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1954 TRAVELOGUE FILM “CANYON COUNTRY” This film depicts the Grand Canyon as tourists take a ride through the area stopping at various points of interest. It opens with the starting point of a trek through the Grand Canyon on the western rim of the canyon at the Bright Angel Lodge (:37). The Lodge offers hotel accommodations or cabins (:41). Visitors are seen milling around the campgrounds (:47) and taking a look out at the Grand Canyon (:53). An aerial shot of the canyon follows (:55) and...
Topics: 1954, Travelogue, Canyon Country, Stock Footage
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This 1933 short film, “A Flying Visit to Poland,” produced by the Gdynia-America Line, gives an overview of visiting Poland, touching on many of Poland’s places of interest. The film begins in Krakow (or Kracow) with ancient city’s highlights: the Trumpeter of Krakow (01:00); St. Mary’s Church (01:17); the Wawel, a national shrine also referred to as Poland’s tower of London (01:23); the old cobbled streets of Krakow (01:27); the Barbican, Krakow’s old circular fort (01:34); and...
Topics: Poland, Travelogue, Krakow, Gdansk, Warsaw, Stock Footage
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One of a series of black & white educational films distributed by "Films of the Nations", "Scottish Rhapsody" presents the country of Scotland. This is circa 1953, and directed by Austen West, and produced by Maurice Groen. Titles: Films of the Nations presents Scottish Rhapsody (:06-:44). Edinburgh, Scotland. Edinburgh is Scotland's compact, hilly capital. It has a medieval Old Town and elegant Georgian New Town with gardens and neoclassical buildings. Looming over the...
Topics: 1950s, Travelogue, Scottish Rhapsody, Edinburgh, Stock Footage, Scotland
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Shot in the early 1940s, SUMMERTIME IN YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK is a silent travelogue that presents a series of gorgeous Kodachrome color views of the park including of course El Capitan, Mirror Lake, Yosemite Falls, Vernal and Nevada Falls, the Mariposa Grove of Sequoias including the Grizzly Giant, and more.   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...
Topics: 1940s, 1930s, Yosemite, Park, Redwoods, Travelogue, Stock Footage
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This short film, presented by Breyers Ice Cream and narrated by Lowell Thomas, gives viewers a look at the attractions of historic Philadelphia. The film opens with footage of fireworks bursting in Philadelphia’s night sky on the 4th of July. The film shows Benjamin Franklin Parkway and the city’s skyline (00:48). Viewers see the William Penn statue on the top of City Hall Tower. Next, the film takes viewers to Independence Hall (01:32), where men reenact the signing of the Declaration of...
Topics: Ice Cream, Philadelphia, 1940, Pennsylvania, Travelogue, Stock Footage
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Produced in the early 1960s, "A Bridge Called Emma" is a short film about Curaçao, an island country in the southern Caribbean Sea. The film takes its name from the swinging Queen Emma Bridge, which spans the channel in the fourth largest harbor in the world. Curaçao is approximately 65 kilometres (40 mi) north of the Venezuelan coast, that is a constituent country (Dutch: land) of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Today it has a population of over 150,000 on an area of 444 km2 (171...
Topics: Curacao, Willemstad, Travelogue, Queen Emma Bridge, Stock Footage
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Originally produced by the Bray Studios in 1936, this fascinating travelogue presents the island nation of Japan just before the outbreak of WWII. Here, Japan is not an enemy but a "land of enchantment" that is presented as having fairly little sophisticated infrastructure or technology. The religious traditions of the nation are emphasized, with the temples at Kyoto shown, with zigzag bridges. At the 2:30 mark, bustling Tokyo is seen, recovered from the huge earthquake. Narrow,...
Topics: 1930s, Japan, Travelogue, Land Of Enchanment, Stock Footage
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This unusual silent film shows the Soviet Union in the summer of 1937. It depicts the annual summer Athletes Parade, usually conducted on June 24th on the Moscow's Red Square,  and the events preceding and following, both it in Moscow and Saint-Petersburg, (then Leningrad). In a typical display of the era's celebrations, one can see the portraits of the Politburo members – Chubar and Kosior - which were purged in 1938 and therefore do not appear after 1938. There's some pictures of the Saint...
Topics: Soviet Union, Travelogue, 1937, Moscow, Leningrad, Stock Footage
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Released in 1937, PERILOUS PARADISE is a fascinating documentary filmed in the southern Philippines in the early 1930's and re-released by Official Films in the 1940s. The director of much of the material in the film may be Marvin Gardner aka Eduardo de Castro, who made a feature silent film with similar content called "Zamboanga".   This was one of the earliest movies filmed in the Philippines and probably the earliest Philippine-made "talkie" in existence especially with...
Topics: Perilous Parade, Southern Philippines, Travelogue, 1930s, Stock Footage
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This 1948 color travelogue is a quick look at the Caribbean Islands of Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, St. Thomas, Trinidad, Jamaica, and Cuba. Photography and live sound is by Irving Hartley and distributed by Hawley-Lord, Inc. The film opens with passengers getting on the Pan American Clipper Eagle, a Douglas DC-4, it rolls down the runway, and is shown flying to Puerto Rico (:20-1:00). A decrepit-looking building sits at the end of a pier with arched openings. The camera pans the Castillo San...
Topics: 1948, Travelogue, Caribbean Islands, Puerto Rico, Stock Footage
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IN SHANGHAI is a 1930s travelogue of Canton, China that shows the city and countryside. This truncated print includes shots of various pagodas, the famous angular bridges, and a traditional Chinese theater.
Topics: Shanghai, Canton China, 1930s, Travelogue, China, Stock Footage
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1937 EDUCATIONAL TRAVELOGUE FILM “HINDU HOLIDAY” This film takes viewers to India in the 1930’s for the traditional festival called Dussehra. The film is narrated by Don Beddoe (:14) and it enters India through the temple gates (:25). Buildings which are over 1,500 years old are shown with intricate architecture (:31). A close up shot shows sacred animals, gods and goddesses along the walls (1:58). A pool sits adjacent to the temple which had been used by an east Indian prince and his...
Topics: 1937, Travelogue, Hindu, Holiday, India, Dussehra, Stock Footage
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Produced by E.S. and F.W. Keller and directed by John Hanau, RUINS OF PALMYRA AND BAALBEK presents a stunning color look at the Middle East in 1953, long before ISIS destroyed so much of these ancient ruins.  This is an extremely rare print, only recently located in our archive and now made available on-line for the first time. Some sources indicate that this film dates to 1938, but the fact that it is in color seems to indicate it is from 1953, as a copyright guide indicates. It's possible...
Topics: Ruins, Palmyra, Baalbek, Syria, 1950s, Travelogue, Stock Footage
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This silent color 1940s travelogue film “Death Valley Ancient and Modern (Historic Death Valley)” is a Paul Hoefler Productions. The film opens with the camera scanning the salt pans (:55-1:22). Maps show the location of Death Valley in California and Nevada (1:24-1:52). A man sweeps across plaster to expose a hoof print (2:13-2:53). A stream runs through salt flats and low shrubs. Minnows are shown up-close   (2:55-3:20). Petroglyphs are seen on various rock formations (3:21-3:44). A...
Topics: 1940, Death Valley, Silent Film, Travelogue, Stock Footage
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This 1969 color film about Spain is one of a series of Pan Am Airlines travelogues produced by F.D. and I.L. Kay as a Film Authors Production. El Escorial was built in 1559 by King Philip II (:56-1:24). Crowds cross the busy streets (2:09-2:34). The Museum del Prado is a national art museum of paintings and statues (2:41-3:00). A fountain spins and people row a boat in a park (3:12-3:35). The Catholic Virgin Mary Statue has busy traffic pass by (3:38). Goats are herded up a mountain road...
Topics: Pan AM, Airlines, Spain, Travelogue, 1960, Stock Footage
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Made in the 1930s, this silent travelogue shows the city of Peiping, now known as Beijing, China.  The film is rich in imagery, featuring shots of palaces, rickshaws, donkey carts, and the industrious people of pre-WWII China.  To appeal to an American audience, the film contains shots of American sailors from the Asiatic Fleet on holiday in the city.   At the 1:08 mark, a shopping district is shown, with modern trolley cars zipping down city streets and a steam locomotive chugging past...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, China, Beijing, Travelogue, Film
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This black & white educational film is about Gibraltar. This was made in 1934. Gibraltar, a British overseas territory occupying a narrow peninsula of Spain's southern Mediterranean coast, is just northeast of the Strait of Gibraltar. It’s dominated by the Rock of Gibraltar, a 426m-high limestone ridge.   Opening titles: RKO Radio Pictures presents Gibraltar - Vagabond Adventure Series. A Van Beuren Production (:06-:38). Turning our backs on the atlantic as we enter the Mediterranean...
Topics: 1930s, Gibraltar, Travelogue, Rock Of Gibraltar, Mediterranean, Stock Footage
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Made by famed filmmaker Andre De La Varre, whose "Screen Traveler" series was popular in the USA and often shown in movie theaters, ANCIENT CITIES OF SOUTHERN FRANCE shows the Roman, Visigoth and other ancient structures of the South of France. These include castles made and fortified over many centuries in the Pyrenees, walled cities, the Pont Du Gard, Avignon, St-Remy-de-Provence, Arles, Nimes, Narbonne, Perpignan, Aigues Mortes, Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, Sommieres, Carcassonne,...
Topics: Ancient Cities, Southern France, 1930s, Travelogue, Marseille, Stock Footage
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This silent Castle Films travelogue includes images from Thailand, Burma and possibly Cambodia in the 1950s.   Castle Films were sold for the home market, and like National Geographic in this era had a special appeal — featuring images of bare chested women at the 2:45 mark and following.   Elephants are seen at the 4 minute mark. The collection of natural rubber is seen at the 5:30 mark, and tea at the 6 minute mark.     Primitive pumps powered by human labor are seen at the 6:45 mark....
Topics: South Pacific, Thailand, Travelogue, Castle Films, Stock Footage
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Made in 1950, Highway to Hawaii is a terrific travelogue presented by United Airlines.   After a detailed countdown and focusing leader, this film explores United Airlines' new main line airway to the Hawaiian Islands, with DC-6 Mainliners making regular trips. This film offers gorgeous vintage views of antiquated airliners flying over the Golden Gate Bridge on their way across the Pacific, and the high quality of service that now seems extinct.   We also see the old communications tools...
Topics: 1950, United Airlines, hawaii, Travelogue, Highway, Stock Footage
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This charming 1940s travelogue of Ireland shows views of rural Ireland including farmers working in fields without heavy equipment, and villages.   It also has great views of Dublin, Galway and tourist sights such as the Blarney Stone, the River Shannon, Dublin University, Abbey Theater and more.   Weaving, thread making and the traditional garment industry are seen at the 5:11 mark.     We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional information about our videos...
Topics: 1940s, Ireland, Travelogue, Dublin, Villages, Galway, Stock Footage
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This brief travelogue film was released just after Hawaii was inducted as the 50th state of the United States which took place on August 21st, 1959. It shows a vibrant look throughout the island as tourists enjoy it’s many sites and activities. It was presented by Castle Films (:08) and opens with hula dancers with colorful flower blossoms in their ears and hair (:22). Inhabitants of the island are composed of a melting pot of ethnicities (:44). Hawaii is generally looked at as an island...
Topics: 1960, Travelogue, Hawaii, 1959, Tourists, Castle Films, Stock Footage
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This short film from The March of Time's classroom film series gives viewers a glimpse of Sweden as it navigates its “middle-of-the-road” course during World War II. The film opens with footage of a street in Stockholm at night; signs are lit up and people browse shop windows. A man from one of the city’s newspapers reports on the war’s action: there is footage of bombs being dropped and of buildings exploding. Members of Sweden’s press print stories on the war (01:51). The film then...
Topics: Sweden, WWII, World War II, Travelogue, Stockholm, Stock Footage
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This 1934 black-and-white film takes the viewer to “Peiping — Land of Khan.” (At the time, China’s capital, Beijing, was known as Beiping — but written as “Peiping.” It has also been known as Peking.) An opening expository intertitle informs the viewer at mark 00:10: “Peiping means ‘Peace in the North.’ The modern city, once a perpetual battlefield, is now a quiet sightseeing mecca for world travelers and a favorite ‘port of call’” for United States sailors....
Topics: Beijing, China, 1930s, Travelogue, Land Of Khan, Stock Footage
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Presented by Czechoslovak State Films, this 1950s film is a “pictorial report by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry of the visit to Czechoslovakia of the Economic Commission for Europe delegation.” The film opens with a shot of Prague looking across the Vltava River at what appears to be the skyline of the Old Town Square area. The ECE delegation arrives at the airport aboard a Swiss Air Lines plane (00:54). The delegation walks with members past a “historical memorial” (01:40),...
Topics: 1950, Prague, Bohemia, Pilsen, Eastern Europe, Travelogue, Stock Footage
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This color educational film is about the state of Kentucky. There is no copyright at the beginning or end of the film so the date of the production remains unclear although is it the early 1960s (and 1965 based on the footage of the Kentucky Derby and its winner, Lucky Debonair). It begins with an introduction by Jack Douglas who states that this will be an Armchair Vacation (:07-:13) BLUEGRASS, a word synonymous with the state of Kentucky, is shown as the title (:14-:21). Lush meadows,...
Topics: Bluegrass, 1965, Kentucky, Travelogue Derby, Colonel Sanders, Stock Footage
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Made in 1958 and partially sponsored by Pan Am Airlines to promote their service to Central America, "Land of the Maya" presents the nation of Guatemala and Guatemala City. The film ostensibly follows a horticulturalist on her trip cross country, examining flowers. The movie shows a nearly forgotten era in Guatemalan history, before earthquakes devastated the capitol. At 1:20 the central office is seen, before its modernization, and the capitol buildings and downtown at 2:00. At 2:29,...
Topics: Land of The Maya, Guatemala, Travelogue, Antigua, Stock footage
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“Carry Me Back,” an episode in Jack Douglas’ 1960s weekly America! series, highlights popular places to visit in Virginia. The episode opens with Jack Douglas introducing the episode’s destination, Virginia, which is then followed by quick highlights of the episode. The first stop is at the Jamestown Festival Park, with the replicas of Susan Constant, Godspeed and Discovery (01:24). At the park, visitors see statues of John Smith and Pocahontas, the reconstructed Fort James (03:30), a...
Topics: Virginia, USA, 1960s, Travelogue, Williamsburg, Mount Vernon, Stock Footage
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Directed by John Morris of Australia's Commonwealth Film Unit (CFU) in 1956, ROAD TO THE CLOUDS is a spectacular documentary shot in Vistarama / Cinemascope in the New Guinea highlands. The film shows how, under the supervision of Australian patrol officers, the people of the New Guinea highlands build a road to link their districts to the coast. Some of the sections of road that the Land Rover drivers cruise over, defies explanation -- you have to see it to believe it!   New Guinea (Tok...
Topics: Road, Clouds, 1858, New Guinea, Travelogue, CFU, Stock Footage
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Made in the 1950s, this German promotional film for S.A.S. airlines features a flight from the New York International Airport at Idlewild, which opened in 1948,before being renamed in 1963 in memory of John F. Kennedy. The flight to Hamburg, Germany is aboard a Scandinavian Airlines or SAS DC-6. This airline, previously Scandinavian Airlines System, with the legal name Scandinavian Airlines System Denmark-Norway-Sweden, is the flag carrier of Sweden, Norway and Denmark, and currently the...
Topics: SAS, Airlines, West Germany, Rhineland, 1950s, Travelogue, Stock Footage
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Glimpses of Colorful Portugal is a travelogue film (likely from the 1950s) narrated by Peter Allen and gives viewers a brief tour of the country. The film opens with a shot of a beach on the rocky Iberian Peninsula coast. People depart a passenger plane at the international airport in Lisbon (00:50). Highlights of the capital city include the Praca Do Comercio and the narrow streets of the Alfama district. There is a good shot of the harbor at the estuary of Tagus River (01:23). Fish wives sell...
Topics: Glimpses Of Colorful Portugal, 1950s, Portugal, Travelogue, Stock Footage
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A Town In Old Mexico is a 1943 travelogue of Puebla, Fortin de las Flores, and Orizaba, Mexico, narrated by Orson Welles. It was made as part of the WWII "Friendly Neighbor" effort by the United States. The film begins with a painting of Puebla, then shows some scenic footage on the road between Puebla and Mexico City: viewers see two volcanoes, Popocatepetl and Iztaccihuatl, both over 16,000 feet. A car drives along a rural road lined by wild flowers and a snow-capped volcano looming...
Topics: Mexico, 1943, Travelogue, Puebla, WWII, Mexico City, Stock Footage
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1930’s TRAVELOGUE FILM “PORT O’ CALL, CITY OF DAVID” This film takes viewers on a tour through Jerusalem in the 1930’s and present the various types of religions which use the area for pilgrimage. In the film it presents Jerusalem as belonging to Palestinian territory, though today it is currently Israeli territory. It was produced by William M. Pizor (:17) and is of the Port O’ Call film series. It opens with an expansive view of the city from a hilltop (1:06). Jerusalem sits on...
Topics: 1930s, Travelogue, Port O Call, City Of David, Stock Footage
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This short film from The March of Time's classroom film series gives viewers a look at India during the World War II era. The film opens with footage of soldiers marching out of a building. Other opening shots of India include the Gateway of India, Jama Masjid (00:59) where Muslims pray, and people on the banks of the Ganges (01:20). A man sings while walking down a street. People bathe in the Ganges River. People carry a statue of a god down a street during a religious procession. Men place a...
Topics: British Empire, India, Travelogue, Ganges River, Mahatma, Ghandi, Stock Footage
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Awkwardly introduced by the Maharaja Farodha, an internationally known sportsman and the owner of Princely Travels, this charming and rare travelogue film produced by Durga Khote Productions, shows views of the modern India of the 1960s. It includes the Sun and Sand hotel in Bombay at the 3:30 mark, the fortress of Golkonda at the 5 minute mark, hunting endangered Indian tigers by safari at the 5:40 mark, Nagarjuna Sagar Dam at the 6:44 mark, religious shrines and temples at Hyderabad at 7:50....
Topics: 1960s, India, Travelogue, Jewels, Princely, Travel, Stock Football, Stock Footage
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This is a 1955, color movie about Belgium, produced by CalTex as part of their public relations outreach. The music is by Paul Gilson and Victor Legley, played by the National Orchestra of Belgium. Featuring the Ghent Oratorio and The Sint Lutgardiskoor of Brugcs. The film was written and produced by veteran photographer and filmmaker Ernest Kleinberg. The movie opens in a quaint Belgian town, horses are carrying wagons, 1:18. Old castles in Belgium, 2:02. Children run through the streets,...
Topics: Belgium, Past, Present, Travelogue, 1955, Ernest, Kleinberg, Stock Footage
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Dating to the 1940s, this historic travelogue of Quebec, Canada presents the many sights of Quebec City including the St Lawrence River, La Porte St. Louis,  General Montcalm's headquarters, the business and residential areas, the Basilica of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré, agricultural areas, the Montmorency River Falls,  Lake St. Joseph, the beach and various activities including boating, water skiing and sailing.  At 4:48 the Tadoussac, a passenger ship from the Canada Steamship Lines, is...
Topics: Historic Quebec, 1940, travelogue, Canada, Quebec City, Stock Footage
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This is a 1970’s era color movie promoting travel in South America. The full credits are missing but the film was shot by cinematographer Henry Javorsky and sponsored by American Express and Pan Am Airlines. This travelogue visits Ecuador, Bolivia, Argentina, Colombia, Brazil and the rest of South America is highlighted as a beautiful destination to visit. The movie opens with a woman and a boy holding hands in front of Machu Picchu in Peru. Main title: "Invitation to South...
Topics: South America, 1970s, Travelogue, Peru, Ecuador, Brazil, Argentina, Stock Footage
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Dating to the 1920s, and released by the obscure Aladdin Motion Pictures, this "Travel Gem" shows views of the Peruvian city of Cuzco / Cusco, the City of the Sun. At :21 is a panorama of the city which sits at 11,000 feet in the Andes Mountains. At 1:09 the local inhabitants are shown including many Indians and descendants of the Inca. At 1:41 is a view of an ancient wall built with tightly cut stone blocks, and without concrete. At 2:09 the road to Fortress Hill is shown and at 2:40...
Topics: Cusco, Peru, 1920, Silent Travelogue, Andes Mountains, Stock Footage, PeriscopeFilm
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Made in 1955 and directed by the great John R.F. Stewart, "Song of the Grape" shows the making of Port wine in where else -- Portugal. It includes precious images of manual labor, with peasants digging earth and planting vines, and cultivating the landscape in the Duoro Valley. The village celebration at the end of the harvest is also seen, with the priests blessing oxen pulling huge barrels of wine. The wine travels by ship to Oporto where it is shipped worldwide. Port wine (also...
Topics: Cultivation, harvest Of Port, Wine, Portugal, 1950s, Travelogue, Stock footage
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“Wonderful World” is a 1959 color travelogue produced by Jam Handy for Coca-Cola and narrated by Ken Nordine. The broad documentary surveying global cultures, lifestyles, emphasizing common human activities. The opening minutes takes viewers to various sites across the United States, including a baseball game, New England churches, and the ivy-covered halls of Harvard University, before visits to the Canadian Parliament, Britain’s Parliament, and friendly British pubs. Mark 04:10...
Topics: Wonderful World, 1959, Jam handy, Coca Cola, Travelogue, Stock Footage
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‘March of Time’ was an early American television show which aired in the early 1950s. These were based off the radio and newsreel series with the same name that aired from 1931 to 1951. The narrator of these series was Westbrook Van Voorhis and it was produced by brothers Louis and Richard de Rochement. This particular segment will focus on the two French cities of Paris and Beaulieu. For a brief moment and upside-down slide signifying a commercial appears (:59) and the film returns to a...
Topics: 1950s, Paris, France, Travelogue, Eifel Tower, TV Show, Stock Footage
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“Fun, Sun, Sand And Sea,” an episode in Jack Douglas’ weekly America! series, highlights popular places to visit in Florida. The episode opens with Jack Douglas at an amusement park in Florida talking about the attractions in the state. The first stop is St. Augustine (01:26), where viewers see a trolley car moving down a street, a statue of Juan Ponce de Leon, the ruins of the town’s old fort guarding the harbor, and the Fountain of Youth theme park. A man dressed in a colonial Spanish...
Topics: Fun, Sun, Sand, Sea, Florida, 1960s, Travelogue, Youth, Stock Footage
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This black & white educational film is about the country of Scandinavia (which covers Denmark, Norway and Sweden). This was made in 1962 as a promotional film for Pan Am Airlines.   Opening titles: Wings to Scandinavia (:08-:28). A man ski jumps, followed by another with shots of a jumbo jet interspersed. A man water skis down a hill into water. A man stands on a roof. Ships in a harbor, city hall, flowers, people, cars. Norway is a constitutional monarchy, Norway's King salutes on a...
Topics: Pan Am Airlines, 1960s, Travelogue, Wings To Scandinavia, Stock Footage
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EUROPE ON $5 A DAY is a film travelogue produced by KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and based on the famous book by Arthur Frommer that revolutionized the travel industry. The film opens at Kippen Airport in Amsterdam (00:00:50:00) as we begin a vacation tour of Europe. First, we get a vintage look of life in Amsterdam. (00:02:40:00) At (00:05:25:00) , we tour the Begijnhof, one of the oldest inner courts in the city of Amsterdam. Then, we view art and culture on the streets of the city, including a...
Topics: Europe, KLM, Dutch, Airlines, Royal Dutch Airlines, Travelogue, Stock Footage
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This beautiful 1940s color film NEW JERSEY JOURNEY was produced by John Bransby Productions for the Esso Standard Oil Company at a time when the state's future seemed bright and limitless. The New Jersey of this era was a state on the move. It has shipyards (1:36), industrial areas (1:38), oil refineries (1:40), trunk line railroads (1:45), manufacturers (1:52), commuter trains (1:58), shipping (2:01), trucking (2:07), the Newark Airport (2:11), aerial skyways (2:21) of the New Jersey Turnpike,...
Topics: 1940, New Jersey, Travelogue, Atlantic City, Asbury Park, Stock Footage
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Released by Walton Films in the 1940s just after WWII ended, THE AZURE COAST OF SOUTHERN FRANCE is a wonderful travelogue of the French Riviera that starts at Marseilles.  Cannes is seen at the 2:30 mark, with its warm beaches and sexy French beachgoers with their bikinis, and yachts off the coast.  Nice is seen at the 5 minute mark.    At the 6:30 mark, various French small coastal towns are shown including Cap d'Ail.  At 7:00, the road to Monte Carlo is seen, along with the village of...
Topics: 1940, France, French Riviera, Travelogue, Azure, Southern France, Stock Footage
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Written by Clint Comerford and directed by Austin Green, and with a score by John Bath, this Southern Arizona travelogue "Hank Goes Fishing" features venerable character actor Lindsay Workman, Richard Reeves and Tom Myers. The film takes viewers on an eccentric Model T Ford tour of Southern Arizona including Tucson. At 1:46 is the San Xavier Mission and a painted burro (3:17) set up for photography. Parts of the Tohono-Odham (aka Papago ) reservation are also shown. At 4:24 are shots...
Topics: Hank Goes Fishing, 1960s, Arizona, Travelogue, Tucson, Tombstone, Nogales, Stock Footage
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Created by filmmaker, photographer and explorer Frank Hurley, and narrated by him, "Isle of Many Waters" is a documentary travelogue of the island of Tasmania, Australia. The film, like many made in this era, focuses on the region's natural resources. It also shows the attractions of the garden island including apple orchards and groves (1:30), New Norfolk, port of Hobart (2:00) and Mt. Wellington, the Huon Valley, Queenstown (5:20) and its mining industry at Mount Lyell, Port Arthur...
Topics: Isle, Many Waters, 1939, Tasmania, Australia, Travelogue, Frank Hurley, Stock Footage
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This 1950s travelogue of "Romantic Italy" showcases some of the nation's great tourist sites starting in Florence (:26) with images of the Ponte Vecchio and works by Michelangelo and Donatello. At 1:17 tourists buy postcards and hats. At 1:26, San Gimignano and its towers are shown near Cassino. At 2:08 the fields of grapes at Castle Romeo are seen and the winery. At 2:27 an attractive woman tends to the vineyards. At 3:20 the Romeo winery workers are saluted At 3:44 Sienna is shown...
Topics: Romantic Italy, 1950s, Travelogue, Florence, Venice, Sienna, Wine Making, Stock Footage
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This 1954 color tourism film directed by Harold C. Weaver and narrated by E.V.H. Emmett for the South African Tourist Corporation provides a travelogue view of the region’s natural beauty and popular attractions from a distinctly British colonialist perspective that exoticises and otherizes native peoples, and does not mention the policy of apartheid (TRT 35:07). Opening titles: “Satour presents'' and credits (0:06). An illustrated map shows the Cape of Good Hope, South West Africa,...
Topics: 1954, South Africa, Tourism, Travelogue, Johannesburg, Durban, Krugen Park, Stock Footage
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Produced by the Southwestern Bell Telephone Company to promote the city of St. Louis, this film shows a modern city on the rise prior to the completion of the famed Arch. The "new St. Louis" is the result of a renewal effort started in the 1950s, and consists not only of the Arch, but a new planetarium, sports arena, and more. We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional information about our videos by adding a comment!  See something interesting? ...
Topics: ST. Louis, Gateway To The West, 1960s. Missouri, Travelogue, Stock Footage
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This beautiful travelogue was sponsored by Air France and features a jazz soundtrack by the inimitable Alain Goraguer. The film features visits to Savoy, Burgundy and Alsace, and also contains footage shot on board an Air France 707. The airline started uninterrupted jet operations in 1960 with the Sud Aviation Caravelle and the Boeing 707; jet airliners cut travel times in half and improved comfort. Born 20 August 1931 in Rosny-sous-Bois, Seine-Saint-Denis, Goraguer is a French jazz pianist,...
Topics: Air France, Travelogue, 1960s, Coast, France, Alsace, Burgundy, Savoy, Stock Footage
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Young America Films presents, Lugano, Switzerland. Copyright MCMLIII. This 1950s era, black and white film is about beautiful Lugano. Lugano is a town and a municipality in southern Switzerland in the Italian-speaking canton of Ticino bordering Italy. The film opens with a woman sitting on the veranda by the water with mountains in the background. A boat comes to shore on Lake Lugano 1:00. Boats are moored off the shore on Lake Lugano 1:18. Streetcars lumber down the street 1:32. Steep roadways...
Topics: 1953, Lugano, Switzerland, Travelogue, Southern Swiss Alps, Lake Lugano, Stock Footage
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This 1960s color educational film about Rhode Island and Delaware was part of the weekly TV series “America!” Narrated by actor Jack Douglas. Rhode Island. Statues of founder Roger Williams are in Prospect Terrace Park in Providence.  The First Baptist Church is shown. The Capitol’s dome has a bronze statue on top (1:24-2:48).  The Rhode Island School of Design houses Renoir’s “A Girl Reading”, Monet’s “Portrait of Bertha”, Delacroix’s “Arabs Travelling”, and a Van...
Topics: The First, The Small, 1960s, Rhode Island, Travelogue, America, Stock Footage
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Produced in the late 1930s or early 1940s by Eugene Castle and Castle Films, this sound travelogue of Venice, Italy presents many of the city's famous sights including St. Mark's, the Bridge of Sighs, Doge's Palace, gondolas, gondoliers, and much more. 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:...
Topics: Castle Films, 1940s, Travelogue, Venice, Italy, World Parade, 1930s, Stock Footage
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This color educational film is about an ex military officer seeking a woman in Israel. It gives the viewer a tour of some of the country of Israel. There is no copyright featured and no opening credits. This is circa the 1950s. A man exits a large ship, The ship loads supplies onto itself.  Back in the past, an officer exits the ship. A woman wanders the shipyard looking around. The officer and the woman bump into each other. The woman leaves the yard and gets into a car. The man follows. They...
Topics: Girl, Galilea, 1950, Israel, Travelogue, Haifa, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Stock Footage
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Made in 1956 for the home market and released by Castle Films, this travelogue of New York shows off all the highlights of the Big Apple. It starts with images of the Statue of Liberty (:29). At (:45) a large ocean liner (probably the S.S. United States ) is visible in the harbor. At (:55) are images of the downtown including an aerial (1:09). At (1:27) a shot down Broadway, and (1:38) Wall Street including the Sub-Treasury. Brooklyn Bridge is shown at (2:34), and at (2;47) the Lower East Side...
Topics: 1956, New York City, Travelogue, 8mm, Broadway, Castle Films, Stock Footage
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This 1960s color educational film about Connecticut as part of the weekly TV series “America!” that was narrated by actor Jack Douglas. The Hartford skyline is followed by the gold-domed Capital Building. The window-washing method is shown for the two-sided boat-shaped Phoenix Life Insurance Company Building. Constitution Plaza is a commercial mixed-use development area. “The Safe Arrival” is a statue monument commemorating the first pioneers. Across from it is Center Church, where...
Topics: Connecticut, 1960s, Travelogue, Hartford, Stratford, New London, Mystic Seaport, Stock Footage
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This 1965 color film about the New England Heritage Trail is presented by New England Mutual Life Insurance Company and produced by Bay State Film Productions. A girl runs to a Colonial two-story house. She looks in the window. Her grandfather fills crystal glasses and hits them to play a song. She plays them. The red goblet has an animated face that narrates the film (:10-4:25). The Seth Warner statue is a memorial to the Green Mountain Boys (5:00-5:10). A person walks across the wooden North...
Topics: 1965, New England, Travelogue, Heritage trail, Bay State Film, Stock Footage
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This 1950 color film, issued by the Belgian Government Information Center of New York City and released as part of the Films of the Nations series,  takes a travelogue view of Brussels, Ghent, Bruges, and other Belgian cities’ historic architecture and national export industries during the post-World War II era (21:01). It is narrated by Peter Allen and produced by DPM Productions, and directed by Maurice T. Groen. The film served both an educational function and serves as a tourist promo...
Topics: Work, Play, Belgium, 1950, Tourism, Travelogue, Brussels, Ghent, Bruges, Stock Footage
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This travelogue film, presented by Castle Films was one of a series sold for the home market called "The World Parade". They were commonly sold in department stores and camera shops. This film shows Glacier National Park,  a 1,583 square mile wilderness area in Montana’s Rocky Mountains, as it appeared in the 1940s. It includes shots of the area’s landscape including some of the glaciers and valleys. The Rocky Mountains are viewed through trees (:25). The park sits near the...
Topics: Castle Films, 1945, Travelogue, Glacier National Park, Montana, Rocky Mountains, Stock Footage
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This color tourist promotional film wasproduced in the early 1950s.. The film was produced and copyrighted by American born Andre de la Varre, who became a leading travelogue filmmaker of short films. In the 1930’s, Andre de la Varre created a short film series called “Screen Traveler”, of which this is one. In the 1950’s, his films enjoyed a second life as educational material, being reissued and updated for copyright in 1951. The film was narrated by “The Voice of Air France”. It...
Topics: 1950, Air France, Travelogue, North Africa, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, Casablanca, Stock Footage
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Released by "Films of the Nations", this black & white educational film "Denmark Fairytale Land" was photographed by Esther Cooke and narrated by Peter Allen. It was produced by Maurice T. Groen of D.P.M. Productions. Copyright 1954.Opening titles: Films of the Nations presents DENMARK - FAIRYTALE LAND (:07-:39). A windmill spins. A bird. A butterfly. Ducks in a pond. A fairytale tour of Denmark. Roskilde Cathedral (Danish: Roskilde Domkirke), in the city of Roskilde. A...
Topics: Denmark, Fairytale Land, 1954, Travelogue, Educational Film, Roskilde, Copenhagen, Stock Footage
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“The District of Columbia” was the very first episode in the 1940s motion picture series created by Carl Dudley Productions, “The Screen Book of Knowledge  -- This Land Of Ours”.  It dates to 1945 and presents a travelogue view of historic buildings, monuments, architecture and transportation in and around that nation's capitol Washington, D.C. A boy opens the “Screen Book of Knowledge” (0:07). Opening credits (0:10). Slow zoom on a color-coded map of the United States into a star...
Topics: 1945, Washington DC, Travelogue, Educational FIlm, US Capitol, National Mall, Stock Footage
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This reel of silent films includes travelogues for Seville and the Santa Maria de Montserrat Abbey in Spain. It starts with a silent Dutch film, "A Look at Seville", that shows images of the Spanish city in the 1930s. Seville is the capital and largest city of the autonomous community of Andalusia and the province of Seville, Spain. It is situated on the plain of the river Guadalquivir. The inhabitants of the city are known as sevillanos (feminine form: sevillanas) or hispalenses,...
Topics: 1930, Seville, Santa Maria, Santa Maria De Montserrat, Spain, Travelogue, Stock Footage
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CARACAS: MOUNTAIN CAPITAL OF VENEZUELA is a short, silent travelogue film produced in the late 1920s or early 1930s for the Cunard White Star ship line, most likely by filmmaker Andre de la Varre who spent many years documenting the land and people of South America. The film shows views of Caracas including government buildings, streets bustling with automobile and horse traffic, the University, statue of Simon Bolivar (2:30), marketplace (3:00), and more. At 4:48 a motorcycle with a sidecar is...
Topics: Caracas, LA Guaira, Venezuela, 1930, Travelogue, Cunard White Star Line, Stock Footage
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 This film is from British Transport Films which was set up in 1949 and made documentary films on British transport. This particular film is one of their travelogues which was meant to celebrate the quiet unchanging image of rural Britain. The narrator of this film is Stephen Murray (:28) and it opens with a map pointing to the heart of England where the narrator was born (:47). A span of the countryside catches a tractor at work on a farm (1:08) as winter was ending and leading into spring....
Topics: Heart, England, 1954, British Transport, Travelogue, Cotswalds, Stratford, Stock Footage, Periscope...
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This wonderful 1960s travelogue of Greece was made by TransWorld Airilnes.   Entitled SUPERJET TO GREECE, the film shows the tourist attractions of the cradle of civilization.   At the 1:45 mark you will see TWA trans-Atlantic service, including Royal Ambassador Service complete with first class lounge, stewardess and bartender service.   Drinks were served in Swedish crystal tumblers and meals on Rosenthal China.   A typical TWA “Royal Ambassador” flight to Paris featured dinner with...
Topics: 1960s, TWA, Greece, Travelogue, Athens, Boeing, 707, Trans World, Airline, Stock Footage
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Produced by Transfilm, this 1947 color installment of the Ford Motor Company’s “Americans at Home” short subject series depicts the Great Smoky Mountain range in North Carolina and Tennessee, highlighting local people and nearby landmarks (TRT: 17:52). The film was written by Burton Rowles, Jr. and directed by Lawrence Madison. Opening titles: “The Ford Motor Company is proud to present a close-up of a people deeply rooted in America’s finest traditions…” and credits (0:06). An...
Topics: Southern Highlanders, 1947, Travelogue, Great Smoky Mountains, North Carolina, Tennessee, Stock...
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This 1950’s travelogue profiles the Santa Fe Super Chief, the most luxurious way to travel across the country. The film begins by showing how train’s now offer all of the comforts of home. (00:00:20:00) Then, the new flagship of Santa Fe’s fleet is introduced, the Super Chief. (00:00:40:00). Our narrator then cuts to a beautiful actress, who is planning a train trip to Southern California. (00:01:10:00) The narrator convinces her to try the new Super Chief for her trip. The narrator then...
Topics: Train, Superchief, Railroad, Santa Fe, 1950s, Travelogue, California, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This 1968 color tourism film from Cinecrest Motion Pictures, hosted by the voice of singer/actor Bing Crosby takes a travelogue approach to showing historic architecture and natural wonders of the state of Washington and the Northwest (TRT: 28:46). A Washington landscape and a cloudy sky. A jet airliner on a runway, directed by a flight traffic marshaller (0:20). POV: A flight attendant welcomes “Mr. Crosby.” Hands reach into a wallet. A helicopter takes off (0:47). An urban skyline. A...
Topics: Bing, Crosby, Washington State, 1968, Tourism, Travelogue, Seattle, Spokane, Tacoma, Stock Footage
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This black & white educational film is about some of the tourist attractions and big cities to see in South America, primarily focusing on Argentina and Brazil but also including images in Peru. This is copyright 1941, and features footage that was shot in the 1930s. Opening: South American Vista (:06-:09). The Andes Mountains loom.  Flowing waters below the equator in South America. Horses walk by. A man sits atop a horse. The iconic Gaucho, or cowboy. Argentina beef. Peru, people in the...
Topics: South American Vista, 1941, South American Travelogue, Peru, Brazil, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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Made by the late John Hutter in the late1940s or early 1950s, this travelogue film shows views of St. Augustine, Florida. The filmmaker, who was a Chicago-based accountant, traveled all over the world and filmed many of his adventures. The title card at the beginning "Chateau Hutter Films Presents", refers to a European-style resort that Hutter built in Door County, Wisconsin. Apparently Hutter hoped to show this film and others to visitors there, but the resort never hit its stride...
Topics: St. Augustine, Florida, 1950s, Travel Film, John Hutter, Travelogue, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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Shot by an unknown American tourist, this film shows a voyage aboard the SS Hibeuras to Central and South America. It dates to the 1950s. 00:08 Montage: aboard the banana boat type ocean liner S.S. Hibeuras, which carries cargo as well as passengers. Lifeboat drill including firing of a flare. Passengers are Americans in casual/beachwear. The ship approaches port. 02:55 Passengers exit S.S. Hibueras. 03:15 Montage: Ship entering the Panama Canal. Canal opens and ship enters. 05:39 Exterior of...
Topics: 1950s, Travelogue, Panama, Argentina, Peru, Brazil, South America, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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Here are two short travelogues from the 1950s, both fragmentary.  The first film shows images of the Royal Guard in London, England as well as a trip to Stratford-on-Avon and Anne Hathaway's cottage. The travelers then take a trip across the English Channel by ferry to France, where they visit the Eiffel Tower.  The second film begins around the 3 minute mark and shows Norway in the 1950s, with its hard working farmers and fishermen.  Hydropower is seen at the 5:45 mark, and shipbuilding at...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Travelogue, William Shakespeare, Anne hathaway, Eiffel Tower, Oslo,...
This black and white 1955 travelogue documents seaside towns along the Adriatic Coast in the aftermath of World War II, showing natural landmarks, historic architecture, European tourists, and local peoples of diverse ethnic backgrounds from Croatia and former Yugoslavia (TRT: 14:01).Opening titles: “Adriatic Splendor” and credits (0:08). Sunbathers at Lake Bled, in the Julian Alps region of the Upper Carniolan region of northwestern Slovenia. Bled Island’s Church of the Mother of God on...
Topics: Adriatic Splendor, 1955, Croatia, Yugoslavia, Travelogue, Opatija, Pula, Mostar, Stock Footage,...
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Dating to 1966, "Wings to Great Britain" promotes Pan Am's trans-Atlantic service. It was photographed and directed by acclaimed filmmaker Henry Strauss. Strauss' body of work included a series of ground-breaking industrial and human relations training films produced for Pan American Airlines, GE and AT&T. He is the subject of the documentary "Man and the Middle Class". The script was written by Allan Sloane and the film was edited by Bill Buckley. Opening animated Pan...
Topics: 1960s, Pan AM, Travelogue, England, Scotland, London, Great Britain, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This film takes viewers on a tour through Norway’s town and country area. The film is presented by the Norwegian Travel Information Office of New York City (:14). Some of Europe’s largest glaciers exist in Norway (:26). These attribute to the common use of water for power in the country. A rainbow is pictured formed by the mist from a cascading waterfall (:59). Bird’s eye view footage shows how the roads must zig zag and cut through the mountainous terrain (1:24). In order to protect...
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One of a series of "Screen Traveler" films created by Andre De La Varre, this film focuses on Budapest, Hungary. Copyright 1938. Opening titles: "Gay and Beautiful Budapest" (:06-:43). Aerial shots of Budapest, the national capital of Hungary, a landlocked country in Central Europe. The city is located at the River Danube. Elisabeth Bridge (:44-2:09). Longest suspension bridge when it was originally built, the Elisabeth Bridge. The Elisabeth Bridge is the third newest bridge...
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Here are two films produced by Chevrolet in 1974-1975. The first, "Lasting Value", was intended to be used as both a sales promotion tool, and a training film for salesmen. The movie emphasizes the value you get when buying a Chevrolet truck. (Some of the subtext of the film is doubtless the gas crunch, which hit the American consumer hard in this era.) The second film "1975 Chevy Pickups Lasting Value" starts at 9:30 . The movie opens with A. T. Olson, an assistant general...
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This is a 1950’s era, black and white movie presented by Columbia Pictures. It features commentary by Bill Stern, photography by Jack Etra and has music by Jack Shaindlin, Jose Pierri, Sapere, and Gerardo Grasso. It is called, Gauchos Down Uruguay Way. It was produced and Directed by Harry Foster. The movie opens with a gaucho atop a burro, :25. Sheep in a large her on the open grassland. Uruguayan cows are shown, 1:00. Horses cross a river, 1:05. Rancho San Pedro, 1:38. The artist Enrique...
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Lighthouses and Lightships (MN-202aa) is a short 1944 U.S. Navy training film that is part of the Aids To Navigation series. The purpose of the series “is to acquaint those who are beginners in study of the science of navigation with the basic principles underlying the markings of our coastal and inland waterways.” This film discusses how to identify lighthouses and lightships, using a combination of actual footage and artistic renderings (in some cases overlaying the two). The film opens...
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This wonderful home movie shows social activities of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. We have reason to believe this was the Berkeley, California (U.C. Berkeley) chapter. The film is in several sections, including a formal dance social at the start, and then at about the 3 minute mark, a games night. Some fun drinking games are seen and things escalate when a bunch of sorority sisters join the house at about 6:30. The beer flows quite freely!  Aside from a lot of rowdy drunks, it's mostly...
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Shot by an American tourist, this color home movie shows a trip to Austria, Bavaria and Germany circa the mid-1950s to early 1960s.  Opening:  A tall church-like structure with rotating figurines (:08). Title card: The Austrian Tyrol, The Castle of Hohenschwangan, belonging to Maximillian II, father of Ludwig II (:59). Castle on a hillside (1:04). Neuschwanstein, stands 3306 feet above sea level, Neuschwanstein Castle is a 19th-century Romanesque Revival palace on a rugged hill above the...
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This color silent home movie shows a visit to Hawaii in the 1960s. Opening: people wave as they exit an Aloha Airlines "Funbird" airplane after landing in West Maui, Hawaii (:12). Flowers of Hawaii (:25). Iao Needle sign (:37). Mountains (:42). A couple holds a dish that contains a pineapple; they open the pineapple and taste the core ( 1:07 ). Puhimau Crater sign ( 1:42 ). Flowers of Hawaii ( 2:00 ). A sign for Pumice ( 2:12 ). A sign for Keanakakoi ( 2:37 ). Smoke rises from the...
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This early 1950s color documentary “Lifeline” is a long advertisement for Plymouth Cordage Company. It is a George F. Foley Production and narrated by Thomas Mitchell (best known as Scarlett O’Hara’s father). A lumberjack holds his hand to his mouth; a tree top falls (1:50-2:20). A Plymouth machine ties bundles of newspapers printed on high-speed presses (2:21-3:13). A farmer uses binder twine to bind bundles of wheat collected in the field (4:31-4:42). A cowboy uses a lariat to rope a...
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This short film "Under the Influence" shows a field study of driving under the influence conducted at the Los Angeles Police Department’s Driving Academy facility by the Los Angeles County Alcohol Safety Action Project. The film features effective footage of people driving a course of orange cones before and after drinking, clearly demonstrating the impaired nature of their driving after reaching a blood alcohol content of 0.01. Narrator Chuck Bowman talks to the camera about...
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Harbor Pilot is a short film from 1967 that gives viewers a brief look at what a harbor pilot is and does. The film opens with footage of a sailboat sailing at sea, followed by a shot of a rocky coastline (01:10) and then an aerial view of a modern harbor — the Port of Los Angeles. A large freight ship, SS Gemstone, is out at sea. A harbor pilot stands on land at the Port of Los Angeles, looking out over the harbor. He walks into the pilot station at the entrance to the harbor to check the...
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4th Engineering Squadron, flying over the Alps, Montreaux, Geneva, Russians in Berlin newspaper headlines held up, airplane with "Leading Lady" nose art 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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Made in 1941 by the Crown Film Unit, FERRY PILOT was directed by Pat Jackson (of "Western Approaches" fame) and focuses on the work of the Air Transport Auxiliary or ATA. By 1941, literally hundreds of RAF fighters and bombers needed to be flown each day between aircraft factories, maintenance depots and RAF aerodromes. This vital task was carried out by the men and women of the ATA, a civilian air force operating from their own pools and stations all over Britain. Essentially a...
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One of a series of incentive films made “exclusively for the men and women of American industry,” this mid-1944 official US War Department film, produced by the US Army Signal Corps with the cooperation of combat film units of the Marines, Army Air Forces , and Navy, is the sixth issue of the “Film Communique” series. The black-and-white film opens with an animated scene of a wounded soldier surrounded by the Japanese, and the proclamation “This isn’t war … it’s murder!” ...
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This wonderful 1940s Castle FIlm entitled HIT THE SILK shows the story of parachutes and parachuting, including some terrific historical footage from WWI and WWII.  At the :45 second mark, there's footage of a gigantic hot air balloon being used as a sideshow stunt, with girls jumping from the balloon once it reaches high altitude.  World War I footage is shown at the 1:30 mark, with observers in hot air balloons escaping burning observation balloons.  At the 2 minute mark, a Russell...
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A training film for wounded navy personnel, to promote and educate them about physical and occupational therapy treatments for their war wounds. Shows wounded Navy personnel receiving various types of therapy, in hospital settings.
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Produced in the 1980s, this profile of the Taylor Wine Company shows the corporation at the height of its influence. The film recounts the start of the company, which began in 1880 by Walter Stephen Taylor, a cooper's son who started a commercial grape juice company in New York s Finger Lakes region. Two years later, wine production was added, and by the 1920s, the Taylor Wine Company was firmly established. Walter Taylor's three sons carefully guided the company through Prohibition and beyond,...
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“Dude Ranch Sports” is a 1953 episode from The World Of Sports series, directed by Harry Foster and narrated by Bill Stern, that takes viewers on a quick tour of a working dude ranch resort in Arizona. The episode opens with a shot of a TWA Constellation arriving at Phoenix’s Sky Harbor airport. A TWA plane taxis on the runway, and then its passengers climb off the plane. A handful of the passengers climb into a stage coach outside the airport (01:14), which takes them to the resort dude...
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This black & white home silent movie film shows soldiers in 1936. They are seen at their bae camp, setting up in another area, and on the move.  Opening: Military planes in the sky (:09). A flag waves at base camp, it reads 125 HZ (:46). Servicemen fool around for the camera; they smile, laugh, and goof around (:51). A soldier smoking a cigarette walks towards the camera (1:46). Smoke surrounds men near raised tents (1:59). Men on the field; two men play fight (2:30). Soldiers rest on the...
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This Royal Army training film "Provision and Replenishment of Petrol in the Field" examines the logistics, movement and delivery of gasoline. The film is part two of a two part film, but unfortunately we have been unable to locate the first half of the film.  At 1:03 a fuel tank is shown full, which is how all vehicles should be in the morning. At 1:24, the division's petrol unit is shown bivouacked. At 1:43, canisters of oil and petrol / gas are shown in a lorry or truck. The trucks...
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While the opening title proclaims "This is America", this film is actually the first half a 1960s documentary called "The Secrets of St. Louis" (the "This is America" title was apparently spliced on by a previous owner; we don't have the second half of the film). This documentary reveals "secret" locations around St. Louis, Missouri such as Lafayette Park, Soulard Market and Calvary and Bellefontaine Cemeteries.  Many places that no longer exist are...
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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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