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Made in 1947, "Human Growth" was the first film about human reproduction to be approved for screenings in American public schools. The film uses a film-within-a-film technique, showing a seventh-grade class as they view and discuss an animated movie which traces human growth from conception to adulthood. Differences in male and female structural development are emphasized. A mixed group of seventh grade youngsters in a class situation view and discuss the cartoon. "Human...
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Created by famed cameraman Burton Holmes, this short newsreel shows the "Streets of Paris" exhibition at the Chicago World's Fair "A Century of Progress" in 1933.  The risque nature of the exhibit is a bit dumbfounding to a modern audience, as it features a "nudist colony" and "live model" art class. However most of these appear to be sight gags of one kind or another. One sight that is something to behold is Sally Rand, who performs her famous fan dance...
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This footage from just after the 1967 Six Day War begins with footage from an Israeli beach where civilians are seen swimming and relaxing despite the sound of distant shell fire and transport jets screaming overhead. At 1:35 , the Israeli cabinet is seen emerging from an emergency meeting at military headquarters. Golda Meir addresses a camera crew at 2:40 , telling them to film the assembled soldiers. At 3:00 , an Israeli tank is seen on the move and at 3:09 Moshe Dayan is seen, probably in...
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This short, silent film from the 1940s features "Glamorous, Exciting Stars" -- pin-ups, dancers and burlesque acts. It was one of many films made during this era which were called "smokers", and ranged from harmless films like this one filled with posing, to more raunchy XXX movies. At  1:22  the film includes a segment featuring Josette, the "darling of the American Army in Africa and Italy" who was "photographed in Oran, North Africa in 1943". Josette...
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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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One of the all time most infamous of the highway safety scare film genre, HIGHWAY OF AGONY was made by Highway Safety Films of Mansfield, Ohio. This was the filmmaking arm of the Highway Safety Commission, an organization responsible for haunting the dreams of an entire generation of young drivers. In this era, when safety belts were not mandatory and air bags were yet a distant dream, and things like disc brakes and powered steering had yet to be widely adopted, America's highways were the...
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The Red Adair Co., Inc. presents “The Devil’s Cigarette Lighter.” This circa 1962 color film features the first person narration of famed oil well fire fighter Red Adair, who takes you step by step as he and his fire fighters (including Boots Hansen and Coots Mathews) extinguished the oil well fire that put the Red Adair Company on the map and made him a celebrity. The natural gas well fire was nicknamed “The Devil’s Cigarette Lighter. The fire, in the Sahara Desert of Algeria,...
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This film begins with a promo for the documentary film "Killers All", a 1945 exploitative documentary about organized crime. Following the promo is a related film, "Dealers in Death", which is a cut-down of a feature-length movie "The Vanishing Gangster". "Dealers in Death" primarily focuses on John Dillinger and Bonnie & Clyde, and contains famous footage of the young lovers' bullet-ridden death car. “Get ready for the SHOCK of your Life!” That...
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Made in the 1950s (or possibly the late 1940s) by Ciba Pharmaceutical Products with the co-operation of the U.S. Air Force and the University of Chicago Medical Center, this film shows the use of Nupercaine (a form of dibucaine) spinal anesthetic in the vaginal delivery of triplets. At the time this type of spinal anesthesia (now commonplace) was fairly new. The first use of similar continuous caudal anesthesia in a laboring woman was on January 6, 1942, when the wife of a United States Coast...
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Made in 1968 as American servicemen fought in Vietnam, LSD: TRIP TO WHERE? highlights the dangers of the hallucinogenic drug LSD. Widely shown to U.S. military personnel (including those stationed in Vietnam), the film was supplemented with a brochure for "Operation Janus", a brigade-level amnesty and treatment program aimed at helping soldiers, airmen and sailors with marijuana, heroin and other substance abuse problems. In this film Bill, a sailor on leave, takes acid and is so...
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This 1970 color film on Morocco and Kenya is one of a series of Pan Am New Horizons travelogues. It is a J.T.E./Intercine Production in association with Film Services, London, Ltd. A Pan American Jetliner lands, the jet bridge is placed, and passengers disembark to awaiting trains to the older parts of Morocco (:59- 1:23 ). Mint tea is served, using metal and sterling silver containers ( 1:40 - 1:55 ). A Moroccan Fantasia performance involves horseback riders and rifles shot in unison ( 1:56 -...
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Since 1915, the United States Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island in South Carolina (or simply Parris Island) has trained enlisted personnel. This 1960s Marine Corps “unclassified” film introduces the viewer to Parris Island, and opens at mark  00:32  with a shot of the United States Marine Corps enlisted contract, as the narrator spells out the basic requirements of a Marine. Nervous recruits stand at attention as a Marine captain delivers the oath of enlistment. A smiling master...
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Made in the 1970s this film THE DEEP SCATTERING LAYER tells the story of the search for a mysterious "second floor" in the ocean, as recorded by sonar devices. This floor -- consisting of marine animals such as shrimp, whales and dolphins -- moves to different levels at different hours, different days, and different seasons. It is probed by U.S. Navy sonar, deep-trawled nets with hydrophones and instruments, and finally by by ocean going submersibles. While the film presents the...
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An official War Department film produced by the United States Army Signal Corps during WWII, “How Good Is A Gun?” opens with a scene from “a valley where Nazis rule. A valley of death.” As the camera pans across the ruins of what was once a town, the narrator says that no rocket or “mysterious ray” destroyed this place. “Just firepower — firepower of American war production … fighting to save this town and every town from the swastika.” American infantrymen are shown sharing...
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"Paris in the Twenties” is an episode of the CBS News documentary series “The Twentieth Century” originally airing April 17, 1960. Hosted by revered newsman Walter Cronkite, the program looks at Paris in the 1920s, a playground and cultural center for Americans. There are several scenes of Parisians celebrating in the streets in the years following World War I starting at mark  02:52  and artists in the street creating masterpieces (mark  03:54 ). It was in Paris that Ernest...
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The Battle of Midway is a stirring, beautiful, and poignant 1942 American documentary film short directed by John Ford. It is a montage of color footage of the Battle of Midway with voice overs of various narrators, including Johnny Governali, Donald Crisp, Henry Fonda, and Jane Darwell. The film begins with a male narrator (Ray Milland) explaining where Midway Island is and its strategic importance, and shows the PBY Catalina seaplane base (previously used by Pan Am for its flying boats)....
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The 1947 film The Biography of the Motion Picture Camera is an art documentary produced by Les Films du Compas and Roger Leenhardt, and narrated by Tony Kraber. The film traces the history of the development of motion pictures from the first camera to Edison’s kinetoscope and the Lumiere brothers’ cinematograph. The film begins with a brief recap of photographing still simple subjects. The issue of animating still photographs is apparent with the “School of the Successive Pose” ( 01:51...
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The Pan American Airlines promotional film series New Horizons, produced during the late 1960s or early 1970s, advertised the various destinations serviced by the U.S. commercial airlines. In New Horizons: Hawaii, Pan Am highlights the numerous attractions found in the United States’ newest state. The film begins with scenes from a traditional village near Honolulu where locals hula dance ( 00:41 ) and make wooden carvings ( 01:03 ). Elderly members of the community, who are highly respected,...
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This U.S. Marine Corps film from the Vietnam War in 1968 documents the Chi'u H i Program (loosely translated as "Open Arms"). Chieu-Hoi was a psychological operations initiative by the USMC and South Vietnamese to encourage defection by the Viet Cong and their supporters to the side of the Government during the Vietnam War. Defection was urged by means of a propaganda campaign, usually leaflets delivered by artillery shell or dropped over enemy-controlled areas by aircraft, or...
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This “restricted” United States War Department Film Bulletin provides the viewer with footage of the German Army’s invasion of Poland on September 1, 1939. Historians mark the invasion as the start of World War II. “Poland’s 34 million inhabitants, crushed, scattered and enslaved,” the narrator grimly states at mark  00:35 . The attack was characterized by extensive bombing to destroy Poland’s air capacity, railroads, communication lines, and munitions dumps. As the narrator...
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The 1963 America’s Junior Miss Pageant is the subject of this color film. The film opens with 1962 pageant winner Jean Allen (mark  00:25 ) who calmly explains that the pageant “is the search for the ideal high school senior in the nation” and details the various competitions leading up to the Junior Miss Pageant as scenes from her competition are shown. After being crowned, Allen recounts her world wind year as Junior Miss starting at mark  02:25  with a montage of scenes from parades...
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An informative film about LSD, this 1960s educational tells the story of the discovery of the drug and its affects. The film begins in 1951 after a naturally induced mass hysteria episode in France, and then traces the work of Dr. Albert Hofmann who suffered similar symptoms after exposing himself to synthesized LSD in the 1930s. The film shows the effects of LSD on rats in a laboratory, including catatonia. The film features Dr. Jean Houston and Dr. Robert Masters, who used LSD to probe...
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THE FIGHTING LADY is one of the great documentaries to emerge from WWII. Shot in 1944, this documentary was produced by the U.S. Navy, directed by famed photographer Edward Steichen and narrated by Lt. Robert Taylor USNR. The plot of the film revolves around the life of seamen on board an anonymous aircraft carrier. Because of war time restrictions, the name of the aircraft carrier was disguised as "the Fighting Lady", although she was later identified as the Essex class USS Yorktown...
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This German propaganda movie was part of a U.S. Navy archive compiled during WWII, and acquired by Periscope Film. The German invasion of Norway is shown, with units of the Kriegsmarine enforcing sea lanes and allowing the free movement of supplies and men. Junkers trimotor aircraft support the invasion.
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This 1960 color film on Thailand is one of a series of Pan Am New Horizons travelogues. It is narrated by Ed Stokes and is produced by Movietonews, Inc. It begins with a colorful ‘focus leader’ for the film operator (:06-:50). It opens with a monk sitting on a rock overlooking the landscape below, followed by quick images of the Wat Pho Complex ( 1:00 - 1:18 ), a woman performing a traditional dance ( 1:19 ), and a kite dancing in the sky ( 1:30 ). The New Horizons credits are shown ( 1:30...
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Made in the 1940s, this profile of the famed Fuller Brush Company and its products and manufacturing techniques, gives some insight into one of America's most famous brands of the 20th Century. The film stars Alfred C. Fuller, who began what was to become Fuller Brush Company in a basement shop in Somerville, Massachusetts; In 1906 he moved to Hartford, Connecticut (the factory is seen at  3:00 ) and founded the company. The company began with door-to-door sales of brushes of various sorts,...
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FINLAND FIGHTS! was released theatrically as a sound film in 1940 by Emerson Yorke, an independent producer in New York, in cooperation with Castle Films. The footage shown was originally material assembled for an humanitarian reel, made on behalf of the Finnish Relief Fund, so that American audiences could see how Finland was withstanding Russian invasion. The original theatrical release was only five minutes long, but Eugene Castle brought it up to standard one reel length and released it as...
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“Basic Typing Methods” is a 1943 black-and-white Encyclopedia Brittanica film produced under the supervision of the Bureau of Aeronautics for the Division of Personnel Supervision and Management. “The typewriter has greatly influenced the business, commercial, and economic progress of the nation. Today, typewriters enable women and girls to perform military and industrial services as important as those performed by men,” the narrator explains starting at mark  00:26 , as we see women...
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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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This film, THE TREE IN A TEST TUBE was shot in late November of 1941, and released in 1942 as part of the burgeoning war effort. It features the voice of Pete Smith and was made by the U. S. Department of Agriculture and distributed by the U.S. Forest Service. The film is rather interesting in that it features famous Hollywood comics Laurel and Hardy -- appearing here in their only color role! At the time both were over the age of 50, and their careers were on the wane. Still they manage quiet...
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Dating to the 1930s and made by the Polish Gdynia America Line, VISIT PALESTINE NOW presents a voyage aboard the SS Pulaski (formerly the Russian-American Line's SS Czar) to the Holy Land. The trip originates from New York and goes to Warsaw (;40) and thence by rail to Bucharest and finally Constanza where "we embark on a steamer for the direct run to Haifa". Haifa is seen at 1:12 and the Pulaski at 1:20 . At 1:57 Jewish tourists dance on the deck of the vessel. At 2:40 , a Rabbi and...
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This 1958 color film shows the Navajo Nation of the 1960s, with a postscript from the 1970s (:13). It’s “A Line on America” film presentation of “A People Between Two Worlds” (:50), produced by Francis and Helen Line. This largest Indian tribe lives on a reservation mostly in Arizona into New Mexico, Utah, and Colorado ( 1:18 ). Sheep provides resources and an income ( 1:50 - 2:08 ). Most of the 15 million acres are too barren, mountainous, or heavily forested ( 2:10 - 2:34 ). Only 4...
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This 1964 color film on Austria is one of a series of Pan Am New Horizons travelogues and was produced by Film Services (London) Limited. The soundtrack has beautiful music. It opens with a long shot of a Pan Am Jet Clipper landing before the jet bridge arrives, the Captain opens the door, and passengers deplane at Vienna Airport (:09-:54). People exit a VW Standard Microbus at the Vienna Intercontinental Hotel; the women wear short white gloves and the men are in suits. (:55- 1:10 ). A double...
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Poland Forever is a 1944 film produced by Pofomo Pictures that champions the Polish people’s perseverance for a single, great, and free Poland during World War II. The film is considered a “pictorial document of the fight of Democracy against [Nazi] Invasion.” The film starts with a brief history of Poland’s pre-war growth. Warsaw ( 1:32 ) with its old monuments of art and culture is the nation’s growing capital. Modern buildings reveal the nation’s progress as it grows and...
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This Ukranian-language newsreel shows the WWII era victory of the Soviet Army at Stalingrad, the Caucasus, and Orel-Kursk Salient Battle which changed the course of the war. The film begins in 1943 with the Battle of the Dnieper River. Soviet troops began the liberation of Eastern Ukraine.  The Battle of the Dnieper was a military campaign that took place in 1943 on the Eastern Front of World War II. It was one of the largest operations in World War II, involving almost 4,000,000 troops on...
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Made by Castle Films, "Land of the Pyramids" shows views of Egypt and Cairo as it appeared in the 1940s when it was a "shining example of 20th Century progress." The film opens with a stunning image -- a modern airliner flying past the Great Pyramid. At  1:00  modern Cairo is shown with its train station. A long camel train brings goods into the city. At  1:40  there are street scenes in Cairo, and a policeman directs traffic. At  1:50  the entrance and interior scenes...
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This Soviet propaganda newsreel (entirely in Russian) attempts to show the progress made in the modern USSR, and the improvement in everyday life, under socialism. The film shows modern buildings, industry, laboratories, schools, power plants and electrification, the oil industry, and more. The film then transitions to speak about exporting socialism to other nations so that they can enjoy similar progress in their societies. If only the on-going threat from the West including the USA, can be...
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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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Made in the aftermath of the Chernobyl disaster, this Ukranian propaganda film takes a hard look at nuclear energy and the threat posed to humanity by the atomic bomb and radiation. The film was most likely made by the government of the Soviet Socialist Republic of Ukraine in 1987, just three years before the Soviet Union crumbled. The Chernobyl accident severely undermined the Soviet government, and this film may be seen as evidence that within Ukraine, the incident was perceived as the...
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Made in the aftermath of the Chernobyl Disaster in 1986, this bizarre Ukranian government film attempts to alleviate some of the worry that civilians must have experienced as a result of the incident, by showing some of the steps that can be taken to decontaminate in the wake of the release of nuclear material. It's all set to an amazing soundtrack! The film begins with images of the Chernobyl disaster, with the ruined reactor building seen at :21 seconds, and the interior of the control room...
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In this short promotional film by Zenith, the consumer electronics company touts the many advantages of its new color television sets. The film opens with a father taking his daughter to a Chicago Cubs baseball game ( 00:30 ), who are hosting the San Francisco Giants. His daughter’s reaction to seeing her first live baseball game, “in color,” causes him to make the decision to buy a color television set. Interviews with people on the street ( 02:29 ), who own Zenith products—including a...
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Made by Grumman Aerospace to promote their newest high-performance aircraft F-14 ONE OF A KIND celebrates the Navy's F-14 Tomcat, and features comments by Navy pilots and commanders. It gives an impressive overview of this amazing airplane. The opening of the film discusses how a multi-role interceptor is needed that can also "go it alone", with long-range capabilities -- and then states that the only aircraft in the world capable of performing that multi-role today is the F-14. The...
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Made during World War II, "Corvettes" profiles the Royal Navy's ships of the same name. These were rapidly built ships meant to counter the Nazi threat to Great Britain by protecting convoys. Ships of the Flower Class are seen being launched and joining a convoy, and then practicing anti-aircraft gunnery, and conducting a U-boat patrol as part of convoy duty. The term "corvette" was originally a French name for a small sailing warship, intermediate between the frigate and...
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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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“Liquid Oxygen Receipt Transfer Storage Disposal” is a 1961 US Air Force training film prepared for personnel handling liquid oxygen — a fuel used in liquid-propelled rockets including the Titan I and Titan II ICBMs. The film also discusses the handling of liquid nitrogen. Mark  01:00 takes the viewer to an unidentified USAF base generating plant where the liquid is manufactured into a cryogenic, or low-temperature, material. There are scenes of scientists testing the propellant (mark ...
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This Soviet film, made for the indoctrination of Red Army infantry troops, highlights many aspects of marksmanship including the use of the standard issue Kalashnikov rifle AK-47, small arms, and the Kalashnikov machine gun. Narration: We’ve been doing marksmanship training for many days now. It is difficult. But as Suvorov said, “What is difficult in training will become easy in a battle.” (01.00) The Kalashnikov assault rifle is the powerful and reliable service rifle of the Soviet...
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Made during WWII by Curtiss, this film was created to introduce U.S. Navy pilots to their new SB2C Helldiver, a carrier-based dive bomber aircraft produced for the US Navy. Due to the advent of air-to-ground rockets, the SB2C was the last purpose-built dive bomber produced. The aircraft was one of the more maligned planes to be put into production, and developed a bad reputation in early service. While manufacturers produced many similar films during the war, one has to wonder whether this...
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Made just prior to U.S. entry into World War II, this Official Films newsreel, “News Thrills: 1941, Vol. II,” recaps some of the social, military, and political events of 1941. The newsreel begins with photographers having fun photographing people on the sandy beaches of Venice, California ( 00:19 ). The next segment covers the first test flight of the world’s largest bomber, the Douglas B-19, as it takes off from Santa Monica, California ( 01:34 ) and lands at March Air Base near...
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Landing a plane on the deck of aircraft carrier is one of the most dangerous and amazing daily activity facing pilots and deck crew. This amazing training film graphically depicts various aircraft landing disasters.  It also instructs pilots how to avoid them and what emergency ejection or ditching procedures to follow in case they do occur.  A barrier landing, called for when a pilot has a landing gear problem, is shown as is the set-up of the barrier.  Many crashes in this film were...
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This color film from the 1960s was produced for Pan American by Vision Associates Productions. The Yucatan Peninsula (:26) is less than 2 hours from the U.S. by a Pan American Boeing 707 Jet Clipper. A Golden Triangle vacation is to visit the cities of Merida, Mexico City, and Guatemala City (:50). Merida is a city dating back to the Maya Indians. It is the capital of Yucatan (:59) and has many street vendors ( 1:14 ). A show at night reenacts the Mayan rituals ( 2:18 - 3:05 ). The ruins of...
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Produced in 1945 by Jam Handy, "The Naval Gun At Iwo Jima" is a sister film to "The Naval Gun at Okinawa". This film details the important role Navy guns played in assaulting Japanese forces that were dug into caves on the island. It also shows the close support of Marines during the long assault. Naval gunfire at Iwo Jima was critical, the film explains, due to the fact that low visibility limited air operations. The film details the role played by battleships, cruisers,...
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This film profiles Dr. Otto Reitlinger and the Otto Fuel II monopropellant he developed, which is used to drive torpedoes and other weapon systems. The film touches on the safety issues affiliated with the fuel and potential ill effects from exposure to the product. It features extensive footage inside the Naval Propellants Plant of the Bureau of Naval Weapons, located at Indian Head, Maryland. Otto fuel II, or just 'Otto fuel,' was a mixture of propylene glycol dinitrate (the explosive fuel),...
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The short U.S. Navy training film Submarine Salvage shows the process Navy salvage crews use to retrieve sunken submarines. USS Hoist ARS-40 is shown in operation in the film. The submarine shown being salvaged appears to be a WWII boat; the techniques shown probably would not work with a modern submarine due to the size of these vessels. The film begins with a submarine sinking and the rescue of the ship’s survivors. Rescuing survivors is the only goal immediately following the sinking of a...
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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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“Tehuantepec” is a 1940s color tourism film presented by the Tourist Department of the Mexican Government and the Mexican Tourist Association. Tehuantepec is located in southeastern Mexico in Oaxaca. Actress Linda Darnell provides the film’s narration and describes the tropical setting of Tehuantepec (similar, she says to a South Seas island with sugar cane and golden pineapples) and we see palm trees swaying in the breeze at mark  01:00 . The warm sun and idyllic condition encourages...
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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 episode of "The Big Picture", the U.S. Army's long-running TV program, shows the exploits of the 25th Infantry Division in Vietnam. It dates to 1968. The film shows military as well as civil work, including nation building programs which it was hoped would stabilize South Vietnamese support against the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese. At  2:00 , the 25th Infantry Division, also known as "Tropic Lightning" is seen being welcomed by South Vietnamese. The unit is shown...
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HMS DRYAD is a 1970s recruiting film produced by International Cine for the British Royal Navy. The short film features a former student of the naval school in Hampshire, England, who trained there to become a Royal Navy Radar Operator. The film opens with a shot of a battleship at sea ( 00:16 ), as the narrator says that defense at sea in the 1970s has progressed a long way since the early days of naval warfare. One of the biggest advances is radar. The narrator, John Fox, says he went to...
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Part of a series of color, animated aerology films produced for the U.S. Navy in World War II, "The Theory of Fog Formation" (1943) was made for trainee pilots, with an aim to improve their understanding of fog and safe flight through it. After outlining the theory of fog formation, the film overviews various types of fog and how each one impacts air travel. It also reviews the combined effects of air temperature and wind. The film concludes with an anecdote about a bomber plane...
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This black and white travelogue film about Egypt was produced by Castle Films in 1951 as part of its “The World Parade” documentary series. It opens with a plane circling the Giza pyramids, interspersed with Arab camel drivers (:25- 1:03 ). Cairo is shown from the air, followed by trains at the station. The streets are full of camel trains, shown crossing a bridge ( 1:04 - 1:32 ). A traffic officer directs cars, buses, motorbikes, and donkey carts ( 1:33 - 1:50 ). The Shepheard’s Hotel...
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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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Produced in the 1980s at the peak of Cold War paranoia, this Grumman Aerospace film discusses the theoretical first five days of air combat that would occur in the event of an outbreak of hostilities between NATO and the Warsaw Pact. It emphasizes the EF-111A electronic warfare and penetrating aircraft's capabilities as part of the tactical package, performing jamming of Soviet radars. The film showcases the capabilities of the USAF and its high tech weapons and examines the Soviet threat. It...
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These extraordinary Super 8mm home movies from the Vietnam War, come from a member of the "Ravens". The Raven Forward Air Controllers were pilots used for forward air control by the Central Intelligence Agency. This film focuses on 1968. ( 00:00:00 ) Kim Chi with friends walking down street in Tuy Hoa, Viet-Nam. ( 00:00:31 ) American soldiers on Personnel Carrier in Tuy Hoa valley. ( 00:00:39 ) U.S. Army command post in Tuy Hoa valley. ( 00:01:00 ) U.S. Army on Personnel Carrier. (...
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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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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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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 (known in the day as a "fleet problem", see below) 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...
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The 1960 film by famed industrial director Carl Dudley takes its viewer to the newly added 50th state — Hawaii. The capital city, Honolulu, is introduced at mark 00:46 , and at mark 01:05 we see Diamond Head — a volcanic tuff cone on the Hawaiian island of Oahu. A United Airlines jet lands at Honolulu International Airport at mark 01:35 and we begin to follow four girls visiting the tropical paradise courtesy of a graduation gift from their parents. Warmly greeted by native Hawaiians at...
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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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Made for the home market and sold in department stores and by mail order during the war, this 1942 Official Films newsreel features newsreel highlights from 1942 including the Second Battle of Alamein, landings on the Solomon Islands, Dieppe, as well as RAF hedge-hopping missions. It opens with the Second Battle of Alamein (:23). British forces are seen mobilizing in preparation against Marshal Erwin Rommel (:34). Tanks, trucks and troop transports move through a heavily crowded supply line...
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This episode of the popular 1950s TV show NAVY LOG tells the story of the USS Barb and its famous 11th patrol mission. USS Barb (SS-220), a Gato-class submarine, was the first ship of the United States Navy to be named for the barbus. The craft compiled one of the most outstanding US-submarine records of World War II. Under Commander Eugene B. Fluckey, her 11th patrol (as shown in this episode) lasted from 19 December 1944 – 15 February 1945, in the Formosa Straits and East China Sea off the...
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This circa 1967 takes its viewer to Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War and examines the use and construction of US air bases during the conflict. We learn starting at mark  01:38  how existing air bases in Vietnam were quickly saturated with personnel and aircrafts as the military increased its presence in the region. The increase led military engineers and civilian contractors to construct two new air bases in South Vietnam by 1965 (mark  02:18 ). We see scenes of new runways and...
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“Space Down to Earth” is a circa 1970 NASA education film that explores how science impacts not only the exploration of space but also life on Earth. The color film begins with “sounds” from space — signals from satellites orbiting Earth — each of which have their own signature, or tone. Such application satellites serve many different functions, we are told, including weather, communications, and Earth resources. Beginning at mark  01:45 , the narrator explains how satellites such...
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Made in the 1950s, THE PASSENGER TRAIN is an educational film that shows a boy named Bobby making a cross-country trip aboard a Santa Fe Railroad train known as the The Chief. The train is pulled by a diesel-electric locomotive and features aluminum-sided streamline Pullman cars. At the start of the film Bobby arrives at a train station in a big city (probably Chicago) to board the train. The film then shows the operation of the train as it heads west towards Los Angeles. Bobby disembarks at...
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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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Produced in 1944, the “unclassified” US Navy training film “Radio Operator Training” instructed seaman on how to become an effective radioman. Whether it be a PT boat, landing barge, submarine, or any other vessel, the narrator explains at mark  01:08  that a radioman is onboard and on duty. “He is the mouthpiece of his commanding officer. His right hand. Without him, the ship is crippled. The fleet is paralyzed.” Mark  01:48  takes us to NSS Annapolis (officially known as Naval...
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“A Community Problem” is a rarely seen 1950s-era film by Caterpillar Inc. covering the sanitation industry. In an era before Americans produced anywhere near as much trash as today and when the word recycling was not widely used, this film seems slightly innocent, but it presents the problems of waste management with a great deal of clarity and even shows recycling in action. We watch as African American garbagemen empty trash cans into the back of a garbage truck and taken to a dump...
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One of a series of silent short films made just after WWII by a young Jacques Cousteau ...AUTOUR D'UN RECIF (Tour of a Reef) is an impressive introduction to the undersea world, a world that Cousteau would chronicle over his long career as an innovator, inventor and media personality. Audiences who saw this film in the 1940s were completely astonished by the views it presented of the underwater world, seen starting at the 1:40 mark. The films shows an impressive array of sea life including...
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Dating to the 1950s, this biography of Admiral Richard C. Byrd presents a pioneer in aviation, a scientist, a great explorer who challenges the unknown. As the narrator says, "His is a lifetime of danger and knowledge and this is his biography."  He was one of the pioneers who traveled to the frozen wasteland of Antarctica, a barren world of eternal cold. Antarctica is seen at mark  1:43 . It is vast, white, silence but even Richard loved the region. But most of all he loved the...
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This 1935 silent 16mm home movie shows views of Chicago including the downtown. At :54, the scene shifts to Chicago Municipal Airport and the American Airlines terminal. At  1:00  a rare Vultee V-1 is seen. The Vultee V-1 was a 1930s American single-engined airliner built by the Airplane Development Corporation, designed by Gerard Vultee and financed by automobile manufacturer Errett Cord. American Airlines bought at least 13 V-1As and the V-1 prototype (after it had been modified for two...
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This 1957 black and white educational film about 1840s travel in the U.S. was produced by Coronet Instructional Films. The educational collaborator was Lewis Paul Todd, Ph.D., author and former Professor of Social Studies at New York University. The film’s narration begins in New York in 1840, where the narrator is working as a blacksmith under his grandfather’s watchful eye. The sound of hammer on anvil is heard (:42- 1:20 ). A stagecoach arrives, having lost a rim from a wheel ( 1:21 -...
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This color Northwest Orient Airlines film encourages travelers to visit the Philippines and opens with an aerial view of Corregidor Island at the entrance to Manilla Bay and how life on the island has returned to normal after having been a battleground in World War II. The 1950s film shows fisherman heading out for the day’s catch while families live in their straw huts. On Luzon, residents carve elaborate likenesses for the tourist trade (mark  01:00 ) while others perform a native bamboo...
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WITH THE MARINES AT TARAWA is a 1944 short documentary film directed by Louis Hayward. It used authentic footage taken at the Battle of Tarawa to tell the story of the American servicemen from the time they get the news that they are to participate in the invasion to the final taking of the island and raising of the Stars and Stripes. The film is in full color and uses no actors, making it a valuable historical document. The documentary showed more gruesome scenes of battle than other war films...
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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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This 1960 B&W film by the Editors of Fortune revolves around the executives in a marketing company deciding whether or not to buy an EDP (electronic data processor), which they also refer to as a computer. Featured in the film (although not mentioned by brand name) are IBM mainframe computers including the IBM 026 key card punch (seen at 15:59 ). In the film, five well-dressed executives sit in an office discussing whether purchasing an EDP will provide enough benefits to offset the cost (...
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The Strategic Air Command, a WWII agency dedicated to organizing the U.S. nuclear defense systems, released this video around 1960 in order to inform the American Congress about a new communications system that cut down on reaction time to potential threats. The documentary describes the development and utility of the 465L computer system and why the effort is necessary for the Cold War effort. The 465L was one of the largest, most advanced computer systems developed during the time period, and...
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This black and white educational film about gold was produced by Academic Film Company Inc. and adapted from a John Hix “Strange As It Seems” that was originally segment shown in theatres. It was narrated by Robert Sherwood. The film begins with a re-enactment of Louis XVI’s financial woes. Marie Antoinette and Cardinal de Roahn visit an alchemist to make gold to save France but it is a scam (:37- 3:30 ). December 3, 1848, a soldier arrives at a telegraph office in New Orleans with a...
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This short and apparently hastily assembled newsreel shows the events of December 7th, 1941 and expresses deep outrage at the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.  Due to classification issues at the time the film was made, very little of the damage to Pearl Harbor itself is shown; rather the film focuses on damage to civilian areas of Waikiki and Honolulu. Due to the lack of material available there are some laughable errors in the rather earnest film, including the presence of a plane...
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This silent black and white military film “Battle for France” was produced by Castle Films in the 1940s as part of “The News Parade” documentary series. The film displays segment cards. Fighting out of Nazi trap in Flanders, Allied troops reach the last channel port…Dunkerque [Dunkirk]. A nurse wipes the forehead of a soldier (:53- 1:02 ). Sandbags are piled against a building as a soldier smokes a pipe. ( 1:03 - 1:22 ). Under terrific fire, British sea craft rush to the rescue! A...
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This vintage bicycle safety film dates to the 1940s and was produced in the United Kingdom in an era when bicycles were in more common use as transportation. The film shows various accident scenarios in city traffic, using the story of a boy named Henry to show how improper riding techniques can endanger pedestrians, riders and drivers. The film begins with a barker narrating a story about a bicycle rider who is named Henry. At mark  0:42 , Henry is seen with his father at a bicycle shop and...
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Presented by Douglas Aircraft and the U.S. Air Force, SOUTH POLE CITY was written by famed author Richard Tregaskis (whose WWII books are much beloved). The film tells the story of Antarctic operations and the Amundsen–Scott South Pole Station, a United States scientific research station at the South Pole, the southernmost place on the Earth. It was built during November 1956, as a part of its commitment to the scientific goals of the International Geophysical Year (IGY), an international...
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This 1956 education film explains the process of making vinyl records. It is a Jam Handy Picture and presented by RCA Victor. The record process being followed is for Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet, recorded by Charles Munch and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. The film opens with a woman wearing a coordinating 1950s skirt, sweater, neck scarf, and pearl bracelet. She places a record in her RCA high fidelity cabinet record player and the music plays (:26- 1:54 ). The history of making that...
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This sepia 1960 film CHALLENGE OF THE OCEANS by the National Academy of Sciences is from a series of reports on Planet Earth. The film begins with brief underwater footage of a woman scuba diving ( 0:06 - 0:10 ). A researcher works with a tide gauge ( 0:11 - 0:27 ). Navy Scientists use nautical equipment to analyze the ocean floor and water samples ( 0:28 -59). A ship navigates in tumultuous waters ( 1:20 - 2:03 ). The camera pans around the 1597 painting “Alexander Is Lowered Into The Sea”...
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One of the TravelTalks series of films made by James A. Fitzpatrick, THE GATEWAY TO INDIA showcases the city of Bombay, India. At mark  0:36  is the city of Bombay, a gateway to India. At mark  0:45  is the gate cell. Bombay is the second largest city in India and one of the chief sea port of the area. It has a mixed population of over a million people practically of every race in the world. At mark  1:14 , is the modern metropolis. At mark  1:15  is the Tile Mahara hotel, the most...
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Made by Consolidated Vultee to promote the B-36 Peacemaker strategic bomber, this rare Cold War film is dedicated to the 8th and 15th Air Forces of the Strategic Air Command (SAC). As the narrator says, the mission of the aircraft was to serve as a strategic deterrent against the threat of a nuclear sneak attack: "When reason fails, strength prevails. If potential aggressors know that any armed attack will result in immediate retaliation, there may be no attack. Today the target is...
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This black and white film about tractor maintenance is a training film produced by the U.S. Office of Education, Federal Security Agency, between 1934 and 1948 as J.W. Studebaker is listed as the Commissioner of Education. It is #6 in the series of “Farm Work Equipment Maintenance.” All maintenance is shown up close and the timestamps given began that task. It opens with a man on a International Harvester Farmall bringing his tractor in to perform maintenance (:33) Each owner’s manual (...
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Created for the U.S. Navy, we enter the world of the soldiers who patrolled the waterways during the Vietnam War. The difficulties of navigating a water based terrain and monsoon weather gave the enemy an advantage that the soldiers had to strategize around. The first strategy is the “Hearts and Minds” campaign that is waged by educating locals about democracy and setting up clinics to offer services to the locals. This film also focuses on the daily life of patrolling and the arduous task...
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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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This 1943 black and white film “Swedes in America” was produced by the U.S. Office of War Information for educational use as part of its overseas information program. This is the first film in “The American Scene” series presented by United Films. The film opens with Ingrid Berman standing in a 1940s furnished living room talking about the success of Swedes in the U.S. (:58- 1:50 ). She begins in Radio City, New York ( 1:51 - 2:25 ). Skaters practice at Rockefeller ice rink ( 2:26 -...
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In 1961, England's Queen Elizabeth II paid a state visit to Iran where she and Prince Philip were hosted by Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi at Isfahan, Tehran and Persepolis. Elizabeth returned for another visit in 1975. Mohammad Reza Pahlavi (26 October 1919 – 27 July 1980), was the Shah of Iran from 16 September 1941 until his overthrow by the Iranian Revolution on 11 February 1979. Mohammad Reza Shah took the title Shāhanshāh ("Emperor" or "King of Kings") on 26 October...
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Operation Deep Freeze (OpDFrz or ODF) is the codename for a series of United States missions to Antarctica, beginning with "Operation Deep Freeze I" in 1955–56, followed by "Operation Deep Freeze II", "Operation Deep Freeze III", and so on. Given the continuing and constant US presence in Antarctica since that date, "Operation Deep Freeze" has come to be used as a general term for US operations in that continent, and in particular for the regular...
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