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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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Narrated by Quentin Reynolds, Advance Base is an extremely graphic, unflinching portrait of the war, the film shows the seizure of a Japanese held island by the Marines, and then the activities of the Naval Construction Battalions, or CBs, constructing a massive supply depot and air strip in the South Pacific. The film also shows Japanese Kamikaze attacks on American ships starting about the 23 minute mark. Deemed too disturbing for general release, the film was hidden from view for decades. It...
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“Roving The Mediterranean” is a black-and-white circa 1940 film that opens with a shakedown cruise of one of the United States Navy’s latest cruisers from the Atlantic Ocean into the Mediterranean Sea. The ship pulls into port at Gibraltar on Spain’s southern coast at mark  01:13  as sailors are shown visiting spots of local interest including climbing (rather unsuccessfully) the famed Rock of Gibraltar at mark  02:05 . By mark  04:23  the crew is on to Tunis in North Africa to...
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Dating to 1955, FUN AT THE CIRCUS presents a "big top" style traveling circus complete with the gigantic tent, elephants, big cats, acrobats, clowns, trained seals and dancing horses. 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...
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American Airlines and Pratt & Whitney Aircraft (a division of United Aircraft Corporation) bring the viewer “The 707 Astrojet” — a 1961 color film touting the aircraft. Called “a familiar friend” to the modern traveler, a silver passenger jet is shown in flight as the narrator explains (starting at mark  00:52 ) the American Airlines wanted to bring its clients a more powerful aircraft with higher cruising speeds and shorter take-off and landing capabilities. At mark  02:19 , he...
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Some of the horrors of World War II are brought to the screen in newsreel footage, part of the Army-Navy Screen Magazine. Titled “German Atrocities,” the black-and-white footage was collected during the war and released circa 1945. An opening title card at mark  00:21  explains that “Allied troops, advancing deep inside crumbling Germany, have uncovered evidence of organized German atrocities which seem almost too horrible to be true. Yet they are true … and here is the picture record...
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“Two Leaves And A Bud” is a color Countryman Film that educates the viewer on the transformation of jungle into land capable of producing exquisite teas. It opens with heavy machinery cutting through tall grasses (mark  00:40 ) in East Africa as the narrator explains those lands will soon be developed “into an estate of mature tea.” But it is a long, costly process — not unlike fighting a war, we are told, and we see men hack their way through dense jungle growth. Now looking at a...
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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 film, produced by the Department of Defense, takes you to the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis. It gives you a peek at what life was like for future admirals in the making, showcasing both their education and military training.
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The US Air Force Film Report, Special Air Warfare Forces (F R 426), produced by Air Photographic and Charting Service, Military Air Transport Service in 1965, shows how the Special Air Warfare Forces are structured and what they do. The film begins with a brief history of the creation and expansion of the Air Force Air Commandos ( 01:13 ), a special force designed to combat communist insurgencies throughout the world. The Air Commando force begins with the activation of 4400 Combat Crew...
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This British Army film, adapted for use by the U.S. Army in 1942, examines the founding of the British Army Bureau of Current Affairs and its activities during the war. The Army Bureau of Current Affairs, or ABCA, was an organization set up by William Emrys Williams to educate and raise morale amongst British servicemen and servicewomen during World War II. Williams insisted - despite some controversy - on the right to education, in particular in current affairs, for servicemen and women, and...
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This 1959 black and white Marine Corps recruiting film THREE GUYS CALLED MAC (MH8663) was produced by Jam Handy. It follows three soldiers nicknamed Mac. It opens with the Forrestal-class supercarrier USS Ranger CV-61 (:25-:46). The first Mac, PFC McNulty, is a member of the Marine detachment (:47- 1:48 ). The second Mac is PVC McKlusky, is a member of a Marine scouting and reconnaissance company and a scout swimmer ( 1:49 - 2:48 ). The third Mac is Staff Sergeant MacHeimer, in charge of 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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This film, THE INVISIBLE BRIDGE is presented by the Julien Bryan International Film Foundation (:13) and will be narrated by Arnold Moss. It centers around the YMCA as it rebuilds around the globe. Opening with the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco (:42) which is the largest and cost $35 million and four years to construct, and the Ludendorff Bridge over the Rhine River ( 1:12 ). During warfare, bridges no longer seemed ‘beautiful’ as they became targets for bombing ( 1:20 ). In peace,...
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This color film provides an overview of the X-15 from 1960 to 1980, predating Astronaut Joe Engle as Commander of the second orbital test flight of the Space Shuttle Columbia on November 12, 1981. The film opens with a view of the X-15 #3 plane dropping from a B-52 (:33). A photo of 6 of its 12 pilots is shown (:36), with an up-close shot of William Dana (:38), Milton Thompson (:41), William Knight (:43), John McKay (:46), Joe Engle (:48), and Robert Rushworth (:50). These test pilots flew the...
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Produced for the U.S. Navy, this 1946 cartoon LANDING ACCIDENTS tells the cautionary tale of a distracted Navy flier who crashes his plane during a landing. The film looks at the proper procedures during approach, including use of a check list, and the importance of "going around" when things are not ideal.  This cartoon was doubtless inspired by the work of Lt. Robert Osborn, who in 1943 in collaboration with Commander Seth Warner, created a “sage of safety” character known as...
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The Submarine Part I: Physical Principles is a short Navy training film produced by Audio Productions, Inc. in 1940. The film, using animation, presents an overview of the key physical principles of how a submarine operates. The film starts with footage of a sub surfacing (00:37) before switching to animation to demonstrate the physical principles. First is Archimedes’ Law of Buoyancy (00:50) and Force of Buoyancy (02:00), as the film discusses how to change buoyancy through engineering water...
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Shot during a road trip by an American family who lived in Michigan, this 1950s silent home movie documents a cross country trip taken on Route 66. The film begins with shots of a turkey farm and the Daniel Hoover Mill at Scottsville, Kentucky. You can see the Sorghum Mill at :37. At  1:28  a Route 66 sign is seen in Texas, followed by shots of a field being harvested. At  1:49  is what appears to be the entrance to the Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico, with the daughter dressed as an Indian...
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“Wheels Across Africa” is an expedition documentary by Belgian-born filmmaker Armand Denis about a trip across Africa in Dodge trucks circa 1936. The black-and-white promotional documentary, presented by the Dodge Dealers of America, focuses on Denis and his wife Leila Roosevelt Denis (a cousin of Theodore Roosevelt) as they take an 18-month journey through the Belgian Congo and the Sahara Desert on motor driven Dodge vehicles.  It takes the viewer quickly through Belgium, France, and...
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Made in 1929, "Hello Hawaii" presents views of Honolulu and the Hawaiian islands in the pre-WWII era, before the U.S. Navy fully expanded its Pacific Fleet HQ to Pearl Harbor. This is a story about a trip made by the American navy to Hawaii. Honolulu bound Navy men and ships sail over the sparkling Pacific to America’s island playground. At mark  1:00 , the ships are seen on maneuvers. At mark  1:35 , Hawaii sunny skies, waving palms and all that makes tropical paradise is seen....
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“The New Oregon Trail” is a circa 1940 black-and-white tourism promotion film presented by the Oregon State Highway Department. Supervised by Harold B. Say, photographed by Ralph I. Gifford, and distributed by Castle Films, the film includes scenic and recreational attractions of Oregon. The film opens with a covered wagon train at mark  00:30  and explanation of how early settlers viewed Oregon as “a land of fabled wonder” as they set out westward and created the original Oregon...
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Ethiopia — Africa’s Ancient Kingdom” is a circa 1961 Paul Hoefler Production that presents a study of Ethiopia — an area that “even today … is little known and little understood. The color film points out that as a nation, Ethiopia remains primarily an undeveloped feudal state with poor transportation and communication systems (mark  01:55 ), as well as powerful traditions rooted the past. It describes the nation’s long line of hereditary monarchs, and also discusses the role of...
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Created in 1966 by the Atomic Energy Commission and the U.S. Army Pictorial Center, "Farm Fresh to You" describes preservation of fresh fruits and vegetables by radiation pasteurization, presenting evidence that spoilage can be reduced through use of nuclear energy. Using animation to show what happens during exposure, explains process of exposing foods to radiation. Food irradiation as shown in the film is the process of exposing foodstuffs to ionizing radiation. Ionizing radiation...
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“Mecca The Forbidden City” is a black-and-white British picture taking its viewer to the Saudi Arabian city. The center of the Islamic religion is shown beginning at mark  01:00 , with a brief narrative of Islam’s origins. The film shows how Muslims travel as part of the Hajj to Mecca from all over the world. At mark  03:53  we see Mecca’s market places, where bartering and trading occurs just as it had for 2,000 years, as well as a look at a solemn moment of prayer (mark  04:46 )....
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“The Magnetic Recorder” is a 1950s black-and-white film by the State University of Iowa explaining the uses and operation of magnetic tape. Almost any sound can be recorded magnetically and played back immediately, the viewer is told at mark  00:55  as we watch a man adjusting various tape machines including an Ekotape that we’re told are available for sale to schools, churches, and industry, and are comparable to those used at radio stations and professional recording studios. At...
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This rare film shows the design and construction of the Alvin submersible DSV-2, made in conjunction with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. A groundbreaking craft, Alvin was designed as a replacement for bathyscaphes and other less maneuverable oceanographic vehicles. Its more nimble design was made possible in part by the development of syntactic foam, which is buoyant and yet strong enough to serve as a structural material at great depths. The vessel weighs 17 tons. It allows for two...
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This historic film "Unconditional Surrender" dates to the mid-1950s and was funded by the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis / March of Dimes to promote the newly-developed poliomyelitis vaccine. The film shows Randy Kerr, the first boy to receive the Salk Vaccine. As the film shows, the Salk Vaccine was both safe and effective and went into commercial manufacture. The film does not mention Dr. Albert Sabin, whose oral vaccine came into use in 1961, so presumably the film...
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De Frenes & Company (an obscure ice cream producer based in Philadelphia) brings insight into the health benefits of ice cream, “America’s favorite dairy food,” in this late 1940s / early 1950s-era color promotional film. The film opens in a school cafeteria as a table of happy children enjoy bowls of vanilla ice cream, knowing that it’s “tops in in taste.” But few people know of what is involved in making ice cream. At mark  01:00 the camera gazes upon a field of grazing cows...
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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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Released in 1954 about the 1953 race, "International Road Race" shows the 24 Hours of LeMans with a special emphasis on the American sports car designer Briggs Cunningham and his new 300hp car known as "the Shark" or C-5R. The C-5R was powered by a 331.1 cubic-inch Chrysler eight-cylinder, hemi-head engine with Zenith downdraft carburetors developing 310 horsepower at 5200 rpm. It sat on a 100-inch wheelbase and weighs 5200 pounds. The film features images of the Alpha...
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Created by Calvin Productions in 1956 and directed by Robert Altman, "The Magic Bond" was commissioned by the Veterans of Foreign Wars as a promotional movie. Made at a time when generational shifts were beginning to threaten "traditional values", the film challenges apathy and neglect. "Magic Bond" features actors Joe Adelman, Owen Bush, Kermit Echols, James Lantz and Keith Painton as soldiers in WWII.  The film presents the Veterans of Foreign Wars as a...
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Produced by Dynamic Films, this color movie celebrates the 8th annual 1966 Daytona 500. The picture, produced by the Daytona International Speedway, opens on a rainy field as a mist filled the air — a problem that plagued the qualifying time trials for the race. Petty is shown at mark  00:55  after he had set a new qualifying track record of 176.65 mph. We see fellow racers such as Jim Hurtubise, Bobby Isaac, Fred Lorenzen, Cale Yarborough, Larry Frank, Darel Dieringer, and a young Mario...
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Made in honor of the 50th Anniversary of the Soviet Revolution in 1967, this Soviet Air Force & Navy propaganda film shows the military might and capabilities of the country in the late 1960s, as its jets raced to new heights, and its nuclear submarines patrolled the world's oceans and arctic regions, helping the USSR achieve superpower status.  The film begins with images of the fall of Berlin and tomb of the unknown soldier, and talks about how now a "new generation" of men are...
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The American Society of Agriculture and Republic Steel Corporation joined forces to present “Green Gold,” a 1953 Wilding Pictures Production that captures life down on the farm. We meet the “Weston Family,” and as the film opens a father and son argue over what to do with farm land they’re currently using as a cow pasture. Thanks to the son’s vocational agricultural class, he has learned new methods of farming that surpasses that of his father, who inherited the farm from his...
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Made by the University of Chicago during the Scarlet Fever epidemic, this silent film shows the diagnosis of the disease, and the use of anti-toxin in fighting the disease. The discovery of penicillin and its subsequent widespread use has significantly reduced the mortality of this once feared disease. Scarlet fever can occur as a result of a group A Streptococcus (group A strep) infection. The signs and symptoms include a sore throat, fever, headaches, swollen lymph nodes, and a characteristic...
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This color picture from 1980 is an official National Aeronautics and Space Administration film report produced for NASA by Boeing in 1979. It dates to the dawn of the composite materials revolution, when a nearly $9 million research program was created to study whether an advanced composite elevator could be made for the cargo version of the Boeing 727. The picture focuses on the continuing efforts of manufacturers to develop aircraft that are lighter and more fuel efficient without sacrificing...
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This color film “El Navajo” is an educational documentary presented by Santa Fe Railway. It is a Telefilm Recording (a format popular in 1935-1940, and represented a motion picture created to be shown on television). The Navajo Reservation spans New Mexico and Arizona during this film’s time period. Women in Navajo dress wave at an oncoming Santa Fe train (38), whose Chicago to San Francisco route passes it ( 1:03 ). Views outside the train window see the red desert cliffs ( 1:27 - 1:44...
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Made in 1931, this travelogue of American Samoa shows the island nation as it appeared prior to WWII, before the peace of this tiny protectorate was destroyed. Predominantly shot on the island of Tutuila, the film features rare views of traditional native life including Copra harvesting. American Samoa is an unincorporated territory of the United States located in the South Pacific Ocean, southeast of Samoa. It consists of five main islands and two coral atolls. The largest and most populous...
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As shown in this 1950s film "Project Tinkertoy"was the code-name for a development and proof of concept project undertaken by the National Bureau of Standards (NBS) to create a process for automated manufacture of electronic equipment and for demonstrating it on a pilot production line. The needs for this program came out of the new Cold War and the Korean War, where certain vital electronic components were in very short supply. The pilot plant created by Tinkertoy had to be...
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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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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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KLM Royal Dutch Airlines presents “Air Freight,” a black-and-white promotional film designed to inform the viewer of that particular business mode. “This most modern form is transport” is used to provide consumers with a variety of items including those found on breakfast tables each morning. Mark  01:23  takes the viewer to an airport in Amsterdam where KLM Royal Dutch Airlines annual handles 15,000 tons of freight, including birds, monkeys, horses, lions, and tigers. Various...
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This silent 16mm home movie shows what appears to be members of the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps on parade. The group contains several women of color, including at least one African American member, which is notable. It's also notable that they have a bit to learn about marching (with several of them going out of step at various times). The location of this is unknown but a clue is at  3:35  where an interesting building is shown. At about  3:09 , the film transitions to an Army exercise where a...
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This silent home movie (although, it could have been professionally made it appears likely to be an amateur production) shows the 1939 World's Fair in New York. It includes views of the iconic Trylon, Perisphere and Helicline, as well as major exhibits. At the  4:15  mark, an auto exhibit is seen, likely the Ford Pavilion, where race car drivers drove on a figure eight track on the building's roof endlessly, day in and day out. At  7:30 , the Billy Rose Aquacade is seen. This was a...
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This 16mm film, a home movie shot on May 9-10, 1970, shows a march on the White House. The march took place a week after the Kent State shootings, and 100,000 demonstrators converged on Washington to protest the shootings and President Richard Nixon's incursion into Cambodia.After the march, a few hundred militants spread through surrounding streets, causing limited damage. Police attacked the most threatening crowds with tear gas and made a number of arrests, including the one seen at the 12...
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Shot by an unknown serviceman, this historic silent home movie shows a trip to Europe made aboard the battleship USS Missouri BB-63 sometime in the mid to late 1940s or early 1950s. Most likely this journey likely occurred in March of 1946, as Missouri visited Turkey in April of that year. It also could have been shot in 1951, because in the summer of that year she engaged in two midshipman training cruises to northern Europe. The start of the film shows various views of the ship and its...
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Coronet Instructional Films presents “Modern Hawaii,” a late 1950s color film that transports the viewer to the “island territory.” An illustration at mark  00:43  helps the viewer locate Hawaii on a globe as it’s explained how the islands have been an important port in shipping trade across the Pacific Ocean for North America, Asia, and Australia. The viewer learns that Hawaii is actually a group of islands (mark  00:58 ) — Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Maui, and Hawaii — with a land...
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One of a series of 16mm silent films made for the home market, and derived from longer German propaganda and newsreel films, this short film shows U-boat operations. The film includes shots of U-boats operating on the surface and then a general alarm — the sub is buttoned up and submerges for an attack on an Allied convoy. The U-boat then survives a depth charge attack and surfaces. It is shown oining up with another U-boat at sea to form a Wolf Pack, and the final moments of the film show...
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This historic U.S. Navy film recounts the 1966 SeaLab II effort, involving ten aquanots who lived in a chamber beneath the sea, under seven atmospheres of pressure. The most famous of the aquanots was Scott Carpenter, who was also one of the original seven Project Mercury astronauts. Includes footage of diving bell, SeaLab I, SeaLab II, crew transfer vehicle, trained dolphins, and practice sessions to recover downed aircraft, sunken submarines and atomic bombs and other weapons. SEALAB I, II,...
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This WWII color film "Your Ship in Action" shows the construction and launch of a Cleveland class light cruiser USS Denver (CL-58). It was intended as an "industrial incentive" film, shown to the American public to raise money for the WWII war effort. The ship shows the Camden, New Jersey shipyard manned by Rosie the Riveter women war workers ( 1:29 ) circa 1942. At  2:35  a commissioning ceremony is shown with the ship being prepared for sea and future combat in the...
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Silent film showing the start of the Battle of Okinawa, codenamed Operation Iceberg, fought on the Ryukyu Islands of Okinawa. This was the largest amphibious assault in the Pacific War of World War II. The 82-day-long battle lasted from early April until mid-June 1945. After a long campaign of island hopping, the Allies were approaching Japan, and planned to use Okinawa, a large island only 340 mi (550 km) away from mainland Japan, as a base for air operations on the planned invasion of...
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Made by unknown filmmakers sometime in the 1940s, CHECKING IN is a silent U.S. Navy gag movie that follows the antics of a new recruit named Red Marme. The film follows Marme as he arrives for basic training aboard a U.S. Navy bus (which he falls out of). This sets the tone for a series of funny vignettes ranging from Red's first cigarette, working as a photographer's mate (and losing the camera out the airplane), and more. If Youtube existed in 1948 this might have been a million viewer. We...
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An informational film created by the Navy on usefulness of destroyers operating with the Fleet. "Who Needs You Buchanan?" was made by the Navy in 1964. The film presents the story of how the Buchanan was able to save a pilot from the sea after he had to eject due to an emergency onboard his aircraft. This jet jockey gets a full tour of the ship. The film also shows the USS St. Paul CA-73, USS John Rogers DD-574, USS Bon Homme Richard (CV-31) and other warships in a large scale naval...
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This is the story of the Military Aircraft Storage and Disposition Center or MASDC. Here at mark  0:42  are USAF planes lying in wait in the Arizona desert. It is an older, priceless air force. Many of this aircraft had been used to fight in battles in World War II and they are worth fortunes to taxpayers and as parts. There’s no air force like it in the world. Until 1965, the military services maintain separate storage facilities and hence there is a private company known as MADC located...
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“Patton and the Third Army” is an episode of the documentary series “The Twentieth Century” originally airing March 20, 1960. Hosted by revered newsman Walter Cronkite, the program looks at “Old Blood and Guts” — US Army General George S. Patton — who is first seen at mark  00:30  in full dress uniform addressing an assembled crowd. That is followed by archival footage from World War II and scenes of Patton (mark  02:10 ) from November 1942 as he leads his Third Army into...
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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 the metal skeleton of 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 steel erection...
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The 1969 film SAGA OF THE SKYRAIDER, produced by the McDonnell Douglas Corporation, recaps the history of the versatile Douglas A-1 Skyraider and the final flight of the versatile attack plane from Naval Air Station Lemoore, California, in April 1968. The film opens with the commemoration of the last Skyraider ( 01:17 ), aka the Pedigree Pulverizer, as it is retired from Navy service. The Skyraider’s story begins in 1944. At the time, the Douglas Dauntless SBD ( 01:55 ) was the Navy’s...
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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 by the McDonnell Corporation (before it became McDonnell Douglas), THE RECORD BREAKING PHANTOM II presents the story of the F-4 Phantom, a tandem two-seat, twin-engine, all-weather, long-range supersonic jet interceptor and fighter-bomber originally developed for the United States Navy. The aircraft first entered service in 1960 with the U.S. Navy. Proving highly adaptable, it was also adopted by the U.S. Marine Corps and the U.S. Air Force, and by the mid-1960s had become a major part of...
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Made in 1972 by the U.S. Navy to train crash crews and air crews, this film shows emergency rescue procedures for the F-4J Phantom aircraft. The planes used are from Air Wing Five, a United States Navy aircraft carrier air wing based at Naval Air Facility Atsugi, Japan, but the film was produced at Pt. Mugu in California. At :44 a crash scene is shown at an airport, with heavy foam being sprayed by a fire engine. Firefighters wearing asbestos safety suits quickly disengage the pilot from his...
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One of a large number of industrial incentive films made during WWII, "4000 Years of Experience" was directed by J.A. Yovin, who later became head of the Army's Pictorial Division. The film was made to encourage factory workers to work efficiently, and contrasts the heroic stand of the Chinese (who work very inefficiently with rudimentary tools and lots of manpower) with the modern factory worker on the home front. The film shows footage of Chinese working in an aircraft repair...
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“A Product of the Imagination” is a 1960s color film by Alcoa that includes a number of splices (and places its introduction at the  08:00  mark) but is designed to educate the viewer on the soft metal aluminum. Dramatic music plays in the background at the physical beginning of the film as several various factory scenes are shown and the narrator explains how aluminum can be extracted and fit into any number of molds. The film shows several of those forms before the narrators — “Adam...
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"The Air Force Story" was a series of TV episodes that told the story of the U.S. Air Force. The USAF was officially created as a standalone agency only in 1947, and prior to that existed as part of the Army. As a result the USAF saw a need to educate the public about the Air Force's history and role. This television show was part of this effort. Dating from Season 2, this episode describes America’s military involvement during the Korean War. An introductory scroll notes that “it...
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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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“This Is US Eucom” is a circa 1967 Defense Department film that visits the United States European Command, or EUCOM. EUCOM is one of nine Unified Combatant Commands of the United States military. The film opens by telling us how Europe has grown past the atrocities of World War II to once again become a thriving place to live and visit, while still able to link “the vibrant present to the picturesque past” (mark  01:00 ). There’s a look back on WW2 and how most nations of the world...
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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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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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“Spread the Alarm” is a circa 1941 color film presented by the New England Telephone and Telegraph Company is cooperation with the Massachusetts Commission on Public Safety. Starting at mark  00:30  we see a map of the New England states as a narrator explains how Civil Defense agencies “are hearing the call to action” as newspaper headlines about mock air raids and bomb attacks appear on the screen. At mark  01:07 , Myron D. Chase, a liaison between the telephone company and the...
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Featuring footage shot just before WWII, Library Films' CROSSROADS TO THE ORIENT (:08) presents rare color images of Manila and the Philippines. As the opening credits of the film explain, the Philippine Islands suffered severe war damage and the islands Zombanga and Jolo were included (:20). However, the way of life on these islands did not change much and the scenes depicted in this film, which were shot before the war, will accurately display life on these islands. The capitol of the...
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These silent home movies date to 1947 or so, and were shot by a member of a German American club at an annual "German Day" ceremony held every September in Hindenburg Park in La Crescenta, California. Apparently at the time the get-together was part of the post-WWII relief effort, in which these immigrant groups attempted to raise money for war-torn Germany. "Hindenburg Park" has a controversial history. Prior to WWII, the western side of Crescenta Valley Park (then known as...
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This episode of “Yesterday’s Newsreel” film offers the viewer “television highlights of the news of yesteryear” by providing vintage clips of famous people and events from the first half of the 20th century. This episode opens women’s suffrage (mark  00:40 ) and protests outside the White House in 1917, culminating in the approval of the 19th Amendment in 1919 (mark  01:35 ). Vice President Thomas R. Marshall is shown signing the document giving women the right to vote, as well as...
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This classic Cold War film shows a U.S. analysis of Soviet capabilities, and draws heavily on a Library of Congress report, most likely the 1977 "Collins Report on American and Soviet Armed Services, Strengths Compared 1970-76" for much of its data. The film may or may not have been seen by Ronald Reagan when he was running for President, but many of the ideas presented within it -- that the USA is falling dangerously behind its principle adversary -- were repeated by Reagan during...
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This 1950s Cold War propaganda film opens with hurried scenes of New York City and life in suburbia interspersed with images of a ballistic missile streaking across the sky until a massive explosion and mushroom cloud fills the screen at mark  01:07 . “This is the threat,” the narrator grimly announces. The answer: “Ballistic Missile Early Warning System” — which also serves as the film’s title. Presented by RCA Defense Electronics Products Missile and Surface Radar Division, this...
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“Minutemen Missile And Mission” is a circa 1962 color film, produced by the Thiokol Chemical Corporation and adapted for US Air Force use, that serves as “the story of the Minuteman Intercontinental Ballistic Missile to date.” (The LGM-30 Minuteman entered service in 1962, tasked with the deterrence role and threatening Soviet cities with a counterattack if the US was attacked.) The film opens with a scripted scene featuring NBC correspondent Chet Huntley (mark  02:00 ) speaking with...
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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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Directed by Bob Lapresle and prepared by the British Film Council, “Let’s See” is a 1945 Technicolor picture that takes a look at the manufacture of optical lenses and their many uses throughout the different industries, from microscopes to spectacles to full use in the war effort during World War II. It opens by mentioning how a camera lens can capture any moment for posterity’s sake. Although most people see a lens only as a glass object “with mysterious properties” (mark  01:10...
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Made by Northrop Aircraft for the U.S. Air Force Air Defense Command, this promotional film MRS. JONES, MEET YOUR PARTNERS features General Nathan F. Twining speaking about the group's mission: to protect the USA from enemy attack, especially nuclear attack. It also showcases the F-89 Scorpion interceptor. The film is a bit fragmentary but apparently featured a civilian housewife "Mrs. Jones", who has volunteered as a aircraft spotter with the Ground Observer Corps, touring the...
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This 1973 U.S. Army color film MF20-5841 describes itself as providing a historical documentary of the internment, release, and repatriation of enemy prisoners of war, as per the Geneva Convention. January 1973. A bird’s eye view is given of South Vietnam ( 1:08 - 1:35 ). Soldiers capture North Vietnamese and Viet Cong, blindfold, transport, and identify them ( 1:36 - 2:45 ). The prisoners were moved to a brigade collecting point for screening. Shown is the 4th Infantry Division Collecting...
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This 1944 black and white film, “Chet Lang Reports,” was to persuade internal GE sales reps that the company was dedicated to the war effort. The film begins with Lang, GE Sales Manager and Chairman of the Wartime Committee. A clip of a letter includes that GE “single handedly saved the country” in WWII ( 2:08 - 2:45 ). An illustration shows the progression of 1940s sales growth to taxes and profits ( 4:25 - 5:34 ). YALE electric forklifts load pallets into train cars ( 5:49 - 5:56 ). A...
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This extraordinary, declassified U.S. Air Force documentary “Return With Honor” pays tribute to those servicemen who became prisoners of war during the Vietnam War. The film focuses on first hand accounts by POWs who describe their methods of resistance, maintaining mental toughness, and most incredibly the innovative communication techniques they developed and used while held captive. The circa 1973 picture opens with General John P. Flynn (mark   00:20 ), who spent five years as a POW...
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Army-Navy Screen Magazine #17 is a short, black-and-white film produced for servicemen circa 1943. It includes several segments and ends with the delightful cartoon "Private Snafu".  “Fighting French” (mark  00:30 ) looks at men of the French armed forces and shows us the French battleship Richelieu in New York Harbor after undergoing refitting in New York Navy Yard and returning to battle. Troops from Martinique are shown training in the United States at mark  02:30  and...
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“A World of Difference” is a public relations video produced in the mid-1960s to promote World Airways Charters. Narrated by Lowell Thomas, the film opens with a jet in flight (mark  00:45 ) as the company is described as “the best there is in air travel.” Via an animated sequence we see the various parts of the planet to which World Airways travels before visiting the company’s center of operation — Oakland. A Boeing 707 touches down at mark  02:20  and heads to the hanger as...
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This British produced short film GLIDING featuring Leslie Welch (popularly known as the "Memory Man") and Brian Johnston. The film was produced in 1952 as part of the "Sports Page" series and looks at the sport of gliding. It shows glider construction, and piloting. The National Gliding Championships (also known as the British Gliding Championship) of 1950 or 1951 are featured. The meeting took place in Darbyshire. The event included a 186-mile glider flight. At  4:30 ,...
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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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The Los Angeles Police Department presents “Your Traffic Officer,” a late 1940s black-and-white training film that shows what it takes to be a motorcycle patrolman on the new freeways in post-World War II California. Six people lost their lives on a “modern highway” in the past year (probably the 110 Freeway) the narrator explains at the film commences. The efficient execution of traffic regulations is key to keeping the roads safe. A motorcycle officer zooms across the screen (mark ...
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Made just after the outbreak of WWII, this stirring rendition of "The Star Spangled Banner" features reassuring images of the U.S. Navy's fleet, cadets at West Point, and even President Franklin Roosevelt. A truly stirring rendition especially when you consider the audience that watched it, was doubtlessly helping in the war effort, and probably had sons or relatives at the front and on the seas. We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional information...
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You're watching something few people got to see during WWII -- a special African American newsreel made by and for African Americans. The story behind this begins in November 1942 when producer E.M. Glucksman founded All American News of Chicago, Illinois. The company began releasing newsreels showcasing the lives of America's African Americans, including showing their contributions to the WWII war effort. The newsreels were shown only in African American movie theaters (and did not get shown...
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Produced by Glenn E. Miller for Lockheed, and narrated by radio and television personality George Fenneman, TABLE 210 is about the making of movies for the Department of Defense. The name of the film comes from a piece of language in most Department of Defense contracts in this era -- Table 210 -- which defines that work performed under the contract needs to be documented with motion pictures. Here, the creation of a filmic record of an experimental and highly classified Lockheed missile system...
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This​ ​episode of the 1950s TV show "The Greatest Drama", ​“The​ ​Black​ ​Beret​ ​Field​ ​Marshal​ ​Montgomery”,​​ ​First​ ​Viscount​ ​Montgomery​.​ ​Nicknamed ‘Monty’​ ​he​ ​fought​ ​in​ ​both​ ​WW1​ ​and​ ​WW2​ ​earning​ ​himself​ ​the​ ​highest​ ​rank​ ​in​ ​the​ ​British army,​ ​Field​ ​Marshal.​ ​The​ ​film​ ​begins​ ​with​ ​his​...
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Made to promote Greyhound Bus Lines and its coast-to-coast service, FREEDOM HIGHWAY was produced by Jerry Fairbanks, a seasoned Hollywood filmmaker, and directed by Harold Schuster. The film features the GM PD-4501 Scenicruiser, operating from San Francisco to Washington, D.C., and follows the stories of several passengers — including the journey of a Boy Scout headed to Washington, a budding romance between two warm blooded passengers, and a mysterious man who just might be the "Unknown...
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Made by the Soviet Union during the Brezhnev era, this propaganda film showcases the nation's nuclear forces and features what appears to be a full scale missile test complete with warhead detonation. However there is good reason to believe that the missile launches and atomic bomb blast shown were unrelated, as most Soviet nuclear tests were not conducted with ICBMs. The film begins and ends with footage of the annual military parade in Red Square, where it was not uncommon to see missiles on...
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This color film, “Green Gold of Ecuador”, made for a TV series called “il mondo” (Italian for the World) was probably produced in the early 1960’s because Cabana Bananas were using disease resistant methods by that time, and because of the name Standard Fruit & Steamship Co. (it changed to Cooke Inc. in 1964, later to Dole Food Co.). It was produced and directed by William F.L. Singer, and the voice-overs were done by Mai Tai Film Production International of Burbank, CA. It opens...
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“12 To Go” covers the 1957 Florida International 12 Hour Grand Prix of Endurance of the Amoco Trophy. The sports car endurance race was held at Sebring International Raceway in Sebring, Florida. Mark  00:35  introduces us to David Ash, who between 1952 and 1957 earned the title of “Mr. MG’" as the only driver to start and finish five twelve-hour-long endurance races at Sebring in five tries. Ash “pleads” with his wife to allow him to participate in the race and sets off from...
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This “Yesterday’s Newsreel” film offers the viewer “television highlights of the news of yesteryear” by providing vintage clips of famous people and events from the first half of the 20th century. This episode begins with 1933’s Holy Year (mark  00:30 ) as Pope Pius XI celebrates the liturgical feast along with Roman Catholic faithful at St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City. The event is followed by scenes of a 1930s “Floating Cabaret” in the waters off Long Island, as...
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The ‘Oregon Country’ is a silent film presented by Eastman Classroom Films (:11), and was one of a series of educational shorts made by that company for classroom use in the 1920s. It opens with shots of automobiles driving through forests, a waterfall (:34) and leads into the trails to Oregon (:47). Footage is shown of travelers in wagons drawn by oxen on the trail. On a map, a trail is shown beginning in St. Louis through Kansas City, Omaha, and the Missouri River ( 1:10 ) and this is the...
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Co-produced by Empire Photosound Incorporated and Image India Films, e.g., India is a short 1966 film that recaps the 1965 4-H Club Foundation’s International Farm Youth Exchange (IFYE) program, sponsored by International Minerals and Chemical Corporation. The film begins with Dana Andrews (famous 1940s actor) describing the need for the youth of the world to invest themselves in agriculture and food production in order to meet the growing demands of feeding the world. Andrews explains that...
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The 1967 U.S. Army training film, Individual Camouflage (TF 5-3881), produced by the Army Pictorial Center, is a training video used to teach the factors of recognition and basic techniques of camouflaging for hiding, blending, and moving with near invisibility. The film begins by identifying the six “Factors of Recognition” ( 02:07 ): movement, position, shape, shadow, texture, and color. Camouflage allows for the manipulation of these factors to create near invisibility. One key device...
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One of a series of the General Newsreel Company offerings, this episode of "Yesterday's Newsreel" features various segments. First, the French Fleet is shown. It’s 1913 as the new elected President of France Raymond Poincare is seen reviewing the fleet ( 1:10 ). The President is shown with Monsieur Baudin, the nation’s Minister of the Navy ( 1:20 ), who gets a satisfying look at his battle ships and destroyers. After the war in 1914, then there is peace and another war with the...
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Directed by Charles Guggenheim, the 1956 short film THE BIG CITY is St. Louis’ annual report for the citizens of St. Louis “whose tax dollar runs the Big City”; it is almost a minute-by-minute story of what the tax payer’s dollar buys. A film from the St. Louis Public Library, the film opens with a promotional spot for the learning center of the St. Louis Public Library. The day begins in the early hours of the morning as a police car drives through downtown St. Louis ( 01:13 )....
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Made by Keystone, this charming travelogue film shows pre-WWII Japan and was likely filmed in the 1920s or early 30s. the film begins with images of a caucasian girl in Japanese dress and carrying a parasol before showing at 1:02 , Japanese women doing their make-up. At 1:15 , Geisha girls play instruments. At 1:30 , children are seen in kimonos learning how to use fans. At 1:45 a large temple complex is seen, we don't know which one -- if you know please leave information in the comments. At...
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