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One of the U.S. Army Air Force aircraft identification films made during WWII, this short movie describes the German Messerschmitt Bf 110. The film was shown to fighter pilots, bomber gun crews, anti-aircraft gun crews, and civil defense personnel during the war.  Often animated, these films were sometimes produced by Walt Disney Studios, Warner Brothers, or other cartoon studios as part of the war effort. The Messerschmitt Bf 110, often (erroneously) called Me 110, was a twin-engine heavy...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, BF 110, Aircraft, World War II, Aircraft Identification
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
One of a series of educational films directed and shot by Victor Jurgens and released under the name "This World of Ours" , this film "Sheep Ranch Country" focuses on the people of Southeastern Australia. Copyright 1949. Opening titles: Educational Film Library - Sheep Ranch Country (:06-:50). Country of Australia. It's sparsely populated. Broad rolling plains. Sheep on the great plains. Clouds in the sky. Pastures for dairy cattle. Creamery, a mechanical churn (:51-2:41)....
Topics: Sheep, Ranch Country, 1949, Southeastern Austrailia, Educational Film. Wool Production, Stock...
One of the episodes of the pioneering TV show "The Greatest Drama", this black & white episode entitled "The Black Beret" is a portrait of British Field Marshall Bernard Montgomery. This is circa 1954. Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery, (1887 – 1976), better known by his nickname "Monty" and "The Spartan General", served in the First World War, the Irish War of Independence and the Second World War. Opening: ticker tape parade in New York City....
Topics: The Black Beret, Biography, Field Marshall, George Montgomery, WWII, British General, Stock...
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This rare full color travelogue from the 1940s shows Hawaii as it looked in the era before air travel made the island a highly accessible tourist destination.  The film was photographed by Walter "Butch" Resce, who served as a combat cameraman during WWII and founded Rainbow Pictures after the war.  The film shows Waikiki Beach, surfing, Diamond Head, the Royal Hawaiian Hotel, and many other scenes of classic Hawaii.  Floral leis are seen at the 4:30 mark, with service personnel...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Hawaii, Lei Day, The Royal Hawaiin, King Kamehameha
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Prepared by the British and then released by the U.S. Army Air Force's Aeronautical Lab at Wright Field, this film shows two German weapons developments: a nitric acid rocket motor, a German armor piercing bomb and a spherical bouncing bomb with rocket assist motor.    This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage collections in the USA. Entirely film backed, this material is available for licensing in 24p...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, United States, Army Air Force, Air Force, Nazi's, World War II
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This extraordinary silent 16mm home movie was shot by Dr. Harold L. Thompson, and shows the eruption of the Paricutin volcano. It likely dates towards the end of the volcanic eruption in the early 1950s. Thompson was a Los Angeles surgeon who liked to shoot home movies and present them. Around this same time he made an amateur film entitled "Invitation to Hawaii" which was widely seen around the USA. He was also president of the Los Angeles Physicians' Art Society. Parícutin (or...
Topics: Eruption, 1950s, Paricutin, Volcano, Mochoacan, Mexico, Home Movie, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
This silent film was released by Castle Films in 1940 for the home market. It shows the outbreak of "War in Europe" with the German invasion of Poland, which triggered a declaration of war by France and Great Britain.  The film begins with Hitler demanding the city-state of Danzig (:12).  Oppressed minorities flee Germany as refugees (:30).  Polish Army mobilizes (:48).  Poland closes German border (1:00).  Great Britain and France pledge to assist Poland and summon reserves...
Topics: War, Europe, 1939, Castle FIlm, WWII, Germany, Invasion, Poland, France, Stock Footage, Periscope...
This black & white educational film "Mexicana" is about the country of Mexico. Copyright is circa the late 1930s or early 1940s. It was made by the Calvin Co. of Kansas City. Opening titles: Little Features presents Mexicana (:07-:18). Mexico City. National Palace. Palace of Fine Arts. Residential districts. Cars go down a boulevard. Chapultepec Castle with a bronze grasshopper statue in the courtyard. People walk around the castle grounds. A man wears a sombrero. Cathedral...
Topics: Mexicana, 1940s, Travelogue, Nation Of Mexico, Mexico City, Pyramids, Bull Fight, Stock Footage,...
Made by the late John Hutter in the late1940s or early 1950s, this travelogue film shows views of St. Augustine, Florida. The filmmaker, who was a Chicago-based accountant, traveled all over the world and filmed many of his adventures. The title card at the beginning "Chateau Hutter Films Presents", refers to a European-style resort that Hutter built in Door County, Wisconsin. Apparently Hutter hoped to show this film and others to visitors there, but the resort never hit its stride...
Topics: St. Augustine, Florida, 1950s, Travel Film, John Hutter, Travelogue, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
THE RIVER is a 1938 short documentary film which shows the importance of the Mississippi River to the United States, and how farming and timber practices had caused topsoil to be swept down the river and into the Gulf of Mexico, leading to catastrophic floods and impoverishing farmers. It ends by briefly describing how the Tennessee Valley Authority project was beginning to reverse these problems. It was written and directed by Pare Lorentz and, like Lorentz's earlier documentary The Plow That...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Great Depression, The Plow That Broke The Plains, Virgil Thompson,...
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This short training film (TF-6746) covers the use of Terrain Following Radar (TFR) on a General Dynamics F-111 Aardvark. The film opens with a pilot flying an F-111 near some hills at a low elevation. The plane clears a hill, maintaining a relatively constant altitude over the earth. This is done using Terrain-Following Radar (TFR). The film shows the instrument panel of the TFR system (02:28). A shot from the cockpit shows an automated guiding image that helps the pilot with flight navigation....
Topics: General Dynamics, F-111 Weapon System, Terrain Following Radar, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
"Flight" was a short-lived TV series that debuted in 1958 and only lasted one year. Hosted by Gen. George C. Kenney, the program focused on dramatic tellings of stories from the chronicles of the U.S. Air Force. Production company California National also produced "The Silent Service" which profiled the Navy's submariners, and "Navy Log". This particular episode tells the story of Col. Robert Evans, who in 1947 was involved in a special Cold War mission to prove...
Topics: Flight TV Show, 1958, B-29, All Weather Flight, Show Force, Strategic Air Command, Stock Footage,...
Dating to the post-Vietnam era of the mid-to-late 1970s, "The Green Scene" was a periodically issued U.S. Army film series, that promoted various aspects of Army life. In this episode (number 8), the focus is on the Army's travel agency / vacation and recreation services, the importance of having a school diploma, the history and legacy of the U.S. Army's infantry, and a look at the U.S. Army's role in disaster assistance featuring images of the 1972 Nicaragua Earthquake. This is...
Topics: 1970s, US Army, News Magazine, Army Travel Agecny, Disaster Relief, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
This black & white educational film is about some of the tourist attractions and big cities to see in South America, primarily focusing on Argentina and Brazil but also including images in Peru. This is copyright 1941, and features footage that was shot in the 1930s. Opening: South American Vista (:06-:09). The Andes Mountains loom.  Flowing waters below the equator in South America. Horses walk by. A man sits atop a horse. The iconic Gaucho, or cowboy. Argentina beef. Peru, people in the...
Topics: South American Vista, 1941, South American Travelogue, Peru, Brazil, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
Produced by the U.S. Navy during WWII, this black & white training film explains the construction and operation of diesel engines, primarily through a series of animated diagrams. The film examines a generic type of diesel engine (probably one built by Fairbanks Morse for use on submairines), noting that while there are differences in design, they all share the same fundamentals in terms of construction and operation. Copyright 1942, and made by Audio Productions.  Note: A related film can...
Topics: Diesel Engines, 1942, US Navy Submarine, School Training Film, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
Released in 1946, this film is a promotional for Chase and Sanborn Coffee which is an American coffee brand established in 1862 in Boston Massachusetts. It shows the process they undertake for choosing coffee beans as well as acquiring the right flavor from the beans. It is presented by the Fleischmann Division (:11), narrated by Hugh James and was produced by B. K. Blake Inc (:27). The film opens by pointing to the more than 50 countries in the tropical zone which grow coffee beans (:37)....
Topics: Tropical Treasure, 1946 Chase, Sanborn Coffee, Roasting, Promo Film, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
One of a series of "Industry on Parade" films made by the National Association of Manufacturers, this film is about precise parts, how Lenox China plates are made, and how Renwal toy tow trucks are produced. This is circa the mid 1950s. Opening: Industry on Parade: The Age of Precision (:06-:34). A jumbo jet takes off. A car drives. A washing machine. Machine parts. A packaging machine, printing presses, surgeons needle. A shilling. .040 thickness of worn shilling is explained and...
Topics: Imdustry On Parade, Lenox China, Renwal Toys, Lever Bros, Soap Manufacture, Stock Footage,...
This is a silent film created by Excel as part of its “News of the World” series, which was created for the home market and sold through magazines. "News of the World" reported various news events from World War II. There were various editions, this one is from 1943. The film opens with a title card: Italian newsreel pictures show demonstrations against fascism at the beginning of the Badoglio government and the downfall of Mussolini. The film opens with unruly crowds in a Piazza...
Topics: 1943, Excel, Newsreel, Macarthur, Victory, Lae, Mussolini, Overthrown, WWII, Stock Footage,...
This 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 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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This black & white educational film is about hand to hand combat techniques. This is entirely in French. This is circa the 1930s.Opening titles: L'Ecole De Gendarmerie presents Le Combat Corps & Corps (:34-1:27). Two men walk along in a wooded area. A French military man walks over to them and checks their papers. The two men suddenly jump the military man. He reacts and subdues them. Combat fighting technique is shown in slow motion as a training exercise. One man tosses the other over...
Topics: Hand To Hand Combat, Combat, Combat Corps, 1930s, French, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
This 1949 TV show "Paradise Island" is one of 26, 15-minute episodes produced by Jerry Fairbanks, Inc. It stars Danny O'Neil and Anne Sterling and features Everett Hoagland and his orchestra. "Paradise Island" was the first musical series produced for television, and to save money it used a lot of original songs. Over the course of its run, 90 songs and 26 musical productions were performed. The 15-minute format, which press materials indicated was the equivalent of...
Topics: Paradise Island, 1949, Musical, TV Show, Danny O Neil, Anne Sterling Everett Hoagland, Stock...
This silent film shows U.S. Navy personnel as part of the Navy Marine Mammal Program working with a pilot whale to recover a practice torpedo. The origins of the NMMP program date back to 1960, when a Pacific White-sided Dolphin was acquired for hydrodynamic studies seeking to improve torpedo performance. The aim was to determine whether dolphins had a sophisticated drag-reduction system, but the technology of the day failed to demonstrate that dolphins have any unusual capabilities in this...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, United States Navy, United States Navy Marines, Pilot Whale, Whale,...
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
PACIFIC 231 is a wonderful short film directed by Jean Mitry, that dates to 1949.  Its soundtrack uses Arthur Honegger's orchestral work of the same name for a tribute to the steam locomotive, and includes incredible close-up footage of driving wheels, running gear and railroad operations, mostly taken at speed, and cut to the music. The film was awarded the Short Film Palme d'Or at the 1949 Cannes Film Festival. Plot: An engine moves from the roundhouse to a track where it couples with...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Steam Engine, Train, Railroad, Rail Transport, 1949, Palme D'Or,...
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Made in 1946, THE MODERN CHIPPEWA INDIAN shows reservation life in Minnesota in the post-WWII period. Produced by Frederick Jones and Rand Kellogg, the film contains some gratuitous narration that some may consider demeaning. However it does paint a picture of an industrious tribe who have flourished as farmers, fishermen, and artists.  The film shows the Redlake Hospital (2:30), an unidentified Chippewa artist who served in the U.S. Navy during WWII (3:00).  Fishing activities are seen at...
Topics: Periscope Film, Sitock Footage, Redlake Hospital, Chippewa, Indians, Ojibwe, Minnesota, Fishing,...
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
This issue of the British "Act and Fact" newsreel series focuses on the Allied drive towards Paris in 1944.  The Liberation of Paris (also known as the Battle for Paris) was a military conflict that took place during World War II from 19 August 1944 until the German garrison surrendered the French capital on 25 August 1944. Paris had been ruled by Nazi Germany since the signing of the Second Compiègne Armistice on 22 June 1940, after which the Wehrmacht occupied northern and western...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Liberation Of Paris, World War II, Charles De Gaulle, Winston...
Made by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in the 1920s, "Wheels of Progress" is a silent educational film that contains fascinating footage of horses, buggies, bicycles and early automobiles.  The film notes that even "25 years ago" a 25-mile trip was very, very far.  Now thanks to the automobile, distances are shorter.  However as the film shows at the 2:09 mark, early automobiles were far from reliable.  The film shows an early traffic jam at the 3:00 mark, and...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Model T, Flivver, Early Automobiles, Horse and Buggy, Model A Ford,...
This issue of the Army-Navy Screen Magazine of the Screen features the 1944 edition of the Army-Navy Football game, the original "Game of the Century" that saw Army ranked #1 in the nation, and Navy ranked #2.  As it turned out, Army was on its way to win a National Championship.  Held in Baltimore, the game was attended by many of WWII's great leaders including (at 2 minute mark) General George C. Marshall, General Ben Lear, General Hap Arnold, Admiral King, Admiral Leahy.  The...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Army navy Game, 1944, Army Football, Midshipmen, Navy Football, Hap...
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The Ducktators is a Looney Tunes black and white cartoon that was produced by Leon Schlesinger Productions and was released in 1942 by Warner Bros.. It was directed by Norman McCabe. The cartoon takes place on a farm, beginning with a few ducks, geese and chickens being shown. After a brief few moments, two ducks (who are expecting a duckling) go over to their unusually black-colored egg as it starts to hatch. Once the egg has hatched, a duckling with an Adolf Hitler appearance emerges and...
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Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, World War II, The Ducktators, Warner Bros. Entertainment, Animation,...
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, World War II, Red Ball Express, Highballing To Victory,...
INTRODUCTION TO A CHAMPION showcases Delta Airlines' new aircraft, the Convair 880.  Although the aircraft was successful for Delta, it proved a commercial failure and only 65 were built between 1959 and 1962. The Convair 880 was a narrow-body jet airliner produced by the Convair division of General Dynamics. It was designed to compete with the Boeing 707 and Douglas DC-8 by being smaller and faster, a niche that failed to create demand. When it was first introduced some aviation circles...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Convair 880, Delta Air Lines, Jet Aircraft, General Dynamics, Speed...
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Made by Eugene Castle's Castle Films back in the early 1950s, AMERICA'S CAPITAL presents scenic views of Washington, D.C. including shots of the White House, Supreme Court Building, Capitol Building, National Mall, Library of Congress,  National Archives, Mt. Vernon, Jefferson Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, Ford's Theater, Arlington National Cemetery and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Pentagon, Embassy Row, National Cathedral, a synagogue and mosque, the National Zoo, a...
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Featuring actor Art Gilmore -- who narrated the 1950s TV show "Highway Patrol", this scare / sales film by General Tire presents the various features of the brand's advanced Nygen cord nylon tubeless tires -- including a pressure lock and water squeegee tread that was revolutionary in its time.  The film is notable for showing a variety of sensational car accidents including a car driving off of a cliff (6:40 mark) that might have come from the stock footage library of "Highway...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Tire, Nylon Jerry Fairbanks, Art Gilmore, Automobile, Crash, Drivers...
This film 1959 VICTORY CIRCLES was presented by the Perfect Circle Company, and showcases the Indianapolis 500.  This was the 43rd International 500-Mile Sweepstakes held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Saturday, May 30, 1959. The event was part of the 1959 USAC National Championship Trail, and was included in the 1959 World Drivers Championship.  The race was won by Rodger Ward with Jim Rathmann in second place.  Rodger M. Ward (January 10, 1921 – July 5, 2004) was an American...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Indianapolis 500, Daytona 500, Auto Racing, Speedway, 1959, Nascar,...
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A brilliant cartoon, Spies is part of the Private Snafu series of animated shorts produced by Warner Bros. during World War II. Released in 1943, the cartoon was directed by Chuck Jones and features the vocal talents of Mel Blanc. Plot: Private Snafu has learned a secret, but the enemy is listening and he'd better zipper his lip. However, Snafu - little by little - lets his secret slip (by telling the audience, calling his mom, and drunkenly relaying it to a bar girl who works as a Nazi spy):...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Spies, Warner Bros. Cartoons, World War II, Animation, Mel Blanc
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
This WWII film shows a demonstration of airborne aviation engineers presented in 1943 at Westover, Massachusetts.  The airborne aviation engineers -- in this case the 879th Airborne Engineer Aviation Battalion -- were created to meet the need for an air transportable unit capable of rapid repair or construction of airfields.  Their equipment was limited in size by the load capacities and door dimensions of the C-47 plane (5000 pounds, 841/2 inches wide) or WACO CG-4A glider (3750 pounds, 70...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Westover Air Reserve Base, War, Army, World War II, Waco Aircraft...
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Made in 1925 and then re-released in the 1930s for the home market, THE IRON MULE is a 1925 Fatty Arbuckle directed comedy, starring Al St. John.  (This version, with added soundtrack, was re-titled "The 20 Cent Limited".)  The story takes place In 1830, with a train known as the Iron Mule starting off on its trip. Along the way, the train faces numerous farcical obstacles and ridiculous delays. The engineer is prepared for most of them, but the real challenges come when the train...
Topics: Periscope Film,, Stock Footage, Roscoe Arbuckle, The Iron Mule, Silent Film, Film, Buster Keaton,...
IN CORSAIR TRADITION celebrates the A-7 Corsair, and shows the A-7A model through the A-7E.  It also contains footage of the WWII Corsair, one of the Navy's great fighter aircraft.  The A-7E, with its sophisticated computer systems, map display, and navigation system including terrain following systems made it a ground breaking penetration aircraft.  The film contains footage from the Vietnam War at the 7 minute mark. The Ling-Temco-Vought A-7 Corsair II was a carrier-capable subsonic light...
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Made in 1960 by Arthur Barr, this film presents one of the earliest looks at the tremendous problem of Urban Sprawl. growth in single-family homes begin built outside cities. The growth of suburban regions is (according to the narrator) one of the biggest challenges facing the United States of the 1960s. The desertion of the metropolises' downtowns, and the explosion of suburban populations, was indeed a threat to the health of American cities. Highways, such as Los Angeles' 101 Freeway seen at...
Topics: 1860, Urban Sprawl, Suburbia, Post WWII, Housing Boom Vintage, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
This 1960s film about the Strategic Air Command features B-52 bomber aircraft serving in a nuclear deterrent role.  The film also shows operations inside a missile trainer, similar to the type of underground facility in an operational silo, command and control facilities, and the interior of an actual Minuteman missile silo.  Offutt Air Force Base is featured, the headquarters (as the narrator explains) "for the strongest and most capable force ever conceived." The film shows full...
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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
Made in 1957, TOWERS OF TRUTH shows how the money collected from the first Crusade for Freedom in 1950 led to the establishment of Radio Free Europe the following year. Scenes recreated by Hollywood actors portray a Cold War version of communist tyranny, the Berlin Wall and Soviet military parades, and show activities such as signal jamming as well as broadcasting. The Crusade for Freedom was an American propaganda campaign operating from 1950–1960. Its public goal was to raise funds for...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Radio Free Europe, Walter Cronkite, Cold War, Signal Jamming Radio,...
WARNING: this film contains disturbing imagery of animal testing. Discretion is advised. This film is not intended to be shown to minors. Made in 1962, this U.S. Air Force film shows experimental activities at the Hospital Lackland AFSC, part of the Aerospace Medical Division. At the time, a series of pioneering research activities were being conducted in the surgical-anethesiological laboratory, to determine how organs and other body parts could be transplanted. The problem of course is that...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Medical Film, Dog, Transplant, USAF, Research, Testing
This educational film by Boeing Aircraft, "Wings of Glass", shows how the company uses innovative techniques to use glass, fiberglass and other glass and plastic composite materials to produce lighter, stronger aircraft components.  The Boeing 727 and 747 aircraft are shown, as well as the assembly lines in which highly skilled workers painstakingly create many of the aircraft components by hand and using precision machinery.   The honeycomb structure of many internal components is...
Topics: Boeing 727, Boeing 747, Boeing, Aircraft, Fiberglass, Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Construction,...
In this classroom film from 1963, a filmmaker and an historian discuss the background issues leading into the beginning of World War II, starting with the Treaty of Versailles and ending with Germany’s invasion of Poland. A major lesson of the film is the familiar of the strategy of appeasement in preventing war. (TRT 16:15) Titles. Crane Brinton, Ph.D., the McLean Professor of Ancient and Modern History at Harvard University (0:09) meets with a filmmaker who is using a 16mm projector to show...
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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...
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This silent German newsreel shows World War I U-boats preparing for war patrols, and departing for combat, and then sinking vessels on the high seas.  Some of the rare images in this film include a U-boat stopping a sailing vessel in the Atlantic, forcing the crew to abandon ship and then sinking the enemy vessel.  This type of "gallant" warfare would be replaced by less kind methods -- unrestricted submarine warfare.    Unrestricted submarine warfare is a type of naval warfare in...
Topics: Newsreel, Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Submarine, German Navy, World War, U-Boat, SS Luisitania,...
This film shows TRW's Capistrano Test Site, a remote, 2,700 acre R&D complex in the hills at the edge of Camp Pendleton, operated by TRW's Defense Space Systems Group. San Juan Capistrano has been the primary test site for high energy laser devices for over three decades. It was built up dramatically to support space-based "Star Wars" weapons systems / SDI in the 1980's, and is still at work on advanced and powerful chemical laser systems, as well as radar and propulsion systems....
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This 1946 color travelogue of Washington, D.C. was (judging from the lack of traffic) shot during WWII and released in 1946 by the Byron organization.   Created by the Greater National Capital Committee of the Washington Board of Trade, INVITATION TO THE NATION shows the many tourist sights of the District of Columbia and its environs, including Mount Vernon.   Some of the iconic places in the film include the Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, Washington Monument, Tomb of the Unknown...
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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...
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Dating to about 1951, this Castle Film is a profile of Paris, France with just about every famous sight included.  It begins with shots of the Eiffel Tower, then the tallest structure in all of Europe.  Other sights include the Champs-Elysees, the Arc De Triomphe, sidewalk cafes, Notre Dame cathedral, various parks, the Sienne, the Louvre, and much more. This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Paris, Film, Champs-Elysees, Arc De Triomphe, Notre Dame De Paris,...
Made in 1946, "G.I.s in Switzerland" shows a post-WWII program in which American G.I.s and servicewomen are taken to Switzerland for rest & relaxation in a nation not affected by the devastation of the war.  The film was made by Hermann Haller and David Wechsler, most likely as a propaganda effort on behalf of the nation of Switzerland.  The Swiss endured criticism during the war for their neutral stance and were viewed in some quarters as Nazi collaborators who benefitted from...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Lucerne, geneva, Switzerland, United States Army, World War Ii
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This silent newsreel footage shows the naval actions in World War I (WWI), including the German High Fleet engaging the British Royal Navy at Jutland.  Contains actual combat footage of German warships firing upon and sinking a British battlecruiser which then capsizes.  Footage also includes  Zebrugge, Scapa Flow and Firth of Forth (6:29). The film also shows German seaplanes (:34) on scout patrol. At 2:03 a carrier pigeon is being used to report intelligence. At 3:14 a British windjammer...
Topics: WWI, German Navy, Battle Of Jutland, Great War, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
Made in the 1930s by the Castle Film Co., WINGS OVER WORLD WONDERS is a silent film that shows airplanes flying over many different cities, scenic wonders and monuments.  This includes New York (1:19) and the Empire State Building, Niagara Falls (1:59),  Chicago (2:30), Grand Canyon (3:00), Boulder Dam (4:00), Golden Gate Bridge (6:00), Hawaii (6:45), Japan (7:45), Shanghai (8:26), Tunisia (9:00), the Sahara and the Great Pyramid in Cairo, Egypt (9:30), London (10:20), Paris (10:30), the Alps...
Topics: 1930s, Airplanes, World Monuments, Cities, Wings Over World Wonders, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
Made by McDonnell Douglas,  this historic U.S. Air Force film shows the first flight of the Thunderbirds in 1953, just six years after the formation of the USAF, to the advent of the F-4 in 1969.  In between it shows various iterations of the stunt team.  This includes spectacular footage of the F-84 to the swept-wing F-84, to the North American F-100, to the Republic F-105 and finally the McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom.   After six months training in an unofficial status, the Thunderbirds...
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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...
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The World Of Work’s “TV News: Behind The Scenes” is a 1973 episode from Encyclopaedia Britannica Films that shows viewers the day’s operations required to broadcast a news program. The episode follows the men and women of ABC7 Eyewitness News, including Roger Grimsby, Bill Beutel, Geraldo Rivera, Robert Labe, and Melba Tolliver, as they work to put together stories for the evening’s broadcast. The episode touches on topics such as how stories are discovered, how they are covered by...
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“U-47 in Scapa Flow” 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. This particular episode is different in that it tells the story of a German U-boat. "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...
Topics: Silent Service, TV Show, U-47, German U Boat, Royal Oak, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
Made during the run-up to the Operation Sandstone nuclear tests, RADIOLOGICAL SAFETY ON OPERATION SANDSTONE was intended to debunk certain misperceptions that the military believed were being put forward in the U.S.A. about the dangers of radiation and fallout.  The film begins with footage of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and the study of the blasts made by the United States Atomic Energy Commission.  The narration puts forward the idea that nuclear contamination and exposure can be minimized by...
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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
\This black & white educational film is about the Army Corps of Engineers and National Guard assisting with flood aftermath. The organization that predated the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) is shown -- the Federal Civil Defense Administration. This is circa 1956 but shows news events of 1955, when there was extensive flooding caused by Hurricanes Connie and Diane. In little over a week, the two hurricanes passed by Southern New England producing major flooding over much...
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Discovering Electronic Music is a short 1983 educational film directed by Bernard Wilets that gives a look at the early use of electronics in music production. The film opens with a shot of a computer and a keyboard. Recording reels run. A monitor shows sound waves of electronic jazz music. A composer talks to the camera about writing electronic jazz music (01:55). Another man talks about why he turned to electronic music for composing (02:38). Viewers see pages that show the new notation of...
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One of a series of films made by the U.S. Army to educate recruits about the Code of Conduct, this film discusses the duty of soldiers to resist the enemy, including when in captivity. Soldiers are instructed to resist by all means available, and make every effort to escape, and especially to not accept any parole or favors from the enemy. The will to resist, the film teaches, is what can keep men who are imprisoned alive.  Produced in 1959 during the Cold War, the film seems to show an...
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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...
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Made at the early in the Apollo Program, this film details the simulator built to test the control and maneuverability systems for the re-entry of the space capsule.  The film gives an overview of the lunar mission and shows the equipment used to simulate the mission.  A cathode ray tube is shown at the 4:30 mark, surrounded with displays that indicate lift vector direction, velocity, and more.  Roll and Yaw display is seen at the 5:00 mark. Two Electronics Associates Inc. (EAI) 231-R...
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This 1953 Chevrolet promotional film THE MAGIC TOUCH showcases the rear wheel drive Chevy cars of this era, concentrating on the power trains including the Power Glide automatic and Synchromesh manual transmissions.  The 108 hp Thrift-King engine is also seen at the 3 minute mark.  The high compression 115 horsepower “Blue Flame” is also seen at the 5 minute mark, teamed with a Powerglide automatic transmission. Chevy introduced automatic transmissions in 1950, so this film gives an...
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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...
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"A Freighter in Port" is a wonderful 1950s educational film about merchant ships, explaining not only how they work but describing their layout and equipment in the era prior to the arrival of shipping containers.  The primary ship shown is the USS Marmactide, ex- USS Lyon (AP-71), which was built in 1939 and served in WWII, and USS Comayagua, a refrigerated cargo ship owned by United Fruit Co. -- a real banana boat!  The film shows various equipment on the ship including anchors,...
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This silent German newsreel shows World War I U-boats preparing for war patrols, and departing for combat, and then sinking vessels on the high seas.  Some of the rare images in this film include a U-boat stopping a sailing vessel in the Atlantic, forcing the crew to abandon ship and then sinking the enemy vessel.  This type of "gallant" warfare would be replaced by less kind methods -- unrestricted submarine warfare.    Unrestricted submarine warfare is a type of naval warfare in...
Topics: Newsreel, Periscope Film, Stock Footage, World War, SS Lusitania, Submarine, Royal Navy, German...
This silent WWII German newsreel shows long range German bomber aircraft making strikes against Allied shipping in the Atlantic sea lanes near Ireland.  In 1940, these "back door" raids were commonplace and costly to both sides.  On one raid in July of that year for example, the Luftwaffe destroyed five ships in one convoy and damaged five other ships and two destroyers while sustaining the loss of 28 aircraft -- some of them shot down in the heavily-guarded English Channel.   The...
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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,...
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This profile of the 40th Helicopter Squadron in Vietnam shows the incredible work of this unit in combat conditions.  ALL FOR ONE focuses on the rescue of Capt. Gerald Lawrence on August 20, 1972.  It includes interviews with A-1 squadron commander (Sandy), as well as, the forward air controller, excellent live-action footage aboard HH-53s (super jolly greens) of actual rescues, as well as details outlining the specific role of each team member: the pilot, co-pilot, navigator (door gunner)...
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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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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
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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,...
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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...
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Made in 1962 by Castle Films, this travelogue of Jordan and Lebanon presents a vital, full color look at many of the Holy Land's most famous sights including the Garden of Gethsemane, the Dome of the Rock, and the Mountains of Lebanon.  Roman ruins are seen at Baalbek, where majestic pillars still flank the temple of Jupiter.  The film shows many traditional sights including farming with primitive tools and animals such as mules and camels, etc.  Pipelines are shown carrying oil through...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Jerusalem, Beirut, Gethsemane, Jordan, Middle East, Muslim, Mosque,...
This 1920s or early 1930s home movie is a bit of a mystery.  It shows scenes at an airport where some kind of air show is in progress.  Based on research done by third parties, we've determined that the airport at the beginning of the film is likely the McIntyre Airport in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  (If you look closely at the hangar in the rear at the :40 mark you can see the airport's distinctively marked hangar).   At the 2:45 mark a group of women are seen who may either be female pilots, or...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Air Racing Pilot, Home Movies, Airport, Traveler, Delta Air Lines
“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...
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This Korean War era film shows how wounded Marines were taken care of during the conflict, and focuses especially on the operations of a U.S. Navy hospital ship, most likely part of the Haven class and possibly USS Haven itself.  At the 1:16 mark a patient is evacuated by air ambulance in the form of a helicopter, and taken to a Mobile Army Surgical Hospital MASH unit.     The Haven class of hospital ships was built for the United States Navy (USN) during World War II. Haven-class ships also...
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This silent home movie shows the Rose Parade in 1947.  The Grand Marshall this year was Bob Hope. This film is one of a large series of Rose Parade films in the Periscope Film LLC archive. The 1947 Rose Bowl was a college football bowl game. It was the 33rd Rose Bowl Game. The Illinois Fighting Illini defeated the UCLA Bruins, 45–14. Illinois halfbacks Buddy Young and Jules Rykovich shared the Rose Bowl Player Of The Game award. They were named the Rose Bowl Players Of The Game when the...
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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...
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Made in the 1970s, IN SUPPORT OF THE FLEET is a U.S. Navy film about the Surface Warfare Center, a naval laboratory that delivers technology and hardware for the Navy.   The SWC was created from the Naval Ordnance Laboratory in White Oak, Maryland and the Naval Weapons Laboratory in Dahlgren, Virginia.  The film features images of the various work begin conducted, including with ordnance, weapons, computers, surface ship weapon systems.  The EX-105, a guided projectile, is seen at the 3...
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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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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...
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This 1980s U.S. Air Force news film features several segments including the 2nd Infantry Division in South Korea, Operation Linebacker II, and the U.S. Air Force Drug Testing Laboratory,  First, the 2nd Infantry Division in South Korea, along the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) separating North and South Korea.  The film features images of the DMZ with its heavily fortified positions, border guards, and propaganda village (1:50).  In 1984, a firefight broke out along the DMZ when a Russian citizen...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, North Korea, South Korea, DMZ, Demilitarized Zone, Korean War, 2nd...
Made for the home market, this silent Castle Film shows the Royal Wedding of Princess Elizabeth and Philip Mountbatten, which took place on 20 November 1947 at Westminster Abbey in London, United Kingdom. The morning of the wedding, Philip had been made Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth and Baron Greenwich. Elizabeth, the elder daughter of King George VI and heir to the British throne, was coronated in 1953 following the death of her father.   We encourage viewers to add comments and,...
Topics: Royal Wedding, Elizabeth And Phillip, 1947, Wedding, Princess, Queen Elizabeth, Stock Footage,...
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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This black & white film shows the early stages of the Allied forces invasion at Anzio, Italy in 1944. The film lacks credits or other information, but likely dates to 1944. The Battle of Anzio took place from January 22 to June 5, 1944, when Rome was finally captured. The operation was opposed by German forces in the area of Anzio and Nettuno. The landing operation was commanded by U.S. Army Major General John P. Lucas of VI Corps. The initial landing achieved complete surprise. However...
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This fascinating captured German silent film — originally released by the Ordnance Department of the U.S. Army — shows launches and launch failures of the German V-2 rocket, also known as the A-4. Some of the scenes include a successful launch of the A-4 (1:00), control cables leading to armored launch car / mobile blockhouse (1:30), V-2 on pad (1:50), fuel and oxygen trailers (2:00), another launch (2:39), close up of launch (3:10), disastrous launch due to guidance failure (3:47), then an...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Von Braun, Germany, V-2 Rocket, Wernher von Braun, Heinrich Himmler
This color educational film "Man Into Space" was part of a series created by Explorer Productions. It was produced and directed by  Edward Scherer and written by Anne MacKenzie. This episode of "Man Into Space" focuses on the history of satellite technology, and the race between the USA and Soviet Union to put a man in orbit. It was released in 1970. Opening titles: Man Into Space Part III: Satellites and Man in Orbit (:06-:20). Astronaut Ed White performs the first...
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Created by Encyclopedia Brittanica in the late 1930s, this black & white educational film is about the country of Chile with a focus on the nation's rich natural resources and principal cities including Santiago. The film uses the device of a family visit, involving a family called the McKennas, to propel its narrative. The McKenna family has a historical link to the nation of Chile:  Brigadier Juan Mackenna (b. 1771) was an Irish-born, Chilean military officer and hero of the Chilean War...
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In this U.S. Air Force training film (TF-6164b) from 1968, viewers learn about the ejection, recovery, and landing of the General Dynamics F-111 Aardvark Crew Module Escape System, an “escape crew capsule system that allows one or more occupants of an aircraft or spacecraft to escape from the craft while it is subjected to extreme conditions, such as high speed or altitude.” The film opens with a shot of a test F-111 Crew Module taking off and the crew escape capsule parachuting to the...
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This black & white pilot training film is one of a series created by the U.S. Navy to familiarize pilots with the McDonnell F2H-2 Banshee aircraft. The F2H Banshee was a single-seat carrier-based jet fighter aircraft deployed by the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps from 1948 to 1961. Two primary aircraft were built --  the F2H-1 and the more powerful F2H-2 which was equipped with the Westinghouse J34-WE-34. Versions of the F2H-2 included the nuclear capable F2H-2B, the night fighter F2H-2N,...
Topics: 1953, US Navy Pilot, Training Film. Jet Plane, F2h-2 Banshee aircraft System, Stock Footage,...
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
Produced by the Convair division of General Dynamics, this color film presents the Atlas Missile, the first operational intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) developed by the United States and the first member of the Atlas rocket family, as well as one of the first large liquid-fueled rockets. The first successful flight of a highly instrumented Atlas missile to full range occurred 28 November 1958, and the film probably dates from that time period. Atlas ICBMs were deployed operationally...
Topics: Atlas, Factor Production, VW Bugs, Microbus, Fastback, Wolfsgurg, Germany, Stock Footage, Periscope...