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Made by Westinghouse in 1938-39, "The Middleton Family at the New York World's Fair" is an American film directed by Robert R. Snody produced for the company's exhibit at the 1939 New York World's Fair. (NOTE: our print of this film is not complete, and represents only half of the original movie. Our apologies but we thought it worth sharing nevertheless.) "The Middleton Family" illustrates the contribution of free enterprise, technology, and Westinghouse products to 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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The sea lanes surrounding Alaska are the gateway to the Arctic Ocean, and of vital importance to the United States during the Cold War. In this film, the men of the Coast Guard cutter USCGC Klamath (WHEC-66) visit Alaskan waters, and perform various humanitarian missions among its Native American residents. Klamath also monitors the seas, servicing buoys and making certain the sea lanes are safe for transit. They also wave the flag near the shores of the United States' key adversary during the...
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An apprentice officer, Niko Catsis, tells the story of life aboard the S.S. Olympia. The film shows the excitement of leaving New York harbor, activities on the bridge, in the engine room, galleys, dining rooms, and passengers' and crew's quarters. Illustrates the use of radar to make sailing safe. 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...
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This silent home movie likely dates to the late 1940s, probably 1948, and shows Army Day at Bolling Field in Washington, D.C. as well as the Cherry Blossom Festival. (1948 is a fairly safe bet as in 1949 "Army Day" was eliminated in favor of Armed Forces Day by the Secretary of Defense). The film stars with shots of Washington from the Washington Monument. At 1:06 are shots from within the upper part of the rotunda of the Capitol Building. Coverage of Army Day at Bolling Field begins...
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This 1947 episode of This Land of Ours, produced by Carl Dudley, takes viewers on a tour of the New England state of New Hampshire. The episode opens with shots of New Hampshire’s rivers, covered bridges, small towns, and the birthplace of famed orator Daniel Webster (01:04). At a granite quarry (01:11), a crane lifts a slab of granite. In the forest, two men saw down a tree. Lumber is hauled to Berlin (01:52), located on the Androscoggin River, where it is made into pulp and paper. The...
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This WWII, U.S. Army Air Forces ground crew training film provides a training on the servicing of the P-39, the principal fighter aircraft in use when the United States first entered WW2. It's a great example of the type of detailed and rather exceptional instructional film produced by for mechanics during the war, that likely saved many millions of dollars in equipment loss and lives. This film focuses specifically on the care and maintenance of the wheels and tires of the craft which (as the...
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Healthy Teeth Happy Smile, presented by The National Dental Association (a professional association of dentists), is a short educational film—likely from the early 1960s, that targets minority teenagers to promote good oral care practices. The film opens with high school students leaving a classroom and filing into an assembly hall. A handful of students wait on a stage behind the curtain for an awards ceremony (01:24). The film cuts to the school nurse’s office where a dentist provides...
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This 1940s silent home movie shows a trip to the Grand Canyon and Montezuma's Castle, the ancient Native American building site. At about 2 minutes it shows the entrance to the Beaver Creek Horse Farm, aka Beaver Creek Ranch, and then you'll see at about 3 minutes people riding horses at the dude ranch. At 3:50 a traditional dude ranch breakfast is cooked on the trail. At 5:50, there's a polo contest at another ranch.  We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional...
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Made in the 1950s by the Port Authority, "PORT OF NEW YORK" shows the world's largest, busiest port in action, with stunning views of the Big Apple and its waterfront, with passenger ships, ferries and freighters moving along the Hudson. Throughout the film, wonderful views of New York harbor, the city, and New Jersey waterfront are seen.  The film was written by Oeveste Granducci, who wrote a book entitled "Metropolis in Motion" for the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel...
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This 1944 film shows women working in an airport control tower during WWII.  Prior to this time, women never worked in control operations, but the manpower shortage of the war necessitated their training and employment.  The film primarily shows the operation of the control tower and explains its operation, as well as the effort to draft women into the air traffic control role.   This information comes from an FAA website: During World War II, women entered the ranks of air traffic...
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This is a Kodachrome home movie made by a member of the Amateur Cinema League and titled "Flight From Winter"; this film shows a trip to Florida made in the 1940s. The film begins with a flight on an Eastern Airlines DC-3. The aircraft lands at Washington National Airport and also stops in Savannah, Georgia before finally landing in Florida. There are fascinating images of on-board service and airports and facilities in this era. The rest of the film includes rare images of Florida in...
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This film, "Smoking and Lung Cancer" dates to 1960 and was an early attempt to show the deleterious effects of cigarettes. The film depicts an actual patient at the Royal Edward Chest Hospital in Montreal, Canada. The doctors perform diagnostic tests, assessment, and surgical preparation for the removal of a lung from a patient with a long history of cigarette smoking. The close link between smoking and lung cancer, as well as other diseases, is discussed as well but -- because of the...
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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 looks at U.S. and British interests in the Pacific prior to World War II including...
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This 1949 travelogue shows some of the islands of the Caribbean including British, French and Dutch settlements.  The film starts with Saint Vincent, and shows Kingston, Grenada including St. George, Martinique, Trinidad, Tobago, Puerto Rico including San Juan, Curacao, and more.  Chocolate production is shown at the 2 minute mark, coffee production at the 6 minute mark, and Benedictine monks at the 3:30 mark.   We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional...
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This black & white educational film is about training lions and big cats for a performance. This was produced in cooperation with the World Jungle Compound in Thousand Oaks, CA. This was circa 1949 or 1950.  Opening: A Gene Blakely Featurette, BIG CATS (:06-:17). A lion is guided by a trainer onto a stool. A woman plays with a dog. The dog won't do any tricks. The woman tries to train him but he remains unmoved. A lion is a movie star lion, Jackie. The trainer, Mel trains him. The Lion...
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This black & white educational/training film is about the Navy's fire prevention and control measures. This is copyright 1942.  Opening: A March of Time Special Production: Fire Prevention & Control (:09-:38).  Aerial shot of a huge structure fire with a massive smoke plume. Numerous fireboats spray water on the flames from many, different directions. A burned out car. A fire rages at night. Daytime - a car pulls up, a man exits. A military officer waves fire flags from a bi-plane, it...
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Presented in French, Come To The New York World’s Fair is a color, promotional film, promoting New York City and the 1964-65 World’s Fair which was located in New York City. It was probably produced in 1964 by TWA to promote foreign attendance to the fair because the closed caption and narration for this film is in French. It was narrated by Herman Boxer, and produced by Dudley Pictures Corporation in association with United World Films, Inc. Carl Dudley was an American film director and...
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Shot in 1949, these long-lost color home movies show Germany in the aftermath of WWII. Some of the cities shown include Dresden, which was leveled by Allied bombs, and Heidelberg. The agony and destruction visible in these images is sometimes hard to watch, but there are also signs of hope. The film includes a train trip to a shattered terminal, and many shots of debris clearing, stabilization and reconstruction efforts. The film ends with a trip high into the Alps. (Please help us identify...
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This silent newsreel includes three different segments. The first shows the Battle of the Argonne, the second a Zeppelin raid on London (3:50), and the third fighting on the Russian Front (7:09). The Meuse-Argonne Offensive, also known as the Maas-Argonne Offensive and the Battle of the Argonne Forest, was a part of the final Allied offensive of World War I that stretched along the entire Western Front. It was fought from September 26, 1918, until the Armistice on November 11, a total of 47...
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Made in the 1950s by the Shell Oil Co., this film "History of the Helicopter" features a look at the revolutionary machine that, at the time the film was made, had only recently come into wide use. The film features a brief look back at some of the failed attempts to build a helicopter, and discusses Breguet, Sikorsky, Berliner and others who were convinced that rotary wings were the answer to the problem of flying. The film also shows the autogiro, a relative of the helicopter....
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This gorgeous silent home movie of Honolulu, Hawaii dates to the 1940s during WWII. There are soldiers and sailors visible throughout the film, and a signpost at the start of the film points to Guadalcanal, where American Marines were fighting the Japanese in the first major offensive land battle of the Pacific Campaign. At 1:00 mark, you will see downtown Honolulu including shots of Twin Coach buses on the streets. There is more material in downtown at the 4:50 mark. At 6:14 some local ladies...
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Released in 1946, this black & white educational film from "Library Films" purports to show some of the last footage of Manila prior to the outbreak of WWII. In 1945, as U.S. forces under MacArthur worked their way towards Manila from Leyte, the city became a battleground. As the notes at the beginning of the movie make clear, most of the beautiful buildings shown in the film were completely destroyed during the siege. Opening titles: Library Films Inc presents Manila (followed by...
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Terrytoons was an animation studio founded by Paul Terry. The studio, located in suburban New Rochelle, New York, operated from 1929 to 1968. The studio created many popular cartoon characters including Heckle and Jeckle, Mighty Mouse, Gandy Goose, Sourpuss, Dinky Duck and Luno. The "New Terrytoons" period of the late 1950s and 60s brought us Sidney, Hector Heathcote, Hashimoto and Deputy Dawg as well as The Mighty Heroes. Famed animator Ralph Bakshi got his start at Terrytoons....
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In this Army – Navy Screen Magazine newsreel, we learn about THE BATTLE OF THE UNITED STATES. In this film from 1944, we see narrator J. Edgar Hoover (00:00:37:00) discussing the importance of catching spies in the United States during World War II and the great efforts the FBI went through to stop them. J Edgar also credits the citizens with doing their part in the effort to stop spies in the United States. Vintage footage from 1940 New York can be seen at (00:01:40:00). Footage of an...
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Made by Dodge Brothers during WWII, this film shows the various trucks, command cars, ambulances, tractors and other vehicles made during the conflict for the U.S. Army.  A proving grounds for these vehicles is also shown starting around the 2 minute mark.  The Chrysler foundry is seen at the 4:30 mark, producing Sherman tanks.  Also shown is the precision made Sperry Gyrocompass (8 minute mark), anti-aircraft guns, radar systems, and other equipment built by Dodge during WWII.  Dodge...
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Early 1920s travelogue of Africa and what appears to be Thailand. 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 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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"230,000 Will Die" is a 1954, black and white film that opens with narrator Charles Cameron, M.D., medical director of the American Cancer Society, speaking to the camera. This groundbreaking film about medical research was presented by the American Cancer Society. Its purpose is to warn Americans to take early action on their cancer as it can be treated and save lives. To a modern audience, the film is notable because of what it does not focus on -- for example smoking is not...
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This issue of the Army-Navy Screen Magazine opens with a dramatization of the story of stolen money from the University of Virginia ( 00:18 ). $500 is stolen from a dormitory, and Charles Randall is wrongfully accused and expelled. The secretive Seven Society at Virginia, a powerful weapon for good, looks into Charles Randall’s conviction and believe that he is an innocent victim. The Seven investigate another student they believe to be the real thief, which results in that student confessing...
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This story is told by Leslie Howard. This is the story of a nation in exile of Poland and Britain. But it is more than a story of just foreigners; it's the story of people who are now our guests, people we are proud to host. They have become by lands and sea our gallant comrades in arms. Here is a warzone in august 1939 at mark 1:42. Here a small boy is feeding the pigeons as bomb dropped. The small boy's name is Andrew. He found his way within incredible adventure and watches the pigeon in...
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This episode of "The Big Picture" dates to the 1961-1962 season. Filmed at Washington,. D.C . it shows the Army's "Old Guard" - the 3rd Infantry Regiment - and the U.S. Army Band presenting its annual pageant of military skills and traditions. The 3rd United States Infantry Regiment is a regiment of the United States Army. It currently has three active battalions, and is readily identified by its nickname, "The Old Guard," as well as "Escort to the...
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This promotional movie for Super MobilOil opens with an image of various jars, 00:52. Various animations show Mobil Oil products and logos, 1:20. A print ad for New Super Mobiloil is shown, 1:31. Animated charts for Mobiloil are shown, 1:41. Animated P’s show Product, Profits and Plans as a slogan, 1;53. Test tube is shown, 2:13. A man is comparing Super Mobiloil versus Brand X, 2:38. The number 3 is featured because Mobiloil keeps engines clean, 3 times longer than other brands, 3:00. Man...
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Made in 1963, this educational film portrays the need for improvements in transportation as the U.S. spread westward, and outlines the development of a network of canals to supplement existing river and highway transportation facilities. Uses flashbacks to show activities of a family employed by the canal company to maintain a ten-mile section of the canal and operate the locks. It features images of canals, locks, aqueducts, canal networks, and also explains terminology affiliated with canal...
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This black and white film called the Danger Line was probably produced between 1939 and 1950. Its purpose was to instruct children of the danger of wearing shoes that don’t fit. This Instructional film of the Institute of Visual Training was supported by Thom McAn Shoe Stores probably after 1939 as they were enlarging their business to its highest point in 1960.  The film opens showing a Thom McAn Shoe Store (0:27-0:29). Two boys dressed in suits enter the store and speak to the manager...
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This 1965 promotional film "The Treasure of Lucaya" promotes development in Lucaya,  Grand Bahamas. The film's storyline is about a reporter sent to cover a story about Spanish treasure found off the coast of Lucaya. While on the island the reporter, Mark Stevens, finds love and chooses to return to live there. The film opens with the newspaper’s editor and his peer named Bill discussing Mark (:37). Mark initially didn’t believe in the treasure and is seen collecting paperwork in...
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This extremely rare silent film shows the 1927 Dole Air Race from Oakland, California to Honolulu Hawaii. The race was one of the most tragic episodes in aviation history, costing ten human lives and destroying six aircraft. More on this below: The Dole Air Race, also known as the Dole Derby, was a tragic air race across the Pacific Ocean from northern California to the Territory of Hawaii in August 1927. Of the 15-18 airplanes entered, eleven were certified to compete but three crashed before...
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This recently re-discovered home movie shows New York City during WWII. Although portions of the film may date to as early as 1938, most of it was shot in 1944-45. You will see patriotic banners and flags flying in New York (including at 2:33 where a Victory flag is seen). Some of the highlights include rare color footage of Times Square at night, New York harbor bustling with Liberty and Victory Ship traffic, Wall Street draped with patriotic flags, shots of the cityscape and pedestrians,...
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Dating from just after WWII, this home movie shows TBM Avenger aircraft being flown as the world's fastest crop duster for CISCO, the California Insecticide Service Company, based in Lancaster, California.  This was not an altogether uncommon use for the rugged WWII aircraft, given that their design allowed for the addition of a large tank underneath the pilot cockpit in what had been the bomb bay / torpedo area.  This specific aircraft tail # N8397H, is now apparently at the War Eagles Air...
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Made by Mobil Oil by John Hennessy Productions and shot in and around Los Angeles, this film "One Day" promotes the Golden Rule and good citizenship and was part of Mobil's "Friendly Way" campaign. The free-flowing style of the film cleverly hides the fact that it was created as a sales tool for Mobil -- as a gas station sequence at the end makes clear. Various scenarios of do-gooding seen in the ilm include an African-American man needing help to move a large freezer...
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This “Yesterday’s Newsreel” film offers the viewer “television highlights of the news of yesteryear” by providing vintage clips of famous people and events from the first half of the 20th Century. This episode begins with footage of the 1918 German Navy surrender. Britain’s Prince of Wales (Edward VIII) greets sailors aboard the USS New York (00:55). King George V is present for the surrender, as is British Admiral Sir David Beatty (01:18). Footage shows the German battleships...
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Created shortly after the death of President Franklin D. Roosevelt as a memorial, this newsreel was shown to U.S. troops overseas as part of the "Army/Navy Screen Magazine". The film shows the President's body leaving Warm Springs and going to Washington by train, and then the funeral parade through the nation's capitol, and ceremonial lying in state, and ends with the body interred at Hyde Park, New York. The film is set to music with the words of the fallen President throughout. The...
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This silent 8mm home movie was shot in 1962 by a U.S. serviceman based at the U.S. Naval Station in Rota, Spain, also known as Naval Station Rota. NAVSTA Rota has been in use since 1953 when Spanish dictator Francisco Franco strengthened relations with the United States in order to improve local economies. The installation now covers more than 6,000 acres (24 km2) on the northern shore of Cadiz, an area recognized for its strategic, maritime importance over the centuries.  The film begins with...
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This silent film from WWII shows what appear to be tests of an aircraft gun sight aiming camera, or GSAP Camera. The film provides an interesting "gunner's eye view" of the reticle or firing ring that a WWII gunner or pilot would have seen, complete with a "dot" in the center. This was likely a type of reflector sight although the camera doesn't give a good impression of how the ring would disappear when viewed from attitudes not 90-degrees forward . The start of the film...
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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 color educational/promotional film (from the collection of Jeff Vilencia) is about the SCAT or Submarine Classification and Tracking System. This anti-submarine warfare system and the film are circa the 1960s, probably about 1964-65. SCAT was a mechanical noisemaker affixed to large magnets which, when it attached to the hull of a moving...
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This is a 1960’s era, color movie. It is presented by Pan Am. It is written and Directed by Lee Bobker. The name of the movie is Wings to Italy. The movie opens with images of the sea and of ancient ruins of Roman architecture – it is produced by Vision Associates. Image of Italy on the map, 2:50. Various cities on the map are highlighted, including the island of Sardinia, 3:09. Images of St. Peter’s 3:50. Image of La Pieta statue, 4:03. Trevi Fountain, 4:15. The Spanish Steps, 4:31....
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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 "NASA Project Apollo Manned Flight to the Moon" presents an overview of the Apollo lunar program. Made by Pelican Films prior to the first Apollo mission (probably 1964 or 65), the film uses animation to sketch out the various components needed for the mission. The film discusses the Saturn V rocket and variants Saturn I and...
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This patriotic, black and white film, produced to motivate railroad employees, was instructions on how to load freight and keep freight moving without damage. It was produced by Chicago film Laboratory, Inc. for the Association of American Railroad Freight Claim Division (formed 1934-1978) during World War II, which occurred between the years of 1939 and 1945. War scenes: anti-aircraft guns shooting, jeeps racing across the plains, flying aircraft, releasing parachutes, tanks rushing across the...
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Made in 1945, REMEMBER THESE FACES is a poignant, agonizing tribute to the men who became casualties of World War II.  Produced by the U.S. Navy, Marines and Coast Guard, the film was originally intended to serve as a promotion for the 7th War Bond Drive. Unlike the dozens of idealized, grand propaganda films that preceded it, "Remember These Faces" feels real and authentic. It is graphic, almost hard to take in terms of its content, and at the time reminded the American public that...
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Cleverly designed as an educational film, this industrial film that subtly promotes Westinghouse refrigerators, stoves and other appliances has as its central focus the idea that crucial vitamins in food are being destroyed by improper food handling and preparation. For example, boiling and high heat, as well as exposure to air, can apparently cause loss of nutrients (as seen at the 7:00 mark). To demonstrate vitamin loss, samples are tested in a laboratory and the cost of "destructive...
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One of two stunning 16mm home movies shot by Ward Harris in the 1930s, this color film shows scenes of the U.K. including England as it appeared before WWII. Harris was an Edison Mimeograph dealer in San Francisco in the late 1920s and an avid collector of things related to Thomas Edison. His famous collection included phonographs, batteries, light bulbs and other electrical equipment including Edison toasters, etc. and was so large that at one point an inventory revealed it had 50,000 items....
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One of two stunning 16mm home movies shot by Ward Harris in the 1930s, this color film shows scenes of the U.K. including Scotland as it appeared before WWII. Harris was an Edison Mimeograph dealer in San Francisco in the late 1920s and an avid collector of things related to Thomas Edison. His famous collection included phonographs, batteries, light bulbs and other electrical equipment including Edison toasters, etc. and was so large that at one point an inventory revealed it had 50,000 items....
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Dating to 1937, this short film features the Fordham Baseball team under coach Jack Coffey demonstrating various baseball techniques, equipment, and positions. John Francis "Jack" Coffey (January 28, 1887 – February 14, 1966) born in New York City was an infielder for the Boston Doves (1909), Detroit Tigers (1918) and Boston Red Sox (1918). Coffey graduated from Fordham University in 1910. While still actively playing, he became the part-time coach at his alma mater, holding that...
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This color, British educational film "Sole of Comfort" is about making a sole for a shoe. It was made on behalf of the British Leather Publicity Council and with the help of the British Leather Manufacturers' Research Association. No copyright but this film is circa the late 1940s or very early 1950s. Opening: a boot with a spur, close on an alligator, lizard, snake, deer, salamander, bull in a field. Leather is examined and then placed in a special solution. The hide of leather is...
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This short film gives viewers a brief recap of World War I in the pretext of an elderly man recounting the history of the Great War to a teenage boy. The film shows a clipping from the front page of The Chicago Daily Tribune (00:31) announcing the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, along with other front-page clippings from the paper announcing the beginning of the war. Footage shows German troops marching into Belgium (01:00) and British officers walking past troops standing at...
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This early 1930s black and white travelogue film “Southern Cross Ways” Sydney is part of the Port o’ Call series by William M. Pizor and his Imperial Distributing Corporation. It is recorded on a Powers Cinephone system, which was an early 1930s cloned version of the Phonofilm system. A bird’s eye view is given of Sydney Harbor, with the wire of the plane wing visible (:50- 1:10 ). The Sydney Harbour Bridge (opened in 1932) is shown still under construction ( 1:11 - 1:28 ). Bungalow...
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Silent footage of jet airliners, circa 1960s, doing approach and landing at dusk. Includes PSA, American Airlines, and Ozark Air Lines livery. Mostly DC-8 type jets but also a DC-3 are shown. 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...
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This film, "Assault at Huelva" profiles Operation Steel Pike, the largest peacetime amphibious landing exercise in history, conducted by the United States Navy and Marine Corps and taking place on the coast of Spain in October to November 1964. The operation involved 84 naval ships and 28,000 Marines of the 2nd Marine Division, and was commanded by Vice Admiral John S. McCain, Jr.. In the opening hour of the landing, two helicopters collided in mid-air, resulting in the deaths of nine...
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These beautiful color home movies show the Chicago Railroad Fair, likely in 1948 but possibly in 1949. The film begins with images of the Indian village that was part of the Fair, before showing some of the railroad apparatus and steam engines that made the Fair such an amazing spectacle. The Chicago Railroad Fair was an event organized to celebrate and commemorate 100 years of railroad history west of Chicago, Illinois. It was held in Chicago in 1948 and 1949 along the shore of Lake Michigan...
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This is a British documentary short released by The British Ministry of Information in 1944. It was made to describe the attacks made on England by Hitler's V-1 bombs and the successful destruction of many of these bombs before they could fall on their targets. The V-1 flying bomb, also known as the Buzz Bomb or Doodlebug, was an early pulse-jet-powered predecessor of the cruise missile. The V-1 was developed at Peenemünde Airfield by the German Luftwaffe during the Second World War. During...
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Produced in the 1940s, this wonderful movie takes you back to an era when flying was fun. Grab your trunks, prop off your plane & head for the beach. Members of the Long Island Aviation Club are shown headed out on a flying field trip. (The Club was based in Hicksville, but eliminated after World War II with the development of Levittown.) Gyrocopters, bi-winged stunt planes and amphibian planes that land near Wall Street in New York City for commuting. The film also contains rare footage of...
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This 1960s episode of “True Adventures” by host and producer Bill Burrud, opens with the shirtless host asking viewers, “Have you ever heard that the sea holds many mysteries? Well, it’s true! How would you like to go for a swim and find a jeweled cross worth $75,000?” With that, the viewer is taken to Bermuda at mark 1:22, where images taken by underwater photographer Peter Stackpole introduces audiences to the wonders of deep sea diving and exploration. Such treasures have been...
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In Part IX, axis armies hope to meet in Asia; u.s. industry quadruples production; paratroopers trained; air transport command established; airplane proves effectiveness in battle of midway. 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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United States Army presents TF9–4619. February 1973. Rifle: M16A1 Operation. Cycle of Functioning and Immediate Action. This is a 1950’s era, black and white, military training video on how to properly use and maintain the M16A1 rifle. The film also addresses immediate action to remedy some common malfunctions with the weapon. The film opens to a rifle spinning on a table axis. Soldiers in the field with artillery fire. The soldier’s rifle jams 1:00. The soldier falls. A close-up on the...
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A showcase of the National Parks of the Western US during the 1920s, with primarily emphasis on Glacier National Park! 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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Released by the British Information Service in the aftermath of the Market Garden failure, this short black-and-white newsreel, part of the “Act and Fact" series and titled "Gateway to Germany,” begins with cheering crowds in September 1944, as the British 2nd Army roars through Belgium. Men, women, and children are shown reaching out to shake the hands of the soldiers at their convoys make their way through city streets at mark 00:20. The British 11th Armored Division are shown...
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This 1960s era, black and white film takes us on a fascinating trip to the Old West where we visit the pioneers, wagoneers, pony express riders, miners, cowboys and Indians. Special attention is paid to the horse drawn coaches and wagons of the day and transportation routes from middle America to the West Coast in the 1860s and 70s. The movie opens on an old tree stump. The camera pans over a valley and up a mountain, spotted with evergreen trees. A small stream runs and beaver dams are shown...
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This silent film produced in 1968 features combat camera footage shot by the 600th Photo Squadron, part of Military Airlift Command. It begins with shots of Saigon, and then rapidly moves into jungle combat. The various activities of the 600th are shown including shooting military maneuvers, accidents such as the plane crash seen at 6:31 , spraying of Agent Orange ( 7:16 and 22:15 ), special events (at 5:09 , President Lyndon Johnson is shown during his visit to Vietnam with General William...
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This is a Chem Studies Film, produced by the Chemical Education Material Study for use in its course in chemistry. Molecular Spectroscopy. Collaborators are Dr. Bryce Crawford Junior, Professor of Chemistry and Dr. John Overend, Associate Professor of Chemistry, University of Minnesota. This movie is about molecular spectroscopy. There are in-depth conversations and vivid imagery about how molecules have natural frequencies of vibration and on the understanding of how light waves interact with...
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This episode of Adolph Zukor’s 1930s newsreel series starts with a shot of driving down Broadway at night, then arriving at Jack Dempsey’s Bar. Jazz musician Paul Whiteman is presented with a testimonial by singer/actor Rudy Vallee. Radio star Jack Benny addresses the crowd (01:08). Jack Dempsey also congratulates Whiteman. The episode’s next stop is the Winter Garden Theatre where Earl Carroll auditions new dancers for his show (01:40). Carroll stands in the pit and speaks to the women...
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This is Redstone Arsenal was produced in late 1962 shortly after the establishment of Army Material Command or AMC (and one of AMC's first subordinate commands, the U.S. Army Missile Command or MICOM). The film was designed to promote US military prowess as exhibited by the Redstone missile development compound in Huntsville, Alabama.     The film begins with overhead views of Huntsville and a narrator’s description of its agrarian origins.  Shots of cotton production shift to an...
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Produced by Cate & McGlone, United Airlines presents this 1950’s era, color movie called, Flying Colors. The film attempts to reassure the public about air travel by showing the maintenance procedures followed by United on its new DC-7 Mainliners. It was made just prior to the debut of the jet powered Boeing 707, which is discussed at the 5:30 mark. Written by Walter Wise, directed by T.W. Cate, photographed by E.D. McGlone, edited by Charles Cahill, with music supervision by Jack Meakin...
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This 1956 Chevrolet promotional film shows events in September, 1955 as the 1956 Chevy Belair races up Pike's Peak in Colorado. The car was equipped with a new V-8 engine that would be released in the 1956 model line. None other then Zora Arkus-Duntov was at the helm of a well camouflaged Chevrolet Belair and Bill France of Nascar fame was present with his timing crew. At 1:20 the film flashes back to 1954 as the prototype car is initially tested at a proving grounds. At 1:49 the car makes a...
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This silent German film shows the harvesting of peat in Ennstal, Austria in the 1930s. At :35 the Admonter Peat Industry building is shown. At 1:00 the area being used for cultivation are shown. At 2:17 onwards, a man is shown harvesting peat with a shovel, which looks absolutely back-breaking. At 5:19 peat is moved via wooden wheelbarrow to a storage rack. At 7:10 the empty barrow is loaded again. At 8:09 peat is harvested down in a deep trench. At 9:27 large wooden railroad carts are filled...
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In this 1955 episode (TV-326) of the television series The Big Picture, viewers get a glimpse of life in West Germany for the 7th Army’s 2nd Armored Division. Sgt. Stewart Queen speaks to camera about U.S. Army strength in Europe. Army men walk off a ship in Europe and load into transport trucks. There are several shots of central Germany’s cities, severely damaged from the fighting during World War II (02:22). A quick montage of footage of German industries shows the effectiveness of the...
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This 1970 film from the International Association of Chiefs of Police shows the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia’s handling of the 1969 Moratorium March on Washington. The film opens with shots of Washington, DC streets at dusk on 13 November as people gather for the massive demonstration. Metropolitan Police Chief Jerry Wilson holds a staff meeting to plan for the massive demonstration (01:05). Footage shows people marching in the March Against Death protest from...
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This color educational film is about the problems with Trash and it is called: THE TROUBLE WITH TRASH. Its motive is pushing for sanitary landfills NOW. There is no copyright at the beginning or end of the film so the date of the production remains unclear but due to things mentioned its the late 1960s, either 1966 or 1967. Title card: A Caterpillar presentation and then images of lush snow, deserts, fields, nice looking areas followed by a polluted wasteland of debris and fire (these images...
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“Industry On Parade was a television series created by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) from 1950-1960. The series consisted of weekly episodes that highlighted American manufacturing and business. Hundreds of companies and products were documented during the program’s decade-long run.” This film is a collection of three 1952 episodes from the series (episodes 111, 83, 112). Episode 111 begins with footage of sulfur mining: a wall of earth is dynamited (00:58). A sulfur...
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This 1954 black and white film about sailplanes (gliders) is an RKO-Pathe Screenliner Production distributed by RKO Radio Pictures Inc., produced by Burton Benjamin, and recorded with an RCA Sound System. It opens with seagulls gliding on the wind, followed by a glider doing the same in Austria (:31-:42). Two men and two women walk by two children sitting in a field with cows. One woman is dressed in traditional Austrian dress with a white peasant blouse underneath. They point at a wind sock....
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Designed for those who maintained ship and submarine power plants, this WWII era black & white training film is about the lubrication system. Copyright 1943. The Detroit Diesel Series 71 is a two-stroke diesel engine series, available in both inline and V configurations. The inline six-cylinder 71 series engine was introduced as the initial flagship product of the Detroit Diesel Engine Division of General Motors in 1938.  The first number in the model series designation refers to the...
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This silent film, entitled "Inside Russia: Siberia" was produced by Encyclopaedia Britannica Films in 1948,  and focuses on the area of Siberia around Irkutsk city. The materials shown depict the lives of Buryat people in the modern city, as well as in the countryside – as hunters, herders, and workers. The mainstay agricultural animals depicted are sheep, yak and reindeer. We see city scenes – people playing tennis, soccer, and working, in the postwar Irkutsk, as well as an shot...
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This 1960s color travelogue film was produced for Pan American. Narrated by actor Paul Stevens, Coleman Productions. The silhouette of a hugging couple contrasts against sunset. The peaks of South America are shown. Water rushes through rocks (:47-3:12). The rooftops of Caracas, Venezuela are below. The National Pantheon and skyscrapers are panned. Women in 1950s white one-piece bathing suits approach the pool. Waiters bring drinks to sunbathers. A picnic couple dip shrimp in cocktail sauce...
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This rare silent movie dates to 1918 and shows the arrival of US forces back in the United States at the conclusion of WWI, and features shots of General John J Pershing, as well as other members of the United States Expeditionary forces. It includes the destroyer USS Blakeley, a destroyer that was built in 1918. This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage collections in the USA. Entirely film backed, this...
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William L. Shirer narrates this documentary produced by the US Navy industrial-incentive division, which was made to show American war workers a behind-the-scenes report on their special enemy: the German war worker. Excellent captured German home-front footage is featured. While World War II raged across the globe, the U.S. Treasury Department and the Office Of War Information, Bureau Of Motion Pictures, produced numerous short subjects such as these to patriotically inspire and motivate...
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One of many survival films made during WWII, Castaway shows simple skills that can be used in the event of an emergency. Reel 1 (featured here) shows how to survive a bail-out from an aircraft over the ocean, inflation of a life raft, and navigation to a safe harbor. Along the way are lessons about distilling water and shark repellant. Reel 2 shows survival on a tropical island typical of those found in the Pacific Theater of the war. Produced by Willard Pictures for the Bureau of Aeronautics...
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Manchukuo, or ""State of Manchuria"", was a puppet state comprised of Eastern Inner Mongilia and Manchuria. Created by the former Qing Dynasty Emperor and Imperial Japan in 1932, it ceased to exist after the defeat of Japan in WWII. The international furor that resulted from the creation of the state of Manchukuo, eventually led Japan to withdraw from the League of Nations. This propaganda film shows the newly-created state, with a focus on how the Japanese are improving the...
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This volume of The Air Force Story - Volume 1 Chapter 5 - is entitled "Air Power Advances 1935-1937". It shows the technological innovations and activities that furthered America's role as a leader in aviation prior to WWII. It includes footage of the activation of Hickam Field in Hawaii, bombers diverting lava with carefully planned strikes, patrol bombers fighting a flood disaster, Japan begins a new offensive push in China, and Boeing builds the B-17. This film is part of the...
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Explains the principles of jet propulsion and Newton's third law of motion. Shows various types of jet engines, jet airplanes in flight and their advantages and disadvantages. Uses animation to explain the basic operation of the jet engine. 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 1972 color educational propaganda film about emergency preparedness for a nuclear attack was presented by the Defense Civil Preparedness Agency in Washington, D.C., with the cooperation of the California Office of Emergency Services. It was produced by Screenscope, Inc. and narrated by actor Peter Thomas. The film provides its message by showing the process for making the film. The scene opens at the Washing Memorial reflection pool. Two girls in winter coats play. A man on a bicycle...
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Produced in the 1960s, this American propaganda film tells the story of the land and people of Taiwan. Created for servicemen and their families who were based there, it also details the government, economy, and military potential of the nation, and its relation with Red China and the free world. It features rare footage of Chiang Kai Shek. Chiang Kai-shek (October 31, 1887 -- April 5, 1975) was a Chinese political and military leader who served as the leader of the Republic of China between...
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Produced by Charles S. Strong with the help of K.O. Bjarnason and Gudni Thordarson and Charles T. Namur, Jr.,  "Wings and Wheels Over Iceland" is a travelogue film that dates to the mid-to-late 1950s. This version doesn't have a soundtrack, and the film might not have -- it could have been presented in person and featuring a voiceover by Strong himself. Charles Stanley Strong (November 29, 1906 – October 11, 1962) was a noted author, adventurer and explorer.  The film begins with...
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Made for the home market during WWII, this black & white silent film shows news events in the year 1943, focusing on WWII. It was edited by Leslie Winik. Opening titles: News Thrills of 1943 (:07-:11). Title: Allied Victory in Tunisia. General Montgomery discusses the final push with his men. He stands and talks as the men smile. General Eisenhower visits Montgomery for a council of war. The two shake hands. Gabes falls to the British as rockets are fired, explosions abound. A parade...
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This film shows the Battle of Baguio between 21 February and 26 April 1945, and was part of the greater Luzon campaign during the Allied liberation of the Philippines at the end of World War II. During the battle, American and Philippine forces recaptured the city of Baguio on the island of Luzon from a Japanese occupation force. One of the last tank engagements of the Philippine campaign took place during the battle. Baguio later became the scene of the final surrender of Japanese forces in...
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Created by the U.S. Navy for publicity purposes in 1979, this historic films provides an overview of the ships of the fleet ranging from mighty nuclear powered aircraft carriers to lowly auxiliaries. Included are carriers USS Nimitz CVN-68, USS Eisenhower CVN-69, USS Enterprise CVN-65, USS Kitty Hawk CV-63, USS John F. Kennedy CV-67, USS Independence CV-62, and USS Midway CV-41. Cruisers shown include USS Long Beach CGN-9, USS Chicago CG-11, USS Richmond K. Turner CG-20, USS Wainwright CG-28,...
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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 late 1950s or early 1960s film documentary provides an overview of conditions in the subcontinent of India during that time.  An oxcart is overloaded with sheaves. Cargo is unloaded onto an airplane and from a boxcar. A factory worker stands at a machine weaving cotton into cloth. Lipton dust tea is packaged into wooden crates. Jute fiber is processed. A boy pulls tanned leather from an oven. Large tanks hold fertilizer. A large ship is docked (:10-1:06). A cow and goat stand outside a...
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Go Years Ahead With The Ferguson 35 is a short promotional film from the 1950s that highlights the features and capabilities of the Ferguson 35 Tractor. The film opens with a delivery truck carrying the Ferguson 35 tractor to a farm. The Ferguson sales/deliveryman backs the tractor off the trailer then shows off the tractor’s body to the farmer (02:10). The film explains the engine as the Ferguson man points out the oil tank, removes the front grill to show the radiator (04:30), and opens the...
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This early 1940s propaganda cultural color film about Venezuela was produced by Julian Bryan for the Office of the Coordination of Inter-American Affairs, created by President Roosevelt in 1941. A statue of Bolivar is in New York Central Park. An animated map shows the Spanish conquest in the Americas (:20- 1:29 ) and revolts led by Bolivar and Jose San Martin. The ‘Monument to the Liberators’ is shown ( 1:46 - 2:45 ). Venezuela’s topography areas are mapped ( 3:29 - 4:18 ). The highlands...
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The 1970 short film The New Era: Flight Testing the 747 Superjet is a documentary on the flight testing of Boeing’s 747 wide-body commercial jet with commentary from the 747 flight test personnel. The film begins with shots of the superjet taking off ( 00:10 ), landing, and flying through the air ( 01:21 ). Boeing tests the first five 747s off the production line, with several commercial airlines vying to be involved. Pan American Airways ( 02:17 ) and Trans World Airways ( 02:43 ) win the...
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Dating from 1962, this historic NASA film explores the space program and discusses what NASA is trying to accomplish, and what benefits will be gained from the enormous expenditures planned today and in the future. Featured is the "Scout" booster rocket, images of mission control, the Mercury missions, and the TIROS and Echo 1 radio signal satellite missions as well as the Ranger lunar probe. "Project Echo" was the first passive communications satellite experiment. Each of...
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