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This black-and-white Douglas Aircraft Company “welcome film” dates to the early 1960s but begins with a 1924 proclamation: “World Cruisers Make Aviation History New York, N.Y.” — a nod to an accomplishment by the company after the first around-the-world flight was by a team of aviators of the United States Army Air Service (predecessor of the U.S. Air Force) using a modified Douglas DT.The trip took 175 days and covered nearly 28,000 miles. The celebration of the final landing in...
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Made in 1942 just after the outbreak of WWII, “The Real Hawaii” takes viewers on a tour through the islands, starting with images of the U.S. Pacific fleet and emphasizing the islands' strategic importance (:21). The film is notable for including images of the islands' diverse ethnic make-up and shows the Chinese, Japanese, and Hawaiian peoples who live in the territory. It is also notable for its narration which contains wartime caution regarding spies and collaborators. The islands have...
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One of the U.S. Navy's industrial incentive films, the Life and Death of the USS Hornet traces the valiant career of CV-8. Footage includes the launching of the Doolittle Raider B-25s on their mission to strike Tokyo in 1942, including White House reaction by President Roosevelt that the planes came from "Shangri-La." Also on this film, is footage of the ill-fated Torpedo 8 Squadron which was sacrificed at the Battle of Midway. The carrier USS Hornet was sunk during the Battle of...
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The 1944 U.S. Army training film Introduction to Combat Fatigue (T.F. 8-1402) is designed to help U.S. soldiers suffering from combat fatigue understand the origins of their physical and emotional symptoms. An officer narrates the short film, which uses combat scenes to recreate the stresses that lead to combat fatigue, following U.S. Marine Ben Edwards as he experiences combat situations that lead to combat fatigue. The narrator explains that fear is a universal emotion, and it has its uses....
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One of a number of short films sold to the public for home entertainment during WWII, this film shows the activities of German U-boats on the high seas. The boat featured is that of Captain Luth, U-181, whose boat sank 47 Allied merchant ships and a submarine during WWII. He became the first of just two naval officers to win the Third Reich's highest award for valor.  The film shows Luth and U-181 deploying into the Atlantic, forming up into a Wolf Pack on orders from Admiral Donitz ( 1:51 ),...
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The sunlit landscapes of “Golden California” is brought to the viewer via this 1930s black-and-white picture. “A land of magic at the rainbow’s end” is how a title card introduces California as Pacific Ocean waves crash upon the rocky shoreline at mark  00:15 . San Diego is the first “port of call” (mark  00:42 ) and we learn how the city was the first settlement on the Pacific Coast. At  1:09 , the steamship SS Pennsylvania is seen in Long Beach harbor. The film quickly takes...
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American Can Company presents “Vitamin Rivers,” a color film produced Caravel Films, Inc. of New York in the 1950s. A typical 1950s family opens the picture with the teenaged daughter working on a school project on fruit and vegetable juices. She explains the history of oranges to her father (and the audience) starting at mark  01:45 , having originated in China, and ultimately finding their way to the New World thanks to Christopher Columbus. Thankfully, dad went to Agricultural College,...
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This short newsreel recounts the coronation of Pope Saint John XXIII, who reigned as Pope from 28 October 1958 to his death in 1963 and was canonized on 27 April 2014. The film shows the process by which the public sees that a new Pope has been selected -- through the white smoke emitting from the chimney. It then shows the coronation at St. Peter's Square at  3:58 , followed by the Papal blessing at the end of the film. Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli was the fourth of fourteen children born to a...
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This color film about diesel farm tractor maintenance was produced by Standard Oil in the late 40s/early 50s. The time stamps apply to the first mention of the task. It opens with a McCormick-Deering WD-40 diesel tractor, introduced in 1934 (:09). A tractor with a blade fills a ditch ( 15:19 ). A special dirt throwing attachment can create terraces (:31). A Ford 8 N tractor (1947-1952) is small for easy maneuvering (:35). A 1940s Case row-crop model ( 1:42 ) has a close-up of the temperature...
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Made in 1947. this amazing Allis Chalmers-sponsored film shows how engineers and engineering build industry and the structure of the modern world, from power generation to mining, smelting, agriculture and beyond. At mark  1:20 , a college student named Bob is seen with his dad. He explains that he's not going back to school because he hates engineering and prefers getting a job. At mark  3:50 , his dad asks him at meal to go out to his workplace, an Allis Chalmers industrial plant.  At...
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Created by MGM for American President Lines, "Departure" shows the round-the-world cruise of the SS President Wilson from San Francisco to the Orient and Europe in the late 1940s. A few other ships that were part of American President Lines (APL) are briefly shown as well. The SS President Cleveland and SS President Wilson were shining symbols of post war American technology, design and style, with streamline moderne styling.  After leaving San Francisco, at  8:00 , the ship arrives...
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“X Minus Zero” opens with a United States Air Force general briefly explaining the purposes of that branch’s missile test center — such as flight-testing guided missiles. The circa 1958 film’s purpose, he reveals at mark  00:45 , is to give the viewer “a much clearer understanding of our mission.” The film shows a flawless launch of a guided Matador surface-to-air missile, but the narrator quickly explains that much work was put into the launch prior to countdown. The viewer...
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This 1950s color film is half video and half cartoon animation about enriching farm land through third-dimension farming, defined here as breaking up the hard pan using a Caterpillar sub-tiller and attachments. It is sponsored by the Caterpillar Tractor Company. An animator serves as the narrator, who spends time looking at the camera talking. It opens with a farm lane leading to a barn. Cattle graze and a large flock of sheep create dust as they go down a hill (:44- 1:07 ). The animator talks...
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Made in 1967 by Central Studio in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Socialist Revolution, this historic Soviet film celebrates the founding of the Red Army by Lenin, and the present-day military might of the Soviet Union. The film presents a rare look at Soviet strategic capabilities in the era immediately after the Cuban Missile Crisis. (Note: this version of the film is dubbed in Arabic, and is not in Russian).  Narration: ( 00:00 ) "This movie is dedicated to the 50th anniversary of...
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One of the wonderful films made by Shell Oil Company in the 1950s and 60s, “Coupe des Alpes — The Story Of The 1958 Alpine Rally,” a color film recalling the aforementioned race. (Officially called Coupe des Alpes, the rally competition was based in Marseille, France and held from 1932 to 1971. In the 1950s and the 1960s, it was among the most prestigious rallies in the world and featured an international route, consisting of famous mountain passes in Europe.) “Fifty-six production cars...
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This 1951 black and white film is part of an information campaign by the Federal Civil Defense Administration and produced by TeleTran. It focuses on how individuals can extinguish home fires in the event of a nuclear attack. The underlying theme is to always be prepared. The film opens with the ring of a fire bell at a fire station. A 1940s American LaFrance firetruck pulls out and water is sprayed at a multi-story building. This is followed by an entire city on fire (:26-:54). An atomic blast...
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This black and white film showcasing two Olympic divers and a beauty contest at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel was produced by Jerry Courneya and Jerry Frankel for Courneya Productions either after 1948 or after 1952, as Dr. Lee is mentioned as winning the Olympic 10-meter platform, which he did at both. The bathing suits also reflect late 1940s and early 1950s styles. The narrator is James Matthews and the sound produced by Cinesound. It opens scanning the crowd surrounding the Beverly Wilshire...
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Produced by the Public Relations Department of the New York Central System and New York Central Railroad, the 1942 film New York Calling offers viewers a tour of all they can see in New York City by visiting via New York Central’s many lines that connect the country with the famed city. The film opens with a shot of the skyline of New York City ( 00:10 ), and then follows a modern and luxurious train as it follows the Hudson River ( 00:38 ), passing the highlands ( 00:52 ) with Breakneck and...
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Made in the 1940s, this portrait of Tibet the "land of isolation" begins with images of the Himalayas, with the "deepest valleys still 11,000 feet above the sea". At  1:10 , yaks are seen being used as transport animals, and at  1:36  a small village is seen. The narrator notes that the country has a population at this time of 3 million (today's population is roughly double this figure). At  1:55 , a Buddhist shrine is seen, and at  2:11  a traditional house. At  2:25...
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Made during the Apollo program, “The First Short Steps” is an official NASA film produced circa 1968 showing the assembly of the Saturn V rocket used to take man to the moon. Pieces were transported to the Kennedy Space Center from manufacturing plants located hundreds or thousands of miles away using methods that varied from a barge to specially designed aircraft. The rocket’s first booster stage is shown starting at mark  01:47  being slowly transported and being test-fired at mark ...
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"Sea Legs” is a 1980 film produced by the US Navy in cooperation with Grumman Aerospace Corporation and details aircraft carrier landings. It features extensive footage of the launching and recovery of carrier aircraft, both from the deck and from within the cockpit. A carrier landing causes incredible tension and stress among pilots, the narrator explains at mark  00:45 , as numerous landings are shown. Night landings are even more stressful, we’re told, as jets touchdown in the...
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This WWII Army Air Forces Weekly Digest newsreel consists of various segments. It begins with an assessment of bomb damage in Pilsen, where marshaling yards were struck by 500 bombers of the 8th Air Force. The Skoda Works is seen heavily damaged. At  1:57 , the newsreel assesses the rocket jet plane Me-163, which first saw combat in 1944. The Messerschmitt Me 163 Komet, designed by Alexander Lippisch, was a German rocket-powered fighter aircraft. It is the only rocket-powered fighter aircraft...
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This 1964 color travelogue film visits Hollywood, Yosemite, and San Francisco in California, as well as Las Vegas in Nevada. It was produced by Columbia Pictures Corporation for Pan American Airlines (:10) and is voiced by Canadian actor Paul Maxwell. Shown are Pan American Boeing 707 Jet Clippers (:28) at LAX. Many 1960s vehicles are shown in the opening sequence (:52), including passing the Theme Building at LAX ( 1:09 ). Swimmers in 1960s bathing suits enjoy the hotel pool ( 1:30 )....
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Dating to 1950, this U.S. Navy film depicts the job description for the Plane Captain for an Aircraft Carrier type plane (:08). Plane captains are attached to squadrons aboard the U.S. Navy's forward-deployed aircraft carriers and are responsible to ensure that every aircraft is mission-ready. Plane captains assigned to line divisions perform maintenance and daily checks on every aircraft. The film begins with a Navy or USMC F-80 Shooting Star making an attack run on a bridge in enemy...
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This film about the LCVP provides an introduction and look at the nomenclature ( 00:44 ) of systems aboard these vessels. The film dates to 1944. LCVP is short for Landing Craft, Vehicle-Personnel, also known as a Higgins boat (named after its creator Andrew Higgins). The film begins by detailing the stats of the LCVP while showing footage of LCVPs skipping along the water then landing on shore ( 02:11 ), where they unload soldiers ( 02:15 ), vehicles ( 02:23 ), and cargo—such as ammunition (...
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Combat Bulletin 56 shows propaganda leaflets dropped on German forces. A 57mm recoilless bazooka is shown. Hamburg is liberated. Tarakan Borneo assault. Baguio is captured. Japanese suicide plane, the Baka is captured on Okinawa. The Yokosuka MXY-7 Ohka was a purpose-built, rocket powered human-guided anti-shipping kamikaze attack plane employed by Japan towards the end of World War II. United States sailors gave the aircraft the nickname Baka (Japanese for "fool" or...
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This U.S. Navy Film Launch 'Em was filmed by pilots aboard the USS Hancock in 1956. The film was made while the carrier cruised home from her Far East deployment, apparently with the unofficial blessing of the Eisenhower administration. A legendary film among Naval Aviators, it disappeared from view in the very early 1960s, as it became politically incorrect and taboo. Pilots are fighting in the ready room. Flight deck crewmen starting jet engines with cigarette lighters. These and other...
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Dating to the 1970s, this silent film shows a crash test performed by General Motors during early tests of air bags. This particular test is for a front impact at an angle, and various views show the collision and resultant deployment. In the 1970s, General Motors marketed its first airbag modules under the unwieldy name "Air Cushion Restraint System (ACRS)".  G.M.'s history with airbags dates back to the 1972 model year, when the Chevrolet Division built 1,000 1973 Chevrolet Caprice...
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This “This World of Ours" film series was created by Dudley Pictures for classroom use. This film focuses on Cuba, considerably one of the largest and most important islands of the West Indies (:33). It lay about 150 miles south of Florida discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1492 (:43). The island remained under Spanish rule until 1898. Havanna, a metropolis of three quarter million residents, is the capital (:55). It's harbor was constructed in 1597 as a defense against the British (...
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This color film produced by NASA, an Aeronautics and Space Report has 3 segments. The first is about Apollo 9 just before its launch on March 3, 1969 (:32). A ticker tape parade is held in New York for the astronauts of Apollo 8, William Anders, Jim Lovell, and Frank Borman (:40-:52). These men were in the first manned spacecraft to leave Earth’s orbit, circle the moon, and return safely. The Apollo 9 astronauts are Rusty Schweickart, James McDivitt, and David Scott (:052- 1:14 ). The command...
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This color film provides an overview of the X-15 from 1960 to 1980, predating Astronaut Joe Engle as Commander of the second orbital test flight of the Space Shuttle Columbia on November 12, 1981. The film opens with a view of the X-15 #3 plane dropping from a B-52 (:33). A photo of 6 of its 12 pilots is shown (:36), with an up-close shot of William Dana (:38), Milton Thompson (:41), William Knight (:43), John McKay (:46), Joe Engle (:48), and Robert Rushworth (:50). These test pilots flew the...
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This elaborate, amateur-produced 16mm silent film shows the 1947 Tournament of Roses Parade when the theme was "Holidays in Flowers". This was the 58th annual parade, with Bob Hope as grand marshall (see about  1:20  mark). The Rose Parade, also known as the Tournament of Roses and the Rose Parade presented by Honda, is part of "America's New Year Celebration" held in Pasadena, California each year on New Year's Day (or on Monday, January 2 if New Year's Day falls on a...
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Made in 1945 by the National Conference of Christians and Jews, "The World We Want to Live In" is an important film that reflects upon the tumult of 1930s and 40s, which saw oppression and death in Europe, while presenting the idea that the America of the future must renounce hate, bigotry and intolerance. The film begins by showing how hate speech and anti-immigrant ideas fomented terror not only in abroad, but created an environment in the USA where racism and marginalization was...
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Episode 61 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 with a look at “The Roosevelt Family” (mark  00:30 ), with a visit to Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Eleanor Roosevelt, and their family in 1932, and follows FDR through his 1933 inauguration (mark  01:05 ) and leisure time spent on the water — one of his favorite...
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Dating to 1948, this delightful 16mm silent home movie shows views of Washington D.C., Boston and New York City in color. The film begins in Times Square where "Easter Parade" and "Abbott and Costello vs. Frankenstein" are playing. At :51, you will see a U.S. Air Force F-84 Thunderjet outside the recruiting station. At :54 the Empire State Building is shown. A view from the Observation Deck is seen at 1:01 . At 1:23 the cameraman is in a more rural area. At 1:35 , a two...
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These silent 16mm home movies are from the estate of someone who was close to Admiral Louis E. Denfeld and likely date to the mid to late 1950s. It's just possible that they are from 1950, when the subject of the film Admiral Denfeld was forced to retire due to his participating in the so-called "Revolt of the Admirals." The film begins in Hawaii where the sign for "Admiral L.E. Denfeld" is seen at 13:00 . Admiral Denfeld led Battleship Division 9 in 1945, and was the...
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“Debrief: Apollo 8” is an official NASA film produced in 1969 that takes the viewer inside the story of man’s first journey into orbit around the moon, with comments on the significance of the flight by several prominent Americans. Narrated by film and television actor Burgess Meredith, it includes photographs of the lunar surface, Earth as seen from the moon, and activities of the astronauts. Apollo 8, the second crewed mission in the United States Apollo space program, was launched on...
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This 1947 color travelogue film about Florida is part of the Dudley Pictures Corporation “This Land of Ours” series. It opens with the gates of St. Augustine, founded by the Spanish in 1565 (:45). Two children take a drink from Ponce de Leon’s Fountain of Youth ( 1:04 - 1:10 ). Just outside the gates is the 1672 Castillo de San Marcos, renamed Fort Marion in 1821. ( 1:13 - 1:35 ). People pick celery and cauliflower ( 1:37 - 1:55 ). Carrots are picked using a mechanical digger ( 1:57 )....
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One in a series of Army Navy Screen Magazines produced during WWII for the troops and war workers, #48 features the short British film "V-1" about Hitler's robot bombs, and "Command Performance", a wonderful war bond film featuring Bob Hope, June Allyson, Jerry Colonna and Ethel Smith. This is a British documentary short released by The British Ministry of Information in 1944. It was made to describe the attacks made on England by Hitler's V-1 bombs and the successful...
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“Communications: The Story of Communications” is a 1947 20th Century Fox black-and-white production explaining the importance of communication to mankind. Narrated by radio and television announcer Nelson Case, the film opens with scenes of street celebrations at mark  00:50  as residents celebrate news of an unidentified event (though likely the end of World War II). Printing presses run off newspaper copies as newsboys rush into the streets, “shouting a story that everyone knows...
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This black and white film about the Mayan monuments in Yucatan was produced by Fanchon Royer, one of the few female Hollywood producers in the 1930s. This is one of her “Way of Life Films” productions, which was formed in 1940. She moved to Mexico in 1945 and so this film dates shortly after that. Out of the bird’s eye view of the vast jungle rises the ancient city of Chichen Itza in Yucatan, Mexico (:26-:44), a city that once housed 200,000 people and was more than 12 miles in length....
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The circa 1971 National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) color film “Apollo 14 Mission to Fra Mauro” opens with a shot of Freedom 7 on the launch pad on May 5, 1961. Piloted by astronaut Alan Shepard. it was the first manned flight of Project Mercury, the first United States human spaceflight, and the first step toward landing a man on the moon. By mark  00:50 , we jump 10 years ahead and see a Saturn V rocket on the launch pad — waiting to send the crew of Apollo 14 to the...
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The 1954 CBS / University of Arkansas produced documentary “The Search for Yokum Creek,” depicted the search for the origins of an Elizabethan ballad, “The Two Sisters.” The film begins with an exterior shot of the University of Arkansas Fine Arts Center building where the presenter/narrator, Charles Romine begins by providing a few details about the upcoming investigation they are about to set out on (:42). Mary Celestia Parler, the founder of the Arkansas Folklore Society, an English...
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THE TRUMAN YEARS is a film from a series on Presidential Administrations that chronicles President Harry S. Truman and his administration. Harry S. Truman (May 8, 1884 – December 26, 1972) was an American statesman who served as the 33rd President of the United States (1945–1953), taking the office upon the death of Franklin D. Roosevelt. A World War I veteran, he is known for implementing the Marshall Plan, the establishment of the Truman Doctrine and NATO against Soviet and Chinese...
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This historic film, which is silent, shows NASA research projects in the 1970s with unmanned aircraft, drones, and remotely piloted vehicles. The film begins with shots of a radio controlled airplane flying off what appears to be the lakebed of Edwards Air Force Base. The plane is fitted with smoke pods that allow it to be seen from a great distance, assisting the operator in making a landing. At 2:22 the arrangement is shown in a close-up. At 3:15 a lifting body, probably the Hyper III, is...
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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 seven segments of historic highlights. Italian-Ethiopian War 1934-1946 (:39- 3:22 ). Italian King Victor Emmanuel III inspect graduate officers on horseback followed by tanks following the same difficult course. Actual footage of Italy attacking Ethiopia in tanks is shown. General Graziani watches as his troops penetrate the valley....
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This 1960s film showcases the work of the city bus driver named Mr. Staley working on Santa Monica's famous "Big Blue Bus" lines. Featuring GMC "new look" buses, the film shows the operation of a diesel bus from the depot to a route on Lincoln Blvd. up to Montana Avenue. The film looks at the activities of various passengers, all the while showcasing the operation of the bus. Some of the topics explained include the use of transfers, tokens and fare boxes, the operation of...
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Dating to 1970, "AIRPLANE TRIP" was the fourth edition Encyclopedia Brittanica film to bear that name. The progress of aviation in the years between the first version in the 1930s was so much as to make new versions necessary every decade or so. This film takes place at LAX airport in Los Angeles, with passengers boarding a National Airlines flight from LA to Miami (:48). Stewardesses are loading into a van as they have arisen early at the Huntley House Hotel to prepare for the flight...
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This color film “Space in the 70s” was produced by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. It’s broken into seven segments. This is a look forward to the 1970s, as at 23:25 , it mentions testing that will take place in 1971. Aeronautics (:50- 3:52 ). The footage is a rapid mix of various planes taking off and landing, pilots, the terminals with people, control towers, and airports. Short Haul Aircraft ( 3:53 ). Short haul aircraft is defined as speeds to 575 mph and a 1,000...
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S O S Coast Guard (1937) is a Republic film serial. It was the seventh of the sixty-six serials made by Republic. The plot concerns the mad scientist Boroff (Bela Lugosi) attempting to sell a superweapon to the highest bidder, opposed by Coast Guard Lieutenant Terry Kent (Ralph Byrd), for both personal and professional reasons. The main stars were Bela Lugosi and Ralph Byrd. It was made during the 2-year period when the Hayes Office put a moratorium on horror movies, Lugosi's usual genre, and...
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Life in Kuwait is the focus of this 1960s color educational film. The camera takes us through the streets starting at mark  01:45 . “Kuwait. The place you’ve been hearing about,” the narrator proclaims. The film features a brief history of the country (mark  02:50 ) as a world map fills the screen, followed by desert scenes and images of oil pipelines and refineries. At mark  05:00  we see some of the items imported to Kuwait, everything from automobiles to razor blades. Some of that...
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This historic film details the Viking Program, an historic space exploration program conducted from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in the late 1970s. The Viking program consisted of a pair of American space probes sent to Mars, Viking 1 and Viking 2. Each spacecraft was composed of two main parts: an orbiter designed to photograph the surface of Mars from orbit, and a lander designed to study the planet from the surface. The orbiters also served as communication relays for the landers once they...
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Created in 1921, Manhatta is a short documentary film directed by painter Charles Sheeler and photographer Paul Strand, which uses the words of Walt Whitman to paint a vivid portrait of New York City. Manhatta documents the look of early-20th-century Manhattan. With the city as subject, the film consists of 65 shots sequenced in a loose non-narrative structure, beginning with a ferry approaching Manhattan and ending with a sunset view from a skyscraper. The primary objective of the film is to...
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This gorgeous 1980 color film “A World of Pictures” was produced for famous Swedish inventor and photographer Victor Hasselblad. It is a series of images set to music and is a long advertisement for Hasselblad cameras for Has. It opens with a crowded street of people walking into the camera intermixed with an outdoor book and magazine stand (:06-:40). The bright blue of a Kippah is shown (:32). Closeups are taken of the magazines and the rack is scanned before taking more photos of people...
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This historic computer and information technology film by Edutronics, Inc. presents “Data Processing Principles Basic File Concepts,” a 1969 film focusing on the “exciting things … happening today in the world of data processing.” From business to scientific research, the “science of information” is said to be changing the world around us. Machines are being used to represent, store, manipulate, transmit, and display information, we’re told starting at mark   01:05 . As we see...
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As the Cold War dawned, U.S. military planners recognized that the "top of the world" that separated the Soviet Union and USA might be a potential battleground. Understanding capabilities in this region became paramount, fostering a number of activities. This 1952 U.S. Navy film shows one of them -- Operation Ski Jump II, which was a sequel to operations conducted in 1951 where 12 landings were made by aircraft on the arctic ice. The purpose of these tests was to establish how...
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This April, 1962 black and white television program “Adventure Tomorrow” was hosted by actor Peter Hansen (:28), interviewer Dr. Martin Klein, Director of Research, Communications Control Corporation (:49), and was produced by George Van Valkenburg. This broadcast is titled “The Fastest Man of Wheels.” It features Mickey Thompson, who on September 9, 1960 became the first American to break the 400 mph barrier at 406.6 mph. He did so in his 1959 Pontiac Challenger 1 at Utah’s...
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This April, 1962 black and white television program “Adventure Tomorrow” was hosted by actor Peter Hansen (:28), interviewer Dr. Martin Klein, Director of Research, Communications Control Corporation (:49), and was produced by George Van Valkenburg. This broadcast is titled “The Fastest Man of Wheels.” It features Mickey Thompson, who on September 9, 1960 became the first American to break the 400 mph barrier at 406.6 mph. He did so in his 1959 Pontiac Challenger 1 at Utah’s...
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This 1958 color film is from the “Wheels-A-Rolling” musical presentation that was part of the 1948 and 1949 Chicago Railroad Fair, at which 39 railroad companies participated. This was the high water mark for the passenger railroads, and just before the nation's airlines forced them to reconfigure their business model. The musical numbers showcase the life-size replicas of transportation and train development. The actors are dressed in corresponding costumes of the time period. This is a...
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High Contrast Photography For Instruction is a 1956 instructional film for educators, teaching them how to make various copies using high contrast photography. The film was produced by the Indiana University Audio-Visual Center and features instructors from the university’s Education Department. The film shows the basic steps needed to create transparencies, reverse copies, slides, and prints. The film begins with directions for making overhead projector transparencies ( 00:58 ), developing...
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Produced by the Army Film and Photographic Unit and the Royal Air Force Film Production Unit, this black-and-white film is Part 2 of “Desert Victory,” exploring the Battle for North Africa during World War II. The film starts cold with British tanks rolling across the desert during the Second Battle of El Alamein, and explanation that in the early going, the British Eighth Army had made a four-mile advance through German lines to the north, as well as advancements against the lines of...
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Made during the Apollo program, “Assembling Apollo” is an official NASA film produced circa 1968 that tracks the numerous pieces used to create the rockets and spacecrafts that took man to the moon. The film opens with the various parts being brought to the Kennedy Space Center via all sorts of airplane, ship, and vehicle, as engineers carefully assemble the various stages of the Saturn V rocket. Workers attach communication and fuel lines at mark  02:10 , and at mark  03:15  put the...
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U.S. propaganda newsreel from World War II (WWII) featuring amazing footage of the air sea battles that raged near the Marshall Islands. Featured ships are: the battleship USS Texas, the submarine USS Wahoo, the cruisers USS San Francisco, and USS Boise. Also includes footage of fleet manuevers of PT Boats, destroyers, aircraft carriers, battleships and L1 and G1 blimps on anti-submarine patrol.
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This short newsreel, produced for the home market, shows Operation Hailstone, the U.S. assault on "Japan's Pearl Harbor", the naval base at Truk. Footage shows Task Force 58, which included the fleet carriers USS Yorktown, USS Essex, USS Intrepid, USS Bunker Hill, USS Enterprise, and the light carriers USS Belleau Wood, USS Cabot, USS Monterey, and USS Cowpens as they strike the Japanese base beginning in February of 1944. Extensive gun camera footage is seen in the film, as well as...
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This film by Willard Pictures Inc., U.S. Navy Flight Surgeon, was made in 1951. This picture centers around naval flight surgeons; detailing the training requirements and what daily duties may be. It opens with the view of Corsair airplanes landing on an aircraft carrier. We watch as another plane crashes due to pilot error (:58) and are asked what the surgeon could have done to inhibit the crash. The US Navy’s slogan is to “keep as many men at as many guns for as many days as possible” (...
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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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Part two of the Big Picture about the Battle of the Bulge, TIGERS ON THE LOOSE was produced by the Army Pictorial Center and is narrated by Lorne Green. It features live WWII footage and interviews with commanders of the infamous 10th Armored “Tiger” Division. It begins December 16, 1944 as Hitler drives forward (:45- 1:08 ). American defenders at Bastogne are outnumbered and outgunned. General Anthony McAuliffe ( 1:29 ) has replied to a letter of surrender with the single word “NUTS.”...
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This color film produced by NASA, an Aeronautics and Space Report has four segments. The first is about Apollo 12 just before its launch on November 14, 1969. It opens with a moon rock gathered by the Apollo 11 crew (:36- 1:05 ). The crew of Apollo 12, astronauts Pete Conrad, Alan Bean, and Dick Gordon, are shown walking in their spacesuits ( 1:06 ). Conrad will be the command pilot for the ten-day round trip, shown practicing weightless walking ( 1:16 - 1:28 ). Gordon, command module pilot,...
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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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This jet era Pan Am Airlines film shows the 49th State, Alaska. At mark  1:30 , this is Alaska. This film is about people of Alaska, the land and their way of life. It is a land not easy to know for it is a land of contrast and paradox. The great silent glaciers move slowly to 3000ft deep. The climate is temperate yet everywhere there is the snow and the ice as seen at mark  2:55 . Alaska is a land where spring moves side by side with winter and each year in the water life begins anew. At...
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Produced by the Army Film and Photographic Unit and the Royal Air Force Film Production Unit, this black-and-white film is Part 2 of “Desert Victory,” exploring the Battle for North Africa during World War II. The film starts cold with British tanks rolling across the desert during the Second Battle of El Alamein, and explanation that in the early going, the British Eighth Army had made a four-mile advance through German lines to the north, as well as advancements against the lines of...
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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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Rescue and recovery the of the submarine USS Squalus, SS-192, after a disaster, sinking off the coast of New England.  Featuring the use of USS Falcon and its highly trained crew saving lives using the Navy's Diving Bell.
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The black-and-white Wilding Pictures Production’s “Army on Wheels” is “a film report of full scale peacetime maneuvers of the United States Army — Fort Benning-Fort Sam Houston and in the Sabine River area of Texas (in) May 1940. Made in cooperation between the US War Department and the Dodge division of the Chrysler Corporation, the film opens with news of how Dodge factories in Detroit have been churning out trucks for use by Uncle Sam. “Fresh from the truck production lines,”...
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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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Made in 1943 during WWII, "Down Where North Begins" was one of many films made by the Office of the Coordinator of Inter-American Affairs to encourage unity and cooperation among Latin countries and the United States. The film includes an overview of the geographic, economic, and social aspects of Ecuador: mountains, jungles, Riobamba, and Quito; farms, Indian handicrafts, volcanoes; pre-Inca and Inca ruins.  This story is about Ecuador. Ecuador is the only country whose name means...
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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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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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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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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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An “unclassified” color film "Look Down, Too" is a Bureau of Ships Technical Report produced by the US Navy during the 1960s, and is meant to show how researchers are working toward creating more blast-resistant surface ships and submarines. Although current defense efforts focus skyward on aircraft, missiles, and “outer space,” the film encourages the viewer to “Look Down, Too” as the title card flashes on the screen at mark  01:03 . There are scenes of submarines and...
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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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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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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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Episode 230 of AIR FORCE NOW dates to January of 1989. This informative newsmagazine was targeted at USAF personnel. This issue begins with the story of how the USAF and the U.S. military operates the Hale Koa Hotel in Honolulu for military personnel and their dependents, with room rates based on military grade. At  6:30 , the next segment is about the 89th Military Airlift Wing based at Andrews AFB, which is tasked with flying the President of the United States and other top officials around...
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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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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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This historic U.S. Navy film from 1972 presents an overview of the responsibilities of a crash rescue crew in the event of an accident. The film begins with footage of Skyhawks landing at a base, and then at 1:55 an A-7 Corsair lands. The pilot begins having a conversation with the crash crew about A-7 rescue procedures, while his anxious girlfriend (who has a cute little British Triumph sports car) patiently waits for him to finish his lecture. The film goes on to describe various scenarios...
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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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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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Produced by Warner Bros. in cooperation with the United States Army Air Corps and released in April of 1941, WINGS OF STEEL was directed by B. Reeves Eason from a screenplay by Owen Crump. It also features Herbert Anderson, Tom Neal & Ralph Byrd. Shot in Technicolor, WINGS OF STEEL tells the story of a sports champion (Douglas Kennedy) who is drawn to aviation to help his country in the war effort. The film features color footage of the B-17 at :41, and Stearman training planes at  1:18...
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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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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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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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“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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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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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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