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“Patton and the Third Army” is an episode of the documentary series “The Twentieth Century” originally airing March 20, 1960. Hosted by revered newsman Walter Cronkite, the program looks at “Old Blood and Guts” — US Army General George S. Patton — who is first seen at mark  00:30  in full dress uniform addressing an assembled crowd. That is followed by archival footage from World War II and scenes of Patton (mark  02:10 ) from November 1942 as he leads his Third Army into...
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This color film provides an overview of the X-15 from 1960 to 1980, predating Astronaut Joe Engle as Commander of the second orbital test flight of the Space Shuttle Columbia on November 12, 1981. The film opens with a view of the X-15 #3 plane dropping from a B-52 (:33). A photo of 6 of its 12 pilots is shown (:36), with an up-close shot of William Dana (:38), Milton Thompson (:41), William Knight (:43), John McKay (:46), Joe Engle (:48), and Robert Rushworth (:50). These test pilots flew the...
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This 1947 black and white documentary about Alaska is part of a Movietone educational films series called “The World Today”. It was produced by Edmund Reek and narrated by radio announcer Nelson Case. A “Fifth Avenue Coach Company” double-decker bus is shown. A man puts a letter into a mailbox. A fly-over of New York City transitions to Alaska. (:35- 1:10 ). The mail plane arrives by multiple igloos. A dog sled takes the mail to the post office ( 1:11 - 1:35 ). An incorporated town has...
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This German film, created in the post-WWI period, features historic newsreel footage of the Western Front in the First World War. Following the outbreak of World War I in 1914, the German Army opened the Western Front by first invading Luxembourg and Belgium, then gaining military control of important industrial regions in France. The tide of the advance was dramatically turned with the Battle of the Marne. Following the race to the sea, both sides dug in along a meandering line of fortified...
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These silent home movies date to 1947 or so, and were shot by a member of a German American club at an annual "German Day" ceremony held every September in Hindenburg Park in La Crescenta, California. Apparently at the time the get-together was part of the post-WWII relief effort, in which these immigrant groups attempted to raise money for war-torn Germany. "Hindenburg Park" has a controversial history. Prior to WWII, the western side of Crescenta Valley Park (then known as...
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Produced for the U.S. Navy, this 1946 cartoon LANDING ACCIDENTS tells the cautionary tale of a distracted Navy flier who crashes his plane during a landing. The film looks at the proper procedures during approach, including use of a check list, and the importance of "going around" when things are not ideal.  This cartoon was doubtless inspired by the work of Lt. Robert Osborn, who in 1943 in collaboration with Commander Seth Warner, created a “sage of safety” character known as...
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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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This silent film "On the Firing Line with the Germans" features original combat footage from World War I shot in Turkey, Germany France and Belgium. This version is not complete and originates from a reduction print made from 35mm to 16mm. The film was presented by the Morrow Film Company and originally released in 1915. While of varying quality, this incredible compilation of German newsreel footage gives a rare glimpse into WWI.   Wilbur H. Durborough spent seven months with the...
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The US Air Force Film Report, Special Air Warfare Forces (F R 426), produced by Air Photographic and Charting Service, Military Air Transport Service in 1965, shows how the Special Air Warfare Forces are structured and what they do. The film begins with a brief history of the creation and expansion of the Air Force Air Commandos ( 01:13 ), a special force designed to combat communist insurgencies throughout the world. The Air Commando force begins with the activation of 4400 Combat Crew...
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This British Army film, adapted for use by the U.S. Army in 1942, examines the founding of the British Army Bureau of Current Affairs and its activities during the war. The Army Bureau of Current Affairs, or ABCA, was an organization set up by William Emrys Williams to educate and raise morale amongst British servicemen and servicewomen during World War II. Williams insisted - despite some controversy - on the right to education, in particular in current affairs, for servicemen and women, and...
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Created for home use, this short, silent version of TAG DER FREIHEIT: UNSERE WEHRMACHT (English: Day of Freedom: Our Armed Forces) was directed by Leni Riefenstahl, following Victory of Faith and Triumph of the Will. Her third film recounts the Seventh Party Rally of the Nazi Party, which occurred in Nuremberg in 1935, and focuses on the German army. The film was originally released in December of 1935. The film depicts a mock battle staged by German troops during the ceremonies at Nuremberg on...
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This stunning color film of the PACIFIC ISLANDS OF WWII features footage shot during the post-war Thaw Expedition to the South Pacific. It was funded by Chrysler Motors. The film starts in Pearl Harbor at 1:07 , with the Pacific Fleet shown at anchor. At 1:37 footage of December 7th is shown, and then at 1:48 the work of welders, crane operators, and other ship builders are seen. At 2:16 , fighting men are seen at the Outrigger Canoe Club and surfing at 2:40 off Waikiki. At 3:06 Diamond Head is...
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This circa 1967 takes its viewer to Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War and examines the use and construction of US air bases during the conflict. We learn starting at mark  01:38  how existing air bases in Vietnam were quickly saturated with personnel and aircrafts as the military increased its presence in the region. The increase led military engineers and civilian contractors to construct two new air bases in South Vietnam by 1965 (mark  02:18 ). We see scenes of new runways and...
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This 1960 black and white documentary about Eskimos was part of a 1960-1962 television series known as “Expedition!” with host Colonel John D. Craig. This segment was photographed by Father Bernard Hubbard, the ‘glacier priest’ and an American geologist and explorer. Col. Craig introduces the show and there’s a “Place Commercial Here” pause ( 1:16 ). Father Hubbard, now the narrator, lived a year among these Eskimos ( 1:18 - 2:12 ). His focus was on King Island in the Bering Sea...
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This film is a fragment of a travelogue apparently made by Pan Am Airlines just prior to WWII, "High Road in the Sky". At this time Pan Am offered Clipper Service across the Pacific from San Francisco to Hong Kong, with several stops for refueling along the way. The film begins with footage of passengers taking a break to do some deep sea fishing at Wake Island. At  1:47 , a small boat is used to sail out to a coral garden in the Wake lagoon. At  6:45 , Guam in the Marshall Islands...
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Contents: Manned Space Systems Space Shower, M.O.L. (G.E.), Plasma Engine Attitude Control Systems for Satellites, Survival in Space Version 1, Astrovac.   All films A/B rolls, silent. The Manned Orbiting Laboratory (MOL), originally referred to as the Manned Orbital Laboratory, was part of the United States Air Force's manned spaceflight program, a successor to the cancelled Boeing X-20 Dyna-Soar military reconnaissance space plane project. The project was developed from several early Air...
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This is the story of the Military Aircraft Storage and Disposition Center or MASDC. Here at mark  0:42  are USAF planes lying in wait in the Arizona desert. It is an older, priceless air force. Many of this aircraft had been used to fight in battles in World War II and they are worth fortunes to taxpayers and as parts. There’s no air force like it in the world. Until 1965, the military services maintain separate storage facilities and hence there is a private company known as MADC located...
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Marines in Vietnam fighting a hidden enemy who holds life cheaply. The marines are fighting a ground and air war. There are dead bodies strewn about. Casualties of war. The American soldiers walk through the rivers looking for the Viet Cong. 0:19:14 - 58:21 . The American Commanders are intent on leading their ground forces to ultimate victory. Wings for the Ground Commander. 1:22 - 1:44 The USMC prepare to attack the enemy stronghold and experience the sounds of war first hand thanks to an...
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This 1959 black and white Marine Corps recruiting film THREE GUYS CALLED MAC (MH8663) was produced by Jam Handy. It follows three soldiers nicknamed Mac. It opens with the Forrestal-class supercarrier USS Ranger CV-61 (:25-:46). The first Mac, PFC McNulty, is a member of the Marine detachment (:47- 1:48 ). The second Mac is PVC McKlusky, is a member of a Marine scouting and reconnaissance company and a scout swimmer ( 1:49 - 2:48 ). The third Mac is Staff Sergeant MacHeimer, in charge of the...
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Featuring footage shot just before WWII, Library Films' CROSSROADS TO THE ORIENT (:08) presents rare color images of Manila and the Philippines. As the opening credits of the film explain, the Philippine Islands suffered severe war damage and the islands Zombanga and Jolo were included (:20). However, the way of life on these islands did not change much and the scenes depicted in this film, which were shot before the war, will accurately display life on these islands. The capitol of the...
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Shot by an unknown American military officer in 1931, this silent 16mm home movie shows views of colonial life in the American protectorate in this period. The film begins with shots of what might be the main gate of Fort Santiago or Fort McKinley in Manila at :46. At 1:18 is a view of Manila's harbor with ships plying the waters including merchant ships and a four stack destroyer. At 2:00 is what the Manila Hotel, designed by architect William Parsons around 1915 in a Mission style. At 2:17 ,...
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This U.S. Navy Combat Bulletin, one of a series of newsreels produced during WWII, was originally labeled "restricted" and only shown to Navy personnel. The film begins with astonishing coverage of a huge air-sea battle fought between the Japanese and U.S. Navy in the Pacific. At  2:54 , a damaged F-4U Corsair crashes into the bridge of an aircraft carrier, in some of the most dramatic footage you'll see from the war. At  4:30 , the capture of the German U-boat U-505 is shown near...
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Released in February 1940, the first non-German produced footage covering the start of World War II, the film became for many viewers their first glimpses into Nazi tactics, the first visual proof of the horrors of modern warfare. When Germany invaded Poland in September 1939, the only American, and in fact the only neutral filmmaker in the country, was Julien Bryan. He arrived in Warsaw in early September with a cache of roughly an hour's worth of 35mm motion-picture negative. Given open...
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This 1944 color restricted film about being an “Aviation Metalsmith” is part of a “Your Job in the Navy” series of recruitment films presented by the U.S. Navy. It opens with a plane hitting the landing hard on aircraft carrier, breaking the landing gear (:20-:28). The Aviation Metalsmith uses a power saw to cut tempered steel needed to repair broken metal pieces while onboard the carrier (:29-:52). Another puts protective glasses on and welds a landing gear brace bar (:53- 1:12 ). Two...
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This WWII color film "Your Ship in Action" shows the construction and launch of a Cleveland class light cruiser USS Denver (CL-58). It was intended as an "industrial incentive" film, shown to the American public to raise money for the WWII war effort. The ship shows the Camden, New Jersey shipyard manned by Rosie the Riveter women war workers ( 1:29 ) circa 1942. At  2:35  a commissioning ceremony is shown with the ship being prepared for sea and future combat in the...
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One of a series of 16mm silent films made for the home market, and derived from longer German propaganda and newsreel films, this short film shows U-boat operations. The film includes shots of U-boats operating on the surface and then a general alarm — the sub is buttoned up and submerges for an attack on an Allied convoy. The U-boat then survives a depth charge attack and surfaces. It is shown oining up with another U-boat at sea to form a Wolf Pack, and the final moments of the film show...
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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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Shows the submarine USS Shark (SSN-591) conducting anti-submarine warfare maneuvers.  A nuclear attack submarine, Shark was one of the Skipjack class boats launched in 1960.  The film shows the crew conducting sonar searches, and living and working at sea.  Also includes footage of the USS Holland (SS-1), the Navy's first submarine, as well as early subs including the S44.  Also shown are the USS Gyatt (DD-712) and USS Fremont (PA-44).  The film also includes WWI German footage of U-boats.
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Made by the Reynolds Aluminum Co, the Aluminaut was an experimental deep sea exploration submarine built in 1964.   The Aluminaut is credited with rescuing the DSV Alvin-2 in 1969 after it sank, and helping to locate an atomic bomb lost off the coast of Palomares, Spain in 1966.   Also featured in the film is footage of the NR-1, the Navy's nuclear powered research submarine, the bathyscaphe Trieste and Trieste II, and other vessels including the Perry Cubmarine.   The film also includes...
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One of a series of 16mm silent films made by architect Walter Harrington Kilham, Jr., this historic film shows the construction of Rockefeller Center and Radio City Music Hall. Kilham also authored a book, "Rockefeller Center: a pictorial record from photographs" published in 1933. Kilham worked directly underneath architect Raymond Hood, the chief designer of Rockefeller Center, and his films document history in the making. This film contains with incredible images of bricklayers at...
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One of a series of 16mm silent films made by architect Walter Harrington Kilham, Jr., this historic film shows the construction of the metal skeleton of Radio City Music Hall. Kilham also authored a book, "Rockefeller Center: a pictorial record from photographs" published in 1933. Kilham worked directly underneath architect Raymond Hood, the chief designer of Rockefeller Center, and his films document history in the making. This film contains with incredible images of steel erection...
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The 1969 film SAGA OF THE SKYRAIDER, produced by the McDonnell Douglas Corporation, recaps the history of the versatile Douglas A-1 Skyraider and the final flight of the versatile attack plane from Naval Air Station Lemoore, California, in April 1968. The film opens with the commemoration of the last Skyraider ( 01:17 ), aka the Pedigree Pulverizer, as it is retired from Navy service. The Skyraider’s story begins in 1944. At the time, the Douglas Dauntless SBD ( 01:55 ) was the Navy’s...
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Made by Grumman Aerospace to promote their newest high-performance aircraft F-14 ONE OF A KIND celebrates the Navy's F-14 Tomcat, and features comments by Navy pilots and commanders. It gives an impressive overview of this amazing airplane. The opening of the film discusses how a multi-role interceptor is needed that can also "go it alone", with long-range capabilities -- and then states that the only aircraft in the world capable of performing that multi-role today is the F-14. The...
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Made in 1972 by the U.S. Navy to train crash crews and air crews, this film shows emergency rescue procedures for the F-4J Phantom aircraft. The planes used are from Air Wing Five, a United States Navy aircraft carrier air wing based at Naval Air Facility Atsugi, Japan, but the film was produced at Pt. Mugu in California. At :44 a crash scene is shown at an airport, with heavy foam being sprayed by a fire engine. Firefighters wearing asbestos safety suits quickly disengage the pilot from his...
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The Earthmovers (W.F. 21) is a 1944 War Department film that shows the heavy equipment used by the Army’s Corps of Engineers and the Navy’s Seabees during military operations in WWII. The film opens with a shot of a construction site: men dig the foundation for a skyscraper. This is followed by footage of building projects in America, including dams and highways. The film then cuts to the use of heavy equipment used in the military. Tractors and bulldozers are used in military settings. A...
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This 1945 U.S. Navy training film, Quit Stalling—Or Spin In! (MN-4353a), teaches pilots the dangers of stalling, or spinning, and how to avoid crashing. A stall is what happens when an aero foil cannot make enough lift to keep the aircraft in level flight. The film features a Navy instructor who presents a series of case studies from the Navy’s office of Flight Safety Flight Statistics ( 00:52 ). The film begins with footage of a plane stalling and crashing into the ground ( 00:14 ); the...
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This film shows the A-36 (a P-51 Mustang variant) being used as a ground support and strike aircraft on the Italian front in WWII. The North American A-36 Apache (listed in some sources as "Invader", but also called Mustang) was the ground-attack/dive bomber version of the North American Aviation P-51 Mustang, from which it could be distinguished by the presence of rectangular, slatted dive brakes above and below the wings. A total of 500 A-36 dive bombers served in North Africa, the...
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This 1961 color documentary is a long advertisement for Allis-Chalmers and how using its products helps cities to develop and grow. It is produced by Rudy Swanson Productions, and narrated by radio actor Carlton Kadell. The film opens on a busy street following a 1950s green Oldsmobile. It passes many 1950s cars and busses (:40-:52). Two construction works move girders and two others look at a large blueprint. An old downtown building is being torn down. Construction crews use a transit,...
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Made by the McDonnell Corporation (before it became McDonnell Douglas), THE RECORD BREAKING PHANTOM II presents the story of the F-4 Phantom, a tandem two-seat, twin-engine, all-weather, long-range supersonic jet interceptor and fighter-bomber originally developed for the United States Navy. The aircraft first entered service in 1960 with the U.S. Navy. Proving highly adaptable, it was also adopted by the U.S. Marine Corps and the U.S. Air Force, and by the mid-1960s had become a major part of...
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This silent film from Vietnam begins with footage of a Bird Dog L-19 type airplane being checked out prior to a flight. These planes were built by Cessna for observation purposes and known as the 305 Bird Dog.   At 1:40 rockets attached to the plane are checked out. At 1:50 the aircraft takes off and flies into the combat zone. At 2:20 aerial footage of South Vietnam is shown. The Cessna L-19/O-1 Bird Dog was a liaison and observation aircraft. It was the first all-metal fixed-wing aircraft...
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This 1930s silent travelogue released by Castle Films shows many of the principle monuments of Rome, along with some of the new edifices built under Mussolini. At :37 is the River Tiber with Emperor Hadrian's Tomb visible at :54. The Capitol is seen at 1:19 , and Hadrian's statue at 1:30 . At 1:43 the Forum ruins are shown and the Colosseum is seen in the distance at 2:00 . At 2:10 the Arch of Titus is seen. The Colosseum is seen at 2:30 . At 2:50 a huge group of tourists is seen in its floor....
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This short newsreel from the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture shows the Pacific Fruit Express train, which uses refrigerated freight cars to quickly move produce across the United States. A humping yard is shown at 1:55 where trains are built up. At 2:00 , ice is moved into position to load into the train cars to protect the perishable cargo. The ice is moved by hand. At 3:20 the fast freight arrives in New York City. At 3:35 , barges are used to move the freight cars across the Hudson River to New...
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This silent newsreel was released by Kodak as part of their Kodascope Library in 1927. The contents were shot by veteran journalist Lowell Thomas, who reported from Egypt during WWI and helped Lawrence of Arabia come to international acclaim. At 13:00 a title card proclaims that "Allenby's army, made up of seventeen nationalities, marched from Egypt to Palestine." A view of the Black Watch is shown.   At :33, the Australian Camel Corps. is shown. At :56 Gaza is bombarded by artillery...
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Industry On Parade was a television series created by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) from 1950-1960. The series consisted of weekly episodes that highlighted American manufacturing and business. Hundreds of companies and products were documented during the [program’s] decade-long run. The first episode of this set of three episodes is titled “Contents: Merchandise.” It looks at the packaging of various consumer products. Matches are produced at a production plant ( 00:44...
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Officer Down Code Three is a short 1975 film adapted from Pierce R. Brooks’ book of the same name, presented by Motorola, and produced by Woroner Films. The film reenacts actual case histories to show how the majority of police officer deaths in the U.S. come from officers not “following the book” and being guilty of one of several key mistakes. The film opens with shots of police officers from the state of Florida gathering for the funeral of an officer killed in the line of duty. There...
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Industry on Parade was a short television program that aired in the U.S. from1950-1960. 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 Wisconsin 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 film, shares highlights of several different historic events. It is a black and white film of the late 1920’s. June 1 1934, President Roosevelt, The Cruiser USS Indianapolis, FDR Reviews fighting ships, fleets swarm into NY Harbor, 50:22 . 35,000 officers, US mastery of the seas, Armada of battle vessels, Ambrose Light, warships in NY harbour pass lady liberty 2:26 . The fleet comes into Manhattan, 1934, 2:45 . Dartmouth Bears Knees, 3:09 . Male students of Dartmouth wearing short shorts...
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Made for the home market and sold in department stores and by mail order during the war, this 1942 Official Films newsreel features newsreel highlights from 1942 including the Second Battle of Alamein, landings on the Solomon Islands, Dieppe, as well as RAF hedge-hopping missions. It opens with the Second Battle of Alamein (:23). British forces are seen mobilizing in preparation against Marshal Erwin Rommel (:34). Tanks, trucks and troop transports move through a heavily crowded supply line...
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Made to promote Greyhound Bus Lines and its coast-to-coast service, FREEDOM HIGHWAY was produced by Jerry Fairbanks, a seasoned Hollywood filmmaker, and directed by Harold Schuster. The film features the GM PD-4501 Scenicruiser, operating from San Francisco to Washington, D.C., and follows the stories of several passengers — including the journey of a Boy Scout headed to Washington, a budding romance between two warm blooded passengers, and a mysterious man who just might be the "Unknown...
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The ‘Oregon Country’ is a silent film presented by Eastman Classroom Films (:11), and was one of a series of educational shorts made by that company for classroom use in the 1920s. It opens with shots of automobiles driving through forests, a waterfall (:34) and leads into the trails to Oregon (:47). Footage is shown of travelers in wagons drawn by oxen on the trail. On a map, a trail is shown beginning in St. Louis through Kansas City, Omaha, and the Missouri River ( 1:10 ) and this is the...
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This late 1940s or early 1950s home movie begins in Sells, Arizona, the capital of the Tohono O'odham Nation and the home of several of their tribal businesses. A pow wow is in progress and tents are set up, and at 1:10 a band plays. At 1:14 meat is cut up for lunch and you will see members of the Tohono O'odham tribe having their meal. At 2:45 the rodeo gets underway with a parade of colors and men on horseback. Tribal dancing is shown at the 6:30 mark. At 7:30 the scene switches to Tucson,...
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Dating to about 1986, LEARJET: STANDARD OF EXCELLENCE is a film promoting the corporate aircraft made by Gates Learjet including the Model 55 and Model 35. There is extensive coverage of the company's Wichita and Tucson factories. Focus is given to the company's cutting edge assembly systems, including computer aided drafting and controlled machine tools. At the end the film shows some of the many roles taken on by the Learjet in the 80s, including use for target towing systems, surveillance...
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This 1960s Pan film "Across the World in 3 Seconds" shows communication in the modern world, and includes a behind-the-scenes look at Pan Am's complex, computer-based reservation and logistical systems. It presents a fast - moving history of communications from cave drawings to the jet age of electronic computers. The film opens with ancient cave paintings and the idea that man’s deepest desire has always been to communicate with others (:51). It leads through the development of...
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“Wheels Across Africa” is an expedition documentary by Belgian-born filmmaker Armand Denis about a trip across Africa in Dodge trucks circa 1936. The black-and-white promotional documentary, presented by the Dodge Dealers of America, focuses on Denis and his wife Leila Roosevelt Denis (a cousin of Theodore Roosevelt) as they take an 18-month journey through the Belgian Congo and the Sahara Desert on motor driven Dodge vehicles.  It takes the viewer quickly through Belgium, France, and...
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Dating to 1955, FUN AT THE CIRCUS presents a "big top" style traveling circus complete with the gigantic tent, elephants, big cats, acrobats, clowns, trained seals and dancing horses. 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...
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Made in the 1950s (or possibly the late 1940s) by Ciba Pharmaceutical Products with the co-operation of the U.S. Air Force and the University of Chicago Medical Center, this film shows the use of Nupercaine (a form of dibucaine) spinal anesthetic in the vaginal delivery of triplets. At the time this type of spinal anesthesia (now commonplace) was fairly new. The first use of similar continuous caudal anesthesia in a laboring woman was on January 6, 1942, when the wife of a United States Coast...
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Created by Calvin Productions in 1956 and directed by Robert Altman, "The Magic Bond" was commissioned by the Veterans of Foreign Wars as a promotional movie. Made at a time when generational shifts were beginning to threaten "traditional values", the film challenges apathy and neglect. "Magic Bond" features actors Joe Adelman, Owen Bush, Kermit Echols, James Lantz and Keith Painton as soldiers in WWII.  The film presents the Veterans of Foreign Wars as a...
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Released in 1954 about the 1953 race, "International Road Race" shows the 24 Hours of LeMans with a special emphasis on the American sports car designer Briggs Cunningham and his new 300hp car known as "the Shark" or C-5R. The C-5R was powered by a 331.1 cubic-inch Chrysler eight-cylinder, hemi-head engine with Zenith downdraft carburetors developing 310 horsepower at 5200 rpm. It sat on a 100-inch wheelbase and weighs 5200 pounds. The film features images of the Alpha...
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Directed by Bob Lapresle and prepared by the British Film Council, “Let’s See” is a 1945 Technicolor picture that takes a look at the manufacture of optical lenses and their many uses throughout the different industries, from microscopes to spectacles to full use in the war effort during World War II. It opens by mentioning how a camera lens can capture any moment for posterity’s sake. Although most people see a lens only as a glass object “with mysterious properties” (mark  01:10...
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This early 1980s film is from an Information Management series that shows how computers can be used in an office environment (:14). The film talks about "word processing specialists" and hints at a future where electronic mail and voice-to-text might become reality. The film opens with shots of older office equipment and computers such as the Dual Display and Alpha Word 3 (:30). As the world and technology progressed, a need to reach people faster developed and to move words more...
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Shot by an unknown U.S. serviceman, this poorly shot 16mm silent home movie shows views from a visit to Guam and Iwo Jima made just after WWII around 1946-46. The film opens with shots at sea of Guam (very dirty). At 1:58 a car trip begins with shots from the moving vehicle, most of which are very jumpy. A Japanese type C class midget submarine with the serial number "Ha-51" is standing on display. It is now at the War in the Pacific visitors' center on Guam. The submarine ran aground...
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You're watching something few people got to see during WWII -- a special African American newsreel made by and for African Americans. The story behind this begins in November 1942 when producer E.M. Glucksman founded All American News of Chicago, Illinois. The company began releasing newsreels showcasing the lives of America's African Americans, including showing their contributions to the WWII war effort. The newsreels were shown only in African American movie theaters (and did not get shown...
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Made by the Soviet Union during the Brezhnev era, this propaganda film showcases the nation's nuclear forces and features what appears to be a full scale missile test complete with warhead detonation. However there is good reason to believe that the missile launches and atomic bomb blast shown were unrelated, as most Soviet nuclear tests were not conducted with ICBMs. The film begins and ends with footage of the annual military parade in Red Square, where it was not uncommon to see missiles on...
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Made just after the outbreak of WWII, this stirring rendition of "The Star Spangled Banner" features reassuring images of the U.S. Navy's fleet, cadets at West Point, and even President Franklin Roosevelt. A truly stirring rendition especially when you consider the audience that watched it, was doubtlessly helping in the war effort, and probably had sons or relatives at the front and on the seas. We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional information...
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Co-produced by Empire Photosound Incorporated and Image India Films, e.g., India is a short 1966 film that recaps the 1965 4-H Club Foundation’s International Farm Youth Exchange (IFYE) program, sponsored by International Minerals and Chemical Corporation. The film begins with Dana Andrews (famous 1940s actor) describing the need for the youth of the world to invest themselves in agriculture and food production in order to meet the growing demands of feeding the world. Andrews explains that...
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Presented by Bell & Howell this 1940 short film, HOW MOTION PICTURES MOVE AND TALK educates viewers on how pictures are given “movement” and how sound is recorded and printed on a film strip. The scope of motion pictures is incredible for what it can bring to the viewer, such as Polynesian dancers ( 00:31 ), planes flying over Egypt’s pyramids ( 00:38 ), or the tops of active volcanos ( 00:41 ). Motion pictures also allow families to record and watch their own motion pictures,...
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This silent 16mm home movie shows a trip to Hawaii around 1950. It starts with a cruise aboard a sailboat. The film begins at sea aboard the boat, in fair seas (:57). At 1:06 a sextant is used to locate position, while at 1:15 a woman takes the wheel. At 2:26 , a group of tourists pose in leis, and at 3:45 the group takes a break for a drink. At 4:11 the captain is seen lashing his guests with a whip (!) while the boat rides at anchor. Starting at about 5:00 , you will see a silent,...
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One of a series of silent short films made just after WWII by a young Jacques Cousteau ...AUTOUR D'UN RECIF (Tour of a Reef) is an impressive introduction to the undersea world, a world that Cousteau would chronicle over his long career as an innovator, inventor and media personality. Audiences who saw this film in the 1940s were completely astonished by the views it presented of the underwater world, seen starting at the 1:40 mark. The films shows an impressive array of sea life including...
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This is a 1960’s era, color film produced by NASA. It is an informational film called “Manned Space Flight Film Report”. It is about Apollo 8 (SA-503/CSM-103) on December 21, 1968 when Apollo launched for the moon. It opens with the image of a rocket on a launching pad, :25. Apollo 8 spaceship on the launch pad, :40. Astronauts getting their spacesuits checked by NASA engineers, 1:43 . Frank Borman, commander is seen, 1:52 . James A. Lovell is seen, command module pilot, 1:57 . William A...
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This silent film shows one of the steps in assembling a pilot's flight helmet -- placing layers of fiberglass over a mold of a pilot's head, forming the basis of the helmet structure. 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...
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Made by Keystone, this charming travelogue film shows pre-WWII Japan and was likely filmed in the 1920s or early 30s. the film begins with images of a caucasian girl in Japanese dress and carrying a parasol before showing at 1:02 , Japanese women doing their make-up. At 1:15 , Geisha girls play instruments. At 1:30 , children are seen in kimonos learning how to use fans. At 1:45 a large temple complex is seen, we don't know which one -- if you know please leave information in the comments. At...
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The Information Revolution Episode is a short film discussing the impact—good and bad—that advances in technology are having on society. The film opens with Texas Instruments micro tech scientist Glen Penniston, who discusses microcomputers. Microcomputers can be used to run facilities, calculate or store data, enhance communications, diagnose diseases, and more. Powered by microcomputers, satellites allow enhanced communication through telecommunications and television. The “Information...
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This 1940s football film presents DEFENSIVE FOOTBALL as it was seen in the leather helmet era. College teams are featured. Narrator begins this way: As most players may not know the many facets of a football game, this film will break down techniques and terms such as a reverse running play, a spin or run (:33). There are various formations in defense, the first being the five man line (:54). For a stronger defense, the guard will move in ( 1:00 ) and for an even stronger one the center moves...
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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. Submarine Warfare 1875-1918 (:29). A torpedo moves through the water, hits a ship, and it sinks (:38-:57). John T. Holland is shown with his 1875 version of a submarine (:58- 1:15 ). Early submarines are shown ( 1:16 - 1:28 ), as is Grand Admiral Alfred von Tirpitz of Nazi Germany ( 1:29 - 1:39...
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This black and white instructional education short film The Steam Engine (as it applies to locomotives) was produced by Young America Films (Centron Corporation), using footage originally shot by British Information Services. The film was most likely released in the 1940s due to the presence of streamline “modern” trains. It opens with a steam engine train coming up the tracks (:34-:43). Passengers inside are shown, including some being waited on in a dining car (:44-:56), before returning...
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Made by Young America Films as part of a series of educational films about citizenship, this 1950s short illustrates how a community can solve problems together. The film shows the importance of civic action and personal responsibility. In the film a local citizen in Elmdale — a fictional town that represents main street USA -- named Bert Henderson discovers that there are no doctors living within 20 miles of his home. He then works with the Kiwanis Club and local leaders to recruit a...
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The Rudolph Wurlitzer Company presents “Pianorama,” a 1950s black-and-white promotional film that follows two young children who become enamored by their grandfatherly neighbor’s piano-playing ability and are soon drawn into the world of music. The children beg their parents for a piano of their own, only to be met with resistance from their father. “Martha needs a new refrigerator and I’ve had my eye on a new car … you can’t keep food in a piano or ride to work in one. I’m...
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This 1935 silent 16mm home movie shows views of Chicago including the downtown. At :54, the scene shifts to Chicago Municipal Airport and the American Airlines terminal. At  1:00  a rare Vultee V-1 is seen. The Vultee V-1 was a 1930s American single-engined airliner built by the Airplane Development Corporation, designed by Gerard Vultee and financed by automobile manufacturer Errett Cord. American Airlines bought at least 13 V-1As and the V-1 prototype (after it had been modified for two...
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This color film, “Green Gold of Ecuador”, made for a TV series called “il mondo” (Italian for the World) was probably produced in the early 1960’s because Cabana Bananas were using disease resistant methods by that time, and because of the name Standard Fruit & Steamship Co. (it changed to Cooke Inc. in 1964, later to Dole Food Co.). It was produced and directed by William F.L. Singer, and the voice-overs were done by Mai Tai Film Production International of Burbank, CA. It opens...
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Dating to 1979 when a gigantic airlift was organized to evacuate Americans and other westerners from Iran, this Pan Am promotional film begins with Today Show host Jane Pauley interviewing Captain William W. Malcolm, was one of two Pan Am pilots who flew some of the 600 evacuees out of Tehran. The film goes on to show Pan Am's historical activities in times of crisis, dating back fifty years to 1929 when Pan Am (then a fledgling airline) helped evacuate people from South Florida. A Pan Am...
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This 1965 unclassified U.S. Navy training film MN-10167 provides details about three oceanographic prediction systems: Sea-Ice Forecasting, Wave Forecasting, and ASWEPS. With the advent of rocket launches such as Polaris A-1 ( 1:04 - 1:15 ) from nuclear submarines, new oceanographic methods were needed for the Arctic Ocean. The Sea-Ice Forecasting Program supported Thule Air Base in Greenland ( 3:17 ) and early warning sites ( 3:23 ). Nuclear Skate-class submarines such as the Nautilus, Sargo,...
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This rare color film entitled STAR BROTHERS takes a look at the Soviet space program in the 1960s. It's an interesting counterpoint to NASA produced films of the same era. The film begins with footage of Yuri Gagarin (:29), the first man in space in 1961. At 1:05 , Gherman Stepanovich Titov is shown, the second Soviet cosmonaut. At 1:30 , American space hero John Glenn is seen with one of his Soviet counterparts. At 1:45 , Pavel Romanovich Popovich and Andriyan Nikolayev of Vostok 4 & 3...
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This rare color film entitled STAR BROTHERS takes a look at the Soviet space program in the 1960s. It's an interesting counterpoint to NASA produced films of the same era. This, the second half of the film begins with footage of tracking radars and microwave communications, and at :38 a ground station with banks of computers and telemetry devices. A video tape recorder is turned on at :39 and a TV set is shown for playback. At :55 the route of the flight is plotted on a moving map. The...
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This episode of the “Yesterday’s Newsreel” television show (episode 96) offers the viewer “television highlights of the news of yesteryear” by providing vintage clips of famous people and events from the first half of the 20th century. The newsreel begins with “1920-1923: Warren Harding” ( 00:30 ), recapping Senator Warren G. Harding’s road to the White House. Harding and his wife enjoy life in 1920 prior to the Republican Convention at the Blackstone Hotel in Chicago ( 00:57 )...
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USSR is a promotional film from Pan American World Airways, produced and directed by Henry Strauss (most likely in the late 1960s), that encourages tourism to the Soviet Union by taking viewers on a visual tour of a number of the republics and their cities. The film opens with footage of Moscow’s Red Square as the narrator recaps the famous rulers, writers, and musicians from the Russia’s past. The size of the USSR, with its diverse climate and people, make it a destination unlike any...
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Shot during a road trip by an American family who lived in Michigan, this 1950s silent home movie documents a cross country trip taken on Route 66. The film begins with shots of a turkey farm and the Daniel Hoover Mill at Scottsville, Kentucky. You can see the Sorghum Mill at :37. At  1:28  a Route 66 sign is seen in Texas, followed by shots of a field being harvested. At  1:49  is what appears to be the entrance to the Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico, with the daughter dressed as an Indian...
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This color picture from 1980 is an official National Aeronautics and Space Administration film report produced for NASA by Boeing in 1979. It dates to the dawn of the composite materials revolution, when a nearly $9 million research program was created to study whether an advanced composite elevator could be made for the cargo version of the Boeing 727. The picture focuses on the continuing efforts of manufacturers to develop aircraft that are lighter and more fuel efficient without sacrificing...
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This color film “El Navajo” is an educational documentary presented by Santa Fe Railway. It is a Telefilm Recording (a format popular in 1935-1940, and represented a motion picture created to be shown on television). The Navajo Reservation spans New Mexico and Arizona during this film’s time period. Women in Navajo dress wave at an oncoming Santa Fe train (38), whose Chicago to San Francisco route passes it ( 1:03 ). Views outside the train window see the red desert cliffs ( 1:27 - 1:44...
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LUCKY YOU is an animated short safety film from 1956, “presented in the Interest of Safe Living and Education by Your Coca-Cola Bottler,” that educates viewers—primarily children—on safe ways to avoid injuries from sharp objects, falling, shooting, hot objects, and crashes. The film uses an animated circus featuring “the most unusual injury defying death defying creatures in the universe”: the “Cutabus,” the “Fallabus,” the “Shootabus,” the “Burnabus,” and the...
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American Airlines and Pratt & Whitney Aircraft (a division of United Aircraft Corporation) bring the viewer “The 707 Astrojet” — a 1961 color film touting the aircraft. Called “a familiar friend” to the modern traveler, a silver passenger jet is shown in flight as the narrator explains (starting at mark  00:52 ) the American Airlines wanted to bring its clients a more powerful aircraft with higher cruising speeds and shorter take-off and landing capabilities. At mark  02:19 , he...
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This silent newsreel from the 1930s was released by Castle Films, and shows Washington, D.C. as it appeared in the pre-war era. The film begins with images of the Capitol building including rare (for this era) aerial shots, apparently filmed from a blimp that is visible later in the newsreel. At :31 you can see traffic passing in front of the building -- something you'd never see today. At :45 the building is pressure washed. At :56 the White House is shown, including views shot from the...
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This well-made silent film, apparently made by Ken Mershon, shows Jerome, Arizona and the surrounding area as it appeared in the late 1960s or early 1970s when it was still considered a ghost town. Jerome is a town in the Black Hills of Yavapai County in the U.S. state of Arizona. Founded in the late 19th century on Cleopatra Hill overlooking the Verde Valley, it is more than 5,000 feet (1,500 m) above sea level. It is about 100 miles (160 km) north of Phoenix along State Route 89A between...
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As shown in this 1950s film "Project Tinkertoy"was the code-name for a development and proof of concept project undertaken by the National Bureau of Standards (NBS) to create a process for automated manufacture of electronic equipment and for demonstrating it on a pilot production line. The needs for this program came out of the new Cold War and the Korean War, where certain vital electronic components were in very short supply. The pilot plant created by Tinkertoy had to be...
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United World Films presents “The Earth And Its People: Tropical Lowland (The Amazon River, Brazil),” a 1949 black-and-white educational picture that takes the viewer to that South American destination. The film opens at mark  00:27  with a global illustration focusing on the area as a narrator explains how the 4,000-mile path of the Amazon begins in the Andes Mountains and cuts across the tropical lowland of South America to the Atlantic Ocean. This is followed by aerial views of the...
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“Space Down to Earth” is a circa 1970 NASA education film that explores how science impacts not only the exploration of space but also life on Earth. The color film begins with “sounds” from space — signals from satellites orbiting Earth — each of which have their own signature, or tone. Such application satellites serve many different functions, we are told, including weather, communications, and Earth resources. Beginning at mark  01:45 , the narrator explains how satellites such...
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An informative film about LSD, this 1960s educational tells the story of the discovery of the drug and its affects. The film begins in 1951 after a naturally induced mass hysteria episode in France, and then traces the work of Dr. Albert Hofmann who suffered similar symptoms after exposing himself to synthesized LSD in the 1930s. The film shows the effects of LSD on rats in a laboratory, including catatonia. The film features Dr. Jean Houston and Dr. Robert Masters, who used LSD to probe...
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This silent 16mm home movie shows what appears to be members of the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps on parade. The group contains several women of color, including at least one African American member, which is notable. It's also notable that they have a bit to learn about marching (with several of them going out of step at various times). The location of this is unknown but a clue is at  3:35  where an interesting building is shown. At about  3:09 , the film transitions to an Army exercise where a...
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This 16mm film, a home movie shot on May 9-10, 1970, shows a march on the White House. The march took place a week after the Kent State shootings, and 100,000 demonstrators converged on Washington to protest the shootings and President Richard Nixon's incursion into Cambodia.After the march, a few hundred militants spread through surrounding streets, causing limited damage. Police attacked the most threatening crowds with tear gas and made a number of arrests, including the one seen at the 12...
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Made during World War II, "Corvettes" profiles the Royal Navy's ships of the same name. These were rapidly built ships meant to counter the Nazi threat to Great Britain by protecting convoys. Ships of the Flower Class are seen being launched and joining a convoy, and then practicing anti-aircraft gunnery, and conducting a U-boat patrol as part of convoy duty. The term "corvette" was originally a French name for a small sailing warship, intermediate between the frigate and...
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