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This historic, silent film shows highlights of the 1932 Winter Olympics, officially known as the III Olympic Winter Games, held in Lake Placid, New York. The games opened on February 4 and closed on February 15. It was the first of four Winter Olympics held in the United States; Lake Placid hosted again in 1980. The games were awarded to Lake Placid in part by the efforts of Godfrey Dewey, head of the Lake Placid Club and son of Melvil Dewey, inventor of the Dewey Decimal System. California...
Topics: 1932, Lake Placid, Winter Olympics, Olympics, New York, Stock Footage
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Part of the "Army in Action" series within "The Big Picture", this episode "The Winds of Change" features the U.S. Army posture during the first quarter of the 20th Century, Woodrow Wilson and the World War I buildup and combat, the armistice, peacetime demobilization, and the nature of life in the United States during the 1920s and 30s including speakeasies, prohibition, the marathon dance craze, and more. We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to...
Topic: Stock Footage
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This U.S. Air Force training film shows the basic drill movements, without arms, for airmen.  The men shown in this film have received 2-4 weeks of training in drill.  Various drills are shown and explained including attention, parade rest, rest, "snap to attention", fall out, fall in, right face, left face, about face (face to rear), order arms, hand salute, individual hand salute, etc.  Marching steps are seen at the 6 minute mark, including column left, column right, marching...
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This 1970s era, color promo movie for P&O Lines is narrated by journalist Stanton Delaplane. It follows two ships through Alaskan waters and recounts the experiences of  guests as they tour several Alaskan towns. The film opens in a bar with people having a great time. Many different scenes of Alaska are shown. Main title: Dateline Alaska. Journalist Stan Delaplane talks to the camera. The SS Arcadia and SS Spirit of London cruise ships are seen and to be featured throughout the film 1:17....
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These extraordinary Super 8mm home movies from the Vietnam War, come from a member of the "Ravens". The Raven Forward Air Controllers, also known simply as The Ravens, were fighter pilots used for forward air control in a covert operation in conjunction with the Central Intelligence Agency of the United States in Laos during America's Vietnam War. The Ravens provided direction for most of the air strikes against communist Pathet Lao targets and People's Army of Vietnam's infiltrators...
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This 1945 Canadian color documentary about growing certified seed potatoes is presented by the National Film Board for the Department of Trade and Commerce and Department of Agriculture Ottawa. The film opens with acres of potato fields. Farmers on tractors move across the field. Another field is plowed by a farmer and horse (:056-1:52). Women sit and cut potatoes over a sharp blade into smaller chucks and drop them into baskets. Wire baskets of potatoes are dipped in a disinfectant and loaded...
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"Statesmen in Overalls" is a 1951 promotional film for the Christian Rural Overseas Program, also known as C.R.O.P., an ambitious private relief effort that pre-dated the Marshall Plan in Europe. Christian Rural Overseas Program (CROP) began its operation in August 1947 under the sponsorship of Church World Service. A year later Lutheran World Service and the Catholic Rural Life Conference became co-sponsors, but withdrew in 1952. For a time nearly all Catholic, Protestant and...
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This sales film from Caterpillar highlights the C 785 Off-Highway Truck by showing the machine in action at the company’s Arizona Proving Grounds. C 785s drive on dirt roads. The film shows the 785 from various angles (00:50), giving viewers a look at the truck’s folded core radiator, dual turbo-charged 3512 engine, and rear-mounted six-speed transmission. A man climbs up into a 785 (02:16), and viewers get a look at the cab. The dump bed is lifted. The film then shows the cylinder block of...
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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 26 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, "Attack in the Central Pacific: Makin and Tarawa" looks at the Allied...
Topics: The Pacific Television Program, Gilbert Islands, Battle Of Tarawa, Makin, World War II, U.S. Marine...
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Produced by Lockheed as part of the F.A.A. Qualification for the L1011 aircraft, this film shows evacuation system tests conducted with human subjects. At the start the full interior cabin of the aircraft is shown, followed by the deployment of the rescue slide from the aircraft front door. Each test subject wears a number so that their position in the aircraft can be identified. At 2:00, interior footage of the exit is shown. A large clock in the upper right hand corner shows time elapsed to...
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The first episode of a two-part presentation by the Social Security Administration of the United States Department of Health, Education and Welfare, this educational film covers changes during the transitional period of Social Security programs and legislation during the mid-1960s. The public service film production begins with a colorful map of the United States at 0:07. The film emphasizes how Social Security serves Americans all across the country and is hosted by Roy L. Swift, the SSA's...
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Shows USMC performing early Vertical Envelopment exercise from USS Boxer. Vertical Envelopment is a maneuver in which troops, either air-dropped or air-landed, attack the rear and flanks of a force, in effect cutting off or encircling the force. 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...
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Warning: some of the content of this film is unsettling and may be inappropriate for younger viewers or anyone who has just eaten or is about to eat food. Created for the medical profession, “Human Gastric Function” is “an experimental study of ‘Tom,’ a unique patient with an extensive gastric fistula” (an abnormal opening in the stomach or intestines that allows the contents to leak). It serves as a record of a 15-year study carried out between 1941 and 1952, and shows how the...
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Produced in the 1980s, this Cold War National Guard recruiting film shows the Guard conducting war games with Bell helicopters and M-60 and M-48 tanks. Voice-over explains the importance of the Guard and the benefits to being part of the nation's oldest branch of military service. Basic training is shown. A drill instructor is shown at 2:00, and advanced training at the 4:20 mark including truck driving, welding, cooking, computer operations and more.     Women members of the Guard are also...
Topics: 1980s, Army National Guard, Basic Training, War Games, Recruiting Film, Stock Footage
This WWII film about the Battle of the Bulge was intended to promote the 7th War Bond Drive, and demonstrating that American soldiers cannot afford to stop fighting, just as American workers can never afford to slack off at vital war jobs.  The film begins with images of France in August of 1944, as U.S. troops celebrate (prematurely as it turned out) the liberation of Europe from the Nazis.  The German counterattack in December of 1944 proved devastating to Allied hopes of the war ending by...
Topic: Stock footage
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Military training film detailing flight procedure, crew assignments, and armament of the B-29 bomber aircraft. The B-29 Superfortress is a four-engine propeller-driven heavy bomber designed by Boeing that was flown primarily by the United States toward the end of World War II and during the Korean War. It was one of the largest aircraft to see service in World War II and a very advanced bomber for its time, with features such as a pressurized cabin, an electronic fire-control system, and...
Topic: Stock Footage
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Recognition of the Japanese Zero Fighter was a 1943 educational dramatic short produced by the United States Air Force during World War II. Its purpose was to instruct pilots in the Pacific theater about recognizing hostile planes at long distances and avoid friendly fire incidents. Most of the film is taken up with a short play in which a young pilot, portrayed by Ronald Reagan, is ordered on reconnaissance missions of the Pacific and encounters another plane which he can't tell is friendly or...
Topics: Recognition, Japanese Zero Fighter, WWII, World War II Stock Footage
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Produced by the Perfect Circle Corporation as a publicity project in 1954, THE HOTTEST 500 shows the 1953 Indy 500 won by Bill Vukovich in 120-plus degree heat.   The 1953 race was infamous as one of the most memorable on record, with more relief drivers used than in any other year.  Tragically, driver Carl Scarborough actually died of heat prostration. Bill Vukovich, who led in 1952 but ended up losing due to a mechanical failure with his car, led almost the entire race and ended up taking...
Topics: Stock Footage, Periscope Film, Indianapolis 500, 1953 Indianapolis, Indianapolis, Auto Racing
This short 1960s U.S. Navy film (D-A-PHD-6-01) gives viewers a look at the development of the Navy’s helicopter escape capsule ballistic system and early tests of the system. The film opens with a helicopter crashing into a body of water. Another helicopter crashes into the sea next to an aircraft carrier. A UH-25B (Piasecki HUP Retriever) flies by, and the film shows soldiers sitting in the fuselage of the chopper. An image of the UH-25B is used to show how modifications are made to add a...
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This color silent film footage shows some of the events of 13 March 1969, as the Apollo IX mission comes to an end with splashdown and recovery of the crew. The U.S. Navy assault ship USS Guadalcanal (LPH-7) performs the recovery mission. The helicopters shown are Sikorsky SH-3D Sea Kings of HS-3.  The primary helicopter shown, emblazoned with the number "54" on the hull, is BuNo 152695.  The astronauts were retrieved using a Billy Pugh net or basket. Astronaut James A. McDivitt,...
Topic: Stock Footage
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Made in 1946, "G.I.s in Switzerland" shows a post-WWII program in which American G.I.s and servicewomen are taken to Switzerland for rest & relaxation in a nation not affected by the devastation of the war.  The film was made by Hermann Haller and David Wechsler, most likely as a propaganda effort on behalf of the nation of Switzerland.  The Swiss endured criticism during the war for their neutral stance and were viewed in some quarters as Nazi collaborators who benefitted from...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Lucerne, geneva, Switzerland, United States Army, World War Ii
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During WWII, with the war on and gasoline rationed nationwide, Shell Oil realized its gasoline dealers would need to differentiate themselves from other vendors.   So, they launched an ad campaign based on providing full service, in co-ordination with the War Department as a wartime marketing program.   This "Ground Crew Service" campaign compared the work of the service station attendant to that of an Army Air Corps crewman.   As part of the effort, 8 squadron emblems were issued...
Topics: Shell Oil, Company, Service Station, WWII, World War II, Stock Footage
The United States Army presents T.F. 8-1576. MCML. Hospital Food Service Personnel Training. Part Two: The Individual. This movie produced in 1950, is about a ghost who spreads germs all around the hospital. The purpose of the movie is to teach hospital workers what NOT to do by observing the bad habits of the ghost. It is filmed in black and white and the film is narrated. The movie opens with two men responsibly washing up in the men’s locker room. The wind is blowing and the door opens. A...
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This undated silent film from the Stoody Company details the process by which plowshares are hardfaced with Stoodite, a cobalt alloy. It likely dates to the 1940s. At 0:48, the film states the type of plowshares adaptable to hardfacing and the need for them to be sharpened and heated to 1750 F before application of Stoodite.  At 1:02, a plowshare is shown being heated in a furnace until glowing red. At 1:42, the thickness the nose point (1/8”), and area up to 4 inches above the nose (1...
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This is a 1950’s era, color movie called All the Difference in the World. Produced by Wondsel, Carlisle & Dunphy and presented by The National Association of Ice Industries, the movie opens with 3 boys sitting around the kitchen table doing schoolwork, 00:30. One boy gives a report on town criers, 1:03. One boy gives a report on town criers, 1:15. One boy gives a report on the iceman, 1:30. The new town crier is a radio bulletin man, 2:02. The new town crier is a power company serviceman,...
Topic: Stock Footage
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This short training film (TF-6746) covers the use of Terrain Following Radar (TFR) on a General Dynamics F-111 Aardvark. The film opens with a pilot flying an F-111 near some hills at a low elevation. The plane clears a hill, maintaining a relatively constant altitude over the earth. This is done using Terrain-Following Radar (TFR). The film shows the instrument panel of the TFR system (02:28). A shot from the cockpit shows an automated guiding image that helps the pilot with flight navigation....
Topics: General Dynamics, F-111 Weapon System, Terrain Following Radar, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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Dating to the post-Vietnam era of the mid-to-late 1970s, "The Green Scene" was a periodically issued U.S. Army film series, that promoted various aspects of Army life. In this episode (number 8), the focus is on the Army's travel agency / vacation and recreation services, the importance of having a school diploma, the history and legacy of the U.S. Army's infantry, and a look at the U.S. Army's role in disaster assistance featuring images of the 1972 Nicaragua Earthquake. This is...
Topics: 1970s, US Army, News Magazine, Army Travel Agecny, Disaster Relief, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
Made by the Burton Holmes organization, this black & white educational U.S. Navy Training Film is one of a series made to train lookouts. This one is about learning the bearings in degrees system for use at sea, in reporting enemy ships and aircraft. No copyright but this is circa 1944. Opening: U.S. Navy Training Film - Training Lookouts Part 2 - Bearings (:09-:52). Two sailors on watch look out at the sea, one has binoculars. A warship is seen in the distance. How should its position be...
Topics: 1944, US Navy, Bearings, Ship Spotting, Sky lookout, Stock Footage
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This color film, U.S. Navy Destroyermen, was produced for the United States Navy by the Office of Information. This office maintains close relations and contacts in the entertainment industry with the goal of telling the US military's story. It was created for the Chief of Naval Operations at the Naval Photographic Center in 1970 to be used as a recruiting tool. The U.S. Navy Band plays as families say goodbye to naval personnel getting ready to depart on Destroyer duty (0:07-0:58). The...
Topics: US Navy, Destroyer, Destroyermen, 1970
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This fascinating full color, silent home movie from June, 1941 shows the American Sokol Slet, a gymnastics and sporting competition, held in Chicago including Soldier Field. The film begins with important members of the organizing committee meeting to plan the games. At 1:27, a sign announcing the games is seen at the Sokol headquarters and shortly thereafter is a title card noting that for three days competitions in diving, gymnastics, swimming and athletics were held in Douglas Park, Pilsen...
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This silent home movie shows the 51st Annual Tournament of Roses Parade (see sign at :08 seconds) in 1940. The Grand Marshals this year were Edgar Bergen & Charlie McCarthy, who are visible at 10 seconds. The game that year featured the USC Trojans vs. the Tennessee Volunteers. Some of the highlights include the Wings Over California float at :51, a Mt. Palomar Observatory float at 1:15 , a Las Vegas Nevada float at 2:20 , a patriotic American Flag flat at 3:29 , an American eagle float at...
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Shot by an American military officer, this 16mm silent home movie shows images of the Republic of China (approx. September 1945-1949) in Shaoxing, Shanghai, an unidentified Taiwanese town, a flyby of Beijing and the Great Wall of China, as well as the U.S. Air Force bases in Guam, in Shanghai Jiangwan, Inarajam in Guam, and an unidentified R&R location and airbase (identifiable only by U.S. VRE-1 Air Evacuation Squadron signs). Footage includes one aircraft C-4 airframe 90408 (which would...
Topic: Stock Footage
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Dating from September 7, 1946, this fascinating and poignant 16mm silent home movie pays tribute to all those who gave their lives in World War II. The entire population of the small town of Mendon, Massachusetts is seen decked out in bunting, and there are many celebrations and a special memorial to those local residents who lost their lives in the conflict. The film ends with many shots of local children, including a little league baseball game, and with them perhaps hope that the future...
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This silent, color home movie footage shows a wedding, as well as a visit to Santa Barbara and the Pacific Ocean in 1939. It's possible that the trip served as the unknown couple's honeymoon. The man shown at the beginning of the film, Charlie Wiman, is believed to have been Commodore Charles Wiman of the Santa Barbara Yacht Club, and master of the yacht Patolita shown in the film. More importantly, Wiman was also the president and owner of the John Deere Tractor Company in Moline, Illinois,...
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Please note: our print of this film is not complete. We continue to look for a more complete print to post for you. Made for Cunard in the 1950s, "Getting There is Half the Fun" was produced byJohn Bransby Production. This promotional film showcases the RMS Queen Elizabeth and what passengers can expect on their journey, starting in New York City and ending in England. Launched by Cunard in September 1938, this magnificent 83,637-ton 1,031-foot-long vessel was the largest passenger...
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You in Japan is a short 1956 military film (AFIF 78) that serves as a brief orientation to Japan for U.S. servicemen stationed there. The film begins with a shot of a U.S. ship at sea, with the crew on deck, about to arrive in Japan. Troops sit on the deck of the ship for a short orientation on Japan before arriving at port. Units of the Japanese Defense Force march during training under the U.S. military (01:50). The film shows the port of Yokohama (03:45), and then several U.S. servicemen as...
Topic: Stock Footage
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This Yesterday’s Newsreel film (episode 83) offers the viewer “television highlights of the news of yesteryear” by providing vintage clips of famous people and events from the first half of the 20th century. The episode starts with footage of Nazi Germany’s Siegfried Line. Nazi soldiers look down on the Siegfried line. Footage shows soldiers walking into a bunker, a trench, and more steel and concrete block houses along the line. French soldiers across the Rhine respond to the playing...
Topics: Yesterdays Newsreel, Brooklyn River Race, Jai Alai, Bremen Flight, Stock Footage
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This short 1940s Navy training film, TF 11-3046, shows viewers (who would have been U.S. Navy sailors or recruits) how a sailor can quickly lose his hard-earned pay. The film follows Bill Adams, an arrogant sailor who cashes his paychecks and keeps the money on him in an apparent effort to flaunt his wealth. The film opens in the sleeping quarters of a navy ship where a group of sailors are settling debts. The men then go ashore (01:33), and Adams, who has 7 months pay in his wallet, and a...
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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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This film presents a narrative set at West Point Military Academy in the late 1970’s. It shows a brief history of the school with a main focus on the school’s strict adherence to honesty and integrity. It shows cadets in the school with a specific point to one cadet who breaks the honor code. It was presented by the US Army (:20). The film opens with young men taking off for a track race (:35). Some of the racers are pointed to whom act dishonorably in their day to day life. One is pictured...
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This color educational film is about the rollout of the space shuttle Enterprise. This was filmed in September 1976.  Giant steel doors open (:13). Palmdale, CA, space shuttle beginning preparations for a rollout for all to see on September 17, 1976 (:32). A large crowd has gathered for the rollout (:41). Dr. Fletcher speaks (:48). Orbiter 101 christened the Enterprise is asked to roll out (:57). The Orbiter is rolled out (1:18). Space Shuttle Enterprise (1:45). People watch as the Enterprise...
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Written by Air Marshal Sir Phillip Joubert in 1940, 'Fighter Pilot' is a short film celebrating the Spitfire at the height of the Battle of Britain. This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage collections in the USA. Entirely film backed, this material is available for licensing in 24p HD. For more information visit http://www.PeriscopeFilm.com
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"FILM COMMUNIQUE, EIGHTH ISSUE"   (1944, 20:24)   Includes CAPE GLOUCESTER: 7TH MARINES (New Guineau); REPORT FROM BRITAIN (American and British air war against Germany); A 5TH AIR FORCE REPORT FROM NEW GUINEA; A FEW QUICK FACTS (supply line distances); A FIFTH ARMY REPORT FROM THE BEACHHEAD (Anzio). 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...
Topics: War Film, Film Communique, USMC, US Marines, Marines 1944, Stock Footage
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This film about West Point shows the U.S. Military Academy as it appeared in the 1970s. The film pays tribute to the "long grey line", showcasing the modern curriculum and the "Path for Success" that it offers. 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...
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This silent footage from a U.S. Navy archive, shows Navy Cross winner F. Trubee Davison at his home in New York.  Various footage related to WWI aviation is seen, including shots of biplanes, dogfights, and seaplanes, as well as shots of the First Yale Unit also known as the "Millionaire's Unit".  This material was presumably part of a documentary film or tribute created in honor of Davison.  In 2015 a documentary film was released about Davison and the First Yale Unit, see...
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This silent compilation of news footage from the 1920s and 30s was released to the home market by Castle Films. It begins with footage of the Pan Am Clipper inaugurating service between California and China as the " China Clipper ". The aircraft shown is a Martin M-130, a commercial flying boat designed and built in 1935 by the Glenn L. Martin Company in Baltimore, Maryland, for Pan American Airways. Three were built: the China Clipper, the Philippine Clipper and the Hawaii Clipper....
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This early 1950s color educational film about the components of the 1949 winning Indy 500 car was sponsored by Socony-Vacuum (now part of ExxonMobil). 1949, Bill Holland has just won his first Indianapolis 500 and receives his trophy. Car owner Lou Moore joins him for photos (:20-:54). Lou Moore’s mailbox is shown at his North Hollywood, CA machine shop. Lou and an employee work among tools and car parts. A 350+ horsepower 4-cylinder engine is shown (:55-2:20). The highway is full of 1940s...
Topics: 1949, Indianapolis, 500 motor Race, Behind The Checkered Flag, Bill Holland, Stock Footage
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Made by the U.S. Navy, this silent film shows the aircraft carrier USS Franklin both before, during and after the Japanese attack that crippled and nearly sank the ship.  The USS Franklin (CV/CVA/CVS-13, AVT-8), nicknamed "Big Ben," was one of 24 Essex-class aircraft carriers built during World War II for the United States Navy, and the fifth US Navy ship to bear the name. Commissioned in January 1944, she served in several campaigns in the Pacific War, earning four battle stars. She...
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U.S. National Aerobatic Champion Harold Krier is just one of the pilots introduced in this 20-minute color film on the National Championship Air Races held in Reno, Nevada, and aerobatic flying. Made in 1965, it opens with the camaraderie and competitiveness shared by pilots, The camera eavesdrops on conversations as pilots and their teams discuss horizontal rolls and potential problems as Krier is introduced at mark 02:00 and shown performing his airborne acrobatics. As aerobatics pilot...
Topics: 1965, Reno, National Championship, Air Races, 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 historic film, originally released as part of the Army-Navy News Magazine of the Screen in December of 1942, features Movietone cameraman Al Brick who photographed the Japanese sneak attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941. As he explains, much of Brick's footage was seized by the U.S. Government as the extent of the damage to the U.S. Pacific Fleet had to be concealed from the American public and the world-at-large for national security reasons. By 1942, with the Japanese reeling...
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This reel of silent footage dates to World War I and consists of various segments. At 00:14, members of the American air corps the Lafayette Escadrille are shown in France. The aircraft appear to be SE-5Cs in French livery (This portion of the film appears to be "flopped"). At 1:32 members of the unit are shown arm-in-arm and pose with their dog.  At 2:04 a wrecked German airplane is seen with its pilot held prisoner. At 2:15 bombs are loaded by hand into a German plane to be dropped...
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This historic film from Republic Aviation shows the company's ill-fated SD-3 Snooper drone during flight tests at the U.S. Army's Yuma proving grounds. The SD-3 was the result of an industry-wide competition for a short-range reconnaissance drone that could be launched in the field. The complete drone system including ground equipment designated AN/USD-3 and the drone itself was referred to either also as AN/USD-3 or simply as SD-3 (with "SD" usually being interpreted as...
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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 ten segments of historic highlights. Albert Lebrun (:39). Lebrun is reelected as the President of France by the French National Assembly in 1936 (:44- 1:36 ). The 14th of July, 1939, is Bastille Day, and large Paris crowds celebrate its 150th anniversary ( 1:37 - 2:22 ). Lebrun and his wife are shown at Windsor Castle with King...
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This film from WW2, released in late August of 1994, shows the demolition of the Army Air Force Base in Hengyang, China as Japanese forces were closing in, the OQ-2 drone used for target practice in Guadalcanal as well as the construction of a tar paper airstrip in Normandy. It was prepared by the Army Air Forces Combat Film Service (:28). It opens with the demolition of the air base in Hengyang, China in June of 1944 (:44). Japanese forces moved towards the area on the Hankow railway (:45)....
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Made in 1943 by the Ministry of Information to train rescue squads during the Blitz, "Debris Tunnelling" is introduced and commentated by a rescue party instructor. When a bomb demolishes a building the urgent need is to rescue any casualities trapped under the debris. There are two methods of doing this by either clearing the debris or tunnelling through. This film deals with the process of tunnelling.The film shows how a tunnel is dug into the side of a large pile of debris using a...
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Made during WWII as part of an effort to encourage recycling and re-use of scrap metal and rubber, "Salvage" is hosted by Donald M. Nelson the chairman of the War Production Board. The film features footage of various items that can be salvaged and re-used, and notes that Germany and Japan have been much more efficient in terms of re-using materials. The film also shows how household grease can be stored for use as nitroglycerin. As Nelson says, "We the people of United States...
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This 1932 amateur home movie -- created by an unknown family named Harris -- begins with images shot in Dana Point, California, where the family visits with the Feldmans. At 1;10, the family visits the ruins of the Mission San Juan Capistrano. At  1:55 , the co-called "Bonus Army" is seen camping at the Orange parade grounds. (The Bonus Army was the popular name for an assemblage of some 43,000 marchers—17,000 U.S. World War I veterans, their families, and affiliated groups—who...
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This 1960s U.S. Navy film (MN-11478-A) in an introduction to the Mk 86 ship gun fire-control system. The film opens with a ship sailing at sea, and viewers see a Mk 45 gun mount on the bow of the deck. The 5-inch/54-caliber gun fires several rounds. Operators man the fire control systems in the fire control room (01:28). The film shows the hardware for the system, including two antennas, radars, two television cameras for sighting (02:34), and the Mk 45 gun mounts. Illustrations are used to...
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This black & white educational film is about the battle of the Philippines between Japan and the United States in October 1944 during WW2. Copyright is 1944. Opening: Brought To Action! Produced by the Office of Strategic Services in cooperation with the United States Navy (:06-:33). Pearl Harbor, October 23. Office of the Navy door. A telegram shows the second battle of the Philippines had begun. Battleships at sea. Men in a briefing room. Pilots head for their planes. Planes in formation...
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Made in 1945, ACTION AT ANGUAR documents the invasion and capture of Angaur Island in the Palau group by the 81st ("Wildcat") Infantry Division in its first battle. The film begins in July 1944 as the troops relax at Honolulu and on Waikiki Beach. It then shows troops boarding transports and shows activities aboard a troop transport, including a wild Neptune ceremony at the Equator, en route to Guadalcanal for a practice landing in August. On Sept. 17, 1944 after a bombardment by...
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This 1930s German silent educational film shows miners descending into the depths of a large coal mine, and then their routine underground pulling coal into a long conveyer belt.   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 like: "01:00:12:00 -- President Roosevelt is seen meeting with Winston...
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This silent, raw footage dates to March 19, 1954 and shows human factors experiments involving Col. John Paul Stapp, who in December of that same year rode a rocket sled called the Sonic Wind at speeds up to 632 miles per hour at Holloman, New Mexico. This set a ground speed record and put Stapp into the books as "Fastest Man on Earth". The film starts with footage of the preparation of the Sonic Wind at :30. At 1:08, Northrop Aircraft crew strap Dr. Stapp into the rocket sled. An...
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The Fisher Body Division of the General Motors Corporation presents “This Moving World,” a black-and-white film produced by Wilding Picture circa 1940. The film opens with a montage of various automobiles, ships, and trains whizzing past, before settling in a machine shop at mark 1:20 . There, a young man meets with his uncle and examine a model of an automobile body designed by the boy for a contest. The introduction segues into the film’s topic — “the business of going places.”...
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Shot by an unknown American, apparently on holiday but who knows, this beautiful silent home movie of Paris shows the city as it appeared just a few years before WWII, as the Republic stood on the brink of disaster. You'd never know it based on the bustling city presented in this film...and so we've titled it in honor of Alan Furst, the prolific author of period novels (which we dearly love) who often sets his stories in the Paris of this era. Mr. Furst we beg you to please take a look and let...
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This episode of the 1950s TV series The Greatest Drama tells the story of the great “Crusader,” Fiorello H. La Guardia, also known as the “Little Flower.” La Guardia addresses a crowd at a political rally. He sits in a chair at his home and reads a book (01:14). Footage shows New York City’s impoverished lower east side (01:55), where La Guardia grew up. La Guardia serves in World War I as a pilot, and footage shows several planes taking off, while a photograph shows La Guardia in...
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This 1930’s era newsreel short “Sky Giants”, opens with a shot of a dirigible, probably USS Shenandoah, floating overhead. The film recounts the early era of ballooning and the golden era of air travel with heavy dirigibles or air ships. Vice Admiral Charles E. Rosendahl, the leading figure in America’s rigid airship program in the first half of the 20th century is featured. He was one of the most experienced airship aviators in the United States and was a tireless proponent of...
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This color film Power Across the Channel was produced by the Associated Electrical Industries and British Insulated Callender’s Cables in cooperation with Electricite de France. France had a peak demand of electricity at different times than England did. The solution was to exchange power across the English Channel between the two ( 1:40 ). Britain had nuclear and thermal power stations ( 1:58 - 2:14 ). France had thermal and hydroelectric power stations ( 2:15 - 2:27 ). Discussions turned to...
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Made during the Vietnam War, this 1967 Marine Corps documentary presents "Operation County Fair". County Fair was a civic action program intended to clear Vietcong from villages while helping support villagers. As part of that they were supposed to receive medical care, fed, entertained and protected by the Marines. Like most of the civic action programs during the war, County Fair had a mixed outcome. The Vietnamese often welcomed the Marines into their villages, but lived in fear of...
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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. Pancho Villa Raids the Rio Grande March 9, 1916. Footage shows a horseback rider at the top of a hill. Overhead footage shows a band of riders and walkers crossing the border into New Mexico. A still photo is shown of Villa wearing his trademark mustache, hat, and ammo around his neck. The...
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“What You Should Know About Biological Warfare” is a short black-and-white film produced by the United States Office Of Civil Defense. The 1951 educational film was meant to be a public service announcements meant to educate the populace on the steps to take in the event of a biological attack from our Cold War enemies. The film opens with a montage of scenes from farmland to bustling cities as the narrator explains how in the event of war, our enemies may try to disable our people or our...
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This black and white film from the 1940s was produced for the National Fire Service by the Ministry of Information in Great Britain. The National Fire Service was formed in 1941 and comprised of men and women. Both wear NFS uniforms. For civil defense purposes, the country is divided into regions and further into divisions and subdivisions, which then control stations. This breakdown is shown on a map and diagramed (:45- 3:40 ). The steps are now shown. The fire call comes in and the fire...
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Made by unknown filmmakers sometime in the 1940s, CHECKING IN is a silent U.S. Navy gag movie that follows the antics of a new recruit named Red Marme. The film follows Marme as he arrives for basic training aboard a U.S. Navy bus (which he falls out of). This sets the tone for a series of funny vignettes ranging from Red's first cigarette, working as a photographer's mate (and losing the camera out the airplane), and more. If Youtube existed in 1948 this might have been a million viewer. We...
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Made in the 1930s by the Castle Film Co., WINGS OVER WORLD WONDERS is a silent film that shows airplanes flying over many different cities, scenic wonders and monuments.  This includes New York (1:19) and the Empire State Building, Niagara Falls (1:59),  Chicago (2:30), Grand Canyon (3:00), Boulder Dam (4:00), Golden Gate Bridge (6:00), Hawaii (6:45), Japan (7:45), Shanghai (8:26), Tunisia (9:00), the Sahara and the Great Pyramid in Cairo, Egypt (9:30), London (10:20), Paris (10:30), the Alps...
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One of a series of classified films made for the Army Air Forces during WWII about the Norden Bombsight, this film focuses on the principles behind the device. During the entire war the Norden was considered a top secret piece of equipment and normally when it was shown in training films, it was hidden behind a piece of canvas or otherwise "blacked out". This series of films provides a rare look at the operation of the bombsight as it was presented to bombardiers.  The Norden Mk. XV,...
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Made by McDonnell Douglas,  this historic U.S. Air Force film shows the first flight of the Thunderbirds in 1953, just six years after the formation of the USAF, to the advent of the F-4 in 1969.  In between it shows various iterations of the stunt team.  This includes spectacular footage of the F-84 to the swept-wing F-84, to the North American F-100, to the Republic F-105 and finally the McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom.   After six months training in an unofficial status, the Thunderbirds...
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This color educational/training film is about the current artillery weapons the U.S. Army is using. This was made in 1953.  Titles: The United States Army Presents Weapons of the Artillery (:09-:21). U.S. Army soldiers fire off a cannon. A tank fires off artillery. A cannon is fired. A tank fires off light artillery. 3.5" rocket launcher bazooka, served by a two man crew - a demonstration shows it fired at a tank and the tank is hit, but not totally destroyed. The quadruple 50 caliber...
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“Airplane Propellers: Principles and Types” is a “restricted” World War II-era US War Department training film produced by the Signal Corps in collaboration with the Chief of the Air Corps. The film opens with a statement at mark  00:44  that “until the days of supersonic speed and jet propulsion of rocketships, the propeller is a relatively efficient method of moving our airplanes through the air.” A propeller size is dependent on the size of the engine, we’re told at mark ...
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This color silent film was shot as part of F-105D ejection seat tests. No test is shown, but the footage would likely have been intercut with an actual test, and then released to the Pentagon or the press. The slates indicate all the material was shot at the rocket sled facility at Hurricane Flats in Washington County, Utah on July 20, 1960. The seat shown being tested at the time was designed by Republic Aircraft and, according to Ejectionsite.com, used in at least one successful ejection in...
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Made in 1951 by the U.S. Army to train combat infantrymen during the Korean War, RECONNAISSANCE PATROL shows the organization of a nighttime patrol behind enemy lines, made to gather intelligence on enemy positions. The objective of the patrol is also to capture an enemy soldier so that he can be interrogated.  Told from the perspective of the commander, the film explains in great detail how the patrol is organized, equipped, and how the soldiers conduct themselves during the mission. Soldiers...
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Made during the run-up to the Operation Sandstone nuclear tests, RADIOLOGICAL SAFETY ON OPERATION SANDSTONE was intended to debunk certain misperceptions that the military believed were being put forward in the U.S.A. about the dangers of radiation and fallout.  The film begins with footage of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and the study of the blasts made by the United States Atomic Energy Commission.  The narration puts forward the idea that nuclear contamination and exposure can be minimized by...
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Created at the outset of America's entry into WWII, this Castle Film newsreel shows America as the "Arsenal of Democracy" producing men and materials for the war effort.   Basic training and testing of military equipment is shown, along with the construction of jeeps, tanks, ships, guns, planes, PT boats and other war material.   Some of the spectacular footage included shows tanks driving through buildings and over obstacles, soldiers fording rivers, exercises using horses,...
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The film “The Ten Takes Flight” was produced by Film & Television Communications for the McDonnell Douglas Corporation. It opens with Larry Van Nuys broadcasting live from a mobile unit on August 29, 1970 for the first flight of the McDonnell Douglas DC-10 wide-bodied jet from Long Beach airport. Broadcaster Michael Ryan is in the control tower and actor Art Ballinger is at Edwards Air Force Base (:09-43). Overhead shots are shown of the plane, as are its crew, led by test pilot Captain...
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Made in 1946 to commemorate 20 years of the Strategic Air Command, this silent film shows the various aircraft used to carry atomic weapons.  It begins with images of the B-29, which carried the first and only atomic bombs  ever used in anger and which served as nuclear weapons platforms in 1946-47.  The B-50 is shown at the 1:40 mark, and this modified version of the B-29 served until 1955 in this role.  Next, the F-84 Thunderjet is shown, in service from 1950-57.  At the 2:45 mark these...
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Dating to the 1920s, and released by the obscure Aladdin Motion Pictures, this "Travel Gem" shows views of the Peruvian city of Cuzco / Cusco, the City of the Sun. At :21 is a panorama of the city which sits at 11,000 feet in the Andes Mountains. At 1:09 the local inhabitants are shown including many Indians and descendants of the Inca. At 1:41 is a view of an ancient wall built with tightly cut stone blocks, and without concrete. At 2:09 the road to Fortress Hill is shown and at 2:40...
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Dating to 1944-45, these silent films contain a record of Luftwaffe pilot kills over Europe. These kind of "gun camera" films were used both to document and verify kills and probables, but also to assess the techniques used in the dogfights. The film contains various encounters beginning with an attack by an Fw-190 on a Lagg 5, or Lavochkin La-5 This was one of the Soviet Air Force's most capable types of warplane, able to fight German designs on an equal footing. In this case however...
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Made in the late 1930s by producers Marcel De Hubsch and Etienne Lallier, "Branlebas de Combat" or literally "Call to Action" presents a look at the fighting French Navy just before it was torn to pieces in World War II. Featuring a score by acclaimed composer Jacques Ibert, the movie contains images of the fleet including especially the battleship Provence, which incredibly was sunk twice in WWII -- once by the British and once by the French. Provence was a battleship of...
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Castle Films presents “News Parade of the Year 1941” — a black-and-white review of several of that year’s top news stories. Narrated by actor and opera singer Basil Ruysdael, the picture begins with coverage of the fifth year of China’s Second Sino-Japanese War (mark  00:16 ) and footage of bombing raids and residents fleeing for shelter. There are battle scenes from Tobruk in Northern Africa and scenes of war-torn Greece as Nazis advance through the Balkans (mark  01:03 ). France...
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Made in 1944 as victory seemed in reach in WWII, IT CAN'T LAST was typical of the 6th War Loan propaganda films. Written by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and Librarian of Congress Archibald MacLeish, the film was intended to help steel public resolve and held ensure both financial and physical support for the war effort. Like most of the other 6th War Loan films, this one criticizes home front complacency while contrasting the situation of civilians and war workers with that of soldiers, sailors...
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This 1960 black and white installment of “See It Now” produced and edited by Edward R. Murrow and Fred W. Friendly (Part 2 of 2) presents a behind-the-scenes overview of initial testing for the UGM-27 Polaris missile, a two-stage solid-fueled nuclear-armed submarine-launched ballistic missile, the United States Navy's first SLBM (TRT:  26:58). The USS George Washington (SSBN-598) ballistic missile submarine surfaces (0:08). One of the submarine’s missile hatches opens. A Polaris missile...
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The Corporal Story is a 1956 silent gag film from Jet Propulsion Laboratory, one of the partners of the U.S. Army in the development of the MGM-5 Corporal missile, the first long-range guided missile. While the captions are comical, there is good footage of what appears to be actual test launches of the missile—although the footage of failed launch attempts only enhances the humorous spin of the film. The film opens with footage of an explosion and the charred remains of the missile and its...
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This extraordinary silent home movie shot by a member of the Civil Air Patrol shows the aftermath of two plane crashes. At :37, you will see rescuers removing a body from the first crash scene. Debris is spread over a small area. This aircraft appears to be a single engine trainer belonging to the military. At 1:00, in another scene shot on a different day, you will see wreckage from a much larger aircraft strewn over a hillside. At 1:32, you can make out the wing with the number NC60526....
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This 1944 color restricted film about being an “Aviation Parachute Rigger” is part of a “Your Job in the Navy” series of recruitment films presented by the U.S. Navy. It opens with colorful parachutes hanging high on a wall. One is lowered by a wire to a waiting sailor (:23-:38). Women Parachute Riggers in Navy WAVES blouses sit at sewing machines and repair parachutes (:39-:52). Two Parachute Riggers are shown up-close packing a parachute along a long table. The entire parachute is...
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Made in 1965, this film report documents the "civic action program" adopted by the U.S. Marine Corps in Vietnam. This "hearts and minds" type of warfare (which also included Operation County Fair and the Combined Action Program -- see our Youtube channel) was adopted in hopes of reversing gains by the Viet Cong in South Vietnam, but unfortunately its success was limited. The idea behind Full Blade was fairly simple: because the Viet Cong and the North Vietnamese Army could...
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HMS DRYAD is a 1970s recruiting film produced by International Cine for the British Royal Navy. The short film features a former student of the naval school in Hampshire, England, who trained there to become a Royal Navy Radar Operator. The film opens with a shot of a battleship at sea ( 00:16 ), as the narrator says that defense at sea in the 1970s has progressed a long way since the early days of naval warfare. One of the biggest advances is radar. The narrator, John Fox, says he went to...
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This film is one of the Yesterday's Newsreels, an early television series which ran from 1948 to 1950 and was produced using the holdings of the defunct General Newsreel company. The series presented original newsreel footage with a contemporary narrative. This episode begins with the segment “1933 Men Behind the President” (:44) and it shows FDR’s white house staff of 1934. Beginning with the President (:48) among his crew and then to Ed Starling (:58) of the secret service. Following is...
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Made in the 1950s, this incredible film recounts the medical research work of Dr. János Hugo Bruno "Hans" Selye, (January 26, 1907 – October 16, 1982), a pioneering Austrian-Canadian endocrinologist of Hungarian origin. He conducted much important scientific work on the hypothetical non-specific response of an organism to stressors. Although he did not recognize all of the many aspects of glucocorticoids, Selye was aware of their role in the stress response. Many scientists believe...
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