F-4 Phantom flight operations aboard the USS Franklin Roosevelt CV-42. As Larry begins to tell his story we are taken two years prior to the film and he is still in college unsure of his direction ( 1:13 ). After seeing an old friend whom had...
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The dramatic theme music from “2001: A Space Odyssey” plays in the background as the Oshkosh Truck Corporation presents a brief history of the company. The narrator details the manufacturer’s humble beginnings in Wisconsin (mark  01:00 ) and we see still photographs from the company’s beginning in 1917. From there the film shows 4-wheel Oshkosh trucks in action on construction sites, in fields, and as plows that clear snow from roads. An aerial view of the company’s modern production...
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Part of the Carl Dudley produced "Screen Book of Knowledge" THIS LAND OF OURS ARIZONA will take viewers on a tour through Arizona in the late 1940s or early 1950s.. At this time it was the youngest state and rests in the south western sector of the country bordering the Republic of Mexico (:28). The fifth largest state consists of high mountains, plateaus and semi arid deserts (:58). Arizona has a dry climate ( 1:02 ). Before the United States had been discovered, Arizona was largely...
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Created for the U.S. Navy, we enter the world of the soldiers who patrolled the waterways during the Vietnam War. The difficulties of navigating a water based terrain and monsoon weather gave the enemy an advantage that the soldiers had to strategize around. The first strategy is the “Hearts and Minds” campaign that is waged by educating locals about democracy and setting up clinics to offer services to the locals. This film also focuses on the daily life of patrolling and the arduous task...
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This episode of "The Air Force Story" focuses on the USAF in the Korean War, and is the second of two episodes about the Korean conflict. "The Final Phase" shows how the Air Force responded in the face of the Chinese offensive -- supplying United Nations forces with much needed supplies through air drops, and providing close air support and interdiction for desperate infantry units. F-80s and F-86s are shown trying to disrupt Chinese supply lines. Eventually this use of...
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The Incas Ancients of the Andes, is a color instructional film produced by Hollywood Film Enterprises, Inc., which was started by Bill Horsley Laboratory in 1916, and was later known as Hollywood Film Enterprises, Inc., which was devoted to the developing and printing of 35mm. films. It is no longer active. Photographed and Directed by Clifford J. Kamen ( 0:16 - 0:26 ). Views of a mountain top ancient city, Machu Picchu ( 0:27 - 0:41 ). Black and white world map, showing where the Aztec, Mayas...
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“Wheels Across Australia” is an expedition documentary by Belgian-born filmmaker Armand Denis about a trip across Australia in Dodge trucks in the late 1940s. The color film, presented by the Dodge Dealers of America, opens with Denis and his wife, Michaela, in Australia as they map out a journey from Adelaide, South Australia north through the central deserts to Darwin in the Northern Territory of Australia. “The equipment? Dodge, of course,” we’re told at mark  01:22  as the...
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The Army Air Forces present “Camouflage of Airdromes,” a World War II-era color film that walks military personnel through concealing fields and military air bases, and shows some of the elaborate dummy equipment and buildings used to produce a "ghost army" or in this case "ghost air force". “Conceal and deceive” is the objective of all camouflage, a major explains to two officers at mark  01:13 . That includes concealing both personnel and equipment on the ground...
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This 1943 black and white film “Swedes in America” was produced by the U.S. Office of War Information for educational use as part of its overseas information program. This is the first film in “The American Scene” series presented by United Films. The film opens with Ingrid Berman standing in a 1940s furnished living room talking about the success of Swedes in the U.S. (:58- 1:50 ). She begins in Radio City, New York ( 1:51 - 2:25 ). Skaters practice at Rockefeller ice rink ( 2:26 -...
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RKO Radio Pictures presents “The Holy Land,” a 1934 black-and-white film that was part of the Vagabond Adventure Series. Opening with the Easter hymn “Jesus Christ is Risen Today,” the film quickly takes the viewer to the Israeli seaport city of Jaffa (mark  00:35 ). There are scenes of merchants selling their wares in marketplaces and children frolicking in the Sea of Galilee (mark  02:25 ) and see a 1,000-year-old yet still operational water wheel at mark  02:40  that provides...
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Dating to the 1920s, this silent travelogue film gives a brief look at Monte Carlo and the Principality of Monaco, including the St. Devote Church ( 1:00 ), Hanging Gardens ( 1:30 ), Monaco Cathedral ( 2:25 ), Oceanographic Museum ( 2:30 ), Cafe de Paris ( 2:45 ), and of course the Casino ( 3:00 ). Monte Carlo officially refers to an administrative area of the Principality of Monaco, specifically the ward of Monte Carlo/Spélugues, where the Monte Carlo Casino is located. Informally the name...
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The 1963 America’s Junior Miss Pageant is the subject of this color film. The film opens with 1962 pageant winner Jean Allen (mark  00:25 ) who calmly explains that the pageant “is the search for the ideal high school senior in the nation” and details the various competitions leading up to the Junior Miss Pageant as scenes from her competition are shown. After being crowned, Allen recounts her world wind year as Junior Miss starting at mark  02:25  with a montage of scenes from parades...
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Made by the RWU (see below), this silent German film shows the lives of farmers (or "Fellah") living in Northern Egypt near Cairo and likely dates to the 1930s or early 1940s. Some of the scenes include life along the Nile, camels and Bedouins, typical homes and making of mud bricks and clay pots, grinding of flour using a stone wheel and preparation of food, and it ends with scenes of women washing their clothes in the river. Fellah (Arabic: فلاح‎‎, fallāḥ; plural...
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Presented by the U.S. Public Health Service circa World War II, “Fight Syphilis” is an official War Department film that encourages men and women of the United States to do just that. It was written by Oscar Saul, who went on to write the screen adaptation of Tennessee Williams’ “A Streetcar Named Desire.” The black-and-white pictures opens with a scene at “General Hospital” (mark  01:00 ) and fathers nervously waiting in the maternity ward. While one man joyously receives news...
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Made during the Cold War, this historic film in German shows the F-104 Starfighter being tested as part of SATS, Short Air Field for Tactical Support or SATS and its counterpart the ZELL program. The zero-length launch system or zero-length take-off system (ZLL, ZLTO, ZEL, ZELL) was a system whereby jet fighters and attack aircraft were intended to be placed on large JATO rockets attached to mobile launch platforms. Most zero length launch experiments took place in the 1950s, during the Cold...
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Made in the late 1940s or early 1950s, DOWN MEXICO WAY is a travelogue that shows the northern Mexican state of Sonora. The film begins in Nogales, with shots of the border crossing and customs house as well as tourist shops selling blankets, pottery, and many other items. At the  1:50  mark the famous Caverna Restaurant is shown, which was built inside a gigantic cave (supposedly once used as a jail for Indian prisoners) in the hillside of Sonora. The Cavern Restaurant suffered a huge fire...
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This black and white film is one of the episodes of "Yesterday's Newsreels", an early 1950s TV show made from the General Newsreel collection. It features nine segments of historic highlights. Wings of Commerce (:28). In 1919, John Alcock and Arthur Brown make the first non-stop transatlantic flight in a modified WW1 Vickers Vimy bomber. Others follow suit (:29- 1:10 ). Children crowd around and watch a barnstorming exhibit ( 1:11 - 1:40 ). In Paris, open-cockpit passengers are flown...
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This black and white film is one of the episodes of "Yesterday's Newsreels", an early 1950s TV show made from the General Newsreel collection. It features nine segments of historic highlights. Spectacular Scenes of Air Tragedy 1932 (:57- 2:49 ). May 11, 1932, live footage is shown of the USS Akron. Three sailors hang on as the airship updrafts. Two fall to their deaths on film and the third is rescued (not shown). [This airship kills 73 when it is destroyed in a thunderstorm April,...
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This color film about Rancho Las Salinas (once located in the present day Monterey Bay area) was made in 1949. It is narrated from the standpoint of Don Solis, who explains how he surveyed and laid out his ranch, tilled the soil with wooden plows, raised and herded cattle, and traded tallow and hides. As the film explains, this ranch was part of the Mexican land grant of four-square-leagues (17,713.6 acres) given in 1839 to Gabriel Espinosa by Mexican governor Nicolas Gutierrez to help settle...
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U.S. NAVY WINGS OF GOLD is a Naval Aviation training and recruitment film from the 1940’s. It features the base at Pensacola, then the primary training base for naval aviators and the place where aviation cadets could receive their "wings of gold". Some of the planes shown include the N3N-3 Yellow Peril ( 6:00 ), the N2S-1 Stearman PT-17 / A75N1 at 11:00 , and the Consolidated P2Y amphibian at 15:30 . Navy biplane torpedo bombers and carrier based dive bombers are also shown. The...
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This tinted film discusses the manufacturing process and benefits of Lucky Strike cigarettes. It was made prior to 1942, when the packaging changed from dark green to white. It begins with a stop-action animated title card made of cigarettes and cigarette boxes for Lucky Strike Tobacco Company, the #1 selling tobacco brand of the United States in the 1930s. It opens with a woman listening to a RCA Victor Standard Domestic radio ( 0:21 -30). Kay Kyser in his “Ol’ Professor” graduation coat...
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This 1960 color film about Australia and New Zealand is one of a series of Pan Am “New Horizons” travelogues. It is narrated by Ed Stokes and produced by F.D. Kay. It begins with a colorful ‘focus leader’ for the film operator (:00-:50). A bird’s eye view is given of the Great Barrier Reef (:51- 2:23 ). Sydney is the largest and oldest city. The Harbour Bridge is a large single-span bridge ( 2:24 - 2:42 ). Heavy traffic and many pedestrians in late 1950s clothing are shown ( 2:43 -...
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This silent German educational film dates from just before WWII. It discusses principles of electromagnetics including magnetic fields. Like many German films of this era it uses live action, animation and other techniques to present its argument. Typically this type of film would be accompanied by a script which would be read in class by a teacher during the screening. We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional information about our videos by adding a comment!...
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Made by Paul Cohen and Owen Murphy Productions for AT&T, with music by Charles Morrow, NETWORK is a trippy, impressionistic film that shows the vast communication "nervous system" that interconnects the United States and the world. Made prior to the word "Internet" being well known, the film shows an "information age" where information must be moved, channeled, and interpreted. The film shows "new ways of talking, communicating and seeing", but in...
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This black and white documentary film about Ceylon (today called Sri Lanka) is a John Grierson Production and directed by documentary filmmaker Basil Wright. Lionel Wendt, the narrator, died in December of 1934, helping to date this as to when Ceylon was a British Crown Colony. It is shown in four segments. The Buddha (:53). It opens with masked natives dancing at night (:55- 2:40 ), which was replaced by Buddhism. The people walk single file to the mountain top to worship ( 2:42 - 8:50 )....
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This color film from 1959 was produced for Pan American by Coleman Productions. Its subtitle, “The Land of Enchanted Fountains” is exemplified by different fountains (:46- 1:50 ). A Pan Am Boeing 707 Clipper Jet ( 2:15 ) flies over the Roman Colosseum ( 2:19 -29), dating back to A.D. 70. We fly over St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican ( 2:30 ) before viewing at ground level ( 2:35 - 3:05 ). Underground springs fuel different fountains ( 3:24 - 4:12 ). A man on a Vespa ( 4:12 ) calls for a...
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Presented by Rockwell as part of the B-1 Bomber flight test program, this film B-1 ON THE MOVE SUPERSONIC! shows the prototype B-1A aircraft tail #71-40158 and likely dates to around 1975. At this time the crew consisted of Charlie Bock and USAF Col. Ted Sternfall (sp?) flying out of Edwards Air Force Base. At 4:09 , an aerial refueling exercise with a KC-135 is shown. At 6:15 , a high speed run is made with the aircraft entering Mach 1.0 at 6:20 . The prototype B-1 four-turbofan strategic...
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WINGS TO HAWAII is a promotional film produced by Hartley Productions for Pan American Airlines during the late 1950s or early 1960s. The film features a man and a woman discussing their respective trips to Hawaii while sitting in a Pan Am plane, with scenes of their adventures in Hawaii. The woman loves the family-friendly nature of Hawaii. Waikiki Beach offers beautiful views from the surf, and aerial views of the beach are just as spectacular ( 07:42 ). Surfing at Waikiki ( 00:24 ; 01:44 )...
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This black and white 1944 War Department Official Training Film TF21 2067 Army Service Forces is Part 2 of two parts (Part 1 is 28934). It was presented by the Milwaukee Public Museum. It opens with the Sergeant waking the men up with a loud whistle (:14-:34). The men march (:40-:50). The soldiers are given an Army Classification Test, which is a written exam (:53- 2:20 ). Soldiers are individually interviewed and the “yellow card” Form 20 is shown and explained ( 2:21 - 6:15 ). The men...
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This 1947 black and white documentary about the history of trade is part of a series of films called “The World Today” and produced by 20th Century Fox. A camel caravan of loaded camels opens the film. The desert winds blow across the sand. A set of three against a dark background is reminiscent of the three Wisemen (:33- 1:05 ). Inside a trading center in Asia Minor, money being exchanged is interspersed with camels chewing hay ( 1:06 - 1:34 ). Outside, men work with fabric and a raised...
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This is an unclassified 1940s black and white U.S. Navy Training Film, MN 2403. A jet unit, which gives a thrust to aircraft, is shown by itself. The parts are shown up-close: the copper nozzle exhaust, the electrically fired igniter, blow-off disk, the mounting lugs, adjustable band, and the chamber, and blow-off disk cap ( 1:08 - 2:53 ). They are shown stored in individual crates ( 2:54 - 3:20 ). Shown is checking the firing and releasing gear on the plane. Electrical wires are connected to...
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Made in the 1970s this film THE DEEP SCATTERING LAYER tells the story of the search for a mysterious "second floor" in the ocean, as recorded by sonar devices. This floor -- consisting of marine animals such as shrimp, whales and dolphins -- moves to different levels at different hours, different days, and different seasons. It is probed by U.S. Navy sonar, deep-trawled nets with hydrophones and instruments, and finally by by ocean going submersibles. While the film presents the...
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“Minuteman in the West” is presented by the Boeing Company and opens with cowboys in Cheyenne, Wyoming (:26). This city has been dubbed the cowboy capital of the West and was founded in 1867 as a railroad terminus ( 1:01 ). The town now boasts a population of 50,000 as well as a downtown business district ( 1:23 ), a modern shopping center ( 1:29 ) and is the headquarters for extensive sheep and cattle interests ( 1:33 ). Cheyenne is also considered the political heart of the state ( 1:50...
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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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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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