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This Yesterday’s Newsreel film (episode 15) offers the viewer “television highlights of the news of yesteryear” by providing vintage clips of famous people and events from the first half of the 20th century. The film opens with a segment on Theodore Roosevelt, 1858-1919. Footage shows Roosevelt speaking at some sort of rally (01:09), and the Rough Riders riding horses in Cuba. Police in New York City fight with protestors (01:50). There are shots of U.S. Navy ships and men training for...
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Southwestern Indian Dances is a short 1947 film that is a part of Dudley Pictures Corporation’s This Land Of Ours series. The film documents the annual Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial held in Gallup, NM, which “strives to be the oldest, most cultural aware and respected event in the U.S.” The Ceremonial features a rodeo, traditional dances, and fine arts and artifacts of the Indians of the American Southwest (Navajo, Pueblo, Kiowa, Apache, and Jemez). The film opens with footage of the...
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This 1970 color film by Lockheed is about food service testing on a mockup Lockheed L-1011 TriStar. It is great for showing stewardess outfits and hairstyles from 1970 as different airlines were used in the joint test.  A woman receives boarding passes at a table. The empty passenger section is shown. The name pins are shown for stewardesses from Air Canada, Delta, Eastern Airlines, and TWA (:18-1:33). The program control room to watch the test in has closed circuit television sets and a room...
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"Holloman -- Frontier of the Future" tells the story of the Air Force Missile Development Center at Holloman, New Mexico. The Air Force Missile Development Center and its predecessors were Cold War units that conducted and supported numerous missile tests using facilities at Holloman. The film features rare footage of the Holloman / White Sands test range, home to various test and research programs by defense contractors. Falcon Missiles are being shown tested aboard an F-102 fighter...
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Flight was a television show from 1958, and this episode is entitled THE DERELICT. It was directed by Jean Yarbrough, written by Arthur Brown, Jr. and features a cast that includes Robert Christopher, Patrick Waltz, Christopher Dark, Ray Montgomery, Ed Perry, William Cassidy, Steve Ihnat. Flight ran from 1958-59 and was hosted by George C. Kenney. In this particular episode a B-47 bomber catches fire in mid-air, and its crew must make a desperate decision about whether to bail out of the...
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This brief film takes a look at Rocketdyne, the American rocket engine design and production company founded in 1955. It shows the engines they produced for the Saturn V launch vehicle and provides an in depth look at the newly designed nozzle. It is presented by Rocketdyne (:10). The film opens with the information that the Rocketdyne liquid propellant engines have been reliable in support of the national military and civilian aerospace programs (:25). The Saturn V vehicle (:34). Rocketdyne...
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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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Created to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the founding of the State of Israel, this historic film features images of remembrance ceremonies for those lost in the 1948 war of independence. David Ben-Gurion and many other leaders of the Jewish state are featured. The film also contains an impressive military parade and a celebratory pageant with fireworks. This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage...
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Founded in the USA in 1894, Dunham-Bush is one of the oldest global commercial air conditioning products manufacturers.  This film from the 1960s gives an overview of the company and its subsidiaries which included Mack Trucks, The Signal Companies, and real estate and housing, among others. One of its manufacturing facilities is pictured in Riverside, California (1:20) and the headquarters in West Hartford, Connecticut (1:24). A span of other cities they are located in follows (1:26). Inside...
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This 1944 Castle Films silent newsreel shows action highlights from WWII, including the invasion of France by Allied forces on D-Day. Tens of thousands of Nazi prisoners are taken during the invasion, and General Eisenhower appears at the Arc de Triumphe as Allied troops enter Paris. At the 1:30 mark, U.S. troops are seen invading German soil and gun camera footage at the 1:45 mark shows strafing of enemy trains, air bases and so on. The capture of Aachen is also shown at the 2 minute mark. At...
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This short, silent home movie shows Governor George Wallace interacting with crowds at some sort of parade (see around 4:03:00 ) George Corley Wallace Jr. (August 25, 1919 – September 13, 1998) was an American politician and the 45th Governor of Alabama, having served two nonconsecutive terms and two consecutive terms as a Democrat: 1963–1967, 1971–1979 and 1983–1987. Wallace has the third longest gubernatorial tenure in post-Constitutional U.S. history at 5,848 days. After four runs...
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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 silent film from 1948 shows the training of a group of volunteer firefighters, demonstrating the elimination of large fires on industrial sights.  It opens and closes with the extinguishing of a fire at an oil well. Title plate (:11-1:03).  Sign for the Purisima Number 44 oil well (1:04-1:07) near Lompoc, California.  Long shot of the oil well, completely ablaze.  A man with a hard hat runs past camera.  Pieces start to fall off the rig, at first small, then larger, more structurally...
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Shot in the 1950s, this film profiles the United States Coast Guard Academy (USCGA), the military academy of the United States Coast Guard located in New London, Connecticut. The four year program offered by the Academy is described, and the various academy, athletic and other opportunities presented detailed. The venerable sailing vessel Eagle is shown conducting a cruise to Europe, escorted by the USCGC Campbell (WPG-32) a 327-foot (100 m) Secretary-Class (also known as "Treasury...
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This silent film shows the production line for the the Hughes OH-6 Cayuse. Nicknamed "Loach", after the requirement acronym LOH—Light Observation Helicopter, the Cayuse 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 the MD 500. This film is part of the...
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Made in 1954 as the U.S. Navy entered the nuclear submarine era, "Take 'Er Down" celebrates the history of the submarine. At :55, the new submarine USS Nautilus is shown on the launching ways. At 1:10 the Navy's first diesel submarine USS Holland is shown in operation. At 1:28 the L and K class boats of WWI are shown, and then R and S class boats.  At 1:57 the outbreak of WWII at Pearl Harbor is shown, and then a brief history of the submarine force operating in the Pacific from...
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This silent film is Reel 4 of AMERICA GOES OVER, a silent documentary propaganda film produced by the US Army Signal Corp in 1918.  The film documents the activities of the American Expeditionary Forces in World War I under General John J. Pershing. The movie was a product of the Division of Films of the Committee on Public Information, the Washington, DC-based federal agency in charge of wartime propaganda in the United States. This reel opens with footage in March 21, 1918 as the Germans...
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John Deere Industrial Tractors and Equipment’s 1959 film, What’s New In Industrial Equipment, shows the full 1959 lineup of the company’s industrial equipment including the 830 and 840 tractors. The “full line in ‘59” drive in a single row across a field (00:28). The line features tractors, back hoes, and bulldozers. A man drives a front loader into a John Deere warehouse. The film provides an up-close look at the engine components of a diesel engine used in the tractors. A 440...
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Combat Bulletin 47, produced by the Signal Corps’ Army Pictorial Service in 1945 provides viewers with updates on the war. The film begins with the Tokyo strikes in February 1945, showing Task Force 58 heading to Japan (01:18), despite adverse weather conditions. Planes take off and fly past Mt. Fuji (01:54) on their way to strafe Japanese ships and attack Japan’s aircraft factories (02:40). The U.S. attack devastates some of Japan’s most important engine and assembly plants (03:18). The...
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16mm film of newsreels made by Harry Humbert Coburn during WWI. These silent films are part of the Indiana State Library collection, and were re-released as part of a preservation campaign by ISL and the Lilly Endowment. Includes amazing coverage of the war years including Fort Benjamin Harrison, where troops were trained en masse, a bond parade featuring Douglas Fairbanks, all the way through the Armistice Day parade and the construction of the Indiana War Memorial. This film is part of the...
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This highly-unusual promotional film for the F-16 made by General Dynamics consists mainly of interviews with 20th Century fighter-pilot aces as they recall the performance of their planes and of enemy aircraft. Aces interviewed include W.C. Bill Lambert from World War 1 (footage of Manfred Baron von Richthofen is also shown in this segment); Adolf Galland from the Spanish Civil War and World War 2; Douglas Bader, Robert Stanford-Tuck, Sven Heglund, David Lee Tex Hill, and Erich Hartmann from...
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This extremely rare silent film shows the 1927 Dole Air Race from Oakland, California to Honolulu Hawaii.  The race was one of the most tragic episodes in aviation history, costing ten human lives and destroying six aircraft.  More on this below: The Dole Air Race, also known as the Dole Derby, was a tragic air race across the Pacific Ocean from northern California to the Territory of Hawaii in August 1927. Of the 15-18 airplanes entered, eleven were certified to compete but three crashed...
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This film is a 1940 travelogue of Washington DC in glorious color! It includes views of the Pentagon, the Navy Department, the White House, the Treasury Building, the Washington Monument, the old post office, FBI building, the Jefferson Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, the Smithsonian Institution, Mount Vernon, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and the theater where President Lincoln was shot. This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military,...
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This documentary film dates to the early 1970s and presents information about soviet involvement in the middle east, specifically in Egypt as a threat to the nation of Israel. Various representatives of the Israeli Defense Forces are interviewed and footage is shown of Israeli and Arab capabilities, including the Israeli Air Force. Israeli F-4 Phantoms are shown. This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage...
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This is a World War I silent newsreel, primarily showing fighting along the Western Front, including footage of combat in Belgium, and above the snow line in France. Included is footage of The Siege of Antwerp. The Siege of Antwerp was an engagement between the German and the Belgian, British and French armies around the fortified city of Antwerp during World War I. This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock...
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This 1959 color educational film is actual footage mixed with animation to show how supersonic flight occurs. It is Part 3 of a series made by the Shell Film Unit and directed by Denis Segaller. Royal Air Force aircraft is used for the actual footage. Part 2 is reviewed with a diagram of transonic range and how subsonic and supersonic air flow moves around the aircraft (:45-1:05). The animation depicts the entirely supersonic air flow around a fighter plane. The Mach angle is shown for each...
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This fascinating and hilarious film made in celebration of the Army Pictorial Center was produced by Jam Handy (listed as "Handy Jam" in the credits) and contains many wonderful sight and sound gags while presenting the “reel story.” (“Please excuse the long titles we need the reel credit,” a humorous title card reads at mark 00:48). The light-hearted film opens with combat footage from World War II and the sudden need for foot soldiers — and how to quickly and efficiently...
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Created in 1930, this silent film tells the story of the America's Cup Race between tea magnate Thomas J. Lipton's Shamrock V and Harold Vanderbuilt's Enterprise team led by Maj. Brook Heckstall-Smith, C. Sherman Hoyt and John Nicholson.  Spoiler alert,  this was Sir Thomas Lipton's fifth unsuccessful try for the Cup, and the last of his attempts.   Shamrock V was the first British yacht to be built to the new J-Class rule. She was commissioned by Sir Thomas Lipton for his fifth (and...
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This Yesterday’s Newsreel film (episode 32) offers the viewer “television highlights of the news of yesteryear” by providing vintage clips of famous people and events from the first half of the 20th century. The episode starts with women of the Salvation Army marching down a street and others cooking in outdoor kitchens for soldiers during World War I. Footage shows WWI soldiers standing on a street. The first female General of the Salvation Army, Evangeline Booth receives an award for...
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This film from WWII details the Fifth Army and its assault on Anzio in late January, 1944, with hopes of reaching Rome. The Battle of Anzio took place from January 22 (beginning with the Allied amphibious landing known as Operation Shingle) to June 5 (ending with the capture of Rome). The operation was opposed by German forces in the area of Anzio and Nettuno. The operation was initially commanded by Major General John P. Lucas, of the U.S. Army, commanding U.S. VI Corps with the intention...
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Created in the 1970s in the wake of the Vietnam War, "Seas of Tomorrow" presents the Navy during a time of shrinking budgets and shrinking public resolve about funding the U.S. military. The film showcases the Soviet Navy and how it is building strength around the world. The Navy at this moment appeared in crisis, and efforts were made to change various regimens and conditions within the Navy, from improving housing to increased liberty, to allowing more flexible communications...
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Made in the 1930s for classroom use, this historic German film features the Zugspitze Railway in Bavaria, and the cable tram to the top of the mountain. The narrative of the film is about a weather station on top of the Zugspitze, used to monitor snow and rainfall and track cloud and storm formation in the Alps. The Bavarian Zugspitze Railway (German: Bayerische Zugspitzbahn) is one of four rack railways still working in Germany, along with the Wendelstein Railway, the Drachenfels Railway and...
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This Yesterday’s Newsreel film (episode 72) offers the viewer “television highlights of the news of yesteryear” by providing vintage clips of famous people and events from the first half of the 20th century. This episode begins with a short bio on American fighter ace Edward Vernon Rickenbacker, aka “Indestructible Eddie.” The pilot poses next to plane; he flies through French skies during WWI. He is awarded the French medal of honor, Croix de Guerre (01:33). Fans cheer Rickenbacker...
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Originally released by Kodak as part of their Kodascope Library in the late 1920s or early 1930s, this film (main title missing) looks at Alaska Territory and takes a brief look at the wildlife, natural resources and its industry. It opens with a stamp mill being used to crush quartz rock (:59) and turns to fishing ships at port (1:20). The fish are pulled up in large nets and fish are sent flopping all over the deck (1:25). Conveyor belts are used to transport the fish (1:48). The Pribilof...
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This rare World War I newsreel, actually a compilation of newsreels by different companies, dates to before U.S. involvement in the conflict. First, the German supply ship Willehad arrives in New London. This vessel was later seized by U.S. officials because it was the mother ship for the German U-boat Deutschland. Also shown are supply wagons near Strasburg, and German U-boats at Wilhelmshaven, Germany. News headline topics are also incorporated into the newsreel, similar to a magic lantern...
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Movin’ On is a 1968 documentary presented by the United Transportation Union and the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainment and produced and directed by Harold Mayer that recaps the history of the American railroad, with an emphasis on the people who built the railroads and operated the lines. Photographs and footage are used to recreate the visual history of the railways, while folk music from the period alternates with the film’s narration for effective audio. This second half of the film...
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This color film contains raw footage from the Apollo 12 mission in November 1969. Apollo 12 was the sixth crewed flight in the United States Apollo program and the second to land on the Moon. It was launched on November 14, 1969, from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida, U.S.A. Its objective was to perform detailed scientific lunar exploration. The astronauts onboard were Charles "Pete" Conrad, Richard F. Gordon, and Alan L. Bean. The Command and Service Module for the mission was given...
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This short film from the mid-1980s gives viewers a look at the initial piloting of Martin Marietta’s Manned Maneuvering Units (MMUs) in space during NASA’s Challenger mission STS-41-B in 1984. The film opens with astronauts in a space station or shuttle moving around in zero gravity. A Boeing C-135 Stratolifter transport dives in the sky, creating a zero-gravity simulation for the astronauts inside the empty cargo bay. Astronaut Ed White becomes the first American to walk in space on 3 June...
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Made through the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, MILITARY COURTESY AND CUSTOMS OF THE SERVICE is a classic U.S. Army training film about discipline, organization, rank and respect in the military. Includes lessons in rank recognition, how to salute, and much more! Military courtesy, like civil courtesy means the marks of respect shown to each other by men who live and work together. Without this mutual regard, their task would be disrupted and disorganized if not impossible. Take a...
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Released in 1944 by Warner Brothers in cooperation with the U.S. Coast Guard, "Task Force" is a Technicolor short film narrated by Jackson Beck. The film focuses around Coast Guard "Task Force" duty. Besides operational glimpses, the viewer is treated to a snapshot of the life of a Coast Guardsman on and off duty. While the film contains much documentary-style footage, some sections of the film are re-enactments and the scenario presented (in which the USCG battles a German...
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Rest Assured is a 1955 RKO-PATHE Screenliner detailing the scope of running America’s major hotels. The film begins with shots of several famous hotels ( 00:28 ), including Hotel America, Hotel Astor, Hollywood Hotel, Mayflower Hotel, and the Wellington Hotel. When a guest arrives at a hotel’s busting lobby ( 00:50 ), they have little understanding of the work it takes to run such an establishment. In fact, running a major hotel is comparable to being mayor of a small city. The Hotel...
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This black & white educational film is about how people may experience interruption in their travels as essential people will receive preferential treatment due to wartime. No copyright but this is circa the early 1940s.  Opening: RIGHT OF WAY (:06-:20). An announcement is made to people waiting for a train that it is delayed. On a train, there's nowhere to sit. A woman can't get a ticket. A man can't get a taxi and buses are crowded. A car has a flat tire. A sign reads "No Gas"...
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The Screen Writer, produced in cooperation with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, is a short film from 1951 that gives viewers a look at the job of the screen writer. Part of a series of shorts on the key jobs required to make a film, this film explains how an original story is found by an agent, taken to a studio’s story editor, which then leads to the story being adapted into a script by a screen writer. The film also discusses the jobs screen writers have gone on to do. The...
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 The Santa Fe Railroad (Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway), in conjunction with Dudley Pictures Corporation, presented the viewer with this color film, “Southern California Holiday.” Dating to the 1950s, the picture illustrates the theme of vacationing in sunny Southern California and using the Santa Fe railroad system to travel there. Narrated by voice actor Art Gilmore, the film opens with a Santa Fe train speeding down the track at mark 00:45 as the audience is told, “In all the...
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This film introduces its viewer to Fisher Body Division of General Motors, and touts the use of computers in the development and manufacturing of automobiles. Fisher Body was an automobile coachbuilder founded by the Fisher brothers in 1908 in Detroit, Michigan; it was a division of General Motors for many years, but in 1984 was dissolved into other General Motors divisions. Fisher & Company (originally Alrowa Metal Products) continues to use the name. The name was well known to the public,...
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Produced by Consolidated Vultee Aircraft Corporation, Flying The B-24 is a short instructional film that covers “certain of the more fundamental procedures surrounding the handling of the B-24 [four-engine] bomber in flight.” The film uses actual footage of the ship performing the various operations described, complementing exterior shots of the B-24 with matching footage from the cockpit for each maneuver. The film opens with a B-24 on a sandy runway preparing for takeoff (01:21). A pilot...
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This film short celebrates the opening of Calder Hall, the world's first and oldest industrial-scale nuclear power station, at Sellafield in Cumbria. The plant was originally opened by the Queen in 1956 at the start of a new "Atomic Age." While the plant was ostensibly made to produce electricity, the main reason for building Calder Hall was to make plutonium for the nuclear weapons programme, a fact admitted five years after it was constructed.  The station produced 180 megawatts of...
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This Yesterday’s Newsreel film (episode 46) offers the viewer “television highlights of the news of yesteryear” by providing vintage clips of famous people and events from the first half of the 20th century. The episode begins with a look at the life of Calvin Coolidge. The newsreel shows footage of Plymouth, Vermont and the country store where Coolidge was born. It also shows the North Hampton law offices where he practiced. Coolidge poses with his wife and two sons. Soldiers returning...
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This Yesterday’s Newsreel film (episode 61) offers the viewer “television highlights of the news of yesteryear” by providing vintage clips of famous people and events from the first half of the 20th century. The newsreel begins with footage of the destruction caused by an earthquake in the Balkans on 8 March 1931 (00:45). Buildings and homes in towns like Valandovo and Gorovo are reduced to rubble. Homeless families wait in makeshift camps; children sit around a fire and eat. In Belgrade...
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This black & white promotional/educational film is about making shells in populated areas of the USA. The date of the production is 1939 based on the title credits. Credits: Produced by The Signal Corps in collaboration with the Chief of Ordnance 1939 - Manufacturing Shell For 3 inch Anti-Aircraft Guns (:07-:27). This film will show how make the shell our narrator tells us at the Frankford Arsenal factory in Philadelphia, PA. Exterior shots of the factory are shown. This was made to show...
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Unmanned Spacecraft (HQ-38) is a short NASA documentary film that gives viewers a look at the various unmanned spacecraft used in space flight missions during the late 1950s and planned for the early 1960s, including Explorer 6, Explorer 7, Vanguard 3, Pioneer 5, Ranger program, Surveyor program, and Mariner program. Dr. Hugh L. Dryden addresses the camera from behind a desk to open the film. Graphics are used to show images of space and stars. Engineers work on a satellite (01:50). A weather...
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The first shot of this United States Navy recruiting film circa the late 1950s to early 1960s is a plane taking off from a navy ship runway. Two seat F-111 Aardvarks, T-34 Mentors, A5 Vigilantes, and F-4 Phantoms are among the naval aircraft shown in the film. The Naval Aviation Officer who sits in the "second seat" runs all the complicated systems that the pilot cannot handle alone, including serving as navigator and bombardier (01:35-2:05). A shot of the U.S. Naval Flight School in...
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Dating to September 2–5, 1939, this silent home movie shows the National Air Races in Cleveland, Ohio. Also known as Pulitzer Trophy Races, the NAR are a series of pylon and cross-country races that have taken place in the United States since 1920. The 1939 races were significant in that they were the last of the National Air Races to be held before World War II. This film was amateur shot and not that impressive technically, but it does show Col. Roscoe Turner receiving the Thompson Trophy...
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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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This black and white film is one of the episodes of "Yesterday's Newsreels", an early 1950s TV show made from the General Newsreel collection. It features seven segments of historic highlights. Lindbergh Makes Epic Flight to Paris May 1927. Lindbergh stands in front of the Spirit of St. Louis, along with his mother. The plane is pushed into position, fueled, and Lindbergh puts on his aviation suit. The plane taxis down the runway and eventually lifts off. The crowd waits in Paris,...
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In the aftermath of WWII, photographer Harold Jenkins started a company called "World in Color" productions. Jenkins' plan was to sell 16mm and 8mm movies to the public, many of whom owned film projectors. Among the company's films were a series of girlie movies and swimsuit films — several of which featured the famous Blue Book Models. (In fact, one of Jenkins' collaborators was the first cameraman to film a young Marilyn Monroe!) This reel shows some of the company's more...
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This black and white educational film is about machine shop work and scraping and adjusting bearings. Copyright 1942.  Opening titles: Planned and distributed by the Federal Security Agency. Machine Shop Work - Bench Work, Fitting and Scraping Small Bearings (:08-:55). Machines have rotating parts which are supported by bearings. Different bearing sizes are shown. Bearings on a normal automobile engine. Cap of each bearing is removed. Body of the supporting bearings (:56-1:57). Bearings must...
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This charming 16mm Kodachrome home movie from the 1940s shows delightful images of two young boys, almost certainly twins, playing together. They are probably 2-3 years old in this film. At the 8:10 mark you will see a ferry on what appears to be a large lake or river.  At 11:40, the boys are at a farmhouse in the winter and do some sledding.  At 15:20 they are on the swings. We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional information about our videos by adding a...
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Shot in Burma during the Denis-Roosevelt Asiatic Expedition (1939), led by filmmaker Armand Denis and his wife Leila Roosevelt. In Rangoon, views of the Shive Dagon Pagoda and huge bamboo irrigation water wheels are seen, as well as the temples, pagodas and bas-reliefs featuring snake motifs at the Pegan ruins. The ornamentation and neck wraps of Karen women are shown. A survey of the teak industry follows, including the training of elephants for logging work. The final sequence focuses on a...
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Documentary on the British Navy, directed by Ian K. Barnes. The Royal Navy in action in the 1960s including Special Air Services, frogmen, etc. 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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Explains how changing modes of transportation have shaped the boarders and the way of life of the United States, high-lighting important stages in the development of rapid comfortable and efficient means of travel in America; discusses the ingenuity needed to combat the pollution and congestion that mobility has brought with it. 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...
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This historic film shows air transport service known as Intermountain Airlines as well as other airlines operating in the rugged conditions of the North Slope of Alaska, the Yukon Territory of Canada, Idaho and elsewhere.  The film begins with a Curtiss Commando C-46 being used (Tail number N9900Z — later flown by the CIA in the Iran Contra effort) for a flight to the North Slope.  This  takes over 2 hours across the Ukan River past Lake Chandelier, above the 9000 foot peaks of the...
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This color promotional film is about the U.S. Air Force Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Thunderbirds, making a tour of Latin America including Guatemala, Chile, Paraguay and Brazil. This is circa March 1961 to June 1963 when the Thunderbirds were flying the F-100 Super Sabre and led by Col. Ralph "Hoot" Gibson. Opening: Planes fly in formation. U.S. Air Force presents "Cross Over" (:06-:43). F-100 Super Sabre aircraft perform aerial maneuvers. People have gathered to...
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Made for public viewing by the War Department, later known as the Depart of Defense, this film narrated by Hugh James focuses on "Subcontracting for Defense". It shows the early mobilization of American industrial capacity that occurred prior to and during WWII. The film was one of a series of "Defense Reports on Film" made by the Office of Production Management and appears to have been made prior to entry in WWII, as the USA's economy gained steam as the "arsenal of...
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McGraw-Hill Book Company, Inc. presents Toward the Unexplored, a short 1967 documentary film produced by CBS 20th Century and narrated by Walter Cronkite. The documentary shows viewers the deadly flight of the Bell X-2 rocket aircraft piloted byt Milburn G. Apt in 1956. The film opens with footage of the X-2 flying attached to a B-50 Superfortress on 27 September 1956. The film shows viewers the flight test center at Edwards Air Force Base (03:05), shots of the X-2, and a wind tunnel building...
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“Battle for Oil” is a WWII Canadian propaganda film from 1942. The film was produced by Raymond Spottiswoode and directed by Stuart Legg. This version is in French. The film examines oil production and supply and shows its priority as part of the war effort. It shows how the Royal Air Force and U.S. Army Air Forces are raiding production facilities that supply Nazi Germany with oil, and vice versa. This made refineries, synthetic fuel factories and storage depots prime strategic targets....
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This charming, silent home movie from 1932 shows views around Louisville, Kentucky. The film starts in a private home where glasses are raised in toast. At :34 the word "1932" is drawn in the snow and a snowball thrown at the camera. At 1:09 the collonade walk at the Louisville Central Park is shown. At 1:36 kids ride sleighs in the park. At 2:47 a bridge over the Ohio River is shown. At 3:08 the paddle steamer showboat / steamboat "City of Memphis" makes its way along the...
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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 Category Education
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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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Produced in the 1960s, this educational film gives an overview of the events leading up to the outbreak of World War I in Europe, and the reason for American entry into the conflict. There were many factors that led up to the start of World War I in Europe. A lot of these factors were rooted in the deep history of the old powers of Europe including Russia, Germany, France, Italy, Austria, Hungary, and Britain. The real causes of World War I included politics, secret alliances, imperialism, and...
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This black & white educational film from Louis de Rochemont "Making a Living Around the World" is part of a series of called "The Way We Live". This episode, "Trade and Transportation", focus around the way people sell or trade goods in countries all over the world. Copyright 1958. Opening titles: United World Films, Inc. presents The Way We Live - Making A Living Around the World - Trade and Transportation (:06-:27). Main Street USA, shops on the street...
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This color home movie from 1939-1940 shows scenes from the 1939 New York World’s Fair. (Note: The film was transferred flipped (mirror image) so some words shown on screen are backwards.) Opening: the film begins with a flight on an American Airlines DC-3 to New York. two men in suits stand near one another, a woman walks near (:00). An American Airlines DC-3 lands at an airport and then taxis in with its propellers (:11). A security guard brings over a ramp for the boarding passengers (:32)....
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Shot by an unknown American serviceman, this silent, color home movie shows a flying visit to Guam and the Marshall Islands in 1947. It's unclear what the trip was about, but the cameraman flew most of the way in a PBY Catalina, and shot aerials of various atolls in the Marshalls including Kwajalein. The film ends with an injured American flying back from Kwaj to what might be Hawaii. Palm trees (:21). Car backs up on a windy day (:33). Aerial shots from a PBY Catalina seaplane in flight (:41)....
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This Army Air Corps training film is part of a larger group of training films on aerial navigation. Produced in 1941, Aerial Navigation: Radio Aids gives an overview of how to use radio frequencies to determine an aircraft’s position. The film opens with a B-17 Flying Fortress flying through the clouds, then the film shows several radio towers. Footage shows the cockpit and instrument panel of an aircraft, presumably of the B-17. The film shows the Air Navigation Radio Aids handbook published...
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Released in 1945 during WWII, this newsreel contains various segments about the conflict. The most exciting begins at the 16:50 mark, with gun camera footage shot by U.S. fighter aircraft combating the German Me-262 jet fighters and Me-163 rocket jet, flying wing aircraft. The film begins with a lengthy segment about on-going combat in Liuchow-Nanning, China against the Japanese. The Japanese north-south drive towards Kwelin in November of 1944 caused a huge flood of refugees and resulted in...
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This circa 1944 black-and-white presentation of Army-Navy Screen Magazine #27 begins with the opening strains of the “Army Air Force” song (today known as “The U.S. Air Force” or commonly, “Wild Blue Yonder”) and “Anchors Away” before opening with “Just Like Home” at mark 00:30, as members of the 13th Air Force stationed in the South Pacific are shown heading out for a day of fishing, and after trolling, head for shore and a picnic as well as some spear fishing and goat...
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This black & white educational film is about the people of Holland, a region and former province on the western coast of the Netherlands. (The name Holland is also frequently used informally to refer to the whole of the country of the Netherlands.) This movie was released in 1939 and was photographed by famed filmmaker Julien Bryan. The plot of the film is simple: sister and brother Annie and Hans VanWyck are students from a small town in Holland. They collect eggs from chickens on their...
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This black & white film is about the Norfolk & Western trains that ran in the Blue Mountain region of the United States with the footage shot in Virginia. This was filmed primarily in 1958.   Opening title cards (:06). A Norfolk & Western passenger train, the Powhatan Arrow coming down the tracks (1:03). A train races down the tracks, this is the Cavalier (1:39). Norfolk & Western passenger train, the Pocahontas rides the rails (1:49). Norfolk & Western passenger train, the...
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This 1938 black and white film about Santa Catalina Island was produced by Charles E. Ford, and photographed by Los Angeles photographer Robert Connell. A map shows the location of Catalina (:30). The SS Catalina steamship (Great White Steamer) is boarded by men and women in 1930s clothing, including hats. The view of the harbor buildings and the Santa Cruz Breakwater Lighthouse are shown (:33- 2:15 ). Whales swim beside the ship ( 2:24 ). It passes Long Point and anchored sailboats ( 2:32 -...
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This black & white educational film is about buying bonds to help our military reconstruct war torn areas after World War 2. Copyright 1945.  Opening titles: U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, and the U.S. Coast Guard present Bonds Of Victory (:05). Bells ring (:29). People in church (:33). Earth spins (:48). Islands (1:00). Ruins from war torn cities (1:18). Destroyed harbors (1:37). Destroyed homes and buildings (1:46). A soldier milks a cow (2:00). Cargo (2:17). Highways being built (2:29)....
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Made in 1966 as part of North American Aviation's bid to produce the U.S. Navy's Mystic Class DSRV Deep Submergence Rescue Vehicle, this rare and unique film gives a behind-the-scenes look at the development of this revolutionary rescue submersible. The film shows how aircraft and spacecraft simulators were used to study the problems that the DSRV would encounter, and two different mock-ups were designed and built to demonstrate (1) a spherical hull design and (2) a cylindrical hull design. ...
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Made in the 1960s as part of the "New Horizons" series of promotional films, this Pan Am color travel film promotes visits to the “new” South Asian Republic of Pakistan.  (The film was made prior to the separation of East Pakistan into the nation of Bangladesh in the early 1970s, but primarily concentrates on West Pakistan). The films opens with a contrasting view of a “pokey ol’ camel” lumbering through the  heart of a modern city, Karachi, which is the main seaport and...
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Cine Art presents, “Hawaii”, Copyright 1937, Hollywood Film Enterprises Inc. This silent, tinted travelogue is intended to show the viewer the wonderful sights of the beautiful Hawaiian Islands from a tourist’s perspective. The film opens on a large tall mast ship sailing into the sun :25. Title screen: Diamond Head, near our journey's end – a landmark dear to the heart of every Hawaiian. A view through binoculars looking at a mountain: 47. Title screen: Past Waikiki Beach, the world's...
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 “Rip-Roaring Day at Ripple Rock” is a 1958 sponsored film about Life Magazine that provides exhaustive highlights of the company's many bureaus and distinct design aesthetic. The film presents “behind the scenes” examples to illustrate the interconnectedness of bureaus and the complicated process of documenting, editing, and publishing a story. These examples include Ripple Rock (a non-atomic Ripple Rock explosion at Vancouver Island, British Columbia), which is first discussed at...
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Made by the Burton Holmes Films, Inc. during WWII, RCL Part One and Part Two are b&w educational films made to train Radio Technicians for the U.S. Navy. The film was number MN-1540c and officially referred to as "Resistance and Capacitance RCL" and described this way: "Current and voltage in relation to time. Voltage and current curves. How current and voltage leads current in different instances, and relation of current and voltage. Graphic methods measuring voltage at...
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Bread Bouquet, presented by the Fleischmann Division and produced by B.K. Blake, Inc., is a short film promoting the yeast production and packaging by the Fleischmann Division at the company’s yeast production plant (01:40). A man in a laboratory separates yeast cells under a microscope (02:11). Women transfer yeast cells in a wort to a larger glass flask (02:58), carefully sanitizing the flasks in the process. The women then transfer the yeast cultures into even bigger glass containers. A...
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This black & white film, one of the "Yesterday's Newsreel" TV shows from the early 1950s, consists of newsreels about varying topics. No copyright but this is circa the early 1950s. Opening titles: Yesterday's Newsreel. Title: 1915-1922 - Hollywood's Guiding Force (:07-:35). An old nickelodeon theatre. Old western movie. People watch an old movie. Cisco Kid. American Film Company - one of the first film studios. People work on the studio grounds. This is during the silent era....
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This 1965 color film about Alaska is one of a series of Pan Am Airlines “Wings to” travelogues. It is produced by Henry Strauss Productions, who made many educational and corporate films. It begins with a colorful ‘focus leader’ for the film operator and the opening credits (:06-:50), followed by a montage of sights shown later in the film (:51-2:44). A Pan American Jet Clipper leaves Seattle for Alaska (2:45-3:08). A map of Alaska is shown (3:09-3:48). The Jet Clipper taxis and the...
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This black and white travelogue, This World of Ours London, was produced by Carl Dudley, an American film director and producer, for the Dudley Pictures Corporation that he founded in 1944. This travelogue is one of a series of thirty This World of Ours videos he produced in the 1950’s. This one was produced in 1951. Intro with music ( 0:08 - 0:26 ). The first thing you see is a shot of Big Ben, or the Great Bell of the clock, completed in 1859 ( 0:27 - 0:44 ). Scenes of double decker buses...
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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 (1952 episodes 82 and 89, and 1951’s episode 40). Episode 82 begins with a look at the first gas turbine electric motor built...
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This short publicity film for the Syncom Satellite program dates to the 1960s. It was made after the successful launch of Syncom 3, so most likely dates to 1965.  Syncom (for "synchronous communication satellite") started as a 1961 NASA program for active geosynchronous communication satellites, all of which were developed and manufactured by Hughes Space and Communications. Syncom 2, launched in 1963, was the world's first geosynchronous communications satellite. Syncom 3, launched...
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This reel of footage contains various segments. First at :08:00, is raw aerial footage of the Operation Crossroads atomic bomb tests at Bikini Atoll. This includes both the Able and Baker tests. Operation Crossroads was a pair of nuclear weapon tests conducted by the United States at Bikini Atoll in mid-1946. They were the first nuclear weapon tests since Trinity in July 1945, and the first detonations of nuclear devices since the atomic bombing of Nagasaki on August 9, 1945. The purpose of the...
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This historic film dates to September 1955, and shows the launch of the 41' foot long civilian submarine "Cetacean". The craft was launched in Long Beach, California. The midget submarine was designed by Edmund Martine, who previously designed a series of diving bells for his San Diego business Martine Diving Belles,. Cetacean was intended for undersea exploration and photography. The boat had a three-man crew which included Ed Zender, but we've been unable to learn much about its...
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The 1947 episode “Massachusetts,” part of the Carl Dudley Productions motion pictures series This Land Of Ours, gives viewers an overview of one of the original colonies and widely considered “the cradle of the Republic.” Massachusetts is steeped in American colonial history, home to historic sites such as Lexington ( 01:00 ), Bunker Hill ( 01:15 ), Boston’s old State House ( 01:40 ), and the Old North Church ( 01:49 ). Faneuil Hall ( 02:02 ) has hosted many famous orators who proudly...
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Belgium the Beautiful is a short travelogue from 1932, recorded at Burton Holmes Studios, that shows viewers some of the highlights of Brussels, Antwerp, Bruges, and the small nation’s countryside. The film opens with a shot of a map of Belgium. The film then features footage of Brussels (01:05), highlighting the city’s Royal Palace, the Financial Center, and bustling city streets where trolley cars have replaced transportation by canal. Children crowd around the camera on a street (01:40)....
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The Giant Step is a film that celebrates the 25th anniversary of the U.S. Air Force in 1972 by telling the story of the people and developments of flight in the U.S. The film begins with a single prop plane sitting on a runway with a sunrise or sunset in the background (01:07). A montage of photos and footage shows a brief history of flight, starting with some of the earliest developments and attempts of flight, up through the Spirt of St. Louis flight and on to the modern military achievements...
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This black and white documentary film, Lever-age, History of the Toothed Wheel, explains the principles of levers and gears. It was presented by Shell Oil Company, directed by Geoffrey Bell, and narrated by famous announcer Harlow Wilcox. The Shell logo used from 1948 to 1955 finishes the film. However, a description of the 1939 film by Bell called Transfer of Power and also sponsored by Shell Oil matches this film and so this may be a re-release. The film opens with a girl pumping water, a man...
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Dating to the late 1930s, this astonishing silent color 16mm home movie documents one woman's trip to Africa. At 2:50 there are scenes in an African village, including shots of indigenous peoples. It wasn't just a sightseeing trip either, but a hunting trip which saw her shoot many different kinds of animals. The blood bath she produced includes a cheetah shown at 4:04, a water buffalo at 4:40, a gazelle at 6:46, a male lion at 10:30, an elephant at 11:00, and a bull elephant at 11:44. At 14:04...
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Official War Department Training Film. Restricted. 1– 204. Produced by The Signal Corps, in collaboration with The Chief of Air Corps. Celestial Navigation. Position Finding on the Earth. This 1940s era, black and white film covers the complex but straightforward calculations a navigator needs to determine his position on the earth and how to use celestial objects to do so. The film opens with a man tracking star charts. An animation shows the Earth and points to its different zeniths and...
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This 1960s color film about South Africa was photographed and produced by Paul L. Hoefler. The United States is mapped onto Africa, and South Africa outlined (:38-:54). Table Mountain, Cape Point, and Cape of Good Hope rock features are shown (:57-1:45). Cape Town has a bustling street (including a Volkswagen Beetle) with a traffic circle (1:46-2:30). The Cape Peninsula has sidewalk flower markets (2:48). Groote Schuur has Dutch architecture and beautiful botanical gardens. The exotic Protea...
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