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This 1973 film (DOD 23521), narrated by Jack Webb and produced by EMC Corporation, gives viewers a look at the training required to join the Marine Corps. The film opens with new recruits arriving at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego. The new recruits run off the bus and file into line at the entrance of the Depot to await processing. Recruits have their heads shaved in the Depot’s barber shop (02:36). Next, they are issued clothing then stand for inspection (03:30). Later, the...
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This film profiles Skylab 3 (also SL-3 and SLM-2), the second manned mission to the first American space station, Skylab. The mission began July 28, 1973, with the launch of three astronauts on the Saturn IB rocket, and lasted 59 days, 11 hours and 9 minutes. A total of 1,084.7 astronaut-utilization hours were tallied by the Skylab 3 crew performing scientific experiments in the areas of medical activities, solar observations, Earth resources, and other experiments. The crew consisted of...
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Dates to 1937 ( Ross left his coaching job in 1945) when the team lost in the semi-finals against the Maple Leafs. More on this: Arthur Howey "Art" Ross (January 13, 1885[3] – August 5, 1964) was a Canadian professional ice hockey player and executive from 1905 until 1954. Regarded as one of the best defenders of his era by his peers, he was one of the first to skate with the puck up the ice rather than pass it to a forward. He was on Stanley Cup championship teams twice in a...
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This 1974 color documentary about the WWI Jubilee at Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome is presented by Eastman Kodak Co. Real World War I planes are pulled out of a building at Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome for a WWI weekend flying show and WWI radio-controlled aircraft jamboree in front of a large crowd. A radio-controlled model Fokker Triplane flies by the camera. A modeler carries his Royal Aircraft Factory S.E.5 (:25-1:39). Cole Palen, Rhinebeck’s owner, is interviewed. A Mid-Hudson Radio Control Society...
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This silent, black & white home movie shows life in Southern California in 1932-33, when many things were happening in the region -- including the Olympic Games and the Rose Parade. The film shows these events as an ordinary citizen would have experienced them, and it also includes a visit to Dana Point and San Pedro and possibly Long Beach, California to see the U.S. Navy fleet at anchor. It also includes rare footage of the so-called Bonus Army encamped in Orange County. Opening: Title...
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The second inauguration of Harry S. Truman as President of the United States was held on Thursday, January 20, 1949, at the East Portico of the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. This was the 41st inauguration and marked the commencement of the second and only full term of Harry S. Truman as President as well as the only term of Alben W. Barkley as Vice President. Chief Justice Fred M. Vinson administered the presidential oath of office while Justice Stanley Forman Reed administered...
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Dating to July of 1971, this silent film shows rocket sled tests of Douglas ESCAPAC escape systems for the S-3A Viking at China Lake Naval Weapons Center. Viking was a 4-crew, twin-engine turbofan-powered jet aircraft that was used by the U.S. Navy (USN) primarily for anti-submarine warfare, as well as surface warfare and aerial refueling, electronic warfare and surface surveillance capabilities to carrier battle groups. A subsonic, all-weather, long-range, multi-mission aircraft, it served...
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Sponsored by John Deere, this film about soil conservation and farming provides advice about overgrazing, and scientific approaches to soil health. John Deere Van Brunt farm equipment is seen (named after company founder George Van Brunt -- his Van Brunt line was acquired by Deere in 1911) including tractors and grassland drills. After its founding in the 1860s in Mayville, Wisconsin, the Van Brunt Company product line evolved steadily, but by the mid-1910s after Deere acquired the brand, the...
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This color educational silent home movie film features the Saguenay River in Quebec, Canada. Copyright is circa the 1950s.  Opening titles: Chateau Hutter Films present A John Hutter Travel Adventure - Up The Saguenay, Scenic Waterway Of French Canada (:09). A man, presumably John Hutter sits in front of a campfire in a cabin and introduces the film (no sound available), he points at a map which features Quebec, Canada and the city of Chicoutimi, which is the most populous borough of the city...
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These extraordinary Super 8mm home movies from the Vietnam War, come from a member of the "Ravens". The Raven Forward Air Controllers, also known simply as The Ravens, were fighter pilots used for forward air control in a covert operation in conjunction with the Central Intelligence Agency of the United States in Laos during America's Vietnam War. The Ravens provided direction for most of the air strikes against communist Pathet Lao targets and People's Army of Vietnam's infiltrators...
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A creatively scripted but blatantly anti-Japanese propaganda film made during WWII about "milk runs" — air combat missions with little enemy air opposition — being carried out to destroy Japanese military bases in Micronesia. Presented in narrative story format, a flyer is writing a letter home, often using slang terms and some military jargon to describe to a friend "Joe" what a milk run is all about. His SBD Dauntless airplane, for example, is called Hot Tamale and he...
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This U.S. Navy newsreel consists of several segments.  First, the sea trials of the USS Forrestal are seen with FJ-3 Fury jet fighters landing on the angled deck of the carrier.  Second, SEALs / UDTs frogmen practice off the California coast.  Third, the submarine -- most maneuverable built up to this time -- USS Albacore is seen operating at sea. USS Forrestal (CV-59), formerly AVT-59 and CVA-59, was a supercarrier named after the first Secretary of Defense James Forrestal. Commissioned in...
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Shows the 82nd Airborne Division during training, the attacks on Sicily and Salerno, its entry into Naples, the battles at Anzio and Utah Beach, and the final victory. 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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One of the craziest railroad films of all time, "Escape from Limbo" is part Twilight Zone episode, part safety film that is just as entertaining as any half-hour TV show from the 1950's. The film tells the bizarre tale of Pennsylvania Railroad fireman Henry who apparently gets killed in a hunting accident. He ends up in Limbo where a Devil explains that he is now required to cause accidents on the railroad line -- in an attempt to gather other souls for his patron. This unique premise...
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Created in 1933 by the newly-ascendant Adolph Hitler, "Deutschland Erwacht!" is a recounting of life in Germany after WWI and up until the handover of power from Hindenburg to Hitler in 1933. As a work of propaganda, the film vividly shows the turbulent, inflationary times that followed World War I and attempts to show how Hitler's Germany will be a powerful nation. This version of the film is silent with title cards. In addition to the film, other souvenirs were created with the...
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Produced in 1964, this awesome U.S. Air Force film shows tactical weapons tests against various types of targets using F-100 Super Sabre and other aircraft. Over 100 target complexes were built to simulate enemy positions including anti-aircraft missiles sights similar to those used in Cuba. Tests were also conducted of air to air missiles, air to ground and anti-tank weapons, and bombs. At the 3 minute mark, a radio-controlled drone is destroyed flying at 180 miles per hour. A sidewinder...
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This USAF News Review dates to the 1950s and shows President Ike Eisenhower arriving on Air Force One ("Columbine") to visit the new U.S. Air Force Academy. At the two minute mark, a Thor IRBM site is shown in mock-up, with missile men students seeing how the entire system works including a full scale launch of a missile. Also shown: Clark AFB television broadcasting a puppet show in the Philippines for Air Force kids (check out the old time TV cameras and broadcast studio in use!) A...
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This is a 1950’s era, silent, color film. (We're not sure why it is silent -- either it was intended to be used with an accompanying lecture or this is what is known as a "test print" of the film made without a soundtrack.)  The film shows how the military uses color as a communication device, as an aid in combat, and for identification purposes.  The movie opens with Marines marching towards the camera. An explosion in the field and red signal smoke rises. A plane takes off and...
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This silent film from the 1920s shows the harpooning of a whale on the high seas, and the harvesting of the whale by a team of men. At :48, a lookout spots a whale, and at 1:40 the whale is harpooned from a distance of perhaps fifty feet. The whale is then beached at the 2:27 mark so that it can be processed. At 4:30, barnacles are removed from the skin of the whale prior to it being carved open and butchered. At 5:30, the skin of the creature is removed and then blubber peeled off in strips....
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Produced by the U.S. Army Air Force's Wright Field during WWII, this pilot training film gives an overview of basic aircraft instruments. These include the artificial horizon, gyro compass, oil and temperature gauges, manifold pressure, RPM, rate of climb indicator, turn and bank indicator, air speed indicator, flight indicator, suction and pressure gauges, cowl flap position, air temperature, etc. At 4:30 , the navigator's instruments are also shown including a drift meter, compass, altimeter...
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This 1971 color educational/training film from Charles Cahill Associates is a driver safety film about keeping safe distance between cars to prevent accidents, or as the film says, "Space to react, to take action, space to stay out of trouble." The title of the film was likely inspired by Star Trek. Opening: a man drives in his station wagon on a Los Angeles freeway. He drives with a cigar in his mouth. His driving off the freeway, onto city streets, and then overturning on a country...
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1930’S TRAVELOUGE FILM “THE SCREEN TRAVELER: MANILA” This film is of the series called ‘The Screen Traveler’ which was created by the travelogue filmmaker, Andre De La Varre. It takes viewers through a tour of Manila in the Philippines. Narration is by Paul Devlin (:21). Manila is the capital and largest city in the Philippines (:37) and the film begins with an image of the bay which the Spanish had traveled into in 1570 (:42). This is also the site of the Battle of Manila Bay which...
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The Tide Water Associated Oil Company presents this late 1940s, black and white film called, "The Story of Federal, What’s Back of a Long Safe Ride." This promotional film for Federal Tires (an American brand, not to be confused with the post-WWII Taiwanese company) was presented by the marketers of Veedol, Flying-A Ethyl Gasoline and Tydol Motor Oil. It likely dates to 1948. The movie opens with 1940s cars quickly moving down dirt roads. Cars ride down the highway, 1:00. Men and...
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Narrated by actor Glen Ford, this circa 1963 film "CHUTING STARS" shows the U.S. Navy's parachute demonstration team. Some of the film takes place at the Chuting Stars' headquarters at Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Florida. You'll see the team packing their chutes and run through their ground training at Forest Sherman Field. The team's specialized chutes are discussed, as well as various training exercises. The film also covers the team's March through November performance schedule...
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This raw, silent footage shows tests conducted in 1954 by Col. John Paul Stapp, an Air Force medical doctor who was studying human factors at Holloman, Air Force Base. All the footage shown here is likely from the record-setting run on December 10, 1954, although it may be possible that the material prior to 14:20 is from an earlier test. At :30, crews are shown loading JATO type rocket bottles to the Sonic Wind rocket sled in preparation for a test run. At 2:48, the sled track is shown with...
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This 1930s Eastman Teaching Film was made by Eastman Kodak as part of a series of educational movies. It likely dates to before 1933, since it features a shot of the Golden Gate in San Francisco before the construction of the Golden Gate Bridge (14:00). The silent film (which likely had a text-based component that a teacher would read aloud while it was projected) describes the various routes that pioneers used to get from the Eastern USA to California. It also shows the "modern"...
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Made in 1957, Transportation By Air is an educational film that is chock-full of wonderful vintage aviation images. Some of the planes featured include the prototype Boeing 707 jet, Lockheed Constellation, and other propeller driven aircraft. There is also footage of helicopters, the Martin Mariner flying boat / seaplane, and other "cutting edge" craft. It's a trip back in time to an era where aviation's advance was as fast as it was relentless. This film is part of the Periscope Film...
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Produced in the 1950s, this U.S. Marine Corps film shows Grumman F9F Panthers and A-1 Skyraiders providing close air support for troops in the field.  Close air support tactical organization is described and the role of the the forward air controller shown.  The film likely dates to the Korean War.  In military tactics, close air support (CAS) is defined as air action by fixed or rotary-winged aircraft against hostile targets, that are close to friendly ground or naval forces, and which...
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Presented by Castle Films, which sold movies for home use in the 1940-60s, this short film "Killer Gorilla" is an excerpt from the feature film from 1950 called “Congolaise”. The feature tracks an expedition of scientists sponsored by the French Government and the Museum of Man. The expedition was sent to Africa in order to document native African American tribes and native wildlife in French Equatorial Africa. This particular segment, which may be disturbing to some viewers,...
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This short employee development film, likely from the early 1970s, gives an overview of beneficiary actions for post-entitlement claims and actions. The film opens with a shot of a Social Security district office and several other buildings, including the SSA headquarters in Baltimore, Maryland. The film reviews the objectives of the Social Security Administration (01:17), and it shows a number of photographs of various employees working. Viewers see the SSA’s Electronic Data Processing (EDP)...
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Originally released in 1924, this silent film "Wolfe and Montcalm" was part of an educational series of movies produced by the Yale University Press. It was directed by Kenneth Webb. The film portrays the "Conquest of New France" -- the historic struggle of the British and French for supremacy on the North American continent. The climax is reached in the death of General Wolfe, while leading the British troops to victory in the battle of the Plains of Abraham which preceded...
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Made by the Clark Equipment Co. to promote its line of mining construction equipment, this 1960s film shows a specialized Michigan Dozer in operation at an open pit mine and discusses its operation. The tired Michigan is shown working with swing shovels, cleaning up ore piles and loading trucks. Tips are given about how to operate the machine properly.  Michigan wheel dozers were well accepted by the earthmoving industry and found use in all manner of operations. Initially based on the chassis...
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Sieg im Westen (Victory in the West) is a 1941 German propaganda film the shows Hitler's greatest military victory -- the Blitzkrieg conquest of Holland, Belgium and France in the spring of 1940.It was produced by the Oberkommando des Heeres, the German Army High Command, rather than the Propaganda Ministry of Joseph Goebbels. Goebbels indeed sabotaged its release in minor ways, delaying its premiere and telling propagandists not to promote it. The prologue consists of the Nazi version of...
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Featuring actress Barbara Britton and actor James Craig, and directed by veteran filmmaker Lewis Allen, this WWII U.S. Navy propaganda film "Freedom Comes High" is one of the most melodramatic shorts to emerge from the war. The plot revolves around Mrs. Blanding, a young bride and mother whose older husband has become a Naval officer and gone to sea. Of course he is in harm's way, and the results are catastrophic. Just before going into action, Steve writes a letter mentioning how...
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This episode of The Air Force Story - Volume 1 Chapter 7 - "The Air War Starts 1939-1941" features some of the events that occurred prior to U.S. entry into the war. These include the German invasion of Poland, President Roosevelt declaring a national emergency, the USA stepping up aircraft production, Britain withstands the onslaught of the Luftwaffe in the Battle of Britain, the USA starts the Lend-Lease policy and trades vital destroyers to the British for key posts throughout the...
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In Part XI, allied task force invades north africa; allied armies bog down in rain and mud; rommel's afrika korps attacked; allied resistance stiffens at kasserine pass; german escape foiled; allied forces sweep past el alamein to tunis. This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage collections in the USA. Entirely film backed, this material is available for licensing in 24p HD. For more information visit...
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This news report, created by the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, shows the 9th Infantry Division conducting combat sweeps in the Mekong Delta, USAF aircraft hit targets in North and South Vietnam, use of captured enemy munitions by the 25th Infantry Division, and the U.S. Navy begins testing the world's largest hydrofoil the Plainview. It also shows the deactivation of the Khe Sanh outpost, and relocation of refugess from the city of Saigon that are hard hit by Viet Cong attacks. This show...
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Dating to the late 1960s, this silent 8mm home movie shows some aspects of the construction of the Lake Oroville Dam. A title card at the 3 minute mark indicates the date as March, 1967 and another set of cards are dated March and April 1968, so one can imagine the film was shot roughly in that period. The film begins with shots of the massive earthen embankment being worked on by bulldozers and graders (:34). At 1:13 wildlife is shown in the Feather River. At 1:45 the base of a spillway is...
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This 1950s era, black and white training film from the United States Navy reviews courtesies that enlisted men should follow when encountering officers and civilians in different situations. Unclassified. United States Navy Training Film. US Naval Photographic Center. MN 7898 A 1957. Naval Customs and Courtesies. Good Manners in Uniform. The film opens with a sailor opening the door for lady as they enter a Yellow cab. A sailor pulls out a chair for his lunch guest 1:00. Officers and sailors...
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The “Guardian of the Atom” is a 1960s color film sponsored by the United States Atomic Energy Commission, which was created in 1946 after WWII to foster the peacetime development of atomic science and technology. [It was forcibly dissolved in 1975 by the US Congress for improper conduct and was replaced by the US Department of Energy.] This film begins in the Colorado Plateaus, where scientists use equipment to locate and test raw uranium ore (0:09-1:09). Scientists separate U-235 from...
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This episode of "The Silent Service" entitled "The Searaven Story" first aired December 6, 1957. In it, the USS Searaven attempts to save Australian soldiers from Timor Island or, as TV Guide called it, "An American submarine becomes a sitting duck to save 33 Australian soldiers." The episode was from season 1 of the show, episode 36. The episode was written by Milton Geiger and stars: Chet Marshall ...... Cook Robert Christopher.. Cassidy Bill Phipps ...........
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Produced by the Aberdeen Proving Ground's Tank Automotive Command, Quality Assurance Directorate, this U.S. Army film was made to familiarize contractors, and also the public, about the process of quality assurance testing and how it is critical to every vehicle the military purchases. The film provides a fascinating look at some of the tests that armored vehicles would be put through to confirm fulfillment of their roles, including driving and amphibious operation, weapons tests, and more. ...
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Shows people's efforts to transmit messages through devices that have been invented to improve communication. Demonstrates the effects of telecommunications on the social, cultural, and economic life of modern society. Uses animation and live action to trace the history of communication from the 17th century to the present, and explains how each of the highlighted devices functions. Experiments with the battery, ground connections, electromagnet, and cable are illustrated. Discusses the...
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This is part of a series of Combat camera dailies from Vietnam in 1967. This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage collections in the USA. Entirely film backed, this material is available for licensing in 24p HD. For more information visit http://www.PeriscopeFilm.com
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This silent training film shows loading of 100 & 500 pound bombs onto a P-51B Mustang and a demonstration of the "Joe Barton Technique" of vertical dive bombing. The Joe Barton in question was a North American Aviation test pilot who did extensive work with the P-51, including flying the lightweight XP-51G prototype on August 9, 1944. (Barton sadly perished in a B-25 accident in 1946). The film was apparently shot at Muroc AFB (later Edwards) and likely dates to 1943-44. At 1:53...
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This color film "United States Air Force News Review" dates to 1961 and shows events from 1960.  Title: The Air Force and Space. August 1960. Edward Air Force Base, California, a pilot gets into an X-15 experimental aircraft. B-52 Bomber takes off with the test aircraft which then is dropped at altitude. The X-15 comes in for a safe landing.  Project Excelsior gondola in New Mexico. Project Excelsior was a series of parachute jumps made by Col. Joseph Kittinger of the United States...
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This unique film was shot by American filmmaker Isaac Upham, assisted by Chinese filmmaker Moon Kwan. Upham visited China and lived there from 1922 to 1927, during which time he attempted to  make a long feature travelogue entitled "Pieces of China". Apparently Upham did many private screenings in Hollywood but could not get distribution for the film.  The original, full-length version is now considered lost.  This short, which was released by the Kodak Film Library, is quite...
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Silent film released by Castle in 1940 for the home market showing events of 1939 and the lead up to "War in Europe".  Hitler demands Danzig.  Oppressed minorities flee Europe.  Polish army mobilizes.  Poland closes German border.  Great Britain and France pledge to assist Poland and summon reserves. London, civilians answer the call for war service.  Americans flee Europe. Von Ribbnebtrop flies to Moscow to conclude Soviet-German anti-aggression pact. Chamberlain and Daladier...
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Created by NASA and Warner Brothers Records as a station sign-off in the mid-1970s, this short film features footage from the Apollo Program lunar missions. The sign-off is set to "Lonely People" by the popular folk rock group "America".
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Though fragmentary and water damaged, this 1930s Caribbean travelogue has some interesting content. The film begins with footage of St. Vincent before showing St. George in Grenada at the 1:00 mark. At 1:44 the polishing of cocoa beans for chocolate is shown. At 2:06, the city of Fort-de-France in Martinique including the Hall of Justice (2:40). At 2:48 is Mount St. Benedict in Trinidad. At 3:48 is Tobago and Charlotteville. At 4:38 is Morro Castle in Puerto Rico and views of San Juan. At 5:26...
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Operation Sandstone, is a color documentary about American’s Atomic Bomb testing, which was conducted in 1948 at Enewetak Atoll in the Marshall Islands. This film, Produced by the USAF Lookout Mountain Air Force Station who produced motion pictures from 1947-1969, was part of an attempt to document atomic bomb tests and preserve them. Operation Sandstone occurred in 1948 and the film was produced soon after. The narrator, Carey Wilson, was an American screenwriter and voice actor. Intro (...
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Created by an unknown American tourist in 1927, this black & white silent home movie shows a passenger ship cruise across the Southern Hemisphere to Australia and New Guinea. This film is only one part of what must have been a longer travelogue; unfortunately the other segments of it are apparently lost to history.  The film gives a good idea of the experiences a wealthy tourist might have had in this era, visiting Tasmania, New South Wales and Melbourne, and New Guinea. Title: Around The...
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This 1970s color film advertising Porsche 911 Targa cars is produced by Konstantin Kalser, a Marathon International Production, and narrated by Sidney Paul. The many color choices are shown throughout the film. It opens with flared spots from oncoming headlights at night and the sound of race cars. The #6 Porsche pulls into a pit stop. The backs of crew jackets say Sunoco, Goodyear, or Porsche. The car rear sponsorship says Sunoco Porsche + Audi. Number 59 pulls into a pit stop for a windshield...
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This 1949 black and white film about the Cole Brothers Circus arrival, setup, and show in a town is presented by Encyclopaedia Britannica Films Inc. A group of boys and men in 1940s clothing watches the Cole Bros. Circus train arrive (:03-:18). A horse is unloaded from a boxcar. A cart of tent poles is unloaded (:19-:41). Elephants leave the boxcar, with a head close-up (:42-:58). Men ride elephants through town. The wagon and elephants arrive at the field. An elephant pulls ropes to bring the...
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This silent 16mm home movie shows a 1939 trip by an American tourist to Europe. The film begins in Holland and also includes segments shot in Arnhem (11:01), Paris (11:30) including views of the Opera and Eiffel Tower, and London (14:40). The film is in color, in some areas the color has bled creating a ghost image. 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...
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This silent 1940s 16mm home movie starts in a family rose garden before quickly moving to the Oakland Airport (:50) where well dressed  passengers board a United Airlines DC-3 Mainliner. At 1:25 the family boards the plane and at 1:40 the sun set is seen out the passenger cabin window. At 1:50 the film shifts to what appears to be Mexico. At 2:50 scenes on the streets are seen including a man riding away on horseback. At 3:20 a mountain valley is shown, and at 3:30 Aztec Ruins. At 4:47 an...
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This color silent home movie, shot by an unknown American tourist, shows a trip to Italy and the Italian Riviera with Brownell Tours of Tuscaloosa, Alabama. This is circa the 1950s. Opening title: We enter northern Italy on a highway overhanging the Mediterranean hillsides (:09). Italian seaside town of San Remo (:21). Car with flowers goes by followed by a priest, a hearse, and mourners for the deceased (:34). Northern Italy; poolside at the Hotel Mediterraneo in San Remo; the tour group poses...
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This late 1960s educational color film (#14-675) provides an overview of the introductory principles for using punched cards in punched card data processing using the IBM 029 Key Punch machine, which was introduced in 1964. This film is one of a seven-part series produced by Moreland-Latchford and distributed by Sterling Educational Films. This film covers an introduction to the punched card, numeric organization, alphabetic principles, reading, fields, and card design. The film opens with...
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Where Rooster-Tails Fly is a short film, produced by Charles R. Perryman, that shows viewers highlights from Seattle’s 1952 Seafair festival, including the Torchlight Parade, Samish Slough Race, and the 45th Gold Cup (a hydroplane boat race later called the Seafair Cup then the Albert Lee Appliance Cup). The film opens with a boat on fire in Puget Sound (00:49), where men dressed as pirates watch from nearby boats. Aerial views of Seattle, Lake Washington, and Puget Sound show viewers the...
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One of the Army Navy Screen Magazines produced during WWII, #22 is comprised of the following segments: BURMA OUTPOST which looks at a group of eight Americans who are posted in the remote Burmese jungle, serving as an advance guard. At 3:15 a supply drop is made to the group. At 4:16 , the cartoon A FEW QUICK FACTS looks at the Air Transport Command which delivers cargo all over the world. At 6:38 , QUENTIN REYNOLDS TALKS ABOUT G.I. NEWS tells the story of the making of "Yank"...
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This 1968 travel film promotes Italian Line Cruises by following three people on one of the line’s Caribbean cruises to Lord Burgess & His Serenaders’ album by the same name as the film. The film opens with a shot of a woman at an outdoor table in Jamaica overlooking a pool and the bay. The same woman is then shown walking across a street in New York City. Vacationers wave goodbye from the decks of the line’s cruise ship Leonardo da Vinci (01:03). Guests mingle aboard the ship. On...
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Faith In The Future is a 1940s film that discusses the importance of transportation and the role Fruehauf trailers play in moving goods. Some of the businesses that use the Fruehauf trailers and are featured in the film are: Borden’s Farm Products of Michigan; Paranite Wire & Cable/Essex Wire Corp.; Long Transportation Company; Doehler-Jarvis Corporation; Bridgeways, Inc.; Ira Wilson & Sons Dairy; Harry Becker Company; Kozloff Fish; National Homes; E.H. Warren Company; and Hubert...
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This silent film, which would have been shown as part of an intelligence briefing to senior commanders in Italy, possibly including Gen. Mark Clark, shows part of the attack on Monte Cassino in February of 1944. Shot from the ground, it shows the effects of Allied bombers on the mountainside and the Abbey itself.  Official news release which accompanied this film stated:"This silent Combat Film 378 shows the dive bombing of the Monte Cassino Monastery. According to included information:...
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Made in the mid-1950s or early 1960s, FIELDS OF THE FUTURE shows off the work of North American Aviation, a major American aerospace manufacturer, responsible for a number of historic aircraft, including the T-6 Texan trainer, the P-51 Mustang fighter, the B-25 Mitchell bomber, the F-86 Sabre jet fighter, the X-15 rocket plane, and the XB-70, as well as Apollo Command and Service Module, the second stage of the Saturn V rocket, the Space Shuttle orbiter and the B-1 Lancer. The film begins by...
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Made in 1964 by WNDT-TV, this TV show CULTURES AND CONTINENTS "City of the God Kings" focuses on the Angkor Wat temple complex in Cambodia. The fairly low quality images seen here are the result of the film being a "kinescope" -- a 16mm film record of a television broadcast. The show is hosted by Dr. Boyd Compton, who was part of the American Universities Field Staff in Asia. Angkor Wat is a temple complex in Cambodia and the largest religious monument in the world, on a...
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Created in 1951, "Crusade in the Pacific" was an early television documentary that remains one of the most comprehensive looks at the Pacific Campaign on land, sea and air. In 24 separate 30 minute episodes, "Crusade" journals the War through tons and tons of basically uncensored stock footage, along with the timeless voice of Westbrook Van Voorhis. This episode of Crusade in the Pacific examines the Korean War. After World War II, Korea is divided along the 38th Parallel....
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Narrated by Chet Huntley, this Vietnam War film "The American Navy in Vietnam" shows the wide-ranging work of the U.S. Navy in the conflict. It features the USS Kittyhawk on Yankee Station off the coast of S.E. Asia, and the activities of the 7th Fleet as it works to fight the Viet Cong. The U.S. Marine Corps' combat activities are shown, as well as the work of inland and riverine naval forces and intelligence and medical and civic action programs. This film features footage of...
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Shot in 1937 by an unknown visitor to the city, this 16mm home movie of Chicago begins at the railroad station where various steam locomotives are visible including one from the Pennsylvania railroad, a Wabash passenger train, and a Milwaukee Road streamliner. The film then moves to downtown where the skyline is visible, as well as theaters including one in which the film "Tovarich" starring Charles Boyer and Claudette Colbert is playing. 1937 also represented an awkward year for...
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Presented by NASA, this Aeronautics and Space Highlights report shows the "Year of Apollo" -- 1968.  It includes footage of the launch of the Saturn V rocket, proved ready for trips to the Moon, and satellites including Ogo, Pioneer and Orbiting Astronautical Laboratory, and the VTOL flight tests and lifting body tests.  The film shows the end of the Surveyor program at 1:30, with various shots of the Surveyor landers.  Dr. William Pickering of JPL is interviewed.  JPL's planetary...
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This 1953 issue of the Army / Navy Screen magazine presents a modified Radioplane target drone that carries a photographic camera, that can make aerial photo reconnaissance simpler. The test flight occurs at Fort Huachuca, Arizona. It also shows the submarine USS Albacore and the brand new B-52 bomber, the airplane that has become the longest-serving strategic bomber of all time. The film also has reminders for the military personnel to vote. (Note: the "the end" of this film was cut...
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This reel of Henry Ford footage begins with images of an elderly Ford and his wife Clara Jane Ford walk across the estate known as Fair Lane. Most likely this dates from April 11th, 1941, when the Fords were celebrating their 53rd wedding anniversary and Mrs. Ford's birthday. If so, Ford was 77 and his wife 75. At 1:46 the 27 millionth Ford car is shown at the New York World's Fair. The date is June 16, 1939, and Ford, Clara and Edsel were all in attendance. The Fords are shown at 2:09 . At...
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This black & white home movie film shows a fishing excursion in Minnesota. This is circa the 1930s and apparently takes place near Lake Superior in the vicinity of West Cook and Oriniack Lake. Opening: Two men in a canoe row the boat (:21). Sign for Sioux River Route, "Portage to Little Trout" (:44). Two men walk up a trail with backpacks (:52). A man gets under the canoe and hoists it up (1:12). A man relaxes near the water (1:26). People sit, relax, and look at the camera...
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 The origins, purposes, and functions of the Federal Reserve System form the basis of this 1950 Encyclopedia Britannica Films, Inc., production. Made in collaboration with Columbia University Economics Professor James W. Angell, the black-and-white film opens with the narrator that a generation of Americans have grown taking the Federal Reserve System as much for granted as they do the US Postal Service. But there are also those who remember what life was like before the Fed. (The system was...
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NASAO, the National Association of State Aviation Officials and AOPA Foundation Inc. presents, The Flight Decision. Produced by Film Originals in 1955. Technical Director, Chet Moulten. This 1950s era, color film follows two pilots through their flight decision process relative to instrument flight vs. visual flight rules. The film examines why a pilot might make a poor decision while another makes a good decision, with laziness and overconfidence pointed to key factors in making a misjudgment....
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The Stilwell Road was a propaganda film produced by the American Office of War Information and the British and Indian film units in 1945 detailing the creation of the Ledo Road, also known as the Stilwell Road after the U.S. General Joseph Stilwell. The movie was narrated by Ronald Reagan. The film opens with a message telling the audience that the film is about more than the building of a road in the jungle; it is also the story of Scots, Irish, English, Americans, Africans, Indians, and...
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The Great Love Affair is a 1966 film that features CBS News correspondent Harry Reasoner and documents the impact the automobile has had on American life. The film looks at the impact cars have made on families, the U.S. economy (including the process of purchasing a car), marketing and media, and entertainment during the mid-1960s. The film begins with new cars being transported on railroad transport carriers. An aerial view shows the Santa Monica Freeway packed with cars (01:14). A reporter...
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Made during WWII by RKO Radio Pictures, AIR WAVES gives a brief history of the radio, and shows the development of the technology as it progressed from a crystal set novelty to an indispensable part of American life. Radio City Music Hall and the Rockefeller Center are seen at the 2:00 mark, with the largest radio studios in the world. At 2:30, the NBC studios are seen and at 3:10 a demonstration is made of how sound effects are made using cellophane, wooden blocks, and rubber spheres. At 4:10,...
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This 1948 black and white tribute film to George Herman ‘Babe’ Ruth, The Fence Buster, is part of the short-lived Movietone  “The Greatest Drama” television series, which aired through 1953. It is narrated by radio actor Raymond Edward Johnson. The film opens outside Yankee Stadium. Inside, Ruth hits a home run. He tips his hat while running the bases. The crowd cheers in front of Murad and Wrigley’s Gum fence ads. Ruth, in a suit, signs autographs (:23-:57). People in winter coats...
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This silent reel of film shows various V/STOL and VTOL test aircraft, and originated at the NASA Langley Research Center.The film begins with footage of the V/STOL X-100, tail #N853, in a transition attempt at :34.  In March 1960 the Curtiss-Wright Corporation developed the X-100, a prototype for a new, vertical takeoff transport aircraft. The X-100 had a single turboshaft engine, which propelled two tilting-propellers, while at the tail swivelling nozzles used the engine's exhaust gases to...
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Film Tactics is a black and white United States Navy non-classified Training Film. The film was to teach instructors how to use film as a teaching tool. It was copyrighted in 1945 by Harry Joe Brown. Harry Joe Brown was and American film producer and theatre and film director. He lived from 1890 to 1972. The film’s main characters are motion picture stars John Hamilton, Selmer Jackson, and Tom Keene. The film opens showing a clock tower with the time 2:25 p.m. ( 0:23 - 0:32 ). Commodore D.L....
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Movin’ On is a 1968 documentary presented by the United Transportation Union and the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainment that was produced and directed by Harold Mayer. It recaps the history of the American railroad, with an emphasis on the people who built the railroads and operated the lines. Illustrations and monochrome photographs constitute the majority of visuals in the first half of the film, which also features folk music from the respective decades. The film opens with contemporary...
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Presented by Castle Films as part of the company's "Adventure Parade", "Clyde Beatty's Animal Thrills" show Clyde Beatty's Circus in South Florida. This tourist attraction opened in 1939 when animal trainer and circus manager Clyde Beatty bought out the McKillop-Hutton Lion Farm, which had opened in 1936 in a former rock quarry and served as a breeding farm for zoos and circuses rather than as a public tourist attraction. It was located in Fort Lauderdale at Northeast 10th...
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This color educational film "Portrait of the Orient" is a travelogue film about Taiwan that was produced and narrated by Curtis Nagel and William Moore. Copyright is circa 1969. Opening titles: Allied Travel Film Artists presents Portraits of the Orient “Round the China Sea” (:09). Title card: Taiwan (:56). The flag of Taiwan; city of Taipei, the provisional capital of the Republic of China (1:04). Japan Air Lines jumbo jet lands at Taipei International Airport, people exit the...
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Made in the late 1940s but probably prior to 1948, THE NAVY FLIES shows planes of the Royal Canadian Navy landing aboard Canada's first aircraft carrier (and one of three the nation operated in the post-WWII era). The planes shown include the Fairey Firefly. The ship is HMS Warrior, a Colossus-class light aircraft carrier which served in the Royal Canadian Navy from 1946 to 1948 (as HMCS Warrior), the Royal Navy from 1948 to 1958, and the Argentine Navy from 1959 to 1969 as ARA Independencia....
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Made in 1951, THE STORY OF KOULA is one of the Marshall Plan films. It tells the story of how the USA shipped mules to Greece, in an effort to halt the deterioration of the social order and economy, to prop up the democratic government and prevent the collapse of the nation into a Communist state. The film neatly exemplifies the capacity of Europe to ‘talk back’ to the USA within the framework of cultural aid programs. In the film, the big Dixie mule shipped from the US to Greece does not...
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This black & white educational film is about the measurement of time through the ages. Presented by the Elgin National Watch Company. Copyright 1943.  Opening titles: The Elgin National Watch Company presents Time (:14-:23). A man carves lines into a tree branch. Shadow of a tree moves across a field. Stick in the ground's shadow moves. Sun dial. Different types of sun dials. Stars in the night sky. Groups of stars. Time tables. Egyptians walk with camels. Clouds in the sky (:24-2:13)....
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This color film about the activities of the 4th Infantry Division in Vietnam (with some history footage) was a US Army Signal Corp Pictorial Service’s documentary television program that aired from 1951 to 1964. Soldiers move through tall grasses and wade through streams in the Vietnam jungle near the Cambodian border. Troops jump off helicopters. A helicopter carries artillery from a winch. Ground troops spread out as they cross an open area (:20-1:18). The “ivy” patch for the 4th...
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This silent 16mm home movie shows a trip to the American South in the year 1957. What's interesting about the film is that the filmmaker must have been interested in the Civil Rights movement. He shot footage of the segregation era signage at the Memphis, Tennessee Zoo (:37). It may shock some viewers to understand that in this era, even visits to the zoo were segregated. Blacks could visit the zoo on Thursdays, while whites could go on the other week days including the weekends. He also filmed...
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This black & white educational film is about the Tibetian Borders. It is an episode from a TV show called TRUE ADVENTURE that aired from 1960-1961.  Title Cards: True Adventure (:18-:46). Bill Burrud is our host. Along the borders of Tibet, they provide an unbelievable experience (:47-2:19). India. New Delhi, the capital. Crowds celebrate Republic day. The incredible population have many types of peoples. A parade marches. Elephants and camels parade as well (2:20-5:59). Kashmir, shares a...
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This is a restricted, 1943, black and white Official Training Film presented by the United States War Department, training film TF- 9.2041. It was one of a series made by the Army Service Forces, Signal Corps, to educate ground crew about the 37mm automatic cannon then in use aboard the Bell P-39 Airacobra and the derivative P-63 Kingcobra.  The 37 mm Automatic Gun, M4, known as the T9 during development, was a 37 mm (1.46 in) recoil-operated autocannon designed by Browning Arms Company. The...
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This silent news footage shows some of the protests against the Vietnam War in the late 1960s.  The film contains a montage of various universities where protests have been going including the University of California, Berkeley at :52 and University of Wisconsin at 2:23. At 4:06 San Francisco Police Dept. officers arrest hippie protestors. At 5:30 footage from U.C. Berkeley shot on May 21, 1969 includes a newspaper headline from the Daily Californian that reads "Helicopters Gas UC...
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This short film is on the blast furnace. This is the furnace used for smelting materials into pig iron, lead or copper and is an age-old practice dating back to the fifth century. This particular film will look at the production of iron. It opens with an outside look at a blast furnace and its cylindrical towers (:40). A diagram follows depicting what happens inside, pointing to where raw materials entered (1:13) and the layering in which it was sent in. Footage of actual raw material entering...
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This post-war German documentary film, entitled "The Fuhrer Gives the Jews a City", presents fragments of what was intended to be a much longer film made during WWII entitled "The Jewish Self-Government in Theresienstadt."  "The Jewish Self-Government in Theresienstadt" was without a doubt one of the most cynical, deceptive and horrendously despicable Nazi propaganda films ever planned. It was created to present a completely false narrative related to the Jews and...
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“Exploration of the Planets” will take a look at the initiative by NASA in the 1970’s to explore the planets of the solar system. In 1970, Nixon announced the objectives of the space program which was to do so (1:42). The film begins with Mercury (2:23) which was too close to the sun to be viewed through a telescope and is seen as a black sphere against it. Venus, also difficult to be viewed from telescope, had dense cloud coverage (2:41) and an image of what the surface might appear to...
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This 1970s film about the the Emerlec 30mm mount shows it fitted with two Oerlikon 30-mm/75-cal rifled automatic cannon. The Emerlek is a US-built antiaircraft gun mount in service in several classes of non-US ships. The film also shows the the CPIC or coastal patrol and interdiction craft aboard which the mount was originally intended for deployment. The CPIC was a 100-foot craft built as a prototype successor for the PT/PTF-type small combatant. The Tacoma Boatbuilding firm in the State of...
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Made in 1941 and sold to the home market in Germany on 16mm film, this silent newsreel — one of a series extracted from newsreels shown in theaters -- is entitled "Europe's fight against Bolshevism Part II: A continent marching." The film shows the German drive on Minsk in the Soviet Union, a high point in the war on the Eastern Front for the German Army and a moment when the Soviets appeared on the brink of collapse. The film begins with images from previous German victories in...
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Industry on Parade was a long-running TV show made by the National Association of Manufacturers. This episode likely dates to the mid-1950s. Opening titles: Hauling on High! (:08-:39). San Francisco Airport. A new airline is just for cargo. Air freight companies like Slick Airways is booming. The plane starts to take off, wheels move, the plane is in the air. The plane is then emptied. Baby chicks are played with, they're in a box. Detroit Airfreight Terminal. A tractor is loaded onto the...
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This silent film made by Western Electric Co. details the manufacture of vacuum tubes for electronics. It likely dates to the early 1930s. The film starts with images of stems being made (1:00)  with women feeding leads into die block at (2:00). At 2:20 finished stems are placed in an annealer from the die block. At 2:57 the Assembly Department is shown with staff, most of them women, working on the tubes by hand. At 3:58 spot welding of tubes is shown, with a woman dexterously moving a stem...
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This color educational film is about Boys Town, the famous refuge for orphaned and neglected youth which was originally founded on December 12, 1917, as an orphanage for boys. The organization was founded in Omaha, Nebraska by Father Edward J. Flanagan, a Roman Catholic priest. This film is circa 1951 and was produced by Carl Dudley, directed and written by Herman Boxer, and released by Dudley Pictures Corp. Opening credits and then a title card (:06-:31). Young boys run around a city block and...
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