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This color film “Highlights 1970” was produced by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. It opens with NASA photos of the March 7, 1970 total solar eclipse (:35-:52). Two types of weather satellites were already transmitting data 1970: the TIROS Operational Satellite and the Nimbus (:53- 1:15 ). In aeronautics, NASA continued researching wake turbulence using a C-47 and smoke from the tower, with footage shown of these otherwise invisible air patterns ( 1:16 - 1:30 ). An Earth...
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This is a silent film.   Created by the Ballistics Research Laboratory at Aberdeen, Maryland this movie shows tests of 4000 lb "blockbuster" munitions, most likely the Mark V and Mark VI.   Blockbuster or "cookie" was the name given to several of the largest conventional bombs used in World War II by the Royal Air Force (RAF). The term blockbuster was originally a name coined by the press and referred to a bomb which had enough explosive power to destroy an entire city...
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This black-and-white World War II-era film takes a look at combat conditions on the ground and in the air during WWII. The film has a cold open, with a narrator detailing conditions suffered by both Allied and Axis forces, but soon delves into the role of air power during the war and how it supports ground troops. Between World War I and World War II, we are told, the relationship between air power and land power was unclear. By the 1940s, Allied forced realized air power can weaken any...
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“Operation Seadragon” is a 1958 black-and-white episode of the docudrama “The Silent Service” — about the U.S. Navy's submarine fleet. The were based on fact and the realism was heightened by actual use of combat footage from the files of the Navy. The stories were varied between the South Pacific during World War II and the Korean War. The series was the brainchild of Rear Admiral Thomas M. Dykers, who retired from the Navy in 1949 after 22 years service and introduces this episode....
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Presented by the Aluminum Company of America (ALCOA), “Impact The Story of Metal in Motion” is a 1960s informational film detailing how aluminum is used to create parts and components for a variety of uses, primarily through extrusion and impact techniques. It was probably aimed at engineers and designers who were tasked with making parts of various kinds, to get their creative juices flowing. The narrator explains (starting at mark  01:45 ) that ALCOA makes many of its parts using...
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LB Littleford, the sign of modern engineered black-top road maintenance and construction equipment presents The Littleford Road Brooms, a silent film promoting several Littleford models. It was likely made around 1946. The film begins with graphics depicting the Model 106 Traction Driven Broom ( 00:36 ), the Model 108 Engine Driven Broom ( 00:45 ), the Model 106 With Sprinkler Attachment Model 111 ( 00:48 ), and the Model 108 With Two-Way Blower Attachment Model 112 ( 00:56 ). Footage shows the...
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Taking place in the spring and summer of 1972, this color film details live footage of the laying of a 123kV, three core, oil-filled power cable submerged between Lepe, England and Thorness Bay, Isle of Wight, a popular tourist center. At that time, the bulk of electricity was provided via two underwater (sub-marine) cables. The Southern Electricity board decided to install a third cable ( 1:32 ) and hired Balfour, Beatty & Co., Limited. To make this continuous cable for a 3-mile sub-marine...
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One of a series of classified films made for training by the Army Air Forces during WWII, this film about the Norden Bombsight focuses on the operation of the device. A typical training set-up is seen, with the Norden being operated in a hangar, using a piece of equipment as a distant "target". During the entire war the Norden was considered a top secret piece of equipment and normally when it was shown in training films, it was hidden behind a piece of canvas or otherwise...
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The United States Navy presents “The NOL Story,” a circa 1950 color film that informs the viewer of the Naval Ordnance Laboratory in White Oak, Maryland. (The site had done considerable work that had practical impact upon world technology). Covering 900 acres with more than 70 buildings, the film shows the viewer an aerial view of the facility beginning at mark  01:30  before discussing the “ultramodern” facility and its research and development of new naval weapons. The film is...
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One of the most infamous "gag" films ever produced under the auspices of the Department of Defense, "Tough Sledding" was apparently created by the staff at Northrop Corporation in the late 1950s. No, we don't know what they were smoking! In this era Northrop was heavily engaged in conducting human factors research, and developing escape systems including ejection seats and parachutes for use in aircraft and spacecraft. This included the work of Dr. John Paul Stapp, who...
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Made in the 1950s, “This is Lakehurst” explains the history of this famous air station. Lakehurst is the US Naval Air Force's station in Ocean County, New Jersey (:45). Commissioned in 1921, it is best known for being the base for airship training, development and operation (:54). It rests 75 miles south of New York and 50 miles east of Philadelphia ( 1:04 ). A facet of it's many varied missions is the Naval Air Technical Training Unit ( 1:13 ). In the phase nicknamed “flying the...
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The 50th anniversary of Pan American Airlines (Pan Am) and a record-setting flight are celebrated in this 1977 film. The film opens with a narration of man’s desire to explore the globe — first by sea and later by air — most notably Wiley Post (mark  00:45 ) who was the first pilot to fly solo around the world in his Lockheed Vega aircraft, the Winnie Mae, in 1933. In 1947 the first around-the world passenger service was inaugurated in a Lockheed Constellation made for Pan Am. At mark ...
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This black and white film TROOPSHIP dates to WWII and is presented by the British Ministry of Information. At least some of it was filmed by the Army Film Unit before January 17, 1943, as the SS Vestfold, which was destroyed by a German submarine on that date, is shown leaving the arrival port at 6:43 in the film. The theme song “Hold Your Hats On (Toodle-Oodle-OO)” was copyrighted December 31, 1942 by Sonny Miller. TROOPSHIP shows a converted ocean liner drafted into Royal Navy service...
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On July 30, 1942, the WAVES became a World War II division of the U.S. Navy, and consisted entirely of women. The name was the acronym for "Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service". The word "emergency" implied that the acceptance of women was due to the unusual circumstances of World War II, and at the end of the war the women would not be allowed to continue in Navy careers. Their official name was the U.S. Naval Reserve (Women's Reserve), but the nickname of the...
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This 1968 U.S. Navy film SUBMARINE SOUND AND VIBRATION MEASUREMENT shows the techniques used to conduct airborne and structureborne noise surveys, in hopes of producing quieter and stealthier submarines. The film begins with an overview of the noise problem, with subs giving away their position to the enemy, and causing various crew problems including deafness.  As the narrator describes:  Noise is a potential hazard by which a submarine might give away its location to the enemy, it shows...
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Project Mohole was an ambitious attempt to drill through the Earth's crust into the Mohorovi i discontinuity, and to provide an Earth science complement to the high profile Space Race. The project was initially led by the American Miscellaneous Society (AMSOC) with funding from the National Science Foundation. Phase One was executed in spring 1961. Five holes were drilled off the coast of Guadalupe Island, Mexico, the deepest at 183 m (601 ft) below the sea floor in 3,500 m (11,700 ft) of...
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Made in the 1940s by the National Board of Fire Underwriters and the Factory Insurance Association, STOP FIRES SAVE JOBS shows the threat of fires in the workplace: how they are caused, what their impact can be, and how they can be prevented. The film contains a lot of wonderful shots of factories, workers, fire engines and fire fighters, and of course -- fires. The film begins with fire; how fire may make jobs, be the servant of industry, creates goods and payrolls ( 1:01 ), when uncontrolled...
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This extremely rare silent film provides an inside look at the Central Gun Camera Film Processing Laboratory and likely dates to the Korean War. The role of the CGCFPL was to process tens of thousands of feet of gun camera footage obtained by U.S. Air Force pilots.This footage was shot primarily on 16mm motion picture film by cameras that were typically mounted in the wings of airplanes, and which were activated when combat or bomb drops were initiated. Gun camera films were used during WWII,...
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This fascinating, silent 16mm movie comes from the estate of William Hawley Bowlus (May 8, 1896 - August 27, 1967) or someone who was close to him. Bowlus was a designer, engineer and builder of aircraft (especially gliders) and recreational vehicles in the 1930s and '40s. Shown in this film is the plywood XCG-16a experimental military glider, which was ordered by the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1943 based on designs made by Bowlus in 1942. The glider was supposed to be able to fly at 200 miles per...
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“Sky Pilot” was an episode of the CBS television series Navy Log, originally airing on October 25, 1955. (The series was touted as a military drama based on true naval stories.) Narrated by Robert Carson and featuring Stanley Clements, Harry Townes, and Hayden Rorke (later of “I Dream of Jeannie” fame), the episode is set aboard the USS Nereus (AS-17), a Fulton-class submarine tender, in 1953, and revolves around a crewman who is up for promotion. His behavior becomes erratic and he is...
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A survival film made during the Cold War, this film attempts to give practical advice to airmen who find themselves stranded in the "desert without sand" -- the arctic tundra. As the U.S. military began seeing the polar regions as a potential battleground with the Soviet Union, more and more flights were made into these regions, and the need for films like this one greatly increased. In this film the crew of a C-119 Flying Boxcar bails out and must survive in trying circumstances.
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The Battle of San Pietro is a 1945 documentary film directed by John Huston about the Battle of San Pietro Infine during World War II. It was shot by Jules Buck. The film is unflinching in its realism and was held up from being shown to the public by the United States Army. Huston quickly became unpopular with the Army, not only for the film but also for his response to the accusation that the film was anti-war. Huston responded that if he ever made a pro-war film, he should be shot. Because it...
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This early 1950s color film encouraging using airplanes to travel to favorite fishing spots was presented as a public service by United Aircraft Corporation and a presentation of The World Outdoors, Inc. There are also multiple verbal reminders to buy US Saving Bonds by narrator Peter Roberts. Shown are a 1948 Northwest Airlines logo and a Boeing 377-10-30 Stratocruiser (:26- 1:00 ). A man pulls up a large fish into a fishing boat in a Canadian river ( 1:01 - 1:28 ).   A man fishes from shore...
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This Soviet newsreel, presented in Russian, shows some of the news events of the Khrushchev era. Narrator: Decisions taken at the 22 Congress of Lenin’s Party will always be significant for our history. Military divisions are taking part in the parade on Red Square to commemorate the 44th Anniversary of the Great October. Secretary of Defense of USSR, Marshall Malinowski, congratulated the soldiers, all the Soviet people, and foreign guests on the 44th Anniversary of the Great October...
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“The Fire Brewing Story” is a circa 1960 color promotional film that opens with an aerial view of Detroit and a voiceover reminder that “modern” cities are always on the move, especially a city’s industry. This holds true for the Stroh’s Brewery Company, as the camera pans in on the company’s red brick at mark  01:30  and the film’s title fills the screen. Near mark  02:00  the camera takes us to a “recreation center” within the brewery as smartly dressed men and women...
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Part 2 of the 1962 documentary “The Truth About Communism” continues its explanation of the terror presented by the Soviet Union and its ideology. Narrated by Ronald Reagan (who as United States President nearly 30 years after this film would influence the fall of Communism), the picture opens in Czechoslovakia where democratic elements, led by President Edvard Benes, hoped the Soviet Union would allow Czechoslovakia the freedom to choose its own form of government and aspired to a...
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Made by the International Shoe Company to promote its HyTest Safety Shoes brand, “One Ounce of Safety,” a 1940s black-and-white safety film produced “in the interests of foot safety.” Set in a steel plant, the film stresses the importance of safety shoes, and in one demonstration at mark  03:43  illustrates the point as the plant supervisor whacks his reinforced-tip shoe with a hammer. The point’s driven home when a metal rod falls on the foot of a worker at mark  04:26 . Waking up...
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This Rockwell International film shows some of the events of 1977 when, as part of approach and landing tests at Edwards Air Force Base, the Space Shuttle Enterprise made captive flights and then flew on its own for the first time. The title of the film A SPACESHIP LANDED ON EARTH became part of a larger advertising campaign for Rockwell affiliated with the test program. Free-flights that are shown in the represented the end of the flight testing program. These saw Enterprise mated to the...
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This old travelogue profiles some of the world's most important harbors starting with Stockholm, Sweden and Goteborg. Puerto Barrios in Guatemala is seen at 1:00 , Rio De Janeiro Brazil at 1:50 , Alexandria Harbor in Egypt at 3:00 , Le Havre, France and Paris at 5:00 , Honolulu, Hawaii at 5:50 , and Yokohama, Japan at 7:00 . 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...
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This amateur, silent home movie shows a trip to Hawaii and Alaska in the 1970s, apparently made aboard the liner SS Arcadia. SS Arcadia was a passenger liner built for P&O in 1953 to service the UK to Australia route. Towards the end of her life she operated as a cruise ship, based in Sydney, until scrapped in 1979. This film doubtless dates to the 1970-1974 timeline when, after a refit, she became a full-time one-class cruise ship and worked the west coat of America, making a series of...
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This silent 16mm home movie was made by someone who worked for (or possibly even owned) the Gettelman Brewery in Milwaukee. The Gettelman Brewery was established on Milwaukee's west side in 1856, and was justly famous for its brews $1000 Beer and Milwaukee's Best. (The $1000 label was a guarantee: the brewery promised $1,000 to anyone who could prove that Gettelman didn't use anything but pure malt, hops and water.) Gettelman never cracked the top four of nationally known Milwaukee breweries;...
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This promotional film for the F-105 Thunderchief fighter bomber was made by Republic Aviation to showcase the aircraft's utility for Tactical Air Command (TAC) under a wide variety of conditions. It likely dates to about 1960. ( The first F-105Bs entered USAF service with the Tactical Air Command's 335th Tactical Fighter Squadron of the 4th Tactical Fighter Wing in August 1958, although the squadron did not become fully operational until 1959.) The Republic F-105 Thunderchief was a supersonic...
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  This silent 16mm home movie shot in the 1940s starts with images of the Copper Queen Mine in Morenci, Arizona at :29. You will also see images of the town including the Morenci Hotel, completed in the fall of 1903 at a cost of $25,000. It had 2 dining rooms and 22 guest rooms. It's visible at :41. At 1:31, the film appears to show the road to the gigantic copper smelter. The smokestack can be seen at 2:20. At 2:27 are leeching ponds for copper substrates. At 2:59, the filmmaker takes a drive...
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The ground shakes, buildings crumble, walls fall, and music swells in the opening moments of the 19-minute U.S. Army Corps of Engineers film, “Response to Disaster,” detailing the events of Great Alaskan earthquake (also known as the Good Friday earthquake) on March 27, 1964. “Beneath this rugged crust of Earth in our 49th state, Alaska, tremendous stress has built up miles below the surface,” the announcer warns beginning at mark  00:32  as the camera pans snow-covered mountains. At...
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We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional information about our videos by adding a comment! See something interesting? Tell people what it is and what they can see by writing something for example like: "01:00:12:00 -- President Roosevelt is seen meeting with Winston Churchill at the Quebec Conference." This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage collections in...
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One of a series of television programs made by Ziv Productions from the General Newsreel Library, this episode of Yesterday's Newsreel begins with “Wings of Commerce” ( 1:31 ). In which we see planes like those which had seen service in World War I by the Lafayette Escadrille sold by the government as surplus as daredevils and barnstormers use them for stunts. Across the Atlantic, Europe's most enterprising air men launch travel between London and Paris ( 1:45 ). In open cockpits,...
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FLYING TO FREEDOM documents the 1977 defection by a pilot in China’s People’s Liberation Army Air Force. On July 7, 1977, Cmdr. Fan Yuanyan of the People’s Liberation Army Air Force flew his MiG-19 from Jinjiang, Fujian, in the communist People’s Republic of China to Tainan, Taiwan. The timing of this defection, which also came as U.S. President Jimmy Carter was moving decisively toward normalization of relations with the PRC, made Fan an anti-communist star in Taiwan and the U.S.A. (It...
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This color early 1970s film about recycling was produced by the Solid Waste Management Office and the Environmental Protection Agency. The film opens with a “junk man” riding in a horse-drawn wagon loaded with scrap metals ( 0:08 - 0:32 ). Young men and women unload, sort, weigh, and fill containers of aluminum cans ( 0:33 - 1:20 ). Pallets of crushed cans are moved by forklifts, fired, and recycled into new sheets of metal ( 1:21 - 2:08 ). Children help as tin cans are pushed into large...
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Made by the short-lived Mercury Pictures (not to be confused with Orson Welles' company), this silent short "Studios on Parade" was sold to the home market in the 1940s. It begins with shots of the "Cardboard Valley" and shots of many movie studios from RKO Pictures to Warner Brothers, Universal, Cecil B. DeMille Productions, and Columbia Pictures. At :34 RKO and Paramount are shown. At :43 an abandoned set from the 1937 movie Wells Fargo is seen on the back lot. At :59...
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This silent 16mm film shows the Century 21 Exposition, also known as the Seattle World's Fair, held April 21, 1962, to October 21, 1962. Nearly 10 million people attended the fair. Unlike some other world's fairs of its era, Century 21 made a profit. The film includes rare views of the fairgrounds, monorail, and of course the Space Needle in its original orange paint scheme. As planned, the exposition left behind a fairground and numerous public buildings and public works; some credit it with...
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Made in 1948, "Land of Fair Dinkum" is a travelogue about Australia that had it's title -- which was not in common use among Australians -- criticized by the Australian Consul-General when initially released. Paramount Pictures' Paul White defended the title, saying that several Australians had recommended it to him. The film was one of a series entitled "Our Changing World" made for distribution to educational institutions. The film shows New South Wales with its surfing,...
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Made by the Koehler Manufacturing Co., a Naperville-based furniture maker, this silent promotional film tells the story of the company and it's product's "Hidden Qualities". The film showcases a variety of mass-produced furnishings, all made through a version of the assembly line process that nevertheless produced a high-quality end product. Hardwood made up the frames, steel the springs, and strong fabrics were used for upholstery. The film provides an interesting insight into...
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This unintentionally hilarious Cold War era Soviet film was made to promote tourism in Siberia. It opens with scenes from the center of Siberia (:48) and the man-made Bratsk sea (:51). Traditions here have been carefully preserved and tribal dancing and carvings are shown ( 2:02 ) as well as Russian cottages and old Siberian villages ( 3:05 ). One of these has become a museum and it is the village of Shushenskoye where Vladimir Lenin had been exiled to ( 3:16 ). A plaque with Lenin’s face on...
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This film has been produced by the Army Information Branch (:17) and opens with the words ‘Battle of the United States’ over the Department of Justice, FBI insignia (:30). The director of the FBI at the time was J. Edgar Hoover and he addresses viewers about this battle of the United States (:55). Black and white shots of New York in 1941 (:43), the World’s Fair; which was in it’s second year (1:50) the Brooklyn Dodgers (1:52) and draft soldiers in their civilian clothes on the weekend...
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This promotional, color film called North American Van Lines the Great Land Alaska, was probably produced around 1955 as a promotional for its business. North American Van Lines was founded in 1933 by a group of 12 agents and grew into one of the largest U.S. trucking companies. By 1952 it was attempting to expand its business to become international. Ariel of Alaskan mountains ( 0:07 - 0:17 ), Alaskan forests ( 0:22 ), Alaskan rivers ( 0:23 - 0:28 ), the Tundra ( 0:29 - 0:31 ). A Moose eating...
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This color documentary film is about the 1974 DC-10 redesign for a four-segment articulated rudder out of graphite epoxy composite by the Douglas Aircraft Company (contract NAS1-12954) on behalf of the NASA Langley Research Center. The film opens with a view of the final product on a McDonnel Douglas DC-1o aircraft, which expands out to show the plane taxing on a runway before taking off (:08- 1:08 ). An artist’s rendition of the seven initial design concepts is shown ( 1:09 - 1:57 ).   The...
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“The Orange Fruit of Life” is a color film celebrating citrus. Produced by Robert Leahey Studios in St. Petersburg, Florida, the 1960s era picture opens with numerous scenes of orange groves before the narrator explains how “long, long ago” on the southern tip of Asia, “a miracle occurred — the first orange was born.” Over thousands of years the fruit was carried from Asia through India and Northern Africa and finally to Spain, where in the late 1400s Christopher Columbus brought...
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Filmed at the special request of Admiral Robert Dennison, the Naval Aide to President Truman, this 16mm silent film shows President Truman’s Rail Trip to the Pacific Coast, starting June 3, 1948. The reason for shooting the film is not altogether clear, but it paints a beautiful portrait of a whistle stop political tour. The film starts on June 4, 1948 with an early morning stop at Pittsburg. Harry S. Truman is seen from back of train. At 1:04 are scenes from Fort Wayne, Indiana. Scenes of...
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This never-seen-before silent, color 8mm home movie film was shot of the launch of the doomed S.S.EDMUND FITZGERALD on June 7, 1958. The film shows the crowds of spectators at Great Lakes Engineering Works. More than 15,000 people attended Fitzgerald's christening and launch ceremony on June 7, 1958. But the event was plagued by misfortunes: When Elizabeth Fitzgerald, wife of Edmund Fitzgerald, tried to christen the ship by smashing a champagne bottle over the bow, it took her three attempts to...
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This bizarre 1960s sales training film made by Wilding for Republic Steel attempts to teach salesmen how to market stainless steel products and grow their business. The plot, which revolves around a guardian angel sent from heaven to coach a struggling Republic salesman, is straight out of a Hollywood feature. As the salesman struggles with lack of sleep, problems with his marriage and even his TV set, etc. his guardian angel (a former #1 salesman) proffers important advice. The lessons derived...
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This film profiles the Fairchild F-27 propjet, a version of the Fokker F27 Friendship twin-engined turboprop passenger aircraft manufactured under license by Fairchild Hiller in the United States. The Fairchild F-27 was similar to the standard Fokker F27.   Television star and celebrity pilot Arthur Godfrey makes an appearance in the film, which also features test aircraft with the "Experimental" designation on the fuselage. The film likely dates to 1958-5 and shows the company...
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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 four segments. “Kansas.” Two reporters in a 1940s station wagon arrive at a farm. They enter a late 1950s living room with tufted sofa chairs. The entry to the room has a sliding door with geometric squares on it. The woman, wearing a 1950s short-sleeve sweater and pearls, shows off her all white kitchen, with its top-opening automatic...
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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. 1917-1918 Liberty Bonds for America. The Treasury engraver inspects the first plate for war savings stamps as part of Liberty Loans. Women in 1917 hairstyles and clothing work in the printing office. Metal tanks are used as war bond booths, hawked by a woman in a 1917 dress with large collar and...
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This “unclassified” 1974 US Navy film opens with a German submarine crew silently stalking and then firing upon an Allied vessel. During WW2, the film says, 47 major ships, 52 submarines, and countless lives were lost. The war also taught the Navy that close exposure to an underwater blast can severely damage a ship’s hull or propulsion systems, putting it out of commission. The film’s title, “Close Is Near Enough,” appears on the screen at mark  03:20  as the narrator echoes...
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Dating to the 1950s, Pan American World Airways’ travel film Wings To Germany highlights the urban and rural attractions of the country. The film begins with Pan Am’s Clipper flight 100 on route to Frankfurt, Germany. Frankfurt is a bustling city, featuring Eschenheimer Turm ( 01:49 ) and other old buildings with busy streets and cafés. West Berlin ( 02:33 ) is similarly a bustling urban center with a number of sidewalk cafés. The Airlift Memorial in the city’s center is a popular...
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Created by Douglas Aircraft, A REPORT ON ANTARCTICA was presented (with accompanying sound, not available here) to show aircraft used in support of the 18th Air Force in 1957-58. Specifically it presents footage of the Air Force Task Unit of the 63rd Troop Carrier Wing’s mission in support of the International Geophysical Year (1 July 1957-31 December 1958). This mission (most likely occurring in 1957), which is part of Operation Deep Freeze, features Douglas C-124 Globemaster IIs being used...
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This silent German film "Mit Kruezer Emden In Die Welt" shows the exploits of the light cruiser Emden in World War II, starting with footage shot in 1936/1937. The film shows the ship cruising to Cagliari, Sardinia at  1:14 , with rare footage shot aboard the ship showing crew activities including cleaning, sewing, laundry, etc. At  2:30  the ship arrives to a heroic welcome in Sardinia. At  3:03 , the title card states "a visit to the Opera Ballila", or the Opera...
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Presented by the Mead Atlanta Paper Company, Inc., PINE PACKS A PUNCH is a short film on the company’s operations in Georgia, which includes some emphasis on soil conservation. Produced by Robert M. Carson, this film shows the role the company (and Georgia’s timber industry) plays in the packaging industry. The film begins by discussing how agriculture has historically played a central role in Georgia’s economy, but the reliance on only a few crops—namely cotton—led to soil depletion...
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Primary Flight Training: Race Track Patterns, Part II (MN-3474k) is the second short U.S. Navy training film from 1945 that discusses the basics of flying a race track pattern. The film features a Navy instructor explaining concepts to his student, and it uses footage of a Navy N2S Stearman flying the patterns while supplementing with graphics to illustrate the concepts and issues new pilots will need to understand to perform the primary maneuver of the film—the 180-degree power-on approach....
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Made in 1945 or 46, this extraordinary 16mm silent home movie shows a visit to the war-torn Philippines by a U.S. military officer. The film begins with a flight aboard a propeller driven aircraft from an unknown base to Manila. At 1:35 the aircraft lands at an unknown airport before the journey continues by plane and then by boat. By 2:51 the flag of the Philippines is seen, and it appears this part of the film was shot from a boat. At 3:00 a large Spanish-style structure is seen, which at...
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Made by Shell Oil, this educational film -- one of six made to explain the principles of flight -- discusses the physical forces of air, atmospheric pressure, and how lift is created. The film uses a series of simple experiments and demonstrations with household and laboratory equipment to demonstrate how the increased flow of air over the top of the wing causes lift.  The film features a variety of aircraft including the DC-3 and Cessna AT-17 Bobcat ( 7:40 ). We encourage viewers to add...
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Made in 1946, "Military Censorship" attempts to explain the need for censorship of communications by the U.S. Army in time of conflict. The film looks at the defensive measures used during WWII, which included censorship of mail and the withholding of information from the press. At mark  0:43  the film begins with images of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United states of America. This has form the way of life today conceived by freedom. Freedom of life,...
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This official NASA film takes the viewer inside the December 1968 launch of Apollo 8. Apollo 8 became the first manned spacecraft to leave Earth orbit, reach Earth’s moon, orbit it and return safely to Earth. The three-astronaut crew — Commander Frank Borman, Command Module Pilot James Lovell, and Lunar Module Pilot William Anders — became the first humans to travel beyond low Earth orbit, the first to see Earth as a whole planet, the first to directly see the far side of the Moon, and...
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“The Last Ten Feet” is a circa 1940 black-and-white presentation by oil and gas manufacturer Esso and the Oil Industry Information Committee. “All that the average motorist sees of the American oil industry is the ten feet of hose leading from the service station gasoline pump to his car. This is the story behind those last ten feet,” a card tells us at mark  00:47 . From there the 1940s-era film embarks on telling that tale as friendly gas station attendants filling tanks, checking...
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“Pacific Enemy Number Two Malaria” is a 1944 training film that outlines the way the United States military fought malaria in the islands of the South Pacific during World War II. “Pacific enemy number one — the Jap — has been blasted out,” the narrator says at mark  00:50  as we watch peaceful scenes from a Pacific island. Yet another threat remains — the mosquito (mark  01:04 ), “whose tiny bite can mean malaria.” Illustrative footage is shown as scientists take blood...
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The Diamond State Telephone Company presents “The Delaware Story” — “the story of a free people in a free land.” The 1950s color film provides the viewer with historical, economic, and cultural information on the “Diamond State” (a nickname bestowed by Thomas Jefferson, we’re told at mark  00:40 ). Through color illustrations the film discusses the Native Americans who once called the area home (mark  01:07 ), the destruction of a 1631 Dutch Colony, and the development of...
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This Soviet-produced documentary film shows the Red Army's long offensive of 1944 that led to victory against the Fascist Wehrmacht. It contains fascinating footage, rarely seen in the west. (The film covers early 1944 through January of 1945.) Narrator: "Soviet military forces fully obtained strategic initiative by 1944. The final victorious period of the war between the Soviet Union and Fascist Germany began. Military leaders planned to start a large offensive campaign from White Sea to...
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AMERICAN COWBOY is a documentary about Gus Roberson, an American cowboy who has a ranch at Gunnison, Colorado. The film is part of the Ford Motor Co.'s "Americans At Home" series, and is narrated by journalist Joseph March and was directed by Larry Madison. The film shows a modern portrait of cattle ranching in the West, showcasing the difficulties of raising animal herds in tough environmental conditions. The film begins with the journalist arriving in Gunnison by steam train, and...
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Attack! The Battle of New Britain is a documentary/propaganda film produced by the U.S. War Department in 1944, depicting events in 1943.. It details, as its name implies, the New Britain campaign, which was part of the New Guinea and Solomon Islands Campaigns during World War II. The film follows a rather standard format: it is a chronological narrative of the campaign from the arrival of the soldiers in New Guinea to their capture of most of the island. Opening with travelers book pictures of...
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This historic, silent film from Republic Aviation shows the development of the company's ill-fated SD-3 Snooper drone. A second film PF# 54484 is also available. The film begins with shots of a slide rule and a drafting table (:42), as the drone is designed. A so-called breadboard model of the flight controller is seen at :51, and a circuit board is shown at 1:14 , part of the guidance system. At 1:30 a large analog computer mainframe is shown being used to analyze data. At 1:39 , a woman...
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Made by the U.S. Air Force during the Cold War, PENETRATION AND LOW APPROACH PROCEDURES FOR JET AIRCRAFT was shown to pilots to explain the techniques used to make instrument approaches to runways in situations where there is low visibility. The start of the film shows a Lockheed T-33 jet performing a training mission. At 1:32 , the mission encounters overcast and zero visibility weather during landing. The film then explains how all runways have standard, automatic radar and other features...
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This U.S. Navy film from the early 1970s starts with a discussion of how in the first five months of 1968, Navy pilots only achieved an "unacceptable" 3:1 kill ratio over North Vietnamese Migs. As the narrator explains, the small Migs were able to outmaneuver U.S. aircraft in combat. The Navy Fighter Weapons School or "Top Gun" was created as a response to this problem, using the A-4 Skyhawk as the adversary aircraft. The results were extraordinary, with an increase in kill...
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Chevrolet’s 1956 short film, “On Top of the World,” produced by Jam Handy, follows six 1957 pre-production Chevrolet Task-Force models as they make the grueling trip from GM’s Proving Ground in Milford, Michigan to Fairbanks, Alaska, and back. The six Chevrolet trucks demonstrate their durability and performance as they tackle the formidable ALCAN highway. The six Task-Force trucks—a 1957 Chevrolet ½-ton Cameo Carrier Pickup, a 1957 Chevrolet 1-ton Panel, a 1957 Chevrolet Dump Truck,...
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Shot in the aftermath of the devastating fire aboard the USS Franklin in March 1945, this silent movie footage was shot by U.S. Navy cameraman for a documentary about the incident. At  3:00 , you will see burned out interior spaces of the carrier, standing in start contrast to parts of the ship that were untouched by fire.  At  5:30 , an African American officer (?) is seen in the ship. Unfortunately we do not know more about this particular film, who shot it, or why. The USS Franklin...
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“This film is restricted.” That warning greets viewers at the start of this World War II-era, 27-minute Official Training Film from the War Department. Titled “The Anti-Tank Rocket M6,” this black-and-white picture is a bazooka-training film introduced by an instrumental version of “Buckle Down, Winsocki” — a song first heard in the 1943 musical “Best Foot Forward.” The film begins with “Methods of Use,” as introduced at mark  00:32  as German tanks are shown rolling...
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Produced in 1944 by Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corporation, GRUMMAN AT WAR shows the company in full swing as part of the WWII production effort. The film was released along with a companion book to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the company's founding. By the time it was made, production of the Wildcat and Avenger had been taken over by the Eastern Aircraft Division of General Motors Corporation, under their FM and TBM designations, to allow Grumman to concentrate on production of the...
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The sea lanes surrounding Alaska are the gateway to the Arctic Ocean, and of vital importance to the United States during the Cold War. In this film, the men of the Coast Guard cutter USCGC Klamath (WHEC-66) visit Alaskan waters, and perform various humanitarian missions among its Native American residents. Klamath also monitors the seas, servicing buoys and making certain the sea lanes are safe for transit. They also wave the flag near the shores of the United States' key adversary during the...
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This film shows two fights between Joe Louis the "Brown Bomber" and Max Schmeling. The first fight between Louis and Schmeling took place on June 19, 1936, at the famous Yankee Stadium in Bronx, New York, and was one of the greatest upsets in boxing history. The referee was the legendary Arthur Donovan, and the stadium was sold out. The bout was scheduled for fifteen rounds. By round twelve, Schmeling was far ahead on the judges' scorecards. Finally, he landed a right to Louis' body,...
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Shot by a combat cameraman embedded with U.S. forces in Vietnam, this 16mm silent film shows troops on jungle patrol at :32. At :40 an American G.I. smokes from a cigarette while waiting to advance. At 2:30 a slate is shown but it is impossible to read. At 2:56 troops advance through a clearing. At 3:40 a prisoner marches with the troops. At 4:18 the prisoner is roughed up a bit as an interpreter, probably AVRN, speaks to him. At 5:00 the prisoners are held at gunpoint with their arms tied...
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This color educational film produced by NASA about the Flight Crew Support Division is Report #2, dated December 31, 1964. Flight crew support will be needed for the upcoming Gemini and Apollo operations. Astronauts Edward White (who would die in the Apollo 1 fire) and James McDivitt are shown, who are training for the GT4 flight crew (:35-:47). This division has several experimental and training equipment pieces in Houston, including Gemini mission simulator #2, which is entered by the two...
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This silent test film shows the results of a high speed crash test on a fourth generation Chevrolet Corvette, and features various angles of the impact including shots from underneath the vehicle. The film begins with reference shots of the car from all sides before moving into the tests, with the car traveling into an angled concrete wall. The car doors were made of transparent plastic to aid researchers in seeing the impact effects on the passengers -- crash test dummies.  The test shows...
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Created by famed cameraman Burton Holmes, this short newsreel shows the "Streets of Paris" exhibition at the Chicago World's Fair "A Century of Progress" in 1933.  The risque nature of the exhibit is a bit dumbfounding to a modern audience, as it features a "nudist colony" and "live model" art class. However most of these appear to be sight gags of one kind or another. One sight that is something to behold is Sally Rand, who performs her famous fan dance...
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Made in May of 1987, NEW STRENGTH FOR AMERICAN DEFENSE shows the then-brand-new B-1B Lancer bomber being put through its paces by Air Force crews. At  3:11 , SAC's first B-1B main operating base is shown at Dyess, Texas, and the Ellsworth Air Force Base is also shown. McConnell AFB in Kansas and Grand Forks Air Force Base are also mentioned as part of the deployment of 100 B-1Bs. At  4:00 , President Ronald Reagan is seen announcing the contracts for the B-1B, and the manpower build-up to...
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Robert Rietty, known as “the king of dubbers” and “the man of 1,000 voices,” narrates this short film about the Republic of San Marino. It is directed and photographed by cinematographer Cedric Williams. Baggage and passengers board an Alitalia DC-6B plane at London’s airport before taking off for Italy (:26- 1:00 ). Views of farm fields ( 1:03 ), are seen through a car window as it heads from the Adriatic coast inland to San Marino, a Republic inside the Republic of Italy. Cars and a...
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Presented by the United States Navy during WWII, THE ENEMY JAPAN presented the American public with a look at their new adversary. In this, Part Two of the three part series entitled “The People,” is narrated by former U.S. Ambassador to Japan Joseph C. Grew. The film portrays the Japanese as a people trained from childhood to completely commit themselves to the Japanese Empire and its causes. The film begins with Grew giving an introduction ( 00:41 ), then shows footage of Japan’s...
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This is the 1943 restricted training film No. 107-B, second in the series, and produced by the Army Air Forces with the Republic Aviation Corporation and is a Jam Handy Picture.   It opens with Lew Lehr, a Vaudeville comedian, who accompanies a pretty young woman to the golf course to teach her the basics of golf. The camera focuses on her short flared shorts and her swing. She wears a tight sweater and ankle strap shoes ( 1:20 - 2:50 ). “Ground Handling.” A pilot makes an exterior check...
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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: “Improving the Harvest.” A mechanical slicer cuts peaches in half. Oranges are washed on a conveyer. Corn is harvested. Tin cans move on a conveyer. A woman pushes a shopping cart in a 1950s supermarket. An elderly farmer holds a giant ear of corn, bred specifically to make corn cob pipes (:29- 1:33 ). Grass is grown in...
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NOTE: AUDIO ON THIS FILM IS SUBSTANDARD DUE TO WATER DAMAGE. The 1964 short film Aviation Mechanic, produced by MPO, promotes the profession of the aviation mechanic and the Academy of Aeronautics (now the Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology). The film covers the wide variety of careers available to an aviation mechanic, including servicing jets for commercial airlines, selling and maintaining private planes, advancing military aircraft, and working on rocket propulsion systems for...
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Made as part of the WWII war effort by Chrysler, THE BOFORS GUN TEAM shows the manufacture of the Bofors 40mm anti-aircraft gun then in use by the Navy and Army. This was one of the most stunning manufacturing feats of the war, since the Bofors was an extremely intimidating weapon to mass produce and many believed it could not be produced in quantity, in time to make a difference in the war. Within 3 years however Chrysler had shipped over 40,000 complete mechanisms and 75,000 barrels. At 1:55...
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This episode of "The Greatest Drama" -- Mister New York -- is about Grover Whalen (1886-1962) and the influential role he played in New York City politics and society. The film begins by acknowledging that Grover Whalen ( 00:17 ) is master of the ticker tape parades that began in New York City (the first ticker tape parade occurred the year of Whalen’s birth, celebrating the dedication of the Statue of Liberty). Whalen tells the viewers how he organized the parades ( 00:29 ), making...
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This short 1979 film, Space Shuttle: America’s Space Transportation System, is produced by Rockwell International’s Space Division and promotes the future of the U.S. space transportation system using space shuttles. The film primarily uses still images, but it opens with actual footage of the space shuttle orbiter Enterprise making its landing in October 1977 ( 00:10 ). The film discusses how the space shuttles are reusable cargo carriers, which launch from either the Kennedy Space Center...
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This episode of “Yesterday's Newsreel” is from the early 1950s television series that combined original General Newsreel Company footage with contemporary narratives. It begins with Tom Hale announcing it is “the television highlights of the news of yesteryear” (:13). The film starts in 1920, the first World War had ended, yet as specified by the Treaty of Versailles (:50) Allied troops remained to patrol waters. These are actual shots of the American Marines policing water ways between...
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One of the "This Land of Ours" films made by prolific producer Carl Dudley, this 1950s educational film looks at the state of Utah in the American west. Utah means “top of the mountain” and is bordered by five states: Wyoming, Idaho, Nevada, Arizona, and Colorado (:34). This state was originally under water, as evidenced by the wave-cut terraces (:45). The largest of what remains is The Great Salt Lake ( 1:02 ), so salty a person can float in it. Utah’s Mormon roots date to July...
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This 1960 color film on Thailand is one of a series of Pan Am New Horizons travelogues. It is narrated by Ed Stokes and is produced by Movietonews, Inc. It begins with a colorful ‘focus leader’ for the film operator (:06-:50). It opens with a monk sitting on a rock overlooking the landscape below, followed by quick images of the Wat Pho Complex ( 1:00 - 1:18 ), a woman performing a traditional dance ( 1:19 ), and a kite dancing in the sky ( 1:30 ). The New Horizons credits are shown ( 1:30...
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One of the all time most infamous of the highway safety scare film genre, HIGHWAY OF AGONY was made by Highway Safety Films of Mansfield, Ohio. This was the filmmaking arm of the Highway Safety Commission, an organization responsible for haunting the dreams of an entire generation of young drivers. In this era, when safety belts were not mandatory and air bags were yet a distant dream, and things like disc brakes and powered steering had yet to be widely adopted, America's highways were the...
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A late 1950s or early 1960s Contempé Production, The Fashionable Figure is a short video report from Harper’s Bazaar and special reporter Elaine Lynn on the importance a woman’s figure and posture play in good fashion. The film centers around a luncheon for women ( 00:58 ; 04:34 ) hosted by Harper’s Bazaar, where the “fashionable figure” is discussed and women model new outfits ranging from cocktail dresses and ball gowns to sportswear and travel dress. The film opens with shots of a...
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This “restricted” United States War Department Film Bulletin provides the viewer with footage of the U.S. Army’s “Basic Training of Glider-Borne Troops.” This footage is “Part 2: Loading Equipment in the CG-4A” — a 48-foot long cargo glider that can carry 13 soldiers, along with a pilot and co-pilot. The camera takes us inside the glider, as the narrator explains what a soldier will see inside the glider. An explanation of the glider’s tie-down rings (for heavy equipment...
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This 1960s NASA film tells the story of the 12 Gemini missions. Project Gemini was NASA's second human spaceflight program. Gemini was a United States space program that started in 1961 and concluded in 1966. Project Gemini was conducted between projects Mercury and Apollo. The Gemini spacecraft carried a two-astronaut crew. Ten crews flew low Earth orbit (LEO) missions between 1965 and 1966. It put the United States in the lead during the Cold War Space Race against the Soviet Union. Gemini's...
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