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This profile of the USAF Thunderbirds dates to the time period between 1983-1985, when SSgt Steve Geoghegan served as Crew Chief with SSgt Paul Cantwell and Capt. John Bostick (among others). The film documents the return of the Thunderbirds to America's skies after a devastating series of accidents that resulted in the deaths of five pilots in 19 months, including four who were tragically killed while practicing at the Nellis, Nevada base on Jan. 18, 1982. The deaths were caused when their...
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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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This early 1960s black and white film about the development of the oil industry “Presents true stories of progress at work by the American Petroleum Institute” and is broken out into four segments. “1919.” The film opens with a couple in a 1919 touring car, with a ‘Just Married’ sign is on the back. The car runs out of the gas. A spare can of gasoline is strapped to the running board. He lifts up the front seat to access the fuel tank and the can is empty. The groom pushes the car,...
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This wonderful 1940s movie from Castle Films shows some of the classic illusions that can be created with a still and motion picture camera. The film starts with gimmicks created by starting and stopping a movie camera that has been placed on a tripod, creating the illusion that people and objects are magically disappearing from view ("beam me up Scotty!")   At 1:10 a mirror is used to create a lake with a still camera. At 1:47 the mirror is used to create a "bearded lady"....
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Cairo to Capetown, is a black and white, short film, regarding the ports U.S. Navy sailors could visit along the coast of Africa. This film was a United Artist Film. United Artists (UA) is an American film and television entertainment studio founded in 1919. UA added sound to their films in the 1930’s. This film was probably made in that era.   A Navy cruiser ship is shown at sea ( 0:21 - 0:26 ). Map of Africa ( 0:27 - 0:32 ) showing Alexandria, Egypt ( 0:33 - 0:36 ). Cairo’s Muhammad Ali...
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This 1973 U.S. Army color film MF20-5841 describes itself as providing a historical documentary of the internment, release, and repatriation of enemy prisoners of war, as per the Geneva Convention. January 1973. A bird’s eye view is given of South Vietnam   ( 1:08 - 1:35 ). Soldiers capture North Vietnamese and Viet Cong, blindfold, transport, and identify them ( 1:36 - 2:45 ). The prisoners were moved to a brigade collecting point for screening. Shown is the 4th Infantry Division Collecting...
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Made in the 1960s for the California Highway Patrol, "Routine Stops" details some of the basic mistakes made by complacent patrolmen, that had fatal consequences. The film details the "suspicious attitude" that patrolmen must develop, as a basic means of protecting themselves against the actions of criminals. The police cars shown appear to be the Dodge Polara or Dodge 880. The narrator of the film was Guy Oates, who at one time served as the Chief of California State...
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One of a series of films made by the National Associaton of Manufacturers to promote American business, this film consists of various segments. First segment shows the manufacture of mine sweeper ships for the U.S. Navy at the Bellingham Washington Shipyards. Many parts of the ship are created by hand, while other parts are constructed with modern techniques. Resorcinol glue, also known as resorcinol-formaldahyde, is used to make structure members. This is an adhesive combination of resin and...
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On the Far Eastern Station is a black and white film, copyright 1934, about the United States Asiatic Fleet which was based in the Philippines. The U.S. Asiatic Fleet was a Navy fleet active during the first half of the 20th century, basically 1910-1942, and was created to patrol the Philippine Islands prior to WWII. Ariel view of the Philippine Islands and Lake Tahoe, Philippines (0:39-1:40). Spanish influences on Manila, Philippines (1:41-1:51). The sailors go ashore for leave. Philippine...
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The Threshold is a short film about Spain’s booming economy and manufacturing industry, partially enabled by Iberia Airlines’ jet freight service, allowing Spain to export its products all over the world. The film opens with shots of Madrid’s landmarks ( 00:20 ), an Iberia Airlines office, and footage of freight being loaded at Madrid’s airport ( 01:15 ). An Iberia Airlines jet taxis on a runway ( 01:58 ) then flies through the air. The film takes viewers on a tour of the different...
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This 1960s color film is about WABCO Motor Graders (LeTourneau-Westinghouse) and made by WABCO Earthmoving Equipment, Peoria, IL. The film opens with motor graders in action along the side of roads, including a 440H. A closeup of mud rolling in front of the blade from the operator’s point of view is shown (:04- 1:54 ). Preventive Maintenance. The Operator’s Guide is shown for the Models 666 and 777; the H and NH series; In-Line 71 Engines Detroit Diesel; Model 330, 330H, and Model 440. The...
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“Chapter XI: North Africa, Nov. 1942-May 1943” (SFP 263-II) of The Air Force Story film series shows the Allied invasion of North Africa and the ensuing battles that lead to the Allied liberation of Tunis. The chapter opens with a shot of Allied ships on the Mediterranean on 8 November 1942 preparing to invade North Africa as part of Operation Torch. A Curtiss P-40 Warhawk is lifted up onto the flight deck of an aircraft carrier ( 01:34 ). There is a shot of P-40s on the deck of the...
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Dating to the late 1960s, "Yuletide Reflections" presents the work of the U.S. Navy's Chaplain Corps. It features narration by Navy Chaplain James W. Kelley, and shows Christmas and Channukah services in Vietnam during the height of the war. The film presents an overview of chaplains attending to the spiritual needs of sailors and Marines serving aboard ships in the Gulf of Tonkin and in Vietnam. Over 700 Navy Chaplains served with Marine Corps units in Vietnam between 1962 and 1972....
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“The Mark Of A Man” is an episode from the 1950s television show The Greatest Drama. This episode tells the story of Henry Ford ( 00:33 ). The episode begins with a massive spring storm hitting the Midwest, causing the River Rouge to swell and flood the streets of Dearborn, Michigan ( 00:45 ), as well as Henry Ford’s estate—an aerial view ( 00:54 ) shows the flooded Fair Lane property. Shortly after the flood, Henry Ford passes away and mourners gather to pay their respects ( 01:04 )....
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This 1954 black and white film “Easy Out?” is U.S. Navy Training Film MN-7904, produced by The Jam Handy Organization. The film was made to make clear to U.S. Navy personnel the devastating consequences of receiving a Bad Conduct Discharge from the service. Long story short anyone who is dishonorably discharged shames his family, won't be able to impress women, and will be unable to receive any veteran benefits, etc. (A Bad Conduct Discharge (BCD) can only be given by a court-martial...
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This 1960 color film about Jerusalem is part of “The Land of the Bible” series, a Family Films Production. It highlights different religions but makes many references specifically to Jesus. The film opens with a view of Jerusalem from a distance that moves into the stone walls.   A young boy walks down the slope next to a large stone wall. The city on the hill is panned from multiple angles to include the Islamic Dome of the Rock (:14- 2:15 ). Priests walk in a processional, followed by...
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This WWII training film "Jap Language Useful Phrases" was made for the indoctrination of U.S. Marines. The film begins with footage of captured Japanese soldiers, and a discussion of the importance of the intelligence gained from them which has helped save American lives. Next, the film moves to the classroom where some basic pronunciation guides are shown, and then phrases such as "Surrender", "Cease Fire", "Drop Your Weapons", "Hands Up",...
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One of the most important films about nursing made in the 20th Century, "Mrs. Reynolds Needs a Nurse" was written in 1963 by Dolores Little, MN, RN, a nursing supervisor at the University of Washington Hospital, Seattle who had just completed her master's degree. The film documented a case study of an elderly lady who was transferred to the university hospital in multisystem failure, accompanied by her husband and multiple suitcases of her belongings. Mrs Reynolds was a needy and...
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This silent U.S. Navy film, "SeaLab III Progress Report #2" documents the ill-fated SEALAB III experiment, in which aquanot Berry L. Cannon died. The film was likely shown as part of a U.S. Navy presentation, and would have had an accompanying script or commentary (now lost) read while it was projected. Some of the interesting segments in the film show the moving of the SeaLab habitat and its deployment, underwater assembly operations ( 7:25 ), and support operations. The converted...
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This 1940s black and white film is a very graphic hunt in Bengal showing multiple animals shot and people attacked by animals. It was presented by Nu-Art Films Inc. and narrated by Gordon W. Hedwig.   A hunting group, some riding elephants, enters the jungle at the Malay Peninsula in Southeast Asia. A monkey scrambles up and sits on a dead tree branch. Other stump-tailed macaques monkeys scramble up trees. A flock of birds leave the tree together (:25- 1:05 ). The photographers are shown with...
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This color documentary film is about the 1974 DC-10 redesign for a four-segment articulated rudder out of graphite epoxy composite by the Douglas Aircraft Company (contract NAS1-12954) on behalf of the NASA Langley Research Center. The film opens with a view of the final product on a McDonnel Douglas DC-1o aircraft, which expands out to show the plane taxing on a runway before taking off (:08- 1:08 ). An artist’s rendition of the seven initial design concepts is shown ( 1:09 - 1:57 ).   The...
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Presented by the United States Navy during WWII, THE ENEMY JAPAN presented the American public with a look at their new adversary. In this, Part Two of the three part series entitled “The People,” is narrated by former U.S. Ambassador to Japan Joseph C. Grew. The film portrays the Japanese as a people trained from childhood to completely commit themselves to the Japanese Empire and its causes. The film begins with Grew giving an introduction ( 00:41 ), then shows footage of Japan’s...
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This late 1960s color travelogue film about Wyoming is narrated by Jack Douglas as part of the America! Television series.   Buffalo and antelope roam on a plain. Deep Conestoga Wagon wheel ruts are shown along the Oregon Trail. Register Cliff has names and 1850s dates etched in (:15- 1:31 ). A newspaper clipping from July 10, 1891 celebrates Wyoming’s statehood. A horseback rider walks next to 1960s vehicles at the 75th anniversary Wyoming State Fair Pioneer Days in Douglas.   A...
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“The 6th Infantry Division” (TV 214) is an episode of The Big Picture television series that showcases the famous division, also known as the “Sight Seein’ Sixth,” as it fights in New Guinea, the Philippines. The episode also features a bit of propaganda—an “interview” of a U.S. soldier posing as a Chinese communist private. The episode begins with Sgt. James Mansfield’s introduction to the segment ( 00:50 ) and Col. William W. Quinn’s promise of a rare interview with the...
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US Air Force the T38A Talon is a color training film made for the United States Air Force, #TF 1-5394 was produced in 1962. The purpose of this film is to teach pilots to use instrumentation when flying. The film opens with a U. S. Air Force Northrop T-38 Talon flying through the air ( 0:34 - 0:52 ). Instrument flying using the T-38 flight director system ( 0:53 - 0:59 ). Showing the instrument panel of the T-37 compared to improved panel of T-38 ( 1:22 - 1:44 ). Attitude indicator, or AI, also...
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This short silent film "U-Boat War in the Atlantic" shows German U-boats hunting for Allied shipping during WWII.   The film starts with shots of a convoy at sea with lookouts searching the horizon for U-boats. At 2:07 , a U-boat commander spots the convoy and radios headquarters to alert senior officers of the convoy's course and destination. At 2:30 this information is plotted on a map and then at 2:50 other U-boats are informed of the convoy's location. The wolfpack of U-boats...
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This black and white film is one of a 1950-1960 television series Industry on Parade, produced by the National Association of Manufacturers. It contains a single segment: “Improving the Harvest.” A mechanical slicer cuts peaches in half. Oranges are washed on a conveyer. Corn is harvested. Tin cans move on a conveyer. A woman pushes a shopping cart in a 1950s supermarket. An elderly farmer holds a giant ear of corn, bred specifically to make corn cob pipes (:29- 1:33 ). Grass is grown in...
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This 1963 color film, SFP-1214 “Tactical Weapons Effects Tests” is produced by the United States Air Force. January 1963, the Air Force performed tactical weapons test against difficult air and ground realistic limited war targets while flying at high speed. Each test shows massive explosions and/or targets in flames. Planes shown throughout the film include the F-105, F-104, F-100, F-84F, YC-123H, and C-130. The types of targets created are shown ( 1:30 - 1:54 ). The aircraft camera film...
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PHILCO Famous for Quality The World Over is a short film promoting Philco’s new line of 1950s refrigerators. The film opens with a shot of man and woman in a 1950s living room. The man is worried about a presentation he is about to give dealers on the new Philco fridges. The film then cuts to the presentation in a ballroom ( 02:50 ). As the man speaks, a woman unveils the Philco 702 compact refrigerator ( 05:55 ) and demonstrates its features, including a horizontal evaporator and a defroster...
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This silent Cine-Kodak newsreel film from the mid-1930s presents the building and launch of the passenger liner RMS Queen Mary. The film contains some wonderful images of the John Brown & Company shipyard at Clydebank in Scotland. At :50 the ship's 35-ton propellers are seen. At 1:06 , an aerial shot shows the ships nearly finished hull sans smokestacks. At 1:50 the launching of the ship is shown and at 2:09 she slides down the ways. At 2:39 she is shown on Clydeside. At 2:50 King Edward...
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This WWII indoctrination film PERSONAL HYGIENE attempts to educate new soldiers in the value of staying clean and in good health, even in difficult wartime conditions. The film highlights some of the dangers to personal health from mosquitoes to dirty hands and germs, venereal disease, and lice and crabs.   The film begins with a "movie within a movie" where new recruits watch and learn about cleanliness. One part of the film shows new recruits being examined for medical fitness as...
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One of a series of films about camouflage produced during WWII, THE BIVOUAC AREA describes how airplane surveillance of roads can make it difficult to conceal the location of convoys and their bivouac (a temporary camp without tents or cover, used especially by soldiers.). For this reason, a close examination of any potential bivouac area must be made. At 2:24 , a truck convoy moves in close column on a road, making it a sitting duck for enemy aircraft. The recommended procedure is seen at 2:50...
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This 1957 U.S. Navy film about the Seventh Fleet shows the activities of the fleet since 1949, as part of the effort to contain the spread of Communism and support friendly nations such as Japan and Taiwan against Red China. The film shows the U.S. fleet's operations during the Korean War and the Formosa Patrol Force which shielded Taiwan during the crisis. The film shows Corsairs, Skyraiders and jets including the F-86 Sabre making air strikes in Korea, and the support system that allowed them...
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One of a series of films about camouflage produced during WWII, THE BIVOUAC AREA describes how airplane surveillance of roads can make it difficult to conceal the location of convoys and their bivouac (a temporary camp without tents or cover, used especially by soldiers.). For this reason, a close examination of any potential bivouac area must be made. At 2:24 , a truck convoy moves in close column on a road, making it a sitting duck for enemy aircraft. The recommended procedure is seen at 2:50...
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This WWII training film (which sounds like it was narrated by Lowell Thomas) shows the use of artificial materials in creating camouflage for troops. The focus of the film is the desert, probably near 29 Palms where the U.S. Army trained at the outset of WWII, prior to landing in North Africa as part of Operation Torch. At 1:02 , troops prepare to use a net with irregularly spaced color strips that will confuse enemy aircraft. At 1:45 a gun emplacement is shown hidden by this kind of netting....
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Made in 1942 by Universal (:10) and produced by Joseph O’Brien and Thomas Mead (:17), MENACE OF THE RISING SUN focuses on the USA's relations with Japan (:30) and that nation's acts of aggression and treachery leading up to Pearl Harbor. The film begins with Commodore Matthew Perry of the United States Navy, who presented the Japanese with Americanized sciences and civilizations (:55). At a nine-power conference in 1921, a pact was later signed to limit costly arrangements with Japan ( 1:49...
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The 1952 five-part film series The Atomic Bomb—Its Effects And How To Meet Them, directed by David Villiers, covers numerous aspects of living in the atomic age and how to meet the challenges of the threat of an atomic bomb attack. “Part Four: Blast” summarizes the different effects of an atomic blast on a group of different buildings, with the groups located at various ranges from the bomb blast, or “ground zero.” Part Four opens with an aerial view of animated atomic blast ( 00:22...
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This black and white film, Combat Bombing, was filmed as a restricted film in the mid 1940’s and was an official training film for the War Department (which was dissolved September, 1947). Its number was T.F. 1-3466. The film describes and shows actual footage of the various types of bombs used in World War II and emphasizes how the personal are to hit the targets given to them. The film was produced by the First Motion Picture Unit of the Army Air Forces unit. This unit produced film during...
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This silent film, likely an unfinished television pilot or promotional movie, shows divers deploying from a yacht somewhere in the Caribbean. They use SCUBA gear to dive on a reef. The divers retrieve lobsters, sea shells and artifacts from the bottom, and use spear guns to capture exotic fish and eels ( 10:25 ). A shark is shown at 6:19 . At 17:50 a shipwreck is seen on the ocean floor. At 23:16 some of the artifacts are shown including what appear to be gems and crucifixes.   We encourage...
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Produced by Encyclopaedia Britannica Films, The Fireman is a 1954 educational documentary that gives viewers an overview of a typical work day for the 1950s American fireman. The film opens with a shot of a fire engine driving down a residential street from the perspective of the engine. Fireman Tom Briggs leaves his car ( 00:22 ) and walks into Station 1 of the Evanston Fire Department. He passes the fire engines and lines up for inspection with the other firemen. The Fire Marshall reviews the...
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“The WAC Is A Soldier, Too” (TV 277) is a 1950s episode from The Big Picture, a series produced by the Army Pictorial Center. This episode takes viewers on a tour of the recently opened Women’s Army Corps (WAC) training center at Fort McClellan in Anniston, Alabama and shows the preparation the women receive. The episode opens with a shot of Sgt. Stuart Queen ( 00:59 ), who discusses the new WAC training center. An aerial view of the new center ( 01:29 ) reveals the nearly two dozen...
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Presented by Charles Cahill and Associates and produced with the cooperation of the Arcadia Fire Department, this early 1960s film looks at the training and work of the Arcadia (CA) Fire Department’s firemen, who are always “on guard.” The film shows footage of a wildfire burning a hillside in the evening ( 00:47 ), then it cuts to a red fire engine leaving a fire station ( 00:58 ) and racing through town. Back at the station, firemen maintain the fire engines ( 02:02 ; 04:30 ). In a...
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This 1961 black and white film was presented as a tongue-in-cheek satire by the Department of Pharmacology for a meeting of the British Pharmacological Society. A new research assistant walks to Examination Hall in Queen’s Square, London. He walks through the laboratory to the secretary’s office, who speedily types on her Corona. She asks him to wait in the professor’s office and hands him   “A Career in Pharmacology” book. The Arthur Saunders & Co wall clock with roman numerals...
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Lifetime Protection is a short promotional film presented by The Dow Chemical Company and produced by the Atlas Film Corporation (likely from the 1950s) that touts the easy and economical aspects of using Styrofoam boards to insulate homes. The film opens with a shot of a convertible car sitting in front of a brick home ( 00:35 ). An approaching thunder storm prompts a man to run out of the house to put the car’s top up as the narrator explains the importance of protection from cold and...
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This 1943 U.S. Navy training film shows all the steps involved in the stern launching of a completed ship at a shipyard. In this case the ship being shown is a U.S. Navy Fletcher class or DD445 class destroyer. Several ships of this class are shown including USS Paul Hamilton DD-590. Also shown is sister ship USS Twiggs DD-591, DD-665 USS Bryant and DD-649 USS Albert W. Grant. All of the film seems to take place at the Charleston Navy Yard.   Tragically, USS Twiggs shown in the film was sunk...
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This 1950s black and white film “Battleship” is from the Adventure Today series with Ray Forrest and focuses on the USS Wisconsin (BB-64) [decommissioned in 1958]. Ray arrives at the battleship and the sailors release the mooring ropes from the dock. Captain RJ Foley talks to Ray (:24- 1:55 ). Ray adjusts the settings on his video camera. Footage from the top down shows sailors walking below.   The ship’s service ribbons are shown. Sailors perform various tasks, including thoroughly...
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This silent home movie from 1954-1961 show the Hillside New Jersey Little League. 1954 was actually its inaugural year. Sadly, the little league disbanded in 2015 due to a lack of community support. Various teams are shown in the film including one sponsored by Kiwanis ( 1:50 and 8:14 ).   At 6:30 the construction of a new ballpark is shown, right next to a housing development. The finished stadium is seen at 14:00 hosting a game. At 18:30 the Goodfair team is shown. At 21:56 a July 4th or...
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Attack! The Battle of New Britain is a documentary/propaganda film produced by the U.S. War Department in 1944, depicting events in 1943.. It details, as its name implies, the New Britain campaign, which was part of the New Guinea and Solomon Islands Campaigns during World War II. The film follows a rather standard format: it is a chronological narrative of the campaign from the arrival of the soldiers in New Guinea to their capture of most of the island. Opening with travelers book pictures of...
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‘The Glacier Priest’, Bernard R Hubbard narrates this film (:13). In 1876, William H. Seward purchased Alaska from Russia (:24). American’s protested against this purchase and felt it was a waste and dubbed it as ‘Seward’s folly’ (:36). The film will divide Alaska into three sections and the first is highlighted ( 2:20 ) as Yukon. Dogs pulling sleds across the snow depict the common perception of what Alaska is ( 2:38 ) and it is the malamute husky ( 3:00 ). Eskimos are stepping...
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Created by United Aircraft Corporation to celebrate 50 years of powered flight, WE SAW IT HAPPEN features interviews with pioneers from the first half-century of American aviation: designers, engineers, industrial entrepreneurs, and pilots. Appearing in it are: Wellwood Beall, Larry Bell, William Boeing, William Bridgeman, Frank Caldwell, Clarence Chamberlin, Virginius Clark, Glenn Curtiss, James Doolittle, Donald Douglas, Ira Eaker, Oliver Echols, Earl Findley, Benjamin Foulois, Robert Gross,...
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Winning Your Wings is a 1942 Allied propaganda film of World War II produced by Warner Bros. Studios for the US Army Air Forces, starring Jimmy Stewart. It was aimed at young men who were thinking about joining the Air Force. Members of the production crew would later form the core of the First Motion Picture Unit. Directed by John Huston. We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional information about our videos by adding a comment!   See something interesting?...
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This black and white film is one of the episodes of "Yesterday's Newsreels", an early 1950s TV show made from the General Newsreel collection. It features eight segments of historic highlights. Break for Freedom 1929. Prison buildings burn during the riots at the Colorad State Penitentiary in Canon City. National Guardsmen arrive with 75 millimeter guns. Gutted cellblock #4 is shown, with its knocked walls that secretly held guns. The courtyard destruction is shown (:39- 1:59 ). Stars...
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This 1939 black and white documentary film “The Tragedy of the Siege of Shanghai” provides on-the-scene reporting of the first Japanese invasion of China. It was produced by E.W. Hammons, founder of Educational Pictures, filmed with Leon Britton and Charles Hugo in Shanghai. Actual footage shows Japanese military aircraft flying over Shanghai and the first bomb hitting. Additional bombs follow and smoke fills the skies ( 1:00 - 1:35 ). People run in panic as more bombs strike. The city...
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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 features four segments. “The Great Metal Mystery!” The Eagle Picher lead and zinc mine is shown near Joplin, Missouri. A truck discharges gallium onto a conveyer belt. Samples are tested in a laboratory and a man holds a handful of the nuggets. A gallium nail is pounded into a board in a warm room, where it time-lapse melts. A lab scientist pours...
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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. Leopold of Belgium 1926-1950. Crown Prince Leopold III waits as Princess Astrid of Sweden arrives by ship to be his bride. They wave from a balcony. Belgium mourns the accidental death of King Albert, making Leopold the new King and Astrid Queen. He rides by on horseback. The white flag of...
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Presented as a promotional film by Rothmans of Pall Mall, a British tobacco company, "The Wind in the Wires" is a short 1970s aviation film narrated by James Mason that recounts the history of modern aviation (primarily in Britain) from roughly 1900 until the inter-war period. The film uses both old monochrome footage of original aircraft as well as contemporary color footage of replica planes in flight, and includes a number of photographs of famous aviators. The film begins with a...
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This 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 film is by Encyclopedia Britannica Educational Corporation (:08). Its topic will be lysergic acid diethylamide (:53) the natural and synthetic hallucinogen. A bottle containing LSD is shown and one ounce is capable of producing 300,000 hallucinogenic trips (1:23). It has been produced by Concept films (1:48). It begins in 1951, in southern France where citizens had been hit with a strange illness constituted with pain, high fever and hallucinations (2:24). The plague was dubbed ‘St....
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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. Battle for Britain 1940 (:28). Hitler walks out of a building with his entourage. He looks through binoculars at the White Cliffs of Dover. In London, sandbags are piled to the second floor of a building (:58). An air-raid shelter is shown at Buckingham Palace ( 1:10 ). London’s children...
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Film short showing the Second Quebec Conference (codenamed "OCTAGON"), a high-level military conference held during World War II by the British and American governments. The conference was held in Quebec City, September 12 – September 16, 1944, and was the second conference to be held in Quebec, after "QUADRANT" in August 1943. The chief representatives were Winston Churchill, Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Combined Chiefs of Staff. Canada's Prime Minister William Lyon...
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Filmed at the special request of Admiral Robert Dennison, the Naval Aide to President Truman, this 16mm silent film shows President Truman’s Rail Trip to the Pacific Coast, starting June 3, 1948. The reason for shooting the film is not altogether clear, but it paints a beautiful portrait of a whistle stop political tour. The film starts on June 4, 1948 with an early morning stop at Pittsburg. Harry S. Truman is seen from back of train. At 1:04 are scenes from Fort Wayne, Indiana. Scenes of...
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Made in 1947, SILENT LANDSCAPES / PAYSAGES DU SILENCE is one of the earliest films made by Jacques Cousteau. The film was shot at a depth of up to 60 meters depth in the Mediterranean sea. This version is entirely silent, but the theatrical release version has an accompanying soundtrack.The plot of the film is simple enough as a team of divers explores undersea animal and plant life and revels in the majesty of the underwater world.   Cousteau had made his first underwater short "18...
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This film is presented by Monsanto Chemical Company (:59) and is an MPO production ( 1:12 ). It will take a look at the world of plastics and synthetic material and begins with a dam which utilizes the power of water to generate electricity for cities ( 5:50 ). To make plastics, atoms and molecules are combined to form new substances ( 6:36 ). Flames flicker on screen as it requires fire to form new molecules from the air ( 7:17 ).   Some examples are shown as benzene methane and propane (...
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This early 1940s black and white film documentary shows the life of Columbians in different income classes. It was created by legendary filmmaker Julien Bryan and the second in his commissioned Americas series. Young men in 1940s suits and 1940s formally dressed young women talk, children read books, young athletes swing weights, and classroom children of different ethnicities interact (:49- 1:55 ). A vintage illustrated map shows Columbia’s geographical layout. Waterfalls and mountain and an...
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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. The French Foreign Legion 1912 (:20- 4:20 ). General Antoine Hure rides into the streets of Morocco with his battalions of French and Moroccan troops following, some on horseback and some foot soldiers. The group gathers in the desert with a large number of camels before being sent off. The...
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This film made by the U.S. Army to educate soldiers about Latin America opens with footage of the lively festivals and stunning landscapes of Central and South America (:30). The host and narrator is Frank McGee ( 1:02 ) and he will depict the American view of Latin American Revolutions and will focus on Fidel Castro. He begins by describing the varying raw materials that can be drawn from the land, including copper, tin, zinc, petroleum and iron ( 1:25 ). Food commodities such as coffee,...
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This incredible industrial film starring comedian Jonathan Winters was presented by the Glass Sales office of Ford Motor Company (:12) and is directed by Richard Galbreath (:25). It begins with a narrative, about a nephew and his uncle ( 1:43 ). The nephew is telling his uncle of his desire to leave the latter’s corset factory business in pursuit of employment with Ford Motor Company ( 1:43 ). At the Ford Motor Factory, we learn he is to be joining the glass sales office ( 3:38 ). This was...
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This unintentionally hilarious Cold War era Soviet film was made to promote tourism in Siberia. It opens with scenes from the center of Siberia (:48) and the man-made Bratsk sea (:51). Traditions here have been carefully preserved and tribal dancing and carvings are shown ( 2:02 ) as well as Russian cottages and old Siberian villages ( 3:05 ). One of these has become a museum and it is the village of Shushenskoye where Vladimir Lenin had been exiled to ( 3:16 ). A plaque with Lenin’s face on...
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This black and white film is one of a 1950-1960 television series Industry on Parade, produced by the National Association of Manufacturers. This is a single segment about safety improvements across various industries. A housewife in a dress wears a half apron as she prepares dinner in a 1950s kitchen. She uses a wall can opener to open a can of tomatoes. She uses a hand pot holder to check on a pan in the oven. A group of business men examine recipes (:40- 1:18 ). A metal ball is swung against...
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This film has been produced by the Army Information Branch (:17) and opens with the words ‘Battle of the United States’ over the Department of Justice, FBI insignia (:30). The director of the FBI at the time was J. Edgar Hoover and he addresses viewers about this battle of the United States (:55). Black and white shots of New York in 1941 (:43), the World’s Fair; which was in it’s second year (1:50) the Brooklyn Dodgers (1:52) and draft soldiers in their civilian clothes on the weekend...
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This silent film is a home movie that shows a trip to Southern California that dates to 1954. The film starts with a shot at :20 of Mann's / Grauman's Chinese Theater with "There's No Business LIke Show Business" which debuted in December of 1954. At 1:08 the names of the famous are seen in the concrete at the theater. At 2:05 the Hollywood sign is visible in the distance. At 2:15 are shots from near the 101 Freeway of the approach to the Hollywood Bowl, and the entrance to the Bowl...
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Thunder Makers is a 1950s film that shows the production and testing of the Pratt & Whitney J57 turbojet aircraft engine at the Ford Motor Company’s Aircraft Engine Division plant in Chicago. (Ford built these engines under license from P&W.) The film opens with a shot of two men in a control room testing the J57 and firing the engine’s afterburner ( 01:35 ). The film then shows viewers the Ford Aircraft Engine plant, where a train is pulling into one of the plant’s warehouses (...
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This film is presented by the United States Navy (:10). The Naval Gun Factory is spread out over 125 acres in Washington DC by the Anacostia River (:52) and is composed of about 260 buildings.   It is the largest Naval armament in the world ( 1:25 ). Old cannons are poised out front of the factory as it has been an arsenal, school for midshipmen and a naval base is it’s past ( 1:32 ). An example is depicted of a work order which will be studied by various staff departments ( 2:06 ). A...
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Andre De La Varre is the ‘Screen Traveler’ (:08) and this film will take viewers on tour through Cebu. This is the oldest island in the Philippines (:21). In 1519, the great explorer Magellan had sailed from Spain in an attempt to make it around the world (:51). In March of 1521 he fell upon the 7,000 islands that make up the Philippines (1:08). While he was killed at the neighboring island of Mactan, his crew completed the trip (1:41) and later Miguel Lopez de Legazpi (1:56) used...
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Shot by a combat cameraman embedded with U.S. forces in Vietnam, this 16mm silent film shows troops on jungle patrol at :32. At :40 an American G.I. smokes from a cigarette while waiting to advance. At 2:30 a slate is shown but it is impossible to read. At 2:56 troops advance through a clearing. At 3:40 a prisoner marches with the troops. At 4:18 the prisoner is roughed up a bit as an interpreter, probably AVRN, speaks to him. At 5:00 the prisoners are held at gunpoint with their arms tied...
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Produced in 1937 and released in both silent and sound versions for the home market by Castle Films, WAR IN CHINA shows the 1937 Japanese assault on Shanghai. At the time the newsreel was produced the United States was strictly neutral and thus the newsreel tended to look more closely at the civilian victims of the conflict and the horror of war than did later Castle releases. The newsreel highlights some of the many Japanese atrocities including the bombing of the Cathay Hotel ( 8:00 ) and the...
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This film from Lockheed shows developments in the company's VTOL aircraft research program with a particular focus on nap of the Earth maneuverability, controllability, mission effectiveness and human factors. Nap-of-the-earth (abbreviated NOE) is a type of very low-altitude flight course used by military aircraft to avoid enemy detection and attack in a high-threat environment. During NOE flight, geographical features are used as cover, exploiting valleys and folds in the terrain by flying in,...
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"Berlin: Test for the West" is an Encyclopedia Britannica film that traces the history of the city from the end of WWII and the fall of the German Reich through the construction of the Berlin Wall.   Willy Brandt was the mayor of West Berlin (:14) and the film had been produced in Germany by Chronos Films (:14). The Bradenburg Gate ( 1:18 ) in the 1920’s had stood as a crossroads between one of Europe’s busiest capitals ( 1:39 ) and the lively streets of Berlin are shown ( 1:59...
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Created to promote Grumman Beechlink's VTXTS training aircraft, this film showcases the company's program and makes a case for further development, including the aircraft's fuel efficiency (a factor during the gas crunch). VTXTS can be traced to the mid-1970s, during which time the U.S. Navy formally commenced its search for a new jet trainer aircraft to serve as a single replacement for both its T-2 Buckeye and TA-4 Skyhawk trainers. During 1978, the VTXTS advanced trainer program to meet this...
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Created as part of a series of educational films called "Ripples", 55 TO GET READY traces all the preparations for the flight of a TWA airplane from Washington, D.C. to Los Angeles. It opens with a Trans World plane ( 1:14 ). Two characters are flying from DC to California and as they receive their boarding passes, LAX stickers are wrapped around their luggage ( 1:43 ). The information that at least fifty-five people must complete their jobs before the plane may take off follows (...
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This film has been presented by the US Air Troops. At (:12) the Department of the Air Force seal appears and it’s setting is the Wright-Patterson Air Force base in Dayton, Ohio (:32). This is the site of the first reunion of WW1 Overseas Flyers. Captain Eddie Rickenbacker is seen at ( 1:00 ) and Captain Arthur Ray Brooks ( 1:28 ) is seen signing the guest book. The World-Wide Flyers Reunion Attendance poster appears in the background and one man adds his name to the 27th division ( 1:52 )....
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This film "Flight to the Sun" is presented by the South African Tourism organization known as Satour (:22) with music created and composed by Harry Rabinowitz (:32). It begins at the London Airport (:52) as a sign for ‘Customs Douans’ appears (:57) and the narrator boards a South African Airways flight. On board the plane -- probably a Douglas DC-7B,, the pilot is radioing air control as the picture turns to the air control tower ( 1:33 ) and the planes takes off. A picturesque...
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Dating to the 1960s, this filmic record of the U.S. Navy's Point Mugu base, entitled WEAPONS THAT WORK, features Commander Glenn Ford as host. Pt. Mugu served in this era as one of the primary test ranges for guided missiles, sea launched weapons, and other important missiles and weapon systems of the Cold War.It is now part of Naval Base Ventura County (NBVC).   The film begins with images of the Sparrow III missile being used against a target drone, as well as many of the other missions of...
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Filmed in the Caribbean after the close of World War II, this film shows the activities of the aircraft carrier Midway. Shown are the hangar decks, elevators bringing planes topside, the F8F fighter and also carrier based bombers and the first of the new jets. We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional information about our videos by adding a comment!   See something interesting?   Tell people what it is and what they can see by writing something for example:...
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This black and white film about Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz contains graphic WWII footage. Ocean waves roll as a destroyer’s guns fire at Japanese ships. Nimitz boards to salutes (:17- 1:01 ). 1942, Japanese footage shows its Pacific fleet protected by airplanes. Japanese soldiers practice fighting with bayonets attached. Japanese General Tojo attends a party where Japanese and Nazi swastika flags hang on the wall ( 1:02 - 2:12 ).   Nimitz boards. Crew move torpedoes across the desk ( 2:13...
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"Ticket to Jasper" is a 1947 film presented by Canadian National Railways (:11) for The National Film Board of Canada (:28). It opens with stunning footage of the Canadian Rockies which had once been known as The Shining Mountain (:54). Below the mountains run the Athabasca River (:58) and old records of the river are shown by pioneers such as Gabrielle Frenshore’s ‘Voyage’ and David Thompson’s Narrative of his explorations in Western America ( 1:12 - 1:16 ). A map is shown...
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This 1960s color film includes 1930s black and white footage on the design, fabrication, construction, and opening of the Golden Gate bridge. It was presented by Bethlehem Steel. The film begins with a bird’s eye view of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. A statue of Joseph Straus, chief engineer, is panned up. The bridge is shown from afar ( 0:11 - 1:20 ). A vintage illustration shows the topography and side-view of the bridge’s construction ( 1:21 - 3:57 ). Black and white footage...
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One of a series of news reports produced by the U.S. Air Force, this newsreel showcases Strategic Air Command in the 1980s. It includes footage of a red alert drill, and KC-135 tankers in action. It also includes segments about the NATO Warrior Preparation Center in Europe, including simulation of Soviet attack strategies. This was an early form of computer-aided simulation utilized by the Department of Defense. It also includes a segment about U.S. forces in South Korea, the DMZ and Kunsan Air...
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This black and white film is one of the episodes of "Yesterday's Newsreels", an early 1950s TV show made from the General Newsreel collection. It features nine segments of historic highlights. 1917-1918 Liberty Bonds for America. The Treasury engraver inspects the first plate for war savings stamps as part of Liberty Loans. Women in 1917 hairstyles and clothing work in the printing office. Metal tanks are used as war bond booths, hawked by a woman in a 1917 dress with large collar and...
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This silent film shows a trip to Hong Kong in the late 1940s or early 1950s. Some of the notable shots include the harbor (:16), jewelry district (:42), streets that are not that crowded compared to today ( 1:11 ), the Victoria Peak Tram ( 3:07 ), views from Victoria Peak ( 3:20 ), and the Tiger Balm Garden ( 4:14 ) and Tiger Pagoda ( 4:30 ). At 7:54 the film shows a resort outside the city, possibly Silvermine Beach. A fleet of junks is seen at 9:14 . At 10:19 a ferry terminal for Kowloon is...
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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 episode of the 1954 TV series The Greatest Drama, “The Sky Giant: The Story of Rear Admiral Charles A. Rosendahl,” tells the story of Rosendahl and his championing of dirigibles. The episode opens with a shot of a dirigible ( 00:29 ) and a shot of Rosendahl ( 00:41 ), a “giant of aviation” and pioneer of dirigible flight. Rosendahl is part of the flights of famous U.S. dirigibles, including the Shenandoah ( 00:45 ), the Akron, the Los Angeles. Cadets march at Annapolis ( 01:01 ),...
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This reel of silent footage consists of a home movie of a trip to Hawaii, and a professionally made film entitled "Paradise of the Pacific" (starts at 6:05 ) which was sold to tourists in the late 1930s or early 1940s. The home movie begins with a train trip and shots out the window at :15 where oil derricks are visible. Then at :33 is footage of the Grand Canyon. At 2:40 the beach at Santa Monica is visible. Then at 2:57 an ocean voyage begins, either from the port at San Pedro,...
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These silent "dailies" from WWII were shot by a member of combat camera named Edwin C. Udey, who was a member of the Naval Medical Photo Unit #5. The film begins prior to the invasion of Iwo Jima on January 11, 1945 at an unknown location, possibly Saipan where Udey had been filming the invasion in the summer of 1944. The shots show a rocky coastline and sandy beach.   At 2:00 a coastline is seen from at sea. At 3:06 , a new camera roll, we are now at sea with the fleet assembling...
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This 1948 travelogue about New York City is part of Pan American Airways “Wings to…” series, directed and photographed by Charles Beeland. The film opens with a long advertisement for Pan Am. Clipper ships are contrasted to close-ups of these Boeing 377-10-26 Pan Am Jet Clipper: Golden Fleece, Mayflower, Hotspur, and Invincible, with world routes graphically mapped (:28- 2:52 ). The skyline is seen as the airplane approaches and lands at New York Airport. Passengers in 1948 clothing and...
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This 1960s black and white film biography about Dr. Wernher von Braun is presented by Sterling Educational Films, a David L. Wolper Production.   1955, Braun receives his U.S. citizenship at an Alabama school auditorium ( 1:30 - 2:00 ). Early 1920s experimental German rocket-powered planes end in failure. A plane is ignited, lifts, and crashes ( 2:31 - 3:10 ). American Robert Goddard’s first launch of a liquid-fueled missile is shown ( 3:11 - 3:37 ). Von Braun works on a liquid-fueled rocket...
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Made by Arthur Barr, this short film shows some of the technologies used by prospectors to find gold in the 1849 California Gold Rush. At 2:00 , a prospector shows how a pan is used to sift river sand in search of gold flakes. At 2;24 a claim is staked out with a claim post. At 3:30 a rocker or cradle is made to sift gravel. At 3:53 , wooden bars called riffers and a hopper to hold the sand and gravel are created from wood. At 4:40 the operation of the hopper is shown. At 6:17 a Long Tom sluice...
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This 1950s film shows how a blind woman named Evelyn is able to efficiently maintain her apartment, cooking, cleaning and performing other tasks. At 4:50 she is seen vacuuming and tidying up, and at 5:00 putting on lipstick. At 5:20 she teaches English and at 5:30 types at a typewriter. At 5:40 she is seen with her guide dog. At 5:50 the film crew including motion picture camera is seen shooting in her house as she prepares dinner. The film was written by Max Arman, narrated by John Daly,  ...
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Created by Lockheed in the late 1970s or early 1980s, THE SHIELD AND THE SWORD showcases the activities of the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise and focuses on Lockheed's S-3A Viking aircraft. The film also shows the E-2 Hawkeye early warning aircraft, and the F-14 Tomcat. (The aircraft shown at 4:58 is flown by Commander Sam Leeds who helped set up the first F-14 squadron for the USN.) At 11:08 the SH-2F Seasprite helicopter are shown and Seakings.   The Lockheed S-3 Viking is a four-seat,...
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Created from official films of the U.S. Army Expeditionary Forces in World War I, "Flashes of Action" is a silent newsreel created in 1928 -- for the ten year anniversary of the end of hostilities.   The film features footage of trench warfare, balloon busting by aircraft (including a spotter jumping from the balloon moments before it bursts into flames), gas warfare, nighttime bombardments, and more. We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional...
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