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True Adventure was one of several traventure programs produced and hosted by Bill Burrud that aired during the 1950s and 1960s. This particular episode looks into life on Guadalcanal almost twenty years after WWII. 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. For more information visit...
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This 16mm motion picture was created to promote the new Bell & Howell Autoload 16mm film projectors and show off the company's entire production line -- from high end to low end and everything in between: "A Full Horizon in Motion". The film begins by discussing some of the projector components such as the "shuttle" (:50) which pulls down the film via the sprocket holes. At 1:27 the loop restorer is shown. Also shown at 2:30 is the solid state amplifier, which was quite...
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The arrival of the DC-8 into service changes the airline industry forever. 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. For more information visit http://www.PeriscopeFilm.com
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This film promoting Eastern Airlines' cargo service opens with an Eastern 727 plane landing on an air strip (:55) and the doors open to reveal eight freight packs holding cargo ( 1:43 ). These shipments are brought to a lauder lifter and then to a skid ( 2:38 ). Rollers built into the floor of the plane enabled rapid movement of cargo ( 3:20 ). Large bags reading domestic air mail are shown and these are also transported in addition to cargo ( 3:48 ). Seats are being loaded into the plane as it...
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This 1949 color film about the value of having school safety patrol boys is by Visa Films Visual Study Aids. A group of boys plays football on a front lawn. Another comes out the front door with crutches, wearing a leg cast. A mother sits in a chair and crochets before looking at a photo of her son. Elementary school children play by a busy intersection. Legs are shown running, a child lies as though dead in the street, children on the sidewalk are shocked, and a 1940s ambulance picks up the...
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Presented by RCA, one of the pioneers in television technology, this 1939 film shows the new medium being demonstrated at the World's Fair. These early iconoscope TV systems are shown at the 1:10 mark, and the receiver known as the kinescope shown. Both of these early technologies would be replaced before television arrived in American homes after WWII. Interestingly however, television was used during the war on a variety of guided weapons including the TDR-1 torpedo drone (look it up). At 2...
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Hawaiian Islands, presented by Eastman Kodak Films, is a 1927 black and white, silent film. The purpose of the film is to highlight local life on the islands, with special attention paid to Honolulu. The film also displays the process of farming pineapples and sugarcane and displays the molten lava within the crater of Mount Kilauea. The film opens with the moon hitting the ocean as waves roll on shore. Volcano is shown with water in the foreground: 33. Large cruise ship leaves the port as...
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Contrasts America's free industrial labor force with the subjugation of laborers in countries overtaken by Axis powers. Stresses the fact that World War II is the war of industry and labor. 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. For more information visit http://www.PeriscopeFilm.com
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This wartime black & white educational/promotional film is about Texaco and its petroleum products, and what Texaco service station owners can do to help the war effort. Since civilian car production was curtailed during the war, what this effort amounted to, was to help keep existing cars on the road. This was made in early 1942, shortly after the bombing of Pearl Harbor as America's involvement in the war deepened, and as rubber, oil, gasoline and other products began to be rationed....
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This black & white educational film is about the country of Switzerland. This is circa 1953. Opening titles: Films of the Nations present Let's Look at Switzerland (:09-:46). A lake looks like a mirror with reflections of pine trees as a woman plays an accordion. Snow capped Alpine Mountain. Mountains in the distance with a town below. Castle on a hill. Lake and trees. The Rhine river flows and creates Lake Constance, a border between Germany and Switzerland. The water flows around rocks. A...
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This is a silent film.  Created by the Ballistics Research Laboratory at Aberdeen, Maryland this movie shows tests of 4000 lb "blockbuster" munitions, most likely the Mark V and Mark VI.  Blockbuster or "cookie" was the name given to several of the largest conventional bombs used in World War II by the Royal Air Force (RAF). The term blockbuster was originally a name coined by the press and referred to a bomb which had enough explosive power to destroy an entire city...
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This 1970 film from Jam Handy Productions gives viewers a look at the daily operations of The Detroit News, as well as insight to what people think of the paper. The film features many short shots of the various employees of the paper as they work to produce the day’s edition. The film opens with footage of a soap box derby, cars driving onto transport carriers, the Detroit city skyline, factories, and various people moving around the city. A Detroit News truck drives through the city. Papers...
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This film presents the Grumman A6-E Intruder; a twinjet all weather attack air craft first produced in 1960 and which had first seen action in the Vietnam War although it’s service continued into the 1990’s. From a Naval Carrier vessel (:19), a carrier strike is to take off for a simulated attack mission at night. The attack and support craft on the vessel are zoomed in on (:27). Pilots are briefed on their upcoming mission below deck (:33) and weather forecasts are reviewed (:40). On the...
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Produced by the U.S. Navy, this film details the commissioning of the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise. USS Enterprise (CVN-65), formerly CVA(N)-65, is a retired United States Navy aircraft carrier. She was the world's first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier and the eighth United States naval vessel to bear the name. Like her predecessor of World War II fame, she is nicknamed "Big E". At 1,123 ft (342 m), she was the longest naval vessel in the world, a record which still stands. Her...
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Made by the U.S. Department of State as part of  "The History of U.S. Foreign Relations" series in 1972, this episode is titled FROM YOUTH TO MATURITY.  It traces the development of United States foreign relations from the Monroe Doctrine to the participation of the United States in The Hague conferences of the early twentieth century.  The film also includes a discussion of Commodore Perry's voyage to Japan, which opened that country to the West.  The documentary also shows how...
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This black and white film is one of the episodes of "Yesterday's Newsreels", an early 1950s TV show made from the General Newsreel collection. It features eight segments of historic highlights. Charles Evans Hughes 1916-1941 (:29). Attorney Hughes was the Republican candidate for President in 1916, shown with his wife. He lost to Woodrow Wilson, who served a second term. (:32-1:17). In 1920, he wins a case for striking mine workers. President Harding makes him the Secretary of State...
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This is part of a series of Combat camera dailies from Vietnam in 1967. 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. For more information visit http://www.PeriscopeFilm.com
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This is part of a series of Combat camera dailies from Vietnam in 1967. 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. For more information visit http://www.PeriscopeFilm.com
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This Vietnam War USAF newsreel film shows AC-47 Gooney Bird / Spooky gunships at work in the Mekong Delta, and paratroops dropping from C-130s into an area eight miles from Saigon to go into combat against the Viet Cong. They are preceded by a combat control team. In "Zone D", C-123s are at work defoliating the jungle. The narrator pronounces that the chemicals being used are "harmless to humans" but of course this was horribly incorrect. In Da Nang, the air base is shown...
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Produced by the Carl Dudley organization as part of the "This Land of Ours" series, this educational film shows the state of Wyoming as it looked in the late 1940s or early 1950s.  The film shows Fort Caspar, Cheyenne, Laramie, the University of Wyoming, Casper with its oil fields, strip mines for harvesting coal, and more.  The film also shows logging and lumber industry at the 3 minute mark, with timber harvested by horses.  Potato and sugar beet farms are shown at the 3:30 mark,...
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Produced in 1943 by the Office of War Information for the men and women involved in wartime production, DAY OF BATTLE is a typical industrial incentive film. The plot focuses on the building, sailing, battles and ultimate death of an American Navy aircraft carrier in the Pacific campaign of WWII. The carrier is not mentioned by name but could be USS Lexington, lost in the Battle of the Coral Sea, or USS Yorktown lost at the Battle of Midway. The film contains terrific images of workers shaping...
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Help us identify where this film was shot and what units it shows! One person suggested it could be part of Operation Goldflake. Operation Goldflake was the administrative move of I Canadian Corps (in essence, all Canadian combatant units) and the British 5th Infantry Division from Italy to Northwestern Europe during the Second World War. British-led forces had been fighting in Italy since the Allied invasion of Sicily in July 1943. The Allied commanders decided to move the British and Canadian...
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Made sometime in the 1940s, this silent movie shows a trip through the Post Grape Nuts manufacturing center at Battle Creek, Michigan. Grape-Nuts is a breakfast cereal developed in 1897 by C. W. Post, a former patient and later competitor of the 19th-century breakfast food innovator, Dr. John Harvey Kellogg. The cereal originally prepared by C. W. Post when developing the product was a batter that came from the oven as a rigid sheet. He then broke the sheet into pieces and ran them through a...
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This color educational/promotional film is about the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD and what is offered there. Copyright is 1954. Opening: United States Navy presents The Annapolis Story (:06-:49). Naval cadets march. Some carry rifles. Some carry books. Huge group of cadets marches. Aerial shot of U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. Cadets march. Graduation day. A mailman delivers mail to a boy sitting, another working on a car. A boy runs with his letter to a group of girls. U.S....
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NAVY LOG was a drama anthology series that initially aired for three seasons, first on CBS and later ABC. It relates the greatest survival war stories in the history of the United States Navy. This series premiered on September 20, 1955, but the following year, it was moved to ABC, where it aired until September 25, 1958. The program aired for a total of three seasons and 102 episodes. This episode "The Death of Dillinger-San" has an intriguing plot: it tells the story of the decision...
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This "Apollo Digest" is an early Apollo Program promotional film that uses animation to describe many aspects of the planned moon mission. It includes some footage of the Kennedy Space Center and the Saturn V rocket. 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. For more information visit...
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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...
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Narrated by then-actor and later President of the United States Ronald Reagan, TARGET TOKYO presents the story of the first bombing raid on Tokyo by B-29 Superfortress bombers of the U.S. Army Air Forces flying out of Saipan. B-29 crews are followed from their training staging at Grand Island, Nebraska to their bombing embarkation point on the island of Saipan. From there, the B-29 attack on the Nakajima aircraft plant outside Tokyo is depicted. The story of the first bombing raid on Tokyo by...
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This short 1951 film from Reader’s Digest On The Screen and Columbia Pictures gives viewers a look at the work of the FBI as they work with local law enforcement to solve crimes. The film shows several reenactments of agents working cases, as well as shots of the Department of Justice building, the FBI Academy and the training of new agents, the FBI’s mail sorting room and massive fingerprint files, and various forensic laboratories. The film opens with a shot of the Department of Justice...
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United States Air Force Training Film. TF 6186. 1968. This color film, produced in 1968 by the US Air Force opens in the jungle. The purpose of the film is to demonstrate how to survive when you’re emergency equipment fails and how to use signaling techniques to save yourself. The film opens with a soldier running down the hill through the brush. He is in danger. Survival – Improvised Emergency Signaling. A soldier is starting a fire with brush in the desert 1:10. A man carries his...
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The Growler Story is a Department of Defense film from 1958. This story highlights one of the most famous individual acts of heroism during WWII. When fatally wounded Commander Gilmore, from the bridge of the USS Growler, gave the final command to "take er down" which is now one of the most famous of Naval Commands for Submarine Commanders. Gilmore became one of the seven World War II submariners to earn the Medal of Honor. This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of...
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Regular 8mm home movie of ""Luke"" on site at a Nike Hercules missile base, location unknown. Includes missile launching in 1962. 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. For more information visit http://www.PeriscopeFilm.com
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"The Phantom Ship" was originally produced as a sound film; this silent version comes from a Super 8mm version of the film that was sold to the home market in the U.K. in the late 1960s/early 1970s. "The Phantom Ship" showcases the Ark Royal and its aircraft which at the time it was shot included Westland Sea King helicopters, F-4 Phantom attack aircraft, and Harrier jump jets.  The film is notable in showing some of the capabilities the Royal Navy had at the time of the...
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 This “restricted” United States War Department Film, a black-and-white production of the First Motion Picture Unit Army Air Forces, dramatically introduces the viewer to “Flight Characteristics of the A-20.” (The Douglas A-20 Havoc was an American attack, light bomber, intruder aircraft of World War II.)  “There they are! A-20s, the most powerful light bombers in the world,” the narrator proclaims at the start of this circa 1943 film as a line of aircraft flies in formation....
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Made for the home market in Germany during WWII, this film shows the German assault on Antwerp Belgium. It opens with aerial shots of the city with an oil refinery on fire (:39). At :46 a fort is shown from the air with a moat around it. At 1:00 German troops advance towards Antwerp. At 1:16 a Belgian tank burns by the roadside. At 1:39 German artillery bombards the city from the docks while at 1:54 German troops invade in small boats, on bicycles and motorcycles. At 2:00 the Texaco oil...
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This film, "The Narrow Gauge, Catskill Mountain Railway" was produced by Blackhawk in 1959. It was made from one of the two 35mm "paper print" positives in the Library of Congress that were the original copyright registration copies deposited with the library on March 9, 1906, by American Mutoscope. George L. Wasson and Harold Schecht of Catskill, N.Y., supplyied much of the historical data on which the text titles are based. The Catskill Mountain Railway was a 3-foot gauge...
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This color educational film is about "Had You Lived Then ... America Around 1800". It presents an authentic reenactment of the daily life of a family in the early 19th century. Copyright 1969.  Opening titles: America Around 1800 (:07-:23). A horse and buggy. Painting of Philadelphia around 1800. A small town with farmers. Different areas of the city. A country house. The Wilson Family lived in this six room home adjoining a farm. The bedrooms are shown (:24-1:53). The Wilson parents...
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“Once Upon A Time” is an animated film made by Audio Productions. It was created to show the importance of being a careful and safe driver on streets and highways (:15). It is presented by Metropolitan Life Insurance Company (:30) which has been in operation for over 145 years and is now known as MetLife. Title screen (:30). The first scene shows cartoon trains, buses and cars on a road (:58).   This unique driver safety cartoon, told through a clever song, created as part of an insurance...
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This black & white film tells the story of how the United States Navy captured a German U-boat on the high seas.  The Allies learned from decrypted German messages that U-boats were operating near Cape Verde and the Navy dispatched Task Group 22.3 to the area, a "Hunter-Killer" group commanded by Captain Daniel V. Gallery and Commander Frederick S. Hall. The events shown in the film started on 4 June 1944, when the group intercepted and captured the German Type IXC submarine...
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R.A. "Bob" Hoover is one of the greatest pilots of his generation. A decorated WWII pilot and test pilot, Hoover was also the back-up pilot during the testing of the Bell X-1 supersonic aircraft. His real claim to fame however came from his work as a stunt pilot.  Flying in air shows around the world wearing his trademark wide-brimmed hat, Hoover made the impossible look easy. In this film, you'll see him perform some of his trademark stunts in a P-51 Mustang. We encourage viewers to...
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One of a series of films made during WWII for aircraft spotters, anti-aircraft gun crews, and aircraft pilots and crews, this film details how to spot the Luftwaffe's Ju-87 Stuka dive bomber and Ju-88 fighter / bomber. The film uses a combination of animation and motion picture footage to show the aircraft's operation, describe its mission, and show its characteristics. Many of the animated segments in films like this were made by the Walt Disney Studios and Warner Brothers Animation. The...
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This sales film for the LOH helicopter was made by Hughes Aircraft — a tough helicopter for a tough war.  The OH-6 Cayuse (nicknamed "Loach", after the requirement acronym LOH—Light Observation Helicopter) is a single-engine light helicopter with a four-bladed main rotor used for personnel transport, escort and attack missions, and observation. Hughes Helicopters also developed the Model 369 as a civilian helicopter, the Hughes Model 500, currently produced by MD Helicopters as...
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This black & white silent educational film is about coffee and sugar production in the Torrid Zone, the hot central belt of the earth bounded by the tropics of Cancer and Capricorn. It shows a copyrighted date of 1940-1942 (both dates are shown).   Opening title: Coffee & Sugar. Title card: Coffee. NOTE: This silent educational film has title cards that give some explanation to what is shown (:10-:26). Tropical trees. Grass and trees. Workers chop at the trees. A hand holds berries,...
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This color educational/training film is about how to make a newspaper layout more appealing. There is no copyright at the beginning or end of the film so the date of the production remains unclear however based on research this is circa the 1970s. Newspaper printing press at work. Writers work in a newsroom (:08-:38). Opening titles: Newspaper Layout, a Copley Production (:39-:52). Any newspaper layout can be improved. How is the following newspaper on the eyes? A newspaper is shown. Another...
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Created in 1939, "Refreshment Through the Years" is a corporate history of the Coca-Cola Company produced by the Jam Handy Organization. This film was the very first Technicolor industrial film ever produced. This account of the invention of Coke by John Pemberton through its growth in popularity to become the most popular soft drink in history — produced in huge quantities on an assembly line and supported by enormous distribution chains -- was shown at the 1939 World's Fair in New...
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This Vietnam War U.S. Army news segment (set to a jazzy version of a Beatles song!) shows how remote bases were supplied by the C-7 Caribou aircraft. In this film you will see a remote "special operations" fire base in Tra Bong receiving ammunition and food as well as medical supplies. The de Havilland Canada DHC-4 Caribou (designated by the United States military as the CV-2 and later C-7 Caribou) is a Canadian-designed and produced specialized cargo aircraft with short takeoff and...
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This early 1940s black and white film is about the 1941 Chrysler Plymouth. A couple rides in a 1924 Chrysler Six. Seen up-close are its blue ribbon logo and winged radiator cap (:06-:12). An engineer checks off car-making objectives. The progression of car shapes is animated. The Chrysler Corporation and Engineering Building signs are shown (:13- 1:00 ). The film superimposes scientists working in a lab on top of the factory building. Room #237 “Chemical Laboratory Ferrous Metals” sign is...
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Made by the Central Office of Information, Foreign and Commonwealth Office — the UK government's marketing and communications agency -- "People in the Sky" shows the state of UK passenger air travel in the late 1970s and demonstrates its advance since 1914. Initially viewed as a daredevil adventure for the wealthy, plane flights were now available to all walks of life. The film opens with a shot of passengers asleep on a British Airways Flight creating an image of trust and...
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This home movie, a silent film from WWII, shows a military wedding taking place at West Point, the U.S. Army military academy. A portion of it was also shot at Fort Meade, Maryland. Towards the end of the film, it appears to show some combat training footage from Fort Meade. The film starts outside of the West Point chapel is seen at (:10) as the guests; mainly comprised of cadets, military personnel and their families, walk up towards the entrance (:20). The bride and groom stand near the...
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Presented by Canadian National Railways, this short film takes viewers on a segment of the Triangle Route (Prince Rupert, Jasper, and Vancouver) known as the “Trail of ‘98” by following a scenic passenger train from Skagway, Alaska up through British Columbia and the Yukon to Whitehorse and Dawson City. The film opens with the Canadian National steamship Prince George sailing near Skagway. Passengers walk off the ship and footage shows the town of Skagway. A locomotive blows its horn and...
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This mid-1960s black and white film opens with a DC-8 Pan American airplane as Pan Am sponsored this educational travelogue, German Edition. 500 cubic centimeter dirt-track motorcycle racers compete for the 1964 Blue Ribbon in Munich. Last minute repairs are made in the pits to the bikes, which run on pure methyl alcohol. Close-ups are shown of bike parts. A racer puts on his helmet and goggles. The race begins. A biker falls over. The crowd tries to avoid the dirt being sprayed in their faces....
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Fakeers of the East is a short travelogue from the mid-1930s, from Van Beuren Productions, that gives viewers a glimpse of the “magic” they will encounter on a visit to India. The film opens with a group of men playing instruments (flute and drums) during a snake charming performance. A man entertains a crowd by performing tricks (01:05), such as pulling a long line of flags out of his mouth. Another man (an Arab Fakeer, according to the narrator) pulls out yards of cotton string, sets it...
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Produced by the Soviet Union as part of the "Around the Soviet Union" series of propaganda films, "Soyuz Mission" shows an overview of activities at the Baikonur Cosmodrome and the successful launch of a Soyuz mission. The film shows Yuri Gagarin at Red Square at 2:16 . Gherman Titov is shown at 2:53 . The film also shows cosmonaut training at 5:00 , and various probes and satellites as well as advanced spacecraft being constructed and tested. We encourage viewers to add...
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Dating to the 1960s, this Soviet film's title translates as "People from the Sky" and celebrates the art of skydiving. It features two prominent Russians -- including world record holder Valeria Marencheva -- and some fantastic photography of the free fall. The film's lyrical beginning features the female skydiver literally telling the clouds that she loves them! At 2:55 a group of male and female skydivers ascend in a Russian aircraft and then bail out the rear cargo doors at 3:40....
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One of Southern California's first motorcycle clubs, The Psychos (also known as Los Psychos) formed in San Bernardino after WWII and quickly developed a reputation for toughness. While The Psychos became known for some of their community activities -- including supporting military veterans and participating in events to promote the preservation of Route 66 -- an offshoot of the club known as Vatos MC has a more notorious history. Shot in the 1970s by a proud member of the club, this silent home...
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This 16mm motion picture was created to promote the new Bell & Howell Autoload 16mm film projectors and show off the company's entire production line -- from high end to low end and everything in between: "A Full Horizon in Motion". The film begins by discussing some of the projector components such as the "shuttle" (:50) which pulls down the film via the sprocket holes. At 1:27 the loop restorer is shown. Also shown at 2:30 is the solid state amplifier, which was quite...
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This NASA Roundtable "Scientists Discuss the Moon" is moderated by Robert Jastrow and features comments about the scientific significance of lunar exploration by Harvard's Thomas Gold and U.C. LaJolla's (now U.C. San Diego) Harold C. Urey. Other members of the panel who appear in the film are Gerard de Vaucouleurs and Nicholas Christofilos. The panel was assembled prior to the start of the Ranger Missions, so likely early 1960 or 1961. The Ranger program was a series of unmanned space...
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This 1942 War Department training film (No. 11-554) is one of a series of driving and vehicle maintenance training films produced by the Signal Corps during the war. This film shows how to navigate difficult driving conditions and features several variations of the GMC CCKW 2-1/2-ton truck as well as the Dodge ½-ton WC car (the first “Jeep”). The film opens with a several soldiers watching as what appears to be a Dodge ½-ton WC command/reconnaissance car drives through a muddy field, and...
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Sieg im Westen (Victory in the West) is a 1941 German propaganda film the shows Hitler's greatest military victory -- the Blitzkrieg conquest of Holland, Belgium and France in the spring of 1940.It was produced by the Oberkommando des Heeres, the German Army High Command, rather than the Propaganda Ministry of Joseph Goebbels. Goebbels indeed sabotaged its release in minor ways, delaying its premiere and telling propagandists not to promote it. The prologue consists of the Nazi version of...
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“Industry On Parade was a television series created by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) from 1950-1960. The series consisted of weekly episodes that highlighted American manufacturing and business. Hundreds of companies and products were documented during the [program’s] decade-long run.” This film is a collection of three episodes from the series (32, 245, 299). In the first episode, viewers see how logs are debarked using a high-pressure water sprayer made by Worthington...
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This silent film from 1913 shows the opening of the Los Angeles Aqueduct system, a "stupendous undertaking" as a title card describes it. Chief Engineer William Mulholland is shown at 1:38, and again at 3:14 when the gates of the aqueduct are first opened. At 6:40 the San Fernando Reservoir is shown. The aqueduct project began in 1905 when the voters of Los Angeles approved a US$1.5 million bond for the 'purchase of lands and water and the inauguration of work on the aqueduct'. On...
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To read more about the history documented in this film, visit: https://muncyhistoricalsociety.wordpress.com/2011/02/24/last-raft-tragedy/ This rare silent film shows the tragic story of "The Last Raft". The  story was recently re-told in an excellent documentary film (see link above) by Karen L. Frock of Creekside Creative Media. The Last Raft story begins in 1938 with Pennsylvania brothers R. Dudley and V. Ord Tonkin whose family came to the town of Cherry Tree in 1838. Vince...
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Made in the 1950s, this U.S. Navy produced documentary is about the history of "lighter than air" flight in the 19th Century. It opens with Thaddeus Lowe, the father of U.S. military aerial reconnaissance. During the Civil War, Lowe staged a balloon ascent near the Smithsonian Institute in Washington (:16) and convinced US leaders of aerial observations’ advantages (:22). Lowe organized a Union Balloon Corps (:51). James Allen (1:51) serving for the Northern Army, first ascended on...
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This is a 1960’s era, black and white film made by the U.S. military to train personnel to operate a AQ2A-1 16mm movie projector, also known as the Joint-Army-Navy Projector or JAN. The film follows an Air Force enlisted personnel as he goes through the process of setting up and breaking down the AQ2A1 model 16mm motion picture projector. The film opens with the man closely examining the components of a motion picture projector. The AQ2A motion picture projector :36. A close-up of the innards...
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Shot by a member of a lowrider car club -- possibly called the Pharoahs or the Ambassadors -- in the 1970s, this color home movie shows a ribbon cutting ceremony and a parade of lowrider cars into a parking lot. The occasion isn't completely clear, but possibly this event marked one of the very first lowrider conventions / contests -- likely in a parking lot at a school in East Los Angeles or San Bernardino.   The film starts with a ribbon cutting ceremony at a parking lot with what looks like...
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One of Southern California's first motorcycle clubs, The Psychos (also known as Los Psychos) formed in San Bernardino after WWII and quickly developed a reputation for toughness. While The Psychos became known for some of their community activities -- including supporting military veterans and participating in events to promote the preservation of Route 66 -- an offshoot of the club known as Vatos MC has a more notorious history. Shot in the 1970s by a proud member of the club, this silent home...
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This film depicts the towing of Graythorpe I (later known as Forties Alpha) as it heads to be installed in the North Sea in the BP’s Forties oilfield.  The Forties Oil Field is the largest oil field in the North Sea, 110 miles east of Aberdeen. It was discovered in 1970 and first produced oil in 1975 under ownership of British Petroleum, now called BP. The film shows aerial as well as panoramic views of the oil rig and interviews on site workers. The construction for this massive project...
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This WWII newsreel shows the assault on the Italian island of Pantelleria, followed by the invasion of Sicily ( 2:42 ) by British and American, and Canadian troops. At 8:00 , General Patton is seen in Sicily while his troops surge into the interior of the island. Operation Corkscrew was the code name for the Allied invasion of the Italian island of Pantelleria (between Sicily and Tunisia) on 11 June 1943, prior to the Allied invasion of Sicily during the Second World War. There had been an...
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This is a 1960’s era, color film presented by PHILCO, WDL Division, a division of The Ford Motor Company. The film is a PHILCO informative piece that showcases the work behind the scenes that the company is doing to keep the space program in good communication systems. It opens with the sun over the water, :12. Footage of rocket launching, :42. Liftoff from launchpad, 1:15. Animation of a communications satellite in space, 1:51. Footage of NASA employee at Mission Control, 2:05. Astronaut in...
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The first bowhunting movie ever made, the silent documentary "Alaskan Adventure" showcases the skill of Art Young. Young was a gifted athlete who learned his archery skills from Will Compton. Compton also later introduced him to Dr. Saxton Pope and Ishi. Young used his exceptional abilities with the bow and arrow to quiet skeptics who doubted the efficiency of the archer's tools. According to Cassius Styles, Art Young was the best shot of the group, "He was one of the very few...
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Dating to 1958-59, this silent home movie from a trip to Hawaii shows the final cruise of the venerable liner SS Matsonia to that island state. The film begins with a parade -- possibly the Grand Parade held every March -- in Honolulu at 13:15 , complete with floats and clowns. At :30 a melting pot themed float goes by followed by one for Dole Pineapples. At 1:21 father time comes past in a jeep. At 1:36 , hula dancers perform. At 3:04 the Matsonia is seen off Diamond Head on its way into...
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Paul Hoefler Productions presents “Cotton Picking and Ginning.” The black-and-white 1948 educational film, made in cooperation with the National Cotton Council of America, provides the viewer with “the story of cotton from harvest to mill” and was the first film in a series of five subjects on cotton. There are a few strains of “My Old Kentucky Home” before we’re told how cotton is the most important crop grown in the United States (mark 00:40) and the most widely used fiber in...
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Created by North American Aviation to bolster employee morale in the 1960s, "The Mustang Story" tells the story of the long-range P-51 fighter aircraft in WWII, while also demonstrating how North American is meeting the challenge to create the Minuteman ICBM. The North American Aviation P-51 Mustang is an American long-range, single-seat fighter and fighter-bomber used during World War II, the Korean War and other conflicts. The Mustang was conceived, designed and built by North...
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This full color travelogue / educational shows New Mexico in the late 1940s, including a visit to a Native American pueblo.  Taos is shown at the 1:55 mark, along with Billy the Kid's grave.  Santa Fe is seen at 2:20, including the downtown and the Palace of the Governors and the San Miguel Church.  Albuquerque is seen at the 3 minute mark, with its bustling downtown and "old Albuquerque" including the town plaza.  At the 3:45 mark, the University of New Mexico is shown.  Oil...
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This black & white WWIl era morale film features footage from the 1927 classic boxing match which featured Jack Dempsey vs Gene Tunney. It also has a "By Request" segment about animals "speaking for themselves" which features hilariously campy animation and singing cows (and likely inspired a few "talking mule" films!). This is circa the mid-1940s, apparently post-war so likely 1946-48. Opening titles: Navy Edition Army-Navy Screen Magazine presents...
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This cutty 16mm film shows President John F. Kennedy delivering remarks at the opening of the San Luis Dam in Los Banos, California on August 18, 1962. The film does not contain JFK's full remarks, and begins roughly halfway through his speech. A second portion is shown at about 7:50. At 4:45, a child in a Native American outfit greets the President in front of Marine One. At 7:10, Air Force One is shown arriving.   At 11:07, Kennedy is seen on the campaign trail in Fresno, California,...
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Dating to the late 1950s, this exceptional profile of Eddie Rickenbacker, America's #1 World War I ace, was made during his lifetime and is narrated and hosted by Arthur Godfrey. "The Immortal Ace" features footage of the Lafayette Escadrille, 94th Aero Squadron, and Capt. Eddie as well as his comrades. At 10:37 the presentation of the Medal of Honor with President Hoover and many members of the 94th is shown. At 12:00 , Rickenbacker does a sign off by shaking the hand of a P-80 jet...
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The Junior College Story: California’s Community Colleges is a short educational film about the foundation of California’s junior colleges, who can take classes at the institutions, and covers the various types of training provided. The film opens with a shot of cars driving through a redwood forest (00:39), scenes from Yosemite National Park, the Golden Gate Bridge (01:48), and the State Capitol Building in Sacramento (02:10). The State Board of Education holds a meeting (02:30). The film...
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This 1940s color travelogue about Rio de Janeiro is sponsored by Moore-McCormack Lines, and narrated by James Clemenger. The ship sails into the harbor at Rio. Passengers disembark (:29-1:18). 1940s cars are parked along the avenue (1:19-2:02). The mosaic sidewalk is repaired (2:03-2:14). The architecture has vertical shutters (2:29-2:54). Buildings shown are the Theatro Munipal opera house, City  Council Hall, the National Library, and National Senate (3:00- 3:45). 1940s automobiles drive by...
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This historic film shows a portion of the Kitchen Debate. The Kitchen Debate was a series of impromptu exchanges (through interpreters) between then U.S. Vice President Richard Nixon and Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev at the opening of the American National Exhibition at Sokolniki Park in Moscow on July 24, 1959. For the exhibition, an entire house was built that the American exhibitors claimed anyone in America could afford. It was filled with labor-saving and recreational devices meant to...
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This NASA film looks at achievements in advancing technology and hardware pipelines in the year of 1964-65.  NASA seal (:10) Firing of the F1 engine of the 1st stage of Saturn V rocket (:24). In November and December of 1964, a series of successful static firing tests on the engines were completed (:40). Extensive development tests were in progress (1:02). The government / industry team had grown to 30,000 (1:17). Development testing for the Gemini program was nearly complete (1:22) as well as...
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This historic U.S. Air Force newsreel covers several topics, including the rocket sled tests being conducted by Col. John Paul Stapp as part of human factors testing. These deceleration tests provided valuable data for aircraft and automobile safety systems and, according to the book "A History of Murphy's Law" by author Nick T. Spark, were responsible for the discovery of that famous law. Also on the reel -- the story of the Eskimo scouts in Alaska, and the "Darmstadt Case"...
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Created in the 1950s by the Castle Films Company, which specialized in movies for the home market, "Romantic Italy" profiles Florence, Siena and Venice as well as the walled town of San Gimignano, and the wine fiesta at Castle Broglio. The Palio di Siena (known locally simply as Il Palio) is also shown. This is a horse race that is held twice each year, on July 2 and August 16. Ten horses and riders, bareback and dressed in the appropriate colours, represent ten of the seventeen...
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Getting Down to Earth Again, is a black and white motion picture, produced by Caravel Films Inc. for the Socony-Vacuum Oil Company, Inc., and was about lubricants and proper lubrication of machinery. In 1931, the Socony (Standard Oil Company New York) and the Vacuum Oil Company merged forming the Socony-Vacuum Corp. In 1955, it became the Socony Mobil Oil Company and currently Mobil. Caravel Films Inc. was active in 1932, but no other information was found. This film was probably produced...
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This silent 1950s home movie shows some of the mining operations for blue asbestos at Kuruman, South Africa. The entire film was shot outside the mine itself, which was underground (opening visible at 1:46 ) and you can see ore cars being moved to and from the mine at :33. Ore is moved on a series of conveyer belts (:45) to be processed. At 2:12 , a supervisor wearing a pith type helmet pours himself a drink.At 2:15 mine tailings are visible. At 2:42 the scene switches to the blue asbestos...
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Report On Mileage And Money Savings is a short film promoting the money-saving tires of General Truck Tire and the Kraft System Recapping. It probably dates from between 1946 and 1952.  A man drives a truck on a highway (00:30). A dump truck pulls away from a gravel pit. The film shows various shots of trucks hauling different loads (gravel, livestock, oil). A truck pulls up to a highway toll booth (02:07). A chart shows the various costs of owning and operating a truck (03:32). Close-up...
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This late 1930s/early 1940s black and white film Built to “Take It”  about Dodge truck dependability provides an extra thousands of miles without valve grinding. It is produced for Dodge Brothers Corporation, a division of Chrysler Corporation by Metropolitan Motion Picture Company. It is directed by Arthur Hoerl and features actor Robert Strange as the customer. The film opens with a Dodge 6 1½-ton stake truck in slow motion completely off the ground as it speeds over a pile of dirt. The...
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"Negro Colleges in Wartime" was a short propaganda film produced by the Office of War Information in 1943. Other than in the screen title no reference is made to the students' race. The film begins with a shot of the famous statue of Booker T. Washington at Tuskegee, and notes that progress and industry has a new meaning for the present - winning the Second World War. A brief overview of the war related work at several different black colleges follows, starting with Tuskegee where the...
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A Kodachrome home movie made by a member of the Amateur Cinema League and titled "Flight From Winter", this film shows a trip to Florida made in the 1940s. The film begins with a flight on an Eastern Airlines DC-3. The aircraft lands at Washington National Airport and also stops in Savannah, Georgia before finally landing in Florida. There are fascinating images of on-board service and airports and facilities in this era. The rest of the film includes rare images of Florida in...
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 This color documentary film from circa 1964 features real people, places, and events in the telling of the story, “The Best Investment We Ever Made!” — and encouraging viewers to build airports in their community. As a small airplane takes off from a landing strip, narrator Arthur Godfrey tells the audience how businesses are beginning to relocate from major metropolitan areas to rural areas. In 1962, 9 out of 10 factories were being built in small communities, which has led to an...
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A short pictorial record of the British and Canadian liberation armies fighting from the beaches to Brussels, which was liberated on 3 September 1944. Note: The film does not attempt to depict the campaign as a whole. 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. For more information visit...
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This film provides a detailed look at troop movements during the first phase of the Mariana’s Operation as US forces moved to capture Saipan during WW2 in 1944. It is an official US Marine Corp Official Operation Report and was produced by the Marine Corp Photographic Service (:08). It opens with the scheme of maneuver for the 2nd Division during the second part of the operation (:22). It shows where combat team 8 was to land on D-Day (:35) as well as which points they were to secure (:47)....
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This newsreel compilation was prepared for review by the U.S. Treasury Department during or just after WWII, to show the publicity campaign affiliated with War Bond sales. It reviews the many efforts by the government, the public and Hollywood to raise money for the war effort. The movie opens with Carol Lombard acting in the 1920s and 30s. Ms. Lombard sits in the director’s chair and poses with Clark Gable whom she married in 1939. Carol Lombard’s last role was played in her country’s...
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"Manpower" is a 1943 government film that shows how industries and factories responded during World War II, through the War Manpower Commission, to locate and solve worker shortages. In Baltimore a WMC approved experiment begins, with job switching discouraged by the unions, and new men located to take jobs who might not have ordinarily filled these jobs -- storekeepers, small businessmen, etc. The film includes a look at the hiring of women and African Americans -- here referred to...
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Produced by Burton Holmes Films during WWII, this black & white educational film is about Capacitance, the ability of a system to store an electric charge. It was made to educate U.S. Navy Radio Technicians and was probably standard viewing during training. Typical of government films made during the WWII timeframe, this film is outstanding in its use of both live action and animated sequences. Copyright is 1943. Opening titles: United States Navy Training Film - Capacitance (:06-:32). Two...
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Made in 1960s "Reaching for the Stars" was produced by the Corning Glass Company to showcase Project Stratoscope,  which lofted balloon-borne telescopes between 1957 and 1971. A German-born American astronomer named Martin Schwarzschild and Dr. Robert Danielson, came up with the idea to build the stratoscopes. Project Stratoscope was sponsored by the Office of Naval Research, the National Science Foundation and the National Aeronautics and Space Agency. The first Stratoscope was...
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This film, made for B-17E crewmen during WWII, shows some of the pre-flight checks that would be made prior to flying the airplane.  Most of this film is about the engine check, which involves a warm-up and operational check.  The film contains some excellent footage inside and outside the B-17, and shows how defects would be reported to the crew chief for correction. We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional information about our videos by adding a...
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This color educational/promotional film is about the careers offered by the U.S. Army transportation Center in Fort Eustis, VA. Copyright circa the 1970s.  Opening: cars, truck, buses, boats, planes. Giant ships in port. Ships on the water. Allegheny Airlines is unloaded. Trucks and subways move. Sign for the Spearhead of Logistics, U.S. Army, Transportation Center, Fort Eustis in Newport News, VA. Title: A CAREER THAT MOVES (:06-1:02). Army trucks are driving and moving items. An army soldier...
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This film from the Van Beuren Corporation was part of a series called the "Grantland Rice Sportlights", named after commentator Grantland Rice. Rice began his career as a sports writer for the New York Tribune, and eventually contributed to films such as this one. Van Beuren Studios (:07) was a New York based studio which provided live action shorts for Paramount from the 1920’s to 1936. The film begins with the Moore-McCormack cargo / passenger ship SS Honolulu on a voyage to...
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This film shows operations of the German fleet, the Kriegsmarine, during WWII. It also shows German aircraft reading allied convoys. 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. For more information visit http://www.PeriscopeFilm.com
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