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Featuring actor / pilot James Stewart and beloved newsman and entertainer Arthur Godfrey, this film promotes the International AeroClassic, an air show that took place only once — in November of 1965 at Palm Springs, California. Unfortunately for Palm Springs and event organizers, the event took place in inclement weather. The AeroClassic racked up considerable debts and put the organization behind it into bankruptcy. At  4:20 , Miss Ila Johnson is seen arriving to open the AeroClassic....
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An early television program derived from footage gathered by the defunct General Newsreel Co., “Yesterday’s Newsreel” offers the viewer “television highlights of the news of yesteryear” by providing vintage clips of famous people and events from the first half of the 20th century. The historical episodes opens with the signing of the Versailles Peace Treaty in 1919 (mark  02:28 ), and scenes of delegates from the United States and Europe, including Charles Evans Hughes and British...
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Dating to 1959, these silent Kodachrome home movies begin at Stewart Air Force Base in Tennessee, where Armed Forces Day is celebrated (May 17th) with a big air show. B-52 airplanes are seen flying in formation as well as other aircraft. At 2:27 the ladies in the family play a friendly game of cards. The men do so at 2:51 . At 3:00 , downtown skyscrapers are seen, possibly Nashville or Lexington but then again, maybe not! At 3:41 , horses are seen doing dressage. At 7:20 the family station...
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Made by Arthur Barr, this short film shows some of the technologies used by prospectors to find gold in the 1849 California Gold Rush. At 2:00 , a prospector shows how a pan is used to sift river sand in search of gold flakes. At 2;24 a claim is staked out with a claim post. At 3:30 a rocker or cradle is made to sift gravel. At 3:53 , wooden bars called riffers and a hopper to hold the sand and gravel are created from wood. At 4:40 the operation of the hopper is shown. At 6:17 a Long Tom sluice...
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This film familiarizes the viewer with the Lockheed T2V SeaStar, later called the T-1 SeaStar, a turbojet trainer aircraft for the U.S. Navy that entered service in May 1957. It was developed from the Lockheed T-33 and powered by one Allison J33 engine. As the year 1955 began, Lockheed Aircraft Corporation had design built and delivered to the arm forces more than 6,000 jet fighter and trainer. Of this total the trainer accounted for more than 300 planes including air force T33 and navy TV2s....
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USSR is a promotional film from Pan American World Airways, produced and directed by Henry Strauss (most likely in the late 1960s), that encourages tourism to the Soviet Union by taking viewers on a visual tour of a number of the republics and their cities. The film opens with footage of Moscow’s Red Square as the narrator recaps the famous rulers, writers, and musicians from the Russia’s past. The size of the USSR, with its diverse climate and people, make it a destination unlike any...
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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. On...
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“Analysis Of Bulk Plant Fire” is a black-and-white film created by the American Petroleum Institute circa 1960 and narrated by John A. Ainlay. The film begins with news footage from a 1959 petroleum bulk plant fire in Kansas City, Missouri, and an explanation of events that led up to the fire. (The accidental fire began, we are told at mark 02:58 , as gasoline was being transferred into a tanker. The fire spread to the service station and adjacent tankers.) Six firefighters were killed. The...
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NOTE: the film actually starts at 1:15 . Before that is a long Pan Am leader. Pan American Airlines’ short promotional film Israel, directed by famed filmmaker Andre de LaVarre, presents a marketing campaign for Pan Am vacations. The film begins with a Pan Am travel agent assisting a customer with finding a trip, and the customer selects a brochure for Israel. Over the credits are images of a Pan Am four-engine airplane, probably a DC-4. The film then cuts to scenes of the Negev Desert (...
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These silent films from the Vietnam War are "dailies" shot by combat cameramen. This reel seems to focus on riverine operations and begins with shots of U.S. Navy patrol craft at :40.   At 1:47 you will see one of the armed boats go past, and at 2:02 an armed barge is shown with an artillery piece aboard.   At 2:50 a group of Vietnamese come aboard, presumably for interrogation or while their boat is searched for contraband. At 3:40 an artillery piece is fired. At 4:30 rounds are...
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This 1945 nonclassified US Navy training film, “Primary Flight Training Landings,” opens with a naval lieutenant (mark  00:30 ) reviewing a “power off” landing accompanied by filmed footage of the procedure. Aided by illustrations (mark  02:45 ), the narrator continues his explanation of stalled landings — comparing the movements of a Stearman biplane to that of a bird. Wind direction as it relates to landings is addressed beginning near mark  03:15 , followed by standard landing...
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This silent, 16mm home movie dates to the 1930s and shows a trip to Cuba aboard the ship RMS Empress of Austalia (ship's bell can be seen at 1:15 ). The film begins at sea at :24 with passengers playing games on the deck. RMS Empress of Australia was an ocean liner built in 1913–1919 by Vulcan AG shipyard in Stettin, Germany for the Hamburg America Line. She was refitted for Canadian Pacific Steamships; and the ship – the third of three CP vessels to be named Empress of China – was...
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This restricted “official training film” was produced in 1941 by the United States Army Signal Corps in collaboration with the chief of infantry and is titled “Instruction of the Soldier, Dismounted, without Arms” and specifically focuses on “Positions and Facings.” As troops march through the Presidio of San Francisco, a narrator informs the viewer that these “seasoned soldiers” have already received the training needed to efficiently work together. The necessary training to...
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Episode 76 of 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 opens with the heroic exploits of Rear Admiral Richard Evelyn Byrd, Jr., a Medal of Honor recipient known for his 1926 expedition to the North Pole and 1927 Trans-Atlantic flight, as he’s first shown taking off for the North Pole in a Fokker F.VIIa/3m Trimotor...
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Dating to 1968, this U.S. Navy training film shows the operation of the Fresnel Lens Optical Landing System Mark 6, Mod 1. Shot aboard the USS Independence, this U.S. Navy film gives an orientation for the men who operated the Fresnel Lens Optical Landing System, Mark 6. As opposed to conventional films from this era that give pilots guidance about how to land on the carrier deck, this film provides an overview of the circuitry and physical system components that make up the OLS. An optical...
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The ‘Corinth Canal’ is a short film produced in Europe as a testimony of US involvement in the European Recovery Program during the years of the Marshall Plan. The film was made specifically to highlight the important work of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in restoring the canal to operational capacity, after it was seriously damaged by German forces retreating from Greece as part of "scorched earth" operations. German forces used explosives to set off landslides to block the...
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Veteran character actor James Whitmore hosts “Survival!,” a 1964 black-and-white series that focused on a famous disaster in each episode. US Navy Lt. Frank Ellis is the subject of this particular episode, and opens with the tale of Ellis as a young boy watching from his Florida home as pilots practiced various maneuvers. Ellis recalls his enthusiasm in a voiceover and we learn how in 1950 the family moved to Ohio and the young man began taking flying lessons. Following high school he...
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Made in 1948 in an attempt to educate the American public and lobby Congress, AIR POWER AND PEACE POWER features Capt. Eddie Rickenbacker of Eastern Airlines speaking about the future of aviation. The title of the film was part of a slogan used throughout the aviation and defense industry in this era, to promote a strong military-industrial research and development effort that would simultaneously advance aviation technology while strengthening U.S. defense. The film mostly centers around a...
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“The WAC Is A Soldier, Too” (TV 277) is a 1950s episode from The Big Picture, a series produced by the Army Pictorial Center. This episode takes viewers on a tour of the recently opened Women’s Army Corps (WAC) training center at Fort McClellan in Anniston, Alabama and shows the preparation the women receive. The episode opens with a shot of Sgt. Stuart Queen ( 00:59 ), who discusses the new WAC training center. An aerial view of the new center ( 01:29 ) reveals the nearly two dozen...
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This 1960s unclassified color film “Breakthrough” is about using PERT, the Navy’s technique for managing large-scale R&D programs, to develop nuclear-powered submarines and Polaris missiles two years ahead of schedule. It was produced by the United States Navy Special Projects Office and Merit Film Productions. A Polaris missile launches from a submarine (:38- 1:25 ). The USS George Washington moves across the ocean’s surface ( 1:26 - 1:45 ). A man speaks to a small group of...
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This silent home movie was made by Purcell Wood, the owner of the Gillette Camera Store on Park Avenue in New York City, and rented out to customers who wanted to entertain guests for the evening. The film shows the events of May 31, 1934 as the U.S. Navy's Atlantic Fleet steamed into New York harbor. Among the vessels there that day was the USS Indianapolis (CA-35), which came into New York with President Franklin D. Roosevelt on board. Other ships there that day included USS Overton...
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Produced by Canadian Pacific, which operated a steamship line that serviced Manila, this color film shows stunning views of the Philippines pre-WWII. The movie was made during the American colonial rule by Richard and Elizabeth Hubert, who lived in Asia in the 1930s. After escaping from Shanghai on one of the last ships that left before the Japanese invasion of Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, Richard Hubert, a Canadian citizen, went to work for the U.S. Office of War Information in 1942. He...
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Made in the 1983 as part of the Air Force's internal communications program, AIR FORCE NOW was a morale-boosting news magazine that was widely shown around the world on military bases. This issue #223 begins with an historical look at the Berlin Air Lift and the USAF's crucial role in defeating the Soviet blockade.  At  6:45 , the film presents a look at the historical events of 1783 when the U.S. Constitution was created. 1983 was the 200th anniversary of the creation of the document.  At ...
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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...
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Industry on Parade was a short television program that aired in the U.S. from 1950-1960. It was produced by the National Association of Manufacturers. The series demonstrated complicated industrial processes that transformed raw materials into finished products. Industry On Parade Pride of Nashville is one of those black and white, public service, industrial films, probably produced in the mid 1950’s. Narrators used were Bob Wilson, Peter Roberts, and Radcliffe Hall. It was produced by Arthur...
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Shot in January of 1973, this raw, silent footage shows stall tests of the U.S. Navy's E-2A Hawkeye at Pax River, Maryland. The aircraft shown is likely the prototype, which started flying in 1971. Although by 1973 the aircraft had been considered operational, the type suffered a long teething process and underwent significant upgrades into the 1980s. The film shows the pilot of the Hawkeye intentionally placing the aircraft in a stall attitude and then falling off to recover. The aircraft's...
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Is A Career In Civil Aviation For You? is a short career educational film produced by Ralph Lopatin Productions in the 1970s. The film opens with scenes of a small jet flying, people working with planes, and people flying gliders, an Air Tractor AT-501 crop duster at :39, a Sky Crane helicopter and other aircraft before the film’s narrator gives a quick overview of the evolution of aviation ( 00:57 ). At 1:19 a Boeing 747 takes off. With civil aviation a major industry, employing about...
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“Flying Fun” is a 1960s color film created by the Cessna Aircraft Company to promote aviation and aerobatics. The first 90 seconds of the film features scenes of a Cessna in action in the sky before the narrator explains at mark  01:50  how pilots are constantly looking for excitement in the air and can find it via such aircraft as the Cessna 172 Skyhawk, Silver Eagle, or Gull, nearly becoming capable of imitating the free-flight of a bird. We are introduced to Mary Akins (mark  02:22 ),...
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“The Challenge of Ideas” is a 1961 film produced by the Defense Department’s Army Pictorial Center for showing to the US military. It dramatizes the Communist threat to American ideals and global aims as celebrities and media figures discuss the polarization of politics between the Western Allies of the United States and the Soviet bloc, pointing out the need for vigilance and action to protect democracy in the US and abroad. The film is introduced by Edward R. Murrow, the former CBS...
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On June 29, 1983, President Ronald Reagan gave the keynote address at VICA, the Vocational Industrial Clubs of America (now known as SkillsUSA). The 19th Annual Conference was held this year in Louisville, Kentucky. Reagan's full remarks can be read at this website:  http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/?pi... President Reagan begins this way: "This country was built with the sweat and determination of hard-working men and women who, like many of you, love to work with their hands as well as...
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In 1961, England's Queen Elizabeth II paid a state visit to Iran where she and Prince Philip were hosted by Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi at Isfahan, Tehran and Persepolis. Elizabeth returned for another visit in 1975. Mohammad Reza Pahlavi (26 October 1919 – 27 July 1980), was the Shah of Iran from 16 September 1941 until his overthrow by the Iranian Revolution on 11 February 1979. Mohammad Reza Shah took the title Shāhanshāh ("Emperor" or "King of Kings") on 26 October...
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Osa Johnson presents Martin Johnson’s last picture — “Borneo” — a 1937 film by the husband-and-wife team of documentary filmmakers captured during a trip to British North Borneo from 1935 to 1936. Narrated by Lowell Thomas, this piece opens with a title card (mark  01:00 ) explaining how Martin Johnson “has photographed the last of his beloved jungles (in Borneo) — filmed the pictorial climax of a great career that led him through the dark, mysterious byways of the unknown...
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Episode 63 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 at mark  00:30  with the famed 1919 World Series scandal — famously known as the Black Sox Scandal — in which eight members of the Chicago White Sox were accused of intentionally losing the 1919 World Series against the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for money from...
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This black and white film about tractor maintenance is a training film produced by the U.S. Office of Education, Federal Security Agency, between 1934 and 1948 as J.W. Studebaker is listed as the Commissioner of Education. It is #6 in the series of “Farm Work Equipment Maintenance.” All maintenance is shown up close and the timestamps given began that task. It opens with a man on a International Harvester Farmall bringing his tractor in to perform maintenance (:33) Each owner’s manual (...
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Created in the 1930s by the D.W. Ferguson Travel Service of Los Angeles, California, this fascinating silent travelogue is a portrait of pre-WWII Japan.   It features rare views of Tokyo including the Imperial Diet, Kabuki Theater, and the Imperial Hotel, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.   It also features footage of Lake Chuzenji, the Kegon Waterfall, the Great Buddha, Hakone, Lake Kawaguchi, Shiraito, Nagoya, the Toba Mikimoto Pearl Farm, Nara, and more.   The trip continues in Reel 2. This...
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Made for the United Way in the late 1940s or early 1950s and featuring newsman John Daly, this promotional film for the United Way focuses on the New York and New Jersey vicinity and its needs. The film uses the activities of registered nurse Virginia Bishop to show the good work of the United Way, starting at 1:55 , where she is seen at the Visiting Nurses headquarters. First, the nurse visits a family with a sick father and many children. At 3:20 the "Red Feather Service" of the...
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This silent black and white travelogue film “Mystic India” was produced by Castle Films in 1942 as part of its “The World Parade” documentary series. It opens at Benares (also known as Varanasi, Banaras, and Kashi), a city on the banks of the Ganges River. Both are considered sacred, and the city is considered the holiest of the seven sacred cities in Hinduism.   The river is shown full of people praying and washing away their sins, according to the film (:39- 1:46 ). Delhi is the...
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Dating to the Korean War era, this wonderful U.S. Marine Corps film begins with images of combat and an amphibious landing drill, probably at Camp Pendleton in California. At 1:40 , the concept of "vertical envelopment" is described with helicopters deployed off of an aircraft carrier. At 1:45 , a nuclear weapon goes off and Marines (at the nation's nuclear test site in Nevada as part of Upshot-Knothole ) observe the rising mushroom cloud. The cloud dissolves into the USMC logo at the...
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This WWII indoctrination film PERSONAL HYGIENE attempts to educate new soldiers in the value of staying clean and in good health, even in difficult wartime conditions. The film highlights some of the dangers to personal health from mosquitoes to dirty hands and germs, venereal disease, and lice and crabs.   The film begins with a "movie within a movie" where new recruits watch and learn about cleanliness. One part of the film shows new recruits being examined for medical fitness as...
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This 1963 film documents one of the USS Robert E. Lee's (00:06:20:00) deterrent patrols in the 1960s while operating out of Holy Loch, Scotland. The film opens with footage of a sailor partying with his family before traveling to Holy Loch. (00:01:15:00) We witness a scenic bus ride through Scotland (00:03:20:00) so military men can get to their station. At (00:04:55:00) , we see vintage footage of the USS Proteus. Footage of the Commodore greeting the new crew can be seen at (00:07:10:00). It...
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Directed by Max Miller, LSD: INSIGHT OR INSANITY is one of the classic anti-drug films. Dating to 1967 and featuring images of hippie youths and mini skirt girls, this documentary about the potentially dangerous and unpredictable drug LSD was narrated by Sal Mineo. The film even includes images of car-driving boys playing a game of "chicken" as in "Rebel Without a Cause." Various experts discuss how LSD is made and the hazards involved in using it while avid users explain...
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THIS IS CANADA is a promotional tourism film produced by the Canadian National Railroad, highlighting the cities, sights, and incredible natural landscapes of Canada. The “tour” begins in its capital city, Ottawa, Ontario with footage of the Peace Tower (also known as the Tower of Victory and Peace) of the Houses of Parliament ( 01:15 ). A Royal Mounted Police officer stands on the steps of the parliament building ( 01:24 ). Inside the Peace Tower is the Memorial Chamber—a memorial to the...
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Airline Pilot was produced by BOAC in 1970. The training of airline pilot Stephen Radcliffe is painstakingly thorough and this film intercuts the story of the young man's first flight as third officer on a journey from London, via Bahrain, to Bombay, with earlier scenes of his training. It describes the role of the College of Air Training, the aptitude tests, the theories and practical knowledge taught, the first solo flight, the hours in the simulator and the controlled flights in a real...
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“Operation Ivy” cold opens with an address by President Dwight D. Eisenhower discussing the rapid advancement of the Atomic Age. A scroll at mark  00:45  then details how the Federal Civil Defense Administration “firmly believes it is necessary for the American public to know the facts about the destructiveness of nuclear weapons” and leading to the “public issuance … a non-secret portion of a secret film” that takes the viewer to the Pacific Proving Ground “to witness an...
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This startling U.S. Navy color film, Advance Base, narrated by WWII journalist Quentin Reynolds, was filmed by Marine Combat Cameramen and Seabees (:33). Color WWII combat footage includes bombing, a dead Japanese soldier, burning out enemies then shown dead, dropping a hand grenade in and blasting enemy troops out (:43- 1:16 ). Gruesome dead bodies are hard to look at ( 1:18 - 1:46 ). Japanese equipment is recovered ( 1:47 - 2:14 ). The Navy practiced setting up mobile and fixed bases in...
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“The Deep Frontier” is an episode in the CBS News series 21st Century from 1968, that surveys exploration of the ocean floor. It utilizes U.S. Navy footage throughout. The film opens with divers in the deep sea, before cutting to an interview with oceanographer Harris Stewart ( 01:51 ). The film discusses the technological advances in ocean exploration, enabling potential study of deep trenches and the bottom of the continental slope ( 03:39 ). Oceanographers use FLIP (Floating Instrument...
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This silent home movie shows the 1951 Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California, as well as a parade in nearby Arcadia, California. This was the 62nd annual parade. Portions of the film are underexposed but if you skip to about 7:45 you can see some interesting sights -- including floats, girl scout troops marching, men on horseback, and more. The segment at 25:54 shows the "Chicken in the Rough" restaurant -- an Arcadia eatery that was very popular in that era.   We...
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"Overnight To Nassau" is a 1940s promotional film by Pan American World Airways, marketing the short flight times on Pan Am’s fleet of DC-3 Clipper Ships to a variety of destinations. In this film, Pan Am boasts that a trip around the Caribbean is now “as close to your home as your Sunday afternoon picnic ground” with the clipper ship. However, the plane shown in this film is Pan Am’s DC-3 (the DC-3 fleet operated 1937-1948). People board Pan Am’s DC-3 ( 00:18 ) in...
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Made in 1939, this film about the Navajo Native Americans presents an overview of the tribe and the land in which it resides. At mark  0:26 , is the Navajo Indians in the southwest desert region in the United States. Taska with the indian youth are seen riding. At mark  1:18 , they are seen Annaba is seen with their flocks and sheep. At mark  1:20 , their house is seen. Within this house, Annaba and her mother are preparing evening meals while her father is seen repairing his horse saddle....
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The International Harvester Company in cooperation with the United States Department of the Interior Bureau of Reclamation presents “A Bridge to the Future,” the story of the construction of the Glen Canyon Dam, a concrete arch-gravity dam (mark  03:00 ) near the town of Page, Arizona. The 710-foot high dam was built from 1956 to 1966 and forms Lake Powell, one of the largest man-made reservoirs in the United States. Although the film begins with the 1959 opening of a bridge over Glen...
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This black and white film is one of the episodes of "Yesterday's Newsreels", an early 1950s TV show made from the General Newsreel collection. It features nine segments of historic highlights. Memorial at Kitty Hawk 1928. The tablet memorial at Kitty Hawk commemorating Orville and Wilbur Wright is dedicated by Secretary of War Dwight Davis. Footage is also shown of the plane being carried into place, the propellers started, and the plane taxis and lifts off in a 1908 reenactment (:30-...
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Willys, the “World’s Largest Manufacturer of Utility Vehicles,” presents the “Jeep Family of 4-Wheel Drive Vehicles and Special Equipment,” a circa 1954 black-and-white film promoting Jeeps produced for civilian use. Following the success of Jeeps during World War II, the film opens with an explanation of how the vehicles soon their way to civilian use. Some of the vehicles seen in this film are used by construction companies, farmers, firefighters, and even at airports to tow...
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“Nationalism” is a circa 1957 Encyclopedia Brittanica educational film. We are told at mark  01:15  that since 1946, every new nation in Southeast Asia has annually celebrated its day of independence, such as the Philippines, India, Pakistan, Burma, Ceylon, Indonesia, Vietnam, and Malaya, as the countries are highlighted on a map. The narrator defines nationalism (mark  02:07 ) as the belief of a people that they ought to be unified into an independent nation. “A homeland.” We learn...
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This 1937 silent 16mm home movie shows a cruise through the Panama Canal. The film begins aboard an unknown ship, one operated by the Grace Line (probably S.S. Santa Paula based on the rear of the ship seen at  11:58  but otherwise possibly S.S. Santa Rosa, S.S. Santa Ana, or S.S. Santa Teresa). At  1:19  the ship enters the harbor of an unknown Caribbean island, with a large fortress visible atop a mountain. At  1:50 local men and children in canoes vie for coins dropped by ship...
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Filmed in the 1930s, this 16mm silent home movie (shot by an unknown American tourist) shows a visit to Europe including Holland, Austria, Czechoslovakia, and Hungary. If you recognize landmarks within the film, please note them in the comments as we had difficultly identifying many portions of the film. At the beginning of the film you'll see people in Volendam in traditional dress standing near the Zuiderzee (as it was called before it was closed off from the open sea by the Afsluitdijk in...
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This 1975 color film is about the Triple Crown of car racing. It was presented by Raybestos and narrated by Tom Carnegie. It opens with landing a glider, skydiving, a rainy track meet, a hot-air balloon, and a race car. The driver’s face is seen through his helmet. Johnny Rutherford adjusts his steering wheel (:08- 1:35 ). 1975, the race cars are towed into place in Ontario, California. Many famous drivers participate as race highlights are shown. The Foyt, Unser, and Rutherford pit crews...
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Interactive Graphics: A Man/Machine Partnership (possibly from 1979) is a short film that takes viewers on a tour of Central Contra Costa Sanitary District’s (CCCSD) new state-of-the-art water reclamation plant ( 00:25 ). The recently constructed advanced waste treatment plant ( 00:31 ) recycles domestic sewage for use as cooling and process water for the major industries in the San Francisco Bay area. It is one of the most advanced systems, constructed with state-of-the-art computer and...
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This 1970's NASA movie shows the results of the Mariner 9 mission -- which produced hundreds of photographs of the planet's surface, creating a new understanding of the planet's geography and atmosphere. At 7:30 , the film discusses the 1976 Viking mission including the dropping of a lander onto the planet's surface. The film speculates that the lander could find life on Mars, and shows at 8:00 possible types of Martian life that could be encountered, including creatures that extract water from...
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This silent 16mm home movie shows a visit to the 1933-34 Chicago World's Fair also known as the Century of Progress. A Century of Progress International Exposition was a World's Fair registered under the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), which held in Chicago, as The Chicago World's Fair, from 1933 to 1934 to celebrate the city's centennial. The theme of the fair was technological innovation. The fair's motto was "Science Finds, Industry Applies, Man Adapts". Its...
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This black and white film is sponsored by the Bell & Howell Company and was used by sales people to show interested customers. It introduces the Bell & Howell Filmosound 202 projector, an innovative 16-millimeter optical magnetic motion picture sound projector produced from 1952-1955 (:25-:37.) The projector used a thin magnetic stripe on the 16mm film to record and play back sound. This stripe could be added using a special striping machine that a person could buy, or at a Bell &...
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This 1948 black and white film was presented by The Highway Transportation Industries of America and produced by RKO Pathe, Inc. It is narrated by radio actor Dwight Weist and violinist Herman Fuchs supervised the music. The film opens with headlights on a dark street, and a spotlight on a “Horizons Unlimited” sign (:09-:32). A bird’s eye view is seen of an interstate with a tunnel (:58). The viewer passes a Howard Johnson’s ( 1:08 ). Passengers on a Greyhound Bus look happy ( 1:10 -...
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This late 1940s black and white travel film highlights 25 years of coast-to-coast flights and events by the year. It is narrated by radio announcer Del Sharbutt and produced by B.K. Blake.   1918, President   Wilson joins a crowd to celebrate the first day of airmail. Mail lis oaded into a JN-4H (:50- 1:50 ). 1920, suffragettes march. President Harding rides in a carriage ( 1:52 - 2:05 ). Mail is flown coast-to-coast. Indians dance around the plane ( 2:07 - 2:40 ). 1924, a bi-plane marked...
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This black and white film, one of the Andre de la Varre "Screen Traveler" series, recounts the history of the Philippines and shows the island nation as it appeared in the 1930s. Opening sequence: :01-:21. Narrator: March 1521, Magellan discovers the Philippine Islands, :55. Philippine Islands over 7,000 islands, become subject to King of Spain 1:18 . Magellan is killed 19 days after declaring this, 1:26 . Spain returns to their homeland through Cape of Good Hope and first around the...
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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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One of a series of Coast Guard films made to educate the public about USCG emergency capabilities, this 1960s film shows a dramatic overview of the search and rescue system. The USCG is here to render help to people in distress using helicopters, planes, land takeoff or flying boats including the Grumman HU-16 Albatross as seen at mark  01:08 . At  25:20  the USCGC Cape Newagen, a Cape-class patrol boat, is seen. At mark  01:35 , we have life boat stations on seas. They are always alert to...
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This 1960s film, Operation Ice Cloud, produced by the Vertol Division of the Boeing Company, shows viewers how a testing rig, which creates an “ice cloud,” is used to create icy conditions for testing aircraft. The film features testing on Vertol’s Model 107 transport helicopter ( 00:51 )—also known as the Boeing Vertol CH-46 Sea Knight—as engineers subject the helicopter to two months of testing. Tests include deicing technology for helicopter blades, rotor deicing, and anti-icing of...
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This short silent film "U-Boat War in the Atlantic" shows German U-boats hunting for Allied shipping during WWII.   The film starts with shots of a convoy at sea with lookouts searching the horizon for U-boats. At 2:07 , a U-boat commander spots the convoy and radios headquarters to alert senior officers of the convoy's course and destination. At 2:30 this information is plotted on a map and then at 2:50 other U-boats are informed of the convoy's location. The wolfpack of U-boats...
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This 1963 color documentary film about Cape Canaveral launches was produced by the Air Force Missile Test Center. It begins with the sound and sight of rocket nozzles (:08). In July 1950, “Bumper”, a captured German V2 with an Army-developed second stage, is launched (:55- 1:10 ). A bird’s eye view of the proving ground launch pads is shown ( 1:15 - 1:30 ). A Titan II launches but destructs ( 1:32 - 2:10 ). Another Titan II is successfully launched ( 2:11 - 2:26 ). Long range cameras...
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Made by Lockheed during WWII to promote the P-38 Lightning and introduce it to Army Air Force pilots, P-38 FLIGHT CHARACTERISTICS gives an overview of this vaunted aircraft. Interestingly, the film begins with an animated discussion of how to bail out of the aircraft, owing to "hangar talk" that suggested it would be a widow maker. The film features a number of Lockheed test pilots including chief engineering test pilot Lionel Burgess, giving insights into how to handle the P-38. It...
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Directed by Jerry Hartleben, who's had a long career as a documentary filmmaker, and shot by award winning cinematographer Conrad Buff, "Down to the Wire" is a portrait of naval aviation cadets struggling to receive their carrier wings circa 1970. To become qualified as a carrier jet pilot, a variety of tasks must be mastered from "touch-and-go's" on land to that first hairy carrier landing at sea. The famed Essex class carrier USS Lexington (CV/CVA/CVS/CVT/AVT-16), known as...
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Castle Films’ World Parade presents “Old Spain,” a short black-and-white picture that takes its viewer to “the sunniest land in all Europe.” The film opens with scenic views of Spain and a reminder that the country was “the fatherland of valiant men who braved the seas to carry civilization to the Western Hemisphere.” The harvest is seen, with horses pulling farm equipment, at  1:10 . Mark  01:35  shows us the ancient city of Granada and its Muslim-influenced designs from the...
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Carnival is a black and white film put out by Sterling Films, produced by Bud Gamble, with narration by Ben Kramer. It shows Coney Island, in Brooklyn, New York, in the mid 1940’s, the birthplace of the American Amusement Parks, and lets you experience the rides of that day. Coney Island was started in the 1830’s. In 1897, Captain Paul Boyton, opened a collection of amusement rides and Coney Island expanded from there. People strolling through the streets headed for the carnival ( 0:33 -...
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This episode of the 1954 TV series The Greatest Drama, “The Sky Giant: The Story of Rear Admiral Charles A. Rosendahl,” tells the story of Rosendahl and his championing of dirigibles. The episode opens with a shot of a dirigible ( 00:29 ) and a shot of Rosendahl ( 00:41 ), a “giant of aviation” and pioneer of dirigible flight. Rosendahl is part of the flights of famous U.S. dirigibles, including the Shenandoah ( 00:45 ), the Akron, the Los Angeles. Cadets march at Annapolis ( 01:01 ),...
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Made in 1952 to promote the release of the new Model 200 16mm movie camera, this Bell & Howell company film "Movie Star" also contains a brief history of B&H's cameras -- with nearly 250K sold by the time this movie was released. This included WWII aerial gun cameras as well as B&H's first camera, the Filmo-121 and its relative the 141 and the post-WWII 153 camera. As the film says, the B&H 200 won the Society of Motion Picture Art Directors award in 1951 for its...
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Produced by the Shell Lake Boat Company in Shell Lake, Wisconsin, “Highway to Adventure” is a 1950s-era color film that accompanies Alaskan explorer Father Bernard Hubbard (“The Glacier Priest”). The film opens in a southeastern Alaska (mark  01:16 ) Flowers bloom and bees collect honey before the camera takes us to a nearby dock at mark  02:00  and crews ready two Shell Lake cabin cruisers for their journey into a nearby fiord. Their Johnson-brand motor cuts through the water as the...
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This Castle Films News Parade episode from 1954 tells the story of Pope Pius XII. Born Eugenio Maria Giuseppe Giovanni Pacelli, Pope Pius XII ( 00:42 ) served as Pope of the Catholic Church from 1939 until his death in 1958. The film opens with an aerial shot of the Vatican ( 00:21 ) and St. Peter’s Basilica ( 00:30 ). Before becoming the 266th pontiff of the Catholic Church, he visits the Shrine of Lourdes ( 01:10 ), Budapest ( 01:16 ), and Fordham University ( 01:40 ) in the U.S. In 1939,...
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“Psychiatry in Action” is a lengthy circa 1943 black-and-white film opening with a slow crawl explaining how in September 1939, Great Britain’s Ministry of Health organized its medical services to combat the threat of injury and death to its citizens at the start of World War II. From the smallest village to the largest towns, the narrator explains how medical professionals are geared to assist Brits with any healthcare issues including psychiatric. Anyone suffering from neurosis, we are...
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The United States Navy brings the viewer “Seabees In The Antarctic: Base Construction,” a circa 1959 color film detailing the construction of scientific research stations by Task Force 43 as part of Operation Deep Freeze. The station was part of the US Navy's contribution to the IGY (International Geophysical Year) in 1957. We learn, starting at mark  00:43 , how the Navy’s Construction Battalion Center in Rhode Island established a special mobile construction battalion to construct and...
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The Douglas Aircraft Company presents “Birth of a Jet,” a circa 1958 16mm promotional movie for the Douglas DC-8 jetliner. The corporate/educational color film opens by touting jets as “the new symbol of commercial aviation” and we see a DC-8 jetliner streaking across the sky and flying past San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge (mark  01:08 ). Douglas has been a pioneer in aviation, the narrator remarks starting at mark  01:50 , since the first flight of the DC-1 in 1933, followed by...
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This WWII Soviet propaganda film celebrates the heroic defense of Leningrad, Stalingrad and Moscow during 1942-1943 in WWII. You can see the first part of this film, about the invasion of Russia by the Germans, at  https://youtu.be/rx-WjGtyR1c Narrator:  A commander telegraphed that the selfless struggle of the fighters in Sevastopol was an example of heroism for all the Soviet army and nation. Sevastopol, a hero city, fought for eight months. (00.24) At great cost, Hitler’s army came close...
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Coleman Engineering Company, Inc. presents “Supersonic Survival,” a circa 1955 film that looks at the United States Air Force’s Project SMART (Supersonic Military Air Research Track) a 12,000-foot supersonic sled track designed and built for the Air Force at Hurricane Mesa in southwestern Utah. The track simulated pilot escape systems of high-speed aircraft and starting at mark  01:10  as we see a few aircraft being tested and “dummy pilots” being ejected. Crews were needed to build...
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Del Mar Engineering Laboratories presents “Supersonic Weapons Training Systems,” a color film providing information on such missiles as the Sidewinder, Falcon, and Sparrow III. A company spokesman opens the film by explaining how Del Mar Engineering worked with US Air Force officials to develop various missiles including those used on the North American F-86D Sabre (mark  01:02 ). Before long, all branches of the military began employing some type of Del Mar system. Modern interceptor...
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This 1949 color animated film titled “Bailing Out” is a U.S. Navy training film covering parachute ejections. It begins with an animated Vought F4U Corsair cruising through the sky when a thunderstorm begins ( 0:14 - 0:38 ). A bird flies into the engine and causes rapid altitude loss. It passes a floating 7000-ft altitude sign as it drops towards a mountain range ( 0:39 - 1:45 ). The Lieutenant looks terrified at the prospect of using his parachute and bailing out ( 1:46 - 1:53 ). An...
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This film THE GOLDEN CHALLENGE centers around Larry Thornton (:47) the jet pilot and 23 year old from Arizona of the US Marine Corp. The film was made in 1966, in the early Vietnam War era,and shows the training regime for U.S. naval aviators and features F-4 Phantom flight operations aboard the USS Franklin Roosevelt CV-42. As Larry begins to tell his story we are taken two years prior to the film and he is still in college unsure of his direction ( 1:13 ). After seeing an old friend whom had...
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The dramatic theme music from “2001: A Space Odyssey” plays in the background as the Oshkosh Truck Corporation presents a brief history of the company. The narrator details the manufacturer’s humble beginnings in Wisconsin (mark  01:00 ) and we see still photographs from the company’s beginning in 1917. From there the film shows 4-wheel Oshkosh trucks in action on construction sites, in fields, and as plows that clear snow from roads. An aerial view of the company’s modern production...
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Part of the Carl Dudley produced "Screen Book of Knowledge" THIS LAND OF OURS ARIZONA will take viewers on a tour through Arizona in the late 1940s or early 1950s.. At this time it was the youngest state and rests in the south western sector of the country bordering the Republic of Mexico (:28). The fifth largest state consists of high mountains, plateaus and semi arid deserts (:58). Arizona has a dry climate ( 1:02 ). Before the United States had been discovered, Arizona was largely...
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Created for the U.S. Navy, we enter the world of the soldiers who patrolled the waterways during the Vietnam War. The difficulties of navigating a water based terrain and monsoon weather gave the enemy an advantage that the soldiers had to strategize around. The first strategy is the “Hearts and Minds” campaign that is waged by educating locals about democracy and setting up clinics to offer services to the locals. This film also focuses on the daily life of patrolling and the arduous task...
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This episode of "The Air Force Story" focuses on the USAF in the Korean War, and is the second of two episodes about the Korean conflict. "The Final Phase" shows how the Air Force responded in the face of the Chinese offensive -- supplying United Nations forces with much needed supplies through air drops, and providing close air support and interdiction for desperate infantry units. F-80s and F-86s are shown trying to disrupt Chinese supply lines. Eventually this use of...
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The Incas Ancients of the Andes, is a color instructional film produced by Hollywood Film Enterprises, Inc., which was started by Bill Horsley Laboratory in 1916, and was later known as Hollywood Film Enterprises, Inc., which was devoted to the developing and printing of 35mm. films. It is no longer active. Photographed and Directed by Clifford J. Kamen ( 0:16 - 0:26 ). Views of a mountain top ancient city, Machu Picchu ( 0:27 - 0:41 ). Black and white world map, showing where the Aztec, Mayas...
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“Wheels Across Australia” is an expedition documentary by Belgian-born filmmaker Armand Denis about a trip across Australia in Dodge trucks in the late 1940s. The color film, presented by the Dodge Dealers of America, opens with Denis and his wife, Michaela, in Australia as they map out a journey from Adelaide, South Australia north through the central deserts to Darwin in the Northern Territory of Australia. “The equipment? Dodge, of course,” we’re told at mark  01:22  as the...
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This Soviet propaganda newsreel (entirely in Russian) attempts to show the progress made in the modern USSR, and the improvement in everyday life, under socialism. The film shows modern buildings, industry, laboratories, schools, power plants and electrification, the oil industry, and more. The film then transitions to speak about exporting socialism to other nations so that they can enjoy similar progress in their societies. If only the on-going threat from the West including the USA, can be...
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The Army Air Forces present “Camouflage of Airdromes,” a World War II-era color film that walks military personnel through concealing fields and military air bases, and shows some of the elaborate dummy equipment and buildings used to produce a "ghost army" or in this case "ghost air force". “Conceal and deceive” is the objective of all camouflage, a major explains to two officers at mark  01:13 . That includes concealing both personnel and equipment on the ground...
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This 1943 black and white film “Swedes in America” was produced by the U.S. Office of War Information for educational use as part of its overseas information program. This is the first film in “The American Scene” series presented by United Films. The film opens with Ingrid Berman standing in a 1940s furnished living room talking about the success of Swedes in the U.S. (:58- 1:50 ). She begins in Radio City, New York ( 1:51 - 2:25 ). Skaters practice at Rockefeller ice rink ( 2:26 -...
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RKO Radio Pictures presents “The Holy Land,” a 1934 black-and-white film that was part of the Vagabond Adventure Series. Opening with the Easter hymn “Jesus Christ is Risen Today,” the film quickly takes the viewer to the Israeli seaport city of Jaffa (mark  00:35 ). There are scenes of merchants selling their wares in marketplaces and children frolicking in the Sea of Galilee (mark  02:25 ) and see a 1,000-year-old yet still operational water wheel at mark  02:40  that provides...
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Dating to the 1920s, this silent travelogue film gives a brief look at Monte Carlo and the Principality of Monaco, including the St. Devote Church ( 1:00 ), Hanging Gardens ( 1:30 ), Monaco Cathedral ( 2:25 ), Oceanographic Museum ( 2:30 ), Cafe de Paris ( 2:45 ), and of course the Casino ( 3:00 ). Monte Carlo officially refers to an administrative area of the Principality of Monaco, specifically the ward of Monte Carlo/Spélugues, where the Monte Carlo Casino is located. Informally the name...
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The 1963 America’s Junior Miss Pageant is the subject of this color film. The film opens with 1962 pageant winner Jean Allen (mark  00:25 ) who calmly explains that the pageant “is the search for the ideal high school senior in the nation” and details the various competitions leading up to the Junior Miss Pageant as scenes from her competition are shown. After being crowned, Allen recounts her world wind year as Junior Miss starting at mark  02:25  with a montage of scenes from parades...
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Made by the RWU (see below), this silent German film shows the lives of farmers (or "Fellah") living in Northern Egypt near Cairo and likely dates to the 1930s or early 1940s. Some of the scenes include life along the Nile, camels and Bedouins, typical homes and making of mud bricks and clay pots, grinding of flour using a stone wheel and preparation of food, and it ends with scenes of women washing their clothes in the river. Fellah (Arabic: فلاح‎‎, fallāḥ; plural...
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Presented by the U.S. Public Health Service circa World War II, “Fight Syphilis” is an official War Department film that encourages men and women of the United States to do just that. It was written by Oscar Saul, who went on to write the screen adaptation of Tennessee Williams’ “A Streetcar Named Desire.” The black-and-white pictures opens with a scene at “General Hospital” (mark  01:00 ) and fathers nervously waiting in the maternity ward. While one man joyously receives news...
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Made during the Cold War, this historic film in German shows the F-104 Starfighter being tested as part of SATS, Short Air Field for Tactical Support or SATS and its counterpart the ZELL program. The zero-length launch system or zero-length take-off system (ZLL, ZLTO, ZEL, ZELL) was a system whereby jet fighters and attack aircraft were intended to be placed on large JATO rockets attached to mobile launch platforms. Most zero length launch experiments took place in the 1950s, during the Cold...
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