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This silent, German film shows fighting on the Western Front in World War 1 and contains material shot between 1916-1918. The film was released in the late 1930s as part of the remilitarization of Germany, in hopes of glorifying the nation's military legacy in the World War. Although they did not achieve a victory in the war, this film essentially shows a victory in battle, with German troops advancing across No Man's Land. Those who saw it may have been either encouraged or discouraged by the...
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Topics: Asbestos, World war II, Morotai, 1944, Siegfried Line, Boeing B-29, Le Harve, China Burma,...
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This 1960s color educational film about Connecticut as part of the weekly TV series “America!” that was narrated by actor Jack Douglas. The Hartford skyline is followed by the gold-domed Capital Building. The window-washing method is shown for the two-sided boat-shaped Phoenix Life Insurance Company Building. Constitution Plaza is a commercial mixed-use development area. “The Safe Arrival” is a statue monument commemorating the first pioneers. Across from it is Center Church, where...
Topics: Connecticut, 1960s, Travelogue, Hartford, Stratford, New London, Mystic Seaport, Stock Footage
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Made by the famed Jam Handy Organization, a leading educational and training film company, this black & white training film "Doping Techniques" explains the process of doping fabric for airplanes. It likely dates to the WWII era. Aircraft dope is a plasticized lacquer that is applied to fabric-covered aircraft. It tightens and stiffens fabric stretched over airframes, which renders them airtight and weatherproof, increasing their durability and lifespan. Without the application of...
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Topics: WWII, World War II, WWII Era, Training Film, Fabric Airplane Wing, Dope, Stock Footage, Periscope...
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Created in 1933 by the newly-ascendant Adolph Hitler, "Deutschland Erwacht!" is a recounting of life in Germany after WWI and up until the handover of power from Hindenburg to Hitler in 1933.  As a work of propaganda, the film vividly shows the turbulent, inflationary times that followed World War I and attempts to show how Hitler's Germany will be a powerful nation. This portion is Reel 1. This version of the film is silent with title cards. In addition to the film, other souvenirs...
Topics: Nazi Germany, Germany, Adolf Hitler, World War II, Brandenburg Gate, Documentary
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This is a 1970’s era color movie promoting travel in South America. The full credits are missing but the film was shot by cinematographer Henry Javorsky and sponsored by American Express and Pan Am Airlines. This travelogue visits Ecuador, Bolivia, Argentina, Colombia, Brazil and the rest of South America is highlighted as a beautiful destination to visit. The movie opens with a woman and a boy holding hands in front of Machu Picchu in Peru. Main title: "Invitation to South...
Topics: South America, 1970s, Travelogue, Peru, Ecuador, Brazil, Argentina, Stock Footage
This 1944 U.S. War Department training film (T.F. 8-1288) briefly discusses the devastation that can be caused by louse-borne diseases and shows how lice get into clothes and skin and the various ways soldiers can treat any lice infestations while at a base or in the field. The film opens with soldiers walking in a European city during World War II; other shots show troops moving through the rubble of a war-torn city. Viewers see a microscopic view of a louse (01:01). A nurse tends to a sick...
Topics: WWII, World War II, Personal Hygiene, Signal Corps, 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 black & white educational film is about some of the tourist attractions and big cities to see in South America, primarily focusing on Argentina and Brazil but also including images in Peru. This is copyright 1941, and features footage that was shot in the 1930s. Opening: South American Vista (:06-:09). The Andes Mountains loom.  Flowing waters below the equator in South America. Horses walk by. A man sits atop a horse. The iconic Gaucho, or cowboy. Argentina beef. Peru, people in the...
Topics: South American Vista, 1941, Travelogue, Peru, Brazil, Argentina, Buenos Aires Rio, Stock Footage,...
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This black & white educational film is about some of the tourist attractions and big cities to see in South America, primarily focusing on Argentina and Brazil but also including images in Peru. This is copyright 1941, and features footage that was shot in the 1930s. Opening: South American Vista (:06-:09). The Andes Mountains loom.  Flowing waters below the equator in South America. Horses walk by. A man sits atop a horse. The iconic Gaucho, or cowboy. Argentina beef. Peru, people in the...
Topics: South American Vista, 1941, South American Travelogue, Peru, Brazil, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This black & white wartime documentary is about the procedures, and the closely co-ordinated efforts made by the Royal Navy and Air Force, to locate and rescue downed pilots and aircrew. The rescue aircraft shown is a Westland Lysander, an airplane that was more or less obsolete by 1940 but well suited the role of spotter.  After the fall of France, UK-based Lysanders went to work operating air-sea rescue, dropping dinghies to downed RAF aircrew in the English Channel. Fourteen squadrons...
Topics: Pilot, WWII, World War II, Royal Air Force, Royal Navy, 1940s, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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Released in 1945, when it won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, The True Glory was a co-production of the US Office of War Information and the British Ministry of Information. Directed by Carol Reed assisted by Garson Kanin, the film documents the victory on the Western Front, from D-Day at Normandy to the surrender of the Third Reich and V-E Day. The film features an introduction by Supreme Commander General Dwight D. Eisenhower, combat footage filmed by military photographers,...
Topics: True Glory, D Day, WWII, World War II, Europe, Eisenhower, Stock Footage
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This color educational film is about an ex military officer seeking a woman in Israel. It gives the viewer a tour of some of the country of Israel. There is no copyright featured and no opening credits. This is circa the 1950s. A man exits a large ship, The ship loads supplies onto itself.  Back in the past, an officer exits the ship. A woman wanders the shipyard looking around. The officer and the woman bump into each other. The woman leaves the yard and gets into a car. The man follows. They...
Topics: Girl, Galilea, 1950, Israel, Travelogue, Haifa, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Stock Footage
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This color educational film is about the state of Kentucky. There is no copyright at the beginning or end of the film so the date of the production remains unclear although is it the early 1960s (and 1965 based on the footage of the Kentucky Derby and its winner, Lucky Debonair). It begins with an introduction by Jack Douglas who states that this will be an Armchair Vacation (:07-:13) BLUEGRASS, a word synonymous with the state of Kentucky, is shown as the title (:14-:21). Lush meadows,...
Topics: Bluegrass, 1965, Kentucky, Travelogue Derby, Colonel Sanders, Stock Footage
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Released by "Films of the Nations", this black & white educational film "Denmark Fairytale Land" was photographed by Esther Cooke and narrated by Peter Allen. It was produced by Maurice T. Groen of D.P.M. Productions. Copyright 1954.Opening titles: Films of the Nations presents DENMARK - FAIRYTALE LAND (:07-:39). A windmill spins. A bird. A butterfly. Ducks in a pond. A fairytale tour of Denmark. Roskilde Cathedral (Danish: Roskilde Domkirke), in the city of Roskilde. A...
Topics: Denmark, Fairytale Land, 1954, Travelogue, Educational Film, Roskilde, Copenhagen, Stock Footage
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Featuring actress Barbara Britton and actor James Craig, and directed by veteran filmmaker Lewis Allen, this WWII U.S. Navy propaganda film "Freedom Comes High" is one of the most melodramatic shorts to emerge from the war.  The plot revolves around Mrs. Blanding, a young bride and mother whose older husband has become a Naval officer and gone to sea.  Of course he is in harm's way, and the results are catastrophic.  Just before going into action, Steve writes a letter mentioning...
Topics: Freedom Comes High, WWII, World War II, US Navy, Stock Footage
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“Fun, Sun, Sand And Sea,” an episode in Jack Douglas’ weekly America! series, highlights popular places to visit in Florida. The episode opens with Jack Douglas at an amusement park in Florida talking about the attractions in the state. The first stop is St. Augustine (01:26), where viewers see a trolley car moving down a street, a statue of Juan Ponce de Leon, the ruins of the town’s old fort guarding the harbor, and the Fountain of Youth theme park. A man dressed in a colonial Spanish...
Topics: Fun, Sun, Sand, Sea, Florida, 1960s, Travelogue, Youth, Stock Footage
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One of a series of "Screen Traveler" films created by Andre De La Varre, this film focuses on Budapest, Hungary. Copyright 1938. Opening titles: "Gay and Beautiful Budapest" (:06-:43). Aerial shots of Budapest, the national capital of Hungary, a landlocked country in Central Europe. The city is located at the River Danube. Elisabeth Bridge (:44-2:09). Longest suspension bridge when it was originally built, the Elisabeth Bridge. The Elisabeth Bridge is the third newest bridge...
Topics: Gay, Budapest, 1968, Screen Traveler, Travelogue, Hungarym, Dunube River, Stock Footage, Periscope...
Created in 1933 by the newly-ascendant Adolph Hitler, "Deutschland Erwacht!" is a recounting of life in Germany after WWI and up until the handover of power from Hindenburg to Hitler in 1933.  As a work of propaganda, the film vividly shows the turbulent, inflationary times that followed World War I and attempts to show how Hitler's Germany will be a powerful nation.    This version of the film is silent with title cards. In addition to the film, other souvenirs were created with...
Topics: Nazi Germany, World War II, Adolf Hitler, Documentary
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Glimpses of Colorful Portugal is a travelogue film (likely from the 1950s) narrated by Peter Allen and gives viewers a brief tour of the country. The film opens with a shot of a beach on the rocky Iberian Peninsula coast. People depart a passenger plane at the international airport in Lisbon (00:50). Highlights of the capital city include the Praca Do Comercio and the narrow streets of the Alfama district. There is a good shot of the harbor at the estuary of Tagus River (01:23). Fish wives sell...
Topics: Glimpses Of Colorful Portugal, 1950s, Portugal, Travelogue, Stock Footage
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Written by Clint Comerford and directed by Austin Green, and with a score by John Bath, this Southern Arizona travelogue "Hank Goes Fishing" features venerable character actor Lindsay Workman, Richard Reeves and Tom Myers. The film takes viewers on an eccentric Model T Ford tour of Southern Arizona including Tucson. At 1:46 is the San Xavier Mission and a painted burro (3:17) set up for photography. Parts of the Tohono-Odham (aka Papago ) reservation are also shown. At 4:24 are shots...
Topics: Hank Goes Fishing, 1960s, Arizona, Travelogue, Tucson, Tombstone, Nogales, Stock Footage
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Heritage of the Hornet is a short 1970s film from McDonnell Douglas that looks at the heritage of the McDonnell Douglas F-18 Hornet—a heritage that is a history of naval ships, starting with the first Hornet in 1775 up through the eighth Hornet, which was decommissioned in 1970. The film opens with shots of the ocean, waves rolling in and hitting against rocks, and U.S. Navy ships at sea. A plane takes off from an aircraft carrier (01:22). Marines march in full uniform. An aerial view shows a...
Topics: Heritage, USS Hornet, 1970, WWII, World War II, F-18 Hornet, Stock Footage
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Created by filmmaker, photographer and explorer Frank Hurley, and narrated by him, "Isle of Many Waters" is a documentary travelogue of the island of Tasmania, Australia. The film, like many made in this era, focuses on the region's natural resources. It also shows the attractions of the garden island including apple orchards and groves (1:30), New Norfolk, port of Hobart (2:00) and Mt. Wellington, the Huon Valley, Queenstown (5:20) and its mining industry at Mount Lyell, Port Arthur...
Topics: Isle, Many Waters, 1939, Tasmania, Australia, Travelogue, Frank Hurley, Stock Footage
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Lest We Forget is a 1947 military documentary that consists of newsreels and government propaganda films, giving viewers a look at the fighting of World War II. The film opens with aerial footage of Berlin in the aftermath of Allied bombing attacks. Footage shows some of the city’s buildings and squares looking desolate. People celebrate the end of the war in Paris (01:33) and London (02:12). Soldiers march along beaches in England, preparing for the invasion of Normandy. LCVPs land on a...
Topics: Lest We Forget, WWII, World War II, Stock Footage
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This 1942 Warner Bros. propaganda film, directed by B. Reeves Eason, gives viewers a look at a reenactment of the training of U.S. Army Air Forces cadets. The film opens with Lt. General Henry H. Arnold climbing out of a plane at an airfield. He looks over a group of graduating cadets at the start of the wings-awarding ceremony. Arnold speaks to the graduates about their roles in the current climate (01:52). The graduates stand at attention, surrounded by what appear to be Vultee BT-13 Valiant...
Topics: Men From The Sky, 1942, WWII, World War II, Army Air Forces, Stock Footage
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This black & white educational film "Mexicana" is about the country of Mexico. Copyright is circa the late 1930s or early 1940s. It was made by the Calvin Co. of Kansas City. Opening titles: Little Features presents Mexicana (:07-:18). Mexico City. National Palace. Palace of Fine Arts. Residential districts. Cars go down a boulevard. Chapultepec Castle with a bronze grasshopper statue in the courtyard. People walk around the castle grounds. A man wears a sombrero. Cathedral...
Topics: Mexicana, 1940s, Travelogue, Nation Of Mexico, Mexico City, Pyramids, Bull Fight, Stock Footage,...
This black & white educational film is about Rome, the Eternal City. Copyright is either 1947. Opening titles: Castle Films presents The World Parade - Rome The Eternal City (:06-:21). Aerial shots of Rome. Age old relics in Rome. Cars drive around. A traffic cop directs traffic. Clock Towers. Fruits and vegetables for sale. The Capital is high on one of the city's seven hills. A statue of Antoninus Marcus Aurelius guards the city (:22-2:01). Colosseum. Arch of Constantine. The Colosseum...
Topics: Rome, Eternal City, 1947, Castle Films, Travelogue, Rome, Italy, Vatican, Colosseum, Pantheon,...
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One of a series of black & white educational films distributed by "Films of the Nations", "Scottish Rhapsody" presents the country of Scotland. This is circa 1953, and directed by Austen West, and produced by Maurice Groen. Titles: Films of the Nations presents Scottish Rhapsody (:06-:44). Edinburgh, Scotland. Edinburgh is Scotland's compact, hilly capital. It has a medieval Old Town and elegant Georgian New Town with gardens and neoclassical buildings. Looming over the...
Topics: 1950s, Travelogue, Scottish Rhapsody, Edinburgh, Stock Footage, Scotland
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Entitled SNAFU, this wonderful WWII training film is part of the "Fighting Men" series, designed to psychological prepare troops for the rigors of combat and Army life.  It features various scenarios about SNAFUs -- situation normal, all fouled up (or "f-d" up!)  As the narrator says "in war, the abnormal is normal.  You can't predict the turns of battle."  Rifles can jam, bridges will not be ready, food won't be delivered on time.  The point of the film is...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, World War II, Training Film, SNAFU, African American In WWII
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This 1960s color educational film about Rhode Island and Delaware was part of the weekly TV series “America!” Narrated by actor Jack Douglas. Rhode Island. Statues of founder Roger Williams are in Prospect Terrace Park in Providence.  The First Baptist Church is shown. The Capitol’s dome has a bronze statue on top (1:24-2:48).  The Rhode Island School of Design houses Renoir’s “A Girl Reading”, Monet’s “Portrait of Bertha”, Delacroix’s “Arabs Travelling”, and a Van...
Topics: The First, The Small, 1960s, Rhode Island, Travelogue, America, Stock Footage
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Dating to 1966, "Wings to Great Britain" promotes Pan Am's trans-Atlantic service. It was photographed and directed by acclaimed filmmaker Henry Strauss. Strauss' body of work included a series of ground-breaking industrial and human relations training films produced for Pan American Airlines, GE and AT&T. He is the subject of the documentary "Man and the Middle Class". The script was written by Allan Sloane and the film was edited by Bill Buckley. Opening animated Pan...
Topics: 1960s, Pan AM, Travelogue, England, Scotland, London, Great Britain, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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Shot by an unknown American tourist, this black and white, silent, early 1930s home movie footage depicts a family’s trip to the Caribbean, including scenes of natural landscapes and historic architecture in Havana Bay, Cuba, Panama, and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (TRT 14:11). The film starts with an image shot from the deck of a ship, of the lighthouse known as Faro Castillo del Morro, at Morro Castle (Castillo de los Tres Reyes Magos del Morro) in Havana Bay, Havana, Cuba. A pan shows the Morro...
Topics: 1930s, Caribbean Home Movie, Travelogue, Havana, Cuba, Panama, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, Stock...
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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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This black & white educational film is about Gibraltar. This was made in 1934. Gibraltar, a British overseas territory occupying a narrow peninsula of Spain's southern Mediterranean coast, is just northeast of the Strait of Gibraltar. It’s dominated by the Rock of Gibraltar, a 426m-high limestone ridge.   Opening titles: RKO Radio Pictures presents Gibraltar - Vagabond Adventure Series. A Van Beuren Production (:06-:38). Turning our backs on the atlantic as we enter the Mediterranean...
Topics: 1930s, Gibraltar, Travelogue, Rock Of Gibraltar, Mediterranean, Stock Footage
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Originally produced by the Bray Studios in 1936, this fascinating travelogue presents the island nation of Japan just before the outbreak of WWII. Here, Japan is not an enemy but a "land of enchantment" that is presented as having fairly little sophisticated infrastructure or technology. The religious traditions of the nation are emphasized, with the temples at Kyoto shown, with zigzag bridges. At the 2:30 mark, bustling Tokyo is seen, recovered from the huge earthquake. Narrow,...
Topics: 1930s, Japan, Travelogue, Land Of Enchanment, Stock Footage
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This black & white educational film is about the country of Norway. This was made during WWII but contains footage from the 1930s. Opening titles: NORWAY (:06-:13). Mountains and fjords of the country of Norway -- as it looked before the outbreak of WWII. People walk around. Fishing village of Bergen. Bergen is a city on Norway’s southwestern coast. It's surrounded by mountains and fjords, including Sognefjord, the country’s longest and deepest. Sign for a bakery (1:01) and cobblestone...
Topics: 1930s, Travelogue, Bergen, Oslo, Sardine Fishing Industry, Lapland, Sami People, Stock Footage,...
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This reel of silent films includes travelogues for Seville and the Santa Maria de Montserrat Abbey in Spain. It starts with a silent Dutch film, "A Look at Seville", that shows images of the Spanish city in the 1930s. Seville is the capital and largest city of the autonomous community of Andalusia and the province of Seville, Spain. It is situated on the plain of the river Guadalquivir. The inhabitants of the city are known as sevillanos (feminine form: sevillanas) or hispalenses,...
Topics: 1930, Seville, Santa Maria, Santa Maria De Montserrat, Spain, Travelogue, Stock Footage
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Shot in the early 1940s, SUMMERTIME IN YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK is a silent travelogue that presents a series of gorgeous Kodachrome color views of the park including of course El Capitan, Mirror Lake, Yosemite Falls, Vernal and Nevada Falls, the Mariposa Grove of Sequoias including the Grizzly Giant, and more.   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...
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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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One of the episodes of the Paul Devlin / Andre de la Varre "Screen Traveler", this film is about Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia. The film dates to 1936. Colonial Williamsburg is a living-history museum and private foundation presenting a part of the historic district in the city of Williamsburg, Virginia, United States.In the 1920s, the restoration and re-creation of colonial Williamsburg was championed as a way to celebrate rebel patriots and the early history of the United States....
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1937 EDUCATIONAL TRAVELOGUE FILM “HINDU HOLIDAY” This film takes viewers to India in the 1930’s for the traditional festival called Dussehra. The film is narrated by Don Beddoe (:14) and it enters India through the temple gates (:25). Buildings which are over 1,500 years old are shown with intricate architecture (:31). A close up shot shows sacred animals, gods and goddesses along the walls (1:58). A pool sits adjacent to the temple which had been used by an east Indian prince and his...
Topics: 1937, Travelogue, Hindu, Holiday, India, Dussehra, Stock Footage
Created in the 1930s, this German newsreel shows the "expansion of Germany" under Adolf Hitler including the seizure of the Sudentenland.  German troops are shown being welcomed into the area, along with Hitler himself who arrives in a large open car to a hero's welcome.    Also shown is Mahren also known as Moravia.  Following the break-up of the Austro-Hungarian Empire in 1918, Moravia became part of Czechoslovakia. As one of the five lands of Czechoslovakia, it had restricted...
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Produced and narrated by filmmaker Don R. Catlin, "City on the Nile" profiles the city of Cairo as it appeared in the 1930s or 40s and the Nile Valley.  The tour of the city begins at the famed Shepheard's Hotel, the leading hotel in Cairo and one of the most celebrated hotels in the world from the middle of the 19th century until it was burned down in 1952.   The film also includes terrific footage of the city's "native quarter" and images of marketplaces, mosques, the...
Topics: Nile, Egypt, Native Quarter, Travelogue, Cairo
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This silent color 1940s travelogue film “Death Valley Ancient and Modern (Historic Death Valley)” is a Paul Hoefler Productions. The film opens with the camera scanning the salt pans (:55-1:22). Maps show the location of Death Valley in California and Nevada (1:24-1:52). A man sweeps across plaster to expose a hoof print (2:13-2:53). A stream runs through salt flats and low shrubs. Minnows are shown up-close   (2:55-3:20). Petroglyphs are seen on various rock formations (3:21-3:44). A...
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Our America is a short 1940s propaganda film from the Dodge Division Chrysler Corporation, narrated by Vincent Pelletier and produced by Wilding Picture Productions, Inc., that looks at what makes America great. The film opens with shots of kids at a park playing baseball, riding a merry-go-round, and swinging. The film then takes viewers to the office of The Argus. Inside, the editor talks to the paper’s printer about what makes America great. The film shows a montage of shots of America’s...
Topics: 1940s, Dodge, Chrysler, patriotic, America, World War II, WWII, Stock Footage
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This charming 1940s travelogue of Ireland shows views of rural Ireland including farmers working in fields without heavy equipment, and villages.   It also has great views of Dublin, Galway and tourist sights such as the Blarney Stone, the River Shannon, Dublin University, Abbey Theater and more.   Weaving, thread making and the traditional garment industry are seen at the 5:11 mark.     We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional information about our videos...
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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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Released by Walton Films in the 1940s just after WWII ended, THE AZURE COAST OF SOUTHERN FRANCE is a wonderful travelogue of the French Riviera that starts at Marseilles.  Cannes is seen at the 2:30 mark, with its warm beaches and sexy French beachgoers with their bikinis, and yachts off the coast.  Nice is seen at the 5 minute mark.    At the 6:30 mark, various French small coastal towns are shown including Cap d'Ail.  At 7:00, the road to Monte Carlo is seen, along with the village of...
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Produced in the late 1930s or early 1940s by Eugene Castle and Castle Films, this sound travelogue of Venice, Italy presents many of the city's famous sights including St. Mark's, the Bridge of Sighs, Doge's Palace, gondolas, gondoliers, and much more. 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:...
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Released just two months before Pearl Harbor brought the American nation to war, ROOKIE REVUE is a cartoon set on an Army base.  Here, a bugler uses a jukebox to play reveille. In formation, one private has a great deal of trouble remembering what comes after "3"; after he gets it, he decides not to go for the $32 question. In the mess hall, the machine gunners machine gun their food while the bombers catch falling biscuits. The infantry marches for miles - past a "next time,...
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Released in November of 1942, PATTERN FOR VICTORY shows scenes of the first year after American entry into World War II. It was produced by Paramount News. The film begins with Pearl Harbor, and civilians hearing the news of the bombing of the fleet by Japanese aircraft. President Roosevelt is seen addressing Congress on December 8, 1941. Men register for service and women operate machinery in war plants. Scenes on the American home front include gas rationing. Prime Minister Winston Churchill...
Topics: 1942, WWII, World War II, Pattern, Victory, Pearl Harbor, Stock Footage
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Probably produced by the Canadian government as part of their outreach to French speaking citizens during WWII, this 1943-44 newsreel (a French version of an English original) features various segments. Predominately about supply, logistics and transportation, this film shows railroads, aircraft and trucks delivering war material to distant front lines in China, Europe, and Africa. At the 30 second mark, P-39 Airacobras are seen being turned over to the Russians. At the 1 minute mark, German...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, French, WWII, World War II, Schwienfurt, P-39
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This WWII newsreel "Bombs Over Italy" shows American bombers  attacking Genoa and Foggia, Italy in the run-up to the invasion of continental Europe.  General Jimmy Doolittle is seen with American air forces planning operations over Rome.  Military objectives in the Italian capitol are smashed including the San Lorenzo rail yards.  The invasion of Sicily by British and American forces is also shown.  Italian forces begin to surrender, foreshadowing the collapse of the Italian...
Topics: Geneva, Genoa, Foggia Gino Lisa Airport, Castle Films, Allies Of World War II, World War II, Allied...
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In this 1944 issue of Army-Navy Screen Magazine, viewers see a tribute to the late Lt. Gen. Lesley James McNair. McNair shakes hands with soldiers on an airstrip next to a plane, then he is shown sitting inside a car. Next, the film shows an aerial view of the cities of Normandy left in ruins following the heavy fighting that preceded the Allied liberation of the region (01:48). Troops fire artillery guns and off in the distance a building in a city is burning. A soldier talks on a radio while...
Topics: 1944, Army Navy Screen Magazine, Gen, Lesley Mcnar, WWII, World War II, Stock Footage
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Directed by Albert Mahuzier and filmed by Gaston Madru, "Reseau X"   is a documentary that shows the French "secret service" trying to rescue Allied pilots who were shot down over Occupied France.   The film also shows the French underground and its support of the liberation of France. The airmen shown in the film are U.S. Army Air Force 2nd Lt. Alfred Richter, Sgt. Robert Peterson, and First Officer James Stewart of the RAF. The film was primarily shot on 12 June, 1944,...
Topics: 1944, French Resistance, Espionage, WWII, World War II, Stock Footage
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This silent film footage is from the gun cameras of German fighter planes intercepting Allied aircraft including B-17s in the skies of Europe. The films were shot using recording 16mm cameras in the wings of the aircraft, and used to both verify kills and probables, as well as examine tactics used in combat.   The title card at :19 roughly translates as "Original footage of the defense of the Reich by hunter killer squadrons operating against bomber groups."   Each entry shows the...
Topics: 1944, German Gun Camera, WWII, World War II, Air Raids, Stock Footage
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This film takes a look at the 2nd Battle of Guam in July through August of 1944. It involved U.S.forces moving to recapture Guam which had been captured by Japan in 1941. Guam was under 1,600 miles from Tokyo and Manila (:32), another reason the U.S. wanted to recapture it. Japan used the island to guard their vital sea lanes. After the fall of Saipan, Guam was pointed to as the next target (:43). US convoys make their way towards Guam (:52). Pre-invasion bombardments carried on hitting shore...
Topics: 1944, War Department, WWII, World War II, Guam, Stock Footage
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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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This film is of the series ‘Weekly Digest’ which aired during WW2 and provides footage of the A-26 as well as footage from WW2 fronts. It opens with the Douglas A-26; a twin-engine light bomber and ground attack air craft (:44). The A-20 it replaced is shown (:52). In England, a bomber group makes a changeover and prepares to return to its home base in France (:59). The craft’s all-purpose nose is pointed to (1:07). Within the cockpit, the pilot adjusts the controls (1:38) and the...
Topics: 1945, USAFF, Weekly Digest, WWII, World War II, Stock Footage
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“The District of Columbia” was the very first episode in the 1940s motion picture series created by Carl Dudley Productions, “The Screen Book of Knowledge  -- This Land Of Ours”.  It dates to 1945 and presents a travelogue view of historic buildings, monuments, architecture and transportation in and around that nation's capitol Washington, D.C. A boy opens the “Screen Book of Knowledge” (0:07). Opening credits (0:10). Slow zoom on a color-coded map of the United States into a star...
Topics: 1945, Washington DC, Travelogue, Educational FIlm, US Capitol, National Mall, Stock Footage
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Made in late 1945, THE ARMY NURSE is a short documentary propaganda film commissioned by the US military to highlight the role and contributions of army nurses.   The film opens with a combat scene in the summer of 1945, when the war becomes a million men old (presumably the Battle of Okinawa) one of the soldiers is show getting wounded and the scene goes woozy. The narrator notes "This is the time for you to decide what you're gonna be: a soldier that gets injured and dies, or a soldier...
Topics: 1945, WWII, World War II, US Army, US Army Nurse, Stock Footage
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This black & white educational/propaganda film is about the battle of Saipan during World War 2 in the Pacific between the USA and Japanese forces. The copyright is 1945.   Opening titles: U.S. Navy Training Film nonclassified, PACIFIC FIREPOWER (:07-:36). The Marianas Islands. Tanks ride in Saipan. Saipan is the largest of the Northern Mariana Islands. Cities on the island are shown on a map. Aslito Airfield, renamed Isley Field in name of an American flyer - P-47 planes land on the...
Topics: WWII, World War II, 1945, Saipan, Pacific Firepower, Stock Footage
Produced in 1945 by the Treasury Department, "Peace Comes to America" contemplates the financial implications of the end of the war, and the responsibilities the government has to take care of its veterans -- including wounded vets -- as they transition back to "normal life."   The film begins with President Truman's declaration that Japan has surrendered and then shows the immediate aftermath around the world and the homecoming of millions of American men.  It then...
Topics: Newsreel, World War II, End Of WWII, Guam, G.I. Bill, Film, Potsdam Declaration, Demilitarization,...
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This silent home movie was shot in December 1945.  World War II had just ended and the Tournament of Roses celebrated in grand style. Many Victory floats are seen in the parade, and WWII themes including an Iwo Jima float seen at the 9:18 mark. The 1946 Rose Bowl, played on January 1, 1946 is seen briefly at the 11:30 mark.  This was the 32nd Rose Bowl Game, between the Crimson Tide of the University of Alabama and the Trojans of the University of Southern California. The Tide defeated the...
Topics: 1946, Rose Parade, California, WWII, World War II, Victory Celebration, Stock Footage
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This film takes viewers on a tour through Norway’s town and country area. The film is presented by the Norwegian Travel Information Office of New York City (:14). Some of Europe’s largest glaciers exist in Norway (:26). These attribute to the common use of water for power in the country. A rainbow is pictured formed by the mist from a cascading waterfall (:59). Bird’s eye view footage shows how the roads must zig zag and cut through the mountainous terrain (1:24). In order to protect...
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This 1948 color travelogue is a quick look at the Caribbean Islands of Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, St. Thomas, Trinidad, Jamaica, and Cuba. Photography and live sound is by Irving Hartley and distributed by Hawley-Lord, Inc. The film opens with passengers getting on the Pan American Clipper Eagle, a Douglas DC-4, it rolls down the runway, and is shown flying to Puerto Rico (:20-1:00). A decrepit-looking building sits at the end of a pier with arched openings. The camera pans the Castillo San...
Topics: 1948, Travelogue, Caribbean Islands, Puerto Rico, Stock Footage
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Made in 1950, Highway to Hawaii is a terrific travelogue presented by United Airlines.   After a detailed countdown and focusing leader, this film explores United Airlines' new main line airway to the Hawaiian Islands, with DC-6 Mainliners making regular trips. This film offers gorgeous vintage views of antiquated airliners flying over the Golden Gate Bridge on their way across the Pacific, and the high quality of service that now seems extinct.   We also see the old communications tools...
Topics: 1950, United Airlines, hawaii, Travelogue, Highway, Stock Footage
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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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Created in the 1950s by the Castle Films Company, which specialized in movies for the home market, "Romantic Italy" profiles Florence, Siena and Venice as well as the walled town of San Gimignano, and the wine fiesta at Castle Broglio. The Palio di Siena (known locally simply as Il Palio) is also shown.  This is a horse race that is held twice each year, on July 2 and August 16. Ten horses and riders, bareback and dressed in the appropriate colours, represent ten of the seventeen...
Topics: Italy, Florenence, Siena, Venice, Michelangelo, Tuscany, Palio Di Siena, Travelogue, San Gimignano
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Made in 1958 and partially sponsored by Pan Am Airlines to promote their service to Central America, "Land of the Maya" presents the nation of Guatemala and Guatemala City. The film ostensibly follows a horticulturalist on her trip cross country, examining flowers. The movie shows a nearly forgotten era in Guatemalan history, before earthquakes devastated the capitol. At 1:20 the central office is seen, before its modernization, and the capitol buildings and downtown at 2:00. At 2:29,...
Topics: Land of The Maya, Guatemala, Travelogue, Antigua, Stock footage
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‘March of Time’ was an early American television show which aired in the early 1950s. These were based off the radio and newsreel series with the same name that aired from 1931 to 1951. The narrator of these series was Westbrook Van Voorhis and it was produced by brothers Louis and Richard de Rochement. This particular segment will focus on the two French cities of Paris and Beaulieu. For a brief moment and upside-down slide signifying a commercial appears (:59) and the film returns to a...
Topics: 1950s, Paris, France, Travelogue, Eifel Tower, TV Show, Stock Footage
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This travelogue film of a holiday trip to Europe in mid-1950s was produced by Norman Schley, a filmmaker from Wisconsin who often presented and narrated his films in front of a live audience. This print does not have any extant narration, but the soundtrack remains. Includes footage from Portugal, Italy, Holland, Luxembourg, Paris, and London. Title screen of “Filmorama Holiday”, a “Picturelogue” presentation (0:37). Written/edited by Jack Camp (0:45). Narrated by Norman E. Schley...
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Topics: Norman Schley, 1950s, Europe, Travelogue, Portugal, Italy, Holland, France, England, Paris, London,...
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This early 1950’s color film presents a travelogue view of Ceylon (Sri Lanka), covering major architectural monuments, exports, and traditional folk arts, while advertising TWA and encouraging western tourism (TRT 16:07).  Trans World Airlines began direct commercial air travel service to Colombo, Ceylon in February of 1953. This film was shot by Ed Drews, edited by William Faris, and Produced by Carl Dudley. Opening credits (0:09). A man uses an elephant to haul a large log. Another...
Topics: 1950s, TWA Promo Film, Flight To Ceylon, Sri Lanka, Colombo, Travelogue, Stock Footage
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Presented by Czechoslovak State Films, this 1950s film is a “pictorial report by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry of the visit to Czechoslovakia of the Economic Commission for Europe delegation.” The film opens with a shot of Prague looking across the Vltava River at what appears to be the skyline of the Old Town Square area. The ECE delegation arrives at the airport aboard a Swiss Air Lines plane (00:54). The delegation walks with members past a “historical memorial” (01:40),...
Topics: 1950, Prague, Bohemia, Pilsen, Eastern Europe, Travelogue, Stock Footage
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Shot by an unknown American tourist, this film shows a voyage aboard the SS Hibeuras to Central and South America. It dates to the 1950s. 00:08 Montage: aboard the banana boat type ocean liner S.S. Hibeuras, which carries cargo as well as passengers. Lifeboat drill including firing of a flare. Passengers are Americans in casual/beachwear. The ship approaches port. 02:55 Passengers exit S.S. Hibueras. 03:15 Montage: Ship entering the Panama Canal. Canal opens and ship enters. 05:39 Exterior of...
Topics: 1950s, Travelogue, Panama, Argentina, Peru, Brazil, South America, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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Young America Films presents, Lugano, Switzerland. Copyright MCMLIII. This 1950s era, black and white film is about beautiful Lugano. Lugano is a town and a municipality in southern Switzerland in the Italian-speaking canton of Ticino bordering Italy. The film opens with a woman sitting on the veranda by the water with mountains in the background. A boat comes to shore on Lake Lugano 1:00. Boats are moored off the shore on Lake Lugano 1:18. Streetcars lumber down the street 1:32. Steep roadways...
Topics: 1953, Lugano, Switzerland, Travelogue, Southern Swiss Alps, Lake Lugano, Stock Footage
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Dating to 1953, "Paris the Ageless City" was produced by Arthur Wolfe, released by Young America Films and made by the Centron Corporation.  The film shows the City of Light in the post-WWII era, with its tree lined avenues, cobble stone streets, bikes, taxis, and buses.  The Seine River, Notre Dame, Sacre Couer cathedral, the Louvre (2:30),  and many other sights are shown. Special treatment is given to the Eiffel Tower starting at the 6:15 mark. It includes shots from the Tower...
Topics: 1953, Paris, France, Travelogue, Eiffel, Ageless City, Post WWII Era, City Of Light, Stock Footage
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This 1954 color tourism film directed by Harold C. Weaver and narrated by E.V.H. Emmett for the South African Tourist Corporation provides a travelogue view of the region’s natural beauty and popular attractions from a distinctly British colonialist perspective that exoticises and otherizes native peoples, and does not mention the policy of apartheid (TRT 35:07). Opening titles: “Satour presents'' and credits (0:06). An illustrated map shows the Cape of Good Hope, South West Africa,...
Topics: 1954, South Africa, Tourism, Travelogue, Johannesburg, Durban, Krugen Park, Stock Footage
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1954 TRAVELOGUE FILM “CANYON COUNTRY” This film depicts the Grand Canyon as tourists take a ride through the area stopping at various points of interest. It opens with the starting point of a trek through the Grand Canyon on the western rim of the canyon at the Bright Angel Lodge (:37). The Lodge offers hotel accommodations or cabins (:41). Visitors are seen milling around the campgrounds (:47) and taking a look out at the Grand Canyon (:53). An aerial shot of the canyon follows (:55) and...
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Made in 1956 for the home market and released by Castle Films, this travelogue of New York shows off all the highlights of the Big Apple. It starts with images of the Statue of Liberty (:29). At (:45) a large ocean liner (probably the S.S. United States ) is visible in the harbor. At (:55) are images of the downtown including an aerial (1:09). At (1:27) a shot down Broadway, and (1:38) Wall Street including the Sub-Treasury. Brooklyn Bridge is shown at (2:34), and at (2;47) the Lower East Side...
Topics: 1956, New York City, Travelogue, 8mm, Broadway, Castle Films, Stock Footage
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This brief travelogue film was released just after Hawaii was inducted as the 50th state of the United States which took place on August 21st, 1959. It shows a vibrant look throughout the island as tourists enjoy it’s many sites and activities. It was presented by Castle Films (:08) and opens with hula dancers with colorful flower blossoms in their ears and hair (:22). Inhabitants of the island are composed of a melting pot of ethnicities (:44). Hawaii is generally looked at as an island...
Topics: 1960, Travelogue, Hawaii, 1959, Tourists, Castle Films, Stock Footage
This 1960 film from United Airlines was created to inspire travel to the state. (TRT 28:29) A California orange grove. (0:07). The California coast. Opening title: “California: World in a Week, Presented by United Airlines.” The Sierra Mountains, a lighthouse, cactus flowers, poppies (0:12). The Yosemite Half Dome (1:01). Juan Cabrillo Plaque, Cabrillo National Monument, Point Loma (1:40). The San Carlos Borroméo de Carmelo mission (1:55). Panning for gold, cattle pulling wagons (2:07). A...
Topics: united Airlines, Travelogue, Covered Wagon, Hearst San Simeon State Park, Douglas Aircraft Company,...
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Awkwardly introduced by the Maharaja Farodha, an internationally known sportsman and the owner of Princely Travels, this charming and rare travelogue film produced by Durga Khote Productions, shows views of the modern India of the 1960s. It includes the Sun and Sand hotel in Bombay at the 3:30 mark, the fortress of Golkonda at the 5 minute mark, hunting endangered Indian tigers by safari at the 5:40 mark, Nagarjuna Sagar Dam at the 6:44 mark, religious shrines and temples at Hyderabad at 7:50....
Topics: 1960s, India, Travelogue, Jewels, Princely, Travel, Stock Football, Stock Footage
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This wonderful 1960s travelogue of Greece was made by TransWorld Airilnes.   Entitled SUPERJET TO GREECE, the film shows the tourist attractions of the cradle of civilization.   At the 1:45 mark you will see TWA trans-Atlantic service, including Royal Ambassador Service complete with first class lounge, stewardess and bartender service.   Drinks were served in Swedish crystal tumblers and meals on Rosenthal China.   A typical TWA “Royal Ambassador” flight to Paris featured dinner with...
Topics: 1960s, TWA, Greece, Travelogue, Athens, Boeing, 707, Trans World, Airline, Stock Footage
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This 1965 color film about the New England Heritage Trail is presented by New England Mutual Life Insurance Company and produced by Bay State Film Productions. A girl runs to a Colonial two-story house. She looks in the window. Her grandfather fills crystal glasses and hits them to play a song. She plays them. The red goblet has an animated face that narrates the film (:10-4:25). The Seth Warner statue is a memorial to the Green Mountain Boys (5:00-5:10). A person walks across the wooden North...
Topics: 1965, New England, Travelogue, Heritage trail, Bay State Film, Stock Footage
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Chapter 18 of THE AIR FORCE STORY, entitled PRELUDE TO INVASION begins in January 1944.  At the 1:20 mark, German factories are shown buzzing with production -- the Luftwaffe was building twice as many planes as in the previous year.  These factories were given top priority by Allied planners.  New German aircraft are seen emerging from factories, while German factories in Essen and elsewhere fuel the German war machine.  The Allied response, once the winter had broken, came in February....
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This historic U.S. Navy film was made in the wake of the disastrous kamikaze attack and fire aboard the aircraft carrier USS Franklin in 1945, specifically to provide naval ship architects insight into the structural damage endured by the ship during the incident.  According to a truncated card at the head of the film, this forensic examination of the damage was made in hopes that future carriers might be made more resistant to damage.  USS Franklin (CV/CVA/CVS-13, AVT-8), nicknamed "Big...
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Created by Castle Films, this sound newsreel shows some of the significant news events of 1945.  Footage of the sinking of the British battleship HMS Barham -- an event that actually happened in 1941 but remained secret --- and the German V-2 rocket is shown.  The death of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt is seen including the funeral at Hyde Park, and President Truman speaks after V-E Day.  General Montgomery enters Copenhagen and General DeGaulle is shown in liberated Paris.  Rudolf...
Topics: V-2 Rocket, Victory In Europe Day, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Hyde Park, Hermann Goering, Rudolph Hess,...
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This historic film about Operation Fougasse shows one of England's most secret WWII anti-invasion weapons -- a flame fougasse that used an explosive charge to create a gigantic wall of flame along the British coast.  The flame fougasse was developed by the Petroleum Warfare Department in Britain as an anti-tank weapon during the invasion crisis of 1940. During that period, about 50,000 flame fougasse barrels were deployed in some 7,000 batteries, mostly in southern England and a little later...
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Created in 1951, "Crusade in the Pacific" was an early television documentary that remains one of the most comprehensive looks at the Pacific Campaign on land, sea and air. In 24 separate 30 minute episodes, "Crusade" journals the War through tons and tons of basically uncensored stock footage, along with the timeless voice of Westbrook Van Voorhis.  This episode of Crusade in the Pacific looks at U.S. and British interests in the Pacific prior to World War II including...
Topics: Awakening In The pacific, Crusade In The Pacific, World War II, Japan, WWII, Southwast Asia, Japan,...
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After his beautiful wife Carole Lombard, was killed in a plane crash while working for the USO, a grieving Clark Gable couldn't face Hollywood anymore, so he joined up with the Army Air Corps. Gable famously requested that he be sent into actual combat. So naturally Hap Arnold decided he should make a movie about his combat group, the 351st Bombardment Group. Gable narrates this complete portrait of his outfit and appears in several short scenes where he interviews his comrades-in-arms. The...
Topics: Combat America, WWII, World War II, Clark Cable, Stock Footage
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This silent U.S. Navy film shows K-class blimps touching down on the deck of the escort carrier USS Mindoro for refueling.  The date this was shot was certainly after WWII, most likely in 1946.  K-class blimps were used extensively for ASW operations during WWII.   The K-class blimp was a class of blimps (non-rigid airship) built by the Goodyear Aircraft Company of Akron, Ohio for the United States Navy. These blimps were powered by two Pratt & Whitney Wasp nine-cylinder radial...
Topics: Escort Aircraft carrier, Blimp, World War II, Airship, K-Class Blimp, Goodyear Tire And Rubber...
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Presented by the Associated Producers of Negro Motion Pictures,  produced and directed by African American filmmaker William D. Alexander and narrated by Fredric March, THE HIGHEST TRADITION (1946) tells the story of African Americans participating in WWII.  This includes Joseph Cross, Doris "Dorrie" Miller, Leonard "Roy" Harmon, Elbert Oliver (who won the silver star), and more.  Hampton Institute in Virginia and the Great Lakes facility in Illinois are shown where...
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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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Produced in 1945 as part of the Sixth War Loan, this short War Bond film presents a haunting portrait of the cost of war.   As the narrator notes, every two and a half minutes — approximately equal to the amount of time spent watching the film — another American soldier has fallen in combat.   It contains horrific images of wounded and deceased American soldiers, including a naked corpse at the :50 second mark.   These gruesome images are contrasted with the work on the assembly lines of...
Topics: American War Dead, Casualties, World War II, WWII, War Bond, Stock Footage
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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
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Made by famed filmmaker Andre De La Varre, whose "Screen Traveler" series was popular in the USA and often shown in movie theaters, ANCIENT CITIES OF SOUTHERN FRANCE shows the Roman, Visigoth and other ancient structures of the South of France. These include castles made and fortified over many centuries in the Pyrenees, walled cities, the Pont Du Gard, Avignon, St-Remy-de-Provence, Arles, Nimes, Narbonne, Perpignan, Aigues Mortes, Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, Sommieres, Carcassonne,...
Topics: Ancient Cities, Southern France, 1930s, Travelogue, Marseille, Stock Footage
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This fascinating WWII film shows the campaign in the Marshall Islands in 1943-1944, with the strategic importance of the islands described — hitting the Japanese flank near the naval base at Truk and securing a line of assault in the south Pacific.  The film shows American aircraft destroying Japanese shipping and cutting off Japanese bases from vital supplies, all the while diminishing Japanese air power.  Japanese bases on the Marshalls were assaulted for 75 days by aircraft, from air...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, United States Army, German Village, World War II, Arto Monaco, War
Attack! The Battle of New Britain is a documentary/propaganda film produced by the U.S. War Department in 1944, depicting events in 1943.. It details, as its name implies, the New Britain campaign, which was part of the New Guinea and Solomon Islands Campaigns during World War II. The film follows a rather standard format: it is a chronological narrative of the campaign from the arrival of the soldiers in New Guinea to their capture of most of the island. Opening with travelers book pictures of...
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Made in 1941, this pre-WWII training film shows the use of the service gas mask in the field, including how to fit it snugly and check for leaks, as well as the handing of the shoulder bag in which it is carried.  It appears the gas mask being demonstrated is the M2A1 Service Gas Mask.  This was standardized in 1941, based on a successful training mask. The main innovation was the use of improved rubber instead of stockinet cloth on the faceplate. In 1939, the Army developed the lightweight...
Topics: Gas Mask, World War II, United States Army, Training Film, War, M2 Gas Mask, M2A1 Gas Mask
Made in 1945 by the U.S. Treasury Department, PERISHABLE RUSH shows how the Army Air Forces during World War II flew wounded men from Pacific battle areas to mobile army surgeons hospitals, hospital ships, and finally major  hospitals and eventually home towns in the United States. Uses a mix of actuality footage and fictional reenactments to follow a soldier from being wounded in action, cared for by medics on the battlefield, undergoing surgery in a mobile hospital near the front lines,...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, United States Force, World War II, Sikorsky, R-4 Helicopter, Army,...