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by U.S. War Department
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Although this film was made by the War Department, the fingerprints of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) are all over it. In thirty minutes, the film details the background of the Imperial Japanese Army and Navy, and attempts to assess the character and make-up of its footsoldiers and leadership. The movie discusses the feudal origins of Japan, and the rise of the Samurai, contextualizing modern Japan's militarism with its earlier history. The history of Japan's imperial conquests is also...
Topic: Army training film.
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by U.S. Navy
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One of the U.S. Navy's industrial incentive films, the Life and Death of the USS Hornet traces the valiant career of CV-8. Footage includes the launching of the Doolittle Raider B-25s on their mission to strike Tokyo in 1942, including White House reaction by President Roosevelt that the planes came from "Shangri-La." Also on this film, is footage of the ill-fated Torpedo 8 Squadron which was sacrificed at the Battle of Midway. The carrier USS Hornet was sunk during the Battle of...
Topic: U.S. Navy propaganda film.
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by Castle Films
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U.S. propaganda newsreel from World War II (WWII) featuring amazing footage of the air sea battles that raged near the Marshall Islands. Featured ships are: the battleship USS Texas, the submarine USS Wahoo, the cruisers USS San Francisco, and USS Boise. Also includes footage of fleet manuevers of PT Boats, destroyers, aircraft carriers, battleships and L1 and G1 blimps on anti-submarine patrol.
Topic: World War II (WWII) propaganda film.
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by Castle Films
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This short newsreel, produced for the home market, shows the final events of World War II, including the development and testing of the atomic bomb, the atomic bombing of Japan, the Japanese surrender, and the U.S. occupation of the Japanese mainland including Honshu, and the arrival of the U.S. Third Fleet in Tokyo Bay. The film not only includes the Japanese surrender on the USS Missouri (BB-63) in Tokyo Bay, the celebration in Manhattan's Times Square, and a parade in Red Square Moscow. Some...
Topic: Newsreel.
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by German Newsreel
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This German propaganda movie was part of a U.S. Navy archive compiled during WWII, and acquired by Periscope Film. This film celebrates the German U-boats, and especially the sinking of the British aircraft carrier HMS Courageous by submarine-launched torpedo. Adolf Hitler is seen decorating a U-boat crew. Featured submarines: Type IX (9) U-boats U-38 and U-37.
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Topic: German World War II (WWII) Propaganda film.
On June 29, 1983, President Ronald Reagan gave the keynote address at VICA, the Vocational Industrial Clubs of America (now known as SkillsUSA). The 19th Annual Conference was held this year in Louisville, Kentucky. Reagan's full remarks can be read at this website:  http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/?pi... President Reagan begins this way: "This country was built with the sweat and determination of hard-working men and women who, like many of you, love to work with their hands as well as...
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This matrimonial TV commercial for Invicta Games promotes Mastermind. It dates to the mid-1970s. Master Mind is a code-breaking game for two players. The modern game with pegs was invented in 1970 by Mordecai Meirowitz, an Israeli postmaster and telecommunications expert. It resembles an earlier pencil and paper game called Bulls and Cows that may date back a century.  The game was manufactured by Invicta Plastics, based near Leicester, UK and was released in 1971–2. We encourage viewers to...
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Topics: 1975, Invicta Games, Mastermind, Code breaking Game, TV Commercial, Stock Footage
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Created in the immediate post-WWII period, this gorgeous color film shows the activities of U.S. Navy cadets at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.  Some of the interesting segments in the film include an overview of the curriculum circa 1948, football games and sporting events, and a class visit with the fleet including the aircraft carrier USS Randolph. The United States Naval Academy (also known as USNA, Annapolis, or Navy) is a four-year coeducational federal service academy located...
Topics: U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, plebes, cadets, U.S. Navy, USS Randolph, WWII in color, stock footage
This 1954 film report from the Exploratory Committee on the application of water (sponsored jointly by the Fire Department Instructors Conference and the Fire Service Training Association and composed of fire chiefs, instructors in firemanship and fire protection engineers), and presented by the Elkhart line of Select-O-Stream Mystery Fog Nozzles, shows the 8 and 9 July 1954 large-scale fire test on a building in Kansas City, MO testing firefighting techniques using Elkhart’s JN 200 nozzle on...
Topic: Stock Footage
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Made in 1945 during WWII by the Bureau of Aeronautics as an industrial incentive film, "The Admiral's Reply" features Navy Cross winner Read Admiral Dewitt C Ramsey, speaking to the American people on why we must win the war, and why we must see the fight to the end. The film was viewed as necessary by leaders such as Ramsey, because by the time it was made -- 4 years into World War II -- many Americans were disillusioned by the pace of the war, and unwilling to remain at industrial...
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Existing methods of mass indoctrination and the need for people to meet and act together on the issues that face them.
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"United States Arriving" was created in the mid-1950s after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. It documents the affinity that Kennedy, who had served in the U.S. Navy, had for that branch of the U.S. military. In the film you will see President John F. Kennedy visiting the newly-commissioned USS Enterprise (CVN-65) on April 14, 1962 and at Pt. Mugu, California on June 7, 1953. Kennedy used both occasions to promote a strengthened U.S. Navy, one whose indomitable force...
Topic: Stock Footage
"Bridging the Volturno River in Italy, Hawaiian Training Branch, Invasion of Cape Gloucester"
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Produced in 1963, "Operations in Public Fallout Shelters" is a heavily dramatized Civil Defense film that demonstrates how a public fallout shelter is supposed to function after a nuclear attack. This scenario takes place in a fictional any town called "Middlebury". The story goes like this: For whatever reason the original manager of shelter number 126, Bill Floyd, hasn't made it into the shelter. His back-up Jerry Bates must assume command. With the help of Gil (played by...
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This silent home movie was shot in 1947 or 48 by an American family who lived in Japan as part of the Occupation Force. The film begins with departure from Yokosuka (1:00) and a trip aboard a military transport ship. At 1:40, LCM (landing crafts) are seen assisting tugs. At 2:15, a ship carrying Chinese Nationalist forces is seen, and at 2:27 soldiers of the Nationalist Army are seen assembling at a pier. At 3:00, various street scenes are seen in Shanghai, including at 4:00 men carrying loads...
Topic: Stock Footage
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Part XII covers Nazis increase u-boat fleet; plans made at Casablanca to destroy enemy subs; u-boat threat comes under control; vital supplies airlifted over Himalayas; fighters protect northern approach to America; Solomon Island campaign successful. 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...
Topic: Stock Footage
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Traces development of airpower through pioneers Orville and Wilbur Wright, Hap Arnold and Billy Mitchell. 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
Shows how U.S. Air Force, with superior tactical and logistical air support, played a large part in helping to end the Korean War. 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
This episode of "The Air Force Story" focuses on the USAF in the Korean War, and is the second of two episodes about the Korean conflict. "The Final Phase" shows how the Air Force responded in the face of the Chinese offensive -- supplying United Nations forces with much needed supplies through air drops, and providing close air support and interdiction for desperate infantry units. F-80s and F-86s are shown trying to disrupt Chinese supply lines. Eventually this use of...
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Shot in January of 1973, this raw, silent footage shows stall tests of the U.S. Navy's E-2A Hawkeye at Pax River, Maryland. The aircraft shown is likely the prototype, which started flying in 1971. Although by 1973 the aircraft had been considered operational, the type suffered a long teething process and underwent significant upgrades into the 1980s. The film shows the pilot of the Hawkeye intentionally placing the aircraft in a stall attitude and then falling off to recover. The aircraft's...
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Exclusive Films presents “Sky Traders,” a circa 1952 black-and-white picture that conveys the excitement of air travel and shipment of goods by air. A Pan American Airline flight lands at mark  01:30  while the film’s narrator explains how the “life” of an airport is planned in a control tower. We see scenes of air traffic controllers as planes land from around the world, but the newest challenge for airports is the cargo aircraft. “Today anything … goes by air,” we’re told...
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This Soviet propaganda film was originally created in 1967 to document the Moscow Air Show, and to show some of the history of aviation in the USSR. It features combat footage from WWII, as well as interesting historic footage of aircraft designers Pavel Sukhoi, Alexander Yakovlev and Artem Mikoyan and Mikhail Gurevich (the men behind the "Mig"), and many others. A gigantic air show is then shown -- the 50th anniversary of the October Revolution Air Show that was held in the summer,...
Topic: Stock Footage
The Air Force Story (1959), Volume 2, Chapter 1, 1946-1954 This film reviews the development of the atomic bomb, its role in WWII and postwar atomic tests in Marshall Islands. Explains how the hydrogen bomb changed the nature of warfare. 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...
Topic: Stock Footage
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This silent home movie was made by Purcell Wood, the owner of the Gillette Camera Store on Park Avenue in New York City, and rented out to customers who wanted to entertain guests for the evening. The film shows the events of May 31, 1934 as the U.S. Navy's Atlantic Fleet steamed into New York harbor. Among the vessels there that day was the USS Indianapolis (CA-35), which came into New York with President Franklin D. Roosevelt on board. Other ships there that day included USS Overton...
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PACIFIC ISLAND 43 shows the construction of U.S. Naval Base Hospital No. 3, at Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides, and the activities of the men who work there. Some of the work in this island paradise includes clearing coconuts, dealing with local pigs, and fighting the island's numerous flies.  At 5:12, the U.S. Naval Hospital at Bethesda, Maryland is shown — headquarters for all Navy hospitals around the world. Here laboratory and care techniques and theory are taught to doctors and technicians...
Topic: Stock Footage
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Created shortly after the death of President Franklin D. Roosevelt as a memorial, this silent Official Films newsreel was sold to the home market at stores like Sears and Macy's.  The film offers a brief recap of FDR's career, including rare footage of him as a NY State senator in 1910 at the :29 mark, Roosevelt meeting with Native American leaders, as Assistant Sec'y of the Navy at the 1:00 mark, and as a candidate for Vice President in 1920 at the 1:15 mark.  He is shown yachting at 1:30,...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Franklin D. Roosevelt, President Of The United States, Warm Springs,...
One Man’s Car is a short film produced by Caravel Films, Inc. and presented by Socony-Vacuum, during WWII. During the war gasoline was strictly rationed and auto trips were taken only for reasons of necessity. Cars were kept in storage and in some cases drained of all fluids, and put on blocks so their tires could be used for the war effort. It wouldn't be for a couple of years after the war ended that new cars were available so -- autos had to be kept running as shown in the film.  This...
Topic: Stock Footage
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This color promotional film directed by Ray Corwin is about the American Hotel Association (AHA) and what hotels/motels offer throughout the country of the United States. Copyright is circa 1962.  Opening: rural, city and town, buildings both horizontal and vertical for people to stay at (:07). 6500 member hotel and motels of the American Hotel Association (AHA) (:39). Opening titles: The American Hotel Association presents The Great Tradition (:50). Various hotels (1:14). A chef makes a a...
Topic: Stock Footage
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This historic film from 1966 gives an overview of the U.S. Army's Aberdeen Proving Ground where tanks, missiles, ammunition, and all other kinds of vehicles and ordnance are evaluated.  Firing tests, drivability tests, and maneuvering tests are performed with tanks, recoil limits are tested with artillery pieces, and helicopter mini guns test fired.  The APG is the U.S. Army's oldest active proving ground, established on October 20, 1917, six months after the U.S. entered World War I. Its...
Topics: Aberdeen Proving Grounds, United States Army, Weapon, Quality Control, Tanks, Field Testing, Weapon...
Flight into Time is a gorgeous color vintage travelogue made by Trans World Airlines or TWA, which takes viewers through some of Southern Europe and Northern Africa’s most historic sites and possible stops for vacationers. The film references the importance of each location, the daily lives of the locals and interesting things visitors might do or see throughout their trips in Portugal, Spain, Italy, Egypt, Syria and Greece.  Travel in this era was aboard a Lockheed Constellation, seen at...
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On May 20 and 21, 1927 Charles Lindbergh flew the first solo, non-stop trans-Atlantic flight in a plane called "The Spirit of St. Louis. His flight took about 33 hours and 30 minutes. On the 30th anniversary of Charles Lindbergh's flight, Major John Robinson Risner flew the same exact flight in an F-100F which took him 6 hours and 37 minutes. This display is that plane used which was nicknamed "The Spirit of St. Louis II" The F-100 was the first U.S. fighter cabable of supersonic...
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Attention! A new higher quality version of this video is now available at: http://youtu.be/9dEJoH1NARg This 1967 documentary follows US troops on R&R in Thailand during the Vietnam war. 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
This color silent home movie footage features the Tucson Rodeo in Tucson, Arizona. This is circa the 1950s.  Opening: La Fiesta de los Vaqueros sign (:08). In a wide open dirt filled space, horses with men and women riding them go around in a circle before meeting in the middle of the Tucson Rodeo (:15). A man holds the United States flag while sitting on a horse with a row of horsemen behind him (:55). Women on horseback (1:08). Tucson Rodeo sign; a man on horseback chases a steer and lassos...
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We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional information about our videos by adding a comment! See something interesting? Tell people what it is and what they can see by writing something for example: "01:00:12:00 -- President Roosevelt is seen meeting with Winston Churchill at the Quebec Conference." This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage collections in the...
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In this information film for the Armed Services, viewers get a look at the 2.5-ton amphibious DUKW, Russian musicians performing for Soviet troops, a look back at the Battle of the Bismarck Sea, the population boom in Mobile, Alabama, and an episode of the propaganda cartoon Private Snafu. In the first segment, “F.O.B. America,” a 2.5-ton amphibious truck called a DUKW or “Duck” drives down the road (00:57). Men float an old army truck across a river using a large tarp. The modern...
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Produced in the early 1960s by the U.S. Public Health Service and the American Dental Association, and directed by Cal Dunn, "The Challenge of Dentistry" is a film designed to promote good dental habits and encourage students to consider careers in dentistry. The film begins with the story of Mrs. Evelyn Carson, who is appearing on a TV show to discuss her successful fight against cancer. A dentist named Dr. Ford appears in the television studio -- the man who detected Carson's cancer...
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Rescued after it was thrown away by the University of Arizona, this silent 16mm film gives a tour of the campus. It likely dates to about 1940. At :48 the area to the west of Old Main is shown, with the camera panning towards Old Main at 1:05. Bear Down gym can be seen in the distance. At 1:12 a lot of grass can be seen on campus. At 1:30 the Arizona State Museum is shown and the nearby auditorium. At 2:18 graduation ceremonies are shown. At 2:40 the College of Law is shown and the Library at...
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This animated film describes the Advanced Test Reactor (ATR), a research reactor at the Idaho National Laboratory, located east of Arco, Idaho. This reactor is primarily designed and used to test materials to be used in larger-scale and prototype reactors. It can operate at a maximum power of 250 MW and has a "Four Leaf Clover" design (similar to the Camunian rose) that allows for a variety of testing locations. The unique design allows for different flux in various locations and...
Topics: Periscope film, Stock Footage, Nuclear Reactor, Advanced test Reactor, Materials Test Reactor,...
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This film FIREFIGHTING ABOARD TANKERS was prepared to show how to meet fire emergencies aboard tank vessels and other ships. Fire prevention is the first and most important step in controlling ship board fire as seen at mark  1:06 . Drills are necessary; every crew man must know the location of the firefighting equipment, he must know how the equipment operates, how to handle the gear before he has to use it on the fire, detection and proper initial action, he must know proper fire fighting...
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This is part of a series of Combat camera dailies from Vietnam in 1967. This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage collections in the USA. Entirely film backed, this material is available for licensing in 24p HD. For more information visit http://www.PeriscopeFilm.com
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This film familiarizes the viewer with the Lockheed T2V SeaStar, later called the T-1 SeaStar, a turbojet trainer aircraft for the U.S. Navy that entered service in May 1957. It was developed from the Lockheed T-33 and powered by one Allison J33 engine. As the year 1955 began, Lockheed Aircraft Corporation had design built and delivered to the arm forces more than 6,000 jet fighter and trainer. Of this total the trainer accounted for more than 300 planes including air force T33 and navy TV2s....
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
‘The Glacier Priest’, Bernard R Hubbard narrates this film (:13). In 1876, William H. Seward purchased Alaska from Russia (:24). American’s protested against this purchase and felt it was a waste and dubbed it as ‘Seward’s folly’ (:36). The film will divide Alaska into three sections and the first is highlighted ( 2:20 ) as Yukon. Dogs pulling sleds across the snow depict the common perception of what Alaska is ( 2:38 ) and it is the malamute husky ( 3:00 ). Eskimos are stepping...
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The Surprising State…Washington is a 1960s film on the industrial opportunities in the state of Washington, presented by Washington State Department of Commerce and Economic Development. The film opens with combines harvesting wheat, shots of fishing, other industries, and the scenic natural resources of the state, including Mount Reiner (00:57), coastlines, and waterfalls. Aerial footage shows the mighty Columbia River (01:46). The film takes viewers to Grand Cooley Dam (02:14), and it gives...
Topic: Stock Footage
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Interactive Graphics: A Man/Machine Partnership (possibly from 1979) is a short film that takes viewers on a tour of Central Contra Costa Sanitary District’s (CCCSD) new state-of-the-art water reclamation plant ( 00:25 ). The recently constructed advanced waste treatment plant ( 00:31 ) recycles domestic sewage for use as cooling and process water for the major industries in the San Francisco Bay area. It is one of the most advanced systems, constructed with state-of-the-art computer and...
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This silent film shows the 20th Annual Convention of the American Legion in Los Angeles on Sept. 12-21, 1938. The Legion was lead by National Commander Daniel J. Doughtery and hosted by Los Angeles Mayor Frank L. Shaw. Events for visiting Legionaires included a naval review in Long Beach, a special football game, a Hollywood studio tour, and more. At :35 the film pays honor and respect to veterans of WWI, showing footage of the Western Front and trench warfare, as well as a bridge being blown...
Topic: Stock Footage
Dramatizes frontier travel by overland stagecoach in the middle 1800's, telling the role it played in the westward expansion of the United States. 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 post-WWII U.S. Navy film attempts to justify the continued existence of the fleet, by showing WWII examples of situations where naval strength made an enormous difference. Such films were viewed as necessary in the late 1940s and 50s because diminishing national treasure put enormous pressure on budgets, and resulted in mothballing or scrap of many ships that had operated in WWII. The building of a reserve fleet and air power became increasingly important with the dawning of the Cold War....
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Produced by Dynamic Films for Pan American World Airways in 1959. Wings To Europe Grand Tour is a tour of Europe in the grand style of the 20th century world. A day in each of the Grand Tour cities: Lisbon, Madrid, Rome, Florence, the French Riviera and Paris. 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...
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This raw footage apparently dates to August 6, 1971, when a Hiroshima Day anti-Vietnam War protest occurred in New York City. At  2:31  you will see the Manhattan District Office of the Internal Revenue Service. This was the site of an extensive line of picketers, many carrying signs denouncing the use of tax money to support the ongoing war in Vietnam. At  2:50 , a participant is interviewed regarding his refusal to pay taxes, and there is a brief discussion of the meaning of Nagasaki Day...
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This is part of a series of Combat camera dailies from Vietnam in 1967. This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage collections in the USA. Entirely film backed, this material is available for licensing in 24p HD. For more information visit http://www.PeriscopeFilm.com
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This 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
Topic: Stock Footage
Originally broadcast on Armstrong Circle Theatre, this is the story of Lady Be Good! Lady Be Good was an American B-24D Liberator, which flew for the United States Army Air Forces during World War II. It failed to return from an April 4, 1943 bombing raid on Naples, Italy. At the time, the plane was assumed to have crashed into the Mediterranean Sea and its nine crew members were classified as Missing in Action. In 1958 the nearly intact Lady Be Good was discovered 440 miles inland. Subsequent...
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This 1966 or 1967 color promotional film about wildcatting for oil is also a long pitch for investing with Royal Resources Exploration, Inc. At the time Paul Bagwell, Chairman of the Board of Royal Resources Exploration, Inc., was intent on raising capital to increase petroleum exploration.  As the film begins, the camera pans over multiple instances of sand dunes in the West Texas Permian Basin, including close-ups of the ripples, shadows, and a single plant or two growing in it. (:25-1:19)....
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Shot by an unknown American tourist, this silent home movie film shows footage of Washington D.C. and notable memorials and museums during WWII era. The film likely dates to about 1944-45, as the Pentagon (finished in 1943) appears in it. The most surprising aspect of this film is the lack of traffic in the nation's capitol, possibly due to wartime restrictions or due to it being shot during a holiday of some sort, or maybe both. Some portions of the film were shot on Anscochrome film stock...
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This color educational/training/promotional film by the Clevite Corporation, a maker of bearing parts, is about the recognition, causes, and corrective techniques taken in the replacement of engine bearings. No copyright but circa late 1950s.   Car pulls into a service station. A mechanic is under a car working on it. A customer has questions about his car and chats with the mechanic. Another car pulls in and the mechanic is under another car working on it. A customer has questions about his...
Topics: 1950s, Clevite Clinic, Automobile, Crankcase, Bearing, Camshaft, Stock Footage
The Association of American Railroads’ 1957 film, Mainline USA, produced and directed by Carl Dudley, represents a revision to an earlier film made in the 1940s. This film is an overview of the industry and its role in the U.S. The film provides a good general overview while featuring a number of shots of train engines and lines. The film concludes with scenes of American sporting events and places of education as it informs viewers of where railroad tax dollars go. We encourage viewers to...
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Made by the U.S. Treasury Department during WWII to promote the sale of War Bonds and Stamps, and overall productivity, HANDS shows how productive hands can built a nation.  It was part of the Sixth War Loan Drive that began November 2, 1944, and ended December 16, 1944. The drive raised $21.6 billion. In December 1941, the US declared war on Japan and Germany declared war on the US shortly thereafter. This was the starting point for a large scale – and thus expensive — defense program....
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, 6th Bond Drive, War, Treasury Department, War Bond
This film depicts the Coca-Cola beverage product company and features various employees of their shipping department. Throughout the film employees discuss why they believe their company is the number one beverage company to work for as well as why the product is the best. Various points which are used to attract buyers in stores to the product are also addressed. It opens with a credit list of the employees involved in the film (:16). A red Coca-Cola delivery truck rides up a winding road to...
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This interesting WWII silent German film shows various techniques to keep up good humor, and keep warm, in an air raid shelter.  We don't have a good translation of the various title cards so if someone would be so kind as to provide them, we'd be grateful. 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 and 2k....
Topics: Civil Defense, Stock Footage, Periscope Film, Air-raid Shelter, World War II, Film, Germany, Air...
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This short film, dating to the Bicentennial celebration in 1976, shows the process by which a musket was loaded and fired. Inaccurate even at close range, muskets were most effective when massed together and fired in volleys. At 1:29 the film shows in slow-mo the operation of the flint. At 1:53 a Revolutionary era rifle is shown. The rifle took longer to load and, thanks to its rifled barrel, it was a lot more accurate than the musket. Muskets were used primarily for sniping. At 2:53 cannon are...
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One of the most famous gag films from the 1960s, "The Lighthouse That Never Fails" was made anonymously by the good folks at Cape Canaveral. Supposedly it was inspired by a common gag. With so many tourists visiting the vicinity and asking "where are the rockets", locals would point to the nearby lighthouse which, from a distance, looked a bit like a rocket. During launches supposedly some tourists were told (with the local pointing to the lighthouse) to "keep and eye...
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This is a 1959 United States Navy Training Film that shows in detail, by use of animation, how chemical energy is converted into electrical energy to produce electromotive force. A vintage shot of a mammoth submarine battery appears at (00:01:15:00). The film explains the process of converting chemical energy (00:03:35:00) and the effects of this conversion. (00:15:30:00)   The lead–acid battery was invented in 1859 by French physicist Gaston Planté and is the oldest type of rechargeable...
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One of a series of TV programs made by Social Security to clarify rules, procedures and policies for the agency, this episode of "Social Security in Action" first aired in December of 1962.  It presents an interview with actor Regis Toomey. Opening titles: Social Security in Action, produced in Hollywood for the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare (:08-:28). Ed Kramer, the manager of the Hollywood Social Security office, sits at a desk and speaks. Actor Regis Toomey...
Topics: 1962, Social Security, TV Episode, Regis Toomey, Retirement Benefits, Stock Footage
Handling of North Vietnamese & Viet Cong POWs by USA. Created by the U.S. Army to showcase the treatment of enemy prisoners — perhaps as a reaction to political pressure or perhaps to put pressure on the North Vietnamese who had no interest in following the Geneva Convention — this film shows how the U.S. and its South Vietnamese allies processed and detained POWs. This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation...
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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...
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This color educational film is about the Dairy Belt of the United States where a majority of our milk products come from. Copyright 1963. Opening: dairy cows graze. Title: THE DAIRY BELT (:06-:58). A young boy pours a glass of milk. A woman pours it in a  bowl over food. A man pours it for a young girl. He then pours himself some. Cows. A farmer milks a cow with a machine (:59-2:01). A map of the United States where dairy farms are located. The dairy belt stretches from New England to the...
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This late 1960s film “Systems That Look Ahead” was produced by the General Electric Heavy Military Electronics department. The video discusses how GE utilized early integrated computer information processing for commercial value. A military engineer sketches on a drawing board, which then brightens as he turns to work on a circuit on his desk ( 0:06 - 0:27 ). Dot matrix printer pages roll by with the General Electric logo and title card. Artwork for an Atlas rocket is shown ( 0:28 -0:60)....
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This WWII newsreel contains two segments.  The first, "France Flies Again" shows the hand-off of P-40 Warhawk aircraft to the Free French Air Force (French: Forces Aériennes Françaises Libres, FAFL), the air arm of the Free French Forces during the Second World War.  The second segment shows the war in the Aleutians, including the assault on Attu and Kiska.  This material was shot by Hollywood director John Ford and incorporated into the longer length film "Report from the...
Topics: Air Force, French Air Force, Free French Air Force, Battle Of Attu, Aleutian Islands Campaign,...
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Filmed in 1936 by a German-American family who visited Berlin and other German cities, these home movies provide a great look at the Third Reich as it might have appeared to a tourist.  The film shows a trip down the Rhine River to see various famous tourist sights, and includes images of Cologne including the famed cathedral at the 1:30 mark.  Many images in the film are of the Rhine and its castles, with glorious vistas throughout.  One of the most interesting moments in the film is at the...
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This is a rare U.S. Air Force promotional film for Boeing Vertol's 107 helicopter, that initially uses a New York Airways liveried chopper for the demonstration.   The 107 was the commercial version of the CH-46 Sea Knight. This is a medium-lift tandem rotor transport helicopter powered by twin turboshaft aircraft engines. It was used by the United States Marine Corps (USMC) to provide all-weather, day-or-night assault transport of combat troops, supplies and equipment until it was replaced by...
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Made in 1929, "Hello Hawaii" presents views of Honolulu and the Hawaiian islands in the pre-WWII era, before the U.S. Navy fully expanded its Pacific Fleet HQ to Pearl Harbor. This is a story about a trip made by the American navy to Hawaii. Honolulu bound Navy men and ships sail over the sparkling Pacific to America’s island playground. At mark 1:00 , the ships are seen on maneuvers. At mark 1:35 , Hawaii sunny skies, waving palms and all that makes tropical paradise is seen. On...
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This film is of the film series called “Stranger than Fiction”. The original title was “Strange as it Seems” and they ran about every two to three weeks from 1934 to 1942. This Universal Pictures film was produced by Joseph O’ Brien and Thomas Mead (:15) with Alois Harvrilla as the narrator. It begins with a triumph over handicap as the woman shown had suffered a stroke at 48 which paralyzed the left half of her body and yet she continued to make impressive embroidery with only one...
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This 1938 black and white reenactment film “The Ohio Country” was presented by The Standard Oil Company of Ohio, narrated by George W. Srail, and produced by Escar Motion Picture Service.   A group of pioneers gather at Manasseh Cutler Church in Ipswich, Massachusetts to reenact December 3, 1787, which was the beginning of a trip to the Northwest Territory to settle in the Ohio Country. The Rabbi speaks to the group before they leave on horses and in Conestoga wagons pulled by oxen (:44-...
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Produced in 1965, this film shows combat activities associated with Operation Piranha, an exercise carried out against Viet Cong insurgents. Helicopter assault techniques are shown. The Marines decided to launch Operation Piranha against the Batangan Peninsula. The operation was launched on 7 September 1965, the amphibious landing was unopposed, while the landing of the ARVN force received some minor ground fire. On 8 September, Company B 1/7 Marines discovered a VC field hospital in a large...
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Created for the U.S. Navy, we enter the world of the soldiers who patrolled the waterways during the Vietnam War. The difficulties of navigating a water based terrain and monsoon weather gave the enemy an advantage that the soldiers had to strategize around. The first strategy is the “Hearts and Minds” campaign that is waged by educating locals about democracy and setting up clinics to offer services to the locals. This film also focuses on the daily life of patrolling and the arduous task...
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The airport at Teguichigalpa, Guatemala in the 1930s, 8mm home movie. This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage collections in the USA. Entirely film backed, this material is available for licensing in 24p HD. For more information visit http://www.PeriscopeFilm.com
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 One of the lovely travelogues produced by Van Beuren and RKO Pictures, this film about Madeira is narrated by Alois Havrilla and written by Russell Spaulding. The film begins in the Bay of Funchal, with a passenger liner arriving in the busy harbor. At 1:05, natives in boats greet the tourists in the harbor, and offer wares. At 1:29, boys call for coins which are thrown from the ship. At 1:50 the volcanic beaches are seen. At 2:30, sleighs pulled on runners are seen, in a city where the...
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This black and white military propaganda film is one of two parts; this is Part One. It was shown to theatre audiences as part of the “loose lip sink ships” WWII warnings. It opens with a spinning globe ending on Berlin (:10-:26). A reenactment shows a room of well-dressed Germans at a Nazi school for spies. The warning to the theatre audience is not to help them by leaving documents out and freely talking about the details of the war. The class on ‘American Stupidity’ is taught by a...
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Made by the Aberdeen Proving Ground, this film gives a history of the development of the MIM-72A/M48 Chaparral as well as the M163 Vulcan Air Defesne system. The M61 Vulcan is a hydraulically or pneumatically driven, six-barrel, air-cooled, electrically fired Gatling-style rotary cannon which fires 20 mm rounds at an extremely high rate (typically 6,000 rounds per minute). The M61 and its derivatives have been the principal cannon armament of United States military fixed-wing aircraft for fifty...
Topics: MIM-72 Chaparral, United States Army, Sidewinder Missile, AIM-9D, Aberdeen proving Ground, air...
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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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This television documentary film made by Richard Hance of WGN Chicago shows the USS Daniel A. Joy conducting a Naval Reserve patrol mission, visiting Guantanamo Bay, Cuba over Christmas in the 1960s (probably 1962 or 63). The history of this important naval base is presented, along with a summary of recent tensions with the Cuban government and Fidel Castro. Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, also known as Naval Station Guantanamo Bay or NSGB, (also called GTMO because of the airfield designation code...
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Made by the famed Jam Handy Organization for Chevrolet, "Hall of Wonders" features Today Show host Dave Garroway talking about General Motors as an innovator in the field of automotive design. The film ends with a look at the brand new Chevy Corvette.   The Chevrolet Corvette, known colloquially as the Vette, is a sports car manufactured by Chevrolet. The car has been produced through seven generations. The first model, a convertible, was introduced at the GM Motorama in 1953 as a...
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This silent home movies date from WWII and the immediate post-WWII era, and show the Gato submarines USS Croaker and USS Tunny operating off Pearl Harbor, Hawaii and in the Pacific.    The USS Sterlet, SS-392 is also seen around the 1:30 mark in a GUPPY conversion configuration.  Footage includes at 2:00, Croaker returning from combat patrol and tying up dockside at Pearl Harbor, with full crew on deck.  At the 3:15 mark forward is a segment that appears to show transfer of crew from one...
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This 1940s home movie dates to WWII. We're not precisely certain where it was filmed, but the segment at the 7:00 mark where you'll see a Seaboard Railroad passenger train, was shot in St. Petersburg, Florida. At the 7:29 mark, you will see a young man in a military outfit, presumably home on leave. Note the "V" for "Victory" in the window of the house -- indicating that a man from the home is serving in the military. A short time later at the 8:37 mark is a bond rally....
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Directed by Jerry Hartleben, who's had a long career as a documentary filmmaker, and shot by award winning cinematographer Conrad Buff, "Down to the Wire" is a portrait of naval aviation cadets struggling to receive their carrier wings circa 1970. To become qualified as a carrier jet pilot, a variety of tasks must be mastered from "touch-and-go's" on land to that first hairy carrier landing at sea. The famed Essex class carrier USS Lexington (CV/CVA/CVS/CVT/AVT-16), known as...
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This color educational film is about tires, what is in them and how to use them best and brought to you by Dupont. It was shot in Pennsylvania, USA. No copyright but this is circa the late 1960s/early 1970s. Opening titles: Dupont…First in Fibers for Tire Cord. An old model car like a Model T drives in the 1920s down a country road. A flat tire causes the car to stop and a man pumps the tire with air while the woman waits. The car is back on the road. Title: FACTS ABOUT TIRES (:08-1:19). A...
Topics: Facts, Tires, 1970s, Tire Maintenance, Cars, Stock Footage
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Hosted by General Holland "Howlin' Mad Smith, the gritty UNCOMMON VALOR TV series documents the U.S. Marines in combat in the Pacific theater during World War II and then during the Korean conflict. Created by Bill Karn, a Hollywood TV director best known for his work on "Gang Busters", "Uncommon Valor" was one of several military-inspired shows of its era (including "Navy Log", "Victory at Sea" and "Silent Service") that celebrated the...
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Made in 1936, "The Song of a Nation" is an historical featurette dramatizing the events that led to Francis Scott Key writing the words to "The Star-Spangled Banner."  It stars Donald Wood as Francis Scott Key.  The plot begins in Georgetown in 1814 where, lawyer Francis Scott Key believes the government is not doing enough to protect the country from the warring British. He is not afraid to air his views, unpopular amongst the military/political circle in which he...
Topics: National Anthem, War 1812, Francis Scott Key
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A 1960s documentary on the intensive use of sounding rockets by U.S. scientists. Containing footage of many sounding rocket launches, a diagrammatic explanation of how sounding rockets fill the gap between balloons and satellites, an explanation of the conditions required for a testing site, recovery of experiments, various areas within a testing site, testing of rocket timers, telemetry and tracking equipment, a sounding rocket launchpad, control centre, closed-circuit observation equipment,...
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Made in 1948, this educational film discusses the work of ocean freighters in the era before container ships. The featured vessel is the SS Anchor Hitch, which in addition to a cargo hold had 12 passenger staterooms aboard. The film shows the Anchor Hitch operating in the Pacific, on the way to South America. Many of the activities of the crew are seen including navigation, engine operation, radio contact, etc. At  2:50 , the ship's radio antenna and directional radio system is shown being...
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This color film from 1959 was produced for Pan American by Coleman Productions. Its subtitle, “The Land of Enchanted Fountains” is exemplified by different fountains (:46- 1:50 ). A Pan Am Boeing 707 Clipper Jet ( 2:15 ) flies over the Roman Colosseum ( 2:19 -29), dating back to A.D. 70. We fly over St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican ( 2:30 ) before viewing at ground level ( 2:35 - 3:05 ). Underground springs fuel different fountains ( 3:24 - 4:12 ). A man on a Vespa ( 4:12 ) calls for a...
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A 1960 black and white episode (#484) of the TV series “The Big Picture.” This, the first of two installments on the North African campaign of World War II, utilizes newsreel footage to illustrate the Western Desert campaign and the Battle of El Alamein (TRT 28:38). Title card: “Oran July 1940” over battleships at sea (0:21). French sailors in navy caps run across a dock. Battleships fire. Explosions in the water. A cannonade. Montage of naval combat (0:27). Frenchmen working on the...
Topics: The Big Picture, North Africa, Battle Of North Africa, 1960s, Stock Footage
Made for schools in 1960, this black & white educational film presents two newsreels of historic events. The first one is about the 1944 Battle of Saipan during WW2, and then shows Saipan in the present era. The second is about the New Deal era NRA (National Recovery Administration). Opening titles: Almanac Newsreel - June 15, 1944 American Troops Land on Saipan (:06-:21). Island of Saipan. Aerial shot of the island. Newsreel visits it after the war. Children play on Saipan. Fourth Marine...
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This late 1940s black and white travel film highlights 25 years of coast-to-coast flights and events by the year. It is narrated by radio announcer Del Sharbutt and produced by B.K. Blake.   1918, President   Wilson joins a crowd to celebrate the first day of airmail. Mail lis oaded into a JN-4H (:50- 1:50 ). 1920, suffragettes march. President Harding rides in a carriage ( 1:52 - 2:05 ). Mail is flown coast-to-coast. Indians dance around the plane ( 2:07 - 2:40 ). 1924, a bi-plane marked...
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This silent film presents viewers with a brief look at Ceylon and Malaya. Ceylon was the British Crown colony of the country known today as Sri Lanka during the years of 1815 and 1948. It is located in South Asia in the Indian Ocean. The British Malaya is comprised of a set of states on the Malay Peninsula and the Island of Singapore. The film begins in Ceylon with shots of the country’s architecture including a tall red and white pagoda (:16). Much of the architectural design was heavily...
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This color film about Rancho Las Salinas (once located in the present day Monterey Bay area) was made in 1949. It is narrated from the standpoint of Don Solis, who explains how he surveyed and laid out his ranch, tilled the soil with wooden plows, raised and herded cattle, and traded tallow and hides. As the film explains, this ranch was part of the Mexican land grant of four-square-leagues (17,713.6 acres) given in 1839 to Gabriel Espinosa by Mexican governor Nicolas Gutierrez to help settle...
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This silent, 16mm home movie dates to the 1930s and shows a trip to Cuba aboard the ship RMS Empress of Austalia (ship's bell can be seen at 1:15 ). The film begins at sea at :24 with passengers playing games on the deck. RMS Empress of Australia was an ocean liner built in 1913–1919 by Vulcan AG shipyard in Stettin, Germany for the Hamburg America Line. She was refitted for Canadian Pacific Steamships; and the ship – the third of three CP vessels to be named Empress of China – was...
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A tribute to the "Big Boy" locomotives produced by Union Pacific, "Last of the Giants" shows the end of a memorable era in Western Railroading. The "Big Boy" is the popular name of the American Locomotive Company 4000-class 4-8-8-4 articulated, coal-fired, steam locomotives manufactured between 1941 and 1944 and operated by the Union Pacific Railroad until 1959. In "Last of the Giants" you'll see the development of steam power on the Union Pacific from...
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Made in the 1980s towards the end of the Cold War, "The Atlantic Alliance" presents a history of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and discusses the reasons for its continued existence. The film appears intended to counter protests by European anti-nuclear activists and groups who felt that the Reagan-era arms build-ups constituted a new arms race, with the narrator noting that the aims of NATO are to preserve peace, avoid an arms race, and deter nuclear aggression. . The...
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This 1930s German educational film, Part 2 of 2 (we could not locate Part 1 unfortunately!), shows how to construct an airplane model from balsa wood, paper and glue.  After adjusting for the center of gravity with weights, the finished product is then test flown by two young boys off a hill.  In the early 20th century this type of model building was commonplace. Scale models in the 1920s and 30s, and even into the 1960s, were often made from paper (normal or heavy), balsa wood or card stock....
Topics: Wood, Woodturning, Model aircraft, Airplane, Deutsch