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“Victory Circle,” presented by the Perfect Circle Corporation, is a 27-minute film detailing the splendor of the 1957 Daytona Beach Race and the 1957 Indianapolis 500. We’re first taken to sun-soaked sands of Florida and meet engineer and stock car racer John Zink at mark  02:15 , who would go on to set a stock-auto speed record of 141.2 mph — the fastest time ever recorded at the Daytona straightaway. A spectacular crash follows at mark  3:00 , as Bill Norkett’s car loses control...
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“Command of the Seas” is a 1952 U.S. Navy Korean War-era promotional film, and one of a series produced in that year (the others include Pacific, Atlantic and Arctic films). Focusing on naval operations in the Pacific Ocean, the film’s narrator stresses that because of the warm water in the region, a threat of an attack from under the water is a real danger. Although submarines proved themselves more than capable during World War II to handle any enemy on or below the the sea, Seabees...
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Canada’s National Film Board presents “When Do We Eat,” part of the “Knife and Fork Series” created during World War II. This black-and-white film, made circa 1943, addresses the importance nutrition and its role toward a protective work day. “Old men, back to work after years of Depression,” it is said at mark  02:10 . “Women quickly adjusting themselves to factory noise and heat. Boys, just out of school, taking on overnight the long hours of overnight. But the strain has...
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This U.S. Navy documentary depicts the sea battle at Leyte Gulf during the Allied landings at Mindoro in the Phillipines during World War II. During this battle, a small group of American escort carriers designated Taffy 3 engaged the Japanese fleet's main body, including the super battleship Yamato. That these lightly armed ships and their air crews managed to hold off Admiral Kurita's vanguard and prevent an assault on the vulnerable ships supporting the Allied ground invasion, remains one of...
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Flight into Time is a gorgeous color vintage travelogue made by Trans World Airlines or TWA, which takes viewers through some of Southern Europe and Northern Africa’s most historic sites and possible stops for vacationers. The film references the importance of each location, the daily lives of the locals and interesting things visitors might do or see throughout their trips in Portugal, Spain, Italy, Egypt, Syria and Greece.  Travel in this era was aboard a Lockheed Constellation, seen at...
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This World War II training film KNOW YOUR ENEMY: GERMAN EQUIPMENT was originally made by the British Paramount News for the Ministry of Information. The film attempts to educate soldiers, tankers and other combatants about the material resources and equipment of the German Wehrmacht, and discusses how to defeat tanks and other weapons with small arms and anti-personnel weapons. "To know your enemy, know his weakness and his strength, gives you edge over him." Here we have more...
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Created in 1944 and presented by Hollywood motion picture studio United Artists, and released by the United States Navy, “The World In Action — Fortress Japan” opens with a flashback to Tokyo on December 7, 1941, and the narrator repeating a statement from Japan’s emperor, the Son of Heaven”: “We declare war on the United States and upon the Commonwealth and Empire of Great Britain. We rely upon the diligence of our subjects to ensure that in the coming struggle, our illustrious...
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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 “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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This post-WWII film explains movement control, and the point control of traffic by transportation officers and military police. As the narrator explains, since a modern Army involves many mechanized vehicles, the MP and the movement of traffic are essential for victory. Various scenarios including blackout conditions, combat conditions, and rear area traffic control are mentioned. The film shows techniques of military vehicle traffic control at intersections, bridges and problem areas. A...
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Made in 1959 by Jean Leduc, this French language film presents a unique look at the State of Israel and the City of TelAviv in this era.  We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional information about our videos by adding a comment! See something interesting? Tell people what it is and what they can see by writing something for example like: "01:00:12:00 -- President Roosevelt is seen meeting with Winston Churchill at the Quebec Conference." This film...
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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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One of a series of news films made by the U.S. Air Force in the 1980s, this edition of Air Force Now dates to November of 1985. The film starts with a nostalgic look back at USAF uniforms from the late 1940s when pith helmets were authorized for use in the tropics. At  2:00 , the USAF's distribution system in Europe is seen with C-23A aircraft being used to deliver vital spare parts to bases throughout the continent. The C-23A Sherpa entered service with the United States Air Force in Europe...
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In 1949 the U.S. Navy asked the Aerojet General Corporation to find a way to allow underwater demolition teams to move more quickly. Two Aerojet engineers, Calvin Gongwer and George McRoberts, delivered not only a report but the miniature submarine shown in this historic film. This version appears to be electrically powered and probably not the prototype version, which was actually human powered. Inside the fiberglass hull of that first unit was what Gongwer and McRoberts christened the...
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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 by an unknown U.S. serviceman, this poorly shot 16mm silent home movie shows views from a visit to Guam and Iwo Jima made just after WWII around 1946-46. The film opens with shots at sea of Guam (very dirty). At 1:58 a car trip begins with shots from the moving vehicle, most of which are very jumpy. A Japanese type C class midget submarine with the serial number "Ha-51" is standing on display. It is now at the War in the Pacific visitors' center on Guam. The submarine ran aground...
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"Bikini -- The Atom Island" is a 1946 short that chronicles the evacuation of Bikini Atoll prior to the Operation Crossroads atomic bomb tests. The forced re-location of the island inhabitants was just the beginning of an ordeal that continues into the present day, as life was never the same after the tests (which, incidentally, are not shown in this film but took place just after it was shot). Bikini Atoll is an atoll in the Marshall Islands. The atoll consists of 23 islands totaling...
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This footage shows a three rotor German Enigma machine invented by the German engineer Arthur Scherbius at the end of World War I. Early models were used commercially from the early 1920s, and adopted by military and government services of several countries, most notably Nazi Germany before and during World War II. Several different Enigma models were produced, but the German military models are the most commonly recognized. German military messages enciphered on the Enigma machine were first...
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This silent 16mm home movie shows a trip to Hawaii around 1950. It starts with a cruise aboard a sailboat. The film begins at sea aboard the boat, in fair seas (:57). At 1:06 a sextant is used to locate position, while at 1:15 a woman takes the wheel. At 2:26 , a group of tourists pose in leis, and at 3:45 the group takes a break for a drink. At 4:11 the captain is seen lashing his guests with a whip (!) while the boat rides at anchor. Starting at about 5:00 , you will see a silent,...
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Dating to about 1986, LEARJET: STANDARD OF EXCELLENCE is a film promoting the corporate aircraft made by Gates Learjet including the Model 55 and Model 35. There is extensive coverage of the company's Wichita and Tucson factories. Focus is given to the company's cutting edge assembly systems, including computer aided drafting and controlled machine tools. At the end the film shows some of the many roles taken on by the Learjet in the 80s, including use for target towing systems, surveillance...
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Produced by the U.S. Department of the Treasury in support of the 7th War Loan, "Voice of Truth" and "Hands" are terrific examples of WWII propaganda films. "Voice of Truth" uses a Tokyo Rose broadcast as its conceit, to remind the audience of the stakes in the war. Tokyo Rose (alternative spelling Tokio Rose) was actually a generic name given by Allied forces in the South Pacific during World War II to any of approximately a dozen English-speaking female...
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This U.S. Navy Combat Bulletin, one of a series of newsreels produced during WWII, was originally labeled "restricted" and only shown to Navy personnel. The film begins with astonishing coverage of a huge air-sea battle fought between the Japanese and U.S. Navy in the Pacific. At  2:54 , a damaged F-4U Corsair crashes into the bridge of an aircraft carrier, in some of the most dramatic footage you'll see from the war. At  4:30 , the capture of the German U-boat U-505 is shown near...
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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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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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“A Giant Step In Communication” is a circa 1973 color film presented by the Ford Motor Company subsidiary Philco-Ford Corporation. It explores the early days of communication satellites. It opens with a look at the historic Apollo 11 moon landing in 1969 (mark  00:38 ) and the final splashdown of the Apollo 17 crew (mark  01:35 ) before visiting the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas (mark  02:09 ). It’s there that the technology that helped put man on the moon was being used to...
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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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Made in 1951 to promote unity in Western Europe against the Soviet Union and what would become the Warsaw Pact, THE HOUR OF CHOICE shows the choice which now lies before the countries of Western Europe. The film gives an historical survey of the old historic European concept of "unity with difference" and emphasizes the present day realization that, in order to survive, Europe must abolish differences and achieve unity. The Marshall Plan, the Schuman Plan, the European Payments Plan,...
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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 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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“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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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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This film shows early 8mm footage of the USS Indianapolis in Portland, Oregon in 1937. The occasion was Navy Day. Joining the Indy for this event was USS Chester, USS Pensacola and other warships. The poor condition of the film is quite evident; but this remains some of the only footage to show the Indianapolis in the pre-WWII era and so is considered quite precious. USS Indianapolis (CA-35) was a Portland-class cruiser of the United States Navy. She served as flagship for Admiral Raymond...
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Shows the submarine USS Shark (SSN-591) conducting anti-submarine warfare maneuvers.  A nuclear attack submarine, Shark was one of the Skipjack class boats launched in 1960.  The film shows the crew conducting sonar searches, and living and working at sea.  Also includes footage of the USS Holland (SS-1), the Navy's first submarine, as well as early subs including the S44.  Also shown are the USS Gyatt (DD-712) and USS Fremont (PA-44).  The film also includes WWI German footage of U-boats.
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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 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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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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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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"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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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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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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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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“Drinking and Driving” is a 1940s era black-and-white educational film produced for Lumbermens Mutual Casualty Company by Traffic Safety Films, Inc. and the Los Angeles Police Department. The film provides a dramatized account of an accident labeled “HBD” — had been drinking. The narrator cautions against that “deadly mixture of alcohol and gasoline” and that such a mixture can lead to death. We see a busy intersection at mark  01:25 , where “male and female” drivers, some...
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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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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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“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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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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“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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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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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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This late 1940s or early 1950s home movie begins in Sells, Arizona, the capital of the Tohono O'odham Nation and the home of several of their tribal businesses. A pow wow is in progress and tents are set up, and at 1:10 a band plays. At 1:14 meat is cut up for lunch and you will see members of the Tohono O'odham tribe having their meal. At 2:45 the rodeo gets underway with a parade of colors and men on horseback. Tribal dancing is shown at the 6:30 mark. At 7:30 the scene switches to Tucson,...
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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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Presented by Bell & Howell this 1940 short film, HOW MOTION PICTURES MOVE AND TALK educates viewers on how pictures are given “movement” and how sound is recorded and printed on a film strip. The scope of motion pictures is incredible for what it can bring to the viewer, such as Polynesian dancers ( 00:31 ), planes flying over Egypt’s pyramids ( 00:38 ), or the tops of active volcanos ( 00:41 ). Motion pictures also allow families to record and watch their own motion pictures,...
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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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This episode of the “Yesterday’s Newsreel” television show (episode 96) offers the viewer “television highlights of the news of yesteryear” by providing vintage clips of famous people and events from the first half of the 20th century. The newsreel begins with “1920-1923: Warren Harding” ( 00:30 ), recapping Senator Warren G. Harding’s road to the White House. Harding and his wife enjoy life in 1920 prior to the Republican Convention at the Blackstone Hotel in Chicago ( 00:57 )...
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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 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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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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This black and white film is one of the episodes of "Yesterday's Newsreels", an early 1950s TV show made from the General Newsreel collection. It features nine segments of historic highlights. Submarine Warfare 1875-1918 (:29). A torpedo moves through the water, hits a ship, and it sinks (:38-:57). John T. Holland is shown with his 1875 version of a submarine (:58- 1:15 ). Early submarines are shown ( 1:16 - 1:28 ), as is Grand Admiral Alfred von Tirpitz of Nazi Germany ( 1:29 - 1:39...
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This film, of the "This Land of Ours" educational series from Dudley Pictures and presented by Official Films will give a tour of Indiana (:09). The state is centered in the heart of the American Midwest (:35). Part of it's rich history includes being home to Abraham Lincoln (:57), the plot of land his family’s log cabin once stood is shown ( 1:04 ). In addition is the old swimming hole that had inspired writing's from James Whitcomb Riley ( 1:19 ). The George Rogers Clark Memorial...
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This 1950 silent black and white educational film on Norway has intertitles describing the various segments. It was produced by Official Films, a Dudley Pictures Corporation Production for the This World of Ours television series. {The timestamps represent the beginning of that action.] The film opens with a view of a majestic fjord (:40), followed by the scenery of mountains, lakes, and valleys (:48). A waterfall spills down the side of a mountain next to a house (:58). Bicyclists ride up a...
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Dating to 1951, WASHINGTON CLOSE-UP is the pilot episode of an an early public affairs television show that ran on the DuMont Network. Hosted by veteran radio broadcaster John B. Hughes, who holds up a plastic donkey and elephant to symbolize the Democratic and Republican Parties, the show was intended to present news fairly and impartially (so what else is new?). This episode looks at world government, the threat to U.S. sovereignty, and a gag rule that emerged as part of the Cold War. At 1:27...
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This black and white instructional education short film The Steam Engine (as it applies to locomotives) was produced by Young America Films (Centron Corporation), using footage originally shot by British Information Services. The film was most likely released in the 1940s due to the presence of streamline “modern” trains. It opens with a steam engine train coming up the tracks (:34-:43). Passengers inside are shown, including some being waited on in a dining car (:44-:56), before returning...
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This 1941 black and white film is part of the Bell and Howell Filmosound Library series and focuses on the plight of the peons in Mexico in the late 1800s and early 1900s. It was produced in Mexico by Soviet film director Sergei M. Eisenstein and by “special arrangements with Upton Sinclair.” It opens with views of Mexico’s desert, two smiling caballeros, and castle fortresses (:22- 1:00 ). A Creole cowboy with spurs sits sideways on a horse, two men wrapped in serapes take a siesta under...
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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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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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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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This rare color film entitled STAR BROTHERS takes a look at the Soviet space program in the 1960s. It's an interesting counterpoint to NASA produced films of the same era. The film begins with footage of Yuri Gagarin (:29), the first man in space in 1961. At 1:05 , Gherman Stepanovich Titov is shown, the second Soviet cosmonaut. At 1:30 , American space hero John Glenn is seen with one of his Soviet counterparts. At 1:45 , Pavel Romanovich Popovich and Andriyan Nikolayev of Vostok 4 & 3...
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This rare color film entitled STAR BROTHERS takes a look at the Soviet space program in the 1960s. It's an interesting counterpoint to NASA produced films of the same era. This, the second half of the film begins with footage of tracking radars and microwave communications, and at :38 a ground station with banks of computers and telemetry devices. A video tape recorder is turned on at :39 and a TV set is shown for playback. At :55 the route of the flight is plotted on a moving map. The...
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Directed by Emerson Yorke, this rare industrial film by the United States Rubber Company shows the 1946 National Air Races in Cleveland, Ohio. These races represented the restart of the NAR after they were curtailed by World War II. Present at these races were early jet aircraft and many of aviation's great personalities including Roscoe Turner, Tooey Spaatz, Tony Levier, Paul Mantz and other military leaders including Admiral Bull Halsey. Covergirl Corkey Kelly is also shown at  2:45 , and...
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This stunning color film of the PACIFIC ISLANDS OF WWII features footage shot during the post-war Thaw Expedition to the South Pacific. It was funded by Chrysler Motors. The film starts in Pearl Harbor at 1:07 , with the Pacific Fleet shown at anchor. At 1:37 footage of December 7th is shown, and then at 1:48 the work of welders, crane operators, and other ship builders are seen. At 2:16 , fighting men are seen at the Outrigger Canoe Club and surfing at 2:40 off Waikiki. At 3:06 Diamond Head is...
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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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This film, "The Resourceful Atom: Project Gasbuggy" documents an underground nuclear detonation carried out by the United States Atomic Energy Commission on December 10, 1967 in rural northern New Mexico. It was part of Operation Plowshare, a program designed to find peaceful uses for nuclear explosions. Gasbuggy was carried out by the Lawrence Radiation Laboratory and the El Paso Natural Gas Company, with funding from the Atomic Energy Commission. Its purpose was to determine whether...
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The United States Office of the Coordinator of Inter-American Affairs presents “Wings Over Brazil,” a 1944 report on advancements in aviation in Brazil. The film begins with a look at some of the early figures in Brazilian aviation history, including Alberto Santos-Dumont (mark  01:46 ), the creation of his memorial, and the founding of the Escola de Especialistas de Aeronautica in 1941. As the film moves forward, there are reports on President Getulio Vargas and Brazil's role among the...
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This film is a fragment of a travelogue apparently made by Pan Am Airlines just prior to WWII, "High Road in the Sky". At this time Pan Am offered Clipper Service across the Pacific from San Francisco to Hong Kong, with several stops for refueling along the way. The film begins with footage of passengers taking a break to do some deep sea fishing at Wake Island. At  1:47 , a small boat is used to sail out to a coral garden in the Wake lagoon. At  6:45 , Guam in the Marshall Islands...
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“Supervising Women Workers” was a short World War II-era social guidance film produced by the US Office of Education and aimed at male foremen who now had to supervise women for war work. “Women scare me,” a foreman tells his boss at mark  01:30 , helping set the tone. The film depicts the social and gender relations and attitudes of its time. It notes that most of the women had never been in industry before (mark  01:48 ), and were unfamiliar with the terminology and mores common to...
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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 1960 black and white documentary about Eskimos was part of a 1960-1962 television series known as “Expedition!” with host Colonel John D. Craig. This segment was photographed by Father Bernard Hubbard, the ‘glacier priest’ and an American geologist and explorer. Col. Craig introduces the show and there’s a “Place Commercial Here” pause ( 1:16 ). Father Hubbard, now the narrator, lived a year among these Eskimos ( 1:18 - 2:12 ). His focus was on King Island in the Bering Sea...
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This 1940s black and white “Gay Nineties Live Again” was produced by Castle Films as part of the “Old Time Movies” series. Due to being early film, some of it reproduced from "paper prints" in the Library of Congress, some of the segments are faint or flickering. The film begins with the segment When Dobbin was King! (:24-:48). Two horses pull a trolley or horsecar. Seeing New York Via Steam-Engine! (:48- 1:07 ). An elevated steam locomotive passes. Putt-putt and Bowlers (...
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Shot by an unknown American military officer in 1931, this silent 16mm home movie shows views of colonial life in the American protectorate in this period. The film begins with shots of what might be the main gate of Fort Santiago or Fort McKinley in Manila at :46. At 1:18 is a view of Manila's harbor with ships plying the waters including merchant ships and a four stack destroyer. At 2:00 is what the Manila Hotel, designed by architect William Parsons around 1915 in a Mission style. At 2:17 ,...
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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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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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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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This 1947 black and white documentary about Alaska is part of a Movietone educational films series called “The World Today”. It was produced by Edmund Reek and narrated by radio announcer Nelson Case. A “Fifth Avenue Coach Company” double-decker bus is shown. A man puts a letter into a mailbox. A fly-over of New York City transitions to Alaska. (:35- 1:10 ). The mail plane arrives by multiple igloos. A dog sled takes the mail to the post office ( 1:11 - 1:35 ). An incorporated town has...
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This German film, created in the post-WWI period, features historic newsreel footage of the Western Front in the First World War. Following the outbreak of World War I in 1914, the German Army opened the Western Front by first invading Luxembourg and Belgium, then gaining military control of important industrial regions in France. The tide of the advance was dramatically turned with the Battle of the Marne. Following the race to the sea, both sides dug in along a meandering line of fortified...
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