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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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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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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 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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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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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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This post-WWII film explains movement control, and the point control of traffic by transportation officers and military police. As the narrator explains, since a modern Army involves many mechanized vehicles, the MP and the movement of traffic are essential for victory. Various scenarios including blackout conditions, combat conditions, and rear area traffic control are mentioned. The film shows techniques of military vehicle traffic control at intersections, bridges and problem areas. A...
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We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional information about our videos by adding a comment! See something interesting? Tell people what it is and what they can see by writing something for example like: "01:00:12:00 -- President Roosevelt is seen meeting with Winston Churchill at the Quebec Conference." This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage collections in...
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Made in the 1980s, this German Navy film shows the submarine service including life aboard a submarine. We don't speak German and are not well educated about the German Navy so hoping some of you in the community can tell us more about this film. We believe the boat shown is U9 (S188), a Type 205 submarine of the German Navy. She was laid down on 10 December 1964 by Howaldtswerke of Kiel. U9 was launched on 20 October 1966 and commissioned on 11 April 1967. She was decommissioned on 3 June...
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This film, produced by the Department of Defense, takes you to the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis. It gives you a peek at what life was like for future admirals in the making, showcasing both their education and military training.
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We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional information about our videos by adding a comment! See something interesting? Tell people what it is and what they can see by writing something for example like: "01:00:12:00 -- President Roosevelt is seen meeting with Winston Churchill at the Quebec Conference." This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage collections in...
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This film, THE INVISIBLE BRIDGE is presented by the Julien Bryan International Film Foundation (:13) and will be narrated by Arnold Moss. It centers around the YMCA as it rebuilds around the globe. Opening with the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco (:42) which is the largest and cost $35 million and four years to construct, and the Ludendorff Bridge over the Rhine River ( 1:12 ). During warfare, bridges no longer seemed ‘beautiful’ as they became targets for bombing ( 1:20 ). In peace,...
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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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Made in 1931, this travelogue of American Samoa shows the island nation as it appeared prior to WWII, before the peace of this tiny protectorate was destroyed. Predominantly shot on the island of Tutuila, the film features rare views of traditional native life including Copra harvesting. American Samoa is an unincorporated territory of the United States located in the South Pacific Ocean, southeast of Samoa. It consists of five main islands and two coral atolls. The largest and most populous...
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Made in 1959 by Jean Leduc, this French language film presents a unique look at the State of Israel and the City of TelAviv in this era.  We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional information about our videos by adding a comment! See something interesting? Tell people what it is and what they can see by writing something for example like: "01:00:12:00 -- President Roosevelt is seen meeting with Winston Churchill at the Quebec Conference." This film...
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“Roving The Mediterranean” is a black-and-white circa 1940 film that opens with a shakedown cruise of one of the United States Navy’s latest cruisers from the Atlantic Ocean into the Mediterranean Sea. The ship pulls into port at Gibraltar on Spain’s southern coast at mark  01:13  as sailors are shown visiting spots of local interest including climbing (rather unsuccessfully) the famed Rock of Gibraltar at mark  02:05 . By mark  04:23  the crew is on to Tunis in North Africa to...
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One of a series of news films made by the U.S. Air Force in the 1980s, this edition of Air Force Now dates to November of 1985. The film starts with a nostalgic look back at USAF uniforms from the late 1940s when pith helmets were authorized for use in the tropics. At  2:00 , the USAF's distribution system in Europe is seen with C-23A aircraft being used to deliver vital spare parts to bases throughout the continent. The C-23A Sherpa entered service with the United States Air Force in Europe...
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“12 To Go” covers the 1957 Florida International 12 Hour Grand Prix of Endurance of the Amoco Trophy. The sports car endurance race was held at Sebring International Raceway in Sebring, Florida. Mark  00:35  introduces us to David Ash, who between 1952 and 1957 earned the title of “Mr. MG’" as the only driver to start and finish five twelve-hour-long endurance races at Sebring in five tries. Ash “pleads” with his wife to allow him to participate in the race and sets off from...
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“Command of the Seas” is a 1952 U.S. Navy Korean War-era promotional film, and one of a series produced in that year (the others include Pacific, Atlantic and Arctic films). Focusing on naval operations in the Pacific Ocean, the film’s narrator stresses that because of the warm water in the region, a threat of an attack from under the water is a real danger. Although submarines proved themselves more than capable during World War II to handle any enemy on or below the the sea, Seabees...
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This is a 1950’s era, black and white movie that opens with a man with a microphone bouncing up and down. Directed by Bob Hiestand, this is an episode of the TV show "Success Story" that each week comes from “somewhere” in southern California as a public service by Richfield, makers of Richfield 1030 motor oil and gasoline. The movie is about Stauffer motorized couches for figure control. The Stauffer Posture-Rest is pictured, 1:39 . Stauffer plant is shown with Ken Peters...
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The Threshold is a short film about Spain’s booming economy and manufacturing industry, partially enabled by Iberia Airlines’ jet freight service, allowing Spain to export its products all over the world. The film opens with shots of Madrid’s landmarks ( 00:20 ), an Iberia Airlines office, and footage of freight being loaded at Madrid’s airport ( 01:15 ). An Iberia Airlines jet taxis on a runway ( 01:58 ) then flies through the air. The film takes viewers on a tour of the different...
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A showcase of news events for the year 1940. Segments include: EUROPE'S TOTAL WAR!, FATE'S IRONY!: Nazis and French sign armistice at Compiegne, BRITAIN'S HEROIC STAND!, AMERICAN DESTROYERS TO BRITAIN!: Fifty World War vessels are exchanged for naval bases, AMERICAN DEFENSE BEGINS!: Nation rallies to strengthen land, air, and sea might, FIRST PEACE-TIME DRAFT!: Sixteen million American youths register, FIRST THIRD TERM PRESIDENT!: Franklin D. Roosevelt defeats Wendell L. Willkie in hard fought...
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Made by unknown filmmakers sometime in the 1940s, CHECKING IN is a silent U.S. Navy gag movie that follows the antics of a new recruit named Red Marme. The film follows Marme as he arrives for basic training aboard a U.S. Navy bus (which he falls out of). This sets the tone for a series of funny vignettes ranging from Red's first cigarette, working as a photographer's mate (and losing the camera out the airplane), and more. If Youtube existed in 1948 this might have been a million viewer. We...
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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 a cigar smoking Rear Admiral John S. McCain, Jr. speaks forcefully about leadership, noting that you can "buy many things in life but you can't buy leadership". At the time Admiral McCain was working as the Chief of Information (1962-63), a post he would leave in the summer of 1963 to undertake command of Operation Steel Pike, the largest...
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Canada’s National Film Board presents “When Do We Eat,” part of the “Knife and Fork Series” created during World War II. This black-and-white film, made circa 1943, addresses the importance nutrition and its role toward a protective work day. “Old men, back to work after years of Depression,” it is said at mark  02:10 . “Women quickly adjusting themselves to factory noise and heat. Boys, just out of school, taking on overnight the long hours of overnight. But the strain has...
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One of a large number of industrial incentive films made during WWII, "4000 Years of Experience" was directed by J.A. Yovin, who later became head of the Army's Pictorial Division. The film was made to encourage factory workers to work efficiently, and contrasts the heroic stand of the Chinese (who work very inefficiently with rudimentary tools and lots of manpower) with the modern factory worker on the home front. The film shows footage of Chinese working in an aircraft repair...
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“Two Leaves And A Bud” is a color Countryman Film that educates the viewer on the transformation of jungle into land capable of producing exquisite teas. It opens with heavy machinery cutting through tall grasses (mark  00:40 ) in East Africa as the narrator explains those lands will soon be developed “into an estate of mature tea.” But it is a long, costly process — not unlike fighting a war, we are told, and we see men hack their way through dense jungle growth. Now looking at a...
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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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Made in 1929, "Hello Hawaii" presents views of Honolulu and the Hawaiian islands in the pre-WWII era, before the U.S. Navy fully expanded its Pacific Fleet HQ to Pearl Harbor. This is a story about a trip made by the American navy to Hawaii. Honolulu bound Navy men and ships sail over the sparkling Pacific to America’s island playground. At mark  1:00 , the ships are seen on maneuvers. At mark  1:35 , Hawaii sunny skies, waving palms and all that makes tropical paradise is seen....
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The film begins with views of the University of Notre Dame (:06-:24). Knute’s life is explored, beginning with helmeted young boys in Chicago who huddle together and play football in a field. (:25-:41). The post office (:42) is where he earned enough money at 22 to go to Notre Dame in 1910. Photos of the University are shown (:43-:56). A photo is shown of Knute in 1913 as a track team star ( 1:01 ) and one as captain of the football team ( 1:03 ). Next is of Knute as a Chemistry instructor (...
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This​ ​episode of the 1950s TV show "The Greatest Drama", ​“The​ ​Black​ ​Beret​ ​Field​ ​Marshal​ ​Montgomery”,​​ ​First​ ​Viscount​ ​Montgomery​.​ ​Nicknamed ‘Monty’​ ​he​ ​fought​ ​in​ ​both​ ​WW1​ ​and​ ​WW2​ ​earning​ ​himself​ ​the​ ​highest​ ​rank​ ​in​ ​the​ ​British army,​ ​Field​ ​Marshal.​ ​The​ ​film​ ​begins​ ​with​ ​his​...
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Produced by Glenn E. Miller for Lockheed, and narrated by radio and television personality George Fenneman, TABLE 210 is about the making of movies for the Department of Defense. The name of the film comes from a piece of language in most Department of Defense contracts in this era -- Table 210 -- which defines that work performed under the contract needs to be documented with motion pictures. Here, the creation of a filmic record of an experimental and highly classified Lockheed missile system...
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The 1967 U.S. Army training film, Individual Camouflage (TF 5-3881), produced by the Army Pictorial Center, is a training video used to teach the factors of recognition and basic techniques of camouflaging for hiding, blending, and moving with near invisibility. The film begins by identifying the six “Factors of Recognition” ( 02:07 ): movement, position, shape, shadow, texture, and color. Camouflage allows for the manipulation of these factors to create near invisibility. One key device...
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KLM Royal Dutch Airlines presents “Air Freight,” a black-and-white promotional film designed to inform the viewer of that particular business mode. “This most modern form is transport” is used to provide consumers with a variety of items including those found on breakfast tables each morning. Mark  01:23  takes the viewer to an airport in Amsterdam where KLM Royal Dutch Airlines annual handles 15,000 tons of freight, including birds, monkeys, horses, lions, and tigers. Various...
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Created in 1966 by the Atomic Energy Commission and the U.S. Army Pictorial Center, "Farm Fresh to You" describes preservation of fresh fruits and vegetables by radiation pasteurization, presenting evidence that spoilage can be reduced through use of nuclear energy. Using animation to show what happens during exposure, explains process of exposing foods to radiation. Food irradiation as shown in the film is the process of exposing foodstuffs to ionizing radiation. Ionizing radiation...
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Filmed in the late 1920s or early 1930s by an American tourist, this silent home movie documents a trip made aboard a Cunard ocean liner to Europe from New York. The film begins at the Cunard pier at :17, as the ship is loading passengers and cargo. At :28 the gangplanks are retracted and the ship begins its trip as passengers and loved ones wave goodbye. At :35 images of New York Harbor are seen including the Statue of Liberty in the distance as well as Ellis Island. A four stack liner is seen...
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One of a series of the General Newsreel Company offerings, this episode of "Yesterday's Newsreel" features various segments. First, the French Fleet is shown. It’s 1913 as the new elected President of France Raymond Poincare is seen reviewing the fleet ( 1:10 ). The President is shown with Monsieur Baudin, the nation’s Minister of the Navy ( 1:20 ), who gets a satisfying look at his battle ships and destroyers. After the war in 1914, then there is peace and another war with the...
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This film, of the "This Land of Ours" educational series from Dudley Pictures and presented by Official Films will give a tour of Indiana (:09). The state is centered in the heart of the American Midwest (:35). Part of it's rich history includes being home to Abraham Lincoln (:57), the plot of land his family’s log cabin once stood is shown ( 1:04 ). In addition is the old swimming hole that had inspired writing's from James Whitcomb Riley ( 1:19 ). The George Rogers Clark Memorial...
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This 1950 silent black and white educational film on Norway has intertitles describing the various segments. It was produced by Official Films, a Dudley Pictures Corporation Production for the This World of Ours television series. {The timestamps represent the beginning of that action.] The film opens with a view of a majestic fjord (:40), followed by the scenery of mountains, lakes, and valleys (:48). A waterfall spills down the side of a mountain next to a house (:58). Bicyclists ride up a...
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This film opens with President Richard Nixon (:24) speaking on the SALT negotiations which was an acronym that stood for Strategic Arms Limitations Talks. John W. Warner (:54) states the United States is similar to an island in that it is surrounded on all sides by water. In 1941, the warship U.S.S Arizona ( 2:10 ) was attacked by Japan. “CNO SITREP 7” appears at ( 2:38 ) and this indicated a Chief of Naval Operations Report. The music for this film was performed by the US Navy Band ( 3:06...
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“The Mark Of A Man” is an episode from the 1950s television show The Greatest Drama. This episode tells the story of Henry Ford ( 00:33 ). The episode begins with a massive spring storm hitting the Midwest, causing the River Rouge to swell and flood the streets of Dearborn, Michigan ( 00:45 ), as well as Henry Ford’s estate—an aerial view ( 00:54 ) shows the flooded Fair Lane property. Shortly after the flood, Henry Ford passes away and mourners gather to pay their respects ( 01:04 )....
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“A Product of the Imagination” is a 1960s color film by Alcoa that includes a number of splices (and places its introduction at the  08:00  mark) but is designed to educate the viewer on the soft metal aluminum. Dramatic music plays in the background at the physical beginning of the film as several various factory scenes are shown and the narrator explains how aluminum can be extracted and fit into any number of molds. The film shows several of those forms before the narrators — “Adam...
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This black-and-white circa 1943 United States Coast Guard training film is titled “Explosives” and not surprisingly covers precisely that topic, beginning with the “handling, stowage, and transportation of explosives as cargo onboard merchant vessels” both foreign and domestic when in a US port (mark  00:20 ). Several ships are shown on the waters as the narrator reiterates that goal and the importance of safely getting such devices into combat areas during World War II. As the film...
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Made in 1953, "Ram Power in Action" promotes the new 1953 Dodge cars. The film emphasizes the car's directional stability, comfort, speed and performance. The "Red Ram" engine is the centerpiece of the automobile, and it is shown off in a variety of ways including a police chase at the 18 minute mark. The film begins at mark  0:50 , with a script writer and his secretary writing about movies on new cars in action. The main purpose of the movie is going to be to describe the...
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This is a 1950’s era industry film about surface renewal metalworking. “Let Us Spray” presented by Metallizing Company of America, Chicago, IL 60624, 1:06 . Metalworking and surface renewal is used wherever surfaces get worn or need replacement, 1:30 . Corrosion is a big problem with water towers, 3:29 . Bridges and similar structures metallize protecting from corrosion. Metalizing surfaces can actually improve the strength, durability and utility of the original material at a fraction of...
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This 1949 short Chevrolet film, “The Last Word,” produced by Jam Handy, promotes Chevrolet cars by boasting of the research, ingenuity, and engineering that goes into every Chevrolet. The film uses a couple driving several different Chevrolets over a period of several decades, and each time the latest car is the “last word,” or the best car Chevrolet could possibly make. The couple starts out driving a 1913 Chevrolet ( 00:22 ), then a 1925 Chevrolet ( 01:48 ), then a convertible model...
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"Bikini -- The Atom Island" is a 1946 short that chronicles the evacuation of Bikini Atoll prior to the Operation Crossroads atomic bomb tests. The forced re-location of the island inhabitants was just the beginning of an ordeal that continues into the present day, as life was never the same after the tests (which, incidentally, are not shown in this film but took place just after it was shot). Bikini Atoll is an atoll in the Marshall Islands. The atoll consists of 23 islands totaling...
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This historic U.S. Navy film recounts the 1966 SeaLab II effort, involving ten aquanots who lived in a chamber beneath the sea, under seven atmospheres of pressure. The most famous of the aquanots was Scott Carpenter, who was also one of the original seven Project Mercury astronauts. Includes footage of diving bell, SeaLab I, SeaLab II, crew transfer vehicle, trained dolphins, and practice sessions to recover downed aircraft, sunken submarines and atomic bombs and other weapons. SEALAB I, II,...
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This 1940s black and white “Gay Nineties Live Again” was produced by Castle Films as part of the “Old Time Movies” series. Due to being early film, some of it reproduced from "paper prints" in the Library of Congress, some of the segments are faint or flickering. The film begins with the segment When Dobbin was King! (:24-:48). Two horses pull a trolley or horsecar. Seeing New York Via Steam-Engine! (:48- 1:07 ). An elevated steam locomotive passes. Putt-putt and Bowlers (...
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“The New Oregon Trail” is a circa 1940 black-and-white tourism promotion film presented by the Oregon State Highway Department. Supervised by Harold B. Say, photographed by Ralph I. Gifford, and distributed by Castle Films, the film includes scenic and recreational attractions of Oregon. The film opens with a covered wagon train at mark  00:30  and explanation of how early settlers viewed Oregon as “a land of fabled wonder” as they set out westward and created the original Oregon...
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Produced by A. Shrader's Son, part of the Scovill Manufacturing Company, this industrial film promotes the use of free air services for automobile service stations, to increase customer loyalty and sales of tires, valve caps, and other equipment. The company, which held the patent on the automobile tire valve, also produced affiliated equipment including air valves, pumps, and automatic pneumatic equipment. Shrader's "certified air service" as presented in the film, was a huge cash...
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"The Air Force Story" was a series of TV episodes that told the story of the U.S. Air Force. The USAF was officially created as a standalone agency only in 1947, and prior to that existed as part of the Army. As a result the USAF saw a need to educate the public about the Air Force's history and role. This television show was part of this effort. Dating from Season 2, this episode describes America’s military involvement during the Korean War. An introductory scroll notes that “it...
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This rare film shows the design and construction of the Alvin submersible DSV-2, made in conjunction with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. A groundbreaking craft, Alvin was designed as a replacement for bathyscaphes and other less maneuverable oceanographic vehicles. Its more nimble design was made possible in part by the development of syntactic foam, which is buoyant and yet strong enough to serve as a structural material at great depths. The vessel weighs 17 tons. It allows for two...
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This late 1950s-early 1960s color travelogue film “Honolulu Profile of Democracy” is   Paul Hoefler Productions. It emphasizes the many different assimilated cultures who live peacefully together rather than the ‘native’ approach. A cruise ship is surrounded by sailboats as it approaches Honolulu (:49- 1:18 ). Waikiki Beach is full of sunbathers in the foreground and a view of Diamond Head in the background ( 1:19 ) A motorized outrigger canoe is shown ( 1:33 ). A 1950s Chrysler DeSoto...
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This wonderful silent home movie was shot by a U.S. serviceman during WWII. The exact location is unknown and hopefully someone in the Youtube community can help us identify it. One possibility is Kent, Ohio (based on the "Ray's Place" liquor at  1:20 ) but it really might be anywhere -- please help! The film begins with some good natured goofing around and then at :30, you will see military brass gathered for a parade. The parade includes a 1-star general. At  1:40 , brass reviews...
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Army-Navy Screen Magazine #17 is a short, black-and-white film produced for servicemen circa 1943. It includes several segments and ends with the delightful cartoon "Private Snafu".  “Fighting French” (mark  00:30 ) looks at men of the French armed forces and shows us the French battleship Richelieu in New York Harbor after undergoing refitting in New York Navy Yard and returning to battle. Troops from Martinique are shown training in the United States at mark  02:30  and...
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“A World of Difference” is a public relations video produced in the mid-1960s to promote World Airways Charters. Narrated by Lowell Thomas, the film opens with a jet in flight (mark  00:45 ) as the company is described as “the best there is in air travel.” Via an animated sequence we see the various parts of the planet to which World Airways travels before visiting the company’s center of operation — Oakland. A Boeing 707 touches down at mark  02:20  and heads to the hanger as...
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This British produced short film GLIDING featuring Leslie Welch (popularly known as the "Memory Man") and Brian Johnston. The film was produced in 1952 as part of the "Sports Page" series and looks at the sport of gliding. It shows glider construction, and piloting. The National Gliding Championships (also known as the British Gliding Championship) of 1950 or 1951 are featured. The meeting took place in Darbyshire. The event included a 186-mile glider flight. At  4:30 ,...
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Made in the 1950s, THE PASSENGER TRAIN is an educational film that shows a boy named Bobby making a cross-country trip aboard a Santa Fe Railroad train known as the The Chief. The train is pulled by a diesel-electric locomotive and features aluminum-sided streamline Pullman cars. At the start of the film Bobby arrives at a train station in a big city (probably Chicago) to board the train. The film then shows the operation of the train as it heads west towards Los Angeles. Bobby disembarks at...
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This “Yesterday’s Newsreel” film offers the viewer “television highlights of the news of yesteryear” by providing vintage clips of famous people and events from the first half of the 20th century. This episode begins with 1933’s Holy Year (mark  00:30 ) as Pope Pius XI celebrates the liturgical feast along with Roman Catholic faithful at St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City. The event is followed by scenes of a 1930s “Floating Cabaret” in the waters off Long Island, as...
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An Associated Film Artists Production directed by Karl Robinson, this 1950s European travelogue takes the viewer to Turkey. The film is aimed at American viewers and makes much of the fact that Turkey is an important U.S. ally. The film opens with a brief history of the country, referencing its strategic location and size, and goes on to focus on three major cities: Ankara, Istanbul, Bursa. At  2:30 , a Swissair propeller airplane is shown leaving New York City for Turkey. Visitors are shown...
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This footage shows a three rotor German Enigma machine invented by the German engineer Arthur Scherbius at the end of World War I. Early models were used commercially from the early 1920s, and adopted by military and government services of several countries, most notably Nazi Germany before and during World War II. Several different Enigma models were produced, but the German military models are the most commonly recognized. German military messages enciphered on the Enigma machine were first...
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Produced by the U.S. Department of the Treasury in support of the 7th War Loan, "Voice of Truth" and "Hands" are terrific examples of WWII propaganda films. "Voice of Truth" uses a Tokyo Rose broadcast as its conceit, to remind the audience of the stakes in the war. Tokyo Rose (alternative spelling Tokio Rose) was actually a generic name given by Allied forces in the South Pacific during World War II to any of approximately a dozen English-speaking female...
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Yesterday's Newsreel 0:12 , Television highlights of the news of yesteryear, Graf Zeppelin Circles the Globe with the voice of Tom Hale 0:31 , Zeppelin Shipyard 0:41 , Dr. Hugo Eckner invited Commander Charles Rosendahl 55:21 , Lady Hay and Stow away 1:12 , Graf Zeppelin airborne over the Atlantic 1:22 , round the world travel, Dr. Eckner is the engineer on the round the world trip, cheers from German crowds 1:53 , Reichstag 1:57 , Flies nonstop over Russia and Siberia, Graf reaches Japanese...
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This black and white film is one of a 1950-1960 television series Industry on Parade, produced by the National Association of Manufacturers. It contains a single segment about jobs performed during the night. A man sits down in his 1950s living room to watch a flickering TV screen (:37- 1:03 ). New York City’s lit buildings at night are shown. Neon signs advertise Kinsey blended whiskey and Ruppert beer. A blinking neon sign says “Eat in Your Car” at Richard’s Drive-In. Patrons dine at...
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This black and white film is one of a 1950-1960 television series Industry on Parade, produced by the National Association of Manufacturers. This is a single segment about Americans having not just international, but many domestic places to visit. Passengers deplane from a Pan American Airlines Clipper in Nassau. A couple window-shops plates. A traffic policeman’s uniform includes white gloves. A changing of the guards is shown. The couple walks hand-in-hand from the beach (:14- 2:02 ). The...
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This 1960s color film includes 1930s black and white footage on the design, fabrication, construction, and opening of the Golden Gate bridge. It was presented by Bethlehem Steel. The film begins with a bird’s eye view of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. A statue of Joseph Straus, chief engineer, is panned up. The bridge is shown from afar ( 0:11 - 1:20 ). A vintage illustration shows the topography and side-view of the bridge’s construction ( 1:21 - 3:57 ). Black and white footage...
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“Victory Circle,” presented by the Perfect Circle Corporation, is a 27-minute film detailing the splendor of the 1957 Daytona Beach Race and the 1957 Indianapolis 500. We’re first taken to sun-soaked sands of Florida and meet engineer and stock car racer John Zink at mark  02:15 , who would go on to set a stock-auto speed record of 141.2 mph — the fastest time ever recorded at the Daytona straightaway. A spectacular crash follows at mark  3:00 , as Bill Norkett’s car loses control...
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This U.S. Navy documentary depicts the sea battle at Leyte Gulf during the Allied landings at Mindoro in the Phillipines during World War II. During this battle, a small group of American escort carriers designated Taffy 3 engaged the Japanese fleet's main body, including the super battleship Yamato. That these lightly armed ships and their air crews managed to hold off Admiral Kurita's vanguard and prevent an assault on the vulnerable ships supporting the Allied ground invasion, remains one of...
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Flight into Time is a gorgeous color vintage travelogue made by Trans World Airlines or TWA, which takes viewers through some of Southern Europe and Northern Africa’s most historic sites and possible stops for vacationers. The film references the importance of each location, the daily lives of the locals and interesting things visitors might do or see throughout their trips in Portugal, Spain, Italy, Egypt, Syria and Greece.  Travel in this era was aboard a Lockheed Constellation, seen at...
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This World War II training film KNOW YOUR ENEMY: GERMAN EQUIPMENT was originally made by the British Paramount News for the Ministry of Information. The film attempts to educate soldiers, tankers and other combatants about the material resources and equipment of the German Wehrmacht, and discusses how to defeat tanks and other weapons with small arms and anti-personnel weapons. "To know your enemy, know his weakness and his strength, gives you edge over him." Here we have more...
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Created in 1944 and presented by Hollywood motion picture studio United Artists, and released by the United States Navy, “The World In Action — Fortress Japan” opens with a flashback to Tokyo on December 7, 1941, and the narrator repeating a statement from Japan’s emperor, the Son of Heaven”: “We declare war on the United States and upon the Commonwealth and Empire of Great Britain. We rely upon the diligence of our subjects to ensure that in the coming struggle, our illustrious...
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Dating to the 1950s, this biography of Admiral Richard C. Byrd presents a pioneer in aviation, a scientist, a great explorer who challenges the unknown. As the narrator says, "His is a lifetime of danger and knowledge and this is his biography."  He was one of the pioneers who traveled to the frozen wasteland of Antarctica, a barren world of eternal cold. Antarctica is seen at mark  1:43 . It is vast, white, silence but even Richard loved the region. But most of all he loved the...
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Narrated by Quentin Reynolds, Advance Base is an extremely graphic, unflinching portrait of the war, the film shows the seizure of a Japanese held island by the Marines, and then the activities of the Naval Construction Battalions, or CBs, constructing a massive supply depot and air strip in the South Pacific. The film also shows Japanese Kamikaze attacks on American ships starting about the 23 minute mark. Deemed too disturbing for general release, the film was hidden from view for decades. It...
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This “restricted” United States War Department Film Bulletin provides the viewer with footage of the German Army’s invasion of Poland on September 1, 1939. Historians mark the invasion as the start of World War II. “Poland’s 34 million inhabitants, crushed, scattered and enslaved,” the narrator grimly states at mark  00:35 . The attack was characterized by extensive bombing to destroy Poland’s air capacity, railroads, communication lines, and munitions dumps. As the narrator...
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The Submarine Part I: Physical Principles is a short Navy training film produced by Audio Productions, Inc. in 1940. The film, using animation, presents an overview of the key physical principles of how a submarine operates. The film starts with footage of a sub surfacing (00:37) before switching to animation to demonstrate the physical principles. First is Archimedes’ Law of Buoyancy (00:50) and Force of Buoyancy (02:00), as the film discusses how to change buoyancy through engineering water...
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Some of the mysteries of how divers are able to work underwater are unlocked in the color film, “Diving for Science,” produced by the United States Navy. The film, produced in the early 1970s, opens in the murky green below the waves with Navy divers exploring the watery depths while a narrator explains its importance — from deriving protein to feed a growing population to creating the next generation of antibiotics. At mark  03:30  the viewer learns of saturation diving (deep-sea...
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This film, "The Resourceful Atom: Project Gasbuggy" documents an underground nuclear detonation carried out by the United States Atomic Energy Commission on December 10, 1967 in rural northern New Mexico. It was part of Operation Plowshare, a program designed to find peaceful uses for nuclear explosions. Gasbuggy was carried out by the Lawrence Radiation Laboratory and the El Paso Natural Gas Company, with funding from the Atomic Energy Commission. Its purpose was to determine whether...
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The United States Office of the Coordinator of Inter-American Affairs presents “Wings Over Brazil,” a 1944 report on advancements in aviation in Brazil. The film begins with a look at some of the early figures in Brazilian aviation history, including Alberto Santos-Dumont (mark  01:46 ), the creation of his memorial, and the founding of the Escola de Especialistas de Aeronautica in 1941. As the film moves forward, there are reports on President Getulio Vargas and Brazil's role among the...
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“Supervising Women Workers” was a short World War II-era social guidance film produced by the US Office of Education and aimed at male foremen who now had to supervise women for war work. “Women scare me,” a foreman tells his boss at mark  01:30 , helping set the tone. The film depicts the social and gender relations and attitudes of its time. It notes that most of the women had never been in industry before (mark  01:48 ), and were unfamiliar with the terminology and mores common to...
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Made in the 1980s, this film shows the accident testing of spent nuclear fuel casks or flasks by fire, puncture, impact and immersion in water. The film shows the steps taken to evaluate the safety of casks by Sandia Corp under the auspices of the Department of Energy and Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Part of the film at  2:40  discusses the types of simulation technology available in this era, where computer models were not highly developed. At  2:45 , a punch card computer is used to...
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Made in 1943 as part of the WWII war effort, CADET CLASSIFICATION features the voice of actor Ronald Reagan as narrator. This fascinating film shows the procedure used to sort air cadets and guide them towards positions as pilots, navigators and bombardiers based on their aptitude. To make the selections the Air Corps devised a series of tests, many of which are seen in the film. These included agility and mental fitness tests using electronic equipment, medical checks, stress tests, and...
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This official War Department film titled “The Last Bomb” and was photographed by Army Air Forces Combat Camera Units and special personnel of the AAF Motion Picture Unit. Filmed in Technicolor in 1945, it concentrates on the B-29 bombing raids on Japan in World War II. Striking from bases in Saipan, Tinian, and Guam, the Superfortresses traveled 3,000 miles roundtrip as part of long range bombardment operations in the final months of the war. Members of the XXI Bomber Command (a unit of the...
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On the Far Eastern Station is a black and white film, copyright 1934, about the United States Asiatic Fleet which was based in the Philippines. The U.S. Asiatic Fleet was a Navy fleet active during the first half of the 20th century, basically 1910-1942, and was created to patrol the Philippine Islands prior to WWII. Ariel view of the Philippine Islands and Lake Tahoe, Philippines (0:39-1:40). Spanish influences on Manila, Philippines (1:41-1:51). The sailors go ashore for leave. Philippine...
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Made by the University of Chicago during the Scarlet Fever epidemic, this silent film shows the diagnosis of the disease, and the use of anti-toxin in fighting the disease. The discovery of penicillin and its subsequent widespread use has significantly reduced the mortality of this once feared disease. Scarlet fever can occur as a result of a group A Streptococcus (group A strep) infection. The signs and symptoms include a sore throat, fever, headaches, swollen lymph nodes, and a characteristic...
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Ethiopia — Africa’s Ancient Kingdom” is a circa 1961 Paul Hoefler Production that presents a study of Ethiopia — an area that “even today … is little known and little understood. The color film points out that as a nation, Ethiopia remains primarily an undeveloped feudal state with poor transportation and communication systems (mark  01:55 ), as well as powerful traditions rooted the past. It describes the nation’s long line of hereditary monarchs, and also discusses the role of...
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Some of the horrors of World War II are brought to the screen in newsreel footage, part of the Army-Navy Screen Magazine. Titled “German Atrocities,” the black-and-white footage was collected during the war and released circa 1945. An opening title card at mark  00:21  explains that “Allied troops, advancing deep inside crumbling Germany, have uncovered evidence of organized German atrocities which seem almost too horrible to be true. Yet they are true … and here is the picture record...
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Made in 1951 to promote unity in Western Europe against the Soviet Union and what would become the Warsaw Pact, THE HOUR OF CHOICE shows the choice which now lies before the countries of Western Europe. The film gives an historical survey of the old historic European concept of "unity with difference" and emphasizes the present day realization that, in order to survive, Europe must abolish differences and achieve unity. The Marshall Plan, the Schuman Plan, the European Payments Plan,...
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This silent home movie (although, it could have been professionally made it appears likely to be an amateur production) shows the 1939 World's Fair in New York. It includes views of the iconic Trylon, Perisphere and Helicline, as well as major exhibits. At the  4:15  mark, an auto exhibit is seen, likely the Ford Pavilion, where race car drivers drove on a figure eight track on the building's roof endlessly, day in and day out. At  7:30 , the Billy Rose Aquacade is seen. This was a...
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Created in 1966 by the Atomic Energy Commission and the U.S. Army Pictorial Center, "Farm Fresh to You" describes preservation of fresh fruits and vegetables by radiation pasteurization, presenting evidence that spoilage can be reduced through use of nuclear energy. Using animation to show what happens during exposure, explains process of exposing foods to radiation. Food irradiation as shown in the film is the process of exposing foodstuffs to ionizing radiation. Ionizing radiation...
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“Mecca The Forbidden City” is a black-and-white British picture taking its viewer to the Saudi Arabian city. The center of the Islamic religion is shown beginning at mark  01:00 , with a brief narrative of Islam’s origins. The film shows how Muslims travel as part of the Hajj to Mecca from all over the world. At mark  03:53  we see Mecca’s market places, where bartering and trading occurs just as it had for 2,000 years, as well as a look at a solemn moment of prayer (mark  04:46 )....
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This historic film "Unconditional Surrender" dates to the mid-1950s and was funded by the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis / March of Dimes to promote the newly-developed poliomyelitis vaccine. The film shows Randy Kerr, the first boy to receive the Salk Vaccine. As the film shows, the Salk Vaccine was both safe and effective and went into commercial manufacture. The film does not mention Dr. Albert Sabin, whose oral vaccine came into use in 1961, so presumably the film...
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De Frenes & Company (an obscure ice cream producer based in Philadelphia) brings insight into the health benefits of ice cream, “America’s favorite dairy food,” in this late 1940s / early 1950s-era color promotional film. The film opens in a school cafeteria as a table of happy children enjoy bowls of vanilla ice cream, knowing that it’s “tops in in taste.” But few people know of what is involved in making ice cream. At mark  01:00 the camera gazes upon a field of grazing cows...
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Shot by an unknown serviceman, this historic silent home movie shows a trip to Europe made aboard the battleship USS Missouri BB-63 sometime in the mid to late 1940s or early 1950s. Most likely this journey likely occurred in March of 1946, as Missouri visited Turkey in April of that year. It also could have been shot in 1951, because in the summer of that year she engaged in two midshipman training cruises to northern Europe. The start of the film shows various views of the ship and its...
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“This Is US Eucom” is a circa 1967 Defense Department film that visits the United States European Command, or EUCOM. EUCOM is one of nine Unified Combatant Commands of the United States military. The film opens by telling us how Europe has grown past the atrocities of World War II to once again become a thriving place to live and visit, while still able to link “the vibrant present to the picturesque past” (mark  01:00 ). There’s a look back on WW2 and how most nations of the world...
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“A Community Problem” is a rarely seen 1950s-era film by Caterpillar Inc. covering the sanitation industry. In an era before Americans produced anywhere near as much trash as today and when the word recycling was not widely used, this film seems slightly innocent, but it presents the problems of waste management with a great deal of clarity and even shows recycling in action. We watch as African American garbagemen empty trash cans into the back of a garbage truck and taken to a dump...
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Produced in 1944, the “unclassified” US Navy training film “Radio Operator Training” instructed seaman on how to become an effective radioman. Whether it be a PT boat, landing barge, submarine, or any other vessel, the narrator explains at mark  01:08  that a radioman is onboard and on duty. “He is the mouthpiece of his commanding officer. His right hand. Without him, the ship is crippled. The fleet is paralyzed.” Mark  01:48  takes us to NSS Annapolis (officially known as Naval...
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“Drinking and Driving” is a 1940s era black-and-white educational film produced for Lumbermens Mutual Casualty Company by Traffic Safety Films, Inc. and the Los Angeles Police Department. The film provides a dramatized account of an accident labeled “HBD” — had been drinking. The narrator cautions against that “deadly mixture of alcohol and gasoline” and that such a mixture can lead to death. We see a busy intersection at mark  01:25 , where “male and female” drivers, some...
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