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We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional information about our videos by adding a comment! See something interesting? Tell people what it is and what they can see by writing something for example like: "01:00:12:00 -- President Roosevelt is seen meeting with Winston Churchill at the Quebec Conference." This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage collections in...
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One of a series of news films made by the U.S. Air Force in the 1980s, this edition of Air Force Now dates to November of 1985. The film starts with a nostalgic look back at USAF uniforms from the late 1940s when pith helmets were authorized for use in the tropics. At  2:00 , the USAF's distribution system in Europe is seen with C-23A aircraft being used to deliver vital spare parts to bases throughout the continent. The C-23A Sherpa entered service with the United States Air Force in Europe...
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This film, THE INVISIBLE BRIDGE is presented by the Julien Bryan International Film Foundation (:13) and will be narrated by Arnold Moss. It centers around the YMCA as it rebuilds around the globe. Opening with the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco (:42) which is the largest and cost $35 million and four years to construct, and the Ludendorff Bridge over the Rhine River ( 1:12 ). During warfare, bridges no longer seemed ‘beautiful’ as they became targets for bombing ( 1:20 ). In peace,...
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“Roving The Mediterranean” is a black-and-white circa 1940 film that opens with a shakedown cruise of one of the United States Navy’s latest cruisers from the Atlantic Ocean into the Mediterranean Sea. The ship pulls into port at Gibraltar on Spain’s southern coast at mark  01:13  as sailors are shown visiting spots of local interest including climbing (rather unsuccessfully) the famed Rock of Gibraltar at mark  02:05 . By mark  04:23  the crew is on to Tunis in North Africa to...
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S O S Coast Guard (1937) is a Republic film serial. It was the seventh of the sixty-six serials made by Republic. The plot concerns the mad scientist Boroff (Bela Lugosi) attempting to sell a superweapon to the highest bidder, opposed by Coast Guard Lieutenant Terry Kent (Ralph Byrd), for both personal and professional reasons. The main stars were Bela Lugosi and Ralph Byrd. It was made during the 2-year period when the Hayes Office put a moratorium on horror movies, Lugosi's usual genre, and...
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Made in 1931, this travelogue of American Samoa shows the island nation as it appeared prior to WWII, before the peace of this tiny protectorate was destroyed. Predominantly shot on the island of Tutuila, the film features rare views of traditional native life including Copra harvesting. American Samoa is an unincorporated territory of the United States located in the South Pacific Ocean, southeast of Samoa. It consists of five main islands and two coral atolls. The largest and most populous...
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Made in 1959 by Jean Leduc, this French language film presents a unique look at the State of Israel and the City of TelAviv in this era.  We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional information about our videos by adding a comment! See something interesting? Tell people what it is and what they can see by writing something for example like: "01:00:12:00 -- President Roosevelt is seen meeting with Winston Churchill at the Quebec Conference." This film...
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Made in the 1980s, this German Navy film shows the submarine service including life aboard a submarine. We don't speak German and are not well educated about the German Navy so hoping some of you in the community can tell us more about this film. We believe the boat shown is U9 (S188), a Type 205 submarine of the German Navy. She was laid down on 10 December 1964 by Howaldtswerke of Kiel. U9 was launched on 20 October 1966 and commissioned on 11 April 1967. She was decommissioned on 3 June...
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This film, produced by the Department of Defense, takes you to the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis. It gives you a peek at what life was like for future admirals in the making, showcasing both their education and military training.
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“12 To Go” covers the 1957 Florida International 12 Hour Grand Prix of Endurance of the Amoco Trophy. The sports car endurance race was held at Sebring International Raceway in Sebring, Florida. Mark  00:35  introduces us to David Ash, who between 1952 and 1957 earned the title of “Mr. MG’" as the only driver to start and finish five twelve-hour-long endurance races at Sebring in five tries. Ash “pleads” with his wife to allow him to participate in the race and sets off from...
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This post-WWII film explains movement control, and the point control of traffic by transportation officers and military police. As the narrator explains, since a modern Army involves many mechanized vehicles, the MP and the movement of traffic are essential for victory. Various scenarios including blackout conditions, combat conditions, and rear area traffic control are mentioned. The film shows techniques of military vehicle traffic control at intersections, bridges and problem areas. A...
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This film opens with President Richard Nixon (:24) speaking on the SALT negotiations which was an acronym that stood for Strategic Arms Limitations Talks. John W. Warner (:54) states the United States is similar to an island in that it is surrounded on all sides by water. In 1941, the warship U.S.S Arizona ( 2:10 ) was attacked by Japan. “CNO SITREP 7” appears at ( 2:38 ) and this indicated a Chief of Naval Operations Report. The music for this film was performed by the US Navy Band ( 3:06...
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The 1960s television program LEADERSHIPS SPEAKS featured prominent members of the U.S. military, speaking about defense and other issues. Here a cigar smoking Rear Admiral John S. McCain, Jr. speaks forcefully about leadership, noting that you can "buy many things in life but you can't buy leadership". At the time Admiral McCain was working as the Chief of Information (1962-63), a post he would leave in the summer of 1963 to undertake command of Operation Steel Pike, the largest...
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Made by unknown filmmakers sometime in the 1940s, CHECKING IN is a silent U.S. Navy gag movie that follows the antics of a new recruit named Red Marme. The film follows Marme as he arrives for basic training aboard a U.S. Navy bus (which he falls out of). This sets the tone for a series of funny vignettes ranging from Red's first cigarette, working as a photographer's mate (and losing the camera out the airplane), and more. If Youtube existed in 1948 this might have been a million viewer. We...
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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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This 1949 short Chevrolet film, “The Last Word,” produced by Jam Handy, promotes Chevrolet cars by boasting of the research, ingenuity, and engineering that goes into every Chevrolet. The film uses a couple driving several different Chevrolets over a period of several decades, and each time the latest car is the “last word,” or the best car Chevrolet could possibly make. The couple starts out driving a 1913 Chevrolet ( 00:22 ), then a 1925 Chevrolet ( 01:48 ), then a convertible model...
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This 1960s Pan film "Across the World in 3 Seconds" shows communication in the modern world, and includes a behind-the-scenes look at Pan Am's complex, computer-based reservation and logistical systems. It presents a fast - moving history of communications from cave drawings to the jet age of electronic computers. The film opens with ancient cave paintings and the idea that man’s deepest desire has always been to communicate with others (:51). It leads through the development of...
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“Wheels Across Africa” is an expedition documentary by Belgian-born filmmaker Armand Denis about a trip across Africa in Dodge trucks circa 1936. The black-and-white promotional documentary, presented by the Dodge Dealers of America, focuses on Denis and his wife Leila Roosevelt Denis (a cousin of Theodore Roosevelt) as they take an 18-month journey through the Belgian Congo and the Sahara Desert on motor driven Dodge vehicles.  It takes the viewer quickly through Belgium, France, and...
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This color picture from 1980 is an official National Aeronautics and Space Administration film report produced for NASA by Boeing in 1979. It dates to the dawn of the composite materials revolution, when a nearly $9 million research program was created to study whether an advanced composite elevator could be made for the cargo version of the Boeing 727. The picture focuses on the continuing efforts of manufacturers to develop aircraft that are lighter and more fuel efficient without sacrificing...
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This color film “El Navajo” is an educational documentary presented by Santa Fe Railway. It is a Telefilm Recording (a format popular in 1935-1940, and represented a motion picture created to be shown on television). The Navajo Reservation spans New Mexico and Arizona during this film’s time period. Women in Navajo dress wave at an oncoming Santa Fe train (38), whose Chicago to San Francisco route passes it ( 1:03 ). Views outside the train window see the red desert cliffs ( 1:27 - 1:44...
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This silent newsreel from the 1930s was released by Castle Films, and shows Washington, D.C. as it appeared in the pre-war era. The film begins with images of the Capitol building including rare (for this era) aerial shots, apparently filmed from a blimp that is visible later in the newsreel. At :31 you can see traffic passing in front of the building -- something you'd never see today. At :45 the building is pressure washed. At :56 the White House is shown, including views shot from the...
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This well-made silent film, apparently made by Ken Mershon, shows Jerome, Arizona and the surrounding area as it appeared in the late 1960s or early 1970s when it was still considered a ghost town. Jerome is a town in the Black Hills of Yavapai County in the U.S. state of Arizona. Founded in the late 19th century on Cleopatra Hill overlooking the Verde Valley, it is more than 5,000 feet (1,500 m) above sea level. It is about 100 miles (160 km) north of Phoenix along State Route 89A between...
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“The New Oregon Trail” is a circa 1940 black-and-white tourism promotion film presented by the Oregon State Highway Department. Supervised by Harold B. Say, photographed by Ralph I. Gifford, and distributed by Castle Films, the film includes scenic and recreational attractions of Oregon. The film opens with a covered wagon train at mark  00:30  and explanation of how early settlers viewed Oregon as “a land of fabled wonder” as they set out westward and created the original Oregon...
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As shown in this 1950s film "Project Tinkertoy"was the code-name for a development and proof of concept project undertaken by the National Bureau of Standards (NBS) to create a process for automated manufacture of electronic equipment and for demonstrating it on a pilot production line. The needs for this program came out of the new Cold War and the Korean War, where certain vital electronic components were in very short supply. The pilot plant created by Tinkertoy had to be...
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An informative film about LSD, this 1960s educational tells the story of the discovery of the drug and its affects. The film begins in 1951 after a naturally induced mass hysteria episode in France, and then traces the work of Dr. Albert Hofmann who suffered similar symptoms after exposing himself to synthesized LSD in the 1930s. The film shows the effects of LSD on rats in a laboratory, including catatonia. The film features Dr. Jean Houston and Dr. Robert Masters, who used LSD to probe...
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Made in 1951 to promote unity in Western Europe against the Soviet Union and what would become the Warsaw Pact, THE HOUR OF CHOICE shows the choice which now lies before the countries of Western Europe. The film gives an historical survey of the old historic European concept of "unity with difference" and emphasizes the present day realization that, in order to survive, Europe must abolish differences and achieve unity. The Marshall Plan, the Schuman Plan, the European Payments Plan,...
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This silent home movie (although, it could have been professionally made it appears likely to be an amateur production) shows the 1939 World's Fair in New York. It includes views of the iconic Trylon, Perisphere and Helicline, as well as major exhibits. At the  4:15  mark, an auto exhibit is seen, likely the Ford Pavilion, where race car drivers drove on a figure eight track on the building's roof endlessly, day in and day out. At  7:30 , the Billy Rose Aquacade is seen. This was a...
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This 16mm film, a home movie shot on May 9-10, 1970, shows a march on the White House. The march took place a week after the Kent State shootings, and 100,000 demonstrators converged on Washington to protest the shootings and President Richard Nixon's incursion into Cambodia.After the march, a few hundred militants spread through surrounding streets, causing limited damage. Police attacked the most threatening crowds with tear gas and made a number of arrests, including the one seen at the 12...
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Made during World War II, "Corvettes" profiles the Royal Navy's ships of the same name. These were rapidly built ships meant to counter the Nazi threat to Great Britain by protecting convoys. Ships of the Flower Class are seen being launched and joining a convoy, and then practicing anti-aircraft gunnery, and conducting a U-boat patrol as part of convoy duty. The term "corvette" was originally a French name for a small sailing warship, intermediate between the frigate and...
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“The Magnetic Recorder” is a 1950s black-and-white film by the State University of Iowa explaining the uses and operation of magnetic tape. Almost any sound can be recorded magnetically and played back immediately, the viewer is told at mark  00:55  as we watch a man adjusting various tape machines including an Ekotape that we’re told are available for sale to schools, churches, and industry, and are comparable to those used at radio stations and professional recording studios. At...
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This historic film "Unconditional Surrender" dates to the mid-1950s and was funded by the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis / March of Dimes to promote the newly-developed poliomyelitis vaccine. The film shows Randy Kerr, the first boy to receive the Salk Vaccine. As the film shows, the Salk Vaccine was both safe and effective and went into commercial manufacture. The film does not mention Dr. Albert Sabin, whose oral vaccine came into use in 1961, so presumably the film...
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This late 1950s-early 1960s color travelogue film “Honolulu Profile of Democracy” is   Paul Hoefler Productions. It emphasizes the many different assimilated cultures who live peacefully together rather than the ‘native’ approach. A cruise ship is surrounded by sailboats as it approaches Honolulu (:49- 1:18 ). Waikiki Beach is full of sunbathers in the foreground and a view of Diamond Head in the background ( 1:19 ) A motorized outrigger canoe is shown ( 1:33 ). A 1950s Chrysler DeSoto...
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Made in the 1950s (or possibly the late 1940s) by Ciba Pharmaceutical Products with the co-operation of the U.S. Air Force and the University of Chicago Medical Center, this film shows the use of Nupercaine (a form of dibucaine) spinal anesthetic in the vaginal delivery of triplets. At the time this type of spinal anesthesia (now commonplace) was fairly new. The first use of similar continuous caudal anesthesia in a laboring woman was on January 6, 1942, when the wife of a United States Coast...
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Shot by an unknown serviceman, this historic silent home movie shows a trip to Europe made aboard the battleship USS Missouri BB-63 sometime in the mid to late 1940s or early 1950s. Most likely this journey likely occurred in March of 1946, as Missouri visited Turkey in April of that year. It also could have been shot in 1951, because in the summer of that year she engaged in two midshipman training cruises to northern Europe. The start of the film shows various views of the ship and its...
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Coronet Instructional Films presents “Modern Hawaii,” a late 1950s color film that transports the viewer to the “island territory.” An illustration at mark  00:43  helps the viewer locate Hawaii on a globe as it’s explained how the islands have been an important port in shipping trade across the Pacific Ocean for North America, Asia, and Australia. The viewer learns that Hawaii is actually a group of islands (mark  00:58 ) — Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Maui, and Hawaii — with a land...
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“This Is US Eucom” is a circa 1967 Defense Department film that visits the United States European Command, or EUCOM. EUCOM is one of nine Unified Combatant Commands of the United States military. The film opens by telling us how Europe has grown past the atrocities of World War II to once again become a thriving place to live and visit, while still able to link “the vibrant present to the picturesque past” (mark  01:00 ). There’s a look back on WW2 and how most nations of the world...
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“A Community Problem” is a rarely seen 1950s-era film by Caterpillar Inc. covering the sanitation industry. In an era before Americans produced anywhere near as much trash as today and when the word recycling was not widely used, this film seems slightly innocent, but it presents the problems of waste management with a great deal of clarity and even shows recycling in action. We watch as African American garbagemen empty trash cans into the back of a garbage truck and taken to a dump...
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Produced in 1944, the “unclassified” US Navy training film “Radio Operator Training” instructed seaman on how to become an effective radioman. Whether it be a PT boat, landing barge, submarine, or any other vessel, the narrator explains at mark  01:08  that a radioman is onboard and on duty. “He is the mouthpiece of his commanding officer. His right hand. Without him, the ship is crippled. The fleet is paralyzed.” Mark  01:48  takes us to NSS Annapolis (officially known as Naval...
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Made in honor of the 50th Anniversary of the Soviet Revolution in 1967, this Soviet Air Force & Navy propaganda film shows the military might and capabilities of the country in the late 1960s, as its jets raced to new heights, and its nuclear submarines patrolled the world's oceans and arctic regions, helping the USSR achieve superpower status.  The film begins with images of the fall of Berlin and tomb of the unknown soldier, and talks about how now a "new generation" of men are...
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This 1940s educational color film about Hawaii was produced by Little Features and the Calvin Company. It opens arriving at the pier in Honolulu, where lei vendors sell their colorful wares. The Royal Hawaiian Hotel is shown (:38-:58). At Waikiki Beach, two men carry an outrigger canoe to the water.   They race multiple surfboard riders, shown up close balancing on their boards (:59- 2:29 ). Diamond Head looms large over the city ( 2:30 - 2:42 ). A woman hand-sews leis( 2:43 ). Sugarcane is...
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The American Society of Agriculture and Republic Steel Corporation joined forces to present “Green Gold,” a 1953 Wilding Pictures Production that captures life down on the farm. We meet the “Weston Family,” and as the film opens a father and son argue over what to do with farm land they’re currently using as a cow pasture. Thanks to the son’s vocational agricultural class, he has learned new methods of farming that surpasses that of his father, who inherited the farm from his...
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Directed by Bob Lapresle and prepared by the British Film Council, “Let’s See” is a 1945 Technicolor picture that takes a look at the manufacture of optical lenses and their many uses throughout the different industries, from microscopes to spectacles to full use in the war effort during World War II. It opens by mentioning how a camera lens can capture any moment for posterity’s sake. Although most people see a lens only as a glass object “with mysterious properties” (mark  01:10...
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“Drinking and Driving” is a 1940s era black-and-white educational film produced for Lumbermens Mutual Casualty Company by Traffic Safety Films, Inc. and the Los Angeles Police Department. The film provides a dramatized account of an accident labeled “HBD” — had been drinking. The narrator cautions against that “deadly mixture of alcohol and gasoline” and that such a mixture can lead to death. We see a busy intersection at mark  01:25 , where “male and female” drivers, some...
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This is a 1960’s era, color film produced by NASA. It is an informational film called “Manned Space Flight Film Report”. It is about Apollo 8 (SA-503/CSM-103) on December 21, 1968 when Apollo launched for the moon. It opens with the image of a rocket on a launching pad, :25. Apollo 8 spaceship on the launch pad, :40. Astronauts getting their spacesuits checked by NASA engineers, 1:43 . Frank Borman, commander is seen, 1:52 . James A. Lovell is seen, command module pilot, 1:57 . William A...
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Made by Young America Films as part of a series of educational films about citizenship, this 1950s short illustrates how a community can solve problems together. The film shows the importance of civic action and personal responsibility. In the film a local citizen in Elmdale — a fictional town that represents main street USA -- named Bert Henderson discovers that there are no doctors living within 20 miles of his home. He then works with the Kiwanis Club and local leaders to recruit a...
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This “restricted” United States War Department Film Bulletin provides the viewer with footage of the German Army’s invasion of Poland on September 1, 1939. Historians mark the invasion as the start of World War II. “Poland’s 34 million inhabitants, crushed, scattered and enslaved,” the narrator grimly states at mark  00:35 . The attack was characterized by extensive bombing to destroy Poland’s air capacity, railroads, communication lines, and munitions dumps. As the narrator...
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Featuring footage shot just before WWII, Library Films' CROSSROADS TO THE ORIENT (:08) presents rare color images of Manila and the Philippines. As the opening credits of the film explain, the Philippine Islands suffered severe war damage and the islands Zombanga and Jolo were included (:20). However, the way of life on these islands did not change much and the scenes depicted in this film, which were shot before the war, will accurately display life on these islands. The capitol of the...
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Shot by an unknown American military officer in 1931, this silent 16mm home movie shows views of colonial life in the American protectorate in this period. The film begins with shots of what might be the main gate of Fort Santiago or Fort McKinley in Manila at :46. At 1:18 is a view of Manila's harbor with ships plying the waters including merchant ships and a four stack destroyer. At 2:00 is what the Manila Hotel, designed by architect William Parsons around 1915 in a Mission style. At 2:17 ,...
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This color film provides an overview of the X-15 from 1960 to 1980, predating Astronaut Joe Engle as Commander of the second orbital test flight of the Space Shuttle Columbia on November 12, 1981. The film opens with a view of the X-15 #3 plane dropping from a B-52 (:33). A photo of 6 of its 12 pilots is shown (:36), with an up-close shot of William Dana (:38), Milton Thompson (:41), William Knight (:43), John McKay (:46), Joe Engle (:48), and Robert Rushworth (:50). These test pilots flew the...
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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 silent film "On the Firing Line with the Germans" features original combat footage from World War I shot in Turkey, Germany France and Belgium. This version is not complete and originates from a reduction print made from 35mm to 16mm. The film was presented by the Morrow Film Company and originally released in 1915. While of varying quality, this incredible compilation of German newsreel footage gives a rare glimpse into WWI.   Wilbur H. Durborough spent seven months with the...
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This 1944 color restricted film about being an “Aviation Metalsmith” is part of a “Your Job in the Navy” series of recruitment films presented by the U.S. Navy. It opens with a plane hitting the landing hard on aircraft carrier, breaking the landing gear (:20-:28). The Aviation Metalsmith uses a power saw to cut tempered steel needed to repair broken metal pieces while onboard the carrier (:29-:52). Another puts protective glasses on and welds a landing gear brace bar (:53- 1:12 ). Two...
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Army-Navy Screen Magazine #17 is a short, black-and-white film produced for servicemen circa 1943. It includes several segments and ends with the delightful cartoon "Private Snafu".  “Fighting French” (mark  00:30 ) looks at men of the French armed forces and shows us the French battleship Richelieu in New York Harbor after undergoing refitting in New York Navy Yard and returning to battle. Troops from Martinique are shown training in the United States at mark  02:30  and...
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“A World of Difference” is a public relations video produced in the mid-1960s to promote World Airways Charters. Narrated by Lowell Thomas, the film opens with a jet in flight (mark  00:45 ) as the company is described as “the best there is in air travel.” Via an animated sequence we see the various parts of the planet to which World Airways travels before visiting the company’s center of operation — Oakland. A Boeing 707 touches down at mark  02:20  and heads to the hanger as...
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This British produced short film GLIDING featuring Leslie Welch (popularly known as the "Memory Man") and Brian Johnston. The film was produced in 1952 as part of the "Sports Page" series and looks at the sport of gliding. It shows glider construction, and piloting. The National Gliding Championships (also known as the British Gliding Championship) of 1950 or 1951 are featured. The meeting took place in Darbyshire. The event included a 186-mile glider flight. At  4:30 ,...
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The Los Angeles Police Department presents “Your Traffic Officer,” a late 1940s black-and-white training film that shows what it takes to be a motorcycle patrolman on the new freeways in post-World War II California. Six people lost their lives on a “modern highway” in the past year (probably the 110 Freeway) the narrator explains at the film commences. The efficient execution of traffic regulations is key to keeping the roads safe. A motorcycle officer zooms across the screen (mark ...
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Made by Northrop Aircraft for the U.S. Air Force Air Defense Command, this promotional film MRS. JONES, MEET YOUR PARTNERS features General Nathan F. Twining speaking about the group's mission: to protect the USA from enemy attack, especially nuclear attack. It also showcases the F-89 Scorpion interceptor. The film is a bit fragmentary but apparently featured a civilian housewife "Mrs. Jones", who has volunteered as a aircraft spotter with the Ground Observer Corps, touring the...
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This “Yesterday’s Newsreel” film offers the viewer “television highlights of the news of yesteryear” by providing vintage clips of famous people and events from the first half of the 20th century. This episode begins with 1933’s Holy Year (mark  00:30 ) as Pope Pius XI celebrates the liturgical feast along with Roman Catholic faithful at St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City. The event is followed by scenes of a 1930s “Floating Cabaret” in the waters off Long Island, as...
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Made by the Soviet Union during the Brezhnev era, this propaganda film showcases the nation's nuclear forces and features what appears to be a full scale missile test complete with warhead detonation. However there is good reason to believe that the missile launches and atomic bomb blast shown were unrelated, as most Soviet nuclear tests were not conducted with ICBMs. The film begins and ends with footage of the annual military parade in Red Square, where it was not uncommon to see missiles on...
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Made to promote Greyhound Bus Lines and its coast-to-coast service, FREEDOM HIGHWAY was produced by Jerry Fairbanks, a seasoned Hollywood filmmaker, and directed by Harold Schuster. The film features the GM PD-4501 Scenicruiser, operating from San Francisco to Washington, D.C., and follows the stories of several passengers — including the journey of a Boy Scout headed to Washington, a budding romance between two warm blooded passengers, and a mysterious man who just might be the "Unknown...
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The ‘Oregon Country’ is a silent film presented by Eastman Classroom Films (:11), and was one of a series of educational shorts made by that company for classroom use in the 1920s. It opens with shots of automobiles driving through forests, a waterfall (:34) and leads into the trails to Oregon (:47). Footage is shown of travelers in wagons drawn by oxen on the trail. On a map, a trail is shown beginning in St. Louis through Kansas City, Omaha, and the Missouri River ( 1:10 ) and this is the...
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Made just after the outbreak of WWII, this stirring rendition of "The Star Spangled Banner" features reassuring images of the U.S. Navy's fleet, cadets at West Point, and even President Franklin Roosevelt. A truly stirring rendition especially when you consider the audience that watched it, was doubtlessly helping in the war effort, and probably had sons or relatives at the front and on the seas. We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional information...
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Co-produced by Empire Photosound Incorporated and Image India Films, e.g., India is a short 1966 film that recaps the 1965 4-H Club Foundation’s International Farm Youth Exchange (IFYE) program, sponsored by International Minerals and Chemical Corporation. The film begins with Dana Andrews (famous 1940s actor) describing the need for the youth of the world to invest themselves in agriculture and food production in order to meet the growing demands of feeding the world. Andrews explains that...
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This episode of the “Yesterday’s Newsreel” television show (episode 96) offers the viewer “television highlights of the news of yesteryear” by providing vintage clips of famous people and events from the first half of the 20th century. The newsreel begins with “1920-1923: Warren Harding” ( 00:30 ), recapping Senator Warren G. Harding’s road to the White House. Harding and his wife enjoy life in 1920 prior to the Republican Convention at the Blackstone Hotel in Chicago ( 00:57 )...
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This 1965 unclassified U.S. Navy training film MN-10167 provides details about three oceanographic prediction systems: Sea-Ice Forecasting, Wave Forecasting, and ASWEPS. With the advent of rocket launches such as Polaris A-1 ( 1:04 - 1:15 ) from nuclear submarines, new oceanographic methods were needed for the Arctic Ocean. The Sea-Ice Forecasting Program supported Thule Air Base in Greenland ( 3:17 ) and early warning sites ( 3:23 ). Nuclear Skate-class submarines such as the Nautilus, Sargo,...
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This black and white instructional education short film The Steam Engine (as it applies to locomotives) was produced by Young America Films (Centron Corporation), using footage originally shot by British Information Services. The film was most likely released in the 1940s due to the presence of streamline “modern” trains. It opens with a steam engine train coming up the tracks (:34-:43). Passengers inside are shown, including some being waited on in a dining car (:44-:56), before returning...
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USSR is a promotional film from Pan American World Airways, produced and directed by Henry Strauss (most likely in the late 1960s), that encourages tourism to the Soviet Union by taking viewers on a visual tour of a number of the republics and their cities. The film opens with footage of Moscow’s Red Square as the narrator recaps the famous rulers, writers, and musicians from the Russia’s past. The size of the USSR, with its diverse climate and people, make it a destination unlike any...
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Made by the University of Chicago during the Scarlet Fever epidemic, this silent film shows the diagnosis of the disease, and the use of anti-toxin in fighting the disease. The discovery of penicillin and its subsequent widespread use has significantly reduced the mortality of this once feared disease. Scarlet fever can occur as a result of a group A Streptococcus (group A strep) infection. The signs and symptoms include a sore throat, fever, headaches, swollen lymph nodes, and a characteristic...
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United World Films presents “The Earth And Its People: Tropical Lowland (The Amazon River, Brazil),” a 1949 black-and-white educational picture that takes the viewer to that South American destination. The film opens at mark  00:27  with a global illustration focusing on the area as a narrator explains how the 4,000-mile path of the Amazon begins in the Andes Mountains and cuts across the tropical lowland of South America to the Atlantic Ocean. This is followed by aerial views of the...
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“Space Down to Earth” is a circa 1970 NASA education film that explores how science impacts not only the exploration of space but also life on Earth. The color film begins with “sounds” from space — signals from satellites orbiting Earth — each of which have their own signature, or tone. Such application satellites serve many different functions, we are told, including weather, communications, and Earth resources. Beginning at mark  01:45 , the narrator explains how satellites such...
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Ethiopia — Africa’s Ancient Kingdom” is a circa 1961 Paul Hoefler Production that presents a study of Ethiopia — an area that “even today … is little known and little understood. The color film points out that as a nation, Ethiopia remains primarily an undeveloped feudal state with poor transportation and communication systems (mark  01:55 ), as well as powerful traditions rooted the past. It describes the nation’s long line of hereditary monarchs, and also discusses the role of...
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Created in 1966 by the Atomic Energy Commission and the U.S. Army Pictorial Center, "Farm Fresh to You" describes preservation of fresh fruits and vegetables by radiation pasteurization, presenting evidence that spoilage can be reduced through use of nuclear energy. Using animation to show what happens during exposure, explains process of exposing foods to radiation. Food irradiation as shown in the film is the process of exposing foodstuffs to ionizing radiation. Ionizing radiation...
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“Mecca The Forbidden City” is a black-and-white British picture taking its viewer to the Saudi Arabian city. The center of the Islamic religion is shown beginning at mark  01:00 , with a brief narrative of Islam’s origins. The film shows how Muslims travel as part of the Hajj to Mecca from all over the world. At mark  03:53  we see Mecca’s market places, where bartering and trading occurs just as it had for 2,000 years, as well as a look at a solemn moment of prayer (mark  04:46 )....
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This rare film shows the design and construction of the Alvin submersible DSV-2, made in conjunction with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. A groundbreaking craft, Alvin was designed as a replacement for bathyscaphes and other less maneuverable oceanographic vehicles. Its more nimble design was made possible in part by the development of syntactic foam, which is buoyant and yet strong enough to serve as a structural material at great depths. The vessel weighs 17 tons. It allows for two...
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De Frenes & Company (an obscure ice cream producer based in Philadelphia) brings insight into the health benefits of ice cream, “America’s favorite dairy food,” in this late 1940s / early 1950s-era color promotional film. The film opens in a school cafeteria as a table of happy children enjoy bowls of vanilla ice cream, knowing that it’s “tops in in taste.” But few people know of what is involved in making ice cream. At mark  01:00 the camera gazes upon a field of grazing cows...
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"The Air Force Story" was a series of TV episodes that told the story of the U.S. Air Force. The USAF was officially created as a standalone agency only in 1947, and prior to that existed as part of the Army. As a result the USAF saw a need to educate the public about the Air Force's history and role. This television show was part of this effort. Dating from Season 2, this episode describes America’s military involvement during the Korean War. An introductory scroll notes that “it...
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“Spread the Alarm” is a circa 1941 color film presented by the New England Telephone and Telegraph Company is cooperation with the Massachusetts Commission on Public Safety. Starting at mark  00:30  we see a map of the New England states as a narrator explains how Civil Defense agencies “are hearing the call to action” as newspaper headlines about mock air raids and bomb attacks appear on the screen. At mark  01:07 , Myron D. Chase, a liaison between the telephone company and the...
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“Minutemen Missile And Mission” is a circa 1962 color film, produced by the Thiokol Chemical Corporation and adapted for US Air Force use, that serves as “the story of the Minuteman Intercontinental Ballistic Missile to date.” (The LGM-30 Minuteman entered service in 1962, tasked with the deterrence role and threatening Soviet cities with a counterattack if the US was attacked.) The film opens with a scripted scene featuring NBC correspondent Chet Huntley (mark  02:00 ) speaking with...
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Marines in Vietnam fighting a hidden enemy who holds life cheaply. The marines are fighting a ground and air war. There are dead bodies strewn about. Casualties of war. The American soldiers walk through the rivers looking for the Viet Cong. 0:19:14 - 58:21 . The American Commanders are intent on leading their ground forces to ultimate victory. Wings for the Ground Commander. 1:22 - 1:44 The USMC prepare to attack the enemy stronghold and experience the sounds of war first hand thanks to an...
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This British Army film, adapted for use by the U.S. Army in 1942, examines the founding of the British Army Bureau of Current Affairs and its activities during the war. The Army Bureau of Current Affairs, or ABCA, was an organization set up by William Emrys Williams to educate and raise morale amongst British servicemen and servicewomen during World War II. Williams insisted - despite some controversy - on the right to education, in particular in current affairs, for servicemen and women, and...
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This 1959 black and white Marine Corps recruiting film THREE GUYS CALLED MAC (MH8663) was produced by Jam Handy. It follows three soldiers nicknamed Mac. It opens with the Forrestal-class supercarrier USS Ranger CV-61 (:25-:46). The first Mac, PFC McNulty, is a member of the Marine detachment (:47- 1:48 ). The second Mac is PVC McKlusky, is a member of a Marine scouting and reconnaissance company and a scout swimmer ( 1:49 - 2:48 ). The third Mac is Staff Sergeant MacHeimer, in charge of the...
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Some of the mysteries of how divers are able to work underwater are unlocked in the color film, “Diving for Science,” produced by the United States Navy. The film, produced in the early 1970s, opens in the murky green below the waves with Navy divers exploring the watery depths while a narrator explains its importance — from deriving protein to feed a growing population to creating the next generation of antibiotics. At mark  03:30  the viewer learns of saturation diving (deep-sea...
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The United States Office of the Coordinator of Inter-American Affairs presents “Wings Over Brazil,” a 1944 report on advancements in aviation in Brazil. The film begins with a look at some of the early figures in Brazilian aviation history, including Alberto Santos-Dumont (mark  01:46 ), the creation of his memorial, and the founding of the Escola de Especialistas de Aeronautica in 1941. As the film moves forward, there are reports on President Getulio Vargas and Brazil's role among the...
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Contents: Manned Space Systems Space Shower, M.O.L. (G.E.), Plasma Engine Attitude Control Systems for Satellites, Survival in Space Version 1, Astrovac.   All films A/B rolls, silent. The Manned Orbiting Laboratory (MOL), originally referred to as the Manned Orbital Laboratory, was part of the United States Air Force's manned spaceflight program, a successor to the cancelled Boeing X-20 Dyna-Soar military reconnaissance space plane project. The project was developed from several early Air...
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These silent home movies date to 1947 or so, and were shot by a member of a German American club at an annual "German Day" ceremony held every September in Hindenburg Park in La Crescenta, California. Apparently at the time the get-together was part of the post-WWII relief effort, in which these immigrant groups attempted to raise money for war-torn Germany. "Hindenburg Park" has a controversial history. Prior to WWII, the western side of Crescenta Valley Park (then known as...
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This official War Department film titled “The Last Bomb” and was photographed by Army Air Forces Combat Camera Units and special personnel of the AAF Motion Picture Unit. Filmed in Technicolor in 1945, it concentrates on the B-29 bombing raids on Japan in World War II. Striking from bases in Saipan, Tinian, and Guam, the Superfortresses traveled 3,000 miles roundtrip as part of long range bombardment operations in the final months of the war. Members of the XXI Bomber Command (a unit of the...
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Created for home use, this short, silent version of TAG DER FREIHEIT: UNSERE WEHRMACHT (English: Day of Freedom: Our Armed Forces) was directed by Leni Riefenstahl, following Victory of Faith and Triumph of the Will. Her third film recounts the Seventh Party Rally of the Nazi Party, which occurred in Nuremberg in 1935, and focuses on the German army. The film was originally released in December of 1935. The film depicts a mock battle staged by German troops during the ceremonies at Nuremberg on...
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This stunning color film of the PACIFIC ISLANDS OF WWII features footage shot during the post-war Thaw Expedition to the South Pacific. It was funded by Chrysler Motors. The film starts in Pearl Harbor at 1:07 , with the Pacific Fleet shown at anchor. At 1:37 footage of December 7th is shown, and then at 1:48 the work of welders, crane operators, and other ship builders are seen. At 2:16 , fighting men are seen at the Outrigger Canoe Club and surfing at 2:40 off Waikiki. At 3:06 Diamond Head is...
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This film, "The Resourceful Atom: Project Gasbuggy" documents an underground nuclear detonation carried out by the United States Atomic Energy Commission on December 10, 1967 in rural northern New Mexico. It was part of Operation Plowshare, a program designed to find peaceful uses for nuclear explosions. Gasbuggy was carried out by the Lawrence Radiation Laboratory and the El Paso Natural Gas Company, with funding from the Atomic Energy Commission. Its purpose was to determine whether...
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“Supervising Women Workers” was a short World War II-era social guidance film produced by the US Office of Education and aimed at male foremen who now had to supervise women for war work. “Women scare me,” a foreman tells his boss at mark  01:30 , helping set the tone. The film depicts the social and gender relations and attitudes of its time. It notes that most of the women had never been in industry before (mark  01:48 ), and were unfamiliar with the terminology and mores common to...
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This U.S. Navy Combat Bulletin, one of a series of newsreels produced during WWII, was originally labeled "restricted" and only shown to Navy personnel. The film begins with astonishing coverage of a huge air-sea battle fought between the Japanese and U.S. Navy in the Pacific. At  2:54 , a damaged F-4U Corsair crashes into the bridge of an aircraft carrier, in some of the most dramatic footage you'll see from the war. At  4:30 , the capture of the German U-boat U-505 is shown near...
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Released in February 1940, the first non-German produced footage covering the start of World War II, the film became for many viewers their first glimpses into Nazi tactics, the first visual proof of the horrors of modern warfare. When Germany invaded Poland in September 1939, the only American, and in fact the only neutral filmmaker in the country, was Julien Bryan. He arrived in Warsaw in early September with a cache of roughly an hour's worth of 35mm motion-picture negative. Given open...
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The Rudolph Wurlitzer Company presents “Pianorama,” a 1950s black-and-white promotional film that follows two young children who become enamored by their grandfatherly neighbor’s piano-playing ability and are soon drawn into the world of music. The children beg their parents for a piano of their own, only to be met with resistance from their father. “Martha needs a new refrigerator and I’ve had my eye on a new car … you can’t keep food in a piano or ride to work in one. I’m...
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This 1935 silent 16mm home movie shows views of Chicago including the downtown. At :54, the scene shifts to Chicago Municipal Airport and the American Airlines terminal. At  1:00  a rare Vultee V-1 is seen. The Vultee V-1 was a 1930s American single-engined airliner built by the Airplane Development Corporation, designed by Gerard Vultee and financed by automobile manufacturer Errett Cord. American Airlines bought at least 13 V-1As and the V-1 prototype (after it had been modified for two...
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Dating to about 1986, LEARJET: STANDARD OF EXCELLENCE is a film promoting the corporate aircraft made by Gates Learjet including the Model 55 and Model 35. There is extensive coverage of the company's Wichita and Tucson factories. Focus is given to the company's cutting edge assembly systems, including computer aided drafting and controlled machine tools. At the end the film shows some of the many roles taken on by the Learjet in the 80s, including use for target towing systems, surveillance...
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One of a series of silent short films made just after WWII by a young Jacques Cousteau ...AUTOUR D'UN RECIF (Tour of a Reef) is an impressive introduction to the undersea world, a world that Cousteau would chronicle over his long career as an innovator, inventor and media personality. Audiences who saw this film in the 1940s were completely astonished by the views it presented of the underwater world, seen starting at the 1:40 mark. The films shows an impressive array of sea life including...
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“Patton and the Third Army” is an episode of the documentary series “The Twentieth Century” originally airing March 20, 1960. Hosted by revered newsman Walter Cronkite, the program looks at “Old Blood and Guts” — US Army General George S. Patton — who is first seen at mark  00:30  in full dress uniform addressing an assembled crowd. That is followed by archival footage from World War II and scenes of Patton (mark  02:10 ) from November 1942 as he leads his Third Army into...
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This circa 1967 takes its viewer to Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War and examines the use and construction of US air bases during the conflict. We learn starting at mark  01:38  how existing air bases in Vietnam were quickly saturated with personnel and aircrafts as the military increased its presence in the region. The increase led military engineers and civilian contractors to construct two new air bases in South Vietnam by 1965 (mark  02:18 ). We see scenes of new runways and...
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This 1960 black and white documentary about Eskimos was part of a 1960-1962 television series known as “Expedition!” with host Colonel John D. Craig. This segment was photographed by Father Bernard Hubbard, the ‘glacier priest’ and an American geologist and explorer. Col. Craig introduces the show and there’s a “Place Commercial Here” pause ( 1:16 ). Father Hubbard, now the narrator, lived a year among these Eskimos ( 1:18 - 2:12 ). His focus was on King Island in the Bering Sea...
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