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Although heavily damaged, this silent 16mm home movie has historical value. It was brought home by an American G.I. after WWII, and shows the activities of a German Luftwaffe staff officer in Occupied France in 1941. The film starts with shots of a staff car and various officers conferring. At 1:05 a roadside points the way to Rouen. At 1:20 Rouen Cathedral is shown. At 2:10 a soldier poses for the camera. At 2:13 a large contingent of Germans lines the road and a group shoulders their rifles...
Topics: Germany, Luftwaffe, France, 1941, WWII, Stock Footage
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This black and white film “Le Journal de la Resistance” (The Journal of Resistance) by the France Libre Actualites (France Libre News) is entirely in French. It provides actual footage from August, 1944 to December, 1944 during the liberation of France. It is presented by Le Comite de Liberation du Cinema Francais. The Paris Opera House is shown (:49). The road is patrolled by Nazi soldiers in open and armored trucks at the Grand Palais (1:06-1:14). Tanks with an Iron Cross insignia patrol...
Topics: WWII. France, French Resistance, 1944, Stock Footage
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This silent 16mm home movie shows the annual Macy's Day Parade in New York City. It likely shows at least two different years. The first segment is in b&w and features a turkey balloon at :21, a Columbus or possibly Mayflower float at :26,  Indian teepee float at :38, Indian balloon at :48, Pluto balloon at 1:08, Porky Pig (?) at 1:28, and Mickey Mouse balloon at 1:38. At 2:10 a trolley car rumbles down 34th Street as a large mouse balloon (evil Mickey?) is seen. At 2:41 Santa rumbles by...
Topics: Pre WWII, WWII, Macys, Thanksgiving Parade, Home Movie, Stock Footage
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Produced in 1938 by United States Steel, "Steel: Man's Servant" presents a lavish Technicolor look at the steel industry prior to WWII.  Narrated by Edwin Hill and directed by Roland Reed, with amusical score by Robert Armbruster, the 37-minute film typically accompanied a dramatic feature film in release.  The film presents mining activities on the Mesabi Range, with an Oliver Iron Mining Co. steam shovel ripping iron ore from the ground at the film's start.  The film goes on to...
Topics: Steel, United States Steel, 1938, WWII, Pre WWII, Stock Footage
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Made by Ted Eshbaugh, who made six or more cartoons for various studios in the 30s and 40s, CAP'N CUB is a WWII propaganda cartoon that ballyhoos the U.S. Army Air Corps.   The cartoon starts out cute, but soon turns very politically incorrect by post-war standards. Cute little Cap'n Cub reviews a weapons parade, but wants more "planes, planes, planes!". A full production sequence follows, and the completed planes go off to fight the Japanese, and goes from cute to dark very quickly...
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Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, 1943, WWII, Cartoon
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In the U.S. military’s Combat Bulletin No. 40 from 1945, viewers see footage from the Allied forces attack on Manila Harbor, the first landing on Luzon, action along the Western Front and Alsace, the damage from a bombing campaign targeting the oil refinery at Merkwiller, a British carrier fleet attacking Sumatra, and Allied airstrikes on Celebes. The newsreel starts with carrier planes of the 3rd Fleet firing on the Japanese naval base in Manila Harbor. A plane fires at an above-ground oil...
Topics: WWII, Combat Bulletin, Manila, Invasion, 1945, Stock Footage
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Created in 1947 by Belmont Pictures Inc., this film for Los Angeles Transit Lines (the post-WWII moniker for the Los Angeles Railway and bus lines) is entitled "It’s a Big Job". It was created to recruit drivers, motormen and conductors. The film's script was written by Eric Strutt, produced by Dan Downer and photography by William Wooten. The film is narrated by actor Alexander Scourby, who also stars. It was directed by J. Richard Westen. The movie opens with text indicating it is...
Topics: 1947, Los Angeles, Railway Trolley, WWII, Post WWII, Stock footage
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Forward Commandos is a short 1942 film from Raymond Spottiswoode (father of Hollywood director Roger Spottiswoode) that shows viewers the winter/arctic guerilla tactics used by commandos of the Allied forces against the Nazis during World War II, based on tactics employed by Russians in a similar environment. The film also shows some commandos operating in other countries with drier, warmer climates, and concludes with an Allied raid on a Nazi-held city on the coast of Norway. The film opens...
Topics: 1942, British WWII Propaganda, Raymond Spottiswoode, Stock Footage
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Original Japanese newsreels showing U.S. surrender in Philippines and march from Bataan. This original Japanese newsreel apparently dates to 1942, and shows Japanese Imperial Army and Navy forces on the move in the Pacific. The first part of the newsreel either has no soundtrack or the soundtrack was damaged; a later portion has sound. Some of the segments include Japanese forces accepting the surrender of American and Philippine troops at the 18 minute mark. General Jonathan M. Wainwright is...
Topics: Stock footage, Japanese Newsreel, Japanese, WWII, Philippines
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Made in 1944, NEW BUILDERS is a Ministry of Information Film made by Paul Rotha Productions 1944, under the direction of Kay Mander, for the Building Apprenticeship and Training Council. The film was made during WWII to encourage schoolboys to take up apprenticeships in building trades including masonry, carpentry, electrician, machinist, and more. These "new builders" would be vital in the renovation of war-damaged housing and buildings. The film begins showing bomb damage to...
Topics: WWII, British Building, Trades, Schoolboy, Apprenticeship. Stock Footage
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Life-Line of the Nation is a short film from the Association of American Railroads and produced by Carl Dudley in the mid-1940s (most likely 1944) that shows how America’s railroads are ensuring the defense of the nation by meeting the transportation needs of a country mobilized for war. The film opens with a shot of a train moving through snowy terrain. Off in the distance, a train goes over a bridge (01:22). There are several shots of various trains moving along tracks. At the U.S. Capitol...
Topics: WWII, Railroads, Railroads, 1944, American Railroads, Stock Footage
This 1945 black-and-white combat bulletin highlighting the European Theater of Operations has multiple segments. A formation of Douglas DC-3 (Dakota in the RAF) flies over Belgium. A damaged plane slowly descends and crashes; it’s crew parachuting down. Tanks pass over bridges. The convoy approaches Nijmegan, Netherlands. The bridge over the Waal River remains intact as British engineers remove the charges Germans left behind (:15-2:31). British and American air forces in North Africa plan...
Topics: 1945, WWII, ETO, Combat Bulletin, Holland, Stock Footage
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Cinegraph short of trip to Hawaii in the 1920s. 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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When President John F. Kennedy visited the newly-commissioned USS Enterprise (CVN-65) on April 14, 1962,, he used the occasion to promote a strengthened U.S. Navy, one whose indomitable force would help preserve the peace. He then watched naval wargames that included some of the most cutting-edge weaponry of the day, including missiles, rockets, and supersonic aircraft. Sadly, Kennedy would be assassinated just a short time after this film record of the exercise was released, and it was...
Topic: Stock Footage
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This U.S. Army film celebrates the history of the 6th Infantry Division. The 6th Infantry Division was a unit of the United States Army in World War I, World War II, and the last years of the Cold War. Known as "Red Star", and formerly called the "Sight Seein' Sixth". In WWI, The 6th Division saw combat in the Geradmer sector, Vosgee, France, 3 September – 18 October 1918, and during the Meuse-Argonne offensive from 1–11 November 1918. Separately the 11th Field Artillery...
Topic: Stock Footage
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This Castle Films novelty short, "Daring Skippers" shows pleasure boats of all types.  Speed boats are shown as well as sail boats, river boating, kayaks, etc.  The Gold Cup Race is shown with speed boats racing at extremely high speeds, including the famous U-37.  The world's fastest boat the Bluebird is also shown, racing at 225 miles per hour.  The 1958 America's Cup is also shown, as well as historic footage of the Cup and Sir Thomas Lipton and his Shamrock series of yachts. ...
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This black & white educational film is about Goodyear's rubber trees in Sumatra and how that rubber is used to make our tires here in America. This film was made in 1939 by Goodyear. Opening titles: Conquering The Jungle, presented by the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co, Akron, OH (:08-:34). The island of Sumatra. Sumatra is a large Indonesian island west of Java and south of the Malay Peninsula. It's known for its rugged tropical terrain, wildlife and smoldering volcanoes. Lots of rubber...
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The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds (USAF Air Demonstration Squadron) are the topic of this McDonnell Douglas promotional film. Titled “Once a Thunderbird…” the color film dates from the early 1970s and opens with scenic views of the Western United States when we come upon a decorated U.S. Air Force captain, who reminds us: “For a hundred centuries, before the white man set foot on the craggy rocks of New England, these vast reaches were peopled by the Red Man … Like all men they feared...
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Shot by a member of the U.S. military in 1950, this 16mm home movie features views of Japan's Izu islands' Hachijo-jima, and Hong Kong in 1950, featuring the site of future Cordial Mansions, Chunking Arcades, Little India, and Hachijo-jima island harbor. It also shows the christening ceremony of a Norwegian fishing boat "Krill", in Japan. Based on research it seems this footage was likely shot by a member of the U.S. 8th Army before the relocation of the unit from Japan in July 1950....
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This terrific vintage tour of Florida and Miami Beach features 1950s views that are full of nostalgia.  Seen in this film is Lincoln Road, the Americana Hotel (The Sheraton Bal Harbour), Hialeah Park Race Track, a tourist attraction known as Parrot Jungle, a reptile farm, and the famed Marine Studios -- where the dolphin Flipper performed (now known as Marineland).   Marineland of Florida (usually just called Marineland), one of Florida's first marine mammal parks, is billed as "the...
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Sponsored by Rolex, this educational film "The Story of Time" is about mankind's numerous ways of measuring the passage of time through history. The film relies upon stop-motion animation, and shows ancient sundials, simple mechanical devices from history, and modern, complex timepieces including wristwatches. The film was created by Robert G. Leffingwell with animator Frans Hendrix, with art direction by Jan Coolen, and a score by Guy Warrack and the London Symphony Orchestra....
Topic: Stock Footage
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Made in the 1950s by the March of Dimes, REMEMBER ME is a poignant reminder of the polio crisis that gripped the United States in the 20th Century. Made just after the Salk vaccine had been developed, the film attempts to remind the audience of the suffering of infantile paralysis victims, and continue to fund the fight against the disease. It also encourages the audience to respect the abilities of these children and adults and not their disabilities. At 1;44, a man is seen typing with his...
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This 1940 black-and-white military restricted training film 1-135 produced by The Signal Corps explores aircraft engines. Part 1 Types, Mechanism, and Oiling System. The aircraft internal combustion engine is explained using an animated diagram showing the four-stroke performance cycle of intake, compression, combustion and expansion, and exhaust. A cutaway shows the process in action (:30-2:48). An air-cooled engine with fins and a liquid-cooled engine are diagrammed and explained (2:49-3:10)....
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This home-made silent film shows Christian missionaries in Uganda, Africa. It provides footage of local natives as well as scenery around the area. It opens with tribe members donning kanzus; traditionally worn by natives in the African Great Lakes, as an armed guard stands near by (:10). The procession heads to a flattened area in the grass for worship (:39). A woman’s towering headdress is pointed to (2:45). The native kraal sits in the background as natives beat on drums in the foreground...
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The Thinking Machine is a 1968 educational film from the Bell Telephone Company (Bell System) that shows the development of “thinking machines,” or computers. The film uses animations to show how a computer’s memory, information processing, and recognition processes work, which complements the look the film takes at the current usage and abilities of computers. The film opens with clips of various computers from science fiction movies and television shows. A short animation shows a...
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This short 1952 travelogue, presented by Standard Oil Company and produced by Wilding Picture Productions, Inc., follows a road trip though the American Midwest by a Chicago reporter back from assignment in Europe. The film opens with a shot of a street and buildings in Chicago, IL, followed by the door to the Editorial Office of a newspaper. The reporter, Dale Bennett, returns from vacation an meets with his editor to discuss his vacation. Bennett drives his station wagon down a highway...
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This late 1960s educational color film (#14-677) provides an operational overview for programming the key punch on the IBM 029 Key Punch machine, which was introduced in 1964. It is one of a seven-part series produced by Moreland-Latchford and distributed by Sterling Educational Films. This film reviews the program unit, the components of a program on a punched card, preparing program cards, programming a program card, and the verifier component of the IBM 029. The film opens with a shot of a...
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This is a 1953, black and white movie presented by Circle Film. It is called, Bangkok - Golden Temple Paradise. Produced and written by Sam Waagenaar. Narrated by James Wellard with recording by Western Electric. The movie is about Bangkok and its temples. The movie opens with electric trolley cars in Bangkok and the narrator speaking, introducing himself as the “Bangkok Streetcar”, 00:45. Monkeys climb on boats in the harbor, 1:40. Merchants ply their wares in the streets, 1:50. Thai...
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This gorgeous silent film from Palmer Pictures shows views of Japan and the Japanese people. It dates to the late 1940s or early 1950s. The film starts with a shot of Mt. Fuji and then shows what appears to be views of Tokyo. At  :35 a USA military jeep drives on a street, a sure sign that this film dates to the era when the U.S. Army occupied Japan. At 1:13 a busy street is seen crammed with pedestrians. At 1:43 kimono-clad women are shown examining silk goods, while at 1:52 a tori leads the...
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How to get along in France (AFIF no. 40) is a 1953 Armed Forces Information film used to educate U.S. servicemen about to be stationed in France on French people, politics, customs, social and family life. The film opens with a shot of the Statue of Liberty (00:24), followed by a shot of New York City from across the harbor (00:33). Soldiers board a ship (00:55) as the narrator discusses the threat of communism and the Soviet Union to the “free world.” NATO troops march at headquarters just...
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The True Glory: From D-Day to V-E Day (1945) is a co-production of the US Office of War Information and the British Ministry of Information, documenting the victory on the Western Front, from Normandy to the collapse of the Third Reich. Although many individuals, including screenwriter and director Garson Kanin, contributed to the film, British director Carol Reed is normally credited as the director. The film was promoted with the tagline, "The story of your victory...told by the guys who...
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Part II features a drastic cut in army air service; keen interest of mitchell, brereton and arnold in air power; first air mail flight by ex-army pilots; skill of hawkes' dare devils; study of aerial photography; improvements in parachutes; training of aviation cadets; and famous bomb run of general mitchell. 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...
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This motion picture camera turns back time to review the life and work of Thomas Alva Edison, whose inventions benefit every one of us everyday of our lives. 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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Pattern for Survival opens with a museum guide leading a wheel chair bound youth through a weapons display. (00:00:55:00) The purpose of this tour? To explain how mankind frequently creates frightening weapons which they struggle to understand.  Such is the dilemma created by atomic bombs, manifested in the film as a mushroom cloud erupts across the screen. (00:02:15:00) As one of the earliest civil defense productions, Pattern for Survival enjoyed a wide distribution, delivering massive...
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The 1943 Navy training film (MN-84b) Fundamental Fixed Gunnery Approaches is part of a series known as the “Fixed Gunnery and Fighter Tactics” series used to enhance in-classroom learning of Navy pilots. Fundamental Fixed Gunnery Approaches primarily uses graphics and models to demonstrate the various approaches for fixed gunnery, though it does include some actual video footage of planes flying the maneuvers ( 13:08 ; 14:58 ; 24:18 ; 26:10 ; 30:37 ). An instructor discusses flying...
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This restricted newsfilm presents WW2 combat in 1945, including the long-range attacks on Japanese held areas including Tokyo, as well as the RAF and AAF attack on Dresden and Cologne, Germany in 1945. The film opens with a map showing where the U.S. Navy fleet is positioned at sea (:36) and Admiral Halsey’s 3rd Fleet during a typhoon (:38). In Japanese-held Vietnam, oil refineries, docks, warehouses and shipping in the Saigon River were attacked. During this mission 69 ships were damaged or...
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This 1970s color film is a long advertisement for the Boeing United Airlines 747. “Those United Men and Their Flying Machine” is a play on words of the 1965 film Those Magnificent Men in the Flying Machines, whose theme song by the same name is played throughout this film. It opens with a stuffed Peanuts Snoopy dog sitting on a doghouse in a field, which begins flying after the Red Baron in a biplane (:25-2:33). A United Airlines Boeing 747 flies into view and then back to Snoopy flying on...
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"The Black Soldier". 
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Made in the 1940s, FLAGSHIPS OF THE AIR presents a brief history of transportation, ending with the invention of the airplane, and the compression of time and space that came along with it. The film features the Douglas DC-3, American Airlines flagships. Stewardess service is seen at the 6 minute mark, and a transcontinental journey. The film emphasizes the safety of air travel, and explains how pilots navigate, and the safety checks made with meteorologists prior to flight. A travel agency is...
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This film, made in 1957 by the United States Army, details the Army Missile Program, specifically Surface to Air Missiles such as the Nike Ajax , Nike Hercules , Hawk , Honest John , Corporal , Dart , Little John , Lacrosse , and Redstone. This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage collections in the USA. Entirely film backed, this material is available for licensing in 24p HD. For more information visit...
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Attention! A new higher qualtiy version of this video is now available at: http://youtu.be/sq30H4zv_Pg From the 1930s, this film looks at the development of transportation from the days when the camel and horse were the fastest modes of travel up to the present days of the zeppelin, airplane and Zephyr train. Traces the history of steam from the days of Robert Fulton's steamboat, and the development of the gasoline engine from the days of the horseless carriage to the present day. This film is...
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Made for the home market in Germany during WWII, this silent newsreel shows the Siege of Sevastopol. The film starts with a title card indicating that Sevastopol was the "strongest fortress in the world" before segueing to a shot of Axis Stuka aircraft on their way to bomb the city. At :53 Austrian ace Gordon Max "Mac" Gollob is shown in the cockpit of his plane. At 1:02 the tail of his Messerschmidt Bf-109 aircraft attests to his 100 victories. He claimed his 100th victory...
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This travelogue film shows Finland the 1930’s. It was presented by Joseph Harris and Martin Ross.  Finland is in northern Europe bordering Sweden, Norway and Russia. The capitol city of Helsinki as well as the Arctic Ocean Highway running to the port of Liinakhamari which once touched the Arctic Ocean will be shown. It refers to Helsinki as Helsingfors which is the former Swedish name of the capitol. The Arctic Ocean Highway was rerouted after WW2.  Finland had long been a battle ground due...
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The Committee on Trauma of the American College of Surgeons takes the viewer into “The Management of Gunshot Wounds of the Abdomen.” Made under the supervision of Dr. Robert J. Freeark, a surgeon who established the nation’s first trauma unit, the film includes graphic scenes of a gunshot victim’s wounds and of abdominal surgery. It opens at mark 00:54 with the arrival of the victim at an emergency room. Such an event, we are told, sets into motion a standardized management plan, which...
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EB Films presents Hawaiian Native Life. Produced by encyclopedia Britannica films, Inc. in collaboration with Margaret Mead, PhD. Assistant Curator in Anthropology, American Museum of Natural History, New York City. This black and white film produced in 1940 is about native life on the islands of Hawaii. This black and white, 1930’s era film is about local life in the Hawaiian Islands. The film is narrated. Our The movie opens with an aerial view of a fake globe - as it spins the camera zooms...
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This 1952 black and white tribute film to the Flying Enterprise and Captain (Henrik) Kurt Carlsen, Man Against the Sea, is part of the “The Greatest Drama” series, narrated by radio actor Raymond Edward Johnson. SS Flying Enterprise was a 6,711 ton Type C1-B ship which sank in 1952. She was built in 1944 as SS Cape Kumukaki for the United States Maritime Commission for use in World War II. The ship was sold in 1947 and then operated in scheduled service under the name Flying Enterprise. The...
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Flying Soldiers is a 1958 U.S. Army film (M.F. 46-8998) that promotes the new tactical air capabilities of Army aviation through developing helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft and the tactical abilities that accompany that development. The highlight of the film is a demonstration of the air mobilization of the infantry. The film begins with footage from the point of view of a helicopter flying over a river. The film mentions the evolution of the U.S. Army’s mobility, and features a scene of...
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Created by Theodore Andrica and narrated by him, THE PLIGHT OF EUROPE is an emotional, and disturbing portrait of post-WWII Europe that focuses on the work and food shortages of post-war Holland, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Italy, and Germany. The camera pans a Holland windmill. A mother and group of girls wear traditional dark dresses, white half aprons, and Dutch caps (:25- 1:20 ). Women push prams ( 1:47 ). Men hold herrings by the tail and take bites ( 1:59 ). Bicyclists ride by ( 2:34 - 2:50...
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This short film from NASA shows the agency's collaboration with deep sea explorer and researcher Jacques Cousteau in 1973. At :30 the famed vessel Calypso is shown during a trip to the Antarctic. At :49 Cousteau discusses his research, measuring chlorophyll content and temperature in arctic sea water. At 2:00 a FAX machine is used to transmit information to the Ames Research Center in California. At 2:19 Cousteau discusses a near disaster the Calypso suffered after it collided with an iceberg....
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Shot in 1906 (and not 1905 as the title card indicates), "A Trip Down Market Street" is a 13-minute actuality film recorded by placing a movie camera on the front of a cable car as it traveled down San Francisco’s Market Street. The film shows many details of daily life in a major early 20th century American city, including the transportation, fashions and architecture of the era. The film begins at 8th Street and continues eastward to the cable car turntable, at The Embarcadero, in...
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In June of 1963, President John F. Kennedy embarked on a visit to five Western European nations for the purpose of spreading good will and building unity among America's allies. His first stop was West Germany. President Kennedy arrived in West Berlin on June 26, 1963, following appearances in Bonn, Cologne and Frankfurt, where he had given speeches to huge, wildly cheering crowds. In Berlin, an immense crowd gathered in the Rudolph Wilde Platz near the Berlin Wall to listen to the President...
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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,...
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Presented by American Airlines and written by Stanley Washburn, Jr. and shot by Agnew Fisher, AIRLIFT TO BERLIN presents the story of the Berlin Airlift of 1948.  It was made before the resolution of the Berlin Blockade, and demonstrated the resolve of those involved in the Lift to see it succeed. Just prior to the Berlin Blockade, American Airlines had begun passenger service to Berlin, and so the airline was intimately involved in the lift and the evacuation of some civilians from the city....
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This sound news parade of 1939 shows various news events including Franco's victory in the Spanish Civil War, Pan Am Boeing 314 Clipper trans-Atlantic service, King George and Queen Elizabeth return to London from their North American trip,  Franco-British Unity at Bastille Day (2:11) in Paris, terrible earthquake in Chile, and more. At 3:45 the rescue of the submarine USS Squalus, SS-192, is shown. The boat sunk after a training accident off the coast of New England.  Featuring the use of...
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This U.S. Navy recognition film profiles the Tupolev Tu-16, or as NATO called it, the Badger. This was a twin-engined jet strategic bomber used by the Soviet Union, comparable to the American B-47 bomber. It has flown for more than 40 years, and the Chinese licence-built Xian H-6 remains in service with the People's Liberation Army Air Force. The film was intended to train American pilots and spotters to identify the Soviet aircraft. In the late 1940s, the Soviet Union was strongly committed to...
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Dating to the 1950s, this U.S. Navy film USING THE STANDARD DEEP SEA DIVING OUFIT gives an explanation of the hard hat diving suit, and shows how it is used in Navy operations. The diver's crewmen are shown, including the diving officer, diving tender and backup tender, as well as the phone talker. A time keeper or diving supervisor is also shown, as well as an engineer who forces air to the diver below. Finally, a standby diver is shown, fully dressed except for his helmet, ready to assist or...
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This is a short version of the film “Television Serves its Community”, a 1960 educational documentary revealing how television programs are prepared for transmission to the homes of a community.  The film follows the production of three programs at KTLA in Los Angeles as they are planned, rehearsed, and televised. In addition to showing how television programs are prepared for transmission to the homes of a community, it also shows the use of live cameras, film, magnetic tape, and remote...
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The Warner Brothers film depicts John Litel as Patrick Henry as he makes an argument for colonial independence to the Second Virginia Convention on March 23rd, 1775 at St. Johns Church in Richmond, Virginia. It won the Academy Award for best short subject in 1937. The second segment of the film is an excerpt from the 1937 Vitaphone film titled “Romance of Louisiana”. A tax poster from the British Parliament is seen (:09) on a building with men inside debating the mobilization of Virginia...
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This 1942 black and white restricted official training film #2-601 by the War Department is about “Horsemanship: Mounting, Dismounting, and the Military Seat.” It was produced by The Signal Corps in collaboration with The Commanding General Army Ground Forces and the Research Council, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. A corporal talks to soldiers in cavalry uniforms, including jodhpur pants, standing with their horses. A group of experienced cavalry soldiers rides by and are...
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This color film provides footage of the January 1958 military tour of Southeast Asia by General I.D. White for the Military Assistance Advisory program in the Philippines, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam. Calls were made at Navy forces in Marianas, Philippines, and Guam, and British commanders in Singapore and Hong Kong. The General and his staff leave Hickam Air Force Base in Hawaii in a 1940s Cadillac. Shown are the Lockheed Constellation and its cockpit (:45-3:07).  The Constellation...
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Originally created by National Educational Television in the early 1960s or late 1950s, this episode of "The American Business System" takes a look at the flow of cash in the business system and financial management. At the same time the film provides fascinating insights into the history of the NCR Corporation and shows some of its factory in Dayton, Ohio in the late 1950s. The film is hosted by Jack Winn and shot in Dayton, Ohio, home to the National Cash Register company at that...
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Reach Beyond the Horizon: A History of Edwards Air Force Base is a short 1970s film that provides an overview of the aviation and aerospace achievements of the base. The film takes viewers on a tour of the base beginning with its foundation in the 1930s up through its ongoing programs in the 1970s. The film opens with a shot of California’s Antelope Valley, where tumbleweeds are blown along the desert floor. The desert scene is superimposed with images of jets and rockets taking off. The film...
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This French travelogue film guided by Air France (:24) takes viewers on a tour through the country with notable sites as tourists arrive at the airport and head out to explore the country. It features a score by Paul Mattei and was shot by Michel Gallon.. The film covers areas including along the French Riviera; the Mediterranean coast of southern France, as well as the Loire Valley in central France, and Limousin; a historical region in south central France (:50). The film opens with an Air...
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This 1962 color film is an educational travelogue about various African areas and groups. It was produced by United World Films and photographed by Ronold (note: this is the film’s spelling) E. Shanin. The focus of this film is to educate viewers on the diverse African environment. The film begins with Victoria Falls in the Zambezi River, which doubles as the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe in South-Central Africa (0:17-0:32). Flamingos eat as hippos and elephants run in the water...
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This is a 1940’s era, black and white movie made by RKO Radio Pictures entitled "The Ramparts We Watch".  It features a script by Robert L. Richards and Cedric R. Worth and was produced and directed by Louis de Rochemont. The film (made just before the entry of the USA into WWII) draws parallels between the First World War and the Second. The story told in this film is that of America during the years 1914-18, as reflected in the lives of various people in a small American city. In...
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This Kodachrome home movie likely dates from 1960, and begins with shots along the beach -- with the Los Angeles Railway freight railroad line running along the shore. Starting around the 00:01:31:00 mark is rare color footage of the Angels Flight funicular railway, followed at 00:04:40:00 by shots at a pet cemetery. Shots of Olivera Street in downtown begin at about the 00:07:28:00 mark, City Hall at 00:09:58:00, and the Watts Towers at 00:10:41:00 This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC...
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This U.S. Navy training film (MN 10121a) showcases the Mark 4 Gun Pod (Mk 4) and features footage of the gun pods on a Douglas A-4 Skyhawk and an A-7 Corsair II. The film opens with a Skyhawk firing the 20mm ammo used in the Mark 4 Gun Pod. The jet flies through the air and strafes the ground. The Skyhawk taxis to a stop on a runway carrying the gun pods (01:14). The plane’s crew remove a gun pod from the plane. An illustration is used to show the structural layout of the Mk 4 (02:08). The...
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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 four segments of historic highlights. Marines Help Haiti 1915-1920. Port-Au-Prince Haiti is shown in 1915. The streets of the marketplace are crowded with people. An American flag is raised by U.S. Marines. A band marches. The Marines practice drills with guns, play horseshoes, and box. Lines of hungry people are fed. President...
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This film takes a look at the Chicago School system and the application of educating children with special needs. The time period during which these improvements were made are worth noting as the Great Depression had hit in 1929 and the Polio epidemic had begun in the early 1900’s extending until 1955 both of which put a massive strain on the public education system. Strikes were erupting in Chicago as funding for the public education system was cut. Despite all of this, the Chicago school...
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This black and white 1950s instructional film, “The Arthur Murray Steps in the Bolero,” breaks down the components for this dance. Arthur Murray was an American ballroom dancer and businessman who began teaching dance in 1912 and opened the first official franchised school named after him in 1938. The film is a Coleman Production and supervised by Lee Lawless, a regular performer on The Arthur Murray Party television show (1950-1960) and owner of multiple Arthur Murray Dance Studios. The...
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Created by Darrel Brady, who famously filmed the sinking of a British merchant ship at the outset of WWII, "Thunderheads Over the Pacific" was funded by the Minneapolis-Moline farm equipment company as part of their public outreach. It likely dates to 1940. A rare document of the Pacific just prior to the involvement of the United States of America in WWII, "Thunderheads" is an important historical document the exact details of which remain obscure. Part travelogue, part...
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F4J BIS Guided Missile Trials is a short technical film report from the Naval Air Systems Command in Point Mugu, CA on the March 1967 BIS trials of the AWG-10 Missile Control System and related components on a McDonnell Douglas F4J Phantom II. The BIS (Board of Inspection and Survey) trials were divided into five categories: ground tests, captive flights, launch flights, serviceability, and human factors tests. The film opens with an F4J being towed on a runway; the aircraft carries four AIM-7D...
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Deals with the tradition, excellence, and flying and technical skills of the United States Air Force Thunderbirds. Tells requirements of a Thunderbird and gives a closeup look at their precision aerial formations. This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage collections in the USA. Entirely film backed, this material is available for licensing in 24p HD. For more information visit...
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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 is a training film for the US Army which will take a detailed look at the Quartermaster’s position and what his responsibilities are. These are military officers responsible for providing quarters, rations, clothing, and other supplies. The film opens with a shot of a Sergeant and his family in a US Army housing development stationed in Germany (:09). All personnel, including dependents, are the Quartermaster’s responsibility (:25) though most soldiers did not have their families with...
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Part 2 begins, no credits. Pilots are ready to go and then board their planes. F-105s are taxiing and in line, ready for takeoff. Pilots in the cockpits adjust their helmets (:09- 2:03). F-105s take off. Other soldiers watch. F-105 races down the airstrip and into the sky (2:04-3:45). F-105 ready for takeoff. F-105s in formation in the sky. Air crew sit on the ground below and wait. Pilots fly and radio one another. Base monitors what's going on. Their target can be seen through the clouds...
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The Navy Log TV show presented some of the great stories in the history of the 20th Century U.S. Navy, including survival and war stories.  The series premiered on CBS on September 20, 1955, but moved to ABC in 1956, where it aired until September 25, 1958. The program aired for a total of three seasons and 104 episodes. Dating from season one in 1955, this Korean War episode of Navy Log is entitled "Of Caution and Courage." It stars Walter Sande as Robbie and Joseph Downing as...
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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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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 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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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 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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Made by the Yosemite Park and Curry Company to promote tourism at Yosemite, this silent film dates to the late 1920s and features the "new Hotel Ahwanee". (The Ahwanee (now the Majestic) opened in 1927.) The movie features various views of the park starting with Arch Rock Ranger Station at :30, and shows Cascade Falls ( 1:29 ), El Capitan ( 2:30 ), the mirror pools ( 3:40 ), elk in the park ( 6:00 ), Camp Curry ( 7:00 -- now known as Half Dome Village) including the swimming pool (...
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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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Made for publicity purposes in 1967, this short film (sorry about the wobbly soundtrack) dramatically shows the assembly of the Saturn V rocket that was launched for the Apollo 4 mission, and the mission itself.  Apollo 4, (also known as AS-501), was the first, unmanned test flight of the Saturn V launch vehicle, which was used by the U.S. Apollo program to send the first astronauts to the Moon. The space vehicle was assembled in the Vehicle Assembly Building, and was the first to be launched...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Made by famed filmmaker Jerry Fairbanks in 1952, this industrial film for the H.J. Heinz Company shows the story of national distribution using ketchup as an example. As the film reveals, H.J. Heinz's small home factory in Sharpsburg, Pennsylvania was able to grow into a coast-to-coast enterprise through innovation. The film contains images from 1950s American including a supermarket at the 2:20 mark, tomato farms, bottling plants (3:39), warehouses (4:50) in New York, Milwaukee, Chicago,...
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Dating to the 1960s, this filmic record of the U.S. Navy's Point Mugu base, entitled WEAPONS THAT WORK, features Commander Glenn Ford as host. Pt. Mugu served in this era as one of the primary test ranges for guided missiles, sea launched weapons, and other important missiles and weapon systems of the Cold War.It is now part of Naval Base Ventura County (NBVC).  The film begins with images of the Sparrow III missile being used against a target drone, as well as many of the other missions of...
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This silent, raw footage shows the December 10th, 1954 human factors experiment involving Col. John Paul Stapp, who rode a rocket sled called the Sonic Wind at speeds up to 632 miles per hour at Holloman, New Mexico. This set a ground speed record and put Stapp into the books as "Fastest Man on Earth". The film starts with footage of Stapp being strapped into the sled and telemetry belts being affixed to his helmet and person. At 4:00, the Northrop Aircraft crew in the blockhouse...
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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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These 1940s home movies were shot during a 4-H Convention held at the University of Arizona in Tucson. Starting around the 3:30 minute mark is rare footage of the set of the movie Arizona, and what later became known as Old Tucson Studios. At this time the only attraction there was what you see…adobe huts, old wagons, and the old "mission." We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional information about our videos by adding a comment! See something...
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This black & white educational film is about the exercises and activities the cadets at the West Point Military Academy in West Point, NY do. Copyright 1937.  Opening titles: Columbia Pictures presents Cadet Champions (:06). West Point Military Academy in West Point, NY (:27). Cadets march (:33). Lacrosse team marches (:58). Cadets perform calisthenics in the gymnasium (1:07). Cadets continue to exercise in the gymnasium (2:03). Cadets do exercises on gym horses (2:50). Parallel bars...
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