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This incomplete color film with opening and closing titles missing offers an educational look at breast exam procedures in a doctor’s office, as well as instructions for performing a self-exam at home (TRT: 7:56). It likely dates to the late 1950s/early 1960s as it predates the use of mammography. Modern mammography methods were developed late in the 1960s and first officially recommended by the American Cancer Society in 1976.  The first completely dedicated mammography unit was developed...
Topics: 1960s, Physical, Breast Exam, Physician Training, Breast Cancer, Detection, Medical Film, Stock...
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Dating to 1929 and released by Cine Art, "Uncle Si and the Sirens" is a hilarious short film that mixes the excitement of the era's most hi-tech and revolutionary technology — television — with unclothed girls. This type of "nudie cutie" film was fairly common in the era, and Cine Art specialized in releasing these kind of titles. The plot of this film is more complex than most (they typically featured artists models and zero plot). Here, a farmer named Uncle Si sits at...
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Topics: Uncle Si, 1929, Nudie Cutie, Short Film, Television Base Plot, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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Dating to 1965, this documentary film "The Decision to Drop the Bomb" takes a look at the most difficult decision in President Harry Truman's term in office: the decision as to whether or not to use the newly-developed atomic bomb against Japan. The film was produced by Fred Freed for NBC-TV  and narrated by Chet Huntley. The film begins the moment that President Franklin Delano Roosevelt dies in office. The new president, Harry S. Truman, has only served in office for a brief time....
Topics: Bomb, 1965, Chet Huntley, Hiroshima, Atomic Bomb, Stock Footage
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Shot by a member of combat camera named Edwin C. Udey who was tasked with making a documentary about the field treatment of wounded, this silent footage was taken during the Battle of Saipan in 1944. Unlike most of the censored footage you will see from WWII, this material from the combat zone is quite raw. It is hard to watch without becoming emotional, seeing so many brave, young men who have been subjected to the horrors of battle. At :28 a Marine examines a Japanese emplacement or hole and...
Topics: Raw Combat Footage, Saipan, WWII, World War II, Stock Footage
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Made just after the Korean War and directed by Robert Cashy, this rarely seen film entitled THE ULTIMATE WEAPON presents Ronald Reagan as narrator and host, speaking about the alleged brainwashing of American prisoners of war. Similar in some ways to the plot of "The Manchurian Candidate", the film posits the question, "What can be done in my community to stop the growth of socialism and communism?" The film illustrates how a lack of moral fiber can lead average American...
Topics: North Korea, Brainwashing, Korean War, Ronald Reagan, Stock Footage
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In this short U.S. Air Force Aerospace Defense Command News Digest, No. 94 “Fours For Defense,” viewers see how the 57th Fighter Interceptor Squadron (the “Black Knights”) based in Keflavik, Iceland. The year 1975 saw the Black Knights convert from using Convair F-102 Delta Daggers to McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom IIs for running scramble sorties when Soviet aircraft enter the NATO airspace. The digest opens with a shot of two Air Force men playing pool. A siren sounds and they quickly...
Topics: 1970, USAF, US Air Force, Soviet Aircraft, F-4, Phantom, Stock Footage
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Produced by McDonnell Douglas for the U.S. Navy, F-4 FLIGHT CHARACTERISTICS was a restricted film made for pilot training purposes. The opening features a fabulous montage of imagery comparing a fighter jock to a horse-riding cowboy.   The film also includes footage of a Moviola Library Viewer or LVR, a film viewing device made by the famed Moviola Corporation for the U.S. Military. An identical LVR is now used in the Periscope Film archive on a daily basis to view films.   The McDonnell...
Topics: F-4, Phantom, F-4 Phantom, US Navy, 1960, McDonnell Douglas
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This color educational/inspirational film, "The Strangest Secret in the World" was produced by Jack Lieb Productions. It features motivational speaker Earl Nightingale sharing his secrets for success. It likely dates to the mid-1960s. Earl Nightingale was an American radio speaker and author, dealing mostly with the subjects of human character development, motivation, inspiration, and meaningful existence. He was also the voice during the early 1950s of Sky King, the hero of a radio...
Topics: Strangest Secret, Earl Nightmare, Motivational Film, Secret Of Success, Stock Footage, Periscope...
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Uranium Prospecting is a documentary promoting the everyday fortunes that may be made hunting for the rare element uranium-235.   The film shows the methods of amateurs, hobbyists, and vacationing families who manage to supplement their income and explore the great outdoors at the same time.   The opening titles of the film have a distinct Mid-Century look with glowing animated letters that zoom in over a globe.   Following dramatic music the viewer is introduced to uranium as unrefined...
Topics: Uranium Prospecting, 1950, Nuclear Energy, Atomic Energy. Stock Footage
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This campy black & white educational film from 1953 is about Adolescent Development, aka teen sex education. It was likely made for education students or teachers, and produced to serve as a supplement by McGraw-Hill for the book "Adolescent Development" by Elizabeth B. Hurlock, Ph.D. This text, which attempted to provide a "complete and accurate picture of American adolescents and why they differ from adolescents in other cultures", is considered a classic in its field...
Topics: Adolescent Development, Dating, 1950s, Teenage Social Guidance Film. Sex Education, Stock Footage,...
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Hosted by Walter Cronkite, this fragmentary 1950s documentary is about the Chinese Civil War, between the Chinese Nationalist party – the Guomingdang (KMT) and the Chinese Communists (CCP), following the conclusion of WWII, and the war against the Japanese invasion of China, when the two sides were allied against a common enemy. It follows the Chinese Civil War to its conclusion in 1949 with the establishment of the People's Republic of China (the PRC ), and the evacuation of the KMT/ROC to...
Topics: 1950s, Chinese Civil War, Mao Zedong, Chiang Kai Shek, KMT, CCP Army, Stock Footage
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This 1956 film about World War I was produced by NBC as part of the "Project Twenty" series. The music was written by Robert Russell Bennett and narrated by Alexander Scourby.   German soldiers parade prior to WWI. Kaiser Wilhelm II is greeted by England’s King George and Queen Mary (1:35-3:22). Russian Czar Nicolas II views his troops. Austria-Hungary Emperor Joseph. Belgium King Albert rides with the Kaiser (3:23-4:45). 1914 newspapers declare the assassination of Archduke...
Topics: The Great War, WWI, 1914, World War I, German Soldiers, Stock Footage
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This 1969 color film "The Time of Man" from "The Natural History of Our World" series combines footage of animals, indigenous people, and anthropologists to present a brisk overview of human development, highlighting historic threats to survival (TRT 49:15). It was produced and directed by visionary filmmaker Marshall Flaum, edited by Nicholas Clapp, narrated by Richard Basehart, and has a score by Lyn Murray. It was produced by MPC in association with the Museum of Natural...
Topics: Natural, History, Man, Time. 1969, Anthropology, Documentary, Stock Footage
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Shot by an unknown U.S. Army cameraman named Staal, this color film is raw footage of American troops filmed during the Vietnam War in 1967.  At least some of it was shot in Tân Trụ, a rural district of Long An Province in the Mekong Delta region of Vietnam. At the time Operation Concordia, a joint U.S. and South Vietnamese Army operation to root out the Viet Cong, was underway. Camera slate shows June 1967 (:07). American soldiers walk with some Vietnamese locals (:15). Soldier assists...
Topics: Vietnam War, Vietnam, Raw Footage, 1967, Tan Tru, Mekong, Delta US, Army Hospital, Stock Footage
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Shot by an unknown amateur filmmaker, this mid-1960s color home movie captures scenes from the life of a Hollywood husband and wife as they enjoy leisure time golfing, swimming, boating, visiting children at school, and vacationing in Gibraltar. Screen icons Julie Newmar (My Living Doll, Batman), Henry Silva (The Tall T, Johnny Cool, The Manchurian Candidate), and Jamie Farr (F Troop, M*A*S*H) make casual, candid appearances in bathing attire (TRT: 18:24). A woman uses a driver on a Southern...
Topics: 1960s, Hollywood, Home Movies, Julie, Newmar, Henry Silva, TV, Film Stars, Stock Footage, Periscope...
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Made during the Soviet era, this propaganda / news film starts with the high treason criminal case against Oleg Penkovski, looks into the ravages of alcoholism, the penal system and the rehabilitation and isolation of criminals. It also examines the inevitable question--   why some USSR salaries are higher than others? It does this by discussing the difficulty of various jobs and the living environment of the workers. The next section explains the importance of electricity in production and...
Topics: 1963, Soviet Propaganda, Oleg, Penkovsky, Greville, Wynne, Stock Footage
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Shot in the late 1920s or early 1930s, these silent home movies show a trip to Brazil including Rio de Janeiro. There are terrific street scenes beginning about the 5 minute mark, including trams / trolley cars in the streets. It's remarkable to see a great deal of empty real estate in the vistas of the city, given how developed it is today. There are many sights in the film we cannot identify, including what appears to be a visit to another city. If you have any insights, please add them into...
Topics: Trip, Brazil, 1920s, Home Movies, Rio De Janeiro, Stock Footage
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Made in the immediate aftermath of WWII, this German language film focuses on the atrocities committed at the Oranienburg concentration camp and the prisoner of war camp that replaced it, Sachsenhausen. The facility was preserved post-war as a museum and memorial.   The film begins with images of the camp grounds, barracks, guard towers, barbed wire fences and stockades. At 3:10 a sign proclaims "Prisoner of War Camp". At 3:45 footage shot after the liberation of the camp shows a...
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Topics: World War II, WWII, German Concentration Camp, Holocaust, Stock Footage
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This silent home movie begins with a segment photographed in the St. Paul / Minneapolis, Mn. Twin cities area in the 1930s. It shows activity at Minneapolis Junction and the area down the Mississippi River, showing trains from Soo, Milwaukee Road, Chicago & Northwestern and Great Northern.The second portion of the film dates up to fifteen years later and starts at around 13 minutes. It focuses on 1st generation streamliner trains. This is a silent film. Shots include: 00:06 Train passing...
Topics: Railway, 1930, Minneapolis, Mississippi River, Stock Footage
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This color silent film footage was shot during the Vietnam War and shows day to day operations of members of the 9th Infantry Division ("Old Reliables"). All the material was filmed circa Spring, 1967 in and around the Mekong Delta. The footage gives a sense of the monotony of life for many soldiers during the Vietnam conflict. The newly reconstituted 9th ID arrived in South Vietnam on 16 December 1966 from Fort Riley, Kansas. The 9th was deployed in Dinh Tuong and Long An Provinces...
Topics: 1967, Vietnam War Dailies, Vietnam War, Vietnam, 9th infantry Division, Mekong Delta, Stock Footage
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This documentary "China: Century of Revolution, Part 1 - The Search for National Unity" focuses on Chinese history 1800-1927. It was produced in 1967 by the prolific filmmaker David Wolper. The movie summarizes Chinese history from late Qing, through the foundation of the Republic of China and the ensuing warlord era, strengthening of the Guomindang (KMT), to the beginning of suppression of the Communist party.0:08-0:50 Chinese men performing taichi, followed by a mix of the footage...
Topics: China, Century Of Revolution, Chinese History, 1800s, 1927, Boxer Rebellion, Periscope Film, Stock...
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This reel of silent 16mm film consists of color and b&w American home movies shot in the mid-to-late 1940s and through the 1950s or early 1960s.  It also contains footage shot during or immediately after WWII by the same (unknown) cameraman. The film presents a several decade slice of American life, including life in suburbia. Some of the more interesting segments are from WWII era, including aerial footage and a flight with a 3-star General, and recreation at a guarded beach on a military...
Topics: WWII, Post War, Home Movies, Suburban Living, Picnic, African American Maid, Michigan Famil, Stock...
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Made in 1945, this morale boosting Soviet documentary/propaganda movie is about the Battle of Kursk during WWII. It was produced by Eduard Bushkin, written by Moisei Belenki, and edited by F. Chicago with the help of consultants Lt. Cols. Verzhbitski and Popov. It shows the course of the battle which was one of the largest tank engagements of WWII, and a major defeat for the Wehrmacht.     00:17 Map, showing the front line, with major Soviet-and German-held cities pointed out – Bryansk,...
Topics: 1943, Battle Of Kursk, Eastern Front, Red Army, Tank Battle, Stock Footage
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This incredible 16mm silent film shows images of Muscle Beach in Santa Monica, California (near today's Santa Monica Pier) including the Miss Muscle Beach Beauty Contest. The original Muscle Beach was just south of the SM Pier, and is credited as being the source of the fitness craze in the US.   Based on a bit of detective work we think this is the 1954 contest won by ravishing beauty Barbara Thomason whose victory was headlined in the papers as: “Blonde, 17, Chosen Muscle Beach Queen.”...
Topics: 1954, Santa Monica, California, 166mm, Stock Footage
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Made by Chrysler Corporation / Dodge to promote their automobiles, "The Hell Driver Formula" features Jack Kochman's famous stunt car team. It dates to about 1981 and is narrated by Lindsey Nelson.   Opening: people in the grand stands watch and wait. A man wraps straps around himself and tugs on another strap. Wearing a helmet, the man stands on the back of a car and the car speeds towards a fire that was set, the man lowers himself in the flames at a fast speed and the title...
Topics: Jack Kochmans, Hells Drivers, 1980s, Chrysler, Dodge, Auto Stunt, Stock Footage
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“Bastogne Presenting Lt. Clair Hess” is a short, black-and-white film about Bastogne, made by the Army-Navy Screen Magazine in early 1945. It is introduced by Lt. Clair Hess of the 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, Co F, 2nd Battalion, 101st Airborne. (On June 6, 1944, Lt. Hess jumped from a plane over Normandy, France. Within minutes, he was on the ground, wounded by machine-gun fire. His injured leg forced him to lie under his parachute for three days, during which a German soldier came...
Topics: Battle Of The Bulge, WWII, World War II, Army Navy Screen Magazine, 1945, Stock Footage
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This silent, black & white shows highlights of the 1939 New York World's Fair. It was originally sold as a souvenir to visitors to the fair, and to the general public through the mail. The official souvenir film ends at 14:29, and then amateur-shot, b&w and color home movie footage appears -- spliced in by someone who attended the fair. The souvenir film was originally released in 1939-1940. Opening titles: Official Motion Pictures of the New York World's Fair 1939 (:10-:39). People...
Topics: 1939, New York, Worlds Fair, Official Film, World Of Tomorrow, Highlights, Stock Footage, Periscope...
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Shot by an unknown American, this 16mm silent home movie shows a visit to Hawaii and in particular Honolulu and its environs. It dates from the pre-war era, the late 1930s or early 1940s. One interesting aspect of this film is that it contains images of the famed boat Idle Hour (3:48), owned by Seattle resident Dwight Long. Long, who had very little experience at sea, bought the 32-foot ketch and ended up sailing it continuously for four years prior to the outbreak of WWII. (It's not clear if...
Topics: 1930s, Pre War, Honolulu, Hawaii, Home Movie, Royal Hawaiian Hotel, Waikiki Beach, Stock Footage,...
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This color film from 1954, a sponsored film about the importance of the railroad industry in America, is framed around the narrative of railroad workers talking in restaurant. Television producer John O’Shea (Bill Kennedy) is directed to Scotty’s, where the crowd inside includes waitress Kelly (Pat Englund), newspaper editor Bill (James Gregory), and Scotty himself (Jock MacGregor). A railway worker sees in a trade magazine that a TV program about railroads is in the works, and this leads...
Topics: At This Moment, Trains, Highway, 1954, Railroad, Industry, Stock Footage
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Made in the wake of the disastrous 1967 fire aboard the USS Forrestal, TRIAL BY FIRE recounts the incident and discusses some of the mistakes made by fire fighting teams that made the situation much worse than it might have been. It also shows the numerous systemic and leadership failures that nearly resulted in loss of the carrier. The film also shows the courageous work of the carrier's crew and that of support vessels, to stop the flames and rescue the wounded, and makes clear that the Navy...
Topics: USS Forrestal Aircraft Carrier, Fire Trial, Fire, 1967, Stock Footage
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This color film is raw footage shot during World War II by United States servicemen in the Pacific Theater. It includes kamikaze attacks. The film ends with raw footage of Washington D.C. tourist sites. This is circa the mid 1940s. Opening: clouds in the sky, tracer gunfire aimed at enemy planes in the sky (:07). Smoke plumes in the sky, artillery continues to fire into the sky (:29). Enemy plane is seen on fire after being struck with AA gunfire (:46). Aerial footage of combat mission, firing...
Topics: WWII, Pacific Theater, TBM, Avengers, Kamikaze Attacks, Washington DC, 1940s, Stock Footage,...
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This Soviet era film entitled “Space" was produced at the Kievnauchfilm studio, which produced a significant share of the Soviet Union's educational movies for the secondary schools and post-secondary institutions. This movie allows the audience to witness all the major steps of technological advancement of the manned and unmanned Soviet space program from Sputnik-1, through the animals in space and first human space flight to unmanned satellites and Salyut space stations. Highlights:...
Topics: Soviet Space Program, Sputnik, Laika, Gagarin, Leonov, Soyuz Rockets, Stock Footage
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This 1942 black and white, partially animated film was produced by the U.S. Army Signal Corps (USASC) during in collaboration with the Chief of Air Corps explains “the creation and behavior of radio waves” and antennas during the WWII era (TRT: 10:47). Opening title card: “Official War Department Training Film 1-474 Restricted” (0:06). A large radio tower extends high into the clouds. Title appears: “Radio Antennas” (0:19). A transparent dish atop a radio tower (0:37). A radio...
Topics: Creation, Behavior, Radio Waves, 1942, US Army, Signal Corps, Stock Footage
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Dating to 1959, this program about the USS Forrestal shows the U.S. Navy's most modern aircraft carrier operating in peacetime, but on a war footing. Rear Admiral James Lloyd Griffin is seen discussing the tactical purposes of the carrier, and Captain Allen M. Shinn, who commanded the ship in 1958-59, is seen in command. The ship's complement of aircraft in this era includes the Skyhawk (including a nuclear-armed version shown releasing a dummy bomb at the 13 minute mark), Corsair II, Douglas...
Topics: Jet Carrier, USS Forrestal, Sixth Fleet, Mediterranean Operations, Stock Footage
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This Soviet film looks back on the bitter fighting in the Eastern Front of World War II.  It features a great deal of footage of the ill-fated German advance into central Russia in 1942, and the Red Army during its Winter offensive in 1943.  Activities by partisans are shown at the 2:30 mark, and some of their work sabotaging rail lines and burning German supply dumps is shown.  At 3:20, Soviet factories are shown churning out tanks and aircraft.  Russian general staff are seen at the 4:00...
Topics: Soviet War, Russia, Memorial Film, WWII, World War II, Stock Footage
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Dating to 1943, THE WAR FOR MEN'S MINDS was produced in 1943 by the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) and released in the USA by United Artists as part of the wartime The World in Action series. The film was produced by Stuart Legg . The War for Men's Minds describes the impact of propaganda from the Axis powers in 1943, during the Second World War.   The film shows how in 1943, Allied forces are confronting a sophisticated means of war, the propaganda campaign that the Axis powers employ....
Topics: WWII, World War II, Stock Footage, 1943, Propaganda Film, Nazis
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This color tourist promotional film wasproduced in the early 1950s.. The film was produced and copyrighted by American born Andre de la Varre, who became a leading travelogue filmmaker of short films. In the 1930’s, Andre de la Varre created a short film series called “Screen Traveler”, of which this is one. In the 1950’s, his films enjoyed a second life as educational material, being reissued and updated for copyright in 1951. The film was narrated by “The Voice of Air France”. It...
Topics: 1950, Air France, Travelogue, North Africa, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, Casablanca, Stock Footage
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This color film from 1954, a sponsored film about the importance of the railroad industry in America, is framed around the narrative of railroad workers talking in restaurant. Television producer John O’Shea (Bill Kennedy) is directed to Scotty’s, where the crowd inside includes waitress Kelly (Pat Englund), newspaper editor Bill (James Gregory), and Scotty himself (Jock MacGregor). A railway worker sees in a trade magazine that a TV program about railroads is in the works, and this leads...
Topics: 1954, USA, Railroad, Industry, Advocacy, Freight Trains, Stock Footage
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This is a 1960s era color movie, presented by American Airlines. The film is a promotional piece on California. Footage is taken from major sites and the bustling cities of San Francisco, Los Angeles, Sausalito and others. San Simeon, the San Diego Zoo and Aquarium are also highlighted. Excellent footage of a bustling California with plenty of nature and sporting shots as well. The film opens with waves crashing over the rocks. Different landscapes and views of nature are shown. Asian dancers...
Topics: California, 1960s, American Airlines, Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Stock Footage
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This U.S. Navy film was made to educate pilots about the flight characteristics of the Ling-Temco-Vought A-7 Corsair II, and to prepare them for landing the aircraft on a carrier, as well as takeoff. The A-7 was developed during the early 1960s as replacement for the Douglas A-4 Skyhawk. Its design was derived from the Vought F-8 Crusader. Copyright 1970, and filmed aboard USS Oriskany (CV/CVA-34). The tail markings of the aircraft indicate they are from CVG-12, Carrier Air Group 12 or RCVG-12,...
Topics: A-7 Corsiar II, US Navy, Aircraft Carrier, Flight Deck Landing, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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Created by famed photographer Tex Helm and his wife Grace, "A Pictorial Voyage Through The Straits of Magellan" shows a trip through the treacherous waters of Cape Horn. The film likely dates to 1940 when Helm served aboard the schooner Bear, which was Admiral Richard E. Byrd's flagship during his Antarctic expedition. Byrd is seen at 1:35 on deck with his dog. At 2:15 the Straights of Magellan are seen. At 9:12 a "nomad Indian" visits the ship at anchor. At 10:57 the ship...
Topics: 1940, Voyage, Straights Of Magellan, Cape Horn, Admiral Richard Byrd, Stock Footage
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“Vol. 2, Chapter I: The Air Force And The Atom Bomb,” the 1960 episode (SFP 263) of The Air Force Story, reviews the impact of the atomic bomb, how it was tested, and the new power of the hydrogen bomb. The chapter opens with U.S. bomber fleets flying in formation and dropping bombs on targets during WWII (01:14). An atomic bomb is detonated (01:38). During 1946 at Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands, the U.S. carries out Operation Crossroads, a pair of nuclear weapons tests. Footage shows...
Topics: Air Force, US Air Force, USAF, Stock Footage, Atomic Bomb, Atmoic, 1960
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Made for the home market by World in Color Productions, this silent color newsreel shows the atomic bomb test at Bikini Atoll known as Operation Crossroads. Various views of the test are seen, including aerial footage of the blasts. Operation Crossroads was a pair of nuclear weapon tests conducted by the United States at Bikini Atoll in mid-1946. They were the first nuclear weapon tests since Trinity in July 1945, and the first detonations of nuclear devices since the atomic bombing of Nagasaki...
Topics: US Atomic Bomb Test, Bikini Atoll, Operation Crossroads, Stock Footage
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One of a series of silent films made for the home market in Germany during WWII, "Europe's Fight Against Bolshevism" shows German activities on the Eastern Front, with a focus on the Battle of Kiev. At :20 Werner Molders is shown, a World War II German Luftwaffe pilot, wing commander, and the leading German fighter ace in the Spanish Civil War. At :25 the head of the Luftwaffe, Hermann Wilhelm Göring, is seen along with Ernst Udet. At :46 the strategic situation in the Ukraine is...
Topics: 1941, Germany, German Film, Soviet Defeat, German Newsreel
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Made for the home market, this silent, German propaganda newsreel from the fascist era shows events of the National Labour Day of 1933 30th of April and 1st of May 1933 – showing a speech of von Schirach at a Walpurgis Night Hitler Youth Rally, the works of preparing the Tempelhof expo grounds for a meeting, which will later be a scene of mass book burning. Seen are Hitler, Goebbels, Werner von Blomberg, Paul von Hindenburg. 0:12 Card:  "Since the Reichstag building was burned by the...
Topics: German, Newsreel, 1933, National Labor, Celebration, Fire, Hitler, Youth Activities, Stock Footage
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This mid-1970s documentary “A Look at Sound” is part of the “Life Around Us” series and was directed by Tom Spain, and narrated by Dan Ingram.  A man topples a tree with a chainsaw. Big Ben rings. A ballerina spins in a music box. A woman wearing a felt hat is part of a Princeton football crowd. A police car speeds past (1:10-3:01). Various decibel sound waves and examples are shown (3:16-3:48). A street noise barometer in Tokyo displays to traffic, including a Toyota 1000 (3:49-4:26)....
Topics: 1970, Physics of Sound, Magnetic Tape Recordings, Stock Footage
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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...
Topics: Vietnam War, Loas, Home Movies, Ravens KRT, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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The United States Navy gave viewers a look at “Sea Power in the Pacific” during World War II in this nearly 30-minute film. The film opens in 1931 China as Japanese bombs rain down from the sky. The horrors of war are shown in grim detail at mark 01:05, including the murder and mass burial of Chinese civilians. Japan was poised to control all of the Pacific and the resources of the East Indies, including its oil and rubber. “The only power the Japanese aggressor had to face,” we’re...
Topics: Sea Power In The Pacific, WWII, World War II, US Navy, Stock Footage
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This 1946 color film “The Nature of Color” by Coronet explores the basics of the physics of color.  Coronet produced and distributed many documentary shorts, mostly on 19mm, which were widely shown in American public schools from the 1940s to the 1980s. The educational collaborator for “The Nature of Color” was Dr. Ira M. Freeman, who also wrote multiple physics textbooks. The film begins with vintage footage of a rainbow (0:29-0:35). Various color temperatures of sunlight are shown...
Topics: Nature, Color, 1946, Coronet Film
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Released in November of 1942, PATTERN FOR VICTORY shows scenes of the first year after American entry into World War II. It was produced by Paramount News. The film begins with Pearl Harbor, and civilians hearing the news of the bombing of the fleet by Japanese aircraft. President Roosevelt is seen addressing Congress on December 8, 1941. Men register for service and women operate machinery in war plants. Scenes on the American home front include gas rationing. Prime Minister Winston Churchill...
Topics: 1942, WWII, World War II, Pattern, Victory, Pearl Harbor, Stock Footage
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Produced in 1945 as part of the Sixth War Loan, this short War Bond film presents a haunting portrait of the cost of war.   As the narrator notes, every two and a half minutes — approximately equal to the amount of time spent watching the film — another American soldier has fallen in combat.   It contains horrific images of wounded and deceased American soldiers, including a naked corpse at the :50 second mark.   These gruesome images are contrasted with the work on the assembly lines of...
Topics: American War Dead, Casualties, World War II, WWII, War Bond, Stock Footage
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Made by Grumman to promote the new F-14 Tomcat, this film takes place at Miramar, California and Fighter Town USA.   At mark 0:33,   Fighter Town USA is seen with various front line Naval aircraft including F-4 Phantoms. Here, pilots are now using lessons from the war in S.E. Asia in developing F-14 combat maneuvering syllabus, using the variable wing at different speed ranges, and getting use to the plane's sophisticated electronic packages. The multiple weapon systems include Phoenix...
Topics: F-14 Tomcat, Air Combat, Grumman, F-14, Callifornia
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This 1950’s travelogue profiles the Santa Fe Super Chief, the most luxurious way to travel across the country. The film begins by showing how train’s now offer all of the comforts of home. (00:00:20:00) Then, the new flagship of Santa Fe’s fleet is introduced, the Super Chief. (00:00:40:00). Our narrator then cuts to a beautiful actress, who is planning a train trip to Southern California. (00:01:10:00) The narrator convinces her to try the new Super Chief for her trip. The narrator then...
Topics: Train, Superchief, Railroad, Santa Fe, 1950s, Travelogue, California, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
Made during WWII by the War Department, this official training film describes what frequency modulation (FM) is and how to use it in reference to radio communications. It also provides the comparison between FM and AM radio as far as what advantages FM has over AM. Originally restricted, the film was released for public educational use in 1949. It opens with U.S. soldiers playing ping pong while listening to AM radio (:28). When one of the men begins to use an electric razor, the radio gets...
Topics: 1944, US War Department, Frequency Modulation, FM Radio, Stock Footage, Periscope FIlm
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Made by Bell Telephone in the wake of the failure of the Teton Dam, DISASTER AT TETON shows recovery efforts. It has particular attention paid to communications and the phone system. The Teton Dam was an earthen dam on the Teton River in Idaho, United States. It was built by the Bureau of Reclamation, one of eight federal agencies authorized to construct dams. Located in the eastern part of the state, between Fremont and Madison counties, it suffered a catastrophic failure on June 5, 1976, as...
Topics: Teton, Dam, Failure, Disaster at Teton, Idaho, Stock Footage
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This film is a collection of four short NASA films from the 1970s (Space Colonization, Autotram, Space Pioneers, and New Advances in Plane Design), giving viewers a look at various developments in space exploration and flight. In Space Colonization, NASA’s Chief of Life Sciences Experiment Office Dr. Richard Johnson speaks to the camera about a disc-shaped space colony named the Stanford torus. The film opens with images and animation showing future renderings of space colonies. Viewers see...
Topics: NASA, 1970s, Space Colonization, Oblique X Wing, Probes, Stock Fotoage
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This fascinating 1945 newsreel shows the battle for the Philippines, as U.S. forces under the command of General Douglas MacArthur launch an assault on the island of Leyte.   The battle resulted in a U.S. and Filipino victory. The Allies had taken control of all strategically and economically important locations of Luzon by March 1945, although pockets of Japanese resistance held out in the mountains until the unconditional surrender of Japan. While not the highest in US casualties, it is the...
Topics: Manila, Phillipines, Jima, Luzon, Iwo, Castle Films, Stock Footage
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This black & white educational film is about celebrating twenty five years of U.S. Savings Bonds. Starring Lucille Ball. Copyright 1966. Opening titles: The Department of Defense presents Lucille Ball in Twenty Five Years of Savings Bonds (:06-:19). Lucille Ball introduces the film. Servicemen hold savings bonds. A man holds a twenty five dollar savings bond. U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt holds a savings bonds. In order to promote the program, movie stars helped - Abbott &...
Topics: Twenty Five Years Of Saving, Bonds, Lucille Ball, WWII, War Bonds, Hollywood Stars, Stock Footage
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This 1920s black and white silent film promoting California Parlor Car Tours Inc. advertises bus line service between Los Angeles and San Francisco, with a focus on travel accommodations and sightseeing opportunities (TRT 9:57). Front view of a parked Fageol Safety Coach Parlor Car on a Los Angeles to San Francisco line (0:08). Glass windows are shown retracted, providing an unobstructed view of the passenger cabin (0:23). Title card: “America’s first Observation Motor Parlor Car” (0:30)....
Topics: California, San Francisco, Bus Tour, Los Angeles, Stock Footage
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Presented by the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, this is a 1965, black and white film that traces the early space age from Dr. Robert Goddard through Project Mercury. It opens on Main Street in front of a movie theatre in 1919, 2:14. Robert Hutchings Goddard was an American engineer, professor, physicist, and inventor who is credited with creating and building the world's first liquid-fueled rocket. Goddard successfully launched his rocket on March 16, 1926, ushering in an era of space...
Topics: 1965, Space, Space Age, Project Mercury, Stock Footage
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Shot by an unknown American tourist on a trip through California and on to Hawaii, this color 16mm silent home movie dates to 1954. It shows visits to Los Angeles, San Francisco, and finally Hawaii via the Matson Lines steamship SS Lurline. Opening: Pasadena Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA. CBS Television City in Los Angeles, CA. Farmers Market in Los Angeles. Downtown Los Angeles. Cars, store fronts, trolley goes down the street. Buildings in downtown Los Angeles. Trolley car goes up a hill...
Topics: 1954, Home Movie, Los Angeles, San Francisco, California, Hawaii, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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“A Brief Visit to St. Thomas, Virgin Islands” is the first part of a short 1930s film, In the Wake of the Buccaneers, produced by the Division of Motion Pictures for the U.S. Department of Interior. “A Brief Visit” highlights St. Thomas, promoting tourism for the U.S. Virgin Islands, which the U.S. purchased from Denmark in 1916. The film begins with a luxury steam liner arriving at St. Thomas (00:17), where people take a small boat to the island’s capital and largest city, Charlotte...
Topics: Virgin Islands, 1930s, Wake Of Buccaneers, St Thomas, Stock Footage
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This black & white TV show is an episode of "Flight", a 1950s anthology series that was based on real incidents in aviation history. It is titled "Three Men" and was first broadcast in 1959.  The show presents a dramatic story about an air raid on the Focke-Wulf plant at Anklam, Germany by American B-17s from the Eighth Air Force. A parallel story is told about Lt. Kirk Muller, a German fighter pilot tasked with stopping the Allied raid. Produced by California...
Topics: Flight, TV Series, Three Men, WWII, Eighth Air Force, B 17 Raid, Anklam, Germany, Stock Footage,...
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This black & white Arthur Murray instructional film demonstrates how to do the Rumba and the Mambo. The film dates to the 1940s.  Arthur Murray (1895 – 1991) was a famous American ballroom dancer and businessman.  After WWII, Murray's dance instruction business grew with the rise of interest in Latin dance, and he regularly taught and broadcast in Cuba in the 1950s. He later hosted the television show The Arthur Murray Party for a decade from 1950-60. Opening titles: The Arthur Murray...
Topics: Arthur Murray, Rumba, Mambo, 1940s, Dance, Latin Dancing, Ballroom Dancing, Stock Footage,...
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Dating from 1943, this fascinating newsreel features footage of the British 8th Army and American and Free French forces battling in North Africa against Rommel's Afrika Korps, and the Russian victory at Stalingrad. The film begins with the Battle of Mareth, part of an Allied operation under General Bernard Montgomery in Tunisia intended to assault the Mareth Line defenses held by German and Italian forces under General Giovanni Messe. The initial attack, Operation Pugilist ran into...
Topics: Battle For Tunisia. Tunisia, Germans, 1943, North Africa, Battle Of Mareth, Stock Footage
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One of a series of short subjects made in 1949 by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, "Let's Go to the Movies" provides a brisk, Hollywood-centric gloss of early narrative film history, coupled with brief glimpses “behind the scenes” of major studio productions. A curtain opens on an Academy Awards Ceremony with an “ Oscar ” statuette on the stage (0:10). Title: “Members of the Motion Picture Industry present Let’s Go to the Movies” (0:13). A movie studio...
Topics: 1949, Hollywood, Feature Film, Movies, Ampas, Documentary, Stock Footage
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This film was produced by Centron Films for Inland Steel in 1981.  It is an educational film showing the entire process of the production of steel, from the mining of taconite, through the various stages inside the steel mill to the final product of pure steel.  The film specifically focuses on the production of a steel coil. Centron Films logo shown (0:12-0:20).  Brief and eclectic range of shots; of the Chicago skyling / cityscape, farming equipment, a film projector, and two silhouetted...
Topics: Steel, The Metal Giants, 1981, Inland Stee Co., Steel Mill, Stock Footage
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Made for the home market in Germany during WWII by Degeto, this silent newsreel shows the start of the Battle of Stalingrad in the summer of 1942. At :38 a tactical map shows the German army's advance from Rostov and the Caucuses towards the Don River and Stalingrad and Kalach. At :42, German artillery bombards Soviet positions. At 1:40 German officers use binoculars to spot the effect of the barrage. At 1:57 Soviet tanks are shown on fire on the outskirts of the city. At 2:15 a German armored...
Topics: 1942, German Newsreel, Battle Of Stalingrad, Barbarossa, Eastern Front, Stock Footage
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Made in 1958 and partially sponsored by Pan Am Airlines to promote their service to Central America, "Land of the Maya" presents the nation of Guatemala and Guatemala City. The film ostensibly follows a horticulturalist on her trip cross country, examining flowers. The movie shows a nearly forgotten era in Guatemalan history, before earthquakes devastated the capitol. At 1:20 the central office is seen, before its modernization, and the capitol buildings and downtown at 2:00. At 2:29,...
Topics: Land of The Maya, Guatemala, Travelogue, Antigua, Stock footage
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This black & white educational film is about some of the tourist attractions and big cities to see in South America, primarily focusing on Argentina and Brazil but also including images in Peru. This is copyright 1941, and features footage that was shot in the 1930s. Opening: South American Vista (:06-:09). The Andes Mountains loom.  Flowing waters below the equator in South America. Horses walk by. A man sits atop a horse. The iconic Gaucho, or cowboy. Argentina beef. Peru, people in the...
Topics: South American Vista, 1941, Travelogue, Peru, Brazil, Argentina, Buenos Aires Rio, Stock Footage,...
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The Sea: Mysteries of the Deep is a short 1977 educational film from Encyclopaedia Britannica Films, narrated by John Bartholomew Tucker, that looks at current research efforts to better understand undersea life and resources and how to protect it from manmade pollution. The film features great footage of undersea life, contrasted with footage of harmful industrial waste being pumped into the oceans. The film opens with shots of sea creatures, include ling a hammerhead shark, sea lions, and an...
Topics: 1970, Oceanography, SS Kaimalino, The Sea
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Made in the late 1970s, THE FABULOUS PHANTOM celebrates the completion of the 5000th F-4 Phantom. The McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II is a tandem two-seat, twin-engine, all-weather, long-range supersonic jet interceptor aircraft/fighter-bomber originally developed for the United States Navy by McDonnell Aircraft. It first entered service in 1960 with the U.S. Navy. Proving highly adaptable, it was also adopted by the U.S. Marine Corps and the U.S. Air Force, and by the mid-1960s had become a...
Topics: The Fabulous Phantom II, F-4, Phantom, McDonnell, Aircraft
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This educational film from 1940 gives viewers a brief overview of the causes of the First World War, a recap of the war, and the political-geographical consequences of the war. The film opens with footage of a young Winston Churchill standing with officers and then addressing a crowd about the dangers of global armament. Germany’s Kaiser Wilhelm II climbs into a carriage (01:15). King Edward VII inspects British troops (02:02). The film then shows footage of Morocco in 1905 (03:10), showing a...
Topics: WWI, World War I, The Great Big War, 1940, Stock Footage
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Created to promote the steamboat Delta Queen, this charming film shows the vessel as it appeared in the early 1970s. The film shows some of the modern equipment added to the ship to keep it in operation, while highlighting the "trip back in time" that the steamboat made possible -- back to the days of Mark Twain. The film was made by Greene Line Steamers and produced by Lee Strosnider and features the song "Delta Queen, My Time Machine" written by George Tassian and...
Topics: 1970s, Delta Queen, Mississippi, Steam Boat, Time Machine, Stock Footage
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Shot by an unknown American tourist, this silent, color home movie (with title cards) shows a trip to Chimayo, Tesuque, San Ildefonso Pueblo, Taos Pueblo, and Gallup, New Mexico, including the Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial. The film includes footage of Pat Goodnight dancing a war dance, Joe Whitehoop doing the hoop dance and  This is circa the late 1960s or early 1970s. Title: Chimayo, in the state of New Mexico, the name derives from a Tewa name for a local landmark, the hill of Tsi Mayoh...
Topics: 1960s, Home Movie, Native American, Pueblos, Dances, Chimayo, Taos, Gallup, New Mexico, Stock...
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Made for the U.S. Army, this late 1950s / early 1960s film features the fundamental principles of diodes and triodes. It was presented by The Bray Studios Incorporated (:11). It opens with diode fundamentals (:28) showing electron components comprised of semiconductor material (:34). A transistor (:42) is an amplifier serving with the same purpose as a triode vacuum tube. A crystal rectifier is shown (:51). A circuit is demonstrated to conduct current in a single direction (1:18) as a light...
Topics: 1950, US Army, Training Film, Semiconductors, Stock Footage
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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...
Topics: Computer Chips, 1980, Computer Engineering, Stock Footage
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This black & white film military training film "How to Get Killed in One Easy Lesson" was shown to infantry recruits during WWII. It is part of a series of "Fighting Men" films, designed to reinforce principles taught in field training. In this case, the film focuses on how careless behavior -- leads to death.  Copyright 1943. Opening: Official Training Film - Fighting Men - How to get killed in one easy lesson (:08-:35). American soldiers advance in a jungle, they...
Topics: Fighting Men, WWII, World War II, 1943, Army Ground Forces, Training Film, Stock Footage
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Sponsored by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, this highly optimistic, 1952 full color animation/live-action hybrid film presents the USA in the forefront of the world. It examines the medium of advertising as “the magic key” to continued American economic prosperity in the post-war era, suggesting a relationship between ads and modern refinements to household appliances (TRT 21:54). It was produced by the Raphael G. Wolff Studios. Animated searchlights over a city skyline. Opening credits...
Topics: The Magic Key, 1950, US Chamber, Commerce, WWII, Stock Footage
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This film from the British Act / Fact series recounts January 1st, 1945 -- New Year's Day -- when Allied aircraft faced a surprise onslaught of German fighters raiding their bases in Belgium and Holland. Anti-aircraft crews raced into action. Many Allied aircraft were hit on the ground before they could scramble into the air. At 2;02, Royal Air Force Spitfires, Typhoons and Tempests are sent to intercept the German planes, and fighter support for bombing raids is diverted to staunch the...
Topics: Air Battle, January, 1945, Luftwaffe, Battle Of The Bulge, Operation Bodenplatte, Stock Footage,...
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Hosted by Lowell Thomas, Jr., "King of the Alaskan Seas" is a portrait of the people of Adak, Alaska including the Inuit peoples. Made in 1965, the film focuses on the wintertime King Crab harvest, including a visit with the captain and crew of the fishing vessel "Deep Sea" and the processing center.   Adak is a city located on Adak Island, in the Aleutians West Census Area, Alaska, United States. At the 2010 census the population was 326. It is the westernmost municipality...
Topics: Adak Alaska, Lowell Thomas, Alaskan Seas, King Crab, Stock Footage
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This film takes a look at the 2nd Battle of Guam in July through August of 1944. It involved U.S.forces moving to recapture Guam which had been captured by Japan in 1941. Guam was under 1,600 miles from Tokyo and Manila (:32), another reason the U.S. wanted to recapture it. Japan used the island to guard their vital sea lanes. After the fall of Saipan, Guam was pointed to as the next target (:43). US convoys make their way towards Guam (:52). Pre-invasion bombardments carried on hitting shore...
Topics: 1944, War Department, WWII, World War II, Guam, Stock Footage
Created with footage shot by the U.S. Army Signal Corps, CAMPS OF THE DEAD is a graphic newsreel that shows concentration camps as they appeared to the liberating Allied armies in 1945. This silent version was one of two produced; the other sound version runs about 20 minutes.   Full of horrifying images that vividly show the baseless and vile nature of the Nazi death camps, it is hard to even begin to describe the images herein.   The idea that anyone would even consider denying the...
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Topics: Nazi Holocaust, Concentration Camps, Liberation, Footage, Stock Footage
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This color educational/promotional film is about the Bofors 10.5 cm Field Howitzer L/28. The Internet has scant information on the L/28, but it was apparently designed for rapid movement and positioning, and the narrator notes that it was intended to be positioned quickly so as to hold off a paratroop or partisan type attack. Whereas prior to WWII Bofors had developed a 10.5 cm howitzer (also known as the Model 1924), this model appears to be different and may have never gone into volume...
Topics: 1960s, Bofors, Howitzer, CM Field Howitzer, Promo FIlm, Artillery Weapon System, Stock Footage,...
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"Everything You Ever Wanted in a 16mm Projector" is an RCA promotional film made for the RCA 1600, probably in the mid-1960s.   Yes, everything . . . brilliant pictures, superb sound, simple operation, smooth, safe film handling, instant performance, good looks, light weight, ruggedness — even an automatic threader that never touches the film ! (And if you Ve never wanted an automatic threader the 1600 provides for that as well, because its uniquely safe threader is uniquely...
Topics: RCA, 16mm, 16mm Projector, Pomotion Film
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The Pontiac Motor Division of General Motors Corporation, in cooperation with its 4,200 Pontiac dealers, presents a 1951 color movie called, Stepping Up with the Joneses, with script by Dick Owen Allen, directed by Stephen Kiefer, photography by Grover Seyfried and recorded by Ralph Goeke. The movie opens with a woman filling glass containers of milk, and the storing them in her refrigerator, 00:43. Mother and son discuss the family car around the dining room table, 2:00. The father enters and...
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Topics: Stepping Up With The Joneses, 1951, Pontiac Car, Hydromatic Drive, Stock Footage
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Dating to 1941, this black and white, silent film from Castle "War in the East  British-Greek Victories" chronicles the Italian victory in Ethiopia in 1936, and shows some of the early successes that the Greek Army achieved against Italian forces, and British successes in North Africa -- in particular the Battle of Bardia -- in 1940-41. While largely forgotten, both of the campaigns shown in this film had meaningful impact on the war. In particular, Greece's defeat of Mussolini's...
Topics: 1941 WWII, Newsreel, British Victories, Libya, Greek, Italian Army, Ethiopia, Greece, Stock Footage
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This 1950s color film is apparently a well shot, amateur home movie. It depicts a trip to Indonesia, featuring historic architecture and ancient temples of Bali and surrounding areas in stunning Kodachrome vibrancy. The film culminates in an extended performance featuring a gamelan, Topeng dance, and a drama with masked deities (24:14). Crowded streets filled with bicycles and cycle rickshaws. Pedestrians in a crosswalk (0:08). Urban storefronts advertise their wares with colorful signage. A...
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This silent 16mm home movie shows the annual Macy's Day Parade in New York City. It likely shows at least two different years. The first segment is in b&w and features a turkey balloon at :21, a Columbus or possibly Mayflower float at :26,  Indian teepee float at :38, Indian balloon at :48, Pluto balloon at 1:08, Porky Pig (?) at 1:28, and Mickey Mouse balloon at 1:38. At 2:10 a trolley car rumbles down 34th Street as a large mouse balloon (evil Mickey?) is seen. At 2:41 Santa rumbles by...
Topics: Pre WWII, WWII, Macys, Thanksgiving Parade, Home Movie, Stock Footage
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This documentary from 1961 is part of the ‘Biography’ series created in the 1960’s by David L. Wolper and narrated by Mike Wallace. This episode takes a look at Francisco Franco prior to, during and after the Spanish Civil War which took place from 1936 to 1939. Francisco Franco is pictured at (:39). Mike Wallace informs viewers Franco had ruled as a dictator for a quarter of a century (1:27). Spanish army troops are seen moving through the streets (2:11). Franco’s early youth is...
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Made in late 1944 by the U.S. Army Pictorial Service, "The Liberation of Rome" depicts the successful Allied advance into Rome, freeing it from German control during World War II. The film begins with footage of Allied forces arriving in the city, before flashing back to the beginnings of the campaign that eventually liberated Southern Italy from Axis control. At 1:37, the combined Chiefs of Staff are seen planning the campaign after the successful battle for Siciliy. At 2:45, Gen....
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Topics: World War II, WWII, Liberation Of Rome, Italian Campaign, Rome, Stock Footage
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Postcards From Dalmatia is a colorful 1960s travel film promoting tourism along the coast of what is now Croatia and Montenegro. The film opens with titles printed over painted scenes and a buoyant folk song.  Notable crew includes cinematographer Arthur Wooster, director Adrian de Potier, and narrator James McKechnie.  A busy train station is crowded with tourists (0:33).  The film cuts to a small cruise ship, the S.S. Jadrolinija, bound from Venice for islands off the coast of...
Topics: Postcards, Dalmatia, 1960s, Croatia, Montenegro, Stock Footage
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Filmed in Dresden, Germany in the 1930s, this educational film was intended to show children the importance of saving money -- in this case to buy a bicycle.  The film has some interesting images of Dresden prior to WWII, and has images of children in the uniforms of the Hitler Youth. The Hitler Youth was the youth organization of the Nazi Party in Germany. Its origins dated back to 1922. From 1933 until 1945, it was the sole official youth organization in Germany and was partially a...
Topics: German, Educational Film, Bike, 1945, Germany, Nazi Germany, Stock Footage
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Here are two shorts from WWII: Hollywood Canteen, and Private Snafu in "The Chow Hound". In 1942, Hollywood legends John Garfield, Bette Davis and Jules C. Stein opened the Hollywood Canteen. Located at 1451 Cahuenga Blvd. in Los Angeles, the club offered food, dancing and entertainment for servicemen, usually on their way overseas. The canteen was open to USA servicemen and women, as well as members of the military from allied countries. A serviceperson's ticket for admission was his...
Topics: Hollywood Canteen, Private SNAFU, Chowhound, WWII, Cartoon, John Garfield, Bette Davis, Jules C....
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This black & white novelty film features Egyptian actor Alex d'Arcy -- playing the part of a discharged American soldier -- traveling the French Riviera in his 1950's Studebaker convertible. d'Arcy meets up with many other movie stars including Charles Boyer, Sonja Henie, Maurice Chevalier, George Raft, Annie Crombez (ski champion), Elsa Maxwell, Bob Stack, Buddy Rogers, Steve Reeves (Mr. America 1948). Copyright 1950. Opening title: Riviera Dream (:07-1:17). Aerial shot of Nice in the...
Topics: Rivera Drea, 1950s, South, France, Novelty Film, Alex D'arcy, Carnnes And Nice, Stock Footage,...
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This reel of 1958 home movies taken in Mexico provide a tourist’s eye view of natural landmarks and local attractions in and around Mexico City, including Parícutin volcano, churches of Morelia, CDMX street life, automobiles, market vendors, public parks, and entertainments enjoyed by visitors and locals alike (TRT: 41:19). Two small children take a walk. Townspeople shade themselves under an awning. A white man in overalls waves to the camera as he climbs aboard a 1940s automobile. A...
Topics: 1958, Trup, Mexico, Home Movies, Paricutin, Volcano Eruption, Morelia, Mexico City, Stock Footage,...
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Made in 1952 and produced by the legendary Dore Shary, THE HOAXSTERS is an American documentary film written by Herman Hoffman, about the threat posed by communism to the American way of life. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. The film compares Hitler and Mussolini to a carnival barker and a snake oil salesman, and connects their outrageous talk to that of the Bolsheviks, in particular Josef Stalin.   The film includes the voices of Marilyn Erskine, Howard...
Topics: The Hoaxsters Cold War, Anti Communist, Documentary, Stock Footage
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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...
Topics: 1975, General Motors, Catalytic Converter, Chevy Monte Carlo, Stock Footage
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Dating to the 1920s, and released by the obscure Aladdin Motion Pictures, this "Travel Gem" shows views of the Peruvian city of Cuzco / Cusco, the City of the Sun. At :21 is a panorama of the city which sits at 11,000 feet in the Andes Mountains. At 1:09 the local inhabitants are shown including many Indians and descendants of the Inca. At 1:41 is a view of an ancient wall built with tightly cut stone blocks, and without concrete. At 2:09 the road to Fortress Hill is shown and at 2:40...
Topics: Cusco, Peru, 1920, Silent Travelogue, Andes Mountains, Stock Footage, PeriscopeFilm
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This short film is a collection of two 1960s commercials for RCA Victor products—the company’s redesigned portable phonograph and the Mark 1 color television. In the first commercial, “Sound On The Move,” viewers see a woman carrying a portable phonograph down a street. Another woman is getting one out of the back of her car. A woman opens up the case of an RCA Victor Swing-Line unit (00:39), swinging out the speakers and the changer. She looks through the see-through cabinet design. A...
Topics: RCA, Portable Phonograph, Record Player, Color Television, TV