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“A Car Is Born” is a late 1960s Ford Motor Company promotional film that shows how the modern automotive assembly line produces a precision machine. The film begins with a literal bang — a massive explosion of earth followed by scenes from construction sites and factories. Molten metal drips from containers while the scenes are interspersed with clips of car owners explaining what they look for in an automobile. “Where does a customer’s new car begin?,” asks the narrator at mark ...
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Note: this film is entirely in Hebrew. Anyone who wants to translate a bit of it for us and post details, is very welcome! One of fifteen films made by beloved author Joseph Krumgold working with Norman Lourie, ISRAEL HOUSE IN THE DESERT won a medal for best documentary at the Venice Film Festival in 1948. The film was used to raise money and awareness in the United States about the plight of Jewish settlers in Palestine as part of the United Palestine Appeal of 1947-48. The film shows the...
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There is no voice-over in this colorful look at various aspects of Arizona life, sponsored by American Airlines. The footage extends from the mid-1960s to the early-1970s, presented in internal segments while instrumental music plays. A cowgirl on a galloping white horse (:18) segues into a 1970 Corvette Convertible (:38) driving through the desert on Route 88, the Apache Trail, and past the Superstition Mountains (:44). The fun moves to a speed boat (:58) pulling a water skier. The camera...
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Rocks beneath the sea may hold the oil and gas necessary to sustain future generations. That is the message of “Deep Sea Endeavour,” a 1960s color film by the Shell Oil Company. The only way to determine if oil exists in commercial quantity is by drilling (mark  02:49 ), as we look at drilling platforms at sea. The narrator explains that the platforms are fastened to the seafloor and we visit one structure positioned off the coast of Spain at mark  03:43 . At mark  04:30  we see another...
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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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Dating to the late 1930s, this silent film "The Life of Edward (Britain's Ex-King) was made for sale to the home market in the USA by Castle Films. The movie tells through footage and title cards, the strange story of the life of Edward VIII, who became king of England and then abdicated just a year later so that he could marry the American divorcee Wallis Simpson. The scandal shook all of civilization (even more than Angie and Brad) and was natural fodder for exploitation. The film begins...
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This military public announcement color film is about the dangers to military aircraft by the Albatross / Goonie bird population on the Hawaiian Midway Atoll. It dates to the late 1950s, as 1957 numbers are given. The film was part of a campaign by the U.S. military to be allowed to curb bird populations so that Midway would remain a viable landing area for aircraft. However eventually the island was abandoned by the military and reverted to an island strictly for the birds -- and today it is a...
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This lengthy silent film (which likely was intended to be narrated by whoever presented it) was prepared by the Persian Gulf Command for Allied and Soviet leadership (and features both Russian and English intertities). It shows the PGC's activities in Iran during the Second World War. If you take a good look at this film, you'll get an idea of how vast the Allied supply effort to the Soviets really was — as literally hundreds of millions of dollars of aircraft, tanks, and various supplies are...
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"Our Enemy—The Japanese” is the second of three 1943 short training films produced by the United States Navy and Office of War Information to provide background knowledge about the wartime foe. The film begins with the narrator, former U.S. ambassador to Japan, Joseph C. Grew (mark  00:38 ), stating that he has lived in Japan for ten years (mark  01:07 ) and that their logic is incomprehensible by Western standards, and that they are 2,000 years behind in ethical and social thinking....
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This Soviet propaganda film recounts the events of 1945, as the Red Army resumed the offensive against the Fascist Wehrmacht, pushing the Germans out of Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Yugoslavia, and Poland. The film ends before the final battles in Germany, with a gaunt-looking President Franklin Roosevelt, Winston Churchill and Josef Stalin meeting at Yalta. Notably, the film contains rare footage (at  10:06 ) of FDR smoking a cigarette. This was the type of material that would never...
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This Soviet newsreel dates to the 1960s and shows the newest tractors and agricultural equipment being produced within the USSR. As vivid as any sales film for John Deere (and complete with campy music), the film must have thrilled those who lived on collective farms.  We don't speak Russian but if you do -- please post comments about what the narrator is saying. We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional information about our videos by adding a comment! See...
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"U.S. Air Force School Of Aviation Medicine” is a 1958 black-and-white episode of the CBS news magazine show “The Search,” hosted by Charles Romine. The episode focuses on man’s desire to fly faster, farther, and higher than anyone else and the strange problems test pilots encounter in this endeavor (mark  01:45 ). It opens with a test pilot at Randolph Air Force Base in Texas partaking in an experiment designed to determine the limits of human endurance in flight, followed by an...
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Shot by an unknown American in the spring of 1949, this film (one of a three parter) is a silent home movie shot on 16mm film. This reel shows a visit to Switzerland, including a trip on the Rhine River. There is also a train ride through the alps shown at about ( 6:30 ). A bus marked Grindelwald is seen at ( 14:21 ) and Kleine Scheidegg at ( 15:01 ).  We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional information about our videos by adding a comment! See something...
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One of the Moody Institute of Science's educational films, SIGNPOSTS ALOFT examines the phenomenon where a pilot's senses deceive him, sometimes with fatal results. The film includes a lengthy segment about the famed WWII "ghost bomber" Lady Be Good (see below). The Moody Institute of Science was a production company spun off from the fundamentalist Moody Bible Institute, and its films (including this one) always examine God's role in man's affairs with the underlying message that God...
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This exciting promotional film for Pan Am's new "double deck Clipper", the Boeing 377 Stratocruiser, was made in the last 1940s as the airplane entered worldwide service. Although the film is extremely persuasive about the aircraft's capabilities, the 377 was a disappointment for Boeing with only 55 aircraft plus prototype built before its production was cancelled. The plane suffered from a poor safety record (including a crash-landing at sea in the Pacific documented elsewhere on our...
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Assembled from the General Newsreel Co.'s holdings, this issue of Yesterday’s Newsreel provides film clips of news highlights. This piece is episode 62 and it is narrated by Tom Hale, Roger Owens and an un-named female narrator in the fashion section. It features the first visit to America by Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw in 1933 with his wife, Charlotte Frances Payne-Townshend (:40). It includes a speech he gave in his garden ( 1:05 ) where he discussed the desire people have to renew...
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Made by the Caterpillar Corporation SPLIT SECOND SHIFTS promotes their new D8 tractor bulldozer and the legendary Powershift transmission. The single-lever Powershift allowed the operator to shift quickly, with more power per load being delivered and resulting in more efficiency. The Powershift gives the power of direct drive and torque converter tractors through the planetary gear, as seen through animation at the  3:00  mark. At  7:30  the film shows the Powershift transmission up close,...
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Founded in 1911, the Porcelain Enamel Manufacturing Company (PEMCO) was located in Baltimore, MD. Over the years, PEMCO grew geographically and expanded its product portfolio. In the 1940s innovations included the development of matte white and titanium-based frits. PEMCO was acquired by Prince International Corporation in 2013. The company continues to make specialty frit-based products that meet the needs of the consumer: white goods, hot water tanks, sanitary ware, cookware, and other...
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One of the "Greatest Drama" TV series syndicated in1953, "The Wild Blue Yonder" focuses on General James Doolittle, better known as Jimmy Doolittle. James Harold "Jimmy" Doolittle (December 14, 1896 – September 27, 1993) was an American aviation pioneer. A Reserve officer in the United States Army Air Corps, Doolittle was recalled to active duty during World War II and awarded the Medal of Honor for his valor and leadership as commander of the Doolittle Raid, a...
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S O S Coast Guard (1937) is a Republic film serial. It was the seventh of the sixty-six serials made by Republic. The plot concerns the mad scientist Boroff (Bela Lugosi) attempting to sell a superweapon to the highest bidder, opposed by Coast Guard Lieutenant Terry Kent (Ralph Byrd), for both personal and professional reasons. The main stars were Bela Lugosi and Ralph Byrd. It was made during the 2-year period when the Hayes Office put a moratorium on horror movies, Lugosi's usual genre, and...
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S O S Coast Guard (1937) is a Republic film serial. It was the seventh of the sixty-six serials made by Republic. The plot concerns the mad scientist Boroff (Bela Lugosi) attempting to sell a superweapon to the highest bidder, opposed by Coast Guard Lieutenant Terry Kent (Ralph Byrd), for both personal and professional reasons. The main stars were Bela Lugosi and Ralph Byrd. It was made during the 2-year period when the Hayes Office put a moratorium on horror movies, Lugosi's usual genre, and...
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Directed by Larry Yust and created by the National Cancer Institute and the National Institutes of Health in the late 1970s, PROGRESS AGAINST CANCER provides an interesting look at the fight against the disease in that decade. It features cancer survivors and patients of all ages, including some whose lives were prolonged via new forms of chemotherapy, as well as the doctors and researchers who have developed these treatments. This includes Vera Peters of the Ontario Cancer Institute, M.D.,...
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Made for display in a science museum, this looped 16mm film shows a simulated descent in the bathyscaphe Trieste, including footage of its famed dive into the Challenger Deep. While the visuals are not that interesting, the end of the film shows a rare sight -- a point-of-view shot of the Trieste dumping some of the thousands of pounds of steel "drop shot" ballast as it rises to the surface. Trieste was a Swiss-designed, Italian-built deep-diving research bathyscaphe, which with its...
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“DeWalt Saws In The War Program” is a World War II era black-and-white promotional film touting the use of the power tools to combat Axis forces. A scroll beginning at mark  00:35  explains how the United States “is creating the most efficient and finest Army and Navy personnel, equipping them with the best ships, planes, tanks, and guns of history.” Such objectives require the quick construction of training bases — leading the DeWalt company to develop new machines to meet the...
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This promotional film for Allis Chalmers' new M100 Motor Grader likely dates to the early 1960s. The 167hp engine and high clearances offered by this machine were touted by AC in the film, which was called the "most productive motor grader in its class". The company hoped that the M100 and its rollaway blade design would represent a new standard in the construction industry. Its design also offered high visibility and ground-hugging stability. Surprisingly, this version of the M-100...
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“Our Crucial Deterrent” is a circa 1972 color United States Navy film that touts the importance of the Polaris and Poseidon submarine missile programs. An opening crawl quotes President John F. Kennedy in his 1961 State of the Union address and explains his plan to create the crucial deterrent, “a fleet that never will attack first, but will possess sufficient powers of retaliation concealed beneath the sea, to discourage any aggressor from launching an attack upon our security.” At...
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This black and white documentary film on Siam is dated 1947. (The name Siam was changed back to Thailand in 1948.) It was produced by Edmund Reek, and narrated by George Carson Putnam. It opens with the Democracy Monument in Bangkok, Thailand, followed by views of the streets and shrines (:11-:36). Buddhist monks enter the Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall, where the magnificent royal architecture is shown (:37-:51). The Golden Urn receives the bodies of kings when they die (:52- 1:02 ). Military...
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“A whole new world is opening up. A world beneath the sea.” Those are the opening words of the United States Navy film, “World of the Sea.” The 1973 documentary that takes the viewer beneath the waves as the narrator explains how the Navy must perform essential support maneuvers underwater, whether it be in submarines or by using divers for missions such as salvage and repair, underwater construction, study of acoustics, or scientific research. Amidst scenes of divers in the ocean as...
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Directed by pioneering female producer Fanchon Royer, "Children of Democracy" presents a rare view of Costa Rica as it appeared in the 1940s, with special focus on the nation's children. The narration is quite praiseful of the "tiny country" and its citizens both young and old who have "North American" attitudes, little poverty to speak of and labor problems. The film begins with images of tourists visiting Irazu volcano by horseback, and at  1:48  the Moravia...
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Originally presented by Boeing for students (and featuring Boeing bumpers), this newsreel short focuses on the submarine USS Skate and its mission to surface at the North Pole. USS Skate (SSN-578), the third submarine of the United States Navy named for the skate, a type of ray, was the lead ship of the Skate class of nuclear submarines. She was the third nuclear submarine commissioned, the first to make a completely submerged trans-Atlantic crossing, and the second submarine to reach the North...
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This film, THE POWER OF SUGGESTION (1971) presents the U.S. Army's Suggestion Program. The Suggestion Program was a Vietnam War era program intended to save vital Pentagon dollars, and it still exists today in some form. While some of this film is a bit laughable — showing what appears to be ridiculous levels of government waste — the message remains current. The opening scenes depict a re-enactment of a film director struggling to record a scene in which a child is supposed to mimic an...
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This 1965 color film takes its viewer on a tour of the U.S. Navy's submarine training school at New London, Connecticut and includes includes a tour of the school's library and museum (mark 03:00) and a look at submariner history including the H.L. Hunley, a Confederate sub used during the Civil War (mark 04:45). The film rolls on with a demonstration of their submarine simulator (mark 07:13) and various other simulators used to train officers and sailors. The USS Grouper (SS-214) is shown at...
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This 1963 black and white film, produced by the Army, is part of “The Big Picture” television series narrated by actor Raymond Massey. The host is Army Master Sergeant Stuart Queen. The film’s focus is Dwight D. Eisenhower’s military career, with a great deal of battlefield live footage (:38- 1:00 ). 1945, crowds gather in Abilene, Kansas for a parade celebrating the return of General Eisenhower, shown in full military uniform standing and saluting in his vehicle and in the stands (...
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Directed by Bruce Seth Green, "Annapolis: The First Year" shows the U.S. Naval Academy in the mid-to-late 1970s. This portrait supposedly shows the 1976 plebe year, but also includes footage from later classes in an attempt to show that the Academy had becoming sexually integrated.   The United States Naval Academy (also known as USNA, Annapolis, or simply Navy) is a four-year coeducational federal service academy in Annapolis, Maryland, United States. Established on 10 October...
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We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional information about our videos by adding a comment! See something interesting? Tell people what it is and what they can see by writing something for example like: "01:00:12:00 -- President Roosevelt is seen meeting with Winston Churchill at the Quebec Conference." This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage collections in...
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Made during WWII by the British Ministry of Information, this Merchant Marine film was directed by J.B. Holmes, and compares to other films of the era including Men of the Light Ship. It shows the sinking of a British merchant ship by Nazi torpedo and the aftermath. It contains very realistic footage of a ship sinking, the evacuation of the crew, and rescue operations by coast guardsmen. This is followed by a lengthy segment about the defensive training of merchant marine members, including...
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Produced during WWII, this Coast Guard Report, "Coast Guard at War Along Our Shores" shows the USCG as it operated near the continental USA. Coast Guardsmen are seen training at the Coast Guard Academy, study sabotage detection, battle a ship fire, and patrol a beach. An icebreaker clears a channel for ore carriers on the Great Lakes. FBI agents pose with German spies captured by the Coast Guard. Shows the cutter Icarus, a convoy, airplanes, helicopters, airships, an amphibious...
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S O S Coast Guard (1937) is a Republic film serial. It was the seventh of the sixty-six serials made by Republic. The plot concerns the mad scientist Boroff (Bela Lugosi) attempting to sell a superweapon to the highest bidder, opposed by Coast Guard Lieutenant Terry Kent (Ralph Byrd), for both personal and professional reasons. The main stars were Bela Lugosi and Ralph Byrd. It was made during the 2-year period when the Hayes Office put a moratorium on horror movies, Lugosi's usual genre, and...
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This 1962 United States Navy training film, produced by the Jamieson Film Company, is titled “Vision In Military Aviation” The Sense Of Sight” and opens with jet fighters launching from the deck of an aircraft carrier as the narrator explains how military pilots must rely on all of their senses to successfully operate an aircraft. The sense of sight, however, is the most important. From reading charts and instrument panels to identifying targets on the ground, the importance of proper...
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One of the episodes of the short-lived, pioneering TV documentary series "The Greatest Drama" from 1953, "Speedway Star" tells the story of Wilbur Shaw, one of the greatest American race drivers of his era. Shaw (October 31, 1902 – October 30, 1954) was president of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway from 1945 until his death in 1954 and famous as the automotive test evaluator for Popular Science magazine. Shaw delivered the world's greatest automobile race to enthusiastic...
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“The Rock of Gibraltar” is a Frith Films presentation that takes its viewer to the British limestone promontory near the coast of Spain. The 1950s film opens with color images of the monolith as the narrator discusses some of its history and mazes of tunnels. At mark  00:53  we learn of the Rock’s importance in World War II and the North African campaign, having once housed the headquarters of General Dwight D. Eisenhower. Much of the Rock is taken up by military barracks and arsenals,...
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Made in 1943, this silent home movie shows the induction services for draftees held at the University of Arizona in Tucson during WWII. It was one of several films made to document selectees, who include (based on the names shown) many hispanic Americans and perhaps some native Americans. Exactly why these movies were shot is unclear, but what they do underscore is the level of sacrifice made by citizens around the USA during the war. The film begins with a title card stating that...
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This circa 1942 Goodyear Aircraft black-and-white newsreel opens cold with footage of a US Navy K-class blimp (K-3) emerging from a hanger for a trial flight as the narrator explains how the airship is meant to patrol coastlines as a watchful eye against enemy attack. The airship heads skyward near mark  01:00  as naval and Goodyear personnel watch and the narrator explains how it can be used to look for “any enemy that menaces our shipping or our men of war.” The narrator goes on to...
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The jet age allowed Pan American World Airways (Pan Am) to promote worldwide tourism via its airline. The company’s New Horizons series advertised these intercontinental flights to such locations as Uruguay, one of the world’s purest democracies.” This 1965 color film opens with a montage of scenes from around the South American country as the narrator briefly tells us about the discovery of the country in the 1500s and how modern travelers are encouraged “to pause (and) take in the...
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Ed Asner hosts this 1975 color Army recruiting film, The Army Reports #51, to encourage not letting a lack of education prevent a life-time career with the Army. All of the different education opportunities are then detailed verbally by Ed with interspersed video showing the scenarios. A boy goes from a high school classroom to working on a car as a mechanic to older sadly laying on a bed. His happy friend is dressed in full uniform. ( 2:37 - 3:49 ). He is next shown waiting with a large group...
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Made in 1943, ROAD TO BERLIN was released as Official War Film #8. This industrial incentive film examines the logistical and tactical gauntlet that supplies sent to the European Theater faced to reach the front, including the German U-boat wolfpacks which at the time were exacting a heavy toll on convoys. The film opens with a wolf pack of submarines meeting northwest of the coast of Britain ( 1:00 ). American, Dutch and British ships are under torpedo attack ( 1:24 ). The Army Transportation...
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One of a series of classified films made for the Army Air Forces during WWII about the Norden Bombsight, this film focuses on preflight inspection of the device. 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 "blacked out". This series of films provides a rare look at the operation of the bombsight as it was presented to bombardiers.  The Norden Mk....
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“The Guardian Angel” is a black-and-white Sikorsky Aircraft film (made in cooperation with the US Department of Defense) that tells the viewer of helicopter operations during the Korean War. It opens onboard the USS Missouri (BB-63) at mark  00:30  followed by several destroyers as they cut through the water and launch an R-5 helicopter for a man-overboard call. Helicopters are also shown being used to transport men from ship to ship. They can travel slowly over sea or land, we’re told,...
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Trieste is a Swiss-designed, Italian-built deep-diving research bathyscaphe, which with her crew of two reached a record maximum depth of about 10,911 meters (35,797 ft), in the deepest known part of the Earth's oceans, the Challenger Deep, in the Mariana Trench near Guam in the Pacific. On 23 January 1960, Jacques Piccard (son of the boat's designer Auguste Piccard) and US Navy Lieutenant Don Walsh achieved the goal of Project Nekton. Trieste was the first manned vessel to have reached the...
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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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“The Trout at Rainbow’s End” is a 1957 black-and-white episode of the docudrama “Silent Service” — about the U.S. Navy's submarine fleet. All stories were based on fact and the realism was heightened by actual use of combat footage from the files of the Navy. The stories were varied between the South Pacific during World War II and the Korean War. The series was the brainchild of Rear Admiral Thomas M. Dykers, who retired from the Navy in 1949 after 22 years service.  Dykers...
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This crash test film shows how a rollover test is performed using a 1973 Chevy Impala equipped with crash test dummies. After some establishing shots, the actual test can be seen at  3:50  and following, with a car launched sideways of an inclined ramp, causing it to roll over onto the roof three times. Much resultant damage is seen from shattered glass, the departure of the right rear tire, and roof crush damage. At  1:13 , close-up shots of the crash test dummies show what might have been...
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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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S O S Coast Guard (1937) is a Republic film serial. It was the seventh of the sixty-six serials made by Republic. The plot concerns the mad scientist Boroff (Bela Lugosi) attempting to sell a superweapon to the highest bidder, opposed by Coast Guard Lieutenant Terry Kent (Ralph Byrd), for both personal and professional reasons. The main stars were Bela Lugosi and Ralph Byrd. It was made during the 2-year period when the Hayes Office put a moratorium on horror movies, Lugosi's usual genre, and...
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Made in 1931, this travelogue of American Samoa shows the island nation as it appeared prior to WWII, before the peace of this tiny protectorate was destroyed. Predominantly shot on the island of Tutuila, the film features rare views of traditional native life including Copra harvesting. American Samoa is an unincorporated territory of the United States located in the South Pacific Ocean, southeast of Samoa. It consists of five main islands and two coral atolls. The largest and most populous...
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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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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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Made by Northrop Aircraft for the U.S. Air Force Air Defense Command, this promotional film MRS. JONES, MEET YOUR PARTNERS features General Nathan F. Twining speaking about the group's mission: to protect the USA from enemy attack, especially nuclear attack. It also showcases the F-89 Scorpion interceptor. The film is a bit fragmentary but apparently featured a civilian housewife "Mrs. Jones", who has volunteered as a aircraft spotter with the Ground Observer Corps, touring the...
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This 1973 U.S. Army color film MF20-5841 describes itself as providing a historical documentary of the internment, release, and repatriation of enemy prisoners of war, as per the Geneva Convention. January 1973. A bird’s eye view is given of South Vietnam ( 1:08 - 1:35 ). Soldiers capture North Vietnamese and Viet Cong, blindfold, transport, and identify them ( 1:36 - 2:45 ). The prisoners were moved to a brigade collecting point for screening. Shown is the 4th Infantry Division Collecting...
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This “Yesterday’s Newsreel” film offers the viewer “television highlights of the news of yesteryear” by providing vintage clips of famous people and events from the first half of the 20th century. This episode begins with 1933’s Holy Year (mark  00:30 ) as Pope Pius XI celebrates the liturgical feast along with Roman Catholic faithful at St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City. The event is followed by scenes of a 1930s “Floating Cabaret” in the waters off Long Island, as...
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"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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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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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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“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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“Minutemen Missile And Mission” is a circa 1962 color film, produced by the Thiokol Chemical Corporation and adapted for US Air Force use, that serves as “the story of the Minuteman Intercontinental Ballistic Missile to date.” (The LGM-30 Minuteman entered service in 1962, tasked with the deterrence role and threatening Soviet cities with a counterattack if the US was attacked.) The film opens with a scripted scene featuring NBC correspondent Chet Huntley (mark  02:00 ) speaking with...
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This wonderful silent home movie was shot by a U.S. serviceman during WWII. The exact location is unknown and hopefully someone in the Youtube community can help us identify it. One possibility is Kent, Ohio (based on the "Ray's Place" liquor at  1:20 ) but it really might be anywhere -- please help! The film begins with some good natured goofing around and then at :30, you will see military brass gathered for a parade. The parade includes a 1-star general. At  1:40 , brass reviews...
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This British produced short film GLIDING featuring Leslie Welch (popularly known as the "Memory Man") and Brian Johnston. The film was produced in 1952 as part of the "Sports Page" series and looks at the sport of gliding. It shows glider construction, and piloting. The National Gliding Championships (also known as the British Gliding Championship) of 1950 or 1951 are featured. The meeting took place in Darbyshire. The event included a 186-mile glider flight. At  4:30 ,...
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Made in the 1950s, THE PASSENGER TRAIN is an educational film that shows a boy named Bobby making a cross-country trip aboard a Santa Fe Railroad train known as the The Chief. The train is pulled by a diesel-electric locomotive and features aluminum-sided streamline Pullman cars. At the start of the film Bobby arrives at a train station in a big city (probably Chicago) to board the train. The film then shows the operation of the train as it heads west towards Los Angeles. Bobby disembarks at...
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This 1950s Cold War propaganda film opens with hurried scenes of New York City and life in suburbia interspersed with images of a ballistic missile streaking across the sky until a massive explosion and mushroom cloud fills the screen at mark  01:07 . “This is the threat,” the narrator grimly announces. The answer: “Ballistic Missile Early Warning System” — which also serves as the film’s title. Presented by RCA Defense Electronics Products Missile and Surface Radar Division, this...
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Dating to 1979 when a gigantic airlift was organized to evacuate Americans and other westerners from Iran, this Pan Am promotional film begins with Today Show host Jane Pauley interviewing Captain William W. Malcolm, was one of two Pan Am pilots who flew some of the 600 evacuees out of Tehran. The film goes on to show Pan Am's historical activities in times of crisis, dating back fifty years to 1929 when Pan Am (then a fledgling airline) helped evacuate people from South Florida. A Pan Am...
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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 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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Featuring footage shot just before WWII, Library Films' CROSSROADS TO THE ORIENT (:08) presents rare color images of Manila and the Philippines. As the opening credits of the film explain, the Philippine Islands suffered severe war damage and the islands Zombanga and Jolo were included (:20). However, the way of life on these islands did not change much and the scenes depicted in this film, which were shot before the war, will accurately display life on these islands. The capitol of the...
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These silent home movies date to 1947 or so, and were shot by a member of a German American club at an annual "German Day" ceremony held every September in Hindenburg Park in La Crescenta, California. Apparently at the time the get-together was part of the post-WWII relief effort, in which these immigrant groups attempted to raise money for war-torn Germany. "Hindenburg Park" has a controversial history. Prior to WWII, the western side of Crescenta Valley Park (then known as...
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This 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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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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“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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“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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The American Society of Agriculture and Republic Steel Corporation joined forces to present “Green Gold,” a 1953 Wilding Pictures Production that captures life down on the farm. We meet the “Weston Family,” and as the film opens a father and son argue over what to do with farm land they’re currently using as a cow pasture. Thanks to the son’s vocational agricultural class, he has learned new methods of farming that surpasses that of his father, who inherited the farm from his...
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Made 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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Army-Navy Screen Magazine #17 is a short, black-and-white film produced for servicemen circa 1943. It includes several segments and ends with the delightful cartoon "Private Snafu".  “Fighting French” (mark  00:30 ) looks at men of the French armed forces and shows us the French battleship Richelieu in New York Harbor after undergoing refitting in New York Navy Yard and returning to battle. Troops from Martinique are shown training in the United States at mark  02:30  and...
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“A World of Difference” is a public relations video produced in the mid-1960s to promote World Airways Charters. Narrated by Lowell Thomas, the film opens with a jet in flight (mark  00:45 ) as the company is described as “the best there is in air travel.” Via an animated sequence we see the various parts of the planet to which World Airways travels before visiting the company’s center of operation — Oakland. A Boeing 707 touches down at mark  02:20  and heads to the hanger as...
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The Los Angeles Police Department presents “Your Traffic Officer,” a late 1940s black-and-white training film that shows what it takes to be a motorcycle patrolman on the new freeways in post-World War II California. Six people lost their lives on a “modern highway” in the past year (probably the 110 Freeway) the narrator explains at the film commences. The efficient execution of traffic regulations is key to keeping the roads safe. A motorcycle officer zooms across the screen (mark ...
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This 1944 black and white film, “Chet Lang Reports,” was to persuade internal GE sales reps that the company was dedicated to the war effort. The film begins with Lang, GE Sales Manager and Chairman of the Wartime Committee. A clip of a letter includes that GE “single handedly saved the country” in WWII ( 2:08 - 2:45 ). An illustration shows the progression of 1940s sales growth to taxes and profits ( 4:25 - 5:34 ). YALE electric forklifts load pallets into train cars ( 5:49 - 5:56 ). A...
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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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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 during a road trip by an American family who lived in Michigan, this 1950s silent home movie documents a cross country trip taken on Route 66. The film begins with shots of a turkey farm and the Daniel Hoover Mill at Scottsville, Kentucky. You can see the Sorghum Mill at :37. At  1:28  a Route 66 sign is seen in Texas, followed by shots of a field being harvested. At  1:49  is what appears to be the entrance to the Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico, with the daughter dressed as an Indian...
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“Wheels Across Africa” is an expedition documentary by Belgian-born filmmaker Armand Denis about a trip across Africa in Dodge trucks circa 1936. The black-and-white promotional documentary, presented by the Dodge Dealers of America, focuses on Denis and his wife Leila Roosevelt Denis (a cousin of Theodore Roosevelt) as they take an 18-month journey through the Belgian Congo and the Sahara Desert on motor driven Dodge vehicles.  It takes the viewer quickly through Belgium, France, and...
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Made by the University of Chicago during the Scarlet Fever epidemic, this silent film shows the diagnosis of the disease, and the use of anti-toxin in fighting the disease. The discovery of penicillin and its subsequent widespread use has significantly reduced the mortality of this once feared disease. Scarlet fever can occur as a result of a group A Streptococcus (group A strep) infection. The signs and symptoms include a sore throat, fever, headaches, swollen lymph nodes, and a characteristic...
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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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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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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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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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Made just after the outbreak of WWII, this stirring rendition of "The Star Spangled Banner" features reassuring images of the U.S. Navy's fleet, cadets at West Point, and even President Franklin Roosevelt. A truly stirring rendition especially when you consider the audience that watched it, was doubtlessly helping in the war effort, and probably had sons or relatives at the front and on the seas. We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional information...
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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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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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