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Created by United Aircraft Corporation to celebrate 50 years of powered flight, WE SAW IT HAPPEN features interviews with pioneers from the first half-century of American aviation: designers, engineers, industrial entrepreneurs, and pilots. Appearing in it are: Wellwood Beall, Larry Bell, William Boeing, William Bridgeman, Frank Caldwell, Clarence Chamberlin, Virginius Clark, Glenn Curtiss, James Doolittle, Donald Douglas, Ira Eaker, Oliver Echols, Earl Findley, Benjamin Foulois, Robert Gross,...
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Attack in the Pacific (also known by the series title: Armed Forces Information Film: A.F.I.F. Number 3) is a 1944 American war documentary film directed by Frank Capra. This dramatic documentary, an Armed Forces Information Film, was completed a year before the war's end. It is dedicated to the men of the United States Navy, a fighting organization which fulfilled a most significant role in bringing about the defeat of Japan. Following a valuable introduction describing the variegated Pacific...
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Dating to 1961, this silent promotional film shows the Bisbee - Douglas International Airport in Southern Arizona. The film includes shots of Douglas, Arizona at 8:20 including the Southern Pacific railroad station at 8:30.  The Gadsden Hotel is visible at 9:30, as well as the Phelps Dodge Mercantile Company and Valley National Bank and Arizona Public Service Company (11:20).  At 12:55 the copper smelter is visible. At 15:16 the border crossing  / Port of Entry with Agua Prieta, Mexico is...
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War Film 50, an industrial incentive movie titled “Yankee Noodle” shows how and what the ‘American Noodle’ has been able to create in wartime and in peace. The first innovative example is a washing machine ( 1:37 ) crafted from old wheels, hacksaws, nuts, bolts and improvised tools that could be used anywhere. Next, we see an old grappling hook, ropes and grenade launcher being used to blow mines ( 1:53 ). Another example is how a parachute was used to help land a plane with only one...
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This episode of the U.S. Air Force's news magazine "Air Force Now" shows the USAF of the 1980s (probably 1983), with its main focus being NATO and the Soviet threat in Europe. At the start of the film the new, high tech AWACS aircraft is shown in operation, also known as the Boeing E-3 Sentry. This is an American airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft developed by Boeing as the prime contractor. Derived from the Boeing 707, it provides all-weather surveillance,...
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Presented by the U.S. Air Force, Class of ’59 is a short film that details the life and training a cadet receives at the then-new Air Force Academy at Lowry Air Force Base. The film opens with a shot of the entrance to the Air Force Academy; new cadets arrive at Lowry Air Force Base in Denver (Aurora), CO (00:39). An Air Training Officer (ATO) teaches cadets how to march and salute. Cadets participate in close order drilling (01:21). An Air Force officer addresses the new cadets at the...
Topics: First US Air Force Academy, Air Force Base, 1959, USAF, Stock Footage
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Dating from the late 1960s, this U.S. Air Force Strategic Air Command produced film profiles the command and control systems developed for national defense, including the early versions of the 465L / SACCS system.  The film includes shots of various mainframe computers and communications equipment, including integrated networks that helped foment what we now know as the Internet.  The film contains some fascinating images including shots of communications centers, top secret documents, early...
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Made in 1943 and produced by famed filmmaker Graham McInnes for the National Film Board and the Wartime Prices and Trade Board, PLOWSHARES INTO SWORDS is a typical industrial incentive film from WWII.  The film shows the gigantic agricultural and industrial capacity of Canada, and describes how production (including steel, cattle, meat and grain products, munitions and more) must be increased for the war effort -- nearly 25% according to the needs described by the narrator.  At the same time...
Topics: World War II, Battle Of The Atlantic, Munitions, Propaganda Film, Vancouver, Toronto, Agriculture,...
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This elaborate, amateur-produced 16mm silent film shows the 1947 Tournament of Roses Parade when the theme was "Holidays in Flowers". This was the 58th annual parade, with Bob Hope as grand marshall (see about  1:20  mark). The Rose Parade, also known as the Tournament of Roses and the Rose Parade presented by Honda, is part of "America's New Year Celebration" held in Pasadena, California each year on New Year's Day (or on Monday, January 2 if New Year's Day falls on a...
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Want to support this channel and help us preserve old films? Visit https://www.patreon.com/PeriscopeFilm Browse our products on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2YILTSD "NASA Project Apollo Manned Flight to the Moon" presents an overview of the Apollo lunar program. Made by Pelican Films prior to the first Apollo mission (probably 1964 or 65), the film uses animation to sketch out the various components needed for the mission. The film discusses the Saturn V rocket and variants Saturn I and...
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Made by Westinghouse in 1938-39, "The Middleton Family at the New York World's Fair" is an American film directed by Robert R. Snody produced for the company's exhibit at the 1939 New York World's Fair. (NOTE: our print of this film is not complete, and represents only half of the original movie. Our apologies but we thought it worth sharing nevertheless.) "The Middleton Family" illustrates the contribution of free enterprise, technology, and Westinghouse products to the...
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This is part of a series of Combat camera dailies from Vietnam in 1967. This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage collections in the USA. Entirely film backed, this material is available for licensing in 24p HD. For more information visit http://www.PeriscopeFilm.com
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This NASA film shows the rollout of the first Douglas DC-8 jet, and the ground testing of its instruments. At 1:25 the aircraft makes its first test flight. At 3:18 the aircraft comes in for a landing at the Douglas plant in Long Beach, California. At 4:16, a DC-8 in Delta livery is seen in service. The Douglas DC-8 (also known as the McDonnell Douglas DC-8) is an American four-engine long-range narrow-body jet airliner built from 1958 to 1972 by the Douglas Aircraft Company. Launched after the...
Topics: Douglas, DC-8, Jet Rollout, Ground Test, First Flight, Stock Footage
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This silent, 1938 black and white and color mixed home movie footage depicts operations of the Robbins Brothers Circus including a promotional parade, livestock unloading, and raising a big top tent (TRT 17:22).  Around the time the film was shot, the Robbins Brothers Circus merged with Cole Brothers and both eventually became part of the Ringling Brothers Circus. A poster advertises Robbins Bros. Circus (0:08). A circus wagon is wheeled along the bed of a railroad train car labeled “Robbins...
Topics: 1938, Home Movie, Robbins Brothers, Circus parade, Ringling Brothers, Stock Footage
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This black & white educational/promotional film is about the Amazing New Mobiloil. There is no copyright and this is circa the mid to late 1940s as World War 2 is mentioned as having just passed.   Opening titles: Socony-Vacuum presents KEEP IT CLEAN!, The Story of an Amazing New Mobiloil for safer, cleaner engines (:06-:34). War footage, tanks, soldiers on the move. Construction vehicles. Tanks and war vehicles move along dusty roads and through some water. A man looks at an engine....
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This rare silent movie dates to 1918 and shows the arrival of US forces back in the United States at the conclusion of WWI, and features shots of General John J Pershing, as well as other members of the United States Expeditionary forces. It includes the destroyer USS Blakeley, a destroyer that was built in 1918. This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage collections in the USA. Entirely film backed, this...
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Coastal Command is a documentary style account of the Shorts Sunderland and PBY Catalina flying boats during the Battle of the Atlantic. The film includes real footage of attacks on a major enemy ship by Hudson and Halifax bombers based in Iceland. Later, the film depicts a routine sea patrol, in which a Sunderland flying boat flies over a convoy and bombs a German U-boat. Two versions of the film were made, one featuring an explanatory voice over. In this version, the film ends with the...
Topics: Coastal Command, PBY Catalina, Flying Boats, U Boat, Stock Footage
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This fabulous film from General Electric tells the story of the backbone of America's transportation system in the 20th Century -- the railroad.  Made in 1950, the movie traces the evolution of locomotive power from steam through electric and diesel-electric to the latest super-powered gas-turbine electric. Emphasis is given to the ways in which these developments have kept pace with the ever-growing demands of a nation that today virtually "lives out of box cars." The picture also...
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Produced in 1957 by the American Road Builders Association, “We’ll Take the High Road” is presented as a public service announcement, the films touts the ever-increasing number of cars on the nation’s roads and how builders are moving to meet an increasing need for more roads and highways. Because the existing roads were not originally engineered for safety or the number of cars using them, President Dwight D. Eisenhower (shown at mark 02:05) signed the National Interstate and Defense...
Topics: 1950s, Interstate Highway, Promotional Film, American Road Builders Association, Stock Footage,...
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This 16mm, silent, color home movie depicts activities of the late 1940’s or early 1950s at and around Roosevelt Roads Naval Station, a United States Navy base in the town of Ceiba, Puerto Rico. The site operates today as José Aponte de la Torre Airport. The propeller of a transport airplane flying above the clouds (0:08). A blanket of cloud cover and the view along the plane’s wing with the U.S. star insignia (0:28). A U.S. Navy blimp sits grounded at Roosevelt Roads airfield with 1940s...
Topics: 1940s, Home Movie, Roosevelt, Roads, Naval Station, Puerto Rico, Marine Corps, Stock Footage
Filmed on June 12, 1944, this silent film shows Allied leaders on their way to visit the invasion beachhead in France. There are apparently two (separate) parties shown, one British and one American. Some of the persons you will see in the film include British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, Field Marshal Jan Christiaan Smuts (to Churchill's right at 1:23 ), General George C. Marshall ( 7:08 ), Supreme Allied Commander General Dwight D. Eisenhower, Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Ernest...
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This 1960’s color film depicts NASA press conferences and training activity in preparation for the Gemini 9A crewed spaceflight of 1966. It depicts testing of the Agena Target Vehicle and the United States Air Force’s Astronaut Maneuvering Unit, both of which were unable to be successfully utilized during the mission that followed (TRT 12:07). Astronaut Ed White conducts a spacewalk during the Gemini 4 mission on June 3, 1965 (0:08). Gemini 6 and Gemini 7 meet in orbit (0:27). Gemini 8...
Topics: NASA, Gemini IX, Mission Pre Flight, Overview, ED White, Target Vehicle, Stock Footage
In this 1955 episode (TV-326) of the television series The Big Picture, viewers get a glimpse of life in West Germany for the 7th Army’s 2nd Armored Division. Sgt. Stewart Queen speaks to camera about U.S. Army strength in Europe. Army men walk off a ship in Europe and load into transport trucks. There are several shots of central Germany’s cities, severely damaged from the fighting during World War II (02:22). A quick montage of footage of German industries shows the effectiveness of the...
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Assembled from the General Newsreel Co.'s holdings, this issue of Yesterday’s Newsreel provides film clips of news highlights.   The first segment shows the German invasion of France in 1940 including the assault on portions of the Maginot Line by artillery (:30). Parts of the shattered line are seen at 1:00 as German troops head towards Metz ( 1:46 ). These are mechanized forces supported by horses and infantry. At 3:55 , French prisoners are seen walking to camps while German troops pass...
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Shot during WWII, this silent home movie shows the Cheyenne Municipal Airport when it was used as an air base, and scenes shot at the Cheyenne Frontier Days rodeo, as well as scenes shot at an informal gathering of airmen and local gals. The Cheyenne Frontier Days outdoor rodeo and western celebration which is shown, has been running annually since 1897 in Cheyenne, Wyoming.The film opens with footage of soldiers or U.S. Army Air Force personnel playing horseshoe (:11) at a corral or ranch....
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Assembled from the General Newsreel Co.'s holdings, this issue of Yesterday’s Newsreel provides film clips of news highlights. Segments include 1936 Fashions at :14, featuring various hats for women including derbies and turbans. At 1:02 , a sports segment shows the National Tennis Doubles Championship of 1933 featuring Frank Shields, Lester Stoefen, Frank Parker and George Lott. At 1:51 the 1927 Belmont Stakes, observed by Al Smith of New York. At 2:37 , images of German troops and Panzer...
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This color film documents the construction of the 1960 Lutheran Hour Float for the Pasadena Tournament of Rose New Year’s Day Parade. It was produced by the Lutheran Laymen’s League in Southern California. Finished, it will be 20’x40’x17’. To begin the float, men weld a set of four truck steering dollies under the front end before lowering a truck engine into the chassis as floats are driven from the rear ( 1:10 - 3:20 ). The float is started for the first time and inspected by the...
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Made in World War II by the U.S. government as part of the war effort, GRACIAS AMIGOS is hosted by venerable radio reporter Lowell Thomas. The film explains how the USA came to rely on its Latin American and South American neighbors for aid during the war, in the form of vital raw materials. With rubber supplies from Indonesia cut off, and even hemp for rope in short supply, the USA had to look elsewhere for materials. Nations like Colombia, Peru, Costa Rica, Brazil and other republics provided...
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This film, "Smoking and Lung Cancer" dates to 1960 and was an early attempt to show the deleterious effects of cigarettes. The film depicts an actual patient at the Royal Edward Chest Hospital in Montreal, Canada. The doctors perform diagnostic tests, assessment, and surgical preparation for the removal of a lung from a patient with a long history of cigarette smoking. The close link between smoking and lung cancer, as well as other diseases, is discussed as well but -- because of the...
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Made by the Department of the Army Air Force in 1942, "Aerial Navigation - Airways Flying" shows various procedures for pilots and air traffic control. The film discusses the need for civil aviation rules, procedures and operations and an air traffic control center and tower, the meaning of green, amber, red and blue airways, recommended procedures when navigation instruments fail, and rules for approaching and leaving airports. Includes interesting footage of WWII era telefax,...
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Ceci est la version française du film britannique de guerre " Femmes en temps de guerre " montrant des femmes Anglais siégeant en tant que pilotes , les travailleurs de la protection civile , des membres des services d'incendie et ambulanciers , et que les travailleurs des usines de munitions et des fermes . Comme le narrateur dit : . «Partout où les femmes d'aujourd'hui en uniforme sont engagés à faire des emplois pour soulager les hommes pour les postes de danger Dans le kaki...
Topics: War, Edward VII, Elizabeth II, Women In Wartime, British Propaganda Film, United Kindom, World War...
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One of the Treasury Department's most extraordinary War Bonds promotional films, "Who Died?" was produced by the Office of Strategic Services, and written by author Betty Smith who wrote "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn."  The film features five dramatized sequences showing boys and young men in various roles in the home life. After each sequence the battlefield death of each -- now in uniform -- is shown answering the question, "who died?"   Born on December 15, 1896...
Topics: A tree Grows In Brooklyn, Betty Smith, WWII, War Bonds, World War II, Office Of Strategic Service,...
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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...
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Created shortly after the death of President Franklin D. Roosevelt as a memorial, this newsreel was shown to U.S. troops overseas as part of the "Army/Navy Screen Magazine". The film shows the President's body leaving Warm Springs and going to Washington by train, and then the funeral parade through the nation's capitol, and ceremonial lying in state, and ends with the body interred at Hyde Park, New York. The film is set to music with the words of the fallen President throughout. The...
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This silent German film shows the harvesting of peat in Ennstal, Austria in the 1930s. At :35 the Admonter Peat Industry building is shown. At 1:00 the area being used for cultivation are shown. At 2:17 onwards, a man is shown harvesting peat with a shovel, which looks absolutely back-breaking. At 5:19 peat is moved via wooden wheelbarrow to a storage rack. At 7:10 the empty barrow is loaded again. At 8:09 peat is harvested down in a deep trench. At 9:27 large wooden railroad carts are filled...
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Made for the home market in Germany during WWII, this silent film "German warships break through the Channel" shows the "Channel Dash" operation of the Kriegsmarine in 1942. The film begins with images of Brest harbor, as German ships plan a breakout thru the Dover Strait. At :35 Admiral Erich Raeder is seen addressing crew prior to the start of the operation. At :49 a map shows the strategic situation with ships leaving Brest. At 1:05 an E-boat or torpedo boat escorts the...
Topics: 1942, German Battleships, Warships, German Newsreel
Dating to 1942 and then re-released in the post-WWII period, "American Anniversary" is a patriotic short film directed by Oscar winner Leslie Roush. The film was funded by the National Association of Manufacturers and produced by Paramount Pictures. The film shows 20 years in the life of an immigrant named Joe Karnak, who arrives in America uncertain of his place in society and future. Over the course of the film he becomes a substantial contributor to his community. According to a...
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EYES OF THE FLEET tells the story of the U.S. Navy's Composite Photo Squadron VC-61 at Miramar Naval Air Station.  Made in the year 1953, the film shows the unit operating Grumman F9F Panthers in Korea off the carrier USS Boxer.  Their operations are to fly reconnaissance missions behind enemy lines, and guide strikes by AH-1 Skyraiders and other aircraft.  The film presents fascinating color images of the war in Korea including air strikes on enemy bridges and other positions. This film is...
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This silent film made by NBC shows the 1948 Rose Parade with General Omar Bradley serving as Grand Marshall, and part of the game between the Michigan Wolverines and the U.S.C. Trojans.   1948 represented the first local telecast of a college football game in the nation's history.   The reason the film is silent, we're not sure.  Possibly this was made to be shown on TV while a commentator spoke over it... The 1947 Michigan Wolverines football team represented the University of Michigan in...
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This WWII film about the Battle of the Bulge was intended to promote the 7th War Bond Drive, and demonstrating that American soldiers cannot afford to stop fighting, just as American workers can never afford to slack off at vital war jobs.  The film begins with images of France in August of 1944, as U.S. troops celebrate (prematurely as it turned out) the liberation of Europe from the Nazis.  The German counterattack in December of 1944 proved devastating to Allied hopes of the war ending by...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Battle Of The Bulge, World War II, The Enemy Strikes, War, Bastogne...
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Made in 1950, this U.S. Navy recruitment film focuses on the training of naval aviators at Pensacola, Florida.  It exposes new recruits to the training process and day to day activities for a Navy flier. They go over the general over view of the training and list the individual components of the program. It is aimed at encouraging new recruits to take the program seriously so that they can reap the rewards or risk being grounded. Fairly straight forward, non-technical intro to training style...
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reated in 1943, PANTELLERIA is a confidential Army Air Forces film featuring Gen. Jimmy Doolittle that details the raid in support of Operation Corkscrew. Corkscrew was the code name for the Allied invasion of the Italian island of Pantelleria (between Sicily and Tunisia) on 11 June 1943, prior to the Allied invasion of Sicily during the Second World War. The radar installations and airfield on the island were seen as a real threat to the planned invasion of Sicily. The Italian garrison on the...
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U.S. Navy profile of Micronesia, a subregion of Oceania, comprising thousands of small islands in the western Pacific Ocean. It has a shared cultural history with two other island regions, Polynesia to the east and Melanesia to the south. Includes Yap, Gagil-Tomil, Map and Rumung.   The region has a tropical marine climate, and is part of the Oceania ecozone. There are four main archipelagos along with numerous outlying islands.   At mark 00:37 is Micronesia which comprises of four main...
Topics: Tower to The Sky, US Navy, Map, Micronesia, Yap, Rumung, Stock Footage
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Airline Pilot was produced by BOAC in 1970. The training of airline pilot Stephen Radcliffe is painstakingly thorough and this film intercuts the story of the young man's first flight as third officer on a journey from London, via Bahrain, to Bombay, with earlier scenes of his training. It describes the role of the College of Air Training, the aptitude tests, the theories and practical knowledge taught, the first solo flight, the hours in the simulator and the controlled flights in a real...
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Released by the British Information Service in the aftermath of the Market Garden failure, this short black-and-white newsreel, part of the “Act and Fact" series and titled "Gateway to Germany,” begins with cheering crowds in September 1944, as the British 2nd Army roars through Belgium. Men, women, and children are shown reaching out to shake the hands of the soldiers at their convoys make their way through city streets at mark 00:20. The British 11th Armored Division are shown...
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Cleverly designed as an educational film, this industrial film that subtly promotes Westinghouse refrigerators, stoves and other appliances has as its central focus the idea that crucial vitamins in food are being destroyed by improper food handling and preparation. For example, boiling and high heat, as well as exposure to air, can apparently cause loss of nutrients (as seen at the 7:00 mark). To demonstrate vitamin loss, samples are tested in a laboratory and the cost of "destructive...
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Dating to the 1930s and produced by Kodak as part of the Kodascope Film Library, this silent, tinted film shows many scenes of Paris before WWII, including pretty views of the Eiffel Tower, Trocadero (:52), Seine (1:00), original Statue of Liberty (1:15), Arc de Triomphe (1:39), Tomb of Unknown Soldier (1:48), Place de la Concorde (2:13), Rue Royale (2:32), Tuileries Palace (2:59), Notre Dame (3:13), Champs Elysees and more
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This period newsfilm depicts the beach landings which took place on June 6th, 1944. This was the Allied invasion during WW2 and it was the largest seaborne invasion in history. It was released by British Information Services (:12) and opens with European citizens opening their windows and leaning out on the morning of D-Day (:31). Heads are titled to the skies as the drone of heavy-laden planes had been heard throughout the night (:34). An Evening Standard paper is seen with a headline reading...
Topics: Act, Fact, D Day, June 6, 1945, British, Normandy, Invasion, Stock Footage
One of two stunning 16mm home movies shot by Ward Harris in the 1930s, this color film shows scenes of the U.K. including England as it appeared before WWII. Harris was an Edison Mimeograph dealer in San Francisco in the late 1920s and an avid collector of things related to Thomas Edison. His famous collection included phonographs, batteries, light bulbs and other electrical equipment including Edison toasters, etc. and was so large that at one point an inventory revealed it had 50,000 items....
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“X Minus Zero” opens with a United States Air Force general briefly explaining the purposes of that branch’s missile test center — such as flight-testing guided missiles. The circa 1958 film’s purpose, he reveals at mark  00:45 , is to give the viewer “a much clearer understanding of our mission.” The film shows a flawless launch of a guided Matador surface-to-air missile, but the narrator quickly explains that much work was put into the launch prior to countdown. The viewer...
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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,...
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Hosted by Bob Hope with a truly corny narration script, this recruiting film for the Army National Guard was originally released as one of the episodes of "The Big Picture", the U.S. Army's TV show. It shows the readiness of the Guard. At the  1:50  mark, a target drone, a Radio Controlled Target Aircraft or RCAT, is shown being piloted through a gauntlet of fire. At  2:25 , the M-40 duster anti-aircraft gun is shown.  The Duster has the capability of pumping out a 120 rounds from...
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The 1970 short film The New Era: Flight Testing the 747 Superjet is a documentary on the flight testing of Boeing’s 747 wide-body commercial jet with commentary from the 747 flight test personnel. The film begins with shots of the superjet taking off ( 00:10 ), landing, and flying through the air ( 01:21 ). Boeing tests the first five 747s off the production line, with several commercial airlines vying to be involved. Pan American Airways ( 02:17 ) and Trans World Airways ( 02:43 ) win the...
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This black and white film called the Danger Line was probably produced between 1939 and 1950. Its purpose was to instruct children of the danger of wearing shoes that don’t fit. This Instructional film of the Institute of Visual Training was supported by Thom McAn Shoe Stores probably after 1939 as they were enlarging their business to its highest point in 1960.  The film opens showing a Thom McAn Shoe Store (0:27-0:29). Two boys dressed in suits enter the store and speak to the manager...
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This film will take a look at major news events in the year of 1947. It is presented by Castle Films (:07) and will visit Africa first as the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth made the first ever royal family trip to the country (:23). While there, the pair took a 10,000-mile tour and enjoyed a demonstration performed by the Zulu warriors (:33). Turning to turmoil in Korea, the country had been experiencing unrest since the end of WW2 in 1945 and were seeking independence after 40 years of...
Topics: Castle Films, Parade of 1947, Unrest in Palastine, President truman, Queen Elizabeth, Stock Footage
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Dating from 1928, this silent newsreel shows the flight of the Bremen, a German Junkers W 33 aircraft that made the first successful transatlantic airplane flight from east to west between April 12 and 13, 1928. The Bremen left Baldonnel Aerodrome, Ireland on April 12 and flew to Greenly Island, Canada, arriving on April 13, after a flight fraught with difficult conditions and compass problems. The crew consisted of pilot Captain Hermann Köhl, the navigator, Major James Fitzmaurice, and the...
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Topics: 1928, newsreel, Bremen airplane, Greenly Island, Henry Ford Museum, Germany, Bremen, Baldonnel
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This episode of "The Big Picture" dates to the 1961-1962 season. Filmed at Washington,. D.C . it shows the Army's "Old Guard" - the 3rd Infantry Regiment - and the U.S. Army Band presenting its annual pageant of military skills and traditions.  The 3rd United States Infantry Regiment is a regiment of the United States Army. It currently has three active battalions, and is readily identified by its nickname, "The Old Guard," as well as "Escort to the...
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Created by the Bell Telephone Laboratories, "A Missile Named Mac" tells the story of how ICBMS are guided towards targets through the miracle of modern electronics. The film was directed by Carl Urbano, animated by Oliver Callahan and Gerard Baldwin, and produced by John Sutherland (who at one time worked for Walt Disney). This animated cartoon is told from the point of a view of a missile ("Mac"), and explains how the guidance system, using radar and ground based computers...
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This episode of the Army Navy Screen Magazine features three segments. The first TWENTY SEVEN SOLDIERS shows the various ethnicities and nations making up the Allied Army. The second is a profile of the AMERICAN FIELD SERVICE which provides medical care and transportation in support of the British. The third BY REQUEST features the city of Chicago as well as a song sung by Carol Bruce. Designed to promote racial harmony and understanding in wartime, TWENTY SEVEN SOLDIERS shows the cooperation...
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In The Air Force Story’s “Chapter XVI: Maximum Effort, October 9, 1943” (SFP 263-16), viewers see how a coordinated attack on multiple German targets (Marienberg, Anklam, Gdynia, and Danzig) is carried out by several divisions of the U.S. Air Force. The film begins with shots of the B-17s and B-24s of the 8th Air Force Bomber Command in England. General Frederick Anderson briefs the Operations Command personnel on the upcoming mission (01:44). Anderson and his officers look at maps and...
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This black & white film, made by Ziv for broadcast on TV in the 1950s, is a compilation of newsreel footage about varying topics. No copyright but this is circa the early 1950s. Opening titles: Yesterday's Newsreel. Title: 1928-1929 - Holiday for Hoover (:10-:37). In November 1928, President-elect Hoover embarked on a ten-nation goodwill tour of Latin America. He delivered twenty-five speeches, stressing his plans to reduce American political and military interference in Latin American...
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This film made by the U.S. Army to educate soldiers about Latin America opens with footage of the lively festivals and stunning landscapes of Central and South America (:30). The host and narrator is Frank McGee ( 1:02 ) and he will depict the American view of Latin American Revolutions and will focus on Fidel Castro. He begins by describing the varying raw materials that can be drawn from the land, including copper, tin, zinc, petroleum and iron ( 1:25 ). Food commodities such as coffee,...
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Created from official films of the U.S. Army Expeditionary Forces in World War I, "Flashes of Action" is a silent newsreel created in 1928 -- for the ten year anniversary of the end of hostilities.   The film features footage of trench warfare, balloon busting by aircraft (including a spotter jumping from the balloon moments before it bursts into flames), gas warfare, nighttime bombardments, and more. We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional...
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This silent home movie shows a trip to Miami, Florida in the 1950s. The film starts at the Roney Plaza Hotel, which was demolished in 1968. You'll see the hotel's pool area. At 1:00, two brothers wearing identical "Texas" cowboy t-shirts parade in front of the camera. At 1:44 they pose with mom. At 4;23 children pose in costumes, apparently as part of a special food awareness day. Others pose with protest signs reading "Be Happy Be Healthy" and "Drink Milk". At...
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This color and black & white, silent home movie footage shows life in an Army training camp during (and possibly after) World War II. It appears to show members of the 38th Infantry Division ("Cyclone") training for combat, most likely at Camp Shelby, Mississippi or Camp Atterbury, Indiana, or possibly both. The Division included National Guard drawn from Indiana, Kentucky, and West Virginia, and went on to serve in combat in the Pacific starting in early 1944. In recognition of...
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This 1960s color travelogue film was produced for Pan American. Narrated by actor Paul Stevens, Coleman Productions. The silhouette of a hugging couple contrasts against sunset. The peaks of South America are shown. Water rushes through rocks (:47-3:12). The rooftops of Caracas, Venezuela are below. The National Pantheon and skyscrapers are panned. Women in 1950s white one-piece bathing suits approach the pool. Waiters bring drinks to sunbathers. A picnic couple dip shrimp in cocktail sauce...
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Made in the 1950s by Avion, a division of ACF Corporation, OPERATION PINPOINT outlines the use of a new horizontal position display, which was an innovation that allowed pilots to navigate with relative ease. It's unclear whether this display was ever adopted or deployed, as we've been unable to find references to it on the Internet. If you know about it -- let us know in the comments! According ot the film, the display was developed with Wright Air Development Center's Flight Control...
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These silent 16mm home movies are from the estate of someone who was close to Admiral Louis E. Denfeld and likely date to the mid to late 1950s. It's just possible that they are from 1950, when the subject of the film Admiral Denfeld was forced to retire due to his participating in the so-called "Revolt of the Admirals." The film begins in Hawaii where the sign for "Admiral L.E. Denfeld" is seen at 13:00 . Admiral Denfeld led Battleship Division 9 in 1945, and was the...
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This Yesterday’s Newsreel film (episode 75) offers the viewer “television highlights of the news of yesteryear” by providing vintage clips of famous people and events from the first half of the 20th century. The episode begins with footage of Luther Burbank at home in Santa Rosa with his wife. He rolls around on the grass with his dog. He is then shown walking through wheat and a plot of his famous Burbank artichokes. Burbank walks through other areas in his garden (01:45); he holds a...
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Made in 1947 by Paul Rotha Productions, LIFE BEGINS AGAIN was created by the British Government's Ministry of Information to show that many of those who experience setbacks in life can start over in life,  despite the physical injuries they might have suffered. Films like this one were considered important in post-WWII Great Britain, where hundreds of thousands of people (both soldiers and civilians) suffered life changing injuries as a result of the war. The government's "Emergency...
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Made by famed filmmaker Julien Bryan for the U.S. Government, ROADS SOUTH explores transportation in Latin America in the 1940s.   In doing so it explains how topography affects transport and how the difficulties of transportation are dealt with throughout history. Part history lesson, part geography lesson and part loving tribute, this vintage black and white film shows old and "new" 1940s transportation systems exist side by side. The seaplane and sailboat ride the same water. Dug...
Topics: Transportation, Latin America, Roads South, 1940s. Pan AM Airlines, Stock Footage
This Soviet film, "Motorized Infantry Platoon in Free Assault" (or literally "on the fly assault") is a Red Army training movie, filmed in 1968. The film provides a rare look at mechanized infantry tactics and training during the Cold War. According to the title cards, it was created by the order of the Head of the Military Training Institutions of the Army, and filmed at the Omsk training grounds and with the participation of the officers at the Omsk City Military Academy....
Topics: Soviet Motorized Infantry Platoon, Free Assault, 1968, Red Army, Stock Footage
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Made in 1966, A CHOICE I MADE shows a group of Peace Corps volunteers operating in India. The film was one of the earliest showcases of the Peace Corps, and was made in the cinema-verite style developed by advanced European film-makers and by the National Film Board of Canada. The Harvard Crimson made these comments about the film when it was screened in Cambridge: "As the Peace Corps begins its sixth year, its directors have apparently decided that a major shift in orientation will be...
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This 1960s film is from Pacific Telephone Company which was founded in 1906 and has headquarters in San Francisco, California and it was to be used for employees of the company. It takes a look at safety standards and the notion of personal responsibility for safety on and off the job. It opens with a slew of traffic and warning signs as we are constantly bombarded with signs telling us to avoid accidents (:36) though human error still is prevalent as a man places a cigarette butt next to a...
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This 1972 color educational propaganda film about emergency preparedness for a nuclear attack was presented by the Defense Civil Preparedness Agency in Washington, D.C., with the cooperation of the California Office of Emergency Services. It was produced by Screenscope, Inc. and narrated by actor Peter Thomas. The film provides its message by showing the process for making the film. The scene opens at the Washing Memorial reflection pool. Two girls in winter coats play. A man on a bicycle...
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Based on the Charles Cahill film Red Light Return from 1965, this 1975 safety film discusses the importance of wearing seatbelts while in vehicles and features interviews with racecar drivers Alan Johnson and Mark Donahue, interviews with everyday drivers, footage of crash impact tests conducted by UCLA, and plenty of footage of 1960s and 1970s vehicles driving on California’s streets, highways, and freeways. The film opens with footage of people watching one of the inaugural IROC races at...
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This 1970, color film reviews the maintenance process for a DC-8 jet airliner at the United Airlines maintenance base in San Francisco. It was originally an episode of "Discovery", a kids program that ran on ABC between 1962-1971.   The film shows how the DC-8 undergoes a periodic overhaul that lasts for five full days. We follow the maintenance crews through the detailed process of maintaining these incredible machines. The film opens with a DC-8 jet airplane landing on the tarmac...
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Shot by an unknown filmmaker, this color silent home movie shows close up views of the Chicago Railroad Fair circa 1949. The Chicago Railroad Fair was an event organized to celebrate and commemorate 100 years of railroad history west of Chicago, Illinois. In addition, the Fair highlighted important eras in American history and technological growth. It was held in 1948 and 1949 along the shore of Lake Michigan and is often referred to as "the last great railroad fair" with 39 railroad...
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Made by Eastman Kodak, this short educational film explains how film is manufactured. (Unfortunately our print is incomplete.)  The film begins with animation of a roll of 127 film with the familiar yellow Kodak protective coating. Animation shows the layers of the film including the gelatine overcoating, silver emulsion, base and backing. At 2:01, cotton fiber is processed to form the cellulose ester base. At 2:18 a dope, or liquid film base, moves through a series of mixers. Finally it moves...
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An exhaustive exposition of John Deere’s 1960 offerings in construction, farming, landscaping and logging equipment, set to a lush orchestral soundtrack. (TRT 41:17) Opening title, over an aerial view of a John Deere plant: “John Deere Presents: 1960 Industrial Equipment” (0:07). Tractors pulling sheepsfoot compactors, scrapers, bulldozers, crawlers, wheel loaders, cable plows, trenchers, landscape rakes, seeders and mowers (0:58). The 831 Crawler-Loader demonstrates its features (2:14)....
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This film takes a look at the marine journey to Prudhoe Bay from Seattle and Tacoma Washington in order to develop an Alaskan oil reserve which was to be under contract of Atlantic Richfield Company or ARCO. The Alaskan northern slope remains icy for most of the year and receives little rainfall (:13). Summers are brief and caribou are seen returning to their traditional calving grounds (:25). In 1968, ARCO's operating area in Prudhoe Bay is pictured (:49) and this was part of a large-scale...
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"The Power and the Glory" is a film that dates to 1957. Produced by the 4H Clubs, it shows the glory of America's heritage linked with the promise awaiting today's youth through the development of character and leadership as exemplified in 4-H Club training. The film features rare images of the Atlantic Rural Exposition, which was the predecessor to the Virginia State Fair, and scenes shot during the visit of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip to Jamestown in 1957 (5 minutes). The...
Topics: 1947, 4H Club, Promotional Film, Battery Of Yorktown, Early History, Virginia, Stock Footage
This 1965 promotional film "The Treasure of Lucaya" promotes development in Lucaya,  Grand Bahamas. The film's storyline is about a reporter sent to cover a story about Spanish treasure found off the coast of Lucaya. While on the island the reporter, Mark Stevens, finds love and chooses to return to live there. The film opens with the newspaper’s editor and his peer named Bill discussing Mark (:37). Mark initially didn’t believe in the treasure and is seen collecting paperwork in...
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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
Made by Jam Handy, "It Could Be You" dates to 1949. This film was made during a time of unusual crisis -- when a shift from wartime to peacetime production led to a unique shortage of new cars despite heavy demand. As the film explains during WW2, the USA's auto industry was geared towards manufacturing war materials, leading to a complete halt of production of new makes and models. The film opens with a man receiving a phone call about a delivery of his brand-new vehicle (1:05). The...
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Produced in 1951 by British Petroleum, RIG 20 (French language version shown here) shows the hazards involved when fire breaks out at an oil well, and the measures taken to extinguish the fire. The oil well in question was in Persia. The fire is fought using water to cool the well head, and explosives placed in the throat of the well to deprive it of oxygen. The detonation (at 7:47) is tremendous but produces the desired result. The well can now be capped.   The film was directed by Ronald H....
Topics: 1951, Oil Well, Fire Fighting, Iran, French, Rig 20, 1951, Stock Footage
"230,000 Will Die" is a 1954, black and white film that opens with narrator Charles Cameron, M.D., medical director of the American Cancer Society, speaking to the camera. This groundbreaking film about medical research was presented by the American Cancer Society. Its purpose is to warn Americans to take early action on their cancer as it can be treated and save lives. To a modern audience, the film is notable because of what it does not focus on -- for example smoking is not...
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This black and white film about Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz contains graphic WWII footage. Ocean waves roll as a destroyer’s guns fire at Japanese ships. Nimitz boards to salutes (:17- 1:01 ). 1942, Japanese footage shows its Pacific fleet protected by airplanes. Japanese soldiers practice fighting with bayonets attached. Japanese General Tojo attends a party where Japanese and Nazi swastika flags hang on the wall ( 1:02 - 2:12 ).   Nimitz boards. Crew move torpedoes across the desk ( 2:13...
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Produced by Sun Dial Films Inc. in the 1960s, Traditions Old, Traditions New (MN-10365e) is a U.S. Navy film that shows viewers how the Navy is adapting to the times with a new Guided Missile Destroyer, also referred to as a DDG ship. The film opens with a shot of a statue in the National Cemetery at Arlington, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and national monuments in Washington, D.C. Sailors get off a bus at Norfolk, VA and board the new DDG-23 USS Richard E. Byrd, a Charles F. Adams-class...
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This Vietnam era sales film for the McDonnell Douglas A-4 Skyhawk shows the versatile aircraft's development and unique characteristics.  The late model A-4F is seen.  This was a refinement of A-4E with extra avionics housed in a hump on the fuselage spine (this feature later retrofitted to A-4Es and some A-4Cs) and more powerful J52-P-8A engine with 9,300 lbf (41 kN) of thrust, later upgraded in service to J52-P-408 with 11,200 lbf (50 kN), 147 built. Some served with Blue Angels acrobatic...
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The 1960s television program LEADERSHIPS SPEAKS featured prominent members of the U.S. military, speaking about defense and other issues. Here Vice Admiral William F. Raborn presents views on leadership to Howard K. Smith. At the time Raborn had risen to public attention through his work developing the Polaris missile system and leading the project to build and deploy it. The complex, high tech Polaris system was innovative in the way it was managed because it was developed in record time, and...
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The sea lanes surrounding Alaska are the gateway to the Arctic Ocean, and of vital importance to the United States during the Cold War. In this film, the men of the Coast Guard cutter USCGC Klamath (WHEC-66) visit Alaskan waters, and perform various humanitarian missions among its Native American residents. Klamath also monitors the seas, servicing buoys and making certain the sea lanes are safe for transit. They also wave the flag near the shores of the United States' key adversary during the...
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Rescued from the garbage bin of Rockwell International's defunct facility in Los Angeles, this silent film (which once had a soundtrack -- but we didn't find one in the dumpster so this is shown silent) features footage of the B-1 Bomber mock-up and General Dynamics' YF-16 Fighting Falcon prototype. The B-1 mock-up fuselage shown was made almost entirely of wood and debuted in 1971. At 3:10 engineers and U.S. Air Force maintenance crew are shown examining the mock-up and demonstrating how the...
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This film is of the documentary series “True Adventure” which ran from the 1950’s to the 1960’s and was created by Bill Burrud who also served as host (:19). This episode takes viewers to Guadalcanal, a major battleground during WW2, with Milas Hinshaw and Martin Clemens (1:26). Clemens was a District Officer on Guadalcanal of the British Solomon Islands protectorate in 1941 when Japan invaded (1:57). Unlike most who fled, Clemens and others like him chose to remain on the island with...
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JATO (acronym for jet-assisted take off), is a type of assisted take-off for helping overloaded aircraft into the air by providing additional thrust in the form of small rockets. This rare film from 1963 was created in the aftermath of a fatal accident involving a mis-handled JATO rocket. In it, an Air Force safety officer lectures about JATO bottles, how they should be handled, and how they can be safely used. The B-47 Stratojet aircraft is featured. This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC...
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This rare promotional film discusses the merits of the Northrop YB-49 Flying Wing. This unique aircraft was a prototype jet-powered heavy bomber aircraft developed by Northrop shortly after World War II. Intended for service with the U.S. Air Force, the YB-49 featured a flying wing design. It was a jet-powered development of the earlier, piston-engined Northrop XB-35 and YB-35; the two YB-49s actually built were both converted YB-35 test aircraft. The YB-49 never entered production, being...
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This is part of a series of Combat camera dailies from Vietnam in 1967. This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage collections in the USA. Entirely film backed, this material is available for licensing in 24p HD. For more information visit http://www.PeriscopeFilm.com
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Created by the U.S. Navy for publicity purposes in 1979, this historic films provides an overview of the ships of the fleet ranging from mighty nuclear powered aircraft carriers to lowly auxiliaries. Included are carriers USS Nimitz CVN-68, USS Eisenhower CVN-69, USS Enterprise CVN-65, USS Kitty Hawk CV-63, USS John F. Kennedy CV-67, USS Independence CV-62, and USS Midway CV-41. Cruisers shown include USS Long Beach CGN-9, USS Chicago CG-11, USS Richmond K. Turner CG-20, USS Wainwright CG-28,...
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Land Of The Incas is a 1937 silent film produced by Castle Films as part of the Adventure Parade series that provides viewers with a glimpse of Peru and the Incan people who live there. The film begins “high up in the Cordilleras Mountains” ( 00:27 ) where donkeys and people haul kindling. Despite the rural mountain location, modern transportation now reaches the lofty villages in the form of a train ( 01:26 ), which passes mountains and lakes on its way. The film then takes viewers to...
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‘Conquest of the Air’ is a short film which follows around a Movietone newsreel cameraman on film assignments to capture various plane stunts and flights. The first assignment takes the cameraman into the cockpit of an Army plane (1:02) from which the other U.S. Army biplanes are seen flying in formation (1:02). These planes were to fly to Hawaii for an air circus (1:30) and they are filmed as they move over the newsreel cameraman’s plane (1:40) and as they land in Waikiki Beach. The...
Topics: Conquest Of The Air, 1930s, Aviation, Stunts Accidents, Newsreel, Highlights, Stock Footage