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A basic training film made by the U.S. Navy, "Co-ordinated Anti-Submarine Warfare Part I Why?" discusses how surface ships, aircraft and submarines work together to unravel the submarine threat.  The film begins with images of a Soviet submarine operating on the surface, and then explains basic anti-submarine techniques. This includes a discussion of both passive and active sonar, and shows how sonobuoys and other technology are deployed to locate enemy submarines.  Features footage...
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Landing a plane on the deck of aircraft carrier is one of the most dangerous and amazing daily activity facing pilots and deck crew. This amazing training film graphically depicts various aircraft landing disasters.  It also instructs pilots how to avoid them and what emergency ejection or ditching procedures to follow in case they do occur.  A barrier landing, called for when a pilot has a landing gear problem, is shown as is the set-up of the barrier.  Many crashes in this film were...
Topic: U.S. Navy Training Film
This black and white film is one of the episodes of "Yesterday's Newsreels", an early 1950s TV show made from the General Newsreel collection. It features eight segments of historic highlights. Will Rogers 1921-1935. 1921- Rogers, wearing a suit, performs a rope trick as part of a Ziegfeld Follies act with Tom Mix. 1927- Will poses with his wife and children.  He performs at a rodeo in Mexico. Will tells Universal Studios founder Carl Laemmle he’s going to represent the audience....
Topics: Yesterdays Newsreel, 20th Century, Will Rodgers, Floats, Safety, Stock Footage
This 1971 vintage U.S. Coast Guard film shows the proper procedures for a Captain of the Port inspection of a waterfront facility.  In the United States, Captain of the Port (COTP) is a title held by a United States Coast Guard officer, usually the commander of a United States Coast Guard sector with the rank of captain (O-6). Captain of the Port duties involve enforcing within their respective areas port safety and security and marine environmental protection regulations, including...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, U.S. Coast Guard, Waterfront, Port, 1971, USCG, Fire Safety
This color educational animated film from the John Sutherland studios is about a certain Mr. Finchly who has just gotten a 60 dollar raise and wants to figure out the best way to invest it. The film promotes the idea of investing money in stocks by using the MIP (Monthly Investment Plan) and speaking with a broker who deals with the NYSE (New York Stock Exchange). Copyright is 1956. The film was directed by Carl Urbano, animated by Emery Hawkins, George Cannata and James Parian, and written by...
Topics: 1956, New York, Stock Exchange, Working Dollars, Wall Street, Stock Footage
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Contrasts America's free industrial labor force with the subjugation of laborers in countries overtaken by Axis powers. Stresses the fact that World War II is the war of industry and labor. This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage collections in the USA. Entirely film backed, this material is available for licensing in 24p HD. For more information visit http://www.PeriscopeFilm.com
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This 1946 instructional film by Coronet provides insights into how the art of tackling in football. It was created by famed coach Andrew Kerr of Colgate University and supervised by Norman Sper. The film features images of the pigskin helmet days of college football. The film includes great images of calisthenics and physical training. The film highlights the shoulder tackle and the cross body tackle. Andrew Kerr IV (October 7, 1878 – February 17, 1969) was an American football, basketball,...
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This WWII newsreel shows the assault on the Italian island of Pantelleria, followed by the invasion of Sicily ( 2:42 ) by British and American, and Canadian troops. At 8:00 , General Patton is seen in Sicily while his troops surge into the interior of the island. Operation Corkscrew was the code name for the Allied invasion of the Italian island of Pantelleria (between Sicily and Tunisia) on 11 June 1943, prior to the Allied invasion of Sicily during the Second World War. There had been an...
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This black and white film is one of the episodes of "Yesterday's Newsreels", an early 1950s TV show made from the General Newsreel collection. It features eight segments of historic highlights. Charles Evans Hughes 1916-1941 (:29). Attorney Hughes was the Republican candidate for President in 1916, shown with his wife. He lost to Woodrow Wilson, who served a second term. (:32-1:17). In 1920, he wins a case for striking mine workers. President Harding makes him the Secretary of State...
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Made by famed filmmaker Warren Miller for the Sears department store chain, this short film features Olympic champion Othmar Schneider (1928-2012) demonstrating his special skiing system.   The "Austrian" technique came about in the early 1950 and started the new wave of skiing. It featured turns made in the legs and lower body, with the upper body quiet.   Schneider was born in Lech am Arlberg. At the 1952 Winter Olympics in Oslo, he was the gold medalist in the slalom and the...
Topics: Othmar, 1960s, Austrian Skiing Technique, Ski Instructional Film, Stock Footage
Made by the U.S. Department of State as part of  "The History of U.S. Foreign Relations" series in 1972, this episode is titled FROM YOUTH TO MATURITY.  It traces the development of United States foreign relations from the Monroe Doctrine to the participation of the United States in The Hague conferences of the early twentieth century.  The film also includes a discussion of Commodore Perry's voyage to Japan, which opened that country to the West.  The documentary also shows how...
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This silent 1950s home movie shows some of the mining operations for blue asbestos at Kuruman, South Africa. The entire film was shot outside the mine itself, which was underground (opening visible at 1:46 ) and you can see ore cars being moved to and from the mine at :33. Ore is moved on a series of conveyer belts (:45) to be processed. At 2:12 , a supervisor wearing a pith type helmet pours himself a drink.At 2:15 mine tailings are visible. At 2:42 the scene switches to the blue asbestos...
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ALASKA, RESERVOIR OF RESOURCES, shows the Territory of Alaska in 1947.  It includes extensive footage of the timber industry and lumberjacks.  Logs are shown being floated to mills at the 2:13 mark.    At the 2:50 mark, the salmon industry is shown, with individual fishermen trapping the fish.    The unending stream of fish is seen at the 4:00 mark, being moved into a cannery and packaged for sale internationally.  At 4:41, a ship of the Alaska Steam Ship Company is seen taking on...
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Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Lumber, Lumberjack, Salmon, Gold Mining, Alaska, Fishing Industry,...
One of a series of films made by the Royal Air Force during WWII, this silent film about the Blenheim bomber and Blenheim fighter/bomber uses models to present the aircraft in profile. (At 1:56 you can clearly see the filament used to suspend the model.) Recognition films of this type were extremely important, as a mis-identified British aircraft could be shot down by trigger-happy anti-aircraft gunners. Since the Blenheim had characteristics similar to the German He-111 bomber, this film was...
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In 1962 the U.S. Air Force established the Research Pilot School at Edwards Air Force Base to train the next generation of pilots for space. This rare film from Lockheed, TRAINING FOR SPACE, shows the aerospace research pilot program and focuses on the creation of the NF-104A training aircraft. It was made prior to the actual use of the aircraft and before the famous Chuck Yeager accident (see below) depicted in the movie "The Right Stuff." The most high tech training program of its...
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Made in 1960s "Reaching for the Stars" was produced by the Corning Glass Company to showcase Project Stratoscope,  which lofted balloon-borne telescopes between 1957 and 1971. A German-born American astronomer named Martin Schwarzschild and Dr. Robert Danielson, came up with the idea to build the stratoscopes. Project Stratoscope was sponsored by the Office of Naval Research, the National Science Foundation and the National Aeronautics and Space Agency. The first Stratoscope was...
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Dating to the 1960s, this Soviet film's title translates as "People from the Sky" and celebrates the art of skydiving. It features two prominent Russians -- including world record holder Valeria Marencheva -- and some fantastic photography of the free fall. The film's lyrical beginning features the female skydiver literally telling the clouds that she loves them! At 2:55 a group of male and female skydivers ascend in a Russian aircraft and then bail out the rear cargo doors at 3:40....
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This 1948 color travelogue is a quick look at the Caribbean Islands of Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, St. Thomas, Trinidad, Jamaica, and Cuba. Photography and live sound is by Irving Hartley and distributed by Hawley-Lord, Inc. The film opens with passengers getting on the Pan American Clipper Eagle, a Douglas DC-4, it rolls down the runway, and is shown flying to Puerto Rico (:20-1:00). A decrepit-looking building sits at the end of a pier with arched openings. The camera pans the Castillo San...
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This 1945 U.S. Navy black-and-white training film MN 3474e is part of a series of films on primary flight training. This is part 2 of 2 parts (see 59984) by Wilding Picture Productions. The Model 75 trainer biplane continues with its instructor and pilot in training. The sticks are shown in movement to find a smooth path of air. Both men remove their hands from the sticks and their feet from the rudder pedals to illustrate this. The plane is held level to the horizon, shown from the pilot’s...
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Dating to the 1980s, this recruitment film "The Air Guard Experience" shows the activities of pilots flying the A-7 Corsair II. The pilots appear to be from the Colorado Air National Guard, probably the 120th Tactical Fighter Squadron of the 140th Tactical Fighter Group aka "Red Eye" (see patch at 4:28). One of the interesting segments of the film is a look at an early computerized flight simulator (4:58) used by pilots to keep sharp. At 9:57 in-flight refueling of the A-7...
Topics: Air Nationa Guard, Experience, Simulator, Flight, A-7 Corsair II, Stock Footage
In this 1944 issue of Army-Navy Screen Magazine, viewers see a tribute to the late Lt. Gen. Lesley James McNair. McNair shakes hands with soldiers on an airstrip next to a plane, then he is shown sitting inside a car. Next, the film shows an aerial view of the cities of Normandy left in ruins following the heavy fighting that preceded the Allied liberation of the region (01:48). Troops fire artillery guns and off in the distance a building in a city is burning. A soldier talks on a radio while...
Topics: 1944, Army Navy Screen Magazine, Gen, Lesley Mcnar, WWII, World War II, Stock Footage
This is a color film, produced in 1967 by Bechtel corporation called, "The Fabulous Oil Sands". The film looks at the development of the Athabasca Tar Sands, one of largest petroleum deposits in the world, and its effect on the nearby community of Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada. The film features photography by William Heick, supplementary photography by Richard Finney and Kenneth R.L. Hill and a Script and Narration by Richard Finney.  The movie opens with some heavy excavation...
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To read more about the history documented in this film, visit: https://muncyhistoricalsociety.wordpress.com/2011/02/24/last-raft-tragedy/ This rare silent film shows the tragic story of "The Last Raft". The  story was recently re-told in an excellent documentary film (see link above) by Karen L. Frock of Creekside Creative Media. The Last Raft story begins in 1938 with Pennsylvania brothers R. Dudley and V. Ord Tonkin whose family came to the town of Cherry Tree in 1838. Vince...
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Filmed in 1973 at LaGuardia Airport, this UPI TV short news film shows the airport's brand new security screening hardware including metal detectors and x-ray machines. At :22 a sign indicates that "Aircraft hijacking is a federal crime punishable by death" -- a sign of the times as hijackings were rampant in this era.  At :28 an African-American ticket agent waves passengers towards a metal detector. At :55 the x-ray machine conveyer belt is shown. At 1:10 a security agent describes...
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“New Dimensions in Military Mobility” is a promotional film for the Bell 204B helicopter. It opens with the image of an army tanker of the 47th Regiment (:14) and men scouting another tank riding through woods (:33). The decades focused on will be the 50’s and 60’s and as the 60’s approached they expected to see an emphasis on different nations’ abilities to function in a limited warfare sense (1:03).   Success for each nation depended on tactics and mobility (1:23). The helicopter...
Topics: New Dimensions, Military, Mobiltary, 1960s, Helicopters, Stock Footage
This color promotional film is about the Federal Express company. This is circa the mid= to late 1970s. It features some truly campy voice-over and music, but is a terrific document of the early years of one of America's great, innovative companies. Opening: A Federal Express cardboard plane hangs from the ceiling by a string. A real Federal Express jet plane, tail N8FE, takes off down the runway (as it does, the title: "Plane People" floats by) and flies away (:06-1:06). This is a...
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Made in 1948, LETTER FROM AMERICA Film was ostensibly created to celebrate Goodyear Tire and Rubber's Golden Anniversary. The real goal of the film however, was to promote the company's anti-union agenda, and the Cold War ideals of capitalism and economic opportunity.The story begins with a letter, written by an immigrant worker named Karl to his family behind the Iron Curtain, that describes the American way of life and the opportunities pro- vided by his employer, Goodyear. Flashbacks show...
Topics: Goodyear, Tire, Rubber, Cold War, Letter, America, Stock Footage
Made in 1932 in honor of the 200th anniversary of George Washington's birth, this silent film is one of a series that chronicles the life and times of the great general and president. The film was released by Eastman Classroom Films and shown in schools around the United States. Some scenes from the film were apparently created specifically for this film, others such as Washington crossing the Delaware River were drawn from feature films made in that era. In this episode "Conquering the...
Topics: George Washington, Conquering, Wilderness, Silent Film, Stock Footage
A Story of Fighter Development is a short film, narrated by Anthony Kimmins, that gives viewers a brief history of British development of fighter aircraft from the 1920s through the years following World War II. The film begins with a Supermarine Attacker fighter plane moving out onto a runway at a Supermarine facility. Pilot Jeffrey Quill demonstrates flying the Attacker, flying the plane above a crowd of spectators at the airfield facility. A type 510, a high-speed version of the Attacker,...
Topics: Story Of A Fighter, Development, Supermarine, Attacker Jet, Spitfire, Jeffrey Quill, Stock Footage
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This film DIMENSION 10  THE DC-10 TAKES FLIGHT is a report on the design, construction and the first flight of the DC 10, the ground breaking jet passenger aircraft. The McDonnell Douglas DC-10 is a three-engine wide-body jet airliner manufactured by McDonnell Douglas. The DC-10 has range for medium- to long-haul flights, capable of carrying a maximum of 380 passengers. Its most distinguishing feature is the two turbofan engines mounted on underwing pylons and a third engine at the base of the...
Topics: DC10, McDonnell Douglas Corporation, Promotional Film, Stock Footage
Produced by Sarra Productiosn for the National Safety Council, "Smooth Operation" is a black & white educational film, about how to drive trucks safely and efficiently on city streets.  Copyright 1951. Opening: National Safety Council presents SMOOTH OPERATION (:06-:29). A man pulls a Pacific Intermountain Express (P.I.E.) trailer, with a Ford F7 Big Job truck. Truck turns down a street. A trucker smiles, waves at another. Trucks come into the depot. Another trucker fills out a...
Topics: Smooth Operation, 1951, Truck Driver, Truckers, City Driving, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
This 1961 color documentary is a long advertisement for Allis-Chalmers and how using its products helps cities to develop and grow. It is produced by Rudy Swanson Productions, and narrated by radio actor Carlton Kadell. The film opens on a busy street following a 1950s green Oldsmobile. It passes many 1950s cars and busses (:40-:52). Two construction works move girders and two others look at a large blueprint. An old downtown building is being torn down. Construction crews use a transit,...
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Made in the late 1960s or early 1970s, this film shows the Book-O-Tron system, a high tech card reading and keypunch computer system developed by the Harwald Company of Evanston, Illinois for a library to keep track of film rentals. A 16mm film library is also seen, and the system by which films are rented and shipped to teachers in classrooms.   An IBM computer was used to keep track of overall film usage by title, apparently providing ready statistics to librarians.   The library shown is...
Topics: Book o Tron, Keypunch Computer System, Library, Stock Footage
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This Castle Films travelogue features a "Holiday in Holland" circa 1950.  It features shots of windmills, tulips, the Island of Marken with its population in traditional Dutch dress including wooden clogs, rural villages like Volendam, the Sikkens factory, St. John's church in Gouda, various sights in Haarlem, the cheese market in Alkmaar, and more.  Winter sports including skating competitions are shown, as well as an annual celebration to honor the recovery of land from flooding....
Topics: Windmills, Tulip, Flower Industry, Holland, Wooden Shoes, 1950s, Clogs, Alkmaar, Gouda,...
This 1941 War Department training film (TF 11-297) shows the basics of laying field wire line. The film opens with field wire line being loosened by a truck reel unit. A wire-laying team meets with an officer to see the route for laying wire. 01:55 The unit leaves in a truck with spools of wire (01:55). An officer connects the wire to a switchboard (02:30); a member of the unit climbs a tree to hoist the wire above the road. The truck stops so the men can pull in the slack wire (03:50), and...
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This is a silent film.  Created by the Ballistics Research Laboratory at Aberdeen, Maryland this movie shows tests of 4000 lb "blockbuster" munitions, most likely the Mark V and Mark VI.  Blockbuster or "cookie" was the name given to several of the largest conventional bombs used in World War II by the Royal Air Force (RAF). The term blockbuster was originally a name coined by the press and referred to a bomb which had enough explosive power to destroy an entire city...
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Created by Britain's Ministry of Information in 1942, this film describes the "new" incendiary bombs being used by the Luftwaffe -- one that contains an explosive device that will go off a few minutes after the bomb has landed.  (Presumably, this innovation was intended to kill civilian firefighters responding to the bombing.) The film also provides information about methods of defense regarding these bombs and how to put out the fires while protecting oneself against the possible...
Topics: Fire Bomb, WWII, Incendiary Bomb Battle of Britain, Air Raid Warden
Portrays a day's activities aboard a U.S. battleship off the coast of Korea, including bombardment of enemy positions along the shore, and living conditions and habits of officers and crew. 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 black & white educational film is called INTRODUCTION TO FLYING. It appears to have been made by the US Airforce as an opening to a flying lesson for new cadets. There is no copyright at the beginning or end of the film so the date of the production remains unclear although it is either in the late 1930s or early 1940s.  Titles: Official training film, War Department. A product of the first motion picture unit, Army Air Forces (:10-:30). Opening title: INTRODUCTION TO FLYING...
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This 1954 film from the U.S. Federal Civil Defense Administration stresses the importance of the Civil Defense programs and the need to be prepared for an atomic attack through organization, training and rehearsals, and testing. The film opens with a shot of a hydrogen bomb mushroom cloud billowing in the sky, followed by a shot of a newspaper announcing that Russia has detonated an H-bomb. Viewers see signs of the atomic age and dawn of the Cold War nuclear shelter and air raid rehearsal signs...
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1973 US ARMY WAR OFFICE FILM “ANTI-PREJUDICE” This narrative film depicts equal opportunity in the workplace. It follows a man as he debates the idea and while believing he is upholding this ideal in the work place is in fact not and is still judging his potential and current employees with prejudice. Throughout the film are intermittent dream like sequences of a group of people debating his actions and motivations. It opens with a montage of people blaming various races for incidents and...
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Produced in 1943 by the Office of War Information for the men and women involved in wartime production, DAY OF BATTLE is a typical industrial incentive film. The plot focuses on the building, sailing, battles and ultimate death of an American Navy aircraft carrier in the Pacific campaign of WWII. The carrier is not mentioned by name but could be USS Lexington, lost in the Battle of the Coral Sea, or USS Yorktown lost at the Battle of Midway. The film contains terrific images of workers shaping...
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This is a 1930’s era, color movie. It was produced by Bob Newman and called Fishermen of the North with Commander Donald B MacMillan. It is a “Musical Memory of Labrador”, presented in Vericolor. Associate producer is Howard Young. The story is by Bob Newman, and the movie is narrated by Howard Young. Photographed by Glenn Kershner and theme music by Jerome Russler. Released by Imperial Distributing Company. The movie opens with us aboard a sailboat. Two men talk in a car, 1:25. Men...
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This short 1952 film documents the construction of the Aluminum Company of Canada’s (Alcan) massive power development project, which diverted the Nechako River at Kemano into a hydroelectric powerplant inside of a mountain, which would provide power for Alcan’s smelter in the newly created town of Kitimat in the Kitimat Valley. The film features the use of heavy machinery, including Harvester International’s TD 24 tractor. The film opens with shots of mountain lakes and snow-peaked caps....
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 This color documentary film from circa 1964 features real people, places, and events in the telling of the story, “The Best Investment We Ever Made!” — and encouraging viewers to build airports in their community. As a small airplane takes off from a landing strip, narrator Arthur Godfrey tells the audience how businesses are beginning to relocate from major metropolitan areas to rural areas. In 1962, 9 out of 10 factories were being built in small communities, which has led to an...
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Produced sometime in the late 1960s or 1970s, this film shows the training activities of the Israeli Defense Forces, including paratrooper training. Israeli youth of both sexes serve for three years in the Army before joining the civilian ranks. The film also includes a musical number that has to be seen to be believed. This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage collections in the USA. Entirely film...
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In this 1952 U.S. Navy Training Film (MN-7339), viewers get brief look at the work a Navy Commissioned Officer Nurse does in a military hospital. The film follows a nurse, Janet, from being commissioned to her first assignment at a Navy hospital, and ends with her second assignment at the Naval Medical Center San Diego. The film opens with Janet putting on her uniform and packing her room as she prepares to leave for her second assignment. Women take their oaths as they are commissioned as...
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A short pictorial record of the British and Canadian liberation armies fighting from the beaches to Brussels, which was liberated on 3 September 1944. Note: The film does not attempt to depict the campaign as a whole. This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage collections in the USA. Entirely film backed, this material is available for licensing in 24p HD. For more information visit...
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This film promoting Eastern Airlines' cargo service opens with an Eastern 727 plane landing on an air strip (:55) and the doors open to reveal eight freight packs holding cargo ( 1:43 ). These shipments are brought to a lauder lifter and then to a skid ( 2:38 ). Rollers built into the floor of the plane enabled rapid movement of cargo ( 3:20 ). Large bags reading domestic air mail are shown and these are also transported in addition to cargo ( 3:48 ). Seats are being loaded into the plane as it...
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Made in 1943 as part of the WWII war effort, CADET CLASSIFICATION features the voice of actor Ronald Reagan as narrator. This fascinating film shows the procedure used to sort air cadets and guide them towards positions as pilots, navigators and bombardiers based on their aptitude. To make the selections the Air Corps devised a series of tests, many of which are seen in the film. These included agility and mental fitness tests using electronic equipment, medical checks, stress tests, and...
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This is part of a series of Combat camera dailies from Vietnam in 1967. This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage collections in the USA. Entirely film backed, this material is available for licensing in 24p HD. For more information visit http://www.PeriscopeFilm.com
Topic: Stock Footage
This silent home movie shows the Rose Parade in 1947.  The Grand Marshall this year was Bob Hope. This film is one of a large series of Rose Parade films in the Periscope Film LLC archive. The 1947 Rose Bowl was a college football bowl game. It was the 33rd Rose Bowl Game. The Illinois Fighting Illini defeated the UCLA Bruins, 45–14. Illinois halfbacks Buddy Young and Jules Rykovich shared the Rose Bowl Player Of The Game award. They were named the Rose Bowl Players Of The Game when the...
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Produced by Ford as a public service, DRIVING THE SUPERHIGHWAYS gives basic lessons about how to drive a car on a highway or expressway. A highway through Connecticut is shown, with various scenarios playing out showing driver mistakes that can cause auto accidents. The film also shows information about how to take care of a car and keep it serviced properly (see your authorized Ford dealer wink wink!) We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional information about...
Topics: 1950s, Ford, Motors, Ford Motor Company, Drivers ED, Film Driving, Stock Footage
This black & white educational film is about the rubber made at Firestone Plants. Circa the late 1940s. Title: RUBBER FOR INDUSTRY (:07-:22). Firestone Plant in Fall River, MA. The ship Taurus unloads its rubber and latex. An African map, Liberia. Basic material, liquid latex drips from a tree. A man moves rubber. Factory. Rubbers ar unpacked: neoprene, butyl rubber, nitrile rubber, reclaimed rubber, GRS synthetic rubber. Rubber is cut in the factory (:23-2:35). Factory workers. Rubber is...
Topics: Rubber, Firestone, Firestone Plants, Rubber For Industry, Fall River MA, Stock footage
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Created in 1951, "Crusade in the Pacific" was an early television documentary that remains one of the most comprehensive looks at the Pacific Campaign on land, sea and air. In 24 separate 30 minute episodes, "Crusade" journals the War through tons and tons of basically uncensored stock footage, along with the timeless voice of Westbrook Van Voorhis.  This episode of Crusade in the Pacific, "The Road Back" looks at the difficult New Guinea campaign. The Japanese...
Topics: Television Program, Crusade In The Pacific, New Guinea, World War II, Ninth Calvary Regiment,...
This amateur 16mm silent home movie shows some of the events the day the USS Yorktown was launched. It dates to 21 January, 1943.  Unfortunately, this film is missing the "sliding down the ways" section -- it was apparently removed at some point as there is a splice in the movie. However it is still quite an interesting bit of history, captured by a civilian who observed the event. Work was begun on (what was then called) Bonhomme Richard when her keel was laid down on 1 December...
Topics: Launch Ceremony, For USS, Yorktown, CV-10, Newport News, Stock Footage
Made by Britain's Ministry of Information, "London Fire Raids" details the civil defense activities carried out during the "Blitz" and the command and control systems that helped save London from annihilation. The film was shown in the United States as part of Civil Defense efforts both during and after WWII, in an attempt to demonstrate how effective fire fighting efforts can be when well coordinated.  On Dec. 29 to Dec. 30, 1940, the Germans struck the City of London in...
Topics: London Fire Brigade, United Kingdom, London, Film, The Blitz, Luftwaffe, Civil Defense, Ministry Of...
Presented by Plymouth Motor Company, this film shows the 2nd Annual Model Airplane Contest.   Presented by Plymouth Motors and sanctioned by the Academy of Model Aeronautics, this historic film "Adventures in Imagination" shows the run-up to the 2nd Annual international Model Airplane Contest in Detroit Michigan in 1948, and the event itself. In 1947, Plymouth Motors sponsored the first such contest, which lasted four days and garnered national attention. It was so successful that...
Topics: 1948, Model Airplane, 2nd Annual Model Airplane Contests, Detroit, Michigan, Stock Footage
Hastily created immediately after Pearl Harbor, DEMOCRACY IN ACTION was released by the Department of Agriculture to encourage greater productivity in the nation's farm belt.  The movie describes how the last two years have set productivity records for United States agriculture, but that more work is needed given the desperate demands of the looming conflict.  From cotton (4:25) used to make uniforms and bandages, to meat and grain used to feed troops or the tobacco the troops smoke, the film...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Agriculture, Cattle, Tabacco, Dairy Industry, World War II
Produced in the early 1980s during the Cold War , this film shows the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, also known as NATO, including footage of many different member countries. It also includes footage of the Soviet Union and the Soviet military to Western Europe. It shows Red Square and a Soviet military parade featuring Leonid Brezhnev that dates to 1977. This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage...
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This late 1930s/early 1940s black and white film Built to “Take It”  about Dodge truck dependability provides an extra thousands of miles without valve grinding. It is produced for Dodge Brothers Corporation, a division of Chrysler Corporation by Metropolitan Motion Picture Company. It is directed by Arthur Hoerl and features actor Robert Strange as the customer. The film opens with a Dodge 6 1½-ton stake truck in slow motion completely off the ground as it speeds over a pile of dirt. The...
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Released by producer Albert E. Seuss in 1932 as part of his "World Before Your Eyes" series, "The Land of the Vikings" profiles the nation of Norway. The silent film begins with images of a four stack ocean liner at sea on its way up the Sognefjord (1:33). At 2:42 the liner is shown again. At 3:50 a mountain village is shown. A national shrine, the statue of a legendary viking warrior Frithjof den Frokne at Vangsnes is shown at 4:18. Other scenes include a mountain road at...
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This silent film from 1913 shows the opening of the Los Angeles Aqueduct system, a "stupendous undertaking" as a title card describes it. Chief Engineer William Mulholland is shown at 1:38, and again at 3:14 when the gates of the aqueduct are first opened. At 6:40 the San Fernando Reservoir is shown. The aqueduct project began in 1905 when the voters of Los Angeles approved a US$1.5 million bond for the 'purchase of lands and water and the inauguration of work on the aqueduct'. On...
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“The ‘Princess’ Way to Alaska” is a 1960s color film presented by Canadian Pacific, the “world’s most complete transportation system,” and encourages travelers to rely on the company’s Princess Patricia cruise ship when planning a visit to Alaska or the Yukon. The luxury liner is introduced at mark 00:30, with the narrator explaining the vessel has been designed specifically for voyages to Alaska. The itinerary takes the passenger from Vancouver, British Columbia, northward to...
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This 1949 color film about the value of having school safety patrol boys is by Visa Films Visual Study Aids. A group of boys plays football on a front lawn. Another comes out the front door with crutches, wearing a leg cast. A mother sits in a chair and crochets before looking at a photo of her son. Elementary school children play by a busy intersection. Legs are shown running, a child lies as though dead in the street, children on the sidewalk are shocked, and a 1940s ambulance picks up the...
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Dating to 1958-59, this silent home movie from a trip to Hawaii shows the final cruise of the venerable liner SS Matsonia to that island state. The film begins with a parade -- possibly the Grand Parade held every March -- in Honolulu at 13:15 , complete with floats and clowns. At :30 a melting pot themed float goes by followed by one for Dole Pineapples. At 1:21 father time comes past in a jeep. At 1:36 , hula dancers perform. At 3:04 the Matsonia is seen off Diamond Head on its way into...
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The Junior College Story: California’s Community Colleges is a short educational film about the foundation of California’s junior colleges, who can take classes at the institutions, and covers the various types of training provided. The film opens with a shot of cars driving through a redwood forest (00:39), scenes from Yosemite National Park, the Golden Gate Bridge (01:48), and the State Capitol Building in Sacramento (02:10). The State Board of Education holds a meeting (02:30). The film...
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Help us identify where this film was shot and what units it shows! One person suggested it could be part of Operation Goldflake. Operation Goldflake was the administrative move of I Canadian Corps (in essence, all Canadian combatant units) and the British 5th Infantry Division from Italy to Northwestern Europe during the Second World War. British-led forces had been fighting in Italy since the Allied invasion of Sicily in July 1943. The Allied commanders decided to move the British and Canadian...
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This silent film shows one of the steps in assembling a pilot's flight helmet -- placing layers of fiberglass over a mold of a pilot's head, forming the basis of the helmet structure. It's believed that the film shows APH-6C Dual Visor Pilot Flight Helmet developed by Sierra Engineering Company, Sierra Madre, CA in the mid-to-late 1960s and sold through the late 1970s, Military Spec: MIL-H-22995A. Sierra got its start in the late 1940s and created a famous crash test dummy known as "Sierra...
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This 1960s color film includes 1930s black and white footage on the design, fabrication, construction, and opening of the Golden Gate bridge. It was presented by Bethlehem Steel. The film begins with a bird’s eye view of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. A statue of Joseph Straus, chief engineer, is panned up. The bridge is shown from afar (0:11-1:20). A vintage illustration shows the topography and side-view of the bridge’s construction (1:21-3:57). Black and white footage prior to...
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This American Red Cross film "The Uncalculated Risk" was designed to present viewers with the dangers of taking up water sports such as white-water rafting, canoeing or kayaking with little to no experience. It shows the threat of underwater obstacles, treacherous currents, icy water and flow through hazards while stressing the need for pre-experience training. The film opens with two young girls in life vests (:09) and a long line of vacationers carrying rafts and gear (:15). The...
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This 1950’s color film provides a nautical tour of the state of Virginia, highlighting historic architectural landmarks and a diversity of steam, coal, and taker ships as they load and unload various import and export cargoes (TRT 16:54). Opening titles over a seal: “Virginia State Ports Authority” (0:08). An early map of the Americas. Zoom in on what would become Virginia (0:21). Dissolve to historical reenactors in Colonial Williamsburg. The reconstructed Governor’s Palace. Bruton...
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This 1920’s silent black and white film with intertitles presents an introduction to the electric starter, using a combination of live action and animated footage to illustrate its implementation on buses, taxis, and motor boats (TRT 12:11). A title card introduces the voltage regulator as a tool for preventing buses from overcharging their batteries (0:23). An early Yellow Coach Model Z-63 double-decker bus labeled “1595 Special” with men and women in hats visible from the top deck....
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This 1942 War Department training film (No. 11-554) is one of a series of driving and vehicle maintenance training films produced by the Signal Corps during the war. This film shows how to navigate difficult driving conditions and features several variations of the GMC CCKW 2-1/2-ton truck as well as the Dodge ½-ton WC car (the first “Jeep”). The film opens with a several soldiers watching as what appears to be a Dodge ½-ton WC command/reconnaissance car drives through a muddy field, and...
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This color educational film is about the DISCOVERER Satellites, also known as CORONA. It was produced by Lockheed Missiles & Space Division. (The first dozen or more CORONA satellites and their launches were cloaked with disinformation as being part of a space technology development program called the DISCOVERER program.) This film was produced in 1960. The Discoverer Satellite #13 was launched from Vandenberg AFB on August 10, 1960. The Discoverer Satellite #14 was launched eight days...
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This black & white silent educational film is about coffee and sugar production in the Torrid Zone, the hot central belt of the earth bounded by the tropics of Cancer and Capricorn. It shows a copyrighted date of 1940-1942 (both dates are shown).   Opening title: Coffee & Sugar. Title card: Coffee. NOTE: This silent educational film has title cards that give some explanation to what is shown (:10-:26). Tropical trees. Grass and trees. Workers chop at the trees. A hand holds berries,...
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This 1972 era promo for Chevrolet utility vans shows off the many features of the line.It was shown at dealerships to educate salespeople and potential customers.  The film shows the many reasons to buy a Chevy, from ease in loading -- it was equipped with sliding cargo doors, and flat loading rear doors. A Ford van (2:30) is used as a comparison. A conversion is seen at 4:09 with a raised roof to increase capacity by 92 square feet. At 5:08 the 6-cylinder engine is shown, and the 8-cylinder...
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Produced in 1958 by Jam Handy Organization (and sponsored by the Chevrolet division of General Motors), “In Appreciation Of Stylist Of America” is a Technicolor American Look film that documents automotive, industrial, interior, and architectural design from the last truly great era of American design. An opening crawl explains that purpose, to pay tribute to men and women who work in the design industry — those “who work in lines, forms and textures, and colors to give to us beauty,...
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Made by the New York Central Railroad in 1935, FLIGHT OF THE CENTURY is a portrait of the "most famous train in the world." The 20th Century Limited was an express passenger train on the New York Central Railroad (NYC) from 1902 to 1967. The train traveled between Grand Central Terminal (GCT) in New York City and LaSalle Street Station in Chicago, Illinois, along the railroad's "Water Level Route". The NYC inaugurated this train as direct competition to the Pennsylvania...
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"Railroading in the East" is a collection of silent, short films depicting fast moving trains filmed between 1897-1906. This is among some of the earliest extant footage of trains moving, as audiences in small theaters had the illusion that they were seeing the real thing. (The famous story is that audiences seeing a train headed straight for them panicked and bolted from the theater!) These short films were photographed by the Edison and Biograph Companies. In order to register a...
Topics: Railroads, Eastern USA, 1897, 1906, Trains, Stock Footage
This basic educational movie is entitled "The Geographical Envelope". This term in the Russian geographical science is similar to Richard Hartshorne's "Earth's envelope" concept of the atmosphere, the earth's crust and the oceans, together with the living world. The film defines the concepts of lithosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere and biosphere, and introduces the water, biological and the solid matter cycles. Then it speaks about the concept of the regional environments and...
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Created in 1954 by General Electric, "The Atom Goes To Sea" shows the peaceful use of the atom -- used in a nuclear reactor to create power.  Ironically, the initial use of this reactor will be aboard a ship of war -- the submarine USS Nautilus (completed in 1955).  This film explains how an atomic powered submarine operates and contains scenes at the National Reactor Test Site in Arco, Idaho, the Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory in Schenectady and the submarine reactor test site at...
Topics: Submarine, General Electric, New London, USS Nautilus, Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory, Nuclear...
Report On Mileage And Money Savings is a short film promoting the money-saving tires of General Truck Tire and the Kraft System Recapping. It probably dates from between 1946 and 1952.  A man drives a truck on a highway (00:30). A dump truck pulls away from a gravel pit. The film shows various shots of trucks hauling different loads (gravel, livestock, oil). A truck pulls up to a highway toll booth (02:07). A chart shows the various costs of owning and operating a truck (03:32). Close-up...
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Yesterday's Newsreel 0:12 , Television highlights of the news of yesteryear, Graf Zeppelin Circles the Globe with the voice of Tom Hale 0:31 , Zeppelin Shipyard 0:41 , Dr. Hugo Eckner invited Commander Charles Rosendahl 55:21 , Lady Hay and Stow away 1:12 , Graf Zeppelin airborne over the Atlantic 1:22 , round the world travel, Dr. Eckner is the engineer on the round the world trip, cheers from German crowds 1:53 , Reichstag 1:57 , Flies nonstop over Russia and Siberia, Graf reaches Japanese...
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Made in the 1950s, this U.S. Navy produced documentary is about the history of "lighter than air" flight in the 19th Century. It opens with Thaddeus Lowe, the father of U.S. military aerial reconnaissance. During the Civil War, Lowe staged a balloon ascent near the Smithsonian Institute in Washington (:16) and convinced US leaders of aerial observations’ advantages (:22). Lowe organized a Union Balloon Corps (:51). James Allen (1:51) serving for the Northern Army, first ascended on...
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This color educational/training film is about how to be a better supervisor and praise your workers while boosting productivity. This was made in 1960. Framed like a private eye film, watch as Grady, a plant supervisor, learns how to motivate employees by building morale.  Opening titles: Modern Management Films - The Case of the Missing Magnets. A man named Grady, a supervisor, smokes a cigarette (:08-:44). Grady walks through a factory that makes magnets. He goes into his office, removes his...
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These extraordinary Super 8mm home movies from the Vietnam War, come from a member of the "Ravens".  The Raven Forward Air Controllers, also known simply as The Ravens, were fighter pilots used for forward air control in a covert operation in conjunction with the Central Intelligence Agency of the United States in Laos during America's Vietnam War. The Ravens provided direction for most of the air strikes against communist Pathet Lao targets and People's Army of Vietnam's...
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Made in 1957 by Union Carbide & Carbon company, PETRIFIED RIVER describes the modern romance of the present-day West in the search for uranium. It shows modern uranium prospecting, including prospecting by airplane, as well as mining in the Colorado Plateau.  It also discusses the uses of radioactive isotopes at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.   Uranium is a chemical element with symbol U and atomic number 92. It is a silvery-white metal in the actinide series of the periodic table. A...
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This is a 1950’s era industry film about surface renewal metalworking. “Let Us Spray” presented by Metallizing Company of America, Chicago, IL 60624, 1:06 . Metalworking and surface renewal is used wherever surfaces get worn or need replacement, 1:30 . Corrosion is a big problem with water towers, 3:29 . Bridges and similar structures metallize protecting from corrosion. Metalizing surfaces can actually improve the strength, durability and utility of the original material at a fraction of...
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In the 1945 Department of the Navy film, DAMAGE CONTROL describes the effect on the metacenter of changes in the value of "G" relationship of metacenter height with range of stability, and initial stability in terms of displacement. At (00:00:50:00) , we see a pontoon stability experiment, and the metacenter’s effect on buoyancy. Vintage footage of American sailors and ships at port can be seen at (00:06:12:00). More vintage footage of ships at sea appears at (00:08:30:00) and...
Topics: WWII, World War II, Damage Center, Training Film, Metacenter, Stability, Stock Footage
This silent high speed film shows a dummy test of the F-84 Thunderjet's ejection seat.  The Republic F-84 Thunderjet was an American turbojet fighter-bomber aircraft. Originating as a 1944 United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) proposal for a "day fighter", the F-84 first flew in 1946. Although it entered service in 1947, the Thunderjet was plagued by so many structural and engine problems that a 1948 U.S. Air Force review declared it unable to execute any aspect of its intended...
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Created in 1951, "Crusade in the Pacific" was an early television documentary that remains one of the most comprehensive looks at the Pacific Campaign on land, sea and air. In 24 separate 30 minute episodes, "Crusade" journals the War through tons and tons of basically uncensored stock footage, along with the timeless voice of Westbrook Van Voorhis.  This episode of Crusade in the Pacific, "The U.S. and the Philippines" looks at the relations between the United...
Topics: Corregidor Island, December 7, Bataan Death March, World War II, Pacific Campaign, Philippines
This silent 16mm home movie shows the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California. The date is unknown but probably 1949 based on the presence of the XF-92A airplane float seen at 5:11, and the fact that Ohio State had a float in the parade (seen at 1:01). The 1950 Rose Bowl was played between Ohio State and the University of California. Some of the other notable floats include one for Treasure Tone Paints (1:08), Holland (1:12), San Pedro (2:15), Minute Maid Orange Juice (2:18),...
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This is a 1970’s era, color movie that opens with race cars going around a racetrack. The movie is called Formula Vee racing and it is about the Formula Vee class racecar. It was directed by Kenneth Baldwin and sponsored by Volkswagen of America. Formula Vee began in 1963 and was formed in an effort to emphasize driver ability over technological development of the car. The concept was to provide an inexpensive, reliable, and competitive race car for everyone to be able to race.   In 1963,...
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This short film takes viewers to the 62nd Annual Tournament of Roses parade (Rose Parade) held on 1 January 1951 in Pasadena, CA. The film shows the floats, bands, and horses featured in the annual parade with its 1951 theme “Joyful Living.” The film opens with shots of a swan on a pond, roses in bloom, and Eleanor Payne being crowned Rose Queen. The football coaches from the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Michigan speak to people sitting in the stands prior to the...
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This black & white educational film is from 'The Big Picture' series and this is episode #194 entitled 'Citizen, Soldier, and Taxpayer, Too' about Operation Roll-Up which was an effort by the United States Army to reclaim, refurbish, and redeploy equipment from World War II into the Korean War. This is copyright 1951/1952.  Opening: U.S. soldiers on the move. Title: The Big Picture. Captain Carl Zimmerman talks about the army (:06-1:15). The Honorable Frank Pace, Jr., secretary of the...
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Made by filmmaker, sporting goods store and truck company owner Pat Salvino, this film POLAR ADVENTURE shows a big game hunt of a different sort -- a hunt for a polar bear. It likely dates to about 1964. The film follows Salvino from Seattle to Alaska, where he shoots a bear and has its pelt as a trophy. At 3:46 Salvino flies north to Kotzebue, Alaska by the Arctic Ocean. At 4:52 the Alaskan Airlines DC-6 carrying Salvino arrives at the airport. It is February and the temperature is well below...
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Made for the home market in the 1930s, this silent film draws from Pathe Newsreels and is called “News Digest”, with a focus on the year 1938. It had been produced by Pathegrams (:09). The first section of the film is about the Los Angeles flood of 1938 (:19). This disastrous flood was one of the largest in history and occurred due to two major storms blowing in over the Los Angeles Basin. In a matter of a few days it produced about a year’s worth of rainfall. 20,000 had been forced into...
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In this episode of Screen News Digest (Vol. 27, No. 6), viewers see a very brief history of the development of computing and the ways in which microchips impact contemporary everyday life. The episode opens with footage of Stonehenge, microchips, and people working with computers in offices. Two people use their fingers to count (02:29), then they place stones on the sand to represent values (in development of counting). The episode shows an abacus, a reenactment of Blaise Pascal inventing his...
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This 1937 black and white travelogue film follows a Pan American flight to the Southern Americas. It is narrated by Edward Tomlinson. In 1929, Colonel Charles Lindbergh pilots his Spirit of Saint Louis plane loaded with air mail to South America. Mail is loaded aboard a Pan American Airways Boeing 314 Clipper; the cargo shown includes live baby chickens. Well-dressed passengers board the floating airplane, which taxis and takes off. The coastline of Miami is below. Passengers play cards at a...
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