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On June 29, 1983, President Ronald Reagan gave the keynote address at VICA, the Vocational Industrial Clubs of America (now known as SkillsUSA). The 19th Annual Conference was held this year in Louisville, Kentucky. Reagan's full remarks can be read at this website:  http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/?pi... President Reagan begins this way: "This country was built with the sweat and determination of hard-working men and women who, like many of you, love to work with their hands as well as...
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Made in 1945 during WWII by the Bureau of Aeronautics as an industrial incentive film, "The Admiral's Reply" features Navy Cross winner Read Admiral Dewitt C Ramsey, speaking to the American people on why we must win the war, and why we must see the fight to the end. The film was viewed as necessary by leaders such as Ramsey, because by the time it was made -- 4 years into World War II -- many Americans were disillusioned by the pace of the war, and unwilling to remain at industrial...
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This episode of "The Air Force Story" focuses on the USAF in the Korean War, and is the second of two episodes about the Korean conflict. "The Final Phase" shows how the Air Force responded in the face of the Chinese offensive -- supplying United Nations forces with much needed supplies through air drops, and providing close air support and interdiction for desperate infantry units. F-80s and F-86s are shown trying to disrupt Chinese supply lines. Eventually this use of...
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Shot in January of 1973, this raw, silent footage shows stall tests of the U.S. Navy's E-2A Hawkeye at Pax River, Maryland. The aircraft shown is likely the prototype, which started flying in 1971. Although by 1973 the aircraft had been considered operational, the type suffered a long teething process and underwent significant upgrades into the 1980s. The film shows the pilot of the Hawkeye intentionally placing the aircraft in a stall attitude and then falling off to recover. The aircraft's...
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This silent home movie was made by Purcell Wood, the owner of the Gillette Camera Store on Park Avenue in New York City, and rented out to customers who wanted to entertain guests for the evening. The film shows the events of May 31, 1934 as the U.S. Navy's Atlantic Fleet steamed into New York harbor. Among the vessels there that day was the USS Indianapolis (CA-35), which came into New York with President Franklin D. Roosevelt on board. Other ships there that day included USS Overton...
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Flight into Time is a gorgeous color vintage travelogue made by Trans World Airlines or TWA, which takes viewers through some of Southern Europe and Northern Africa’s most historic sites and possible stops for vacationers. The film references the importance of each location, the daily lives of the locals and interesting things visitors might do or see throughout their trips in Portugal, Spain, Italy, Egypt, Syria and Greece.  Travel in this era was aboard a Lockheed Constellation, seen at...
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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: "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 the...
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In this information film for the Armed Services, viewers get a look at the 2.5-ton amphibious DUKW, Russian musicians performing for Soviet troops, a look back at the Battle of the Bismarck Sea, the population boom in Mobile, Alabama, and an episode of the propaganda cartoon Private Snafu. In the first segment, “F.O.B. America,” a 2.5-ton amphibious truck called a DUKW or “Duck” drives down the road (00:57). Men float an old army truck across a river using a large tarp. The modern...
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Produced in the early 1960s by the U.S. Public Health Service and the American Dental Association, and directed by Cal Dunn, "The Challenge of Dentistry" is a film designed to promote good dental habits and encourage students to consider careers in dentistry. The film begins with the story of Mrs. Evelyn Carson, who is appearing on a TV show to discuss her successful fight against cancer. A dentist named Dr. Ford appears in the television studio -- the man who detected Carson's cancer...
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This film FIREFIGHTING ABOARD TANKERS was prepared to show how to meet fire emergencies aboard tank vessels and other ships. Fire prevention is the first and most important step in controlling ship board fire as seen at mark  1:06 . Drills are necessary; every crew man must know the location of the firefighting equipment, he must know how the equipment operates, how to handle the gear before he has to use it on the fire, detection and proper initial action, he must know proper fire fighting...
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This film familiarizes the viewer with the Lockheed T2V SeaStar, later called the T-1 SeaStar, a turbojet trainer aircraft for the U.S. Navy that entered service in May 1957. It was developed from the Lockheed T-33 and powered by one Allison J33 engine. As the year 1955 began, Lockheed Aircraft Corporation had design built and delivered to the arm forces more than 6,000 jet fighter and trainer. Of this total the trainer accounted for more than 300 planes including air force T33 and navy TV2s....
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‘The Glacier Priest’, Bernard R Hubbard narrates this film (:13). In 1876, William H. Seward purchased Alaska from Russia (:24). American’s protested against this purchase and felt it was a waste and dubbed it as ‘Seward’s folly’ (:36). The film will divide Alaska into three sections and the first is highlighted ( 2:20 ) as Yukon. Dogs pulling sleds across the snow depict the common perception of what Alaska is ( 2:38 ) and it is the malamute husky ( 3:00 ). Eskimos are stepping...
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Interactive Graphics: A Man/Machine Partnership (possibly from 1979) is a short film that takes viewers on a tour of Central Contra Costa Sanitary District’s (CCCSD) new state-of-the-art water reclamation plant ( 00:25 ). The recently constructed advanced waste treatment plant ( 00:31 ) recycles domestic sewage for use as cooling and process water for the major industries in the San Francisco Bay area. It is one of the most advanced systems, constructed with state-of-the-art computer and...
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This raw footage apparently dates to August 6, 1971, when a Hiroshima Day anti-Vietnam War protest occurred in New York City. At  2:31  you will see the Manhattan District Office of the Internal Revenue Service. This was the site of an extensive line of picketers, many carrying signs denouncing the use of tax money to support the ongoing war in Vietnam. At  2:50 , a participant is interviewed regarding his refusal to pay taxes, and there is a brief discussion of the meaning of Nagasaki Day...
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Made in 1929, "Hello Hawaii" presents views of Honolulu and the Hawaiian islands in the pre-WWII era, before the U.S. Navy fully expanded its Pacific Fleet HQ to Pearl Harbor. This is a story about a trip made by the American navy to Hawaii. Honolulu bound Navy men and ships sail over the sparkling Pacific to America’s island playground. At mark 1:00 , the ships are seen on maneuvers. At mark 1:35 , Hawaii sunny skies, waving palms and all that makes tropical paradise is seen. On...
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This 1938 black and white reenactment film “The Ohio Country” was presented by The Standard Oil Company of Ohio, narrated by George W. Srail, and produced by Escar Motion Picture Service.   A group of pioneers gather at Manasseh Cutler Church in Ipswich, Massachusetts to reenact December 3, 1787, which was the beginning of a trip to the Northwest Territory to settle in the Ohio Country. The Rabbi speaks to the group before they leave on horses and in Conestoga wagons pulled by oxen (:44-...
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This black and white military propaganda film is one of two parts; this is Part One. It was shown to theatre audiences as part of the “loose lip sink ships” WWII warnings. It opens with a spinning globe ending on Berlin (:10-:26). A reenactment shows a room of well-dressed Germans at a Nazi school for spies. The warning to the theatre audience is not to help them by leaving documents out and freely talking about the details of the war. The class on ‘American Stupidity’ is taught by a...
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Directed by Jerry Hartleben, who's had a long career as a documentary filmmaker, and shot by award winning cinematographer Conrad Buff, "Down to the Wire" is a portrait of naval aviation cadets struggling to receive their carrier wings circa 1970. To become qualified as a carrier jet pilot, a variety of tasks must be mastered from "touch-and-go's" on land to that first hairy carrier landing at sea. The famed Essex class carrier USS Lexington (CV/CVA/CVS/CVT/AVT-16), known as...
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Made in 1948, this educational film discusses the work of ocean freighters in the era before container ships. The featured vessel is the SS Anchor Hitch, which in addition to a cargo hold had 12 passenger staterooms aboard. The film shows the Anchor Hitch operating in the Pacific, on the way to South America. Many of the activities of the crew are seen including navigation, engine operation, radio contact, etc. At  2:50 , the ship's radio antenna and directional radio system is shown being...
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This color film from 1959 was produced for Pan American by Coleman Productions. Its subtitle, “The Land of Enchanted Fountains” is exemplified by different fountains (:46- 1:50 ). A Pan Am Boeing 707 Clipper Jet ( 2:15 ) flies over the Roman Colosseum ( 2:19 -29), dating back to A.D. 70. We fly over St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican ( 2:30 ) before viewing at ground level ( 2:35 - 3:05 ). Underground springs fuel different fountains ( 3:24 - 4:12 ). A man on a Vespa ( 4:12 ) calls for a...
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This color film about Rancho Las Salinas (once located in the present day Monterey Bay area) was made in 1949. It is narrated from the standpoint of Don Solis, who explains how he surveyed and laid out his ranch, tilled the soil with wooden plows, raised and herded cattle, and traded tallow and hides. As the film explains, this ranch was part of the Mexican land grant of four-square-leagues (17,713.6 acres) given in 1839 to Gabriel Espinosa by Mexican governor Nicolas Gutierrez to help settle...
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This silent, 16mm home movie dates to the 1930s and shows a trip to Cuba aboard the ship RMS Empress of Austalia (ship's bell can be seen at 1:15 ). The film begins at sea at :24 with passengers playing games on the deck. RMS Empress of Australia was an ocean liner built in 1913–1919 by Vulcan AG shipyard in Stettin, Germany for the Hamburg America Line. She was refitted for Canadian Pacific Steamships; and the ship – the third of three CP vessels to be named Empress of China – was...
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Made in 1948 in an attempt to educate the American public and lobby Congress, AIR POWER AND PEACE POWER features Capt. Eddie Rickenbacker of Eastern Airlines speaking about the future of aviation. The title of the film was part of a slogan used throughout the aviation and defense industry in this era, to promote a strong military-industrial research and development effort that would simultaneously advance aviation technology while strengthening U.S. defense. The film mostly centers around a...
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“The WAC Is A Soldier, Too” (TV 277) is a 1950s episode from The Big Picture, a series produced by the Army Pictorial Center. This episode takes viewers on a tour of the recently opened Women’s Army Corps (WAC) training center at Fort McClellan in Anniston, Alabama and shows the preparation the women receive. The episode opens with a shot of Sgt. Stuart Queen ( 00:59 ), who discusses the new WAC training center. An aerial view of the new center ( 01:29 ) reveals the nearly two dozen...
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Dating to 1959, these silent Kodachrome home movies begin at Stewart Air Force Base in Tennessee, where Armed Forces Day is celebrated (May 17th) with a big air show. B-52 airplanes are seen flying in formation as well as other aircraft. At 2:27 the ladies in the family play a friendly game of cards. The men do so at 2:51 . At 3:00 , downtown skyscrapers are seen, possibly Nashville or Lexington but then again, maybe not! At 3:41 , horses are seen doing dressage. At 7:20 the family station...
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This film "Flight to the Sun" is presented by the South African Tourism organization known as Satour (:22) with music created and composed by Harry Rabinowitz (:32). It begins at the London Airport (:52) as a sign for ‘Customs Douans’ appears (:57) and the narrator boards a South African Airways flight. On board the plane -- probably a Douglas DC-7B,, the pilot is radioing air control as the picture turns to the air control tower ( 1:33 ) and the planes takes off. A picturesque...
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This 1951 black and white public service film about irresponsible drivers features Judge Roger Alton Pfaff, the narrator is radio broadcaster Elliot Lewis, produced by Cate & McGlone, and sponsored by International Harvester Company. It opens with “Arthur Average” laying on the horn and illegally passing on the shoulder ( 1:09 - 1:33 ). A California Highway Motorcycle Patrolman on motorcycle watches traffic. Arthur reduces his speed (speedometer shown) and speeds up again. The police...
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Episode 64 of “Yesterday’s Newsreel” provided viewers “television highlights of the news of yesteryear” by providing vintage clips of famous people and events from the first half of the 20th century. This episode opens with pilot Wiley Post’s solo flight around the world in 1933 (mark  00:43 ) with numerous scenes from the historic event and the celebrations that followed, including a meeting with New York City Mayor John O’Brien (mark  03:30 ). US Soldiers Sail for Siberia”...
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This German propaganda movie was part of a U.S. Navy archive compiled during WWII, and acquired by Periscope Film.  In this film,  the Battle of The Atlantic is seen from the German perspective as Kreigsmarine U-boats converge for a wolfpack patrol, hunting Allied merchant ships.
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“Minuteman in the West” is presented by the Boeing Company and opens with cowboys in Cheyenne, Wyoming (:26). This city has been dubbed the cowboy capital of the West and was founded in 1867 as a railroad terminus ( 1:01 ). The town now boasts a population of 50,000 as well as a downtown business district ( 1:23 ), a modern shopping center ( 1:29 ) and is the headquarters for extensive sheep and cattle interests ( 1:33 ). Cheyenne is also considered the political heart of the state ( 1:50...
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This episode of “Flight,” titled “The Dart,” originally aired on November 11, 1958, and focuses on “the dart” supersonic aerial gunnery target and the stress of supersonic flight. (“Flight” was an anthology series featuring the importance of aviation that aired in syndication for one season. It was created with the assistance of the United States Air Force and featured retired General George C. Kenney as the host and opening narrator.) Co-starring Herbert Rudley, Mike Road, and...
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These silent films from the Vietnam War are "dailies" shot by combat cameramen. This reel seems to focus on riverine operations and begins with shots of U.S. Navy patrol craft at :40.   At 1:47 you will see one of the armed boats go past, and at 2:02 an armed barge is shown with an artillery piece aboard.   At 2:50 a group of Vietnamese come aboard, presumably for interrogation or while their boat is searched for contraband. At 3:40 an artillery piece is fired. At 4:30 rounds are...
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This contractor film for the Bell Textron AH-1S Cobra helicopter focuses on the aircraft's enhanced chin turret and rocket management system, including a detailed examination of its sub-systems. The turret in this version of the chopper, known as the AH-1E, is equipped with a 20mm M-197 gun, which can shoot 750 rounds per minute. AH-1S aircraft included the M147 Rocket Management Subsystem (RMS) to fire 2.75-inch (70 mm) rockets. The baseline AH-1S is an AH-1Q upgraded with a 1,800 shp (1,300...
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This 1963 film documents one of the USS Robert E. Lee's (00:06:20:00) deterrent patrols in the 1960s while operating out of Holy Loch, Scotland. The film opens with footage of a sailor partying with his family before traveling to Holy Loch. (00:01:15:00) We witness a scenic bus ride through Scotland (00:03:20:00) so military men can get to their station. At (00:04:55:00) , we see vintage footage of the USS Proteus. Footage of the Commodore greeting the new crew can be seen at (00:07:10:00). It...
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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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What Makes a Battle was a propaganda short produced by the US Army Pictoral Service in 1944. It documents the taking of the Marshall Islands while also encouraging increased war production. The film opens with the narrator asking "What makes a battle?" while the camera is focusing on shipments of industrial transports, "This is what it takes to make a battle." This statement sets up the dual nature of the entire film. War supplies are pouring in from every part of the...
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The Incas Ancients of the Andes, is a color instructional film produced by Hollywood Film Enterprises, Inc., which was started by Bill Horsley Laboratory in 1916, and was later known as Hollywood Film Enterprises, Inc., which was devoted to the developing and printing of 35mm. films. It is no longer active. Photographed and Directed by Clifford J. Kamen ( 0:16 - 0:26 ). Views of a mountain top ancient city, Machu Picchu ( 0:27 - 0:41 ). Black and white world map, showing where the Aztec, Mayas...
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USSR is a promotional film from Pan American World Airways, produced and directed by Henry Strauss (most likely in the late 1960s), that encourages tourism to the Soviet Union by taking viewers on a visual tour of a number of the republics and their cities. The film opens with footage of Moscow’s Red Square as the narrator recaps the famous rulers, writers, and musicians from the Russia’s past. The size of the USSR, with its diverse climate and people, make it a destination unlike any...
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This 1939 black and white documentary film “The Tragedy of the Siege of Shanghai” provides on-the-scene reporting of the first Japanese invasion of China. It was produced by E.W. Hammons, founder of Educational Pictures, filmed with Leon Britton and Charles Hugo in Shanghai. Actual footage shows Japanese military aircraft flying over Shanghai and the first bomb hitting. Additional bombs follow and smoke fills the skies ( 1:00 - 1:35 ). People run in panic as more bombs strike. The city...
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Made in 1952 to promote the release of the new Model 200 16mm movie camera, this Bell & Howell company film "Movie Star" also contains a brief history of B&H's cameras -- with nearly 250K sold by the time this movie was released. This included WWII aerial gun cameras as well as B&H's first camera, the Filmo-121 and its relative the 141 and the post-WWII 153 camera. As the film says, the B&H 200 won the Society of Motion Picture Art Directors award in 1951 for its...
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This episode of Biography, which first aired in 1963, provides viewers with a history of Cuba’s Fidel Castro. The film features historical Cuban footage dating back to 1933, including a number of shots of Fulgencio Batista and Fidel Castro, as well as still images of a young Fidel. The film opens with scenes from Havana in 1961 when Castro addresses a massive crowd, declaring Cuba a socialist republic. Mike Wallace ( 01:35 ) begins the story in Havana during the 1920s ( 01:52 ), which...
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“Psychiatry in Action” is a lengthy circa 1943 black-and-white film opening with a slow crawl explaining how in September 1939, Great Britain’s Ministry of Health organized its medical services to combat the threat of injury and death to its citizens at the start of World War II. From the smallest village to the largest towns, the narrator explains how medical professionals are geared to assist Brits with any healthcare issues including psychiatric. Anyone suffering from neurosis, we are...
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Coleman Engineering Company, Inc. presents “Supersonic Survival,” a circa 1955 film that looks at the United States Air Force’s Project SMART (Supersonic Military Air Research Track) a 12,000-foot supersonic sled track designed and built for the Air Force at Hurricane Mesa in southwestern Utah. The track simulated pilot escape systems of high-speed aircraft and starting at mark  01:10  as we see a few aircraft being tested and “dummy pilots” being ejected. Crews were needed to build...
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The World Today, Round Trip is distributed by Encyclopedia Britanica Films (:08) and presented by The Twentieth Century Fund (:13). The film’s focal point will be the US and world trade ( 1:21 ), beginning with steel and oil. The question is posed of foreign trade, does it do us any good ? ( 2:32 ). The train shown -- pulled by a steam engine -- is carrying 10 million tons and will travel to twenty-five different countries ( 2:54 ). A passenger on another train vocalizes his disapproval of...
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Carnival is a black and white film put out by Sterling Films, produced by Bud Gamble, with narration by Ben Kramer. It shows Coney Island, in Brooklyn, New York, in the mid 1940’s, the birthplace of the American Amusement Parks, and lets you experience the rides of that day. Coney Island was started in the 1830’s. In 1897, Captain Paul Boyton, opened a collection of amusement rides and Coney Island expanded from there. People strolling through the streets headed for the carnival ( 0:33 -...
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“Analysis Of Bulk Plant Fire” is a black-and-white film created by the American Petroleum Institute circa 1960 and narrated by John A. Ainlay. The film begins with news footage from a 1959 petroleum bulk plant fire in Kansas City, Missouri, and an explanation of events that led up to the fire. (The accidental fire began, we are told at mark 02:58 , as gasoline was being transferred into a tanker. The fire spread to the service station and adjacent tankers.) Six firefighters were killed. The...
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NOTE: the film actually starts at 1:15 . Before that is a long Pan Am leader. Pan American Airlines’ short promotional film Israel, directed by famed filmmaker Andre de LaVarre, presents a marketing campaign for Pan Am vacations. The film begins with a Pan Am travel agent assisting a customer with finding a trip, and the customer selects a brochure for Israel. Over the credits are images of a Pan Am four-engine airplane, probably a DC-4. The film then cuts to scenes of the Negev Desert (...
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This group of clips from 16mm silent home movies is guaranteed to make you smile. The clips range from the 1940s through the 1950s.  Segments include:  10 seconds: twin boys in Swiss lederhosen outfits having fun in the backyard, and at :47 you will see their version of a roller coaster. At  1:02 they have transitioned to cowboy and Indian costumes for some backyard Wild West action! At  1:19  the young cowboy is killed. At  1:30 , a gaggle of Indians is seen in the backyard holding a pow...
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One of the earliest anti-smoking films, SMOKING THE INSIDE STORY was created by the Michigan Cancer Foundation to vividly show the effects of smoking to a young audience. At mark  1:00 , a scientist in a laboratory begins a discussion about cigarette smoking with two lab assistants. The scientist shows a series of images from cigarette ads, directed at selling cigarettes. He also shows (mark  1:30 ) more than 13 gallons of smoke that come from a single pack of cigarettes, contained in the...
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Osa Johnson presents Martin Johnson’s last picture — “Borneo” — a 1937 film by the husband-and-wife team of documentary filmmakers captured during a trip to British North Borneo from 1935 to 1936. Narrated by Lowell Thomas, this piece opens with a title card (mark  01:00 ) explaining how Martin Johnson “has photographed the last of his beloved jungles (in Borneo) — filmed the pictorial climax of a great career that led him through the dark, mysterious byways of the unknown...
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This 1960 color film about Australia and New Zealand is one of a series of Pan Am “New Horizons” travelogues. It is narrated by Ed Stokes and produced by F.D. Kay. It begins with a colorful ‘focus leader’ for the film operator (:00-:50). A bird’s eye view is given of the Great Barrier Reef (:51- 2:23 ). Sydney is the largest and oldest city. The Harbour Bridge is a large single-span bridge ( 2:24 - 2:42 ). Heavy traffic and many pedestrians in late 1950s clothing are shown ( 2:43 -...
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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. Spectacular Scenes of Air Tragedy 1932 (:57- 2:49 ). May 11, 1932, live footage is shown of the USS Akron. Three sailors hang on as the airship updrafts. Two fall to their deaths on film and the third is rescued (not shown). [This airship kills 73 when it is destroyed in a thunderstorm April,...
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The United States Navy brings the viewer “Seabees In The Antarctic: Base Construction,” a circa 1959 color film detailing the construction of scientific research stations by Task Force 43 as part of Operation Deep Freeze. The station was part of the US Navy's contribution to the IGY (International Geophysical Year) in 1957. We learn, starting at mark  00:43 , how the Navy’s Construction Battalion Center in Rhode Island established a special mobile construction battalion to construct and...
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The Douglas Aircraft Company presents “Birth of a Jet,” a circa 1958 16mm promotional movie for the Douglas DC-8 jetliner. The corporate/educational color film opens by touting jets as “the new symbol of commercial aviation” and we see a DC-8 jetliner streaking across the sky and flying past San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge (mark  01:08 ). Douglas has been a pioneer in aviation, the narrator remarks starting at mark  01:50 , since the first flight of the DC-1 in 1933, followed by...
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This WWII Soviet propaganda film celebrates the heroic defense of Leningrad, Stalingrad and Moscow during 1942-1943 in WWII. You can see the first part of this film, about the invasion of Russia by the Germans, at  https://youtu.be/rx-WjGtyR1c Narrator:  A commander telegraphed that the selfless struggle of the fighters in Sevastopol was an example of heroism for all the Soviet army and nation. Sevastopol, a hero city, fought for eight months. (00.24) At great cost, Hitler’s army came close...
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This silent home movie shows the 1951 Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California, as well as a parade in nearby Arcadia, California. This was the 62nd annual parade. Portions of the film are underexposed but if you skip to about 7:45 you can see some interesting sights -- including floats, girl scout troops marching, men on horseback, and more. The segment at 25:54 shows the "Chicken in the Rough" restaurant -- an Arcadia eatery that was very popular in that era.   We...
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Castle Films’ World Parade presents “Old Spain,” a short black-and-white picture that takes its viewer to “the sunniest land in all Europe.” The film opens with scenic views of Spain and a reminder that the country was “the fatherland of valiant men who braved the seas to carry civilization to the Western Hemisphere.” The harvest is seen, with horses pulling farm equipment, at  1:10 . Mark  01:35  shows us the ancient city of Granada and its Muslim-influenced designs from the...
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Made by the RWU (see below), this silent German film shows the lives of farmers (or "Fellah") living in Northern Egypt near Cairo and likely dates to the 1930s or early 1940s. Some of the scenes include life along the Nile, camels and Bedouins, typical homes and making of mud bricks and clay pots, grinding of flour using a stone wheel and preparation of food, and it ends with scenes of women washing their clothes in the river. Fellah (Arabic: فلاح‎‎, fallāḥ; plural...
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This Castle Films News Parade episode from 1954 tells the story of Pope Pius XII. Born Eugenio Maria Giuseppe Giovanni Pacelli, Pope Pius XII ( 00:42 ) served as Pope of the Catholic Church from 1939 until his death in 1958. The film opens with an aerial shot of the Vatican ( 00:21 ) and St. Peter’s Basilica ( 00:30 ). Before becoming the 266th pontiff of the Catholic Church, he visits the Shrine of Lourdes ( 01:10 ), Budapest ( 01:16 ), and Fordham University ( 01:40 ) in the U.S. In 1939,...
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This black and white film “The Farmer Takes A Roof” was produced by Wilding Picture Productions for the Aluminum Company of America (Alcoa). It’s from the early 1950s as it references 60 years of Alcoa experience, founded in 1888, but also references the completed Shamrock Hotel in Houston, Texas that opened in 1949. The opening shot of a long barn with an aluminum roof (:27) is followed by a barnyard scene of various animals (:33- 1:05 ). Aluminum can be used for more than a milk pail or...
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Presented by the U.S. Public Health Service circa World War II, “Fight Syphilis” is an official War Department film that encourages men and women of the United States to do just that. It was written by Oscar Saul, who went on to write the screen adaptation of Tennessee Williams’ “A Streetcar Named Desire.” The black-and-white pictures opens with a scene at “General Hospital” (mark  01:00 ) and fathers nervously waiting in the maternity ward. While one man joyously receives news...
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Made during the Cold War, this historic film in German shows the F-104 Starfighter being tested as part of SATS, Short Air Field for Tactical Support or SATS and its counterpart the ZELL program. The zero-length launch system or zero-length take-off system (ZLL, ZLTO, ZEL, ZELL) was a system whereby jet fighters and attack aircraft were intended to be placed on large JATO rockets attached to mobile launch platforms. Most zero length launch experiments took place in the 1950s, during the Cold...
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Made in 1949, "His Fighting Chance" shows the plaque of Infantile paralysis, commonly called polio. This is a disease which attacks adults as well as children. This film gives a general account, showing a number of cases, of how the disease affects its victims, and of the modern techniques of rehabilitation that are used. Eleanor Roosevelt, widow of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, narrates a portion of the film. Michael Redgrave also narrates. The film begins as the narrator...
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Made in the late 1940s or early 1950s, DOWN MEXICO WAY is a travelogue that shows the northern Mexican state of Sonora. The film begins in Nogales, with shots of the border crossing and customs house as well as tourist shops selling blankets, pottery, and many other items. At the  1:50  mark the famous Caverna Restaurant is shown, which was built inside a gigantic cave (supposedly once used as a jail for Indian prisoners) in the hillside of Sonora. The Cavern Restaurant suffered a huge fire...
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The International Harvester Company in cooperation with the United States Department of the Interior Bureau of Reclamation presents “A Bridge to the Future,” the story of the construction of the Glen Canyon Dam, a concrete arch-gravity dam (mark  03:00 ) near the town of Page, Arizona. The 710-foot high dam was built from 1956 to 1966 and forms Lake Powell, one of the largest man-made reservoirs in the United States. Although the film begins with the 1959 opening of a bridge over Glen...
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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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Made by NASA, this film SATURN GIANT THRUST INTO SPACE profiles the Saturn rocket and Project Saturn. The film shows how the various stages of the rocket are being developed with the goal to produce a multi-stage rocket that can put large payloads into orbit around the Earth. The Saturn family of American rocket boosters was developed by a team of mostly German rocket scientists led by Wernher von Braun to launch heavy payloads to Earth orbit and beyond. Originally proposed as a military...
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Filmed in the 1930s, this 16mm silent home movie (shot by an unknown American tourist) shows a visit to Europe including Holland, Austria, Czechoslovakia, and Hungary. If you recognize landmarks within the film, please note them in the comments as we had difficultly identifying many portions of the film. At the beginning of the film you'll see people in Volendam in traditional dress standing near the Zuiderzee (as it was called before it was closed off from the open sea by the Afsluitdijk in...
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This 1948 black and white film was presented by The Highway Transportation Industries of America and produced by RKO Pathe, Inc. It is narrated by radio actor Dwight Weist and violinist Herman Fuchs supervised the music. The film opens with headlights on a dark street, and a spotlight on a “Horizons Unlimited” sign (:09-:32). A bird’s eye view is seen of an interstate with a tunnel (:58). The viewer passes a Howard Johnson’s ( 1:08 ). Passengers on a Greyhound Bus look happy ( 1:10 -...
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“Nationalism” is a circa 1957 Encyclopedia Brittanica educational film. We are told at mark  01:15  that since 1946, every new nation in Southeast Asia has annually celebrated its day of independence, such as the Philippines, India, Pakistan, Burma, Ceylon, Indonesia, Vietnam, and Malaya, as the countries are highlighted on a map. The narrator defines nationalism (mark  02:07 ) as the belief of a people that they ought to be unified into an independent nation. “A homeland.” We learn...
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Film short showing the Second Quebec Conference (codenamed "OCTAGON"), a high-level military conference held during World War II by the British and American governments. The conference was held in Quebec City, September 12 – September 16, 1944, and was the second conference to be held in Quebec, after "QUADRANT" in August 1943. The chief representatives were Winston Churchill, Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Combined Chiefs of Staff. Canada's Prime Minister William Lyon...
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“Flying Fun” is a 1960s color film created by the Cessna Aircraft Company to promote aviation and aerobatics. The first 90 seconds of the film features scenes of a Cessna in action in the sky before the narrator explains at mark  01:50  how pilots are constantly looking for excitement in the air and can find it via such aircraft as the Cessna 172 Skyhawk, Silver Eagle, or Gull, nearly becoming capable of imitating the free-flight of a bird. We are introduced to Mary Akins (mark  02:22 ),...
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Made for the United Way in the late 1940s or early 1950s and featuring newsman John Daly, this promotional film for the United Way focuses on the New York and New Jersey vicinity and its needs. The film uses the activities of registered nurse Virginia Bishop to show the good work of the United Way, starting at 1:55 , where she is seen at the Visiting Nurses headquarters. First, the nurse visits a family with a sick father and many children. At 3:20 the "Red Feather Service" of the...
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WINGS TO HAWAII is a promotional film produced by Hartley Productions for Pan American Airlines during the late 1950s or early 1960s. The film features a man and a woman discussing their respective trips to Hawaii while sitting in a Pan Am plane, with scenes of their adventures in Hawaii. The woman loves the family-friendly nature of Hawaii. Waikiki Beach offers beautiful views from the surf, and aerial views of the beach are just as spectacular ( 07:42 ). Surfing at Waikiki ( 00:24 ; 01:44 )...
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One of a series of films about camouflage produced during WWII, THE BIVOUAC AREA describes how airplane surveillance of roads can make it difficult to conceal the location of convoys and their bivouac (a temporary camp without tents or cover, used especially by soldiers.). For this reason, a close examination of any potential bivouac area must be made. At 2:24 , a truck convoy moves in close column on a road, making it a sitting duck for enemy aircraft. The recommended procedure is seen at 2:50...
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This Association of American Railroads film carries the typical industry message that trains were integral to the American economy and way of life, which were the best in the world. There is much narration detailing the forward-thinking mentality of the railroads, including facts about the modernization of passenger trains. There is also a short discussion of the history of train travel, some information on the kinds of goods freight trains carry, and more. The interesting part of this film is...
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This restricted “official training film” was produced in 1941 by the United States Army Signal Corps in collaboration with the chief of infantry and is titled “Instruction of the Soldier, Dismounted, without Arms” and specifically focuses on “Positions and Facings.” As troops march through the Presidio of San Francisco, a narrator informs the viewer that these “seasoned soldiers” have already received the training needed to efficiently work together. The necessary training to...
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This is an unclassified 1940s black and white U.S. Navy Training Film, MN 2403. A jet unit, which gives a thrust to aircraft, is shown by itself. The parts are shown up-close: the copper nozzle exhaust, the electrically fired igniter, blow-off disk, the mounting lugs, adjustable band, and the chamber, and blow-off disk cap ( 1:08 - 2:53 ). They are shown stored in individual crates ( 2:54 - 3:20 ). Shown is checking the firing and releasing gear on the plane. Electrical wires are connected to...
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This film THE GOLDEN CHALLENGE centers around Larry Thornton (:47) the jet pilot and 23 year old from Arizona of the US Marine Corp. The film was made in 1966, in the early Vietnam War era,and shows the training regime for U.S. naval aviators and features F-4 Phantom flight operations aboard the USS Franklin Roosevelt CV-42. As Larry begins to tell his story we are taken two years prior to the film and he is still in college unsure of his direction ( 1:13 ). After seeing an old friend whom had...
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Produced in 1944, "Flying Sense" was one of a series of instructional films made for U.S. Navy aviation candidates.   It was directed by Robert "Bob" Taylor, a Hollywood legend who starred in over 80 films including "Waterloo Bridge" and "Bataan". Taylor was given the rank of a lieutenant in the Naval Reserves and was active as a flight instructor during the war. The other star in this and the other films in the series (which include "Before You...
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This 1949 color animated film titled “Bailing Out” is a U.S. Navy training film covering parachute ejections. It begins with an animated Vought F4U Corsair cruising through the sky when a thunderstorm begins ( 0:14 - 0:38 ). A bird flies into the engine and causes rapid altitude loss. It passes a floating 7000-ft altitude sign as it drops towards a mountain range ( 0:39 - 1:45 ). The Lieutenant looks terrified at the prospect of using his parachute and bailing out ( 1:46 - 1:53 ). An...
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The ‘Corinth Canal’ is a short film produced in Europe as a testimony of US involvement in the European Recovery Program during the years of the Marshall Plan. The film was made specifically to highlight the important work of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in restoring the canal to operational capacity, after it was seriously damaged by German forces retreating from Greece as part of "scorched earth" operations. German forces used explosives to set off landslides to block the...
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Veteran character actor James Whitmore hosts “Survival!,” a 1964 black-and-white series that focused on a famous disaster in each episode. US Navy Lt. Frank Ellis is the subject of this particular episode, and opens with the tale of Ellis as a young boy watching from his Florida home as pilots practiced various maneuvers. Ellis recalls his enthusiasm in a voiceover and we learn how in 1950 the family moved to Ohio and the young man began taking flying lessons. Following high school he...
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Made in the 1983 as part of the Air Force's internal communications program, AIR FORCE NOW was a morale-boosting news magazine that was widely shown around the world on military bases. This issue #223 begins with an historical look at the Berlin Air Lift and the USAF's crucial role in defeating the Soviet blockade.  At  6:45 , the film presents a look at the historical events of 1783 when the U.S. Constitution was created. 1983 was the 200th anniversary of the creation of the document.  At ...
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This 1950 black and white film is one of a series of traffic safety films. It was produced for Lumbermens Mutual Casualty Company by Traffic Safety Films Inc, in conjunction with the Los Angeles Police Department. The focus of this public safety video is to build trust with the police department, educate on the importance of driving laws, and encourage drivers to respect those laws. The film begins with an Education Unit Police officer opening a binder titled “The Driver and the Law” ( 0:07...
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This 1945 nonclassified US Navy training film, “Primary Flight Training Landings,” opens with a naval lieutenant (mark  00:30 ) reviewing a “power off” landing accompanied by filmed footage of the procedure. Aided by illustrations (mark  02:45 ), the narrator continues his explanation of stalled landings — comparing the movements of a Stearman biplane to that of a bird. Wind direction as it relates to landings is addressed beginning near mark  03:15 , followed by standard landing...
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This 1975 color film is about the Triple Crown of car racing. It was presented by Raybestos and narrated by Tom Carnegie. It opens with landing a glider, skydiving, a rainy track meet, a hot-air balloon, and a race car. The driver’s face is seen through his helmet. Johnny Rutherford adjusts his steering wheel (:08- 1:35 ). 1975, the race cars are towed into place in Ontario, California. Many famous drivers participate as race highlights are shown. The Foyt, Unser, and Rutherford pit crews...
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This 1950s black and white film “Castles in the Clouds” is presented by Lufthansa German Airlines and is a tour through Germany versus castles themselves. The host is Skitch Henderson, a pianist, conductor, and composer and eventually, founder of The New York Pops orchestra at Carnegie Hall. Classical music by Beethoven, Bach, and Brahms is played throughout the film. A propeller spins on the Lufthansa Superstar Constellation. Skitch fastens his seatbelt and looks at a map. His seat fully...
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“Chapter XXIV: Air War Against Japan, Oct. 1944-Aug. 1945” (SFP 263-24) of The Air Force Story gives viewers a look at the Air Force’s operations against Japan in the final eleven months of WWII. This “chapter” opens with B-29 Superfortresses flying over the Pacific Ocean ( 01:49 ) then landing at Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands. “Joltin’ Josie” makes its landing on the island and is greeted by U.S. troops. An aerial shot shows a half-dozen B-29s parked on the airfield ( 03:31...
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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...
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Made in the 1920s, this silent film describes the search for natural gas, and details its production and distribution. The film begins with the sinking of a gas well at ::43, with water streaming out of a well and into the sky. At 1:40 a gas field is shown with multiple wells and towers visible. At 2:05 a map of the USA shows some of the nation's gas production areas. At 2:41 there is a brief discussion of the geology that produces natural gas (the Appalachian gas field is shown as an example)....
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This color, educational film documentary, Automation in Air Traffic Control, was produced by Remington Rand Univac, a Division of Sperry Rand Corporation, probably between 1955 and 1959. The company was started by John Presper Eckert and John Mauchly. This film explains the role of computers in the Air Traffic Control profession. Intro: Educational Film Library, Syracuse University ( 0:07 - 0:13 ). View of an airport ( 0:15 - 0:23 ). View inside the cockpit of a Convair aircraft ( 0:24 - 0:31...
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One of a series of Coast Guard films made to educate the public about USCG emergency capabilities, this 1960s film shows a dramatic overview of the search and rescue system. The USCG is here to render help to people in distress using helicopters, planes, land takeoff or flying boats including the Grumman HU-16 Albatross as seen at mark  01:08 . At  25:20  the USCGC Cape Newagen, a Cape-class patrol boat, is seen. At mark  01:35 , we have life boat stations on seas. They are always alert to...
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Produced by the Shell Lake Boat Company in Shell Lake, Wisconsin, “Highway to Adventure” is a 1950s-era film that takes accompanies Alaskan explorer Father Bernard Hubbard along the Alaska Highway, referred to in this film as the Alcan Highway. (Hubbard was a Jesuit priest, geologist and explorer who popularized the Alaskan wilderness.) The highway runs through Canada and connects with continental United States with Alaska. The film opens with “polite officials” greeting motorists as...
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This documentary, produced by the Portland Cement Association, describes the construction and utility of The Pennsylvania Turnpike, completed October, 1940, was a landmark construction project completed in that served as the grandfather of the interstate highway system. The planning process began in the 1920s as automobiles rose in popularity. After the onset of the Great Depression in the 1930s and President Franklin Roosevelt’s establishment of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) in...
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Del Mar Engineering Laboratories presents “Supersonic Weapons Training Systems,” a color film providing information on such missiles as the Sidewinder, Falcon, and Sparrow III. A company spokesman opens the film by explaining how Del Mar Engineering worked with US Air Force officials to develop various missiles including those used on the North American F-86D Sabre (mark  01:02 ). Before long, all branches of the military began employing some type of Del Mar system. Modern interceptor...
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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 the bombardier's conduct on a combat mission. 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...
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Made by the National Park Service, this short film shows how a gun crew would operate the light 12 pounder, model 1857 cannon, nicknamed the "Napoleon" for the man who pushed its development -- Emperor Napoleon III of France. This was the most used gunpiece of the Civil War. The Model 1857 12-Pounder Napoleon Field Gun, officially called the “light 12-pounder gun” by the United States Army, was the most popular smoothbore cannon used during the American Civil War. The cannon was...
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This episode of the 1954 TV series The Greatest Drama, “The Sky Giant: The Story of Rear Admiral Charles A. Rosendahl,” tells the story of Rosendahl and his championing of dirigibles. The episode opens with a shot of a dirigible ( 00:29 ) and a shot of Rosendahl ( 00:41 ), a “giant of aviation” and pioneer of dirigible flight. Rosendahl is part of the flights of famous U.S. dirigibles, including the Shenandoah ( 00:45 ), the Akron, the Los Angeles. Cadets march at Annapolis ( 01:01 ),...
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“Tehuantepec” is a 1940s color tourism film presented by the Tourist Department of the Mexican Government and the Mexican Tourist Association. Tehuantepec is located in southeastern Mexico in Oaxaca. Actress Linda Darnell provides the film’s narration and describes the tropical setting of Tehuantepec (similar, she says to a South Seas island with sugar cane and golden pineapples) and we see palm trees swaying in the breeze at mark  01:00 . The warm sun and idyllic condition encourages...
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