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This silent home movie from 1954-1961 show the Hillside New Jersey Little League. 1954 was actually its inaugural year. Sadly, the little league disbanded in 2015 due to a lack of community support. Various teams are shown in the film including one sponsored by Kiwanis ( 1:50 and 8:14 ).   At 6:30 the construction of a new ballpark is shown, right next to a housing development. The finished stadium is seen at 14:00 hosting a game. At 18:30 the Goodfair team is shown. At 21:56 a July 4th or...
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This silent home movie shows early Kodachrome color views of the 1938 and 1939 Rose Parades in Pasadena, California. These were the 49th and 50th Parades, respectively. The 1939 Parade theme was "Playland Fantasies" and features marvelous floats and at 3:43 a 20th Century Fox wagon. At 3:47 the 1939 Parade begins. This one includes a sensational Wizard of Oz float at 6:11 , sponsored by Culver City where MGM Studios was located. Some of the other floats include North Hollywood at 8:20...
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This silent film, likely an unfinished television pilot or promotional movie, shows divers deploying from a yacht somewhere in the Caribbean. They use SCUBA gear to dive on a reef. The divers retrieve lobsters, sea shells and artifacts from the bottom, and use spear guns to capture exotic fish and eels ( 10:25 ). A shark is shown at 6:19 . At 17:50 a shipwreck is seen on the ocean floor. At 23:16 some of the artifacts are shown including what appear to be gems and crucifixes.   We encourage...
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This McDonnell produced film “The Phantom Joins the Fleet” was made in 1962 when their F4H-1 (later F-4B) Phantom II had just achieved deployment. The film features Fighter Squadron SEVEN FOUR (VF-74) aka Bedevilers flying from the nearly-new aircraft carrier USS Forrestal (CVA-59) along with the rest of Carrier Air Wing EIGHT (CVW-8).   Some of the other aircraft seen in the film include the Vought F8U-2N Crusaders of VF-103 Sluggers, the Douglas A4D-2N Skyhawks of VA-83 Rampagers and...
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One of a series of newsreels directed at U.S. troops during the war, this Combat Bulletin consists of various segments. It begins with a reserve airbase on an island in Yugoslavia where damaged American aircraft are being repaired, and emergency landings are being made. Americans are shown meeting with Yugoslavian freedom fighters. At  2:30 , the film shifts to show some of the experimental activities of the USAAF including shatterproof oxygen tanks for aircraft. At  3:20 , a U.S. version of...
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One of a series of newsreels produced by the War Department during WWII, Combat Bulletin 34 dates to December of 1944. The film begins with coverage of the 9th Army as it drives across Belgium from Aachen towards Germany. The German cities of Linnich and Juelich are shown. At  1:00 , the drive towards Antwerp is shown, with the port itself in ruins due to the work of retreating Germans. American engineers are seen busy working with British and other workers to restore the port to full...
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Made in the 1930s by the U.S. Navy, "Crossing the Line" shows the life of sailors in the era between the wars. The film starts with images of the fleet on its way across the Pacific as part of a large scale exercise. At 1:08 the decks are scrubbed and at 1:40 a baseball game is played on the deck of a battleship. At 1:56 boxing and other exercises are shown on deck. At 2:00 a rugby game is shown. At 2:17 some dancing and playing of music is shown, again aboard a battleship. At 2:39 ,...
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Published on Jun 14, 2017 This film made by General Dynamics shows the cruise of the submarine USS Triton (SSRN-586) around the world in 1960. Triton was one of the largest submarines of its era and equipped with twin nuclear reactors. The circumnavigation of the world was conducted under the command of famous submariner Edward L. Beach. This color film details life aboard Triton during that epochal trip, and shows its triumphant homecoming, including a visit from President Dwight Eisenhower....
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Made in 1942, RING OF STEEL is a U.S. Army recruiting film narrated by Hollywood actor Spencer Tracy. The film was produced at the Long Island studio of the Army Signal Corps by Warner Brothers for the U.S. Office for Emergency Management. The film uses stock footage -- much of it pastoral images of old battlefields and monuments -- coupled with Tracy's stirring voice-over narrating the story of America's military history from the perspective of the personification of the American soldier. The...
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This historic, silent newsreel was made for the home market (a sound version would have been shown in theaters) shows the victory tour of Allied Supreme Commander Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower in the aftermath of V-E Day, May 8, 1945. Ike made a series of triumphant visits to London (57 seconds), Paris ( 1:50 ), Washington, D.C.( 2:27 ) where he was re-united with his wife Mamie, New York ( 4:00 ) including Yankee Stadium ( 6:27 ), West Point ( 6:50 ), Kansas City ( 7:44 ) and finally ( 8:58 ) on...
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This silent film from 1938 shows the launch of the "new" RMS Mauretania. This second Mauretania was built by Cammell Laird of Birkenhead and was the largest ship built in England at that time. At :48 a crowd assembles for the launching and the hull of the ship is seen at the drydock. The date is 28 July 1938. At 1:21 Sir Percy E. Bates the chairman of Cunard Lines arrives along with Lady Bates, to christen the ship. At 2:47 the blocks are broken out and at 2:57 as the tide rises to...
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Created by the U.S. Army Signal Corps in the months leading up to Pearl Harbor, and through the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Science's fledgling "Research Council", SAFEGUARDING MILITARY INFORMATION was shown to U.S. troops in early 1942. It features a truncated notice at the head by Major Gen. Dawson Olmstead, who as Chief Signal Officer during the major portion of World War II presided over a momentous buildup of the Signal Corps. With as budget that grew from nine million...
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This promotional film by North American Rockwell shows R.A. "Bob" Hoover performing maneuvers in the Shrike Commander. The Shrike was a twin piston-engined business aircraft which developed a rather staid reputation, one that Rockwell hired Hoover to debunk. As this film documents, Hoover more than did that -- showing how an aircraft not designed for stunt flying could perform incredibly well.   The Aero Commander 500 family is a series of light-twin piston-engined and turboprop...
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This silent black and white military film “Battle for France” was produced by Castle Films in the 1940s as part of “The News Parade” documentary series. The film displays segment cards. Fighting out of Nazi trap in Flanders, Allied troops reach the last channel port…Dunkerque [Dunkirk]. A nurse wipes the forehead of a soldier (:53- 1:02 ). Sandbags are piled against a building as a soldier smokes a pipe. ( 1:03 - 1:22 ). Under terrific fire, British sea craft rush to the rescue! A...
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This two part film tells the story of Father Augustine Nguyễn Lạc Hóa (c. 1908 – c. 1989), a refugee Chinese Catholic priest in South Vietnam, led a militia called the Sea Swallows that carved out an anticommunist enclave in the Viet Cong's Ca Mau Peninsula stronghold. The "fighting priest" and his "village that refused to die" attracted admiring media stories, and in 1964 he received the Ramon Magsaysay Award in the Public Service category. In January 1961, Edward...
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One of a series of films about camouflage produced during WWII, THE BIVOUAC AREA describes how airplane surveillance of roads can make it difficult to conceal the location of convoys and their bivouac (a temporary camp without tents or cover, used especially by soldiers.). For this reason, a close examination of any potential bivouac area must be made. At  2:24 , a truck convoy moves in close column on a road, making it a sitting duck for enemy aircraft. The recommended procedure is seen at ...
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This black and white silent film “The World of Oil” was presented by Esso and is in segments. Tanker Fleet Grows (:24). Esso began its post-war fleet rebuilding program in 1940, which was the first year the Esso name was used as the first word in the ship’s name. Shown are one of the tankers being christened and released (:26- 1:15 ). The Maracaibo tanker Esso San Joaquin was built in 1943 but sank in January of 1960 ( 1:16 - 1:30 ). Sailors clean the ship ( 1:33 - 1:50 ). The radar turns...
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Made by Marshfield Homes, Inc. with the co-operation of the Mobile Homes Manufacturers Association, "The Case for the Twelvewide" is a silent film that promotes the adoption of 12' wide prefabricated home. The film shows how these twelvewide homes can be moved on highways and byways without damage or causing accidents. Once in place they are comfortable homes that have so much space that they actually have hallways. This film documents a shift in the prefabricated home industry. Prior...
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This promotional film for the Bofors SR-375 anti-submarine rocket system dates to the 1960s. The Swedish system was deployed with the Indian Navy in the 1970s. It is a forward throwing rocket launcher which is deployed using sonar. Anti-submarine mortars and rocket launchers are essentially artillery pieces deployed on ships for the purpose of sinking submarines by a direct hit with a small explosive charge. They are often larger versions of the mortar or rocket launchers used by infantry and...
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This promotional film about the New York Stock Exchange dates to the early 1960s and includes two segments.   The first clip is titled Special Report: New York Stock Exchange Adds “Fair Ladies” To Staff. This about the women who provide tours and information of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). It opens with several different women welcoming people to the NYSE in various languages. During the World’s Fair, the NYSE is one of the most popular places to visit. A shot shows the floor of...
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Released in 1943 by Castle Films, one of the premiere makers of commercial "home movie" type 16mm films and newsreels, this exciting film opens with footage from the Battle of the Atlantic. At  1:30 , the fatal end of the French Navy is seen, as the armada is scuttled at Toulon. At  2:00 , the liner Normandie is shown burning at its moorings, and the hull being raised. At  2:26 , forces under MacArthur are shown pressing the offensive in the Solomon Islands, and Mac is seen 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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Primary Flight Training: Race Track Patterns, Part I (MN-3474j) is a short U.S. Navy training film from 1945 that discusses how to do a 90-degree power-off approach, which in its complete form mirrors a racetrack pattern, hence the name. The film features footage of a Navy N2S Stearman flying the pattern and uses graphics to illustrate the concepts and issues new pilots will need to understand to perform the maneuvers required to successfully complete the flight pattern. The film opens with an...
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This Ukranian-language newsreel shows the WWII era victory of the Soviet Army at Stalingrad, the Caucasus, and Orel-Kursk Salient Battle which changed the course of the war. The film begins in 1943 with the Battle of the Dnieper River. Soviet troops began the liberation of Eastern Ukraine.  The Battle of the Dnieper was a military campaign that took place in 1943 on the Eastern Front of World War II. It was one of the largest operations in World War II, involving almost 4,000,000 troops on...
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Dating from the early missile era , this Raytheon promotional film shows the Hawk and Sparrow III weapons systems. The film begins with the first-ever interception of a missile by a missile — a Hawk versus an Honest John. The kill takes place at the  1:01  mark, and then it is shown in slow motion immediately following. At  1:45 , the film switches to show the Sparrow III anti-aircraft missile system aboard U.S. Navy aircraft at sea on the F3H-2 Demon and the F4H-1.  The AIM-7 Sparrow is...
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This 1963 color film, SFP-1214 “Tactical Weapons Effects Tests” is produced by the United States Air Force. January 1963, the Air Force performed tactical weapons test against difficult air and ground realistic limited war targets while flying at high speed. Each test shows massive explosions and/or targets in flames. Planes shown throughout the film include the F-105, F-104, F-100, F-84F, YC-123H, and C-130. The types of targets created are shown ( 1:30 - 1:54 ). The aircraft camera film...
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This episode of the “Yesterday’s Newsreel” — an early TV show that used footage from the defunct General News library — 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 Japanese-Chinese War” of the 1930s (mark  00:32 ) and scenes of combat footage and a look of Japanese advancement including one on the Great Wall of China (mark ...
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“Voyage North” is a color film that focuses on operations on the HMS Artemis (S49), an Amphion class submarine built in 1946 during a voyage. The official British government film, produced circa 1970, is an impressionistic account of life on the submarine told partly through the eyes of Lt. Ellison, a new submarine officer. After seeing the sub while pulling into a dock in Copenhagen, Denmark, we move inside at mark  02:24  for a training exercise on escape routes in the event of an...
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American Can Company presents “Vitamin Rivers,” a color film produced Caravel Films, Inc. of New York in the 1950s. A typical 1950s family opens the picture with the teenaged daughter working on a school project on fruit and vegetable juices. She explains the history of oranges to her father (and the audience) starting at mark  01:45 , having originated in China, and ultimately finding their way to the New World thanks to Christopher Columbus. Thankfully, dad went to Agricultural College,...
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Shot by an unknown American serviceman, these 16mm silent home movies show Japan during the time that it was occupied by U.S. armed forces. The film begins on the Yakoda Air Base, a military base where a Japanese aircraft is prominently displayed (:40). The base has a gymnasium, tennis courts and other amenities including a dry cleaners (1;25) and post office. At 2:10 buses are seen and at 2:17 a sign for the 98th Bomb wing and 343rd Bomb Group.At 2:40 the auditorium is visible. Various shots...
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Released in 1945 by General Electric to promote the adoption of fluorescent lamps, "The Magic of Fluoresence" presents a short historical background of man's conquest over darkness, from the first time prehistoric man brought the flaming fagot into his cave, through the development of the taper, the candle, the kerosene lamp, gas, the incandescent bulb and finally the development of the fluorescent tube. The film shows how fluorescent lights (first introduced in 1938) are...
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Created shortly after the death of President Franklin D. Roosevelt as a memorial, this silent Official Films newsreel was sold to the home market at stores like Sears and Macy's. The film begins with footage of FDR visiting a military training camp at :38, and at 1:40 visiting a war production plant.At 3:00 he is shown at the Casablanca Conference with Gen. Giraud and Gen. DeGaulle of the Free French forces. At 3:29 he is shown at the Cairo Conference with Gen. Chiang Kai Shek of the...
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Intended to justify the U.S. presence in Vietnam, GUARDIANS AT THE GATE presents an overview of the war, framed by the words of President Lyndon Johnson. The films opens with footage of bombs exploding in Vietnam (:28). This war, we are informed was created by North Vietnam and spurred by Communism (:46) as the mission was to conquer South Vietnam. The prime minister of the North, Ho Chi Minh, is shown in 1954 at his headquarters ( 1:05 ). For seven years, he had fought against the French (...
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This German promotional film for the Vought Aeronautics Corsair II likely dates from the 1970s, when the German Luftwaffe began exploring the possibility of using the A-7. The F-104G Starfighter then in use by the Luftwaffe suffered from a high accident rate, and was not considered a good Marine aircraft. The success of the A7 in Vietnam made the airplane very attractive, but while the Luftwaffe considered using the A-7 Corsair II to replace the F-104, it was eventually abandoned as a concept....
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The New York Telephone Company presents “Hidden Gold,” a color film that opens to the strains of “Oh! Susanna” before the narrator explains how man has long been driven by the desire to find hidden gold. Such efforts have often changed then course of history, with the discovery of California gold in 1849 altering the West. Wealth is not only hidden in the ground, explains the narrator, but also in unused potions of material in the workplace. “Unfortunately we do not always think of...
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Chevrolet’s short film, “Turboglide,” produced by Jam Handy in 1957 or 1958, explains how Chevrolet’s new and innovative Turboglide transmission works. Using animation and featuring the character “Mr. T” (Mr. Transmission), the film shows how the Turboglide eliminates gear shifting altogether and uses three turbines to transfer power to the rear wheels as well as boost acceleration. The Turboglide is a Chevrolet constant torque 3-speed automatic transmission that made its debut as...
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One of a series of films made in support of the Marshall Plan, THE CHANGING FACE OF EUROPE: MEN AND MACHINES shows the industrial reconstruction of the continent following WWII. It was the fourth film in the series. Film historian Linda Christenson wrote of this film, "This survey of Europe's Marshall Plan aided economic recovery therefore seeks to convey a message: Establish harmony between men and machines. To lower costs, more automation and mass production are needed in Both the new...
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This is the United States Army T.F. 9 2510 black and white 1957 training film for renovating ammunition. Soldiers unload boxes of ammunition from a USAX 24668 train car (:37- 1:10 ). Ammo boxes are inspected for deterioration ( 1:11 - 1:25 ). A 90-millimeter projectile is shown ( 1:32 ). Renovation is done by the ordinance renovation units, shown riding in a military jeep ( 2:03 - 2:21 ). A job description and flow chart documents are shown ( 2:27 - 2:57 ). Detailed diagrams of how to set up...
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This circa 1938 black-and-white Pictoreel sports film takes its viewer to Pinehurst, North Carolina — the cradle of American golf. The film shows several luxurious homes and street scenes as the narrator explains how golf is the life blood of the city, so much so that many businesses close during the course of the day so that owners may take time to head to the links. Even “gentlemen of the cloth … mingle with their flocks” as at mark  01:50  two clergymen walk to the greens toting...
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This film, MAKAI DEEP OCEAN DIVE was produced by the United States Navy in 1973. The film begins with remarks by astronaut and diver Scott Carpenter about Capt. George Bond, a U.S. Navy researcher who laid the groundwork for saturation diving with helium. Bond, who died in 1983, was an American physician who was known as a leader in the field of undersea and hyperbaric medicine and the "Father of Saturation Diving". The film then shows some of the steps taken in the wake of Bond's...
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This 1944 black and white film “Behind the Winning Punch!” was presented by The War Production Board and produced by The American Industries Salvage Committee.   It opens with cannons and flames firing from ships in the night (:37-:54).   Steel factories provide closeups of conveyer cars holding pieces of scrap metal that are inserted in a furnace. Molten steel pours over a ledge. The reflection is seen in workers’ glasses. Large metal slabs are formed (:55- 1:45 ). Chairman of the War...
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This film by Goodyear could be titled "Better Living Through Chemistry" and is about the rubber industry. It shows some of the history of rubber in the industrial age, including the use of rubber in automobile and airplane tires. The film then looks at the manufacture of synthetic rubber, and compares the differences between natural and synthetic rubber or polyisoprene. At 21:00 , crude polyisoprene rubber are shown being moved to a customer. Erasers, basketballs, safety vests,...
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Made by General Electric just after WWII and directed by Ray Culley, "The World's Largest Electrical Workshop" examines G.E.'s research and manufacturing facilities including at Bridgeport and Providence, where electrical generation and distribution equipment is manufactured, and where new technologies including better lighting, advancements in radio and television, and a myriad of other electronic and electric devices are developed.  As the narrator says: The march is on, the steady...
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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....
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Made by the obscure Victor Espee Film Production company, this wonderful color film shows the London Victory Celebrations of 1946, also known as the Great "V' Day Parade. These were British Commonwealth, Empire and Allied victory celebrations held after the defeat of Nazi Germany and Japan in World War II. Attended by Queen Elizabeth and members of the royal family, the celebrations took place in London on 8 June 1946, and consisted mainly of a military parade through the city and a night...
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Documentary footage examining Allied machinery and methods used to attack the Axis powers on the beach fronts. Includes the Battle of Dunkirk and amphibious assaults on Sicily, Salerno, and Dieppe, France. Narrated by Quentin Reynolds. Navy film of the training and struggle to obtain beaches in Pacific and European Areas. Combat scenes of WWII. Reel 1: 1) Several LS taken off shore looking at White Cliffs of Dover. 2) Several quick flash shots showing England. Civil defense in operation,...
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“Peto Plucks Some Chickens” is a 1958 black-and-white episode of the docudrama “The Silent Service” —   a show that was typically about the U.S. Navy's submarine fleet.   "Silent Service" episodes were based on fact and the realism was heightened by actual use of combat footage from the files of the Navy. The stories were varied between the South Pacific during World War II and the Korean War. The series was the brainchild of Rear Admiral Thomas M. Dykers, who retired from...
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Shows the rescue of the submarine USS Squalus, SS-192, after an accident caused it to sink off the coast of New England.  Featuring the use of salvage and support vessel USS Falcon, whose highly-trained crew saved precious lives using a rescue diving bell. 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:...
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This film, THE POWER OF SUGGESTION (1971) presents the U.S. Army's Suggestion Program. The Suggestion Program was a Vietnam War era program intended to save vital Pentagon dollars, and it still exists today in some form. While some of this film is a bit laughable — showing what appears to be ridiculous levels of government waste — the message remains current. The opening scenes depict a re-enactment of a film director struggling to record a scene in which a child is supposed to mimic an...
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This 1965 color film takes its viewer on a tour of the U.S. Navy's submarine training school at New London, Connecticut and includes includes a tour of the school's library and museum (mark 03:00) and a look at submariner history including the H.L. Hunley, a Confederate sub used during the Civil War (mark 04:45). The film rolls on with a demonstration of their submarine simulator (mark 07:13) and various other simulators used to train officers and sailors. The USS Grouper (SS-214) is shown at...
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This 1963 black and white film, produced by the Army, is part of “The Big Picture” television series narrated by actor Raymond Massey. The host is Army Master Sergeant Stuart Queen. The film’s focus is Dwight D. Eisenhower’s military career, with a great deal of battlefield live footage (:38- 1:00 ). 1945, crowds gather in Abilene, Kansas for a parade celebrating the return of General Eisenhower, shown in full military uniform standing and saluting in his vehicle and in the stands (...
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All-American is a short 1943 official war film from the War Department and produced by the Signal Corps. This film is a special film for the men and women of the American Aircraft Industry, as evidenced by Secretary of War Robert P. Patterson signing a memorandum requesting an movie reel of footage from the Army Air Forces Combat Camera units. All footage from cameras installed on planes and from camera men on planes capturing combat scenes of the war is reviewed by General H.H. Arnold ( 01:49...
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“The Trout at Rainbow’s End” is a 1957 black-and-white episode of the docudrama “Silent Service” — about the U.S. Navy's submarine fleet. All stories 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.  Dykers...
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This film shows early 8mm footage of the USS Indianapolis in Portland, Oregon in 1937. The occasion was Navy Day. Joining the Indy for this event was USS Chester, USS Pensacola and other warships. The poor condition of the film is quite evident; but this remains some of the only footage to show the Indianapolis in the pre-WWII era and so is considered quite precious. USS Indianapolis (CA-35) was a Portland-class cruiser of the United States Navy. She served as flagship for Admiral Raymond...
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S O S Coast Guard (1937) is a Republic film serial. It was the seventh of the sixty-six serials made by Republic. The plot concerns the mad scientist Boroff (Bela Lugosi) attempting to sell a superweapon to the highest bidder, opposed by Coast Guard Lieutenant Terry Kent (Ralph Byrd), for both personal and professional reasons. The main stars were Bela Lugosi and Ralph Byrd. It was made during the 2-year period when the Hayes Office put a moratorium on horror movies, Lugosi's usual genre, and...
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One of the episodes of the short-lived, pioneering TV documentary series "The Greatest Drama" from 1953, "Speedway Star" tells the story of Wilbur Shaw, one of the greatest American race drivers of his era. Shaw (October 31, 1902 – October 30, 1954) was president of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway from 1945 until his death in 1954 and famous as the automotive test evaluator for Popular Science magazine. Shaw delivered the world's greatest automobile race to enthusiastic...
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"Clearing The Way For The United Nations" is a short film from the late 1940s or early 1950s about preparations for building the new U.N. headquarters in New York City. The film opens with a shot of New York City ( 00:17 ) and the U.N. complex. An engineer sits at a drafting table ( 01:05 ) and tells viewers about the story of planning for and building the U.N. complex between 42nd and 48th street and between the East River and 1st Avenue. The engineer says the first thing he needs to...
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Based on the holdings of the defunct General Newsreel Co, Yesterday’s Newsreel was a TV series that actual vintage news footage with modern narration. This episode begins with the Crown Prince of Sweden. In Gothenburg, Sweden in 1926, Gustavus Adolphus (:49) and his princess are boarding a ship headed for Atlantic crossing. The prince is shown taking a photograph of the captain ( 1:07 ) and his landing in New York ( 1:13 ). Lead by Grover Whalen, city dignitaries greet the pair and the prince...
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Based on the holdings of the defunct General Newsreel Co, Yesterday’s Newsreel was a TV series that actual vintage news footage with modern narration. This episode begins with 1917-1950 State of Israel (:40). Great Britain's General Allenby (:49) had played a major role in the capture of northern Palestine and the Jordan Valley. The Balfour Declaration had declared the Jewish people would have a national home. Jewish settlers arrived in Palestine ( 1:05 ). The land was difficult to utilize...
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One of a series of classified films made for the Army Air Forces during WWII about the Norden Bombsight, this film focuses on preflight inspection of the device. 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 "blacked out". This series of films provides a rare look at the operation of the bombsight as it was presented to bombardiers.  The Norden Mk....
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Made in 1943, this silent home movie shows the induction services for draftees held at the University of Arizona in Tucson during WWII. It was one of several films made to document selectees, who include (based on the names shown) many hispanic Americans and perhaps some native Americans. Exactly why these movies were shot is unclear, but what they do underscore is the level of sacrifice made by citizens around the USA during the war. The film begins with a title card stating that...
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This silent film shows some of the steps in assembling a pilot's flight helmet. It's believed that the film shows APH-6C Dual Visor Pilot Flight Helmet developed by Sierra Engineering Company, Sierra Madre, CA in the mid-to-late 1960s and sold through the late 1970s, Military Spec: MIL-H-22995A. Sierra got its start in the late 1940s and created a famous crash test dummy known as "Sierra Sam". By 1966 the company had over 300 employees.   We encourage viewers to add comments and,...
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This 1960 color film was produced by the Societe Nouvelle Pathe Cinema and directed by Jean-Jacques Languepin. A see-through model of the Sud Aviation Air France Caravelle jet airliner is shown. The two engines are uniquely located in the tail fuselage ( 1:08 - 1:35 ). A view of the cockpit instrument panel is shown ( 1:36 - 1:47 ). Behind a network of tubing is a turbine with blades cut as fine as diamonds, shown up close ( 1:48 - 2:02 ). More of the cockpit is shown ( 2:03 - 2:13 )....
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This fascinating, silent home movie shows the emergency landing of a Capital Airlines Viscount, tail  #N7445 . It's unclear which airport that was shot at -- the canister it came in said "Willow Run" -- but on 25 May 1958 this same aircraft skidded off the runway at LaGuardia Airport in New York. Probably this is footage of that incident although as you can see, the real cause of the emergency was that the landing gear failed to go down into position. That same year Capital lost...
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NASA and the US Department of Commerce Bureau of Public Roads created this color training fiIm in the early 1960s to warn motorists of the dangers of driving too fast on icy or wet pavements. “A skidding car is dangerous,” says the narrator at mark  01:00  following a series of vehicles fishtailing on a variety of slick surfaces. Texture of the pavement, the depth of the surface water, and the inflation of the tires and their treads are just some of the factors that can lead to a spin...
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Dating to the late 1960s, "Yuletide Reflections" presents the work of the U.S. Navy's Chaplain Corps. It features narration by Navy Chaplain James W. Kelley, and shows Christmas and Channukah services in Vietnam during the height of the war. The film presents an overview of chaplains attending to the spiritual needs of sailors and Marines serving aboard ships in the Gulf of Tonkin and in Vietnam. Over 700 Navy Chaplains served with Marine Corps units in Vietnam between 1962 and 1972....
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This film from Johnson and Johnson shows the company's new surgical absorbable hemostat, known as Surgicel. Surgicel is a hemostatic agent (blood-clot-inducing material) made of an oxidized cellulose polymer (the unit is polyanhydroglucuronic acid), manufactured by the Ethicon subsidiary of Johnson And Johnson. It was introduced into clinical practice in 1947. It is used to control post-surgical bleeding. It is also used by some boxing cutmen to control bleeding. Surgicel is used extensively in...
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This silent Kodachrome home movie dates from the 1950s or early 1960s and shows stables at what might be the Los Angeles Equestrian Center in Burbank, the Pico House, Hollywood Blvd. at Christmas time ( 4:55 ) and Sequoia National Park ( 5:43 ). Desmond's department store ( 8:02 ) on Wilshire Blvd., the Pet Haven Pet Cemetery ( 8:30 ) in Gardena, and a miniature golf course ( 9:30 ) are also shown. M.V. Grifith and C.E. Ranzenberger began Pet Haven Cemetery in 1948. The pair were frustrated by...
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Originally presented by Boeing for students (and featuring Boeing bumpers), this newsreel short focuses on the submarine USS Skate and its mission to surface at the North Pole. USS Skate (SSN-578), the third submarine of the United States Navy named for the skate, a type of ray, was the lead ship of the Skate class of nuclear submarines. She was the third nuclear submarine commissioned, the first to make a completely submerged trans-Atlantic crossing, and the second submarine to reach the North...
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THE NEXT OF KIN, also known as Next of Kin, is a 1942 World War II propaganda film produced by Ealing Studios. The film was originally commissioned by the British War Office as a training film to promote the government propaganda message that "Careless talk costs lives". After being taken on by Ealing Studios, the project was expanded and given a successful commercial release. After World War II and up until at least the mid 1960s, services in British Commonwealth countries continued...
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“Should the day ever come when our ports and ships are targets for enemy sabotage, these men will be ready. Should the day ever come when the sea around us becomes a haven for enemy submarines, these men will be ready. Should the day ever come when this barren stretch of beach becomes a port of entry for enemy agents, these men will be ready.” It is with this dramatic preface that the viewer is introduced to the 17,000 officers, men, and women who make up the United States Coast Guard...
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This film is presented by the United States Navy (:10). The Naval Gun Factory is spread out over 125 acres in Washington DC by the Anacostia River (:52) and is composed of about 260 buildings.   It is the largest Naval armament in the world ( 1:25 ). Old cannons are poised out front of the factory as it has been an arsenal, school for midshipmen and a naval base is it’s past ( 1:32 ). An example is depicted of a work order which will be studied by various staff departments ( 2:06 ). A...
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“Skyline New York” is a circa 1955 TWA travel film encouraging vacationers to visit the Big Apple. Produced by Dudley Pictures Corporation, the color picture offers a tour of New York City in late 1954 as two teenage girls travel to NYC on vacation aboard a TWA Lockheed Constellation. “You can fly coast to coast in only eight hours!” one of the girls tells her parents at mark  01:56 . They fly over the Grand Canyon (mark  03:25 ) and enjoy a massive lunch before flying over Manhattan...
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This is a 1970’s era, color movie that opens with race cars going around a racetrack. The movie is called Formula Vee racing and it is about the Formula Vee class racecar. It was directed by Kenneth Baldwin and sponsored by Volkswagen of America. Formula Vee began in 1963 and was formed in an effort to emphasize driver ability over technological development of the car. The concept was to provide an inexpensive, reliable, and competitive race car for everyone to be able to race.   In 1963,...
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This silent film, a home movie from 1958, shows a cruise to Hawaii aboard the liner SS Matsonia, the former SS Monterey. This was one of the last if not the last visits of the ship to Honolulu, as passenger service to the islands began to lose ground to air travel. At 5:00 men swim near the liner and it approaches the docks. At 5:18 the famous Aloha tower is shown on the quay. At 5:30 the Matson embarkation facility is shown and at 5:45 passengers leave on the gangplank. At 6:00 a resort on...
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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 Florida 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 Lodge...
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This interesting silent 16mm home movie was shot by an unknown American during WWII. The film starts with images in what appears to be Hawaii, with a sign "Hale-Punaluu" appearing at the 11 second mark. U.S. personnel are seen milling about and drinking beer, and at 1:24 someone climbs a coconut palm. The scene is likely towards the end of the war, or immediately after. At 1:54 a pair of swim trunks are shown off and at 2:02 a cross-dressing sailor puts on a wild dance show. At 2:33...
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These 1950s newsreels show the U.S. Navy's JATO-launched Regulus cruise missile. The early part of the film shows the missile being launched from the carrier USS Princeton. The missile is then guided to a landing -- it has a tricycle style landing gear allowing it to be recovered and used again. At :48, the missile is shown launched from an aircraft catapult. At 1:02 , the missile is once again launched by JATO from the cruiser USS Helena. REGULUS: THE FIRST NUCLEAR MISSILE SUBMARINES...
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Made during WWII by the British Ministry of Information, CAMERAMEN AT WAR was produced by the Realist Film Unit with support of various newsreel companies, the armed services film units and the Trustees of the Imperial War Museum. Compiled by Len Lye, This film tells the story of British newsreel and combat cameramen under battle conditions compiled by Len Lye. The film begins with rare footage from World War I of tanks in action, and includes a few scenes from the 1914-1918 war including famed...
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Designed as a training film circa 1988, “Air Force Now: Flying Safety” opens with a jet fighter losing control and the pilot ejecting moments before the aircraft crashes into a fiery ball of flame. That scene is followed by several other examples of aircraft catastrophes as helicopters and airplanes are shown diving to the ground. Amidst images of the wreckage, the narrator explains at mark  01:47  how military aircraft fatalities were first recorded in 1908 and continue to the modern...
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This military public announcement color film is about the dangers to military aircraft by the Albatross / Goonie bird population on the Hawaiian Midway Atoll. It dates to the late 1950s, as 1957 numbers are given. The film was part of a campaign by the U.S. military to be allowed to curb bird populations so that Midway would remain a viable landing area for aircraft. However eventually the island was abandoned by the military and reverted to an island strictly for the birds -- and today it is a...
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This rare aircraft ground crew training film shows some of the care and maintenance issues affiliated with aircraft tires, including the B-24. Some of the dangerous aspects of removing and replacing a tube tire are also shown, as well as some of the careless things that can damage the tire during installation. 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...
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Made by the Caterpillar Corporation SPLIT SECOND SHIFTS promotes their new D8 tractor bulldozer and the legendary Powershift transmission. The single-lever Powershift allowed the operator to shift quickly, with more power per load being delivered and resulting in more efficiency. The Powershift gives the power of direct drive and torque converter tractors through the planetary gear, as seen through animation at the  3:00  mark. At  7:30  the film shows the Powershift transmission up close,...
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This silent Cine-Kodak newsreel film from the mid-1930s presents the building and launch of the passenger liner RMS Queen Mary. The film contains some wonderful images of the John Brown & Company shipyard at Clydebank in Scotland. At :50 the ship's 35-ton propellers are seen. At 1:06 , an aerial shot shows the ships nearly finished hull sans smokestacks. At 1:50 the launching of the ship is shown and at 2:09 she slides down the ways. At 2:39 she is shown on Clydeside. At 2:50 King Edward...
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This silent 16m home movie contains various scenes of aviation in the 1920s. The start of the film shows a Ford TriMotor in operation. The sign at  1:53  says that this is the "Remrand", an airplane that was owned by Remington Rand and tail  #NC1780 , built in 1927. It's unclear who was flying on the airplane, but it definitely looks like an inaugural flight of some kind. This 4-AT-11 airplane flew for both Safety Airlines, later reorganized as New York Safety Airlines. At  4:15...
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This is the U.S. Navy MN-3474b black and white 1945 PRIMARY FLIGHT TRAINING: BEFORE YOU FLY film. There is a ‘wrong way to do things’ pilot mixed in to prove the points. It opens with Boeing-Stearman biplanes or “yellow fighters” (:19-:53). A Chief Flight Instructor talks about proper parachutes to a group of pilots. An improperly packed parachute causes the bad pilot to be blown along the ground. (:59- 4:25 ). The propeller is dangerous ( 5:03 - 5:35 ). A roughly placed parachute can...
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Thunder Makers is a 1950s film that shows the production and testing of the Pratt & Whitney J57 turbojet aircraft engine at the Ford Motor Company’s Aircraft Engine Division plant in Chicago. (Ford built these engines under license from P&W.) The film opens with a shot of two men in a control room testing the J57 and firing the engine’s afterburner ( 01:35 ). The film then shows viewers the Ford Aircraft Engine plant, where a train is pulling into one of the plant’s warehouses (...
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This 1960 color film about Pepsi Cola is a Gene Searchinger Production. It is a spoof on detective movies. A frosted glass door reads “Mike Hammerlock, Private Oparative” misspelled. His beautiful secretary talks on a candlestick telephone; the shot begins with her long legs. Mike, wearing a suit and hat, answers his candlestick telephone. He lights a cigarette. The ash tray is full of cigarette butts. He puts on his trench coat (:08- 2:18 ). The Pepsi-Cola building sign is shown. Pepsi...
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This short film touts the superiority of the 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air over Ford and Plymouth. The reasons given include high engine torque twisting power at the transmission (:14); matched rear axles (:23), better weight distribution provides traction to the rear wheels (:28), and better power-to-weight ratio (:39). These points are visualized as a Chevy is shown pulling 16 different full-size makes from other car companies (:48). A dynamometer ( 1:19 ) measures engine power. A special torque...
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Chevrolet’s “Modern Engineering Series” is a series of films produced by Jam Handy in the mid-1950s that promote the innovative features of Chevrolet vehicles. “Modern Engineering Series Vol. 3: Torque Talk” looks at the torque of the new Chevrolets, and tests a Chevrolet against comparable Ford and Plymouth models. At the General Motors Proving Ground in Milford, Michigan ( 00:53 ), Chevrolets are tested for torque. What appears to be a 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air is tested by pulling 16...
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This silent newsreel shows the Battle of Cantigny, "America's first great battle" of the Great War, starting on May 28, 1918. At :36, French artillery manned by Americans fires fusillades at the German positions. At 1:02 , ammunition is passed to the gun crews. At 1:19 , views of No Man's Land are seen with artillery firing across trenches. At 1:47 , the artillery is seen landing in No Man's Land and throwing up huge chunks of earth. At 2:20 , Marines make an assault supported by...
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This film from Lockheed shows developments in the company's VTOL aircraft research program with a particular focus on nap of the Earth maneuverability, controllability, mission effectiveness and human factors. Nap-of-the-earth (abbreviated NOE) is a type of very low-altitude flight course used by military aircraft to avoid enemy detection and attack in a high-threat environment. During NOE flight, geographical features are used as cover, exploiting valleys and folds in the terrain by flying in,...
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This promotional film for Allis Chalmers' new M100 Motor Grader likely dates to the early 1960s. The 167hp engine and high clearances offered by this machine were touted by AC in the film, which was called the "most productive motor grader in its class". The company hoped that the M100 and its rollaway blade design would represent a new standard in the construction industry. Its design also offered high visibility and ground-hugging stability. Surprisingly, this version of the M-100...
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Assembled from the General Newsreel Co.'s holdings, this issue of Yesterday’s Newsreel provides film clips of news highlights. This piece is episode 62 and it is narrated by Tom Hale, Roger Owens and an un-named female narrator in the fashion section. It features the first visit to America by Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw in 1933 with his wife, Charlotte Frances Payne-Townshend (:40). It includes a speech he gave in his garden ( 1:05 ) where he discussed the desire people have to renew...
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Shot by an unknown American in the spring of 1949, this film (one of a three parter) is a silent home movie shot on 16mm film. This reel shows a visit to Switzerland, including a trip on the Rhine River. There is also a train ride through the alps shown at about ( 6:30 ). A bus marked Grindelwald is seen at ( 14:21 ) and Kleine Scheidegg at ( 15:01 ).  We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional information about our videos by adding a comment! See something...
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One of the Moody Institute of Science's educational films, SIGNPOSTS ALOFT examines the phenomenon where a pilot's senses deceive him, sometimes with fatal results. The film includes a lengthy segment about the famed WWII "ghost bomber" Lady Be Good (see below). The Moody Institute of Science was a production company spun off from the fundamentalist Moody Bible Institute, and its films (including this one) always examine God's role in man's affairs with the underlying message that God...
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This 1963 color film is about a Model T run from London to Brighton celebrating Henry Ford’s centennial birthday. It is sponsored by the Ford Motor Company Limited and produced by Norman Vigars. A Model T is shown on a modern road in England on its way to London (:31- 1:28 ). Additional vehicles include a 1923 Ford fire engine ( 1:34 ), a hackney carriage ( 1:36 ), and a 1921 van ( 1:38 ). A man pulls the top up on his Model T; others drive theirs in the rain ( 1:44 - 2:00 ). The cars line up...
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Made for the home market, this 16mm silent film by Avalon Daggett shows the 66th Annual Rose Parade in 1955. Earl Warren was the Grand Marshal that year (:41). The 1955 theme was "Familiar Sayings in Flowers". At :49 the Rose Queen is seen. At 1:13 the Mexico float. Other highlights include the L.A. County Float at 1:30 , Ohio State's float,   USC's Tommy Trojan ( 2:04 ), Minute Maid float, and more. At 3:00 a wonderful Disneyland float is seen. At 4;12 the Post Cereal float comes...
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