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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...
Topic: Periscope Film
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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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Topic: Periscope FIlm
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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...
Topic: Periscope Film
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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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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...
Topic: Periscope Film
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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...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock footage
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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....
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock footage
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Made during the time of Hitler's Third Reich, this silent educational film (made to have a script read over it while it played) shows the varying borders of Western Germany during the period 1871- 1935, including after the Treaty of Versailles in 1918.  Doubtless part of the idea and motivation behind this film was to demonstrate to the German people that many "Germanic peoples" were living in other parts of Europe nearby, and that Germany deserved to be a bigger state than it was...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Germany
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Made by the Arthur Barr organization in 1960, Stagecoach Westward tells the story of the stagecoach and shows how it helped open the West to settlers and "civilization."  Arthur Barr started his company in 1937 after working as an audio-visual technician for the Pasadena City Schools.  His company was famous for its well-made, if low-budget, educational films.  This one is no exception, showing in detail how the stage was operated and making students familiar with the terminology...
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Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Film, Stagecoach
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One of a group of films made by General Motors for the purposes of driver's education. the "We Drivers" series dates back to at least the 1940s.  This particular film shows the freeways of Houston, Texas in the late 1960s or early 1970s.  The film uses the relatively new technology of the traffic helicopter to provide a new perspective on highway safety, showing how maneuvers in traffic on the beltways can cause accidents.   This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Film, Traffic
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Made by Ted Eshbaugh, who made six or more cartoons for various studios in the 30s and 40s, CAP'N CUB is a WWII propaganda cartoon that ballyhoos the U.S. Army Air Corps.   The cartoon starts out cute, but soon turns very politically incorrect by post-war standards. Cute little Cap'n Cub reviews a weapons parade, but wants more "planes, planes, planes!". A full production sequence follows, and the completed planes go off to fight the Japanese, and goes from cute to dark very quickly...
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Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, 1943, WWII, Cartoon
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This late 1920s, early 1930s educational movie attempts to provide some insight into the Seminole tribe in Florida's Everglades.  It begins with silent movie footage re-enacting Ponce de Leon arriving in Florida by ship -- and then shows exceptionally early and rare footage of tribe members in their beautiful handmade clothing, foraging in the swamps amid deer, alligators, wildcats and snakes. Green corn farming is seen at the 3:15 mark, and the making of bread at 5:30. Housing and a village...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock footage, Seminoles, Florida
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This U.S. Air Force film dates to the beginnings of the service branch, and shows the various styles of uniforms designed for women airmen, including overcoats, hats, duty shirt, etc.  It also shows uniforms for nurses, women's medical specialists, WACs, flight nurses, and enlisted.   When the U.S. Air Force first became a fully separate branch in 1947 personnel continued to wear uniforms nearly identical to the U.S. Army. The first Air Force-specific blue dress uniform, introduced in 1949,...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Uniform, Fashion, WAC's
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This 1971 vintage U.S. Coast Guard film shows the proper procedures for a Captain of the Port inspection of a waterfront facility.  In the United States, Captain of the Port (COTP) is a title held by a United States Coast Guard officer, usually the commander of a United States Coast Guard sector with the rank of captain (O-6). Captain of the Port duties involve enforcing within their respective areas port safety and security and marine environmental protection regulations, including...
Topics: Periscope film, Stock Footage, U.S. Coast Guard
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Shot by an unknown filmmaker during a trip to Africa in the 1930s, this silent home movie shows the a safari and big game hunt. At :15, white hunters pose with a large group of locals, around a deceased bull elephant. At :44, natives pose with a large piece of elephant meat, and are shown butchering an animal. At 1:10, the tusk is removed by bearers. At 2:10, another bull elephant is seen, with the hunter proudly posing between its gigantic tusks. At 2:38, another view of the carcass, while the...
Topic: Stock Footage Periscope Film Vintage Hunting Africa
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This late 1930s, early 1940s educational movie attempts to provide some insight into the Seminole tribe in Florida's Everglades.  It contains rare footage of tribe members foraging in the swamps amid alligators, wildcats and snakes. Alligators are harvested at the 2:20 mark.  Clothesmaking is seen at the 3:50 mark, using a sewing machine. Hunting is seen at the 5:00 mark. A scarce black bear is seen at the 5:30 mark. The film's droning and jingoistic narration is of course fairly appalling in...
Topics: periscope film, Stock Footage, Everglades, Florida, Seminoles
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An official film made by the War Department, Highballing to Victory is a short US propaganda movie made toward the end of World War II about the importance of material and transportation in the war effort.  The movie includes an emphasis on the story of tires, which proved vital for the war effort.  At the 5:50 mark tire "casualties" are seen with tires damaged or destroyed in accidents, from wear, or combat.  A B-24 crash is seen at 6:40, and other aircraft making ground loops and...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Highballing To Victory, Film
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Dating to the 1930s, this Castle Films newsreel travelogue showcases Bali, Indonesia.  The film includes shots of native customs, including market day, farming, and women -- topless and unashamed -- carrying large burdens on their heads.  Betel nuts are shown being sold, cockfights are shown (3:30 mark), as well as native handicrafts including pottery.  Religious ceremonies are shown at the 5:50 mark, and dancing and play acting at the 7 minute mark. Bali is an island and province of...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock footage, Indonesia, Dutch East Indies
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Made in the 1930s, this silent travelogue shows the city of Peiping, now known as Beijing, China.  The film is rich in imagery, featuring shots of palaces, rickshaws, donkey carts, and the industrious people of pre-WWII China.  To appeal to an American audience, the film contains shots of American sailors from the Asiatic Fleet on holiday in the city.   At the 1:08 mark, a shopping district is shown, with modern trolley cars zipping down city streets and a steam locomotive chugging past...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, China, Beijing, Travelogue, Film
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This 1930s German silent educational film shows miners working in the depths of a large coal mine, and their routine underground pulling coal into a long conveyer belt.  An underground train system is also seen pulling ore cars out of the mine and into a massive elevator for transport to the surface.  Air hammers and other equipment for excavation is also shown.   This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock...
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Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Coal Mining, Mine, Miner, Coal
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This silent film shows set-up and launch of an Argo D-8 Sounding Rocket.  The Argo-D8 (Journeyman) was a NASA developed four stage sounding rocket. It consisted of a Sergeant first stage boosted by two Recruit motors plus two tandem mounted Lance motor topped by an Altair (X-248) fourth stage. The first NASA use occured in 1960. Journeyman could lift 68 kg to 1600 km.  Sounding rockets are rockets that carry instruments into the upper atmosphere to investigate its nature and characteristics,...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Sounding Rocket, NASA, Rocket
This film, narrated in German, shows a brief tour of Germany in the mid 1950’s. It was presented by the Int'l Film Bureau (:09) and narrated by Meno Spann (:22) from the German Department NW University. The US Embassy building (:39), known as the Diechmannsaue Castle opens the film. US President Eisenhower visits the country in August of 1959 (:48) as German’s welcome his arrival (:57). Police on motorcycles escort the American president through town (1:20). The troupe arrives at the Villa...
Topics: 1950s, Germany, 1959, President Eisenhower, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
Created with footage shot by the U.S. Army Signal Corps, CAMPS OF THE DEAD is a graphic newsreel that shows concentration camps as they appeared to the liberating Allied armies in 1945.  Full of horrifying images that vividly show the atrocious, baseless, inhuman and revoltingly vile nature of the Nazi death camps, it is hard to even begin to describe the images herein.  The idea that anyone would even consider denying the existence of the Holocaust, after viewing images such as these, is...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Nazi Concentration, Documentary, The Holocaust
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These silent home movies were shot by an American serviceman during the Korean War.  Scenes include camp life in tents with lots of mud present, calisthenics in underwear (2:30), and more.  Around 5:00, there are shots of Korean civilians on the move with all their belongings, possibly as refugees of the war.  At the 5:20 mark is footage of a USO Camp Show featuring an unknown female performer (some of this footage is flopped).  American tanks are seen at the 6:40 mark, helicopters at the...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Korean War, Home Movies, Film
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This 1960s educational film explains the operation of jet and rocket engines.  It uses simple physics demonstrations and animation to describe the concepts of reaction forces.  The various parts of a jet engine and rocket engine are described including the compressor, fuel injectors, turbine and burning chamber.   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,...
Topics: Film, Stock footage, Periscope Film, Jet Engine, Rocket Engine
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This confidential U.S. Air Force film shows various air strikes in Southeast Asia by F-100s, F-105s, A-1 Skyraiders, and other aircraft.  Napalm, cluster bombs, high drag bombs, and other munitions are used as well as cannon.    At the 3:45 mark, F-100s are brought in to assist U.S. and friendly ground forces who are under heavy enemy assault.  Spotting aircraft can be seen in this footage.  At the 5 minute mark, Operation Scotland assaults are seen as part of the Battle of Khe Sanh.  At...
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Topics: Periscope Film, Stock footage, United States Air Force, Vietnam
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This silent film, released by the Jeep Corporation in the years following WWII, contains footage of the development of the vehicle.  Originally released as "The Autobiography of a Jeep" in the 1940s, this version has unfortunately lost its soundtrack.  The original film is a 1943 propaganda film produced by the US Office of War Information. As its name might suggest, it is the story of parts of World War II told from the perspective of a Jeep. The Jeep tells us he comes from a...
Topics: periscope Film, Stock Film, Jeep, Willy's MB, Footage
Made by the Walt Disney Company for the Office of Inter-American Affairs' Health for the Americas organization in 1944, INSECTS AS CARRIERS OF DISEASE promotes sanitary standards and provides an education in basic disease theory.  The cartoon presents "Charlie" who lives in a house infested with lice, mosquitoes and flies, an eventually pays the ultimate price for tolerating these "visitors", by dying of Typhus.  While this version of the film is in English, versions were...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Walt Disney, Mosquito, Sanitation
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Produced by General Electric in 1941, "Curves of Color" is an early color film that shows the old and new methods of distinguishing up to two million shades of color, including colors impossible to see with the human eye through photo-spectronomy, which at the time was a new science.  The film was featured in the January, 1942 issue of Popular Mechanics magazine.  The film is a delight to the eye and features laboratory use of the spectrophotometer.  J.L. Michaelson of G.E., who...
Topics: Spectrophotometry, Film, Educational Film, Periscope Film, Stock Footage
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This 1978 NASA newsreel shows the activities for that year, including testing of the Space Shuttle prototype at Edwards Air Force Base.  Astronaut John Young is shown training with Robert Crippen at the Johnson Space Center, and additional shuttle mission specialists and pilots are shown. The shuttle Enterprise is shown arriving at the Marshall Space Center and all components of the Space Shuttle Transportation System are put together for the first time.  Shuttle boosters are shown being...
Topics: NASA, Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Voyager 1, Astronomy
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Made in 1945 on behalf of the American Red Cross, SEEING THEM THROUGH is a short film reporting on the activities of the American Red Cross and the useage made of contributed funds for the previous year.   American troops are shown in combat in Europe and in the Pacific during the island hopping campaign, with medical corpsman administering aid in jungle hospitals. This includes astonishing footage of emergency surgery in extremely primitive conditions, and Red Cross supplies including blood...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Film, American Red Cross, War
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This U.S. Navy recruiting film from the 1970s, NUCLEAR NAVY, shows some of the Navy's nuclear powered aircraft carriers including USS Nimitz (CVN-68), the USS South Carolina (CGN-37).    Training is shown at Newport, Rhode Island, and the film contains a great montage that shows some of the enormous course load and academic rigor in the nuclear program.  The Naval Post Graduate School at Monterey is seen at the 6:55 mark.   This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Nuclear Power, Newport, USS Nimitz
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Made by Australia's National Film Board in 1951, "North to the Sun" shows a tourist view of Far North Queensland.  It investigates what underpins the tropical north and discovers it is more than just a holiday destination. It is a place where jungle has given way to the cultivation of sugar cane and tobacco, and where prosperous communities of Australians have proved that the Australian tropics are a pleasant place to live in and that industry is generously rewarded there. Produced...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Australia, Travel Literature, Tobacco, Queensland, Cairns
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This silent film shows an early production Polaris missile, possibly the prototype, being placed onto a transport cradle. The Polaris missile was a two-stage Solid-fuel rocket nuclear-armed submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) built during the Cold War by Lockheed Corporation of California for the United States Navy. It was designed to be used for second strike countervalue (CEP not good enough for first strike counterforce) as part of the Navy's contribution to the United States arsenal...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Stock Footage, Polaris Missile, Lockheed, SLBM
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This historic U.S. Navy promotional film entitled "Anchor's Aweigh", shows the fighting ships of the Navy as they appeared in the 1930s. It seems likely given that Panama is seen in the film, that this movie was shot during Fleet Problem XVII.  Fleet problem was the term used by the United States Navy to describe each of 21 large-scale naval exercises conducted between 1923 and 1940. They are labeled with Roman numerals, from Fleet Problem I through Fleet Problem XXI. A 22nd Fleet...
Topics: periscope Film, Stock footage, Anchors Aweigh, USS Langley, Panama Canal
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Shot in the marine of Washington, D.C., this 1970s vintage Coast Guard film shows the procedures that are supposed to be used by USCG personnel to board pleasure craft. The flashing blue light of the Coast Guard boat, a police whistle, a load hailer, and siren are all demonstrated to "pull over" a suspect boat.  Once the boat owner complies, a safety inspection of the boat is made from stem to stern.  The owner is cited in this instance, for not having a fire extinguisher in an...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Coast Guard, USCG, Small Boats
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This somewhat rough but very interesting 16mm silent home movie dates to the 1930s and was shot by a member of the U.S. Army at Fort Bragg.  The film shows an encampment of soldiers performing various duties including the dreaded K.P. or "Kitchen Patrol" at the 1:30 mark.  Horse drawn wagons, cavalry troops and a monoplane are seen in the film, as well as tanks, trucks and other vehicles.  Clearly this was shot in an era when horses and mechanized forces were still working...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Home Movies, United States Army
Created in the 1950s (and then revised in the 1960s) by the Shell Oil Company, "The Fossil Story" explains the importance of fossils to geologists who are searching for oil, and examines the role of paleontologists in interpreting the nature of the pre-historic world.   This film was one of a series created by Shell to educate the public about geology, oil exploration, and the petroleum industry in general in this period. Fossils (from Classical Latin fossilis; literally,...
Topics: Periscope Film, Fossil, Film, Petroleum Industry, Royal Dutch Shell
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Made prior to World War II by Official Films, this silent newsreel THE MARINES HAVE LANDED shows the Marine Corps' basic training including hand-to-hand combat, rifle drill, classroom courses (including a lecture on battleship layout at the 1:30 mark).  It also includes footage of Marine airmen in training, flying biplanes, and Leatherneck paratroop trainees learning how to prep parachutes and jump out of C-47s.  Some of the footage appears to have been shot at Camp Pendleton and Marine...
Topics: Newsreel, US Marines, USMC, Marine, Periscope Film, Stock Footage
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This 1930s German silent educational film shows the process by which iron ore is refined in a smelter. Iron ore is a mineral substance which, when heated in the presence of a reductant, will yield metallic iron (Fe). It almost always consists of iron oxides, the primary forms of which are magnetite (Fe3O4) and hematite (Fe2O3). Iron ore is the source of primary iron for the world's iron and steel industries. Iron ores are rocks and minerals from which metallic iron can be economically...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Stock Footage, iron, ore, Film
This 1947 "World School of Adventure" film entitled "Rough Road to Panama" takes viewers to Panama through via the Pan-American Highway. The film follows a group of men who, prior to the trip, had little experience in exploration. At the time, the road was not completed and much of it was considered dangerous. This film was presented by Viking Pictures / 20th Century Vikings (:10) and was produced and narrated by Sullivan C. Richardson, a journalist who wrote a book entitled...
Topics: Rough Road, Panama, American Highway, USA, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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Made by Kodak, this silent travelogue of the Philippines shows the nation as it appeared in the 1930s.  Downtown Manila is seen in its pre-war grandeur at the :46 mark, with buzzing trolley cars and auto traffic.  Sugar, coconuts and hemp are seen gathered at the 1:30 mark, and coconut rafts are seen floating to market at the 4 minute mark.  Manila hemp is seen being collected from abaca trees at 7:50.   This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Philippines, Manila, Sugar Cane, Manila Hemp
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Made at the time of the Apollo Program, this film gives an overview of the Command Module (CM), which was mated to the Service Module and known together as the Command and Service Module (CSM).  The CSM was one of two spacecraft, along with the Lunar Module, used for the United States Apollo program which landed astronauts on the Moon. It was built for NASA by North American Aviation. It was launched by itself on three suborbital and low Earth orbit Apollo test missions using the Saturn IB...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, NASA, Command Module, Apollo Program, Spacecraft
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"Pinpoint for Science" celebrates Apollo 12, the second manned mission to the moon, that was launched on November 14th, 1969. This documentary starts with a series of images from Surveyor 3 which landed on the moon on April 19th, 1967 then gives highlights of the Apollo 12 mission as follows: launch footage [including the famous lightning strike to the Saturn V rocket], in-flight footage, control room tracking of rocket, in-orbit shots of moon, moon approaching after LOI [Lunar Orbit...
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Topics: NASA, Film, Stock Footage, Periscope Film, Apollo 12, Apollo Program
This short film shows crop dusting biplanes of the California Insecticide Service Company, or CISCO, at work over the farms of Lancaster, California.  Although the planes are clearly stunting for the camera, it's a fairly realistic portrait of the dangerous work of these pilots.   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...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Crop Dusting, Crop Duster, Barn Storming, Biplane
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This 1950s or 60s travelogue of Holland shows the tulip and flower industry (:40).  The island of Marken is seen at 1:10. A "typical housewife" is seen at the 2 minute mark putting up the laundry to dry. The village of Volendam is seen at the 2:30 mark, as children play jump rope.  Trawlers are seen in port. Vast tulip fields are seen at 3:00, along with the Lakken factory. Gouda is seen at 3:30 with the Cathedral of St. John.  A cheese market is seen at 4:45, and cheese is...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock footage, Tulips, Dutch, Marken Island, Volendam, Netherlands, Amsterdam
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Directed by Leon Schauder for the Gaumont-British Instructional company in 1940, "Shipbuilders" shows the operation of a shipyard and the building and launching of merchant vessels from keel to smokestack.  A shipwright named Charlie Brown is interviewed in the course of the film, and the riveting and shaping of steel for the hull of a merchant vessel is shown.   This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Shipbuilding, Merchant Vessel, Steel, Steel Industry
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Made in the 1940s, this silent Castle Film shows members of the Seminole tribe, as well as South Americans, hunting and wrestling alligators, crocodiles and caymans.  The Burmese crocodile is seen at the 5:40 mark. The film ends with the rescue of a small boy about to snatched by one of these brutes. 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...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Crocodiles, Alligators, Seminole Indians Alligator wrestling
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This color educational film, which also can be viewed as a promotional film for United Airlines, is about the new Douglas DC-8 jetliner and its debut with United Airlines. United's first-ever jet service took place on September 18th, 1959 when the DC-8 performed a transcontinental flight between San Francisco International Airport and New York's Idlewild. Copyright is circa 1959. The aircraft shown in the film, tail number N8016U, flew with United from 1959 to 1966. Opening title: Paul Hoefler...
Topics: 1959, Operation Jetliner DC8, United Airlines, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This 1960 black and white installment of the newsmagazine “See It Now” produced and edited by Edward R. Murrow and Fred W. Friendly (Part 1 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). Title card: “Unclassified.” Opening titles: “See It Now Presents The Year of the Polaris” (0:08). Empty missile hatches...
Topics: Polaris, 1960, Nuclear Submarine, Missile Tests, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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These 1950s silent home movies were shot by a member of the U.S. Navy reserves.  Some of the sequences include a small air show complete with a fire fighting exercise and simulated helicopter rescue, and (at about the 4:30 mark) footage shot on board the USS Antietam, CV-36.  This includes flight deck activities with training aircraft including jets. At the 9 minute mark NAS Pensacola is shown including the matching cars owned by the U.S. Navy's Blue Angels.   USS Antietam (CV/CVA/CVS-36)...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock footage, USS Antietam, Helicopter, United States Navy
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This 1940s silent educational film shows Washington D.C. in that era. Sights include Pennsylvania Avenue, the Capitol Building, Treasury Building, Union Station (1:15), and more.  Arlington Cemetery (4:47) and various monuments are seen, as well as Embassy Row, the White House (2:15), old War Department and Navy Department buildings (2:40), the new Pentagon Building at 3:00, the Supreme Court, and more.  Mount Vernon is seen after a cruise down the Potomac. Ford's Theater is seen at 5:30, the...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Washington, Capitol Building, 1940, Washington DC
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Made in 1966, this short film shows a Communist political figure giving a speech at a factory commune, as well as (at the 3:00 mark) a parade celebrating the National Day of Celebration, the anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China.    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 HD and 2k....
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Communist Party, Peoples republic Of China
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Made in the late 1930s, this travelogue of Panama shows some of the ruins of the early colonization of the nation, as well as the modern Panama Canal -- the "Gateway to the Pacific".  The film contains footage of the construction of the canal and the "mammoth task" that joined two oceans.  There is terrific footage of steam shovels, steam engines and railroad trains, and construction personnel.   The Panama Canal (Spanish: Canal de Panamá) is a 77.1-kilometre (48 mi)...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Panama Canal Zone, Locks, U.S. Navy
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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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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
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Made in 1960, this educational film shows the efforts in this era used to explore the underwater world.  Compressed air SCUBA tanks and gear are seen at the 1:00 mark.   The bathyscaphe Trieste, operated by the Navy's Electronic Laboratory is shown at the 3:30 mark, and its principles of operation shown.  The Scripps Oceanographic Institution's ship Horizon is shown at the 7:00 mark,   and Echo sounders and clam-jawed buckets are shown at work.  The film also shows underwater maps and an...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Trieste, Scripps Institution, Bathyscaphe, Oceanography, Ocean
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Made in the late 1940s to promote their Dempster-Dumpster sanitation system, this silent film was created by the Dempster Brothers. It shows the use of Dempster-Dumpster containers in the city of Baltimore. The film shows the standard problems affiliated with trash collection in the 30s, 40's and 50s, with steel garbage cans used to remove refuse by hand. The word "dumpster", first used commercially in 1936, came from the Dempster-Dumpster system of mechanically loading the contents...
Topics: Dempster Dumpster, Dumpster Waste Management, promo Film, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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Created by the famed producer David Wolper and narrated by Mike Wallace, this episode of the long-running TV show ‘Biography’ dates to 1963 and profiles Emperor Hirohito.  Hirohito was the 124th emperor of Japan, and presided over the country from 1926 to 1989; a period encompassing much of the country’s history including WW2. Some of the events included are the invasion of China, the bombing of Pearl Harbor, and the Japanese surrender to the Allies. It opens with a span of Japanese...
Topics: Emperor, Hirohito, 1963, Biography, Documentary, Japan, WWII, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This documentary film shows a brief glimpse into the highly influential life of Winston Churchill. It focuses on his burial ceremony and the impact it held over England. It opens with a note from the British Board of Film Censors (:08) certifying that it had been passed for general exhibition. Streets in Britain are seen lined with posters of newspaper headlines featuring Winston Churchill (:20) after his passing in January of 1965. Blenheim Palace in Oxford shire, England stands as a massive...
Topics: 1965, British Documentary, Homage, Winston Churchill, England, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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Produced in 1945, "Hannibal Victory" documents the activities of the World War II Victory Ship S.S. Hannibal Victory, named after Mark Twain’s Mississippi River hometown of Hannibal, Missouri. Departing from San Francisco, the ship carries a cargo of eight steam locomotive engines and cars across the Pacific to the Philippines. The crew’s daily routines are portrayed along with occasional threats by Japanese vessels.  During World War II, 534 "Victory ships" were...
Topics: World War II, Periscope Film, Victory Ship, World War, Hannibal, 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
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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
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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
Made by the Crown Film Unit in 1949, "The People at Number 19" is a melodramatic STD scare movie reporting on the evils of syphilis.  The film was sponsored after reported cases of sexually transmitted disease spike during and after World War II, but as this film testifies, sexual license amongst soldiers on the frontline wasn't the sole cause. Back on the home front, for many women, like Joan from No. 19, loneliness or newfound independence acted as an incentive to extramarital...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, United Kingdom, STD, Crown Film Film Unit
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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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 F-16 rollout in the mid-1970s, THE HOT PERFORMER shows the prototype F-16s being put through their paces at Edwards Air Force Base.  The film was targeted at the Pentagon but also foreign governments who might acquire the aircraft.  Some of the characteristics shown in the film include the plane's "fly by wire" capability, its unique bubble canopy, and its ability to accelerate faster than any other aircraft on the market.   The General Dynamics (now Lockheed Martin)...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, General Dynamics, War, U.S. Air Force, Fighter Aircraft
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Dating to 1949, this U.S. Army film "Camouflage Principles" provides an overview about how to effectively conceal equipment and field positions from enemy observation including by air. Main title (:11-:18). Shots of an analyst reviewing new aerial photos of an enemy encampment, and circling a likely target (:30). Aircraft makes a bomb attack on the position, but misses the soldiers and Bofors type anti-aircraft gun concealed by foliage. The troops camouflage a Sherman tank. They then...
Topics: US Army Training Film, Camouflage Principles, Aerial Observation, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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Created in 1954 by the Shell Oil Company, "Proud Ships" was directed by Philip Armitage.  Across and around the world from oilfields to refineries and from refineries to consumers, oil tankers carry crude oil and its refined products. Proud Ships is the story of the tankers and the men who sail in them. It shows the full scale of their world-wide operations, the scope and magnitude of the tanker business and the orderly control of movements and cargoes. The film is also the story of...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Oil Tanker, Petroleum, Petroleum Industry, Ship, Tank Ship
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This silent WWII newsreel, created for the home market in Germany, shows German aircraft and submarines attacking an Allied convoy in the North Sea.   Attacks such as these on the convoy line to Murmansk were extremely costly for the Allies.   The Arctic convoys of World War II were oceangoing convoys which sailed from the United Kingdom, Iceland, and North America to northern ports in the Soviet Union - primarily Arkhangelsk (Archangel) and Murmansk, both in modern-day Russia. Although there...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, U-Boat, War, Murmansk, Newsreel, Arctic Convoy, WW2
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Made in 1942 by the British Ministry of Information, BIRTH OF A TANK shows the assembly of a Valentine Tank as part of the war effort.  The Tank, Infantry, Mk III, Valentine was an infantry tank produced in the United Kingdom during the Second World War. More than 8,000 of the type were produced in eleven marks, plus various specialised variants, accounting for approximately a quarter of wartime British tank production. The many variants included riveted and welded construction, petrol and...
Topics: Stock Footage, Periscope Film, Tank, Propaganda, Valentine Tank, World War II, Film
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 This film is from British Transport Films which was set up in 1949 and made documentary films on British transport. This particular film is one of their travelogues which was meant to celebrate the quiet unchanging image of rural Britain. The narrator of this film is Stephen Murray (:28) and it opens with a map pointing to the heart of England where the narrator was born (:47). A span of the countryside catches a tractor at work on a farm (1:08) as winter was ending and leading into spring....
Topics: Heart, England, 1954, British Transport, Travelogue, Cotswalds, Stratford, Stock Footage, Periscope...
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This film takes a look at the marine journey to Prudhoe Bay from Seattle and Tacoma Washington in order to develop an Alaskan oil reserve which was to be under contract of Atlantic Richfield Company or ARCO. The Alaskan northern slope remains icy for most of the year and receives little rainfall (:13). Summers are brief and caribou are seen returning to their traditional calving grounds (:25). In 1968, ARCO's operating area in Prudhoe Bay is pictured (:49) and this was part of a large-scale...
Topics: 1975, Transportation, US Coast Guard, Journey To Pruhoe, 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...
Topics: 1960s, Home Movie, Christmas, Cardboard, Rocket Playhouse, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This historic newsreel shows some interesting events in the 1940s including the attack on the French fleet by the British at Oran and the collapse of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge. The 1940 Tacoma Narrows Bridge, the first Tacoma Narrows Bridge, was a suspension bridge in the U.S. state of Washington that spanned the Tacoma Narrows strait of Puget Sound between Tacoma and the Kitsap Peninsula. It opened to traffic on July 1, 1940, and dramatically collapsed into Puget Sound on November 7 of the...
Topics: 1940s, Newsreel, Tacoma Bridge, French Fleet, Oran, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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Made by Wilding, this black & white training film teaches selling techniques for the new economical automobiles (in this case the Plymouth Valiant) and was shown to car salesmen. It was made in 1959 and focuses on the 1960 economy models. Opening titles: THE INSIDE STORY (:07-:25). A salesman, our host, talks to the viewer. He lifts a card, then speaks (:26-1:56) about how to qualify a prospect and make a sale. A prospective customer looks at a car and the salesman, our host, comes over and...
Topics: 1960, Chrysler, Plymouth, Automobile, Salesman, Training Film, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
This historic Castle Film newsreel shows the start of WWII with the German invasion of Austria and the surrender of the Austrian government.  The film also shows the Nazi aggression against Czechoslovakia, and Neville Chamberlain's efforts to appease Hitler and keep the peace in Europe.  At the 8 minute mark, American Secretary of State Cordell Hull is seen making comments about the situation in Europe might affect the United States of America which was neutral at the time. The Anschluss was...
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Topics: Periscope Film, Stock footage, Austria, Adolf Hitler, Anschuluss, Corder Hull, Czechoslovkia
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The Arm Behind the Army is a sensational propaganda film produced by the US Army Signal Corps in 1942 to encourage the home front to participate in war production -- the "Arm Behind the Army".  The film uses stock footage of both Japan and Germany, along with driving score and  urgent narration, to promote "outproducing the Axis".  This type of appeal was especially important in this era, as there was worry that labor unrest and strikes could torpedo the war effort. The...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, The Army Behind The Army, Signal Corps
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This historic NASA film documents the handling and care of moon rocks returned to Earth from the Sea of Tranquility by the astronauts of Apollo 11.  The Lunar Receiving Laboratory (shown at the 1:30 mark) was the facility where samples were examined, described, photographed, weighed, and prepared for study.  Interestingly, Earth plants and insects were exposed to the lunar materials to determine if there were any pathogens on the samples.   Apollo 11 carried the first geologic samples from...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Moon, Moon Rock Apollo Program, mare Tranquillitatis
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This WWII War Bond film, titled simply "EVERY WAR BOND KILLS A JAP!", was made to encourage the purchase of bonds and stamps in support of the war effort.  The film contains startling images of Japanese war atrocities, including images of Chinese babies being thrown onto bayonets, the burying of human beings alive, the Nanking massacre, and wanton killing of civilians.  Justice for the soldiers of Japan is needed, and the film makes clear that the only way that these crimes will be...
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Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Massacre, War Crime, China, World War II
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Made by Australia's National Film Board in 1951, "North to the Sun" shows a tourist view of Far North Queensland.  It investigates what underpins the tropical north and discovers it is more than just a holiday destination. It is a place where jungle has given way to the cultivation of sugar cane and tobacco, and where prosperous communities of Australians have proved that the Australian tropics are a pleasant place to live in and that industry is generously rewarded there. Produced...
Topics: Periscope film, Stock Footage, Film, Tobacco, Cairns, Travel Literature, Australia
This black and white 1930s film (part 4 of a series made by architect Walter Harrington Kilham Jr.) depicts the construction of Rockefeller Center and Radio City Music Hall in Midtown Manhattan, New York (TRT 17:22). Title card: “The Building of Rockefeller Center” (0:08). “Todd, Robertson & Todd, Engineering Corporation - Todd & Brown - Managers” and “Reinhard & Hofmeister - Corbett, Harrison & MacMurray - Hodd & Fouilhoux - Architects” (0:17). In a staged shot,...
Topics: 1930s, Radio City, Rockefeller Center, Construction, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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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
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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
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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
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Produced by the Perfect Circle Corporation as a publicity project in 1954, THE HOTTEST 500 shows the 1953 Indy 500 won by Bill Vukovich in 120-plus degree heat.   The 1953 race was infamous as one of the most memorable on record, with more relief drivers used than in any other year.  Tragically, driver Carl Scarborough actually died of heat prostration. Bill Vukovich, who led in 1952 but ended up losing due to a mechanical failure with his car, led almost the entire race and ended up taking...
Topics: Stock Footage, Periscope Film, Indianapolis 500, 1953 Indianapolis, Indianapolis, Auto Racing
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This historic WWII Marine Corps. newsreel shows the activities of the USMC in the early stages of American involvement in the war.  The newsreel starts with a segment showing Marines in Iceland keeping an eye out for German aircraft.  The Marines are also shown parading for relief funds in New York City.  The retirement ceremony is shown for Quartermaster Sgt. Frank W. Wright.  The film ends with President Franklin Roosevelt speaking in front of a joint session of Congress, paying tribute...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, World War II, US marines, War, Iceland
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Dating to 1946, THE HISTORY OF THE DISCOVERY OF OXYGEN is a beautifully constructed film made by Britain's Realist Film Unit and directed by Ronald Gardner with Dorothy Grayson serving as educational advisor.  The film presents the theory of alchemy and shows the work of alchemists, followed by the Phlogiston Theory.  The phlogiston theory is an obsolete scientific theory that postulated a fire-like element called phlogiston is contained within combustible bodies and released during...
Topics: Periscope film, Stock Footage, Oxygen, Film, Joseph Priestley, Combustion, Antoine Lavoisier
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Made by an obscure company called Trading Corporation in 1936 and directed by John C. Elder, POLAND presents images of that nation prior to WWII and the Nazi occupation.  Elder, born in 1902, was a prolific British director who worked in the 1960s.  The film  presents terrific images including a cable railway at the 1:30 mark, a sheep farm and peasant life at 3:00,  the Vistula River and the bridges over it leading to Warsaw.  The capitol is seen at the 5 minute mark,  including rare...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Poland, Vistula, Warsaw Ghetto, Polska, Gdynia, 1936
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Made by the National Foundation of Infantile Paralysis, this film shows the war against Poliomyetis, and the introduction of the vaccine developed by Dr. Jonas Salk.  At this point the vaccine had not yet proven its effectiveness, and tests were ongoing.  At the 1:39 mark, Immunoglobulin injections are shown, a stop-gap measure in fighting the disease.  At 1:59, iron lungs are seen being used to treat respiratory patients, and later both rocking bed and chest ventilators are shown.  At the...
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Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Jonas Salk, Poliomyelitis, Poliovirus, Disability, Rocking Bed
Made by filmmaker, sporting goods store and truck company owner Pat Salvino, this film POLAR ADVENTURE shows a big game hunt of a different sort -- a hunt for a polar bear. It likely dates to about 1964. The film follows Salvino from Seattle to Alaska, where he shoots a bear and has its pelt as a trophy. At 3:46 Salvino flies north to Kotzebue, Alaska by the Arctic Ocean. At 4:52 the Alaskan Airlines DC-6 carrying Salvino arrives at the airport. It is February and the temperature is well below...
Topics: Polar Adventure, Polar Bear, Alaska, Taxidermy, Pat Salvino, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This black and white vocational training film (with opening titles missing) aims to prepare beginner welders for safe and efficient handling of oxyacetylene torches with an educational tour of oxy-fuel welding techniques (TRT: 18:06). A man dons goggles and tests an ignited oxyacetylene torch. Narration: “Engineers are placing more and more confidence in this method of joining metals together” (0:06). A torch welder repairs a piece of damaged metal. A blowtorch and filler rod in closeup. A...
Topics: Oxyacetylene, 1950s, Educational Short Film, Welding, Training Film, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
The 1947 episode “The State of Maine,” part of the Carl Dudley Productions motion pictures series This Land Of Ours, gives viewers a taste of the largest state in the Northeast. The film opens with shots of forests (00:55), fitting for a state known as the “Pine Tree State.” Maine is also home to lakes, historic forts, and scenic lighthouses. August (01:26) is the capital and is shaped by the Kennebec River. Lewiston and Auburn are the heart of the state’s industry (01:47), producing...
Topics: 1947, State, Maine, Educational Dilm, Lewiston, Auburn, Portland, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This wonderful 1950s Chevrolet automobile promotional film features a wonderful yet ridiculous premise — a husband who happens to be an automobile engineer explaining to his wife all the innovations in post-WWII automobiles. Just like Macgyver, this guy is able to build models out of seemingly ordinary items that can be found at a picnic!  Some of the things shown are independent front suspension, center point steering, shock absorption,  and more. This film is part of the Periscope Film...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Chevrolet, Shock Absorber, 1950's, General Motors
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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
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Hastily created immediately after Pearl Harbor, DEMOCRACY IN ACTION was released by the Department of Agriculture to encourage greater productivity in the nation's farm belt.  The movie describes how the last two years have set productivity records for United States agriculture, but that more work is needed given the desperate demands of the looming conflict.  From cotton (4:25) used to make uniforms and bandages, to meat and grain used to feed troops or the tobacco the troops smoke, the film...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Agriculture, Cattle, Tabacco, Dairy Industry, World War II
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Made in the wake of the Prague Spring, WE BORDER TROOPS is a Soviet film directed at the members of the Soviet Army who are tasked with defending the nation's borders — and presumably stopping those who would like to flee the great socialist nation.  This film presents a kinder, gentler look at Soviet border guards, who stop to speak to mothers and grandmothers.  The Soviet Coast Guard is seen at the 3 minute mark, conducting a full scramble and deploying radios and attack dogs.  At the 5...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Soviet Union, Russian Armed Force, Film, Propaganda Film
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“Peto Plucks Some Chickens” is a 1958 black-and-white episode of the docudrama “The Silent Service” —  a show that was typically about the U.S. Navy's submarine fleet.  "Silent Service" episodes were based on fact and the realism was heightened by actual use of combat footage from the files of the Navy. The stories were varied between the South Pacific during World War II and the Korean War. The series was the brainchild of Rear Admiral Thomas M. Dykers, who retired from...
Topics: Silent Service TV Show, Lifeguard Patrol, US Navy, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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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