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This 1961 color film WINGS TO BERMUDA, is a profile of the British Colony, and one of a series of Pan Am Airlines travelogues. It’s narrated by Jack Costello and produced by F.D. Kay. It begins with a colorful ‘focus leader’ for the film operator and the opening credits (:06-1:14). The film begins with souvenirs of Bermuda, including a Pan AM bag with Ansco and Kodak film (1:15-1:32). A “Walk Your Horses” metal sign sits above the gate passed in a horse-drawn tour buggy with fringe on...
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This silent 16mm home movie shows the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California. The date is unknown but probably 1949 based on the presence of the XF-92A airplane float seen at 5:11, and the fact that Ohio State had a float in the parade (seen at 1:01). The 1950 Rose Bowl was played between Ohio State and the University of California. Some of the other notable floats include one for Treasure Tone Paints (1:08), Holland (1:12), San Pedro (2:15), Minute Maid Orange Juice (2:18),...
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Distributed by McGraw Hill in the mid-1950s, this French language film tells the story of the SNCF, the French national railway. The film was originally produced as part of the "Ici La France" series, intended to be used as a foreign language teaching tool for foreign students. The film begins with footage of model railways at :25. At :53 one of Paris' many railway stations is shown at rush hour. At 3:28 the film flashes back in time to show early French steam locomotives. At 4:11, in...
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This 1952 educational film about Jet Propulsion was produced by Encyclopaedia Britannica, in collaboration with the Illinois Institute of Technology. It opens with a view of an airplane landing at an airport and scans across TWA and United Airlines DC-3 and Convair passenger planes (:24-42). Crew and passengers disembark from a United Airlines Mainliner DC-6 plane (:43-:50). A maintenance man perches on one of the plane’s giant air-cooled engines (:51), complete with metal propellers that...
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This historic, silent film showing the Mt. Tamalpais and Muir Woods Railway was compiled from paper prints at the Library of Congress in 1959. The paper positives shown here were originally filmed by cameramen working for Thomas Edison in 1898 and the Miles Brothers (filmmakers from San Francisco) in 1906. While the earlier section of the film shows wood burning locomotives with diamond smokestacks designed to capture embers, the second half of the film shows oil-burning locomotives with...
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Made in 1942 by Paramount, PRICE OF VICTORY received an Oscar nomination.  Based on a speech delivered fireside chat style by Vice President Henry A. Wallace, the second of F.D.R.'s three Vice Presidents and a controversial figure at the time.  The original speech shown here was delivered on May 8, 1942 in New York City at the Free World Association.  In that version of the speech, Wallace envisioned a future United Nations as a community of nations that would democratize the world....
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Made by the Ladish Forging Company in the 1960s, this industrial film shows the company's forging process and the contributions the company made to developing pressure vessels for use on board U.S. missiles and rockets.  The die-forged closures with integral outlets, with a body of rolled seamless rings, produced a highly dependable missile body.   Ladish remains a leading producer of highly engineered, technically advanced components for the jet engine, aerospace and general industrial...
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These 1940s home movies show Tucson Arizona and environs. The movie was shot during a 4-H youth organization convention. At the 1 minute mark you will see the San Xavier del Bac mission, with the 4H'rs arriving by bus from the University of Arizona. At the 2:45 mark are images of a swimming pool at the University of Arizona, followed by campus scenes. At the 7 minute mark students are seen giving presentations. The 4-H name represents four personal development areas of focus for the...
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This silent, amateur "gag film" was apparently made by members of the 526th U.S. Air Force 526th Fighter Squadron sometime in the 1950s. The unit provided   Air Defense of western Europe throughout the 1960s-90s in Munich vicinity. Its last assignment was with the 86th Operations Group, based at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. It was inactivated on 1 July 1994.   The film shows the unit's new F-86, meaning the film likely dates to summer of 1953, the squadron completed its move to...
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Made by unknown filmmakers sometime in the 1940s, CHECKING IN is a silent U.S. Navy gag movie that follows the antics of a new recruit named Red Marme. The film follows Marme as he arrives for basic training aboard a U.S. Navy bus (which he falls out of). This sets the tone for a series of funny vignettes ranging from Red's first cigarette, working as a photographer's mate (and losing the camera out the airplane), and more. If Youtube existed in 1948 this might have been a million viewer. We...
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This black-and-white silent film was produced by the United States Army Signal Corps, and recalls the the Meuse-Argonne Offensive, also known as the Battle of the Argonne Forest. It was a major part of the final Allied offensive of World War I that stretched along the entire Western Front. It was fought in France from September 26, 1918, until the Armistice of November 11, 1918. The narrative is told via standard title cards, and begins with an explanation at mark  00:12  that the German...
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We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional information about our videos by adding a comment! See something interesting? Tell people what it is and what they can see by writing something for example like: "01:00:12:00 -- President Roosevelt is seen meeting with Winston Churchill at the Quebec Conference." This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage collections in...
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We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional information about our videos by adding a comment! See something interesting? Tell people what it is and what they can see by writing something for example like: "01:00:12:00 -- President Roosevelt is seen meeting with Winston Churchill at the Quebec Conference." This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage collections in...
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Created exclusively for “the men and women of American industry” circa 1943, this official United States War Department Film, produced by the US Army Signal Corps, begins by taking the audience to the South Pacific, “where American planes, powered by high octane, serviced by billions of small parts from the factories of America, are delivering packages of death to the Japs, bombing the daylight out of the Rising Sun.” With that dramatic introduction, bombers are shown at mark  01:00...
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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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The film, Horizons of Science the Realm of the Galaxies, is a color film produced in the late 1950’s or early 1960’s. The film was to teach the basics about the astronomy of the galaxies and   was produced in association with the Educational Testing Service (ETS), Princeton, N.J. with the assistance of the National Science Foundation (NSF), Washington, D.C.   The Educational Testing Service was founded in 1947. The National Science Foundation was formed in 1950 to support research and...
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Dating to the 1970s and created by Shirley Cobham, this beautiful Pan Am travelogue film focuses on the islands of the Caribbean also called "the Eighth Continent", although excluding Cuba which was under embargo at the time. The film features gorgeous footage of the many activities affiliated with the Caribbean: sailing, fishing, swimming and lounging activities at the beach. At  4:00 , the film visits St. Georges, Grenada and shows the quaint downtown and historic waterfront. At ...
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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 Soviet newsreel dates to 1967 and contains various segments, the most interesting of which deal with the auto industry in the Soviet Union and East Germany. (If you speak Russian and can help translate the narration for us, it would be appreciated!) The film begins with a brief recap of Revolutionary events before launching into a segment about the Communist Party Congress at :50.  At  1:56  modern food production and packaging machinery is seen at a trade show attended by Brezhnev. An...
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Dating to the 1930s, this 16mm silent film is ostensibly a study of the geography of the British Isles from the Naze to Falmborough Head. Interestingly, when this film was recovered by collector Clint Daniel (who runs the website danielsww2.com) this film was in a Luftwaffe marked canister. We can assume based on this that the film was actively being shown to Luftwaffe crews during the war, and that makes sense since a film like this one would have greatly added to their navigational prowess....
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The Big Picture is an official television report from the United States Army (:42). It was a documentary program that aired from 1951 to 1964. Sergeant Stewart Queen opens the episode speaking of the foot soldiers and their vital place in the military (:49). In mountain warfare training; a finishing school for infantry men, they learn to scale up and down mountains ( 1:31 ). In Austria, the men gather around their instructor, learning to master footholds on the mountains ( 1:56 ). The...
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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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This B&W television episode of YESTERDAY’S NEWSREEL features eight segments of historic highlights. The first, U.S. Fleet Dividing (:28) opens with a view of the New York Hudson Bay harbor in June, 1919 as sailors return home from WWI (:37). The flagship USS Pennsylvania (BB-38) leads the way (:45) as other ships follow. Admiral William S. Sims, commander over all U.S. naval forces in Europe, emerges to join his family ( 1:05 - 1:17 ). Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels ( 1:20 )...
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"The Air Plan" is a wonderful WWII film that shows the role played by the RAF, Dominion squadrons and briefly the U.S. Army Air Forces in the preparation, invasion and securing of the Normandy beachheads in June 1944, known by the codeword OVERLORD. The film begins with a brief overview of the work of the Allied air forces during the Second World War up to the Normandy landings, including the Battle of Britain, the bombing of the German industrial areas, the thousand bomber raids, the...
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Dating to the 1960s, this Soviet propaganda newsreel shows the strong bond between the USSR and Poland and looks at Lenin's life in Krakow in 1912. Narrator: Lenin. The Polish nation holds sacred the memory of the time when the great leader of the world’s laborers lived and worked on its land. It was 1912, the year of a new upsurge in the revolutionary movement in Russia. Lenin was abroad in Paris, and from there it was becoming increasingly difficult to monitor the works of the Russian party...
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G-B Instructional Limited presents OLIVE GROWING IN THE MIDDLE EAST a short film by the J. Arthur Rank Organization Limited and supervised by G I Cons, M.A. The film concentrates on showing the multiple processes used to make olive oil versus the actual olive growing process. The opening shot is a panoramic view of limestone hills dotted by olive trees. A map showing the heaviest concentrations of olive trees (:40 – 1:12 ) highlights the areas around Spain, the south of France, and Italy. The...
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This 1960 color public relations film by the U.S. Army is to educate the public on the benefits of having the Nike-Hercules (MIM-14) surface-to-air missile system as protection against nuclear attack. Children play with a plane, its shadow crossing them (:25- 1:19 ). The Commander watches the radar spin, pod doors open, and the surface-to-air Nike Hercules missile rise ( 1:20 - 2:20 ). An animation details the sequence of using it ( 2:21 - 3:21 ). A bird’s-eye view shows a Nike battery ( 3:23...
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“Illinois” is an episode in the 1940s motion picture series This Land Of Ours, from Carl Dudley Productions, and gives viewers an overview of the “Land of Lincoln.” This episode opens with a shot of a mighty river ( 00:34 ), as the narrator explains the number of rivers and lakes located within or along Illinois’ border. Modern cities such as Chicago ( 01:07 ) and Springfield ( 01:16 ) are home to the millions of Midwesterners. Springfield, the capital, is itself a dedication to...
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This black and white film by Young American Films is a 1950s educational public service announcement on oral hygiene. It is an adaption of the British Information Service Film “Your Children’s Teeth”. The film begins with a girl smiling to show off her strong teeth ( 0:22 - 0:27 ). A dentist shows a decaying set of teeth, and then works on the mouth of a young woman to show a beautiful smile ( 0:27 - 0:47 ). Fresh vegetables are put in a basket, and vintage glass milk bottles are picked...
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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 seven segments of historic highlights. King Edward VIII Abdicates 1936 (:42- 4:13 ). Shown are newspaper headlines, King Edward VIII reviewing his troops, and a photo of Wallis Simpson. He is shown in one of his early appearances in full military regalia and parts of a speech are heard. The crowds hold anti-abdication posters. His...
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This late 1950s-early 1960s color film is an Air France travelogue about the Roman Catholic cathedrals at Lourdes, Lisieux, Fatima, and Rome. It is produced by Les Analyses Cinematographiques and directed by Paul Mattei. The organ music is an original composition by Maurice Lenfant. An Air France Sud Aviation SE 210 Caravelle III (F-BHRK) zips by, a jet engine is shown, and the passengers board ( 1:09 - 1:40 ). A group of nuns exits an Air France Boeing 707 Intercontinental ( 1:41 ). Passengers...
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Industry On Parade was a television series created by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) from 1950-1960. The series consisted of weekly episodes that highlighted American manufacturing and business. Hundreds of companies and products were documented during the program’s decade-long run. 1957’s episode 332 takes viewers to industries or businesses in Utah, Massachusetts, Michigan, and Missouri. In Utah’s Salt Lake Valley, a man drives a harvester that digs up sugar beets (...
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This classic 1961 United States Air Force training film, Survival Stresses (TF 1-5375), is designed to introduce members of the Air Force to the stresses of survival, prompt them to think about the stresses and how they would react to them, and encourage the servicemen to prepare for properly handling such stresses. The film begins with a flameout followed by an ejection from an F-106 Delta Dart. The film then moves to a classroom, and the instructor uses a combination of lecturers and other...
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"Mr. Push-a-Button", a U.S. Navy film about the education and responsibilities of a Naval officer, starts with images of the U.S. Navy's mothball or reserve fleet, as a Navy officer receives new orders transferring him from reserve duties to the fleet and in particular, managing one of the U.S. Navy's new surface-to-air guided missile systems aboard the cruiser USS Canberra CA-70. The title of the film comes from the fear that the officer in the film expresses that "men are being...
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In 1957, William and Daisy Myers, who were both college graduates, moved their family into the Dogwood Hollow section of Levittown, Pennsylvania. The Myers were black, and the suburb was all-white. The result was somewhat predictable given the era, and the fact that many of the whites had left the inner city for the suburbs to escape racial integration. The Myers were harassed, openly threatened, and snubbed. Molotov cocktails were thrown at a protest which escalated to a riot in the summer,...
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This 1932 amateur home movie -- created by an unknown family named Harris -- begins with images shot in Dana Point, California, where the family visits with the Feldmans. At 1;10, the family visits the ruins of the Mission San Juan Capistrano. At  1:55 , the co-called "Bonus Army" is seen camping at the Orange parade grounds. (The Bonus Army was the popular name for an assemblage of some 43,000 marchers—17,000 U.S. World War I veterans, their families, and affiliated groups—who...
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Dating to 1945, this industrial incentive film YOUR MISTAKE TOKYO was intended to sell war bonds and encourage American workers to do their part for the war effort. The film begins with a re-enactment of Japanese broadcasters on Radio Tokyo denying the American victory in the Second Battle of Philippine Sea. Like a Tokyo Rose, the announcer claims the Pacific fleet has been annihilated. At 1:05 , the China Sea is shown and the U.S. Navy's fleet is shown at sea. US Navy Admiral Halsey ( 1:38 )'s...
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Directed by Bob Lapresle and prepared by the British Film Council, “Let’s See” is a 1945 Technicolor picture that takes a look at the manufacture of optical lenses and their many uses throughout the different industries, from microscopes to spectacles to full use in the war effort during World War II. It opens by mentioning how a camera lens can capture any moment for posterity’s sake. Although most people see a lens only as a glass object “with mysterious properties” (mark 01:10 ),...
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Shot by an unknown tourist, this 16mm silent home movie shows a trip through the Southwest beginning in El Paso. In a part of the film that might be out of sequence, at :43 is what appears to be Tucson, Arizona's downtown as seen from "A" Mountain. At :47, an "E" on a hillside seems to indicate El Paso again. At  2:04 , Tucson is seen again, with a long sweeping vista shot from "A" Mountain. At  2:30 , part of the Desert Museum is seen with its impressive cactus...
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Made by Dobeckmun, a leading manufacturer of cellophane bags for the retail industry and one of the great companies of 1930s Cleveland, Ohio, MAKING DRESSING OF SHIMMERING TRANSPARENCY is a silent industrial film highlighting the company and the city in which it resides. This rare color film begins with images of downtown Cleveland from the air (actually, a skyscraper roof) before showing the city from a "motor car" ( 1:25 ). At  1:43  the Dobeckmun Company plant is seen, and then...
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“Ejection Decision: A Second Too Late!” Is a 1981 US Air Force training film for aircrews who fly aircraft with ejection seats. The film shows scenes from real life ejection scenarios and interviews with pilots who have made emergency ejections to help emphasizes the importance of making timely ejection decisions. Here, psychology is important, as escape technology cannot make up for the fact that pilots can make poor decisions about leaving an out-of-control aircraft. The film starts with...
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This silent footage shows highlights of the activities of the 366th Fighter Wing (366 FW) of the United States Air Force Air Combat Command in Vietnam. Unfortunately we do not know the date it was made or what action it covers, but most of what you will see is "gun camera" or 'bomb camera" variety. The film opens with footage of air to ground combat and close fighter support. At  1:11  onward, heavy aerial bombing of jungle targets is seen, including eerie slow-motion bomb...
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AL-CAN TRAILER TREK is a short film, produced by Kennedy Productions in 1957 or 1958, that promotes and popularizes trailer traveling and RV'ing. Sponsored by the Mobile Home Manufacturers Association, this travel and fishing trip featured outdoor and fishing writers for magazines and newspapers, who write about the trek up to Anchorage, Alaska. The main character of the film is Jack Perry, Outdoor Editor for the Gary, Indiana Post Tribune, and the narration is from his point of view. Perry’s...
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This John Deere film from 1961 "Men, Ideas and Tractors" shows how new tractors are designed, built, and tested before being approved for mass manufacturing. The design and early manufacturing stages occur at John Deere’s Waterloo, Iowa operation ( 00:09 ). Engineers meet to compare designs and work out issues for the new generation of tractors (in this case, it is the 2010, 2010U, 3010, and 4010 models). Electronic computers are used to help work out problems ( 01:17 ), like gear...
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The 1947 episode “The State of Vermont,” part of the Carl Dudley Productions motion pictures series This Land Of Ours, gives viewers a taste of Vermont. Vermont, the first state to be added to the original 13, is home to breathtaking scenery. The state’s large waterways provide energy through hydroelectric power ( 01:17 ) and opportunities for recreation: Lake Champlain is the largest lake east of the Great Lakes. Vermont’s first settlement is Brattleboro ( 01:30 ), situated on the...
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This film FRANK SINATRA IN ISRAEL dates to 1962 and documents Frank Sinatra's first ever visit to Israel as part of his multinational World Tour for Children. The tour, which raised over $1 million for children's charities around the globe, had stops in Japan, Hong Kong, England, France, Italy, Greece, and Israel. In Israel, Sinatra gave seven concerts in six cities. As you will see in the course of the film, his visit coincided with the country's annual Yom Ha'atzmaut (Independence Day)...
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This silent film footage dates to 1971 and shows various scenes related to protests against the Vietnam War. This includes some of the protests known as "Operation Dewey Canyon III' that included members of the Vietnam Veterans Against the War (read more here:  http://www.vvaw.org/veteran/article/?... ) The demonstration was given its name, "Operation Dewey Canyon III", in reference to military operations known as Dewey Canyon I and II. Some of the aspects of these offensives...
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Presented by the Tournament of Roses Association, this profile of the 1966 Rose Parade with Grand Marshall Walt Disney begins with footage of LAX International Airport and the city of Pasadena which hosts the event. At :52 you will see Pasadena City Hall and at 1:00 aerial footage of downtown. At 1:12 is the Jet Propulsion Lab or JPL. The Mariner satellite is seen being launched. At 2:01 , Pasadena City College is shown, with college girls with hilarious haircuts including the famed...
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Made in the 1950s, this incredible film recounts the medical research work of Dr. János Hugo Bruno "Hans" Selye, (January 26, 1907 – October 16, 1982), a pioneering Austrian-Canadian endocrinologist of Hungarian origin. He conducted much important scientific work on the hypothetical non-specific response of an organism to stressors. Although he did not recognize all of the many aspects of glucocorticoids, Selye was aware of their role in the stress response. Many scientists believe...
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CONTAINERIZATION TODAY was produced in the 1960s and presented by the American Iron and Steel Institute, promoting the benefits of shipping cargo using steel containers. The film touts the major advancements in containers and freight transportation found on highways, waterways, and railways. The strong, durable steel boxes are a new system of freight that saves companies and shipping lines both time and money. Several shots related to shipping, including what appears to be the waterfront of New...
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This film is one of the Yesterday's Newsreels, an early television series which ran from 1948 to 1950 and was produced using the holdings of the defunct General Newsreel company. The series presented original newsreel footage with a contemporary narrative. This episode begins with the segment “1933 Men Behind the President” (:44) and it shows FDR’s white house staff of 1934. Beginning with the President (:48) among his crew and then to Ed Starling (:58) of the secret service. Following is...
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Created by the National Restaurant Association AMERICA'S HERITAGE OF HOSPITALITY was released in October, 1949 to advance the restaurant industry and recruit new employees to work within it. The theme of the film is that the American way of life is exemplified by its restaurant industry and the bountiful blessings that the nation enjoys on its tables from "sea to shining sea". The film begins with re-creations of historic moments in America's restaurant industry dating back as far as...
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Made during the Apollo program, “Astronaut Training” is an official NASA film produced circa 1968 that shows potential astronauts are shown preparing for their flights during various training programs in the classrooms, geological surveys, and underwater simulators. It opens in May 1961 as Mercury astronaut Alan Shepard prepared to become the first American in space. We see scenes filmed aboard his Freedom 7 spacecraft before switching to a Saturn V rocket on a launchpad (mark  01:32 ) —...
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Presented by the United States Navy, this “unclassified” circa 1953 black-and-white film, titled “Carrier Action Off Korea,” opens with US Army General Douglas McArthur (mark  00:37 ) in Panmunjom, North Korea, to sign the armistice agreement formally ending the Korean War. Hostilities continued for another 12 hours resulting in more loss of life, and at mark  01:40  scenes of devastation are revealed “as an unnatural silence crosses the front.” The film begins a reflection 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 color film “Steel Is A Farmer” was produced for the American Iron and Steel Institute sometime in the 1960s. It opens with a farmer on a tractor (:27). The importance of this profession is measured in crops to feed people (:52) and produce clothing, represented as men’s suits and ties ( 1:00 ), on clothing racks ( 1:06 ), and on mannequins of women wearing dresses with Peter Pan collars and a head scarf ( 1:11 ) and paisley prints ( 1:18 ). A Massey Ferguson tractor pulls a plow (...
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The 1949 short Chevrolet film, “It All Depends,” produced by Jam Handy, promotes Chevrolet vehicles by showing how the American community is connected and works together, and the role the automobile manufacturer plays. The film was shot somewhere in Michigan, likely just outside Detroit. It opens with an aerial view of a town, then cuts to a scene of children playing on a street ( 00:33 ). A family eats a meal together ( 01:54 ), the little boy enjoying a glass of milk that is brought to...
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This historic film, originally released as part of the Army-Navy News Magazine of the Screen in December of 1942, features Movietone cameraman Al Brick who photographed the Japanese sneak attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941. As he explains, much of Brick's footage was seized by the U.S. Government as the extent of the damage to the U.S. Pacific Fleet had to be concealed from the American public and the world-at-large for national security reasons. By 1942, with the Japanese reeling...
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Canada’s National War Finance Committee presents “Sicily: Key to Victory,” a black-and-white World War II-era film released following the July-August 1943 Sicilian Campaign. Filmed by the Canadian Army Film Unit and produced by the National Film Board of Canada, the picture is a partial record of the achievements of Canada’s First Division in that campaign. A scroll at the start of the film explains, “The victory in Sicily began in the wheat fields and factories of Canada. Only by the...
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This Soviet film tells the story of the Communist International from its founding in 1919. The Communist International, abbreviated as Comintern and also known as the Third International, was an international communist organization that advocated world communism. Narrator: "In 1919, Russia hosted the third Communist International. Listen to Lenin speak about it. ‘In March of this year of 1919, an international congress of Communists was held in Moscow. This congress founded the Third,...
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This silent home movie shows the 10th reunion of the famed 442nd Infantry Regiment, which is best known for its history as a fighting unit composed almost entirely of second-generation American soldiers of Japanese ancestry (Nisei) who fought in World War II. Beginning in 1944, the regiment fought primarily in the European Theatre, in particular Italy, southern France, and Germany. The film, which may have been shot by one of the Regiment's corpsman Toshi Kuge, begins with shots in a WWII...
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This 1930’s era newsreel short “Sky Giants”, opens with a shot of a dirigible, probably USS Shenandoah, floating overhead. The film recounts the early era of ballooning and the golden era of air travel with heavy dirigibles or air ships. Vice Admiral Charles E. Rosendahl, the leading figure in America’s rigid airship program in the first half of the 20th century is featured. He was one of the most experienced airship aviators in the United States and was a tireless proponent of...
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The film “The Ten Takes Flight” was produced by Film & Television Communications for the McDonnell Douglas Corporation. It opens with Larry Van Nuys broadcasting live from a mobile unit on August 29, 1970 for the first flight of the McDonnell Douglas DC-10 wide-bodied jet from Long Beach airport. Broadcaster Michael Ryan is in the control tower and actor Art Ballinger is at Edwards Air Force Base (:09-43). Overhead shots are shown of the plane, as are its crew, led by test pilot Captain...
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Made in 1951 by the U.S. Army to train combat infantrymen during the Korean War, RECONNAISSANCE PATROL shows the organization of a nighttime patrol behind enemy lines, made to gather intelligence on enemy positions. The objective of the patrol is also to capture an enemy soldier so that he can be interrogated.  Told from the perspective of the commander, the film explains in great detail how the patrol is organized, equipped, and how the soldiers conduct themselves during the mission. Soldiers...
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One of a series of classified films made for the Army Air Forces during WWII about the Norden Bombsight, this film focuses on the principles behind the device. During the entire war the Norden was considered a top secret piece of equipment and normally when it was shown in training films, it was hidden behind a piece of canvas or otherwise "blacked out". This series of films provides a rare look at the operation of the bombsight as it was presented to bombardiers.  The Norden Mk. XV,...
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The 1947 episode “The State of Wyoming,” part of the Carl Dudley Productions motion pictures series This Land Of Ours, gives viewers a taste of the western state. Wyoming sits at a high elevation, with expensive plateaus and majestic mountains. Some of the state’s notable cities are Casper ( 01:46 ), home of Fort Caspar ( 01:06 ), and Cheyenne ( 01:15 ), the state’s capital. Oil and coal are two major industries in the state due to the abundance of the natural resources. Strip mining...
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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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Made during WWII as part of an effort to encourage recycling and re-use of scrap metal and rubber, "Salvage" is hosted by Donald M. Nelson the chairman of the War Production Board. The film features footage of various items that can be salvaged and re-used, and notes that Germany and Japan have been much more efficient in terms of re-using materials. The film also shows how household grease can be stored for use as nitroglycerin. As Nelson says, "We the people of United States...
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In this “GI Movie Weekly” from Fistic Film (likely from 1939), viewers are treated to the historic fight on 4 July 1919 in Toledo, OH, where young boxer Jack Dempsey faced off against the World Heavyweight Champion Jess Willard. The film opens with a few highlights from 1919, including a young Prince of Wales observing the surrender of the German Fleet, Theodore Roosevelt speaking to an audience shortly before his death, and Babe Ruth posing in his New York Yankees jersey. The film then...
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Released by the U.S. Government and the U.S. Navy's Industrial Incentive Division, this WWII film reproduces a German newsreel "Fernbomber uber dem Atlantik" which showed dramatic images of the German Luftwaffe attacking an Allied convoy at sea. The point of the film (from an American perspective) was to inspire war workers to build more ships and supplies to "carry the fight to the enemy". At  10:00 , images are seen of ship building and the launching of multiple Liberty...
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OPERATION ABOLITION is an infamous 1960 documentary produced by the House Committee on Un-American Activities (a.k.a House Un-American Activities Committee or HUAC). The film focuses on an incident on May 13, 1960 when the Committee convened in San Francisco’s City Hall. While the committee met, students protested in the hallways and outside the building, leading to clashes with the police and the arrest of 64 students. "Operation Abolition"shows footage of the incident taken from...
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Chevrolet’s 1950 short film, “E for Efficiency,” produced by Jam Handy, touts the efficiency of Chevrolet’s valve-in-head engine. This type of engine ( 02:12 ) is only found in Chevrolets when it comes to sedans, such as the 1949 or 1950 Chevrolet Styleline ( 00:51 ). The film begins with an animation to briefly explain the general idea of efficiency. Continuing with animation, the film looks at a simplified model of the valve-in-head engine and how it maximizes power and fuel economy,...
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Made in 1945, THE BROAD FOURTEENS is one of the excellent, dramatized accounts of WWII made by the Ministry of Information for morale purposes. The film shows the first posting, and eventual first action, of a newly-trained motor torpedo boat (MTB) crew. ('The Broad Fourteens' is the name given to a patrol area of the North Sea off the Dutch coast.) The film joins the boat and crew at the end of their training (probably HMS Bee, the Coastal Force working up base at Weymouth). The boats featured...
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Made to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Ingersoll Corporation, this newsreel shows some of the company's products including military ones. First, the famed Ingersoll Disc used in agriculture and construction around the world is seen. At  1:22 , a bulldozer is seen clearing land using the discs, and at  2:00  they are shown plowing under sugar cane stubble. At  2:40 , the Lark an amphibious vehicle similar to a DUKW, is shown. Ingersoll worked for 17 years in the field of amphibious...
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Flames shoot from a rocket thrust booster and workers add fuel to cylinders in the opening moments of “Careful Diets for Missiles” as a narrator dramatically proclaims, “Food — for the hungry bellies of rockets and missiles. Their diets are critical. The big jobs eat a lot and mixing it by hand isn't good enough anymore.” With that, the logo for Toledo Scales appears onscreen (mark  01:20 ) and we’re transported to aerospace manufacturer Thiokol Chemical Corporation in Utah while...
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Dating to 1946, this silent, raw footage shows preparations underway to document the Operation Crossroads atomic bomb tests using drone B-17 aircraft. The Enewetak Atoll, home base for the drone operations, is seen at  1:35  from the air, with various views of the area that would be used for the later Operation Sandstone tests. At  6:30 , drone B-17 aircraft are seen. These were equipped with radio controls and television cameras so that they could be flown remotely through the atomic cloud...
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Made in the late 1930s by producers Marcel De Hubsch and Etienne Lallier, "Branlebas de Combat" or literally "Call to Action" presents a look at the fighting French Navy just before it was torn to pieces in World War II. Featuring a score by acclaimed composer Jacques Ibert, the movie contains images of the fleet including especially the battleship Provence, which incredibly was sunk twice in WWII -- once by the British and once by the French. Provence was a battleship of...
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This black and white film is one of the episodes of "Yesterday's Newsreels", an early 1950s TV show made from the General Newsreel collection. It features eight segments of historic highlights. Pancho Villa Raids the Rio Grande March 9, 1916. Footage shows a horseback rider at the top of a hill. Overhead footage shows a band of riders and walkers crossing the border into New Mexico. A still photo is shown of Villa wearing his trademark mustache, hat, and ammo around his neck. The...
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The rally competition now known as Rally Finland, an annual race held in the Finnish Lakeland in Central Finland, is the focus of this 1968 color documentary produced by Castrol. Titled “The Flying Finns,” it features the 1968 1000 Lakes Rally and is concentrated on documenting the duel between Timo Makinen and Hannu Mikkola. The film opens with race crews, including those for rally driver Timo Salonen, expecting their vehicles and interviews with drivers describing the wide and smooth...
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This wonderful short featuring Dinah Shore, tells the story of the Hollywood Canteen, a converted Barn located in Hollywood. It operated at 1451 Cahuenga Boulevard between October 3, 1942, and November 22, 1945 (Thanksgiving Day), as a club offering food, dancing and entertainment for servicemen, usually on their way overseas. Even though the majority of visitors were U.S servicemen, the canteen was open to servicemen of allied countries as well as women in all branches of service. A...
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This circa 1940 black-and-white travelogue takes us to the rugged, rainforested Central American country. The film opens on street scenes from the capital, San Jose (mark  00:23 ), a city “as modern as today’s airplane.” We see such structures as the National Theater ( 00:46 ) and the University of Costa Rica before visiting young girls picking coffee beans from plants (mark  01:30 ) and then follow the key product through its production cycle. A resident beautifully paints his ox cart...
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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 ten segments of historic highlights. Albert Lebrun (:39). Lebrun is reelected as the President of France by the French National Assembly in 1936 (:44- 1:36 ). The 14th of July, 1939, is Bastille Day, and large Paris crowds celebrate its 150th anniversary ( 1:37 - 2:22 ). Lebrun and his wife are shown at Windsor Castle with King...
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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 Rockwell International film shows the events of August 12, 1977 when, as part of approach and landing tests at Edwards Air Force Base, the Space Shuttle Enterprise flew on its own for the first time. The film features a post-flight debriefing with Commander Fred W. Haise, Jr. and pilot C. Gordon Fullerton. Space Shuttle Enterprise (Orbiter Vehicle Designation: OV-101) was the first orbiter of the Space Shuttle system. Rolled out on September 17, 1976, it was built for NASA as part of the...
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Made in 1965, this film report documents the "civic action program" adopted by the U.S. Marine Corps in Vietnam. This "hearts and minds" type of warfare (which also included Operation County Fair and the Combined Action Program -- see our Youtube channel) was adopted in hopes of reversing gains by the Viet Cong in South Vietnam, but unfortunately its success was limited. The idea behind Full Blade was fairly simple: because the Viet Cong and the North Vietnamese Army could...
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"Pacific Adventure: A True Story of the Sea" is a Kodak Informational Film, produced by Mattco Associates, documenting the voyage of a 65-foot yacht across the South Pacific. The Thane left Tahiti on 26 October 1965 and arrived in Panama on 12 January 1966. The story is filmed and narrated by Don Null, and begins in Tahiti ( 00:15 ), where three strangers arrive at the airport ( 00:44 ): Wallace “Wally” Smith, Doctor Harold Hartl, and Mark Gross. These three answered an ad in a...
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The 1962 Owen Murphy Productions film for Bell Telephone “Krystallos” starts with close-up footage of quartz crystals, one of the most common minerals on Earth (:07), and shifts to a drawing of a watercolor painting depicting mountains and meadows (:30), before shifting to an icy blue quartz (:45). The word “crystal” is derived from the Greek word krystallos, meaning “clear ice.” The film’s narrator describes how two young French brothers, Jacques and Pierre Curie, discovered...
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This film is of the weekly series ‘Industry on Parade’ which received a Peabody Award for public service (:26). It focuses on breakfast and how industry has made the first meal of the day easier and cost efficient for the American family ( 1:03 ). An example of one of these innovations is the toaster ( 1:32 ). In an appliance mass producing factory, a worker makes toast over and over, tossing it into a bin ‘for toast only’ to ensure the quality ( 1:47 ). Another example shown is how...
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Industry On Parade was a television series created by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) from 1950-1960. The series consisted of weekly episodes that highlighted American manufacturing and business.   The first episode is titled “Water, Water Everywhere.” This episode discusses the importance of water use, and shows footage of fields in the San Joaquin Valley being irrigated ( 00:42 ), cars being transported on a barge through a loch or canal ( 01:50 ), water used for a...
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Industry on Parade was a short television program that aired in the U.S. from1950-1960. It was produced by the National Association of Manufacturers. The series demonstrated complicated industrial processes that transformed raw materials into finished products. Industry On Parade Retirement In The Afternoon is one of those black and white, public service, industrial films, probably produced in the mid 1950’s. Narrators used were Bob Wilson, Peter Roberts, and Radcliffe Hall. It was produced...
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How to remain in contact with a submerged submarine via a Signal Underwater Sound (SUS) MK 84 MOD 0 sonobuoy is the subject of this 1960s training film prepared for Naval Air Systems Command. The non-explosive, aircraft-to-submarine communications device provides one-way acoustic communications. It is explained starting at mark  01:00  how the device is launched from an aircraft and can transmit one of four independent codes, each representing a pre-assigned command message. The camera pans a...
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Written and directed by Hanz Thorner, this reel provides comprehensive coverage of the Winter Olympics in St. Moritz, Switzerland in 1948. Many events staged at St. Moritz are covered in the film, including the Ladies Special Slalom, (00:00:50:00) figure skating, (00:04:18:00) ski jumping, (00:09:00:00) the 50 km. cross country race, (00:13:40:00) and a thrilling speed skating race. (00:17:30:00). Six cameras were used in the production to catch the champions of 30 nations in action. The film...
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A Salute to the US Navy circa 1935 featuring U.S. Navy fleet maneuvers at sea.  Ships highlighted in this film are: The battleship USS California (BB-44), destroyers USS Cushing (DD-376), USS Phelps (DD-360), USS Wasmuth (DD-338), cruisers USS Salt Lake City (CA-25), aircraft carriers and torpedo planes.
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This 1940s British instructional and educational film, produced with the Ironfoundry Association, shows the process by which cast iron products were made prior to the highly-mechanized era. Here, almost every step of the process to make a finished article, is done by hand and with very little mechanization.  A foundry is seen at  1:00 , with pig iron being brought into the factory to make stove hotplates. A pattern maker is seen at  1:29  using lead and tin to make a mold. At  2:00 , sand...
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ACRES OF PLENTY shows some of the 300,000 families migrating out of the Dust Bowl in the midwest, headed west towards California and the "land of plenty". At 52 seconds, you will see the Government Camp set up at Shafter, California. Here the flood of migrants were able to recieve jobs in the agricultural industry, including a wide cross-section of people—young and old, men and women, rural and urban people. Shafter Camp owed its existence to FDR's New Deal and the Resettlement...
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This 1962 color film about Ireland is one of a series of Pan Am New Horizons travelogues. It is narrated by Ed Stokes and produced by Movietonews, Inc. It begins with a colorful ‘focus leader’ for the film operator (:06-:50). The film opens with snippets of Ireland (:51). The New Horizons credits are shown ( 1:23 ). A Pan American Boeing 377 Jet Clipper flight arrives and the crew and passengers disembark ( 1:48 - 2:00 ). A couple leaves the passport office in a Austin-Healey Sprite ( 2:02...
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Made in 1963 by British Petroleum and presented in French, "Un Risque Calcule" / "A Calculated Risk" shows the search for oil in Abu Dhabi. The film was directed by Julian Spiro and produced by James Carr, with cinematography by Kenneth Reeves and underwater photography by Paul de Roubaix. The film opens with shots of a floating oil rig designed to extract petroleum from the deep sea near the new Umm-Shaif Oil Field adjacent to the United Arab Emirates. The Umm Shaif Oil...
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This 1930s German silent educational film shows miners descending into the depths of a large coal mine, and then their routine underground, shoring up the roof, and placing coal into a long conveyer belt so that it can be transported to the surface. We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional information about our videos by adding a comment! See something interesting? Tell people what it is and what they can see by writing something for example like:...
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This episode of the TV show "The Greatest Challenge" -- which aired in the early days of television -- profiles Florence May Chadwick (November 9, 1918 – March 15, 1995). Chadwick was an American swimmer known for long-distance open water swimming. She was the first woman to swim the English Channel in both directions, setting a time record each time. She was also the first woman to swim the Catalina Channel, the Straits of Gibraltar, the Bosporus (one way), and the Dardanelles...
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This silent home movie shows the 51st Annual Tournament of Roses Parade (see sign at :08 seconds) in 1940. The Grand Marshals this year were Edgar Bergen & Charlie McCarthy, who are visible at 10 seconds. The game that year featured the USC Trojans vs. the Tennessee Volunteers. Some of the highlights include the Wings Over California float at :51, a Mt. Palomar Observatory float at 1:15 , a Las Vegas Nevada float at 2:20 , a patriotic American Flag flat at 3:29 , an American eagle float at...
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