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This Film Communique Fifth Issue consists of several segments.  The first, P-47s Come to Town, shows the arrival of American P-47 Thunderbolts in the European Theater, their assembly and combat role.  The second, titled Two Million Dollar Hill, showing combat in Italy, with mules and men being used to deliver supplies to front line troops fighting German troops.  The omnipresent mud makes it slow going.  An animated short "A Few Quick Facts" shows the work of the Air Transport...
Topics: U.S. Marine Corps, Battle Of Tarawa World War II, Pacific Campaign
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This documentary film dates to the early 1970s and presents information about soviet involvement in the middle east, specifically in Egypt as a threat to the nation of Israel. Various representatives of the Israeli Defense Forces are interviewed and footage is shown of Israeli and Arab capabilities, including the Israeli Air Force. Israeli F-4 Phantoms are shown. This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage...
Topic: Stock Footage
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This is part of a series of Combat camera dailies from Vietnam in 1967. This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage collections in the USA. Entirely film backed, this material is available for licensing in 24p HD. For more information visit http://www.PeriscopeFilm.com
Topic: Stock Footage
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This is part of a series of Combat camera dailies from Vietnam in 1967. This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage collections in the USA. Entirely film backed, this material is available for licensing in 24p HD. For more information visit http://www.PeriscopeFilm.com Category Education
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This Yesterday’s Newsreel film (episode 46) offers the viewer “television highlights of the news of yesteryear” by providing vintage clips of famous people and events from the first half of the 20th century. The episode begins with a look at the life of Calvin Coolidge. The newsreel shows footage of Plymouth, Vermont and the country store where Coolidge was born. It also shows the North Hampton law offices where he practiced. Coolidge poses with his wife and two sons. Soldiers returning...
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Dating to May of 1958, these silent "dailies" show ground handling equipment being developed for the U.S. Navy's Polaris IRBM. The footage was shot in Van Nuys, California -- then home of the Lockheed Missiles Division. A full size "dummy" missile is shown being loaded onto a hydraulic carrier. At 6:00 the missile is rotated to vertical. In this position it could be lowered into a submarine silo, and that may very well be the function of this piece of equipment....
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Made in 1943 for the U.S. Navy, DAMAGE CONTROL IV shows the use of the Rescue Breathing Apparatus during firefighting operations aboard ships.  Shown is the Navy Oxygen Breathing Rescue Apparatus, Type A-1, a self-contained, closed-circuit device. Oxygen, generated by chemicals in a canister, flowed to the right-hand section of the breathing bag, where it mixed with air previously passed through the canister, then to the left-hand breathing bag and on through the inhalation tube into the...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, United States Navy, World War II, Fire Fighting, Fire, Training
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Explains how changing modes of transportation have shaped the boarders and the way of life of the United States, high-lighting important stages in the development of rapid comfortable and efficient means of travel in America; discusses the ingenuity needed to combat the pollution and congestion that mobility has brought with it. This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage collections in the USA. Entirely...
Topic: Stock Footage
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This short, silent home movie shows Governor George Wallace interacting with crowds at some sort of parade (see around 4:03:00 ) George Corley Wallace Jr. (August 25, 1919 – September 13, 1998) was an American politician and the 45th Governor of Alabama, having served two nonconsecutive terms and two consecutive terms as a Democrat: 1963–1967, 1971–1979 and 1983–1987. Wallace has the third longest gubernatorial tenure in post-Constitutional U.S. history at 5,848 days. After four runs...
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Filmed in the 1930s, this historic newsreel shows the capture of an African elephant presumably for the Berlin Zoo.  The Berlin Zoological Garden (German: Zoologischer Garten Berlin) is the oldest and best known zoo in Germany. Opened in 1844 it covers 35 hectares (86.5 acres) and is located in Berlin's Tiergarten. With about 1,500 different species and almost 20,500 animals the zoo presents the most comprehensive collection of species in the world. This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC...
Topics: Berlin Zoological Garden, African Elephant, Elephant, Zoo, 1930's, Berlin
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Marketing Retail Sales Department of the Standard Oil Company of California, Western Operations Inc, presents, “Make Mine Service”. This is a color film which starts out at a standard 1950’s style service station, :45. Logos for Standard Station and Chevron Dealer are shown, :51. Bob and Dave’s service station is shown, 1:24. Pat Ivins service station is shown, 1:48. Chevron Supreme and Chevron gasoline service pumps, 2:45. RPM Supreme Motor Oil, 2:50, Atlas Tires and batteries, 2:55....
Topics: 1950, Oil, Service Station, Chevron, Stock Footage
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This color educational film is about the introduction of the White Alice Communications Antenna System as well as daily life in Alaska. This was made in 1959. Mountains and glaciers of Alaska. Alaska's new antennas for a long distance telephone system, known as white alice. Snow covered landscapes. Aerial shots of the antennas. Snowy mountains. Map shot of Alaska. The White Alice Communications System was a United States Air Force telecommunication network with 80 radio stations constructed in...
Topics: Alice, Alaska, Radio, Telephone, Dew Line, Stock Footage
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Produced in 1945 after WWII had ended, this Victory Bond film explores the cost of the war in physical terms -- specifically the veterans who have returned from the war with dreadful wounds, amputations, blindness, etc.  The film encourages Americans to buy Bonds to provide continued care for these servicemen. Footage includes V-E Day in New York, busy shots of Americans getting back to normal life after the war, miscellaneous battle shots and many views of men receiving medical treatment in...
Topics: Veteran, World War II, Killed In Action, Victory Bonds, Wounded In Action
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This is part of a series of Combat camera dailies from Vietnam in 1967. This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage collections in the USA. Entirely film backed, this material is available for licensing in 24p HD. For more information visit http://www.PeriscopeFilm.com
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This 1959 color educational film is actual footage mixed with animation to show how supersonic flight occurs. It is Part 3 of a series made by the Shell Film Unit and directed by Denis Segaller. Royal Air Force aircraft is used for the actual footage. Part 2 is reviewed with a diagram of transonic range and how subsonic and supersonic air flow moves around the aircraft (:45-1:05). The animation depicts the entirely supersonic air flow around a fighter plane. The Mach angle is shown for each...
Topic: Stock Footage
This film is a 1940 travelogue of Washington DC in glorious color! It includes views of the Pentagon, the Navy Department, the White House, the Treasury Building, the Washington Monument, the old post office, FBI building, the Jefferson Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, the Smithsonian Institution, Mount Vernon, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and the theater where President Lincoln was shot. This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military,...
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This extremely rare silent film provides an inside look at the Central Gun Camera Film Processing Laboratory and likely dates to the Korean War. The role of the CGCFPL was to process tens of thousands of feet of gun camera footage obtained by U.S. Air Force pilots.This footage was shot primarily on 16mm motion picture film by cameras that were typically mounted in the wings of airplanes, and which were activated when combat or bomb drops were initiated. Gun camera films were used during WWII,...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
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"Nuremberg: It's Lesson for Today" was made by the Office of Military Government for Germany in May of 1947 under the auspices of the OSS Field Photographic Unit headed by John Ford. In the summer of 1945, Ford dispatched Stuart to Europe to hunt for Nazi films that could be used at the Nuremberg trial. His older brother Budd, of higher rank, followed and led what became a small team of editors and writers. During a frenzied 4-month period, the Schulberg brothers and their colleagues...
Topic: Stock Footage
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This silent film was made for the German home market in 1942 by Degeto. It shows the fall of Tobruk, also known as the Battle of Gazala, on June 21, 1942.   At :34 an animated situation map shows the general plan of attack. At :51 Erwin Rommel is shown planning with staff and at 1:03 German artillery blasts British positions. At 1:15, June 20, 1942, Panzers make an early morning move against British positions. At 1:40 artillery piece is pulled into action by halftracks and troops advance while...
Topics: Germanny, German Army, 1942, Afrika Korps, Gazala, Stock Footage
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One of the most infamous "gag" films ever produced under the auspices of the Department of Defense, "Tough Sledding" was apparently created by the staff at Northrop Corporation in the late 1950s. No, we don't know what they were smoking! In this era Northrop was heavily engaged in conducting human factors research, and developing escape systems including ejection seats and parachutes for use in aircraft and spacecraft. This included the work of Dr. John Paul Stapp, who...
Topics: High Definition, Stock Footage
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Created in 1966, "Facts Make the Difference" is training film for Civil Defense personnel which examines the importance of collecting information and fact finding during a disaster, so that resources can be appropriately allocated. We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional information about our videos by adding a comment! See something interesting? Tell people what it is and what they can see by writing something for example like: "01:00:12:00 --...
Topics: Nuclear Weapon, Atomic Bomb, War Film, Cold War, Disaster, Hydrogen Bomb, Nuclear Warfare, Cold...
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Dating to 1963, this film was created by the International Film Bureau and Syracuse University as a Russian language teaching tool. Depicted within it are, mainly, the sightseeing spots of Moscow – the Kremlin and its churches, Tsar Bell and Tsar Cannon, daily life scenes, and a couple of minutes of Saint Petersburg footage, all accompanied by well-enunciated, but not always accurate, narration, aimed at the intermediate-level Russian language learners.   Scenes include:   0:37 "Egons...
Topics: 1963, Tour Of Moscow, Leningrad, Russia, Soviet, Union, Stock Footage
Made in 1966, this rarely seen documentary "Today, Tomorrow and Titan III" shows the U.S. Air Force and NASA's activities and research. The Manned Orbiting Laboratory space station concept, put forward as part of an initiative to militarize space under the auspices of the USAF, is touched upon. Research efforts with lifting bodies (which might be used to resupply the MOL) including the M2-F1 and high speed aircraft including the X-15 rocket plane are shown at Edwards Air Force Base...
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Topics: Manned Orbiting Laboratory, NASA, NASA Drydena, North American X-15, Lifting Body, Rocket plane
The Stilwell Road was a propaganda film produced by the American Office of War Information and the British and Indian film units in 1945 detailing the creation of the Ledo Road, also known as the Stilwell Road after the U.S. General Joseph Stilwell. The movie was narrated by Ronald Reagan. The film opens with a message telling the audience that the film is about more than the building of a road in the jungle; it is also the story of Scots, Irish, English, Americans, Africans, Indians, and...
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 1966, this rarely seen documentary "Today, Tomorrow and Titan III" shows the U.S. Air Force and NASA's activities and research. The Manned Orbiting Laboratory space station concept, put forward as part of an initiative to militarize space under the auspices of the USAF, is touched upon. Research efforts with lifting bodies (which might be used to resupply the MOL) including the M2-F1 and high speed aircraft including the X-15 rocket plane are shown at Edwards Air Force Base and the...
Topics: Manned Orbiting Laboratory, paragliding, Lifting Body, NASA, NASA Dryden, North American X-15, M2-51
Produced by Boeing’s Vertol Division (most likely in the late 1960s), Hovering Angel is a short film that promotes the humanitarian contributions made using Sea Knight CH-46s and Chinook CH-47s. The film opens with a scene of a Sea Knight CH-46 rescuing a pilot from water ( 00:18 ). Aircraft carrier crewmen refer to escorting helicopters on rescue missions as “angels,” thus the title of the film. In 1966, deep snows strand boy scouts at Horseshoe Bend Camp in Rising Sun, Maryland ( 01:10...
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This 1944 documentary directed by Stuart Heisler and produced by Frank Capra as part of the United States Army’s First Motion Picture Unit for The Department of War uses techniques of Hollywood filmmaking and propaganda to stir enthusiasm for the World War II Allied effort, making a case for African Americans enlistment at a time when the armed forces were still officially segregated.   Opening titles. “The War Department Presents, The Negro Soldier, with the cooperatioon of the Signal...
Topics: The Negro Soldier, African Americans, WWII, World War II
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Produced in 1936, this wonderful old film shows a voyage aboard a schooner named Wanderbird around South America.  The captain of this vessel is Warwick M. Tompkins of Gloucester, Massachusetts, who later wrote a book about the journey entitled "50 South to 50 South".  For decades, the book has inspired many to seek out their own nautical adventures.    The film is rich in imagery of the age of sail, including shots of sailors at work, Gloucester harbor, a woman at the helm of the...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Sea, Clipper, South America, Cape Of Good hope, Schooner, Cape Horn,...
This promotional film by Boeing features the Model 707 Stratotanker / Stratoliner, America's first jet transport. Known as the Boeing 367-80, or simply as the Dash 80, this American four-engine prototype aircraft tail # N70700 demonstrated the advantages of jet propulsion for commercial aviation. It served as base for the design of the KC-135 tanker and the 707 airliner. Some of the design features of the aircraft were pioneered in the B-52 aircraft. The film shows many of the features of the...
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Shot in Burma during the Denis-Roosevelt Asiatic Expedition (1939), led by filmmaker Armand Denis and his wife Leila Roosevelt. In Rangoon, views of the Shive Dagon Pagoda and huge bamboo irrigation water wheels are seen, as well as the temples, pagodas and bas-reliefs featuring snake motifs at the Pegan ruins. The ornamentation and neck wraps of Karen women are shown. A survey of the teak industry follows, including the training of elephants for logging work. The final sequence focuses on a...
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Produced by Canadian Pacific, which operated a steamship line that serviced Manila, this color film shows stunning views of the Philippines pre-WWII. The movie was made during the American colonial rule by Richard and Elizabeth Hubert, who lived in Asia in the 1930s. After escaping from Shanghai on one of the last ships that left before the Japanese invasion of Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, Richard Hubert, a Canadian citizen, went to work for the U.S. Office of War Information in 1942. He...
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"Wings to Guatemala" is a Pan Am travelogue directed by Jean Oser, and written by Robert Hertzberg.  Produced in the 1950s, it features stunning images of Lake Atitlan, Guatemala City, the Tikal temple prior to the removal of foliage, and footage of the people and industries of this Central American nation.   Tikal is the ruins of an ancient city found in a rainforest in Guatemala. Ambrosio Tut, a gum-sapper, reported the ruins to a La Gaceta, a Guatemalan newspaper, which named the...
Topics: Pan American World Airline, Guatemala, travelogue, Lake Atitlan, Maya Civilization, Maya Ruins, Pan...
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This 1944 black and white documentary film B.3004 about DDT is an AKS production sponsored by the U.K. government’s WWII War Office. DDT is the common name of dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane, an insecticide that was used in WWII to prevent the spread of malaria and typhus among troops. Except for the use of malaria control, it is now widely banned. DDT was promoted extensively by western governments, and this film is a piece of that promotion. Microscopic views are shown of a mosquito, flea,...
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Command of the Seas: Arctic is part of the U.S. Navy’s 1950s film series that promotes the Navy’s activities in the world’s oceans to establish and maintain “command of the seas” to ensure global security. In this short film, the focus is on the emerging presence of the Navy in the Arctic Ocean. The film opens with shots of U.S. warships ( 01:17 ) as the narrator explains the role the U.S. Navy has in keeping the seas peaceful. The one place still untamed is the Arctic. The Arctic (...
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Created during the Breznhev regime in 1972, this 55th Anniversary film shows the USSR at the height of its military power and political influence. Featuring a massive display of military might in Red Square, the film also features war games and Soviet nuclear forces such as submarines on patrol. The defense capabilities of the country are underscored by Marshall Andrei Grechko, who makes clear the might and power of the Communist state.   At 2:20 the film shows historic footage of the Red Army...
Topics: Soviet Union, 55th Anniversary, 1972, Moscow, Military Parade, Stock Footage
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This Russian language training film was produced in 1963 by International Film Bureau, Inc.,   and the East European Language program of Syracuse University. Narration by Olga Snegireff Federoff. Depicted are the produce markets of an average European Soviet city, a central Asian produce market, shots of the normal traffic in Samarkand (the capital of the Uzbek Soviet Socialist Republic at the time), a prolonged explanation of the daily life in the Soviet countryside, ending with several shots...
Topics: Moscow, Baykal, Region, Soviet Union, 1963, Russian Language, Stock Footage
This episode of "The Big Picture", one of the "Army in Action" series, is entitled "The Tide Turns".  It shows the military campaigns of 1944 in Europe and against Japan, with the United States and its Allies beginning to reverse the Fascist aggressors' progress on all fronts.    The episode begins with images in Italy of the horrific mud that halted U.S. and British forces advancing towards Rome.   Meanwhile, General Eisenhower plans the D-Day invasion of...
Topics: Italian Campaign, World War II, The Big Picture, United States Army, Normandy Landings, D-Day,...
This film THE ATOM UNDERGROUND profiles Project Gasbuggy and Project Plowshare, which were ill-fated attempts to demonstrate the use of nuclear detonations for peaceful purposes, in this case extracting more oil and natural gas from underground through nuclear fracking.     Plowshare was the overall United States term for the development of techniques to use nuclear explosives for peaceful construction purposes. It was the US portion of what are called Peaceful Nuclear Explosions (PNE)....
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, United States Atomic Energy Commission, United States of America,...
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Produced in the wake of the Three Mile Island accident by Westinghouse Nuclear Energy Systems, "The Nuclear Look" promotes the nuclear power industry as a safe and efficient component of infrastructure with a bright place in America's future.  Some of America's oldest nuclear power plants are shown in the film including Connecticut Yankee and Shippingport, as proof that nuclear power can be viable. This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic...
Topics: Nuclear Reactor, Atomic Reactor, Uranium, Connecticut Yankee, Atomic Energy Commission, Nuclear...
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This color promotional film is about the RED GIANTS, a line of farming tractors from the company Massey Ferguson. There is no copyright at the beginning or end of the film so the date of the production is 1967 based on when the MF 1100/MF 1130 tractors were released to the public.  A man enters a hangar with a flashlight and shuts it off when he finds what he's looking for. A red tractor (:08-:47). Credits: Massey Ferguson presents The Red Giants (:47-1:06). Massey Ferguson tractors are among...
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This silent film shows the production line for the the Hughes OH-6 Cayuse. Nicknamed "Loach", after the requirement acronym LOH—Light Observation Helicopter, the Cayuse is a single-engine light helicopter with a four-bladed main rotor used for personnel transport, escort and attack missions, and observation. Hughes Helicopters also developed the Model 369 as a civilian helicopter, the Hughes Model 500, currently produced by MD Helicopters as the MD 500. This film is part of the...
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This film presented by the US Navy shows highlights from the early 1960’s including footage of the opening of the Northwest Passage by the submarine USS Seadragon, the christening of Polaris submarine USS Robert E Lee, as well as aspects of the People to People Program with the USS Canberra and the USS Epping Forest. The USS Seadragon, a nuclear submarine, headed from Portsmouth (1:02) as it was to open the Northwest Passage. Motion picture film was able to record images sent up by television...
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The "Dupont Show of the Week" was an anthology program that ran from 1961 to 1964, often featuring significant Hollywood stars and comedians. The programs also featured the occasional documentary, including this non-fiction film entitled "Flight Deck". Produced and directed by A Wasserman, the hour-long program from 1964 offered an inside look at the operations of the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) aircraft carrier. The fourth Nimitz-class, nuclear-powered aircraft carrier...
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Topics: Flight Deck, 1964, Carrier USS, Theodore Roosevelt, Stock Footage
Shot by an unknown member of the U.S. Navy, this 16mm silent home movie shows unique views from 1945. It begins somewhere in a Pacific harbor, probably Yokosuka, Japan, at :26, with images of a cruiser at sea. The ship's number is not visible but it might be USS Los Angeles. Visible on the rear deck at :35 is a crane used for seaplane retrieval. At 1:30 is what appears to be images of Japan, with damaged buildings evident. At 2:05 , a large harbor is seen, with what appears to be USS Montpelier...
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This black & white WWII film from 1944, "Beachhead Operation" shows the brutal fight for the beachhead at Anzio, Italy. Day to day struggles of Allied soldiers are shown under heavy shell fire, trying to keep up the assault on German positions. Opening: Beachhead Operation (:23-:54). Artillery is fired at night, the flare lights up the night sky. Fighting in war. Bombed out town. U.S. Military on site. A bulldozer pushes debris in Anzio. Bombed out ruins. Smokey ruins. A baker...
Topics: Beachhead Operation, Anzio, 1944, WWII, Italian Campaign, WWII Allied Morale Film Stock Footage,...
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This fascinating, silent 16mm movie comes from the estate of William Hawley Bowlus (May 8, 1896 - August 27, 1967) or someone who was close to him. Bowlus was a designer, engineer and builder of aircraft (especially gliders) and recreational vehicles in the 1930s and '40s. Shown in this film is the plywood XCG-16a experimental military glider, which was ordered by the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1943 based on designs made by Bowlus in 1942. The glider was supposed to be able to fly at 200 miles per...
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This extremely rare silent film shows the 1927 Dole Air Race from Oakland, California to Honolulu Hawaii.  The race was one of the most tragic episodes in aviation history, costing ten human lives and destroying six aircraft.  More on this below: The Dole Air Race, also known as the Dole Derby, was a tragic air race across the Pacific Ocean from northern California to the Territory of Hawaii in August 1927. Of the 15-18 airplanes entered, eleven were certified to compete but three crashed...
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Project Mohole was an ambitious attempt to drill through the Earth's crust into the Mohorovi i discontinuity, and to provide an Earth science complement to the high profile Space Race. The project was initially led by the American Miscellaneous Society (AMSOC) with funding from the National Science Foundation. Phase One was executed in spring 1961. Five holes were drilled off the coast of Guadalupe Island, Mexico, the deepest at 183 m (601 ft) below the sea floor in 3,500 m (11,700 ft) of...
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A Chronicle of America's Jazz Age is a 1950 American documentary film produced by Richard de Rochemont. The film is narrated by Frederick Lewis Allen, Robert Q. Lewis, Allen Prescott, Red Barber, and Elmer Davis. The film opens with shots of city streets lined with cars and sidewalks full of people, before cutting to the front of the New York Public Library ( 01:21 ), where a young man browses the American History section before coming across the book that leads into the footage of the 1920s....
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Love our channel? Help us save and post more orphaned films!  Support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/PeriscopeFilm  Even a really tiny contribution can make a difference. Consider becoming a channel member  https://youtu.be/ODBW3pVahUE One of a series of films made by the U.S. Army to educate recruits about the Code of Conduct, this film discusses the duty of soldiers who are taken prisoner, and the responsibility to only offer "name, rank and serial number" to the enemy....
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Made during World War II as an industrial incentive film -- a propaganda film made to encourage war plant workers in their daily tasks -- ANGEL IN OVERALLS presents a look at the construction and performance of the Lockheed P-38 "Lightning". The film shows   P-38 fork tail devils in combat, flying aerial surveillance and intelligence missions, and more. The film features images of ace pilot Major Dick Bong at 7:01, and shows the aircraft's innovative features including the tricycle...
Topics: Lockheed P-38 Lightning, World War II, WWII, Angel In Overalls, Stock Footage
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Shows people's efforts to transmit messages through devices that have been invented to improve communication. Demonstrates the effects of telecommunications on the social, cultural, and economic life of modern society. Uses animation and live action to trace the history of communication from the 17th century to the present, and explains how each of the highlighted devices functions. Experiments with the battery, ground connections, electromagnet, and cable are illustrated. Discusses the...
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This 1964 U.S Navy documentary looks at the Navy's Marine Mammal Program. It is narrated by Commander Glenn Ford, USNR, a renowned Hollywood actor.   Here at mark 1:40 on the edge of the pacific zone 50 miles north of Los angeles is the U.S. Navy base Pt. Mugu, a major center for the Navy space studies and missile experiments. It is also the location of one of the most fascinating program that US has ever launched, a program for studying dolphins. At mark 02:10, a naval officer is seen making...
Topics: 1964, The Dolphins, US Navy, US Marines, Glenn Ford, Stock Footage
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This late 1950s / early 1960s unclassified black and white United States Navy Training Film is about preventing aircraft accidents. Various military aircraft are shown throughout the film as it discusses ground accidents (:38). A man working on an aircraft unknowingly knocks over a can of flammable liquid, sees it, and cleans it up (:49- 1:22 ). Most accidents are caused by carelessness, negligence, or ignorance. The Navy’s flight safety record is shown to decrease from 1947 through 1958 (...
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The Why Of Army Missiles is a short film that provides an overview on the types of missiles, guidance systems, and launch capabilities being used and developed by the U.S. Army. The film opens with an animation of Sir Isaac Newton reading under a tree. The film then reviews the basic concepts of motion using a man hitting a golf ball as an example. It returns to the use of animation to explain the basic principles of rocket propulsion, showing the functions of a rocket motor and fuel. The film...
Topics: Army Missiles, 60s US Army, Missile Guidance, Propulsion System, Stock Footage
This raw, silent footage from Iwo Jima includes some of the most famous motion picture film shot in WWII: the second U.S. flag raising on top of Mount Suribachi.   It was filmed by William Homer "Bill" Genaust of Effingham IL (October 12, 1906 – March 4, 1945) a United States Marine Corps combat cameraman. Genaust was later killed in action on Iwo Jima. He filmed the flag raising on February 23, 1945, using a 16 millimeter motion picture camera which used 50-foot color film...
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The Big Picture is an American documentary television program which aired from 1951 to 1964. It was produced by the United States Army Signal Corps (USASC) pictorial service. In the 1950’s, the series was shot on 35mm black-and-white film. In the 1960’s they switched to color film. The film The Big Picture Battle of North Africa R1 is part of that television series. This black and white film was aired in 1960 as TV-484. It explains military campaigns in North Africa during WWII. This first...
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These silent home movies show rare footage of the Lockheed U-2 Dragon Lady operating at Edwards Air Force Base in California. They are believed to date to 1972 and show tests of the camera system known as "Trixie", takeoffs and landings (including drag parachute assisted landings). The Lockheed U-2, nicknamed "Dragon Lady", is an American single-jet engine, high altitude reconnaissance aircraft operated by the United States Air Force (USAF) and previously flown by the...
Topics: 1972, Lockheed U-2 Spy Plane, Test Footag, Edwards Air Force Base, Dragon Lady
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This briefing film "The Antarctic" was prepared especially for members of Operation HIGHJUMP.  HIGHJUMP, officially titled The United States Navy Antarctic Developments Program, 1946–1947, was a United States Navy operation to establish the Antarctic research base Little America IV.  The film draws upon footage shot in 1939-1941 by the Antarctic Service Expedition, also often referred to as Byrd’s Third Antarctic Expedition. The Expedition consisted of 125 men aboard two ships,...
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This early 1940s black and white propaganda film of Soviet war footage, "Defenders of Moscow" opens with a shot of a downed German plane (:11). Men and women use sledge hammers and shovels to strengthen the Moscow defensive earthworks (:13-:43). With the men fighting, women make shells in an ammunition factory (:44- 1:30 ). They also make skis for the soldiers ( 1:32 - 2:03 ). Men in a munitions factory assemble the Tommy guns / machineguns and Kalashnikovs and AK-47s carried by ski...
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This 1967 color film production follows members of the United States Marine Corps to show tourist luxuries enjoyed by servicemen on R&R in Taipei, Taiwan during the Vietnam War (TRT 26:48). The film glosses over some of the more lurid aspects of the military R&R excursions, and the fact that they tended to promote social ills including prostitution, human trafficking and drug running in countries like Thailand, the Philippines and elsewhere. Film begins. “Korea, Winter 1952.” US...
Topics: Holiday From Hell, 1967, G.i., Vietnam, Taiwan, USMC, US Marine Corps, R&R, Stock Footage
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These silent "dailies" from WWII were shot by a member of combat camera named Edwin C. Udey, who was a member of the Naval Medical Photo Unit #5. The film begins prior to the invasion of Iwo Jima on January 11, 1945 at an unknown location, possibly Saipan where Udey had been filming the invasion in the summer of 1944. The shots show a rocky coastline and sandy beach.   At 2:00 a coastline is seen from at sea. At 3:06 , a new camera roll, we are now at sea with the fleet assembling...
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This black & white U.S. Navy film, which was likely shown to sailors as part of basic training, is about the dangers of VD (venereal disease). The title "Taking Chances" has an extended metaphor throughout the film, which compares the odds of winning carnival games with catching a social disease. Copyright 1952. Produced by Herbert Kerkow Productions. Opening: U.S. Navy Training Film - "Taking Chances V.D." (:06-:28). A roulette wheel spins. Navy men at a carnival. A...
Topics: Disease Scare Film, US navy, 1952, Syphilis, Gonorrhea, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
This color educational film is a documentary events of April 3, 1974, when one hundred and forty-seven deadly twisters swept through Kentucky, Ohio, and Alabama. This 1974 Super Outbreak was the second-largest tornado outbreak on record for a single 24-hour period, just behind the 2011 Super Outbreak. It was also the most violent tornado outbreak ever recorded, with 30 F4/F5 tornadoes confirmed. Opening title: DAY OF THE KILLER TORNADOS (:07-:36). Clouds move in the sky. At 9:30a.m., the first...
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These Are South Africans is a 1950s propaganda film from the South African Government Information Office that paints an idyllic picture of South Africa by showing the leisure lifestyle enjoyed almost exclusively by the country’s white citizens. The film opens with footage of the Parade of Uniforms in Cape Town celebrating the opening of parliament. Soldiers march in full uniform. A car drives up in front of Cape Town’s Parliament Building and Dr. E.G. Jansen, Governor-General of the Union...
Topics: 1950s, South Africans, 1950s, Government, Information Office, Stock Footage
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Dating to the 1940s, this historic travelogue of Quebec, Canada presents the many sights of Quebec City including the St Lawrence River, La Porte St. Louis,  General Montcalm's headquarters, the business and residential areas, the Basilica of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré, agricultural areas, the Montmorency River Falls,  Lake St. Joseph, the beach and various activities including boating, water skiing and sailing.  At 4:48 the Tadoussac, a passenger ship from the Canada Steamship Lines, is...
Topics: Historic Quebec, 1940, travelogue, Canada, Quebec City, Stock Footage
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Released by "Films of the Nations", this black & white educational film "Denmark Fairytale Land" was photographed by Esther Cooke and narrated by Peter Allen. It was produced by Maurice T. Groen of D.P.M. Productions. Copyright 1954.Opening titles: Films of the Nations presents DENMARK - FAIRYTALE LAND (:07-:39). A windmill spins. A bird. A butterfly. Ducks in a pond. A fairytale tour of Denmark. Roskilde Cathedral (Danish: Roskilde Domkirke), in the city of Roskilde. A...
Topics: Denmark, Fairytale Land, 1954, Travelogue, Educational Film, Roskilde, Copenhagen, Stock Footage
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Featuring Dr. H. David Baldridge who accumulated a great deal of data about shark attacks and wrote the book "Shark Attack" (1978), as well as other experts, this U.S. Navy-produced film SHARKS: THE DANGER IN THE SEA dates to the 1970s and may very well have been inspired by the release of the film JAWS. The film focuses on shark attacks and the Navy's efforts to combat them using shark repellant. Stuart Springer appears at the 5:00 mark, discussing the development of WWII-era shark...
Topics: Jaws ERA, US Navy, Sharks, Danger In The Sea, Shark Attack, 1978, Stock Footage
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Normandy Invasion is a black and white, United States Coast Guard Report number 4 film. It was probably filmed in 1944 as a report of the invasion of Normandy, France. The United States Coast Guard is a branch of the U.S. Armed Forces and has been active in every war since 1790. Their role is defense operations, maritime law enforcement, and search and rescue. During war time, they carry troops to battle.  The film opens showing a coast guard boat depositing troops on the Normandy, France...
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This silent educational film shows the opening ceremonies of the 1936 Summer Olympics, including the parade of athletes through the streets of Berlin, the torch lighting, the arrival of the Olympic Committee and Adolf Hitler at the Berlin Olympic Stadium, and the parade of athletes and national flags inside the stadium.  The 1936 Summer Olympics (German: Olympische Sommerspiele 1936), officially known as the Games of the XI Olympiad, was an international multi-sport event that was held in 1936...
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This 1950s United States Navy training film describes the principles of relative motion to be applied in naval maneuvers for ships at sea. It opens with a cartoon depicting a caveman hunting with a rock (:39). Without understanding relative motion, when he throws the rock at the deer, he misses every time as the deer is in motion (1:00). When begins to guess the two motions of the moving deer and the rock he begins to understand relative motion and becomes a skillful hunter (1:58). From the...
Topics: 1957, US Navy, Maneuvering Board, Navigation, Training Film, Stock Footage
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This footage from just after the 1967 Six Day War begins with footage from an Israeli beach where civilians are seen swimming and relaxing despite the sound of distant shell fire and transport jets screaming overhead. At 1:35 , the Israeli cabinet is seen emerging from an emergency meeting at military headquarters. Golda Meir addresses a camera crew at 2:40 , telling them to film the assembled soldiers. At 3:00 , an Israeli tank is seen on the move and at 3:09 Moshe Dayan is seen, probably in...
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This silent, black & white home movie shows life in Southern California in 1932-33, when many things were happening in the region -- including the Olympic Games and the Rose Parade. The film shows these events as an ordinary citizen would have experienced them, and it also includes a visit to Dana Point and San Pedro and possibly Long Beach, California to see the U.S. Navy fleet at anchor. It also includes rare footage of the so-called Bonus Army encamped in Orange County. Opening: Title...
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This official NASA film takes the viewer inside the December 1968 launch of Apollo 8. Apollo 8 became the first manned spacecraft to leave Earth orbit, reach Earth’s moon, orbit it and return safely to Earth. The three-astronaut crew — Commander Frank Borman, Command Module Pilot James Lovell, and Lunar Module Pilot William Anders — became the first humans to travel beyond low Earth orbit, the first to see Earth as a whole planet, the first to directly see the far side of the Moon, and...
Topics: NASA, APOLLO 8, Apollo Program, 1968, Stock Footage
This black and white film "Tomorrow The Stars", narrated by broadcaster Lowell Thomas, covers five early 1960s Air Force topics: the B-58 Hustler, Project Excelsior, preparing pilots for future space travel, solar research, and the Atlas missile. The Conair B-58 Hustler, the world’s first supersonic bomber, is capable of Mach 2 flight with four General Electric J79 engines and a delta wing. It had a 20mm multi-barrel cannon in the tail and could carry five conventional or nuclear...
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This black and white travelogue film about Egypt was produced by Castle Films in 1951 as part of its “The World Parade” documentary series. It opens with a plane circling the Giza pyramids, interspersed with Arab camel drivers (:25- 1:03 ). Cairo is shown from the air, followed by trains at the station. The streets are full of camel trains, shown crossing a bridge ( 1:04 - 1:32 ). A traffic officer directs cars, buses, motorbikes, and donkey carts ( 1:33 - 1:50 ). The Shepheard’s Hotel...
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This color silent home movie, shot by an unknown American tourist, shows a trip to Italy and the Italian Riviera with Brownell Tours of Tuscaloosa, Alabama. This is circa the 1950s. Opening title: We enter northern Italy on a highway overhanging the Mediterranean hillsides (:09). Italian seaside town of San Remo (:21). Car with flowers goes by followed by a priest, a hearse, and mourners for the deceased (:34). Northern Italy; poolside at the Hotel Mediterraneo in San Remo; the tour group poses...
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Made as part of the WWII war effort by Chrysler, THE BOFORS GUN TEAM shows the manufacture of the Bofors 40mm anti-aircraft gun then in use by the Navy and Army. This was one of the most stunning manufacturing feats of the war, since the Bofors was an extremely intimidating weapon to mass produce and many believed it could not be produced in quantity, in time to make a difference in the war. Within 3 years however Chrysler had shipped over 40,000 complete mechanisms and 75,000 barrels. At 1:55...
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One of a series of television programs made by Ziv Productions from the General Newsreel Library, this episode of Yesterday's Newsreel begins with “Wings of Commerce” ( 1:31 ). In which we see planes like those which had seen service in World War I by the Lafayette Escadrille sold by the government as surplus as daredevils and barnstormers use them for stunts. Across the Atlantic, Europe's most enterprising air men launch travel between London and Paris ( 1:45 ). In open cockpits,...
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The film BRINGING THE WORLD TO YOUR CLASSROOM is a Demonstration Sound Film produced by Erpi Classroom Films Inc (:11). It depicts scenes from a few of the Erpi Instructional sound films which were designed to break barriers in human learning (:31). Educators hoped to increase the quality of education in utilization of these films as occurrences that would normally be impossible to see, such as the growth of a plant's root, are visible using time lapse ( 1:33 ). Slow motion pictures enabled...
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This episode of “Yesterday's Newsreel” is from the early 1950s television series that combined original General Newsreel Company footage with contemporary narratives. It begins with Tom Hale announcing it is “the television highlights of the news of yesteryear” (:13). The film starts in 1920, the first World War had ended, yet as specified by the Treaty of Versailles (:50) Allied troops remained to patrol waters. These are actual shots of the American Marines policing water ways between...
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This Yesterday’s Newsreel film (episode 15) offers the viewer “television highlights of the news of yesteryear” by providing vintage clips of famous people and events from the first half of the 20th century. The film opens with a segment on Theodore Roosevelt, 1858-1919. Footage shows Roosevelt speaking at some sort of rally (01:09), and the Rough Riders riding horses in Cuba. Police in New York City fight with protestors (01:50). There are shots of U.S. Navy ships and men training for...
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This 1970 color film by Lockheed is about food service testing on a mockup Lockheed L-1011 TriStar. It is great for showing stewardess outfits and hairstyles from 1970 as different airlines were used in the joint test.  A woman receives boarding passes at a table. The empty passenger section is shown. The name pins are shown for stewardesses from Air Canada, Delta, Eastern Airlines, and TWA (:18-1:33). The program control room to watch the test in has closed circuit television sets and a room...
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The Screen Writer, produced in cooperation with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, is a short film from 1951 that gives viewers a look at the job of the screen writer. Part of a series of shorts on the key jobs required to make a film, this film explains how an original story is found by an agent, taken to a studio’s story editor, which then leads to the story being adapted into a script by a screen writer. The film also discusses the jobs screen writers have gone on to do. The...
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This is the 1943 restricted training film No. 107-B, second in the series, and produced by the Army Air Forces with the Republic Aviation Corporation and is a Jam Handy Picture.   It opens with Lew Lehr, a Vaudeville comedian, who accompanies a pretty young woman to the golf course to teach her the basics of golf. The camera focuses on her short flared shorts and her swing. She wears a tight sweater and ankle strap shoes ( 1:20 - 2:50 ). “Ground Handling.” A pilot makes an exterior check...
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This short silent film SIGHTS OF LONDON was sold to tourists in the 1930s. It includes shots of the Tower of London (:19), Tower Bridge (:40), St. Paul's Cathedral (1:00), Trafalgar Square (1;14), Westminster Abbey, Big Ben and House of Parliament (starting at 2:00). Piccadilly Circus is seen at 2:39 and Buckingham Palace at (3:00). We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional information about our videos by adding a comment!  See something interesting?  Tell...
Topics: 1930, London, England, St Paul, Cathedral, Stock Footage
“Industry On Parade was a television series created by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) from 1950-1960. The series consisted of weekly episodes that highlighted American manufacturing and business. Hundreds of companies and products were documented during the [program’s] decade-long run.” This film is a collection of three episodes from the series (1952 episodes 82 and 89, and 1951’s episode 40). Episode 82 begins with a look at the first gas turbine electric motor built...
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Presented by The Board of Tourist Industry Japan, Tokyo Symphonical Sketch is a short 1937 film that gives viewers a look at pre-WWII Tokyo as it blends traditional Japanese culture with modernization and some western influence. The film opens with a shot of a large building. Planes fly over a torii gate. There are scenes of canals and rivers, train stations, and modern buildings. Viewers see a train as it arrives at Tokyo Station (01:16). Men and women walk to work in western clothes. At a...
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This rare North Vietnamese newsreel was made in the immediate  aftermath of Ho Chi Minh's death, in 1970.  In addition to showing the Vietnamese people mourning their fallen leader and his funeral, the film contains rare footage of the North Vietnamese Army and Air Force, as well as naval vessels operated by the Communist government, and Viet Cong forces.  Many of the images were shot in Hanoi.  The film ends with a rousing call to arms (around the 24 minute mark) and boldly seems to...
Topics: Vietnamese Language, Cold War, Viet Cong, North Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh
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Operation Sandstone, is a color documentary about American’s Atomic Bomb testing, which was conducted in 1948 at Enewetak Atoll in the Marshall Islands. This film, Produced by the USAF Lookout Mountain Air Force Station who produced motion pictures from 1947-1969, was part of an attempt to document atomic bomb tests and preserve them. Operation Sandstone occurred in 1948 and the film was produced soon after. The narrator, Carey Wilson, was an American screenwriter and voice actor. Intro (...
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Based on the famed "Joe MaGee" series of instructional films made by General Electric, "Fundamentals of Manual Shielded Arc Welding Part 2" presents vertical and overhead techniques for arc welding. Joe Magee was an animated character created by General Electric in 1942 to present the subject of arc welding, and always seems to do the "wrong thing". The original series consisted of six, ten minute films; but in this re-release they are condensed and extended into...
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This film short celebrates the opening of Calder Hall, the world's first and oldest industrial-scale nuclear power station, at Sellafield in Cumbria. The plant was originally opened by the Queen in 1956 at the start of a new "Atomic Age." While the plant was ostensibly made to produce electricity, the main reason for building Calder Hall was to make plutonium for the nuclear weapons programme, a fact admitted five years after it was constructed.  The station produced 180 megawatts of...
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This color documentary film is about the 1974 DC-10 redesign for a four-segment articulated rudder out of graphite epoxy composite by the Douglas Aircraft Company (contract NAS1-12954) on behalf of the NASA Langley Research Center. The film opens with a view of the final product on a McDonnel Douglas DC-1o aircraft, which expands out to show the plane taxing on a runway before taking off (:08- 1:08 ). An artist’s rendition of the seven initial design concepts is shown ( 1:09 - 1:57 ).   The...
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This black & white film is about the Norfolk & Western trains that ran in the Blue Mountain region of the United States with the footage shot in Virginia. This was filmed primarily in 1958.   Opening title cards (:06). A Norfolk & Western passenger train, the Powhatan Arrow coming down the tracks (1:03). A train races down the tracks, this is the Cavalier (1:39). Norfolk & Western passenger train, the Pocahontas rides the rails (1:49). Norfolk & Western passenger train, the...
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Note: this film has water damage at the head, please see  2:16  where the Missile Recovery segment begins, it is not so pronounced. Mitchell College in New London, Connecticut encouraged servicemen to “keep on learning” in this circa 1956 black-and-white education film. It consists of various segments including "Missile Recovery", "An Almanac of Liberty", and a history of the "Submarine". An Air Force technical sergeant opens the film at mark  00:22  to...
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"The World At War" is a 1942 documentary used to inform the American public of why the U.S. entered World War II and to rally support for the war effort. The film opens with Japanese planes flying in formation ( 00:59 ) then cuts to the aftermath of the attack on Pearl Harbor ( 01:47 ; 07:54 ). The USS Arizona is on fire and sinking. A surviving battleship leaves the harbor. Franklin D. Roosevelt speaks to a Joint Session of Congress ( 02:57 ) on 8 December 1941; people gather in...
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This black & white educational film is about Bicycle Safety. This is from 1939. Opening titles: Bicycling with Complete Safety (:07-:18). Aerial shot of a town. People on the move. Children playing. A traffic cop walks children. A police officer stands near children. A police officer speaks to the viewer about safety (:19-2:28). A boy, named Bobby, rides a bike without holding the handlebars and gets hit by a car. The body of the Bobby lays under a car. The boy is in the hospital laying on...
Topics: 1939, Cycles, Bicycles, Safety, Bicycle Safety, Stock Footage
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This 1970s color film about pilots assessing if they are able to safely fly F-104s each time was directed by Alan J. Levi and produced by WASP test pilot Betty Jane Williams, LORI Productions, for Lockheed California Company. This film opens with a gramophone, 1960s clock radio, and a “Notice to Airmen” bulletin board (:10-:26). The frosted “F-104 Flight Safety” door is shown and a pilot in an orange jumpsuit enters and joins men in suits around a conference table. The men introduce...
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The Hong Kong Tourist Association presents “Destination Hong Kong,” a 1960s color picture from Dudley Productions Limited. Considered “the crossroads of the Orient,” the narrator explains how its harbors regularly receives goods and people from the all the world’s continents. Mark  01:09  reveals a boatful of tourists watching ships unload before returning focus to the business activities of the seaport “whose main reason for existence is the worldwide import and export of...
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Released in 1945 during WWII, this newsreel contains various segments about the conflict. The most exciting begins at the 16:50 mark, with gun camera footage shot by U.S. fighter aircraft combating the German Me-262 jet fighters and Me-163 rocket jet, flying wing aircraft. The film begins with a lengthy segment about on-going combat in Liuchow-Nanning, China against the Japanese. The Japanese north-south drive towards Kwelin in November of 1944 caused a huge flood of refugees and resulted in...
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