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Made to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Ingersoll Corporation, this newsreel shows some of the company's products including military ones. First, the famed Ingersoll Disc used in agriculture and construction around the world is seen. At  1:22 , a bulldozer is seen clearing land using the discs, and at  2:00  they are shown plowing under sugar cane stubble. At  2:40 , the Lark an amphibious vehicle similar to a DUKW, is shown. Ingersoll worked for 17 years in the field of amphibious...
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This 1941 black and white British propaganda patriotic film is presented by The Ministry of Information, written and directed by Humphrey Jennings, and narrated by Laurence Olivier. There are seven segments, each represented by an extract from different English literary passages, poems, and speeches. Each segment is accompanied by war-time images. It opens with a cover of William Camden’s Britannia, whose words are showcased by views of idyllic pastures, woods, rocky cliffs and crags, and a...
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Made in the 1960s, this silent Russian film (actually -- it is a sound film but we have not yet been able to make a transfer of the magnetic sound, hope to do so soon) shows a demonstration of a Soviet punchcard computer system and other computers. These appear to include the ES EVM, one of a series of clones of IBM's System/360 and System/370 mainframes, released in the Comecon countries under the initiative of the Soviet Union in the 1960s. Production continued until 1998. The total number of...
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Flames shoot from a rocket thrust booster and workers add fuel to cylinders in the opening moments of “Careful Diets for Missiles” as a narrator dramatically proclaims, “Food — for the hungry bellies of rockets and missiles. Their diets are critical. The big jobs eat a lot and mixing it by hand isn't good enough anymore.” With that, the logo for Toledo Scales appears onscreen (mark  01:20 ) and we’re transported to aerospace manufacturer Thiokol Chemical Corporation in Utah while...
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Dating to 1946, this silent, raw footage shows preparations underway to document the Operation Crossroads atomic bomb tests using drone B-17 aircraft. The Enewetak Atoll, home base for the drone operations, is seen at  1:35  from the air, with various views of the area that would be used for the later Operation Sandstone tests. At  6:30 , drone B-17 aircraft are seen. These were equipped with radio controls and television cameras so that they could be flown remotely through the atomic cloud...
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This 1948 travelogue about New York City is part of Pan American Airways “Wings to…” series, directed and photographed by Charles Beeland. The film opens with a long advertisement for Pan Am. Clipper ships are contrasted to close-ups of these Boeing 377-10-26 Pan Am Jet Clipper: Golden Fleece, Mayflower, Hotspur, and Invincible, with world routes graphically mapped (:28- 2:52 ). The skyline is seen as the airplane approaches and lands at New York Airport. Passengers in 1948 clothing and...
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Made by Dobeckmun, a leading manufacturer of cellophane bags for the retail industry and one of the great companies of 1930s Cleveland, Ohio, MAKING DRESSING OF SHIMMERING TRANSPARENCY is a silent industrial film highlighting the company and the city in which it resides. This rare color film begins with images of downtown Cleveland from the air (actually, a skyscraper roof) before showing the city from a "motor car" ( 1:25 ). At  1:43  the Dobeckmun Company plant is seen, and then...
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This World War II Army Air Forces Combat Report newsreel, a combat film report titled “It Can Be Done,” promotes America’s “get it done” attitude during World War II. This begins with the premise that sometimes, less is more. At mark  00:52  we see a 60-gallon airplane belly tank made of bamboo and mud, originally designed by the Chinese to give Curtiss P-40 Warhawks extra miles of range. “It was a case of now, not tomorrow. And it was done,” the announcer proudly proclaims at...
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Canada’s National War Finance Committee presents “Sicily: Key to Victory,” a black-and-white World War II-era film released following the July-August 1943 Sicilian Campaign. Filmed by the Canadian Army Film Unit and produced by the National Film Board of Canada, the picture is a partial record of the achievements of Canada’s First Division in that campaign. A scroll at the start of the film explains, “The victory in Sicily began in the wheat fields and factories of Canada. Only by the...
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How to remain in contact with a submerged submarine via a Signal Underwater Sound (SUS) MK 84 MOD 0 sonobuoy is the subject of this 1960s training film prepared for Naval Air Systems Command. The non-explosive, aircraft-to-submarine communications device provides one-way acoustic communications. It is explained starting at mark  01:00  how the device is launched from an aircraft and can transmit one of four independent codes, each representing a pre-assigned command message. The camera pans a...
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A frozen, snow-swept Arctic field introduces us to life around the Arctic Ocean as a narrator explains the barren wasteland is also an important source of oil as well as a strategic military point for the United States Navy in this circa 1975 film, “Window to the Arctic.” “The United States Navy has been studying the Arctic for over a century,” it’s explained beginning at mark  1:30 , every since US Naval vessels entered the area in 1850. Their mission was partly to find British Rear...
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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, shoring up the roof, and placing coal into a long conveyer belt so that it can be transported to the surface. 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:...
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Dating to 1945, this industrial incentive film YOUR MISTAKE TOKYO was intended to sell war bonds and encourage American workers to do their part for the war effort. The film begins with a re-enactment of Japanese broadcasters on Radio Tokyo denying the American victory in the Second Battle of Philippine Sea. Like a Tokyo Rose, the announcer claims the Pacific fleet has been annihilated. At 1:05 , the China Sea is shown and the U.S. Navy's fleet is shown at sea. US Navy Admiral Halsey ( 1:38 )'s...
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Directed by Bob Lapresle and prepared by the British Film Council, “Let’s See” is a 1945 Technicolor picture that takes a look at the manufacture of optical lenses and their many uses throughout the different industries, from microscopes to spectacles to full use in the war effort during World War II. It opens by mentioning how a camera lens can capture any moment for posterity’s sake. Although most people see a lens only as a glass object “with mysterious properties” (mark 01:10 ),...
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Created exclusively for “the men and women of American industry” circa 1943, this official United States War Department Film, produced by the US Army Signal Corps, begins by taking the audience to the South Pacific, “where American planes, powered by high octane, serviced by billions of small parts from the factories of America, are delivering packages of death to the Japs, bombing the daylight out of the Rising Sun.” With that dramatic introduction, bombers are shown at mark  01:00...
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This 1940s British instructional and educational film, produced with the Ironfoundry Association, shows the process by which cast iron products were made prior to the highly-mechanized era. Here, almost every step of the process to make a finished article, is done by hand and with very little mechanization.  A foundry is seen at  1:00 , with pig iron being brought into the factory to make stove hotplates. A pattern maker is seen at  1:29  using lead and tin to make a mold. At  2:00 , sand...
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This post-WWII Soviet propaganda film (entirely in Russian) pays tribute to the role played by partisan groups in fighting the invading German Wehrmacht during the Great Patriotic War. The film includes rare footage and re-enactments depicting a variety of operations, from harassing German rear areas and supply lines, administering rough justice to persons who collaborated with the Germans (a firing squad is seen around  1:35 ), and working to re-assure Soviets in isolated and occupied areas...
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Made in 1951, "Wing to Wing" showcases the Royal Air Force as it transitioned to the jet age. Scenes include a throwback to show how WWII was fought in the sky, modern day combat in Korea (including the Royal Australian Air Force jets), and scenes showing the capabilities and versatility of a whole series of first generation British jet powered aircraft. As the commentator says:   Strength in the air today decides the fate of nations. Air power must be ours where the cause of peace...
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This circa 1940 black-and-white travelogue takes us to the rugged, rainforested Central American country. The film opens on street scenes from the capital, San Jose (mark  00:23 ), a city “as modern as today’s airplane.” We see such structures as the National Theater ( 00:46 ) and the University of Costa Rica before visiting young girls picking coffee beans from plants (mark  01:30 ) and then follow the key product through its production cycle. A resident beautifully paints his ox cart...
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This series of three films produced by ALCOA to educate the public about the aluminum industry focuses on the production of aluminum. The films discus Bauxite mining, refining, smelting, and delivery. The various aspects of the production of aluminum are shown including Bauxite Refining (:09), Smelting of Aluminum ( 5:30 ), and Aluminum Fabricating Process ( 10:10 ).  The Bayer process shown is the principal industrial means of refining bauxite to produce alumina (aluminium oxide). Bauxite,...
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AL-CAN TRAILER TREK is a short film, produced by Kennedy Productions in 1957 or 1958, that promotes and popularizes trailer traveling and RV'ing. Sponsored by the Mobile Home Manufacturers Association, this travel and fishing trip featured outdoor and fishing writers for magazines and newspapers, who write about the trek up to Anchorage, Alaska. The main character of the film is Jack Perry, Outdoor Editor for the Gary, Indiana Post Tribune, and the narration is from his point of view. Perry’s...
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This 16mm silent home movie dates to the 1950s and shows a vacation in Italy that starts on the highway from Rome towards Venice. It starts at ;12 with a visit to Trevi, followed at :29 with the garden at Fonti del Clilunno. At :57 is the Monastery of St. Francis at Assizi / Assisi. San Marino is seen at 1;33 with a cattle auction taking place. Venice starts at 4:17 , with St. Mark's Square seen at 4:29 . The Bridge of Sighs is seen at 7:30 . The Lido is seen in twilight at 8:20 . A trip...
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This Rockwell International film shows the events of August 12, 1977 when, as part of approach and landing tests at Edwards Air Force Base, the Space Shuttle Enterprise flew on its own for the first time. The film features a post-flight debriefing with Commander Fred W. Haise, Jr. and pilot C. Gordon Fullerton. Space Shuttle Enterprise (Orbiter Vehicle Designation: OV-101) was the first orbiter of the Space Shuttle system. Rolled out on September 17, 1976, it was built for NASA as part of the...
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Produced by NASA contractor Rockwell International, this circa 1978 film was made shortly before the successful Apollo-Soyuz space mission. It is followed by a second film SPACESHIP EARTH showing on-going work on the new Space Shuttle. APOLLO-SOYUZ was created prior to the actual mission, and uses footage from prior Apollo missions and concept art. The film also shows the construction and assembly process for the Apollo side of the mission with Deke Slaton and crew shown. The docking module is...
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This 1960s color film about Spain is one of a series of Pan Am travelogues. It is produced and directed by legendary filmmaker Henry Strauss. An organ grinder makes music in a wagon behind a burro (:22), while another donkey gets shoed (:28). Donkeys walk, their backs loaded with packs (:43). A man pushes a stubborn donkey that refuses to move (:48). An old man rides a donkey ( 1:06 ). A bull charges across the bullfighting ring at a matador ( 1:20 ). Castle shots include Alcazar of Segovia (...
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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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G-B Instructional Limited presents OLIVE GROWING IN THE MIDDLE EAST a short film by the J. Arthur Rank Organization Limited and supervised by G I Cons, M.A. The film concentrates on showing the multiple processes used to make olive oil versus the actual olive growing process. The opening shot is a panoramic view of limestone hills dotted by olive trees. A map showing the heaviest concentrations of olive trees (:40 – 1:12 ) highlights the areas around Spain, the south of France, and Italy. The...
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This 1960s home movie features a family with twin boys and a baby sister celebrating Xmas. At :33 they are shown opening presents by the tree with mother and grandpa. At :55, it being the Cold War era, they open some kind of missile launcher toy. At 1:14 they receive bowties and at 1:19 a pair of cymbals. At 1:47 they get matching red pajamas. At 2:01 the boys' stockings are shown stuffed with gifts. At 2:19 , it being the pre-Vietnam War era, a set of tommy guns and pistols are given out...
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The 1947 episode “The State of Vermont,” part of the Carl Dudley Productions motion pictures series This Land Of Ours, gives viewers a taste of Vermont. Vermont, the first state to be added to the original 13, is home to breathtaking scenery. The state’s large waterways provide energy through hydroelectric power ( 01:17 ) and opportunities for recreation: Lake Champlain is the largest lake east of the Great Lakes. Vermont’s first settlement is Brattleboro ( 01:30 ), situated on the...
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This profile of the USAF Thunderbirds dates to the time period between 1983-1985, when SSgt Steve Geoghegan served as Crew Chief with SSgt Paul Cantwell and Capt. John Bostick (among others). The film documents the return of the Thunderbirds to America's skies after a devastating series of accidents that resulted in the deaths of five pilots in 19 months, including four who were tragically killed while practicing at the Nellis, Nevada base on Jan. 18, 1982. The deaths were caused when their...
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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 period film AUSTRALIA WILD AND STRANGE was produced and narrated by Carveth Wells and shows "depictions of his experience in the northern regions." Wells was a noted author and lecturer who "Sought Secrets of Strange Places." This film begins by explaining that American and Australian beginnings were similar in they both involved white settlers and are now both considered to be productive commonwealths (:58). A map of the country is provided showing the Indian Ocean to...
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Dating to the 1960s, this filmic record of the U.S. Navy's Point Mugu base, entitled WEAPONS THAT WORK, features Commander Glenn Ford as host. Pt. Mugu served in this era as one of the primary test ranges for guided missiles, sea launched weapons, and other important missiles and weapon systems of the Cold War.It is now part of Naval Base Ventura County (NBVC).   The film begins with images of the Sparrow III missile being used against a target drone, as well as many of the other missions of...
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The 1949 short Chevrolet film, “It All Depends,” produced by Jam Handy, promotes Chevrolet vehicles by showing how the American community is connected and works together, and the role the automobile manufacturer plays. The film was shot somewhere in Michigan, likely just outside Detroit. It opens with an aerial view of a town, then cuts to a scene of children playing on a street ( 00:33 ). A family eats a meal together ( 01:54 ), the little boy enjoying a glass of milk that is brought to...
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Written and directed by Hanz Thorner, this reel provides comprehensive coverage of the Winter Olympics in St. Moritz, Switzerland in 1948. Many events staged at St. Moritz are covered in the film, including the Ladies Special Slalom, (00:00:50:00) figure skating, (00:04:18:00) ski jumping, (00:09:00:00) the 50 km. cross country race, (00:13:40:00) and a thrilling speed skating race. (00:17:30:00). Six cameras were used in the production to catch the champions of 30 nations in action. The film...
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The color NASA film “Apollo in Perspective” begins on a somber note as the nation reflects on where plans stand for a lunar mission in the wake of the 1967 Apollo 1 fire that claimed the lives of astronauts Virgil I. “Gus” Grissom, Edward H. White II, and Roger B. Chaffee and the civil unrest of the late 1960s. The film takes a look back to the start of the space program as President John F. Kennedy makes his historic 1961 State of the Union address and proclamation that the United...
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Made during the Apollo program, “Astronaut Training” is an official NASA film produced circa 1968 that shows potential astronauts are shown preparing for their flights during various training programs in the classrooms, geological surveys, and underwater simulators. It opens in May 1961 as Mercury astronaut Alan Shepard prepared to become the first American in space. We see scenes filmed aboard his Freedom 7 spacecraft before switching to a Saturn V rocket on a launchpad (mark  01:32 ) —...
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This late 1950s-early 1960s color film is an Air France travelogue about the Roman Catholic cathedrals at Lourdes, Lisieux, Fatima, and Rome. It is produced by Les Analyses Cinematographiques and directed by Paul Mattei. The organ music is an original composition by Maurice Lenfant. An Air France Sud Aviation SE 210 Caravelle III (F-BHRK) zips by, a jet engine is shown, and the passengers board ( 1:09 - 1:40 ). A group of nuns exits an Air France Boeing 707 Intercontinental ( 1:41 ). Passengers...
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This black and white film by Young American Films is a 1950s educational public service announcement on oral hygiene. It is an adaption of the British Information Service Film “Your Children’s Teeth”. The film begins with a girl smiling to show off her strong teeth ( 0:22 - 0:27 ). A dentist shows a decaying set of teeth, and then works on the mouth of a young woman to show a beautiful smile ( 0:27 - 0:47 ). Fresh vegetables are put in a basket, and vintage glass milk bottles are picked...
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Industry On Parade was a television series created by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) from 1950-1960. The series consisted of weekly episodes that highlighted American manufacturing and business. Hundreds of companies and products were documented during the program’s decade-long run. 1957’s episode 332 takes viewers to industries or businesses in Utah, Massachusetts, Michigan, and Missouri. In Utah’s Salt Lake Valley, a man drives a harvester that digs up sugar beets (...
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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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This color film from 1960 was produced by Fox subsidiary Movietonews Inc. We begin with a Pan American Boeing 707 Jet Clipper (:20-:37) arriving in Istanbul, Turkey, once known as Constantinople. A visitor is served lemonade via a unique dispenser strapped to a local’s back (:48- 1:00 ) while another gets a shoe shine at an elaborate stand ( 1:01 ). A gentleman puffs on a nargalay (hooka) of flavored smoke ( 1:20 - 1:37 ). At the many docks, bridges full of people and cars connect the city...
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This silent film, a home movie shot on 16mm, shows a U.S. Army exercise on July 18-31, 1930 near Fort Hoyle, Maryland. This was part of a program called the Civilian Military Training Camp system, which operated in the years between the wars. Fort Hoyle was first established in 1922 on Gunpowder Neck in Harford County and became a part of Edgewood Arsenal in 1940. The 1st Field Artillery Brigade is the primary unit shown in the film. The film begins with images of a U.S. Army encampment with...
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Using Water Wisely is a 1950s video report from the Exploratory Committee On The Application Of Water, which reports on the results from test fires and the use of indirect water application—using water wisely—in fighting fires. The film primarily features footage of test buildings on fire with one or several fire hoses applying water. The film opens with dozens of firemen ( 00:18 ) watching a test fire. The test fires in the report are conducted in Miami, Florida ( 00:47 ; 15:08 ), Kansas...
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This 1950s color film about cotton was presented by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Cotton Council International, and was produced by Audio Productions. A cotton bloom opens ( 0:27 - 0:32 ). Hanging samples of cotton fabrics are praised in multiple languages (:33- 2:18 ). A time-lapse sequence of a cotton plant growing is shown ( 2:44 - 3:49 ). Cotton buds open in slow motion ( 3:50 - 4:32 ). Illustrations of ancient inhabitants of India are shown growing cotton, Arabs carrying...
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This short educational film, “City Driving,” is produced by the Ford Motor Company, and it is one in a series in cooperation with the National Commission On Safety Education. “City Driving” is filmed in Phoenix, Arizona in 1959, and it promotes safe driving in a city environment, featuring 1960 Ford Falcons. The main car used Central High School’s 1960 Ford Falcon Driver Education car. The film covers what to do and not to do in a number of situations, focusing on the following safe...
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WAR FILM 36, one of the War Department's newsreel and informational films produced during WWII, consists of several segments and dates to late 1944 or early 1945. First, "Great Floor" shows the construction of a runway for B-29 bombers in China. Since no motorized or mechanical devices are available, 72,000 Chinese work on one airfield using primitive rock breaking and other traditional construction techniques. According to the narrator, these "super airfields" are being...
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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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Dating to the 1970s and created by Shirley Cobham, this beautiful Pan Am travelogue film focuses on the islands of the Caribbean also called "the Eighth Continent", although excluding Cuba which was under embargo at the time. The film features gorgeous footage of the many activities affiliated with the Caribbean: sailing, fishing, swimming and lounging activities at the beach. At  4:00 , the film visits St. Georges, Grenada and shows the quaint downtown and historic waterfront. At ...
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This John Deere film from 1961 "Men, Ideas and Tractors" shows how new tractors are designed, built, and tested before being approved for mass manufacturing. The design and early manufacturing stages occur at John Deere’s Waterloo, Iowa operation ( 00:09 ). Engineers meet to compare designs and work out issues for the new generation of tractors (in this case, it is the 2010, 2010U, 3010, and 4010 models). Electronic computers are used to help work out problems ( 01:17 ), like gear...
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This black-and-white silent film was produced by the United States Army Signal Corps, and recalls the the Meuse-Argonne Offensive, also known as the Battle of the Argonne Forest. It was a major part of the final Allied offensive of World War I that stretched along the entire Western Front. It was fought in France from September 26, 1918, until the Armistice of November 11, 1918. The narrative is told via standard title cards, and begins with an explanation at mark  00:12  that the German...
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This 1950s film shows how a blind woman named Evelyn is able to efficiently maintain her apartment, cooking, cleaning and performing other tasks. At 4:50 she is seen vacuuming and tidying up, and at 5:00 putting on lipstick. At 5:20 she teaches English and at 5:30 types at a typewriter. At 5:40 she is seen with her guide dog. At 5:50 the film crew including motion picture camera is seen shooting in her house as she prepares dinner. The film was written by Max Arman, narrated by John Daly,  ...
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“The Fight For Vietnam” (no. 574), part of the U.S. Army’s documentary series The Big Picture, reports on the U.S. military’s efforts to help South Vietnam “stamp out the threat of communism” through training and assisting the South Vietnam military and through civic engagement. It was released in the mid to late 1960s. Filmed on location, the story begins with an overview of Vietnam and a brief history of military intervention in the country, beginning with French occupation (...
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EDIT VIDEO This film WATER SOUTH looks at the construction of the California Aqueduct starting in 1960, including rare footage of the construction of the Oroville Dam. The California Aqueduct is a system of canals, tunnels, and pipelines that conveys water collected from the Sierra Nevada Mountains and valleys of Northern and Central California to Southern California. The over 400-mile (640 km) aqueduct is the principal feature of the California State Water Project. The Department of Water...
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“Illinois” is an episode in the 1940s motion picture series This Land Of Ours, from Carl Dudley Productions, and gives viewers an overview of the “Land of Lincoln.” This episode opens with a shot of a mighty river ( 00:34 ), as the narrator explains the number of rivers and lakes located within or along Illinois’ border. Modern cities such as Chicago ( 01:07 ) and Springfield ( 01:16 ) are home to the millions of Midwesterners. Springfield, the capital, is itself a dedication to...
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The 1962 Owen Murphy Productions film for Bell Telephone “Krystallos” starts with close-up footage of quartz crystals, one of the most common minerals on Earth (:07), and shifts to a drawing of a watercolor painting depicting mountains and meadows (:30), before shifting to an icy blue quartz (:45). The word “crystal” is derived from the Greek word krystallos, meaning “clear ice.” The film’s narrator describes how two young French brothers, Jacques and Pierre Curie, discovered...
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One of a series of historic newsreels first released by the General Newsreel Company, this episode features various segments. First, President Franklin Roosevelt is seen on September 11, 1937 visiting Hudson River State Hospital on nurses’ graduation day in the first year of his second term as President ( 0:40 ). Here he narrates a funny story about his experiences ( 1:20 ), bursting out laughing in the faces of the nurses, and receiving a thunderous applause. At mark 2:19 a Bank for Bathers...
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These 1940s home movies show Tucson Arizona and environs. The movie was shot during a 4-H youth organization convention. At the 1 minute mark you will see the San Xavier del Bac mission, with the 4H'rs arriving by bus from the University of Arizona. At the 2:45 mark are images of a swimming pool at the University of Arizona, followed by campus scenes. At the 7 minute mark students are seen giving presentations. The 4-H name represents four personal development areas of focus for the...
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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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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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Made by the California State Fire Marshall, "More Dangerous Than Dynamite" shows the dangers faced by Americans in their homes -- household accidents and dangers that kill nearly 40,000 people per year. The film shows how a hot iron can cause a fire ( 1:00 ), a space heater ( 1:12 ), a gas heater left on ( 1:20 ), short circuited electrical systems ( 1:30 ) and bad lamp cords, cigarettes left burning ( 1:51 ), burning rubbish in a poor incinerator, open paint buckets and oil soaked...
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The United States Air Force presents “What Makes a Man: The Story of the United States Air Force Academy,” a mid-1960s informational color film encouraging men to join the Colorado Springs campus. The film opens with the rhetorical question posed in the title, and the viewer is asked whether stone and metal buildings make a man, or does it come from knowledge, action, competition, or something else? All the while, images of young cadets and academic and athletic life fill the screen....
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This silent, amateur "gag film" was apparently made by members of the 526th U.S. Air Force 526th Fighter Squadron sometime in the 1950s. The unit provided   Air Defense of western Europe throughout the 1960s-90s in Munich vicinity. Its last assignment was with the 86th Operations Group, based at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. It was inactivated on 1 July 1994.   The film shows the unit's new F-86, meaning the film likely dates to summer of 1953, the squadron completed its move to...
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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 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 short travelogue film on Panama is from the series “This World Of Ours” made by Dudley Pictures in the 1950’s. Panama lies between Costa Rica and Columbia (:35). Within it’s borders, is the Panama Canal which connects the Atlantic and Pacific oceans (:43). In 1513, the first European to set eyes upon this land was Balboa and a statue stands in homage to him ( 1:09 ). All that remains of the old city founded in 1519, by the Spanish, are shown in rubble ( 1:17 ). Two years later the...
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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 “Yesterday’s Newsreel” film offers the viewer “television highlights of the news of yesteryear” by providing vintage clips of famous people and events from the first half of the 20th century. This episode opens with the devastating 1906 San Francisco Earthquake (mark  00:30 ) and we see “on the spot pictures of the most talked of disaster in our history,” including buildings engulfed in flames structures left in ruins on the ground. In scenes nine years later (mark  01:33 )...
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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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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 in 1945, THE BROAD FOURTEENS is one of the excellent, dramatized accounts of WWII made by the Ministry of Information for morale purposes. The film shows the first posting, and eventual first action, of a newly-trained motor torpedo boat (MTB) crew. ('The Broad Fourteens' is the name given to a patrol area of the North Sea off the Dutch coast.) The film joins the boat and crew at the end of their training (probably HMS Bee, the Coastal Force working up base at Weymouth). The boats featured...
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Presented by the United States Navy, this “unclassified” circa 1953 black-and-white film, titled “Carrier Action Off Korea,” opens with US Army General Douglas McArthur (mark  00:37 ) in Panmunjom, North Korea, to sign the armistice agreement formally ending the Korean War. Hostilities continued for another 12 hours resulting in more loss of life, and at mark  01:40  scenes of devastation are revealed “as an unnatural silence crosses the front.” The film begins a reflection of...
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Made in 1963 by British Petroleum and presented in French, "Un Risque Calcule" / "A Calculated Risk" shows the search for oil in Abu Dhabi. The film was directed by Julian Spiro and produced by James Carr, with cinematography by Kenneth Reeves and underwater photography by Paul de Roubaix. The film opens with shots of a floating oil rig designed to extract petroleum from the deep sea near the new Umm-Shaif Oil Field adjacent to the United Arab Emirates. The Umm Shaif Oil...
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The film, Horizons of Science the Realm of the Galaxies, is a color film produced in the late 1950’s or early 1960’s. The film was to teach the basics about the astronomy of the galaxies and   was produced in association with the Educational Testing Service (ETS), Princeton, N.J. with the assistance of the National Science Foundation (NSF), Washington, D.C.   The Educational Testing Service was founded in 1947. The National Science Foundation was formed in 1950 to support research and...
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A Salute to the US Navy circa 1935 featuring U.S. Navy fleet maneuvers at sea.  Ships highlighted in this film are: The battleship USS California (BB-44), destroyers USS Cushing (DD-376), USS Phelps (DD-360), USS Wasmuth (DD-338), cruisers USS Salt Lake City (CA-25), aircraft carriers and torpedo planes.
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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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"Mr. Push-a-Button", a U.S. Navy film about the education and responsibilities of a Naval officer, starts with images of the U.S. Navy's mothball or reserve fleet, as a Navy officer receives new orders transferring him from reserve duties to the fleet and in particular, managing one of the U.S. Navy's new surface-to-air guided missile systems aboard the cruiser USS Canberra CA-70. The title of the film comes from the fear that the officer in the film expresses that "men are being...
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Based on the holdings of the defunct General Newsreel Co, Yesterday’s Newsreel was a TV series that actual vintage news footage with modern narration. This particular episode begins with the years 1912 to 1946 and the title is ‘A Military Man’. Douglas MacArthur (:41) was a West Point graduate since 1913. He is then shown on a military expedition to Veracruz, Mexico as a Captain and among comrades including Franz Von Papen ( 1:02 ). General John BlackJack Pershing recognizes MacArthur...
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"Ticket to Jasper" is a 1947 film presented by Canadian National Railways (:11) for The National Film Board of Canada (:28). It opens with stunning footage of the Canadian Rockies which had once been known as The Shining Mountain (:54). Below the mountains run the Athabasca River (:58) and old records of the river are shown by pioneers such as Gabrielle Frenshore’s ‘Voyage’ and David Thompson’s Narrative of his explorations in Western America ( 1:12 - 1:16 ). A map is shown...
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This film is by Encyclopedia Britannica Educational Corporation (:08). Its topic will be lysergic acid diethylamide (:53) the natural and synthetic hallucinogen. A bottle containing LSD is shown and one ounce is capable of producing 300,000 hallucinogenic trips (1:23). It has been produced by Concept films (1:48). It begins in 1951, in southern France where citizens had been hit with a strange illness constituted with pain, high fever and hallucinations (2:24). The plague was dubbed ‘St....
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“Chapter XI: North Africa, Nov. 1942-May 1943” (SFP 263-II) of The Air Force Story film series shows the Allied invasion of North Africa and the ensuing battles that lead to the Allied liberation of Tunis. The chapter opens with a shot of Allied ships on the Mediterranean on 8 November 1942 preparing to invade North Africa as part of Operation Torch. A Curtiss P-40 Warhawk is lifted up onto the flight deck of an aircraft carrier ( 01:34 ). There is a shot of P-40s on the deck of the...
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Industry On Parade was a television series created by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) from 1950-1960. The series consisted of weekly episodes that highlighted American manufacturing and business.   The first episode is titled “Water, Water Everywhere.” This episode discusses the importance of water use, and shows footage of fields in the San Joaquin Valley being irrigated ( 00:42 ), cars being transported on a barge through a loch or canal ( 01:50 ), water used for a...
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Industry on Parade was a short television program that aired in the U.S. from1950-1960. It was produced by the National Association of Manufacturers. The series demonstrated complicated industrial processes that transformed raw materials into finished products. Industry On Parade Retirement In The Afternoon is one of those black and white, public service, industrial films, probably produced in the mid 1950’s. Narrators used were Bob Wilson, Peter Roberts, and Radcliffe Hall. It was produced...
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The 1947 episode “The State of Wyoming,” part of the Carl Dudley Productions motion pictures series This Land Of Ours, gives viewers a taste of the western state. Wyoming sits at a high elevation, with expensive plateaus and majestic mountains. Some of the state’s notable cities are Casper ( 01:46 ), home of Fort Caspar ( 01:06 ), and Cheyenne ( 01:15 ), the state’s capital. Oil and coal are two major industries in the state due to the abundance of the natural resources. Strip mining...
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Operation Deep Freeze (OpDFrz or ODF) is the codename for a series of United States missions to Antarctica, beginning with "Operation Deep Freeze I" in 1955–56, followed by "Operation Deep Freeze II", "Operation Deep Freeze III", and so on. Given the continuing and constant US presence in Antarctica since that date, "Operation Deep Freeze" has come to be used as a general term for US operations in that continent, and in particular for the regular...
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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 Soviet film tells the story of the Communist International from its founding in 1919. The Communist International, abbreviated as Comintern and also known as the Third International, was an international communist organization that advocated world communism. Narrator: "In 1919, Russia hosted the third Communist International. Listen to Lenin speak about it. ‘In March of this year of 1919, an international congress of Communists was held in Moscow. This congress founded the Third,...
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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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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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Trieste is a Swiss-designed, Italian-built deep-diving research bathyscaphe, which with her crew of two reached a record maximum depth of about 10,911 meters (35,797 ft), in the deepest known part of the Earth's oceans, the Challenger Deep, in the Mariana Trench near Guam in the Pacific. On 23 January 1960, Jacques Piccard (son of the boat's designer Auguste Piccard) and US Navy Lieutenant Don Walsh achieved the goal of Project Nekton. Trieste was the first manned vessel to have reached the...
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To The Shores Of Iwo Jima is a 1945 Kodachrome color short war film produced by the United States Navy and United States Marine Corps. Photographed in combat areas by cameramen of the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard, the film documents the Battle of Iwo Jima. The film opens with a shot of a battleship sailing on the sea ( 00:32 ). It discusses the island of Iwo Jima and uses graphics to show the makeup of the island and the network of tunnels built by Japanese troops. A shot of Iwo...
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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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In FAR EAST DIARY actress and singer Chris Noel discusses her time on the G.I. World of Miller Beer Far East Tour, a tour of U.S. military forces in Korea, Thailand, and Vietnam. Joining Noel on the tour is Bill Thrasher and Bhetty Waldron. The film opens with a montage of shots of Noel and Waldron performing for troops and traveling around the region. Betty Waldron then performs for the “Mountain Men of D 7/5” in Korea ( 03:07 ), before Chris Noel sings to the same troops ( 05:25 ),...
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This classic 1961 United States Air Force training film, Survival Stresses (TF 1-5375), is designed to introduce members of the Air Force to the stresses of survival, prompt them to think about the stresses and how they would react to them, and encourage the servicemen to prepare for properly handling such stresses. The film begins with a flameout followed by an ejection from an F-106 Delta Dart. The film then moves to a classroom, and the instructor uses a combination of lecturers and other...
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Let There Be Light is a 1946 American documentary film directed by John Huston. The film, commissioned by the United States Army Signal Corps, was the final entry in a John Huston trilogy of films produced at the request of the U.S. Government. This documentary film follows 75 U.S. soldiers who have sustained debilitating emotional trauma and depression. A series of scenes chronicle their entry into a psychiatric hospital, their treatment and eventual recovery. Some of the treatments involved...
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Made by the Portland Cement Association, BUILDING WITH CONCRETE MASONRY shows the process by which buildings can be made with concrete masonry walls. The film dates to the mid-to-late 1940s. It begins with images shot on a farm, where concrete blocks are used for sanitary reasons for animal husbandry, and for storage of farm machinery. At  3:50 , an International Harvester farm implement showroom is shown, with streamline design. At  4:28 , a concrete masonry plant is shown. At  5:30 , a few...
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