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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.
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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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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...
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An interesting home movie from WWII, this silent 8mm film shows "Our Sailor Off to War". It shows a woman named Pat joining the U.S. Navy WAVES in July, 1943. (Note: the movie is a bit damaged from exposure to high heat and has shrunk, so bear with the visuals.) The film shows various scenes including New York's Rockefeller Center at 1:19, what appears to be the observation deck at 2:22, and St. Patrick's Cathedral. At 3:00, A.T. salutes in her uniform. At 3:10, she is shown again in...
Topics: WWII, Home Movies, World War II, Sailors, War, 1843, Stock Footage
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“Wonderful World” is a 1959 color travelogue produced by Jam Handy for Coca-Cola and narrated by Ken Nordine. The broad documentary surveying global cultures, lifestyles, emphasizing common human activities. The opening minutes takes viewers to various sites across the United States, including a baseball game, New England churches, and the ivy-covered halls of Harvard University, before visits to the Canadian Parliament, Britain’s Parliament, and friendly British pubs. Mark 04:10...
Topics: Wonderful World, 1959, Jam handy, Coca Cola, Travelogue, Stock Footage
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This color educational film is about storage batteries such as car batteries. This was made in 1959 and was produced by the Willard Storage Battery Division. Titles: US Department of the Interior, Bureau of Mines, The Story of the Modern Storage Battery (:13-:43). A man puts a storage battery together. He attaches the battery into a car. Close on the car's radio. Atomic Submarine shot. Guided missile. Mariners on a  boat. Doctors operate. A group of batteries. Many batteries are shown...
Topics: 1959, Storage Battery, Lead, Acid, Stock Footage
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"To Mount Lowe with Love" presents a history of the Mt. Lowe Railroad. It was produced by  Philip Callahan's Galway Productions. Callahan was an amateur historian who presented slide shows about Mt. Lowe. They proved to be so impressive that Southern California Edison funded a film version as a public service. As the documentary shows, at the turn of the 20th Century a "railroad to the stars" ran from Pasadena to Mt. Wilson by way of Pacific Electric Red Car, incline cable...
Topics: Mount Lowe, With Love, Pasadena, Mt. Wilson, Funicular, Railroad, Thaddeus Lowe, Stock Footage,...
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The following movie reel was filmed by the late Ben Young, and was transferred from his 16mm Kodachrome camera original. Shots include: 00:00 Start at the Chicago loop, 1.79 miles in length, and forms the hub of the Chicago Transit Authority’s electric elevated rail service,  TITLE card is the CNS&M logo. 01:29 Passing rail tower on the loop 02:21 Passing CTA train, going north 03:00 Skokie 03:15 Full speed north to Milwaukee 03:50 Passing Electroliner train, and some freight action...
Topics: Chicago, North Shore Line, Ben Young, Brooklyn, New York, Stock Footage
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These silent home movies of the Brooklyn and New York City Rapid Transit system were shot by Artie Keyser in 1955-56.  The film shows the Fulton Street Line, an elevated line running at Liberty Avenue. The Fulton Street Line, also called the Fulton Street Elevated or Kings County Line, was an elevated rail line mostly in Brooklyn, New York City, United States. It ran above Fulton Street from Fulton Ferry, Brooklyn in Downtown Brooklyn east to East New York, and then south on Van Sinderen...
Topics: 1955, New York, Transit System, Railroad, Brooklyn, Stock Footage
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American Locomotive (Alco), General Electric, and the New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad Company teamed up to create this 1950s color film promoting the aforementioned rail line. We see the rolling greens hills and valleys as well as the Atlantic coastline and farmland of Southern New England starting at mark 00:20 as the narrator explains how the region is the cradle of American liberty. Offering “a wholesome way of life” we’re told how the area is also known for its railroads as...
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Topics: New York, New haven, Southern New England, Hartford Railroad, Stock Footage
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This 1975 revised documentary is about man’s fight against disease. It’s sponsored by Shell and The World Health Organization, produced by Stuart Legg, and directed by Michael Clarke.  Facial disfigurations, elephantiasis, and blindness are shown in Africa (1:36-2:33). Van Leeuwenhoek and his primitive microscope are shown (2:34-2:55). A variety of organisms are seen through a microscope. A hand turns microscope lenses to show microbes (2:56-3:42). Microbes are swabbed onto petri dishes,...
Topics: Unseen Enemies, Shell Oil, 1975, Medical Research, Leprosy, Stock Footage
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The Keystone State is the subject of “Pennsylvania Land Of Decision.” Produced by the Pennsylvania Department of Commerce in the 1950s, we’re told in the color film’s opening seconds how the state has played a pivotal roll in the founding and continued success of the United States, from colonization and freedom of religion to the steel industry. Pennsylvania was the geographic key of the original 13 Colonies, and remains so as we look at the state’s seaports at mark 01:18. Every bend...
Topics: Pennsylvania, 1950, Keystone, Keystone State, Stock Footage
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Produced by George Pal, "Birth of An Oil Field" was directed by Duke Goldstone and released in 1949 by the Shell Oil Company.  This film, part of a series of outstanding movies on the petroleum industry produced by Shell, explains and demonstrates methods, procedures, and equipment used in the drilling of oil wells and delivery of petroleum products worldwide. The film contains outstanding footage of oil derricks and drilling, the Kelly Pipe, oil rigs, trains pulling oil tank cars,...
Topics: Oil Field, Oil., George Pal, Shell Oil, 1949, Stock Footage
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Note: some logos including the Olympic rings shown in this film, are trademarks of the International Olympic Committee. This historic, silent newsreel shows some of the highlights of the X Olympiad in Los Angeles. It begins with the parade of nations in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. At 2:13, the 800 meter run is seen, establishing a new world record of 1:49:08.  At 3:03, the hammer toss is seen, and at 3:32 the 100 meter run (women). In this event Stella Walsh of Cleveland won, running...
Topics: Los Angeles Olympics, Los Angeles, Olympics, 1932, Stock Footage
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Made by Coronet, this profile of Sir Isaac Newton dates to 1959, the early part of the Space Age. As a result the film directly connects Newton's major theories with rocketry. At 1:20 a satellite is shown orbiting the Earth. At 1:32 the school where Newton went as a boy is shown, and a childhood fight is re-enacted. At 2:08, Newton is shown at Cambridge, reading books about science. The rest of the film shows re-enactments of Newton's time at Trinity College. At 4:14, Newton returns home to...
Topics: 1959, Biography, Sir Isaac, Newton, Cambridge University, Mathematics, Stock Footage
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A Coronet Film. Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning. Educational Collaborator, Sam Adams, PhD. Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Prof. of Education, Louisiana State University. This 1960s era, color film explains, in detail, how air conditioners and refrigerators work. The film explains convection, compressors, condensers and cooling systems. The film opens with two boys walking down the road and up the walkway to a house. The boys are returning from playing baseball. An air conditioner is...
Topics: 1960s, Refrigeration, Air Conditioning, Educational Film, Stock Footage
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This black & white educational film is about how paper is made starting with trees in the forest to its finishing process. Copyright is 1941 by Coronet Productions. Titles: Paper Making (:07-:33). Title: Winter Logging in Northern United States. Forest with snow. Tall pine trees abound. Northern Michigan. Men eat breakfast. A man trudges through the snow with a saw and hammer. A bulldozer carries a man into the forest. A man hacks at a tree with an ax. Snow falls from a tree as another man...
Topics: Paper Making, Paper, 1941, Coronet Productions, Stock Footage
Made during WWII by the War Department, this official training film describes what frequency modulation (FM) is and how to use it in reference to radio communications. It also provides the comparison between FM and AM radio as far as what advantages FM has over AM. Originally restricted, the film was released for public educational use in 1949. It opens with U.S. soldiers playing ping pong while listening to AM radio (:28). When one of the men begins to use an electric razor, the radio gets...
Topics: 1944, US War Department, Frequency Modulation, FM Radio, Stock Footage, Periscope FIlm
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This rarely seen U.S. Navy film BATTLE FATIGUE DEALING WITH FEAR was produced during or just after WWII, and attempts to explain the condition known as "Battle Fatigue" or what we now describe as PTSD or Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.   It was intended to be shown to those suffering from battle fatigue, including those who were hospitalized.   As the psychiatrist host of the film explains, fear is a fighting man’s friend, but it can overrun you. A case study named Corporal Edwards...
Topics: WWII, World War II, Battle Fatigue, US Navy, Stock Footage
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Filmed at sea with the Sixth Fleet in the late 1950s, A FORCE FOR PEACE shows the aircraft carrier USS Randolph and its air arm, including A-1H Skyraiders and jet fighters. This print is slightly incomplete and missing the main title and a portion of the ending.   The film begins in Norfolk as the crew says goodbye and departs for the Mediterranean and duty in Europe.   At 4:54, the Captain addresses the ship's complement and discusses the importance of a strong presence in the Med, to...
Topics: US Navy, Sixth Fleet, A Force For Peace, USS Randolph, 950, Stock Footage
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This raw, silent footage shows a Gloster Meteor, (probably tail VT196), in a hangar with maintenance crew working on it, and swapping out an engine.  This particular aircraft was likely a Mark IV (VT196) which came to Canada in July 1953 for winterization trials, and this footage may date from that time frame. From January 1954 onwards this particular plane was used in developing the afterburner system for Canada’s Orenda engine. This enabled the aircraft to reach 20,000 feet in three...
Topics: Gloster Meteor, British Jet Aircraft, Engine Replacement, Royal Canadian Air Force, Stock Footage,...
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Made during the Soviet era, this propaganda / news film starts with the high treason criminal case against Oleg Penkovski, looks into the ravages of alcoholism, the penal system and the rehabilitation and isolation of criminals. It also examines the inevitable question--   why some USSR salaries are higher than others? It does this by discussing the difficulty of various jobs and the living environment of the workers. The next section explains the importance of electricity in production and...
Topics: 1963, Soviet Propaganda, Oleg, Penkovsky, Greville, Wynne, Stock Footage
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This black & white educational film is about the D-Day Invasion of 1944 during World War 2 in which Allied forces invaded northern France by means of coordinated beach landings. Copyright 1944. Opening titles: Official Films News Thrill Invasion (:06-:20). Title: D-Day!! Allied Forces move across the English Channel. June 6, 1944, huge armada of ships and men head from the English Channel to the coast of France. Ships in the sky cover the convoy at sea. Bombers in the sky. Title: A railroad...
Topics: Official Films, Newsreel, D Day, Invasion, Normandy, France, WWII, June 6, 1944, Stock Footage,...
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Willys, the “World’s Largest Manufacturer of Utility Vehicles,” presents the “Jeep Family of 4-Wheel Drive Vehicles and Special Equipment,” a circa 1954 black-and-white film promoting Jeeps produced for civilian use. Following the success of Jeeps during World War II, the film opens with an explanation of how the vehicles soon their way to civilian use. Some of the vehicles seen in this film are used by construction companies, farmers, firefighters, and even at airports to tow...
Topics: 1940s, Willys Jeep, Cars, 1954, Family Of 4, Drive Vehicles, Stock Footage
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Originally made for WFGA, a Florida news network that was popular in the 60s, READY RESERVE follows the Florida 4th Marine Division Air Wing Team into their two weeks of active training, and demonstrate the readiness of the troops. They rehearse bombing, mechanic maintenance, and supply delivery. No detail is left out as the reservist are asked to take full function of the command site and test for combat readiness. A few generals lend their praises to the men in uniform that take on this duty....
Topics: A4D Skyhawks, 4th Marine, Division, USS Guam, Vietnam War, Stock Footage
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This film proudly shows the USMC operating at the best of its abilities in conflict zones, with brave men struggling against enemies, and working hard to save the lives of their compatriots. In 1965 the U.S. Marines were deployed in two separate battles to stall communism -- in the Dominican Republic and Vietnam.  New and advanced military strategy was deployed, like helicopter assaults (seen at 12:07) and Expeditionary Landing Fields also known as ELF (Seen at 12:40). An embedded journalist...
Topics: US Marines, 1965, Vietnam War, USMC, US Marines, Dominican Republic, Stock Footage
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Made by Kendall Motor Oil, COMPETITION DRIVER is a rare 1958 movie for and about people who love cars and racing.   You'll see some great vintage types in the film including foreign makes like Jaguars, Sprites, Maserati, Ferrari, and Formula 1 Coopers, Corvettes and so on, going through their paces at Watkins Glen. There are shots in the pits, shots on the racetrack, and spectacular car accidents, spin outs. It really takes you inside the world of the track! See what happens before the races,...
Topics: 1958, Kendall, Motor Oil, Driver, Glen Motor, Speedway, Stock Footage
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Presented by Czechoslovak State Films, this 1950s film is a “pictorial report by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry of the visit to Czechoslovakia of the Economic Commission for Europe delegation.” The film opens with a shot of Prague looking across the Vltava River at what appears to be the skyline of the Old Town Square area. The ECE delegation arrives at the airport aboard a Swiss Air Lines plane (00:54). The delegation walks with members past a “historical memorial” (01:40),...
Topics: 1950, Prague, Bohemia, Pilsen, Eastern Europe, Travelogue, Stock Footage
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This late 1960s educational color film (#14-676) provides step-by-step operational instructions for the IBM 029 Key Punch machine, which was introduced in 1964. It is one of a seven-part series produced by Moreland-Latchford and distributed by Sterling Educational Films. The film covers the keyboard, card hopper and punching station, reading station and card stacker, manipulative parts, and punching the card. The camera moves in on a woman typing on an IBM 29 card (key) punch machine....
Topics: Punched Card, Key Punch Machine, Computer Data, IBM, Stock Footage
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This 1937 black and white film about radio shows of that time was presented by Adolph Zukor and produced and directed by Herbert Moulton and Leslie Rousch. Actor Ted Husing plays The Star Reporter. The film opens with Ted dressed in a double-breasted 1930s suit and standing in front of a 1930s microphone on a stand. He introduces The Sons of the Pioneers, who play guitars and sing “Way Out There” around a campfire (:54-2:31). Singer Lanny Ross doddles on a piece of paper (2:33-2:45)....
Topics: Star Reporter, Hollywood, 1930, Radio, recording, Stock Footage
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CARACAS: MOUNTAIN CAPITAL OF VENEZUELA is a short, silent travelogue film produced in the late 1920s or early 1930s for the Cunard White Star ship line, most likely by filmmaker Andre de la Varre who spent many years documenting the land and people of South America. The film shows views of Caracas including government buildings, streets bustling with automobile and horse traffic, the University, statue of Simon Bolivar (2:30), marketplace (3:00), and more. At 4:48 a motorcycle with a sidecar is...
Topics: Caracas, LA Guaira, Venezuela, 1930, Travelogue, Cunard White Star Line, Stock Footage
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Target for Today is a documentary film describing the preparation and mounting of a United States Army Air Forces raid on East Prussia It contains much combat footage of B-17 and B-24 bombers and named for the phrase used at briefings before air raids. The October 1943 footage was filmed during Eighth Air Force attacks on Nazi Germany industrial targets in Anklam, the 22nd Air Base in Marienburg (on the 9th), and Gdynia in occupied Poland. Prior to the combat footage, the documentary explains...
Topics: Target For Today, Army Air Forces, B-17, B-24, East Prussia, Stock Footage
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Produced in the early 1970s,   "Hook Down, Wheels Down" was one of the most comprehensive (and expensive) films made by the U.S. Navy. It covers the history and development of the U.S. aircraft carrier, and does so through interviews with many of the men who made it happen. While dozens of aircraft carriers are featured, it is the USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67) that takes center stage -- and the material shot on her deck looks like it is right out of "Top Gun". There is...
Topics: US navy, Aircraft Carriers, WWII, 1970, USS Yorktown US Aircraft
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A wartime US Navy training film, narrated by Mike Wallace, that demonstrates techniques for emergency escape from burning and sinking ships. Various drown-proofing and survival-at-sea techniques are presented, from using cargo nets to MK6 life rafts, and brief footage of actual sinking carriers, transports and other ships is featured.   A “restricted film to be shown to authorized personnel only,” this black-and-white United States Navy Training Film, produced under the supervision of the...
Topics: WWII, Abandon Ship, Survival, Ship, Abandon Ship, US Navy
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Created by Goodyear as a promotion for their airships, which were featured at the event, this historic silent film shows the Chicago World's Fair of 1933, known as the Century of Progress.   Some of the highlights include the Skyride at the 3:30 mark, the replica of Fort Dearborn seen at the 5:30 mark, amusement rides at the 7:00 mark, a dancing revue at 9:00, and views of the City of Chicago as seen from a Goodyear blimp at the 10 minute mark.     A Century of Progress International...
Topics: Chicago World Fair, 1933, Silent Film, Century, Chicago, World Fair, GoodYear
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One of a series of US Air Force news magazine films made in the late 1970s and into the 1980s, this episode of "Air Force Now" contains segments about the work of the inspector general, the USAF's C-17 Globemaster III aircraft, and the consequences of driving under intoxication or DUI, which at the time was an important area for new public awareness. Opening titles: Air Force Now (:09-:40).  Inspector general or (IG) watches training exercise. Soldier runs and takes cover. IG writes...
Topics: Air Force Now, 1980s, Globemaster, C-17, USAF, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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Details the work of the U.S. Coast Guard in the international sea lanes of the Northern Pacific, where icebergs are a constant threat to passenger and cargo ships.   USCG patrol vessels track ice formations, assisted by B-17 aircraft.   Features footage of the famed liner Queen Mary and USCGC Mendota (WHEC-69), an Owasco class high endurance cutter.   Mendota was scrapped in 1974.   Produced by the Department of State and the United States Information Service in 1949, "International...
Topics: US Coasst Guard, Ice Patrol, USCG, Atlantic Ocean, 1974
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In the U.S. military’s Combat Bulletin No. 40 from 1945, viewers see footage from the Allied forces attack on Manila Harbor, the first landing on Luzon, action along the Western Front and Alsace, the damage from a bombing campaign targeting the oil refinery at Merkwiller, a British carrier fleet attacking Sumatra, and Allied airstrikes on Celebes. The newsreel starts with carrier planes of the 3rd Fleet firing on the Japanese naval base in Manila Harbor. A plane fires at an above-ground oil...
Topics: WWII, Combat Bulletin, Manila, Invasion, 1945, Stock Footage
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This U.S. Navy propaganda film from the late 1950s shows the threat of Soviet expansion and U.S. efforts to contain it while giving viewers a look at the U.S. Navy’s sea power being developed in the “Missile Age.” The film opens with an animation of a globe showing trade routes, new sea routes developed during the Age of Great Exploration, and contemporary sea lanes crisscrossing the world’s oceans. An explosive is detonated in the sea (01:50). Footage shows a torpedo moving through a...
Topics: 1950, US Navy, Seapower, Missile, USS Forrestal, Cold War, Stock Footage
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Presented by the Chrysler Corporation’s Dodge Division, and produced by Wilding Picture Productions, Land Of The Free is a 1940 film that gives a look at the people and natural resources that helped make America one of the most prosperous countries. The film shows montage after montage of quickly edited shots of U.S. industries, people, and the role the automobile industry plays in the larger American economy. The film opens with footage of a plane flying in the sky, rolling ocean waves,...
Topics: WWII, World War II, Dodge, 1940, Chrysler, Land Of The Free, Stock Footage
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The Big Wheel: 35th Infantry Division (MISC 7723) is a short 1950 film about the history of the 35th Infantry Division, focusing on the unit’s campaigns in Europe during WWII. The film opens with footage of pioneer wagon trains heading west, while explaining to viewers how the unit earned the nickname the “Santa Fe Division” for taking the Santa Fe cross for its shoulder sleeve insignia. The 35th arrives in France during WWI. The film shows footage of fighting, presumably the division’s...
Topics: 35th Infantry Division, WWII, WWI, Santa Fe, 1950, Stock Footage
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“Bastogne Presenting Lt. Clair Hess” is a short, black-and-white film about Bastogne, made by the Army-Navy Screen Magazine in early 1945. It is introduced by Lt. Clair Hess of the 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, Co F, 2nd Battalion, 101st Airborne. (On June 6, 1944, Lt. Hess jumped from a plane over Normandy, France. Within minutes, he was on the ground, wounded by machine-gun fire. His injured leg forced him to lie under his parachute for three days, during which a German soldier came...
Topics: Battle Of The Bulge, WWII, World War II, Army Navy Screen Magazine, 1945, Stock Footage
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This WWII training film takes a look at the procedure for a proper take off in accordance with the US Army Air Force. It follows a narrative of a bushy eyed pilot in training as he takes his first flight with his instructor as well as his first solo take off. It is an Official Training Film of the War Department (:11) and was produced by the 1st Motion Picture Unit (:22). It opens with the fresh pilot, Mr. Blake as he distractedly bumps into peers while watching another plane take off and fly...
Topics: 1944, US Army, AF Pilot, Training, Take Off, Part, Stock Footage
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This beautiful home film from the 1930’s shows a visit aboard the USS Saratoga. It was shot by an unknown member of the "Amateur Cinema League" -- a national club of amateur filmmakers who supported one another's efforts and shared tips concerning 8mm and 16mm movie making. The ACL was founded in New York City in 1926. The film likely dates to 1932, as it shows aircraft that were deployed on the carrier in that time period, plus Captain George S. Steele is shown in command. Steele,...
Topics: 1932, Amateur Cinema League, Home Movie, US Navy, Aircraft Carrier, USS Saratoga, Stock Footage,...
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Written by historian Richard Hough and presented by the U.S. Navy, the late-1960s film The American Dreadnought gives viewers a brief history of the American battleship USS New Jersey and a solid background of this class of ship. The film opens by taking viewers to the spring of 1921 where planes sink battleships as part of the agreement to cease battleship production following World War I. The film then cuts to 1966 and shows viewers retired battleships sitting idle at a remote pier in the...
Topics: US Navy, Battleships, USS Jersey, 1968 WWII
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BOLD JOURNEY recounts the voyage of the CCGS Labrador, a Wind-class icebreaker, through the Northwest Passage in 1954. Labrador set sail on her maiden voyage on 23 July 1954 from Halifax, Nova Scotia, bound for the Labrador Sea. Over the next summer the vessel worked her way through Canada's Arctic archipelago from east to west, conducting hydrographic soundings, resupplying RCMP outposts and deploying assorted scientific and geological teams. Her rendezvous with her American sister-ships USCGC...
Topics: Bold Journey, Royal Canadian Navy, 1954, CCGS
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“Wings for this Man” is a 1945 film produced by the U.S. Army Air Forces First Motion Picture Unit, narrated by a pre-presidential Ronald Reagan. It promotes and lauds the Tuskegee Airmen, the first black / African American military aviators in the U.S. armed forces, formed during World War II. They formed the 332nd Expeditionary Operations Group and the 477th Bombardment Group of the U.S. Army Air Forces. The film opens with Bf-109s in the skies (0:25). These are enemy fighters, with the...
Topics: 1945, Tuskegee Airmen, African American Pilots, Ronald Reagan, Stock Footage
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Filmed in the 1920s or early 1930s, this home movie was likely shot by Christian missionaries, and features delegates of the city of Hanzhou, Canton. The mission in question is very probably Congrégation du Cœur Immaculé de Marie – the Belgian Roman Catholic missionary congregation, established in 1865 in China and still present there.The footage starts by the scenes of everyday life for the water people of the Southern China and proceeds to show the missionary works of distributing food,...
Topics: 1930s, Home Movie, Belgian, Roman, Catholic Missionaries, Hanzhou, China, Stock footage, Periscope...
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One of a series of films made by the National Association of Manufacturers, this black & white film "Industry on Parade" contains segments about nickel mining at Sudbury, Ontraio, manufacturing Eagle lead pencils and Industrial Brownhoist cranes. The film ends with a profile of four retirees from the General Petroleum Corporation. This was made circa the mid 1950s. Opening credits: Industry on Parade: The Need for Nickel! (:07-:36). Sudbury Basin of Ontario. A mining outfit hangs...
Topics: Industry On Parade, Nickel Mining, 1950s, Eagle Pencil Co, Brownhoist Cranes, Stock Footage,...
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This black & white educational film is called 'INDUSTRY ON PARADE.' It is around the late 1940s/early 1950s (this is based on the last segment, research shows the concept car was 1951). It begins with the title and then states it is produced each week by the National Association of Manufacturers (:06-:28). Title that shows Open House followed by the General Food Corp in San Leandro, CA, (this is where the narrator begins) groundskeepers tend to grass and flowers, man cleans windows, lights...
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Topics: Industry On Parade, House Coffee, Fare Boxes, Jello, Stock Footage
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This silent short, "The Big Red Cars" shows interurban trolley cars of the Pacific Electric Railroad. It was shot by Leo Caloia, a municipal worker who shot short films in his free time, including some of the earliest motion picture footage of Marilyn Monroe. Some of these films were marketed by a company called World in Color Productions for the home market. At :34, shots of 1950s Los Angeles with car 1535, also known as a "blimp". Car 1519 is shown at 1:31. At 2:08 the...
Topics: Pacific, Electric Railroad, The Big Red Cars, Los Angeles, Trolley Car System, Stock Footage
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“Sand and Steel” is a U.S. Marine Corps special film report from circa 1965. It highlights the construction of the Chu Lai Air Base in South Vietnam, and features the United States Seventh Fleet, the Seabees of the U.S. Naval Mobile Construction Battalion Ten, the III Marine Expeditionary Force, and the Fleet Marine Force, Pacific.The film opens with an aerial of an American fighter bomber attacking a communist installation in Vietnam (0:19). It drops a bomb on the ground below and fires...
Topics: 1965, US Marine Corps, Chu Lai Air Base, Vietnam, Sand and Steel, USMC
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Presented by the Pacific Fleet Combat Camera Group, A Day In Westpac is a Vietnam War era film that gives viewers an overview of a typical day aboard the USS Oriskany in the Western Pacific. The film looks at members of the Navy performing routine operations and maintenance on the ship, as well as some other aspects of life on the “floating city.” The film opens with a shot of the Oriskany sailing on the Tonkin Gulf with the Seventh Fleet (00:30). A sailor wakes up and gets ready for call...
Topics: Westpac, USS Oriskany, CV-34, US Navy, Western Pacific, Stock Footage
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Made in the wake of deadly accidents aboard the aircraft carriers USS Forrestal (CV-59), USS Enterprise (CVN-65), and USS Oriskany (CV-34), this 1971 U.S. Navy safety film underscores that "Disasters Don't Just Happen".  The film examines the causes of accidents and looks for solutions to prevent similar things from happening in the future.  Three incidents are specifically examined.  First, the 1967 USS Forrestal fire was a devastating fire and series of chain-reaction explosions...
Topics: US Navy, Aircraft Carrier, Flight Deck Safety, Training Film, Disasters, Stock Footage
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Made in late 1944 by the U.S. Army Pictorial Service, "The Liberation of Rome" depicts the successful Allied advance into Rome, freeing it from German control during World War II. The film begins with footage of Allied forces arriving in the city, before flashing back to the beginnings of the campaign that eventually liberated Southern Italy from Axis control. At 1:37, the combined Chiefs of Staff are seen planning the campaign after the successful battle for Siciliy. At 2:45, Gen....
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Topics: World War II, WWII, Liberation Of Rome, Italian Campaign, Rome, Stock Footage
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One of many aircraft handling films produced during WWII, this movie provides ground and flight crews with vital information for the care of the Boeing B-29 Superfortress. Topics covered include taxiing, towing, mooring, handling of brakes, securing of the aircraft including covering of pitot tubes and air scoop covers, inspection, use of a tug and tow bar, closing of cowl flaps and securing of the electrical system including batteries, and more. Starting at 21:17 is a second film, although...
Topics: US Army, Air Forces, US Army Air Force, B-29, Superfortress, Stock Footage
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This 1968 Big Picture TV-746 color film about the 9th Infantry Division in Vietnam was presented by the U.S. Army. The soldier narrator holds a book about the 9th in WWII. A poster displays its patch (1:18-2:59). 1966, soldiers are inspected at Fort Riley. A soldier kisses his wife and children goodbye. Soldiers exercise on deck (3:10-3:50).   Heavy equipment clears trees at Bear Cat base. 1st and 2nd Brigades march for Major General Eckhart. Soldiers move through jungle terrain. Clearings...
Topics: 9th Infantry Division, Vietnam, 1968, US Army, The Big Picture, Stock Footage
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This is Chapter 7 of DON WINSLOW OF THE NAVY, a Universal serial from 1942. Plot: Commander Don Winslow is returned to the Office of Naval Intelligence from his command of his cruiser to investigate strange events on the Pacific island of Tangita, noticeably a ship being torpedoed. He discovers that there is a ring of saboteurs and enemy agents who are trying to destroy ships carrying supplies to the troops stationed in the islands and sabotage the war effort. Though the US Navy is preparing to...
Topics: Don Winslow, US Navy, 1942, Naval Intelligence, Stock Footage
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As his service in Vietnam was coming to an end, U.S. Army combat cameraman David Plenn put a group of 16mm films into a box and shipped them back to the United States. These films included both material he'd shot as a cinematographer for the Army, and materials shot by other staff members. The films remained in their box for three decades while Plenn pursued a successful career as a Hollywood cameraman. In the 2000s he donated the films to Periscope Film's archive in hopes of having them...
Topics: Vietnam, Vietnam War, Combat Dailies, US Army, Stock Footage
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These silent Vietnam War "dailies" -- unedited footage -- were brought back from S.E. Asia by a U.S. Army cameraman. This particular film consists of various segments. Some of it shows a Huey helicopter repair facility where choppers are put back together after suffering battle damage or needing maintenance. At 3:33, poorly shot footage shows an operation on someone's big toe which appears badly injured. At 5:48, the repair facility is seen in operation with a Huey having its rotor...
Topics: Vietnam War, Dailies, Huey Helicopter, Repair Facility, Stock Footage
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Dating to June 9, 1967, this silent footage shows Operation Akron. In the footage elements of the 75th Cavalry are seen crashing through the jungle on a search and destroy operation. The infantry are supported by tanks that appear to be M-48 Pattons. At 1:13, a landmine has been discovered in the road and sweeps are made with mine detectors for additional devices. At about 2:22 the mine is remotely detonated. At 2:36 the hole left from destroying the mine is examined. At 8:18, a medical clinic...
Topics: June, 1967, Vietnam War, Operation Akron, Raw Footage, Stock Footage
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Shot by a U.S. serviceman, this 16mm silent home movie shows rare footage of Taiwan and likely dates to 1948 or 1949. At the time, Taiwan had just emerged from an era where it was a Japanese colony for fifty years (1895-1945). A new era was beginning with the dramatic finale to the Chinese Civil War, with Chiang Kai-Shek's nationalist forces retreating to the island after their defeat on the mainland. The footage in the film provides a rare look at the immediate postwar era in Taiwan, with the...
Topics: 1948, Taipei, Taiwan, 16mm, Home Movies, Republic Of China, Stock Footage
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This fascinating 1943 U.S. Navy training film shows "How to Signal" using flag hoists, semaphore, and blinker to present morse code messages. The film was produced by F.H. Hargove of the Prior Motion Picture Company in New York and supposedly narrated by "Radcliffe Hall" (like a pseudonym for a radio announcer). A review in "Motor Boating" magazine noted that "the film shows pictorially how to learn the codes in the International Flag, Semaphore and Blinker...
Topics: US Navy, Signal Corps, Flag Semaphore, Blinker, Morse Code, Stock Footage
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This heartbreaking short home movie, original footage shot on silent 16mm film, records some of the events on April 5, 1968 as the casket containing fallen Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King is loaded aboard an American Airlines Convair at the Memphis Airport. As you will see in the film, security at the airport was tight and included at least one National Guardsman carrying a Tommy gun. The crowd appears very orderly and reverent, but according to an article (cited below), there were...
Topics: Martin Luther King Jr, Casket, Memphis, Airport, April 5, 1968, Stock Footage
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Produced by the Southwestern Bell Telephone Company to promote the city of St. Louis, this film shows a modern city on the rise prior to the completion of the famed Arch. The "new St. Louis" is the result of a renewal effort started in the 1950s, and consists not only of the Arch, but a new planetarium, sports arena, and more. We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional information about our videos by adding a comment!  See something interesting? ...
Topics: ST. Louis, Gateway To The West, 1960s. Missouri, Travelogue, Stock Footage
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This color educational film is about farmers who work on the land and was made in 1946. It was directed by Ernest Reid. This is a silent print, possibly made to be shown on a silent projector while a script was read to accompany it. The film follows a small, rural Canadian family as they problem solve how to keep a hardworking, recently married farmhand employed on their land during the winter months. The film gives pragmatic information that would have been highly valuable to the rural farmers...
Topics: 1946, Rural Canada, Farmers, Ernest Raid, National Film Board, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This 1960s NASA film shows viewers the test flights of the first two Saturn rockets, SA-1 and SA-2. The film follows the rockets from Marshall Space Flight Center to the barge transportation to Cape Canaveral for the test flights. The film begins with footage from August 1961 of a barge carrying SA-1 down what appears to be the Mississippi River on its way to Cape Canaveral. A truck drives onto a dock carrying part of the rocket (01:08). Viewers see the Saturn rocket in one of the buildings at...
Topics: Saturn, Giant Step, moon, 1960s, NASA, Apollo Program, Saturn I, IB, Project Highwater, Stock...
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Produced by NASA in 1969, this forward-looking, color educational film is about the investigation of space and the benefits that research can produce for people on Earth. This includes benefits to a wide variety of scientific disciplines, including meteorology, geology, oceanography, and ecology. The film argues that the development of advanced technology, including the proposed space stations and probes seen in this film, likewise stimulates industrial innovation and production with...
Topics: Benefits From Space, 1969, NASA, Apollo Program, Earthbound, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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Made in the 1960s (probably 1965), IN THE HEARTS OF MEN was created by the Masons in support of the ideals of democracy. Hosted by Lowell Thomas, the famed journalist and a Master Mason, this movie celebrates famous Americans who were Masons. This Scottish Rite film was part of an effort in the 1960s to promote the work of the Supreme Council, and produced and directed by journalist Richard Amberg. 500 copies of IN THE HEARTS OF MEN were produced, and it proved so popular a sequel film was...
Topics: 1960s, Masons, Freemasonry, Hearts Of Men, Lowell Thomas, Stock Footage
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This short drama film from 1953, produced by Sid Davis and winner of the Trend Publications Award, gives viewers a look at the hot rod or drag racing culture. The film revolves around a teenager, Bill Bower, who moves to California and learns how safety and education have been integrated into the hot rod scene. The film opens with Bill driving his 1928-9 Ford Model A Roadster down a street in what is presumably Inglewood, CA. Cars pull in to park at a high school (01:28). Bill parks his...
Topics: The Cool Hot Rod, 1950, Culture, Southern California, Model A Roaster, Stock Footage
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This fascinating 1932 16mm home movie shows the Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, beginning with track and field events in the Coliseum. At the 1:36 mark, Japanese athletes are seen. At the 5:30 mark running is seen, possibly the 500 meter. An obstacle course is seen at the 5:41 mark. At the 9:00 mark, boat racing is seen including what appears to be crew races. Equestrian events are seen at the 10:00 mark. At the 11:20 mark, swimming is seen at the swim stadium with its elaborate pools and...
Topics: Los Angeles, Olympics, 1932, Home Movie, Memorial Coliseum, Stock Footage
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One of the series of films produced by Jam Handy for Chevrolet, THRILL DRIVER'S CHOICE features thrill driver Joie Chitwood and his team putting 1956 Chevys through their paces as part of a "thrill show". The film also shows Chevy's in the showroom at the 1:20 mark, and indicates that Chitwood drives a "stock" Chevy (whether this is true or not we don't know!) George Rice Chitwood (April 14, 1912 – January 3, 1988), nicknamed "Joie", was an American racecar...
Topics: 1956, Chevrolet, Promotional Film, Stunt Driver, J
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This 1961 color promotional film produced by the Miller Brewing Company follows a couple on an Alaskan trout fishing trip that also includes beers, bears, and propeller-driven aircraft at Katmai National Park (TRT: 28:04). A bottle of Miller High Life beer next to a footed pilsner glass with gold rim. Pouring sudsy beer into a Miller branded glass, “The Champagne of Bottled Beer” (0:07). Joe, an “average fisherman” is introduced at a crowded fishing hole with a cap and rod (0:27). Joe...
Topics: Fishing, 49th, Miller High Life, Alaska, Trout Anglers Adventure, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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Dating to 1947, this film "Skifully Yours" was produced by the Ford Motor Co. and directed by Jerry Webb and produced by Otto Lang. (Lang was a pioneering ski instructor who became one of the most famous skiers of his era. He taught Schneider's Arlberg Method and worked with many Hollywood stars at Sun Valley, Idaho.)  The film is narrated by Dan McNamara (:25). The film was part of a series of Ford films that promoted driving destinations in the USA. The film opens with a list of...
Topics: Skillfully Yours, 1947, Ski Resort, Promo Film, Sun Valley, Idaho, Otto Land, Hollywood Stars,...
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This beautiful travelogue was sponsored by Air France and features a jazz soundtrack by the inimitable Alain Goraguer. The film features visits to Savoy, Burgundy and Alsace, and also contains footage shot on board an Air France 707. The airline started uninterrupted jet operations in 1960 with the Sud Aviation Caravelle and the Boeing 707; jet airliners cut travel times in half and improved comfort. Born 20 August 1931 in Rosny-sous-Bois, Seine-Saint-Denis, Goraguer is a French jazz pianist,...
Topics: Air France, Travelogue, 1960s, Coast, France, Alsace, Burgundy, Savoy, Stock Footage
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Made by Bell Telephone in the wake of the failure of the Teton Dam, DISASTER AT TETON shows recovery efforts. It has particular attention paid to communications and the phone system. The Teton Dam was an earthen dam on the Teton River in Idaho, United States. It was built by the Bureau of Reclamation, one of eight federal agencies authorized to construct dams. Located in the eastern part of the state, between Fremont and Madison counties, it suffered a catastrophic failure on June 5, 1976, as...
Topics: Teton, Dam, Failure, Disaster at Teton, Idaho, Stock Footage
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This silent test film shows the results of a high speed crash test on a 1973 Chevrolet Corvette, and features various angles of the impact including shots from underneath the vehicle. The film begins with reference shots of the car from all sides before moving into the tests, with the car traveling into an angled concrete wall. The car doors were made of transparent plastic to aid researchers in seeing the impact effects on the passengers -- crash test dummies. The test shows twin air bags in...
Topics: 1973, Chevrolet, Corvette, High Speed Crash, Crash Test, Stock Footage
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Made in 1952 by the Jam Handy Organization for Chevrolet, "The Key to Our Horizons" shows America and the planet Earth with an increasing amount of cars and traffic. In fact at the time the movie was made, 50 million cars and trucks (which could circle the earth 7 times) were in the United States. Today they are 250 million.     The film promotes the role of the auto industry in the nation's economy, and the role of the automobile in everyday life. The film features images of...
Topics: Automobile, American Prosperity, 1952, Chevrolet, Publicity Film, Stock Footage
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Made for the home market, this silent film features TWA's Starstream 707 jets.   Trans World Airlines launched its first jet service on Jan. 25, 1959, between New York-Idlewild and San Fransisco.   The route was chosen by TWA’s then President Howard Hughes to compete with American Airlines new jet service between New York-Idlewild and Los Angeles. Hughes pushed TWA’s finances to the limit to enter the jet age by ordering eight new Boeing 707-120’s in February 1956. TWA dubbed the new...
Topics: TWA, Starstream, 707 Jets, Kennedy International Airport, Stock Footage
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Rarely seen by the public, "The Fallbrook Story" (1952) is a short subject film that told the story of a water rights battle between the citizens of the Fallbrook, California area and the federal government. It was produced (without credit) by Frank Capra, and uses many of the techniques he utilized in his famous series of WWII-era propaganda films including the "Why We Fight" series. The government wanted to have exclusive rights to the water from the Santa Margarita river...
Topics: Frank Capras, Lost Cold War Movie, Fallbrook Story, Water Rights, Stock Footage
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One of the films made by the Jam Handy Organization for General Motors, "O'Mara's Chain Miracle" is a pay-it-forward branding film. It takes place in a small town where a short tempered traffic cop (played by Victor McLaglen) named O'Mara manages to hold his temper and not explode at the service station guy that stops in the crosswalk (in his brand new convertible Chevy). As a result, the service station guy is nice to a customer (in a Chevy), who then treats his customers nicely......
Topics: Chevrolet, 1950s, Sales, OMaras, Chain, Miracle, Stock Footage
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This 1950 film presented by the Hawaiian Pineapple Company (:08) is a promotion for the Dole Fruit Cocktail invented in the Barron-Gray Canning Company plant. The cocktail includes cherries, peaches, pears, grapes and pineapples. The film shows this colorful variety of fruits from their harvest and as they go through canning processes. It was produced by Jerry Fairbanks Inc. (:18) and opens with a span of a cherry tree orchard (:28) in the San Joaquin Valley, California. The famous vinelands of...
Topics: 1950s, Dole Fruit, Promo Film, Rainbow Harvest, Hawaii, Pineapple, California, Grapes, Stock Footage
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This is a 1950’s era, color film produced by Coronet. It is an instructional film called “See Better: Healthy Eyes”. It is produced in part, with the educational collaborator, Derrick T. Vail, Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology at the Northwestern University Medical School.  It opens in a classroom and begins to talk about the important things we know by using our eyes, 1:00. Child with eyeglasses, 1:12. Girl squints when she takes her glasses off, 1:38. Little boy is...
Topics: 1950s, Education, Healthy Eyes, Oculist, Optician, Glasses, Stock Footage
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Produced by the Louisiana Association for Mental Health and filmed in Chicago, IL with the help of the Chicago Police Department, The Cry For Help is a 1962 training film from documentary filmmaker George C. Stoney and is part of a series of films Stoney made about what police face when dealing with people with mental health issues. The Cry For Help shows how police officers should and should not deal with people who contemplate or attempt suicide, ranging from people in jail trying to commit...
Topics: The Cry For Help, 1962, Chicago, Police, Mentally Ill, Stock Footage
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Sunny Strikes is a 1950s film promoting St. Petersburg, Florida by highlighting two major sporting events that occur in the town: professional baseball’s spring training and the Annual Tarpon Roundup. The film opens with a group of boys playing a game of baseball in a vacant lot. Two boys fish at a pond with makeshift fishing poles (01:23). An aerial view shows St. Petersburg, FL (02:00). Professional baseball players train in St. Petersburg. At Al Lang Field (02:25), viewers see players...
Topics: 1950s, ST. Petersburg, Florida, Sunny Strikes, Baseball, Spring, Training, Stock Footage
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Created in the late 1940s, this film from Bell explains the operation of the Mobile Telephone Service (MTS) by showing how it can be used to make business more efficient. The film also shows some of the cutting edge equipment used in the system and shows how it was installed in vehicles (7:30). MTS was a pre-cellular VHF radio system that linked to the Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN). As such it used both radio signals and telephone lines to connect parties. MTS was the radiotelephone...
Topics: 1940s, Bell, Telephone, Movie, Early Cell, Mobile Telephone System, Stock Footage
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This black & white educational film is about the FDA and that they make sure that what is in food actually is and that what medicine/cosmetics says it will do it actually does. It has a copyright date of 1949. Opening titles: FRAUD FIGHTERS (:06-:29). Exterior of the FDA Building. People at work in an office. A man puts a device on another man. A man at a desk looks at an ad that guarantees a lot that it will do, its called 'Elixirex.' Exterior of a New York office. An Inspector who works...
Topics: 1949, Food, Drug, promo Film, Fraud Fighters, Food, Medicine, Testing, Stock Footage
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This silent film shows an operation for a duodenal ulcer. The operation shown here was conducted by Dr. G. Arnold Stevens of Beverly Hills, who was a pioneer in this type of surgery and published several articles about it in the 1950s. Stevens was on the faculty of the University of California in that era. A duodenal ulcer is a peptic ulcer that develops in the first part of the small intestine (duodenum). For patients suffering from stomach cancer or other problems like ulcers and bleeding,...
Topics: Gastric Restrictions, Surgery, Doctor, DR, 1950s, Duodenal Ulcer, 1940s, Stock Footage
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This black & white promotional film is about the Caterpillar Diesel DR7 Tractor . This was made in 1937 based on the roman numeral copyright shown. Opening credits: Caterpillar Tractor Co presentation (:08-:27). A globe goes round and round. Wherever work is needed to be done, Caterpillar DIesel equipment is there. Shots of the engineering department as well as the proving grounds. Women open files of the records for the tractors. Shots of the equipment at work. Files being plucked...
Topics: 1937, Caterpillar, DR7, Diesel, Tractor, Stock Footage
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This color reel of home movie footage documents a 1950s tourist vacation to Hawaii, offering glimpses of the big island around the time of its statehood,revealing a colorful, relatively undeveloped land of beauty as well as a taste of the familiar tourist attractions that would later come to dominate the region (TRT: 12:46). Leader and punched holes. A group of yachts on a sunlit, sparkling panorama (0:05). A waterfront resort hotel. Grass huts, a weather vane, docks. Medium shot of a man in a...
Topics: 1960s, Hawaii, Home Movie, Hula Show, Boat Cruise, Kilauea Volcano, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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Presented by the Free China Film Syndicate, The Double Tenth is a short documentary from 10 October 1978 that gives viewers a glimpse of the Republic of China’s (Taiwan) military parade during the celebration commemorating the Wuchang Uprising on 10 October 1911, which lead to the founding of the Chinese Republic the following year. The Double Tenth, also known as the National Day of the Republic of China, is celebrated with a massive military parade down the avenue in front of the...
Topics: 1978, Taiwan, Reupublic Of China, China, 1978, Stock Footage
Made for the home market in the late 1920s and released by Kodak as part of their Kodascope film library, this collection of silent newsreels show the end of Charles Lindbergh's 1927 trans-Atlantic flight and his "goodwill tours" of Belgium, England and Mexico. The first segment "Lindbergh's Triumphant Arrival in Paris", released by William J. Ganz Co., (:15) starts with a view of Le Bourget Airport outside Paris, France. At :44, searchlights illuminate the sky as Paris...
Topics: Charles Lindbergh, Paris, Goodwill, Tours Belgium, England, Mexico, Stock Footage
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Highlights of the aviation age, Chuck Yeager breaks the sound barrier at Muroc, California. On 14 October 1947, travelling 45,000 feet above the Mojave desert in California, Major Chuck Yeager of the United States Air Force broke the sound barrier. He was flying the Bell X-1, which had been dropped from a modified B-29 bomber at 26,000 feet, before sequentially opening the taps on the aircraft's four rockets. Charles Elwood "Chuck" Yeager, born February 13, 1923, is a retired major...
Topics: Chuck Yeager, Barrier Flight, Bell X-1, Rocket Aircraft, Stock Footage
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This black & white educational film is about the country of Norway. This was made during WWII but contains footage from the 1930s. Opening titles: NORWAY (:06-:13). Mountains and fjords of the country of Norway -- as it looked before the outbreak of WWII. People walk around. Fishing village of Bergen. Bergen is a city on Norway’s southwestern coast. It's surrounded by mountains and fjords, including Sognefjord, the country’s longest and deepest. Sign for a bakery (1:01) and cobblestone...
Topics: 1930s, Travelogue, Bergen, Oslo, Sardine Fishing Industry, Lapland, Sami People, Stock Footage,...
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1954 TRAVELOGUE FILM “CANYON COUNTRY” This film depicts the Grand Canyon as tourists take a ride through the area stopping at various points of interest. It opens with the starting point of a trek through the Grand Canyon on the western rim of the canyon at the Bright Angel Lodge (:37). The Lodge offers hotel accommodations or cabins (:41). Visitors are seen milling around the campgrounds (:47) and taking a look out at the Grand Canyon (:53). An aerial shot of the canyon follows (:55) and...
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This black and white film is one of a 1950-1960 television series Industry on Parade, produced by the National Association of Manufacturers. This episode, “The Golden Years”, is a single segment highlight that the elderly are still productive employees. An elderly gentleman checks in with the receptionist at the doctor’s office. The doctor wears a bowtie and suit and draws the patient’s blood (:18-:57). At Upjohn, a female lab technician works with vials in research on cortisol. The...
Topics: Industry On Parade, 1950s, Eldery, Retired, Employees, Stock Footage
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Postcards From Dalmatia is a colorful 1960s travel film promoting tourism along the coast of what is now Croatia and Montenegro. The film opens with titles printed over painted scenes and a buoyant folk song.  Notable crew includes cinematographer Arthur Wooster, director Adrian de Potier, and narrator James McKechnie.  A busy train station is crowded with tourists (0:33).  The film cuts to a small cruise ship, the S.S. Jadrolinija, bound from Venice for islands off the coast of...
Topics: Postcards, Dalmatia, 1960s, Croatia, Montenegro, Stock Footage
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Ralph M. Barnes’ “Motion Study Applications: Showing Better and Easier Ways to Work” is a black and white film studying motion economy. Ralph M. Barnes was a Professor of Engineering and Production Management at the University of California, Los Angeles, and the University of Iowa. The film was produced by the University of Iowa in 1942.   The film opens with various workers performing mundane, repetitive tasks, such as sorting (0:44), putting pegs in holes (1:11), hammering (1:23),...
Topics: Motion Study Application, 1940s, Ralph M Barnes, Human Factors, Stock Footage
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This black and white film is one of a 1950-1960 television series Industry on Parade, produced by the National Association of Manufacturers. Instead of the usual multiple segments, this is a single segment “Making Contact” about communication among the industrial workforce.   An automobile factory worker finger whistles, pats his head, and his side. A worker makes a signal like pulling a horn to indicate more doors are needed, shown stacked. Putting your fingers around your eyes signals...
Topics: Industry On Parade, Bulletin Boards, Corporate Magazines, Stock Footage
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This color educational film is about how a newspaper is made in a community. It was made by Gary Goldsmith Films in cooperation with the Los Angeles Times. This was made in 1959 since the Dodgers/Cardinals home opener was this year and is shown in the film on the sports page. A room of reporters type at their typewriters. An editor assigns a reporter and a photographer to a job. On an airport tarmac, a reporter interviews a man while the photographer takes pictures. A baby elephant is taken off...
Topics: Los Angeles, LA, Newspaper, Community, Free Press, Stock Footage