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Made in 1945 during WWII by the Bureau of Aeronautics as an industrial incentive film, "The Admiral's Reply" features Navy Cross winner Read Admiral Dewitt C Ramsey, speaking to the American people on why we must win the war, and why we must see the fight to the end. The film was viewed as necessary by leaders such as Ramsey, because by the time it was made -- 4 years into World War II -- many Americans were disillusioned by the pace of the war, and unwilling to remain at industrial...
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What Makes a Battle was a propaganda short produced by the US Army Pictoral Service in 1944. It documents the taking of the Marshall Islands while also encouraging increased war production. The film opens with the narrator asking "What makes a battle?" while the camera is focusing on shipments of industrial transports, "This is what it takes to make a battle." This statement sets up the dual nature of the entire film. War supplies are pouring in from every part of the...
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Made by the National Park Service, this short film shows how a gun crew would operate the light 12 pounder, model 1857 cannon, nicknamed the "Napoleon" for the man who pushed its development -- Emperor Napoleon III of France. This was the most used gunpiece of the Civil War. The Model 1857 12-Pounder Napoleon Field Gun, officially called the “light 12-pounder gun” by the United States Army, was the most popular smoothbore cannon used during the American Civil War. The cannon was...
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Made in the 1920s, this silent film describes the search for natural gas, and details its production and distribution. The film begins with the sinking of a gas well at ::43, with water streaming out of a well and into the sky. At 1:40 a gas field is shown with multiple wells and towers visible. At 2:05 a map of the USA shows some of the nation's gas production areas. At 2:41 there is a brief discussion of the geology that produces natural gas (the Appalachian gas field is shown as an example)....
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The Submarine Part I: Physical Principles is a short Navy training film produced by Audio Productions, Inc. in 1940. The film, using animation, presents an overview of the key physical principles of how a submarine operates. The film starts with footage of a sub surfacing ( 00:37 ) before switching to animation to demonstrate the physical principles. First is Archimedes’ Law of Buoyancy ( 00:50 ) and Force of Buoyancy ( 02:00 ), as the film discusses how to change buoyancy through engineering...
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Made in 1948 in an attempt to educate the American public and lobby Congress, AIR POWER AND PEACE POWER features Capt. Eddie Rickenbacker of Eastern Airlines speaking about the future of aviation. The title of the film was part of a slogan used throughout the aviation and defense industry in this era, to promote a strong military-industrial research and development effort that would simultaneously advance aviation technology while strengthening U.S. defense. The film mostly centers around a...
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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: "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 the...
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After the end of World War II, President Harry S. Truman issued a directive to Army and Navy officials for the joint testing of nuclear weapons "to determine the effect of atomic bombs on American warships." Bikini Atoll was chosen as the new nuclear proving ground for the U.S. government because of its location away from regular air and sea routes. The natives needed to be relocated in order for operation Crossroads to get underway. This raw footage from 1946 shows members of the...
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In this information film for the Armed Services, viewers get a look at the 2.5-ton amphibious DUKW, Russian musicians performing for Soviet troops, a look back at the Battle of the Bismarck Sea, the population boom in Mobile, Alabama, and an episode of the propaganda cartoon Private Snafu. In the first segment, “F.O.B. America,” a 2.5-ton amphibious truck called a DUKW or “Duck” drives down the road (00:57). Men float an old army truck across a river using a large tarp. The modern...
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Is A Career In Civil Aviation For You? is a short career educational film produced by Ralph Lopatin Productions in the 1970s. The film opens with scenes of a small jet flying, people working with planes, and people flying gliders, an Air Tractor AT-501 crop duster at :39, a Sky Crane helicopter and other aircraft before the film’s narrator gives a quick overview of the evolution of aviation ( 00:57 ). At 1:19 a Boeing 747 takes off. With civil aviation a major industry, employing about...
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Made in the 1983 as part of the Air Force's internal communications program, AIR FORCE NOW was a morale-boosting news magazine that was widely shown around the world on military bases. This issue #223 begins with an historical look at the Berlin Air Lift and the USAF's crucial role in defeating the Soviet blockade.  At  6:45 , the film presents a look at the historical events of 1783 when the U.S. Constitution was created. 1983 was the 200th anniversary of the creation of the document.  At ...
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This silent home movie was made by Purcell Wood, the owner of the Gillette Camera Store on Park Avenue in New York City, and rented out to customers who wanted to entertain guests for the evening. The film shows the events of May 31, 1934 as the U.S. Navy's Atlantic Fleet steamed into New York harbor. Among the vessels there that day was the USS Indianapolis (CA-35), which came into New York with President Franklin D. Roosevelt on board. Other ships there that day included USS Overton...
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“U-47 in Scapa Flow” 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. This particular episode is different in that it tells the story of a German U-boat. "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...
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Made in 1938, "Bit and Bridle" shows the horse loving world of Aiken, South Carolina, horse capitol of the South, where the finest thoroughbred horses are trained including hunting horses, steeplechase racers and harness racers. Here in the deep South of America, the entire community is active in breeding, raising and racing horses. Children are shown learning to ride cross-country and jumping at an early age, including the 3-year-old son of steeplechase racer Tommy Hitchcock at ...
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“The Deep Frontier” is an episode in the CBS News series 21st Century from 1968, that surveys exploration of the ocean floor. It utilizes U.S. Navy footage throughout. The film opens with divers in the deep sea, before cutting to an interview with oceanographer Harris Stewart ( 01:51 ). The film discusses the technological advances in ocean exploration, enabling potential study of deep trenches and the bottom of the continental slope ( 03:39 ). Oceanographers use FLIP (Floating Instrument...
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THIS IS CANADA is a promotional tourism film produced by the Canadian National Railroad, highlighting the cities, sights, and incredible natural landscapes of Canada. The “tour” begins in its capital city, Ottawa, Ontario with footage of the Peace Tower (also known as the Tower of Victory and Peace) of the Houses of Parliament ( 01:15 ). A Royal Mounted Police officer stands on the steps of the parliament building ( 01:24 ). Inside the Peace Tower is the Memorial Chamber—a memorial to the...
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Airline Pilot was produced by BOAC in 1970. The training of airline pilot Stephen Radcliffe is painstakingly thorough and this film intercuts the story of the young man's first flight as third officer on a journey from London, via Bahrain, to Bombay, with earlier scenes of his training. It describes the role of the College of Air Training, the aptitude tests, the theories and practical knowledge taught, the first solo flight, the hours in the simulator and the controlled flights in a real...
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“Operation Ivy” cold opens with an address by President Dwight D. Eisenhower discussing the rapid advancement of the Atomic Age. A scroll at mark  00:45  then details how the Federal Civil Defense Administration “firmly believes it is necessary for the American public to know the facts about the destructiveness of nuclear weapons” and leading to the “public issuance … a non-secret portion of a secret film” that takes the viewer to the Pacific Proving Ground “to witness an...
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This startling U.S. Navy color film, Advance Base, narrated by WWII journalist Quentin Reynolds, was filmed by Marine Combat Cameramen and Seabees (:33). Color WWII combat footage includes bombing, a dead Japanese soldier, burning out enemies then shown dead, dropping a hand grenade in and blasting enemy troops out (:43- 1:16 ). Gruesome dead bodies are hard to look at ( 1:18 - 1:46 ). Japanese equipment is recovered ( 1:47 - 2:14 ). The Navy practiced setting up mobile and fixed bases in...
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Dating to the 1920s, this silent travelogue film gives a brief look at Monte Carlo and the Principality of Monaco, including the St. Devote Church ( 1:00 ), Hanging Gardens ( 1:30 ), Monaco Cathedral ( 2:25 ), Oceanographic Museum ( 2:30 ), Cafe de Paris ( 2:45 ), and of course the Casino ( 3:00 ). Monte Carlo officially refers to an administrative area of the Principality of Monaco, specifically the ward of Monte Carlo/Spélugues, where the Monte Carlo Casino is located. Informally the name...
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The 1963 America’s Junior Miss Pageant is the subject of this color film. The film opens with 1962 pageant winner Jean Allen (mark  00:25 ) who calmly explains that the pageant “is the search for the ideal high school senior in the nation” and details the various competitions leading up to the Junior Miss Pageant as scenes from her competition are shown. After being crowned, Allen recounts her world wind year as Junior Miss starting at mark  02:25  with a montage of scenes from parades...
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Produced in the early 1960s by the U.S. Public Health Service and the American Dental Association, and directed by Cal Dunn, "The Challenge of Dentistry" is a film designed to promote good dental habits and encourage students to consider careers in dentistry. The film begins with the story of Mrs. Evelyn Carson, who is appearing on a TV show to discuss her successful fight against cancer. A dentist named Dr. Ford appears in the television studio -- the man who detected Carson's cancer...
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This black and white military propaganda film is one of two parts; this is Part One. It was shown to theatre audiences as part of the “loose lip sink ships” WWII warnings. It opens with a spinning globe ending on Berlin (:10-:26). A reenactment shows a room of well-dressed Germans at a Nazi school for spies. The warning to the theatre audience is not to help them by leaving documents out and freely talking about the details of the war. The class on ‘American Stupidity’ is taught by a...
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Volcanic scenes fill the opening seconds of “Boundary of Creation” and we’re told “these are the processes shaping our earth.” So begins a tale of Project FAMOUS (French-American Mid Ocean Undersea Study), in which scientists studied the ocean floor. New York Times science reporter Walter Sullivan serves as the film’s host, and he explains the project. A map gives us an overview of the Atlantic Ocean and its bordering continents as Sullivan explains the various plates existing...
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This 1945 nonclassified US Navy training film, “Primary Flight Training Landings,” opens with a naval lieutenant (mark  00:30 ) reviewing a “power off” landing accompanied by filmed footage of the procedure. Aided by illustrations (mark  02:45 ), the narrator continues his explanation of stalled landings — comparing the movements of a Stearman biplane to that of a bird. Wind direction as it relates to landings is addressed beginning near mark  03:15 , followed by standard landing...
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Featuring actor / pilot James Stewart and beloved newsman and entertainer Arthur Godfrey, this film promotes the International AeroClassic, an air show that took place only once — in November of 1965 at Palm Springs, California. Unfortunately for Palm Springs and event organizers, the event took place in inclement weather. The AeroClassic racked up considerable debts and put the organization behind it into bankruptcy. At  4:20 , Miss Ila Johnson is seen arriving to open the AeroClassic....
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One of the earliest anti-smoking films, SMOKING THE INSIDE STORY was created by the Michigan Cancer Foundation to vividly show the effects of smoking to a young audience. At mark  1:00 , a scientist in a laboratory begins a discussion about cigarette smoking with two lab assistants. The scientist shows a series of images from cigarette ads, directed at selling cigarettes. He also shows (mark  1:30 ) more than 13 gallons of smoke that come from a single pack of cigarettes, contained in the...
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This 1951 black and white public service film about irresponsible drivers features Judge Roger Alton Pfaff, the narrator is radio broadcaster Elliot Lewis, produced by Cate & McGlone, and sponsored by International Harvester Company. It opens with “Arthur Average” laying on the horn and illegally passing on the shoulder ( 1:09 - 1:33 ). A California Highway Motorcycle Patrolman on motorcycle watches traffic. Arthur reduces his speed (speedometer shown) and speeds up again. The police...
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This group of clips from 16mm silent home movies is guaranteed to make you smile. The clips range from the 1940s through the 1950s.  Segments include:  10 seconds: twin boys in Swiss lederhosen outfits having fun in the backyard, and at :47 you will see their version of a roller coaster. At  1:02 they have transitioned to cowboy and Indian costumes for some backyard Wild West action! At  1:19  the young cowboy is killed. At  1:30 , a gaggle of Indians is seen in the backyard holding a pow...
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Dating to 1959, these silent Kodachrome home movies begin at Stewart Air Force Base in Tennessee, where Armed Forces Day is celebrated (May 17th) with a big air show. B-52 airplanes are seen flying in formation as well as other aircraft. At 2:27 the ladies in the family play a friendly game of cards. The men do so at 2:51 . At 3:00 , downtown skyscrapers are seen, possibly Nashville or Lexington but then again, maybe not! At 3:41 , horses are seen doing dressage. At 7:20 the family station...
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This 1975 color film is about the Triple Crown of car racing. It was presented by Raybestos and narrated by Tom Carnegie. It opens with landing a glider, skydiving, a rainy track meet, a hot-air balloon, and a race car. The driver’s face is seen through his helmet. Johnny Rutherford adjusts his steering wheel (:08- 1:35 ). 1975, the race cars are towed into place in Ontario, California. Many famous drivers participate as race highlights are shown. The Foyt, Unser, and Rutherford pit crews...
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This silent German educational film dates from just before WWII. It discusses principles of electromagnetics including magnetic fields. Like many German films of this era it uses live action, animation and other techniques to present its argument. Typically this type of film would be accompanied by a script which would be read in class by a teacher during the screening. We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional information about our videos by adding a comment!...
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Shot in January of 1973, this raw, silent footage shows stall tests of the U.S. Navy's E-2A Hawkeye at Pax River, Maryland. The aircraft shown is likely the prototype, which started flying in 1971. Although by 1973 the aircraft had been considered operational, the type suffered a long teething process and underwent significant upgrades into the 1980s. The film shows the pilot of the Hawkeye intentionally placing the aircraft in a stall attitude and then falling off to recover. The aircraft's...
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Dating to 1968, this U.S. Navy training film shows the operation of the Fresnel Lens Optical Landing System Mark 6, Mod 1. Shot aboard the USS Independence, this U.S. Navy film gives an orientation for the men who operated the Fresnel Lens Optical Landing System, Mark 6. As opposed to conventional films from this era that give pilots guidance about how to land on the carrier deck, this film provides an overview of the circuitry and physical system components that make up the OLS. An optical...
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This documentary, produced by the Portland Cement Association, describes the construction and utility of The Pennsylvania Turnpike, completed October, 1940, was a landmark construction project completed in that served as the grandfather of the interstate highway system. The planning process began in the 1920s as automobiles rose in popularity. After the onset of the Great Depression in the 1930s and President Franklin Roosevelt’s establishment of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) in...
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One of a series of Coast Guard films made to educate the public about USCG emergency capabilities, this 1960s film shows a dramatic overview of the search and rescue system. The USCG is here to render help to people in distress using helicopters, planes, land takeoff or flying boats including the Grumman HU-16 Albatross as seen at mark  01:08 . At  25:20  the USCGC Cape Newagen, a Cape-class patrol boat, is seen. At mark  01:35 , we have life boat stations on seas. They are always alert to...
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This silent 16mm home movie shows a visit to the 1933-34 Chicago World's Fair also known as the Century of Progress. A Century of Progress International Exposition was a World's Fair registered under the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), which held in Chicago, as The Chicago World's Fair, from 1933 to 1934 to celebrate the city's centennial. The theme of the fair was technological innovation. The fair's motto was "Science Finds, Industry Applies, Man Adapts". Its...
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Made by Paul Cohen and Owen Murphy Productions for AT&T, with music by Charles Morrow, NETWORK is a trippy, impressionistic film that shows the vast communication "nervous system" that interconnects the United States and the world. Made prior to the word "Internet" being well known, the film shows an "information age" where information must be moved, channeled, and interpreted. The film shows "new ways of talking, communicating and seeing", but in...
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This black and white documentary film about Ceylon (today called Sri Lanka) is a John Grierson Production and directed by documentary filmmaker Basil Wright. Lionel Wendt, the narrator, died in December of 1934, helping to date this as to when Ceylon was a British Crown Colony. It is shown in four segments. The Buddha (:53). It opens with masked natives dancing at night (:55- 2:40 ), which was replaced by Buddhism. The people walk single file to the mountain top to worship ( 2:42 - 8:50 )....
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This color film from 1959 was produced for Pan American by Coleman Productions. Its subtitle, “The Land of Enchanted Fountains” is exemplified by different fountains (:46- 1:50 ). A Pan Am Boeing 707 Clipper Jet ( 2:15 ) flies over the Roman Colosseum ( 2:19 -29), dating back to A.D. 70. We fly over St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican ( 2:30 ) before viewing at ground level ( 2:35 - 3:05 ). Underground springs fuel different fountains ( 3:24 - 4:12 ). A man on a Vespa ( 4:12 ) calls for a...
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U.S. NAVY WINGS OF GOLD is a Naval Aviation training and recruitment film from the 1940’s. It features the base at Pensacola, then the primary training base for naval aviators and the place where aviation cadets could receive their "wings of gold". Some of the planes shown include the N3N-3 Yellow Peril ( 6:00 ), the N2S-1 Stearman PT-17 / A75N1 at 11:00 , and the Consolidated P2Y amphibian at 15:30 . Navy biplane torpedo bombers and carrier based dive bombers are also shown. The...
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Made by Arthur Barr, this short film shows some of the technologies used by prospectors to find gold in the 1849 California Gold Rush. At 2:00 , a prospector shows how a pan is used to sift river sand in search of gold flakes. At 2;24 a claim is staked out with a claim post. At 3:30 a rocker or cradle is made to sift gravel. At 3:53 , wooden bars called riffers and a hopper to hold the sand and gravel are created from wood. At 4:40 the operation of the hopper is shown. At 6:17 a Long Tom sluice...
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This color, educational film documentary, Automation in Air Traffic Control, was produced by Remington Rand Univac, a Division of Sperry Rand Corporation, probably between 1955 and 1959. The company was started by John Presper Eckert and John Mauchly. This film explains the role of computers in the Air Traffic Control profession. Intro: Educational Film Library, Syracuse University ( 0:07 - 0:13 ). View of an airport ( 0:15 - 0:23 ). View inside the cockpit of a Convair aircraft ( 0:24 - 0:31...
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This late 1940s black and white travel film highlights 25 years of coast-to-coast flights and events by the year. It is narrated by radio announcer Del Sharbutt and produced by B.K. Blake.   1918, President   Wilson joins a crowd to celebrate the first day of airmail. Mail lis oaded into a JN-4H (:50- 1:50 ). 1920, suffragettes march. President Harding rides in a carriage ( 1:52 - 2:05 ). Mail is flown coast-to-coast. Indians dance around the plane ( 2:07 - 2:40 ). 1924, a bi-plane marked...
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Industry on Parade was a short television program that aired in the U.S. from 1950-1960. It was produced by the National Association of Manufacturers. The series demonstrated complicated industrial processes that transformed raw materials into finished products. Industry On Parade Pride of Nashville is one of those black and white, public service, industrial films, probably produced in the mid 1950’s. Narrators used were Bob Wilson, Peter Roberts, and Radcliffe Hall. It was produced by Arthur...
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WINGS TO HAWAII is a promotional film produced by Hartley Productions for Pan American Airlines during the late 1950s or early 1960s. The film features a man and a woman discussing their respective trips to Hawaii while sitting in a Pan Am plane, with scenes of their adventures in Hawaii. The woman loves the family-friendly nature of Hawaii. Waikiki Beach offers beautiful views from the surf, and aerial views of the beach are just as spectacular ( 07:42 ). Surfing at Waikiki ( 00:24 ; 01:44 )...
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Flight into Time is a gorgeous color vintage travelogue made by Trans World Airlines or TWA, which takes viewers through some of Southern Europe and Northern Africa’s most historic sites and possible stops for vacationers. The film references the importance of each location, the daily lives of the locals and interesting things visitors might do or see throughout their trips in Portugal, Spain, Italy, Egypt, Syria and Greece.  Travel in this era was aboard a Lockheed Constellation, seen at...
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This restricted “official training film” was produced in 1941 by the United States Army Signal Corps in collaboration with the chief of infantry and is titled “Instruction of the Soldier, Dismounted, without Arms” and specifically focuses on “Positions and Facings.” As troops march through the Presidio of San Francisco, a narrator informs the viewer that these “seasoned soldiers” have already received the training needed to efficiently work together. The necessary training to...
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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 2:50...
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This Association of American Railroads film carries the typical industry message that trains were integral to the American economy and way of life, which were the best in the world. There is much narration detailing the forward-thinking mentality of the railroads, including facts about the modernization of passenger trains. There is also a short discussion of the history of train travel, some information on the kinds of goods freight trains carry, and more. The interesting part of this film is...
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This WWII training film "Jap Language Useful Phrases" was made for the indoctrination of U.S. Marines. The film begins with footage of captured Japanese soldiers, and a discussion of the importance of the intelligence gained from them which has helped save American lives. Next, the film moves to the classroom where some basic pronunciation guides are shown, and then phrases such as "Surrender", "Cease Fire", "Drop Your Weapons", "Hands Up",...
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Presented as a promotional film by Rothmans of Pall Mall, a British tobacco company, "The Wind in the Wires" is a short 1970s aviation film narrated by James Mason that recounts the history of modern aviation (primarily in Britain) from roughly 1900 until the inter-war period. The film uses both old monochrome footage of original aircraft as well as contemporary color footage of replica planes in flight, and includes a number of photographs of famous aviators. The film begins with a...
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This 1943 U.S. Navy training film shows all the steps involved in the stern launching of a completed ship at a shipyard. In this case the ship being shown is a U.S. Navy Fletcher class or DD445 class destroyer. Several ships of this class are shown including USS Paul Hamilton DD-590. Also shown is sister ship USS Twiggs DD-591, DD-665 USS Bryant and DD-649 USS Albert W. Grant. All of the film seems to take place at the Charleston Navy Yard.   Tragically, USS Twiggs shown in the film was sunk...
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Stopping Power is a film by the World Bestos Company that shows how their brake lining products are manufactured. The film begins with footage of semis and other large trucks driving on highways. A number of early-to-mid twentieth century cars are shown driving down a rural road ( 01:05 ) as the narrator talks about the evolution of braking. The components of a brake system are laid out on a table ( 02:11 ). At the World Bestos lab, engineers test braking parts ( 02:44 ). The film then shows...
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“Chapter XXIV: Air War Against Japan, Oct. 1944-Aug. 1945” (SFP 263-24) of The Air Force Story gives viewers a look at the Air Force’s operations against Japan in the final eleven months of WWII. This “chapter” opens with B-29 Superfortresses flying over the Pacific Ocean ( 01:49 ) then landing at Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands. “Joltin’ Josie” makes its landing on the island and is greeted by U.S. troops. An aerial shot shows a half-dozen B-29s parked on the airfield ( 03:31...
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This black and white film, one of the Andre de la Varre "Screen Traveler" series, recounts the history of the Philippines and shows the island nation as it appeared in the 1930s. Opening sequence: :01-:21. Narrator: March 1521, Magellan discovers the Philippine Islands, :55. Philippine Islands over 7,000 islands, become subject to King of Spain 1:18 . Magellan is killed 19 days after declaring this, 1:26 . Spain returns to their homeland through Cape of Good Hope and first around the...
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This film FIREFIGHTING ABOARD TANKERS was prepared to show how to meet fire emergencies aboard tank vessels and other ships. Fire prevention is the first and most important step in controlling ship board fire as seen at mark  1:06 . Drills are necessary; every crew man must know the location of the firefighting equipment, he must know how the equipment operates, how to handle the gear before he has to use it on the fire, detection and proper initial action, he must know proper fire fighting...
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This silent footage dates to the time of the Martin P6M Seamaster flight test program, with the prototype YP6M featured. At the start of the film you will see this incredible amphibian in the air on a test flight. The aircraft is seen taxiing at :58 and then starting high speed taxi runs. At 5:00 , the Seamaster's retrieval dolly is seen being positioned. At 5:16 the cockpit area of the aircraft is seen indicating it is "Ship 9", but it is unclear what this means since only five...
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This episode of “Flight,” titled “The Dart,” originally aired on November 11, 1958, and focuses on “the dart” supersonic aerial gunnery target and the stress of supersonic flight. (“Flight” was an anthology series featuring the importance of aviation that aired in syndication for one season. It was created with the assistance of the United States Air Force and featured retired General George C. Kenney as the host and opening narrator.) Co-starring Herbert Rudley, Mike Road, and...
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This circa color film served as an interim report on Project Hermes, a guided missile projected started in 1944 in response to Germany's rocket attacks in Europe during World War II. The project engineer holds a model of the A1 missile (mark  00:45 ) as he explains how six of the weapons had already been built and tested in New Mexico and provides information as to its size and weight, as well as at the fact that its warhead was replaced with various test instruments. (The Army Hermes A-1...
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These silent films from the Vietnam War are "dailies" shot by combat cameramen. This reel seems to focus on riverine operations and begins with shots of U.S. Navy patrol craft at :40.   At 1:47 you will see one of the armed boats go past, and at 2:02 an armed barge is shown with an artillery piece aboard.   At 2:50 a group of Vietnamese come aboard, presumably for interrogation or while their boat is searched for contraband. At 3:40 an artillery piece is fired. At 4:30 rounds are...
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Dating to the Korean War era, this wonderful U.S. Marine Corps film begins with images of combat and an amphibious landing drill, probably at Camp Pendleton in California. At 1:40 , the concept of "vertical envelopment" is described with helicopters deployed off of an aircraft carrier. At 1:45 , a nuclear weapon goes off and Marines (at the nation's nuclear test site in Nevada as part of Upshot-Knothole ) observe the rising mushroom cloud. The cloud dissolves into the USMC logo at the...
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This contractor film for the Bell Textron AH-1S Cobra helicopter focuses on the aircraft's enhanced chin turret and rocket management system, including a detailed examination of its sub-systems. The turret in this version of the chopper, known as the AH-1E, is equipped with a 20mm M-197 gun, which can shoot 750 rounds per minute. AH-1S aircraft included the M147 Rocket Management Subsystem (RMS) to fire 2.75-inch (70 mm) rockets. The baseline AH-1S is an AH-1Q upgraded with a 1,800 shp (1,300...
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This 1963 film documents one of the USS Robert E. Lee's (00:06:20:00) deterrent patrols in the 1960s while operating out of Holy Loch, Scotland. The film opens with footage of a sailor partying with his family before traveling to Holy Loch. (00:01:15:00) We witness a scenic bus ride through Scotland (00:03:20:00) so military men can get to their station. At (00:04:55:00) , we see vintage footage of the USS Proteus. Footage of the Commodore greeting the new crew can be seen at (00:07:10:00). It...
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This film familiarizes the viewer with the Lockheed T2V SeaStar, later called the T-1 SeaStar, a turbojet trainer aircraft for the U.S. Navy that entered service in May 1957. It was developed from the Lockheed T-33 and powered by one Allison J33 engine. As the year 1955 began, Lockheed Aircraft Corporation had design built and delivered to the arm forces more than 6,000 jet fighter and trainer. Of this total the trainer accounted for more than 300 planes including air force T33 and navy TV2s....
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Directed by Max Miller, LSD: INSIGHT OR INSANITY is one of the classic anti-drug films. Dating to 1967 and featuring images of hippie youths and mini skirt girls, this documentary about the potentially dangerous and unpredictable drug LSD was narrated by Sal Mineo. The film even includes images of car-driving boys playing a game of "chicken" as in "Rebel Without a Cause." Various experts discuss how LSD is made and the hazards involved in using it while avid users explain...
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This WWII indoctrination film PERSONAL HYGIENE attempts to educate new soldiers in the value of staying clean and in good health, even in difficult wartime conditions. The film highlights some of the dangers to personal health from mosquitoes to dirty hands and germs, venereal disease, and lice and crabs.   The film begins with a "movie within a movie" where new recruits watch and learn about cleanliness. One part of the film shows new recruits being examined for medical fitness as...
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The Incas Ancients of the Andes, is a color instructional film produced by Hollywood Film Enterprises, Inc., which was started by Bill Horsley Laboratory in 1916, and was later known as Hollywood Film Enterprises, Inc., which was devoted to the developing and printing of 35mm. films. It is no longer active. Photographed and Directed by Clifford J. Kamen ( 0:16 - 0:26 ). Views of a mountain top ancient city, Machu Picchu ( 0:27 - 0:41 ). Black and white world map, showing where the Aztec, Mayas...
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This silent, German 16mm film shows the operation of a large dairy farm as it existed in the late 1930s or early 1940s. The film shows the arrival of cows via train, after which they are inspected and placed in a barn and, at  9:20 , milked.  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...
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This silent home movie shows the 1951 Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California, as well as a parade in nearby Arcadia, California. This was the 62nd annual parade. Portions of the film are underexposed but if you skip to about 7:45 you can see some interesting sights -- including floats, girl scout troops marching, men on horseback, and more. The segment at 25:54 shows the "Chicken in the Rough" restaurant -- an Arcadia eatery that was very popular in that era.   We...
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‘The Glacier Priest’, Bernard R Hubbard narrates this film (:13). In 1876, William H. Seward purchased Alaska from Russia (:24). American’s protested against this purchase and felt it was a waste and dubbed it as ‘Seward’s folly’ (:36). The film will divide Alaska into three sections and the first is highlighted ( 2:20 ) as Yukon. Dogs pulling sleds across the snow depict the common perception of what Alaska is ( 2:38 ) and it is the malamute husky ( 3:00 ). Eskimos are stepping...
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Directed by Jerry Hartleben, who's had a long career as a documentary filmmaker, and shot by award winning cinematographer Conrad Buff, "Down to the Wire" is a portrait of naval aviation cadets struggling to receive their carrier wings circa 1970. To become qualified as a carrier jet pilot, a variety of tasks must be mastered from "touch-and-go's" on land to that first hairy carrier landing at sea. The famed Essex class carrier USS Lexington (CV/CVA/CVS/CVT/AVT-16), known as...
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Castle Films’ World Parade presents “Old Spain,” a short black-and-white picture that takes its viewer to “the sunniest land in all Europe.” The film opens with scenic views of Spain and a reminder that the country was “the fatherland of valiant men who braved the seas to carry civilization to the Western Hemisphere.” The harvest is seen, with horses pulling farm equipment, at  1:10 . Mark  01:35  shows us the ancient city of Granada and its Muslim-influenced designs from the...
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The dramatic theme music from “2001: A Space Odyssey” plays in the background as the Oshkosh Truck Corporation presents a brief history of the company. The narrator details the manufacturer’s humble beginnings in Wisconsin (mark  01:00 ) and we see still photographs from the company’s beginning in 1917. From there the film shows 4-wheel Oshkosh trucks in action on construction sites, in fields, and as plows that clear snow from roads. An aerial view of the company’s modern production...
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This film THE GOLDEN CHALLENGE centers around Larry Thornton (:47) the jet pilot and 23 year old from Arizona of the US Marine Corp. The film was made in 1966, in the early Vietnam War era,and shows the training regime for U.S. naval aviators and features F-4 Phantom flight operations aboard the USS Franklin Roosevelt CV-42. As Larry begins to tell his story we are taken two years prior to the film and he is still in college unsure of his direction ( 1:13 ). After seeing an old friend whom had...
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This 1947 black and white documentary about the history of trade is part of a series of films called “The World Today” and produced by 20th Century Fox. A camel caravan of loaded camels opens the film. The desert winds blow across the sand. A set of three against a dark background is reminiscent of the three Wisemen (:33- 1:05 ). Inside a trading center in Asia Minor, money being exchanged is interspersed with camels chewing hay ( 1:06 - 1:34 ). Outside, men work with fabric and a raised...
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Created by Canadian Pacific Airlines, this 1960s travelogue begins in Amsterdam and then shows images from London, England, Paris, France, Madrid Spain, Rome, Italy, Lisbon, Portugal and elsewhere. Canadian Pacific Air Lines was a Canadian airline that operated from 1942 to 1987. It operated under the name CP Air from 1968 to 1986. Based at Vancouver International Airport in Richmond, British Columbia, it served Canadian and international routes until it was purchased and absorbed into...
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“Flying Fun” is a 1960s color film created by the Cessna Aircraft Company to promote aviation and aerobatics. The first 90 seconds of the film features scenes of a Cessna in action in the sky before the narrator explains at mark  01:50  how pilots are constantly looking for excitement in the air and can find it via such aircraft as the Cessna 172 Skyhawk, Silver Eagle, or Gull, nearly becoming capable of imitating the free-flight of a bird. We are introduced to Mary Akins (mark  02:22 ),...
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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. Wings of Commerce (:28). In 1919, John Alcock and Arthur Brown make the first non-stop transatlantic flight in a modified WW1 Vickers Vimy bomber. Others follow suit (:29- 1:10 ). Children crowd around and watch a barnstorming exhibit ( 1:11 - 1:40 ). In Paris, open-cockpit passengers are flown...
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Made for the United Way in the late 1940s or early 1950s and featuring newsman John Daly, this promotional film for the United Way focuses on the New York and New Jersey vicinity and its needs. The film uses the activities of registered nurse Virginia Bishop to show the good work of the United Way, starting at 1:55 , where she is seen at the Visiting Nurses headquarters. First, the nurse visits a family with a sick father and many children. At 3:20 the "Red Feather Service" of the...
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This 1937 silent 16mm home movie shows a cruise through the Panama Canal. The film begins aboard an unknown ship, one operated by the Grace Line (probably S.S. Santa Paula based on the rear of the ship seen at  11:58  but otherwise possibly S.S. Santa Rosa, S.S. Santa Ana, or S.S. Santa Teresa). At  1:19  the ship enters the harbor of an unknown Caribbean island, with a large fortress visible atop a mountain. At  1:50 local men and children in canoes vie for coins dropped by ship...
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Created in the 1930s by the D.W. Ferguson Travel Service of Los Angeles, California, this fascinating silent travelogue is a portrait of pre-WWII Japan.   It features rare views of Tokyo including the Imperial Diet, Kabuki Theater, and the Imperial Hotel, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.   It also features footage of Lake Chuzenji, the Kegon Waterfall, the Great Buddha, Hakone, Lake Kawaguchi, Shiraito, Nagoya, the Toba Mikimoto Pearl Farm, Nara, and more.   The trip continues in Reel 2. This...
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Filmed in the 1930s, this 16mm silent home movie (shot by an unknown American tourist) shows a visit to Europe including Holland, Austria, Czechoslovakia, and Hungary. If you recognize landmarks within the film, please note them in the comments as we had difficultly identifying many portions of the film. At the beginning of the film you'll see people in Volendam in traditional dress standing near the Zuiderzee (as it was called before it was closed off from the open sea by the Afsluitdijk in...
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We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional information about our videos by adding a comment! See something interesting? Tell people what it is and what they can see by writing something for example like: "01:00:12:00 -- President Roosevelt is seen meeting with Winston Churchill at the Quebec Conference." This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage collections in...
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Made in the 1970s this film THE DEEP SCATTERING LAYER tells the story of the search for a mysterious "second floor" in the ocean, as recorded by sonar devices. This floor -- consisting of marine animals such as shrimp, whales and dolphins -- moves to different levels at different hours, different days, and different seasons. It is probed by U.S. Navy sonar, deep-trawled nets with hydrophones and instruments, and finally by by ocean going submersibles. While the film presents the...
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“Minuteman in the West” is presented by the Boeing Company and opens with cowboys in Cheyenne, Wyoming (:26). This city has been dubbed the cowboy capital of the West and was founded in 1867 as a railroad terminus ( 1:01 ). The town now boasts a population of 50,000 as well as a downtown business district ( 1:23 ), a modern shopping center ( 1:29 ) and is the headquarters for extensive sheep and cattle interests ( 1:33 ). Cheyenne is also considered the political heart of the state ( 1:50...
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Produced by Canadian Pacific, which operated a steamship line that serviced Manila, this color film shows stunning views of the Philippines pre-WWII. The movie was made during the American colonial rule by Richard and Elizabeth Hubert, who lived in Asia in the 1930s. After escaping from Shanghai on one of the last ships that left before the Japanese invasion of Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, Richard Hubert, a Canadian citizen, went to work for the U.S. Office of War Information in 1942. He...
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One of a series of classified films made for the Army Air Forces during WWII about the Norden Bombsight, this film focuses on the bombardier's conduct on a combat mission. 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...
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Presented by Rockwell as part of the B-1 Bomber flight test program, this film B-1 ON THE MOVE SUPERSONIC! shows the prototype B-1A aircraft tail #71-40158 and likely dates to around 1975. At this time the crew consisted of Charlie Bock and USAF Col. Ted Sternfall (sp?) flying out of Edwards Air Force Base. At 4:09 , an aerial refueling exercise with a KC-135 is shown. At 6:15 , a high speed run is made with the aircraft entering Mach 1.0 at 6:20 . The prototype B-1 four-turbofan strategic...
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This 1948 black and white film was presented by The Highway Transportation Industries of America and produced by RKO Pathe, Inc. It is narrated by radio actor Dwight Weist and violinist Herman Fuchs supervised the music. The film opens with headlights on a dark street, and a spotlight on a “Horizons Unlimited” sign (:09-:32). A bird’s eye view is seen of an interstate with a tunnel (:58). The viewer passes a Howard Johnson’s ( 1:08 ). Passengers on a Greyhound Bus look happy ( 1:10 -...
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This 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. Spectacular Scenes of Air Tragedy 1932 (:57- 2:49 ). May 11, 1932, live footage is shown of the USS Akron. Three sailors hang on as the airship updrafts. Two fall to their deaths on film and the third is rescued (not shown). [This airship kills 73 when it is destroyed in a thunderstorm April,...
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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 eight segments of historic highlights. Break for Freedom 1929. Prison buildings burn during the riots at the Colorad State Penitentiary in Canon City. National Guardsmen arrive with 75 millimeter guns. Gutted cellblock #4 is shown, with its knocked walls that secretly held guns. The courtyard destruction is shown (:39- 1:59 ). Stars...
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Presented by the British Travel Association (:18) this 1960s film is narrated by Michael Redgrave (:25). Cambridge University is the focal point ( 2:25 ) and it was established seven centuries ago. At the Cavendish Laboratory, Rutherford had first spilt the atom ( 2:56 ). A radio telescope is depicted which may be able to provide a look into the frontiers of space ( 3:25 ). Among the medieval walls are cathode ray tubes ( 3:41 ). An electron microscope ( 4:27 ) is also shown and this was used...
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This film "Flight to the Sun" is presented by the South African Tourism organization known as Satour (:22) with music created and composed by Harry Rabinowitz (:32). It begins at the London Airport (:52) as a sign for ‘Customs Douans’ appears (:57) and the narrator boards a South African Airways flight. On board the plane -- probably a Douglas DC-7B,, the pilot is radioing air control as the picture turns to the air control tower ( 1:33 ) and the planes takes off. A picturesque...
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This 1960 color film about Australia and New Zealand is one of a series of Pan Am “New Horizons” travelogues. It is narrated by Ed Stokes and produced by F.D. Kay. It begins with a colorful ‘focus leader’ for the film operator (:00-:50). A bird’s eye view is given of the Great Barrier Reef (:51- 2:23 ). Sydney is the largest and oldest city. The Harbour Bridge is a large single-span bridge ( 2:24 - 2:42 ). Heavy traffic and many pedestrians in late 1950s clothing are shown ( 2:43 -...
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This silent, 16mm home movie dates to the 1930s and shows a trip to Cuba aboard the ship RMS Empress of Austalia (ship's bell can be seen at 1:15 ). The film begins at sea at :24 with passengers playing games on the deck. RMS Empress of Australia was an ocean liner built in 1913–1919 by Vulcan AG shipyard in Stettin, Germany for the Hamburg America Line. She was refitted for Canadian Pacific Steamships; and the ship – the third of three CP vessels to be named Empress of China – was...
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This color film about Rancho Las Salinas (once located in the present day Monterey Bay area) was made in 1949. It is narrated from the standpoint of Don Solis, who explains how he surveyed and laid out his ranch, tilled the soil with wooden plows, raised and herded cattle, and traded tallow and hides. As the film explains, this ranch was part of the Mexican land grant of four-square-leagues (17,713.6 acres) given in 1839 to Gabriel Espinosa by Mexican governor Nicolas Gutierrez to help settle...
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Interactive Graphics: A Man/Machine Partnership (possibly from 1979) is a short film that takes viewers on a tour of Central Contra Costa Sanitary District’s (CCCSD) new state-of-the-art water reclamation plant ( 00:25 ). The recently constructed advanced waste treatment plant ( 00:31 ) recycles domestic sewage for use as cooling and process water for the major industries in the San Francisco Bay area. It is one of the most advanced systems, constructed with state-of-the-art computer and...
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This 1970's NASA movie shows the results of the Mariner 9 mission -- which produced hundreds of photographs of the planet's surface, creating a new understanding of the planet's geography and atmosphere. At 7:30 , the film discusses the 1976 Viking mission including the dropping of a lander onto the planet's surface. The film speculates that the lander could find life on Mars, and shows at 8:00 possible types of Martian life that could be encountered, including creatures that extract water from...
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