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Shot by a news cameraman in the late 1950s or early 1960s, this film contains disturbing images of car accident aftermaths. It's unclear why this footage was shot, but we suspect it may have been intended to be shown to young drivers as part of driver's education or, another possibility, it was being shot to create a film about safe driving techniques. The footage is not in sequence and various locations are shown; and in some cases the accidents are clearly fatal. At  5:48 , a funeral home is...
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Made sometime in the early 1970s (probably 1971) by McDonnell Douglas after the Blue Angels had transition to the company's F-4 Phantom, the stylish DIAMOND IN THE SKY was produced by Thomas Carlisile and directed by Vince Griffith. It features a soundtrack performed by the Pensacola Naval Air Station Band and a score by John Fluck and Thomas Carlisle. The film contains footage at  2:47  of the F-4 Phantom aboard the aircraft carrier USS Saratoga (CV-60). At  6:00 , Naval Air Station...
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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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The 1963 America’s Junior Miss Pageant is the subject of this color film. The film opens with 1962 pageant winner Jean Allen (mark  00:25 ) who calmly explains that the pageant “is the search for the ideal high school senior in the nation” and details the various competitions leading up to the Junior Miss Pageant as scenes from her competition are shown. After being crowned, Allen recounts her world wind year as Junior Miss starting at mark  02:25  with a montage of scenes from parades...
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WINGS TO YUGOSLAVIA is a Pan American promotional travel film from the 1960s, when the nation was part of the Eastern Bloc. The film takes viewers on a tour of Yugoslavia, a land made up of “six republics, five nations, four languages, three religions, two alphabets, and one desire: independence.” The film begins in Belgrade ( 01:16 ) with scenic shots of the Sava and Danube Rivers and the airport. Belgrade is a bustling city, its streets lined with outdoor cafes ( 01:48 ) and its markets...
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Dating to the year 1933, this silent film from the Chicago Public School System under Superintendent of Schools, Dr. William J. Bogan celebrates "A Century of Progress handicapped children". (The "Century of Progress" was the name of the Chicago World's Fair of this same time period). The film gives an extraordinary glimpse into "state of the art" education for children with disabilities in the first part of the 20th Century, and is one of a couple films in our...
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This Soviet propaganda film recounts the crucial events of 1919 with the White Army battling the Red Army for control of Russia. Narrator: In the summer of 1919, the Soviet Republic was threatened by a new military power. General Denikin formed an army of 200,000 people out of officers, Cossacks, and groups of local nationalists in the south. In July 1919, in Tsaritsyn, general Denikin issued a directive ordering the forces to take over Moscow. (01.00) An offensive was launched. In October...
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This 1954 black and white documentary film Tomorrows Drivers is presented by Chevrolet dealers (:07) and produced by Jam Handy Pictures (Jam was also a U.S. Olympic swimmer). It details an early education safety consciousness driving program aimed at kindergarten through third-grader students at Garfield Elementary School in Phoenix, Arizona. James (Jimmy) Stewart is the storyteller. Actors Charles Bernstein, Haskel Welch, and Thelma Bennett play roles. A group of six-year-old children shown...
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This black and white film is one of the episodes of "Yesterday's Newsreels", an early 1950s TV show made from the General Newsreel collection. It features seven segments of historic highlights. Italian-Ethiopian War 1934-1946 (:39- 3:22 ). Italian King Victor Emmanuel III inspect graduate officers on horseback followed by tanks following the same difficult course. Actual footage of Italy attacking Ethiopia in tanks is shown. General Graziani watches as his troops penetrate the valley....
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This beautiful color film produced for Alcoa Process Development Laboratories is about aluminum finishes. The anodic processes are trademarked Alumalite. It may be from the 1960s, based on the psychedelic screenshots and music. Giant rollers splash aluminum across a metal sheet as it moves through the line ( 2:10 - 2:29 ). Beakers in a test lab brew colors ( 3:09 ), measured by a spectrophotometer ( 3:31 ). Also measured is the thickness of coatings ( 3:37 ). Data is gathered, including the...
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Shot by an unknown American, these 16mm silent Kodachrome movies date back to the 1930s. The beginning shows a formal wedding. Scenes include entrance of the groom at :30, followed by the bride and bridesmaids at :59. The bride is at 2:00 with her father. The ceremony is seen at 2:10 with the ring going on the finger at 2;25. Big kiss at 2:33 . Wedding cake gets cut at 3:25 . At 3:40 we see a young boy, probably the son of the newlyweds, looks like the kid is getting his first haircut. At 4:30...
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This 1944 black-and-white film is the second part “Castaway” — a Willard Pictures creation for the Bureau of Aeronautics. It continues to follow a downed pilot, who after being adrift at sea for several days finds his way to a dry island. “The hunt for food is on and you’re not overlooking anything,” the narrator immediately explains at mark  00:10  at the pilot walks along the shoreline, picking up snails, scallops, and conch. Sleep envelops the pilot but by mark  1:30  he is...
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Shot in 1970, this silent 16mm home movie shows a visit to Hong Kong and its harbor. At :55 seconds you will see the wreck of the RMS Queen Elizabeth, once a grand sovereign of the seas but by this time reduced to a charred and sunken wreck. The story on this derelict can be traced back to November of 1968, when the luxury liner crossed the Atlantic for the last time and was sold to a group of Philadelphia businessmen. Their plan was to turn the ship into a tourist attraction in Florida similar...
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Made in 1956 by Castle Films, this movie "The Fabulous Harlem Globetrotters" was originally released as a silent for the home market. We haven't been able to confirm it, but we believe this film includes Clarence Wilson, George "Meadowlark" Lemon, Charlie Hoxie, Roman Turmon, Andy Johnson, Woodrow "Woody" Sauldsberry, Carl Green, Leon Hillard, Willie Gardner, and others. The famed Washington Generals are also shown in the exhibition match that occurs about halfway...
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Produced by British Airways Film Unit, the 1976 TRANSATLANTIC SUPERSONIC is a promotional film for British Airways’ commercial transatlantic flights on the supersonic Concorde jet. The film follows several men and one woman as they depart various locations (Germany, Bahrain, Scotland, and Paris) to travel to the U.S. via Heathrow Airport. The use of British Airways’ supersonic Concorde jet allows these passengers to cross the Atlantic in just over 3.5 hours. The Concorde lands ( 02:25 ) in...
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This black and white film is one of the episodes of "Yesterday's Newsreels", an early 1950s TV show made from the General Newsreel collection. It features nine segments of historic highlights. Wings of Commerce (:28). In 1919, John Alcock and Arthur Brown make the first non-stop transatlantic flight in a modified WW1 Vickers Vimy bomber. Others follow suit (:29- 1:10 ). Children crowd around and watch a barnstorming exhibit ( 1:11 - 1:40 ). In Paris, open-cockpit passengers are flown...
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One of the Ministry of Information's "Into Battle" shorts, "These are the Men" was written by Dylan Thomas. This incredible film uses footage from Leni Riefenstahl's "Triumph of the Will" and other speeches by Hitler and other Nazi leaders, and replaces normal translations with bombastic, over-the-top confessions. Various leaders including Hitler, Goebbels, Göering, Streicher and Hess bare their terrible sins and character flaws as frankly as if they were victims...
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Made in 1942 during WWII by Universal for the U.S. Government and the War Production Board, KEEPING FIT features actors Robert Stack, Broderick Crawford, Andy Devine, Anne Gwynne, Irene Hervey, Lon Chaney Jr. and Dick Foran in a propaganda movie directed by Directed by Arthur Lubin, written by Paul Huston and produeced by Will Cowan. The film was intended to be shown to war workers and, apparently, the wives of war workers who would be tasked with keeping them well fed and "in shape"....
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Dating to 1949, TROPICAL MOUNTAIN ISLAND was directed by Victor Jurgens. The film shows rare views of Java and discusses its geography, crafts, and produce, including quinine bark, tea plantations, sisal plants, cocoa trees, kapok pods, sugar cane, rubber latex and rice. We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional information about our videos by adding a comment! See something interesting? Tell people what it is and what they can see by writing something for...
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Part two of the Big Picture about the Battle of the Bulge, TIGERS ON THE LOOSE was produced by the Army Pictorial Center and is narrated by Lorne Green. It features live WWII footage and interviews with commanders of the infamous 10th Armored “Tiger” Division. It begins December 16, 1944 as Hitler drives forward (:45- 1:08 ). American defenders at Bastogne are outnumbered and outgunned. General Anthony McAuliffe ( 1:29 ) has replied to a letter of surrender with the single word “NUTS.”...
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This silent test film shows the results of a high speed crash test on a fourth generation Chevrolet Corvette, and features various angles of the impact including shots from underneath the vehicle. The film begins with reference shots of the car from all sides before moving into the tests, with the car traveling into an angled concrete wall. The car doors were made of transparent plastic to aid researchers in seeing the impact effects on the passengers -- crash test dummies.  The test shows...
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One of a series of 16mm silent films made by architect Walter Harrington Kilham, Jr., this historic film shows the construction of Rockefeller Center and Radio City Music Hall. Kilham also authored a book, "Rockefeller Center: a pictorial record from photographs" published in 1933. Kilham worked directly underneath architect Raymond Hood, the chief designer of Rockefeller Center, and his films document history in the making. This film contains with incredible images of the building of...
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This declassified film details attacks by the USAF in North Vietnam and Laos in 1966. Some of the attacks include F-4s and F-105s, some flying out of Korat Air Base. Includes rare footage of a North Vietnamese MiGs being shot down by cannon fire. Seventeen MiGs were shot down in 1966, including a MiG-21 shot down by a sidewinder missile. At the beginning of 1966, the number of U.S. military personnel in South Vietnam totaled 184,314. South Vietnamese military forces totaled 514,000 including...
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Made by Dobeckmun, a leading manufacturer of cellophane bags for the retail industry and one of the great companies of 1930s Cleveland, Ohio, MAKING DRESSING OF SHIMMERING TRANSPARENCY is a silent industrial film highlighting the company and the city in which it resides. This rare color film begins with images of downtown Cleveland from the air (actually, a skyscraper roof) before showing the city from a "motor car" ( 1:25 ). At  1:43  the Dobeckmun Company plant is seen, and then...
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“Voyage North” is a color film that focuses on operations on the HMS Artemis (S49), an Amphion class submarine built in 1946 during a voyage. The official British government film, produced circa 1970, is an impressionistic account of life on the submarine told partly through the eyes of Lt. Ellison, a new submarine officer. After seeing the sub while pulling into a dock in Copenhagen, Denmark, we move inside at mark  02:24  for a training exercise on escape routes in the event of an...
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This black and white film TROOPSHIP dates to WWII and is presented by the British Ministry of Information. At least some of it was filmed by the Army Film Unit before January 17, 1943, as the SS Vestfold, which was destroyed by a German submarine on that date, is shown leaving the arrival port at 6:43 in the film. The theme song “Hold Your Hats On (Toodle-Oodle-OO)” was copyrighted December 31, 1942 by Sonny Miller. TROOPSHIP shows a converted ocean liner drafted into Royal Navy service...
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This promotional film for Century City dates to the early 1970s, when Los Angeles' "city within a city" came into its own. It features a futuristic score by Mort Garson and was produced by John McComb and written, photographed and edited by Lee Chaney and Filmagic. Century City is actually a 176-acre (71.2 ha) neighborhood and business district in Los Angeles County's Westside. Outside of Downtown Los Angeles, Century City is one of the metropolitan area's most prominent employment...
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An Associated Film Artists Production directed by Karl Robinson, this 1950s European travelogue takes the viewer to Turkey. The film is aimed at American viewers and makes much of the fact that Turkey is an important U.S. ally. The film opens with a brief history of the country, referencing its strategic location and size, and goes on to focus on three major cities: Ankara, Istanbul, Bursa. At  2:30 , a Swissair propeller airplane is shown leaving New York City for Turkey. Visitors are shown...
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Produced by Canadian Pacific, which operated a steamship line that serviced Manila, this color film shows stunning views of the Philippines pre-WWII. The movie was made during the American colonial rule by Richard and Elizabeth Hubert, who lived in Asia in the 1930s. After escaping from Shanghai on one of the last ships that left before the Japanese invasion of Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, Richard Hubert, a Canadian citizen, went to work for the U.S. Office of War Information in 1942. He...
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Made by the RWU (see below), this silent German film shows the lives of farmers (or "Fellah") living in Northern Egypt near Cairo and likely dates to the 1930s or early 1940s. Some of the scenes include life along the Nile, camels and Bedouins, typical homes and making of mud bricks and clay pots, grinding of flour using a stone wheel and preparation of food, and it ends with scenes of women washing their clothes in the river. Fellah (Arabic: فلاح‎‎, fallāḥ; plural...
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MEN OF LIGHTSHIP 61 is an American version of a short propaganda film, MEN OF THE LIGHTSHIP, produced by the Crown Film Unit for the British Ministry of Information in 1940, the year after the beginning of the Second World War. It dramatises the bombing of the East Dudgeon lightship by the Luftwaffe on 29 January 1940 and was designed to portray Germany as a barbaric enemy. An opening narration explains the traditional understanding of lightships (stationary ships used as lighthouses) as...
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Made in 1942 during the German occupation of France, PAR 18 METRES DE FOND or 18 METERS DEEP is a pioneering film shot partially under water by Jacques-Yves Cousteau and Philippe Talliez. It was directed by Frederic Dumas who met the pair in 1937. The film was shot in 1941, and its production did not benefit from the SCUBA breathing system that Cousteau would develop and use later in his career. To shoot the underwater scenes a special depth-pressure-proof camera case developed by mechanical...
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This WWII Army Air Forces Weekly Digest newsreel consists of various segments. It begins with an assessment of bomb damage in Pilsen, where marshaling yards were struck by 500 bombers of the 8th Air Force. The Skoda Works is seen heavily damaged. At  1:57 , the newsreel assesses the rocket jet plane Me-163, which first saw combat in 1944. The Messerschmitt Me 163 Komet, designed by Alexander Lippisch, was a German rocket-powered fighter aircraft. It is the only rocket-powered fighter aircraft...
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Featuring actor / pilot James Stewart and beloved newsman and entertainer Arthur Godfrey, this film promotes the International AeroClassic, an air show that took place only once — in November of 1965 at Palm Springs, California. Unfortunately for Palm Springs and event organizers, the event took place in inclement weather. The AeroClassic racked up considerable debts and put the organization behind it into bankruptcy. At  4:20 , Miss Ila Johnson is seen arriving to open the AeroClassic....
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This silent film of the 1929 National Air Races in Cleveland, Ohio begins with the inaugural parade for the event (:17), and then quickly moves to the Cleveland Airport for the arrival of various contestants, including the finish of the Women's Air Derby — also known as the "Powder Puff Derby" — from Santa Monica, California to Cleveland ( 3:39 ). There is rare footage of the winner, Louise Thaden ( 4:19 ). Thaden was a friend and rival of pioneer aviators Amelia Earhart, Pancho...
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Made in the 1960s when Egypt grew close to the Soviet Union as an ally, this documentary film starts with images of the pyramids at Giza and scenes of ancient Egypt. At  1:40 , ships are seen in the Suez Canal along with imperialist oil tankers. At  2:00 , the Suez Crisis is seen with its aftermath -- the canal closed to all traffic.  At  2:30 , primitive methods of farming are shown, along with pastoral images of the Nile River, some of the wildlife along its banks, and the farmland that...
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This startling U.S. Navy color film, Advance Base, narrated by WWII journalist Quentin Reynolds, was filmed by Marine Combat Cameramen and Seabees (:33). Color WWII combat footage includes bombing, a dead Japanese soldier, burning out enemies then shown dead, dropping a hand grenade in and blasting enemy troops out (:43- 1:16 ). Gruesome dead bodies are hard to look at ( 1:18 - 1:46 ). Japanese equipment is recovered ( 1:47 - 2:14 ). The Navy practiced setting up mobile and fixed bases in...
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This World War II-era Army Air Forces film demonstrates the proper method of bomb handling and loading of a B-29 Superfortress, including the use of a C-3 bomb hoist. (A scroll at the start of the film reminded the viewer that the C-3 was later replaced with a C-6 bomb hoist, though the operations were basically the same.) The film takes its viewer to the Army Air Forces Board headquarters in Orlando, Florida, where offers are discussing “Project No. F-3607” — a test of bomb handling and...
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Made in 1945 after the German surrender, this WWII combat bulletin was produced by the Army Air Forces. It shows various combat scenes and developments, starting with the use of JATO bottles for aircraft at Wright Field in Dayton, Ohio. At  1:40 , bomb damage is seen at Mainz, Germany including extensive damage to the city's railway terminals and electric power plant. At  2:20 , Worms Germany is seen almost entirely decimated by bomb strikes, although the cathedral is seen relatively intact....
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This rare film features ships of the U.S. Asiatic fleet patroling the Yangtze River. The Asiatic Fleet's gunboats were tasked with protecting American shipping (primarily oil tankers) from pirates and the Japanese. Contains amazing footage of life in China circa 1935 including the cities of Chunking, Shanghai, and the countryside. Ships featured in this film are the USS Augusta (CA-31), USS Borie (DD-215) and USS Simpson (DD-221) as well as US gunboats.
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This 1970s travelogue of Red Square, Moscow shows Lenin's tomb, St. Basil's Cathedral and other prominent landmarks in the heart of the Soviet Union's capitol. The film includes a changing of the guard at the tomb at  1:15 , with crowds of people seen observing the somber ceremony. At  1:58 , some of the long lines of people paying respects to Lenin and those who died defending the Soviet Union are seen including Young Pioneers. At  2:40 , a military parade is seen featuring rocket...
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This color film, AVR-140, is a U.S. Air Force audiovisual presentation about the A-10 capabilities and testing during a sortie surge on February 8, 1977. The A-10 attack aircraft were tested in Gila Bend, Arizona. Before the day was over, each plane flew 17 missions. The plane taxis in and the wheels are blocked. The ground crew works quickly to restock it with ammunition; large depleted uranium armor-piercing shells (:08- 1:40 ). The A-10 flies directly at the camera, passes by, and drops on a...
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This 1968 U.S. Navy film SUBMARINE SOUND AND VIBRATION MEASUREMENT shows the techniques used to conduct airborne and structureborne noise surveys, in hopes of producing quieter and stealthier submarines. The film begins with an overview of the noise problem, with subs giving away their position to the enemy, and causing various crew problems including deafness.  As the narrator describes:  Noise is a potential hazard by which a submarine might give away its location to the enemy, it shows...
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“The Chemistry of Fire” is a circa 1944 black-and-white United States Navy film that informs sailors how to properly put out. It immediately starts with a brief explanation that fuel needs both oxygen and ignition temperature to burn (mark  00:10 ) with a “burning graphic” illustrating the point before explaining that extinguishing fire involves cutting off the oxygen supply or decreasing the temperature. Several examples of the “smothering” method are shown accompanied by the...
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The United States Navy presents “The NOL Story,” a circa 1950 color film that informs the viewer of the Naval Ordnance Laboratory in White Oak, Maryland. (The site had done considerable work that had practical impact upon world technology). Covering 900 acres with more than 70 buildings, the film shows the viewer an aerial view of the facility beginning at mark  01:30  before discussing the “ultramodern” facility and its research and development of new naval weapons. The film is...
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This U.S. Navy fire training film was produced by Technical Communications, Inc. in 1969 and is an overview of the fire fighting course for men assigned to carrier duty. Made in the wake of the disastrous fire aboard USS Oriskany in 1966 and the USS Forrestal fire in 1967, the purpose of this film is to educate the Hangar Deck crew on how to confine, control and/or extinguish a fire on a naval aircraft carrier. The opening scene ( 0:14 ) is a naval aircraft carrier at sea -- most likely USS...
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Command of the Seas: Arctic is part of the U.S. Navy’s 1950s film series that promotes the Navy’s activities in the world’s oceans to establish and maintain “command of the seas” to ensure global security. In this short film, the focus is on the emerging presence of the Navy in the Arctic Ocean. The film opens with shots of U.S. warships ( 01:17 ) as the narrator explains the role the U.S. Navy has in keeping the seas peaceful. The one place still untamed is the Arctic. The Arctic (...
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This fascinating, silent 16mm movie comes from the estate of William Hawley Bowlus (May 8, 1896 - August 27, 1967) or someone who was close to him. Bowlus was a designer, engineer and builder of aircraft (especially gliders) and recreational vehicles in the 1930s and '40s. Shown in this film is the plywood XCG-16a experimental military glider, which was ordered by the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1943 based on designs made by Bowlus in 1942. The glider was supposed to be able to fly at 200 miles per...
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One of the most infamous "gag" films ever produced under the auspices of the Department of Defense, "Tough Sledding" was apparently created by the staff at Northrop Corporation in the late 1950s. No, we don't know what they were smoking! In this era Northrop was heavily engaged in conducting human factors research, and developing escape systems including ejection seats and parachutes for use in aircraft and spacecraft. This included the work of Dr. John Paul Stapp, who...
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Project Mohole was an ambitious attempt to drill through the Earth's crust into the Mohorovi i discontinuity, and to provide an Earth science complement to the high profile Space Race. The project was initially led by the American Miscellaneous Society (AMSOC) with funding from the National Science Foundation. Phase One was executed in spring 1961. Five holes were drilled off the coast of Guadalupe Island, Mexico, the deepest at 183 m (601 ft) below the sea floor in 3,500 m (11,700 ft) of...
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This black-and-white World War II-era film takes a look at combat conditions on the ground and in the air during WWII. The film has a cold open, with a narrator detailing conditions suffered by both Allied and Axis forces, but soon delves into the role of air power during the war and how it supports ground troops. Between World War I and World War II, we are told, the relationship between air power and land power was unclear. By the 1940s, Allied forced realized air power can weaken any...
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This official NASA film takes the viewer inside the December 1968 launch of Apollo 8. Apollo 8 became the first manned spacecraft to leave Earth orbit, reach Earth’s moon, orbit it and return safely to Earth. The three-astronaut crew — Commander Frank Borman, Command Module Pilot James Lovell, and Lunar Module Pilot William Anders — became the first humans to travel beyond low Earth orbit, the first to see Earth as a whole planet, the first to directly see the far side of the Moon, and...
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“This film is restricted.” That warning greets viewers at the start of this World War II-era, 27-minute Official Training Film from the War Department. Titled “The Anti-Tank Rocket M6,” this black-and-white picture is a bazooka-training film introduced by an instrumental version of “Buckle Down, Winsocki” — a song first heard in the 1943 musical “Best Foot Forward.” The film begins with “Methods of Use,” as introduced at mark  00:32  as German tanks are shown rolling...
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This “restricted” United States War Department Film Bulletin provides the viewer with footage of the U.S. Army’s “Basic Training of Glider-Borne Troops.” This footage is “Part 2: Loading Equipment in the CG-4A” — a 48-foot long cargo glider that can carry 13 soldiers, along with a pilot and co-pilot. The camera takes us inside the glider, as the narrator explains what a soldier will see inside the glider. An explanation of the glider’s tie-down rings (for heavy equipment...
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This fascinating, silent 16mm movie comes from the estate of William Hawley Bowlus (May 8, 1896 - August 27, 1967) or someone who was close to him. Bowlus was a designer, engineer and builder of aircraft (especially gliders) and recreational vehicles in the 1930s and '40s. The film begins showing Bowlus buildling a balsa wood model of an airplane, most likely a P-61 Black Widow. At 2:00 , Bowlus shows off another model, this one of a midget racing car. At 3:10 , Bowlus is seen looking at a...
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Shot in the aftermath of the devastating fire aboard the USS Franklin in March 1945, this silent movie footage was shot by U.S. Navy cameraman for a documentary about the incident. At  3:00 , you will see burned out interior spaces of the carrier, standing in start contrast to parts of the ship that were untouched by fire.  At  5:30 , an African American officer (?) is seen in the ship. Unfortunately we do not know more about this particular film, who shot it, or why. The USS Franklin...
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This 1960s NASA film tells the story of the 12 Gemini missions. Project Gemini was NASA's second human spaceflight program. Gemini was a United States space program that started in 1961 and concluded in 1966. Project Gemini was conducted between projects Mercury and Apollo. The Gemini spacecraft carried a two-astronaut crew. Ten crews flew low Earth orbit (LEO) missions between 1965 and 1966. It put the United States in the lead during the Cold War Space Race against the Soviet Union. Gemini's...
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This historic, silent film from Republic Aviation shows the development of the company's ill-fated SD-3 Snooper drone. A second film PF# 54484 is also available. The film begins with shots of a slide rule and a drafting table (:42), as the drone is designed. A so-called breadboard model of the flight controller is seen at :51, and a circuit board is shown at 1:14 , part of the guidance system. At 1:30 a large analog computer mainframe is shown being used to analyze data. At 1:39 , a woman...
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Hosted by Rear Admiral Leonard "Swoosh" Snead, the Navy's project manager for the F-14 Tomcat, this 1974 movie provides an update to the on-going efforts to put the aircraft with the fleet. The film shows the remarkable efforts the Grumman employed to test, manufacture, and deploy this remarkable fighter. At this point only 13 aircraft had been delivered from Northrop Grumman to Miramar, and the plane's potential was not fully known. The film shows VF-1 and VF-2 beginning independent...
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Made in 1962 by the Defense Atomic Support Agency (formerly the Armed Forces Special Weapons Project), this film ATOMIC WEAPONS AND FIRE shows procedures to be used in the event of an accident involving a nuclear weapon. The film was likely made as a result of a series of serious accidents involving nukes in the 1950s including the Mars Bluff B-47 incident, the B-36 crash in British Columbia in 1950, and the Tybee Island mid-air accident in 1958. As the film states, nuclear weapons in this era...
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This late 1950s / early 1960s unclassified black and white United States Navy Training Film is about preventing aircraft accidents. Various military aircraft are shown throughout the film as it discusses ground accidents (:38). A man working on an aircraft unknowingly knocks over a can of flammable liquid, sees it, and cleans it up (:49- 1:22 ). Most accidents are caused by carelessness, negligence, or ignorance. The Navy’s flight safety record is shown to decrease from 1947 through 1958 (...
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Dating to approximately 1975, PORTRAIT THE BLUE ANGELS was created by the U.S. Navy and McDonnell Douglas, manufacturer of the A-4F Skyhawk II. The Navy's Flight Demonstration Team downsized to the subsonic Douglas A-4F Skyhawk II in December 1974 and was reorganized into the Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron. Immediately prior to this configuration, the Blues flew the McDonnell Douglas F-4J Phantom II, a Mach 2.2 capable, two-set fighter. The 1974 reorganization permitted the establishment of...
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Made by the U.S. Air Force during the Cold War, PENETRATION AND LOW APPROACH PROCEDURES FOR JET AIRCRAFT was shown to pilots to explain the techniques used to make instrument approaches to runways in situations where there is low visibility. The start of the film shows a Lockheed T-33 jet performing a training mission. At 1:32 , the mission encounters overcast and zero visibility weather during landing. The film then explains how all runways have standard, automatic radar and other features...
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This U.S. Navy film from the early 1970s starts with a discussion of how in the first five months of 1968, Navy pilots only achieved an "unacceptable" 3:1 kill ratio over North Vietnamese Migs. As the narrator explains, the small Migs were able to outmaneuver U.S. aircraft in combat. The Navy Fighter Weapons School or "Top Gun" was created as a response to this problem, using the A-4 Skyhawk as the adversary aircraft. The results were extraordinary, with an increase in kill...
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This film shows two fights between Joe Louis the "Brown Bomber" and Max Schmeling. The first fight between Louis and Schmeling took place on June 19, 1936, at the famous Yankee Stadium in Bronx, New York, and was one of the greatest upsets in boxing history. The referee was the legendary Arthur Donovan, and the stadium was sold out. The bout was scheduled for fifteen rounds. By round twelve, Schmeling was far ahead on the judges' scorecards. Finally, he landed a right to Louis' body,...
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Dating to the 1950s, Pan American World Airways’ travel film Wings To Germany highlights the urban and rural attractions of the country. The film begins with Pan Am’s Clipper flight 100 on route to Frankfurt, Germany. Frankfurt is a bustling city, featuring Eschenheimer Turm ( 01:49 ) and other old buildings with busy streets and cafés. West Berlin ( 02:33 ) is similarly a bustling urban center with a number of sidewalk cafés. The Airlift Memorial in the city’s center is a popular...
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This 1960s color film has titles in French but is narrated in English. It focuses on the European stops served by Air France in the “Evasions (Escapes)” travelogues. In Nice, passengers emerge from the Sud Aviation SE-210 Caravelle-III (F-BJTO). A bird’s-eye view of the beach line is shown, followed by a closer view of the well-organized deck with blue lawn chairs and blue and white umbrellas (:30- 1:13 ). Below, children play in the surf and sand ( 1:14 - 1:48 ). Palm trees and flowers...
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Primary Flight Training: Race Track Patterns, Part II (MN-3474k) is the second short U.S. Navy training film from 1945 that discusses the basics of flying a race track pattern. The film features a Navy instructor explaining concepts to his student, and it uses footage of a Navy N2S Stearman flying the patterns while supplementing with graphics to illustrate the concepts and issues new pilots will need to understand to perform the primary maneuver of the film—the 180-degree power-on approach....
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This rare silent film from 1935 promotes the Ruth Dredger, a trench digging and clearing machine that was built in California in the 1920s. It begins showing "old model Ruths" at the start, before moving on to show the latest "continuous action" models, including a factory-new Ruth being delivered to a customer in Nebraska via railroad. Some of the dredgers shown include one working on irrigation canals near Yuma, Arizona and at ( 8:33 ) Coolidge, Arizona. The Ruth Dredger...
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Made in 1945 or 46, this extraordinary 16mm silent home movie shows a visit to the war-torn Philippines by a U.S. military officer. The film begins with a flight aboard a propeller driven aircraft from an unknown base to Manila. At 1:35 the aircraft lands at an unknown airport before the journey continues by plane and then by boat. By 2:51 the flag of the Philippines is seen, and it appears this part of the film was shot from a boat. At 3:00 a large Spanish-style structure is seen, which at...
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NOTE: AUDIO ON THIS FILM IS SUBSTANDARD DUE TO WATER DAMAGE. The 1964 short film Aviation Mechanic, produced by MPO, promotes the profession of the aviation mechanic and the Academy of Aeronautics (now the Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology). The film covers the wide variety of careers available to an aviation mechanic, including servicing jets for commercial airlines, selling and maintaining private planes, advancing military aircraft, and working on rocket propulsion systems for...
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Made as part of the WWII war effort by Chrysler, THE BOFORS GUN TEAM shows the manufacture of the Bofors 40mm anti-aircraft gun then in use by the Navy and Army. This was one of the most stunning manufacturing feats of the war, since the Bofors was an extremely intimidating weapon to mass produce and many believed it could not be produced in quantity, in time to make a difference in the war. Within 3 years however Chrysler had shipped over 40,000 complete mechanisms and 75,000 barrels. At 1:55...
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Created from the General Newsreel Co.'s archives, YESTERDAY'S NEWSREELS was an early TV show. This episode begins with "Freedom's Documents", showing the 1920 display of the Declaration of Independence and other documents. The first draft of Constitution is displayed. 29 years later ( 1:13 ) in New Jersey the Freedom Train is shown in 1949. Here’s the Bill of Rights ( 1:33 ). President Lincoln's address ( 1:41 ) with words of hope. Next, an escape artist - the "handcuff...
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One of a series of television programs made by Ziv Productions from the General Newsreel Library, this episode of Yesterday's Newsreel begins with “Wings of Commerce” ( 1:31 ). In which we see planes like those which had seen service in World War I by the Lafayette Escadrille sold by the government as surplus as daredevils and barnstormers use them for stunts. Across the Atlantic, Europe's most enterprising air men launch travel between London and Paris ( 1:45 ). In open cockpits,...
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This color early 1970s film about recycling was produced by the Solid Waste Management Office and the Environmental Protection Agency. The film opens with a “junk man” riding in a horse-drawn wagon loaded with scrap metals ( 0:08 - 0:32 ). Young men and women unload, sort, weigh, and fill containers of aluminum cans ( 0:33 - 1:20 ). Pallets of crushed cans are moved by forklifts, fired, and recycled into new sheets of metal ( 1:21 - 2:08 ). Children help as tin cans are pushed into large...
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This short 1979 film, Space Shuttle: America’s Space Transportation System, is produced by Rockwell International’s Space Division and promotes the future of the U.S. space transportation system using space shuttles. The film primarily uses still images, but it opens with actual footage of the space shuttle orbiter Enterprise making its landing in October 1977 ( 00:10 ). The film discusses how the space shuttles are reusable cargo carriers, which launch from either the Kennedy Space Center...
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This amateur, silent home movie shows a trip to Hawaii and Alaska in the 1970s, apparently made aboard the liner SS Arcadia. SS Arcadia was a passenger liner built for P&O in 1953 to service the UK to Australia route. Towards the end of her life she operated as a cruise ship, based in Sydney, until scrapped in 1979. This film doubtless dates to the 1970-1974 timeline when, after a refit, she became a full-time one-class cruise ship and worked the west coat of America, making a series of...
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  This silent 16mm home movie shot in the 1940s starts with images of the Copper Queen Mine in Morenci, Arizona at :29. You will also see images of the town including the Morenci Hotel, completed in the fall of 1903 at a cost of $25,000. It had 2 dining rooms and 22 guest rooms. It's visible at :41. At 1:31, the film appears to show the road to the gigantic copper smelter. The smokestack can be seen at 2:20. At 2:27 are leeching ponds for copper substrates. At 2:59, the filmmaker takes a drive...
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The ground shakes, buildings crumble, walls fall, and music swells in the opening moments of the 19-minute U.S. Army Corps of Engineers film, “Response to Disaster,” detailing the events of Great Alaskan earthquake (also known as the Good Friday earthquake) on March 27, 1964. “Beneath this rugged crust of Earth in our 49th state, Alaska, tremendous stress has built up miles below the surface,” the announcer warns beginning at mark  00:32  as the camera pans snow-covered mountains. At...
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The first few seconds of this World War II-era film immediately identifies it as an official training film from the War Department … and restricted. Produced by the Army Air Forces and photographed by combat camera crews, the film introduces the viewer to “Bombers Over North Africa” starting at mark  00:32 , and the Battle of Tunisia. General Dwight D. Eisenhower appears at mark  00:45  to discuss Allied movements in the Tunisia Campaign, which took place between November 1942 and May...
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Made in May of 1987, NEW STRENGTH FOR AMERICAN DEFENSE shows the then-brand-new B-1B Lancer bomber being put through its paces by Air Force crews. At  3:11 , SAC's first B-1B main operating base is shown at Dyess, Texas, and the Ellsworth Air Force Base is also shown. McConnell AFB in Kansas and Grand Forks Air Force Base are also mentioned as part of the deployment of 100 B-1Bs. At  4:00 , President Ronald Reagan is seen announcing the contracts for the B-1B, and the manpower build-up to...
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Presented by the U.S. Department of Commerce, this film shows some early underwater habitats, including the EDALHab, one the first of its kind. EDLAHab was used for Project FLARE, Florida Aquanot Research Expedition, a pioneering effort to examine the nitrogen/oxygen diving techniques sponsored by the University of New Hampshire and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration or NOAA. UNH's Engineering Design and Analysis Laboratory was formed in 1965 as an interdisciplinary faculty...
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One of a series of classified films made for training by the Army Air Forces during WWII, this film about the Norden Bombsight focuses on the operation of the device. A typical training set-up is seen, with the Norden being operated in a hangar, using a piece of equipment as a distant "target". During the entire war the Norden was considered a top secret piece of equipment and normally when it was shown in training films, it was hidden behind a piece of canvas or otherwise...
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This color film, AVR-140, is a U.S. Air Force audiovisual presentation about the A-10 capabilities and testing during a sortie surge on February 8, 1977. The A-10 attack aircraft were tested in Gila Bend, Arizona. Before the day was over, each plane flew 17 missions. The plane taxis in and the wheels are blocked. The ground crew works quickly to restock it with ammunition; large depleted uranium armor-piercing shells (:08- 1:40 ). The A-10 flies directly at the camera, passes by, and drops on a...
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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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Released by the Department of Energy (and appropriate sanitized to remove classified material) this Armed Forces Special Weapons Project film shows the Upshot-Knothole atomic tests including the use of the so-called Atomic Cannon in 1953. Operation Upshot–Knothole was a series of eleven nuclear test shots conducted in 1953 at the Nevada Test Site. It followed Operation Ivy and preceded Operation Castle. Over 21,000 soldiers took part in the ground exercise Desert Rock V in conjunction with...
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Taking place in the spring and summer of 1972, this color film details live footage of the laying of a 123kV, three core, oil-filled power cable submerged between Lepe, England and Thorness Bay, Isle of Wight, a popular tourist center. At that time, the bulk of electricity was provided via two underwater (sub-marine) cables. The Southern Electricity board decided to install a third cable ( 1:32 ) and hired Balfour, Beatty & Co., Limited. To make this continuous cable for a 3-mile sub-marine...
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“The Shuttle Car Operator” is 1960s-era color film taking the viewer deep inside a bituminous coal mine to learn more about the coal-mining industry. The camera takes us into cramped spaces as drills make their way through the earth (mark  01:15 ) and coal hauled away on trolleys called shuttle cars. But the job of a shuttle car operator is one of the most dangerous in the coal mining industry, we’re told at mark  02:10 , with one out of every seven transportation injuries involving...
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“Television Serves its Community” is a 1960 educational documentary revealing how television programs are prepared for transmission to the homes of a community. It follows three programs at KTLA in Los Angeles as they are planned, rehearsed, and televised. In addition to showing how television programs are prepared for transmission to the homes of a community, it also shows the use of live cameras, film, magnetic tape, and remote pick-ups from trucks and helicopters. At mark  00:45  it is...
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Note: this film has water damage at the head, please see  2:16  where the Missile Recovery segment begins, it is not so pronounced. Mitchell College in New London, Connecticut encouraged servicemen to “keep on learning” in this circa 1956 black-and-white education film. It consists of various segments including "Missile Recovery", "An Almanac of Liberty", and a history of the "Submarine". An Air Force technical sergeant opens the film at mark  00:22  to...
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Famed astronomer and Cornell University scientist Carl Sagan takes the viewer to the Red Planet in this circa 1972 official NASA film, “Mars: The Search Begins.” Sagan explains that not much was known about our neighbor in space until the unmanned Mariner 9 space probe, which was launched toward Mars in 1971. At mark  00:55 , geologist and astronomer Harold Masursky explains how scientists were working to understand how the planet was formed, while biologist Gerald Soffen explains the...
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This Soviet newsreel, presented in Russian, shows some of the news events of the Khrushchev era. Narrator: Decisions taken at the 22 Congress of Lenin’s Party will always be significant for our history. Military divisions are taking part in the parade on Red Square to commemorate the 44th Anniversary of the Great October. Secretary of Defense of USSR, Marshall Malinowski, congratulated the soldiers, all the Soviet people, and foreign guests on the 44th Anniversary of the Great October...
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This promotional film for the Bofors Oerlikon 20 mm cannon shows the popular weapon mounted in an armored vehicle. This gun is one of a series of autocannons, based on an original German 20 mm Becker design that appeared very early in World War I. It was widely produced by Oerlikon Contraves and others, with various models employed by both Allied and Axis forces during World War II, and many versions still in use today. The weapon can be used as an anti-aircraft gun (used against helicopters...
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Made by the Koehler Manufacturing Co., a Naperville-based furniture maker, this silent promotional film tells the story of the company and it's product's "Hidden Qualities". The film showcases a variety of mass-produced furnishings, all made through a version of the assembly line process that nevertheless produced a high-quality end product. Hardwood made up the frames, steel the springs, and strong fabrics were used for upholstery. The film provides an interesting insight into...
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Part 2 of the 1962 documentary “The Truth About Communism” continues its explanation of the terror presented by the Soviet Union and its ideology. Narrated by Ronald Reagan (who as United States President nearly 30 years after this film would influence the fall of Communism), the picture opens in Czechoslovakia where democratic elements, led by President Edvard Benes, hoped the Soviet Union would allow Czechoslovakia the freedom to choose its own form of government and aspired to a...
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Made by Shell Oil, this educational film -- one of six made to explain the principles of flight -- discusses the physical forces of air, atmospheric pressure, and how lift is created. The film uses a series of simple experiments and demonstrations with household and laboratory equipment to demonstrate how the increased flow of air over the top of the wing causes lift.  The film features a variety of aircraft including the DC-3 and Cessna AT-17 Bobcat ( 7:40 ). We encourage viewers to add...
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