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This silent film from 1938 shows the launch of the "new" RMS Mauretania. This second Mauretania was built by Cammell Laird of Birkenhead and was the largest ship built in England at that time. At :48 a crowd assembles for the launching and the hull of the ship is seen at the drydock. The date is 28 July 1938. At 1:21 Sir Percy E. Bates the chairman of Cunard Lines arrives along with Lady Bates, to christen the ship. At 2:47 the blocks are broken out and at 2:57 as the tide rises to...
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This silent film shows a tour of China and was likely shot in the early 1930s as a promotional film for a tourism company. Some title cards are marked "Wonders of the World" which might suggest it was also simply a commercial release of a travel record. Most of what you see in this film no longer exists. At :59 a "one wheel taxi" -- a wheelbarrow carried by a very strong Chinese man -- is shown. At 1:28 the houses of farmers are seen and at 1:38 a man poses with a child. At...
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This silent film shows highlights of tests at the U.S. Air Force's rocket sled track facility at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico, and likely dates to the mid-1960s. The film begins with images of rocket bottle used as a sign pointing the way to the Track Test Directorate. Various test articles are seen including some of the largest, fastest sleds then in use. At :37, a multi-stage rocket test. Speed run with wedge weight/shape. Uses under-sled wedges to scoop water and stop the sled at...
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Made prior to the disastrous accident that destroyed one of two prototypes, The XB-70 Story describes the development and flight testing of the Valkyrie supersonic bomber. The North American Aviation XB-70 Valkyrie was the prototype of the B-70 nuclear-armed, deep-penetration strategic bomber for the Strategic Air Command of the U.S. Air Force. In the 1950s, the North American Aviation company designed the Valkyrie bomber as a large, six-engine aircraft capable of reaching Mach 3+ while flying...
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Released by Pathe for the home market, this silent 1928 newsreel shows the "Cruise of the Graf Zeppelin" to America. The film begins in Freiderichshafen, Germany with the mighty dirigible preparing to make its first trans-Atlantic flight. This was the zeppelin's first intercontinental trip, a 9,926 km (6,168 mi), 111-hour crossing from Friedrichshafen to Lakehurst with Dr. Eckener in command. Capt. Ernst Lehmann, who would be killed in the crash of the Hindenburg at Lakehurst eight...
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In this “GI Movie Weekly” from Fistic Film (likely from 1939), viewers are treated to the historic fight on 4 July 1919 in Toledo, OH, where young boxer Jack Dempsey faced off against the World Heavyweight Champion Jess Willard. The film opens with a few highlights from 1919, including a young Prince of Wales observing the surrender of the German Fleet, Theodore Roosevelt speaking to an audience shortly before his death, and Babe Ruth posing in his New York Yankees jersey. The film then...
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Feb 8, 2019
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Viewers are treated to a “Cross Country” tour of the United States in this episode of Jack Douglas’ America! The episode begins by the camera driving down a rural highway in Georgia. An American flag flies at half-mast at the historical site of the Confederate Army’s Andersonville Prison (01:28). The episode shows the national cemetery with its rows of white tombstones, a statue commemorating the fallen soldiers from the state of Iowa, and the Providence Springs fountain (02:51). Two...
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This episode of Jack Douglas’ television series Across the Seven Seas, “Seven Splendors of Persia,” joins American travel filmmakers Clifford and Bunny Kamen on their trip to Iran for a look at the splendors of old Persia. The episode opens with a shot of the Kamens leaving their home. Clifford Kamen speaks to the camera about his travels (brief footage shows him in Greece and Peru) and his recent trip with his wife to Iran, formally known as Persia. The couple walk of an airplane....
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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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Yesterday's Newsreel 0:12 , Television highlights of the news of yesteryear, Graf Zeppelin Circles the Globe with the voice of Tom Hale 0:31 , Zeppelin Shipyard 0:41 , Dr. Hugo Eckner invited Commander Charles Rosendahl 55:21 , Lady Hay and Stow away 1:12 , Graf Zeppelin airborne over the Atlantic 1:22 , round the world travel, Dr. Eckner is the engineer on the round the world trip, cheers from German crowds 1:53 , Reichstag 1:57 , Flies nonstop over Russia and Siberia, Graf reaches Japanese...
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This German propaganda movie was part of a U.S. Navy archive compiled during WWII, and acquired by Periscope Film. Dornier bombers, and Blohm und Voss Bv-138 flying boats raid Allied shipping, and German U-boats are seen conducting wolfpack raids on convoys attempting to run the German blockade of Murmansk. Includes bomb attack by Ju-88 aircraft.
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Feb 8, 2019
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This episode of Jack Douglas’ television series Across the Seven Seas, “A Midnight In Amsterdam,” takes viewers to the most famous city in the Netherlands for a look at music, flowers, entertainment, and life on the canals. The episode opens with a shot of the inland seaport of Amsterdam (01:13), the Basilica of Saint Nicholas, and the city’s narrow streets lit up at night with neon lights. In the main shopping area of the city, street organs play music for tourists and locals alike...
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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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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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This historic film from the former USSR shows the 27th Congress of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. This event was held from 25 February to 6 March 1986 in Moscow. This was the first congress presided over by Mikhail Gorbachev as General Secretary of the Central Committee of the CPSU. In accordance with the pattern set 20 years earlier by Leonid Brezhnev, the congress occurred five years after the previous CPSU Congress. Much had changed in those five years. Key figures of Soviet...
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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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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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In 1938 Theodore Andrica, the Nationalities Editor of the Cleveland Press and author of the "Around the World in Cleveland" column, paid a visit to Nazi Germany. As part of his journey he shot this astonishing film which shows what appears to be the pastoral German state, but was actually a nation on the brink of war. Unlike many of the films from this era which have been colorized, Andrica actually shot this motion picture on Kodachrome stock.   Although the material is silent the...
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This is a 1950’s era industry film about surface renewal metalworking. “Let Us Spray” presented by Metallizing Company of America, Chicago, IL 60624, 1:06 . Metalworking and surface renewal is used wherever surfaces get worn or need replacement, 1:30 . Corrosion is a big problem with water towers, 3:29 . Bridges and similar structures metallize protecting from corrosion. Metalizing surfaces can actually improve the strength, durability and utility of the original material at a fraction of...
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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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Made in 1952, "Command of the Seas" is a series of four, full color films that document America's post-WWII Navy. Intended to promote the important role the fleet could play in Cold War conflicts (such as the recently-stalemated Korean War), the films showcase an era of growth and expansion. As new, nuclear powered submarines and angled deck aircraft carriers take to the seas, helicopters, missiles, rockets and jet fighters take to the skies.
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Made during WWII by the British Ministry of Information, CAMERAMEN AT WAR was produced by the Realist Film Unit with support of various newsreel companies, the armed services film units and the Trustees of the Imperial War Museum. Compiled by Len Lye, This film tells the story of British newsreel and combat cameramen under battle conditions compiled by Len Lye. The film begins with rare footage from World War I of tanks in action, and includes a few scenes from the 1914-1918 war including famed...
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This is a 1960’s era, color movie photographed and narrated by John L Strohm (1927-1987) author/editor and world traveler. It is called, Southeast Asia. The movie opens with video footage of a John Strohm discussing his world travels. Globe spins showing Strohm’s last stop in Southeast Asia, 1:00 . World map displays southeast Asia, 1:14 . Cows and a watermill are shown in India, 2:41 . Man plants seeds, 2:55 . Oxen plowing a field, 3:03 . Grain is harvested in the village, 3:26 . Woman...
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This is a 1970’s era, color movie that opens with race cars going around a racetrack. The movie is called Formula Vee racing and it is about the Formula Vee class racecar. It was directed by Kenneth Baldwin and sponsored by Volkswagen of America. Formula Vee began in 1963 and was formed in an effort to emphasize driver ability over technological development of the car. The concept was to provide an inexpensive, reliable, and competitive race car for everyone to be able to race.   In 1963,...
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This 1970s era film, called The Ballad of the Big Ones, is about the famous Clydesdale horses of Budweiser. It is a color film and opens with the Anheuser Busch logo on wrought iron gates and the famous Clydesdale drawn carriage emerges, :20. The gleaming red wagon of Budweiser, :56. The Clydesdales pull the Budweiser wagon down 5th Avenue past St. Patrick’s Cathedral, 1:10 . The Clydesdales are seen with their young frolicking in a pasture, 1:35 . The Clydesdale team is “16 tons moving...
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This is a 1960’s era, color movie about the Grace Line that opens with a married couple speaking on the couch in their home. They are talking about taking a vacation. They discuss going on a cruise. The ships mentioned are the SS Santa Rosa and the SS Santa Paula. The couple visits a travel agent, 2:00 . Sights of NYC are shown, 2:30 . The couple boards the cruise ship, 3:08 . The ship departs, 3:45 . View of ship on the NYC skyline, 4:08 . The couple enters their stateroom, 4:49 . View of NY...
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This is a 1950’s era, black and white movie that opens with a man with a microphone bouncing up and down. Directed by Bob Hiestand, this is an episode of the TV show "Success Story" that each week comes from “somewhere” in southern California as a public service by Richfield, makers of Richfield 1030 motor oil and gasoline. The movie is about Stauffer motorized couches for figure control. The Stauffer Posture-Rest is pictured, 1:39 . Stauffer plant is shown with Ken Peters...
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The World Of Work’s “TV News: Behind The Scenes” is a 1973 episode from Encyclopaedia Britannica Films that shows viewers the day’s operations required to broadcast a news program. The episode follows the men and women of ABC7 Eyewitness News, including Roger Grimsby, Bill Beutel, Geraldo Rivera, Robert Labe, and Melba Tolliver, as they work to put together stories for the evening’s broadcast. The episode touches on topics such as how stories are discovered, how they are covered by...
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This is a 1930’s era, black and white movie by James A. Fitzpatrick; it is a series called TravelTalks, “The Voice of the Globe” with music from Nathaniel Shilkret’s TravelTalk Orchestra. The name of this episode is Come Back to Erin. The movie opens with a man and woman in a horse and buggy riding along a road in Ireland. Irish farmers go to market, 1:00 . Irish peasant child with puppy, 1:10 . Paddy Leary is shown in front of a body of water, 1:16 . A Billy goat is seen in the...
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This is a black and white video produced by the National Association of Manufacturers. It is about how the manufacturing industry survives crisis. Opens with an aerial view of a factory that has been flooded, :43. The flood affects all industry. Trains underwater and transportation bought to a standstill, :58. Natural disasters are only one of the many crises industry must deal with to stay in business, 1:38 . Another crises industry must face are the ups and downs of government contracts, 1:53...
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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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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 silent home movie shows the 10th reunion of the famed 442nd Infantry Regiment, which is best known for its history as a fighting unit composed almost entirely of second-generation American soldiers of Japanese ancestry (Nisei) who fought in World War II. Beginning in 1944, the regiment fought primarily in the European Theatre, in particular Italy, southern France, and Germany. The film, which may have been shot by one of the Regiment's corpsman Toshi Kuge, begins with shots in a WWII...
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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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The Air Force Association presents Air Force Scrapbook, 1907-1957, a short film on the history of the Air Force for the Golden Anniversary celebration of the U.S. Air Force in 1957. The film presents footage of early planes in flight, some of the earliest military action by U.S. air forces, and scenes involving some of America’s best ace pilots up through the Korean War. The film opens with footage of early planes and more modern planes flying in the sky. The Wright Brothers show off their...
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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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This U.S. Navy newsreel, Casablanca Conference, is the first issue and recaps the Casablanca Conference of 1943 at the Anfa Hotel in Casablanca, Morocco. The newsreel opens with aerial footage of large estates outside of Casablanca. A military jeep sits next to a building ( 01:17 ). A panorama shot shows viewers the scope of 1946 Casablanca ( 01:34 ). U.S. troops line a road leading into Casablanca ( 02:00 ); U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt rides in an army jeep, passing soldiers standing...
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Trieste is a Swiss-designed, Italian-built deep-diving research bathyscaphe, which with her crew of two reached a record maximum depth of about 10,911 meters (35,797 ft), in the deepest known part of the Earth's oceans, the Challenger Deep, in the Mariana Trench near Guam in the Pacific. On 23 January 1960, Jacques Piccard (son of the boat's designer Auguste Piccard) and US Navy Lieutenant Don Walsh achieved the goal of Project Nekton. Trieste was the first manned vessel to have reached the...
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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. 1957’s episode 332 takes viewers to industries or businesses in Utah, Massachusetts, Michigan, and Missouri. In Utah’s Salt Lake Valley, a man drives a harvester that digs up sugar beets (...
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This silent home movie shows the 10th reunion of the famed 442nd Infantry Regiment, which is best known for its history as a fighting unit composed almost entirely of second-generation American soldiers of Japanese ancestry (Nisei) who fought in World War II. Beginning in 1944, the regiment fought primarily in the European Theatre, in particular Italy, southern France, and Germany. The film, which may have been shot by one of the Regiment's corpsman Toshi Kuge, begins with shots in the mainland...
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This 1960s color educational film about Saint Louis, Missouri was part of the weekly TV series “America!” that was narrated by actor Jack Douglas. A statue commemorates French King Louis XV, for whom Saint Louis is named after. A monument marks the spot founder Pierre Liguest landed in 1764 ( 1:00 - 1:37 ). The Courthouse Building held the Dred Scott trials ( 1:38 - 1:43 ). The Gateway Arch (completed 1965), is still under construction in the film. Also at the riverfront is the S.S. Admiral...
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This silent, historic German film produced during WWII by UFA is titled "U-boats on patrol". It shows U-boats operating in Wolfpacks, hunting Allied convoys during the Battle of the Atlantic. At the start of the film at :25, a Type IX U-boat is seen preparing to go on a mission. A band :39 plays as the submarine comes to port for a deployment ceremony. At :14 multiple U-boats head out to sea and the watch is manned. At 1:28 an Allied convoy is spotted and the boat crash dives ( 1:42 )...
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This black and white film is one of a 1950-1960 television series Industry on Parade, produced by the National Association of Manufacturers. It contains four segments. “Kansas.” Two reporters in a 1940s station wagon arrive at a farm. They enter a late 1950s living room with tufted sofa chairs. The entry to the room has a sliding door with geometric squares on it. The woman, wearing a 1950s short-sleeve sweater and pearls, shows off her all white kitchen, with its top-opening automatic...
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This late 1960s / early 1970s color film tries to define how to measure time. It was produced by Donald Rawlings at Halliford Studios and is sponsored by both Pan Am and Rolex. A Pan American Jet Clipper brakes in front of the camera (:35). The time is 9:25 on a 1970 Rolex GMT 1675 (:42). An animation leads from prehistoric sea creatures to dinosaurs to the Egyptians   (:57- 1:26 ). Time pieces shown are shadows against the sand and a cuckoo clock. A mother sits in a 1970s decorated living...
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This silent, amateur "gag film" was apparently made by members of the 526th U.S. Air Force 526th Fighter Squadron sometime in the 1950s. The unit provided   Air Defense of western Europe throughout the 1960s-90s in Munich vicinity. Its last assignment was with the 86th Operations Group, based at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. It was inactivated on 1 July 1994.   The film shows the unit's new F-86, meaning the film likely dates to summer of 1953, the squadron completed its move to...
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Produced in 1944, "Flying Sense" was one of a series of instructional films made for U.S. Navy aviation candidates.   It was directed by Robert "Bob" Taylor, a Hollywood legend who starred in over 80 films including "Waterloo Bridge" and "Bataan". Taylor was given the rank of a lieutenant in the Naval Reserves and was active as a flight instructor during the war. The other star in this and the other films in the series (which include "Before You...
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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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This is a silent film.   Created by the Ballistics Research Laboratory at Aberdeen, Maryland this movie shows tests of 4000 lb "blockbuster" munitions, most likely the Mark V and Mark VI.   Blockbuster or "cookie" was the name given to several of the largest conventional bombs used in World War II by the Royal Air Force (RAF). The term blockbuster was originally a name coined by the press and referred to a bomb which had enough explosive power to destroy an entire city...
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Created in 1943 by the propaganda department of the Nazi government under Minister Goebbels (and entirely in German), this rare film shows evidence of the Katyn Forest Massacre.   This was a mass execution of Polish nationals carried out by the Soviet secret police, in April and May 1940.   The number of victims is estimated at about 22,000. The victims were murdered in the Katyn Forest in Russia, the Kalinin and Kharkiv prisons and elsewhere. Of the total killed, about 8,000 were officers...
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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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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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In this US Navy Combat Bulletin (No. 4), produced in Cooperation with the U.S. Army Pictorial Services, viewers get updates to the Allied war efforts in Europe and the Pacific. The bulletin begins with a segment on air combat support. Footage from cameras on U.S. planes show German planes being shot out of the air and the strafing of German ground targets, including trains. “Piggyback” planes fly toward Allied lines (also known as Mistel, “Piggyback” planes refer to composite aircraft...
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The Lure Of New England, directed by Bon D. Grussing and produced by Martin Bovey Films in the mid-1940s for the Minneapolis-Moline Company, takes viewers on a short tour of America’s northeast. The film opens with shots of New England food, statues, beaches, rocky coasts, and covered bridges. Rural snow-covered New England ( 01:22 ) beckons to visitors with its scenic houses, fields, and churches. People check and empty buckets of sap on tapped maple trees ( 01:57 ). A man drives a tractor...
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This late 1960s color travelogue film provides highlights of footage cut from other films in this series. It is narrated by Jack Douglas as part of the America! Television series.   A clam bake in Cape Cod is sponsored by the Bass River Rod & Gun Club. Being prepared in baskets are clams, corn, potatoes, sweet potatoes, onions, hot dogs, and sausages.   Stones are heated in a fire and covered with wet seaweed.   The metal food baskets are placed on top and covered with a sheet. The...
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CAP (SFP 251) is a 1950 film on the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) that gives viewers a look at its founding, its role in national defense and emergency services, how it fits into the structure of the Air Force, and how it trains its young cadets. The film opens with a shot of a clock tower at what appears to be a community center. Men and women leave their homes and places of work to head to their weekly Civil Air Patrol meeting. Civil Air Patrol men gather on a grassy air field next to a biplane and...
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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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This late 1960s color travelogue film provides highlights of Arizona attractions. It is narrated by Jack Douglas as part of the America! Television series.   Sunset provides a backdrop to the cacti. Outside Phoenix is the Pinnacle Peak Patio restaurant, which cuts off the neckties of diners and attaches them (and the owner’s information) to the ceiling.   Two-pound T-bone steaks are flipped on the grill. A boot is on the plate for a well-done order (:45- 2:39 ). Eduardo Castle introduces...
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The Bodybuilders is a color documentary filmed by Fisher Body between 1970 and 1972. Fisher Body was an automobile coachbuilder founded by the Fisher brothers in 1908, in Detroit, Michigan, and was dissolved in 1984 to be blended into General Motors. This film looks at the engineering and manufacturing needed to produce car bodies and their assembly.   The film opens showing industrial metal stamping machinery, presses, and sewing machines all   doing their work making automobile parts that...
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This vintage, silent home movie dates to the 1930s, and unfortunately is a bit worse for wear. It begins with a London theater queue at :16. The event is a Balalaika performance presented by Eric Maschwitz. is a musical play in three acts with book and lyrics by Eric Maschwitz, music by George Posford and Bernard Grun. It opened in London at the Adelphi Theatre on 22 December 1936, starring Muriel Angelus, Roger Treville, Clifford Mollison and Betty Warren, and ran for 569 performances. At :49...
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This color, silent home movie of the 1945 Rose Parade features various floats including the University of California at 1:11 , San Jose at 3:24 , a fabulous Standard Oil Circus Days float at 5:19 , Santa Monica at 8:28 (includes a woman in a fabulous bathing suit), Pasadena Banks at 8:37 , San Diego at 9:42 , Sierra Madre at 10:25 , at 10:16 Polytechnic College / CalTech, and Includes the Helms Bakery float at 11:39 . We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional...
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This silent home movie shows the 51st Annual Tournament of Roses Parade (see sign at :08 seconds) in 1940. The Grand Marshals this year were Edgar Bergen & Charlie McCarthy, who are visible at 10 seconds. The game that year featured the USC Trojans vs. the Tennessee Volunteers. Some of the highlights include the Wings Over California float at :51, a Mt. Palomar Observatory float at 1:15 , a Las Vegas Nevada float at 2:20 , a patriotic American Flag flat at 3:29 , an American eagle float at...
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Shot by an anonymous U.S. sailor, this 16mm silent home movie shows operations in the 1950s off of North Korea. The sailor was stationed aboard the aircraft carrier USS Essex, CV-9, and must have had some pull as he was allowed to film flight operations and even shot the ship from the rescue helicopter. Most likely this was in 1953 as part of the so-called "Peace Patrol".   The aircraft in use in this period include Douglas A-1 Skyraiders as well as the McDonnell F2H Banshee. At 5:46...
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This silent home movie shows the 1946 Rose Parade, the first post-WWII parade and one with a fitting theme -- Victory, Unity and Peace. The Grand Marshall this year was Admiral Frederick Halsey who led the U.S. Navy to victory in WWII. One of the highlight floats from San Diego features a WWII airplane ( 4:03 ) complete with turning propeller. At 4:14 an L.A. Times float proclaims "Victory, Unity, Peace" on the masthead. At 5:11 the float from Ventura features a spinning globe. At...
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This black and white film is one of the episodes of "Yesterday's Newsreels", an early 1950s TV show made from the General Newsreel collection. It features nine segments of historic highlights. Memorial at Kitty Hawk 1928. The tablet memorial at Kitty Hawk commemorating Orville and Wilbur Wright is dedicated by Secretary of War Dwight Davis. Footage is also shown of the plane being carried into place, the propellers started, and the plane taxis and lifts off in a 1908 reenactment (:30-...
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This film about the work of the soundman was presented by Members of the Motion Picture Industry and produced in cooperation with the Academy Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. It begins with a snippet of a silent film as previously no soundman existed (:40) and it had taken 100 years to bring sound to the screen (:50). Thomas Edison was credited as the first to record sound and this invention revolutionized the theory of sound (:55).   In order to record sound in motion it requires a team of...
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This film about art direction was produced by members of the Motion Picture Industries in cooperation with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. It opens with a set having been constructed for the filming of a motion picture (:42). The man in charge of this creation and the focus of this film is the art director ( 1:10 ). His first duty will be to analyze the script and craft the appropriate type of background for the film ( 1:44 ). Part of this decision-making process will be...
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Made by the short-lived Mercury Pictures (not to be confused with Orson Welles' company), this silent short "Studios on Parade" was sold to the home market in the 1940s. It begins with shots of the "Cardboard Valley" and shots of many movie studios from RKO Pictures to Warner Brothers, Universal, Cecil B. DeMille Productions, and Columbia Pictures. At :34 RKO and Paramount are shown. At :43 an abandoned set from the 1937 movie Wells Fargo is seen on the back lot. At :59...
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This film is of a series produced weekly titled Industry on Parade which had won a Peabody Award (:11) for it’s public service. It opens with a dough factory in Portchester, New York (:36). The pans are covered and set into the Brown Electric Pyrometer ( 1:17 ). The bread will then be frozen to preserve freshness and flavor at -20 degrees ( 1:33 ). These are wrapped in plastic twice to prevent dehydration ( 1:39 ). This process enabled companies to expand employment as their reach for sale...
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Stark Nature is a 1932 documentary that is part of Gaumont-British Picture Corporation’s adventure series. The film opens with a shot of “Equatorial Africa” where people go down river on a dugout canoe ( 00:20 ). A chief addresses tribal elders in a meeting ( 01:10 ); the tribe’s warriors hold spears while listening to the chief. Hunters bring a gazelle to the village ( 01:55 ). Women work at the cookhouse preparing food ( 02:30 ). Boys climb up a coconut tree to get coconuts ( 03:00 );...
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This silent home movie shows early Kodachrome color views of the 1938 and 1939 Rose Parades in Pasadena, California. These were the 49th and 50th Parades, respectively. The 1939 Parade theme was "Playland Fantasies" and features marvelous floats and at 3:43 a 20th Century Fox wagon. At 3:47 the 1939 Parade begins. This one includes a sensational Wizard of Oz float at 6:11 , sponsored by Culver City where MGM Studios was located. Some of the other floats include North Hollywood at 8:20...
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Made for the home market, this 16mm silent film by Avalon Daggett shows the 66th Annual Rose Parade in 1955. Earl Warren was the Grand Marshal that year (:41). The 1955 theme was "Familiar Sayings in Flowers". At :49 the Rose Queen is seen. At 1:13 the Mexico float. Other highlights include the L.A. County Float at 1:30 , Ohio State's float,   USC's Tommy Trojan ( 2:04 ), Minute Maid float, and more. At 3:00 a wonderful Disneyland float is seen. At 4;12 the Post Cereal float comes...
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Made by the short-lived Mercury Pictures (not to be confused with Orson Welles' company), this silent short "Cameramen on Location" was sold to the home market in the 1940s. It shows "behind the scenes" footage shot during the production of the 1941 Roy Rogers movie "Robin hood of the Pecos". The film begins with a Republic Pictures camera truck ( 4:05 ) arriving on set. A Mitchell camera is seen at 4:17 being loaded. At 4:23 reflectors are put in place and at 4:38...
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This film is of the weekly series ‘Industry on Parade’ which received a Peabody Award for public service (:26). It focuses on breakfast and how industry has made the first meal of the day easier and cost efficient for the American family ( 1:03 ). An example of one of these innovations is the toaster ( 1:32 ). In an appliance mass producing factory, a worker makes toast over and over, tossing it into a bin ‘for toast only’ to ensure the quality ( 1:47 ). Another example shown is how...
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This 1964 color advertising film about the many ways to serve beef is a presentation of the National Live Stock and Meat Board and a Wilding Production. A man in a business suit, overcoat, and hat exits a blue and white taxi at a one-story house with a circular driveway. He enters an early 1960s living room and removes his coat (:20- 1:00 ). His young daughter jumps into his arms and kisses him. He kisses his wife, dressed in a 1964 cotton fit-and-flare dress. He removes his suit jacket. His...
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This film is of the weekly production called Industry on Parade which won a Peabody Award for public service (:14). It begins in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania at Lehigh University (:21) with recruiters from different industry branches hunting for recruits on campus (:50). An interview is conducted between a steel industry representative and a student ( 1:06 ) and this student takes a tour of the steel mill ( 1:48 ). Engineers are to take the inventions of scientists and find daily use for them ( 2:52...
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This 1960s episode of “True Adventures” by host and producer Bill Burrud, opens with the shirtless host asking viewers, “Have you ever heard that the sea holds many mysteries? Well, it’s true! How would you like to go for a swim and find a jeweled cross worth $75,000?” With that, the viewer is taken to Bermuda at mark 1:22 , where images taken by underwater photographer Peter Stackpole introduces audiences to the wonders of deep sea diving and exploration. Such treasures have been...
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In this episode of the True Adventure TV series from the early 1960s, viewers go on an expedition through the Northwest Passage with the U.S. Coast Guard. The episode opens with dramatic shots of the Arctic, including an ice shelf breaking off ( 00:08 ). Host Bill Burrud discusses the Coast Guard’s voyage through the Northwest Passage. There are various shots of the Arctic Ocean with a number of different ships navigating its waterways ( 02:23 ). The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Bramble sails out...
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This film opens with President Richard Nixon (:24) speaking on the SALT negotiations which was an acronym that stood for Strategic Arms Limitations Talks. John W. Warner (:54) states the United States is similar to an island in that it is surrounded on all sides by water. In 1941, the warship U.S.S Arizona ( 2:10 ) was attacked by Japan. “CNO SITREP 7” appears at ( 2:38 ) and this indicated a Chief of Naval Operations Report. The music for this film was performed by the US Navy Band ( 3:06...
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This black and white documentary, Wright Builds for Supremacy, is a film on how to create and build Curtiss-Wright aircraft engines, and was probably produced around 1941 to 1942. The documentary was presented by Wright Aeronautical Corporation which was in business from 1919-1929 and then merged with Curtiss to form Curtiss-Wright, remaining one of the divisions of that corporation. This film was narrated by Lowell Thomas, an American writer, broadcaster, and traveler, and was produced by...
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This 1964 black and white documentary film “Survival! Andrea Doria” details the sinking of the SS Andrea Doria on July 25, 1956. It was produced by Official Films, Inc; Sherman Grinberg Productions, Inc. Survivors provide their recollections to narrator James Whitmore (:20- 1:00 ). June, 1951, the Italian ship is shown from multiple angles. The ship is blessed by Cardinal Archbishop Giuseppe Siri, christened, and launched ( 1:35 - 2:43 ). The first-class lounge has murals and a bonze statue...
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This 194? black and white US Navy Training Film MN-1512d Advanced Typing – Duplicating and Manuscript provides the basics for using a typewriter to prepare masters for duplication. Various typewriters are shown in use. A female Navy instructor explains how to make a master for duplicating machines. This includes placing the sheet inside the Copi-Rite stencil holder, shifting the ribbon indicator to the stencil position, inserting it into the typewriter, and adjusting the paper bail rollers. A...
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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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Filmed on June 12, 1944, this silent film shows Allied leaders on their way to visit the invasion beachhead in France. There are apparently two (separate) parties shown, one British and one American. Some of the persons you will see in the film include British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, Field Marshal Jan Christiaan Smuts (to Churchill's right at 1:23 ), General George C. Marshall ( 7:08 ), Supreme Allied Commander General Dwight D. Eisenhower, Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Ernest...
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The Falkland Islands is a color film produced by Film Workshop LTD. with sound by United Motion Pictures. It was written and commentated on by Maxwell Munden, a London born writer and director. The film was produced for the Central Office of Information for the Colonial Office (COI).   The COI was formed in 1946 and worked to produce information campaigns on issues that affected the lives of British citizens. This film about the Falkland Islands was probably produced in the early 1950’s. It...
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Released by the short-lived company Mercury Pictures for the home market in the 1950s, SILK STOCKING PARADE is a fun short that shows some mannequins in a department store window coming to life. The attraction of course are the legs on view, which might have excited a 1950s audience with their shapely curves. While there were many risque stag films made in this era -- this one is strictly "clean fun".   We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional...
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This late 1960s color travelogue film provides highlights of the Apache, Navajo, and Hopi Indians keeping ancient traditions. It is narrated by Jack Douglas as part of the America! Television series, produced and photographed by Joseph Meagher.   Buffalo roam on a plain. The Grand Canyon and lakes with mountain reflections are panned.   Goats and sheep are herded in the shadows of oil derricks with flames of excess gas burning at the top. The Hoover Dam is shown ( 1:13 - 2:50 ).   The...
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This silent 8mm home movie shows a variety of things but by far the most exciting is a stunt show by Jimmie Lunch and his Death Dodgers. You can see it starting about 20:41 into the film. Daredevil Jimmie Lynch and his "Death Dodgers" traveled the country throughout the 1940s and ‘50s, performing spectacular stunts in flimsy cars. They jumped over cars and trucks, smashed through flaming walls, and sent their vehicles tipping over on two wheels. Lynch himself was famous for riding...
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This promotional film about the New York Stock Exchange dates to the early 1960s and includes two segments.   The first clip is titled Special Report: New York Stock Exchange Adds “Fair Ladies” To Staff. This about the women who provide tours and information of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). It opens with several different women welcoming people to the NYSE in various languages. During the World’s Fair, the NYSE is one of the most popular places to visit. A shot shows the floor of...
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This silent, color film shows a visit to the ruins at Petra made in the late 1940s. Apparently it was shot by a visiting tourist, as portions of it are a bit amateurish (including the shot at 1:41 of the gorge leading to the city -- which seems to have been shot from aboard a horse.)   Petra, originally known to its inhabitants as Raqmu, is a historical and archaeological city in southern Jordan. Petra lies on the slope of Jabal Al-Madbah in a basin among the mountains which form the eastern...
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Documentary footage examining Allied machinery and methods used to attack the Axis powers on the beach fronts. Includes the Battle of Dunkirk and amphibious assaults on Sicily, Salerno, and Dieppe, France. Narrated by Quentin Reynolds. Navy film of the training and struggle to obtain beaches in Pacific and European Areas. Combat scenes of WWII. Reel 1: 1) Several LS taken off shore looking at White Cliffs of Dover. 2) Several quick flash shots showing England. Civil defense in operation,...
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Let There Be Light is a 1946 American documentary film directed by John Huston. The film, commissioned by the United States Army Signal Corps, was the final entry in a John Huston trilogy of films produced at the request of the U.S. Government. This documentary film follows 75 U.S. soldiers who have sustained debilitating emotional trauma and depression. A series of scenes chronicle their entry into a psychiatric hospital, their treatment and eventual recovery. Some of the treatments involved...
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Life In The Sahara is a short 1953 film from Encyclopaedia Britannica Films that gives viewers a glimpse of life in the Sahara Desert in the 1950s, touching on the geography of the region as well as the people who live there. The film opens with shots of the Sahara Desert, including sand dunes, mountains, and salty flats ( 00:22 ; 01:05 ). Massive sand dunes tower above the desert floor ( 01:27 ; 13:52 ). Wind blows sand along desert, making travel no easy task. A train moves along one of the...
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Dating to the 1960s, this Chinese propaganda film shows the construction of a series of dams along the Yellow River in Shandong Province. This project was part of the so called Great Leap Forward of the People's Republic of China (PRC), a economic and social campaign by the Communist Party of China (CPC) from 1958 to 1962. The campaign was led by Chairman Mao Zedong and aimed to rapidly transform the country from an agrarian economy into a socialist society through rapid industrialization and...
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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 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. Pancho Villa Raids the Rio Grande March 9, 1916. Footage shows a horseback rider at the top of a hill. Overhead footage shows a band of riders and walkers crossing the border into New Mexico. A still photo is shown of Villa wearing his trademark mustache, hat, and ammo around his neck. The...
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This silent film shows some of the steps in assembling a pilot's flight helmet. It's believed that the film shows APH-6C Dual Visor Pilot Flight Helmet developed by Sierra Engineering Company, Sierra Madre, CA in the mid-to-late 1960s and sold through the late 1970s, Military Spec: MIL-H-22995A. Sierra got its start in the late 1940s and created a famous crash test dummy known as "Sierra Sam". By 1966 the company had over 300 employees.   We encourage viewers to add comments and,...
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