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WINGS TO YUGOSLAVIA is a Pan American promotional travel film from the 1960s, when the nation was part of the Eastern Bloc. The film takes viewers on a tour of Yugoslavia, a land made up of “six republics, five nations, four languages, three religions, two alphabets, and one desire: independence.” The film begins in Belgrade ( 01:16 ) with scenic shots of the Sava and Danube Rivers and the airport. Belgrade is a bustling city, its streets lined with outdoor cafes ( 01:48 ) and its markets...
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Dating to the year 1933, this silent film from the Chicago Public School System under Superintendent of Schools, Dr. William J. Bogan celebrates "A Century of Progress handicapped children". (The "Century of Progress" was the name of the Chicago World's Fair of this same time period). The film gives an extraordinary glimpse into "state of the art" education for children with disabilities in the first part of the 20th Century, and is one of a couple films in our...
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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 Soviet propaganda film recounts the crucial events of 1919 with the White Army battling the Red Army for control of Russia. Narrator: In the summer of 1919, the Soviet Republic was threatened by a new military power. General Denikin formed an army of 200,000 people out of officers, Cossacks, and groups of local nationalists in the south. In July 1919, in Tsaritsyn, general Denikin issued a directive ordering the forces to take over Moscow. (01.00) An offensive was launched. In October...
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This 1954 black and white documentary film Tomorrows Drivers is presented by Chevrolet dealers (:07) and produced by Jam Handy Pictures (Jam was also a U.S. Olympic swimmer). It details an early education safety consciousness driving program aimed at kindergarten through third-grader students at Garfield Elementary School in Phoenix, Arizona. James (Jimmy) Stewart is the storyteller. Actors Charles Bernstein, Haskel Welch, and Thelma Bennett play roles. A group of six-year-old children shown...
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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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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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This beautiful color film produced for Alcoa Process Development Laboratories is about aluminum finishes. The anodic processes are trademarked Alumalite. It may be from the 1960s, based on the psychedelic screenshots and music. Giant rollers splash aluminum across a metal sheet as it moves through the line ( 2:10 - 2:29 ). Beakers in a test lab brew colors ( 3:09 ), measured by a spectrophotometer ( 3:31 ). Also measured is the thickness of coatings ( 3:37 ). Data is gathered, including the...
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Shot by an unknown American, these 16mm silent Kodachrome movies date back to the 1930s. The beginning shows a formal wedding. Scenes include entrance of the groom at :30, followed by the bride and bridesmaids at :59. The bride is at 2:00 with her father. The ceremony is seen at 2:10 with the ring going on the finger at 2;25. Big kiss at 2:33 . Wedding cake gets cut at 3:25 . At 3:40 we see a young boy, probably the son of the newlyweds, looks like the kid is getting his first haircut. At 4:30...
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This 1944 black-and-white film is the second part “Castaway” — a Willard Pictures creation for the Bureau of Aeronautics. It continues to follow a downed pilot, who after being adrift at sea for several days finds his way to a dry island. “The hunt for food is on and you’re not overlooking anything,” the narrator immediately explains at mark  00:10  at the pilot walks along the shoreline, picking up snails, scallops, and conch. Sleep envelops the pilot but by mark  1:30  he is...
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Shot in 1970, this silent 16mm home movie shows a visit to Hong Kong and its harbor. At :55 seconds you will see the wreck of the RMS Queen Elizabeth, once a grand sovereign of the seas but by this time reduced to a charred and sunken wreck. The story on this derelict can be traced back to November of 1968, when the luxury liner crossed the Atlantic for the last time and was sold to a group of Philadelphia businessmen. Their plan was to turn the ship into a tourist attraction in Florida similar...
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Made in 1956 by Castle Films, this movie "The Fabulous Harlem Globetrotters" was originally released as a silent for the home market. We haven't been able to confirm it, but we believe this film includes Clarence Wilson, George "Meadowlark" Lemon, Charlie Hoxie, Roman Turmon, Andy Johnson, Woodrow "Woody" Sauldsberry, Carl Green, Leon Hillard, Willie Gardner, and others. The famed Washington Generals are also shown in the exhibition match that occurs about halfway...
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Shot by a news cameraman in the late 1950s or early 1960s, this film contains disturbing images of car accident aftermaths. It's unclear why this footage was shot, but we suspect it may have been intended to be shown to young drivers as part of driver's education or, another possibility, it was being shot to create a film about safe driving techniques. The footage is not in sequence and various locations are shown; and in some cases the accidents are clearly fatal. At  5:48 , a funeral home is...
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Produced by British Airways Film Unit, the 1976 TRANSATLANTIC SUPERSONIC is a promotional film for British Airways’ commercial transatlantic flights on the supersonic Concorde jet. The film follows several men and one woman as they depart various locations (Germany, Bahrain, Scotland, and Paris) to travel to the U.S. via Heathrow Airport. The use of British Airways’ supersonic Concorde jet allows these passengers to cross the Atlantic in just over 3.5 hours. The Concorde lands ( 02:25 ) in...
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One of the Ministry of Information's "Into Battle" shorts, "These are the Men" was written by Dylan Thomas. This incredible film uses footage from Leni Riefenstahl's "Triumph of the Will" and other speeches by Hitler and other Nazi leaders, and replaces normal translations with bombastic, over-the-top confessions. Various leaders including Hitler, Goebbels, Göering, Streicher and Hess bare their terrible sins and character flaws as frankly as if they were victims...
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Made in 1942 during WWII by Universal for the U.S. Government and the War Production Board, KEEPING FIT features actors Robert Stack, Broderick Crawford, Andy Devine, Anne Gwynne, Irene Hervey, Lon Chaney Jr. and Dick Foran in a propaganda movie directed by Directed by Arthur Lubin, written by Paul Huston and produeced by Will Cowan. The film was intended to be shown to war workers and, apparently, the wives of war workers who would be tasked with keeping them well fed and "in shape"....
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Dating to 1949, TROPICAL MOUNTAIN ISLAND was directed by Victor Jurgens. The film shows rare views of Java and discusses its geography, crafts, and produce, including quinine bark, tea plantations, sisal plants, cocoa trees, kapok pods, sugar cane, rubber latex and rice. 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...
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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 silent test film shows the results of a high speed crash test on a fourth generation Chevrolet Corvette, and features various angles of the impact including shots from underneath the vehicle. The film begins with reference shots of the car from all sides before moving into the tests, with the car traveling into an angled concrete wall. The car doors were made of transparent plastic to aid researchers in seeing the impact effects on the passengers -- crash test dummies.  The test shows...
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One of a series of 16mm silent films made by architect Walter Harrington Kilham, Jr., this historic film shows the construction of Rockefeller Center and Radio City Music Hall. Kilham also authored a book, "Rockefeller Center: a pictorial record from photographs" published in 1933. Kilham worked directly underneath architect Raymond Hood, the chief designer of Rockefeller Center, and his films document history in the making. This film contains with incredible images of the building of...
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This declassified film details attacks by the USAF in North Vietnam and Laos in 1966. Some of the attacks include F-4s and F-105s, some flying out of Korat Air Base. Includes rare footage of a North Vietnamese MiGs being shot down by cannon fire. Seventeen MiGs were shot down in 1966, including a MiG-21 shot down by a sidewinder missile. At the beginning of 1966, the number of U.S. military personnel in South Vietnam totaled 184,314. South Vietnamese military forces totaled 514,000 including...
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Made by Dobeckmun, a leading manufacturer of cellophane bags for the retail industry and one of the great companies of 1930s Cleveland, Ohio, MAKING DRESSING OF SHIMMERING TRANSPARENCY is a silent industrial film highlighting the company and the city in which it resides. This rare color film begins with images of downtown Cleveland from the air (actually, a skyscraper roof) before showing the city from a "motor car" ( 1:25 ). At  1:43  the Dobeckmun Company plant is seen, and then...
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“Voyage North” is a color film that focuses on operations on the HMS Artemis (S49), an Amphion class submarine built in 1946 during a voyage. The official British government film, produced circa 1970, is an impressionistic account of life on the submarine told partly through the eyes of Lt. Ellison, a new submarine officer. After seeing the sub while pulling into a dock in Copenhagen, Denmark, we move inside at mark  02:24  for a training exercise on escape routes in the event of an...
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This black and white film TROOPSHIP dates to WWII and is presented by the British Ministry of Information. At least some of it was filmed by the Army Film Unit before January 17, 1943, as the SS Vestfold, which was destroyed by a German submarine on that date, is shown leaving the arrival port at 6:43 in the film. The theme song “Hold Your Hats On (Toodle-Oodle-OO)” was copyrighted December 31, 1942 by Sonny Miller. TROOPSHIP shows a converted ocean liner drafted into Royal Navy service...
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This promotional film for Century City dates to the early 1970s, when Los Angeles' "city within a city" came into its own. It features a futuristic score by Mort Garson and was produced by John McComb and written, photographed and edited by Lee Chaney and Filmagic. Century City is actually a 176-acre (71.2 ha) neighborhood and business district in Los Angeles County's Westside. Outside of Downtown Los Angeles, Century City is one of the metropolitan area's most prominent employment...
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An Associated Film Artists Production directed by Karl Robinson, this 1950s European travelogue takes the viewer to Turkey. The film is aimed at American viewers and makes much of the fact that Turkey is an important U.S. ally. The film opens with a brief history of the country, referencing its strategic location and size, and goes on to focus on three major cities: Ankara, Istanbul, Bursa. At  2:30 , a Swissair propeller airplane is shown leaving New York City for Turkey. Visitors are shown...
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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 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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MEN OF LIGHTSHIP 61 is an American version of a short propaganda film, MEN OF THE LIGHTSHIP, produced by the Crown Film Unit for the British Ministry of Information in 1940, the year after the beginning of the Second World War. It dramatises the bombing of the East Dudgeon lightship by the Luftwaffe on 29 January 1940 and was designed to portray Germany as a barbaric enemy. An opening narration explains the traditional understanding of lightships (stationary ships used as lighthouses) as...
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Made in 1942 during the German occupation of France, PAR 18 METRES DE FOND or 18 METERS DEEP is a pioneering film shot partially under water by Jacques-Yves Cousteau and Philippe Talliez. It was directed by Frederic Dumas who met the pair in 1937. The film was shot in 1941, and its production did not benefit from the SCUBA breathing system that Cousteau would develop and use later in his career. To shoot the underwater scenes a special depth-pressure-proof camera case developed by mechanical...
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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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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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This silent film of the 1929 National Air Races in Cleveland, Ohio begins with the inaugural parade for the event (:17), and then quickly moves to the Cleveland Airport for the arrival of various contestants, including the finish of the Women's Air Derby — also known as the "Powder Puff Derby" — from Santa Monica, California to Cleveland ( 3:39 ). There is rare footage of the winner, Louise Thaden ( 4:19 ). Thaden was a friend and rival of pioneer aviators Amelia Earhart, Pancho...
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Made in the 1960s when Egypt grew close to the Soviet Union as an ally, this documentary film starts with images of the pyramids at Giza and scenes of ancient Egypt. At  1:40 , ships are seen in the Suez Canal along with imperialist oil tankers. At  2:00 , the Suez Crisis is seen with its aftermath -- the canal closed to all traffic.  At  2:30 , primitive methods of farming are shown, along with pastoral images of the Nile River, some of the wildlife along its banks, and the farmland that...
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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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This World War II-era Army Air Forces film demonstrates the proper method of bomb handling and loading of a B-29 Superfortress, including the use of a C-3 bomb hoist. (A scroll at the start of the film reminded the viewer that the C-3 was later replaced with a C-6 bomb hoist, though the operations were basically the same.) The film takes its viewer to the Army Air Forces Board headquarters in Orlando, Florida, where offers are discussing “Project No. F-3607” — a test of bomb handling and...
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Made in 1945 after the German surrender, this WWII combat bulletin was produced by the Army Air Forces. It shows various combat scenes and developments, starting with the use of JATO bottles for aircraft at Wright Field in Dayton, Ohio. At  1:40 , bomb damage is seen at Mainz, Germany including extensive damage to the city's railway terminals and electric power plant. At  2:20 , Worms Germany is seen almost entirely decimated by bomb strikes, although the cathedral is seen relatively intact....
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Mar 18, 2017 U.S. Government
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This rare film features ships of the U.S. Asiatic fleet patroling the Yangtze River. The Asiatic Fleet's gunboats were tasked with protecting American shipping (primarily oil tankers) from pirates and the Japanese. Contains amazing footage of life in China circa 1935 including the cities of Chunking, Shanghai, and the countryside. Ships featured in this film are the USS Augusta (CA-31), USS Borie (DD-215) and USS Simpson (DD-221) as well as US gunboats.
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Topic: Newsreel of US Involvement in China pre World War II (WWII)
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Feb 9, 2016 U.S. Government
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Made prior to the outbreak of World War II (WWII) as the United States began a build-up of its naval forces, "The Battle" shows a gigantic fleet exercise and promotes the capabilities of the two ocean navy. Features footage of battleships, aircraft carriers, cruisers, destroyers, submarines and various support craft including hospital ships and supply vessels. Many vessels are shown including the North Hampton class battleship Chicago (CA-29), the USS California (BB-44), and the...
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Topic: U.S. Navy Propaganda Film
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Aug 21, 2015 Burlington, Rio Grande and Western Pacific Railroads
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The Burlington Route, Rio Grande, and Western Pacific Railroads produced this tourism promotional film in the 1950's to highlight the California Zephyr luxury train, running between Chicago and San Francisco.  The California Zephyr (the CZ, or "Silver Lady") was a passenger train operated by the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy (CB&Q), Denver & Rio Grande Western (D&RGW) and Western Pacific railroads, all which dubbed it "the most talked about train in America"...
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Jan 17, 2015 U.S. Government
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A history of the early days of Naval aviation, Wings of the Fleet was made in the mid-1920s. Includes footage of the battleship USS Texas as it became the first warship to launch an aircraft in 1919, early blimp and dirigible tests, and experiments with amphibious aircraft. Some of the craft shown include the dirigible ZR-1, the Shenandoah, the Los Angeles, and the C-7. Seaplanes featured include the PN-9 and the record-breaking NC-4. Various famous aviators are in the film include speed record...
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Topic: U.S. Navy Publicity Film
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Apr 3, 2011 German Newsreel
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This German propaganda movie was part of a U.S. Navy archive compiled during WWII, and acquired by Periscope Film. This film celebrates the German U-boats, and especially the sinking of the British aircraft carrier HMS Courageous by submarine-launched torpedo. Adolf Hitler is seen decorating a U-boat crew. Featured submarines: Type IX (9) U-boats U-38 and U-37.
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Topic: German World War II (WWII) Propaganda film.
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Mar 30, 2010 Cine Art
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An amusing short film, made prior to WWII, that shows a group of Hawaiian maidens performing the traditional hula dance aboard a U.S. Navy battleship.
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Shot in the aftermath of the devastating fire aboard the USS Franklin in March 1945, this silent movie footage was shot by U.S. Navy cameraman for a documentary about the incident. At  3:00 , you will see burned out interior spaces of the carrier, standing in start contrast to parts of the ship that were untouched by fire.  At  5:30 , an African American officer (?) is seen in the ship. Unfortunately we do not know more about this particular film, who shot it, or why. The USS Franklin...
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Produced in 1944 by Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corporation, GRUMMAN AT WAR shows the company in full swing as part of the WWII production effort. The film was released along with a companion book to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the company's founding. By the time it was made, production of the Wildcat and Avenger had been taken over by the Eastern Aircraft Division of General Motors Corporation, under their FM and TBM designations, to allow Grumman to concentrate on production of the...
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The sea lanes surrounding Alaska are the gateway to the Arctic Ocean, and of vital importance to the United States during the Cold War. In this film, the men of the Coast Guard cutter USCGC Klamath (WHEC-66) visit Alaskan waters, and perform various humanitarian missions among its Native American residents. Klamath also monitors the seas, servicing buoys and making certain the sea lanes are safe for transit. They also wave the flag near the shores of the United States' key adversary during the...
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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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This color film “Highlights 1970” was produced by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. It opens with NASA photos of the March 7, 1970 total solar eclipse (:35-:52). Two types of weather satellites were already transmitting data 1970: the TIROS Operational Satellite and the Nimbus (:53- 1:15 ). In aeronautics, NASA continued researching wake turbulence using a C-47 and smoke from the tower, with footage shown of these otherwise invisible air patterns ( 1:16 - 1:30 ). An Earth...
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This black-and-white World War II-era film takes a look at combat conditions on the ground and in the air during WWII. The film has a cold open, with a narrator detailing conditions suffered by both Allied and Axis forces, but soon delves into the role of air power during the war and how it supports ground troops. Between World War I and World War II, we are told, the relationship between air power and land power was unclear. By the 1940s, Allied forced realized air power can weaken any...
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“Operation Seadragon” is a 1958 black-and-white episode of the docudrama “The Silent Service” — about the U.S. Navy's submarine fleet. The were based on fact and the realism was heightened by actual use of combat footage from the files of the Navy. The stories were varied between the South Pacific during World War II and the Korean War. The series was the brainchild of Rear Admiral Thomas M. Dykers, who retired from the Navy in 1949 after 22 years service and introduces this episode....
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Presented by the Aluminum Company of America (ALCOA), “Impact The Story of Metal in Motion” is a 1960s informational film detailing how aluminum is used to create parts and components for a variety of uses, primarily through extrusion and impact techniques. It was probably aimed at engineers and designers who were tasked with making parts of various kinds, to get their creative juices flowing. The narrator explains (starting at mark  01:45 ) that ALCOA makes many of its parts using...
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Taking place in the spring and summer of 1972, this color film details live footage of the laying of a 123kV, three core, oil-filled power cable submerged between Lepe, England and Thorness Bay, Isle of Wight, a popular tourist center. At that time, the bulk of electricity was provided via two underwater (sub-marine) cables. The Southern Electricity board decided to install a third cable ( 1:32 ) and hired Balfour, Beatty & Co., Limited. To make this continuous cable for a 3-mile sub-marine...
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The United States Navy presents “The NOL Story,” a circa 1950 color film that informs the viewer of the Naval Ordnance Laboratory in White Oak, Maryland. (The site had done considerable work that had practical impact upon world technology). Covering 900 acres with more than 70 buildings, the film shows the viewer an aerial view of the facility beginning at mark  01:30  before discussing the “ultramodern” facility and its research and development of new naval weapons. The film is...
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The 50th anniversary of Pan American Airlines (Pan Am) and a record-setting flight are celebrated in this 1977 film. The film opens with a narration of man’s desire to explore the globe — first by sea and later by air — most notably Wiley Post (mark  00:45 ) who was the first pilot to fly solo around the world in his Lockheed Vega aircraft, the Winnie Mae, in 1933. In 1947 the first around-the world passenger service was inaugurated in a Lockheed Constellation made for Pan Am. At mark ...
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On July 30, 1942, the WAVES became a World War II division of the U.S. Navy, and consisted entirely of women. The name was the acronym for "Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service". The word "emergency" implied that the acceptance of women was due to the unusual circumstances of World War II, and at the end of the war the women would not be allowed to continue in Navy careers. Their official name was the U.S. Naval Reserve (Women's Reserve), but the nickname of the...
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Project Mohole was an ambitious attempt to drill through the Earth's crust into the Mohorovi i discontinuity, and to provide an Earth science complement to the high profile Space Race. The project was initially led by the American Miscellaneous Society (AMSOC) with funding from the National Science Foundation. Phase One was executed in spring 1961. Five holes were drilled off the coast of Guadalupe Island, Mexico, the deepest at 183 m (601 ft) below the sea floor in 3,500 m (11,700 ft) of...
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This extremely rare silent film provides an inside look at the Central Gun Camera Film Processing Laboratory and likely dates to the Korean War. The role of the CGCFPL was to process tens of thousands of feet of gun camera footage obtained by U.S. Air Force pilots.This footage was shot primarily on 16mm motion picture film by cameras that were typically mounted in the wings of airplanes, and which were activated when combat or bomb drops were initiated. Gun camera films were used during WWII,...
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This fascinating, silent 16mm movie comes from the estate of William Hawley Bowlus (May 8, 1896 - August 27, 1967) or someone who was close to him. Bowlus was a designer, engineer and builder of aircraft (especially gliders) and recreational vehicles in the 1930s and '40s. Shown in this film is the plywood XCG-16a experimental military glider, which was ordered by the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1943 based on designs made by Bowlus in 1942. The glider was supposed to be able to fly at 200 miles per...
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“Sky Pilot” was an episode of the CBS television series Navy Log, originally airing on October 25, 1955. (The series was touted as a military drama based on true naval stories.) Narrated by Robert Carson and featuring Stanley Clements, Harry Townes, and Hayden Rorke (later of “I Dream of Jeannie” fame), the episode is set aboard the USS Nereus (AS-17), a Fulton-class submarine tender, in 1953, and revolves around a crewman who is up for promotion. His behavior becomes erratic and he is...
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“The Fire Brewing Story” is a circa 1960 color promotional film that opens with an aerial view of Detroit and a voiceover reminder that “modern” cities are always on the move, especially a city’s industry. This holds true for the Stroh’s Brewery Company, as the camera pans in on the company’s red brick at mark  01:30  and the film’s title fills the screen. Near mark  02:00  the camera takes us to a “recreation center” within the brewery as smartly dressed men and women...
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Part 2 of the 1962 documentary “The Truth About Communism” continues its explanation of the terror presented by the Soviet Union and its ideology. Narrated by Ronald Reagan (who as United States President nearly 30 years after this film would influence the fall of Communism), the picture opens in Czechoslovakia where democratic elements, led by President Edvard Benes, hoped the Soviet Union would allow Czechoslovakia the freedom to choose its own form of government and aspired to a...
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Made by the International Shoe Company to promote its HyTest Safety Shoes brand, “One Ounce of Safety,” a 1940s black-and-white safety film produced “in the interests of foot safety.” Set in a steel plant, the film stresses the importance of safety shoes, and in one demonstration at mark  03:43  illustrates the point as the plant supervisor whacks his reinforced-tip shoe with a hammer. The point’s driven home when a metal rod falls on the foot of a worker at mark  04:26 . Waking up...
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This old travelogue profiles some of the world's most important harbors starting with Stockholm, Sweden and Goteborg. Puerto Barrios in Guatemala is seen at 1:00 , Rio De Janeiro Brazil at 1:50 , Alexandria Harbor in Egypt at 3:00 , Le Havre, France and Paris at 5:00 , Honolulu, Hawaii at 5:50 , and Yokohama, Japan at 7:00 . 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...
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This amateur, silent home movie shows a trip to Hawaii and Alaska in the 1970s, apparently made aboard the liner SS Arcadia. SS Arcadia was a passenger liner built for P&O in 1953 to service the UK to Australia route. Towards the end of her life she operated as a cruise ship, based in Sydney, until scrapped in 1979. This film doubtless dates to the 1970-1974 timeline when, after a refit, she became a full-time one-class cruise ship and worked the west coat of America, making a series of...
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This silent 16mm home movie was made by someone who worked for (or possibly even owned) the Gettelman Brewery in Milwaukee. The Gettelman Brewery was established on Milwaukee's west side in 1856, and was justly famous for its brews $1000 Beer and Milwaukee's Best. (The $1000 label was a guarantee: the brewery promised $1,000 to anyone who could prove that Gettelman didn't use anything but pure malt, hops and water.) Gettelman never cracked the top four of nationally known Milwaukee breweries;...
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  This silent 16mm home movie shot in the 1940s starts with images of the Copper Queen Mine in Morenci, Arizona at :29. You will also see images of the town including the Morenci Hotel, completed in the fall of 1903 at a cost of $25,000. It had 2 dining rooms and 22 guest rooms. It's visible at :41. At 1:31, the film appears to show the road to the gigantic copper smelter. The smokestack can be seen at 2:20. At 2:27 are leeching ponds for copper substrates. At 2:59, the filmmaker takes a drive...
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The ground shakes, buildings crumble, walls fall, and music swells in the opening moments of the 19-minute U.S. Army Corps of Engineers film, “Response to Disaster,” detailing the events of Great Alaskan earthquake (also known as the Good Friday earthquake) on March 27, 1964. “Beneath this rugged crust of Earth in our 49th state, Alaska, tremendous stress has built up miles below the surface,” the announcer warns beginning at mark  00:32  as the camera pans snow-covered mountains. At...
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FLYING TO FREEDOM documents the 1977 defection by a pilot in China’s People’s Liberation Army Air Force. On July 7, 1977, Cmdr. Fan Yuanyan of the People’s Liberation Army Air Force flew his MiG-19 from Jinjiang, Fujian, in the communist People’s Republic of China to Tainan, Taiwan. The timing of this defection, which also came as U.S. President Jimmy Carter was moving decisively toward normalization of relations with the PRC, made Fan an anti-communist star in Taiwan and the U.S.A. (It...
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This color early 1970s film about recycling was produced by the Solid Waste Management Office and the Environmental Protection Agency. The film opens with a “junk man” riding in a horse-drawn wagon loaded with scrap metals ( 0:08 - 0:32 ). Young men and women unload, sort, weigh, and fill containers of aluminum cans ( 0:33 - 1:20 ). Pallets of crushed cans are moved by forklifts, fired, and recycled into new sheets of metal ( 1:21 - 2:08 ). Children help as tin cans are pushed into large...
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This silent 16mm film shows the Century 21 Exposition, also known as the Seattle World's Fair, held April 21, 1962, to October 21, 1962. Nearly 10 million people attended the fair. Unlike some other world's fairs of its era, Century 21 made a profit. The film includes rare views of the fairgrounds, monorail, and of course the Space Needle in its original orange paint scheme. As planned, the exposition left behind a fairground and numerous public buildings and public works; some credit it with...
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Made in 1948, "Land of Fair Dinkum" is a travelogue about Australia that had it's title -- which was not in common use among Australians -- criticized by the Australian Consul-General when initially released. Paramount Pictures' Paul White defended the title, saying that several Australians had recommended it to him. The film was one of a series entitled "Our Changing World" made for distribution to educational institutions. The film shows New South Wales with its surfing,...
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Made by the Koehler Manufacturing Co., a Naperville-based furniture maker, this silent promotional film tells the story of the company and it's product's "Hidden Qualities". The film showcases a variety of mass-produced furnishings, all made through a version of the assembly line process that nevertheless produced a high-quality end product. Hardwood made up the frames, steel the springs, and strong fabrics were used for upholstery. The film provides an interesting insight into...
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This never-seen-before silent, color 8mm home movie film was shot of the launch of the doomed S.S.EDMUND FITZGERALD on June 7, 1958. The film shows the crowds of spectators at Great Lakes Engineering Works. More than 15,000 people attended Fitzgerald's christening and launch ceremony on June 7, 1958. But the event was plagued by misfortunes: When Elizabeth Fitzgerald, wife of Edmund Fitzgerald, tried to christen the ship by smashing a champagne bottle over the bow, it took her three attempts to...
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Dating to the 1950s, Pan American World Airways’ travel film Wings To Germany highlights the urban and rural attractions of the country. The film begins with Pan Am’s Clipper flight 100 on route to Frankfurt, Germany. Frankfurt is a bustling city, featuring Eschenheimer Turm ( 01:49 ) and other old buildings with busy streets and cafés. West Berlin ( 02:33 ) is similarly a bustling urban center with a number of sidewalk cafés. The Airlift Memorial in the city’s center is a popular...
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Created by Douglas Aircraft, A REPORT ON ANTARCTICA was presented (with accompanying sound, not available here) to show aircraft used in support of the 18th Air Force in 1957-58. Specifically it presents footage of the Air Force Task Unit of the 63rd Troop Carrier Wing’s mission in support of the International Geophysical Year (1 July 1957-31 December 1958). This mission (most likely occurring in 1957), which is part of Operation Deep Freeze, features Douglas C-124 Globemaster IIs being used...
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Presented by the Mead Atlanta Paper Company, Inc., PINE PACKS A PUNCH is a short film on the company’s operations in Georgia, which includes some emphasis on soil conservation. Produced by Robert M. Carson, this film shows the role the company (and Georgia’s timber industry) plays in the packaging industry. The film begins by discussing how agriculture has historically played a central role in Georgia’s economy, but the reliance on only a few crops—namely cotton—led to soil depletion...
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Primary Flight Training: Race Track Patterns, Part II (MN-3474k) is the second short U.S. Navy training film from 1945 that discusses the basics of flying a race track pattern. The film features a Navy instructor explaining concepts to his student, and it uses footage of a Navy N2S Stearman flying the patterns while supplementing with graphics to illustrate the concepts and issues new pilots will need to understand to perform the primary maneuver of the film—the 180-degree power-on approach....
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Made in 1945 or 46, this extraordinary 16mm silent home movie shows a visit to the war-torn Philippines by a U.S. military officer. The film begins with a flight aboard a propeller driven aircraft from an unknown base to Manila. At 1:35 the aircraft lands at an unknown airport before the journey continues by plane and then by boat. By 2:51 the flag of the Philippines is seen, and it appears this part of the film was shot from a boat. At 3:00 a large Spanish-style structure is seen, which at...
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Made by Shell Oil, this educational film -- one of six made to explain the principles of flight -- discusses the physical forces of air, atmospheric pressure, and how lift is created. The film uses a series of simple experiments and demonstrations with household and laboratory equipment to demonstrate how the increased flow of air over the top of the wing causes lift.  The film features a variety of aircraft including the DC-3 and Cessna AT-17 Bobcat ( 7:40 ). We encourage viewers to add...
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Made in 1946, "Military Censorship" attempts to explain the need for censorship of communications by the U.S. Army in time of conflict. The film looks at the defensive measures used during WWII, which included censorship of mail and the withholding of information from the press. At mark  0:43  the film begins with images of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United states of America. This has form the way of life today conceived by freedom. Freedom of life,...
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“The Last Ten Feet” is a circa 1940 black-and-white presentation by oil and gas manufacturer Esso and the Oil Industry Information Committee. “All that the average motorist sees of the American oil industry is the ten feet of hose leading from the service station gasoline pump to his car. This is the story behind those last ten feet,” a card tells us at mark  00:47 . From there the 1940s-era film embarks on telling that tale as friendly gas station attendants filling tanks, checking...
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“Pacific Enemy Number Two Malaria” is a 1944 training film that outlines the way the United States military fought malaria in the islands of the South Pacific during World War II. “Pacific enemy number one — the Jap — has been blasted out,” the narrator says at mark  00:50  as we watch peaceful scenes from a Pacific island. Yet another threat remains — the mosquito (mark  01:04 ), “whose tiny bite can mean malaria.” Illustrative footage is shown as scientists take blood...
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The Diamond State Telephone Company presents “The Delaware Story” — “the story of a free people in a free land.” The 1950s color film provides the viewer with historical, economic, and cultural information on the “Diamond State” (a nickname bestowed by Thomas Jefferson, we’re told at mark  00:40 ). Through color illustrations the film discusses the Native Americans who once called the area home (mark  01:07 ), the destruction of a 1631 Dutch Colony, and the development of...
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AMERICAN COWBOY is a documentary about Gus Roberson, an American cowboy who has a ranch at Gunnison, Colorado. The film is part of the Ford Motor Co.'s "Americans At Home" series, and is narrated by journalist Joseph March and was directed by Larry Madison. The film shows a modern portrait of cattle ranching in the West, showcasing the difficulties of raising animal herds in tough environmental conditions. The film begins with the journalist arriving in Gunnison by steam train, and...
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This historic, silent film from Republic Aviation shows the development of the company's ill-fated SD-3 Snooper drone. A second film PF# 54484 is also available. The film begins with shots of a slide rule and a drafting table (:42), as the drone is designed. A so-called breadboard model of the flight controller is seen at :51, and a circuit board is shown at 1:14 , part of the guidance system. At 1:30 a large analog computer mainframe is shown being used to analyze data. At 1:39 , a woman...
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Made by the U.S. Air Force during the Cold War, PENETRATION AND LOW APPROACH PROCEDURES FOR JET AIRCRAFT was shown to pilots to explain the techniques used to make instrument approaches to runways in situations where there is low visibility. The start of the film shows a Lockheed T-33 jet performing a training mission. At 1:32 , the mission encounters overcast and zero visibility weather during landing. The film then explains how all runways have standard, automatic radar and other features...
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This rare silent film from 1935 promotes the Ruth Dredger, a trench digging and clearing machine that was built in California in the 1920s. It begins showing "old model Ruths" at the start, before moving on to show the latest "continuous action" models, including a factory-new Ruth being delivered to a customer in Nebraska via railroad. Some of the dredgers shown include one working on irrigation canals near Yuma, Arizona and at ( 8:33 ) Coolidge, Arizona. The Ruth Dredger...
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Made as part of the WWII war effort by Chrysler, THE BOFORS GUN TEAM shows the manufacture of the Bofors 40mm anti-aircraft gun then in use by the Navy and Army. This was one of the most stunning manufacturing feats of the war, since the Bofors was an extremely intimidating weapon to mass produce and many believed it could not be produced in quantity, in time to make a difference in the war. Within 3 years however Chrysler had shipped over 40,000 complete mechanisms and 75,000 barrels. At 1:55...
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This 1968 U.S. Navy film SUBMARINE SOUND AND VIBRATION MEASUREMENT shows the techniques used to conduct airborne and structureborne noise surveys, in hopes of producing quieter and stealthier submarines. The film begins with an overview of the noise problem, with subs giving away their position to the enemy, and causing various crew problems including deafness.  As the narrator describes:  Noise is a potential hazard by which a submarine might give away its location to the enemy, it shows...
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This U.S. Navy fire training film was produced by Technical Communications, Inc. in 1969 and is an overview of the fire fighting course for men assigned to carrier duty. Made in the wake of the disastrous fire aboard USS Oriskany in 1966 and the USS Forrestal fire in 1967, the purpose of this film is to educate the Hangar Deck crew on how to confine, control and/or extinguish a fire on a naval aircraft carrier. The opening scene ( 0:14 ) is a naval aircraft carrier at sea -- most likely USS...
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Command of the Seas: Arctic is part of the U.S. Navy’s 1950s film series that promotes the Navy’s activities in the world’s oceans to establish and maintain “command of the seas” to ensure global security. In this short film, the focus is on the emerging presence of the Navy in the Arctic Ocean. The film opens with shots of U.S. warships ( 01:17 ) as the narrator explains the role the U.S. Navy has in keeping the seas peaceful. The one place still untamed is the Arctic. The Arctic (...
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This promotional film by Boeing features the Model 707 Stratotanker / Stratoliner, America's first jet transport. Known as the Boeing 367-80, or simply as the Dash 80, this American four-engine prototype aircraft tail # N70700 demonstrated the advantages of jet propulsion for commercial aviation. It served as base for the design of the KC-135 tanker and the 707 airliner. Some of the design features of the aircraft were pioneered in the B-52 aircraft. The film shows many of the features of the...
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Made in the 1950s, “This is Lakehurst” explains the history of this famous air station. Lakehurst is the US Naval Air Force's station in Ocean County, New Jersey (:45). Commissioned in 1921, it is best known for being the base for airship training, development and operation (:54). It rests 75 miles south of New York and 50 miles east of Philadelphia ( 1:04 ). A facet of it's many varied missions is the Naval Air Technical Training Unit ( 1:13 ). In the phase nicknamed “flying the...
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Made in the 1940s by the National Board of Fire Underwriters and the Factory Insurance Association, STOP FIRES SAVE JOBS shows the threat of fires in the workplace: how they are caused, what their impact can be, and how they can be prevented. The film contains a lot of wonderful shots of factories, workers, fire engines and fire fighters, and of course -- fires. The film begins with fire; how fire may make jobs, be the servant of industry, creates goods and payrolls ( 1:01 ), when uncontrolled...
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Produced in 1945, "The 6th Marine Division on Okinawa" is documentary film about the Battle of Okinawa, codenamed Operation Iceberg. The film was released shortly after the event as part of the WWII war bond effort. During the campaign for Okinawa (Operation Iceberg) the Sixth Marine Division was assigned to the III Amphibious Corps. This Academy Award nominated documentary film tells the story of the 82 days fighting on the Island of Okinawa. It was shot in Kodachrome color. The...
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Dating to the 1930s, "An Egyptian Adventure" is a comedy travelogue that presents a U.S. Navy sailor's view of Egypt which (as a title card states) was "once the happy homeland of the Pharoahs". The film begins with images of statues, probably of Pharaoh Amenhotep III. At :50 some of the water works near the Nile River are seen, used to move water onto the fields. At  1:10  the Nile is seen followed at  1:21  by images of Cairo with its mosques and busy streets. At ...
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Promoting the Southern Pacific Railroad's Golden State and Sunset Routes, between New Orleans, Chicago and the Pacific Coast respectively, this vintage 1940s travelogue film shows tourists traveling by both train and motor buses to Carlsbad Caverns. The film begins with images of El Paso and a journey to Carlsbad Caverns. A motor coach is used to transport tourists at mark  1:20 . Guadalupe Canyon is seen at mark  1:45 . The highway to this follows the old Butterfield Trail. At mark  1:56 ,...
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This black-and-white United States Navy Training Film, produced by Wilding Picture Productions, Inc. in 1960, is titled “Damage Control: Shipboard Fire Fighting, Basic” and covers shipboard fire-fighting basics. The picture opens with ships at sea an a reminder that vessels underway are at constant risk of fire, which can spread and place both the ship and her crew in danger. It is up to the sailors on board to know how to extinguish a blaze should one occur, the narrator explains starting...
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The Hong Kong Tourist Association presents “Destination Hong Kong,” a 1960s color picture from Dudley Productions Limited. Considered “the crossroads of the Orient,” the narrator explains how its harbors regularly receives goods and people from the all the world’s continents. Mark  01:09  reveals a boatful of tourists watching ships unload before returning focus to the business activities of the seaport “whose main reason for existence is the worldwide import and export of...
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