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Made in 1948 by the De Frenes Company,  this U.S. Navy training movie breaks down the steps that must be taken for proper film processing and shows each of the chemicals used and what they do. It opens with a photographer using a Speed Graphic type camera, checking his exposed film for satisfaction after taking a picture (:43). A diagram then points to the image which was thrown by the camera lens that has left an invisible record of itself on the film (:51). This record cannot be used until...
Topics: 1948, US Navy, Photography, Darkroom, US Navy Training Film, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
This declassified 1963 color film provides a close look at the use of various methods of cargo transfer between naval craft for purposes of “vertical replenishment,” contrasting older methods of high line transfer with modern helicopter delivery methods. The piston-powered Sikorsky H-34, which served both as a transport and ASW platform for the Navy, is featured. (TRT 13:22).Title card: “Unclassified” (0:08). Opening credits denote the participation of the Navy’s Bureau of Supplies...
Topics: US Navy, 1963, US Navy Helicopter Supply Systems, Cargo Transfer, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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Made during WWII by Castle Films and sold for home use through camera and department stores, and by mail order, "Salute to the Navy!" shows the Navy's various capabilities. The newsreel features amazing footage of the air sea battles that raged near the Marshall Islands starting at (6:08).  Featured ships include: the battleship USS Texas, the submarine USS Wahoo, the cruisers USS San Francisco and USS Boise.  Also includes footage of fleet maneuvers of PT Boats, destroyers,...
Topics: Castle Films, US Navy, WWII, Moral Boosting, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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“Peto Plucks Some Chickens” is a 1958 black-and-white episode of the docudrama “The Silent Service” —  a show that was typically about the U.S. Navy's submarine fleet.  "Silent Service" episodes were based on fact and the realism was heightened by actual use of combat footage from the files of the Navy. The stories were varied between the South Pacific during World War II and the Korean War. The series was the brainchild of Rear Admiral Thomas M. Dykers, who retired from...
Topics: Silent Service TV Show, Lifeguard Patrol, US Navy, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This black & white U.S. Navy film, which was likely shown to sailors as part of basic training, is about the dangers of VD (venereal disease). The title "Taking Chances" has an extended metaphor throughout the film, which compares the odds of winning carnival games with catching a social disease. Copyright 1952. Produced by Herbert Kerkow Productions. Opening: U.S. Navy Training Film - "Taking Chances V.D." (:06-:28). A roulette wheel spins. Navy men at a carnival. A...
Topics: Disease Scare Film, US navy, 1952, Syphilis, Gonorrhea, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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Made by the Walt Disney Company during WWII for the U.S. Navy, ICE FORMATION ON AIRCRAFT was part of a series of films and booklets in the "Aerology Series" produced by the Bureau of Aeronautics Training Division, Navy Department, Washington D.C. for Naval Aviation Cadets. (The film was later re-made after the war, with the graphics updates to reflect more modern aircraft.) Each section of the film deals with a type of ice and its ramifications for aircraft. The film features flight...
Topics: Walt Disney, US Navy, Ice Formation, WWII, Animated Film, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This color recruiting film showcases the U.S. Navy's aircraft carriers, airplanes, pilots and flight crews. It was shot aboard a number of carriers including the Essex class USS Ticonderoga (CV-14), USS Forrestal (CV-59), USS Lexington (CV-16), USS Coral Sea (CV-43) and USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63). Copyright is 1970. Opening: An eagle soars through the air. Other types of birds fly. Different U.S. military jets. Title: FLIGHT, THE ROMANCE OF NAVAL AVIATION (:07-:56). A U.S. Navy carrier at sea....
Topics: Naval Aviation, 1970, US Navy, Aircraft Carriers, Recruiting Film, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This is a 1980’s era (or possibly late 1970s), color movie that opens with young students calling a navy recruiting center, part of the Naval Education and Training Command. The camera pans across the navy recruitment specialists talking about the benefits of military service, :30. The film is called NEATO which stands for Navy Educational And Training Opportunities. Navy filmmakers edit training films on a KEM flatbed, Moviola or Steenbeck, 1:22. Navy graduates are shown, 1:55. Navy recruits...
Topics: US Navy, 1980, NEATO, Navy Education, Navy Recruitment, Film Making, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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Produced by the U.S. Navy during WWII, this black & white training film explains the construction and operation of diesel engines, primarily through a series of animated diagrams. The film examines a generic type of diesel engine (probably one built by Fairbanks Morse for use on submairines), noting that while there are differences in design, they all share the same fundamentals in terms of construction and operation. Copyright 1942, and made by Audio Productions.  Note: A related film can...
Topics: Diesel Engines, 1942, US Navy Submarine, School Training Film, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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Narrated by Alexander Scourby and directed by Lt. Frank Peele and written by Peele and Robert Sibley, this 1978 U.S. Navy film, "Pride Runs Deep" was produced on behalf of the Chief of Naval Operations. It presents an in-depth look at the life of a submariner, from missile and torpedo exercises, to mess and recreation. It explains in great detail the difference between fast attack submarines and Polaris ballistic missile submarines. The film was formally called SITREP 13, with...
Topics: Pride, 1978, Ballistic Missile, Attack Submarines, US Navy, Groton, 1978, Stock Footage, Periscope...
This 1960s color film produced by Ray Jewell and Adam Ooms for the United States Air Force promotes the Military Airlift Command’s Reserve Associate Program, showing how civilians with day jobs might join defense efforts via the piloting program. Designed to drive enlistment, this propaganda film emphasizes good eats, vocational training, and sightseeing opportunities over the risks and consequences of military action during the Vietnam War era (TRT: 23:13). The seal of the “United States...
Topics: 1960s, US Air Force, Military Air Transport Service, US Navy, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This briefing film "The Antarctic" was prepared especially for members of Operation HIGHJUMP.  HIGHJUMP, officially titled The United States Navy Antarctic Developments Program, 1946–1947, was a United States Navy operation to establish the Antarctic research base Little America IV.  The film draws upon footage shot in 1939-1941 by the Antarctic Service Expedition, also often referred to as Byrd’s Third Antarctic Expedition. The Expedition consisted of 125 men aboard two ships,...
Topics: US Navy, Operation Highjump, 1939, 1940, 1941, Antarctic Service Expedition, Stock Footage,...
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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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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Featuring Dr. H. David Baldridge who accumulated a great deal of data about shark attacks and wrote the book "Shark Attack" (1978), as well as other experts, this U.S. Navy-produced film SHARKS: THE DANGER IN THE SEA dates to the 1970s and may very well have been inspired by the release of the film JAWS. The film focuses on shark attacks and the Navy's efforts to combat them using shark repellant. Stuart Springer appears at the 5:00 mark, discussing the development of WWII-era shark...
Topics: US Navy, Sharks, Sea, Chemical, Non Lethal Repellents, Shark Attack, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This black & white training film is about hand to hand combat techniques, part 1 and 2 in a series. Copyright 1942. Opening titles: U.S. Navy Training Film presents Hand to Hand Combat in Three Parts Part 1 (:06-:24). Four different sports shown on the screen at once (baseball, golf, skiing, etc). Men perform sports and box, wrestling, play basketball, etc. A man does hand to hand combat. The instructor speaks about hand to hand combat to the viewer (:25-1:50). Title: Stance for...
Topics: US Navy, WWII Era, Training Film, Hand To Hand Combat, 1942, 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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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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This U.S. Navy film was made to educate pilots about the flight characteristics of the Ling-Temco-Vought A-7 Corsair II, and to prepare them for landing the aircraft on a carrier, as well as takeoff. The A-7 was developed during the early 1960s as replacement for the Douglas A-4 Skyhawk. Its design was derived from the Vought F-8 Crusader. Copyright 1970, and filmed aboard USS Oriskany (CV/CVA-34). The tail markings of the aircraft indicate they are from CVG-12, Carrier Air Group 12 or RCVG-12,...
Topics: A-7 Corsiar II, US Navy, Aircraft Carrier, Flight Deck Landing, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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Made for pilot trainees by Wilding, this black & white, U.S. Navy film is about airplane attitude. It is one of a series of films made during WWII, to rapidly teach cadets the principles of flying. Copyright 1945. (N.B.: This version of the film was likely released after the end of WWII, as the end card has the Navy's post-WWII motto: "Keep the Fleet to Keep the Peace".) Opening titles: United States Navy Training Film - Primary Flight Training - Attitudes Of Flight (:06-:32)....
Topics: Flight, WWII, US Navy, Flight Training, Stearman Model, 75 Biplane, 1945, Stock Footage, Periscope...
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This beautiful home film from the 1930’s shows a visit aboard the USS Saratoga. It was shot by an unknown member of the "Amateur Cinema League" -- a national club of amateur filmmakers who supported one another's efforts and shared tips concerning 8mm and 16mm movie making. The ACL was founded in New York City in 1926. The film likely dates to 1932, as it shows aircraft that were deployed on the carrier in that time period, plus Captain George S. Steele is shown in command. Steele,...
Topics: 1932, Amateur Cinema League, Home Movie, US Navy, Aircraft Carrier, USS Saratoga, Stock Footage,...
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This black & white pilot training film is one of a series created by the U.S. Navy to familiarize pilots with the McDonnell F2H-2 Banshee aircraft. The F2H Banshee was a single-seat carrier-based jet fighter aircraft deployed by the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps from 1948 to 1961. Two primary aircraft were built --  the F2H-1 and the more powerful F2H-2 which was equipped with the Westinghouse J34-WE-34. Versions of the F2H-2 included the nuclear capable F2H-2B, the night fighter F2H-2N,...
Topics: 1953, US Navy Pilot, Training Film. Jet Plane, F2h-2 Banshee aircraft System, Stock Footage,...
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This declassified, color,  U.S. Navy training film from 1974 is about how to maintain the Fire Control System Mark 86, also known as the MK 86 Gun Fire Control System (GFCS). This system was created to provide ships of destroyer size and larger with an economical, versatile, lightweight, gun and missile fire control system effective against surface and air targets. The film shows basic steps in troubleshooting various bugs (called "casualties" or "faults" by the narrator)...
Topics: US Navy, Fire Control, Training Film, Mark 86, Fire Control Systems, Computer Bugs, Stock Footage,...
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Produced by the U.S. Navy's Bureau of Ships in the early 1960s, this overview of the fleet showcases modern ships USS Long Beach, USS King and aircraft carrier USS Enterprise, as well as the nuclear powered Polaris submarine USS Lafayette. The Bureau of Ships, tasked with "building and maintaining the fleet", maintains and constructs ships for the U.S. Navy.   The United States Navy's Bureau of Ships (BuShips) was established by Congress on June 20, 1940, by a law which consolidated...
Topics: 1960, US Navy, Nuclear US navy, Ships
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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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This 1945 U.S. Navy training film, Quit Stalling—Or Spin In! (MN-4353a), teaches pilots the dangers of stalling, or spinning, and how to avoid crashing. A stall is what happens when an aero foil cannot make enough lift to keep the aircraft in level flight. The film features a Navy instructor who presents a series of case studies from the Navy’s office of Flight Safety Flight Statistics (00:52). The film begins with footage of a plane stalling and crashing into the ground (00:14); the...
Topics: 1945, Quit Stalling, Spin in, WWII, US Navy Pilot, Training Film, Stalls, Spins, Plane Crash, Stock...
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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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This interesting home movie of Dallas, Texas starts with a shot of the Magnolia Building with its famed Pegasus (symbol of the Mobil Oil Company). The film likely dates to WWII era, as you will see a lot of patriotic bunting and flags in various city scenes. Starting at about :40 are shots in the downtown on Main Street with trolley cars visible. There's also a spectacular sequence shot in fast motion / time exposure of the same stretch of downtown scenery starting about 1:18 . At :57 some...
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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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Made in 1942 just after the outbreak of WWII, “The Real Hawaii” takes viewers on a tour through the islands, starting with images of the U.S. Pacific fleet and emphasizing the islands' strategic importance (:21). The film is notable for including images of the islands' diverse ethnic make-up and shows the Chinese, Japanese, and Hawaiian peoples who live in the territory. It is also notable for its narration which contains wartime caution regarding spies and collaborators. The islands have...
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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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