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This black & white pilot training film is one of a series created by the U.S. Navy to familiarize pilots with the McDonnell F2H-2 Banshee aircraft. The F2H Banshee was a single-seat carrier-based jet fighter aircraft deployed by the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps from 1948 to 1961. Two primary aircraft were built --  the F2H-1 and the more powerful F2H-2 which was equipped with the Westinghouse J34-WE-34. Versions of the F2H-2 included the nuclear capable F2H-2B, the night fighter F2H-2N,...
Topics: 1953, US Navy Pilot, Training Film. Jet Plane, F2h-2 Banshee aircraft System, Stock Footage,...
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One of a series of "Screen Traveler" films created by Andre De La Varre, this film focuses on Budapest, Hungary. Copyright 1938. Opening titles: "Gay and Beautiful Budapest" (:06-:43). Aerial shots of Budapest, the national capital of Hungary, a landlocked country in Central Europe. The city is located at the River Danube. Elisabeth Bridge (:44-2:09). Longest suspension bridge when it was originally built, the Elisabeth Bridge. The Elisabeth Bridge is the third newest bridge...
Topics: Gay, Budapest, 1968, Screen Traveler, Travelogue, Hungarym, Dunube River, Stock Footage, Periscope...
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Created by Encyclopedia Brittanica in the late 1930s, this black & white educational film is about the country of Chile with a focus on the nation's rich natural resources and principal cities including Santiago. The film uses the device of a family visit, involving a family called the McKennas, to propel its narrative. The McKenna family has a historical link to the nation of Chile:  Brigadier Juan Mackenna (b. 1771) was an Irish-born, Chilean military officer and hero of the Chilean War...
Topics: 1930s, Chile, South America, Travelogue, Santiago Copper Industry, Nitrate Prodcution, Stock...
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This short film from The March of Time's classroom film series gives viewers a look at India during the World War II era. The film opens with footage of soldiers marching out of a building. Other opening shots of India include the Gateway of India, Jama Masjid (00:59) where Muslims pray, and people on the banks of the Ganges (01:20). A man sings while walking down a street. People bathe in the Ganges River. People carry a statue of a god down a street during a religious procession. Men place a...
Topics: British Empire, India, Travelogue, Ganges River, Mahatma, Ghandi, Stock Footage
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This travelogue film of a holiday trip to Europe in mid-1950s was produced by Norman Schley, a filmmaker from Wisconsin who often presented and narrated his films in front of a live audience. This print does not have any extant narration, but the soundtrack remains. Includes footage from Portugal, Italy, Holland, Luxembourg, Paris, and London. Title screen of “Filmorama Holiday”, a “Picturelogue” presentation (0:37). Written/edited by Jack Camp (0:45). Narrated by Norman E. Schley...
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Topics: Norman Schley, 1950s, Europe, Travelogue, Portugal, Italy, Holland, France, England, Paris, London,...
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This film takes viewers on a tour through Norway’s town and country area. The film is presented by the Norwegian Travel Information Office of New York City (:14). Some of Europe’s largest glaciers exist in Norway (:26). These attribute to the common use of water for power in the country. A rainbow is pictured formed by the mist from a cascading waterfall (:59). Bird’s eye view footage shows how the roads must zig zag and cut through the mountainous terrain (1:24). In order to protect...
Topics: 1948, Majestic Norway, Norwegian Travelogue, Oslo Lapland, Norsk Hydro, Stock Footage, Periscope...
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Glimpses of Colorful Portugal is a travelogue film (likely from the 1950s) narrated by Peter Allen and gives viewers a brief tour of the country. The film opens with a shot of a beach on the rocky Iberian Peninsula coast. People depart a passenger plane at the international airport in Lisbon (00:50). Highlights of the capital city include the Praca Do Comercio and the narrow streets of the Alfama district. There is a good shot of the harbor at the estuary of Tagus River (01:23). Fish wives sell...
Topics: Glimpses Of Colorful Portugal, 1950s, Portugal, Travelogue, Stock Footage
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Made in 1956 for the home market and released by Castle Films, this travelogue of New York shows off all the highlights of the Big Apple. It starts with images of the Statue of Liberty (:29). At (:45) a large ocean liner (probably the S.S. United States ) is visible in the harbor. At (:55) are images of the downtown including an aerial (1:09). At (1:27) a shot down Broadway, and (1:38) Wall Street including the Sub-Treasury. Brooklyn Bridge is shown at (2:34), and at (2;47) the Lower East Side...
Topics: 1956, New York City, Travelogue, 8mm, Broadway, Castle Films, Stock Footage
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This unusual silent film shows the Soviet Union in the summer of 1937. It depicts the annual summer Athletes Parade, usually conducted on June 24th on the Moscow's Red Square,  and the events preceding and following, both it in Moscow and Saint-Petersburg, (then Leningrad). In a typical display of the era's celebrations, one can see the portraits of the Politburo members – Chubar and Kosior - which were purged in 1938 and therefore do not appear after 1938. There's some pictures of the Saint...
Topics: Soviet Union, Travelogue, 1937, Moscow, Leningrad, Stock Footage
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IN SHANGHAI is a 1930s travelogue of Canton, China that shows the city and countryside. This truncated print includes shots of various pagodas, the famous angular bridges, and a traditional Chinese theater.
Topics: Shanghai, Canton China, 1930s, Travelogue, China, Stock Footage
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This color tourist promotional film wasproduced in the early 1950s.. The film was produced and copyrighted by American born Andre de la Varre, who became a leading travelogue filmmaker of short films. In the 1930’s, Andre de la Varre created a short film series called “Screen Traveler”, of which this is one. In the 1950’s, his films enjoyed a second life as educational material, being reissued and updated for copyright in 1951. The film was narrated by “The Voice of Air France”. It...
Topics: 1950, Air France, Travelogue, North Africa, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, Casablanca, Stock Footage
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One of a series of black & white educational films distributed by "Films of the Nations", "Scottish Rhapsody" presents the country of Scotland. This is circa 1953, and directed by Austen West, and produced by Maurice Groen. Titles: Films of the Nations presents Scottish Rhapsody (:06-:44). Edinburgh, Scotland. Edinburgh is Scotland's compact, hilly capital. It has a medieval Old Town and elegant Georgian New Town with gardens and neoclassical buildings. Looming over the...
Topics: 1950s, Travelogue, Scottish Rhapsody, Edinburgh, Stock Footage, Scotland
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This U.S. Navy produced film tells the story of the NC-4 Flying Boats and the epic Transatlantic flight, as well as the unveiling of one of the aircraft NC-4 at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.   The NC-4 was a Curtiss NC flying boat which was designed by Glenn Curtiss and his team, and manufactured by Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Company. In May 1919, the NC-4 became the first aircraft to fly across the Atlantic Ocean, starting in New York State and making the crossing...
Topics: US Navy, NC-4, Flying Boat, Navy, 1919, Stock Footage
This 1945 U.S. Navy training film, Quit Stalling—Or Spin In! (MN-4353a), teaches pilots the dangers of stalling, or spinning, and how to avoid crashing. A stall is what happens when an aero foil cannot make enough lift to keep the aircraft in level flight. The film features a Navy instructor who presents a series of case studies from the Navy’s office of Flight Safety Flight Statistics (00:52). The film begins with footage of a plane stalling and crashing into the ground (00:14); the...
Topics: 1945, Quit Stalling, Spin in, WWII, US Navy Pilot, Training Film, Stalls, Spins, Plane Crash, Stock...
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A Town In Old Mexico is a 1943 travelogue of Puebla, Fortin de las Flores, and Orizaba, Mexico, narrated by Orson Welles. It was made as part of the WWII "Friendly Neighbor" effort by the United States. The film begins with a painting of Puebla, then shows some scenic footage on the road between Puebla and Mexico City: viewers see two volcanoes, Popocatepetl and Iztaccihuatl, both over 16,000 feet. A car drives along a rural road lined by wild flowers and a snow-capped volcano looming...
Topics: Mexico, 1943, Travelogue, Puebla, WWII, Mexico City, Stock Footage
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This 1950 color film, issued by the Belgian Government Information Center of New York City and released as part of the Films of the Nations series,  takes a travelogue view of Brussels, Ghent, Bruges, and other Belgian cities’ historic architecture and national export industries during the post-World War II era (21:01). It is narrated by Peter Allen and produced by DPM Productions, and directed by Maurice T. Groen. The film served both an educational function and serves as a tourist promo...
Topics: Work, Play, Belgium, 1950, Tourism, Travelogue, Brussels, Ghent, Bruges, Stock Footage
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This reel of silent films includes travelogues for Seville and the Santa Maria de Montserrat Abbey in Spain. It starts with a silent Dutch film, "A Look at Seville", that shows images of the Spanish city in the 1930s. Seville is the capital and largest city of the autonomous community of Andalusia and the province of Seville, Spain. It is situated on the plain of the river Guadalquivir. The inhabitants of the city are known as sevillanos (feminine form: sevillanas) or hispalenses,...
Topics: 1930, Seville, Santa Maria, Santa Maria De Montserrat, Spain, Travelogue, Stock Footage
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This 1950s color film is apparently a well shot, amateur home movie. It depicts a trip to Indonesia, featuring historic architecture and ancient temples of Bali and surrounding areas in stunning Kodachrome vibrancy. The film culminates in an extended performance featuring a gamelan, Topeng dance, and a drama with masked deities (24:14). Crowded streets filled with bicycles and cycle rickshaws. Pedestrians in a crosswalk (0:08). Urban storefronts advertise their wares with colorful signage. A...
Topics: Trip, Indonesia, 1960s, Bali, Travelogue, Home Movie, Borobuder, Gunung, Kawi, Stock Footage,...
This black and white 1955 travelogue documents seaside towns along the Adriatic Coast in the aftermath of World War II, showing natural landmarks, historic architecture, European tourists, and local peoples of diverse ethnic backgrounds from Croatia and former Yugoslavia (TRT: 14:01).Opening titles: “Adriatic Splendor” and credits (0:08). Sunbathers at Lake Bled, in the Julian Alps region of the Upper Carniolan region of northwestern Slovenia. Bled Island’s Church of the Mother of God on...
Topics: Adriatic Splendor, 1955, Croatia, Yugoslavia, Travelogue, Opatija, Pula, Mostar, Stock Footage,...
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Written by Clint Comerford and directed by Austin Green, and with a score by John Bath, this Southern Arizona travelogue "Hank Goes Fishing" features venerable character actor Lindsay Workman, Richard Reeves and Tom Myers. The film takes viewers on an eccentric Model T Ford tour of Southern Arizona including Tucson. At 1:46 is the San Xavier Mission and a painted burro (3:17) set up for photography. Parts of the Tohono-Odham (aka Papago ) reservation are also shown. At 4:24 are shots...
Topics: Hank Goes Fishing, 1960s, Arizona, Travelogue, Tucson, Tombstone, Nogales, Stock Footage
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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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Made in 1950, Highway to Hawaii is a terrific travelogue presented by United Airlines.   After a detailed countdown and focusing leader, this film explores United Airlines' new main line airway to the Hawaiian Islands, with DC-6 Mainliners making regular trips. This film offers gorgeous vintage views of antiquated airliners flying over the Golden Gate Bridge on their way across the Pacific, and the high quality of service that now seems extinct.   We also see the old communications tools...
Topics: 1950, United Airlines, hawaii, Travelogue, Highway, Stock Footage
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This film features the US Navy efforts in removing Japanese forces from the Philippine Islands at the end of WW2 in 1945. It was produced in cooperation with the US Army Pictorial Services (:14) and begins with an air strike on Manila (:27). Carrier planes of the 3rd fleet targeted enemy shipping in Manila and air fields and other installations including Cavite Navy Yard on Luzon Island (:39). Aerial footage of the attacks follows (:53) during which two enemy destroyers were hit, one light...
Topics: 1945, US Navy, Combat Bulletin, Liberation Of Luzon, Philippines, Stock Footage
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This black & white educational film is about some of the tourist attractions and big cities to see in South America, primarily focusing on Argentina and Brazil but also including images in Peru. This is copyright 1941, and features footage that was shot in the 1930s. Opening: South American Vista (:06-:09). The Andes Mountains loom.  Flowing waters below the equator in South America. Horses walk by. A man sits atop a horse. The iconic Gaucho, or cowboy. Argentina beef. Peru, people in the...
Topics: South American Vista, 1941, Travelogue, Peru, Brazil, Argentina, Buenos Aires Rio, Stock Footage,...
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Made by famed filmmaker Andre De La Varre, whose "Screen Traveler" series was popular in the USA and often shown in movie theaters, ANCIENT CITIES OF SOUTHERN FRANCE shows the Roman, Visigoth and other ancient structures of the South of France. These include castles made and fortified over many centuries in the Pyrenees, walled cities, the Pont Du Gard, Avignon, St-Remy-de-Provence, Arles, Nimes, Narbonne, Perpignan, Aigues Mortes, Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, Sommieres, Carcassonne,...
Topics: Ancient Cities, Southern France, 1930s, Travelogue, Marseille, Stock Footage
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With a blast of dramatic music to gain a viewer’s attention, waves crash over rocks as the narrator remarks in the opening seconds of this circa 1964 US Department of the Navy color film, “This world of ours is largely water … since earliest explorers first dispelled the darkness out across the ocean seas, mankind has sought the sea as an avenue of communication and commerce. A lifeline so vital that its preservation means also the preservation of a way of life.” There is only one way...
Topics: US Navy, Seapower, 1964, Glenn Ford
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Narrated by Alexander Scourby and directed by Lt. Frank Peele and written by Peele and Robert Sibley, this 1978 U.S. Navy film, "Pride Runs Deep" was produced on behalf of the Chief of Naval Operations. It presents an in-depth look at the life of a submariner, from missile and torpedo exercises, to mess and recreation. It explains in great detail the difference between fast attack submarines and Polaris ballistic missile submarines. The film was formally called SITREP 13, with...
Topics: Pride, 1978, Ballistic Missile, Attack Submarines, US Navy, Groton, 1978, Stock Footage, Periscope...
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Awkwardly introduced by the Maharaja Farodha, an internationally known sportsman and the owner of Princely Travels, this charming and rare travelogue film produced by Durga Khote Productions, shows views of the modern India of the 1960s. It includes the Sun and Sand hotel in Bombay at the 3:30 mark, the fortress of Golkonda at the 5 minute mark, hunting endangered Indian tigers by safari at the 5:40 mark, Nagarjuna Sagar Dam at the 6:44 mark, religious shrines and temples at Hyderabad at 7:50....
Topics: 1960s, India, Travelogue, Jewels, Princely, Travel, Stock Football, Stock Footage
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This 1965 color film about the New England Heritage Trail is presented by New England Mutual Life Insurance Company and produced by Bay State Film Productions. A girl runs to a Colonial two-story house. She looks in the window. Her grandfather fills crystal glasses and hits them to play a song. She plays them. The red goblet has an animated face that narrates the film (:10-4:25). The Seth Warner statue is a memorial to the Green Mountain Boys (5:00-5:10). A person walks across the wooden North...
Topics: 1965, New England, Travelogue, Heritage trail, Bay State Film, Stock Footage
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Made in the 1930s, this silent travelogue shows the city of Peiping, now known as Beijing, China.  The film is rich in imagery, featuring shots of palaces, rickshaws, donkey carts, and the industrious people of pre-WWII China.  To appeal to an American audience, the film contains shots of American sailors from the Asiatic Fleet on holiday in the city.   At the 1:08 mark, a shopping district is shown, with modern trolley cars zipping down city streets and a steam locomotive chugging past...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, China, Beijing, Travelogue, Film
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This fascinating 1943 U.S. Navy training film shows "How to Signal" using flag hoists, semaphore, and blinker to present morse code messages. The film was produced by F.H. Hargove of the Prior Motion Picture Company in New York and supposedly narrated by "Radcliffe Hall" (like a pseudonym for a radio announcer). A review in "Motor Boating" magazine noted that "the film shows pictorially how to learn the codes in the International Flag, Semaphore and Blinker...
Topics: US Navy, Signal Corps, Flag Semaphore, Blinker, Morse Code, Stock Footage
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Presented by Czechoslovak State Films, this 1950s film is a “pictorial report by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry of the visit to Czechoslovakia of the Economic Commission for Europe delegation.” The film opens with a shot of Prague looking across the Vltava River at what appears to be the skyline of the Old Town Square area. The ECE delegation arrives at the airport aboard a Swiss Air Lines plane (00:54). The delegation walks with members past a “historical memorial” (01:40),...
Topics: 1950, Prague, Bohemia, Pilsen, Eastern Europe, Travelogue, Stock Footage
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This 1934 black-and-white film takes the viewer to “Peiping — Land of Khan.” (At the time, China’s capital, Beijing, was known as Beiping — but written as “Peiping.” It has also been known as Peking.) An opening expository intertitle informs the viewer at mark 00:10: “Peiping means ‘Peace in the North.’ The modern city, once a perpetual battlefield, is now a quiet sightseeing mecca for world travelers and a favorite ‘port of call’” for United States sailors....
Topics: Beijing, China, 1930s, Travelogue, Land Of Khan, Stock Footage
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The “new navy” is the focus of this 1969 educational documentary presented by the United States Navy — “The Attack Carrier: From USS Langley CV1 to USS Enterprise CVAN65.” The color film traces the development and history of aircraft carriers used by the United States Navy. Aircraft that have been used by the Navy, such as the Grumman A-6 Intruder and McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II, also are featured.   The USS Enterprise is shown at sea at mark 01:14, as several fighters launch...
Topics: US Navy, USS Langley, Aircraft Carrier, 1969
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This declassified, color,  U.S. Navy training film from 1974 is about how to maintain the Fire Control System Mark 86, also known as the MK 86 Gun Fire Control System (GFCS). This system was created to provide ships of destroyer size and larger with an economical, versatile, lightweight, gun and missile fire control system effective against surface and air targets. The film shows basic steps in troubleshooting various bugs (called "casualties" or "faults" by the narrator)...
Topics: US Navy, Fire Control, Training Film, Mark 86, Fire Control Systems, Computer Bugs, Stock Footage,...
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Produced by E.S. and F.W. Keller and directed by John Hanau, RUINS OF PALMYRA AND BAALBEK presents a stunning color look at the Middle East in 1953, long before ISIS destroyed so much of these ancient ruins.  This is an extremely rare print, only recently located in our archive and now made available on-line for the first time. Some sources indicate that this film dates to 1938, but the fact that it is in color seems to indicate it is from 1953, as a copyright guide indicates. It's possible...
Topics: Ruins, Palmyra, Baalbek, Syria, 1950s, Travelogue, Stock Footage
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This 1950’s travelogue profiles the Santa Fe Super Chief, the most luxurious way to travel across the country. The film begins by showing how train’s now offer all of the comforts of home. (00:00:20:00) Then, the new flagship of Santa Fe’s fleet is introduced, the Super Chief. (00:00:40:00). Our narrator then cuts to a beautiful actress, who is planning a train trip to Southern California. (00:01:10:00) The narrator convinces her to try the new Super Chief for her trip. The narrator then...
Topics: Train, Superchief, Railroad, Santa Fe, 1950s, Travelogue, California, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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Produced by Transfilm, this 1947 color installment of the Ford Motor Company’s “Americans at Home” short subject series depicts the Great Smoky Mountain range in North Carolina and Tennessee, highlighting local people and nearby landmarks (TRT: 17:52). The film was written by Burton Rowles, Jr. and directed by Lawrence Madison. Opening titles: “The Ford Motor Company is proud to present a close-up of a people deeply rooted in America’s finest traditions…” and credits (0:06). An...
Topics: Southern Highlanders, 1947, Travelogue, Great Smoky Mountains, North Carolina, Tennessee, Stock...
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This short film from The March of Time's classroom film series gives viewers a glimpse of Sweden as it navigates its “middle-of-the-road” course during World War II. The film opens with footage of a street in Stockholm at night; signs are lit up and people browse shop windows. A man from one of the city’s newspapers reports on the war’s action: there is footage of bombs being dropped and of buildings exploding. Members of Sweden’s press print stories on the war (01:51). The film then...
Topics: Sweden, WWII, World War II, Travelogue, Stockholm, Stock Footage
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Shot by an unknown American tourist, this black and white, silent, early 1930s home movie footage depicts a family’s trip to the Caribbean, including scenes of natural landscapes and historic architecture in Havana Bay, Cuba, Panama, and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (TRT 14:11). The film starts with an image shot from the deck of a ship, of the lighthouse known as Faro Castillo del Morro, at Morro Castle (Castillo de los Tres Reyes Magos del Morro) in Havana Bay, Havana, Cuba. A pan shows the Morro...
Topics: 1930s, Caribbean Home Movie, Travelogue, Havana, Cuba, Panama, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, Stock...
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Dating to 1966, "Wings to Great Britain" promotes Pan Am's trans-Atlantic service. It was photographed and directed by acclaimed filmmaker Henry Strauss. Strauss' body of work included a series of ground-breaking industrial and human relations training films produced for Pan American Airlines, GE and AT&T. He is the subject of the documentary "Man and the Middle Class". The script was written by Allan Sloane and the film was edited by Bill Buckley. Opening animated Pan...
Topics: 1960s, Pan AM, Travelogue, England, Scotland, London, Great Britain, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This black and white animated training film of the United States Navy emphasizes the importance of avoiding undesirable weather for the sake of preventing accidents (TRT 5:56). Opening titles over an animated illustration of a cloudy sky above a football stadium (0:16). Cartoon naval officers cheer on a football team from the stands. A plane approaches the cloud overhead (0:28). The plane splits into two smaller planes that fly away in opposite directions (0:41). A newsboy sells newspapers in...
Topics: WWII, US Navy, Flight Safety, Cartoon, marginal Weather, Accidents, Stock Footage
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This black & white educational film "Mexicana" is about the country of Mexico. Copyright is circa the late 1930s or early 1940s. It was made by the Calvin Co. of Kansas City. Opening titles: Little Features presents Mexicana (:07-:18). Mexico City. National Palace. Palace of Fine Arts. Residential districts. Cars go down a boulevard. Chapultepec Castle with a bronze grasshopper statue in the courtyard. People walk around the castle grounds. A man wears a sombrero. Cathedral...
Topics: Mexicana, 1940s, Travelogue, Nation Of Mexico, Mexico City, Pyramids, Bull Fight, Stock Footage,...
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Made by the late John Hutter in the late1940s or early 1950s, this travelogue film shows views of St. Augustine, Florida. The filmmaker, who was a Chicago-based accountant, traveled all over the world and filmed many of his adventures. The title card at the beginning "Chateau Hutter Films Presents", refers to a European-style resort that Hutter built in Door County, Wisconsin. Apparently Hutter hoped to show this film and others to visitors there, but the resort never hit its stride...
Topics: St. Augustine, Florida, 1950s, Travel Film, John Hutter, Travelogue, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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Made by the U.S. Navy at the height of the Cold War, this film observes current Soviet naval forces and attempts to assess their global reach and strategy.  By this time, the Soviets had achieved the world's largest submarine force, and supplemented it with state-of-the-art anti-submarine weapons including the helicopter aircraft carrier Moskva, which is shown in the film.  Also shown are various other vessels, including Russian PT boats, Kashin class guided-missile destroyers, and Soviet...
Topics: US Navy, Cold War, Soviet Naval Forces, Sea Power, Stock Footage
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This black & white educational film is about the country of Scandinavia (which covers Denmark, Norway and Sweden). This was made in 1962 as a promotional film for Pan Am Airlines.   Opening titles: Wings to Scandinavia (:08-:28). A man ski jumps, followed by another with shots of a jumbo jet interspersed. A man water skis down a hill into water. A man stands on a roof. Ships in a harbor, city hall, flowers, people, cars. Norway is a constitutional monarchy, Norway's King salutes on a...
Topics: Pan Am Airlines, 1960s, Travelogue, Wings To Scandinavia, Stock Footage
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These two silent films (18 & 11) from U.S. Navy Combat Report No. 10 present footage of the separate attacks on the USS Enterprise and USS Nevada during World War II. In the first film, “Jap Attack On U.S.S. Enterprise, 19 March 1945,” a Japanese bomb damages the Enterprise while the ship participates in raids on Japanese targets. The Enterprise is at sea with explosions going off all around the ship. Black smoke billows from the carrier. Men aboard the ship try to put out the blaze...
Topics: 1945, US Navy, Combat Report 18, USS Enterprise, USS Nevada, Stock Footage
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 This film is from British Transport Films which was set up in 1949 and made documentary films on British transport. This particular film is one of their travelogues which was meant to celebrate the quiet unchanging image of rural Britain. The narrator of this film is Stephen Murray (:28) and it opens with a map pointing to the heart of England where the narrator was born (:47). A span of the countryside catches a tractor at work on a farm (1:08) as winter was ending and leading into spring....
Topics: Heart, England, 1954, British Transport, Travelogue, Cotswalds, Stratford, Stock Footage, Periscope...
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Made in 1958 and partially sponsored by Pan Am Airlines to promote their service to Central America, "Land of the Maya" presents the nation of Guatemala and Guatemala City. The film ostensibly follows a horticulturalist on her trip cross country, examining flowers. The movie shows a nearly forgotten era in Guatemalan history, before earthquakes devastated the capitol. At 1:20 the central office is seen, before its modernization, and the capitol buildings and downtown at 2:00. At 2:29,...
Topics: Land of The Maya, Guatemala, Travelogue, Antigua, Stock footage
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This black & white educational film is about Gibraltar. This was made in 1934. Gibraltar, a British overseas territory occupying a narrow peninsula of Spain's southern Mediterranean coast, is just northeast of the Strait of Gibraltar. It’s dominated by the Rock of Gibraltar, a 426m-high limestone ridge.   Opening titles: RKO Radio Pictures presents Gibraltar - Vagabond Adventure Series. A Van Beuren Production (:06-:38). Turning our backs on the atlantic as we enter the Mediterranean...
Topics: 1930s, Gibraltar, Travelogue, Rock Of Gibraltar, Mediterranean, Stock Footage
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The United States Navy gave viewers a look at “Sea Power in the Pacific” during World War II in this nearly 30-minute film. The film opens in 1931 China as Japanese bombs rain down from the sky. The horrors of war are shown in grim detail at mark 01:05, including the murder and mass burial of Chinese civilians. Japan was poised to control all of the Pacific and the resources of the East Indies, including its oil and rubber. “The only power the Japanese aggressor had to face,” we’re...
Topics: Sea Power In The Pacific, WWII, World War II, US Navy, Stock Footage
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This 1942 film edition of the The Bluejacket’s Manual is “designed to familiarize the student with the general characteristics of U.S. Navy ships” and shows several examples of each classification. Individual vessels that can be identified in the film include PT-9, PT-11, PT-13, PT-10, PT-18, USS Fanning (DD-385), USS McDougal (DD-358), USS Phelps (DD-360), USS Porter (DD-356), submarine S-45 (one of the S-42 class boats), and submarine N-2 (SS-54). The film opens with a panoramic shot of...
Topics: Bluejackets, US Navy, Ships, Aircraft, 1942, Navy Ships
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This travelogue film, presented by Castle Films was one of a series sold for the home market called "The World Parade". They were commonly sold in department stores and camera shops. This film shows Glacier National Park,  a 1,583 square mile wilderness area in Montana’s Rocky Mountains, as it appeared in the 1940s. It includes shots of the area’s landscape including some of the glaciers and valleys. The Rocky Mountains are viewed through trees (:25). The park sits near the...
Topics: Castle Films, 1945, Travelogue, Glacier National Park, Montana, Rocky Mountains, Stock Footage
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“Peto Plucks Some Chickens” is a 1958 black-and-white episode of the docudrama “The Silent Service” —  a show that was typically about the U.S. Navy's submarine fleet.  "Silent Service" episodes were based on fact and the realism was heightened by actual use of combat footage from the files of the Navy. The stories were varied between the South Pacific during World War II and the Korean War. The series was the brainchild of Rear Admiral Thomas M. Dykers, who retired from...
Topics: Silent Service TV Show, Lifeguard Patrol, US Navy, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This WWII film, "Target: Japan", shows the rebuilding of the fleet after Pearl Harbor, and outlines some of the strategic operations in 1943-1944.  It features Fleet Admiral Ernest J. King outlining the strategic situation as it existed in 1944. The film shows U.S. troops landing on Enewetak and Kwajalein. Task Force 58 moves into the Marianas and Saipan is invaded. Troops advance on Guam.  The film features footage of submarines operating in the Northern Pacific at the 4:00 mark,...
Topics: US Navy, WWII, Target japan, Japan, World War II, Stock Footage
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This WWII film, which has sound by the way only it's incredibly low, shows the U.S. Navy's experimental WWII weapon the TDN-1 drone.  Built by the Naval Aircraft Factory, the TDN was an early unmanned combat aerial vehicle - referred to at the time as an "assault drone" - developed by the United States Navy's Naval Aircraft Factory during the Second World War. Developed and tested during 1942 and 1943, the design featured a television camera in the nose and could be flown by remote...
Topics: US Navy, TDN-1, Radio Controlled, World War II, WWII, Drones, Torpedos, Stock Footage
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Made for pilot trainees by Wilding, this black & white, U.S. Navy film is about airplane attitude. It is one of a series of films made during WWII, to rapidly teach cadets the principles of flying. Copyright 1945. (N.B.: This version of the film was likely released after the end of WWII, as the end card has the Navy's post-WWII motto: "Keep the Fleet to Keep the Peace".) Opening titles: United States Navy Training Film - Primary Flight Training - Attitudes Of Flight (:06-:32)....
Topics: Flight, WWII, US Navy, Flight Training, Stearman Model, 75 Biplane, 1945, Stock Footage, Periscope...
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Presented by the Pacific Fleet Combat Camera Group, A Day In Westpac is a Vietnam War era film that gives viewers an overview of a typical day aboard the USS Oriskany in the Western Pacific. The film looks at members of the Navy performing routine operations and maintenance on the ship, as well as some other aspects of life on the “floating city.” The film opens with a shot of the Oriskany sailing on the Tonkin Gulf with the Seventh Fleet (00:30). A sailor wakes up and gets ready for call...
Topics: Westpac, USS Oriskany, CV-34, US Navy, Western Pacific, Stock Footage
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This U.S. Navy film was made to educate pilots about the flight characteristics of the Ling-Temco-Vought A-7 Corsair II, and to prepare them for landing the aircraft on a carrier, as well as takeoff. The A-7 was developed during the early 1960s as replacement for the Douglas A-4 Skyhawk. Its design was derived from the Vought F-8 Crusader. Copyright 1970, and filmed aboard USS Oriskany (CV/CVA-34). The tail markings of the aircraft indicate they are from CVG-12, Carrier Air Group 12 or RCVG-12,...
Topics: A-7 Corsiar II, US Navy, Aircraft Carrier, Flight Deck Landing, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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Written by historian Richard Hough and presented by the U.S. Navy, the late-1960s film The American Dreadnought gives viewers a brief history of the American battleship USS New Jersey and a solid background of this class of ship. The film opens by taking viewers to the spring of 1921 where planes sink battleships as part of the agreement to cease battleship production following World War I. The film then cuts to 1966 and shows viewers retired battleships sitting idle at a remote pier in the...
Topics: US Navy, Battleships, USS Jersey, 1968 WWII
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This black & white educational film is about the country of Norway. This was made during WWII but contains footage from the 1930s. Opening titles: NORWAY (:06-:13). Mountains and fjords of the country of Norway -- as it looked before the outbreak of WWII. People walk around. Fishing village of Bergen. Bergen is a city on Norway’s southwestern coast. It's surrounded by mountains and fjords, including Sognefjord, the country’s longest and deepest. Sign for a bakery (1:01) and cobblestone...
Topics: 1930s, Travelogue, Bergen, Oslo, Sardine Fishing Industry, Lapland, Sami People, Stock Footage,...
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This 1968 color tourism film from Cinecrest Motion Pictures, hosted by the voice of singer/actor Bing Crosby takes a travelogue approach to showing historic architecture and natural wonders of the state of Washington and the Northwest (TRT: 28:46). A Washington landscape and a cloudy sky. A jet airliner on a runway, directed by a flight traffic marshaller (0:20). POV: A flight attendant welcomes “Mr. Crosby.” Hands reach into a wallet. A helicopter takes off (0:47). An urban skyline. A...
Topics: Bing, Crosby, Washington State, 1968, Tourism, Travelogue, Seattle, Spokane, Tacoma, Stock Footage
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EUROPE ON $5 A DAY is a film travelogue produced by KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and based on the famous book by Arthur Frommer that revolutionized the travel industry. The film opens at Kippen Airport in Amsterdam (00:00:50:00) as we begin a vacation tour of Europe. First, we get a vintage look of life in Amsterdam. (00:02:40:00) At (00:05:25:00) , we tour the Begijnhof, one of the oldest inner courts in the city of Amsterdam. Then, we view art and culture on the streets of the city, including a...
Topics: Europe, KLM, Dutch, Airlines, Royal Dutch Airlines, Travelogue, Stock Footage
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This 1945 Technicolor film begins with images of photographs being developed, and goes on to tell the story of the combat photographers. Here at mark 0:31 is the U.S Coast Guard photography laboratory. From every battle front in World War II, endless photographs and motion picture films reports history in the making for the American people. All tell the story of the greatest struggle of time, a story recorded by anonymous men. The stories of these men are the dramatic events they cover as seen...
Topics: World War II, WWII, US Navy, Combat Photography, Stock Footage
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This 1950s travelogue of "Romantic Italy" showcases some of the nation's great tourist sites starting in Florence (:26) with images of the Ponte Vecchio and works by Michelangelo and Donatello. At 1:17 tourists buy postcards and hats. At 1:26, San Gimignano and its towers are shown near Cassino. At 2:08 the fields of grapes at Castle Romeo are seen and the winery. At 2:27 an attractive woman tends to the vineyards. At 3:20 the Romeo winery workers are saluted At 3:44 Sienna is shown...
Topics: Romantic Italy, 1950s, Travelogue, Florence, Venice, Sienna, Wine Making, Stock Footage
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Released in 1937, PERILOUS PARADISE is a fascinating documentary filmed in the southern Philippines in the early 1930's and re-released by Official Films in the 1940s. The director of much of the material in the film may be Marvin Gardner aka Eduardo de Castro, who made a feature silent film with similar content called "Zamboanga".   This was one of the earliest movies filmed in the Philippines and probably the earliest Philippine-made "talkie" in existence especially with...
Topics: Perilous Parade, Southern Philippines, Travelogue, 1930s, Stock Footage
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This color recruiting film showcases the U.S. Navy's aircraft carriers, airplanes, pilots and flight crews. It was shot aboard a number of carriers including the Essex class USS Ticonderoga (CV-14), USS Forrestal (CV-59), USS Lexington (CV-16), USS Coral Sea (CV-43) and USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63). Copyright is 1970. Opening: An eagle soars through the air. Other types of birds fly. Different U.S. military jets. Title: FLIGHT, THE ROMANCE OF NAVAL AVIATION (:07-:56). A U.S. Navy carrier at sea....
Topics: Naval Aviation, 1970, US Navy, Aircraft Carriers, Recruiting Film, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This black & white educational film is about Rome, the Eternal City. Copyright is either 1947. Opening titles: Castle Films presents The World Parade - Rome The Eternal City (:06-:21). Aerial shots of Rome. Age old relics in Rome. Cars drive around. A traffic cop directs traffic. Clock Towers. Fruits and vegetables for sale. The Capital is high on one of the city's seven hills. A statue of Antoninus Marcus Aurelius guards the city (:22-2:01). Colosseum. Arch of Constantine. The Colosseum...
Topics: Rome, Eternal City, 1947, Castle Films, Travelogue, Rome, Italy, Vatican, Colosseum, Pantheon,...
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“The District of Columbia” was the very first episode in the 1940s motion picture series created by Carl Dudley Productions, “The Screen Book of Knowledge  -- This Land Of Ours”.  It dates to 1945 and presents a travelogue view of historic buildings, monuments, architecture and transportation in and around that nation's capitol Washington, D.C. A boy opens the “Screen Book of Knowledge” (0:07). Opening credits (0:10). Slow zoom on a color-coded map of the United States into a star...
Topics: 1945, Washington DC, Travelogue, Educational FIlm, US Capitol, National Mall, Stock Footage
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This 1954 color tourism film directed by Harold C. Weaver and narrated by E.V.H. Emmett for the South African Tourist Corporation provides a travelogue view of the region’s natural beauty and popular attractions from a distinctly British colonialist perspective that exoticises and otherizes native peoples, and does not mention the policy of apartheid (TRT 35:07). Opening titles: “Satour presents'' and credits (0:06). An illustrated map shows the Cape of Good Hope, South West Africa,...
Topics: 1954, South Africa, Tourism, Travelogue, Johannesburg, Durban, Krugen Park, Stock Footage
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Dating to the 1920s, and released by the obscure Aladdin Motion Pictures, this "Travel Gem" shows views of the Peruvian city of Cuzco / Cusco, the City of the Sun. At :21 is a panorama of the city which sits at 11,000 feet in the Andes Mountains. At 1:09 the local inhabitants are shown including many Indians and descendants of the Inca. At 1:41 is a view of an ancient wall built with tightly cut stone blocks, and without concrete. At 2:09 the road to Fortress Hill is shown and at 2:40...
Topics: Cusco, Peru, 1920, Silent Travelogue, Andes Mountains, Stock Footage, PeriscopeFilm
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This brief travelogue film was released just after Hawaii was inducted as the 50th state of the United States which took place on August 21st, 1959. It shows a vibrant look throughout the island as tourists enjoy it’s many sites and activities. It was presented by Castle Films (:08) and opens with hula dancers with colorful flower blossoms in their ears and hair (:22). Inhabitants of the island are composed of a melting pot of ethnicities (:44). Hawaii is generally looked at as an island...
Topics: 1960, Travelogue, Hawaii, 1959, Tourists, Castle Films, Stock Footage
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Originally produced by the Bray Studios in 1936, this fascinating travelogue presents the island nation of Japan just before the outbreak of WWII. Here, Japan is not an enemy but a "land of enchantment" that is presented as having fairly little sophisticated infrastructure or technology. The religious traditions of the nation are emphasized, with the temples at Kyoto shown, with zigzag bridges. At the 2:30 mark, bustling Tokyo is seen, recovered from the huge earthquake. Narrow,...
Topics: 1930s, Japan, Travelogue, Land Of Enchanment, Stock Footage
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This 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
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Shot by an unknown American tourist, this film shows a voyage aboard the SS Hibeuras to Central and South America. It dates to the 1950s. 00:08 Montage: aboard the banana boat type ocean liner S.S. Hibeuras, which carries cargo as well as passengers. Lifeboat drill including firing of a flare. Passengers are Americans in casual/beachwear. The ship approaches port. 02:55 Passengers exit S.S. Hibueras. 03:15 Montage: Ship entering the Panama Canal. Canal opens and ship enters. 05:39 Exterior of...
Topics: 1950s, Travelogue, Panama, Argentina, Peru, Brazil, South America, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This terrific 1930s tour of the Seychelles, Zanzibar, Tanzania, and Mombasa, Kenya is full of many colorful images including the Muslim Ramadam festival, and African elephants.  The narration includes a wide-ranging condemnation of the Ivory Trade.  It was made by James A. Fitzpatrick whose "Travel Talks" series was a mainstay of the newsreel era.  This particular print was intended for home use by a family who owned a movie projector.   Seychelles officially the Republic of...
Topics: Zanzibar, Seychelles, Mombasa, Travelogue, Ivory Trade, Elephants, Cote D'lvoire, Tanzania, Kenya,...
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This black & white training film is about hand to hand combat techniques, part 1 and 2 in a series. Copyright 1942. Opening titles: U.S. Navy Training Film presents Hand to Hand Combat in Three Parts Part 1 (:06-:24). Four different sports shown on the screen at once (baseball, golf, skiing, etc). Men perform sports and box, wrestling, play basketball, etc. A man does hand to hand combat. The instructor speaks about hand to hand combat to the viewer (:25-1:50). Title: Stance for...
Topics: US Navy, WWII Era, Training Film, Hand To Hand Combat, 1942, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This charming 1940s travelogue of Ireland shows views of rural Ireland including farmers working in fields without heavy equipment, and villages.   It also has great views of Dublin, Galway and tourist sights such as the Blarney Stone, the River Shannon, Dublin University, Abbey Theater and more.   Weaving, thread making and the traditional garment industry are seen at the 5:11 mark.     We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional information about our videos...
Topics: 1940s, Ireland, Travelogue, Dublin, Villages, Galway, Stock Footage
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Released by Walton Films in the 1940s just after WWII ended, THE AZURE COAST OF SOUTHERN FRANCE is a wonderful travelogue of the French Riviera that starts at Marseilles.  Cannes is seen at the 2:30 mark, with its warm beaches and sexy French beachgoers with their bikinis, and yachts off the coast.  Nice is seen at the 5 minute mark.    At the 6:30 mark, various French small coastal towns are shown including Cap d'Ail.  At 7:00, the road to Monte Carlo is seen, along with the village of...
Topics: 1940, France, French Riviera, Travelogue, Azure, Southern France, Stock Footage
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This silent Castle Films travelogue includes images from Thailand, Burma and possibly Cambodia in the 1950s.   Castle Films were sold for the home market, and like National Geographic in this era had a special appeal — featuring images of bare chested women at the 2:45 mark and following.   Elephants are seen at the 4 minute mark. The collection of natural rubber is seen at the 5:30 mark, and tea at the 6 minute mark.     Primitive pumps powered by human labor are seen at the 6:45 mark....
Topics: South Pacific, Thailand, Travelogue, Castle Films, Stock Footage
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Featuring actress Barbara Britton and actor James Craig, and directed by veteran filmmaker Lewis Allen, this WWII U.S. Navy propaganda film "Freedom Comes High" is one of the most melodramatic shorts to emerge from the war.  The plot revolves around Mrs. Blanding, a young bride and mother whose older husband has become a Naval officer and gone to sea.  Of course he is in harm's way, and the results are catastrophic.  Just before going into action, Steve writes a letter mentioning...
Topics: Freedom Comes High, WWII, World War II, US Navy, Stock Footage
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The cold opening of this November 18, 1956 black-and-white episode of Edward R. Murrow’s “See It Now” CBS television documentary series shows the viewer the wheel of the USS Constitution — “Old Ironsides” — the wooden-hulled, three-masted heavy frigate launched in 1797 and the oldest commissioned warship afloat in the world, with the narrator then launching into a discussion of the revered vessel’s history. From there, the viewer is shown the wheel of the USS Forrestal (CV-59),...
Topics: USS Forrestal, 1956, US Navy, Navy, Nuclear Navy
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This is a 1980’s era (or possibly late 1970s), color movie that opens with young students calling a navy recruiting center, part of the Naval Education and Training Command. The camera pans across the navy recruitment specialists talking about the benefits of military service, :30. The film is called NEATO which stands for Navy Educational And Training Opportunities. Navy filmmakers edit training films on a KEM flatbed, Moviola or Steenbeck, 1:22. Navy graduates are shown, 1:55. Navy recruits...
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This black and white travelogue film from 1951 showcases Atlantic City, New Jersey. You’ll see the famous boardwalk and beach, scenes from the 1951 Miss America parade, the nearby Atlantic City Race Track, boats for both sight seeing and sport fishing, and general amusements and attractions for all ages. Released by Castle Films, copyright United World Films, Inc. Atlantic City is a coastal resort city in Atlantic County, New Jersey, United States, known for its casinos, boardwalk, and...
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Made by the Walt Disney Company during WWII for the U.S. Navy, ICE FORMATION ON AIRCRAFT was part of a series of films and booklets in the "Aerology Series" produced by the Bureau of Aeronautics Training Division, Navy Department, Washington D.C. for Naval Aviation Cadets. (The film was later re-made after the war, with the graphics updates to reflect more modern aircraft.) Each section of the film deals with a type of ice and its ramifications for aircraft. The film features flight...
Topics: Walt Disney, US Navy, Ice Formation, WWII, Animated Film, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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“Fun, Sun, Sand And Sea,” an episode in Jack Douglas’ weekly America! series, highlights popular places to visit in Florida. The episode opens with Jack Douglas at an amusement park in Florida talking about the attractions in the state. The first stop is St. Augustine (01:26), where viewers see a trolley car moving down a street, a statue of Juan Ponce de Leon, the ruins of the town’s old fort guarding the harbor, and the Fountain of Youth theme park. A man dressed in a colonial Spanish...
Topics: Fun, Sun, Sand, Sea, Florida, 1960s, Travelogue, Youth, Stock Footage
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In this 1952 U.S. Navy Training Film (MN-7339), viewers get brief look at the work a Navy Commissioned Officer Nurse does in a military hospital. The film follows a nurse, Janet, from being commissioned to her first assignment at a Navy hospital, and ends with her second assignment at the Naval Medical Center San Diego. The film opens with Janet putting on her uniform and packing her room as she prepares to leave for her second assignment. Women take their oaths as they are commissioned as...
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Presented by the U.S. Navy, U.S.S. Forrestal (MN 8087) is a 1956 film that shows the construction of the Forrestal at the shipyards of the Newport News Shipbuilding company, the ship’s christening and commissioning, and its first sea trials. The ship is named after James Forrestal, the first US Secretary of Defense; it is first launched on 11 December 1954 and commissioned on 1 October 1955. It is the first U.S. carrier to be built with an angled flight deck. The film opens with shot of the...
Topics: 1956, US Navy, Aircraft, Carrier, Sea Trials, USS Forrestal, Stock Footage
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Shot in the early 1940s, SUMMERTIME IN YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK is a silent travelogue that presents a series of gorgeous Kodachrome color views of the park including of course El Capitan, Mirror Lake, Yosemite Falls, Vernal and Nevada Falls, the Mariposa Grove of Sequoias including the Grizzly Giant, and more.   We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional information about our videos by adding a comment! See something interesting? Tell people what it is and what...
Topics: 1940s, 1930s, Yosemite, Park, Redwoods, Travelogue, Stock Footage
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Made during WWII by Castle Films and sold for home use through camera and department stores, and by mail order, "Salute to the Navy!" shows the Navy's various capabilities. The newsreel features amazing footage of the air sea battles that raged near the Marshall Islands starting at (6:08).  Featured ships include: the battleship USS Texas, the submarine USS Wahoo, the cruisers USS San Francisco and USS Boise.  Also includes footage of fleet maneuvers of PT Boats, destroyers,...
Topics: Castle Films, US Navy, WWII, Moral Boosting, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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1930’s TRAVELOGUE FILM “PORT O’ CALL, CITY OF DAVID” This film takes viewers on a tour through Jerusalem in the 1930’s and present the various types of religions which use the area for pilgrimage. In the film it presents Jerusalem as belonging to Palestinian territory, though today it is currently Israeli territory. It was produced by William M. Pizor (:17) and is of the Port O’ Call film series. It opens with an expansive view of the city from a hilltop (1:06). Jerusalem sits on...
Topics: 1930s, Travelogue, Port O Call, City Of David, Stock Footage
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The first newsreel, titled A NEW GENERATION, shows some of the stunning accomplishments made by the Silent Service in the late 1950's. First, the launching of the Barbel-class USS Blueback is shown. (00:00:30:00) USS Blueback was built by Ingalls Shipbuilding Corporation of Pascagoula, Mississippi, and was the last non-nuclear submarine to join the fleet. The boats that would supplant Blueback and its diesel brethren are then shown. First, USS Skipjack (SSN-585), (00:01:00:00) which boasted...
Topics: 1950s, US Navy, Screen Highlights, Operation Big Deal, USS Independence, Stock Footage
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Made in 1958, "Isles of the Caribbean" is a colorful travelogue film of the Caribbean including Haiti, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, Barbados, the Dominican Republic, Curacao, Dominica, pre-revolutionary Cuba, and other nations.  Rather than show the countries individually, this film shows the region as a whole, intercutting footage from different locations and unifying them with steady narration and a score by Robert Woolridge.  The sugar and other industries are shown, as well as historic...
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Made in the 1950s, this German promotional film for S.A.S. airlines features a flight from the New York International Airport at Idlewild, which opened in 1948,before being renamed in 1963 in memory of John F. Kennedy. The flight to Hamburg, Germany is aboard a Scandinavian Airlines or SAS DC-6. This airline, previously Scandinavian Airlines System, with the legal name Scandinavian Airlines System Denmark-Norway-Sweden, is the flag carrier of Sweden, Norway and Denmark, and currently the...
Topics: SAS, Airlines, West Germany, Rhineland, 1950s, Travelogue, Stock Footage
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Made by the U.S. Navy at the height of the Cold War, this informative film chronicles the history of the Soviet Navy from the Czarist era through WWI, the Revolution, WWII, and the Cold War. The film begins with shots of the helicopter aircraft carrier Moscow / Moskva on its maiden voyage in the Mediterranean Sea in 1968. The Kashin class guided-missile destroyers, the world's first major ships built with gas turbine propulsion, are also shown along with Soviet nuclear submarines. These...
Topics: Cold War, US Navy, Soviet, Soviet Union, USSR, USSR Navy, 1970. Stock Footage
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This 1960s color educational film about Connecticut as part of the weekly TV series “America!” that was narrated by actor Jack Douglas. The Hartford skyline is followed by the gold-domed Capital Building. The window-washing method is shown for the two-sided boat-shaped Phoenix Life Insurance Company Building. Constitution Plaza is a commercial mixed-use development area. “The Safe Arrival” is a statue monument commemorating the first pioneers. Across from it is Center Church, where...
Topics: Connecticut, 1960s, Travelogue, Hartford, Stratford, New London, Mystic Seaport, Stock Footage
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This silent footage from WWII was shot by U.S. Navy combat cameramen for use in a wartime production entitled "Sunset in the Pacific" (see film 81884). This film was intended to promote the work of the combat cameramen and photographers in the Pacific. The film begins with footage aboard ship. At :00, a sailor uses an early radar system to detect incoming enemy aircraft. At :18,  anti-aircraft gunners engage targets. At :30 a Japanese plane falls into the sea. At :37, an escort...
Topics: US Navy, Combat Camera, Photographers, Pacific Theater, WWII, World War II, Stock Footage
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Rules in Fog. Sound signals. Title screen says, “Fog signals must be used in fog, mist, falling snow or heavy rain-storms, whenever visibility falls below 2 miles”. This 1943 era, black and white, U.S. Navy animated film, was produced by the Walt Disney Studios as part of its wartime cartoon production program. The film was intended to explain the proper use of signals for vessels to remain safe in fog - and how the signals can protect a captain with reference to the law. The movie opens...
Topics: 1943, US Navy, Rules In Fog, Ship, Navigation, Signaling, Walt Disney, Stock Footage
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This 1948 color travelogue is a quick look at the Caribbean Islands of Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, St. Thomas, Trinidad, Jamaica, and Cuba. Photography and live sound is by Irving Hartley and distributed by Hawley-Lord, Inc. The film opens with passengers getting on the Pan American Clipper Eagle, a Douglas DC-4, it rolls down the runway, and is shown flying to Puerto Rico (:20-1:00). A decrepit-looking building sits at the end of a pier with arched openings. The camera pans the Castillo San...
Topics: 1948, Travelogue, Caribbean Islands, Puerto Rico, Stock Footage
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This beautiful home film from the 1930’s shows a visit aboard the USS Saratoga. It was shot by an unknown member of the "Amateur Cinema League" -- a national club of amateur filmmakers who supported one another's efforts and shared tips concerning 8mm and 16mm movie making. The ACL was founded in New York City in 1926. The film likely dates to 1932, as it shows aircraft that were deployed on the carrier in that time period, plus Captain George S. Steele is shown in command. Steele,...
Topics: 1932, Amateur Cinema League, Home Movie, US Navy, Aircraft Carrier, USS Saratoga, Stock Footage,...