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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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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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Made during WWII by the War Finance Division of the U.S. Treasury Department, "Midnight" was released as part of the 7th War Loan, which took place in May 1945, just days after victory in Europe. Treasury officials were concerned that the defeat of Germany might lessen bond sales, and so the "Mighty 7th" came into being. MIDNIGHT tracks war activities around the globe as Big Ben strikes midnight in London. The narrator discusses the fact that the Navy uses Greenwich Mean...
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This film is a part of the series titled ‘Weekly Digest’. It shows various footage from WWII fronts including construction of the airstrip on Green Island, footage of the pilots of the first all African American fighter outfit and captured German soldier interrogations in Italy. The footage was prepared by the First Army Air Forces Combat Film Detachment (:22). The first segment takes viewers to Green Island off the coast of the Solomon Islands in March of 1944 (:32). A new airstrip here...
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This 1968 color film about air suspension by Firestone was presented by Firestone Industrial Products, a division of The Firestone Tire & Rubber Co. A semi-truck drives by a “Ship Federal Express” building (1:34). A Firestone executive glances through a “Put the Pair on Air” marketing brochure for Firestone Airide Airsprings (1:36-2:09).  A cartoon explains what air suspension is  (2:23-3:04). Suspension systems shown are buggy-style elliptical leaf springs, semi-elliptical...
Topics: Soft Touch, Firestone, Tires, Air Ride, Air Suspension, 1968, Trucks, Bugs, Stock Footage
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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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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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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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This World War II era news film, official War Film 18, Film Communique 7th Issue, begins with a shot of smoke billowing from an industrial factory with the description, “Exclusive for the Men and Women of American Industry” (00:12). A Signal Corps production circa 1943 to 1944, this black and white reel is labeled an official film of the War Department in cooperation with combat film units of the United States Marines, Navy, and Air Forces. The Burma Outpost Combat Film Unit provided...
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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 video is produced by the Sales Training Department of Anheuser-Busch, demonstrating to businesses how to correctly store and serve beer. Series of short shots of beer being poured, producing a large head.  Two shots of cans being opened.  (:08-:35)  Title plate; “It’s How It’s Handled” (:36-:44).  Several exterior shots of the Anheuser-Busch brewery (:45-1:12).  Montage of shots from brewery interior; bottles on a conveyer belt, a room of fermenters (1:13-1:36).  A delivery...
Topics: Anheuser-Busch, Beer, Brewery, Alcohol, Stock Footage
This film is a color film with B&W historical clips showing the 1969 Reunion of The Tailhook Association. Tailhook is a U.S.-based, non-profit fraternal organization, supporting the interests of sea-based aviation, with emphasis on aircraft carriers. The word tailhook refers to the hook underneath the tail of the aircraft that catches the arresting wire suspended across the flight deck in order to stop the landing plane quickly. Photography by the Pacific Fleet Combat Camera Group. 00:13...
Topics: 1969, US Navy, Aviation, Las Vegas, Nevada, 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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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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"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 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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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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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...
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This 1960’s era movie is called "More Power on the Ground". It is presented by Allis-Chalmers, Agricultural Division. The film highlights several tractor pulls at county fairs across the United States, with an eye towards promoting A/C tractors. The purpose of the film is to highlight the strength of the different motors in tractors that give farmers and workmen more pull power in their tractors. Tractor pulls are featured throughout the movie. The movie opens with images of a...
Topics: More Power, Ground, Allis Chalmers, Tractor Pull, Celebration, Stock Footage
This fascinating travelogue was made in 1934, in the era when China was in the grip of the Imperial nations.  America operated its own fleet of warships in Chinese waters, to protect American interests, especially the tankers belonging to Standard Oil. Shown in the film are various U.S. Navy warships and gunboats, and although none are identified by name the USS Augusta (CA-31), flagship for the Asiatic fleet, is clearly visible.  Canton and Shanghai are cities visited during the course of...
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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...
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Shot by an unknown tourist, this 16mm silent home movie shows a trip through the Southwest beginning in El Paso. In a part of the film that might be out of sequence, at :43 is what appears to be Tucson, Arizona's downtown as seen from "A" Mountain. At :47, an "E" on a hillside seems to indicate El Paso again. At  2:04 , Tucson is seen again, with a long sweeping vista shot from "A" Mountain. At  2:30 , part of the Desert Museum is seen with its impressive cactus...
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This silent U.S. Navy film shows the first launch of the Poseidon ballistic missile. The test firing was conducted on August 16, 1968. This was followed by the first successful at-sea launch from a surface ship, the historic USNS Observation Island (from July 1 to December 16, 1969), earning the ship the Meritorious Unit Commendation, and the first test launch from a submarine took place on the USS James Madison on 3 August 1970. The weapon officially entered service on 31 March 1971. It...
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This 1965 travelogue celebrates the state of Wyoming and the national parks in the vicinity.  It shows Grand Teton National Park as well as an Indian Camp (at 2:16) where Native Americans role play for white tourists.  The Cheyenne Frontier Days are shown at 2:30, with its parade, re-enactments and more.  The tourist industry in Jackson Hole near Yellowstone is seen at 3:45. The Chapel of the Transfiguration is seen at the 5 minute mark.  Footage of Yellowstone begins at the 6 minute mark...
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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...
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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 late 1950s film "Collector's Item" from Parthenon Pictures, presented by International Harvester, documents the city of Los Angeles’ banning of backyard trash incinerators and its transition to a municipal garbage collection system in 1957. The film opens with a shot of LA from a distance. A public works administrator from a midwestern city, Don Flemming, observes the operations of LA’s Toyon Canyon landfill. There are several good shots of LA. Cars crowd the freeways in LA...
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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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Drag racing and the National Hot Rod Association takes centerstage in this circa 1965 film presented by Hurst Performance Products. The film reminds the viewer of the modest beginnings of a hot rod (mark  00:45 ) and how fanatics would take old cars and drop a big engine in a small car, remove the fenders and windshield, and before you know it — a hot rod. The narrator continues to trace the vehicle’s development and how the sport became one that was carefully engineered as various...
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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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This film is presented by General Motors (:04) and it is composed of two films, the first being “All Things Considered”. This first segment focuses on the year 1975. As the Clean Air Act had been established in 1970, fuel costs and emission standards became a deciding factor in purchasing vehicles. A couple goes over finances (:18) with items such as annual fuel costs and maintenance being of most importance. In 1975 GM developed new efficiency systems to keep operating costs low (:47). The...
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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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BIRTH OF THE B-29 is a 1945 propaganda film commissioned by the U.S. War Department and released as War Film 30, one of a series of propaganda newsreels made during the war. As the name implies, the film concerns the production of the B-29 Superfortress bomber and its use in the aerial bombing of Japan in World War II. Opening amid scenes of volcanic eruptions, the narrator gives a brief description of the Japanese and their warlike nature, mentioning such concepts as bushido, Hakko ichiu, and...
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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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Attention! A new higher quality version of this video is now available at: http://youtu.be/y4q9jLXpdJk Made during WWII, this 1944 color film shows the men of the Coast Guard in operation in the Atlantic. Guardsmen man and command various support vessels and transports. Their cutters serve as Navy warships. Anti-submarine patrol is an important duty, and we see PBY flying boats, cutters and destroyers fending off enemy subs. As a seaborne invasion nears, USCG personnel and the men of the...
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Chevrolet’s 1950 short film, “E for Efficiency,” produced by Jam Handy, touts the efficiency of Chevrolet’s valve-in-head engine. This type of engine ( 02:12 ) is only found in Chevrolets when it comes to sedans, such as the 1949 or 1950 Chevrolet Styleline ( 00:51 ). The film begins with an animation to briefly explain the general idea of efficiency. Continuing with animation, the film looks at a simplified model of the valve-in-head engine and how it maximizes power and fuel economy,...
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Hopi Kachinas is a short film from 1960, photographed by Jack Breed and produced by ACI Productions, that shows the creation of a doll and the role the carved figure plays in the Hopi religion and culture. The film opens with shots of the San Francisco Peaks near Flagstaff, AZ, and of Arizona’s rocky plateau. Hopi Indians stand on adobe homes with wagons out front. Hopi people dance along a dirt road during what appears to be a Kachina celebration (01:10). A man gives a Kachina to a young...
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This 1960s U.S. Army film, one of the "Big Picture" TV shows, shows the isolated city of Berlin, Germany and describes the interaction of U.S. Army soldiers with the Russian and East German forces during the Cold War. At 2:05, the film shows the isolation and blocked of West Berlin in 1948. The Berlin Airlift is seen at 2:40. At 3:50, the construction of the Berlin Wall is seen.  At 4:30, East German army forces are seen. At 4:40, a thriving West Germany is seen with cosmopolitan...
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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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"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...
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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,...
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1957 EDUCATIONAL FILM “TRANSPORTATION IN THE MODERN WORLD” This film presents the methods of modern transportation in comparison to methods of the past. It depicts the importance of various types of transportation for industry, travel and the growth of cities. It is a Coronet Film (:07) and opens with shots of a passenger plane (:30), a shipping harbor (:37), a railway and a modern highway with end of the 1950’s model automobiles (:53). Past methods of transportation were hindered by...
Topics: Transportation, Modern World, 1957, Industry, Highways, Railroads, Stock footage
Pick-up (TF 8-2060) is an official War Department training film from 1944 that informs World War II servicemen about the dangers of sexually transmitted infections and the need to protect themselves from contracting a possible STI, as well as what to do to treat it and what happens if you don’t treat the infection. The film focuses on the symptoms of gonorrhea and syphilis as it covers proper courses of treatment. The film opens with a shot of an Air Force base where a soldier, Corporal John...
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Directed by Leslie Roush for Paramount Pictures and the Bausch and Lomb Optical Company in the 1940s, TO GREATER VISION promotes the company's mission and innovation.  The film explains the manufacturing processes involved during the creation of glass used in optical instruments such as microscopes to spectrographs to corrective spectacles. The film explains the basic physics of light such as refraction when passing from air to glass, then shows how eyes are treated and faulty vision is...
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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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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...
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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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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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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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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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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 1947 film "Sustained Operations" was originally classified Restricted (:07), indicating it was only to be used internally at the U.S. Air Force. The film may be one of the very earliest released by the Air Force, which split from the Army in September, 1947. The film looks at new military concepts and specifically the logistics needed to support worldwide strategic forces, including B-29s which, at the time, were the only aircraft capable of delivering atomic bombs to targets....
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"Report From the Aleutians" is a documentary propaganda film produced by the U.S. Army Signal Corps about the Aleutian Islands Campaign during World War II. It was directed and narrated by John Huston. In contrast to the other technicolor films made in the Pacific war, Report from the Aleutians has relatively little combat footage, and instead concentrates on the daily lives of the servicemen on Adak Island, as they live and work there while flying missions over nearby Kiska. The film...
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Featuring actor Art Gilmore -- who narrated the 1950s TV show "Highway Patrol", this scare / sales film by General Tire presents the various features of the brand's advanced Nygen cord nylon tubeless tires -- including a pressure lock and water squeegee tread that was revolutionary in its time.  The film is notable for showing a variety of sensational car accidents including a car driving off of a cliff (6:40 mark) that might have come from the stock footage library of "Highway...
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“Oceanography: Mining Mineral In The Ocean” is an issue of the Science Screen Report, presented by United Technologies Sikorsky Aircraft, that discusses the potential and problems of have deep-sea mining for minerals. The issue opens with shots of the sea, which is a “reserve of global resources,” including metals from deep-sea nodules (polymetallic nodules). These nodules cover vast areas of the sea bottom, and their potential is the reason for a major deep-ocean project being carried...
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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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CAP (SFP 251) is a 1950 film on the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) that gives viewers a look at its founding, its role in national defense and emergency services, how it fits into the structure of the Air Force, and how it trains its young cadets. The film opens with a shot of a clock tower at what appears to be a community center. Men and women leave their homes and places of work to head to their weekly Civil Air Patrol meeting. Civil Air Patrol men gather on a grassy air field next to a biplane and...
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Created by John Hutter, an adventurer and filmmaker who also owned a resort in Wisconsin called "Chateau Hutter", this short travelogue film takes viewers on a tour through the highlands of Guatemala. It appears to have been shot in the late 1940s and features footage of  Amatitlan, Antiqua and Chicicastenango. The opens with Hutter pointing to the location of the Guatemalan highlands on a globe (1:07). The streets of Guatemala City are shown next (1:18). It is a modern metropolis...
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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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This WWII film shows a demonstration of airborne aviation engineers presented in 1943 at Westover, Massachusetts.  The airborne aviation engineers -- in this case the 879th Airborne Engineer Aviation Battalion -- were created to meet the need for an air transportable unit capable of rapid repair or construction of airfields.  Their equipment was limited in size by the load capacities and door dimensions of the C-47 plane (5000 pounds, 841/2 inches wide) or WACO CG-4A glider (3750 pounds, 70...
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This silent film from pre-WWII Germany shows how cotton thread and then yarn is spun from raw cotton stock using a spinning wheel. 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 Churchill at the Quebec Conference." This film is part...
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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 film from 1942 depicts parts of the North Africa Campaign of WW2, as well as from the Allied forces' advance on New Guinea. It is presented by Official Films (:12) and opens with a promotion to buy more war bonds. (The US Treasury Department pushed for citizens to buy more bonds in order to finance WW2.) (:22). US forces are seen heading into Higgins boats for the landing on North Africa (:31) and British and US invasion fleets moved towards Africa from the British Isles (:49). This was...
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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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This 1954 issue of the U.S. Navy's Screen Magazine features the Hunter Killer Team -- the work of anti-submarine warfare as conducted by the men of the fleet. An adaptation of an episode of the TV show "See it Now", this film presents a compelling look at the ASW problem as it existed in the early 1950s. It features the USS Gilbert Islands CVE-107, operating off the coast of the U.S. East Coast with a group of destroyers including USS Owen (DD-536), a Fletcher-class destroyer. The USS...
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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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Made in 1942 during WWII by Universal for the U.S. Government and the War Production Board, KEEPING FIT features actors Robert Stack, Broderick Crawford, Andy Devine, Anne Gwynne, Irene Hervey, Lon Chaney Jr. and Dick Foran in a propaganda movie directed by Directed by Arthur Lubin, written by Paul Huston and produeced by Will Cowan. The film was intended to be shown to war workers and, apparently, the wives of war workers who would be tasked with keeping them well fed and "in shape"....
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This 1960s film about the Strategic Air Command features B-52 bomber aircraft serving in a nuclear deterrent role.  The film also shows operations inside a missile trainer, similar to the type of underground facility in an operational silo, command and control facilities, and the interior of an actual Minuteman missile silo.  Offutt Air Force Base is featured, the headquarters (as the narrator explains) "for the strongest and most capable force ever conceived." The film shows full...
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This pictorial travelogue of California was produced by Castle Films in 1946, using a variety of stock footage. From California's Redwood forest to Lake Tahoe , from bull riding to Santa Barbara Mission , come along and experience all California has to offer! This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage collections in the USA. Entirely film backed, this material is available for licensing in 24p HD. For...
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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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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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This 1965 color film on Argentina is one of a series of Pan Am New Horizons travelogues. It is a F.D. and I.L. Kay and Film Authors Production and narrated by Duncan Pirnie. A Pan American Jetliner lands and passengers disembark (:50- 1:02 ). The film opens with a bird’s eye view of Buenos Aires ( 1:04 - 1:27 ). A square is full of pigeons ( 1:28 ) outside the subway station ( 1:32 ). A traffic cop blows his whistle and directs traffic ( 1:34 ). Busses and cars drive past ( 1:35 - 2:00 ). A...
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The JD 860 Scraper is a short promotional film from John Deere, touting the features of the “money-saving” JD 860 Scraper, which John Deere released in 1969. The film (from 1969 or the early 1970s) features over 15 minutes of footage of the JD 860 Scraper at work. The film opens with a pristine JD 860 ( 00:44 ) before cutting to the JD 860 in action ( 01:15 ). The elevating scrapper with its 215-net flywheel horsepower diesel engine has a 37,500-cubic foot capacity, maximizing time on the...
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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 1981 NASA documentary, narrated by James Doohan, covers the first mission of Space Shuttle Columbia, STS-1, shows the training of the crewmembers, and takes a quick look at the international aspects of the mission, including the European Space Agency’s development of a space laboratory. The film also includes several sequences of montage shots of various people and places from all over the world, moving away from an “America versus Russia” narrative and stressing the global or...
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Written by Eugene O'Neill and featuring the narration of Henry Fonda, "It's Everybody's War" was a short dramatic propaganda film produced by 20th Century Fox and distributed by the Office of War Information in 1942. The film is notable because of how it integrates re-enactments with newsreel footage. Some of the visually interesting moments that it shows (at the 1:30 mark) some of the feeble pre-WWII training of soldiers including the use of "phony" equipment, the Japanese...
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This 1944 sound newsreel shows the Allied push towards Rome, Italy and the D-Day Invasion of Europe.   It uses footage from both Allied and German sources.   Some of the highlights in the Rome section include celebrations in the aftermath of the liberation of the city.   The D-Day film includes highlights from several beachheads along with footage of Gen. Eisenhower and Field Marshall Montgomery on June 6, 1944.   It took four major offensives between January and May 1944 before the line...
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Here's a film everyone should watch!  "Handwashing in Patient Care" is a 1962 U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare movie that was intended to instruct nurses and physicians about how to "scrub up." In the era of Covid19, the simple protocols described in this 58-year-old film are still relevant.  We recently rescued this obscure film from destruction -- something we've done with thousands of 8mm, 16mm, 35mm motion pictures over the years.  We encourage viewers...
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This color, educational film, Let’s Take Pictures, narrated by Burt Conway and produced by Kameny Associates of New York, was probably created for the Ricoh Company, Ltd. between 1957 and 1960. It explains how to use Ricoh cameras and their attachments properly. Intro ( 0:07 - 0:30 ). American students coming out of school dressed in late 1950’s clothing ( 0:31 - 1:13 ). A young man is looking at his Camera; he is doing an assignment for Camera Club ( 1:14 - 1:24 ). Picture of a Ricoh 500...
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This episode of the 1950s TV series The Greatest Drama tells the story of Garfield “Gar” Wood. Gar, also known as the “Silver Fox,” sits in a speed boat in 1931 before attempting to break the world record by reaching 100 mph (00:41). He speeds across the waterway on Miss America IX, hitting 102 mph. In a boat shop, women sand a speed boat (02:22). Gar’s wife christens the first Miss America. At Osborne Bay, England 02:40), Gar Wood and his mechanic Orlin Johnson prepare to race Miss...
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This 1947 film "People of Saba" looks at the small Caribbean island which is the smallest special municipality (officially “public body”) of the Netherlands. Saba consists largely of the potentially active volcano Mount Scenery, at 887 metres (2,910 ft) the highest point of the entire Netherlands. The film was made before an airport was built on the island, and it was essentially cut off from the outside world except by ship. Saba has a land area of 13 square kilometres (5.0 sq...
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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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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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“F-16 Hydrazine Hazards” was produced by Aerospace Audiovisual Service in the late 1960s at the Military Airlift Command (MAC) headquartered at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois.  An F-16 Fighting Falcon flies into view (0:08). The camera slowly zooms in closer to the cockpit (0:49), cuts to the underbelly, then pans to the port side. The F-16 is a multirole tactical fighter, will full air-to-air and air-to-ground combat capabilities, and an electronic flight control system.  An F-16 sits...
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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...
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This short mid-1960s film from Atomics International, a division of North American Aviation, Inc., gives viewers a look at the July 1964 power conversion subsystem development status of   The Mercury-Rankine program (CRU). This was part of the Systems Nuclear Auxiliary POWER (SNAP) program, a program of experimental radioisotope thermoelectric generators (RTGs) and space nuclear reactors flown during the 1960s by NASA. SNAP-1 was a test platform that was never deployed, using cerium-144 in a...
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This historic newsreel silent short shows the Morris & Essex Kennel Club, an historical dog show event that’s now held only once every five years. Morris & Essex in its time was perhaps the most famous dog show in the world, vying for that position with Westminster and Crufts. Its beginning dates back to 1927, and for more than three decades this was the highlight of the year for thousands of dog fanciers. In 1958 the show was cancelled after a disagreement about dates between AKC and...
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These 1970s USAF news segments include: installation of a new Minuteman III ICBM as part of the USAF's nuclear deterrent, use of LGB laser guided bombs by U.S. Air Force strike aircraft as part of the precision strike effort in Vietnam, and an interesting segment showing a combat rescue in Vietnam. In this segment combat cameraman Vietnam Staff Sgt. Jim Wine (sp?), flying out of Da Nang, discusses the rescue effort and describes how he filmed the rescue mission from the back of a helicopter...
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These 1950s home movies show a trip to Panama and the Canal Zone, as well as the island nation of Cuba prior to the Cuban Revolution. The trip was made by a family aboard the ocean liner RMS Mauretania towards the end of its service life (it was scrapped in 1965). Some of the sights included in the film are the Havana Zoo, the "El Rancho" Gardens in Panama City, and Castleton Gardens in Jamaica. RMS Mauretania was launched on 28 July 1938 at the Cammell Laird yard in Birkenhead,...
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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...
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This German propaganda movie was part of a U.S. Navy archive compiled during WWII, and acquired by Periscope Film. An allied fleet, hunts and sinks a Uboat during WWII. 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...
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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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Shot by an unknown American who was part of the U.S. occupation forces in post-war Japan, this home movie shows a visit to the countryside and with the Sakiyama Family. It also shows part of a wedding ceremony, a fruit and vegetable farm, the process of replanting and harvesting rice, and the preparation to what's presumably Farmer's New Year (April 1st).  It is believed this film was shot because of, and contains images of, Lt. Gen. Robert L. Eichelberger at the end. Eichelberger was a highly...
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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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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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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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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 silent film was test footage for a promotional film "Wings of the New Japan" for Japan Air Lines, now J.A.L. It was likely made shortly after the start of international service in 1954. The film features images of the "City of Nagoya" DC-6B aircraft and shows in-flight service, a stop over in Honolulu, Hawaii where Waikiki Beach and the airport are shown, and some images of Japan at 2:00 . At 1:49 the camera crew making the film is briefly shown. Starting at 3:37 ,...
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