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Chevrolet’s “Modern Engineering Series” is a series of films produced by Jam Handy in the mid-1950s that promote the innovative features of Chevrolet vehicles. “Modern Engineering Series Vol. 3: Torque Talk” looks at the torque of the new Chevrolets, and tests a Chevrolet against comparable Ford and Plymouth models. At the General Motors Proving Ground in Milford, Michigan ( 00:53 ), Chevrolets are tested for torque. What appears to be a 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air is tested by pulling 16...
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Made in 1952 by the Jam Handy Organization for Chevrolet, "The Key to Our Horizons" shows America and the planet Earth with an increasing amount of cars and traffic. In fact at the time the movie was made, 50 million cars and trucks (which could circle the earth 7 times) were in the United States. Today they are 250 million.     The film promotes the role of the auto industry in the nation's economy, and the role of the automobile in everyday life. The film features images of...
Topics: Automobile, American Prosperity, 1952, Chevrolet, Publicity Film, Stock Footage
A survival film made during the Cold War, this film attempts to give practical advice to airmen who find themselves stranded in the "desert without sand" -- the arctic tundra. As the U.S. military began seeing the polar regions as a potential battleground with the Soviet Union, more and more flights were made into these regions, and the need for films like this one greatly increased. In this film the crew of a C-119 Flying Boxcar bails out and must survive in trying circumstances....
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In 1964 off the coast of Bermuda, SEALAB I was lowered to a depth 192 feet. This film documents that amazing event. The Sealab I experiment was to test the theories of saturated diving and the ability of humans to live and operate at extreme pressures. The test involved four divers: LCDR Robert Thompson, MC; Gunners Mate First Class Lester Anderson; Chief Quartermaster Robert A. Barth; and Chief Hospital Corpsman Sanders Manning. The top side commander was Captain George F. Bond, also called...
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A Canadian-born, Boston-raised paratroop sergeant in World War II, Harold Russell lost both hands in a demolition accident and later appeared in this Army Signal Corps documentary in which he acted out the various phases of the rehabilitation process of an amputee. Director William Wyler saw the film while preparing "The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)" and cast Russell as the film's disabled returning veteran. For his performance in The Best Years of Our Lives, Russell won both the...
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This film examines the duties of an FBI employee: record keeping, fingerprint operations, lab operations, and training for field agents. This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage collections in the USA. Entirely film backed, this material is available for licensing in 24p HD. For more information visit http://www.PeriscopeFilm.com
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Take-Offs and Landings Part 2: The Landing (TF 1-3319) is a 1944 War Department training film that reviews landing procedures using a Vultee BT-13 Valiant. The film covers such topics as traffic patterns, key landing factors such as wind and drift, cross-wind landings, power landings, and reviews common errors made during landing. The film opens with an aerial shot of an airfield (00:43). Trainees share their definition of “landing” with their training officer (01:28). The officer explains...
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This silent short, "The Big Red Cars" shows interurban trolley cars of the Pacific Electric Railroad. It was shot by Leo Caloia, a municipal worker who shot short films in his free time, including some of the earliest motion picture footage of Marilyn Monroe. Some of these films were marketed by a company called World in Color Productions for the home market. At :34, shots of 1950s Los Angeles with car 1535, also known as a "blimp". Car 1519 is shown at 1:31. At 2:08 the...
Topics: Pacific, Electric Railroad, The Big Red Cars, Los Angeles, Trolley Car System, Stock Footage
This color, amateur made, silent film shows what appears to be a performance -- put on for Western tourists -- that may shows some of the rituals affiliated with the Tamil Festival of Thaipusam. These include mortification of the flesh by piercing the skin, tongue or cheeks with skewers, or piercings tongues or cheeks, all the way through, with a small spear. It's not exactly clear where the film was shot or if it indeed shows Thaipusam rituals however, as the title of the film "Mystery of...
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This World War II era news film, official War Film 18, Film Communique 7th Issue, begins with a shot of smoke billowing from an industrial factory with the description, “Exclusive for the Men and Women of American Industry” (00:12). A Signal Corps production circa 1943 to 1944, this black and white reel is labeled an official film of the War Department in cooperation with combat film units of the United States Marines, Navy, and Air Forces. The Burma Outpost Combat Film Unit provided...
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S O S Coast Guard (1937) is a Republic film serial. It was the seventh of the sixty-six serials made by Republic. The plot concerns the mad scientist Boroff (Bela Lugosi) attempting to sell a superweapon to the highest bidder, opposed by Coast Guard Lieutenant Terry Kent (Ralph Byrd), for both personal and professional reasons. The main stars were Bela Lugosi and Ralph Byrd. It was made during the 2-year period when the Hayes Office put a moratorium on horror movies, Lugosi's usual genre, and...
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This 1962 United States Navy training film, produced by the Jamieson Film Company, is titled “Vision In Military Aviation” The Sense Of Sight” and opens with jet fighters launching from the deck of an aircraft carrier as the narrator explains how military pilots must rely on all of their senses to successfully operate an aircraft. The sense of sight, however, is the most important. From reading charts and instrument panels to identifying targets on the ground, the importance of proper...
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This 1950 black and white demonstration film about the shooting skills of Earl Saul, an amateur sharpshooter, is a Ken Hutchinson Production. It opens with a shot of the Grand American Handicap Trapshooting Competition in Vandalia, Ohio (:23-:35). The camera scans the assortment of guns and targets on a table. Earl demonstrates his skill with the assistance of his daughter Betty Jane, who wears a 1940s short-sleeve sweater and striped shorts. He uses a trapshooting gun to hit small blocks of...
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"Clearing The Way For The United Nations" is a short film from the late 1940s or early 1950s about preparations for building the new U.N. headquarters in New York City. The film opens with a shot of New York City ( 00:17 ) and the U.N. complex. An engineer sits at a drafting table ( 01:05 ) and tells viewers about the story of planning for and building the U.N. complex between 42nd and 48th street and between the East River and 1st Avenue. The engineer says the first thing he needs to...
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This silent, color movie shows highlights of San Francisco and Yosemite National Park. It dates to the 1940s, probably WWII era, and was probably made commercially and sold to tourists in the Bay Area. There are no credits, so it is unclear who made it or precisely when. Opening titles: FRISCO (:08). Panoramic shots of San Francisco, CA (:12). Ship in the bay, Alcatraz Island (:48). Sign reads: Fishermen’s Wharf (:53). People on the wharf (:56). A fishing boat in the wharf, Tarantino's...
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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 encourage drivers to control their tempers, use patience while driving, and be aware of dangerous driving. The film begins with an Education Unit police officer opening a binder titled “Driver Irritations” ( 0:07 - 0:29 ). The camera...
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KNOW YOUR ALLY: BRITAIN is a 45-minute propaganda film made in 1944. It was narrated by Walter Huston and produced by the United States War Department and Signal Corp to solidify Anglo-American solidarity within the ranks as well as counter Nazi propaganda aimed at weakening the Alliance. The film was one of the 17 documentaries supervised by producer-director Frank Capra (including the famed "Why We Fight" series).  The "Know Your Enemy" / "Know Your Ally" was...
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Advantages of AC Welding, presented by Westinghouse and produced by B.K. Blake Productions, is a short film from 1951 promoting the advantages of AC output welding. The film opens with a shot of welding equipment ( 00:22 ) and men welding ( 01:14 ) as the narrator reviews the ability to weld all kinds of steel with AC welding. AC welding allows for high quality work whether it is vertical welding ( 01:45 ), overhead welding, horizontal welding, or flat welding. AC welding accommodates light and...
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The 1950s color training film “Dangers Along Haulage Ways” is a cautionary tale promoting mine safety. The scenarios are re-enactments based on case files. As the story opens, a mine worker is seriously injured because his thoughts were on an upcoming hunting trip — not on safety. Rather than drive his shuttle car in the direction of travel, “Mike” puts his vehicle in reverse (mark  02:30 ) and at a high rate of speed. The safety engineer doesn’t approve of such behavior ( 04:20 )...
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Released in 1943 by Castle Films, one of the premiere makers of commercial "home movie" type 16mm films and newsreels, this exciting film opens with footage from the Battle of the Atlantic. At 1:30 , the fatal end of the French Navy is seen, as the armada is scuttled at Toulon. At 2:00 , the liner Normandie is shown burning at its moorings, and the hull being raised. At 2:26 , forces under MacArthur are shown pressing the offensive in the Solomon Islands, and Mac is seen at 2:50 . At...
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Rain on the Plains, released in 1938 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is a short film that promotes the importance of soil conservation through rain conservation to avoid the effects caused by erosion, such as dust storms. The film opens with a shot of a cattle herd grazing out on the plains. A man operates a horse-drawn plow (01:07); after farming and grazing the land without proper rain conservation, the plains are dry and dusty. The film shows footage from the 12 May 1934 dust bowl: a...
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#50434 Your Career As An Aeronautical Engineer Your Career As An Aeronautical Engineer is a short educational film on what the career path of an aspiring aeronautical engineer looks like. The film covers such topics as meeting with a high school counselor to take key courses, what the course of study in a university’s college of engineering looks like, the different degrees one can pursue for a job in the field of aviation, and what a professional aeronautical engineer can do with their...
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Rocks beneath the sea may hold the oil and gas necessary to sustain future generations. That is the message of “Deep Sea Endeavour,” a 1960s color film by the Shell Oil Company. The only way to determine if oil exists in commercial quantity is by drilling (mark  02:49 ), as we look at drilling platforms at sea. The narrator explains that the platforms are fastened to the seafloor and we visit one structure positioned off the coast of Spain at mark  03:43 . At mark  04:30  we see another...
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Made during the Cold War, this Soviet classroom film shows some of the Soviet Union's telescopes. At :55, a gigantic glass mirror is seen being shaped, and at  1:00  it is seen in place in the observatory.  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...
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Dating to 1945, CONQUEST OF THE NIGHT shows the uses of one of the Allies' great weapons developments -- radar.  Here the technology is used at sea to locate and destroy a Japanese ship.  The combat information center aboard the American ship relays facts derived by radar on the range, speed, direction, etc., of the target, in total darkness. The U.S. ship fires its torpedoes. As the torpedoes hit, the ship fires a salvo. Radar shows the salvo to be too long; the range is corrected and the...
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This Cold War film "Information Within Public Shelters" takes place in a fallout shelter, showing how a well-trained staff that provides information to shelter occupants, can keep them busy and calm during nuclear armageddon.   This film was produced as the U.S. Government began to shift from promoting privately-owned "family" fallout shelters to the concept of large, public shelters.  Of course, it is hard to imagine nuclear armageddon would like anything remotely like...
Topics: Shelter, Nuclear Fallout, Fallout Shelter, Cold War, Atomic Bomb, United States Civil Defense,...
This is a series of 1970’s era, color movies made for sales personnel about the Chevrolet Monte Carlo, Camaro, Corvette and various Chevy utilities such as the Suburban, Kingswood Station Wagon, and more. It is intended as information for Chevrolet personnel and salesmen. Authenticated by Nationwide Consumer Testing Institute, Inc. The film opens with women in a shop. The Monte Carlo pulls up in front of the shop, :46. The interior is shown, 1:15. The Monte Carlo drives down the road, 1:40....
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This silent short newsreel shows U.S. Navy Martin T3M or T4M biplanes sinking a decommissioned battleship with torpedoes. The event was part of war maneuvers conducted in the 1930s. At 1:18 the torpedo is seen streaking in the water towards its target, which is seen sinking at 1:29. It's unclear precisely which ship is shown sinking here, or whether in fact the torpedoes are responsible for the sinking. Most likely the footage dates from 5 September, 1924 when USS Virginia and USS New Jersey...
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Produced by the Stanley Aviation Corp. as part of their contract for Convair, "Escape and Survive" details the development of the escape capsule for the B-58 Hustler. Convair's B-58 was the first operational supersonic jet bomber capable of Mach 2 flight, and that aspect posed a unique challenge for aircrew survival.  The solution was a large crew capsule that would eliminate the effects of wind blast. The B-58 aircraft was designed by Convair engineer Robert H. Widmer and developed...
Topics: ejection, B-58, Hustler, Convair, Edwards Air Force Base, supersonic, ejection seat
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Mohawk, and Niagara type steam locomotives, including the famous passenger trains the "20th Century Limited", "Commodore Vanderbilt" and "Pacemaker".  Also featured are day-to-day operations with Pacemaker freights. Freight train operations are also shown, along with many behind the scenes glimpses of railroad activities that help show what was required to keep the NYC operating day and night. The film clearly demonstrates the railroad's involvement in the...
Topics: New York City, train, Rail transport, Steam Locomotive, New York Central Railroad
Created in the 1980s by the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, this rarely-seen technical film profiles the International Atomic Energy Agency and its Department of Safeguards and discusses how it is implementing a nuclear safeguard program so that nuclear materials from power plants are not used to create weapons.  The idea of having periodic on-site inspectors by IAEA personnel under the "remote continual verification system" (aka RECOVER) was evaluated for a number of major...
Topics: Nuclear Reactor, Nuclear Weapon, Uranium, Arms Control, Nuclear Proliferation, Uranium-235, Atomic...
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This NASA film, made before the Apollo 11 mission, shows the testing of various spacecraft components, starting with mock-ups of the various systems including parachutes, escape systems, and the command module, service module, and lunar module themselves.  Prototypes of various modules are shown being launched into space, their engines tested, and re-entry shields demonstrated.  At the 2:23 mark, a prototype of the Lunar Module is seen being tested.  The actual modules are seen being built...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, NASA, Apollo Program, Spaceraft, Command Module, Apollo Lunar...
This 1968 black and white documentary about the Plymouth State Home and Training School in Northville, Michigan, whose methods help mentally retarded children lead richer lives. Produced by Dan Weisburd, the U.S. Rehabilitation Services Administration, narrated by Lorne Greene, and nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Short. In some windows of a large brick building stand mentally retarded individuals. The children shown throughout the film are intellectually disabled (the film...
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This 1951 black and white film was created to show dealers and salesmen how to demonstrate and sell the new Mullins dishwasher. It was sponsored by Youngstown Kitchens and produced by Jam Handy. Actors Constance Ford and Donald Curtis play the main two characters. The scene opens with an executive signing papers at his desk and pacing holding a file. His trademark statue of a woman holding a bow and arrow talks to him and magically turns into a real woman (:37- 5:00 ). Her first trip is on...
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Filing Procedures In Business (Second Edition) is a short film produced by Coronet Instructional Films in 1965, with assistance from David G. Goodman, Chairman of Wisconsin State University’s Department of Business Education, that covers the basics of filing procedures in business. Whether using a state-of-the-art electronic data processing system ( 00:35 ) or a traditional record keeping system, the procedures for filing records are the same. The three main elements of record keeping are...
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This film from 1969 is on the Apollo IX Mission and is presented by the Office of Manned Spaceflight (:14). This was the final mission before the manned lunar landing mission and was to test the final components for that mission. It opens with shots of the moon’s surface retrieved from the Apollo VIII mission with Borman, Lovell and Anders (:49). The Lunar Module, whose testing was the prime objective, is shown at (1:25). The Apollo-Saturn V is seen after being mated with all modules and...
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Presented by the National Safety Council and filmed in the suburbs of Chicago, Get the Big Picture is a short educational driving safety film from the 1960s (probably 1964) that discusses the importance of the driver’s field of vision—“the big picture.” The film, produced by Pilot Productions, is based on the Smith System of No-Accident Driving. The film opens with a shot from the point-of-view of a driver, driving down the street to where a potential crash may happen. The film is shot...
Topics: Drivers ED, The Big Picture, Chicago, 1964, Stock Footage
Dating to 1953, "Our Country's Flag" provides a patriotic look at the history of America's national symbol. It starts with images of flags at the United Nations,  and then shows various versions of Old Glory dating back to the Revolutionary War.   The film was based on a book and directed by famed artist Wango Weng,  We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional information about our videos by adding a comment!  See something interesting?  Tell...
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1960’s NET EDUCATIONAL FILM “VERDUN” This film is about the Battle of Verdun fought from February to December of 1916. It was the longest battle of WW1. German’s attacked Verdun in hopes that the French would drain their men and resources to recapture it. It is presented by National Education Television and this is one of eight films which were to present some of the forces that have influenced the development of western civilization (:58). The film opens with pedestrians looking down...
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S O S Coast Guard (1937) is a Republic film serial. It was the seventh of the sixty-six serials made by Republic. The plot concerns the mad scientist Boroff (Bela Lugosi) attempting to sell a superweapon to the highest bidder, opposed by Coast Guard Lieutenant Terry Kent (Ralph Byrd), for both personal and professional reasons. The main stars were Bela Lugosi and Ralph Byrd. It was made during the 2-year period when the Hayes Office put a moratorium on horror movies, Lugosi's usual genre, and...
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“Operation Hideout” was an episode of the CBS television series Navy Log, originally airing on February 20, 1957. (The series was touted as a military drama based on true naval stories.) This episode was produced and directed by Samuel Gallu and starred Ward Costello, Crahan Denton, and Paul Richards. Made in an era before submariners made trips around the world underwater without surfacing, "Operation Hideout" may seem a bit silly to the modern viewer. However in the 1950s the...
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Produced by Joseph Yolo and narrated by Tom Bostic, Southeast Alaska: Our Magnificent Northland is a short film promoting Southeast Alaska. Despite the end of the gold rush era, Alaska still has a special allure to it. Unlike much of the rest of the state—and countries with a similar latitude—Southeast Alaska has a mild climate, tempered by a warm water current. Covering much of Southeast Alaska is the Tongass National Forest ( 02:31 ), home to millions of hemlock and spruce, totem poles,...
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Dating to the 1940s, this silent film (with French titles) shows a pioneering surgery for hypertension developed by Dr. Reginald H. Smithwick. The Lumbodorsal sympathectomy was viewed as the only effective treatment for intractable essential hypertension at that time. Smithwick worked at the Massachusetts General Hospital before being recruited by Boston University to serve as Chairman of Surgery at the Boston University School of Medicine and Surgeon-in-Chief at what was then the Massachusetts...
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This silent, color film is a home movie shot in the early 1950’s and shows views of the Old Tucson movie set, the Little Britches Rodeo, and the Tucson Rodeo Parade which is held every November. The film opens with beautiful desert imagery and large Saguaro cacti near Gate's Pass. The camera pans across the desert, across the mountains, and across a small village built as a movie set 1:00. A sign is shown. “Welcome to old Tucson. The Tucson Junior Chamber of Commerce has undertaken the...
Topics: 1950s, Home Movie, Tucson, Arizona, Rodeo Parade, Stock Footage
“A whole new world is opening up. A world beneath the sea.” Those are the opening words of the United States Navy film, “World of the Sea.” The 1973 documentary that takes the viewer beneath the waves as the narrator explains how the Navy must perform essential support maneuvers underwater, whether it be in submarines or by using divers for missions such as salvage and repair, underwater construction, study of acoustics, or scientific research. Amidst scenes of divers in the ocean as...
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Made in 1940, this U.S. Coast Guard film shows the Cadet Cruise made by the USCG's class of 1940. The USCG cutter Bibb was deployed to South America with the cadets on board, and visits made to a variety of Central and South American ports. A transit of the Panama Canal is made, and Lima and Santiago visited along with Cartagena. Bibb is quite a storied sip. Built in 1936, the USCGC Bibb (WPG-31) was a 327-foot (100 m) Secretary-Class (also known as "Treasury Class") Coast Guard ship...
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The National Aeronautics and Space Administration presents, a 1960’s era, color movie called, The World Was There. Produced by Byron Morgan with Les Gaver as Technical Advisor, the film was edited by George Merriken. Written by Byron Morgan and Gene Starbecker. Directed by Gene Starbecker. The film is narrated by Alexander Scourby. The movie opens with an image of a ticker tape parade, 00:11. A sound man, ready for TV broadcast is ready to move the camera over to Walter Cronkite, 00:49....
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Want to support this channel and help us preserve old films? Visit https://www.patreon.com/PeriscopeFilm Browse our products on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2YILTSD This series of clips show women working in technology / computing in the 1950s. It begins with a clip from an IBM promotional film for mainframe type computers, which are attended to by a woman in blue dress. At :42 reels of magnetic tape whirr in a machine. At :52 punch cards are used to store data. At 1:27 a high speed printer that can...
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This black & white educational film is called 'INDUSTRY ON PARADE.' It is around the late 1940s/early 1950s (this is based on the last segment, research shows the concept car was 1951). It begins with the title and then states it is produced each week by the National Association of Manufacturers (:06-:28). Title that shows Open House followed by the General Food Corp in San Leandro, CA, (this is where the narrator begins) groundskeepers tend to grass and flowers, man cleans windows, lights...
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Made for the home market in Germany during WWII, this silent newsreel shows the campaign in North Africa. Africa Korps tanks and equipment are shown on the move at the start of the film towards Cairo and the Suez Canal. General Erwin Rommel is seen at 1:12 surveying the advance of Panzer tank columns while at 1:33 artillery is directed at British lines. At 1:50 Rommel personally observes the artillery strikes.At 2:15 infantry crosses through British barbed wire.At 2:30 Stukas strike near...
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Pearl of the Orient is a short film from International Film Distributors, Inc. (likely from the 1950s) that gives viewers a quick tour of the Hong Kong Island. The film opens with a shot of a ferry in Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbor. Viewers see junks with Hong Kong’s sky scrapers in the background. Cars drive past the pier where commuters leave the ferry and walk to the high-rise towers for work. The film shows Victoria City, dubbed the Wall Street of Hong Kong (01:54), a municipal parking...
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This is a 1940’s era, black and white film purports to show the final moments of Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, known to the world as "Bonnie and Clyde". It is in fact a portion of a documentary film that features some of the lawmen involved in the killing of the pair, and reenactments performed with actors. The movie opens with a re-enactment showing Bonnie and Clyde sitting on the running board of their car and sipping from a whiskey bottle. Two patrol officers on motorbikes pull...
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Made in 1928 to promote the ARO Real Estate company and especially its development in Sunset Park, "Progress in Los Angeles" showcases the city and its environs. At 1:00 the corner of Sixth and Flower Street is shown, and the site of the new Edison Building at 1:29. At 1:36 Wilshire Blvd. is shown and the "exclusive" residential areas. At 1:48 a map shows a lot of farmland in between Hollywood, Los Angeles, Whittier, San Bernardino, Pasadena and Glendale. More views along...
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Shot in 1906 (and not 1905 as the title card indicates), "A Trip Down Market Street" is a 13-minute actuality film recorded by placing a movie camera on the front of a cable car as it traveled down San Francisco’s Market Street. The film shows many details of daily life in a major early 20th century American city, including the transportation, fashions and architecture of the era. The film begins at 8th Street and continues eastward to the cable car turntable, at The Embarcadero, in...
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“Sand and Steel” is a U.S. Marine Corps special film report from circa 1965. It highlights the construction of the Chu Lai Air Base in South Vietnam, and features the United States Seventh Fleet, the Seabees of the U.S. Naval Mobile Construction Battalion Ten, the III Marine Expeditionary Force, and the Fleet Marine Force, Pacific.The film opens with an aerial of an American fighter bomber attacking a communist installation in Vietnam (0:19). It drops a bomb on the ground below and fires...
Topics: 1965, US Marine Corps, Chu Lai Air Base, Vietnam, Sand and Steel, USMC
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This 1974 film is dedicated by the Chlorine Institute to the public interest. It is specifically intended to assist firefighters and other emergency services. The techniques demonstrated are appropriate for emergency use; different circumstances might require modified or additional procedure. The information is drawn from sources believed to be reliable. The Institute, its members any organizations cooperating in the development of this film, jointly or severally, cannot be responsible for how...
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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 short film from NASA shows the agency's collaboration with deep sea explorer and researcher Jacques Cousteau in 1973. At :30 the famed vessel Calypso is shown during a trip to the Antarctic. At :49 Cousteau discusses his research, measuring chlorophyll content and temperature in arctic sea water. At 2:00 a FAX machine is used to transmit information to the Ames Research Center in California. At 2:19 Cousteau discusses a near disaster the Calypso suffered after it collided with an iceberg....
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Dating to the late 1960s or early 1970s, this cringeworthy, vintage film for elementary school teachers "Sex Education in the school: Philosophy and Implementation" features a roundtable discussion between educational consultants, a pediatrician, and teacher.  We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional information about our videos by adding a comment!  See something interesting?  Tell people what it is and what they can see by writing something for...
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This is a 1960’s era, color film about the strides that General Dynamics is making in the design and production of various military weapons, aircraft, vehicles and technology around the world. 3 Seamen board the Navy ship, Vanguard. The ship is packed with telemetry systems and equipment. The ship is seen at sea. Her mission is to rendezvous with the spacecraft housing the first manned flight to the moon. She will track the location and progress of the Apollo spaceship from her station in the...
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Encyclopedia Britannica films presents, Iran. In collaboration with Professor William Haas, produced by Kenneth Richter. This is a 1952, black and white film. The film is narrated. The purpose of the film is to explore the great history of Iran but appreciating its recent developments in technology and education. The people of Iran look to the mountains for water 1:18. A map of the Middle East is shown with countries surrounding Iran. To the west there is Turkey, Iraq and Saudi Arabia. To the...
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Directed by Bruce Seth Green, "Annapolis: The First Year" shows the U.S. Naval Academy in the mid-to-late 1970s. This portrait supposedly shows the 1976 plebe year, but also includes footage from later classes in an attempt to show that the Academy had becoming sexually integrated.   The United States Naval Academy (also known as USNA, Annapolis, or simply Navy) is a four-year coeducational federal service academy in Annapolis, Maryland, United States. Established on 10 October...
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Created by Goodyear as a promotion for their airships, which were featured at the event, this historic silent film shows the Chicago World's Fair of 1933, known as the Century of Progress.   Some of the highlights include the Skyride at the 3:30 mark, the replica of Fort Dearborn seen at the 5:30 mark, amusement rides at the 7:00 mark, a dancing revue at 9:00, and views of the City of Chicago as seen from a Goodyear blimp at the 10 minute mark.     A Century of Progress International...
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This incredible film, FLIGHT WITHOUT A FILM, recounts an extraordinary accident that took place in 1964.  As Lt. Col. Schmidt of Norton Air Force Base explains,  on January 10, 1964 a flight crew flying a B-52H for Boeing was testing the aircraft over mountainous terrain.   Flying from Boeing's Wichita plant, pilot Chuck Fisher took off in a B-52H with a three-man Boeing crew, flying a low-level profile to obtain structural data.  Over Colorado, cruising 500 feet above the mountainous...
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Made by Coronet, this profile of Sir Isaac Newton dates to 1959, the early part of the Space Age. As a result the film directly connects Newton's major theories with rocketry. At 1:20 a satellite is shown orbiting the Earth. At 1:32 the school where Newton went as a boy is shown, and a childhood fight is re-enacted. At 2:08, Newton is shown at Cambridge, reading books about science. The rest of the film shows re-enactments of Newton's time at Trinity College. At 4:14, Newton returns home to...
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This black & white educational film is about how paper is made starting with trees in the forest to its finishing process. Copyright is 1941 by Coronet Productions. Titles: Paper Making (:07-:33). Title: Winter Logging in Northern United States. Forest with snow. Tall pine trees abound. Northern Michigan. Men eat breakfast. A man trudges through the snow with a saw and hammer. A bulldozer carries a man into the forest. A man hacks at a tree with an ax. Snow falls from a tree as another man...
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Made sometime in the early 1970s (probably 1971) by McDonnell Douglas after the Blue Angels had transition to the company's F-4 Phantom, the stylish DIAMOND IN THE SKY was produced by Thomas Carlisile and directed by Vince Griffith. It features a soundtrack performed by the Pensacola Naval Air Station Band and a score by John Fluck and Thomas Carlisle. The film contains footage at  2:47  of the F-4 Phantom aboard the aircraft carrier USS Saratoga (CV-60). At  6:00 , Naval Air Station...
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"Friend or Foe? Part 1” is a short 1940s black-and-white British production that begins with a look at proper tank camouflage (mark  00:30 ) and the importance of being able to “see” them, even if hidden, so as to avoid being taken by surprise. The film explains how tanks are able to move quickly across the countryside (mark  01:05 ), forcing soldiers to make a snap decision whether they are “ours or (the) enemy.” If a tank must face an obstacle, such as a hill, it must slow...
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This film, created during WW2 shows how three inventions have made major contributions to the U.S.A.’s war effort. It shows the use of celluloid which lead to the booming plastic’s industry, Edouard Benedictus’ innovation of using a thin layer of collodion on glass to prevent shattering and the silk of spiders which is the best material used for the cross hairs in periscope sights and bomb sights. The film is a part of a series hosted by John Nesbitt that were produced from 1938 to 1949...
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Dating to the 1930s, this silent home movie shows a trip around the world starting in Hawaii at 11:00, where Waikiki Beach is shown. At :42, men in suits and ties are on the beach. At :55 are shots of what might be the Royal Hawaiian Hotel. At 1:34 the men are seen again -- one of them might be Hawaiian or Asian. At 1:59 an upside down title card announces, "Our Mediterranean Cruise February 7, 1929". At 2:15 are shots of the Canary Islands. At 2:30 locals hold out sheets to catch...
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Produced as part of Sterling Films' "Celluloid College" in 1947, Basic Motion Picture Technique is an educational film on the basics of filming a motion picture. It was made by Roy Creveling and Emil Brodbeck as edutainment. The film “has been carefully designed to teach exactly what it is that makes a movie interesting and enjoyable to an audience. It teaches technique, the ‘art’ of using the camera.” The first lesson deals with panning ( 01:21 ). A camera operator in front...
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This silent, raw film shows preparations for rocket sled tests on December 10, 1954 at Holloman Air Force Base with the Sonic Wind 1, under the guidance of Col. John Paul Stapp and the Northrop Aircraft Co. Stapp is seen throughout the footage wearing a flight suit and a regulation cap. At 3:37 he is seen standing next to the Sonic Wind; motion picture cameras are visible on the end of the sled pointing to the passenger chair. These would record acceleration and deceleration effects on Dr....
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This home-made silent film shows Christian missionaries in Uganda, Africa. It provides footage of local natives as well as scenery around the area. It opens with tribe members donning kanzus; traditionally worn by natives in the African Great Lakes, as an armed guard stands near by (:10). The procession heads to a flattened area in the grass for worship (:39). A woman’s towering headdress is pointed to (2:45). The native kraal sits in the background as natives beat on drums in the foreground...
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This 1935 film by RKO Radio Pictures is narrated by veteran radio announcer Alois Havrilla and was produced by the Van Beuren Corporation. Alois highlights six different aspects of Moroccan life. His trip begins at the port of Casablanca ( 1:31 ) from which he drove to the Morocco city of Marrakesh (Marrakech in French). This city, founded in 1062, lies off the northern slope of the Atlas Mountains ( 1:41 ). The remains of ancient walls ( 1:50 ) overlook a road used by horseback riders, cars,...
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This film, NASA Project Mercury Recovery Procedures, was put out by the National Aeronautics & Space Administration or NASA. The Project Mercury, initiated in 1958, was the United States first manned space project. This is an instruction film for the recovery of the astronaut after the flight and the capsule. A picture of the space capsule shown ( 0:12 - 0:21 ). Close up of Astronaut in silver Mercury spacesuit ( 0:22 - 0:32 ). You can see rockets on the launch pad ( 0:38 - 0:45 )....
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This late 1960s educational color film (#14-677) provides an operational overview for programming the key punch on the IBM 029 Key Punch machine, which was introduced in 1964. It is one of a seven-part series produced by Moreland-Latchford and distributed by Sterling Educational Films. This film reviews the program unit, the components of a program on a punched card, preparing program cards, programming a program card, and the verifier component of the IBM 029. The film opens with a shot of a...
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The Day Tomorrow Began is a 1967 film on the CP-1, the first atomic pile that lead to the development of the atomic bomb and the beginning of the atomic age. The film uses interviews and images of the actual people and places that worked to create the first sustained atomic reaction on 2 December 1942 at CP-1 at the University of Chicago. The film opens with shots of aspects of nuclear power and nuclear reactions, as well as an aerial shot of a nuclear reactor facility (01:29). An aerial shot...
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This news release on NASA’s Apollo 8 mission at the end of 1968 gives viewers a glimpse of the men and objectives of the mission. Apollo 8 was the second manned spaceflight, with a three-man crew consisting of Commander Frank Borman, Command Module Pilot James Lovell, and Lunar Module Pilot William Anders. The men were the first to leave low Earth orbit and the first to orbit the moon. The news release opens with the three astronauts standing in their spacesuits prior to launch. Saturn V...
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This Yesterday’s Newsreel film (episode 120) offers the viewer “television highlights of the news of yesteryear” by providing vintage clips of famous people and events from the first half of the 20th century. The episode begins with French troops training near the Maginot Line in 1939. Footage shows troops going through bunkers and tunnels along the Maginot Line. Soldiers ride a subway system. Soldiers man the line’s Central Fire Control. Anti-tank steel spikes protrude from the ground...
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This Yesterday’s Newsreel film (episode 124) offers the viewer “television highlights of the news of yesteryear” by providing vintage clips of famous people and events from the first half of the 20th century. The episode opens with a short bio on King Gustav V of Sweden. Footage shows a young Gustav standing in a box, presumably overlooking the funeral procession of Oscar II in 1907. Viewers see Gustav making awards at the 1912 Olympics, visiting a cathedral with wife Queen Victoria in...
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This 1978 color film celebrates 50 years of education through film and video by Encyclopedia (Encyclopaedia) Britannica. It was distributed by Suburban Audio Visual Service. At the time it was made Encyclopædia Britannica Films (also named EB Films for short) was the top producer and distributor of educational 16 mm films and later VHS videocassettes for schools and libraries, a position it held from the 1940s through the 1990s. As the film demonstrates, EB Films was a pioneer in making...
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Made just prior to U.S. entry into World War II, this Official Films newsreel, “News Thrills: 1941, Vol. II,” recaps some of the social, military, and political events of 1941. The newsreel begins with photographers having fun photographing people on the sandy beaches of Venice, California ( 00:19 ). The next segment covers the first test flight of the world’s largest bomber, the Douglas B-19, as it takes off from Santa Monica, California ( 01:34 ) and lands at March Air Base near...
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This black & white educational film is about the D-Day Invasion of 1944 during World War 2 in which Allied forces invaded northern France by means of coordinated beach landings. Copyright 1944. Opening titles: Official Films News Thrill Invasion (:06-:20). Title: D-Day!! Allied Forces move across the English Channel. June 6, 1944, huge armada of ships and men head from the English Channel to the coast of France. Ships in the sky cover the convoy at sea. Bombers in the sky. Title: A railroad...
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The Checkers speech or Fund speech was an address made on September 23, 1952, by the Republican candidate for vice president of the United States, California Senator Richard Nixon. Nixon had been accused of improprieties relating to a fund established by his backers to reimburse him for his political expenses. With his place on the Republican ticket in doubt, he flew to Los Angeles and delivered a half-hour television address in which he defended himself, attacked his opponents, and urged the...
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This silent film, a home movie from 1958, shows a cruise to Hawaii aboard the liner SS Matsonia, the former SS Monterey. This was one of the last if not the last visits of the ship to Honolulu, as passenger service to the islands began to lose ground to air travel. At 5:00 men swim near the liner and it approaches the docks. At 5:18 the famous Aloha tower is shown on the quay. At 5:30 the Matson embarkation facility is shown and at 5:45 passengers leave on the gangplank. At 6:00 a resort on...
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In this collection of very short stories from the early 1960's Ripley’s Believe It or Not!© television series, viewers learn of some unbelievable (and fictitious) stories from history. The first segment, “He Traded A Shadow For A Kingdom” shows a Belgian captain bewilder members of a tribe from the Congo by predicting a lunar eclipse. There are a few shots of animals in the jungle, including a leopard and a water buffalo. In the next segment, viewers watch the reenactment of a game of...
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This silent Cine-Kodak newsreel film from the mid-1930s presents the building and launch of the passenger liner RMS Queen Mary. The film contains some wonderful images of the John Brown & Company shipyard at Clydebank in Scotland. At :50 the ship's 35-ton propellers are seen. At 1:06 , an aerial shot shows the ships nearly finished hull sans smokestacks. At 1:50 the launching of the ship is shown and at 2:09 she slides down the ways. At 2:39 she is shown on Clydeside. At 2:50 King Edward...
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This 1937 black and white film about radio shows of that time was presented by Adolph Zukor and produced and directed by Herbert Moulton and Leslie Rousch. Actor Ted Husing plays The Star Reporter. The film opens with Ted dressed in a double-breasted 1930s suit and standing in front of a 1930s microphone on a stand. He introduces The Sons of the Pioneers, who play guitars and sing “Way Out There” around a campfire (:54-2:31). Singer Lanny Ross doddles on a piece of paper (2:33-2:45)....
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CARACAS: MOUNTAIN CAPITAL OF VENEZUELA is a short, silent travelogue film produced in the late 1920s or early 1930s for the Cunard White Star ship line, most likely by filmmaker Andre de la Varre who spent many years documenting the land and people of South America. The film shows views of Caracas including government buildings, streets bustling with automobile and horse traffic, the University, statue of Simon Bolivar (2:30), marketplace (3:00), and more. At 4:48 a motorcycle with a sidecar is...
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PHILCO Famous for Quality The World Over is a short film promoting Philco’s new line of 1950s refrigerators. The film opens with a shot of man and woman in a 1950s living room. The man is worried about a presentation he is about to give dealers on the new Philco fridges. The film then cuts to the presentation in a ballroom ( 02:50 ). As the man speaks, a woman unveils the Philco 702 compact refrigerator ( 05:55 ) and demonstrates its features, including a horizontal evaporator and a defroster...
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This black and white film is one of a 1950-1960 television series Industry on Parade, produced by the National Association of Manufacturers. It features four segments. “The Great Metal Mystery!” The Eagle Picher lead and zinc mine is shown near Joplin, Missouri. A truck discharges gallium onto a conveyer belt. Samples are tested in a laboratory and a man holds a handful of the nuggets. A gallium nail is pounded into a board in a warm room, where it time-lapse melts. A lab scientist pours...
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Mr. Tompkins in Wonderland is a short educational film from the University of Akron based on the story by George Gamow. The film uses Gamow’s story featuring the titular character Mr. C.J.H. Tompkins to explain the basics of space, time, and relativity. The film opens with a banking clerk sitting at his desk. The clerk, Mr. Tompkins, sits at his desk and reads a newspaper. He sees an advertisement for a public lecture on “Space, Time and Relativity” in the paper. Mr. Tompkins takes his...
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Made after WWII, this charming silent travelogue shows Berchtesgaden.  Berchtesgaden is a municipality in the German Bavarian Alps. It is located in the south district of Berchtesgadener Land in Bavaria, near the border with Austria, some 30 km south of Salzburg and 180 km southeast of Munich. To the south of the city the Berchtesgaden National Park stretches along three parallel valleys. Berchtesgaden is often associated with the Watzmann, at 2,713 m the third-highest mountain in Germany...
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Presented by the U.S. Army and its Chemical Corps, The Chemical Biological Radiation Story (M.F.3 9027) shows viewers how the U.S. army is developing its chemical, biological and radiation capabilities from both the aggressive and the defensive standpoints. The film follows a professor who tours the military’s CBR facilities and programs while also working as a consultant to the military. The film opens with a shot of a plane coming in for a landing, followed by an airport terminal and a...
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Created in 1945 by the Warner Bros. Studio to sell U.S. Savings Bonds, “America the Beautiful” opens to the patriotic strains of the song of the same name. The film paints a picture of the United States as an industrious society on the move. Shot in Technicolor and directed by six-time Academy Award-winner Gordon Hollingshead, the film begins at mark  00:35  “on your front door, on the street where you live” and spans the American continent through the ranches and farms of the West...
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One of filmmaker Carl Dudley’s fine films "On the Track" is a portrait of America's railroads in the post-World War II era. The film is basically a salute to America, its railroads, and the multitude of trains that criss-cross the nation. Much like Dudley's "Life Line of the Nation", adoration for American railroads abounds with scene after scene of various trains rolling down the tracks. The railroads are depicted as the “symbol of American progress and prosperity for a...
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This film shows early 8mm footage of the USS Indianapolis in Portland, Oregon in 1937. The occasion was Navy Day. Joining the Indy for this event was USS Chester, USS Pensacola and other warships. The poor condition of the film is quite evident; but this remains some of the only footage to show the Indianapolis in the pre-WWII era and so is considered quite precious. USS Indianapolis (CA-35) was a Portland-class cruiser of the United States Navy. She served as flagship for Admiral Raymond...
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Trieste is a Swiss-designed, Italian-built deep-diving research bathyscaphe, which with her crew of two reached a record maximum depth of about 10,911 meters (35,797 ft), in the deepest known part of the Earth's oceans, the Challenger Deep, in the Mariana Trench near Guam in the Pacific. On 23 January 1960, Jacques Piccard (son of the boat's designer Auguste Piccard) and US Navy Lieutenant Don Walsh achieved the goal of Project Nekton. Trieste was the first manned vessel to have reached the...
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This black & white educational film is about the Allied attacks against Nazi Germany during World War II. Copyright is 1945 but the film shows events circa 1943/1944. Opening titles: Target Germany! (:06-:12). U.S. Army Air Force planes in the skies over Germany. Bombs are loaded planes. Rows of bombs being worked on by men. American flag is raised on a flag pole. Inside a factory where B-17 Flying Fortresses are being assembled (:13-1:54). Mechanics fix planes. Propellers are wheeled...
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Made during WWII by Curtiss, this film was created to introduce U.S. Navy pilots to their new SB2C Helldiver, a carrier-based dive bomber aircraft produced for the US Navy. Due to the advent of air-to-ground rockets, the SB2C was the last purpose-built dive bomber produced. The aircraft was one of the more maligned planes to be put into production, and developed a bad reputation in early service. While manufacturers produced many similar films during the war, one has to wonder whether this...
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