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Made in the 1930s by the Castle Film Co., WINGS OVER WORLD WONDERS is a silent film that shows airplanes flying over many different cities, scenic wonders and monuments.  This includes New York (1:19) and the Empire State Building, Niagara Falls (1:59),  Chicago (2:30), Grand Canyon (3:00), Boulder Dam (4:00), Golden Gate Bridge (6:00), Hawaii (6:45), Japan (7:45), Shanghai (8:26), Tunisia (9:00), the Sahara and the Great Pyramid in Cairo, Egypt (9:30), London (10:20), Paris (10:30), the Alps...
Topics: 1930s, Airplanes, World Monuments, Cities, Wings Over World Wonders, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This short training film (TF-6746) covers the use of Terrain Following Radar (TFR) on a General Dynamics F-111 Aardvark. The film opens with a pilot flying an F-111 near some hills at a low elevation. The plane clears a hill, maintaining a relatively constant altitude over the earth. This is done using Terrain-Following Radar (TFR). The film shows the instrument panel of the TFR system (02:28). A shot from the cockpit shows an automated guiding image that helps the pilot with flight navigation....
Topics: General Dynamics, F-111 Weapon System, Terrain Following Radar, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
Dating to the post-Vietnam era of the mid-to-late 1970s, "The Green Scene" was a periodically issued U.S. Army film series, that promoted various aspects of Army life. In this episode (number 8), the focus is on the Army's travel agency / vacation and recreation services, the importance of having a school diploma, the history and legacy of the U.S. Army's infantry, and a look at the U.S. Army's role in disaster assistance featuring images of the 1972 Nicaragua Earthquake. This is...
Topics: 1970s, US Army, News Magazine, Army Travel Agecny, Disaster Relief, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
This 1960 black and white installment of “See It Now” produced and edited by Edward R. Murrow and Fred W. Friendly (Part 2 of 2) presents a behind-the-scenes overview of initial testing for the UGM-27 Polaris missile, a two-stage solid-fueled nuclear-armed submarine-launched ballistic missile, the United States Navy's first SLBM (TRT:  26:58). The USS George Washington (SSBN-598) ballistic missile submarine surfaces (0:08). One of the submarine’s missile hatches opens. A Polaris missile...
Topics: Polaris, Polaris Nuclear Submarine USS, George Washington, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
Shot by an unknown American who was part of the U.S. occupation forces in post-war Japan, this home movie shows a visit to the countryside and with the Sakiyama Family. It also shows part of a wedding ceremony, a fruit and vegetable farm, the process of replanting and harvesting rice, and the preparation to what's presumably Farmer's New Year (April 1st).  It is believed this film was shot because of, and contains images of, Lt. Gen. Robert L. Eichelberger at the end. Eichelberger was a highly...
Topics: WWII, Japan, Home Movie, Robert Eichelberger, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
This black & white educational/promotional film is about the medium Caterpillar tractors D6, D7, and D8 models, most often configured as bulldozers (but also sold in other versions). This is circa 1946. The D6 was also available in a military version classified as the SNL G152. The D6 started out in 1935 as the RD6, fitted with a 3-cylinder 45 hp D6600 engine. The RD6 was renamed D6 in 1937, and updated  in 1941 with a D4600 engine of 55 hp (drawbar) and in 1947, with a D318 engine of 66...
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Topics: 1946, Caterpillar Tractor Co, Bulldozer Promo, Stock Footage, Periscope FIlm
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This black & white educational film is about hand to hand combat techniques. This is entirely in French. This is circa the 1930s.Opening titles: L'Ecole De Gendarmerie presents Le Combat Corps & Corps (:34-1:27). Two men walk along in a wooded area. A French military man walks over to them and checks their papers. The two men suddenly jump the military man. He reacts and subdues them. Combat fighting technique is shown in slow motion as a training exercise. One man tosses the other over...
Topics: Hand To Hand Combat, Combat, Combat Corps, 1930s, French, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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One of a series of "Industry on Parade" films made by the National Association of Manufacturers, this film is about precise parts, how Lenox China plates are made, and how Renwal toy tow trucks are produced. This is circa the mid 1950s. Opening: Industry on Parade: The Age of Precision (:06-:34). A jumbo jet takes off. A car drives. A washing machine. Machine parts. A packaging machine, printing presses, surgeons needle. A shilling. .040 thickness of worn shilling is explained and...
Topics: Imdustry On Parade, Lenox China, Renwal Toys, Lever Bros, Soap Manufacture, Stock Footage,...
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Prepared by the British and then released by the U.S. Army Air Force's Aeronautical Lab at Wright Field, this film shows two German weapons developments: a nitric acid rocket motor, a German armor piercing bomb and a spherical bouncing bomb with rocket assist motor.    This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage collections in the USA. Entirely film backed, this material is available for licensing in 24p...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, United States, Army Air Force, Air Force, Nazi's, World War II
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This extraordinary silent 16mm home movie was shot by Dr. Harold L. Thompson, and shows the eruption of the Paricutin volcano. It likely dates towards the end of the volcanic eruption in the early 1950s. Thompson was a Los Angeles surgeon who liked to shoot home movies and present them. Around this same time he made an amateur film entitled "Invitation to Hawaii" which was widely seen around the USA. He was also president of the Los Angeles Physicians' Art Society. Parícutin (or...
Topics: Eruption, 1950s, Paricutin, Volcano, Mochoacan, Mexico, Home Movie, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
One of the episodes of the pioneering TV show "The Greatest Drama", this black & white episode entitled "The Black Beret" is a portrait of British Field Marshall Bernard Montgomery. This is circa 1954. Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery, (1887 – 1976), better known by his nickname "Monty" and "The Spartan General", served in the First World War, the Irish War of Independence and the Second World War. Opening: ticker tape parade in New York City....
Topics: The Black Beret, Biography, Field Marshall, George Montgomery, WWII, British General, Stock...
WARNING: this film contains disturbing imagery of animal testing. Discretion is advised. This film is not intended to be shown to minors. Made in 1962, this U.S. Air Force film shows experimental activities at the Hospital Lackland AFSC, part of the Aerospace Medical Division. At the time, a series of pioneering research activities were being conducted in the surgical-anethesiological laboratory, to determine how organs and other body parts could be transplanted. The problem of course is that...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Medical Film, Dog, Transplant, USAF, Research, Testing
\This black & white educational film is about the Army Corps of Engineers and National Guard assisting with flood aftermath. The organization that predated the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) is shown -- the Federal Civil Defense Administration. This is circa 1956 but shows news events of 1955, when there was extensive flooding caused by Hurricanes Connie and Diane. In little over a week, the two hurricanes passed by Southern New England producing major flooding over much...
Topics: 1955, US National Guard, FEMA, Hurricane Connie, Hurricane Diane, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
This color silent film was shot as part of F-105D ejection seat tests. No test is shown, but the footage would likely have been intercut with an actual test, and then released to the Pentagon or the press. The slates indicate all the material was shot at the rocket sled facility at Hurricane Flats in Washington County, Utah on July 20, 1960. The seat shown being tested at the time was designed by Republic Aircraft and, according to Ejectionsite.com, used in at least one successful ejection in...
Topics: Hurricane Flats, Utah, F-105D, Thunderchief, 1960, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
One of a series of educational films directed and shot by Victor Jurgens and released under the name "This World of Ours" , this film "Sheep Ranch Country" focuses on the people of Southeastern Australia. Copyright 1949. Opening titles: Educational Film Library - Sheep Ranch Country (:06-:50). Country of Australia. It's sparsely populated. Broad rolling plains. Sheep on the great plains. Clouds in the sky. Pastures for dairy cattle. Creamery, a mechanical churn (:51-2:41)....
Topics: Sheep, Ranch Country, 1949, Southeastern Austrailia, Educational Film. Wool Production, Stock...
This black & white educational film "Mexicana" is about the country of Mexico. Copyright is circa the late 1930s or early 1940s. It was made by the Calvin Co. of Kansas City. Opening titles: Little Features presents Mexicana (:07-:18). Mexico City. National Palace. Palace of Fine Arts. Residential districts. Cars go down a boulevard. Chapultepec Castle with a bronze grasshopper statue in the courtyard. People walk around the castle grounds. A man wears a sombrero. Cathedral...
Topics: Mexicana, 1940s, Travelogue, Nation Of Mexico, Mexico City, Pyramids, Bull Fight, Stock Footage,...
Made by the late John Hutter in the late1940s or early 1950s, this travelogue film shows views of St. Augustine, Florida. The filmmaker, who was a Chicago-based accountant, traveled all over the world and filmed many of his adventures. The title card at the beginning "Chateau Hutter Films Presents", refers to a European-style resort that Hutter built in Door County, Wisconsin. Apparently Hutter hoped to show this film and others to visitors there, but the resort never hit its stride...
Topics: St. Augustine, Florida, 1950s, Travel Film, John Hutter, Travelogue, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
This 1949 TV show "Paradise Island" is one of 26, 15-minute episodes produced by Jerry Fairbanks, Inc. It stars Danny O'Neil and Anne Sterling and features Everett Hoagland and his orchestra. "Paradise Island" was the first musical series produced for television, and to save money it used a lot of original songs. Over the course of its run, 90 songs and 26 musical productions were performed. The 15-minute format, which press materials indicated was the equivalent of...
Topics: Paradise Island, 1949, Musical, TV Show, Danny O Neil, Anne Sterling Everett Hoagland, Stock...
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...
Topics: TV News, Behind The Scenes, 1970s, Action News, Documentary, Geraldo Rivera, Roger Grimsby, Stock...
This is a silent film created by Excel as part of its “News of the World” series, which was created for the home market and sold through magazines. "News of the World" reported various news events from World War II. There were various editions, this one is from 1943. The film opens with a title card: Italian newsreel pictures show demonstrations against fascism at the beginning of the Badoglio government and the downfall of Mussolini. The film opens with unruly crowds in a Piazza...
Topics: 1943, Excel, Newsreel, Macarthur, Victory, Lae, Mussolini, Overthrown, WWII, Stock Footage,...
This silent film was released by Castle Films in 1940 for the home market. It shows the outbreak of "War in Europe" with the German invasion of Poland, which triggered a declaration of war by France and Great Britain.  The film begins with Hitler demanding the city-state of Danzig (:12).  Oppressed minorities flee Germany as refugees (:30).  Polish Army mobilizes (:48).  Poland closes German border (1:00).  Great Britain and France pledge to assist Poland and summon reserves...
Topics: War, Europe, 1939, Castle FIlm, WWII, Germany, Invasion, Poland, France, Stock Footage, Periscope...
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Made in 1960 by Arthur Barr, this film presents one of the earliest looks at the tremendous problem of Urban Sprawl. growth in single-family homes begin built outside cities. The growth of suburban regions is (according to the narrator) one of the biggest challenges facing the United States of the 1960s. The desertion of the metropolises' downtowns, and the explosion of suburban populations, was indeed a threat to the health of American cities. Highways, such as Los Angeles' 101 Freeway seen at...
Topics: 1860, Urban Sprawl, Suburbia, Post WWII, Housing Boom Vintage, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This silent newsreel footage shows the naval actions in World War I (WWI), including the German High Fleet engaging the British Royal Navy at Jutland.  Contains actual combat footage of German warships firing upon and sinking a British battlecruiser which then capsizes.  Footage also includes  Zebrugge, Scapa Flow and Firth of Forth (6:29). The film also shows German seaplanes (:34) on scout patrol. At 2:03 a carrier pigeon is being used to report intelligence. At 3:14 a British windjammer...
Topics: WWI, German Navy, Battle Of Jutland, Great War, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
In this classroom film from 1963, a filmmaker and an historian discuss the background issues leading into the beginning of World War II, starting with the Treaty of Versailles and ending with Germany’s invasion of Poland. A major lesson of the film is the familiar of the strategy of appeasement in preventing war. (TRT 16:15) Titles. Crane Brinton, Ph.D., the McLean Professor of Ancient and Modern History at Harvard University (0:09) meets with a filmmaker who is using a 16mm projector to show...
Topics: WWII, World War II, 1963, Nazi Party, Fascism, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
"Flight" was a short-lived TV series that debuted in 1958 and only lasted one year. Hosted by Gen. George C. Kenney, the program focused on dramatic tellings of stories from the chronicles of the U.S. Air Force. Production company California National also produced "The Silent Service" which profiled the Navy's submariners, and "Navy Log". This particular episode tells the story of Col. Robert Evans, who in 1947 was involved in a special Cold War mission to prove...
Topics: Flight TV Show, 1958, B-29, All Weather Flight, Show Force, Strategic Air Command, Stock Footage,...
This black & white educational film is about some of the tourist attractions and big cities to see in South America, primarily focusing on Argentina and Brazil but also including images in Peru. This is copyright 1941, and features footage that was shot in the 1930s. Opening: South American Vista (:06-:09). The Andes Mountains loom.  Flowing waters below the equator in South America. Horses walk by. A man sits atop a horse. The iconic Gaucho, or cowboy. Argentina beef. Peru, people in the...
Topics: South American Vista, 1941, South American Travelogue, Peru, Brazil, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
Produced by the U.S. Navy during WWII, this black & white training film explains the construction and operation of diesel engines, primarily through a series of animated diagrams. The film examines a generic type of diesel engine (probably one built by Fairbanks Morse for use on submairines), noting that while there are differences in design, they all share the same fundamentals in terms of construction and operation. Copyright 1942, and made by Audio Productions.  Note: A related film can...
Topics: Diesel Engines, 1942, US Navy Submarine, School Training Film, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
Released in 1946, this film is a promotional for Chase and Sanborn Coffee which is an American coffee brand established in 1862 in Boston Massachusetts. It shows the process they undertake for choosing coffee beans as well as acquiring the right flavor from the beans. It is presented by the Fleischmann Division (:11), narrated by Hugh James and was produced by B. K. Blake Inc (:27). The film opens by pointing to the more than 50 countries in the tropical zone which grow coffee beans (:37)....
Topics: Tropical Treasure, 1946 Chase, Sanborn Coffee, Roasting, Promo Film, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
Produced by Sarra Productiosn for the National Safety Council, "Smooth Operation" is a black & white educational film, about how to drive trucks safely and efficiently on city streets.  Copyright 1951. Opening: National Safety Council presents SMOOTH OPERATION (:06-:29). A man pulls a Pacific Intermountain Express (P.I.E.) trailer, with a Ford F7 Big Job truck. Truck turns down a street. A trucker smiles, waves at another. Trucks come into the depot. Another trucker fills out a...
Topics: Smooth Operation, 1951, Truck Driver, Truckers, City Driving, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
This black & white pilot training film is one of a series created by the U.S. Navy to familiarize pilots with the McDonnell F2H-2 Banshee aircraft. The F2H Banshee was a single-seat carrier-based jet fighter aircraft deployed by the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps from 1948 to 1961. Two primary aircraft were built --  the F2H-1 and the more powerful F2H-2 which was equipped with the Westinghouse J34-WE-34. Versions of the F2H-2 included the nuclear capable F2H-2B, the night fighter F2H-2N,...
Topics: 1953, US Navy Pilot, Training Film. Jet Plane, F2h-2 Banshee aircraft System, Stock Footage,...
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These extraordinary Super 8mm home movies from the Vietnam War, come from a member of the "Ravens".  The Raven Forward Air Controllers, also known simply as The Ravens, were fighter pilots used for forward air control in a covert operation in conjunction with the Central Intelligence Agency of the United States in Laos during America's Vietnam War. The Ravens provided direction for most of the air strikes against communist Pathet Lao targets and People's Army of Vietnam's...
Topics: Vietnam War, Loas, Home Movies, Ravens KRT, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
Dating to the late 1920s, this film from the collection of Jeff Villencia shows the Kreutzer Air Coach, a trimotor airplane built by the Joseph Kreutzer Corp. at Clover Field in Santa Monica, California. The company opened on the verge of the Great Depression and apparently did not survive for long --  operations were suspended in 1931. It was later reorganized as the Air Transport Manufacturing Company in 1935. The Air Coach was the fifth type of trimotor approved in the U.S., the first being...
Topics: 1929, Kreutzer, Trimotor, Airplane, Santa Monica, Clover Field, California, Stock Footage,...
This American Red Cross film "The Uncalculated Risk" was designed to present viewers with the dangers of taking up water sports such as white-water rafting, canoeing or kayaking with little to no experience. It shows the threat of underwater obstacles, treacherous currents, icy water and flow through hazards while stressing the need for pre-experience training. The film opens with two young girls in life vests (:09) and a long line of vacationers carrying rafts and gear (:15). The...
Topics: 1970s, Water, Water Sports, Safety Film, Calculated Risk, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
Narrated by Alexander Scourby and directed by Lt. Frank Peele and written by Peele and Robert Sibley, this 1978 U.S. Navy film, "Pride Runs Deep" was produced on behalf of the Chief of Naval Operations. It presents an in-depth look at the life of a submariner, from missile and torpedo exercises, to mess and recreation. It explains in great detail the difference between fast attack submarines and Polaris ballistic missile submarines. The film was formally called SITREP 13, with...
Topics: Pride, 1978, Ballistic Missile, Attack Submarines, US Navy, Groton, 1978, Stock Footage, Periscope...
Created by Telefilms for Kiekhaefer Mercury in 1968, this color film promotes travel in Europe and various boating activities and recreation. It is a subtle advertisement for Mercury Outboard engines. Kiekhaefer Mercury company began in 1939 when engineer Carl Kiekhaefer purchased a small outboard motor company in Cedarburg, Wisconsin, and ended up with a successful business selling motors through the Montgomery Ward catalog. Today, the company exists as Mercury Marine, a division of Brunswick...
Topics: 1968, Mercury Outboard Engines, Boating, Europe, Travel Film, Norway, England, Italy, Germany,...
This 16mm silent film shows the visit to Admiral Arthur W. Radford (1896-1973) to the Philippines and Taiwan in the early to mid 1950s.The most likely date for this Far East trip, based on some research, is December 1953 to January 1954, and was probably intended to reassure the Taiwanese military of America's willingness to support it, in the face of Chinese Communist aggression. It probably predates the 1955 First Taiwan Strait Crisis. In that crisis, Radford urged President Eisenhower to...
Topics: 1953, Home Movie, Admiral Arthur Radford, Taiwan, Philippines, Stock Footage, Periscope FIlm
This black & white film promotes financial relief for the people of South Korea, who are in desperate need of assistance due to the outbreak of the Korean War. In particular, the film emphasis the need to donate to help displaced civilians, refugees and orphaned children of that war ravaged country. The film offers a personal appeal by President Dwight Eisenhower. Copyright 1954. Opening titles: Helping Koreans To Help Themselves (:07-:46). Artillery is fired, explosions abound. Troops on...
Topics: 1954, Korean War, Relief Campaign, South Korea, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
This 1945 U.S. Navy training film, Quit Stalling—Or Spin In! (MN-4353a), teaches pilots the dangers of stalling, or spinning, and how to avoid crashing. A stall is what happens when an aero foil cannot make enough lift to keep the aircraft in level flight. The film features a Navy instructor who presents a series of case studies from the Navy’s office of Flight Safety Flight Statistics (00:52). The film begins with footage of a plane stalling and crashing into the ground (00:14); the...
Topics: 1945, Quit Stalling, Spin in, WWII, US Navy Pilot, Training Film, Stalls, Spins, Plane Crash, Stock...
This documentary "China: Century of Revolution, Part 1 - The Search for National Unity" focuses on Chinese history 1800-1927. It was produced in 1967 by the prolific filmmaker David Wolper. The movie summarizes Chinese history from late Qing, through the foundation of the Republic of China and the ensuing warlord era, strengthening of the Guomindang (KMT), to the beginning of suppression of the Communist party.0:08-0:50 Chinese men performing taichi, followed by a mix of the footage...
Topics: China, Century Of Revolution, Chinese History, 1800s, 1927, Boxer Rebellion, Periscope Film, Stock...
Produced by the Convair division of General Dynamics, this color film presents the Atlas Missile, the first operational intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) developed by the United States and the first member of the Atlas rocket family, as well as one of the first large liquid-fueled rockets. The first successful flight of a highly instrumented Atlas missile to full range occurred 28 November 1958, and the film probably dates from that time period. Atlas ICBMs were deployed operationally...
Topics: Atlas, Factor Production, VW Bugs, Microbus, Fastback, Wolfsgurg, Germany, Stock Footage, Periscope...
This color educational film, one in a series entitled "Wheat - The Staff of Life" is about the milling of wheat. It was apparently made by the General Mills, Inc. corporation. Copyright is 1947. Directed by Rand Kellogg and Frederick R. Jones, the film was released by Simmel-Meservey. Opening: WHEAT---THE STAFF OF LIFE (:07-:33). Title: The Milling of Wheat. A huge wheat processing facility, the General Mills factory in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Samples of wheat are ground in a small...
Topics: Wheat, Staff Of Life, Milling Of Wheat To Flour, Flour, 1947, General Mills, Minneapolis, Stock...
This film from the 1960’s is an educational short which follows the story of two city kids who spend the summer on their Uncle Jim’s farm with their two cousins. The children learn about the animals as well as what daily farm work chores are like. It depicts the similarity between human’s as well as animal’s needs for healthy sustenance and clean-living spaces.  It is presented by The National Dairy Council (:08) and was produced by Atlas Film Corporation (:24). The film opens with...
Topics: Unlce Jims Diary Far, 1963, National Dairy Council Film, MLK Productions, Stock Footage, Periscope...
This fundraising film from the late 1940s or early 1950s (but most likely 1949), "Epidemic's Children" was produced by the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis. Produced prior to the development of a vaccine, the film tells some of the modern history of the fight against the disease, and shows some of the effects of the polio disease and the treatment regimen of this era including water therapy and the use of iron lungs. The National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis is now...
Topics: Polio, 1940s, Paralysis, Iron Lung, Epidemics Children, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
This color U.S. Navy film is about the NATO Seasparrow Surface Missile System. Sea Sparrow is a U.S. ship-borne short-range anti-aircraft and anti-missile weapon system, primarily intended for defense against anti-ship missiles. This is circa the late 1960s/early 1970s (in 1968, Denmark, Italy, and Norway signed an agreement with the US Navy to use the Sea Sparrow on their ships, and collaborate on improved versions) and the film was made by the Navy's Naval Ship Weapons Engineering Station at...
Topics: NATO, Seasparrow, Shipborne, Anti Ship Missile, Defense System, 1970s, Promo Film, Stock Footage,...
This episode of the U.S. Army's "The Big Picture" TV show is entitled "Three Faces of Evil". It is one of a series of episodes in the "Army in Action" series which focused on WWII history. This episode specifically examines the aftermath of WWI and the lead-up to WWII, with the rise of the dictators Tojo in Japan, Mussolini in Italy and Adolf Hitler in Germany. Copyright 1964. Opening: Paintings of conquerors and defenders. Narrator explains how bow & arrow...
Topics: The Big Picture, US Army TV Show, US Army, 1930s, WWII, Army In Action, Stock Footage, Periscope...
Made for the home market, this silent Castle Film shows the Royal Wedding of Princess Elizabeth and Philip Mountbatten, which took place on 20 November 1947 at Westminster Abbey in London, United Kingdom. The morning of the wedding, Philip had been made Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth and Baron Greenwich. Elizabeth, the elder daughter of King George VI and heir to the British throne, was coronated in 1953 following the death of her father.   We encourage viewers to add comments and,...
Topics: Royal Wedding, Elizabeth And Phillip, 1947, Wedding, Princess, Queen Elizabeth, Stock Footage,...
One of a series of films made by the U.S. Army to educate recruits about the Code of Conduct, this film discusses the duty of soldiers to resist the enemy, including when in captivity. Soldiers are instructed to resist by all means available, and make every effort to escape, and especially to not accept any parole or favors from the enemy. The will to resist, the film teaches, is what can keep men who are imprisoned alive.  Produced in 1959 during the Cold War, the film seems to show an...
Topics: 1959, US Army, Army Code Of Conduct, Basic Training, Prison Camp Escape, Stock Footage, Periscope...
This color educational film "Man Into Space" was part of a series created by Explorer Productions. It was produced and directed by  Edward Scherer and written by Anne MacKenzie. This episode of "Man Into Space" focuses on the history of satellite technology, and the race between the USA and Soviet Union to put a man in orbit. It was released in 1970. Opening titles: Man Into Space Part III: Satellites and Man in Orbit (:06-:20). Astronaut Ed White performs the first...
Topics: Man Into Space, 1960s, Space Race, Satellites, John Glenn, Cosmonaut, Yuri Gagarin, Stock Footage,...
This extraordinary film about American POWs is one of a series of "Air Force Now" magazine type movies made for the U.S. Air Force in the 1970s and 1980s. This particular episode focuses on the  return of Prisoners of War (POWs) from Vietnam after the war. It was apparently made in either late 1973 or early 1974, after Operation Homecoming took place. Operation Homecoming took place from February 14, 1973 to April of that year, and involved the return of 591 American prisoners of...
Topics: Air Force Now, Vietnam War, Prisoners Of War, Operation Homecoming, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
 This 1938 film is entitled "Croisière D'escadre" / "Squadron Cruise". This is Part 2 of the film. Part One can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/NHb11WlDRkM 0:08 Hand, tracing the line from Casablanca to Agadir 0:23 Cruisers at anchorage by Agadir 0:35 The Port of Agadir and the fort. 0:42 An officer steps down and takes a light boat to the shore. Algéria heavy cruiser in the distance and, possibly, a French navy «  rapid supply ship  » «  ravitailleur rapide  »...
Topics: 1938 Pre WWII, French Navy, Documentary, Toulon Heavy Squadron Cruise, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
Dating to 1949, this film from Northwest Orient Airlines "Highroad to the Orient" pays visits to Japan, Hong Kong, Macau, and the Philippines. It was made by Reid H. Ray Inc. Northwest was founded in 1926 and took on the moniker "Northwest Orient" after 1947, when it established transpacific routes to Japan. It was absorbed into Delta Airlines in 2010. The film begins with the route of the trip shown on a spinning globe (0:23). Manhattan, New York Harbor (1:10). Times Square...
Topics: Northwest Orient Airlines, Highroad To Hong Kong, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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Made during WWII by Castle Films and sold for home use through camera and department stores, and by mail order, "Salute to the Navy!" shows the Navy's various capabilities. The newsreel features amazing footage of the air sea battles that raged near the Marshall Islands starting at (6:08).  Featured ships include: the battleship USS Texas, the submarine USS Wahoo, the cruisers USS San Francisco and USS Boise.  Also includes footage of fleet maneuvers of PT Boats, destroyers,...
Topics: Castle Films, US Navy, WWII, Moral Boosting, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
This black & white film shows the early stages of the Allied forces invasion at Anzio, Italy in 1944. The film lacks credits or other information, but likely dates to 1944. The Battle of Anzio took place from January 22 to June 5, 1944, when Rome was finally captured. The operation was opposed by German forces in the area of Anzio and Nettuno. The landing operation was commanded by U.S. Army Major General John P. Lucas of VI Corps. The initial landing achieved complete surprise. However...
Topics: Anzio Beachhead, 1944, Combat Newsreel, Allied Italian Campaign, Operation Shingle, Stock Footage,...
This 1960s color film produced by Ray Jewell and Adam Ooms for the United States Air Force promotes the Military Airlift Command’s Reserve Associate Program, showing how civilians with day jobs might join defense efforts via the piloting program. Designed to drive enlistment, this propaganda film emphasizes good eats, vocational training, and sightseeing opportunities over the risks and consequences of military action during the Vietnam War era (TRT: 23:13). The seal of the “United States...
Topics: 1960s, US Air Force, Military Air Transport Service, US Navy, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
Created by Encyclopedia Brittanica in the late 1930s, this black & white educational film is about the country of Chile with a focus on the nation's rich natural resources and principal cities including Santiago. The film uses the device of a family visit, involving a family called the McKennas, to propel its narrative. The McKenna family has a historical link to the nation of Chile:  Brigadier Juan Mackenna (b. 1771) was an Irish-born, Chilean military officer and hero of the Chilean War...
Topics: 1930s, Chile, South America, Travelogue, Santiago Copper Industry, Nitrate Prodcution, Stock...
In 1927, the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad sponsored a pageant commemorating the 100th anniversary of its founding and, in effect, the steam locomotive’s 100th year.  At the time, the B&O published a booklet giving the history of the road and issued a silent motion picture. This is a slightly modified version which appears today much as it did when originally presented in the months following the close of the pageant on October 16, 1927. The celebration was held at Halethorpe, near...
Topics: 1927, Baltimore, Ohio, Railroad, Centennial Celebration, Iron Horse, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
Dating to 1936, this silent film "Air Stunts" shows highlights from the National Air Races, which featured a number of barnstormer acts as well as racing competitions. One astonishing segment shows pilot Harold Johnson performing a loop and roll with a gigantic Ford Trimotor -- a plane not exactly built for performance (1:44). At (3:19) he lands on one wheel. At (:44), Hollywood stunt pilot Frank Clark maneuvers a biplane above an attentive crowd. At (3:34) a parachutist jumps off the...
Topics: Air Stunts, Looping Ford, Trimotor, Barnstormer, Tricks, Stunts, Frank Clark, Stock Footage,...
This short film from 1948 celebrates the 173rd anniversary of the United States Marine Corps, which was founded in 1775. It shows the 2nd Marine Division being inspected by Gen. Clifton V. Cates, Commandant of the Corps. The location is Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. At the time, the 2nd Division had just returned from an amphibious landing exercise. The film goes on to show some of the capabilities of the USMC, and the "first team" which includes new jet aircraft (1:30), cutting edge...
Topics: 173rd Anniversary, United Statess Marine Corps, USMC, 1948, Gen. Clifton B Cates, Commandant, Stock...
One of a series of films released by the National Film Board of Canada under the "Canadian Work and Wealth" series and then distributed in the United States by Young America Films, "Cattle Country" is an educational film is about the cattle industry in Western Canada. This is copyright 1944 and was directed by Beth Zinkan aka Elizabeth Zinkan, who also produced "Craftsman at Work", "Trees That Reach the Sky" and several other films. "Cattle...
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This color recruiting film showcases the U.S. Navy's aircraft carriers, airplanes, pilots and flight crews. It was shot aboard a number of carriers including the Essex class USS Ticonderoga (CV-14), USS Forrestal (CV-59), USS Lexington (CV-16), USS Coral Sea (CV-43) and USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63). Copyright is 1970. Opening: An eagle soars through the air. Other types of birds fly. Different U.S. military jets. Title: FLIGHT, THE ROMANCE OF NAVAL AVIATION (:07-:56). A U.S. Navy carrier at sea....
Topics: Naval Aviation, 1970, US Navy, Aircraft Carriers, Recruiting Film, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
This black & white educational film "Eagles of the Fleet" was made by the British Government as a recruiting and information aide for the Royal Navy. The first part of the film shows shore training at HMS Heron aka Yeovilton, a facility sited a few miles north of Yeovil, Somerset.  The second part of the film shows flight operations, training and a mock attack staged by  HMS Vengeance (R71), a Colossus-class light aircraft carrier. The film features Fairey Firefly and Hawker Sea...
Topics: British Government, Eagles, 1950, Royal Navy, Recruiting Film, HMS, HMS Heron, Stock Footage,...
Shot by an unknown American tourist, this black and white, silent, early 1930s home movie footage depicts a family’s trip to the Caribbean, including scenes of natural landscapes and historic architecture in Havana Bay, Cuba, Panama, and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (TRT 14:11). The film starts with an image shot from the deck of a ship, of the lighthouse known as Faro Castillo del Morro, at Morro Castle (Castillo de los Tres Reyes Magos del Morro) in Havana Bay, Havana, Cuba. A pan shows the Morro...
Topics: 1930s, Caribbean Home Movie, Travelogue, Havana, Cuba, Panama, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, Stock...
This black and white 1955 travelogue documents seaside towns along the Adriatic Coast in the aftermath of World War II, showing natural landmarks, historic architecture, European tourists, and local peoples of diverse ethnic backgrounds from Croatia and former Yugoslavia (TRT: 14:01).Opening titles: “Adriatic Splendor” and credits (0:08). Sunbathers at Lake Bled, in the Julian Alps region of the Upper Carniolan region of northwestern Slovenia. Bled Island’s Church of the Mother of God on...
Topics: Adriatic Splendor, 1955, Croatia, Yugoslavia, Travelogue, Opatija, Pula, Mostar, Stock Footage,...
This color educational film was created as part of a series of Russian language teaching films. The film is presented entirely in Russian. The focus of the film is on science, technology and the performing arts in the Soviet Union. The film was photographed by Julien Bryan.  Copyright is 1963. Opening: Science Technology and Art in the USSR (:07-:40). A Russian elementary school building, children head to class. Happy children in school. Children rise and then sit. The teacher teaches them. A...
Topics: Science Technology, Art, USSR, 1960s, Cold War Era, Soviet Union, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
One of a series of films made by the U.S. Army to educate recruits about the Code of Conduct, this film discusses the duty of soldiers to keep faith with fellow prisoners, follow orders from superiors, and share no information with the enemy, or take part in any action which might harm fellow prisoners. The film also reminds prisoners of the succession of leadership: "if I am senior, I will take command". Produced in 1959 during the Cold War, the film seems to show an Eastern European...
Topics: Keep Faith, Army Code Of Conduct, Cold War, Prison Camp, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This silent, black & white shows highlights of the 1939 New York World's Fair. It was originally sold as a souvenir to visitors to the fair, and to the general public through the mail. The official souvenir film ends at 14:29, and then amateur-shot, b&w and color home movie footage appears -- spliced in by someone who attended the fair. The souvenir film was originally released in 1939-1940. Opening titles: Official Motion Pictures of the New York World's Fair 1939 (:10-:39). People...
Topics: 1939, New York, Worlds Fair, Official Film, World Of Tomorrow, Highlights, Stock Footage, Periscope...
This educational film "Students Track the Space Age" is part of a series of movies made by Hearst as part of the "Screen News Digest" series. This episode examines the space age and space race as seen by students and was presented by the Purdue National Bank of Lafayette. The first segment depicts high school students near Cape Kennedy in Florida and how they utilized old military tracking equipment in order to listen to exchanges between the Cape Kennedy Control Center and...
Topics: 1964, Space Age, Cape Kennedy, Space Race, Camp Century, Project Iceworm, Stock Footage, Periscope...
Shot by an unknown American tourist on a trip through California and on to Hawaii, this color 16mm silent home movie dates to 1954. It shows visits to Los Angeles, San Francisco, and finally Hawaii via the Matson Lines steamship SS Lurline. Opening: Pasadena Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA. CBS Television City in Los Angeles, CA. Farmers Market in Los Angeles. Downtown Los Angeles. Cars, store fronts, trolley goes down the street. Buildings in downtown Los Angeles. Trolley car goes up a hill...
Topics: 1954, Home Movie, Los Angeles, San Francisco, California, Hawaii, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
This color travel film by Esso is about what New England has to offer the tourist. Copyright is 1949. Opening: An Esso Picture - Esso Marketers present NEW ENGLAND CALLING (:06-:33). Map of the United States. New England, 6 states in the Northeast Corner of the country. Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. Rushing rivers, busy harbors, great universities, and a vacation land (:34-1:39). Cars on a highway. Plymouth, MA. Plymouth Rock. Tourists look at the...
Topics: New England Calling, New England, 1949, Vermont, Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut,...
Made in 1948 by the De Frenes Company,  this U.S. Navy training movie breaks down the steps that must be taken for proper film processing and shows each of the chemicals used and what they do. It opens with a photographer using a Speed Graphic type camera, checking his exposed film for satisfaction after taking a picture (:43). A diagram then points to the image which was thrown by the camera lens that has left an invisible record of itself on the film (:51). This record cannot be used until...
Topics: 1948, US Navy, Photography, Darkroom, US Navy Training Film, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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Dating to 1929 and released by Cine Art, "Uncle Si and the Sirens" is a hilarious short film that mixes the excitement of the era's most hi-tech and revolutionary technology — television — with unclothed girls. This type of "nudie cutie" film was fairly common in the era, and Cine Art specialized in releasing these kind of titles. The plot of this film is more complex than most (they typically featured artists models and zero plot). Here, a farmer named Uncle Si sits at...
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This black & white film was made by the Illinois Education Association during WWII in 1942 and released in 1943. According to the official description, "Backing up the Guns" shows  "the fine work of the schools in training workers for war industries, in turning out citizens who are physically fit and mentally awake. It shows how the schools stand as the great bulwarks of democracy by passing on to the generations of youths passing through their portals our great heritage of...
Topics: Illinois, WWII, 1942, 1943, Film School, Backing up guns, Guns, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
This black & white educational film is about Rome, the Eternal City. Copyright is either 1947. Opening titles: Castle Films presents The World Parade - Rome The Eternal City (:06-:21). Aerial shots of Rome. Age old relics in Rome. Cars drive around. A traffic cop directs traffic. Clock Towers. Fruits and vegetables for sale. The Capital is high on one of the city's seven hills. A statue of Antoninus Marcus Aurelius guards the city (:22-2:01). Colosseum. Arch of Constantine. The Colosseum...
Topics: Rome, Eternal City, 1947, Castle Films, Travelogue, Italy, Vatican, Colosseum, Pantheon, Stock...
This reel of 1958 home movies taken in Mexico provide a tourist’s eye view of natural landmarks and local attractions in and around Mexico City, including Parícutin volcano, churches of Morelia, CDMX street life, automobiles, market vendors, public parks, and entertainments enjoyed by visitors and locals alike (TRT: 41:19). Two small children take a walk. Townspeople shade themselves under an awning. A white man in overalls waves to the camera as he climbs aboard a 1940s automobile. A...
Topics: 1958, Trup, Mexico, Home Movies, Paricutin, Volcano Eruption, Morelia, Mexico City, Stock Footage,...
Dating to 1966, "Wings to Great Britain" promotes Pan Am's trans-Atlantic service. It was photographed and directed by acclaimed filmmaker Henry Strauss. Strauss' body of work included a series of ground-breaking industrial and human relations training films produced for Pan American Airlines, GE and AT&T. He is the subject of the documentary "Man and the Middle Class". The script was written by Allan Sloane and the film was edited by Bill Buckley. Opening animated Pan...
Topics: 1960s, Pan AM, Travelogue, England, Scotland, London, Great Britain, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
Here are two shorts from WWII: Hollywood Canteen, and Private Snafu in "The Chow Hound". In 1942, Hollywood legends John Garfield, Bette Davis and Jules C. Stein opened the Hollywood Canteen. Located at 1451 Cahuenga Blvd. in Los Angeles, the club offered food, dancing and entertainment for servicemen, usually on their way overseas. The canteen was open to USA servicemen and women, as well as members of the military from allied countries. A serviceperson's ticket for admission was his...
Topics: Hollywood Canteen, Private SNAFU, Chowhound, WWII, Cartoon, John Garfield, Bette Davis, Jules C....
This 1928 silent educational short produced by Eastman Classroom Films depicts operations at a coal mine near Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, showing minecarts, simple tools, and harsh working conditions (TRT 14:55). Opening titles (0:10). Coal miners riding in a mining car exit the tunnel of a coal mine stenciled, “Be Careful Today.” The men’s faces are grim as they pass by, wearing headlamps and hats (0:14). The miners climb out of the mining car (0:29). A line of miners hand in buckets and...
Topics: Bituminous Coal, 1928, Eastman, Pittsburg, Coalfield, Mines, Miining, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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The footage from the 1930s, probably produced by the Mikimoto Pearl company, showcases the Mikimoto Pearl company pearl-farming operation, starting with the founder and inventor of pearl farming, Kokichi Mikimoto himself. The film details the entire process of seeding, growing, and harvesting of pearl, and making pearl jewelry. The movie also features footage of the famous Japanese sightseeing spots, such as the Tokyo Imperial palace, Great Buddha of Kamakura, footage of the first statue of the...
Topics: 1930s, Mikimoto Pearl Company, Promo Film, Pre War Tokyo Japan, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
Dating to 1943, this film "Smoke Rings" presents  Glen Gray Knoblauch ("Glen Gray") and his famous Casa Loma Orchestra, along with the Pied Pipers, trombonist Pee Wee Hunt and female vocalist Eugenie Baird. The short, which takes its name from the band's signature song, was directed by Arthur Dreifuss, associate produced by Will Cowan, shot by William Sickner with Charles Previn as musical director, and Bernard Brown as "sound director" (a title sometimes seen in...
Topics: Smoke Rings, Glen Gray, Casa Loma, Orchestra, 1930s, Swing Band, Pied Pipers, Stock Footage,...
This longform commercial for Gulf Oil presents sunset images of West Texas, west of Houston, and a romantic view of those who prospect for oil.  A veteran oil employee narrates. The film contains footage of bleak desert dunes (2:00), rattlesnakes, wolves (2:32), and so on. At 2:50, oil pumpjack is shown in operation. Oil moves to Rankin Station at 3:29, where electric pumps move the oil through pipelines at up to 700 lbs.of pressure.  At 4:08 the route of the pipeline is shown underground,...
Topics: Gulf Oil, Longform Commercial, West Texas, Oil, Exploration, Petroleum Pipelines, Stock Footage,...
This 1969 episode of “The Eternal Light,” an NBC television series produced in conjunction with the Jewish Theological Seminary, represents part two of a series telling the “story of the renewal of European Jewry” following World War II and the Holocaust (TRT: 28:51). The bombing of Europe by German Nazis during WWII (0:08). Opening titles: “The Eternal Light: The Remnant” (0:38). A placid Prague riverfront over narration invoking the horrors of the Holocaust (0:55). Holocaust...
Topics: Eternal Light, The Remnant, 1969, Jewish, Documentary, Holocaust, Aftermath, Documentary, Stock...
This black & white novelty film features Egyptian actor Alex d'Arcy -- playing the part of a discharged American soldier -- traveling the French Riviera in his 1950's Studebaker convertible. d'Arcy meets up with many other movie stars including Charles Boyer, Sonja Henie, Maurice Chevalier, George Raft, Annie Crombez (ski champion), Elsa Maxwell, Bob Stack, Buddy Rogers, Steve Reeves (Mr. America 1948). Copyright 1950. Opening title: Riviera Dream (:07-1:17). Aerial shot of Nice in the...
Topics: Rivera Drea, 1950s, South, France, Novelty Film, Alex D'arcy, Carnnes And Nice, Stock Footage,...
Produced during WWII for the U.S. Army-Navy Screen Magazine, this historic film consists of two segments -- "By Request" and "Strictly G.I."  The "By Request" segment was a popular feature, in which an attractive woman answered letters sent by overseas G.I.s who missed their homes and lifestyle. The second "Strictly G.I." is a filmed version of an Army radio program featuring Lucille Ball and bandleader Kay Kyser. "By Request." Opening: A...
Topics: US Army, Screen Magazine, Lucille Ball, Mel Blanc, New York, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This 1950s color film is apparently a well shot, amateur home movie. It depicts a trip to Indonesia, featuring historic architecture and ancient temples of Bali and surrounding areas in stunning Kodachrome vibrancy. The film culminates in an extended performance featuring a gamelan, Topeng dance, and a drama with masked deities (24:14). Crowded streets filled with bicycles and cycle rickshaws. Pedestrians in a crosswalk (0:08). Urban storefronts advertise their wares with colorful signage. A...
Topics: Trip, Indonesia, 1960s, Bali, Travelogue, Home Movie, Borobuder, Gunung, Kawi, Stock Footage,...
This black & white educational film was made during WWII by the office of the Coordinator of Inter-American Affairs as part of the USA's "good neighbor" policy. Produced by Julien Bryan, it is a profile of the city of Lima, Peru, with narration providing historical background and visuals showing the modern city as it appeared in 1944. The film depicts the nation of Peru as one on the rise, with modern hospitals, transportation systems, and a public university open to all students,...
Topics: Lima, Capital Of Peru, Andes Mountains, South America, 1944, Travelogue, WWII, World War II, Stock...
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One of the episodes of the Paul Devlin / Andre de la Varre "Screen Traveler", this film is about Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia. The film dates to 1936. Colonial Williamsburg is a living-history museum and private foundation presenting a part of the historic district in the city of Williamsburg, Virginia, United States.In the 1920s, the restoration and re-creation of colonial Williamsburg was championed as a way to celebrate rebel patriots and the early history of the United States....
Topics: 1936, Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia, Travelogue, Paul Devlin, Amdre De Le Va, Stock Footage,...
Made during WWII to train ground personnel, this film shows the proper way to prepare cargo for air transport, and how to load a transport aircraft. It also shows the role of the Air Transportation Officer in confirming that aircraft are loaded properly. The planes shown are the Curtiss C-46 Commando, and Douglas C-47 Skytrain and C-53 Skytrooper transports. (A C-53 is simply a DC-3 that was specifically designed for military service. Unlike the C-47 it does not have big cargo doors, a...
Topics: 1943, US Army, Army Air Forces, US Air Force, Air Transport Command, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
This declassified, color,  U.S. Navy training film from 1974 is about how to maintain the Fire Control System Mark 86, also known as the MK 86 Gun Fire Control System (GFCS). This system was created to provide ships of destroyer size and larger with an economical, versatile, lightweight, gun and missile fire control system effective against surface and air targets. The film shows basic steps in troubleshooting various bugs (called "casualties" or "faults" by the narrator)...
Topics: US Navy, Fire Control, Training Film, Mark 86, Fire Control Systems, Computer Bugs, Stock Footage,...
This declassified 1963 color film provides a close look at the use of various methods of cargo transfer between naval craft for purposes of “vertical replenishment,” contrasting older methods of high line transfer with modern helicopter delivery methods. The piston-powered Sikorsky H-34, which served both as a transport and ASW platform for the Navy, is featured. (TRT 13:22).Title card: “Unclassified” (0:08). Opening credits denote the participation of the Navy’s Bureau of Supplies...
Topics: US Navy, 1963, US Navy Helicopter Supply Systems, Cargo Transfer, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This charming 16mm silent Kodachrome home movie shows Christmas for an average American family. The kids receive many presents including at the 10:50 mark, a cardboard rocket ship. This item was sold in comic books of the time for $4.98 and advertised as a "jet" rocket ship.   We have yet to find footage of the even more famous cardboard Polaris submarine which was sold in the same era! Other toys spotted include a toy airplane...blocks...cars and trucks. What do you see? We...
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This amateur, color home movie footage depicts a visit to Israel by Jewish Americans in the early 1950s, offering a look at collective farming and colonization efforts of the kibbutz movement by socialist Zionist working families or kibbutzniks, as well as a Mizrachi Women’s Organization of America (AMIT) vocational school for children (TRT: 12:52). A monumental stone pillar sits at the base of a rocky hillside. A traveler looks up at the tower from below (0:08). A woman wearing glasses and a...
Topics: 1950s, Home Movie, Visit To Israel, Collective Farm, Zionist Kibbutz, Jewish Americans, Stock...
In this chapter of the Air Force Story, the period between the two World Wars is described as one of technological and educational development as well as of peaceful missions, including an airdrop of food and supplies to the Navajo Nation and the taking up of air mail delivery. In the background, premonitions of war – the rise of Hitler and Japanese aggression in Manchuria. (TRT 14:42) Opening title: “SFP 263-4” (0:08). The seal of the United States Air Force. Title: “The Air Force...
Topics: The Air Force Story, Chapter IV, 1930s, Kitty Hawk, USAF, US Air Force, Stock Footage, Periscope...
One of a series of newsreels produced by Official Films during WWII, this film features news events of 1942. It begins with coverage of Gen. Douglas MacArthur's departure from the Philippines, Gen. Stillwell and Chiang Kai-shek in Burma, the famous Flying Tigers operating in China, an Allied convoy repelling an Axis attack, British planes bomb Paris, the British occupy Madagascar and the Battle of Midway in the Pacific. The Flying Tigers were a mercenary flying force from the USA, active prior...
Topics: Official FIlms, Newsreel, 1942, Vol.2, Douglas Macarthur, Flying Tigers, Battle Of Midway, Stock...
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This 1950’s travelogue profiles the Santa Fe Super Chief, the most luxurious way to travel across the country. The film begins by showing how train’s now offer all of the comforts of home. (00:00:20:00) Then, the new flagship of Santa Fe’s fleet is introduced, the Super Chief. (00:00:40:00). Our narrator then cuts to a beautiful actress, who is planning a train trip to Southern California. (00:01:10:00) The narrator convinces her to try the new Super Chief for her trip. The narrator then...
Topics: Train, Superchief, Railroad, Santa Fe, 1950s, Travelogue, California, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This color home movie footage depicts a visit to Israel, offering a look at family life on a collective farm by Zionist working families or kibbutzniks. Jewish peoples of all ages are depicted at work and leisure in casual quotidien scenes (TRT: 6:04). A man and a young boy walk toward the camera. Ducks on a farm. A man in shorts waves and climbs down a ladder from a water tower flying an Israeli flag (0:08). A Jewish woman poses with four children on the back of a truck (0:53). Underexposed...
Topics: 1950s, Home Movie, Family Life, Israel, Kibbutz, Israeli Collective Farm, Stock Footage, Periscope...
This color educational film is about CB Radios/Two Way Radios and how necessary they are. Most of the footage is still images live action and animation. Copyright 1959. Opening titles: A Million Invisible Messengers (:07-:55) Clock bell goes off. Police car is stationary with two policemen in it. One uses a CB radio to contact another. Police have a man cuffed. Map of the United States (:56-2:10). A woman calls the city gas plant, there's a gas odor. The plant contest a person to go smell the...
Topics: Million Invisible Messengers, 1959, CB Radio, Citizens Band, Promotional Film, Communications,...
One of the earliest non-fiction programs on broadcast television, "The Greatest Drama" dates to 1954. This episode profiles "The Cowboy Humorist" Will Rogers.   Opening: ticker tape parade in New York City. Title: The Greatest Drama - The Cowboy Humorist (:07-:37). Statue of Will Rogers. Picture of Will Rogers. Born in 1879 in Oklahoma. Men ride horses, a stampede of horses. Cowboys on his father's ranch. Will Rogers does a roping trick. New York City, Broadway, Ziegfeld...
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This black & white educational film is about the nation of Mexico. This was made in 1939, in collaboration with Wallace W. Atwood, an American geographer and geologist who served as president of Clark University. Opening titles: Encyclopaedia Britannica Films presents Land of Mexico (:06-:25). Map shows the land of Mexico, directly south of the United States. Palm trees southern Atlantic Coast. Palm trees near a building. Port of Vera Cruz, harbor. Workers in large sombreros load a ship...
Topics: Land Of Mexico, 1939, Mexico City, Vera Cruz, Adobe, Construction, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
Released in 1944 for the home market by Castle Films, "Yanks Invade Marshall Islands!" is a silent newsreel showing attacks on Roi and Namur in the Marshalls chain as part of the Battle of Kwajalein. At 1:03, raids by B-24 Liberators are made on Japanese airfields and other strongholds. At 1:59, battleships and cruisers deliver a barrage against shore positions. At 2:54, D-Day on Kwajalein, as the Marines head into landing craft and onto the beach. At 4:02, a huge cloud of smoke...
Topics: Yanks, Marshall Islands, Invasion, 1944, Castle Newsreel, Kwajalein, January 1944, Stock Footage,...
This reel of silent 16mm film consists of color and b&w American home movies shot in the mid-to-late 1940s and through the 1950s or early 1960s.  It also contains footage shot during or immediately after WWII by the same (unknown) cameraman. The film presents a several decade slice of American life, including life in suburbia. Some of the more interesting segments are from WWII era, including aerial footage and a flight with a 3-star General, and recreation at a guarded beach on a military...
Topics: WWII, Post War, Home Movies, Suburban Living, Picnic, African American Maid, Michigan Famil, Stock...