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Original Japanese newsreels showing U.S. surrender in Philippines and march from Bataan. This original Japanese newsreel apparently dates to 1942, and shows Japanese Imperial Army and Navy forces on the move in the Pacific. The first part of the newsreel either has no soundtrack or the soundtrack was damaged; a later portion has sound. Some of the segments include Japanese forces accepting the surrender of American and Philippine troops at the 18 minute mark. General Jonathan M. Wainwright is...
Topics: Stock footage, Japanese Newsreel, Japanese, WWII, Philippines
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Produced in 1938 by United States Steel, "Steel: Man's Servant" presents a lavish Technicolor look at the steel industry prior to WWII.  Narrated by Edwin Hill and directed by Roland Reed, with amusical score by Robert Armbruster, the 37-minute film typically accompanied a dramatic feature film in release.  The film presents mining activities on the Mesabi Range, with an Oliver Iron Mining Co. steam shovel ripping iron ore from the ground at the film's start.  The film goes on to...
Topics: Steel, United States Steel, 1938, WWII, Pre WWII, Stock Footage
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This silent 16mm home movie shows the annual Macy's Day Parade in New York City. It likely shows at least two different years. The first segment is in b&w and features a turkey balloon at :21, a Columbus or possibly Mayflower float at :26,  Indian teepee float at :38, Indian balloon at :48, Pluto balloon at 1:08, Porky Pig (?) at 1:28, and Mickey Mouse balloon at 1:38. At 2:10 a trolley car rumbles down 34th Street as a large mouse balloon (evil Mickey?) is seen. At 2:41 Santa rumbles by...
Topics: Pre WWII, WWII, Macys, Thanksgiving Parade, Home Movie, Stock Footage
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Created in 1947 by Belmont Pictures Inc., this film for Los Angeles Transit Lines (the post-WWII moniker for the Los Angeles Railway and bus lines) is entitled "It’s a Big Job". It was created to recruit drivers, motormen and conductors. The film's script was written by Eric Strutt, produced by Dan Downer and photography by William Wooten. The film is narrated by actor Alexander Scourby, who also stars. It was directed by J. Richard Westen. The movie opens with text indicating it is...
Topics: 1947, Los Angeles, Railway Trolley, WWII, Post WWII, Stock footage
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Made by Ted Eshbaugh, who made six or more cartoons for various studios in the 30s and 40s, CAP'N CUB is a WWII propaganda cartoon that ballyhoos the U.S. Army Air Corps.   The cartoon starts out cute, but soon turns very politically incorrect by post-war standards. Cute little Cap'n Cub reviews a weapons parade, but wants more "planes, planes, planes!". A full production sequence follows, and the completed planes go off to fight the Japanese, and goes from cute to dark very quickly...
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Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, 1943, WWII, Cartoon
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Although heavily damaged, this silent 16mm home movie has historical value. It was brought home by an American G.I. after WWII, and shows the activities of a German Luftwaffe staff officer in Occupied France in 1941. The film starts with shots of a staff car and various officers conferring. At 1:05 a roadside points the way to Rouen. At 1:20 Rouen Cathedral is shown. At 2:10 a soldier poses for the camera. At 2:13 a large contingent of Germans lines the road and a group shoulders their rifles...
Topics: Germany, Luftwaffe, France, 1941, WWII, Stock Footage
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This black and white film “Le Journal de la Resistance” (The Journal of Resistance) by the France Libre Actualites (France Libre News) is entirely in French. It provides actual footage from August, 1944 to December, 1944 during the liberation of France. It is presented by Le Comite de Liberation du Cinema Francais. The Paris Opera House is shown (:49). The road is patrolled by Nazi soldiers in open and armored trucks at the Grand Palais (1:06-1:14). Tanks with an Iron Cross insignia patrol...
Topics: WWII. France, French Resistance, 1944, Stock Footage
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Made in 1944, NEW BUILDERS is a Ministry of Information Film made by Paul Rotha Productions 1944, under the direction of Kay Mander, for the Building Apprenticeship and Training Council. The film was made during WWII to encourage schoolboys to take up apprenticeships in building trades including masonry, carpentry, electrician, machinist, and more. These "new builders" would be vital in the renovation of war-damaged housing and buildings. The film begins showing bomb damage to...
Topics: WWII, British Building, Trades, Schoolboy, Apprenticeship. Stock Footage
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Life-Line of the Nation is a short film from the Association of American Railroads and produced by Carl Dudley in the mid-1940s (most likely 1944) that shows how America’s railroads are ensuring the defense of the nation by meeting the transportation needs of a country mobilized for war. The film opens with a shot of a train moving through snowy terrain. Off in the distance, a train goes over a bridge (01:22). There are several shots of various trains moving along tracks. At the U.S. Capitol...
Topics: WWII, Railroads, Railroads, 1944, American Railroads, Stock Footage
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Forward Commandos is a short 1942 film from Raymond Spottiswoode (father of Hollywood director Roger Spottiswoode) that shows viewers the winter/arctic guerilla tactics used by commandos of the Allied forces against the Nazis during World War II, based on tactics employed by Russians in a similar environment. The film also shows some commandos operating in other countries with drier, warmer climates, and concludes with an Allied raid on a Nazi-held city on the coast of Norway. The film opens...
Topics: 1942, British WWII Propaganda, Raymond Spottiswoode, Stock Footage
This 1945 black-and-white combat bulletin highlighting the European Theater of Operations has multiple segments. A formation of Douglas DC-3 (Dakota in the RAF) flies over Belgium. A damaged plane slowly descends and crashes; it’s crew parachuting down. Tanks pass over bridges. The convoy approaches Nijmegan, Netherlands. The bridge over the Waal River remains intact as British engineers remove the charges Germans left behind (:15-2:31). British and American air forces in North Africa plan...
Topics: 1945, WWII, ETO, Combat Bulletin, Holland, Stock Footage
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In the U.S. military’s Combat Bulletin No. 40 from 1945, viewers see footage from the Allied forces attack on Manila Harbor, the first landing on Luzon, action along the Western Front and Alsace, the damage from a bombing campaign targeting the oil refinery at Merkwiller, a British carrier fleet attacking Sumatra, and Allied airstrikes on Celebes. The newsreel starts with carrier planes of the 3rd Fleet firing on the Japanese naval base in Manila Harbor. A plane fires at an above-ground oil...
Topics: WWII, Combat Bulletin, Manila, Invasion, 1945, Stock Footage
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This late 1940s black and white documentary “Operation Mercy” is from the Christian Rural Overseas Program (C.R.O.P.) on relief to Europe and Asia. The program was a collaboration between Catholic and Protestant churches. It includes carillon music by Ira Schroeder. It opens with churches in rural settings (:50-1:00). Tree tops are missing in war-scarred fields. Grain falls off a hand-pulled cart. Refuges push wagons and baby strollers through the snow. An Asian girl carries a baby on her...
Topics: Christian Overseas, Program, Operation Mercy, Post WWII, Stock Footage
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This silent, confidential film from WWII shows tests of various 4.5" B.R. launchers at Camp Pendelton, California on Jan. 19, 1944. It's not entirely clear what the abbreviation "B.R." stood for, but these are clearly multiple artillery rocket launchers similar in some ways to the Russian Katyusha system. According to a website, the type 36 rocket launcher could be easily installed on a Jeep and featured armored plating to protect the driver. This plating can be seen in the...
Topics: WWII, World War II, M-8, 1944, Stock Footage
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Created by Theodore Andrica and narrated by him, CHILDREN OF EUROPE is an emotional, and disturbing portrait of post-WWII Europe.   It shows the plight of the youngest survivors of the war, including the many orphans and Jewish concentration camp victims who outlasted the conflict and now face uncertain futures.   Andrica's film, which was funded by the Cleveland Press, represents a plea for support for organizations like the Red Cross which was actively working to return children to school...
Topics: WWII, World War II, Aftermath, 1947, Europe, Stock Footage
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 26 separate 30-minute episodes, the documentary journals the World War II through stock footage along with the timeless voice of Westbrook Van Voorhis. This episode of Crusade in the Pacific, Part 11, "Attack in the Central Pacific: Makin and Tarawa," looks at the Allied campaign in the Gilbert Islands in the...
Topics: 1951, Crusade In The Pacific, WWII, Tarawa, Stock Footage
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RIG FOR ULTRA QUIET presents an overview of submarine warfare in WWII, and shows post-WWII submarine warfare activities. It especially focuses on early nuclear-capable guided missile submarine capabilities. The Soviet threat, then brought to the world's attention through the suppression of the Hungarian Revolution, is emphasized. Guppy type subs, including two Regulus guided missile boats USS Tunny and USS Barbero, along with nuclear submarines are shown undertaking a simulated Atlantic war...
Topics: US Navy, US Navy, Seapower, Submarine, WWII, Stock Footage
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Lest We Forget is a 1947 military documentary that consists of newsreels and government propaganda films, giving viewers a look at the fighting of World War II. The film opens with aerial footage of Berlin in the aftermath of Allied bombing attacks. Footage shows some of the city’s buildings and squares looking desolate. People celebrate the end of the war in Paris (01:33) and London (02:12). Soldiers march along beaches in England, preparing for the invasion of Normandy. LCVPs land on a...
Topics: Lest We Forget, WWII, World War II, Stock Footage
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This U.S. Army film from 1957 was shown to demolition men, instructing them on the use of electric primers.  This is a story on how the military carry out demolitions. This is a standard operating procedure as seen at mark 0:50. Most of the demolition done by today’s Army is by means of explosives as seen at mark 1:11. A main explosive charge is needed. In order to denote them, a small explosive charge is needed. The smaller charge is the blasting cap. There are 2 types of cap as seen at...
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This is a silent film.  Created by the Ballistics Research Laboratory at Aberdeen, Maryland this movie shows tests of 4000 lb "blockbuster" munitions, most likely the Mark V and Mark VI.  Blockbuster or "cookie" was the name given to several of the largest conventional bombs used in World War II by the Royal Air Force (RAF). The term blockbuster was originally a name coined by the press and referred to a bomb which had enough explosive power to destroy an entire city...
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This color educational film is about the DISCOVERER Satellites, also known as CORONA. It was produced by Lockheed Missiles & Space Division. (The first dozen or more CORONA satellites and their launches were cloaked with disinformation as being part of a space technology development program called the DISCOVERER program.) This film was produced in 1960. The Discoverer Satellite #13 was launched from Vandenberg AFB on August 10, 1960. The Discoverer Satellite #14 was launched eight days...
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Filmed in 1973 at LaGuardia Airport, this UPI TV short news film shows the airport's brand new security screening hardware including metal detectors and x-ray machines. At :22 a sign indicates that "Aircraft hijacking is a federal crime punishable by death" -- a sign of the times as hijackings were rampant in this era.  At :28 an African-American ticket agent waves passengers towards a metal detector. At :55 the x-ray machine conveyer belt is shown. At 1:10 a security agent describes...
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This color educational/training film is about how to be a better supervisor and praise your workers while boosting productivity. This was made in 1960. Framed like a private eye film, watch as Grady, a plant supervisor, learns how to motivate employees by building morale.  Opening titles: Modern Management Films - The Case of the Missing Magnets. A man named Grady, a supervisor, smokes a cigarette (:08-:44). Grady walks through a factory that makes magnets. He goes into his office, removes his...
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True Adventure was one of several traventure programs produced and hosted by Bill Burrud that aired during the 1950s and 1960s. This particular episode looks into life on Guadalcanal almost twenty years after WWII. 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 1968 film, presented by Sunkist Growers (:09), takes a look at the process of plotting, growing and packaging different types of citrus. It opens with shots of Valencia oranges, white grapefruit and tangerines (1:20) in orchards in Arizona and California (1:28). The industry of producing citrus spanned two time zones and covered 300,000 acres of land (1:52). This process begins with choosing the land that can support the growth of citrus fruits (2:27), and a tractor is seen working to...
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This late 1930s/early 1940s black and white film Built to “Take It”  about Dodge truck dependability provides an extra thousands of miles without valve grinding. It is produced for Dodge Brothers Corporation, a division of Chrysler Corporation by Metropolitan Motion Picture Company. It is directed by Arthur Hoerl and features actor Robert Strange as the customer. The film opens with a Dodge 6 1½-ton stake truck in slow motion completely off the ground as it speeds over a pile of dirt. The...
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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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1973 US ARMY WAR OFFICE FILM “ANTI-PREJUDICE” This narrative film depicts equal opportunity in the workplace. It follows a man as he debates the idea and while believing he is upholding this ideal in the work place is in fact not and is still judging his potential and current employees with prejudice. Throughout the film are intermittent dream like sequences of a group of people debating his actions and motivations. It opens with a montage of people blaming various races for incidents and...
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This short film takes viewers to the 62nd Annual Tournament of Roses parade (Rose Parade) held on 1 January 1951 in Pasadena, CA. The film shows the floats, bands, and horses featured in the annual parade with its 1951 theme “Joyful Living.” The film opens with shots of a swan on a pond, roses in bloom, and Eleanor Payne being crowned Rose Queen. The football coaches from the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Michigan speak to people sitting in the stands prior to the...
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Produced by the Carl Dudley organization as part of the "This Land of Ours" series, this educational film shows the state of Wyoming as it looked in the late 1940s or early 1950s.  The film shows Fort Caspar, Cheyenne, Laramie, the University of Wyoming, Casper with its oil fields, strip mines for harvesting coal, and more.  The film also shows logging and lumber industry at the 3 minute mark, with timber harvested by horses.  Potato and sugar beet farms are shown at the 3:30 mark,...
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This 16mm motion picture was created to promote the new Bell & Howell Autoload 16mm film projectors and show off the company's entire production line -- from high end to low end and everything in between: "A Full Horizon in Motion". The film begins by discussing some of the projector components such as the "shuttle" (:50) which pulls down the film via the sprocket holes. At 1:27 the loop restorer is shown. Also shown at 2:30 is the solid state amplifier, which was quite...
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This black & white educational film is called INTRODUCTION TO FLYING. It appears to have been made by the US Airforce as an opening to a flying lesson for new cadets. There is no copyright at the beginning or end of the film so the date of the production remains unclear although it is either in the late 1930s or early 1940s.  Titles: Official training film, War Department. A product of the first motion picture unit, Army Air Forces (:10-:30). Opening title: INTRODUCTION TO FLYING...
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 This color documentary film from circa 1964 features real people, places, and events in the telling of the story, “The Best Investment We Ever Made!” — and encouraging viewers to build airports in their community. As a small airplane takes off from a landing strip, narrator Arthur Godfrey tells the audience how businesses are beginning to relocate from major metropolitan areas to rural areas. In 1962, 9 out of 10 factories were being built in small communities, which has led to an...
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The arrival of the DC-8 into service changes the airline industry forever. 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
Topic: Stock Footage
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Contrasts America's free industrial labor force with the subjugation of laborers in countries overtaken by Axis powers. Stresses the fact that World War II is the war of industry and labor. 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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Help us identify where this film was shot and what units it shows! One person suggested it could be part of Operation Goldflake. Operation Goldflake was the administrative move of I Canadian Corps (in essence, all Canadian combatant units) and the British 5th Infantry Division from Italy to Northwestern Europe during the Second World War. British-led forces had been fighting in Italy since the Allied invasion of Sicily in July 1943. The Allied commanders decided to move the British and Canadian...
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This historic U.S. Air Force newsreel covers several topics, including the rocket sled tests being conducted by Col. John Paul Stapp as part of human factors testing. These deceleration tests provided valuable data for aircraft and automobile safety systems and, according to the book "A History of Murphy's Law" by author Nick T. Spark, were responsible for the discovery of that famous law. Also on the reel -- the story of the Eskimo scouts in Alaska, and the "Darmstadt Case"...
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Getting Down to Earth Again, is a black and white motion picture, produced by Caravel Films Inc. for the Socony-Vacuum Oil Company, Inc., and was about lubricants and proper lubrication of machinery. In 1931, the Socony (Standard Oil Company New York) and the Vacuum Oil Company merged forming the Socony-Vacuum Corp. In 1955, it became the Socony Mobil Oil Company and currently Mobil. Caravel Films Inc. was active in 1932, but no other information was found. This film was probably produced...
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This is a 1970’s era, color movie that opens with race cars going around a racetrack. The movie is called Formula Vee racing and it is about the Formula Vee class racecar. It was directed by Kenneth Baldwin and sponsored by Volkswagen of America. Formula Vee began in 1963 and was formed in an effort to emphasize driver ability over technological development of the car. The concept was to provide an inexpensive, reliable, and competitive race car for everyone to be able to race.   In 1963,...
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Report On Mileage And Money Savings is a short film promoting the money-saving tires of General Truck Tire and the Kraft System Recapping. It probably dates from between 1946 and 1952.  A man drives a truck on a highway (00:30). A dump truck pulls away from a gravel pit. The film shows various shots of trucks hauling different loads (gravel, livestock, oil). A truck pulls up to a highway toll booth (02:07). A chart shows the various costs of owning and operating a truck (03:32). Close-up...
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Narrated by then-actor and later President of the United States Ronald Reagan, TARGET TOKYO presents the story of the first bombing raid on Tokyo by B-29 Superfortress bombers of the U.S. Army Air Forces flying out of Saipan. B-29 crews are followed from their training staging at Grand Island, Nebraska to their bombing embarkation point on the island of Saipan. From there, the B-29 attack on the Nakajima aircraft plant outside Tokyo is depicted. The story of the first bombing raid on Tokyo by...
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Produced during WWII by the British Ministry of Information, BACK TO NORMAL examines the plight of those wounded in combat and shows the road to recovery, with a special emphasis on artificial limbs. The film starts in 1943 with the repatriation of prisoners of war in the UK aboard three ships, including the Empress of Russia and the Atlantis. Men from these ships will later be seen in the Queen Mary's Hospital in Roehampton, being fitted with prosthetics ( 5:00 mark). At mark 0:55 , we have...
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This 1948 silent home movie shows the Tri-City Air Show and events at Enjoy Park for Labor Day. It's not clear which "Tri-City" is involved but probably the Albany, Troy and Schenectady area of New York. The air show includes shots of a flying boat ( 1:00 ), probably a Grumman Albatross, and a Robinson Airlines DC-3. The airline was founded in 1945 by C.S. Robinson, and was based out of Ithaca Municipal Airport, at Ithaca, New York, servicing routes in the Mohawk Valley of New York...
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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, "Up the Solomons Ladder: Bougainville", looks at the campaign in the Solomon...
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This 1941 War Department training film (TF 11-297) shows the basics of laying field wire line. The film opens with field wire line being loosened by a truck reel unit. A wire-laying team meets with an officer to see the route for laying wire. 01:55 The unit leaves in a truck with spools of wire (01:55). An officer connects the wire to a switchboard (02:30); a member of the unit climbs a tree to hoist the wire above the road. The truck stops so the men can pull in the slack wire (03:50), and...
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Produced by the U.S. Navy, this film details the commissioning of the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise. USS Enterprise (CVN-65), formerly CVA(N)-65, is a retired United States Navy aircraft carrier. She was the world's first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier and the eighth United States naval vessel to bear the name. Like her predecessor of World War II fame, she is nicknamed "Big E". At 1,123 ft (342 m), she was the longest naval vessel in the world, a record which still stands. Her...
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Produced sometime in the late 1960s or 1970s, this film shows the training activities of the Israeli Defense Forces, including paratrooper training. Israeli youth of both sexes serve for three years in the Army before joining the civilian ranks. The film also includes a musical number that has to be seen to be believed. 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...
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This film promoting Eastern Airlines' cargo service opens with an Eastern 727 plane landing on an air strip (:55) and the doors open to reveal eight freight packs holding cargo ( 1:43 ). These shipments are brought to a lauder lifter and then to a skid ( 2:38 ). Rollers built into the floor of the plane enabled rapid movement of cargo ( 3:20 ). Large bags reading domestic air mail are shown and these are also transported in addition to cargo ( 3:48 ). Seats are being loaded into the plane as it...
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United States Air Force Training Film. TF 6186. 1968. This color film, produced in 1968 by the US Air Force opens in the jungle. The purpose of the film is to demonstrate how to survive when you’re emergency equipment fails and how to use signaling techniques to save yourself. The film opens with a soldier running down the hill through the brush. He is in danger. Survival – Improvised Emergency Signaling. A soldier is starting a fire with brush in the desert 1:10. A man carries his...
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To read more about the history documented in this film, visit: https://muncyhistoricalsociety.wordpress.com/2011/02/24/last-raft-tragedy/ This rare silent film shows the tragic story of "The Last Raft". The  story was recently re-told in an excellent documentary film (see link above) by Karen L. Frock of Creekside Creative Media. The Last Raft story begins in 1938 with Pennsylvania brothers R. Dudley and V. Ord Tonkin whose family came to the town of Cherry Tree in 1838. Vince...
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One of a series of films made during WWII for aircraft spotters, anti-aircraft gun crews, and aircraft pilots and crews, this film details how to spot the Luftwaffe's Ju-87 Stuka dive bomber and Ju-88 fighter / bomber. The film uses a combination of animation and motion picture footage to show the aircraft's operation, describe its mission, and show its characteristics. Many of the animated segments in films like this were made by the Walt Disney Studios and Warner Brothers Animation. The...
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Made by the Central Office of Information, Foreign and Commonwealth Office — the UK government's marketing and communications agency -- "People in the Sky" shows the state of UK passenger air travel in the late 1970s and demonstrates its advance since 1914. Initially viewed as a daredevil adventure for the wealthy, plane flights were now available to all walks of life. The film opens with a shot of passengers asleep on a British Airways Flight creating an image of trust and...
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This color promo movie from Monroe Shock Absorbers is about the unforgettable 1955 Indianapolis 500 and features driver Bob Sweikert, who was tragically killed in a crash roughly a year after the film was made. The movie opens in the pits alongside the racetrack in Indianapolis. Purdue University band entertains. Monroe Auto Equipment Co. presents, "Behind the Scenes at Indianapolis 1955". Produced by Dynamic Films, inc. mechanics work on the engine at the track 1:10. Chassis and...
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One of Southern California's first motorcycle clubs, The Psychos (also known as Los Psychos) formed in San Bernardino after WWII and quickly developed a reputation for toughness. While The Psychos became known for some of their community activities -- including supporting military veterans and participating in events to promote the preservation of Route 66 -- an offshoot of the club known as Vatos MC has a more notorious history. Shot in the 1970s by a proud member of the club, this silent home...
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Sieg im Westen (Victory in the West) is a 1941 German propaganda film the shows Hitler's greatest military victory -- the Blitzkrieg conquest of Holland, Belgium and France in the spring of 1940.It was produced by the Oberkommando des Heeres, the German Army High Command, rather than the Propaganda Ministry of Joseph Goebbels. Goebbels indeed sabotaged its release in minor ways, delaying its premiere and telling propagandists not to promote it. The prologue consists of the Nazi version of...
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This restricted, silent film CF-579, shows U.S. Army modifications to a Willy's Jeep to make it into an amphibious vehicle. At :34, a look under the hood shows engine components sealed against water incursion. At :39, the jeep enters deep water and literally drives across the bottom, thanks to a snorkel visible on the vehicle's right side. At 1:22 tests continue, with a Dodge Command Car or truck emerging from the water at 1:54. While these tests appear successful, it's not clear how many...
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Dating to 1958-59, this silent home movie from a trip to Hawaii shows the final cruise of the venerable liner SS Matsonia to that island state. The film begins with a parade -- possibly the Grand Parade held every March -- in Honolulu at 13:15 , complete with floats and clowns. At :30 a melting pot themed float goes by followed by one for Dole Pineapples. At 1:21 father time comes past in a jeep. At 1:36 , hula dancers perform. At 3:04 the Matsonia is seen off Diamond Head on its way into...
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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...
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This black and white film is one of the episodes of "Yesterday's Newsreels", an early 1950s TV show made from the General Newsreel collection. It features eight segments of historic highlights. The Fall of Poland 1939 (1:12). Civilians dig trenches in the publics parks in Poland (1:15-1:39). The troops are mobilized. On the Baltic Sea, Poland’s fleet is ready to fight (1:40-2:14). German propaganda pictures show officers plotting against Poland, followed by Nazi bombers, artillery...
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This black and white film is one of the episodes of "Yesterday's Newsreels", an early 1950s TV show made from the General Newsreel collection. It features eight segments of historic highlights. Charles Evans Hughes 1916-1941 (:29). Attorney Hughes was the Republican candidate for President in 1916, shown with his wife. He lost to Woodrow Wilson, who served a second term. (:32-1:17). In 1920, he wins a case for striking mine workers. President Harding makes him the Secretary of State...
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The Junior College Story: California’s Community Colleges is a short educational film about the foundation of California’s junior colleges, who can take classes at the institutions, and covers the various types of training provided. The film opens with a shot of cars driving through a redwood forest (00:39), scenes from Yosemite National Park, the Golden Gate Bridge (01:48), and the State Capitol Building in Sacramento (02:10). The State Board of Education holds a meeting (02:30). The film...
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This silent home movie dates from the earliest era of Kodachrome color, 1936. The film shows a trip to Traverse City, Michigan made by an unknown person. The film begins with a shot of a ferry before quickly moving to images of an incredible outdoor model railroad (:30) that boasts an airport and lumber mill among other sights, as well as a guinea pig area (3:00).  At 3:58 a visit to a rural house is seen including at 3:58 a shot of the outhouse, at 5:25 a kid with a bike.  At 5:44, the P-26...
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This film breaks down the operation of mechanical transport which on a broad scale refers to everything affecting the organization, control and movement of transport on the field and on a smaller scale simply refers to the actual handling of vehicles (:31). This film will deal with the former view and will include the Royal Army Service Corps (:57). The move enacted will be to advance the company fifteen miles from their current location (1:26). The company is currently located in a lightly...
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This 1946 instructional film by Coronet provides insights into how the art of tackling in football. It was created by famed coach Andrew Kerr of Colgate University and supervised by Norman Sper. The film features images of the pigskin helmet days of college football. The film includes great images of calisthenics and physical training. The film highlights the shoulder tackle and the cross body tackle. Andrew Kerr IV (October 7, 1878 – February 17, 1969) was an American football, basketball,...
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This film is in color. Trans World Airlines (TWA) presents four vignettes.  0:43 Vignette #1: A commercial entitled “Arnold Palmer and O.J. Simpson Trade Secrets”.  Arnold Palmer and O.J. Simpson for Hertz are traveling in a golf cart on a golf course. Cart comes to a stop. 0:50 Palmer asks Simpson if Hertz is really better than everyone else. 1:00 They agree to share information about Hertz Rent-a-Car and golfing tips. Palmer steps up to the tee and takes a big swing. 1:17 Simpson...
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A short pictorial record of the British and Canadian liberation armies fighting from the beaches to Brussels, which was liberated on 3 September 1944. Note: The film does not attempt to depict the campaign as a whole. 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 1970s era, color film explains how the U.S. Navy not only protects us militarily but also protects our way of life by protecting our merchant ships and valuable importing and exporting industries which affect every American citizen in everyday life. The movie opens with a man holding an American flag on top of the submarine. Military dock with warships. A tugboat pushes a carrier out to sea. A submarine heads out to sea. The Navy ships head out to see 1:00. A tugboat returns to port 1:10....
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This 1972 era promo for Chevrolet utility vans shows off the many features of the line.It was shown at dealerships to educate salespeople and potential customers.  The film shows the many reasons to buy a Chevy, from ease in loading -- it was equipped with sliding cargo doors, and flat loading rear doors. A Ford van (2:30) is used as a comparison. A conversion is seen at 4:09 with a raised roof to increase capacity by 92 square feet. At 5:08 the 6-cylinder engine is shown, and the 8-cylinder...
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“The ‘Princess’ Way to Alaska” is a 1960s color film presented by Canadian Pacific, the “world’s most complete transportation system,” and encourages travelers to rely on the company’s Princess Patricia cruise ship when planning a visit to Alaska or the Yukon. The luxury liner is introduced at mark 00:30, with the narrator explaining the vessel has been designed specifically for voyages to Alaska. The itinerary takes the passenger from Vancouver, British Columbia, northward to...
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This color promotional film is about the Federal Express company. This is circa the mid= to late 1970s. It features some truly campy voice-over and music, but is a terrific document of the early years of one of America's great, innovative companies. Opening: A Federal Express cardboard plane hangs from the ceiling by a string. A real Federal Express jet plane, tail N8FE, takes off down the runway (as it does, the title: "Plane People" floats by) and flies away (:06-1:06). This is a...
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This color educational/promotional film is about the careers offered by the U.S. Army transportation Center in Fort Eustis, VA. Copyright circa the 1970s.  Opening: cars, truck, buses, boats, planes. Giant ships in port. Ships on the water. Allegheny Airlines is unloaded. Trucks and subways move. Sign for the Spearhead of Logistics, U.S. Army, Transportation Center, Fort Eustis in Newport News, VA. Title: A CAREER THAT MOVES (:06-1:02). Army trucks are driving and moving items. An army soldier...
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This 1943 War Department training film (T.F. 1-3403) instructs viewers on how to survive a crash landing in an arctic climate. The film follows an Army Air Forces pilot, Hardy, as he recalls his survival training, which is presented as an internal dialogue between the pilot and his instructor. The film opens with footage of a plane flying over snow-capped mountain peaks. A man lies dead in the snow (00:44). The film then cuts to an Army Air Forces briefing room where an officer talks to pilots...
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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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Shot by a member of a lowrider car club -- possibly called the Pharoahs or the Ambassadors -- in the 1970s, this color home movie shows a ribbon cutting ceremony and a parade of lowrider cars into a parking lot. The occasion isn't completely clear, but possibly this event marked one of the very first lowrider conventions / contests -- likely in a parking lot at a school in East Los Angeles or San Bernardino.   The film starts with a ribbon cutting ceremony at a parking lot with what looks like...
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One of Southern California's first motorcycle clubs, The Psychos (also known as Los Psychos) formed in San Bernardino after WWII and quickly developed a reputation for toughness. While The Psychos became known for some of their community activities -- including supporting military veterans and participating in events to promote the preservation of Route 66 -- an offshoot of the club known as Vatos MC has a more notorious history. Shot in the 1970s by a proud member of the club, this silent home...
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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 episodes from the series (32, 245, 299). In the first episode, viewers see how logs are debarked using a high-pressure water sprayer made by Worthington...
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This silent film from 1913 shows the opening of the Los Angeles Aqueduct system, a "stupendous undertaking" as a title card describes it. Chief Engineer William Mulholland is shown at 1:38, and again at 3:14 when the gates of the aqueduct are first opened. At 6:40 the San Fernando Reservoir is shown. The aqueduct project began in 1905 when the voters of Los Angeles approved a US$1.5 million bond for the 'purchase of lands and water and the inauguration of work on the aqueduct'. On...
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Shot in late 1945 or early 1946, this silent home movie was created by an American sailor. The film begins in Japan where ruined city streets are shown as well as smashed buildings and infrastructure. It's unknown precisely where this was shot, possibly Tokyo but it could also well be Nagasaki or another devastated city. At 1:41, refugees live in difficult conditions, growing vegetable gardens to support themselves. At 1:53 children run from the camera. At 2:07, a hulk of a Japanese battleship...
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This black & white silent educational film is about coffee and sugar production in the Torrid Zone, the hot central belt of the earth bounded by the tropics of Cancer and Capricorn. It shows a copyrighted date of 1940-1942 (both dates are shown).   Opening title: Coffee & Sugar. Title card: Coffee. NOTE: This silent educational film has title cards that give some explanation to what is shown (:10-:26). Tropical trees. Grass and trees. Workers chop at the trees. A hand holds berries,...
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This color educational film from the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) is about the construction of a coal burning plant in Paradise, KY. Known as the Paradise Fossil Plant, it operated from 1963 through 2017. The film was copyright in 1964. Opening: Fire, water, they make steam. Title: Tennessee Valley Authority presents "Power From Paradise" (:08-:51). Power lines. A woman plus in a device. A cow is being milked, aerial factory shot. Aerial field. Western Kentucky, the Green River....
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Berlin: Symphony of a Great City (Berlin: Die Sinfonie der Grosstadt) is a short 1927 silent film directed by Walter Ruttmann and gives viewers a look at an average day of Germany’s capital city during the interwar years. The second half of the film (Reel 2) opens with footage of people going in and out of the train station. A man sells flowers on a street (00:37). People walk down a busy street, and horse-drawn wagons haul goods. A man puts a feeder on his horse (01:23); viewers see horses...
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This 1954 film from the U.S. Federal Civil Defense Administration stresses the importance of the Civil Defense programs and the need to be prepared for an atomic attack through organization, training and rehearsals, and testing. The film opens with a shot of a hydrogen bomb mushroom cloud billowing in the sky, followed by a shot of a newspaper announcing that Russia has detonated an H-bomb. Viewers see signs of the atomic age and dawn of the Cold War nuclear shelter and air raid rehearsal signs...
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This color educational film directed by E.D. Holden and photographed by Freeman Brown and Walter Melves is about the procedures done in developing new varieties of small grains and the production of Wisconsin Certified Seeds. This was made in 1953 by the University of Wisconsin.  As the film makes clear, Wisconsin Certified Seed is developed through careful study and genetic modification through generations. Care is taken to protect varietal purity and to provide seed of sound mechanical...
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This silent film shows "The War on the Ground". It consists of footage shot by British and American cameramen during World War I, and was released in the 1960s. At :47 German prisoners are seen being moved behind allied lines. At 1:36 a French mortar is fired by an artillery crew with effects seen at 1:50. At 2:40 reinforced French positions are shown. At 2:48 a German graveyard, now behind French lines, is shown. At 3:26 supply wagons are on the move while at 3:36 armored cars file...
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This silent footage from World War One contains various scenes. At :21 is aerial footage shot above the German lines from a biplane, and supposedly at up to an altitude of 10,000 feet. At 2:01 a captured German plane is displayed by the French. At 2:35 illuminated starshells and charges are shown. At 2:44 a trench mortar is prepared. At 3:29 what might be gas envelops part of the front lines. At 3:48 a metal fortress or safe space is shown. At 5:05 French troops stand for inspection. At 5:13 a...
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Dating to 1930, "Purifying Water" is one of the early, silent educational films made by Encyclopedia Brittanica. EB films would continue to produce films for many decades. The film combines animation with footage to show how water is drawn from a lake (:20) and moved to the city via a pipe and pump system. At :52 a large city pump station is shown. At 1:07 sediment is shown in the water being removed by settling tanks shown at 1:38. At 2:02 the film mentions that chemicals can also be...
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Troubled Waters is a short documentary film promoting public awareness in regards to water pollution in the USA, especially the Ohio River.  The film fades in on a gliding canoe which leads a montage featuring water, “most vital of all man’s resources” in the form of streams, lakes, creeks and oceans.  The montage shifts to shots of water use in early 1960s suburban life, including a little boy drinking tap water, Jell-O being prepared, a man in a pith helmet washing a car.  “Water...
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This 16mm motion picture was created to promote the new Bell & Howell Autoload 16mm film projectors and show off the company's entire production line -- from high end to low end and everything in between: "A Full Horizon in Motion". The film begins by discussing some of the projector components such as the "shuttle" (:50) which pulls down the film via the sprocket holes. At 1:27 the loop restorer is shown. Also shown at 2:30 is the solid state amplifier, which was quite...
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This post-World War II training film (Issue No. 90) shows what guns are effective in delivering firepower against the German pillboxes by testing various guns on pillboxes at the Army’s Aberdeen Proving Ground. The film opens with an officer speaking to the camera about the contents on the film. Viewers see fortified pillboxes at the Aberdeen Proving Ground (01:06). The film shows the Siegfried Line with Nazi pillboxes, followed by an aerial view of the line. Back at Aberdeen, the film shows...
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This 1942 War Department training film (No. 11-554) is one of a series of driving and vehicle maintenance training films produced by the Signal Corps during the war. This film shows how to navigate difficult driving conditions and features several variations of the GMC CCKW 2-1/2-ton truck as well as the Dodge ½-ton WC car (the first “Jeep”). The film opens with a several soldiers watching as what appears to be a Dodge ½-ton WC command/reconnaissance car drives through a muddy field, and...
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This NASA Roundtable "Scientists Discuss the Moon" is moderated by Robert Jastrow and features comments about the scientific significance of lunar exploration by Harvard's Thomas Gold and U.C. LaJolla's (now U.C. San Diego) Harold C. Urey. Other members of the panel who appear in the film are Gerard de Vaucouleurs and Nicholas Christofilos. The panel was assembled prior to the start of the Ranger Missions, so likely early 1960 or 1961. The Ranger program was a series of unmanned space...
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Released by producer Albert E. Seuss in 1932 as part of his "World Before Your Eyes" series, "The Land of the Vikings" profiles the nation of Norway. The silent film begins with images of a four stack ocean liner at sea on its way up the Sognefjord (1:33). At 2:42 the liner is shown again. At 3:50 a mountain village is shown. A national shrine, the statue of a legendary viking warrior Frithjof den Frokne at Vangsnes is shown at 4:18. Other scenes include a mountain road at...
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Made in 1972 for General Motors, this film shows the full line of Chevrolet pick-up trucks and gives salesmen and potential customers insight into the line's durability and value. As the film states, almost 56% of Chevy trucks made in the 1950s were still in service in the early 1970s thanks to their rugged design. At 1:25, the Nationwide Consumer Institute tests the truck versus a comparable Ford pick-up. At 2:11 a demonstration of the double steel cab strength. At 2:28 the box wall of the...
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This is a 1940’s era, black and white movie presented by the U.S. Army Recruiting Service and the Lockheed Historical Corporation. It is called Look to Lockheed for Leadership. It was directed by Shirley C. Burden, the story and narration were done by Walter Wise, photography by Floyd Crosby. The film editor is Gene Milford, narrator John Hiestand, unit manager, Herbert E. Dow and the associate producer is Henri Chappellet. It is a Tradefilms, Inc. Production. The movie opens with snow...
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This color educational film from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) is about airline pilots and safety. There is no copyright at the beginning or end of the film so the date of the production remains unclear however this is the mid 1970s, probably 1976 or 1977 due to 1975 airline statistics being reported. 'Be Aggressively Safe' title card appears. (:09-:21). Onscreen reads: "The aggressively safe pilot reacts in a positive manner with safety considerations above all."...
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Dating to the late early 1980s, "Clouds" is a lyrical ad for the U.S. Air Force ROTC program. The film begins with POV images of clouds at altitude, as a single engine Cessna 150K type airplane ascends towards the sunrise. At 4:05, the plane (tail N5729G) comes in for a landing. At 4:25, rain effects are shown and a member of Air Force ROTC begins flight instruction at ground school.  A quick montage follows of male and female students in the classroom and college campus, with...
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Made for the home market in Germany during WWII, this film shows the German assault on Antwerp Belgium. It opens with aerial shots of the city with an oil refinery on fire (:39). At :46 a fort is shown from the air with a moat around it. At 1:00 German troops advance towards Antwerp. At 1:16 a Belgian tank burns by the roadside. At 1:39 German artillery bombards the city from the docks while at 1:54 German troops invade in small boats, on bicycles and motorcycles. At 2:00 the Texaco oil...
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One of a series of films produced by the War Department during WWII, WAR FILM 23 / Film Communique 9th Issue contains a Private Snafu cartoon and a segment about the Ledo Road in Burma and flying supplies over the Hump. It begins with a segment about the most battle-scared "Blue Streak" Liberator bomber, which flew 110 combat missions. "The Blue Streak" was originally named "Florine Jo Jo", SN# 411163. The aircraft was a veteran of the first high level Ploesti...
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Presented by RCA, one of the pioneers in television technology, this 1939 film shows the new medium being demonstrated at the World's Fair. These early iconoscope TV systems are shown at the 1:10 mark, and the receiver known as the kinescope shown. Both of these early technologies would be replaced before television arrived in American homes after WWII. Interestingly however, television was used during the war on a variety of guided weapons including the TDR-1 torpedo drone (look it up). At 2...
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