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This color educational film is about how oil is drilled for and found. This was by the Shell Company. This is circa the late 1960s/early 1970s. Men climb a tower. Opening titles: OIL, a Shell Film (:08-:21). Large ship on a river near a city. Cars whiz down a California freeway. A train goes over a bridge. An airliner flies. A luxury ship goes by. A boat on a river with south Pacific Islanders. A water wheel. A boy sleds in the snow and goes by an oilman. Close on machine parts. Closeup of oil...
Topics: Shell oil, Shell, Promo Film, Exploration, Recovery, Refining, North Sea, Saudi Arabia, Stock...
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In the 1945 Department of the Navy film, DAMAGE CONTROL describes the effect on the metacenter of changes in the value of "G" relationship of metacenter height with range of stability, and initial stability in terms of displacement. At (00:00:50:00) , we see a pontoon stability experiment, and the metacenter’s effect on buoyancy. Vintage footage of American sailors and ships at port can be seen at (00:06:12:00). More vintage footage of ships at sea appears at (00:08:30:00) and...
Topics: WWII, World War II, Damage Center, Training Film, Metacenter, Stability, Stock Footage
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Produced in the 1940s for the U.S. Navy, THE BASIC CAMERA provides a brief historical overview of the camera, including the famed camera obscure, before showing modern photographic equipment and techniques. Box cameras, bellows cameras, and other specialized equipment is shown. At the 13 minute mark the film also shows a motion picture camera with a turret, and explains the operation of the shutter. A Graflex camera is seen at the 9:00 mark and following, including a high speed camera at the 10...
Topics: US Navy, Basic Photography, Motion Picture, Cameras, Stock Footage
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“Space Project” is a short 1950s film from Johnson & Johnson and produced by Henry Strauss and Company. Part of the Stop Look Listen films made by Johnson & Johnson for Drug Store owners and operators to improve their business, this film focuses on the importance of managing the space and inventory of the modern drug store. The film begins with Charlie Higgins of Higgins & Son Pharmacists speaking to the camera from inside of his drug store about how Johnson & Johnson is...
Topics: Johnson And Johnson Pharmaceutical Co., 1960s, DRug Store, Stock Footage
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"Show Business at War" dates to 1943 and showcases the incredible efforts of the entertainers of the day, the film and entertainment industries, and their collective sacrifice to support our troops and the victory effort during World War II. The bright lights of Broadway in New York City and the offices of the weekly theatrical paper, Variety 1:00. Variety is an American media company owned by Penske Media Corporation. It was founded by Sime Silverman in New York in 1905 as a weekly...
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Topics: Show Business, Show Business At War, 1943, World War II, Hollywood, Broadway, Stock Footage
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This 1953 film from the Swiss Federation of Watch Manufacturers gives tips for salesmen that will help them assure customers and successfully sell fine Swiss watches. The film opens with a shot of an American town’s main street. People window shop along a street. Women help customers at a department store. People look in at a jewelry store watch display (01:30). Inside the store, a woman approaches a salesman to discuss purchasing a watch. The salesman shows the woman several different...
Topics: Swiss Watch, 1953, Swiss, Wristwatch, Manufactures, Stock Footage
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This episode of the TV show, Discovery ‘66, dates to the year 1966. Discovery (in several incarnations) was an innovative historical, cultural and educational documentary TV series for children that aired from 1962-1971 on ABC. It was originally hosted by Frank Buxton on aired on weekdays, but for most of the Sixties it could be found on Saturday afternoons or Sunday mornings. This episode "The World Beneath the Sea" opens with a diver in full scuba gear underwater. A submersible...
Topics: Discovery 66, 1968, The World Beneath The Sea, Part 2, Stock Footage, Mini Submarines
This color educational film is about CB Radios/Two Way Radios and how necessary they are. Most of the footage is still images live action and animation. Copyright 1959. Opening titles: A Million Invisible Messengers (:07-:55) Clock bell goes off. Police car is stationary with two policemen in it. One uses a CB radio to contact another. Police have a man cuffed. Map of the United States (:56-2:10). A woman calls the city gas plant, there's a gas odor. The plant contest a person to go smell the...
Topics: Million Invisible Messengers, 1959, CB Radio, Citizens Band, Promotional Film, Communications,...
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This beautiful 1940s color film NEW JERSEY JOURNEY was produced by John Bransby Productions for the Esso Standard Oil Company at a time when the state's future seemed bright and limitless. The New Jersey of this era was a state on the move. It has shipyards (1:36), industrial areas (1:38), oil refineries (1:40), trunk line railroads (1:45), manufacturers (1:52), commuter trains (1:58), shipping (2:01), trucking (2:07), the Newark Airport (2:11), aerial skyways (2:21) of the New Jersey Turnpike,...
Topics: 1940, New Jersey, Travelogue, Atlantic City, Asbury Park, Stock Footage
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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
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This 1960s NASA film shows viewers the test flights of the first two Saturn rockets, SA-1 and SA-2. The film follows the rockets from Marshall Space Flight Center to the barge transportation to Cape Canaveral for the test flights. The film begins with footage from August 1961 of a barge carrying SA-1 down what appears to be the Mississippi River on its way to Cape Canaveral. A truck drives onto a dock carrying part of the rocket (01:08). Viewers see the Saturn rocket in one of the buildings at...
Topics: Saturn, Giant Step, moon, 1960s, NASA, Apollo Program, Saturn I, IB, Project Highwater, Stock...
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This short drama film from 1953, produced by Sid Davis and winner of the Trend Publications Award, gives viewers a look at the hot rod or drag racing culture. The film revolves around a teenager, Bill Bower, who moves to California and learns how safety and education have been integrated into the hot rod scene. The film opens with Bill driving his 1928-9 Ford Model A Roadster down a street in what is presumably Inglewood, CA. Cars pull in to park at a high school (01:28). Bill parks his...
Topics: The Cool Hot Rod, 1950, Culture, Southern California, Model A Roaster, Stock Footage
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This fascinating 1932 16mm home movie shows the Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, beginning with track and field events in the Coliseum. At the 1:36 mark, Japanese athletes are seen. At the 5:30 mark running is seen, possibly the 500 meter. An obstacle course is seen at the 5:41 mark. At the 9:00 mark, boat racing is seen including what appears to be crew races. Equestrian events are seen at the 10:00 mark. At the 11:20 mark, swimming is seen at the swim stadium with its elaborate pools and...
Topics: Los Angeles, Olympics, 1932, Home Movie, Memorial Coliseum, Stock Footage
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This beautiful travelogue was sponsored by Air France and features a jazz soundtrack by the inimitable Alain Goraguer. The film features visits to Savoy, Burgundy and Alsace, and also contains footage shot on board an Air France 707. The airline started uninterrupted jet operations in 1960 with the Sud Aviation Caravelle and the Boeing 707; jet airliners cut travel times in half and improved comfort. Born 20 August 1931 in Rosny-sous-Bois, Seine-Saint-Denis, Goraguer is a French jazz pianist,...
Topics: Air France, Travelogue, 1960s, Coast, France, Alsace, Burgundy, Savoy, Stock Footage
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Made in 1952 by the Jam Handy Organization for Chevrolet, "The Key to Our Horizons" shows America and the planet Earth with an increasing amount of cars and traffic. In fact at the time the movie was made, 50 million cars and trucks (which could circle the earth 7 times) were in the United States. Today they are 250 million.     The film promotes the role of the auto industry in the nation's economy, and the role of the automobile in everyday life. The film features images of...
Topics: Automobile, American Prosperity, 1952, Chevrolet, Publicity Film, Stock Footage
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A U.S. Army training film circa 1953, the first of a two part instructional video describing the advancements of planetary gears (used in the newer tanks such as the M47 Patton) as compared to the older system used on such tanks as the M-4 Sherman. A technician demonstrates the principles of operation governing multiple sets, while a narrator gives a short review of how the planet-carrier gears work. Features original footage of tanks performing tests and exercises as well as the demonstration...
Topics: M47, Patton, Tank, Planetary, Gears, Principles, Operation, Stock Footage
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Automaker Henry Ford left behind a massive gift to the United States in the form of a vast non-fiction film collection, recorded from 1914-1945. Henry Ford’s Mirror Of America showcases the films from the Ford Historical Film collection that capture America during that era. It gives a glimpse into the life of America during that period, featuring much more than just the happenings of the Ford Motor Company. The film opens with Henry Ford sitting next to a river, camping with Thomas Edison,...
Topics: Ford, 1945, Henry Ford, Mirror, America, 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 silent footage dates to the time of the Martin P6M Seamaster flight test program, with the prototype the third P6M-2 production aircraft featured.  At the start of the film you will see this incredible amphibian in the air on a test flight. The aircraft is seen being moved to the water at :28, and then performing engine run up tests. At 2:12 are nice shots of the plane on its cradle. Starting at about 3:30 are high speed taxi runs. At 7:59 what might be the maiden flight of the aircraft...
Topics: P6M Seamaster, Amphibious Strategic Bomber, Flight Test, Stock Footage
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Produced in the 1940s by Wilding Picture Productions, Inc., the Dodge Division of the Chrysler Corporation presented “Rubber River,” a color film that opens at mark 00:30 by stressing the importance of rubber during World War II. The war effort caused rubber shortages as the material was needed for mobile guns, aircraft, and countless other uses. With Asian supplies of rubber cut off, the United States turned to areas such as Nicaragua and Costa Rica for rubber. Noted adventurers Sullivan...
Topics: Rubber River, harvesting, Central America, Rubber, WWII, Pan American Highway, Stock Footage
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This video is produced by the Sales Training Department of Anheuser-Busch, demonstrating to businesses how to correctly store and serve beer. Series of short shots of beer being poured, producing a large head.  Two shots of cans being opened.  (:08-:35)  Title plate; “It’s How It’s Handled” (:36-:44).  Several exterior shots of the Anheuser-Busch brewery (:45-1:12).  Montage of shots from brewery interior; bottles on a conveyer belt, a room of fermenters (1:13-1:36).  A delivery...
Topics: Anheuser-Busch, Beer, Brewery, Alcohol, Stock Footage
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This black and white documentary assembles photos and newsreel footage of Eleanor Roosevelt, exploring her changing roles as political advisor, First Lady, and international woman of influence. Anna Eleanor Roosevelt (October 11, 1884 – November 7, 1962) served as the First Lady of the United States from March 4, 1933, to April 12, 1945, during her husband President Franklin D. Roosevelt's four terms in office, making her the longest-serving First Lady. Eleanor Roosevelt speaks while wearing...
Topics: Biography, Eleanor Roosevelt, First Lady, United States, Stock Footage
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Note: This is a short version of this film. See the other film in the playlist for the full hour-long documentary. "Nuremberg: It's Lesson for Today" was made by the Office of Military Government for Germany in May of 1947 under the auspices of the OSS Field Photographic Unit headed by John Ford. In the summer of 1945, Ford dispatched Stuart Schulberg to Europe to hunt for Nazi films that could be used at the Nuremberg trial. His older brother Budd, of higher rank, followed and led...
Topics: Nuremburg, Holocaust, Trial, 1948, Nazis, Stock footage
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Giant Of The Earthmovers is a 1950s Caterpillar film that highlights the company’s new bulldozer tractor, the Caterpillar D9. A Caterpillar salesman pulls his car up in front of his office. Inside, he addresses the camera as he talks about the new D9 earthmover (01:10). A D9 operator stands on a D9 tractor (02:20). The operator demonstrates the control panel and the adjustable seat. The salesman and a client of his watch the D9 move earth. The operator easily steers the D9 as he maneuvers the...
Topics: Caterpillar D9 Bulldozer, Tractor, Earthmovers, 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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This 1969 color footage from NASA’s Apollo 12 mission depicts the launch of a Saturn V rocket, the second moon walk, an astronaut using a sample collection tool, the Lunar Module’s successful ascent from the moon’s surface, and a solar eclipse (TRT 29:28). Test pattern and label: “Flight Load” (0:09). Though a circular field of vision, the surface of the moon races by, revealing craters and rocky terrain (0:20). A fiery ignition sequence explosion of yellow fire illuminated in...
Topics: NASA, 1969, Apollo 12, Saturn V Launch, Moon Walk, Eclipse, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This silent educational film from the 1940s shows views of shipping and transport on the Great Lakes. The film starts with a map showing Lake Superior in the west, Lake Michigan, Lake Huron and Lake Erie in the middle, and Lake Ontario in the East. Along the way it shows the industry arrayed around the lakes, including steel mills and factories. At 1:37 a passenger steamer (possibly SS Keewatin or sister ship SS Assiniboia ) is shown. A Great Lakes ore carrier the William G. Clyde is seen at...
Topics: 1940s, Silent Film, Great Lake Ore Carriers, Passenger, Steamers, Cargo Ships, Stock Footage
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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 early silent, black & white educational film looks at maggots, house flies and the threat they pose to human health. House flies are one of the most common insects on the planet. They breed and feed in filth, including garbage, feces, and rotting or spoiled food. The film was made in 1926 by Pathe. Opening titles: "Our Common Enemy "(:07-:22). A fly lays eggs on a flower. In eight to ten hours, the eggs hatch. Larva move around and slither. They look for a stable place to...
Topics: 1926, Health Education, Our Common Enemy, Housefly, Houseflies, Maggots, Disease, Stock Footage,...
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Produced for General Electric by Wilding, THE POWER BY WHICH WE LIVE was released in 1950.  The film tells the story of the electric power grid and power generation.  The company catalog stated that is shows "the source of the power which operates the appliances in our home, the lights we see by, the machines we work with. Somewhere in each locality giant turbines make this supply of electricity possible. These huge machines are built with the precision of a high-quality watch and...
Topics: power, Generations, 1950s, General Electric, 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,...
This 1947 "World School of Adventure" film entitled "Rough Road to Panama" takes viewers to Panama through via the Pan-American Highway. The film follows a group of men who, prior to the trip, had little experience in exploration. At the time, the road was not completed and much of it was considered dangerous. This film was presented by Viking Pictures / 20th Century Vikings (:10) and was produced and narrated by Sullivan C. Richardson, a journalist who wrote a book entitled...
Topics: Rough Road, Panama, American Highway, USA, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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“Industry On Parade was a television series created by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) from 1950-1960. The series consisted of weekly episodes that highlighted American manufacturing and business. Hundreds of companies and products were documented during the [program’s] decade-long run.”   October 1953’s episode (no. 155) begins with a segment titled “Elusive Aluminum!” The segment shows a bauxite field in Arkansas (00:46), where clay-like ore is blown up to find...
Topics: Industry on Parade, Elusive Aluminum, 1950, 1960, Stock Footage
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This silent home movie of a Thunderbirds air show contains an incredible segment around 5:20, when an Air Force C-123 crashes and burns. The date of this tragic accident was September 24, 1961, the location the New Hanover County Airport. The two-engine C-123 was carrying members of the U.S. Army's Golden Knights parachute team from Fort Bragg. Three crew members were killed including the co-pilot John E. Markel and flight engineer Sgt. John M. Lesko, and the unit photographer for the Golden...
Topics: Golden Knights, Air Force, Thunderbirds, USAF
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Made for the home market during WWII by Degeto, this short, silent film shows the German Army advancing on Armawir and Stavropol in the Russian Caucuses (Stavropol aka Woroschilowsk ). At :34 a map shows the lines below Stalingrad and east of the Black Sea, with German forces moving from Rostov-on=Don. At :47 artillery blasts Soviet positions and a T-38 tank is shown burning at 1:01. At 1:04 Panzers move across the plains in the summer heat. At 1:20 large fires are shown on the outskirts of...
Topics: German Newsreel, 1942, Armavyr, Voroshilovsky, Germany, German Film
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Made for the home market in Germany during WWII, this silent newsreel shows the Caucus front and in particular the ascent of Mt. Elbrus on the border of Southern Russia and Georgia. The film starts with a situational map before showing Axis allied troops in the forests with both horses and camels. At 1:30 mountain troops move up into the snow line. At 2:40 parts of a large artillery piece are assembled and the piece is then readied. At 3:00 mountain troops advance high up Elbrus. At 4:00 a...
Topics: WWII, World War II, Mt. Elbris, GErman Newsreel
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The Earth And What It Grows: Northwestern Mexico is a short documentary from 1951 that gives viewers a look at the agriculture of northwestern Mexico (namely, cotton and hemp). The film opens with scenes of the desert landscape of Northwestern Mexico. At a farm in Casas Grandes, a farmer and his wife feed chickens outside their home. The farmer draws water from a well in the house’s courtyard (01:27). The two climb into their old car to head into town. Their son, Carlos, rides his horse....
Topics: Mexico, 1951, Northwest Mexico, Cotton, Hemp, Stock Footage
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This color, silent home movie film shows views of post-war Hawaii. It apparently contains both professionally and amateur shot footage -- the professional material coming from a movie sold to tourists in this era. The amateur footage was filmed in 1947 by a tourist named Thornton. Opening: A crowd of people wave; a quick cut to what looks like the Bay Bridge near Oakland and San Francisco, CA (:08). Hawaiian Islands as seen from a ship, probably Matson Line's SS Matsonia or the SS Lurline, both...
Topics: Honlulu, Hawaii, 1947, kodachrome, Home Movie, Waikiki, Beach Diamond Head, Stock Footage
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This color educational film "Man Into Space" was part of a series created by Explorer Productions. It was produced and directed by  Edward Scherer and written by Anne MacKenzie. This episode of "Man Into Space" focuses on the history of satellite technology, and the race between the USA and Soviet Union to put a man in orbit. It was released in 1970. Opening titles: Man Into Space Part III: Satellites and Man in Orbit (:06-:20). Astronaut Ed White performs the first...
Topics: Man Into Space, 1960s, Space Race, Satellites, John Glenn, Cosmonaut, Yuri Gagarin, Stock Footage,...
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Dailies from the Clark Gable documentary film "Combat America" shot in WWIIThese raw film "dailies" are from the 1943 Clark Gable documentary film "Combat America".   Although silent, they provide some interesting insight into the making of one of the iconic propaganda films of WWII.   Some of the material seen herein was utilized in the finished movie and some was not…   some wonderful material including at 2:30 a wrecked B-17, a tail gun in action at the...
Topics: Clark Gable, World War II, WWII, Raw Footage, Combat America, Stock Footage
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This silent film is one of the "This Land Of Ours" travelogues produced for educational purposes in the 1940s and 50s. This one profile the state of Arizona starting with a Navajo woman who is shown weaving at :35. At 1:35 the city of Phoenix is seen with commanding views of downtown. The Maricopa Court House is seen at 2:09. At 2:16 what might be Central Avenue is seen with a Walgreens and First National Bank buildings. In the far background radio station KTAR's tower is seen above...
Topics: 1940, Arizona, Phoenix, Tuscon, Grand Conyan, Stock Footage
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Produced in 1951, "The Waking Point" is a British Civil Defense film aimed at increasing recruitment to the now defunct Civil Defense Corps.   The narrative of the story is set around an “every man” character in Joe Mercer who comes to realize that civil defense is universal after a mishap with his son getting trapped in a sandpit. At the end of the film he realizes there is “still time” to train in civil defense after he dreams about WWIII being declared before he’d...
Topics: British Civil Defense, 1951, Sandpit, WWII. World War II, Stock Footage
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Made by filmmaker, sporting goods store and truck company owner Pat Salvino, this film POLAR ADVENTURE shows a big game hunt of a different sort -- a hunt for a polar bear. It likely dates to about 1964. The film follows Salvino from Seattle to Alaska, where he shoots a bear and has its pelt as a trophy. At 3:46 Salvino flies north to Kotzebue, Alaska by the Arctic Ocean. At 4:52 the Alaskan Airlines DC-6 carrying Salvino arrives at the airport. It is February and the temperature is well below...
Topics: Pat Salvinos, Polar Adventure, Bear, DC -6, Sporting Goods, Stock Footage
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Made during WWII by Castle Films and sold for home use through camera and department stores, and by mail order, "Salute to the Navy!" shows the Navy's various capabilities. The newsreel features amazing footage of the air sea battles that raged near the Marshall Islands starting at (6:08).  Featured ships include: the battleship USS Texas, the submarine USS Wahoo, the cruisers USS San Francisco and USS Boise.  Also includes footage of fleet maneuvers of PT Boats, destroyers,...
Topics: Castle Films, US Navy, WWII, Moral Boosting, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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Dating to the mid-1940s before Israeli statehood, this educational film "Palestine" begins with a sweeping view of the  fabled hills of Judea. Newsreel footage is taken from various times in history. Jerusalem, the capital of Palestine and sacred to three of the world’s great religions. Men kneel in prayer, facing Mecca 1:06. Young Christians visit Jerusalem 1:15. The solemn walk of the crucifix to Calvary 1:18. A great Christian shrine has been erected; believed to be the place...
Topics: British Palestine, 1940s, Jersualem, Tel Aviv, Christians, Muslims, Jews, Stock Footage
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The first newsreel, titled A NEW GENERATION, shows some of the stunning accomplishments made by the Silent Service in the late 1950's. First, the launching of the Barbel-class USS Blueback is shown. (00:00:30:00) USS Blueback was built by Ingalls Shipbuilding Corporation of Pascagoula, Mississippi, and was the last non-nuclear submarine to join the fleet. The boats that would supplant Blueback and its diesel brethren are then shown. First, USS Skipjack (SSN-585), (00:01:00:00) which boasted...
Topics: 1950s, US Navy, Screen Highlights, Operation Big Deal, USS Independence, Stock Footage
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With a blast of dramatic music to gain a viewer’s attention, waves crash over rocks as the narrator remarks in the opening seconds of this circa 1964 US Department of the Navy color film, “This world of ours is largely water … since earliest explorers first dispelled the darkness out across the ocean seas, mankind has sought the sea as an avenue of communication and commerce. A lifeline so vital that its preservation means also the preservation of a way of life.” There is only one way...
Topics: US Navy, Seapower, 1964, Glenn Ford
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This 1943 U.S. Army Air Force film, Keep ‘Em Flying (T.F. 1-3314), is a short educational film to help new recruits find their place in the Army Air Force’s Technical Training Command. This WWII film details the activities of the men who support the U.S. Army Air Force, from crew chiefs to mechanics to armorers and munitions crew. The film opens with shot of planes flying in the air. An advanced air drone takes off (00:50). The film shows some of the various people who play a role in...
Topics: US Army, Air Force, WWII, World War II, 1943, USAF, TF
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Created by General Dynamics, this film was created to promote the F-111 Aardvark, a tactical strike aircraft, that could be used in all types of weather. The General Dynamics F-111 Aardvark was a supersonic, medium-range tactical strike aircraft that also filled the roles of strategic bomber, reconnaissance, and electronic warfare in its various versions. Developed in the 1960s by General Dynamics, it first entered service in 1967 with the United States Air Force. The Royal Australian Air Force...
Topics: F-111, Genreal Dynamics, F-111 Aardvark, 1960s, 1973, USAF, US Air Force
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Shot by an unknown member of the U.S. Army occupation forces in Japan in the mid-1940s, this silent home movie begins with scenes of the sunrise over Sagami Bay from Hayama. At :52 the garden of Mr. Okumura at Osaka is shown. At 5:40, a large temple complex is shown. At 8:00, seaweed gathering is seen near Yokosuka. At 8:30, the Tokyo PX (military exchange) and Ginza are shown. At 9:53 the headquarters for General MacArthur in Tokyo. At 11:00, bombed out areas of Tokyo are shown. The film ends...
Topics: Post WWII, Sagami, 1940, US Army, Japan, Home Movie, Tokyo, Stock Footage
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This 1942 film edition of the The Bluejacket’s Manual is “designed to familiarize the student with the general characteristics of U.S. Navy ships” and shows several examples of each classification. Individual vessels that can be identified in the film include PT-9, PT-11, PT-13, PT-10, PT-18, USS Fanning (DD-385), USS McDougal (DD-358), USS Phelps (DD-360), USS Porter (DD-356), submarine S-45 (one of the S-42 class boats), and submarine N-2 (SS-54). The film opens with a panoramic shot of...
Topics: Bluejackets, US Navy, Ships, Aircraft, 1942, Navy Ships
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Photographed by U.S. Coast Guard cameramen with additional scenes provided by the U.S. Navy and Army Air Forces, United States Coast Guard Report No. 4 is a short war film that shows the work of the USCG during the Allied invasion of Normandy as part of Operation Overlord. The film opens with footage of “D Day +3,” showing viewers destroyed or damaged tanks, trucks, and landing craft on the beaches of Normandy. The film then cuts to January 1944 where Coast Guard men train moving from ship...
Topics: US Coast Guard, USCG, 1944 D Day, US AIr Force, US Navy
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This 1976 Lionel promotional film presents a lyrical look at model railroading, and includes footage of the Lionel Rocket Launching Pad, the premier "Space Age" accessory that Lionel produced from 1958 until 1960. Lionel is an American toy manufacturer which had been founded in 1900. Their major claim to fame was their high quality toy locomotives and model railway accessories, including animated accessories shown in the film. The film opens with footage of the large toy railroad...
Topics: 1976, Lional Model Trains, Model Trains, Promotional Film, Stock Footage
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This U.S. Navy produced film tells the story of the NC-4 Flying Boats and the epic Transatlantic flight, as well as the unveiling of one of the aircraft NC-4 at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.   The NC-4 was a Curtiss NC flying boat which was designed by Glenn Curtiss and his team, and manufactured by Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Company. In May 1919, the NC-4 became the first aircraft to fly across the Atlantic Ocean, starting in New York State and making the crossing...
Topics: US Navy, NC-4, Flying Boat, Navy, 1919, Stock Footage
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Created by the U.S. Army in 1967, this film about the Bell OH-58 Kiowa helicopter features footage from the Vietnam War, emphasizing the concept of air mobility and showing the OH-58A scout.   The Bell OH-58 Kiowa is a family of single-engine, single-rotor, military helicopters used for observation, utility, and direct fire support. Bell Helicopter manufactured the OH-58 for the United States Army based on its Model 206A JetRanger helicopter. The OH-58 has been in continuous use by the U.S....
Topics: Bell, Textron, Kiowa, US Army, 1967, Helicopter, Stock Footage
This 1960s color film produced by Ray Jewell and Adam Ooms for the United States Air Force promotes the Military Airlift Command’s Reserve Associate Program, showing how civilians with day jobs might join defense efforts via the piloting program. Designed to drive enlistment, this propaganda film emphasizes good eats, vocational training, and sightseeing opportunities over the risks and consequences of military action during the Vietnam War era (TRT: 23:13). The seal of the “United States...
Topics: 1960s, US Air Force, Military Air Transport Service, US Navy, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This black & white film shows the early stages of the Allied forces invasion at Anzio, Italy in 1944. The film lacks credits or other information, but likely dates to 1944. The Battle of Anzio took place from January 22 to June 5, 1944, when Rome was finally captured. The operation was opposed by German forces in the area of Anzio and Nettuno. The landing operation was commanded by U.S. Army Major General John P. Lucas of VI Corps. The initial landing achieved complete surprise. However...
Topics: Anzio Beachhead, 1944, Combat Newsreel, Allied Italian Campaign, Operation Shingle, Stock Footage,...
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Created by Encyclopedia Brittanica in the late 1930s, this black & white educational film is about the country of Chile with a focus on the nation's rich natural resources and principal cities including Santiago. The film uses the device of a family visit, involving a family called the McKennas, to propel its narrative. The McKenna family has a historical link to the nation of Chile:  Brigadier Juan Mackenna (b. 1771) was an Irish-born, Chilean military officer and hero of the Chilean War...
Topics: 1930s, Chile, South America, Travelogue, Santiago Copper Industry, Nitrate Prodcution, 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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This color U.S. Navy film is about the NATO Seasparrow Surface Missile System. Sea Sparrow is a U.S. ship-borne short-range anti-aircraft and anti-missile weapon system, primarily intended for defense against anti-ship missiles. This is circa the late 1960s/early 1970s (in 1968, Denmark, Italy, and Norway signed an agreement with the US Navy to use the Sea Sparrow on their ships, and collaborate on improved versions) and the film was made by the Navy's Naval Ship Weapons Engineering Station at...
Topics: NATO, Seasparrow, Shipborne, Anti Ship Missile, Defense System, 1970s, Promo Film, Stock Footage,...
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This travelogue film, presented by Castle Films was one of a series sold for the home market called "The World Parade". They were commonly sold in department stores and camera shops. This film shows Glacier National Park,  a 1,583 square mile wilderness area in Montana’s Rocky Mountains, as it appeared in the 1940s. It includes shots of the area’s landscape including some of the glaciers and valleys. The Rocky Mountains are viewed through trees (:25). The park sits near the...
Topics: Castle Films, 1945, Travelogue, Glacier National Park, Montana, Rocky Mountains, Stock Footage
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Narrated by Alexander Scourby and directed by Lt. Frank Peele and written by Peele and Robert Sibley, this 1978 U.S. Navy film, "Pride Runs Deep" was produced on behalf of the Chief of Naval Operations. It presents an in-depth look at the life of a submariner, from missile and torpedo exercises, to mess and recreation. It explains in great detail the difference between fast attack submarines and Polaris ballistic missile submarines. The film was formally called SITREP 13, with...
Topics: Pride, 1978, Ballistic Missile, Attack Submarines, US Navy, Groton, 1978, Stock Footage, Periscope...
Dating to 1949, this film from Northwest Orient Airlines "Highroad to the Orient" pays visits to Japan, Hong Kong, Macau, and the Philippines. It was made by Reid H. Ray Inc. Northwest was founded in 1926 and took on the moniker "Northwest Orient" after 1947, when it established transpacific routes to Japan. It was absorbed into Delta Airlines in 2010. The film begins with the route of the trip shown on a spinning globe (0:23). Manhattan, New York Harbor (1:10). Times Square...
Topics: Northwest Orient Airlines, Highroad To Hong Kong, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This 1944 U.S. War Department Combat Bulletin (No. 17) gives viewers a look at Operation Dragoon, the Allied push south after D-Day, Fighting in Burman, and a naval battle in the Pacific off the coast of the Mariana Islands. The bulletin begins with footage of Operation Dragoon. The Allied fleet waits for orders to invade Southern France. Secretary of the Navy James Forrestal discuses the operation on deck (00:39). The Allied convoy moves toward the French coast. Men make last-minute...
Topics: Combat Bulletin, Invasion, Southen France, France, Air Force, China, Stock Footage
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A British Ministry of Information Second World War film, released by the Office of War Information, about Dover during 1942. This version for US consumption is narrated by the American journalist and media figure, Edward R. Murrow.   Features:   Dunkirk Evacuation Winston Churchill The Mayor Dover Town Hall St Martin's Battery "Look-a-like" Pencester Gardens.   This World War Two (WWII, WW2) film gives a resume of the Battle of Britain and Dunkirk Evacuation, 'current' Royal Navy...
Topics: WWII, World War II, Dover, British Ministry Of Defense, 1942, Stock Footage
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"Nuremberg: It's Lesson for Today" was made by the Office of Military Government for Germany in May of 1947 under the auspices of the OSS Field Photographic Unit headed by John Ford.   In the summer of 1945, Ford dispatched Stuart to Europe to hunt for Nazi films that could be used at the Nuremberg trial. His older brother Budd, of higher rank, followed and led what became a small team of editors and writers. During a frenzied 4-month period, the Schulberg brothers and their...
Topics: Nuremberg, 1947, John Ford, Berlin, Stock Footage, Germany
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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
This 1945 U.S. Navy training film, Quit Stalling—Or Spin In! (MN-4353a), teaches pilots the dangers of stalling, or spinning, and how to avoid crashing. A stall is what happens when an aero foil cannot make enough lift to keep the aircraft in level flight. The film features a Navy instructor who presents a series of case studies from the Navy’s office of Flight Safety Flight Statistics (00:52). The film begins with footage of a plane stalling and crashing into the ground (00:14); the...
Topics: 1945, Quit Stalling, Spin in, WWII, US Navy Pilot, Training Film, Stalls, Spins, Plane Crash, Stock...
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Sports International With Bud Palmer’s 1963 special, “Stirling Moss—Portrait of a Hero,” tells the story of British Formula One racing star Stirling Moss as Bud Palmer interviews Moss. The segment is complemented with additional interviews of contemporaries of Moss. The film opens with footage of driving down streets in London, then cuts to the British Racing Drivers’ Club (00:52). Interviews with friends and competitors give their thoughts on Moss. An unidentified man talks about...
Topics: Sports International, Formula One, Race Car, Racing, 1963, Stock Footage
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1930’s TRAVELOGUE FILM “PORT O’ CALL, CITY OF DAVID” This film takes viewers on a tour through Jerusalem in the 1930’s and present the various types of religions which use the area for pilgrimage. In the film it presents Jerusalem as belonging to Palestinian territory, though today it is currently Israeli territory. It was produced by William M. Pizor (:17) and is of the Port O’ Call film series. It opens with an expansive view of the city from a hilltop (1:06). Jerusalem sits on...
Topics: 1930s, Travelogue, Port O Call, City Of David, Stock Footage
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Created by Telefilms for Kiekhaefer Mercury in 1968, this color film promotes travel in Europe and various boating activities and recreation. It is a subtle advertisement for Mercury Outboard engines. Kiekhaefer Mercury company began in 1939 when engineer Carl Kiekhaefer purchased a small outboard motor company in Cedarburg, Wisconsin, and ended up with a successful business selling motors through the Montgomery Ward catalog. Today, the company exists as Mercury Marine, a division of Brunswick...
Topics: 1968, Mercury Outboard Engines, Boating, Europe, Travel Film, Norway, England, Italy, Germany,...
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This 16mm silent film shows the visit to Admiral Arthur W. Radford (1896-1973) to the Philippines and Taiwan in the early to mid 1950s.The most likely date for this Far East trip, based on some research, is December 1953 to January 1954, and was probably intended to reassure the Taiwanese military of America's willingness to support it, in the face of Chinese Communist aggression. It probably predates the 1955 First Taiwan Strait Crisis. In that crisis, Radford urged President Eisenhower to...
Topics: 1953, Home Movie, Admiral Arthur Radford, Taiwan, Philippines, Stock Footage, Periscope FIlm
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This black & white film promotes financial relief for the people of South Korea, who are in desperate need of assistance due to the outbreak of the Korean War. In particular, the film emphasis the need to donate to help displaced civilians, refugees and orphaned children of that war ravaged country. The film offers a personal appeal by President Dwight Eisenhower. Copyright 1954. Opening titles: Helping Koreans To Help Themselves (:07-:46). Artillery is fired, explosions abound. Troops on...
Topics: 1954, Korean War, Relief Campaign, South Korea, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This silent, confidential film from WWII shows tests of various 4.5" B.R. launchers at Camp Pendelton, California on Jan. 19, 1944. It's not entirely clear what the abbreviation "B.R." stood for, but these are clearly multiple artillery rocket launchers similar in some ways to the Russian Katyusha system. According to a website, the type 36 rocket launcher could be easily installed on a Jeep and featured armored plating to protect the driver. This plating can be seen in the...
Topics: WWII, World War II, M-8, 1944, Stock Footage
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This is a Soviet educational / propaganda movie used for the history lessons in the 10th Grade, and one of a series showing the liberation of various Eastern European countries from the Wehrmacht by the Red Army. This one is movie No. 16 in the series, "Liberation of Czechoslovakia". It depicts the Czechoslovak uprising against the German invasion of 1944, with the scenes from the major cities and major battles – Kosice, Bratislava, Banská Bystrica, the battle at Dukla Pass,...
Topics: Soviet Film, 1945, Czechoslovakia, Prague, Kosice, 1945, Stock Footage
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This silent, color film, shot in the 1950’s opens with a no-filter cigarette burning in a Belmar Hotel ashtray adorned in the center with a sailfish. The Hotel Belmar is Mazatlan's original beach front hotel, located in the Olas Altas neighborhood. People stand on the tarmac in front of a LAMSA / Lineas Aereas Mexicanas, SA DC-3 airliner "Ciudad de Mazatlán". (The airline operated from 1942-1952 so the film predates 1952. For a time, LAMSA was owned by United Airlines, and then was...
Topics: Trip To Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico, 1940s, Home Movies, LAMSA, Airlines, Stock Footage
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This extraordinary film about American POWs is one of a series of "Air Force Now" magazine type movies made for the U.S. Air Force in the 1970s and 1980s. This particular episode focuses on the  return of Prisoners of War (POWs) from Vietnam after the war. It was apparently made in either late 1973 or early 1974, after Operation Homecoming took place. Operation Homecoming took place from February 14, 1973 to April of that year, and involved the return of 591 American prisoners of...
Topics: Air Force Now, Vietnam War, Prisoners Of War, Operation Homecoming, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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"All Of One Company" is a 1980 documentary showing daily life aboard the ill fated HMS Coventry—including daily chores, mock drills, and resupplying at sea—during its ten-day voyage from Portsmouth to Hong Kong via Singapore. In Portsmouth, members of the Coventry’s crew carry supplies off the ship. The gangplank is pushed back and the Royal Navy destroyer leaves the dock. The captain addresses his crew on a street in Singapore on 14 July (01:11). Later, the men board the...
Topics: 1980, HMS Conventry, Hong Kong, Singapore, Royal Navy, Stock Footage
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 This 1938 film is entitled "Croisière D'escadre" / "Squadron Cruise". This is Part 2 of the film. Part One can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/NHb11WlDRkM 0:08 Hand, tracing the line from Casablanca to Agadir 0:23 Cruisers at anchorage by Agadir 0:35 The Port of Agadir and the fort. 0:42 An officer steps down and takes a light boat to the shore. Algéria heavy cruiser in the distance and, possibly, a French navy «  rapid supply ship  » «  ravitailleur rapide  »...
Topics: 1938 Pre WWII, French Navy, Documentary, Toulon Heavy Squadron Cruise, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This episode of the U.S. Army's "The Big Picture" TV show is entitled "Three Faces of Evil". It is one of a series of episodes in the "Army in Action" series which focused on WWII history. This episode specifically examines the aftermath of WWI and the lead-up to WWII, with the rise of the dictators Tojo in Japan, Mussolini in Italy and Adolf Hitler in Germany. Copyright 1964. Opening: Paintings of conquerors and defenders. Narrator explains how bow & arrow...
Topics: The Big Picture, US Army TV Show, US Army, 1930s, WWII, Army In Action, Stock Footage, Periscope...
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This basic educational movie is entitled "The Geographical Envelope". This term in the Russian geographical science is similar to Richard Hartshorne's "Earth's envelope" concept of the atmosphere, the earth's crust and the oceans, together with the living world. The film defines the concepts of lithosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere and biosphere, and introduces the water, biological and the solid matter cycles. Then it speaks about the concept of the regional environments and...
Topics: 1970s, Russia, Russian Educational Film, Atmosphere, Biosphere, Stock Footage
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The Gaines Dog Research Center presents Training You To Train Your Dog, a short training film based off of the book by Blanche Saunders. The film shows viewers how to effectively house train, punish, feed, and groom a dog. The film opens with a black standard poodle barking at the camera. The film then shows livestock, including horses, cattle, and pigs. A man rides a horse-drawn plow. A Doberman pincher walks with a U.S. MP (01:58) at a military base. Women work at the office of the American...
Topics: 1954, GainesDog Research Center, Kennel Club, Blanchie Sunders, Train, Dog, Stock Footage
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Number One In Europe is a color, promotional film created for British European Airways (BEA) in about 1971, its 25th birthday. BEA was a British airline which existed from 1946-1974. Produced by Harold Weaver. Narrated by Patrick Allen, John Keith Patrick Allen, a British film, television and voice actor. The film tells the story of the British European Airways. British European Airways (BEA) (0:08-0:18). Flight schedule board (0:19-1:05) Trident Three, Introduced in April, 1969 (1:06-1:30)....
Topics: Europe, Airways, 1960, British European Airways, British Airlines, Stock Footage
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Made for the home market in the 1930s, this silent film draws from Pathe Newsreels and is called “News Digest”, with a focus on the year 1938. It had been produced by Pathegrams (:09). The first section of the film is about the Los Angeles flood of 1938 (:19). This disastrous flood was one of the largest in history and occurred due to two major storms blowing in over the Los Angeles Basin. In a matter of a few days it produced about a year’s worth of rainfall. 20,000 had been forced into...
Topics: 1938, News Headlines, Los Angeles, Food, Airplane, Stock Fotoage
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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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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 1950s black and white educational film is about milk production. It was produced by Victor Solow as an MPO Productions. A baby in a bassinet cries as its parents sleep. The husband gets the infant, removes a glass bottle from the refrigerator, and feeds it (:24-1:33). A farmer walks in a field, seen through barbed wire. Inside a barn, cows wait to be milked by a portable milking machine. A cow is hand-milked. A calf drinks from a bucket of milk with a rubber nipple attached. Milk is poured...
Topics: 1950, Milk, Dairy, Dairy Industry, Milk Men, Chevy, Stock Footage
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Amphibious Warfare: The Salvage Boat is one of a series of U.S. training films. This film discusses how salvage boats conduct their rescue operations. The film opens with footage of various landing craft hitting a beach and soldiers storming the beach. Several landing craft break down or are stranded (01:02). The film shows a salvage boat on the water (01:22) as well as a salvage boat LCPL (landing craft personal large) being lowered from a cruiser down to the water. The film provides an...
Topics: Amphibious Warfare, Salvage Boat, WWII, World War II, Stock Footage
Shake Hands with your Feet is a short film on the importance of foot health and the growing profession of chiropodists. The film begins with leg and feet shots of people walking on city streets and sidewalks, as well as people using their feet for various jobs. Men exit a factory (02:20) and kids walk in line to an open area for what appears to be recess (02:30). A woman sits with her feet up during a foot examination (03:00). Chiropodists examine patients’ feet (03:25) in a large exam room....
Topics: 1940, Foot Health, Chiropodists, Podiatry Profession, Stock Footage
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This film is a collection of seven short films from Philco that were shown at a product convention for Philco retail dealers, likely in 1964, as it features 1965 Philco products. The first film opens with an illustration of Philco stereo cabinets, and viewers see the Philco cabinet plant in Watsontown, PA (01:25). Inside, craftsmen use machines to cut wood. A man hand-rubs the wood finish of a stereo cabinet. There is an image of a solid-state circuit design cabinet (02:24), a Philco stereo...
Topics: Philco Television, Stereo Record Players, AM/FM, 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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Produced by Crawley Films of Canada for McGraw-Hill Book Co, Inc., When Should I Marry? is a 1957 educational film that is part of the Marriage and Family Living series. Viewers watch as a young couple, Jim and Pat, meet with their minister, Dr. Hamilton, to discuss if they are ready for marriage. Dr. Hamilton tells them the stories of two couples that highlight only the negative hardship aspects of marrying young. The film opens with a shot of Jim and Pat walking through a park holding hands....
Topics: Marry, Mariage, 1960s, Social Guidance, 1957, Stock Footage
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This short 1963 educational film from Film Associates of California gives viewers an overview of the role satellites play in relaying information across the world, specifically showing how the early satellite developments—focusing on the Echo, Telstar, and Syncom satellites—make it possible for the fast and continuous transmitting of communication signals across the planet. The film opens with a shot of a satellite moving in space and the first television broadcast ever relayed through...
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This short film from the early 1960s, produced by North American Aviation’s Atomics International division for the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission (AEC), uses footage, illustrations, animation and models to give viewers a look at the development of compact nuclear power sources for the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission’s SNAP Program (Systems for Nuclear Auxiliary Power). The film opens with a shot of sunrise over a city. Viewers see powerlines running through a valley and into a residential...
Topics: Atoms, Space, NASA, Nuclear Auxiliary Power, US Atomic Energy, Stock Footage
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Made by famed filmmaker Warren Miller for the Sears department store chain, this short film features Olympic champion Othmar Schneider (1928-2012) demonstrating his special skiing system.   The "Austrian" technique came about in the early 1950 and started the new wave of skiing. It featured turns made in the legs and lower body, with the upper body quiet.   Schneider was born in Lech am Arlberg. At the 1952 Winter Olympics in Oslo, he was the gold medalist in the slalom and the...
Topics: Othmar, 1960s, Austrian Skiing Technique, Ski Instructional Film, Stock Footage
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Created by acclaimed filmmaker Jerry Fairbanks for the Boeing Co. in the immediate post-WWII era, "Tomorrow's Airplane Today" celebrates the Stratocruiser. (This version of the film comes from a film archive and is silent; in release of course the film had a soundtrack.  Our other version has the soundtrack, but this picture is gorgeous, we just had to show it off) The film features rare views of the Boeing plant in Seattle as it looked during WWII -- completely covered in camouflage...
Topics: Boeing, Boeing 377 Stratocrusier, Aircraft, Tomorrows Airplane, Post WWII Era, Stock Footage
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This amateur 16mm silent home movie shows some of the events the day the USS Yorktown was launched. It dates to 21 January, 1943.  Unfortunately, this film is missing the "sliding down the ways" section -- it was apparently removed at some point as there is a splice in the movie. However it is still quite an interesting bit of history, captured by a civilian who observed the event. Work was begun on (what was then called) Bonhomme Richard when her keel was laid down on 1 December...
Topics: Launch Ceremony, For USS, Yorktown, CV-10, Newport News, Stock Footage
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This late 1930s-early 1940s black-and-white WWII British military training film (B.191 C.191) shows segments focusing on “shooting to kill” using a Bren, rifle, anti-tank rifle, or Tommy gun, which are shown (:15-1:24). Bren and Rifle. A demonstration of when to fire with the Bren and rifle is given. Troops wait in a trench. A Range Card is shown. Enemy troops emerge from the trees. Troops fire before the enemy is within range and a shell is fired at the troops. The scene is re-enacted. The...
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This short 1970s film by the National Safety Council "Find a Float" takes a look at water safety and what to do in the event of an emergency situation. It opens with a water skier enjoying the sport and conducting spin jumps and dodging around buoys (1:08) as well as a family of three water skiing together (1:58). Other recreational water activities beyond water skiing include diving from a diving board (2:07) and scuba diving (2:16). While many see the water as a place of sport, some...
Topics: 1972, National Safety Council, Boating, Water Skiing, Water Safety, Stock Footage
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Made by Eastman Classroom Films in the 1930s, this historic silent film shows views of the Chesapeake Bay the "Mother of Waters". The film starts with shots of a small ketch or sailboat (:17), before showing the geography and history of the area through an animated map (:45). At 2:40 aerial shots, possibly shot from a blimp given their stability, show the area around Jamestown. At 3:16 are shots of a bridge near Jamestown. At 3:42 remains of the earthworks at Jamestown are seen as...
Topics: 1930s, Chesapeak Bay, Norfolk, Hamptons, Roads, Virginia, Stock Footage