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This early 1940s black and white film about the mindset of a fighter pilot during WWII is presented by The Ministry of Information, produced by British Movietone News, and written and narrated by Air-Marshal Sir Philip Joubert, a senior commander in the Royal Air Force during the 1930s and in WWII.   It opens with dressed pilots waiting on the ground, laughing and talking with each other. A line of RAF fighter planes is shown, with uniformed pilots dashing out a door. The camera scans a...
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This incredible industrial film starring comedian Jonathan Winters was presented by the Glass Sales office of Ford Motor Company (:12) and is directed by Richard Galbreath (:25). It begins with a narrative, about a nephew and his uncle ( 1:43 ). The nephew is telling his uncle of his desire to leave the latter’s corset factory business in pursuit of employment with Ford Motor Company ( 1:43 ). At the Ford Motor Factory, we learn he is to be joining the glass sales office ( 3:38 ). This was...
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This 1962 black and white film about Soviet schools was distributed by McGraw-Hill Text-Films and produced and directed by Nicholas Webster.   Cars drive down a street in Moscow. A woman looks at mannequins in a window. A U.S. film crew carries a movie camera (:12-:33). Boys in white tank tops and shorts and girls in white blouses and shorts march around the gym to the commands of their teacher. They are split into two groups and compete against each other in a race ( 1:00 - 2:50 ). The...
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This late 1940s black and white travel film highlights 25 years of coast-to-coast flights and events by the year. It is narrated by radio announcer Del Sharbutt and produced by B.K. Blake.   1918, President   Wilson joins a crowd to celebrate the first day of airmail. Mail lis oaded into a JN-4H (:50- 1:50 ). 1920, suffragettes march. President Harding rides in a carriage ( 1:52 - 2:05 ). Mail is flown coast-to-coast. Indians dance around the plane ( 2:07 - 2:40 ). 1924, a bi-plane marked...
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OPERATION ABOLITION is an infamous 1960 documentary produced by the House Committee on Un-American Activities (a.k.a House Un-American Activities Committee or HUAC). The film focuses on an incident on May 13, 1960 when the Committee convened in San Francisco’s City Hall. While the committee met, students protested in the hallways and outside the building, leading to clashes with the police and the arrest of 64 students. "Operation Abolition"shows footage of the incident taken from...
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This episode of Jack Douglas’ television series Across the Seven Seas, “A Midnight In Amsterdam,” takes viewers to the most famous city in the Netherlands for a look at music, flowers, entertainment, and life on the canals. The episode opens with a shot of the inland seaport of Amsterdam (01:13), the Basilica of Saint Nicholas, and the city’s narrow streets lit up at night with neon lights. In the main shopping area of the city, street organs play music for tourists and locals alike...
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An episode of the 1950s Ford Television Theater, BENEATH THESE WATERS stars then-actor Ronald Reagan. The film tells the story of the fictional USS Barksdale, which is put in harms way during the early days of WWII. The incident portrayed in the film was based upon a real incident but obviously heavily dramatized. Plot: After surviving the attack on Pearl Harbor, Lt. Comdr. William Masterson takes over command as the captain falls ill with appendicitis. While in charge, Masterson allows the...
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Dating to 1943, "Interrogation of Enemy Airmen" is a WWII training film that was made by the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), predecessor to the Central Intelligence Agency, to train American "AIOs" (Air Intelligence Officers) in techniques for interrogating captured enemy airmen, gathering vital intelligence. The film provides a look inside an AIO training school, where candidates learn a variety of interrogation methods, the importance of thoroughly familiarizing...
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This WWII training film "Jap Language Useful Phrases" was made for the indoctrination of U.S. Marines. The film begins with footage of captured Japanese soldiers, and a discussion of the importance of the intelligence gained from them which has helped save American lives. Next, the film moves to the classroom where some basic pronunciation guides are shown, and then phrases such as "Surrender", "Cease Fire", "Drop Your Weapons", "Hands Up",...
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LUCKY YOU is an animated short safety film from 1956, “presented in the Interest of Safe Living and Education by Your Coca-Cola Bottler,” that educates viewers—primarily children—on safe ways to avoid injuries from sharp objects, falling, shooting, hot objects, and crashes. The film uses an animated circus featuring “the most unusual injury defying death defying creatures in the universe”: the “Cutabus,” the “Fallabus,” the “Shootabus,” the “Burnabus,” and the...
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This silent film "On the Firing Line with the Germans" features original combat footage from World War I shot in Turkey, Germany France and Belgium. This version is not complete and originates from a reduction print made from 35mm to 16mm. The film was presented by the Morrow Film Company and originally released in 1915. While of varying quality, this incredible compilation of German newsreel footage gives a rare glimpse into WWI.   Wilbur H. Durborough spent seven months with the...
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This episode of Jack Douglas’ television series Across the Seven Seas, “Seven Splendors of Persia,” joins American travel filmmakers Clifford and Bunny Kamen on their trip to Iran for a look at the splendors of old Persia. The episode opens with a shot of the Kamens leaving their home. Clifford Kamen speaks to the camera about his travels (brief footage shows him in Greece and Peru) and his recent trip with his wife to Iran, formally known as Persia. The couple walk of an airplane....
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This is a 1950’s era, black and white movie that opens with a man with a microphone bouncing up and down. Directed by Bob Hiestand, this is an episode of the TV show "Success Story" that each week comes from “somewhere” in southern California as a public service by Richfield, makers of Richfield 1030 motor oil and gasoline. The movie is about Stauffer motorized couches for figure control. The Stauffer Posture-Rest is pictured, 1:39 . Stauffer plant is shown with Ken Peters...
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Produced by Glenn E. Miller for Lockheed, and narrated by radio and television personality George Fenneman, TABLE 210 is about the making of movies for the Department of Defense. The name of the film comes from a piece of language in most Department of Defense contracts in this era -- Table 210 -- which defines that work performed under the contract needs to be documented with motion pictures. Here, the creation of a filmic record of an experimental and highly classified Lockheed missile system...
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This film about art direction was produced by members of the Motion Picture Industries in cooperation with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. It opens with a set having been constructed for the filming of a motion picture (:42). The man in charge of this creation and the focus of this film is the art director ( 1:10 ). His first duty will be to analyze the script and craft the appropriate type of background for the film ( 1:44 ). Part of this decision-making process will be...
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This film about the work of the soundman was presented by Members of the Motion Picture Industry and produced in cooperation with the Academy Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. It begins with a snippet of a silent film as previously no soundman existed (:40) and it had taken 100 years to bring sound to the screen (:50). Thomas Edison was credited as the first to record sound and this invention revolutionized the theory of sound (:55).   In order to record sound in motion it requires a team of...
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Presented as a promotional film by Rothmans of Pall Mall, a British tobacco company, "The Wind in the Wires" is a short 1970s aviation film narrated by James Mason that recounts the history of modern aviation (primarily in Britain) from roughly 1900 until the inter-war period. The film uses both old monochrome footage of original aircraft as well as contemporary color footage of replica planes in flight, and includes a number of photographs of famous aviators. The film begins with a...
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This film is presented by Monsanto Chemical Company (:59) and is an MPO production ( 1:12 ). It will take a look at the world of plastics and synthetic material and begins with a dam which utilizes the power of water to generate electricity for cities ( 5:50 ). To make plastics, atoms and molecules are combined to form new substances ( 6:36 ). Flames flicker on screen as it requires fire to form new molecules from the air ( 7:17 ).   Some examples are shown as benzene methane and propane (...
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Produced by Warner Bros. in cooperation with the United States Army Air Corps and released in April of 1941, WINGS OF STEEL was directed by B. Reeves Eason from a screenplay by Owen Crump. It also features Herbert Anderson, Tom Neal & Ralph Byrd. Shot in Technicolor, WINGS OF STEEL tells the story of a sports champion (Douglas Kennedy) who is drawn to aviation to help his country in the war effort. The film features color footage of the B-17 at :41, and Stearman training planes at  1:18...
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This silent newsreel was released by Kodak as part of their Kodascope Library in 1927. The contents were shot by veteran journalist Lowell Thomas, who reported from Egypt during WWI and helped Lawrence of Arabia come to international acclaim. At 13:00 a title card proclaims that "Allenby's army, made up of seventeen nationalities, marched from Egypt to Palestine." A view of the Black Watch is shown.   At :33, the Australian Camel Corps. is shown. At :56 Gaza is bombarded by artillery...
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War Film 50, an industrial incentive movie titled “Yankee Noodle” shows how and what the ‘American Noodle’ has been able to create in wartime and in peace. The first innovative example is a washing machine ( 1:37 ) crafted from old wheels, hacksaws, nuts, bolts and improvised tools that could be used anywhere. Next, we see an old grappling hook, ropes and grenade launcher being used to blow mines ( 1:53 ). Another example is how a parachute was used to help land a plane with only one...
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Presented by Gulf Oil, 12 HOURS OF SEBRING presents the Florida International Grand Prix of Endurance. It was produced by Nathan Zucker and shows the 1963 race. In the field you'll see the Ferrari 250P, 330 TRI/LM, 250 GTO, Jaguar E-type, Chevrolet Corvette, Shelby Cobra, Chaparral 1 Corvette, Triumph TR4, Morgan Plus 4, Osca 1600 GT, Alfa Romeo, Abarth-Simca, Porsche, Lotus TVR and Austin MG. The film also shows women participating in the sport, including as pit crew and as drivers. A full...
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China Crisis was a black and white documentary on the operations of the U.S. 14th Air Force in its support of the Chinese Army, made in 1944. It was published by the U.S. Army Air Forces. The time period of the war was 1939-1945, and took place in China.   The film was one of the 400 top secret propaganda/training films put out by the Army Air Forces. This one was Army Air Forces special film project 174. Views of Free China, its industry, and its ports ( 0:14 - 1:16 ). The Japanese empire...
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These silent 16mm home movies are from the estate of someone who was close to Admiral Louis E. Denfeld and likely date to the mid to late 1950s. It's just possible that they are from 1950, when the subject of the film Admiral Denfeld was forced to retire due to his participating in the so-called "Revolt of the Admirals." The film begins in Hawaii where the sign for "Admiral L.E. Denfeld" is seen at 13:00 . Admiral Denfeld led Battleship Division 9 in 1945, and was the...
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Shot by an unknown member of the U.S. Navy, this 16mm silent home movie shows unique views from 1945. It begins somewhere in a Pacific harbor, probably Yokosuka, Japan, at :26, with images of a cruiser at sea. The ship's number is not visible but it might be USS Los Angeles. Visible on the rear deck at :35 is a crane used for seaplane retrieval. At 1:30 is what appears to be images of Japan, with damaged buildings evident. At 2:05 , a large harbor is seen, with what appears to be USS Montpelier...
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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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One of the silent films made by Eastman Kodak in the 1920s for classroom use, "Limestone and Marble" examines both of these stones. At :36 a limestone quarry is shown, with the limestone originating from "an old coral reef". At :50, chipped limestone is shown being stored for use in road building. At 1:17 an early dump truck drops a load of rock into a crusher and it emerges in small pieces ( 2:00 ).   At 2:08 it is dumped to form a roadbed. At 2:16 chalk, a form of...
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This silent 16m home movie contains various scenes of aviation in the 1920s. The start of the film shows a Ford TriMotor in operation. The sign at  1:53  says that this is the "Remrand", an airplane that was owned by Remington Rand and tail  #NC1780 , built in 1927. It's unclear who was flying on the airplane, but it definitely looks like an inaugural flight of some kind. This 4-AT-11 airplane flew for both Safety Airlines, later reorganized as New York Safety Airlines. At  4:15...
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Made by the Koehler Manufacturing Co., a Naperville-based furniture maker, this silent promotional film tells the story of the company and it's product's "Hidden Qualities". The film showcases a variety of mass-produced furnishings, all made through a version of the assembly line process that nevertheless produced a high-quality end product. Hardwood made up the frames, steel the springs, and strong fabrics were used for upholstery. The film provides an interesting insight into...
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Made by the Koehler Manufacturing Co., a Naperville-based furniture maker, this silent promotional film tells the story of the company and it's product's "Hidden Qualities". The film showcases a variety of mass-produced furnishings, all made through a version of the assembly line process that nevertheless produced a high-quality end product. Hardwood made up the frames, steel the springs, and strong fabrics were used for upholstery. The film provides an interesting insight into...
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Made in the 1920s or early 1930s by Keystone, this short film shows sights in the nation of Spain. The film starts with images of troubadours or mariachis and a procession of lovely Spanish ladies dressed in finery. At :37 an old man is seen with a donkey. At :45, more lovely ladies pose for the camera. At 1:18 , water is drawn from a well in a quaint village. At 1:30 , a child fills a jug from a fountain while at 1:48 another poses with a baby burro. Madrid is seen at 1:58 , while at 2:11 a...
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Made by Keystone, this charming travelogue film shows pre-WWII Japan and was likely filmed in the 1920s or early 30s. the film begins with images of a caucasian girl in Japanese dress and carrying a parasol before showing at 1:02 , Japanese women doing their make-up. At 1:15 , Geisha girls play instruments. At 1:30 , children are seen in kimonos learning how to use fans. At 1:45 a large temple complex is seen, we don't know which one -- if you know please leave information in the comments. At...
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This silent compilation of news footage from the 1920s and 30s was released to the home market by Castle Films. It begins with footage of the Pan Am Clipper inaugurating service between California and China as the " China Clipper ". The aircraft shown is a Martin M-130, a commercial flying boat designed and built in 1935 by the Glenn L. Martin Company in Baltimore, Maryland, for Pan American Airways. Three were built: the China Clipper, the Philippine Clipper and the Hawaii Clipper....
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Created in 1921, Manhatta is a short documentary film directed by painter Charles Sheeler and photographer Paul Strand, which uses the words of Walt Whitman to paint a vivid portrait of New York City. Manhatta documents the look of early-20th-century Manhattan. With the city as subject, the film consists of 65 shots sequenced in a loose non-narrative structure, beginning with a ferry approaching Manhattan and ending with a sunset view from a skyscraper. The primary objective of the film is to...
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This extraordinary silent film dates to 1925 and presents a tour of the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios in Culver City, California — today the Sony Pictures Studios. The film opens at 1:33 with a sweeping shot of the studio lot. At 3:30 the studio gate on Washington Blvd. is shown and at 3:55 , the studio's wire to New York (a telegraph!) At 4:00 MGM's main building on Washington Blvd. is seen with Model T Fords running past. At 6:37 Stage 14 is shown under construction; it is one of many on the...
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This extraordinary, silent 16mm home movie shows a trip by private yacht off Massachusetts, New York / Long Island, Rhode Island and Connecticut in 1928, and includes images of the Coast Guard gunboat No. 100, sailboat races, other vessels, and the crew of the yacht making the trip. At :49 the Norwalk Lighthouse is seen, most likely the Peck Ledge Light in Connecticut. At  1:18  Montauk Harbor, Long Island is seen. At  2:30  Block Island, Rhode Island and a sword-fishing boat is seen. At ...
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This silent and rather amazing home movie dates to 1929. Entitled "California or Bust", it was shot by a member of the Georgia Tech football team or one of its boosters to document the team's trip to Pasadena for the Rose Bowl. This was the first appearance for Georgia Tech in a post season bowl game. They had run through their regular season schedule. This included a 13–0 win over Notre Dame and a 20–6 win over Georgia in the Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate rivalry game. They were...
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This silent film of the 1929 National Air Races in Cleveland, Ohio begins with the inaugural parade for the event (:17), and then quickly moves to the Cleveland Airport for the arrival of various contestants, including the finish of the Women's Air Derby — also known as the "Powder Puff Derby" — from Santa Monica, California to Cleveland ( 3:39 ). There is rare footage of the winner, Louise Thaden ( 4:19 ). Thaden was a friend and rival of pioneer aviators Amelia Earhart, Pancho...
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This silent film, a home movie shot on 16mm, shows a U.S. Army exercise on July 18-31, 1930 near Fort Hoyle, Maryland. This was part of a program called the Civilian Military Training Camp system, which operated in the years between the wars. Fort Hoyle was first established in 1922 on Gunpowder Neck in Harford County and became a part of Edgewood Arsenal in 1940. The 1st Field Artillery Brigade is the primary unit shown in the film. The film begins with images of a U.S. Army encampment with...
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Part of Leslie Winik's "Sportbeams" series of short films, SPEEDWAY opens with images of the Monte Carlo Grand Prix, with open-wheeled cars racing down city streets. At  1:00 , the XI Grand Prix of Tripoli is shown. This is the 1934 running of the race, which originated in 1925 and lasted up until 1940 and the start of WWII in Libya. At  1:48 , the Continental Grand Prix is shown, with pit crews hard at work at the  2:14  mark. At 2;46, a car is seen wiping out on the track, while...
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The sunlit landscapes of “Golden California” is brought to the viewer via this 1930s black-and-white picture. “A land of magic at the rainbow’s end” is how a title card introduces California as Pacific Ocean waves crash upon the rocky shoreline at mark  00:15 . San Diego is the first “port of call” (mark  00:42 ) and we learn how the city was the first settlement on the Pacific Coast. At  1:09 , the steamship SS Pennsylvania is seen in Long Beach harbor. The film quickly takes...
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Made by Dobeckmun, a leading manufacturer of cellophane bags for the retail industry and one of the great companies of 1930s Cleveland, Ohio, MAKING DRESSING OF SHIMMERING TRANSPARENCY is a silent industrial film highlighting the company and the city in which it resides. This rare color film begins with images of downtown Cleveland from the air (actually, a skyscraper roof) before showing the city from a "motor car" ( 1:25 ). At  1:43  the Dobeckmun Company plant is seen, and then...
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This silent German educational film dates from just before WWII. It discusses principles of electromagnetics including magnetic fields. Like many German films of this era it uses live action, animation and other techniques to present its argument. Typically this type of film would be accompanied by a script which would be read in class by a teacher during the screening. We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional information about our videos by adding a comment!...
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A black-and-white travelogue from the Port O’ Call Series produced by William M. Pizor, “Isle of Isolation: Bali” takes the viewer to the 1930s-era Indonesian island. No larger than Delaware with a population of “a million happy people,” the narrator explains how Bali is a world apart from other cultures. The film shows the viewer a variety of scenes from the island (mentioning at mark  01:25  that it is primarily “a land of women” outnumbering the men by 70 percent), including...
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This is a 1930’s era, black and white movie by James A. Fitzpatrick; it is a series called TravelTalks, “The Voice of the Globe” with music from Nathaniel Shilkret’s TravelTalk Orchestra. The name of this episode is Come Back to Erin. The movie opens with a man and woman in a horse and buggy riding along a road in Ireland. Irish farmers go to market, 1:00 . Irish peasant child with puppy, 1:10 . Paddy Leary is shown in front of a body of water, 1:16 . A Billy goat is seen in the...
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Made by Kodak in the 1920s or early 1930s, "An East Indian Island" looks at the land and people of Bali, Indonesia. At 2:13 rocks are harvested for use as a roadbed from the seashore. All of the work is done by hand and at 2:35 , transported atop women's heads.   At 2:54 ox carts move along the gravel road. At 3:00 rice cultivation is seen and a series of paddocks. Water buffalo are the primary beast of burden here ( 3:50 ). The harvest is seen at 4:50 . At 6:09 , typical housing is...
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Created in the 1930s by the D.W. Ferguson Travel Service of Los Angeles, California, this fascinating silent travelogue is a portrait of pre-WWII Japan.   It features rare views of Tokyo including the Imperial Diet, Kabuki Theater, and the Imperial Hotel, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.   It also features footage of Lake Chuzenji, the Kegon Waterfall, the Great Buddha, Hakone, Lake Kawaguchi, Shiraito, Nagoya, the Toba Mikimoto Pearl Farm, Nara, and more.   The trip continues in Reel 2. This...
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This B&W film most likely from the late 1930s provides a tour of London, highlighting places to visit while there. It opens with Buckingham Palace, guarded by sentries in full uniform. The changing of the guard ceremony is shown, complete with a uniformed band (:29- 1:25 ). Leading from the Palace is Constitution Hill Road, which leads to Hyde Park ( 1:27 ). Political activists ( 1:37 ) stump there. The aristocrats of Mayfair now take their morning horseback rides ( 1:41 ). Originally named...
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Along the French Riviera, is a black and white travelogue film, created in 1938 by The Screen Traveler, in association with Paul Devlin. It is a 1930’s travelogue of the French Riviera. Views of the Ligurian Sea and the French Riviera ( 0:30 - 0:44 ). French call it the Cote d’Azur, or blue coast, the southern coast of France ( 0:45 - 1:00 ). Sailing ship, or yacht, in the Riviera harbor ( 1:01 - 1:06 ). Beautiful beaches with many bathers playing on them ( 1:07 - 1:15 ). Palm trees line...
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The Monty Python song "I'm a lumberjack..." might have been inspired by this wonderful film from the 1930s "Treetop Daredevils", shot in the Pacific Northwest. The film shows lumberjacks and axemen working in an era before power tools were brought to bear on the forest, and almost everything was done by muscle. In addition to showing the cutting down of old growth forest logs and their floating down the river, the film includes a lengthy segment (starting at  5:30 ) showing...
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This 1930s black and white documentary "Real Americans" was produced by Ideal Corp. It opens with a field of teepees. A male Indian wearing a feather headdress kneels outside one (:07-:19). Braves ride horses across a shallow body of water (:20-:33). Indians wearing feather headdresses sit together at a tribal counsel (:34-:40). Tribes of the Southwest wear their traditional tribal outfits. They serpentine as they parade on a field. They are gathered in Albuquerque for a grand pow wow...
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This film is a fragment of a travelogue apparently made by Pan Am Airlines just prior to WWII, "High Road in the Sky". At this time Pan Am offered Clipper Service across the Pacific from San Francisco to Hong Kong, with several stops for refueling along the way. The film begins with footage of passengers taking a break to do some deep sea fishing at Wake Island. At  1:47 , a small boat is used to sail out to a coral garden in the Wake lagoon. At  6:45 , Guam in the Marshall Islands...
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Made in the late 1930s or early 1940s, this silent film shows some of the early history of the parachute, including its use at :40 as a novelty act as part of a circus or fair. A modern parachute is seen at  1:00 , "packed by government licensed experts." At  2:55  the rip cord is shown. At  3:00 , a "pull off" jump is made from a biplane with the chute inflating in the air stream after the rip cord is pulled. At  3:20 , free jumps from aircraft are shown. At  4:00 ,...
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This rare silent film from 1935 promotes the Ruth Dredger, a trench digging and clearing machine that was built in California in the 1920s. It begins showing "old model Ruths" at the start, before moving on to show the latest "continuous action" models, including a factory-new Ruth being delivered to a customer in Nebraska via railroad. Some of the dredgers shown include one working on irrigation canals near Yuma, Arizona and at ( 8:33 ) Coolidge, Arizona. The Ruth Dredger...
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This silent film dates to the late 1920s or early 1930s and was used to promote travel on the P&O Orient Line of steamships with service to Asia. The film begins at ;11 with images of Kandy, Ceylon -- current day Sri Lanka. Kandy is a major city in Sri Lanka located in the Central Province. It was the last capital of the ancient kings' era of Sri Lanka. The city lies in the midst of hills in the Kandy plateau, which crosses an area of tropical plantations, mainly tea. At :25 the Temple of...
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This silent film shows a tour of China and was likely shot in the early 1930s as a promotional film for a tourism company. Some title cards are marked "Wonders of the World" which might suggest it was also simply a commercial release of a travel record. Most of what you see in this film no longer exists. At :59 a "one wheel taxi" -- a wheelbarrow carried by a very strong Chinese man -- is shown. At 1:28 the houses of farmers are seen and at 1:38 a man poses with a child. At...
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This vintage, silent home movie dates to the 1930s, and unfortunately is a bit worse for wear. It begins with a London theater queue at :16. The event is a Balalaika performance presented by Eric Maschwitz. is a musical play in three acts with book and lyrics by Eric Maschwitz, music by George Posford and Bernard Grun. It opened in London at the Adelphi Theatre on 22 December 1936, starring Muriel Angelus, Roger Treville, Clifford Mollison and Betty Warren, and ran for 569 performances. At :49...
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Made by the International Film Foundation in the 1930s, FLEET HO shows the U.S. Navy conducting a fleet exercise. Battleships, cruisers and destroyers are seen. At  1:00 , the crew of the USS Colorado is seen at muster. The USS Colorado (BB-45) was a battleship of the United States Navy that was in service from 1923 to 1947. She was the lead ship of the Colorado class of battleships and the third naval ship named for the 38th state. At  1:25 , the Colorado drops anchor. At  1:35 , an biplane...
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Cairo to Capetown, is a black and white, short film, regarding the ports U.S. Navy sailors could visit along the coast of Africa. This film was a United Artist Film. United Artists (UA) is an American film and television entertainment studio founded in 1919. UA added sound to their films in the 1930’s. This film was probably made in that era.   A Navy cruiser ship is shown at sea ( 0:21 - 0:26 ). Map of Africa ( 0:27 - 0:32 ) showing Alexandria, Egypt ( 0:33 - 0:36 ). Cairo’s Muhammad Ali...
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This black and white film is in French and highlights Vichy France. The hair and clothing cross 1930s/1940s styles but with no mention of war, it either predates WWII or was propaganda that everything was fine during it. Vichy was and is still a spa and resort city in the Allier department of Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes in central France. In WWII, it served as the seat of government of Vichy France from 1940 to 1944 as a “Free Zone” while Germany occupied the other zones. It remains a park-garden...
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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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Shot by an unknown American military officer in 1931, this silent 16mm home movie shows views of colonial life in the American protectorate in this period. The film begins with shots of what might be the main gate of Fort Santiago or Fort McKinley in Manila at :46. At 1:18 is a view of Manila's harbor with ships plying the waters including merchant ships and a four stack destroyer. At 2:00 is what the Manila Hotel, designed by architect William Parsons around 1915 in a Mission style. At 2:17 ,...
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Published on Jun 19, 2017 This silent 16mm home movie from the year 1933 shows a trip across the Northern Sahara Desert to El Oued, as well as a visit to the Constantine Gorge and Constantine, a distance of about 500km. The trip is accomplished by motorized vehicles. The Constantine bridge El-Kantara is seen at the  11:20  mark. One of 4 famous bridges that cross the Rhumel River gorge in Constantine, Algeria, the Kantara bridge is the oldest and has taken several different forms over the...
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This silent 16mm home movie shows a visit to the 1933-34 Chicago World's Fair also known as the Century of Progress. A Century of Progress International Exposition was a World's Fair registered under the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), which held in Chicago, as The Chicago World's Fair, from 1933 to 1934 to celebrate the city's centennial. The theme of the fair was technological innovation. The fair's motto was "Science Finds, Industry Applies, Man Adapts". Its...
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RKO Radio Pictures presents “The Holy Land,” a 1934 black-and-white film that was part of the Vagabond Adventure Series. Opening with the Easter hymn “Jesus Christ is Risen Today,” the film quickly takes the viewer to the Israeli seaport city of Jaffa (mark  00:35 ). There are scenes of merchants selling their wares in marketplaces and children frolicking in the Sea of Galilee (mark  02:25 ) and see a 1,000-year-old yet still operational water wheel at mark  02:40  that provides...
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On the Far Eastern Station is a black and white film, copyright 1934, about the United States Asiatic Fleet which was based in the Philippines. The U.S. Asiatic Fleet was a Navy fleet active during the first half of the 20th century, basically 1910-1942, and was created to patrol the Philippine Islands prior to WWII. Ariel view of the Philippine Islands and Lake Tahoe, Philippines (0:39-1:40). Spanish influences on Manila, Philippines (1:41-1:51). The sailors go ashore for leave. Philippine...
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This 1935 silent 16mm home movie shows views of Chicago including the downtown. At :54, the scene shifts to Chicago Municipal Airport and the American Airlines terminal. At  1:00  a rare Vultee V-1 is seen. The Vultee V-1 was a 1930s American single-engined airliner built by the Airplane Development Corporation, designed by Gerard Vultee and financed by automobile manufacturer Errett Cord. American Airlines bought at least 13 V-1As and the V-1 prototype (after it had been modified for two...
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This 1937 silent 16mm home movie shows a cruise through the Panama Canal. The film begins aboard an unknown ship, one operated by the Grace Line (probably S.S. Santa Paula based on the rear of the ship seen at  11:58  but otherwise possibly S.S. Santa Rosa, S.S. Santa Ana, or S.S. Santa Teresa). At  1:19  the ship enters the harbor of an unknown Caribbean island, with a large fortress visible atop a mountain. At  1:50 local men and children in canoes vie for coins dropped by ship...
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Produced in 1937 and released in both silent and sound versions for the home market by Castle Films, WAR IN CHINA shows the 1937 Japanese assault on Shanghai. At the time the newsreel was produced the United States was strictly neutral and thus the newsreel tended to look more closely at the civilian victims of the conflict and the horror of war than did later Castle releases. The newsreel highlights some of the many Japanese atrocities including the bombing of the Cathay Hotel ( 8:00 ) and the...
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Land Of The Incas is a 1937 silent film produced by Castle Films as part of the Adventure Parade series that provides viewers with a glimpse of Peru and the Incan people who live there. The film begins “high up in the Cordilleras Mountains” ( 00:27 ) where donkeys and people haul kindling. Despite the rural mountain location, modern transportation now reaches the lofty villages in the form of a train ( 01:26 ), which passes mountains and lakes on its way. The film then takes viewers to...
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In 1938 Theodore Andrica, the Nationalities Editor of the Cleveland Press and author of the "Around the World in Cleveland" column, paid a visit to Nazi Germany. As part of his journey he shot this astonishing film which shows what appears to be the pastoral German state, but was actually a nation on the brink of war. Unlike many of the films from this era which have been colorized, Andrica actually shot this motion picture on Kodachrome stock.   Although the material is silent the...
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“An Airplane Trip,” a 1939 black-and-white ERPI Classroom Films Inc. produced instructional sound film, combines the novelty of flying in the early days with basic inner workings of a passenger plane. The film opens with a mother and her young daughter entering the Los Angeles Union Air Terminal ( 0:30 ). They purchase their tickets to Salt Lake City at the terminal ( 0:47 ). They then head outside to the gate and watch in awe and anticipation as the airplane rolls slowly to the landing...
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This silent, color 16mm home movie shows a trip to the Golden Gate International Exposition located on Treasure Island in the San Francisco Bay. The film begins with shots at an unidentified airport (possibly Grand Central Airport in Los Angeles) where a TWA DC-2 emblazoned with "The Lindbergh Line" is seen landing at :33 seconds. At  1:00  there are shots from the interior of the plane including a stunning sunset at  1:10 . At  1:40 , a sign welcomes us to the entrance to Pan...
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“Men of the Alps” is a 1939 black-and-white education film from the General Post Office Film Unit that focuses on life in Switzerland and the Swiss Alps. After a few scenic views, we quickly learn about Swiss men’s reputation as excellent marksmen (mark  01:00 ) in the footsteps of national hero William Tell— while Swiss women prefer to focus on being church-goers. As the camera pans across beautiful mountain scenes, the narrator explains that the mountains also make the growing of...
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In this “GI Movie Weekly” from Fistic Film (likely from 1939), viewers are treated to the historic fight on 4 July 1919 in Toledo, OH, where young boxer Jack Dempsey faced off against the World Heavyweight Champion Jess Willard. The film opens with a few highlights from 1919, including a young Prince of Wales observing the surrender of the German Fleet, Theodore Roosevelt speaking to an audience shortly before his death, and Babe Ruth posing in his New York Yankees jersey. The film then...
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FINLAND FIGHTS! was released theatrically as a sound film in 1940 by Emerson Yorke, an independent producer in New York, in cooperation with Castle Films. The footage shown was originally material assembled for an humanitarian reel, made on behalf of the Finnish Relief Fund, so that American audiences could see how Finland was withstanding Russian invasion. The original theatrical release was only five minutes long, but Eugene Castle brought it up to standard one reel length and released it as...
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This reel of silent 16mm home movies (which actually begins at :52 seconds) starts out with a beautiful wedding which, judging from the clothes and the car (a suicide door equipped sedan) probably took place in the late 1930s or early 1940s. At 1:36 the bride arrives at church and poses with her father on the way in. At 1:49 she and the happy groom are doused with rice and at 1:58 you'll see a great shot from inside the wedding sedan as the bride boards. This is followed by a parade of...
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Made in 1947. this amazing Allis Chalmers-sponsored film shows how engineers and engineering build industry and the structure of the modern world, from power generation to mining, smelting, agriculture and beyond. At mark  1:20 , a college student named Bob is seen with his dad. He explains that he's not going back to school because he hates engineering and prefers getting a job. At mark  3:50 , his dad asks him at meal to go out to his workplace, an Allis Chalmers industrial plant.  At...
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This 1948 American Red Cross short film, “Danger is Your Companion,” produced by Ted Nemeth Studios, promotes the importance of being first aid ready in an age (late 1940s) of increasing accidents. The film begins with a scene of two men chatting on a street about the increasing number of accidents; stores for the F.W. Woolworth Company, Jay Ann, and Miles are featured in the background ( 00:45 ). While groups work to educate more and more people on accident safety and response, accidents...
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Made in an era when Atlantic City was one of America's pre-eminent tourist destinations, "ON THE BOARDWALK" was created and presented by the Convention Bureau of Atlantic City (:10). As the film begins, tourists arrive by Eastern Airlines airplane, train, and by Twin Coach bus. Atlantic City was once no more than a fishing village, yet today is one of the most prominent vacation destinations (:48) and boasted a famed boardwalk lined with seven miles of white sands (:58). Travelers...
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Made in 1948, "Land of Fair Dinkum" is a travelogue about Australia that had it's title -- which was not in common use among Australians -- criticized by the Australian Consul-General when initially released. Paramount Pictures' Paul White defended the title, saying that several Australians had recommended it to him. The film was one of a series entitled "Our Changing World" made for distribution to educational institutions. The film shows New South Wales with its surfing,...
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This short, silent film from 1940 shows an excursion aboard the Camino, Placerville and Lake Tahoe Railroad, from Camino to Cable and then the return. CP&LT was an 8-mile (13 km) Class III short-line railroad operating in the Sierra Nevada in California, east of Sacramento. It was built primarily to haul lumber from the El Dorado National Forest. The standard gauge line ran east for 8 miles (13 km) to Camino from a connection with the Placerville Branch of the Southern Pacific Company at...
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THIS IS CANADA is a promotional tourism film produced by the Canadian National Railroad, highlighting the cities, sights, and incredible natural landscapes of Canada. The “tour” begins in its capital city, Ottawa, Ontario with footage of the Peace Tower (also known as the Tower of Victory and Peace) of the Houses of Parliament ( 01:15 ). A Royal Mounted Police officer stands on the steps of the parliament building ( 01:24 ). Inside the Peace Tower is the Memorial Chamber—a memorial to the...
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THIS IS CANADA is a promotional tourism film produced by the Canadian National Railroad, highlighting the cities, sights, and incredible natural landscapes of Canada. In this portion, three people give their perspective on the country. The first person is an avid fisherman. The film begins with a shot of someone fly fishing on a lake with majestic mountains in the background ( 00:17 ), as the man talks about Canada’s incredible fishing. This is followed by scenic footage of British Columbia (...
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This newsreel is titled The Story of Canadian Pine made by the Canadian Government Motion Picture Bureau in the mid to late 1930’s. Starting with freshly cut, raw Canadian pine floating in a tributary of the Ottawa River ( 1:20 ), the viewer is taken along the story of pine manufacturing and all its production stages. Starting in spring, river men move the logs downstream with the help of tug boats. ( 1:28 ) The logs are floated into a boon, an assembly point of wood logs that appear almost...
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“The Real Caribbean” is a 1942 Bell & Howell Company black-and-white travel film that begins with a narrator pointing to the location of the Caribbean (southeast of the Gulf of Mexico and the North American mainland, east of Central America, and north of South America) on a map before touting the area as a tourist paradise. Palm trees sway in the island breezes beginning at mark  00:44  and the viewer is given a brief history lesson on the region, beginning with Spanish rule and the...
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This film, Let's See Chicago presented by the Santa Fe Railroad to promote trans-continental travel. It (:08) takes viewers on a trip to Chicago from Los Angeles beginning at the Union Station in LA (:22). For eastbound travelers, this is where the trip begins using transcontinental streamline trains (:29). From the observation tower at the Board of Trade, we are viewing one of America's largest inland cities ( 1:49 ). During the gold rush, Chicago only hosted a few business blocks and roads of...
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This black and white film by Young American Films is a 1950s educational public service announcement on oral hygiene. It is an adaption of the British Information Service Film “Your Children’s Teeth”. The film begins with a girl smiling to show off her strong teeth ( 0:22 - 0:27 ). A dentist shows a decaying set of teeth, and then works on the mouth of a young woman to show a beautiful smile ( 0:27 - 0:47 ). Fresh vegetables are put in a basket, and vintage glass milk bottles are picked...
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Made in the 1940s by the Coffee Promotional Association, "Golden Fragrance" shows the cultivation of coffee plants, the harvesting and sorting of coffee beans, and the processing of the fruit into a commercial product. The film was apparently shot primarily in Brazil. The film includes shots of coffee tasters ( 5:12 ) and the coffee auction ( 6:45 ) where bulk product is sold.  We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional information about our videos by...
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This circa 1940 black-and-white travelogue takes us to the rugged, rainforested Central American country. The film opens on street scenes from the capital, San Jose (mark  00:23 ), a city “as modern as today’s airplane.” We see such structures as the National Theater ( 00:46 ) and the University of Costa Rica before visiting young girls picking coffee beans from plants (mark  01:30 ) and then follow the key product through its production cycle. A resident beautifully paints his ox cart...
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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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This short newsreel from the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture shows the Pacific Fruit Express train, which uses refrigerated freight cars to quickly move produce across the United States. A humping yard is shown at 1:55 where trains are built up. At 2:00 , ice is moved into position to load into the train cars to protect the perishable cargo. The ice is moved by hand. At 3:20 the fast freight arrives in New York City. At 3:35 , barges are used to move the freight cars across the Hudson River to New...
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This color film about diesel farm tractor maintenance was produced by Standard Oil in the late 40s/early 50s. The time stamps apply to the first mention of the task. It opens with a McCormick-Deering WD-40 diesel tractor, introduced in 1934 (:09). A tractor with a blade fills a ditch ( 15:19 ). A special dirt throwing attachment can create terraces (:31). A Ford 8 N tractor (1947-1952) is small for easy maneuvering (:35). A 1940s Case row-crop model ( 1:42 ) has a close-up of the temperature...
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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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This 1947 color travelogue film about Florida is part of the Dudley Pictures Corporation “This Land of Ours” series. It opens with the gates of St. Augustine, founded by the Spanish in 1565 (:45). Two children take a drink from Ponce de Leon’s Fountain of Youth ( 1:04 - 1:10 ). Just outside the gates is the 1672 Castillo de San Marcos, renamed Fort Marion in 1821. ( 1:13 - 1:35 ). People pick celery and cauliflower ( 1:37 - 1:55 ). Carrots are picked using a mechanical digger ( 1:57 )....
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This 1940s football film presents DEFENSIVE FOOTBALL as it was seen in the leather helmet era. College teams are featured. Narrator begins this way: As most players may not know the many facets of a football game, this film will break down techniques and terms such as a reverse running play, a spin or run (:33). There are various formations in defense, the first being the five man line (:54). For a stronger defense, the guard will move in ( 1:00 ) and for an even stronger one the center moves...
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This reel of silent footage consists of a home movie of a trip to Hawaii, and a professionally made film entitled "Paradise of the Pacific" (starts at 6:05 ) which was sold to tourists in the late 1930s or early 1940s. The home movie begins with a train trip and shots out the window at :15 where oil derricks are visible. Then at :33 is footage of the Grand Canyon. At 2:40 the beach at Santa Monica is visible. Then at 2:57 an ocean voyage begins, either from the port at San Pedro,...
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This short, silent, b&w film from Harold F. Jenkins' short-lived "World in Color" company, shows views of Hollywood in the late 1940s. It was shot by Jack Leppert, an actor whose career hit a road block before WWII. The film was sold at tourist shops on Hollywood Blvd. for a couple of bucks. At :24 you will see a birds eye view of Hollywood, and at :25 views of the Broadway Hotel and Hollywood Blvd. At :30 the intersection of Hollywood & Vine is shown. Unknown movie stars...
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Made in the 1940s by the National Board of Fire Underwriters and the Factory Insurance Association, STOP FIRES SAVE JOBS shows the threat of fires in the workplace: how they are caused, what their impact can be, and how they can be prevented. The film contains a lot of wonderful shots of factories, workers, fire engines and fire fighters, and of course -- fires. The film begins with fire; how fire may make jobs, be the servant of industry, creates goods and payrolls ( 1:01 ), when uncontrolled...
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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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