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This film, THE POWER OF SUGGESTION (1971) presents the U.S. Army's Suggestion Program. The Suggestion Program was a Vietnam War era program intended to save vital Pentagon dollars, and it still exists today in some form. While some of this film is a bit laughable — showing what appears to be ridiculous levels of government waste — the message remains current. The opening scenes depict a re-enactment of a film director struggling to record a scene in which a child is supposed to mimic an...
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One of three films that comprised a "Guatemalan Sketch Book", “Wooden Face of Totonicapan” is a circa 1945 color film covering the art of making wooden masks in Totonicapan, Guatemala. The film was made under the auspices of the "Good Neighbor" film project, run by the Office of the Co-Ordinator of Inter-American Affairs in New York as part of the WWII war effort. It was produced by Ralph E. Gray. The film opens with residents preparing for an annual festival and...
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Directed by Larry Yust and created by the National Cancer Institute and the National Institutes of Health in the late 1970s, PROGRESS AGAINST CANCER provides an interesting look at the fight against the disease in that decade. It features cancer survivors and patients of all ages, including some whose lives were prolonged via new forms of chemotherapy, as well as the doctors and researchers who have developed these treatments. This includes Vera Peters of the Ontario Cancer Institute, M.D.,...
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Dating to 1954 and directed by O. Negus, LAUGHING PEOPLE tells the story of the Maori people in Australia and New Zealand. The film includes impressive footage of traditional tribal dances, customs and rituals, as well as studies of everyday life as it was lived (likely in the 1940s although some of the material appears historical and may have originated elsewhere). The Māori are the indigenous Polynesian people of New Zealand. The Māori originated with settlers from eastern Polynesia, who...
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Shows the rescue of the submarine USS Squalus, SS-192, after an accident caused it to sink off the coast of New England.  Featuring the use of salvage and support vessel USS Falcon, whose highly-trained crew saved precious lives using a rescue diving bell. We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional information about our videos by adding a comment!  See something interesting?  Tell people what it is and what they can see by writing something for example:...
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There is no voice-over in this colorful look at various aspects of Arizona life, sponsored by American Airlines. The footage extends from the mid-1960s to the early-1970s, presented in internal segments while instrumental music plays. A cowgirl on a galloping white horse (:18) segues into a 1970 Corvette Convertible (:38) driving through the desert on Route 88, the Apache Trail, and past the Superstition Mountains (:44). The fun moves to a speed boat (:58) pulling a water skier. The camera...
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NASA and the US Department of Commerce Bureau of Public Roads created this color training fiIm in the early 1960s to warn motorists of the dangers of driving too fast on icy or wet pavements. “A skidding car is dangerous,” says the narrator at mark  01:00  following a series of vehicles fishtailing on a variety of slick surfaces. Texture of the pavement, the depth of the surface water, and the inflation of the tires and their treads are just some of the factors that can lead to a spin...
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Directed by Bruce Seth Green, "Annapolis: The First Year" shows the U.S. Naval Academy in the mid-to-late 1970s. This portrait supposedly shows the 1976 plebe year, but also includes footage from later classes in an attempt to show that the Academy had becoming sexually integrated.   The United States Naval Academy (also known as USNA, Annapolis, or simply Navy) is a four-year coeducational federal service academy in Annapolis, Maryland, United States. Established on 10 October...
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Produced by Sperry Autonetics, this film shows the historic 1958 voyage of the world's first nuclear powered submarine, the USS Nautilus (SSN-571) under the North Pole. This historic voyage, known as Operation Sunshine, heralded a new stage of the Cold War, in which Soviet and American submarines would vie for control of the strategically critical polar regions. Sperry Autonetics made the top secret inertial guidance system that allowed Nautilus to make the voyage without surfacing to conduct...
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One of the "Greatest Drama" TV series syndicated in1953, "The Wild Blue Yonder" focuses on General James Doolittle, better known as Jimmy Doolittle. James Harold "Jimmy" Doolittle (December 14, 1896 – September 27, 1993) was an American aviation pioneer. A Reserve officer in the United States Army Air Corps, Doolittle was recalled to active duty during World War II and awarded the Medal of Honor for his valor and leadership as commander of the Doolittle Raid, a...
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Ed Asner hosts this 1975 color Army recruiting film, The Army Reports #51, to encourage not letting a lack of education prevent a life-time career with the Army. All of the different education opportunities are then detailed verbally by Ed with interspersed video showing the scenarios. A boy goes from a high school classroom to working on a car as a mechanic to older sadly laying on a bed. His happy friend is dressed in full uniform. ( 2:37 - 3:49 ). He is next shown waiting with a large group...
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This fascinating, silent home movie shows the emergency landing of a Capital Airlines Viscount, tail  #N7445 . It's unclear which airport that was shot at -- the canister it came in said "Willow Run" -- but on 25 May 1958 this same aircraft skidded off the runway at LaGuardia Airport in New York. Probably this is footage of that incident although as you can see, the real cause of the emergency was that the landing gear failed to go down into position. That same year Capital lost...
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The jet age allowed Pan American World Airways (Pan Am) to promote worldwide tourism via its airline. The company’s New Horizons series advertised these intercontinental flights to such locations as Uruguay, one of the world’s purest democracies.” This 1965 color film opens with a montage of scenes from around the South American country as the narrator briefly tells us about the discovery of the country in the 1500s and how modern travelers are encouraged “to pause (and) take in the...
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This military public announcement color film is about the dangers to military aircraft by the Albatross / Goonie bird population on the Hawaiian Midway Atoll. It dates to the late 1950s, as 1957 numbers are given. The film was part of a campaign by the U.S. military to be allowed to curb bird populations so that Midway would remain a viable landing area for aircraft. However eventually the island was abandoned by the military and reverted to an island strictly for the birds -- and today it is a...
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This film shows early 8mm footage of the USS Indianapolis in Portland, Oregon in 1937. The occasion was Navy Day. Joining the Indy for this event was USS Chester, USS Pensacola and other warships. The poor condition of the film is quite evident; but this remains some of the only footage to show the Indianapolis in the pre-WWII era and so is considered quite precious. USS Indianapolis (CA-35) was a Portland-class cruiser of the United States Navy. She served as flagship for Admiral Raymond...
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Produced by Warner Bros. in cooperation with the United States Navy in 1940, "The Eyes of the Navy" is a pre-WWII recruiting film that portrays the exciting life of young aviators. The film features basic naval aviator training in Pensacola, Florida ( 2:30 ) and advanced training at Naval Air Station San Diego, California ( 9:50 ). Various phases of instruction are shown, from classroom work and ground school,, to instrument training in a Link trainer ( 5:24 ), solo flight and carrier...
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The 1950s color training film “Dangers Along Haulage Ways” is a cautionary tale promoting mine safety. The scenarios are re-enactments based on case files. As the story opens, a mine worker is seriously injured because his thoughts were on an upcoming hunting trip — not on safety. Rather than drive his shuttle car in the direction of travel, “Mike” puts his vehicle in reverse (mark  02:30 ) and at a high rate of speed. The safety engineer doesn’t approve of such behavior ( 04:20 )...
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S O S Coast Guard (1937) is a Republic film serial. It was the seventh of the sixty-six serials made by Republic. The plot concerns the mad scientist Boroff (Bela Lugosi) attempting to sell a superweapon to the highest bidder, opposed by Coast Guard Lieutenant Terry Kent (Ralph Byrd), for both personal and professional reasons. The main stars were Bela Lugosi and Ralph Byrd. It was made during the 2-year period when the Hayes Office put a moratorium on horror movies, Lugosi's usual genre, and...
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S O S Coast Guard (1937) is a Republic film serial. It was the seventh of the sixty-six serials made by Republic. The plot concerns the mad scientist Boroff (Bela Lugosi) attempting to sell a superweapon to the highest bidder, opposed by Coast Guard Lieutenant Terry Kent (Ralph Byrd), for both personal and professional reasons. The main stars were Bela Lugosi and Ralph Byrd. It was made during the 2-year period when the Hayes Office put a moratorium on horror movies, Lugosi's usual genre, and...
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This 1962 United States Navy training film, produced by the Jamieson Film Company, is titled “Vision In Military Aviation” The Sense Of Sight” and opens with jet fighters launching from the deck of an aircraft carrier as the narrator explains how military pilots must rely on all of their senses to successfully operate an aircraft. The sense of sight, however, is the most important. From reading charts and instrument panels to identifying targets on the ground, the importance of proper...
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“Operation Hideout” was an episode of the CBS television series Navy Log, originally airing on February 20, 1957. (The series was touted as a military drama based on true naval stories.) This episode was produced and directed by Samuel Gallu and starred Ward Costello, Crahan Denton, and Paul Richards. Made in an era before submariners made trips around the world underwater without surfacing, "Operation Hideout" may seem a bit silly to the modern viewer. However in the 1950s the...
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Made in 1952, "Command of the Seas" is a series of four, full color films that document America's post-WWII Navy. Intended to promote the important role the fleet could play in Cold War conflicts (such as the recently-stalemated Korean War), the films showcase an era of growth and expansion. As new, nuclear powered submarines and angled deck aircraft carriers take to the seas, helicopters, missiles, rockets and jet fighters take to the skies. This “Command of the Seas” film...
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This film, REPORT OF THE NAVY tracks two years of the Navy’s progress ( 1:03 ) in the post-WWII era. In October 1952, a fleet from Norfolk, Virginia heads for Scotland ( 1:16 ) for operation Mainbrace ( 1:30 ). It will test NATO’s ability to operate under a common command for a common purpose. The fleet of 160 consisted of carriers, battleships, cruisers, destroyers, submarines, tankers and supply ships ( 1:52 ). After preparations the first part commences ( 2:30 ). This will be air support...
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KNOW YOUR ALLY: BRITAIN is a 45-minute propaganda film made in 1944. It was narrated by Walter Huston and produced by the United States War Department and Signal Corp to solidify Anglo-American solidarity within the ranks as well as counter Nazi propaganda aimed at weakening the Alliance. The film was one of the 17 documentaries supervised by producer-director Frank Capra (including the famed "Why We Fight" series).  The "Know Your Enemy" / "Know Your Ally" was...
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“A whole new world is opening up. A world beneath the sea.” Those are the opening words of the United States Navy film, “World of the Sea.” The 1973 documentary that takes the viewer beneath the waves as the narrator explains how the Navy must perform essential support maneuvers underwater, whether it be in submarines or by using divers for missions such as salvage and repair, underwater construction, study of acoustics, or scientific research. Amidst scenes of divers in the ocean as...
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This black and white documentary film on Siam is dated 1947. (The name Siam was changed back to Thailand in 1948.) It was produced by Edmund Reek, and narrated by George Carson Putnam. It opens with the Democracy Monument in Bangkok, Thailand, followed by views of the streets and shrines (:11-:36). Buddhist monks enter the Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall, where the magnificent royal architecture is shown (:37-:51). The Golden Urn receives the bodies of kings when they die (:52- 1:02 ). Military...
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This B&W television episode of YESTERDAY'S NEWSREEL features eight segments of historic highlights, voiced by Tom Hale unless otherwise noted. The first segment “Finlandia” begins with Finland’s independence from the Russian Federation on April 13, 1918 (:44). Baron Carl Gustav Mannerheim reviews his troops in Senaatintori Square (:45- 1:07 ). In Washington, D.C., U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Morgenthau Jr. accepts a check from Finland on its WWI debt ( 1:40 - 1:58 ). In 1939,...
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We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional information about our videos by adding a comment! See something interesting? Tell people what it is and what they can see by writing something for example like: "01:00:12:00 -- President Roosevelt is seen meeting with Winston Churchill at the Quebec Conference." This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage collections in...
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“Should the day ever come when our ports and ships are targets for enemy sabotage, these men will be ready. Should the day ever come when the sea around us becomes a haven for enemy submarines, these men will be ready. Should the day ever come when this barren stretch of beach becomes a port of entry for enemy agents, these men will be ready.” It is with this dramatic preface that the viewer is introduced to the 17,000 officers, men, and women who make up the United States Coast Guard...
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Made during WWII by the British Ministry of Information, this Merchant Marine film was directed by J.B. Holmes, and compares to other films of the era including Men of the Light Ship. It shows the sinking of a British merchant ship by Nazi torpedo and the aftermath. It contains very realistic footage of a ship sinking, the evacuation of the crew, and rescue operations by coast guardsmen. This is followed by a lengthy segment about the defensive training of merchant marine members, including...
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Made to show U.S. Navy activities in the arctic and antarctic, "Oceanographer in the Polar Regions" shows some of the exploration and support work conducted during the Cold War. Teams are shown examining ice cores, launching weather balloons and manning weather stations, and conducting studies of sea life. At  6:20 , the submarine USS Seadragon is seen surfacing at the North Pole, and views under the idea are seen. Divers are also seen at the 6 minute mark in special cold water...
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This 1950 black and white film is one of a series of traffic safety films. It was produced for Lumbermens Mutual Casualty Company by Traffic Safety Films Inc, in conjunction with the Los Angeles Police Department. The focus of this public safety video is to encourage drivers to control their tempers, use patience while driving, and be aware of dangerous driving. The film begins with an Education Unit police officer opening a binder titled “Driver Irritations” ( 0:07 - 0:29 ). The camera...
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Produced by Joseph Yolo and narrated by Tom Bostic, Southeast Alaska: Our Magnificent Northland is a short film promoting Southeast Alaska. Despite the end of the gold rush era, Alaska still has a special allure to it. Unlike much of the rest of the state—and countries with a similar latitude—Southeast Alaska has a mild climate, tempered by a warm water current. Covering much of Southeast Alaska is the Tongass National Forest ( 02:31 ), home to millions of hemlock and spruce, totem poles,...
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Made during the Cold War, this Soviet classroom film shows some of the Soviet Union's telescopes. At :55, a gigantic glass mirror is seen being shaped, and at  1:00  it is seen in place in the observatory.  We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional information about our videos by adding a comment! See something interesting? Tell people what it is and what they can see by writing something for example: "01:00:12:00 -- President Roosevelt is seen meeting...
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Rocks beneath the sea may hold the oil and gas necessary to sustain future generations. That is the message of “Deep Sea Endeavour,” a 1960s color film by the Shell Oil Company. The only way to determine if oil exists in commercial quantity is by drilling (mark  02:49 ), as we look at drilling platforms at sea. The narrator explains that the platforms are fastened to the seafloor and we visit one structure positioned off the coast of Spain at mark  03:43 . At mark  04:30  we see another...
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This silent 16m home movie contains various scenes of aviation in the 1920s. The start of the film shows a Ford TriMotor in operation. The sign at  1:53  says that this is the "Remrand", an airplane that was owned by Remington Rand and tail  #NC1780 , built in 1927. It's unclear who was flying on the airplane, but it definitely looks like an inaugural flight of some kind. This 4-AT-11 airplane flew for both Safety Airlines, later reorganized as New York Safety Airlines. At  4:15...
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NOTE: Substandard print. Apologies for the issues. An extremely well-made film produced by the Army Air Forces to show the planning and execution of a program of convalescence at an Army Air Force hospital. Wounded in action, probably low in spirits and discouraged about their particular disabilities, these men are in- corporated immediately into a constructive, active program that helps to build their bodies and minds back to normal ability to function effectively. Instead of an enforced...
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Produced during WWII, this Coast Guard Report, "Coast Guard at War Along Our Shores" shows the USCG as it operated near the continental USA. Coast Guardsmen are seen training at the Coast Guard Academy, study sabotage detection, battle a ship fire, and patrol a beach. An icebreaker clears a channel for ore carriers on the Great Lakes. FBI agents pose with German spies captured by the Coast Guard. Shows the cutter Icarus, a convoy, airplanes, helicopters, airships, an amphibious...
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Produced as part of Sterling Films' "Celluloid College" in 1947, Basic Motion Picture Technique is an educational film on the basics of filming a motion picture. It was made by Roy Creveling and Emil Brodbeck as edutainment. The film “has been carefully designed to teach exactly what it is that makes a movie interesting and enjoyable to an audience. It teaches technique, the ‘art’ of using the camera.” The first lesson deals with panning ( 01:21 ). A camera operator in front...
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Dating to 1943, "Interrogation of Enemy Airmen" is a WWII training film that was made by the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), predecessor to the Central Intelligence Agency, to train American "AIOs" (Air Intelligence Officers) in techniques for interrogating captured enemy airmen, gathering vital intelligence. The film provides a look inside an AIO training school, where candidates learn a variety of interrogation methods, the importance of thoroughly familiarizing...
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This short film touts the superiority of the 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air over Ford and Plymouth. The reasons given include high engine torque twisting power at the transmission (:14); matched rear axles (:23), better weight distribution provides traction to the rear wheels (:28), and better power-to-weight ratio (:39). These points are visualized as a Chevy is shown pulling 16 different full-size makes from other car companies (:48). A dynamometer ( 1:19 ) measures engine power. A special torque...
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Chevrolet’s “Modern Engineering Series” is a series of films produced by Jam Handy in the mid-1950s that promote the innovative features of Chevrolet vehicles. “Modern Engineering Series Vol. 3: Torque Talk” looks at the torque of the new Chevrolets, and tests a Chevrolet against comparable Ford and Plymouth models. At the General Motors Proving Ground in Milford, Michigan ( 00:53 ), Chevrolets are tested for torque. What appears to be a 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air is tested by pulling 16...
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The “Dew Line Story” is mostly based in the arctic (:20) where the majority of the year is cloaked in darkness and freezing temperatures. Yet the once impassable area was now, in the “air age”, another area from which opposing forces could strike from ( 1:12 ). A decision is made to build a radar early warning line north of the Arctic circle and sprouting from Alaska ( 2:12 ). This line is the Distant Early Warning Line, aka the “Dew Line” ( 2:23 ). The decision as to who would...
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Made during WWII, this silent German film shows how to deal with British incendiary bombs, the type that were dropped on many European cities during the course of the war including Dresden. The film shows a 30LB British bomb at :43, and explains how it is very difficult to extinguish due to the presence of phosphorus. At 2:00 the internal workings of the bomb are shown, comprising of a detonator that ignites the phosphorus, along with a casing that burns at high temperature. At 7:05 the effects...
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This newsreel is titled The Story of Canadian Pine made by the Canadian Government Motion Picture Bureau in the mid to late 1930’s. Starting with freshly cut, raw Canadian pine floating in a tributary of the Ottawa River ( 1:20 ), the viewer is taken along the story of pine manufacturing and all its production stages. Starting in spring, river men move the logs downstream with the help of tug boats. ( 1:28 ) The logs are floated into a boon, an assembly point of wood logs that appear almost...
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This 1935 film by RKO Radio Pictures is narrated by veteran radio announcer Alois Havrilla and was produced by the Van Beuren Corporation. Alois highlights six different aspects of Moroccan life. His trip begins at the port of Casablanca ( 1:31 ) from which he drove to the Morocco city of Marrakesh (Marrakech in French). This city, founded in 1062, lies off the northern slope of the Atlas Mountains ( 1:41 ). The remains of ancient walls ( 1:50 ) overlook a road used by horseback riders, cars,...
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Made in 1943, this silent home movie shows the induction services for draftees held at the University of Arizona in Tucson during WWII. It was one of several films made to document selectees, who include (based on the names shown) many hispanic Americans and perhaps some native Americans. Exactly why these movies were shot is unclear, but what they do underscore is the level of sacrifice made by citizens around the USA during the war. The film begins with a title card stating that...
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This black and white film VIVA MEXICO! is part of RKO Radio Pictures “This is America” series. These films were produced in hopes of keeping Mexico and other "south of the border" nations strongly allied with the USA in its WWII fight with the Axis. (Some background on this: during World War I Germany asked Mexico for its support in the event the USA entered the conflict, causing consternation in America.) Viva Mexico! was produced between June 1, 1942 and September 2, 1945 since...
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This silent film UNE PLONGEE DU "RUBIS" was one of a series of shorts made by a young Jacques Cousteau immediately after WWII. The film shows dive tests which Cousteau performed aboard the venerable French submarine Rubis.The goal was to show how men could use an airlock aboard the submarine to emerge underwater, both for research and potentially as a means of escape. Not really mentioned in the film is the fact that, in order to shoot it, Cousteau developed a series of camera...
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Made during the Cold War, this historic film in Russian shows the principles behind development of plasma engines for possible use in space travel.  A plasma propulsion engine is a type of electric propulsion that generates thrust from a quasi-neutral plasma. This is in contrast to ion thruster engines, which generate thrust through extracting an ion current from plasma source, which is then accelerated to high velocities using grids/anodes. These exist in many forms (see electric propulsion)....
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This U.S. Navy newsreel shows the launch of the USS Robert E. Lee, one of the new Polaris nuclear missile submarines. At :40, the USS Triton is seen in acceptance trials. This was the Navy's largest submarine, equipped with twin nuclear reactors. At 1:19 , the USS George Washington, prototype Polaris SSBN, is seen at Groton. At 1:58 , Navy divers from the USS Archerfish demonstrate the buoyant ascent method of escape from a crippled submarine from a depth of 300 feet. At 2:37 , Sierra Sam the...
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Made just prior to U.S. entry into World War II, this Official Films newsreel, “News Thrills: 1941, Vol. II,” recaps some of the social, military, and political events of 1941. The newsreel begins with photographers having fun photographing people on the sandy beaches of Venice, California ( 00:19 ). The next segment covers the first test flight of the world’s largest bomber, the Douglas B-19, as it takes off from Santa Monica, California ( 01:34 ) and lands at March Air Base near...
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Made in the 1970s to commemorate the Soviet victory over Fascist Germany, this short film portrays the defense of Moscow against the Wehrmacht in 1941-42. It includes a speech made by Stalin at the 1:15 mark, rallying his forces against the invaders. The film includes footage of Russian tank and artillery forces, as well as infantry, assaulting the Germans. The film is also rife with images showing lend-lease supplies such as tanks, and hordes of well-armed, camouflaged troops in winter white,...
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The House Fly, a 1958 educational film produced by Encyclopedia Britannica Films, offers an overview of the common house fly (musca domestica), including its anatomy, life cycle, and what the public can do to prevent health concerns caused by the fly. The film shows a woman cooking in the kitchen ( 00:45 ), where a fly is pestering her. The narrator says that the fly can visit a number of unsanitary places before arriving in the kitchen, highlighting the fly’s ability to spread disease. The...
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This exciting promotional film for Pan Am's new "double deck Clipper", the Boeing 377 Stratocruiser, was made in the last 1940s as the airplane entered worldwide service. Although the film is extremely persuasive about the aircraft's capabilities, the 377 was a disappointment for Boeing with only 55 aircraft plus prototype built before its production was cancelled. The plane suffered from a poor safety record (including a crash-landing at sea in the Pacific documented elsewhere on our...
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This 1965 color film takes its viewer on a tour of the U.S. Navy's submarine training school at New London, Connecticut and includes includes a tour of the school's library and museum (mark 03:00) and a look at submariner history including the H.L. Hunley, a Confederate sub used during the Civil War (mark 04:45). The film rolls on with a demonstration of their submarine simulator (mark 07:13) and various other simulators used to train officers and sailors. The USS Grouper (SS-214) is shown at...
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Made in 1943, ROAD TO BERLIN was released as Official War Film #8. This industrial incentive film examines the logistical and tactical gauntlet that supplies sent to the European Theater faced to reach the front, including the German U-boat wolfpacks which at the time were exacting a heavy toll on convoys. The film opens with a wolf pack of submarines meeting northwest of the coast of Britain ( 1:00 ). American, Dutch and British ships are under torpedo attack ( 1:24 ). The Army Transportation...
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The United States Air Force presents “Cape Kennedy 1964,” a color film examining operations at the John F. Kennedy Space Center in Florida in 1964. We learn how a communications satellite was launched from the space center that enabled people to watch live coverage of the Olympic Games from Tokyo, and more interestingly looks at some of the preparation for the Gemini program flights scheduled for 1965 and the ongoing development of Minuteman ballistic missile. At  4:30 , Polaris ballistic...
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Created by the U.S. Navy's Industrial Incentive Division and the Office of Strategic Service (OSS) during WWII, this "Nazi version" of the Normandy invasion is a translated, authentic German newsreel. The strategy at work here is taken from Frank Capra, who used authentic enemy newsreels and motion picture films in his "Why We Fight" series to provide insight into the Axis. This film, like "Why We Fight", was intended to make its intended audience — American war...
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Made during WWII by Curtiss, this film was created to introduce U.S. Navy pilots to their new SB2C Helldiver, a carrier-based dive bomber aircraft produced for the US Navy. Due to the advent of air-to-ground rockets, the SB2C was the last purpose-built dive bomber produced. The aircraft was one of the more maligned planes to be put into production, and developed a bad reputation in early service. While manufacturers produced many similar films during the war, one has to wonder whether this...
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This silent newsreel shows the Battle of Cantigny, "America's first great battle" of the Great War, starting on May 28, 1918. At :36, French artillery manned by Americans fires fusillades at the German positions. At 1:02 , ammunition is passed to the gun crews. At 1:19 , views of No Man's Land are seen with artillery firing across trenches. At 1:47 , the artillery is seen landing in No Man's Land and throwing up huge chunks of earth. At 2:20 , Marines make an assault supported by...
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This infamous 1950's tobbaco industry film TOBACCOLAND ON PARADE attempts to show why the tobacco industry is good for everybody in the United States of America! It makes sports more fun, it shows how important to commerce smoking is, it shows how tobacco is processed. Back to the slave days. Great fun in the light of what we know about the industry today. Guest appearances by Arthur Godfrey, Bob Hope, Perry Como and Parker Fenelly. At mark  01:16 , the America people are shown active in...
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This film, A NIGHT ON JACKRABBIT MESA (adopted for the Department of the Army’s use) was produced under the supervision and cooperation of the U.S. Air Force, Army and Navy. The film shows the aftermath of a fatal military plane crash, and explores the role of civil authorities in dealing with the emergency. The film was likely produced as a result of heightened dangers to civilians during the Cold War, with military airplane accidents occurring with some frequency, some involving...
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Made sometime in the early 1970s (probably 1971) by McDonnell Douglas after the Blue Angels had transition to the company's F-4 Phantom, the stylish DIAMOND IN THE SKY was produced by Thomas Carlisile and directed by Vince Griffith. It features a soundtrack performed by the Pensacola Naval Air Station Band and a score by John Fluck and Thomas Carlisle. The film contains footage at  2:47  of the F-4 Phantom aboard the aircraft carrier USS Saratoga (CV-60). At  6:00 , Naval Air Station...
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Pan Am India is a 1960 promotional travel film produced by MovieToNews, Inc. Sorry it's not in English but I think you can get the idea anyway! The short documentary is about travel to India in 1960 via Pan American Airways and documented the unique culture, architecture, and daily life of Indian residents. The narration of the film is in Japanese (?). The film featured lovely, eye-catching clips, including: one of a man resembling Gandhi (mark 0:25 ), then starting at mark 1:33 , an aerial...
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This Soviet film, made for the indoctrination of Red Army infantry troops, highlights many aspects of marksmanship including the use of the standard issue Kalashnikov rifle AK-47, small arms, and the Kalashnikov machine gun. Narration: We’ve been doing marksmanship training for many days now. It is difficult. But as Suvorov said, “What is difficult in training will become easy in a battle.” (01.00) The Kalashnikov assault rifle is the powerful and reliable service rifle of the Soviet...
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This amazing 16mm film shows Shanghai, China as it appeared in the immediate post-WWII period, prior to the collapse of the nationalist Chinese government. The film was released in 1947 by Castle. At :20, the waterfront and cityscape are seen in this "city of 10 million". At :30, junks are seeing plying the Yangtze and nearby Suzhou Creek. At  1:30 , men are seen moving barges with long poles. At  1:44 , Western warships are noticeable in the harbor at Shanghai. On the docks...
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“Our Crucial Deterrent” is a circa 1972 color United States Navy film that touts the importance of the Polaris and Poseidon submarine missile programs. An opening crawl quotes President John F. Kennedy in his 1961 State of the Union address and explains his plan to create the crucial deterrent, “a fleet that never will attack first, but will possess sufficient powers of retaliation concealed beneath the sea, to discourage any aggressor from launching an attack upon our security.” At...
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These 1950s newsreels show the U.S. Navy's JATO-launched Regulus cruise missile. The early part of the film shows the missile being launched from the carrier USS Princeton. The missile is then guided to a landing -- it has a tricycle style landing gear allowing it to be recovered and used again. At :48, the missile is shown launched from an aircraft catapult. At 1:02 , the missile is once again launched by JATO from the cruiser USS Helena. REGULUS: THE FIRST NUCLEAR MISSILE SUBMARINES...
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This 1963 black and white film, produced by the Army, is part of “The Big Picture” television series narrated by actor Raymond Massey. The host is Army Master Sergeant Stuart Queen. The film’s focus is Dwight D. Eisenhower’s military career, with a great deal of battlefield live footage (:38- 1:00 ). 1945, crowds gather in Abilene, Kansas for a parade celebrating the return of General Eisenhower, shown in full military uniform standing and saluting in his vehicle and in the stands (...
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“Skyline New York” is a circa 1955 TWA travel film encouraging vacationers to visit the Big Apple. Produced by Dudley Pictures Corporation, the color picture offers a tour of New York City in late 1954 as two teenage girls travel to NYC on vacation aboard a TWA Lockheed Constellation. “You can fly coast to coast in only eight hours!” one of the girls tells her parents at mark  01:56 . They fly over the Grand Canyon (mark  03:25 ) and enjoy a massive lunch before flying over Manhattan...
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Aerospace and technology company Lockheed presents “You Have To Get Up Pretty Damn Early To Beat The TriStar — an early 1970s color film promoting the Lockheed L-1011 TriStar, a medium-to-long-range, wide-body airliner that took its first flight in 1972 with Eastern Air Lines. Hank Dees, a test and research pilot, greets the viewer starting at mark  00:49  and discusses the flight program in detail as we watch test footage of the aircraft and Dees discusses the engineering and design...
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“The Guardian Angel” is a black-and-white Sikorsky Aircraft film (made in cooperation with the US Department of Defense) that tells the viewer of helicopter operations during the Korean War. It opens onboard the USS Missouri (BB-63) at mark  00:30  followed by several destroyers as they cut through the water and launch an R-5 helicopter for a man-overboard call. Helicopters are also shown being used to transport men from ship to ship. They can travel slowly over sea or land, we’re told,...
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Shot by an unknown American in the spring of 1949, this film (one of a three parter) is a silent home movie shot on 16mm film. This reel shows a visit to Switzerland, including a trip on the Rhine River. There is also a train ride through the alps shown at about ( 6:30 ). A bus marked Grindelwald is seen at ( 14:21 ) and Kleine Scheidegg at ( 15:01 ).  We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional information about our videos by adding a comment! See something...
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Note: this film is entirely in Hebrew. Anyone who wants to translate a bit of it for us and post details, is very welcome! One of fifteen films made by beloved author Joseph Krumgold working with Norman Lourie, ISRAEL HOUSE IN THE DESERT won a medal for best documentary at the Venice Film Festival in 1948. The film was used to raise money and awareness in the United States about the plight of Jewish settlers in Palestine as part of the United Palestine Appeal of 1947-48. The film shows the...
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This film "Air Mobile Feasibility Demonstration" chronicles the development of an Air Launched Ballistic Missile system. The ALBM concept was viewed as a potential game changer for strategic deterrence, allowing missiles to be deployed to remote locations at a moments' notice. As shown in the film, starting in the early 1970s, the USAF tested air-launching a Minuteman 1b ICBM from a C-5A Galaxy transport aircraft. Starting around  11:30 , the film shows the final test on 24 October...
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Wings To Italy is a Pan American World Airways promotional video from the 1960s. Produced by Vision Associates, the film opens with shots of Roman ruins ( 00:28 ) and the Colosseum ( 01:29 ) before taking viewers on a tour of Italy, beginning in Rome. A panoramic shot of Rome ( 03:30 ) shows the size of the city and its unique skyline. St. Peter’s Square and Basilica ( 03:42 ) is the first place the film visits, before taking viewers to other historical points of interest, including: Victor...
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Lufthansa presents “Time Flies,” a 1960s color promotional film on the history of the German airline. Narrated by Frank Blair, the film is not only about commercial aviation but also about the “conquest of the air.” “In man’s never ending struggle for more time, the conquest of the air has made the clock, rather than the calendar, time’s cardinal measurement,” says Blair at mark  01:25 . Aviation history moved swiftly, the narrator explains starting  01:40 , from the Wright...
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The earliest-known nuclear scare movie, ONE WORLD OR NONE was released in 1946, just months after the dropping of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Produced by Philip Ragan (whose identity remains something of a mystery) this impressive cartoon was funded by the Federation of American Scientists. It pre-dates all the so-called "Atomic Scare Films" but manages to predict many of the great political, moral and other quandaries created by the atomic bomb. We encourage viewers...
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This 1970s color film is a long advertisement for the Boeing United Airlines 747. “Those United Men and Their Flying Machine” is a play on words of the 1965 film Those Magnificent Men in the Flying Machines, whose theme song by the same name is played throughout this film. It opens with a stuffed Peanuts Snoopy dog sitting on a doghouse in a field, which begins flying after the Red Baron in a biplane (:25- 2:33 ). A United Airlines Boeing 747 flies into view and then back to Snoopy flying...
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This Soviet propaganda film from the height of the Cold War rails against American imperialism and portrays the Soviet Union as a peaceful actor that is helping preserve peace in the world. The film includes anti-Vietnam protests and footage from the Vietnam conflict, including Russia's allies the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese. It also includes Red Square parades with Soviet ICBMs on display, as well as maneuvers by MiGs. Narrator:A sinister series of military conflicts keeps emerging in...
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“DeWalt Saws In The War Program” is a World War II era black-and-white promotional film touting the use of the power tools to combat Axis forces. A scroll beginning at mark  00:35  explains how the United States “is creating the most efficient and finest Army and Navy personnel, equipping them with the best ships, planes, tanks, and guns of history.” Such objectives require the quick construction of training bases — leading the DeWalt company to develop new machines to meet the...
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Presented in English this absolutely shameless Soviet film "Save Our Planet, the Earth" likely dates to 1981. Decidedly anti-war, and cautioning about the risks of the arms race and nuclear war, the film tries to take a firm moral stance against the West and the corrupt and morally bankrupt United States, which is painted as an aggressor. Even from the moment WWII came to an end. as it says at 6;10, General Eisenhower "already had Truman's order to prepare for an atomic war...
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Directed by pioneering female producer Fanchon Royer, "Children of Democracy" presents a rare view of Costa Rica as it appeared in the 1940s, with special focus on the nation's children. The narration is quite praiseful of the "tiny country" and its citizens both young and old who have "North American" attitudes, little poverty to speak of and labor problems. The film begins with images of tourists visiting Irazu volcano by horseback, and at  1:48  the Moravia...
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This 1950 black and white film is one of a series of traffic safety films. It was produced for Lumbermens Mutual Casualty Company by Traffic Safety Films Inc, in conjunction with the Los Angeles Police Department. The focus of this public safety video is to encourage drivers to be aware of the dangers of driving at night both on the road and watching out for pedestrians. The film begins with an Education Unit Police Officer opening a binder titled “Night Driving” ( 0:09 - 0:33 ). A...
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This circa 1942 Goodyear Aircraft black-and-white newsreel opens cold with footage of a US Navy K-class blimp (K-3) emerging from a hanger for a trial flight as the narrator explains how the airship is meant to patrol coastlines as a watchful eye against enemy attack. The airship heads skyward near mark  01:00  as naval and Goodyear personnel watch and the narrator explains how it can be used to look for “any enemy that menaces our shipping or our men of war.” The narrator goes on to...
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Originally presented by Boeing for students (and featuring Boeing bumpers), this newsreel short focuses on the submarine USS Skate and its mission to surface at the North Pole. USS Skate (SSN-578), the third submarine of the United States Navy named for the skate, a type of ray, was the lead ship of the Skate class of nuclear submarines. She was the third nuclear submarine commissioned, the first to make a completely submerged trans-Atlantic crossing, and the second submarine to reach the North...
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An official film made by the U.S. Air Force in the late 1970s, this Aerospace Defense Command News Digest #93 takes a look at the United States' nuclear triad and the Cheyenne Mountain Complex. The film begins with images of the B-52, Polaris missile, and the Minuteman missile, which are known as the "Triad forces" of nuclear defense. Major General Otis C. Moore then describes the mission of the Aerospace Defense Command and the 14th Aerospace Force, which is to warn the President of...
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The Battle of Midway is a stirring, beautiful, and poignant 1942 American documentary film short directed by John Ford. It is a montage of color footage of the Battle of Midway with voice overs of various narrators, including Johnny Governali, Donald Crisp, Henry Fonda, and Jane Darwell. The film begins with a male narrator (Ray Milland) explaining where Midway Island is and its strategic importance, and shows the PBY Catalina seaplane base (previously used by Pan Am for its flying boats)....
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Narrated by Jack Comley, CAN DO: THE STORY OF THE SEABEES tells the story of the U.S. Navy's Seabees or United States Naval Construction Battalions. The film begins with footage of Davisville, Rhode Island, home of the CB's Atlantic headquarters the U.S. Naval Construction Battalion Center. The film provides a brief history of the CBs through photographs showing how the CBs worked in WWII to blast coral reefs, build advance bases, and provide causeways, piers, causeways and other facilities for...
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This silent Kodachrome home movie dates from the 1950s or early 1960s and shows stables at what might be the Los Angeles Equestrian Center in Burbank, the Pico House, Hollywood Blvd. at Christmas time ( 4:55 ) and Sequoia National Park ( 5:43 ). Desmond's department store ( 8:02 ) on Wilshire Blvd., the Pet Haven Pet Cemetery ( 8:30 ) in Gardena, and a miniature golf course ( 9:30 ) are also shown. M.V. Grifith and C.E. Ranzenberger began Pet Haven Cemetery in 1948. The pair were frustrated by...
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This silent 16mm film shows an experiment undertaken to show how a small, light car like the VW Bug could be driven for long distances at low cost due to its fuel efficiency. At the start of the film a brand new VW Beetle is prepared for the trip with a visit to a full service gas station. A clock is used to record the time and a shot shows the odometer ( 3:50 mark), and then at the end these are revisited. In roughly nine hours the car travels 426 miles, although it's unclear exactly whether...
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Made during the Cold War by the Soviet Union, "Peace in Europe" is a detente-era propaganda film that encourages peaceful relations between Russia and Western Europe, while also taking a stand against NATO, the militarization of the continent, and Ronald Reagan's Star Wars program aka SDI. It was likely made in the mid-1980s after the Helsinki Accords and the Conference on Security and Co-operation in Europe. At  2:00 , peace protests are seen at the Greenham Common Peace Camp....
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Dating to the 1930s, this 16mm silent film is ostensibly a study of the geography of the Orkney Islands. Interestingly, when this film was recovered by collector C.E. Daniel (who runs the website danielsww2.com) this film was in a Luftwaffe marked canister. We can assume based on this that the film was actively being shown to Luftwaffe crews during the war, and that makes sense since a film like this one would have greatly added to their navigational prowess. Normally a silent film like this...
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THE NEXT OF KIN, also known as Next of Kin, is a 1942 World War II propaganda film produced by Ealing Studios. The film was originally commissioned by the British War Office as a training film to promote the government propaganda message that "Careless talk costs lives". After being taken on by Ealing Studios, the project was expanded and given a successful commercial release. After World War II and up until at least the mid 1960s, services in British Commonwealth countries continued...
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This 1964 U.S Navy documentary looks at the Navy's Marine Mammal Program. It is narrated by Commander Glenn Ford, USNR, a renowned Hollywood actor. Here at mark  1:40  on the edge of the pacific zone 50 miles north of Los angeles is the U.S. Navy base Pt. Mugu, a major center for the Navy space studies and missile experiments. It is also the location of one of the most fascinating program that US has ever launched, a program for studying dolphins. At mark  02:10 , a naval officer is seen...
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This 1960 B&W film by the Editors of Fortune revolves around the executives in a marketing company deciding whether or not to buy an EDP (electronic data processor), which they also refer to as a computer. Featured in the film (although not mentioned by brand name) are IBM mainframe computers including the IBM 026 key card punch (seen at 15:59 ). In the film, five well-dressed executives sit in an office discussing whether purchasing an EDP will provide enough benefits to offset the cost (...
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These extraordinary silent 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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This 1960 color film was produced by the Societe Nouvelle Pathe Cinema and directed by Jean-Jacques Languepin. A see-through model of the Sud Aviation Air France Caravelle jet airliner is shown. The two engines are uniquely located in the tail fuselage ( 1:08 - 1:35 ). A view of the cockpit instrument panel is shown ( 1:36 - 1:47 ). Behind a network of tubing is a turbine with blades cut as fine as diamonds, shown up close ( 1:48 - 2:02 ). More of the cockpit is shown ( 2:03 - 2:13 )....
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This silent film shows some of the events on May 8, 1945, Victory in Europe Day aka V-E Day, in London. The film was shot by I. Weiss according to a credit, with additional photography by J.Y. Saunders and F.V. Swanson. The film starts at :28 with large crowds and then at :33 moves to Trafalgar Square, where a sign on Nelson's column says "Give Thanks by Saving" (:53). At 1:02 , soldiers shake hands and do a small dance, while at 1:16 women in uniform wave scarves. At 1:22 an Israeli...
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