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Made in the 1930s, this silent travelogue shows the city of Peiping, now known as Beijing, China.  The film is rich in imagery, featuring shots of palaces, rickshaws, donkey carts, and the industrious people of pre-WWII China.  To appeal to an American audience, the film contains shots of American sailors from the Asiatic Fleet on holiday in the city.   At the 1:08 mark, a shopping district is shown, with modern trolley cars zipping down city streets and a steam locomotive chugging past...
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 This film is from British Transport Films which was set up in 1949 and made documentary films on British transport. This particular film is one of their travelogues which was meant to celebrate the quiet unchanging image of rural Britain. The narrator of this film is Stephen Murray (:28) and it opens with a map pointing to the heart of England where the narrator was born (:47). A span of the countryside catches a tractor at work on a farm (1:08) as winter was ending and leading into spring....
Topics: Heart, England, 1954, British Transport, Travelogue, Cotswalds, Stratford, Stock Footage, Periscope...
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This 1950’s travelogue profiles the Santa Fe Super Chief, the most luxurious way to travel across the country. The film begins by showing how train’s now offer all of the comforts of home. (00:00:20:00) Then, the new flagship of Santa Fe’s fleet is introduced, the Super Chief. (00:00:40:00). Our narrator then cuts to a beautiful actress, who is planning a train trip to Southern California. (00:01:10:00) The narrator convinces her to try the new Super Chief for her trip. The narrator then...
Topics: Train, Superchief, Railroad, Santa Fe, 1950s, Travelogue, California, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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Shot by an unknown American tourist, this film shows a voyage aboard the SS Hibeuras to Central and South America. It dates to the 1950s. 00:08 Montage: aboard the banana boat type ocean liner S.S. Hibeuras, which carries cargo as well as passengers. Lifeboat drill including firing of a flare. Passengers are Americans in casual/beachwear. The ship approaches port. 02:55 Passengers exit S.S. Hibueras. 03:15 Montage: Ship entering the Panama Canal. Canal opens and ship enters. 05:39 Exterior of...
Topics: 1950s, Travelogue, Panama, Argentina, Peru, Brazil, South America, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This film takes viewers on a tour through Norway’s town and country area. The film is presented by the Norwegian Travel Information Office of New York City (:14). Some of Europe’s largest glaciers exist in Norway (:26). These attribute to the common use of water for power in the country. A rainbow is pictured formed by the mist from a cascading waterfall (:59). Bird’s eye view footage shows how the roads must zig zag and cut through the mountainous terrain (1:24). In order to protect...
Topics: 1948, Majestic Norway, Norwegian Travelogue, Oslo Lapland, Norsk Hydro, Stock Footage, Periscope...
Distributed by McGraw Hill in the mid-1950s, this French language film tells the story of the SNCF, the French national railway. The film was originally produced as part of the "Ici La France" series, intended to be used as a foreign language teaching tool for foreign students. The film begins with footage of model railways at :25. At :53 one of Paris' many railway stations is shown at rush hour. At 3:28 the film flashes back in time to show early French steam locomotives. At 4:11, in...
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One of a series of "Screen Traveler" films created by Andre De La Varre, this film focuses on Budapest, Hungary. Copyright 1938. Opening titles: "Gay and Beautiful Budapest" (:06-:43). Aerial shots of Budapest, the national capital of Hungary, a landlocked country in Central Europe. The city is located at the River Danube. Elisabeth Bridge (:44-2:09). Longest suspension bridge when it was originally built, the Elisabeth Bridge. The Elisabeth Bridge is the third newest bridge...
Topics: Gay, Budapest, 1968, Screen Traveler, Travelogue, Hungarym, Dunube River, Stock Footage, Periscope...
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This silent 16mm home movie shows the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California. The date is unknown but probably 1949 based on the presence of the XF-92A airplane float seen at 5:11, and the fact that Ohio State had a float in the parade (seen at 1:01). The 1950 Rose Bowl was played between Ohio State and the University of California. Some of the other notable floats include one for Treasure Tone Paints (1:08), Holland (1:12), San Pedro (2:15), Minute Maid Orange Juice (2:18),...
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This black and white 1955 travelogue documents seaside towns along the Adriatic Coast in the aftermath of World War II, showing natural landmarks, historic architecture, European tourists, and local peoples of diverse ethnic backgrounds from Croatia and former Yugoslavia (TRT: 14:01).Opening titles: “Adriatic Splendor” and credits (0:08). Sunbathers at Lake Bled, in the Julian Alps region of the Upper Carniolan region of northwestern Slovenia. Bled Island’s Church of the Mother of God on...
Topics: Adriatic Splendor, 1955, Croatia, Yugoslavia, Travelogue, Opatija, Pula, Mostar, Stock Footage,...
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Here are two short travelogues from the 1950s, both fragmentary.  The first film shows images of the Royal Guard in London, England as well as a trip to Stratford-on-Avon and Anne Hathaway's cottage. The travelers then take a trip across the English Channel by ferry to France, where they visit the Eiffel Tower.  The second film begins around the 3 minute mark and shows Norway in the 1950s, with its hard working farmers and fishermen.  Hydropower is seen at the 5:45 mark, and shipbuilding at...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Travelogue, William Shakespeare, Anne hathaway, Eiffel Tower, Oslo,...
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Dating to 1966, "Wings to Great Britain" promotes Pan Am's trans-Atlantic service. It was photographed and directed by acclaimed filmmaker Henry Strauss. Strauss' body of work included a series of ground-breaking industrial and human relations training films produced for Pan American Airlines, GE and AT&T. He is the subject of the documentary "Man and the Middle Class". The script was written by Allan Sloane and the film was edited by Bill Buckley. Opening animated Pan...
Topics: 1960s, Pan AM, Travelogue, England, Scotland, London, Great Britain, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This 1961 color film WINGS TO BERMUDA, is a profile of the British Colony, and one of a series of Pan Am Airlines travelogues. It’s narrated by Jack Costello and produced by F.D. Kay. It begins with a colorful ‘focus leader’ for the film operator and the opening credits (:06-1:14). The film begins with souvenirs of Bermuda, including a Pan AM bag with Ansco and Kodak film (1:15-1:32). A “Walk Your Horses” metal sign sits above the gate passed in a horse-drawn tour buggy with fringe on...
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Made by the late John Hutter in the late1940s or early 1950s, this travelogue film shows views of St. Augustine, Florida. The filmmaker, who was a Chicago-based accountant, traveled all over the world and filmed many of his adventures. The title card at the beginning "Chateau Hutter Films Presents", refers to a European-style resort that Hutter built in Door County, Wisconsin. Apparently Hutter hoped to show this film and others to visitors there, but the resort never hit its stride...
Topics: St. Augustine, Florida, 1950s, Travel Film, John Hutter, Travelogue, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This black & white educational film is about some of the tourist attractions and big cities to see in South America, primarily focusing on Argentina and Brazil but also including images in Peru. This is copyright 1941, and features footage that was shot in the 1930s. Opening: South American Vista (:06-:09). The Andes Mountains loom.  Flowing waters below the equator in South America. Horses walk by. A man sits atop a horse. The iconic Gaucho, or cowboy. Argentina beef. Peru, people in the...
Topics: South American Vista, 1941, South American Travelogue, Peru, Brazil, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This historic, silent film showing the Mt. Tamalpais and Muir Woods Railway was compiled from paper prints at the Library of Congress in 1959. The paper positives shown here were originally filmed by cameramen working for Thomas Edison in 1898 and the Miles Brothers (filmmakers from San Francisco) in 1906. While the earlier section of the film shows wood burning locomotives with diamond smokestacks designed to capture embers, the second half of the film shows oil-burning locomotives with...
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This 1952 educational film about Jet Propulsion was produced by Encyclopaedia Britannica, in collaboration with the Illinois Institute of Technology. It opens with a view of an airplane landing at an airport and scans across TWA and United Airlines DC-3 and Convair passenger planes (:24-42). Crew and passengers disembark from a United Airlines Mainliner DC-6 plane (:43-:50). A maintenance man perches on one of the plane’s giant air-cooled engines (:51), complete with metal propellers that...
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Created by Encyclopedia Brittanica in the late 1930s, this black & white educational film is about the country of Chile with a focus on the nation's rich natural resources and principal cities including Santiago. The film uses the device of a family visit, involving a family called the McKennas, to propel its narrative. The McKenna family has a historical link to the nation of Chile:  Brigadier Juan Mackenna (b. 1771) was an Irish-born, Chilean military officer and hero of the Chilean War...
Topics: 1930s, Chile, South America, Travelogue, Santiago Copper Industry, Nitrate Prodcution, Stock...
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This 1950s color film is apparently a well shot, amateur home movie. It depicts a trip to Indonesia, featuring historic architecture and ancient temples of Bali and surrounding areas in stunning Kodachrome vibrancy. The film culminates in an extended performance featuring a gamelan, Topeng dance, and a drama with masked deities (24:14). Crowded streets filled with bicycles and cycle rickshaws. Pedestrians in a crosswalk (0:08). Urban storefronts advertise their wares with colorful signage. A...
Topics: Trip, Indonesia, 1960s, Bali, Travelogue, Home Movie, Borobuder, Gunung, Kawi, Stock Footage,...
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This black & white educational film is about some of the tourist attractions and big cities to see in South America, primarily focusing on Argentina and Brazil but also including images in Peru. This is copyright 1941, and features footage that was shot in the 1930s. Opening: South American Vista (:06-:09). The Andes Mountains loom.  Flowing waters below the equator in South America. Horses walk by. A man sits atop a horse. The iconic Gaucho, or cowboy. Argentina beef. Peru, people in the...
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One of the episodes of the Paul Devlin / Andre de la Varre "Screen Traveler", this film is about Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia. The film dates to 1936. Colonial Williamsburg is a living-history museum and private foundation presenting a part of the historic district in the city of Williamsburg, Virginia, United States.In the 1920s, the restoration and re-creation of colonial Williamsburg was championed as a way to celebrate rebel patriots and the early history of the United States....
Topics: 1936, Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia, Travelogue, Paul Devlin, Amdre De Le Va, Stock Footage,...
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This black & white educational film is about the country of Norway. This was made during WWII but contains footage from the 1930s. Opening titles: NORWAY (:06-:13). Mountains and fjords of the country of Norway -- as it looked before the outbreak of WWII. People walk around. Fishing village of Bergen. Bergen is a city on Norway’s southwestern coast. It's surrounded by mountains and fjords, including Sognefjord, the country’s longest and deepest. Sign for a bakery (1:01) and cobblestone...
Topics: 1930s, Travelogue, Bergen, Oslo, Sardine Fishing Industry, Lapland, Sami People, Stock Footage,...
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This black & white educational film "Mexicana" is about the country of Mexico. Copyright is circa the late 1930s or early 1940s. It was made by the Calvin Co. of Kansas City. Opening titles: Little Features presents Mexicana (:07-:18). Mexico City. National Palace. Palace of Fine Arts. Residential districts. Cars go down a boulevard. Chapultepec Castle with a bronze grasshopper statue in the courtyard. People walk around the castle grounds. A man wears a sombrero. Cathedral...
Topics: Mexicana, 1940s, Travelogue, Nation Of Mexico, Mexico City, Pyramids, Bull Fight, Stock Footage,...
This black & white educational film is about Rome, the Eternal City. Copyright is either 1947. Opening titles: Castle Films presents The World Parade - Rome The Eternal City (:06-:21). Aerial shots of Rome. Age old relics in Rome. Cars drive around. A traffic cop directs traffic. Clock Towers. Fruits and vegetables for sale. The Capital is high on one of the city's seven hills. A statue of Antoninus Marcus Aurelius guards the city (:22-2:01). Colosseum. Arch of Constantine. The Colosseum...
Topics: Rome, Eternal City, 1947, Castle Films, Travelogue, Rome, Italy, Vatican, Colosseum, Pantheon,...
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Shot by an unknown American tourist, this black and white, silent, early 1930s home movie footage depicts a family’s trip to the Caribbean, including scenes of natural landscapes and historic architecture in Havana Bay, Cuba, Panama, and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (TRT 14:11). The film starts with an image shot from the deck of a ship, of the lighthouse known as Faro Castillo del Morro, at Morro Castle (Castillo de los Tres Reyes Magos del Morro) in Havana Bay, Havana, Cuba. A pan shows the Morro...
Topics: 1930s, Caribbean Home Movie, Travelogue, Havana, Cuba, Panama, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, Stock...
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Made by the Ladish Forging Company in the 1960s, this industrial film shows the company's forging process and the contributions the company made to developing pressure vessels for use on board U.S. missiles and rockets.  The die-forged closures with integral outlets, with a body of rolled seamless rings, produced a highly dependable missile body.   Ladish remains a leading producer of highly engineered, technically advanced components for the jet engine, aerospace and general industrial...
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Made in 1942 by Paramount, PRICE OF VICTORY received an Oscar nomination.  Based on a speech delivered fireside chat style by Vice President Henry A. Wallace, the second of F.D.R.'s three Vice Presidents and a controversial figure at the time.  The original speech shown here was delivered on May 8, 1942 in New York City at the Free World Association.  In that version of the speech, Wallace envisioned a future United Nations as a community of nations that would democratize the world....
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Created as part of a series of educational films called "Ripples", 55 TO GET READY traces all the preparations for the flight of a TWA airplane from Washington, D.C. to Los Angeles. It opens with a Trans World plane ( 1:14 ). Two characters are flying from DC to California and as they receive their boarding passes, LAX stickers are wrapped around their luggage ( 1:43 ). The information that at least fifty-five people must complete their jobs before the plane may take off follows (...
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This silent, amateur 1940s home movie shows workers from the Hirth Concrete Breaking Company of Milwaukee, Wisconsin performing various demolition and construction tasks. The film was likely shot to help promote the company and features a wide range of equipment. At 2:30 a man is seen operating a jack hammer. At 5:30 , men with jackhammers demolish a building wall. At 8:00 , work is seen on railroad right-of-way. At 8:12 , a foundation is being constructed. At 11:43 a steam shovel is seen...
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Created by United Aircraft Corporation to celebrate 50 years of powered flight, WE SAW IT HAPPEN features interviews with pioneers from the first half-century of American aviation: designers, engineers, industrial entrepreneurs, and pilots. Appearing in it are: Wellwood Beall, Larry Bell, William Boeing, William Bridgeman, Frank Caldwell, Clarence Chamberlin, Virginius Clark, Glenn Curtiss, James Doolittle, Donald Douglas, Ira Eaker, Oliver Echols, Earl Findley, Benjamin Foulois, Robert Gross,...
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Attack in the Pacific (also known by the series title: Armed Forces Information Film: A.F.I.F. Number 3) is a 1944 American war documentary film directed by Frank Capra. This dramatic documentary, an Armed Forces Information Film, was completed a year before the war's end. It is dedicated to the men of the United States Navy, a fighting organization which fulfilled a most significant role in bringing about the defeat of Japan. Following a valuable introduction describing the variegated Pacific...
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Made in World War II by the U.S. government as part of the war effort, GRACIAS AMIGOS is hosted by venerable radio reporter Lowell Thomas. The film explains how the USA came to rely on its Latin American and South American neighbors for aid during the war, in the form of vital raw materials. With rubber supplies from Indonesia cut off, and even hemp for rope in short supply, the USA had to look elsewhere for materials. Nations like Colombia, Peru, Costa Rica, Brazil and other republics provided...
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Created in 1921, Manhatta is a short documentary film directed by painter Charles Sheeler and photographer Paul Strand, which uses the words of Walt Whitman to paint a vivid portrait of New York City. Manhatta documents the look of early-20th-century Manhattan. With the city as subject, the film consists of 65 shots sequenced in a loose non-narrative structure, beginning with a ferry approaching Manhattan and ending with a sunset view from a skyscraper. The primary objective of the film is to...
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Dating to 1948, this delightful 16mm silent home movie shows views of Washington D.C., Boston and New York City in color. The film begins in Times Square where "Easter Parade" and "Abbott and Costello vs. Frankenstein" are playing. At :51, you will see a U.S. Air Force F-84 Thunderjet outside the recruiting station. At :54 the Empire State Building is shown. A view from the Observation Deck is seen at 1:01 . At 1:23 the cameraman is in a more rural area. At 1:35 , a two...
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The newsreel “Combat Bulletin No. 113 Of the Armed Forces: Stalemate in Korea” provides an update on events in Korea during the summer of 1951—limited ground combat against the backdrop of the truce talks at the Kaesong Conference. The first clip shows a U.S. patrol infiltrating enemy territory northwest of Inje, where U.S. troops use hit-and-run tactics to inflict damage ( 01:24 ). A Communications team prepares to erect a VHF station by reviewing plans ( 03:06 ). A combination of pack...
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This episode of the Army Navy Screen Magazine features three segments. The first TWENTY SEVEN SOLDIERS shows the various ethnicities and nations making up the Allied Army. The second is a profile of the AMERICAN FIELD SERVICE which provides medical care and transportation in support of the British. The third BY REQUEST features the city of Chicago as well as a song sung by Carol Bruce. Designed to promote racial harmony and understanding in wartime, TWENTY SEVEN SOLDIERS shows the cooperation...
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This episode of The Air Force Story - Volume 1 Chapter 10 - is entitled "The Tide Turns" and shows WWII history for June thru September 1942. In this film you'll see the 97th bomber group as it embarks for England; B-17's initiating high altitude precision daylight bombing; Japanese forces closing in on the U.S. Army in New Guinea; Army Air Force personnel and materiel help build runways near the front; P-38's down Japanese aircraft. The film starts at :20 with images of the liner RMS...
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Made by Castle Films during WWII, this silent movie entitled "The Civilian Serves" shows the many ways in which ordinary civilians helped defend the nation during WWII, by serving as Air Raid Wardens, Block Wardens, in defense plants, and elsewhere. The film dates to 1942 and was probably shown at clubs and workplaces as a recruitment tool, and also made available to the home market by Castle. At the  2:40  mark, the large Civilian Defense Headquarters in Manhattan, New York is...
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One in a series of Army Navy Screen Magazines produced during WWII for the troops and war workers, #48 features the short British film "V-1" about Hitler's robot bombs, and "Command Performance", a wonderful war bond film featuring Bob Hope, June Allyson, Jerry Colonna and Ethel Smith. This is a British documentary short released by The British Ministry of Information in 1944. It was made to describe the attacks made on England by Hitler's V-1 bombs and the successful...
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This black and white film about Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz contains graphic WWII footage. Ocean waves roll as a destroyer’s guns fire at Japanese ships. Nimitz boards to salutes (:17- 1:01 ). 1942, Japanese footage shows its Pacific fleet protected by airplanes. Japanese soldiers practice fighting with bayonets attached. Japanese General Tojo attends a party where Japanese and Nazi swastika flags hang on the wall ( 1:02 - 2:12 ).   Nimitz boards. Crew move torpedoes across the desk ( 2:13...
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The 1960s television program LEADERSHIPS SPEAKS featured prominent members of the U.S. military, speaking about defense and other issues. Here Vice Admiral William F. Raborn presents views on leadership to Howard K. Smith. At the time Raborn had risen to public attention through his work developing the Polaris missile system and leading the project to build and deploy it. The complex, high tech Polaris system was innovative in the way it was managed because it was developed in record time, and...
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This film about the LCVP provides an introduction and look at the nomenclature ( 00:44 ) of systems aboard these vessels. The film dates to 1944. LCVP is short for Landing Craft, Vehicle-Personnel, also known as a Higgins boat (named after its creator Andrew Higgins). The film begins by detailing the stats of the LCVP while showing footage of LCVPs skipping along the water then landing on shore ( 02:11 ), where they unload soldiers ( 02:15 ), vehicles ( 02:23 ), and cargo—such as ammunition (...
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The US Marine Corps presents “Tactical And Gunnery Air Observation,” developed to aid support to infantry units. The World War II-era color film (probably made post-war, likely in 1948) notes the importance of such observation, especially in situations when ground observation is impractical or impossible, as we see troops march through heavy foliage at mark  01:37  and a few seconds later we see a Stinson OY-1 Sentinel, a two-seat observation aircraft used during World War II, as well as...
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This 1960s era home movie is a true rarity because it was shot with sync'd sound track. It shows the Rose Parade, including Vice President Richard Nixon as Grand Marshall.   This film is one of a large series of Rose Parade films in the Periscope Film LLC archive. The Rose Parade, also known as the Tournament of Roses and the Rose Parade presented by Honda, is part of "America's New Year Celebration" held in Pasadena, California each year on New Year's Day (or on Monday, January 2...
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Made during the Apollo program, “Guidance and Navigation” is an official NASA film produced circa 1968 detailing those sophisticated and advanced systems that would take man to the lunar surface. Mark  01:45  shows us mission control in Houston, Texas, where engineers work in front of giant computers where they will monitor the pre-programed flight plan and modify as needed. Astronauts are also shown taking manual readings using a sextant at mark  03:00 . Following an animated portrayal...
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War Film 50, an industrial incentive movie titled “Yankee Noodle” shows how and what the ‘American Noodle’ has been able to create in wartime and in peace. The first innovative example is a washing machine ( 1:37 ) crafted from old wheels, hacksaws, nuts, bolts and improvised tools that could be used anywhere. Next, we see an old grappling hook, ropes and grenade launcher being used to blow mines ( 1:53 ). Another example is how a parachute was used to help land a plane with only one...
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This episode of the U.S. Air Force's news magazine "Air Force Now" shows the USAF of the 1980s (probably 1983), with its main focus being NATO and the Soviet threat in Europe. At the start of the film the new, high tech AWACS aircraft is shown in operation, also known as the Boeing E-3 Sentry. This is an American airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft developed by Boeing as the prime contractor. Derived from the Boeing 707, it provides all-weather surveillance,...
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Made by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the 1976 film, “Operation Breakthrough Equal Opportunity Housing,” profiles the United States’ first large-scale, unprecedented industrialized housing program. The opening sequence opens with an up-tempo theme, and we’re shown several images of tall residential and business buildings, crowded sidewalks, and streets jam-packed with cars. At mark 02:00 the commentator lists the various factors that limited housing production...
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This late 1960s color travelogue film provides highlights of Arizona attractions. It is narrated by Jack Douglas as part of the America! Television series.   Sunset provides a backdrop to the cacti. Outside Phoenix is the Pinnacle Peak Patio restaurant, which cuts off the neckties of diners and attaches them (and the owner’s information) to the ceiling.   Two-pound T-bone steaks are flipped on the grill. A boot is on the plate for a well-done order (:45- 2:39 ). Eduardo Castle introduces...
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Made in the 1950s by Avion, a division of ACF Corporation, OPERATION PINPOINT outlines the use of a new horizontal position display, which was an innovation that allowed pilots to navigate with relative ease. It's unclear whether this display was ever adopted or deployed, as we've been unable to find references to it on the Internet. If you know about it -- let us know in the comments! According ot the film, the display was developed with Wright Air Development Center's Flight Control...
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“An Airplane Trip,” a 1939 black-and-white ERPI Classroom Films Inc. produced instructional sound film, combines the novelty of flying in the early days with basic inner workings of a passenger plane. The film opens with a mother and her young daughter entering the Los Angeles Union Air Terminal ( 0:30 ). They purchase their tickets to Salt Lake City at the terminal ( 0:47 ). They then head outside to the gate and watch in awe and anticipation as the airplane rolls slowly to the landing...
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Life in Kuwait is the focus of this 1960s color educational film. The camera takes us through the streets starting at mark  01:45 . “Kuwait. The place you’ve been hearing about,” the narrator proclaims. The film features a brief history of the country (mark  02:50 ) as a world map fills the screen, followed by desert scenes and images of oil pipelines and refineries. At mark  05:00  we see some of the items imported to Kuwait, everything from automobiles to razor blades. Some of that...
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Filmed in 1945, this silent, amateur 16mm home movie begins with images of the city of Baltimore on August 14, 1945, -- Victory in Japan or VJ Day. The May Company building is seen draped in flags, banners, and war bonds promotional signs. At :31, you can see the sign reading "Japan Now Beat Thanks" and at :37, flags are handed out. At  1:01 , there is a shot of the Washington Monument and then a brief tour of the nation's capitol including the White House, as it appeared on or just...
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This 1960s commercial shows the new Kodak Instamatic 110 Camera, and the Kodacolor II film cartridge. The pictures from the camera are compared to those from a 126 negative, and look virtually identical. The Instamatic was a series of inexpensive, easy-to-load 126 and 110 cameras made by Kodak beginning in 1963. The Instamatic was immensely successful, introducing a generation to low-cost photography and spawning numerous imitators. During its heyday, the range was so ubiquitous that the...
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Santa Fe Railway presents “Seek Strike Destroy,” a World War II-era color film made in cooperation with the US War Department’s Bureau of Public Relations and the Fort Hood military post (at the time called Camp Hood) in Texas. The film opens with a scroll supporting WWII servicemen and encourages the viewer to “redouble our resolve to speed the victory which must and will be our!” The film opens with an aerial view of Camp Hood as soldiers march in formation, prepare meals, and...
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This “confidential” Cold War-era United States Navy training film follows the Sonobuoy Indicator Group AN/AQA-1. The expendable sonobuoy was developed during World War II in response to the devastating destruction of Allied shipping in the Atlantic caused by German U-boats. The simple radio-linked listening device, thrown out of an aircraft, proved revolutionary. The indicator is shown at mark  01:18  as the narrator explains its operation and types, including the Range-Only Echo-Ranging...
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This color film is a 1974 public service announcement regarding The National Association of Mental Health. It opens with Apollo astronaut Buzz Aldrin candidly speaking to the camera about his much-publicized struggles with mental health issues after returning from his 1969 moon walk. He stands with some of the artifacts representing his life, including his astronaut suits (:09-:31). Buzz describes his depression and associated alcoholism. Those factors ultimately led to his decision to get...
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This color film documents the construction of the 1960 Lutheran Hour Float for the Pasadena Tournament of Rose New Year’s Day Parade. It was produced by the Lutheran Laymen’s League in Southern California. Finished, it will be 20’x40’x17’. To begin the float, men weld a set of four truck steering dollies under the front end before lowering a truck engine into the chassis as floats are driven from the rear ( 1:10 - 3:20 ). The float is started for the first time and inspected by the...
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Industry On Parade was a television series created by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) from 1950-1960. The series consisted of weekly episodes that highlighted American manufacturing and business. Hundreds of companies and products were documented during the [program’s] decade-long run. Episode 194, from 1954, begins with “To Give Us More Miles!” The segment recaps testing gasoline mileage in cars during a race from Los Angeles, CA to Sun Valley, ID. Officials of the...
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This silent film from the 1920s shows the legendary Bobby Jones demonstrating how to drive a golf ball, and the short game. The film features slow motion studies of Jones' technique and analysis provided by title cards. The film was released by Kodak for the home market as part of the "Kodascope Library". The 1936 catalog described it this way: By means of both normal and slow-motion photography we see this prominent young golfer demonstrate correct gold form in the use of the...
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This elaborate, amateur-produced 16mm silent film shows the 1947 Tournament of Roses Parade when the theme was "Holidays in Flowers". This was the 58th annual parade, with Bob Hope as grand marshall (see about  1:20  mark). The Rose Parade, also known as the Tournament of Roses and the Rose Parade presented by Honda, is part of "America's New Year Celebration" held in Pasadena, California each year on New Year's Day (or on Monday, January 2 if New Year's Day falls on a...
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This gorgeous 1980 color film “A World of Pictures” was produced for famous Swedish inventor and photographer Victor Hasselblad. It is a series of images set to music and is a long advertisement for Hasselblad cameras for Has. It opens with a crowded street of people walking into the camera intermixed with an outdoor book and magazine stand (:06-:40). The bright blue of a Kippah is shown (:32). Closeups are taken of the magazines and the rack is scanned before taking more photos of people...
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The World Of Work’s “TV News: Behind The Scenes” is a 1973 episode from Encyclopaedia Britannica Films that shows viewers the day’s operations required to broadcast a news program. The episode follows the men and women of ABC7 Eyewitness News, including Roger Grimsby, Bill Beutel, Geraldo Rivera, Robert Labe, and Melba Tolliver, as they work to put together stories for the evening’s broadcast. The episode touches on topics such as how stories are discovered, how they are covered by...
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“Dear Boss” is a 1952 United States Navy recruitment film that tells the dramatized story of a small town girl who joins the United States Naval Reserve Women’s Reserve (WAVES) and, in a letter to her former boss, tells of her experiences in boot camp and on her first assignment. The “nonclassified” film opens to the strains of “Anchors Away” and WAVES marching in formation before returning to their barracks and the letter-writing begins. Her old boss laments to her successor on...
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American Can Company presents “Vitamin Rivers,” a color film produced Caravel Films, Inc. of New York in the 1950s. A typical 1950s family opens the picture with the teenaged daughter working on a school project on fruit and vegetable juices. She explains the history of oranges to her father (and the audience) starting at mark  01:45 , having originated in China, and ultimately finding their way to the New World thanks to Christopher Columbus. Thankfully, dad went to Agricultural College,...
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Produced by Willard Pictures for the Bureau of Aeronautics in 1944, “Castaway” is a black-and-white film that opens with the sounds of aerial dogfight and a pilot parachuting from his aircraft. “You gave ‘em a big dose of good ol’ American lead. Then that Jap sneaked up and got you from behind,” a voice-over explains at mark  00:45 . Now that pilot is headed for the water, “to set up housekeeping in the long, green drink.”  What follows is a dramatic “How To” for any World...
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THE TRUMAN YEARS is a film from a series on Presidential Administrations that chronicles President Harry S. Truman and his administration. Harry S. Truman (May 8, 1884 – December 26, 1972) was an American statesman who served as the 33rd President of the United States (1945–1953), taking the office upon the death of Franklin D. Roosevelt. A World War I veteran, he is known for implementing the Marshall Plan, the establishment of the Truman Doctrine and NATO against Soviet and Chinese...
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The Federal Civil Defense Administration presents Role Of The Warden In The H-Bomb Era (TB-27-3), a 1955 educational film that reviews the duties of the block or community warden in the event of a hydrogen bomb attack. The film was considered important to make because while the public had been led to believe that an atomic bomb attack might be survivable, few believed that a hydrogen bomb could be, and as the film points out "civil defense must begin at the grass roots". The film...
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S O S Coast Guard (1937) is a Republic film serial. It was the seventh of the sixty-six serials made by Republic. The plot concerns the mad scientist Boroff (Bela Lugosi) attempting to sell a superweapon to the highest bidder, opposed by Coast Guard Lieutenant Terry Kent (Ralph Byrd), for both personal and professional reasons. The main stars were Bela Lugosi and Ralph Byrd. It was made during the 2-year period when the Hayes Office put a moratorium on horror movies, Lugosi's usual genre, and...
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This 1950s color film is half video and half cartoon animation about enriching farm land through third-dimension farming, defined here as breaking up the hard pan using a Caterpillar sub-tiller and attachments. It is sponsored by the Caterpillar Tractor Company. An animator serves as the narrator, who spends time looking at the camera talking. It opens with a farm lane leading to a barn. Cattle graze and a large flock of sheep create dust as they go down a hill (:44- 1:07 ). The animator talks...
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The U.S. Air Force presents The Air Force Story: Chapter VI: Prelude to War, 1937-1939 (SFP 263-6). This short film looks at the development of U.S. Air Force during the final two years of the 1930s, focusing on the U.S. response to the rise of Nazi Germany. The film begins with the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress Goodwill flight ( 01:18 ) on 17 February 1938 to Buenos Aires, Argentina. The squadron of B-17s, led by General Robert Olds ( 01:35 ) leaves the U.S. for South America. Other notable...
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This late 1960s / early 1970s color film tries to define how to measure time. It was produced by Donald Rawlings at Halliford Studios and is sponsored by both Pan Am and Rolex. A Pan American Jet Clipper brakes in front of the camera (:35). The time is 9:25 on a 1970 Rolex GMT 1675 (:42). An animation leads from prehistoric sea creatures to dinosaurs to the Egyptians   (:57- 1:26 ). Time pieces shown are shadows against the sand and a cuckoo clock. A mother sits in a 1970s decorated living...
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Produced in 1945, "On to Tokyo" is a cautionary film made by the U.S. Army Pictorial Service. Featuring Chief of Staff George Marshall, the film speaks to the troops who won the war against Germany about the absolute necessity to defeat the Japanese. "They think we will grow tired of war," says Marshall, "and call it quits...our purpose is to crush Japan just as quickly as we can." To do this, Allied forces must be redeployed as soon as possible, and sent to Asia...
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The United States Navy presents “Prelude to Victory — A Pictorial Record of the United States Eighth Fleet, Its Officers and Men.” The circa 1943 black-and-white picture was photographed by crews from the Navy, US Coast Guard, and US Army, and an opening title guard explains how the United Nations had agreed to a plan during World War II to first defeat Axis powers in Europe “and then crushing Imperial Japan.” The viewer watches scenes of factory workers assembling shells, guns,...
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Beyond the West Coast of the United States are 85 million square miles of ocean, stretching from the Aleutian Islands in the north to the South Pole; past the Hawaiian Islands and onto Guam and the Philippines and continuing to Southeast Asia and the Indian Ocean and beyond. In total, about 40 percent of the globe are covered by those waters — and are the responsibility of the United States Pacific Command. That dramatic narrative introduces the viewer to this color film and the unified...
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This 1950s U.S. Navy training film gives a summary of the U.S. Navy's Code of Military Justice with regards to a Summary Court Martial. Summary Court-Martial. The film shows the operation of military courts and the Judge Advocate General (JAG). Special Courts Martial and General Court Martial are also briefly discussed at the 2:45 mark. The sailor accused in this film is charged with being drunk on duty, as reported by the petty officer on duty. A summary court-martial provides a simplified...
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This silent U.S. Navy film, "SeaLab III Progress Report #2" documents the ill-fated SEALAB III experiment, in which aquanot Berry L. Cannon died. The film was likely shown as part of a U.S. Navy presentation, and would have had an accompanying script or commentary (now lost) read while it was projected. Some of the interesting segments in the film show the moving of the SeaLab habitat and its deployment, underwater assembly operations ( 7:25 ), and support operations. The converted...
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As the Cold War dawned, U.S. military planners recognized that the "top of the world" that separated the Soviet Union and USA might be a potential battleground. Understanding capabilities in this region became paramount, fostering a number of activities. This 1952 U.S. Navy film shows one of them -- Operation Ski Jump II, which was a sequel to operations conducted in 1951 where 12 landings were made by aircraft on the arctic ice. The purpose of these tests was to establish how...
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This 1957 black and white film explains setting up improvised emergency hospitals during a crisis. “Lease of Life – The Civil Defense Improvised Emergency Hospital” is by Major Films for the New York State Civil Defense Commission, Office of Medical Defense, Office of Public Health Education, Herman E. Hilleboe, M.D. Commissioner. The film begins with a rotating radar antenna scanning the sky for enemy aircraft with nuclear weapons. A man watches the scan on a screen. Men and women...
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This color film provides an overview of the X-15 from 1960 to 1980, predating Astronaut Joe Engle as Commander of the second orbital test flight of the Space Shuttle Columbia on November 12, 1981. The film opens with a view of the X-15 #3 plane dropping from a B-52 (:33). A photo of 6 of its 12 pilots is shown (:36), with an up-close shot of William Dana (:38), Milton Thompson (:41), William Knight (:43), John McKay (:46), Joe Engle (:48), and Robert Rushworth (:50). These test pilots flew the...
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Made in 1945, WE SAID WE'D COME BACK shows the invasion of Guam and the actions and successes of the U.S. Navy to maintain the support of the American public. The film features Admiral Ernest J. King, the Chief of Naval Operations and the Admiral in Chief. It also ends with a brief appearance by James Forrestal, Secretary of the Navy. The film shows how the war in the Pacific was turning to the American side including footage of the retaking of Guam and warships such as the U.S.S. Washington...
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Produced during the 1970s, the Price of Peace and Freedom is a Cold War film that attempts to show the Soviet Threat to the United States and its Allies. This is an Armed Forces Information Film produced by the Office of Information for the Armed Forces Department of Defense in affiliation with the AFL-CIO. The film states the opinions of the American Security Council Education Foundation concerning the military threat posed by the Warsaw Pact countries to the United States and its allies. It...
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This black and white 1944 War Department Official Training Film TF21 2067 Army Service Forces is Part 1 of two parts (Part 2 is 28924). It opens with a man using a reel mower outside a house with a picket fence. The mailman hands him mail (:36-:53). It’s a draft notice to appear for his pre-induction physical examination on May 15, 1944 (:54). A neighbor home on leave agrees to tell him about the Army. Men enter the Armed Forces Induction Station ( 2:27 - 2:44 ). They are given a bag to put...
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Made for an American audience to demonstrate Dutch resolve and Holland's value as an ally, HOLLAND CARRIES ON was released by the Instructional Films Division of I.T.&T. in 1945. Adapted from a Dutch documentary made by the Netherlands Government, the film looks at Holland in WWII and looks at its present and future. The film stresses that Holland's problem is not merely reconversion but a task of reconstruction. It suggests that the Dutch dike building tradition carried on into the Dutch...
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Made in 1975 to commemorate the 200th Anniversary of the United States Marine Corps, "The Birthday Party" features a creative premise -- a group of retired Marines symbolizing various eras of the Corps get together for a celebratory dinner. Through vignettes, the history of the Corps is shown from the Revolutionary War through Vietnam, portraying the evolution of the Marine Corps from its origin to the present day. The film includes several well-known actors including Richard Dean...
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Made in 1947, "Pueblo Boy" is a Ford Motor Co. film about the Pueblo people that was directed by Lawrence Madison and edited by Raymond Spottiswoode. The film tells the story of a young boy who is learning ancient ways in a modern world. His family includes Tony White, who performs a hoop dance in the film at 3:44 . This film was part of a series of films produced by Ford entitled "Americans at Home". The film is notable for including imagery from the annual Indian pow-wow...
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Episode 61 of “Yesterday’s Newsreel” provided viewers “television highlights of the news of yesteryear” by providing vintage clips of famous people and events from the first half of the 20th century. This episode opens with a look at “The Roosevelt Family” (mark  00:30 ), with a visit to Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Eleanor Roosevelt, and their family in 1932, and follows FDR through his 1933 inauguration (mark  01:05 ) and leisure time spent on the water — one of his favorite...
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This April, 1962 black and white television program “Adventure Tomorrow” was hosted by actor Peter Hansen (:28), interviewer Dr. Martin Klein, Director of Research, Communications Control Corporation (:49), and was produced by George Van Valkenburg. This broadcast is titled “The Fastest Man of Wheels.” It features Mickey Thompson, who on September 9, 1960 became the first American to break the 400 mph barrier at 406.6 mph. He did so in his 1959 Pontiac Challenger 1 at Utah’s...
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This April, 1962 black and white television program “Adventure Tomorrow” was hosted by actor Peter Hansen (:28), interviewer Dr. Martin Klein, Director of Research, Communications Control Corporation (:49), and was produced by George Van Valkenburg. This broadcast is titled “The Fastest Man of Wheels.” It features Mickey Thompson, who on September 9, 1960 became the first American to break the 400 mph barrier at 406.6 mph. He did so in his 1959 Pontiac Challenger 1 at Utah’s...
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This late 1940s color film about France is one of a series of Pan Am travelogues as A Hartley Production. The film opens with a man in a beret talking on a 1940s telephone (:36- 1:24 ). He discusses the Pan American double-deck Clippers on the Boeing 377 Stratocruiser (introduced in 1947) and the lounge area is shown with a stewardess serving canapes ( 1:24 - 2:08 ), followed by the sleeping berths ( 2:25 - 2:30 ). In Paris, the Arc de Triomphe on the Champs-Elysees Avenue has jaywalkers picked...
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Made by the International Film Foundation in the 1930s, FLEET HO shows the U.S. Navy conducting a fleet exercise. Battleships, cruisers and destroyers are seen. At  1:00 , the crew of the USS Colorado is seen at muster. The USS Colorado (BB-45) was a battleship of the United States Navy that was in service from 1923 to 1947. She was the lead ship of the Colorado class of battleships and the third naval ship named for the 38th state. At  1:25 , the Colorado drops anchor. At  1:35 , an biplane...
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The Bodybuilders is a color documentary filmed by Fisher Body between 1970 and 1972. Fisher Body was an automobile coachbuilder founded by the Fisher brothers in 1908, in Detroit, Michigan, and was dissolved in 1984 to be blended into General Motors. This film looks at the engineering and manufacturing needed to produce car bodies and their assembly.   The film opens showing industrial metal stamping machinery, presses, and sewing machines all   doing their work making automobile parts that...
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This vintage, silent home movie dates to the 1930s, and unfortunately is a bit worse for wear. It begins with a London theater queue at :16. The event is a Balalaika performance presented by Eric Maschwitz. is a musical play in three acts with book and lyrics by Eric Maschwitz, music by George Posford and Bernard Grun. It opened in London at the Adelphi Theatre on 22 December 1936, starring Muriel Angelus, Roger Treville, Clifford Mollison and Betty Warren, and ran for 569 performances. At :49...
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Made in 1947. this amazing Allis Chalmers-sponsored film shows how engineers and engineering build industry and the structure of the modern world, from power generation to mining, smelting, agriculture and beyond. At mark  1:20 , a college student named Bob is seen with his dad. He explains that he's not going back to school because he hates engineering and prefers getting a job. At mark  3:50 , his dad asks him at meal to go out to his workplace, an Allis Chalmers industrial plant.  At...
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“Communications: The Story of Communications” is a 1947 20th Century Fox black-and-white production explaining the importance of communication to mankind. Narrated by radio and television announcer Nelson Case, the film opens with scenes of street celebrations at mark  00:50  as residents celebrate news of an unidentified event (though likely the end of World War II). Printing presses run off newspaper copies as newsboys rush into the streets, “shouting a story that everyone knows...
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A black-and-white travelogue from the Port O’ Call Series produced by William M. Pizor, “Isle of Isolation: Bali” takes the viewer to the 1930s-era Indonesian island. No larger than Delaware with a population of “a million happy people,” the narrator explains how Bali is a world apart from other cultures. The film shows the viewer a variety of scenes from the island (mentioning at mark  01:25  that it is primarily “a land of women” outnumbering the men by 70 percent), including...
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The 50th anniversary of Vatican Radio is celebrated in this 1981 promotional film made by the Sacred Heart Program and directed by Richard Welch, “Listen, All Nations.” The film includes footage from a papal audience with Pope John Paul II (starting at mark  01:00 ) interspersed with audio from the event. The Pope is shown at mark  01:33  greeting the faithful from the back of a papal vehicle. A brief history of the network begins at mark  02:20  with an image of Pope Pius XII as he...
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“The Race For Space” is a 1959 made-for-television documentary film directed by David L. Wolper and narrated by famed newsman Mike Wallace. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, and originally aired in April 1960.  The film opens with a countdown in Russian and a rocket streaking into the night sky in the opening seconds before Wallace notes “you are the first Americans to see this launching of Sputnik 1.” (Sputnik, the first artificial Earth satellite,...
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This short, silent film from 1940 shows an excursion aboard the Camino, Placerville and Lake Tahoe Railroad, from Camino to Cable and then the return. CP&LT was an 8-mile (13 km) Class III short-line railroad operating in the Sierra Nevada in California, east of Sacramento. It was built primarily to haul lumber from the El Dorado National Forest. The standard gauge line ran east for 8 miles (13 km) to Camino from a connection with the Placerville Branch of the Southern Pacific Company at...
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Produced by Simmel-Meservey and with a story by Jackson Winter, THE MYSTERY OF EASTER ISLAND is an obscure documentary look at the stone statues that populate Easter Island. It likely dates to the late 1940s or early 1950s. The film does not present any answers to the questions it raises, and has many false assumptions that have been disproven by modern research. Still, it is an interesting look at the island in the mid-20th century. The Compania Explotadora de las Isla de Pascua, the Chilean...
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