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Using Water Wisely is a 1950s video report from the Exploratory Committee On The Application Of Water, which reports on the results from test fires and the use of indirect water application—using water wisely—in fighting fires. The film primarily features footage of test buildings on fire with one or several fire hoses applying water. The film opens with dozens of firemen ( 00:18 ) watching a test fire. The test fires in the report are conducted in Miami, Florida ( 00:47 ; 15:08 ), Kansas...
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This color educational/ "scare" film is about the history of drug use and  was made in 1971. It is called THE PERFECT DRUG FILM.  Title card: A MacMillan Films Release. Children move in circles. People pass out pills. A man surfs. A narrator talks about a search for a perfect drug. Title card: EM Films presents THE PERFECT DRUG FILM narrated by Beau Bridges (:08-1:28). Beau Bridges is on screen. People purchase and take a perfect drug pill. Science is claiming they have already...
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The first episode of a two-part presentation by the Social Security Administration of the United States Department of Health, Education and Welfare, this educational film covers changes during the transitional period of Social Security programs and legislation during the mid-1960s. The public service film production begins with a colorful map of the United States at 0:07. The film emphasizes how Social Security serves Americans all across the country and is hosted by Roy L. Swift, the SSA's...
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This short film, produced for Wynn Oil Company by So-Cal Productions, shows the time trial races at the Bonneville Salt Flats in 1957, where the Wynn’s Friction Proofing Streamliner car set a new American speed record, and promotes the company’s Friction Proofing line of products. The film opens with a shot from the POV of a car driving from Denver (home of the race team) toward Wendover, UT; the film then shows the bleak landscape of the Great Salt Lake and surrounding area as team...
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This is a 1950’s era, color movie called All the Difference in the World. Produced by Wondsel, Carlisle & Dunphy and presented by The National Association of Ice Industries, the movie opens with 3 boys sitting around the kitchen table doing schoolwork, 00:30. One boy gives a report on town criers, 1:03. One boy gives a report on town criers, 1:15. One boy gives a report on the iceman, 1:30. The new town crier is a radio bulletin man, 2:02. The new town crier is a power company serviceman,...
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This film is presented by General Motors (:04) and it is composed of two films, the first being “All Things Considered”. This first segment focuses on the year 1975. As the Clean Air Act had been established in 1970, fuel costs and emission standards became a deciding factor in purchasing vehicles. A couple goes over finances (:18) with items such as annual fuel costs and maintenance being of most importance. In 1975 GM developed new efficiency systems to keep operating costs low (:47). The...
Topics: 1975, General Motors, Catalytic Converter, Chevy Monte Carlo, Stock Footage
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This rare full color travelogue from the 1940s shows Hawaii as it looked in the era before air travel made the island a highly accessible tourist destination.  The film was photographed by Walter "Butch" Resce, who served as a combat cameraman during WWII and founded Rainbow Pictures after the war.  The film shows Waikiki Beach, surfing, Diamond Head, the Royal Hawaiian Hotel, and many other scenes of classic Hawaii.  Floral leis are seen at the 4:30 mark, with service personnel...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Hawaii, Lei Day, The Royal Hawaiin, King Kamehameha
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This 1944 color restricted film about being an “Aviation Radioman” is part of a “Your Job in the Navy” series of recruitment films presented by the U.S. Navy. It opens with a view of the flat top of an escort type aircraft carrier (:16-:30). Radiomen wear headphones. One types on a piece of paper and hands it off (:32-:44). A sailor uses a multimeter. He polishes relay contacts on a radio transmitter (:46- 1:13). A stealth bomber is raised from the hangar on an elevator to the deck. The...
Topics: 1944, US Navy, Your job In The Navy, Radioman, Stock Footage
“I Shall Return” is an episode of The Greatest Drama that tells the story of General Douglas MacArthur, from his days at West Point until his forced retirement. The episode opens with scenes from a ticker-tape parade (00:09), most likely MacArthur’s celebrated return to San Francisco. MacArthur wades to shore in his return to the Philippines during WWII (00:36), joined by Philippine President Sergio Osmena. MacArthur speaks about closing out his military career before a joint session of...
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Made in 1942 during WWII by Universal for the U.S. Government and the War Production Board, KEEPING FIT features actors Robert Stack, Broderick Crawford, Andy Devine, Anne Gwynne, Irene Hervey, Lon Chaney Jr. and Dick Foran in a propaganda movie directed by Directed by Arthur Lubin, written by Paul Huston and produeced by Will Cowan. The film was intended to be shown to war workers and, apparently, the wives of war workers who would be tasked with keeping them well fed and "in shape"....
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“Change By Design” is a circa 1974 Ford Motor Company promotional film that discusses the automobile industry’s need to design automobiles that are not only good looking but also safe. The film opens in the Ford design center. where we are told engineers are already embracing a “new era” of design that stresses driver safety. At mark  02:10 , a reporter sits down with Ford’s director of safety design to discuss the federal government’s increased involvement in automobile safety...
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The Exxon Corporation offered viewers a glimpse of “Saudi Arabia Today” in this color film. The country at this time was in the process of rapid change, we are told, but one moving with the times as it recognizes new opportunities. In spite of such changes, Saudi Arabia also maintains a traditional way of life. The film takes the viewer on an aerial view, showing shining skyscrapers and oil facilities at work. At mark  02:15  we see some of the development taking place as we visit...
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Castle Films presents “News Parade of the Year 1941” — a black-and-white review of several of that year’s top news stories. Narrated by actor and opera singer Basil Ruysdael, the picture begins with coverage of the fifth year of China’s Second Sino-Japanese War (mark  00:16 ) and footage of bombing raids and residents fleeing for shelter. There are battle scenes from Tobruk in Northern Africa and scenes of war-torn Greece as Nazis advance through the Balkans (mark  01:03 ). France...
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Trieste is a Swiss-designed, Italian-built deep-diving research bathyscaphe, which with her crew of two reached a record maximum depth of about 10,911 meters (35,797 ft), in the deepest known part of the Earth's oceans, the Challenger Deep, in the Mariana Trench near Guam in the Pacific. On 23 January 1960, Jacques Piccard (son of the boat's designer Auguste Piccard) and US Navy Lieutenant Don Walsh achieved the goal of Project Nekton. Trieste was the first manned vessel to have reached the...
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A frozen, snow-swept Arctic field introduces us to life around the Arctic Ocean as a narrator explains the barren wasteland is also an important source of oil as well as a strategic military point for the United States Navy in this circa 1975 film, “Window to the Arctic.” “The United States Navy has been studying the Arctic for over a century,” it’s explained beginning at mark  1:30 , every since US Naval vessels entered the area in 1850. Their mission was partly to find British Rear...
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BIRTH OF THE B-29 is a 1945 propaganda film commissioned by the U.S. War Department and released as War Film 30, one of a series of propaganda newsreels made during the war. As the name implies, the film concerns the production of the B-29 Superfortress bomber and its use in the aerial bombing of Japan in World War II. Opening amid scenes of volcanic eruptions, the narrator gives a brief description of the Japanese and their warlike nature, mentioning such concepts as bushido, Hakko ichiu, and...
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The 1943 documentary film HANDLE WITH CARE is the 11th film produced by the National Film Board of Canada in a series of films produced for the Department of Munitions and Supply. The short documentary looks at the industrial chemical plants that produce Canada’s explosives, a booming industry resulting from Canada’s wartime mobilization. The film begins by looking at large industrial complexes, complete with harmful byproducts such as acid water ( 00:41 ). Prairie factories harness...
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This black & white, silent home movie -- with wonderful title cards -- was filmed in the late 1920s or early 1930 off of Boston, Massachusetts.  It shows a cruise past U.S. Navy vessels, the Gloucester fishing fleet, Boston Lightship, and more. We don't know who shot it, whoever it was -- loved the water. Opening title card: A Coast Guard vessel no. 100, destroyer type on the water (:25). This appears to be the Wickes-class destroyer USS Maury (DD-100), which was decommissioned in 1930....
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This silent, color home movie footage shows a wedding, as well as a visit to Santa Barbara and the Pacific Ocean in 1939. It's possible that the trip served as the unknown couple's honeymoon. The man shown at the beginning of the film, Charlie Wiman, is believed to have been Commodore Charles Wiman of the Santa Barbara Yacht Club, and master of the yacht Patolita shown in the film. More importantly, Wiman was also the president and owner of the John Deere Tractor Company in Moline, Illinois,...
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Made in 1937, HIGHWAY MANIA is an early driver safety film narrated by Lowell Thomas. It features stunning images of auto accidents, including some that are doubtless stunts from Hollywood films. At 1:43, there are images of the burning SS Morro Castle, a famous disaster that killed over a hundred;; yet Lowell Thomas says that today auto accidents claim four times that amount. At 2:00, a gigantic Florida hurricane is shown. The 1936 floods are seen at 2:20. "What can we do about the...
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This film FRANK SINATRA IN ISRAEL dates to 1962 and documents Frank Sinatra's first ever visit to Israel as part of his multinational World Tour for Children. The tour, which raised over $1 million for children's charities around the globe, had stops in Japan, Hong Kong, England, France, Italy, Greece, and Israel. In Israel, Sinatra gave seven concerts in six cities. As you will see in the course of the film, his visit coincided with the country's annual Yom Ha'atzmaut (Independence Day)...
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Made during WWII and shown to the troops, this Private SNAFU cartoon "It's Murder She Says" has a definite purpose -- to encourage Allied troops to use protection against mosquitoes. With the threat of malaria and other mosquito-born diseases prominent in the Pacific Campaign as well as elsewhere, this 'toon was an important communication tool. If you've never heard of him, Private Snafu is the title character of a series of black and white American instructional cartoon shorts,...
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This 1945 Canadian color documentary about growing certified seed potatoes is presented by the National Film Board for the Department of Trade and Commerce and Department of Agriculture Ottawa. The film opens with acres of potato fields. Farmers on tractors move across the field. Another field is plowed by a farmer and horse (:056-1:52). Women sit and cut potatoes over a sharp blade into smaller chucks and drop them into baskets. Wire baskets of potatoes are dipped in a disinfectant and loaded...
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Strand Films created this black-and-white recruiting film for Great Britain’s Ministry of Information in 1942 as a tool for Women’s Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF — the female auxiliary of the Royal Air Force during World War II) barrage balloon operators. Over a shot of the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF — the female auxiliary of the Royal Air Force during World War II) marching out of a barrage balloon hangar, the refrain “I became a patriot to help to win the day” is heard at...
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In 1957, William and Daisy Myers, who were both college graduates, moved their family into the Dogwood Hollow section of Levittown, Pennsylvania. The Myers were black, and the suburb was all-white. The result was somewhat predictable given the era, and the fact that many of the whites had left the inner city for the suburbs to escape racial integration. The Myers were harassed, openly threatened, and snubbed. Molotov cocktails were thrown at a protest which escalated to a riot in the summer,...
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This German propaganda movie was part of a U.S. Navy archive compiled during WWII, and acquired by Periscope Film. An allied fleet, hunts and sinks a Uboat during WWII. We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional information about our videos by adding a comment!   See something interesting?   Tell people what it is and what they can see by writing something for example: "01:00:12:00 -- President Roosevelt is seen meeting with Winston Churchill at the...
Topics: German Newsreel, U-Boat, WWII, World War II, US Navy, Stock Footage
This film is a color film with B&W clips. Produced by the U.S. Navy and narrated by Rod Serling. A summary of the pioneers of the U.S. Naval Aviators and their accomplishments over time. 1:10 Opening Title Screen: “Wings of Eagles, Wings of Gold”. Executive Producer: Cdr. Wes Larson, USN. 1:25 View of men preparing to board Aircraft on an air carrier. 2:21 Naval Aviators are called “eagles”. 2:47 Pensacola Florida, a city synonymous with the birth of naval aviation, began in January...
Topics: 1970s, US Navy, Naval Aviation, Museum, Wings Of Eagles, Stock Footage
This color educational film is about the opportunities offered to the young me who attend the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. This is circa 1954. Opening: (no opening credits) U.S. Navy men march.  Clock tower at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. Halls on campus. A chapel. Navy men carry rifles. Monuments and paintings. Boys doing chemistry. Teachers teaching the cadets. Cadets in class (:07-2:01). On Air sign, U.S. Naval Academy Educational Television Station sign. A teacher in...
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"Navy Log" was an early television show that appealed to the public and especially to veterans of WWII. It was created by Sam Gallu and presented little known stories and personalities from events spanning World War 2 and the Korean conflict.   These stories were dramatizations based upon true events, many of which are/were unknown to many historians and authors.   The episode, “Men from Mars” is no exception.   This show could very well be about a little known extraterrestrial...
Topics: 1956, Navy Log, Navy Log TV Show, Seaplane, WWII, Stock Footage
This classic 1961 United States Air Force training film, Survival Stresses (TF 1-5375), is designed to introduce members of the Air Force to the stresses of survival, prompt them to think about the stresses and how they would react to them, and encourage the servicemen to prepare for properly handling such stresses. The film begins with a flameout followed by an ejection from an F-106 Delta Dart. The film then moves to a classroom, and the instructor uses a combination of lecturers and other...
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Made during the run-up to the Operation Sandstone nuclear tests, RADIOLOGICAL SAFETY ON OPERATION SANDSTONE was intended to debunk certain misperceptions that the military believed were being put forward in the U.S.A. about the dangers of radiation and fallout.  The film begins with footage of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and the study of the blasts made by the United States Atomic Energy Commission.  The narration puts forward the idea that nuclear contamination and exposure can be minimized by...
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Shot by an unknown American G.I. during WWII, this 8mm color home movie shows images from the Italian campaign. The film starts with shots of Army Air Force crew cranking the propeller of a B-25 before showing C-47 cargo aircraft landing at an airfield, possibly Foggia. At 1:51 a soldier smokes a cigarette and another moons the camera (2:05). It appears there is snow on the ground, so likely dates to the winter of 1943. At 2:30 smashed hangars are shown at the air base, along with fuel trucks....
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This patriotic film commemorates the bicentennial of the American Revolutionary War. It depicts historical sites and figures following American military history up until Vietnam and the Cold War. It opens with portraits of Abraham Lincoln (:37) and George Washington (:55). It is presented by the US Department of Defense (:55). The Declaration of Independence, signed July 4th 1776, appears on screen and throughout the film quotes will be read from it (1:54). A painting depicts the British fleet...
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Written by Air Marshal Sir Phillip Joubert in 1940, 'Fighter Pilot' is a short film celebrating the Spitfire at the height of the Battle of Britain. 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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“Airplane Propellers: Principles and Types” is a “restricted” World War II-era US War Department training film produced by the Signal Corps in collaboration with the Chief of the Air Corps. The film opens with a statement at mark  00:44  that “until the days of supersonic speed and jet propulsion of rocketships, the propeller is a relatively efficient method of moving our airplanes through the air.” A propeller size is dependent on the size of the engine, we’re told at mark ...
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Prepared by the British and then released by the U.S. Army Air Force's Aeronautical Lab at Wright Field, this film shows two German weapons developments: a nitric acid rocket motor, a German armor piercing bomb and a spherical bouncing bomb with rocket assist motor.    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...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, United States, Army Air Force, Air Force, Nazi's, World War II
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This 1944 color restricted film about being an “Aviation Parachute Rigger” is part of a “Your Job in the Navy” series of recruitment films presented by the U.S. Navy. It opens with colorful parachutes hanging high on a wall. One is lowered by a wire to a waiting sailor (:23-:38). Women Parachute Riggers in Navy WAVES blouses sit at sewing machines and repair parachutes (:39-:52). Two Parachute Riggers are shown up-close packing a parachute along a long table. The entire parachute is...
Topics: 1944, US Navy, Recruiting Film, Parachute Rigger, Your Job In The Navy, Stock Footage
In this 1955 newsreel short of aviation advances, the aircraft carrier USS Essex is shown, with a jet airplane missing the wire and sailing into the ocean.  The pilot is rescued by helicopter.  A stripped down B-36 bomber is seen at the 1 minute mark, to permit cruising at 50,000 feet.  A B-47 Stratojet is shown conducting aerial refueling at the 2:00 mark.  The Bell X-2 Rocket plane, flown by Pete Everest, is shown at the 3 minute mark.  The newsreel ends with footage of parachute...
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Made in 1946 to commemorate 20 years of the Strategic Air Command, this silent film shows the various aircraft used to carry atomic weapons.  It begins with images of the B-29, which carried the first and only atomic bombs  ever used in anger and which served as nuclear weapons platforms in 1946-47.  The B-50 is shown at the 1:40 mark, and this modified version of the B-29 served until 1955 in this role.  Next, the F-84 Thunderjet is shown, in service from 1950-57.  At the 2:45 mark these...
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This silent footage dates to the time of the Martin P6M Seamaster flight test program, with the prototype the third P6M-2 production aircraft featured.  At the start of the film you will see this incredible amphibian in the air on a test flight. The aircraft is seen being moved to the water at :28, and then performing engine run up tests. At 2:12 are nice shots of the plane on its cradle. Starting at about 3:30 are high speed taxi runs. At 7:59 what might be the maiden flight of the aircraft...
Topics: P6M Seamaster, Amphibious Strategic Bomber, Flight Test, Stock Footage
This 1949 film takes a look at certain Native American people, including tribes of the Navajo and Apache tribes as they make an annual pilgrimage to the so-called "Indian Capital" of Gallup, New Mexico. The film was produced by Phil E. Cantonwine (:19) and narrated by Perry King (:24).   It is of the educational series call “Know Your Land” (:32). It opens with swaths of the Native American’s lands with their primitive dwellings erected onto it (:45). The Native Americans had...
Topics: 1949, Navajo, Apache, Native, American Tribes, Indians, Stock Footage
OPERATION ABOLITION is an infamous 1960 documentary produced by the House Committee on Un-American Activities (a.k.a House Un-American Activities Committee or HUAC). The film focuses on an incident on May 13, 1960 when the Committee convened in San Francisco’s City Hall. While the committee met, students protested in the hallways and outside the building, leading to clashes with the police and the arrest of 64 students. "Operation Abolition"shows footage of the incident taken from...
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This black & white educational film is about some of the tourist attractions and big cities to see in South America, primarily focusing on Argentina and Brazil but also including images in Peru. This is copyright 1941, and features footage that was shot in the 1930s. Opening: South American Vista (:06-:09). The Andes Mountains loom.  Flowing waters below the equator in South America. Horses walk by. A man sits atop a horse. The iconic Gaucho, or cowboy. Argentina beef. Peru, people in the...
Topics: South American Vista, 1941, South American Travelogue, Peru, Brazil, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
Produced by the U.S. Navy during WWII, this black & white training film explains the construction and operation of diesel engines, primarily through a series of animated diagrams. The film examines a generic type of diesel engine (probably one built by Fairbanks Morse for use on submairines), noting that while there are differences in design, they all share the same fundamentals in terms of construction and operation. Copyright 1942, and made by Audio Productions.  Note: A related film can...
Topics: Diesel Engines, 1942, US Navy Submarine, School Training Film, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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Produced in the early 1960s, "A Bridge Called Emma" is a short film about Curaçao, an island country in the southern Caribbean Sea. The film takes its name from the swinging Queen Emma Bridge, which spans the channel in the fourth largest harbor in the world. Curaçao is approximately 65 kilometres (40 mi) north of the Venezuelan coast, that is a constituent country (Dutch: land) of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Today it has a population of over 150,000 on an area of 444 km2 (171...
Topics: Curacao, Willemstad, Travelogue, Queen Emma Bridge, Stock Footage
Released in 1946, this film is a promotional for Chase and Sanborn Coffee which is an American coffee brand established in 1862 in Boston Massachusetts. It shows the process they undertake for choosing coffee beans as well as acquiring the right flavor from the beans. It is presented by the Fleischmann Division (:11), narrated by Hugh James and was produced by B. K. Blake Inc (:27). The film opens by pointing to the more than 50 countries in the tropical zone which grow coffee beans (:37)....
Topics: Tropical Treasure, 1946 Chase, Sanborn Coffee, Roasting, Promo Film, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
THOUGH THE EARTH BE MOVED tells the story of the 1964 Alaskan earthquake, also known as the Great Alaskan earthquake and Good Friday earthquake, that occurred at 5:36 P.M. AST on Good Friday, March 27. Across south-central Alaska, ground fissures, collapsing structures, and tsunamis resulting from the earthquake caused about 139 deaths. The film primarily chronicles the first 72 hours after the 1964 Alaska Earthquake and the response to the disaster by the United States Office of Civil Defense,...
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This color film “Steel Is A Farmer” was produced for the American Iron and Steel Institute sometime in the 1960s. It opens with a farmer on a tractor (:27). The importance of this profession is measured in crops to feed people (:52) and produce clothing, represented as men’s suits and ties ( 1:00 ), on clothing racks ( 1:06 ), and on mannequins of women wearing dresses with Peter Pan collars and a head scarf ( 1:11 ) and paisley prints ( 1:18 ). A Massey Ferguson tractor pulls a plow (...
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Made during WWII, this promotional film from Fairchild Engine and Airplane Corporation showcases the AT-21 Gunner, an ill-fated design that failed to perform its original mission -- to train bomber crews for combat service. The film starts out by mentioning the success of the Fairchild C-82 Packet cargo aircraft, and briefly shows that airplane at the  1:30  mark, before starting to focus on the Gunner. The film was directed by Robert Elwyn and produced by Gordon Knox and his Princeton Film...
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Boeing Today and Tomorrow is a color promotional film put out by their Public Relations Department. It was probably put out in the late 1960’s to promote the company and its aircraft. A young boy playing in the sand by the sea when all of a sudden he looks up (0:07-0:47). An airplane flies over (0:48-0:52). A guided missile takes off (0:53-0:59). Workers leave their Boeing jobs (1:05-1:16). Arial view of a Boeing Plant (1:17-1:43). History of Boeing. Picture of William Boeing who founded the...
Topics: 1960s, Boeing, Promotional Film, Today And Tomorrow, Minuteman, Saturn V, Stock Footage
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Made in 1969, SEAPOWER ON THE MOVE presents an impressive array of U.S. Navy ships, submarines and aircraft, and describes the myriad efforts that go into keeping the world's oceanic supply lines open. The Soviet Union's forces are shown and described (starting at about the 5 minute mark) as the adversary for the USA.   Advanced diving techniques are shown at the 6:00 mark. Nuclear submarines including the Polaris missile boats are shown at the 8:00 mark, and aircraft carrier task force at...
Topics: 1960s, US Navy, Cold War, Seapower, Navy Ships, Submarines, Stock Footage
Made in the 1950s, this incredible film recounts the medical research work of Dr. János Hugo Bruno "Hans" Selye, (January 26, 1907 – October 16, 1982), a pioneering Austrian-Canadian endocrinologist of Hungarian origin. He conducted much important scientific work on the hypothetical non-specific response of an organism to stressors. Although he did not recognize all of the many aspects of glucocorticoids, Selye was aware of their role in the stress response. Many scientists believe...
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This period film AUSTRALIA WILD AND STRANGE was produced and narrated by Carveth Wells and shows "depictions of his experience in the northern regions." Wells was a noted author and lecturer who "Sought Secrets of Strange Places." This film begins by explaining that American and Australian beginnings were similar in they both involved white settlers and are now both considered to be productive commonwealths (:58). A map of the country is provided showing the Indian Ocean to...
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This 1954 black and white film “Easy Out?” is U.S. Navy Training Film MN-7904, produced by The Jam Handy Organization. The film was made to make clear to U.S. Navy personnel the devastating consequences of receiving a Bad Conduct Discharge from the service. Long story short anyone who is dishonorably discharged shames his family, won't be able to impress women, and will be unable to receive any veteran benefits, etc. (A Bad Conduct Discharge (BCD) can only be given by a court-martial...
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This 16mm silent home movie dates to the 1950s and shows a vacation in Italy that starts on the highway from Rome towards Venice. It starts at ;12 with a visit to Trevi, followed at :29 with the garden at Fonti del Clilunno. At :57 is the Monastery of St. Francis at Assizi / Assisi. San Marino is seen at 1;33 with a cattle auction taking place. Venice starts at 4:17 , with St. Mark's Square seen at 4:29 . The Bridge of Sighs is seen at 7:30 . The Lido is seen in twilight at 8:20 . A trip...
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This sales film advertises the Bofors 40mm gun, an anti-aircraft autocannon. Created in the 1930’s by AB Bofors, a Swedish arms manufacturer, it was used largely in WW2 by the western Allied Forces. The film opens with the Bofors crest (:21) and will take viewers through a detailed breakdown of the weapon. This weapon had become the standard anti-aircraft gun during WWII and had been modified to become entirely "tropicalized" (:49) meaning it resisted rust and damage from moisture...
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This movie, entitled "A look behind the Iron Curtain: USSR 1959 " was produced either by the Maupin Tour Company, (known today as Maupintour) or by someone who went on a Maupin Tour. The film provides a  glimpse of what a tourist could expect if booking a USSR trip in the late 1950s/early 1960s. 0:26 The journey begins in Helsinki, Finland   0:28 Arrival at the newly-opened Helsinki Vantaa Airport  0:40 Port of Helsinki 0:47 Finnish soldiers with their Stahlhelms  1:02 Pan to the...
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TWA Flight To The Sun Country is a color documentary film about getting out of the cold and going to Arizona on vacation. It was copyrighted in 1954 by Trans World Airlines, a major American airline from 1924 to 2001, owned by Howard Hughes. Narration was by Earle Luby. Produced by RKO-Pathe, Inc., an American film production and distribution company from 1928 to 1991. Views of desert cactus and the Grand Canyon ( 0:07 - 0:22 ). Intro ( 0:26 - 0:52 ). Shoveling snow ( 1:22 - 1:28 ). Family...
Topic: Stock Footage
Featuring bow hunter Tex Stone, this hilarious film shows hunting of javelina in Northern Mexico. The javelinas are hunted in hopes of determining if they are rabid. At 4:30 Tex spots a mountain lion. These are the biggest cats in North America. Both animals are hunted with steel tipped arrows. At 6:50, the film follows a group of ranchers who hunt for bobcats in New Mexico or Arizona with packs of dogs. At 8:50, a bobcat is subdued and put in a cage for transport to a zoo.  Tex Stone hunted...
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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. The film also shows some limited artillery strikes on the German position at 5:51 . Official news release which accompanied this film stated:"Bombing of the Benedictine Monastery....
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Industry On Parade was a television series created by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) from 1950-1960. The series consisted of weekly episodes that highlighted American manufacturing and business.   The first episode is titled “Water, Water Everywhere.” This episode discusses the importance of water use, and shows footage of fields in the San Joaquin Valley being irrigated ( 00:42 ), cars being transported on a barge through a loch or canal ( 01:50 ), water used for a...
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Industry on Parade was a short television program that aired in the U.S. from1950-1960. It was produced by the National Association of Manufacturers. The series demonstrated complicated industrial processes that transformed raw materials into finished products. Industry On Parade Retirement In The Afternoon is one of those black and white, public service, industrial films, probably produced in the mid 1950’s. Narrators used were Bob Wilson, Peter Roberts, and Radcliffe Hall. It was produced...
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The Robot Revolution is a short film that discusses the advances in computer and mechanical engineering—specifically in robotics and programming. The film opens with scenes of a robot moving around while a narrator explains how the Industrial Revolution improved many facets of life but also forced people into poverty and poor working conditions. Today’s Technology Revolution is on pace to outstrip the advances of the Industrial Revolution, but some people fear the consequences that come...
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"Ticket to Jasper" is a 1947 film presented by Canadian National Railways (:11) for The National Film Board of Canada (:28). It opens with stunning footage of the Canadian Rockies which had once been known as The Shining Mountain (:54). Below the mountains run the Athabasca River (:58) and old records of the river are shown by pioneers such as Gabrielle Frenshore’s ‘Voyage’ and David Thompson’s Narrative of his explorations in Western America ( 1:12 - 1:16 ). A map is shown...
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“Chapter XI: North Africa, Nov. 1942-May 1943” (SFP 263-II) of The Air Force Story film series shows the Allied invasion of North Africa and the ensuing battles that lead to the Allied liberation of Tunis. The chapter opens with a shot of Allied ships on the Mediterranean on 8 November 1942 preparing to invade North Africa as part of Operation Torch. A Curtiss P-40 Warhawk is lifted up onto the flight deck of an aircraft carrier ( 01:34 ). There is a shot of P-40s on the deck of the...
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Chapter 13 of the U.S. Air Force’s The Air Force Story, “Expanding Air Power, June 1943” (SFP 263-13), recounts the training program at Tyndall Field in Florida and the June 1943 Allied invasion of Pantelleria. The film opens with a shot of Tyndall Field, Florida, where the first international students (French and Chinese) begin their training. American gunnery trainees march past planes (02:14). There is a series of profile shots of the various American men training at Tyndall, including...
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Dating to 1974 or 25 years after the end of the Chinese Civil War, THIS LAND THIS PEOPLE presents a portrait of Taiwan, Republic of China, revealing it as a modern, dynamic nation. The film takes time to show various scenic wonders as well as high tech industry in Taipei and beyond. We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional information about our videos by adding a comment!  See something interesting?  Tell people what it is and what they can see by writing...
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This black and white promotional film, produced for Pontiac dealers by the Jam Handy Corporation, opens with a title card featuring the stylized profile emblem of Ottawa Chief Pontiac (Obwondiyag) (00:09). It introduces the 1956 Pontiac Strato-Streak V8 sedan (00:23) with a series of still shots, transitioning to show the car in motion (00:40) and the view through the windshield, with the driver’s face reflected in the rear-view mirror (00:47). There is a wide panning shot of a bi-level...
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This silent home movie shows the 10th reunion of the famed 442nd Infantry Regiment, which is best known for its history as a fighting unit composed almost entirely of second-generation American soldiers of Japanese ancestry (Nisei) who fought in World War II. Beginning in 1944, the regiment fought primarily in the European Theatre, in particular Italy, southern France, and Germany. The film, which may have been shot by one of the Regiment's corpsman Toshi Kuge, begins with shots in a WWII...
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This reel of mixed 1940s-1960s black & white and color footage compiles various scenes of Native American life, showing mid-20th century indigeonous peoples in both casual and ceremonial dress, celebrating customs, and creating traditional handcrafted artwork (TRT 11:25). DISCLAIMER: While we have tried our best to show our sincere respect for the tribes depicted, the tribal affiliations provided below are educated estimates, and cannot be taken as definitive. We welcome and encourage...
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“Crash and Live” is a sort of public service announcement meets public relations presentation about the improvements in automobile safety in the mid 1950s. Colonel John Paul Stapp was a physician in the Air Force who was interested in how G-force effects interacted with the human body. He believed that human bodies could withstand more than the accepted limit in the 1940s of 18 G’s. This black and white film reel shows an interview with Colonel Stapp of Holloman Air Development Center in...
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This promotional film from the 1950s provides an introduction to the Aetna Drivotrainer, one of the world's first automobile simulators. As the film explains, the Drivotrainer was inspired by trainers used by airline and military pilots as well as U.S. Navy personnel. The Drivotrainer was developed with the assistance of the Singer company and promoted by the Aetna Insurance Company, and widely used in driver training classes. It featured a full-sized simulated car complete with steering wheel,...
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This 1943 Royal Army film presents weapons including the Bren gun, anti-tank rifle, the anti-tank two pounder and the Thompson submachine gun and how to use them properly in various combat areas. It points to the need of knowing when to fire weapons for most effective use. The British military demonstrates scenes of combat against would be German forces during WW2. It opens with the Bren gun to be used in defense against enemy ground forces (:18). The lightly wooded countryside that the defense...
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This silent film from the 1930s provides an overview of Singapore. It was made during the British Colonial era as the card at the start of the film makes clear. The film starts with a panning shot of the city/state at :44. At 1:58 a title card explains that the British Far Eastern Fleet is based here. At 2:21 are shots of busy streets with rickshaws being pulled by coolies wearing large brimmed hats. At 3:00 a policeman wearing a head scarf waves traffic onward. At 4:48 a title card mentions...
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Want to support this channel and help us preserve old films? Visit https://www.patreon.com/PeriscopeFilm Browse our products on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2YILTSD "Standing on the Shoulders of Giants" tells the story of the Apollo 17 mission -- the final mission in the program.  Apollo 17 (December 7–19, 1972) was the final mission of NASA's Apollo program; it remains the most recent time humans have travelled beyond low Earth orbit. Its crew consisted of Commander Eugene Cernan,...
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This film from WW2, released in late August of 1994, shows the demolition of the Army Air Force Base in Hengyang, China as Japanese forces were closing in, the OQ-2 drone used for target practice in Guadalcanal as well as the construction of a tar paper airstrip in Normandy. It was prepared by the Army Air Forces Combat Film Service (:28). It opens with the demolition of the air base in Hengyang, China in June of 1944 (:44). Japanese forces moved towards the area on the Hankow railway (:45)....
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This late 1950s film "Collector's Item" from Parthenon Pictures, presented by International Harvester, documents the city of Los Angeles’ banning of backyard trash incinerators and its transition to a municipal garbage collection system in 1957. The film opens with a shot of LA from a distance. A public works administrator from a midwestern city, Don Flemming, observes the operations of LA’s Toyon Canyon landfill. There are several good shots of LA. Cars crowd the freeways in LA...
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Made for the Deep-Sea Diving School with the help of the Washington Navy Yard, this 1943, black and white film was filmed in Silver Springs, Florida. It dates from before the era that Jacques Cousteau's aqualung was developed, and shows some of the earlier generation equipment used by shallow water divers at the Deep-Sea Diving School. The film opens with a large ocean liner, the SS Normandie, on fire in New York harbor. Skin divers underwater next to a damaged ship :44. The divers raise items...
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The film “NASA 1971 Aeronautics and Space Highlights” will take a brief look at the year of 1971 and its space and aeronautics achievements. It begins with footage of the moon’s surface (:10) and the Mariner mission to orbit Mars (:32). Mars’ surface is shown (:36) with Earth and the moon in the background. Three Mariner space crafts had flown about 2,000 miles from Mars’ surface (:38). On November 13th, the Mariner 9 was to come within 850 miles (:48). A cartoon depicts the planned...
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This historic promo film from Olin Mathieson entitled "Quality Controls the Sale" demonstrates how the company produced high quality chemical products -- through extensive testing and quality control. The tests shown in the film, which uses antifreeze as an example product, include Ph balance, freezing point, specific gravity, reserve alkalinity, boiling point, plus corrosion studies.  The Olin Corporation is an American manufacturer of ammunition, chlorine, and sodium hydroxide....
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Want to support this channel and help us preserve old films? Visit https://www.patreon.com/PeriscopeFilm Visit our website www.PeriscopeFilm.com This collection of 12 different newsreels dates to 1944-1945. The first film “Men of the Maquis: The Story of the Underground Army of France” tells the story of the French Resistance and features an exclusive personal narrative by the eminent French actress François Rosay. The film opens with the German The Eiffel tower 1:05. The Nazi flag is...
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This old film, likely from the 1930s, shows the Cadbury factory at Bournville and the model village built by George Cadbury, as well as the production of Cadbury’s famous Bourn-vita chocolate malt drink mix. The film opens with what appears to be a grandfather sitting down at a table with his grandson to tell him about the history of Cadbury. Viewers see a field in Bournville, near Birmingham, which is apparently where the Cadbury family built their factory. Illustrations show the evolution...
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Made in 1965, this film report documents the "civic action program" adopted by the U.S. Marine Corps in Vietnam. This "hearts and minds" type of warfare (which also included Operation County Fair and the Combined Action Program -- see our Youtube channel) was adopted in hopes of reversing gains by the Viet Cong in South Vietnam, but unfortunately its success was limited. The idea behind Full Blade was fairly simple: because the Viet Cong and the North Vietnamese Army could...
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This is a 1980’s era, color movie called THE INFORMATION REVOLUTION was presented as a public service by the Johnstown Tribune Democrat and distributed by “Your school authorities”. The movie opens with footage of a printing press. The film is about the Information Revolution, :55. Glen Penniston shows a piece of silica (a microchip) and discusses how this small item is changing our lives. At 1:49 a child uses what appears to be an Atari 800 8-bit home computer to play a video game.  A...
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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 eight segments of historic highlights. Woodrow Wilson 1856-1924. 1914 President Wilson votes in the primaries. He leaves Princeton University and is shown waving from the back of the Presidential Train. Mrs. Wilson waves to crowds from a curtained window. 1917 President Wilson speaks to Congress. He is blindfolded to draw the first...
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This short 1940s Navy training film, TF 11-3046, shows viewers (who would have been U.S. Navy sailors or recruits) how a sailor can quickly lose his hard-earned pay. The film follows Bill Adams, an arrogant sailor who cashes his paychecks and keeps the money on him in an apparent effort to flaunt his wealth. The film opens in the sleeping quarters of a navy ship where a group of sailors are settling debts. The men then go ashore (01:33), and Adams, who has 7 months pay in his wallet, and a...
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This 1965 color film on Argentina is one of a series of Pan Am New Horizons travelogues. It is a F.D. and I.L. Kay and Film Authors Production and narrated by Duncan Pirnie. A Pan American Jetliner lands and passengers disembark (:50- 1:02 ). The film opens with a bird’s eye view of Buenos Aires ( 1:04 - 1:27 ). A square is full of pigeons ( 1:28 ) outside the subway station ( 1:32 ). A traffic cop blows his whistle and directs traffic ( 1:34 ). Busses and cars drive past ( 1:35 - 2:00 ). A...
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This 1955 color educational film about gold filling is an RKO Pathe Production produced by Jay Bonafield, narrated by Dwight Weist. A woman wearing a 1950s calf-length suit with broach and large pin, wedge shoes, and pillbox hat enters a store. The salesman fails to explain the value of filled gold jewelry, to which the narrator does. A display of china patterns is in a showcase (:45-3:57). Gold is shown in the following: quartz rock, headpiece on an Egyptian mannequin, Egyptian statue, Roman...
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This Castle Film travelogue from the 1930s entitled "America's High Spots", showcases some of America's scenic wonders. Narrated by Charles K. Field, the movie begins with Mt. Shasta in California (:50), filmed from a biplane. Yosemite National Park is seen at 1:38, and an early rope climber is seen ascending. At 2:43, Carlsbad Caverns is seen. At 4:11, the Grand Canyon is seen by tour bus, and then by mule at 5:21 on the Bright Angel Trail. At 5:50,  a Boeing 80 trimotor airplane is...
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This silent, raw footage from September, 1945 was shot by an unknown U.S. serviceman. It shows General Douglas MacArthur on his first day in Japan, touring the battle damaged city of Tokyo. At :29, you will see Mac in a touring car, switching to a larger vehicle. At :47, General MacArthur is seen making a triumphant speech as the Stars and Stripes again fly over the U.S. Embassy. Troops stand in review. In addition to General MacArthur, Maj. Gen. Wm. C. Chase, and Admiral Wm. F. Halsey and Lt....
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This episode of the TV show "The Greatest Challenge" -- which aired in the early days of television -- profiles Florence May Chadwick (November 9, 1918 – March 15, 1995). Chadwick was an American swimmer known for long-distance open water swimming. She was the first woman to swim the English Channel in both directions, setting a time record each time. She was also the first woman to swim the Catalina Channel, the Straits of Gibraltar, the Bosporus (one way), and the Dardanelles...
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Shot by an unknown American, apparently on holiday but who knows, this beautiful silent home movie of Paris shows the city as it appeared just a few years before WWII, as the Republic stood on the brink of disaster. You'd never know it based on the bustling city presented in this film...and so we've titled it in honor of Alan Furst, the prolific author of period novels (which we dearly love) who often sets his stories in the Paris of this era. Mr. Furst we beg you to please take a look and let...
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This 1940s British instructional and educational film, produced with the Ironfoundry Association, shows the process by which cast iron products were made prior to the highly-mechanized era. Here, almost every step of the process to make a finished article, is done by hand and with very little mechanization.  A foundry is seen at  1:00 , with pig iron being brought into the factory to make stove hotplates. A pattern maker is seen at  1:29  using lead and tin to make a mold. At  2:00 , sand...
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The United States Air Force presents “What Makes a Man: The Story of the United States Air Force Academy,” a mid-1960s informational color film encouraging men to join the Colorado Springs campus. The film opens with the rhetorical question posed in the title, and the viewer is asked whether stone and metal buildings make a man, or does it come from knowledge, action, competition, or something else? All the while, images of young cadets and academic and athletic life fill the screen....
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Shot by an unknown American starting on May 14 1949, this film (one of a three parter) is a silent home movie shot on 16mm film. The movie begins with the ship SS America leaving the United States Lines pier (:30) and views of the Empire State Building ( 1:00 ) in the distance. At sea there are shots on deck and there is an abandon ship drill at ( 4:20 ). At ( 7:00 ) Le Havre, France is reached and the busy port is shown. At ( 8:00 ) the scene moves to Paris where Champ de Mars is seen,...
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Movin’ On is a 1968 documentary presented by the United Transportation Union and the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainment and produced and directed by Harold Mayer that recaps the history of the American railroad, with an emphasis on the people who built the railroads and operated the lines. Photographs and footage are used to recreate the visual history of the railways, while folk music from the period alternates with the film’s narration for effective audio. This second half of the film...
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This silent newsreel footage shows the opening of the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in 1915. The Exposition was held in San Francisco. The Panama–Pacific International Exposition was a world's fair held in San Francisco, California, U.S., from February 20 to December 4, 1915. Its stated purpose was to celebrate the completion of the Panama Canal, but it was widely seen in the city as an opportunity to showcase its recovery from the 1906 earthquake. The fair was constructed on a 636...
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Dating to the 1930s, this 16mm silent film is ostensibly a study of the geography of the British Isles from the Naze to Falmborough Head. Interestingly, when this film was recovered by collector Clint Daniel (who runs the website danielsww2.com) this film was in a Luftwaffe marked canister. We can assume based on this that the film was actively being shown to Luftwaffe crews during the war, and that makes sense since a film like this one would have greatly added to their navigational prowess....
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G-B Instructional Limited presents OLIVE GROWING IN THE MIDDLE EAST a short film by the J. Arthur Rank Organization Limited and supervised by G I Cons, M.A. The film concentrates on showing the multiple processes used to make olive oil versus the actual olive growing process. The opening shot is a panoramic view of limestone hills dotted by olive trees. A map showing the heaviest concentrations of olive trees (:40 – 1:12 ) highlights the areas around Spain, the south of France, and Italy. The...
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This 1960 color public relations film by the U.S. Army is to educate the public on the benefits of having the Nike-Hercules (MIM-14) surface-to-air missile system as protection against nuclear attack. Children play with a plane, its shadow crossing them (:25- 1:19 ). The Commander watches the radar spin, pod doors open, and the surface-to-air Nike Hercules missile rise ( 1:20 - 2:20 ). An animation details the sequence of using it ( 2:21 - 3:21 ). A bird’s-eye view shows a Nike battery ( 3:23...
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