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A basic training film made by the U.S. Navy, "Co-ordinated Anti-Submarine Warfare Part I Why?" discusses how surface ships, aircraft and submarines work together to unravel the submarine threat.  The film begins with images of a Soviet submarine operating on the surface, and then explains basic anti-submarine techniques. This includes a discussion of both passive and active sonar, and shows how sonobuoys and other technology are deployed to locate enemy submarines.  Features footage...
Topic: U.S. Navy training film.
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Landing a plane on the deck of aircraft carrier is one of the most dangerous and amazing daily activity facing pilots and deck crew. This amazing training film graphically depicts various aircraft landing disasters.  It also instructs pilots how to avoid them and what emergency ejection or ditching procedures to follow in case they do occur.  A barrier landing, called for when a pilot has a landing gear problem, is shown as is the set-up of the barrier.  Many crashes in this film were...
Topic: U.S. Navy Training Film
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1958 U.S. Coast Guard
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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...
Topic: U.S. Coast Guard educational film.
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1945 Castle Films
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This short newsreel, produced for the home market, shows the final events of World War II, including the development and testing of the atomic bomb, the atomic bombing of Japan, the Japanese surrender, and the U.S. occupation of the Japanese mainland including Honshu, and the arrival of the U.S. Third Fleet in Tokyo Bay. The film not only includes the Japanese surrender on the USS Missouri (BB-63) in Tokyo Bay, the celebration in Manhattan's Times Square, and a parade in Red Square Moscow. Some...
Topic: Newsreel.
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1944 Castle Films
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This short newsreel, produced for the home market, shows Operation Hailstone, the U.S. assault on "Japan's Pearl Harbor", the naval base at Truk. Footage shows Task Force 58, which included the fleet carriers USS Yorktown, USS Essex, USS Intrepid, USS Bunker Hill, USS Enterprise, and the light carriers USS Belleau Wood, USS Cabot, USS Monterey, and USS Cowpens as they strike the Japanese base beginning in February of 1944. Extensive gun camera footage is seen in the film, as well as...
Topic: Newsreel.
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1944 U.S. Navy
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Details the life of the crew aboard a fleet aircraft carrier operating in the Pacific during WWII in 1944. Includes footage of aircraft operations including Grumman TBM Avengers and Hellcats, maintenance, take-offs and landings, and the mundane side of crew life.
Topic: U.S. Navy recruiting film.
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1943 U.S. War Department
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Although this film was made by the War Department, the fingerprints of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) are all over it. In thirty minutes, the film details the background of the Imperial Japanese Army and Navy, and attempts to assess the character and make-up of its footsoldiers and leadership. The movie discusses the feudal origins of Japan, and the rise of the Samurai, contextualizing modern Japan's militarism with its earlier history. The history of Japan's imperial conquests is also...
Topic: Army training film.
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1943 U.S. Navy
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One of the U.S. Navy's industrial incentive films, the Life and Death of the USS Hornet traces the valiant career of CV-8. Footage includes the launching of the Doolittle Raider B-25s on their mission to strike Tokyo in 1942, including White House reaction by President Roosevelt that the planes came from "Shangri-La." Also on this film, is footage of the ill-fated Torpedo 8 Squadron which was sacrificed at the Battle of Midway. The carrier USS Hornet was sunk during the Battle of...
Topic: U.S. Navy propaganda film.
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1943 Castle Films
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U.S. propaganda newsreel from World War II (WWII) featuring amazing footage of the air sea battles that raged near the Marshall Islands. Featured ships are: the battleship USS Texas, the submarine USS Wahoo, the cruisers USS San Francisco, and USS Boise. Also includes footage of fleet manuevers of PT Boats, destroyers, aircraft carriers, battleships and L1 and G1 blimps on anti-submarine patrol.
Topic: World War II (WWII) propaganda film.
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1943 German Newsreel
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This German propaganda movie was part of a U.S. Navy archive compiled during WWII, and acquired by Periscope Film. This film celebrates the German U-boats, and especially the sinking of the British aircraft carrier HMS Courageous by submarine-launched torpedo. Adolf Hitler is seen decorating a U-boat crew. Featured submarines: Type IX (9) U-boats U-38 and U-37.
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Topic: German World War II (WWII) Propaganda film.
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1942 Castle Films
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This short newsreel, produced for the home market, expresses deep outrage at the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Due to classification issues at the time the film was made, very little of the damage to Pearl Harbor itself is shown; rather the film focuses on damage to civilian areas of Waikiki and Honolulu. Footage includes: Emporer Hirohito reviewing his troops, Secretary of State Cordell Hull speaking with Japanese ambassadors, Waikiki during bombing attack, emergency hospitals...
Topic: Newsreel.
This sound newsreel dates from 1942 and begins with the fighting on the Eastern Front as Russian forces defend Stalingrad.  As shown in the film, they eventually force the German Sixth Army to surrender, a major turning point in the war.  The second half of the film shows events in the Pacific, where a U.S. carrier task force led by "Carrier X" (actually the USS Yorktown with USS Lexington) battles Japanese planes in the Battle of the Coral Sea.  (Apparently due to secrecy concerns...
Topics: Stalingrad, WWII, Battle of the Coral Sea, USS Yorktown, aircraft carrier, naval combat, WW2,...
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1942 Germeinnuttziger
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This German propaganda movie was part of a U.S. Navy archive compiled during WWII, and acquired by Periscope Film. In this film, the Battle of The Atlantic is seen from the German perspective as Kreigsmarine U-boats converge for a wolfpack patrol, hunting Allied merchant ships.
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Topic: German World War II (WWII) Propaganda film.
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1942 Castle Films
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This short newsreel, produced for the home market, shows the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown (CV-5) under attack by Japanese Zeros during the Battle of the Coral Sea. Although the carrier was badly damaged in the battle, it lived to sail another day and proved crucial to the U.S. victory at Midway a few months later.
Topic: Newsreel.
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This short and apparently hastily assembled newsreel shows the events of December 7th, 1941 and expresses deep outrage at the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.  Due to classification issues at the time the film was made, very little of the damage to Pearl Harbor itself is shown; rather the film focuses on damage to civilian areas of Waikiki and Honolulu. Due to the lack of material available there are some laughable errors in the rather earnest film, including the presence of a plane...
Topics: Pearl Harbor, WWII, World War II, Japan, U.S. Navy, December 7th
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1942 Castle Films
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Yanks Bomb Tokyo
Topic: Newsreel.
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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...
Topic: German propaganda film.
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1942 Castle Films
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This short newsreel, produced for the home market, shows the first offensive action of the Pacific War by the U.S. Navy: a raid on Makin Island in the Marshalls conducted by the USS Yorktown battle group under command of Admiral William Halsey. The film claims to show Japanese cruisers and even an aircraft carrier sunk by American forces, but in reality there were no such enemy losses.
Topic: Newsreel.
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1941 Castle Films Newsreel
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The Japanese attacked Manila and the Phillipines on December 7, 1941, and caught one of America's great generals, Douglas MacArthur relatively unprepared. The loss of the American air forces on the ground in the initial attacks, forced the Army to make a quick retreat to the Bataan peninsula and the fortress of Corregidor. This film shows the early stage of the battle, and was made shortly after MacArthur fled the Phillipines for Australia where he would go on to command Allied forces. The...
Topic: Newsreel.
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1940 U.S. Navy
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Produced in cooperation with the United States Navy, "The Eyes of the Navy" follows aviators through their basic training in Pensacola, Florida and advanced training at Naval Air Station San Diego, California. Various phases of instruction are shown, from classroom work, to instrument training in a Link trainer, solo flight and carrier landings and take-offs from USS Enterprise (CV-6). Some other highlights include machine gun practice, bombing and dive bombing practice. Features a...
Topic: U.S. Navy recruiting film.
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1940 U.S. Government
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US Naval training film for US Submaine Crew members on the boyance properties of operating a submarine.
Topic: U.S. Navy Training film for the physical properties of the submarine.
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1940 U.S. Coast Guard
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Made in 1940, this U.S. Coast Guard film shows the Cadet Cruise made by the USCG's class of 1940. The USCG cutter Bibb was deployed to South America with the cadets on board, and visits made to a variety of Central and South American ports. A transit of the Panama Canal is made, and Lima and Santiago visited along with Cartagena. Bibb is quite a storied sip. Built in 1936, the USCGC Bibb (WPG-31) was a 327-foot (100 m) Secretary-Class (also known as "Treasury Class") Coast Guard ship...
Topic: U.S. Coast Guard recruiting film.
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1939 U.S. Government
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Made prior to the outbreak of World War II (WWII) as the United States began a build-up of its naval forces, "The Battle" shows a gigantic fleet exercise and promotes the capabilities of the two ocean navy. Features footage of battleships, aircraft carriers, cruisers, destroyers, submarines and various support craft including hospital ships and supply vessels. Many vessels are shown including the North Hampton class battleship Chicago (CA-29), the USS California (BB-44), and the...
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Topic: U.S. Navy Propaganda Film
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1939 German Newsreel
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This German propaganda movie was part of a U.S. Navy archive compiled during WWII, and acquired by Periscope Film. The German invasion of Norway is shown, with units of the Kriegsmarine enforcing sea lanes and allowing the free movement of supplies and men. Junkers trimotor aircraft support the invasion.
Topic: German propaganda film.
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1938 U.S. Coast Guard
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Shot in the 1930s, this film profiles the United States Coast Guard Academy (USCGA), the military academy of the United States Coast Guard located in New London, Connecticut. The four year program offered by the Academy is described, and the various academy, athletic and other opportunities presented detailed. Seagoing activities aboard a modern cutter are shown, including gunnery practice.
Topic: U.S. Coast Guard recruiting film.
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1938 Willard Pictures
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Made prior to the outbreak of WWII, "Men of the Coast Guard" presents America's first line of shore defense. Seen in this film are the Coast Guard cutters, life boats, and light ships that patrol America's home waters. The film also shows how recruits are drawn from the merchant marine and trained in the arts of lifesaving, seamanship, and navigation. The full rigged sail ship Joseph Conrad is seen at sea, fulfilling its mission by training cadets about teamwork. The lightship...
Topic: Newsreel.
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1938 U.S. Government
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Footage of the U.S. Gunboat Panay in Nanking China during the Japanese offensive knows as "The Rape of Nanking." After evacuating foreign civilians, the Panay was attacked and sunk by Japanese aircraft. The so-called Panay Incident almost led to war between the United States and Japan. Also features footage of the warship USS Augusta (CA-31) which served as command ship for the Asiatic Fleet, and the Royal Navy's HMS Ladybird.
Topic: Newsreel of US Involvement in China pre World War II (WWII)
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1937 Cine Art
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An amusing short film, made prior to WWII, that shows a group of Hawaiian maidens performing the traditional hula dance aboard a U.S. Navy battleship.
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Topic: U.S. Navy short.
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1935 U.S. Government
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This rare film features ships of the U.S. Asiatic fleet patroling the Yangtze River. The Asiatic Fleet's gunboats were tasked with protecting American shipping (primarily oil tankers) from pirates and the Japanese. Contains amazing footage of life in China circa 1935 including the cities of Chunking, Shanghai, and the countryside. Ships featured in this film are the USS Augusta (CA-31), USS Borie (DD-215) and USS Simpson (DD-221) as well as US gunboats.
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Topic: Newsreel of US Involvement in China pre World War II (WWII)
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1935 U.S. Government
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"A Salute to the US Navy" circa 1935 featuring U.S. Navy fleet maneuvers at sea. Ships highlighted in this film are: The battleship USS California (BB-44), destroyers USS Cushing (DD-376), USS Phelps (DD-360), USS Wasmuth (DD-338), cruisers USS Salt Lake City (CA-25), aircraft carriers and torpedo planes.
Topic: Pre WWII recruiting film.
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1934 U.S. Navy
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This fascinating travelogue was made in 1934, in the era when China was in the grip of the Imperial nations. America operated its own fleet of warships in Chinese waters, to protect American interests, especially the tankers belonging to Standard Oil. Shown in the film are various U.S. Navy warships and gunboats, and although none are identified by name the USS Augusta (CA-31), flagship for the Asiatic fleet, is clearly visible. Canton and Shanghai are cities visited during the course of the...
Topic: U.S. Navy Recruiting Film
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1930 U.S. Government
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Film shows basic physical training of new recruits into the U.S. Navy circa 1930. Location unknown, possibly the Presidio in San Francisco.
Topic: U.S. Navy Recruiting Film
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1928 U.S. Government
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Pre World War II (WWII) of U.S. Navy battleships and aircraft carriers on manuevers. Features the USS Lexington, CV-2.
Topic: Pre World War II (WWII) newsreel.
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1925 U.S. Government
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A history of the early days of Naval aviation, Wings of the Fleet was made in the mid-1920s. Includes footage of the battleship USS Texas as it became the first warship to launch an aircraft in 1919, early blimp and dirigible tests, and experiments with amphibious aircraft. Some of the craft shown include the dirigible ZR-1, the Shenandoah, the Los Angeles, and the C-7. Seaplanes featured include the PN-9 and the record-breaking NC-4. Various famous aviators are in the film include speed record...
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Topic: U.S. Navy Publicity Film
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1918 U.S. Navy
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While the Battle of the Atlantic that took place during WWII is well known, the struggle to get troops, man and supplies to Europe from the USA during World War I was also momentous. German U-boats took a frightening toll on American ships, and their brazen raids are in fact one of the key reasons America declared war on Germany and its allies. This film is a short portrait of the struggle, showing how lookouts, convoys, and new weapons such as the depth-charge-firing "Y gun" were...
Topic: U.S. Navy educational film.
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1916 U.S. Government
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Rare pre World War I (WWI) film depicting life in the U.S. Navy. Footage includes sailors playing baseball and football on the deck of battleship!
Topic: World War I US recruiting film.
This silent film from the 1930s provides an overview of Singapore. It was made during the British Colonial era as the card at the start of the film makes clear. The film starts with a panning shot of the city/state at :44. At 1:58 a title card explains that the British Far Eastern Fleet is based here. At 2:21 are shots of busy streets with rickshaws being pulled by coolies wearing large brimmed hats. At 3:00 a policeman wearing a head scarf waves traffic onward. At 4:48 a title card mentions...
Topic: Stock Footage
This 1976 " better living through chemistry " film from BP Chemicals showcases the petroleum industry and the impact petroleum-based products have made in other industries. The film serves to commemorate “the foundation of a factory, a company, and an industry” following BP’s ethylene plant going into production in April 1951 in Grangemouth, Scotland. The film opens with an Aerospatiale/BAC Concorde moving on a runway, taking off, and flying through the sky. Viewers see a ship...
Topic: Stock Footage
Here's a film everyone should watch!  "Handwashing in Patient Care" is a 1962 U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare movie that was intended to instruct nurses and physicians about how to "scrub up." In the era of Covid19, the simple protocols described in this 58-year-old film are still relevant.  We recently rescued this obscure film from destruction -- something we've done with thousands of 8mm, 16mm, 35mm motion pictures over the years.  We encourage viewers...
Topic: Stock Footage
War on Wheels is a 1943 confidential industrial film bulletin created for propaganda purposes. It was principally directed by Secretary of War Robert P. Patterson to the those involved in the production of tanks and to the men and women of automotive industries to show them the combat performance of the vehicles they have built. What it took to get a mechanized convoy through in the North African campaign serves as an illustration. The film portrays an American truck convoy ambushed by German...
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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...
Topic: Stock footage
From the 1930s, this film looks at the development of transportation from the days when the camel and horse were the fastest modes of travel up to the present days of the zeppelin, airplane and Zephyr train. Traces the history of steam from the days of Robert Fulton's steamboat, and the development of the gasoline engine from the days of the horseless carriage to the present day.
Topics: Transportation, 1930, Zeppelin, Zephyr, Stock Footage
This is a late 1950’s, early 1960s era color film about the wonders of California. The film opens with an aerial view of the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco. Union Pacific Railroad presents Golden Gate Empire. 1869 graphic and men waving from a locomotive, :51. The Union Pacific Railroad, 1:00. Man pans for gold behind an 1848 graphic, 1:13. Men line the banks of a river mining for gold, 1:20. Sign for James W. Marshall and an arrow pointing near the spot where he discovered gold on...
Topics: 1950, Golden Gate, 1960, California, San Francisco, Stock Footage
This 1960s color film includes 1930s black and white footage on the design, fabrication, construction, and opening of the Golden Gate bridge. It was presented by Bethlehem Steel. The film begins with a bird’s eye view of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. A statue of Joseph Straus, chief engineer, is panned up. The bridge is shown from afar (0:11-1:20). A vintage illustration shows the topography and side-view of the bridge’s construction (1:21-3:57). Black and white footage prior to...
Topics: Golden Gate Bridge, 1960, San Francisco, Bethlehem Steel, Stock Footage
This short film, presented by Breyers Ice Cream and narrated by Lowell Thomas, gives viewers a look at the attractions of historic Philadelphia. The film opens with footage of fireworks bursting in Philadelphia’s night sky on the 4th of July. The film shows Benjamin Franklin Parkway and the city’s skyline (00:48). Viewers see the William Penn statue on the top of City Hall Tower. Next, the film takes viewers to Independence Hall (01:32), where men reenact the signing of the Declaration of...
Topics: Ice Cream, Philadelphia, 1940, Pennsylvania, Travelogue, Stock Footage
LEWISTOWN, PA – JOHNSTOWN & ALTOONA RAILROAD REEL This color home movie from 1959 shows footage of the Johnstown Traction Company and views of Altoona, Johnstown and Lewistown, Pennsylvania. It was shot by Louis Buehler and preserved by Mitch Dakelman. Shots include: :00 Lewistown Pa dusk and night shots of passing Pennsylvania Railroad trains 1:07 Conemaugh & Black Lick locomotive, Johnstown,Pa. Passing Bethlehem Steel plant 1:23 Johnstown Trolley car 357 1:48 crossing bridge 2:23...
Topics: 1959, Pennsylvania, Railroad, trolley Cars, Johnstown, Stock Footage
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Made in the late 1960s or early 1970s (probably 1971) to promote the construction of new highways and the cars that drive them, the ANATOMY OF A ROAD is an unapologetic paean to progress. As the narrator says, "Everyone will agree that we need good roads, an efficient system of highways and freeways and the reality of highway can give rise to a course of interesting individual opinions".  The film contains a brief history of American roads from the National Pike to the superhighway....
Topics: Anatomy, Road, Highway, Construction, Stock Footage
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This black and white 1953 “Family of Craftsmen” film is sponsored by The Studebaker Corporation and produced by Louis de Rochemont Associates. It portrays the lives of a family with multiple members who work for Studebaker. It has great clips of houses, furniture, and clothing from the early 1950s. The film opens with a great visual and sound of a factory steam whistle (:54). Workers leave the Studebaker factory on Friday afternoon in early 1950s sedans (1:00-1:25). A night security officer...
Topics: 1953, Studebaker, Furniture, Indiana, Stock Footage
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This historic, silent film shows highlights of the 1932 Winter Olympics, officially known as the III Olympic Winter Games, held in Lake Placid, New York. The games opened on February 4 and closed on February 15. It was the first of four Winter Olympics held in the United States; Lake Placid hosted again in 1980. The games were awarded to Lake Placid in part by the efforts of Godfrey Dewey, head of the Lake Placid Club and son of Melvil Dewey, inventor of the Dewey Decimal System. California...
Topics: 1932, Lake Placid, Winter Olympics, Olympics, New York, Stock Footage
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This black and white documentary film, Lever-age, History of the Toothed Wheel, explains the principles of levers and gears. It was presented by Shell Oil Company, directed by Geoffrey Bell, and narrated by famous announcer Harlow Wilcox. The Shell logo used from 1948 to 1955 finishes the film. However, a description of the 1939 film by Bell called Transfer of Power and also sponsored by Shell Oil matches this film and so this may be a re-release. The film opens with a girl pumping water, a man...
Topics: Lever Age, Lever, Toothed Wheel, Oil, Physics, Leverage, Stock Footage
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The Story of Measuring Time: Hours, Minutes, Seconds, is a black and white film copyrighted in 1964. This film was produced by Coronet Films (also known as Coronet Instructional Media Inc.) which was a producer and distributor of American documentary shorts that were shown in schools from the 1940s through the 1980s. This film shows the progression of the measurement of time. Educational Collaborator was Herbert F. Spitzer, Ph.D., professor of Education at State University of Iowa. A Train...
Topics: Measuring, Time, Hourglass. 1964, Coronet Film, Stock Footage
1957 EDUCATIONAL FILM “TRANSPORTATION IN THE MODERN WORLD” This film presents the methods of modern transportation in comparison to methods of the past. It depicts the importance of various types of transportation for industry, travel and the growth of cities. It is a Coronet Film (:07) and opens with shots of a passenger plane (:30), a shipping harbor (:37), a railway and a modern highway with end of the 1950’s model automobiles (:53). Past methods of transportation were hindered by...
Topics: Transportation, Modern World, 1957, Industry, Highways, Railroads, Stock footage
This color film Power Across the Channel was produced by the Associated Electrical Industries and British Insulated Callender’s Cables in cooperation with Electricite de France. France had a peak demand of electricity at different times than England did. The solution was to exchange power across the English Channel between the two ( 1:40 ). Britain had nuclear and thermal power stations ( 1:58 - 2:14 ). France had thermal and hydroelectric power stations ( 2:15 - 2:27 ). Discussions turned to...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
This episode of Expedition! was originally broadcast February 14, 1961. The episode covered Operation Sandblast: the underwater circumnavigation of the globe by the US Navy first-generation nuclear-powered submarine USS Triton, starting February 24, 1960 and ending April 25, 1960. The trip covered 26,723 nautical miles (49,491 km) in 60 days and 21 hours, crossing the equator on four different occasions. Operation Sandblast was the code name for the first submerged circumnavigation of the...
Topic: Stock Footage
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Henry Harley "Hap" Arnold (June 25, 1886 -- January 15, 1950) was an American general officer holding the grades of General of the Army and later General of the Air Force. Arnold was an aviation pioneer, Chief of the Air Corps (1938--1941), Commanding General of the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II, the only Air Force general to hold five-star rank, and the only person to hold a five-star rank in two different U.S. military services. Instructed in flying by the Wright...
Topics: henry H. Arnold, tribute, general, world war 2, politics
This World War II German newsreel was retrieved from a U.S. Navy archive, and is now part of the Periscope Film collection. Made for propaganda purposes during the war by the German newsreel company Degeto Weltspiegel and sold to the home market in Germany, these newsreels provide a fascinating look at the German military, including the Kriegsmarine. These German newsreels were seized by the U.S. government following the war, and ended up in the collection of the U.S. government. This...
Topic: Stock Footage
One of a series of classified films made for the Army Air Forces during WWII about the Norden Bombsight, this film focuses on the principles behind the device. During the entire war the Norden was considered a top secret piece of equipment and normally when it was shown in training films, it was hidden behind a piece of canvas or otherwise "blacked out". This series of films provides a rare look at the operation of the bombsight as it was presented to bombardiers.  The Norden Mk. XV,...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
This 1960s film about the Strategic Air Command features B-52 bomber aircraft serving in a nuclear deterrent role.  The film also shows operations inside a missile trainer, similar to the type of underground facility in an operational silo, command and control facilities, and the interior of an actual Minuteman missile silo.  Offutt Air Force Base is featured, the headquarters (as the narrator explains) "for the strongest and most capable force ever conceived." The film shows full...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Strategic Air Command, United States Air Force, Boeing B-52...
"Report From the Aleutians" is a documentary propaganda film produced by the U.S. Army Signal Corps about the Aleutian Islands Campaign during World War II. It was directed and narrated by John Huston. In contrast to the other technicolor films made in the Pacific war, Report from the Aleutians has relatively little combat footage, and instead concentrates on the daily lives of the servicemen on Adak Island, as they live and work there while flying missions over nearby Kiska. The film...
Topic: Stock Footage
The film “The Ten Takes Flight” was produced by Film & Television Communications for the McDonnell Douglas Corporation. It opens with Larry Van Nuys broadcasting live from a mobile unit on August 29, 1970 for the first flight of the McDonnell Douglas DC-10 wide-bodied jet from Long Beach airport. Broadcaster Michael Ryan is in the control tower and actor Art Ballinger is at Edwards Air Force Base (:09-43). Overhead shots are shown of the plane, as are its crew, led by test pilot Captain...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
Made in 1951 by the U.S. Army to train combat infantrymen during the Korean War, RECONNAISSANCE PATROL shows the organization of a nighttime patrol behind enemy lines, made to gather intelligence on enemy positions. The objective of the patrol is also to capture an enemy soldier so that he can be interrogated.  Told from the perspective of the commander, the film explains in great detail how the patrol is organized, equipped, and how the soldiers conduct themselves during the mission. Soldiers...
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Part of the "Army in Action" series within "The Big Picture", this episode "The Winds of Change" features the U.S. Army posture during the first quarter of the 20th Century, Woodrow Wilson and the World War I buildup and combat, the armistice, peacetime demobilization, and the nature of life in the United States during the 1920s and 30s including speakeasies, prohibition, the marathon dance craze, and more. We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to...
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Produced by the Perfect Circle Corporation as a publicity project in 1954, THE HOTTEST 500 shows the 1953 Indy 500 won by Bill Vukovich in 120-plus degree heat.   The 1953 race was infamous as one of the most memorable on record, with more relief drivers used than in any other year.  Tragically, driver Carl Scarborough actually died of heat prostration. Bill Vukovich, who led in 1952 but ended up losing due to a mechanical failure with his car, led almost the entire race and ended up taking...
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“Nuclear Attack Preparedness Procedures: Survive to Fight” is a 1968 US Air Force training film dramatizes activities at an Air Force Base following a nuclear attack. As a siren blares, pilots are shown being taken to their aircraft (mark  00:40 ) while command post operations unfold. An eerie silence follows until a “nuclear flash” fills the screen at mark  02:24  and a fiery mushroom cloud races upward. The narrator explains the sheltered command post personnel review the status of...
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Shot by an unknown American camerman during WWII, this fascinating silent color home movie shows activities in India at an American air base located at New Delhi.. The person who filmed it was apparently part of the American 10th Air Force, and you will see the Headquarters building at 4:50, located at 43 Queensway. The film also shows the famed India Gate (not to be confused with the one in Bombay) at New Delhi, at the :35 mark.  The air base is seen in more detail around the 6:30 mark, with...
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Made in 1944 by the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), A REPORT ON GERMAN MORALE examines the German war machine and the methods used by the Nazis to control morale, despite huge battlefield reversals.  Designed for armed forces consumption only, this is an unusually interesting film not only for the use of enemy footage throughout, but also for its attitudes. As Theodore Huff pointed out, "It rather gleefully seizes on German civilian misery as a propagandist weapon to be exploited, the...
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"Mr. Push-a-Button", a U.S. Navy film about the education and responsibilities of a Naval officer, starts with images of the U.S. Navy's mothball or reserve fleet, as a Navy officer receives new orders transferring him from reserve duties to the fleet and in particular, managing one of the U.S. Navy's new surface-to-air guided missile systems aboard the cruiser USS Canberra CA-70. The title of the film comes from the fear that the officer in the film expresses that "men are being...
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Using Water Wisely is a 1950s video report from the Exploratory Committee On The Application Of Water, which reports on the results from test fires and the use of indirect water application—using water wisely—in fighting fires. The film primarily features footage of test buildings on fire with one or several fire hoses applying water. The film opens with dozens of firemen ( 00:18 ) watching a test fire. The test fires in the report are conducted in Miami, Florida ( 00:47 ; 15:08 ), Kansas...
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"Statesmen in Overalls" is a 1951 promotional film for the Christian Rural Overseas Program, also known as C.R.O.P., an ambitious private relief effort that pre-dated the Marshall Plan in Europe. Christian Rural Overseas Program (CROP) began its operation in August 1947 under the sponsorship of Church World Service. A year later Lutheran World Service and the Catholic Rural Life Conference became co-sponsors, but withdrew in 1952. For a time nearly all Catholic, Protestant and...
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This Soviet newsreel dates to 1967 and contains various segments, the most interesting of which deal with the auto industry in the Soviet Union and East Germany. (If you speak Russian and can help translate the narration for us, it would be appreciated!) The film begins with a brief recap of Revolutionary events before launching into a segment about the Communist Party Congress at :50.  At  1:56  modern food production and packaging machinery is seen at a trade show attended by Brezhnev. An...
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Shot by an American military officer, this 16mm silent home movie shows images of the Republic of China (approx. September 1945-1949) in Shaoxing, Shanghai, an unidentified Taiwanese town, a flyby of Beijing and the Great Wall of China, as well as the U.S. Air Force bases in Guam, in Shanghai Jiangwan, Inarajam in Guam, and an unidentified R&R location and airbase (identifiable only by U.S. VRE-1 Air Evacuation Squadron signs). Footage includes one aircraft C-4 airframe 90408 (which would...
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This sales film from Caterpillar highlights the C 785 Off-Highway Truck by showing the machine in action at the company’s Arizona Proving Grounds. C 785s drive on dirt roads. The film shows the 785 from various angles (00:50), giving viewers a look at the truck’s folded core radiator, dual turbo-charged 3512 engine, and rear-mounted six-speed transmission. A man climbs up into a 785 (02:16), and viewers get a look at the cab. The dump bed is lifted. The film then shows the cylinder block of...
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“What You Should Know About Biological Warfare” is a short black-and-white film produced by the United States Office Of Civil Defense. The 1951 educational film was meant to be a public service announcements meant to educate the populace on the steps to take in the event of a biological attack from our Cold War enemies. The film opens with a montage of scenes from farmland to bustling cities as the narrator explains how in the event of war, our enemies may try to disable our people or our...
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WAR FILM 36, one of the War Department's newsreel and informational films produced during WWII, consists of several segments and dates to late 1944 or early 1945. First, "Great Floor" shows the construction of a runway for B-29 bombers in China. Since no motorized or mechanical devices are available, 72,000 Chinese work on one airfield using primitive rock breaking and other traditional construction techniques. According to the narrator, these "super airfields" are being...
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This silent, amateur "gag film" was apparently made by members of the 526th U.S. Air Force 526th Fighter Squadron sometime in the 1950s. The unit provided   Air Defense of western Europe throughout the 1960s-90s in Munich vicinity. Its last assignment was with the 86th Operations Group, based at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. It was inactivated on 1 July 1994.   The film shows the unit's new F-86, meaning the film likely dates to summer of 1953, the squadron completed its move to...
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Hopi Kachinas is a short film from 1960, photographed by Jack Breed and produced by ACI Productions, that shows the creation of a doll and the role the carved figure plays in the Hopi religion and culture. The film opens with shots of the San Francisco Peaks near Flagstaff, AZ, and of Arizona’s rocky plateau. Hopi Indians stand on adobe homes with wagons out front. Hopi people dance along a dirt road during what appears to be a Kachina celebration (01:10). A man gives a Kachina to a young...
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Chapter 13 of the U.S. Air Force’s The Air Force Story, “Expanding Air Power, June 1943” (SFP 263-13), recounts the training program at Tyndall Field in Florida and the June 1943 Allied invasion of Pantelleria. The film opens with a shot of Tyndall Field, Florida, where the first international students (French and Chinese) begin their training. American gunnery trainees march past planes (02:14). There is a series of profile shots of the various American men training at Tyndall, including...
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This black and white film is one of the episodes of "Yesterday's Newsreels", an early 1950s TV show made from the General Newsreel collection. It features nine segments of historic highlights. The French Foreign Legion 1912 (:20- 4:20 ). General Antoine Hure rides into the streets of Morocco with his battalions of French and Moroccan troops following, some on horseback and some foot soldiers. The group gathers in the desert with a large number of camels before being sent off. The...
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This Rockwell International film shows the events of August 12, 1977 when, as part of approach and landing tests at Edwards Air Force Base, the Space Shuttle Enterprise flew on its own for the first time. The film features a post-flight debriefing with Commander Fred W. Haise, Jr. and pilot C. Gordon Fullerton. Space Shuttle Enterprise (Orbiter Vehicle Designation: OV-101) was the first orbiter of the Space Shuttle system. Rolled out on September 17, 1976, it was built for NASA as part of the...
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This film is a color film with B&W historical clips showing the 1969 Reunion of The Tailhook Association. Tailhook is a U.S.-based, non-profit fraternal organization, supporting the interests of sea-based aviation, with emphasis on aircraft carriers. The word tailhook refers to the hook underneath the tail of the aircraft that catches the arresting wire suspended across the flight deck in order to stop the landing plane quickly. Photography by the Pacific Fleet Combat Camera Group. 00:13...
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Made in 1957, TOWERS OF TRUTH shows how the money collected from the first Crusade for Freedom in 1950 led to the establishment of Radio Free Europe the following year. Scenes recreated by Hollywood actors portray a Cold War version of communist tyranny, the Berlin Wall and Soviet military parades, and show activities such as signal jamming as well as broadcasting. The Crusade for Freedom was an American propaganda campaign operating from 1950–1960. Its public goal was to raise funds for...
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Coast Guard Auxiliary. Narrated by Bill Stern. (Member CGA Flotilla Number 302). A US Coast Guard Picture. This is a black and white, 1940s era film, produced by the United States Coast Guard. The purpose of the film is to show the effort and training auxiliary Coast Guardsmen undergo in order to serve the United States Coast Guard. The film opens with a man in a captain’s hat screwing a number plaque on the side of a boat. A small yacht launches into the water. Men load lifejackets onto a...
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The United States Merchant Marine is the fleet of U.S. civilian owned merchant vessels, operated by either the government or the private sector, that engage in commerce or transportation of goods and services in and out of the navigable waters of the United States. The Merchant Marine is responsible for transporting cargo and passengers during peace time. In times of war, the Merchant Marine is an auxiliary to the Navy, and can be called upon to deliver troops and supplies for the military....
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This short educational film, “City Driving,” is produced by the Ford Motor Company, and it is one in a series in cooperation with the National Commission On Safety Education. “City Driving” is filmed in Phoenix, Arizona in 1959, and it promotes safe driving in a city environment, featuring 1960 Ford Falcons. The main car used Central High School’s 1960 Ford Falcon Driver Education car. The film covers what to do and not to do in a number of situations, focusing on the following safe...
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This film depicts the Panama Canal and ship transport through it. It gives a step by step demonstration of what a ship goes through while passing through the locks of the Panama Canal. It is presented by World Travel Guide Pictures (:08). An ocean liner will take the trip through the Panama Canal (:23) and it opens with a map showing the United States and South America and how the canal had cut 7,500 miles from the old sea route between coasts of North America (:36). During the gold rush,...
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This 1932 amateur home movie -- created by an unknown family named Harris -- begins with images shot in Dana Point, California, where the family visits with the Feldmans. At 1;10, the family visits the ruins of the Mission San Juan Capistrano. At  1:55 , the co-called "Bonus Army" is seen camping at the Orange parade grounds. (The Bonus Army was the popular name for an assemblage of some 43,000 marchers—17,000 U.S. World War I veterans, their families, and affiliated groups—who...
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This color medical film from the U.S. Veterans Administration describes the treatment and therapy modes available for aphasic patients, in this case WWII war veterans. The film is a reminder of the 670,000 men wounded during the conflict, many of whom suffered long term disability. Aphasia can occur suddenly after a stroke or head injury, or develop slowly from a growing brain tumor or disease. Aphasia affects a person's ability to express and understand written and spoken language.Once the...
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Made by the Portland Cement Association, BUILDING WITH CONCRETE MASONRY shows the process by which buildings can be made with concrete masonry walls. The film dates to the mid-to-late 1940s. It begins with images shot on a farm, where concrete blocks are used for sanitary reasons for animal husbandry, and for storage of farm machinery. At  3:50 , an International Harvester farm implement showroom is shown, with streamline design. At  4:28 , a concrete masonry plant is shown. At  5:30 , a few...
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This silent home movie shows the 51st Annual Tournament of Roses Parade (see sign at :08 seconds) in 1940. The Grand Marshals this year were Edgar Bergen & Charlie McCarthy, who are visible at 10 seconds. The game that year featured the USC Trojans vs. the Tennessee Volunteers. Some of the highlights include the Wings Over California float at :51, a Mt. Palomar Observatory float at 1:15 , a Las Vegas Nevada float at 2:20 , a patriotic American Flag flat at 3:29 , an American eagle float at...
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Made in 1943 by the Ministry of Information to train rescue squads during the Blitz, "Debris Tunnelling" is introduced and commentated by a rescue party instructor. When a bomb demolishes a building the urgent need is to rescue any casualities trapped under the debris. There are two methods of doing this by either clearing the debris or tunnelling through. This film deals with the process of tunnelling.The film shows how a tunnel is dug into the side of a large pile of debris using a...
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This 1945 Canadian color documentary about growing certified seed potatoes is presented by the National Film Board for the Department of Trade and Commerce and Department of Agriculture Ottawa. The film opens with acres of potato fields. Farmers on tractors move across the field. Another field is plowed by a farmer and horse (:056-1:52). Women sit and cut potatoes over a sharp blade into smaller chucks and drop them into baskets. Wire baskets of potatoes are dipped in a disinfectant and loaded...
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Strand Films created this black-and-white recruiting film for Great Britain’s Ministry of Information in 1942 as a tool for Women’s Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF — the female auxiliary of the Royal Air Force during World War II) barrage balloon operators. Over a shot of the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF — the female auxiliary of the Royal Air Force during World War II) marching out of a barrage balloon hangar, the refrain “I became a patriot to help to win the day” is heard at...
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This reel of silent footage was produced by Lockheed aircraft in support of the C-5 Galaxy's on-going flight test and development program. The film begins with images of the prototype C-5A aircraft on its first take-off roll on June 30, 1968. Crew that day included Chief Engineering Test Pilot Leo J. Sullivan and test pilot Walter E. Hensleigh, flight engineer Jerome H. Edwards, and E. Mittendorf, flight test engineer. U.S. Air Force test pilot Lieutenant Colonel Joseph S. Schiele was also on...
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Produced by the Owens-Illinois Glass Company in 1952, IN GLASSTOWN USA shows the company's manufacturing process. At the time Owens-Illinois was the largest glass container manufacturer in the world. The film begins with images of 1950s supermarkets at 1:17, before showing the glass plant at 1:38. At 3:23, the factory interior is seen with raw materials delivered to a melting furnace. At 4:00, the interior of the furnace is seen with torrents of flame visible. At 4:50 a vacuum glass forming...
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This 1960s U.S. Army film, one of the "Big Picture" TV shows, shows the isolated city of Berlin, Germany and describes the interaction of U.S. Army soldiers with the Russian and East German forces during the Cold War. At 2:05, the film shows the isolation and blocked of West Berlin in 1948. The Berlin Airlift is seen at 2:40. At 3:50, the construction of the Berlin Wall is seen.  At 4:30, East German army forces are seen. At 4:40, a thriving West Germany is seen with cosmopolitan...
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Made during WWII as part of an effort to encourage recycling and re-use of scrap metal and rubber, "Salvage" is hosted by Donald M. Nelson the chairman of the War Production Board. The film features footage of various items that can be salvaged and re-used, and notes that Germany and Japan have been much more efficient in terms of re-using materials. The film also shows how household grease can be stored for use as nitroglycerin. As Nelson says, "We the people of United States...
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Dating to 1945, this industrial incentive film YOUR MISTAKE TOKYO was intended to sell war bonds and encourage American workers to do their part for the war effort. The film begins with a re-enactment of Japanese broadcasters on Radio Tokyo denying the American victory in the Second Battle of Philippine Sea. Like a Tokyo Rose, the announcer claims the Pacific fleet has been annihilated. At 1:05 , the China Sea is shown and the U.S. Navy's fleet is shown at sea. US Navy Admiral Halsey ( 1:38 )'s...
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This 1965 Encyclopedia Brittanica film CHANGING MATILDA shows the "new Australia" of the 1960s with its population at 8 million. It is narrated by Chet Huntley from NBC News, and shows the nation as it transformed due to a great deal of immigration from Europe. In fact the film begins with a naturalization ceremony, and then at 2 minutes shows new arrivals from Europe. "If Australia is not El Dorado," says Huntley, "It is surely a vast improvement over the lives they...
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This series of three films produced by ALCOA to educate the public about the aluminum industry focuses on the production of aluminum. The films discus Bauxite mining, refining, smelting, and delivery. The various aspects of the production of aluminum are shown including Bauxite Refining (:09), Smelting of Aluminum ( 5:30 ), and Aluminum Fabricating Process ( 10:10 ).  The Bayer process shown is the principal industrial means of refining bauxite to produce alumina (aluminium oxide). Bauxite,...
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This short, silent training film is a bit of a mystery. It begins with images of an F-105 Thunderchief in camouflage paint scheme in a hangar, with crew checking out a large piece of ordnance, possibly a B-61 or B28 nuclear weapon or mockup. At the 2:30 mark, a mock-up of what appears to be a B-61 nuclear weapon is shown. At 4:13 another weapon is shown, possibly a B28EX nuclear weapon mock-up. The B28, originally Mark 28, was a thermonuclear bomb carried by U.S. tactical fighter bombers,...
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