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“Analysis Of Bulk Plant Fire” is a black-and-white film created by the American Petroleum Institute circa 1960 and narrated by John A. Ainlay. The film begins with news footage from a 1959 petroleum bulk plant fire in Kansas City, Missouri, and an explanation of events that led up to the fire. (The accidental fire began, we are told at mark  02:58 , as gasoline was being transferred into a tanker. The fire spread to the service station and adjacent tankers.) Six firefighters were killed....
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This film, MAKAI DEEP OCEAN DIVE was produced by the United States Navy in 1973. The film begins with remarks by astronaut and diver Scott Carpenter about Capt. George Bond, a U.S. Navy researcher who laid the groundwork for saturation diving with helium. Bond, who died in 1983, was an American physician who was known as a leader in the field of undersea and hyperbaric medicine and the "Father of Saturation Diving". The film then shows some of the steps taken in the wake of Bond's...
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This film is of the weekly production called Industry on Parade which won a Peabody Award for public service (:14). It begins in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania at Lehigh University (:21) with recruiters from different industry branches hunting for recruits on campus (:50). An interview is conducted between a steel industry representative and a student ( 1:06 ) and this student takes a tour of the steel mill ( 1:48 ). Engineers are to take the inventions of scientists and find daily use for them ( 2:52...
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This 1960s color educational film about Saint Louis, Missouri was part of the weekly TV series “America!” that was narrated by actor Jack Douglas. A statue commemorates French King Louis XV, for whom Saint Louis is named after. A monument marks the spot founder Pierre Liguest landed in 1764 ( 1:00 - 1:37 ). The Courthouse Building held the Dred Scott trials ( 1:38 - 1:43 ). The Gateway Arch (completed 1965), is still under construction in the film. Also at the riverfront is the S.S. Admiral...
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Hosted by filmmaker Burton Holmes and made by him in 1946, HISTORIC NEW ENGLAND shows many of the fascinating sights of New England the beginnings of the USA. Scenes include the stone tower at Newport, Rhode Island, Plymouth Rock, Boston including downtown and its parks, Lexington and Concord, covered bridges, Vermont farms and dairy products, Maine boat builders and sailors, Longfellow's home, Walden Pond, Salem's Witch House, the Mt. Washington Cog Railway, and more. We encourage viewers to...
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This film by Goodyear could be titled "Better Living Through Chemistry" and is about the rubber industry. It shows some of the history of rubber in the industrial age, including the use of rubber in automobile and airplane tires. The film then looks at the manufacture of synthetic rubber, and compares the differences between natural and synthetic rubber or polyisoprene. At 21:00 , crude polyisoprene rubber are shown being moved to a customer. Erasers, basketballs, safety vests,...
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Made in the 1930s by the U.S. Navy, "Crossing the Line" shows the life of sailors in the era between the wars. The film starts with images of the fleet on its way across the Pacific as part of a large scale exercise. At 1:08 the decks are scrubbed and at 1:40 a baseball game is played on the deck of a battleship. At 1:56 boxing and other exercises are shown on deck. At 2:00 a rugby game is shown. At 2:17 some dancing and playing of music is shown, again aboard a battleship. At 2:39 ,...
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A 1938 black-and-white picture by American Republic Productions (in cooperation with A&P Food Stores), “Coffee From Brazil to You” takes its viewer from South America to the supermarket. Although coffee comes from most of the countries of Central and South America, Brazil is the greatest producer we’re told beginning at mark  01:08 , especially Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. With that we begin the journey from plantation to consumer and see the central mountain plateaus as they’re...
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This film documents Project Mohole, an ambitious attempt to drill through the Earth's crust into the Mohorovičić discontinuity, and to provide an Earth science complement to the high-profile Space Race. The project was initially led by the American Miscellaneous Society with funding from the National Science Foundation. The goal was to use technology developed for the petroleum industry to penetrate deeper into the Earth's crust than ever before. A converted U.S. Navy ship, CUSK ONE, was used...
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“A City, Gone to Sea,” is a circa 1972 film discussing the cruise ship Spirit of London. (At the time the vessel was being operated by P&O Cruises). At mark  00:24 , Pulitzer Prize-winning travel writer Stanton Delaplane (who is credited with introducing Irish coffee to the United States) is introduced as the narrator with an explanation that he would be sharing some of the things he saw and wrote about while on a cruise. British cruise ships, Delaplane explains, are all about service,...
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MEN OF LIGHTSHIP 61 is an American version of a short propaganda film, MEN OF THE LIGHTSHIP, produced by the Crown Film Unit for the British Ministry of Information in 1940, the year after the beginning of the Second World War. It dramatises the bombing of the East Dudgeon lightship by the Luftwaffe on 29 January 1940 and was designed to portray Germany as a barbaric enemy. An opening narration explains the traditional understanding of lightships (stationary ships used as lighthouses) as...
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Dating to the dark days of the Blitz in WWII, and apparently shot on a real location near Trafalgar Square, this Ministry of Home Security film TEAM TRAINING OF RESCUE PARTIES shows how debris can be safely moved, so as to rescue victims of an air raid from collapsed structures. The film shows a rescue party arriving at the scene of a damaged building, with the leader making a strategic assessment of the integrity of the structure and coming up with a plan of action before beginning work. In...
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Made during WWII, AS THE WORLD SPINS details the work of Dodge Brothers, a division of Chrysler, in WWII war production. The film focuses on electric gyro-compasses designed by Sperry, which needed to be mass produced for the wartime Liberty Ship and Victory Ship effort, as well as for the fleet. With Sperry overwhelmed by demand, Dodge picked up the slack and pulled off one of the engineering miracles of the war, producing the extremely complex device in large numbers and in record time. The...
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This McDonnell produced film “The Phantom Joins the Fleet” was made in 1962 when their F4H-1 (later F-4B) Phantom II had just achieved deployment. The film features Fighter Squadron SEVEN FOUR (VF-74) aka Bedevilers flying from the nearly-new aircraft carrier USS Forrestal (CVA-59) along with the rest of Carrier Air Wing EIGHT (CVW-8).   Some of the other aircraft seen in the film include the Vought F8U-2N Crusaders of VF-103 Sluggers, the Douglas A4D-2N Skyhawks of VA-83 Rampagers and...
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Made in the late 1930s by producers Marcel De Hubsch and Etienne Lallier, "Branlebas de Combat" or literally "Call to Action" presents a look at the fighting French Navy just before it was torn to pieces in World War II. Featuring a score by acclaimed composer Jacques Ibert, the movie contains images of the fleet including especially the battleship Provence, which incredibly was sunk twice in WWII -- once by the British and once by the French. After World War I, the French...
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An airliner comes in for a landing in the opening seconds of the circa 1967 National Aeronautics and Space Administration color film “Flight to Tomorrow” as the narrator reminds the viewer that there are more than 300 major airports across the United States. On a typical day, more than 1,100 airplanes take off and land at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York City (and 37 million across the United States), as more aircraft are shown landing and we see scenes of some of the 77,000 travelers...
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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 is the United States Army T.F. 9 2510 black and white 1957 training film for renovating ammunition. Soldiers unload boxes of ammunition from a USAX 24668 train car (:37- 1:10 ). Ammo boxes are inspected for deterioration ( 1:11 - 1:25 ). A 90-millimeter projectile is shown ( 1:32 ). Renovation is done by the ordinance renovation units, shown riding in a military jeep ( 2:03 - 2:21 ). A job description and flow chart documents are shown ( 2:27 - 2:57 ). Detailed diagrams of how to set up...
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Published on Jun 14, 2017 This film made by General Dynamics shows the cruise of the submarine USS Triton (SSRN-586) around the world in 1960. Triton was one of the largest submarines of its era and equipped with twin nuclear reactors. The circumnavigation of the world was conducted under the command of famous submariner Edward L. Beach. This color film details life aboard Triton during that epochal trip, and shows its triumphant homecoming, including a visit from President Dwight Eisenhower....
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“The Land Called New Jersey” is a color film that portrays 300 years of progress in New Jersey and the contributions of the citizens of the state to the history of the United States. Produced by Humble Oil & Refining Company in the early 1960s, it includes sequences on the granting and the naming of the state, on the colonial period, on early industry and transportation, and on Thomas Edison and the age of invention. The program describes the industries, educational system, cities,...
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Made in 1931, this travelogue of American Samoa shows the island nation as it appeared prior to WWII, before the peace of this tiny protectorate was destroyed. Predominantly shot on the island of Tutuila, the film features rare views of traditional native life including Copra harvesting. American Samoa is an unincorporated territory of the United States located in the South Pacific Ocean, southeast of Samoa. It consists of five main islands and two coral atolls. The largest and most populous...
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This classic instructional film made by McGraw Hill, a leading educational publisher, attempts to explain to teachers how to select and use instructional materials including 16mm films, film strips, records, reel-to-reel tapes, microfilm, and other materials. Hosted by a professional A/V co-ordinator, the film visits various classroom scenarios in an attempt to demonstrate some of the ways a teacher can use A/V materials to help students learn. The film dates to 1963. We encourage viewers to...
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“Lockheed NF 104A Aerospace Trainer” is a 1962 color film serving as a “progress report” on the aircraft. The Lockheed NF-104A was an American mixed power, high-performance, supersonic aerospace trainer that served as a low-cost astronaut training vehicle for the North American X-15 and projected Boeing X-20 Dyna-Soar programs. An NF 104A Starfighter is shown landing at mark  00:33  as the narrator explains how that aircraft was reconfigured and resigned into an aerospace trainer. We...
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This silent home movie of the 1956 Tournament of Roses Parade, the 67th, with the theme "Pages from the Ages". as selected by President Dr. Alfred L. Gerrie. The Grand Marshall this year was Charles Erwin Wilson (July 18, 1890 – September 26, 1961), an American engineer and businessman who served as United States Secretary of Defense from 1953 to 1957 under President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Known as "Engine Charlie", he previously worked as CEO for General Motors. In the...
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This is a rare promotional film for New York Airways, "THE SKYLINE ROUTE" that dates to 1962 and features the Boeing Vertol 107 helicopter. At this time NYA offered service to LaGuardia and Idlewild Airport. The film includes rare footage of flight operations as well as images of 1960s New York with its traffic jams, which was the primary selling feature for the Skyline Route service. At 10:09 , a future service from the Pan Am building's roof heliport is discussed -- a feature that...
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“Airport in the Jet Age” is a 1960s color film that explores a large metropolitan jet airport, primarily featuring United DC-8 Jet Mainliners. While not an exceptional film by any means, it is notable for containing views of LAX World Airport when it was brand new, relatively small (compared to today's version) and still used isolated terminals and with the "theme building" standing alone at its core. The film opens with a comparison of a book with an airport and how both can take...
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This color film from the late 1960s was produced for Pan American by Dynamic Films. It features six European cities: Lisbon, Madrid, Rome, Florence, The Riviera, and Paris. We begin in Lisbon, Portugal ( 1:46 ), a city with over 2,700 years of history. A fisherman and his son walk through the Old Quarter to the harbor ( 1:47 - 2:38 ). Buckets of fish are transferred in baskets to shore each morning ( 2:47 - 3:02 ). A cable car moves up the street ( 3:25 ). Fishermen hoist a sail and head out to...
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Dating to the late 1940s or early 1950s, "Changing Cotton Lands" shows the South in transition as its residents struggle with the longterm effects of growing cotton and tobacco which (due to lack of proper techniques) deplete the soil and put family farms in grave danger. The film focuses on the environmental effects of farming and looks towards a future where the land is taken care of through knowledge and stewardship. The film focuses in part on the work of government officials who...
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This two part film tells the story of Father Augustine Nguyễn Lạc Hóa (c. 1908 – c. 1989), a refugee Chinese Catholic priest in South Vietnam, led a militia called the Sea Swallows that carved out an anticommunist enclave in the Viet Cong's Ca Mau Peninsula stronghold. The "fighting priest" and his "village that refused to die" attracted admiring media stories, and in 1964 he received the Ramon Magsaysay Award in the Public Service category. In January 1961, Edward...
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Created by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in 1967, this color film touts the preparation and ultimate success of Apollo 5 — which on January 22, 1968, became the first unmanned flight of the Apollo Lunar Module (LM) as the United States continued its plan to land on the moon. it was the final major piece of Apollo hardware to be tested. The film opens with the module resting atop a Saturn 1B launch vehicle. At mark  01:18 , the viewer is told that this very rocket...
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This U.S. Navy film “Smart Boy” encouraged World War II sailors to be just that — especially when it comes to enjoying shore leave. The film opens with a group of sailors in their off hours as they get ready to go ashore for liberty (or time off) in their enlisted dress blue uniforms. At mark  03:47 , one of the sailors decides to swipe campaign ribbons from a sick crewmate’s jumper. The sailor’s misbehavior continues in town, disrespecting civilians and a junior officer. “The navy...
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Created by the United States Marine Corps, “Objective … Security” is a 20-minute propaganda film covering U.S. Navy security on the Pacific island of Okinawa during World War II. Filmed by Marine combat photographers, the picture opens with Easter Sunday services in 1945, shown at mark  00:30 , as we’re reminded that while the war in Europe seemed to nearing an end, half a world away, in the Pacific Theater, combat continued. On Okinawa, only 400 miles from Japan, more than 100,000...
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We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional information about our videos by adding a comment! See something interesting? Tell people what it is and what they can see by writing something for example like: "01:00:12:00 -- President Roosevelt is seen meeting with Winston Churchill at the Quebec Conference." This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage collections in...
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One of a series of films made in support of the Marshall Plan, THE CHANGING FACE OF EUROPE: MEN AND MACHINES shows the industrial reconstruction of the continent following WWII. It was the fourth film in the series. Film historian Linda Christenson wrote of this film, "This survey of Europe's Marshall Plan aided economic recovery therefore seeks to convey a message: Establish harmony between men and machines. To lower costs, more automation and mass production are needed in Both the new...
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This circa 1938 black-and-white Pictoreel sports film takes its viewer to Pinehurst, North Carolina — the cradle of American golf. The film shows several luxurious homes and street scenes as the narrator explains how golf is the life blood of the city, so much so that many businesses close during the course of the day so that owners may take time to head to the links. Even “gentlemen of the cloth … mingle with their flocks” as at mark  01:50  two clergymen walk to the greens toting...
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This Navy WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service) recruitment film was produced in 1944. Scenes of the Hydrographic Office and barracks were filmed beginning May 9, 1944. Hydrographic Office history records that, “Photo Science Lab photographers aboard to make motion pictures of WAVES for a BuPers (Bureau of Naval Personnel) Procurement “Short” to be released by Warner Brothers.” The main character, the mother, is an actress, but the other WAVES appearing in the film are...
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Dating to the Korean War, this raw footage starts with a shot of a North Korean or Chinese soldier surrendering to U.S. Army soldiers. The enemy combatant at :16 appears to be an officer. At :30 smoke from an artillery strike is visible and at :47 what appears to be an air strike slams onto a distant ridge. At 1:00 a wide shot of the battlefield is shown and more artillery strikes are evident. At 2:45 in a scene reminiscent of the TV series MASH, a medical evacuation occurs by Bell Model 47...
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Shot by an unknown American serviceman, these 16mm silent home movies show Japan during the time that it was occupied by U.S. armed forces. The film begins on the Yakoda Air Base, a military base where a Japanese aircraft is prominently displayed (:40). The base has a gymnasium, tennis courts and other amenities including a dry cleaners (1;25) and post office. At 2:10 buses are seen and at 2:17 a sign for the 98th Bomb wing and 343rd Bomb Group.At 2:40 the auditorium is visible. Various shots...
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This NASA color film HQ-207 The Knowledge Bank predates the SSS-A launch in November 1971. It opens with footage of the moon. There is a sophisticated scientific laboratory in space in the form of satellites that carry experiments from scientists of many nations (:05-:35). Historic inventors include Benjamin Franklin (:37- 1:12 ), Michael Faraday ( 1:10 ), Wilhelm Roentgen ( 1:17 ), and Thomas Edison ( 1:25 ). The night launch of a rocket is shown ( 1:55 - 2:55 ). Various instruments in a...
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Produced for Dodge, this vintage film explains the new "Red Ram" hemispherical V-8 engine, one of the A-engine series. The A engine family was a modern, efficient, and durable design produced from 1956 through 1966; the LA series of V8 engines was based on a lightweight casting of the A engines, appearing in 1964. The A and LA blocks are similarly sized and hard to tell apart from the outside, but the A's polyspherical heads were considerably larger than the LA's heads. It was an...
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Dating to the 1930s, this silent 16mm film from Germany shows the surface mining of coal using large continuous bucket wheel dredges (:38) or Riesenschaufelradbagger (coal mining machines). At 2;20, the buckets are seen up close scraping the earth continuously off the side of the mine site. At 3:23 the raw material enters a series of conveyer belts where it is moved at high speed and then placed in a large heap at 4:30 . At 9:29 , ore cars loaded with coal are moved to a processing facility and...
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Made by the short-lived Mercury Pictures (not to be confused with Orson Welles' company), this silent short "Cameramen on Location" was sold to the home market in the 1940s. It shows "behind the scenes" footage shot during the production of the 1941 Roy Rogers movie "Robin hood of the Pecos". The film begins with a Republic Pictures camera truck ( 4:05 ) arriving on set. A Mitchell camera is seen at 4:17 being loaded. At 4:23 reflectors are put in place and at 4:38...
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Industry on Parade was a short television program that aired in the U.S. from1950-1960. It was produced by the National Association of Manufacturers. The series demonstrated complicated industrial processes that transformed raw materials into finished products. Industry On Parade A Paradise That Pays is one of those black and white, public service, industrial films, probably produced in the mid 1950’s. Narrators used were Bob Wilson, Peter Roberts, and Radcliffe Hall. It was produced by...
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Industry on Parade was a short television program that aired in the U.S. from1950-1960. It was produced by the National Association of Manufacturers. The series demonstrated complicated industrial processes that transformed raw materials into finished products. Industry On Parade Georgia is one of those black and white, public service, industrial films, probably produced in the mid 1950’s. Narrators used were Bob Wilson, Peter Roberts, and Radcliffe Hall. It was produced by Arthur Lodge...
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This late 1960s color travelogue film provides highlights of footage cut from other films in this series. It is narrated by Jack Douglas as part of the America! Television series.   A clam bake in Cape Cod is sponsored by the Bass River Rod & Gun Club. Being prepared in baskets are clams, corn, potatoes, sweet potatoes, onions, hot dogs, and sausages.   Stones are heated in a fire and covered with wet seaweed.   The metal food baskets are placed on top and covered with a sheet. The...
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Stark Nature is a 1932 documentary that is part of Gaumont-British Picture Corporation’s adventure series. The film opens with a shot of “Equatorial Africa” where people go down river on a dugout canoe ( 00:20 ). A chief addresses tribal elders in a meeting ( 01:10 ); the tribe’s warriors hold spears while listening to the chief. Hunters bring a gazelle to the village ( 01:55 ). Women work at the cookhouse preparing food ( 02:30 ). Boys climb up a coconut tree to get coconuts ( 03:00 );...
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“Electronics at Work” is the title of this black-and-white film produced by Westinghouse, and focuses on the role of electronics during World War II. Mark 00:48 introduces the viewer to a diode (a specialized electronic component with two electrodes — the anode and the cathode — separated by a vacuum). At mark 01:35 , the film offers further illustration as to the process. When the cathode is heated, negative electrons fly to the positive anode. This “new kind of switch,” the...
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Made by the Church World Service and the great filmmaker Julien Bryan, DAYBREAK shows the refugee crisis that gripped Central Europe in the aftermath of WWII. The film follows a single refugee named Roland Venner who is searching for his mother in Linz, Austria. Roland, who had been a divinity student in the pre-war era but ended up in a Russian prisoner camp, now lives as a man without a country. The film shows Roland's story while containing as a backdrop war-torn Austria. As a Church World...
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Pan American World Airways presents “World Marketing in the Jet Age” is a 1961 color film promoting Pan Am cargo and freight operations. Produced by Henry Strauss Productions, a New York-based educational and corporate production company, the film reminds the viewer marketing involves more than taking a “come and get it” approach (mark  02:52 ). Rather, modern marketing strategies often involve dealing with situations beyond your control ( 05:10 ) including pilferage. Although...
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This rare Convair promotional film details the testing and development of the Lobber, a surface-to-surface cargo missile developed during the mid 1950s for use by the United States Army. Intended to deliver supplies to troops in combat, it was successfully tested, but for various reasons failed to go into production. The history of this missile is interesting, Inspired by the use of artillery shells to resupply surrounded troops during the Battle of the Bulge (and probably also by air-dropped...
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The scroll at the start of this 28-minute U.S. Navy film informs the viewer that part of the mission of the United States Navy is to “maintain the Polaris Missile System as a major instrument in the preservation of world peace.” So starts our journey “Around the World of Polaris” and an examination of nuclear ballistic missiles, their submarines that were in place during the Cold War, and their various ports of call in the late 1960s. Actor and announcer Ed Reimers, who appeared in a...
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An amusing short film, made prior to WWII, that shows a group of Hawaiian maidens performing the traditional hula dance aboard a U.S. Navy battleship. We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional information about our videos by adding a comment! See something interesting? Tell people what it is and what they can see by writing something for example: "01:00:12:00 -- President Roosevelt is seen meeting with Winston Churchill at the Quebec Conference." This...
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This 1944 black and white film “Behind the Winning Punch!” was presented by The War Production Board and produced by The American Industries Salvage Committee.   It opens with cannons and flames firing from ships in the night (:37-:54).   Steel factories provide closeups of conveyer cars holding pieces of scrap metal that are inserted in a furnace. Molten steel pours over a ledge. The reflection is seen in workers’ glasses. Large metal slabs are formed (:55- 1:45 ). Chairman of the War...
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Poland Forever is a 1944 film produced by Pofomo Pictures that champions the Polish people’s perseverance for a single, great, and free Poland during World War II. The film is considered a “pictorial document of the fight of Democracy against [Nazi] Invasion.” The film starts with a brief history of Poland’s pre-war growth. Warsaw ( 1:32 ) with its old monuments of art and culture is the nation’s growing capital. Modern buildings reveal the nation’s progress as it grows and...
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This declassified U.S. Navy film shows some of the steps used in preparation of the Poseidon Missile launcher tube aboard submarines. The Poseidon missile was one generation of the FBM, or Fleet Ballistic Missile, system. This film covers the installation of the missile in a submarine launch tube including placing the umbilical connectors and testing the firing circuit, and closing and sealing the launch tube. The Poseidon missile was the second US Navy ballistic missile system, powered by a...
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Produced by British Airways Film Unit, the 1976 TRANSATLANTIC SUPERSONIC is a promotional film for British Airways’ commercial transatlantic flights on the supersonic Concorde jet. The film follows several men and one woman as they depart various locations (Germany, Bahrain, Scotland, and Paris) to travel to the U.S. via Heathrow Airport. The use of British Airways’ supersonic Concorde jet allows these passengers to cross the Atlantic in just over 3.5 hours. The Concorde lands ( 02:25 ) in...
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This film, titled “Pieces of a Dream” (:13) is about the Bede BD-5 micro. The company did unfortunately go bankrupt in the 1970’s and just a few kit versions of the aircraft were actually completed. Bede produced a series of small compact aircraft in the 1960’s and the kit version was created in order for a customer to fly a plane that was less expensive than a car (:28). Classified as a bargain based plane (:47), it cost only a little more than $2,000! Construction was only to require...
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Dating to 1965 and produced by Communications Satellite Corp., or COMSAT, "Live Via Early Bird" is a fascinating film about the assembly and launch by NASA of the Early Bird communications satellite. Intelsat I (nicknamed Early Bird for the proverb "The early bird catches the worm") was the first commercial communications satellite to be placed in geosynchronous orbit, on April 6, 1965. It was built by the Space and Communications Group of Hughes Aircraft Company (later...
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Released commercially by Kodak in 1928, this silent film shows the American Legion Parade in Paris in September, 1927. The film shows some of the 20,000+ Americans who visited France in that year, the 9th anniversary of the end of WWI.Calling themselves the “Second American Expeditionary Force,” they attended the American Legion’s 9th National Convention in the City of Lights. Gen. John J. Pershing accompanied National Commander Howard P. Savage on the voyage on board the steamship...
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Intended to justify the U.S. presence in Vietnam, GUARDIANS AT THE GATE presents an overview of the war, framed by the words of President Lyndon Johnson. The films opens with footage of bombs exploding in Vietnam (:28). This war, we are informed was created by North Vietnam and spurred by Communism (:46) as the mission was to conquer South Vietnam. The prime minister of the North, Ho Chi Minh, is shown in 1954 at his headquarters ( 1:05 ). For seven years, he had fought against the French (...
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The Strategic Air Command, a WWII agency dedicated to organizing the U.S. nuclear defense systems, released this video around 1960 in order to inform the American Congress about a new communications system that cut down on reaction time to potential threats. The documentary describes the development and utility of the 465L computer system and why the effort is necessary for the Cold War effort. The 465L was one of the largest, most advanced computer systems developed during the time period, and...
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Created shortly after the death of President Franklin D. Roosevelt as a memorial, this silent Official Films newsreel was sold to the home market at stores like Sears and Macy's. The film begins with footage of FDR visiting a military training camp at :38, and at 1:40 visiting a war production plant.At 3:00 he is shown at the Casablanca Conference with Gen. Giraud and Gen. DeGaulle of the Free French forces. At 3:29 he is shown at the Cairo Conference with Gen. Chiang Kai Shek of the...
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This historic film from the former USSR shows the 27th Congress of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. This event was held from 25 February to 6 March 1986 in Moscow. This was the first congress presided over by Mikhail Gorbachev as General Secretary of the Central Committee of the CPSU. In accordance with the pattern set 20 years earlier by Leonid Brezhnev, the congress occurred five years after the previous CPSU Congress. Much had changed in those five years. Key figures of Soviet...
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Made in 1942, RING OF STEEL is a U.S. Army recruiting film narrated by Hollywood actor Spencer Tracy. The film was produced at the Long Island studio of the Army Signal Corps by Warner Brothers for the U.S. Office for Emergency Management. The film uses stock footage -- much of it pastoral images of old battlefields and monuments -- coupled with Tracy's stirring voice-over narrating the story of America's military history from the perspective of the personification of the American soldier. The...
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This historic silent film is presented by Official Films and is from the Dudley Pictures Corporation (:10) "This World of Ours" series of educational films. Costa Rica is 23,000 square miles and its population around 1947 was about 750,000 (:36). The opening images are of houses and rolling green hills with cows grazing and laying upon them ( 1:11 ). The national flower is the orchid and is shown ( 1:45 ). The largest city and state capital is San Jose pictured at ( 2:03 )....
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This short extract from a Southern California travelogue features stunning images of women modeling the latest swimsuits. It appears to show some of the famed "Blue Book Models" who posed at the Ambassador Hotel (:20 appears to show the swimming pool at the hotel). At :34, the Paramount Lot is shown. At :46, women in swimsuits promote 1949's "Girl From Jones Beach". At 1:10 , designer Kohl of California is shown admiring the latest fashions. We encourage viewers to add...
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This film shows the 1964 Tournament of Roses Parade and features former President Dwight D. Eisenhower and his wife Mamie touring the floats ( 1:00 ) and serving as Grand Marshals for the event. At 2:30 the Eisenhowers are seen at the Tournament House on January 1, 1964. KTTV TV cameras record the event as it begins at 3:10 . Eisenhower is seen again at 4:30 in the parade. The Rose Parade Queen Nancy Kneeland, age 19 and hailing from San Gabriel, is seen at 6:00 . The 1964 Rose Bowl was between...
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This color film from the 1960s was produced for Pan American by Vision Associates Productions. The Yucatan Peninsula (:26) is less than 2 hours from the U.S. by a Pan American Boeing 707 Jet Clipper. A Golden Triangle vacation is to visit the cities of Merida, Mexico City, and Guatemala City (:50). Merida is a city dating back to the Maya Indians. It is the capital of Yucatan (:59) and has many street vendors ( 1:14 ). A show at night reenacts the Mayan rituals ( 2:18 - 3:05 ). The ruins of...
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Released in 1961, SECONDS FOR SURVIVAL was produced by AT&T / The Bell System and presented around the country by representatives of the phone company. The film tells how the North American Air Defense Command links NORAD, Sage, SAC, the DEW Line (Distant Early Warning), BMEWS, White Alice System, picket ships, Texas Towers blimps and air ships and air patrols into a single giant warning system to protect Americans from Soviet attack. The film begins with an overview of civilian...
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Made during WWII by the British Ministry of Information, CAMERAMEN AT WAR was produced by the Realist Film Unit with support of various newsreel companies, the armed services film units and the Trustees of the Imperial War Museum. Compiled by Len Lye, This film tells the story of British newsreel and combat cameramen under battle conditions compiled by Len Lye. The film begins with rare footage from World War I of tanks in action, and includes a few scenes from the 1914-1918 war including famed...
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One of a series of films entitled "Symphonies in Stone", this look at Chartres cathedral was directed by Horace Shepherd in the late 1930s or early 1940s. (Other films in the series include 1942's St. Paul's and 1937's Westminster Abbey.) Chartres Cathedral, also known as the Cathedral of Our Lady of Chartres is a Roman Catholic church of the Latin Church located in Chartres, France, about 80 km (50 miles) southwest of Paris. The current cathedral, mostly constructed between 1194 and...
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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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Directed by Wallace Bennett and produced by Jerry Fairbanks Productions, LASERS UNLIMITED takes a look at the laser which was then in its infancy. Only nine years had elapsed since the technology had first been introduced, and already the laser had not only captured the imagination of the science fiction community (as shown in the first sequence in this film which features a "War of the Worlds" type attack by a UFO with a laser cannon), it had also been put to use in a number of...
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Note: this film was shot in anamorphic widescreen. We will post an "unsqueezed" version in the near term. This historic film presents “Majestic Island,” a 1960s color film that takes it viewer to Taiwan. “Until the end of World War II these people were headhunters. But now they hunt for tourists,” says the narrator at mark  01:11 . We see tribesmen perform a ritualistic dance (mark  01:33 ) and aerial views of farmland, later getting a ground view of Taiwanese working in...
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This beautiful color film produced for Alcoa Process Development Laboratories is about aluminum finishes. The anodic processes are trademarked Alumalite. It may be from the 1960s, based on the psychedelic screenshots and music. Giant rollers splash aluminum across a metal sheet as it moves through the line ( 2:10 - 2:29 ). Beakers in a test lab brew colors ( 3:09 ), measured by a spectrophotometer ( 3:31 ). Also measured is the thickness of coatings ( 3:37 ). Data is gathered, including the...
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This vintage bicycle safety film dates to the 1940s and was produced in the United Kingdom in an era when bicycles were in more common use as transportation. The film shows various accident scenarios in city traffic, using the story of a boy named Henry to show how improper riding techniques can endanger pedestrians, riders and drivers. The film begins with a barker narrating a story about a bicycle rider who is named Henry. At mark  0:42 , Henry is seen with his father at a bicycle shop and...
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The ancient kingdom of Nepal is the focus of the short black-and-white film, “Gateway to the Himalayas.” Dubbed “the last of the forbidden lands” by the narrator, the camera pans across numerous temples and shrines as we are told at mark  00:30  how it marks a meeting place of Buddhism and Hinduism. The narrator marvels at the intricate architecture of the structures and at mark  01:37  the familiar pagoda-style buildings of Tibet as we then watch children spinning a temple’s...
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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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This Soviet propaganda newsreel recounts the story of the Soviet Revolution and the subsequent civil war between the Red Army and White Army. It shows crucial events in St. Petersburg and the fight for control of Kiev and Moscow. Narrator: October 25, 1917. The Socialist Revolution won in Petrograd. The triumphant march of the revolution began in the country. Smolny remained the military headquarters of the revolution. The Central Committee of the Bolshevik Party was situated here. Lenin worked...
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New Hampshire is the topic of this film from the short travelogue films by Dudley Productions (:10), part of the company's "This Land of Ours" series of educational movies. A part of the New England section of the nation, it is full of history such as the old covered bridges ( 1:00 ) and towns and cities older than the nation itself ( 1:03 ). One of the historical meeting houses is Meeting House Hill ( 1:07 ) and this is the birthplace of Daniel Webster ( 1:11 ). He was an American...
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This Soviet-produced film discusses hydroelectricpower and dams, and shows how they generate electricity for the nation as well as reservoirs of fresh water. Narrator: Dnepr and Don, Volga, Ob, Yenisei and Lena, there are so many powerful rivers in our country. Their waters flow down from mountains and heights to seas and oceans. It happens because a riverbed has a slope. Water does work flowing down the stream. (01.18) For centuries, the enormous energy of rivers had been wasted. People began...
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Made by the Soviet government, this newsreel is typical of those shown to audiences throughout the Eastern Bloc. Like the newsreels of the West, it contains various segments about sports, politics, and entertainment, but all through a Soviet lens. Notable segments include support of Vietnam in its fight against the USA and its allies, and support of the Arabs against the Israelis and USA. Narration: "Soccer. European championship qualifier, the first for our team, took place in the Central...
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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 ...
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The US Navy presents “Mission: Oceanography,” a 1966 educational film that examines the history of the Navy’s exploration of life under the sea. A narrator explains how a fledging United States looked to the sea after having expanded westward in the early 18th century. In 1830 the Navy established “The Depot of Charts and Instruments” (mark  03:00 ), designed as a “repository for knowledge.” Includes shots of a tall ship or clipper navigating through heavy seas at  2:20 . The...
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This film BOUGAINVILLE A STEP TO VICTORY presents the Bougainville Campaign starting in mid-1943, as Allied planes began bombing the Solomons. At 1:10 , troops are seen loading up at Guadalcanal, to head towards Bougainville. The beach assault is seen at 2:15 , with the landing on November 3, 1943. The battle that follows is a heated one, with troops backed by tanks and flamethrowers advancing into the jungle and taking heavy casualties. Maps are read in the field at 5:30 , with plans to...
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This silent home movie shows early Kodachrome color views of the 1938 and 1939 Rose Parades in Pasadena, California. These were the 49th and 50th Parades, respectively. The 1939 Parade theme was "Playland Fantasies" and features marvelous floats and at 3:43 a 20th Century Fox wagon. At 3:47 the 1939 Parade begins. This one includes a sensational Wizard of Oz float at 6:11 , sponsored by Culver City where MGM Studios was located. Some of the other floats include North Hollywood at 8:20...
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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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This silent film, likely an unfinished television pilot or promotional movie, shows divers deploying from a yacht somewhere in the Caribbean. They use SCUBA gear to dive on a reef. The divers retrieve lobsters, sea shells and artifacts from the bottom, and use spear guns to capture exotic fish and eels ( 10:25 ). A shark is shown at 6:19 . At 17:50 a shipwreck is seen on the ocean floor. At 23:16 some of the artifacts are shown including what appear to be gems and crucifixes.   We encourage...
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This promotional film about the New York Stock Exchange dates to the early 1960s and includes two segments.   The first clip is titled Special Report: New York Stock Exchange Adds “Fair Ladies” To Staff. This about the women who provide tours and information of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). It opens with several different women welcoming people to the NYSE in various languages. During the World’s Fair, the NYSE is one of the most popular places to visit. A shot shows the floor of...
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“The 6th Infantry Division” (TV 214) is an episode of The Big Picture television series that showcases the famous division, also known as the “Sight Seein’ Sixth,” as it fights in New Guinea, the Philippines. The episode also features a bit of propaganda—an “interview” of a U.S. soldier posing as a Chinese communist private. The episode begins with Sgt. James Mansfield’s introduction to the segment ( 00:50 ) and Col. William W. Quinn’s promise of a rare interview with the...
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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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Energy And Its Transformations is an educational film produced by Erpi Classroom Films in the 1930s. The short film discusses the transformation of energy and how work is produced using the various sources and transformations of energy. The film opens with footage of natural landscapes while the narrator discusses how everything is some form of energy. This is the same with cities, cars, bridges and more (film shows corresponding shots of city skylines, trains, streets bustling with cars,...
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Made by veteran animated John Sutherland for the General Electric Company, A IS FOR ATOM presents fundamentals of atomic structure, and looks at the potential peaceful uses of the atom. It dates to 1953. The short explains what an atom is, how nuclear energy is released from certain kinds of atoms, the peacetime uses of nuclear power, and the by-products of nuclear fission. It is Sutherland's most-decorated film, having won numerous honors at film festivals. In 1964, A is for Atom was...
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This silent film is a home movie that shows a trip to Southern California that dates to 1954. The film starts with a shot at :20 of Mann's / Grauman's Chinese Theater with "There's No Business LIke Show Business" which debuted in December of 1954. At 1:08 the names of the famous are seen in the concrete at the theater. At 2:05 the Hollywood sign is visible in the distance. At 2:15 are shots from near the 101 Freeway of the approach to the Hollywood Bowl, and the entrance to the Bowl...
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FALLEN EAGLE is a 1950s short film produced in cooperation with the U.S. Office of Indian Affairs and the Department of Parks. It was written and directed by Alan Shilin. The film is sponsored by the P. Lorillard Company, makers of Old Gold Cigarettes. A Sioux wearing an eagle-feather headdress sits on a horse (:58). In the 1860s, the Sioux were migratory, following the buffalo as it roamed across Minnesota to the western mountains ( 1:58 ). Belongings were transported by a horse pulling a...
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These extraordinary silent, Super 8mm home movies from the Vietnam War, come from a member of the "Ravens". The Raven Forward Air Controllers, also known simply as The Ravens, were fighter pilots used for forward air control in a covert operation in conjunction with the Central Intelligence Agency of the United States in Laos during America's Vietnam War. The Ravens provided direction for most of the air strikes against communist Pathet Lao targets and People's Army of Vietnam's...
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Made by the obscure Victor Espee Film Production company, this wonderful color film shows the London Victory Celebrations of 1946, also known as the Great "V' Day Parade. These were British Commonwealth, Empire and Allied victory celebrations held after the defeat of Nazi Germany and Japan in World War II. Attended by Queen Elizabeth and members of the royal family, the celebrations took place in London on 8 June 1946, and consisted mainly of a military parade through the city and a night...
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Made as part of the Chicago "Century of Progress" campaign, affiliated with the Chicago World's Fair, this silent promotional movie for the Chicago school system focuses on truancy and "problem kids" for whom attendance in school is of paramount importance. The film shows how Chicago is working to craft special schools and curriculums to deal with problem kids.  It begins with images of gangs of kids roving the streets, hitching rides on the back of cars, fighting, gambling...
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