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Created in 1947 by Belmont Pictures Inc., this film for Los Angeles Transit Lines (the post-WWII moniker for the Los Angeles Railway and bus lines) is entitled "It’s a Big Job". It was created to recruit drivers, motormen and conductors. The film's script was written by Eric Strutt, produced by Dan Downer and photography by William Wooten. The film is narrated by actor Alexander Scourby, who also stars. It was directed by J. Richard Westen. The movie opens with text indicating it is...
Topics: 1947, Los Angeles, Trolley, Post WWII, Transit Lines, Stock Footage
This black & white, WWII recruiting film showcases the Royal Australian Navy. This  was primarily shot at HMAS Cerberus, a training establishment. It was directed by Ralph Smart. Opening titles: The Ministry of Information Presents The Royal Australian Navy (:07). Royal Navy sailors stand at attention (:47). The men march (1:01). Rocks and ocean surf of Australia (1:08). Royal Australian Navy ships perform convoy duty (1:33). Recruits arrive at Flinders Naval Depot  in Victoria (1:46)....
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In this episode of the True Adventure TV series from the early 1960s, viewers go on an expedition through the Northwest Passage with the U.S. Coast Guard. The episode opens with dramatic shots of the Arctic, including an ice shelf breaking off ( 00:08 ). Host Bill Burrud discusses the Coast Guard’s voyage through the Northwest Passage. There are various shots of the Arctic Ocean with a number of different ships navigating its waterways ( 02:23 ). The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Bramble sails out...
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Created by United Aircraft Corporation to celebrate 50 years of powered flight, WE SAW IT HAPPEN features interviews with pioneers from the first half-century of American aviation: designers, engineers, industrial entrepreneurs, and pilots. Appearing in it are: Wellwood Beall, Larry Bell, William Boeing, William Bridgeman, Frank Caldwell, Clarence Chamberlin, Virginius Clark, Glenn Curtiss, James Doolittle, Donald Douglas, Ira Eaker, Oliver Echols, Earl Findley, Benjamin Foulois, Robert Gross,...
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Healthy Teeth Happy Smile, presented by The National Dental Association (a professional association of dentists), is a short educational film—likely from the early 1960s, that targets minority teenagers to promote good oral care practices. The film opens with high school students leaving a classroom and filing into an assembly hall. A handful of students wait on a stage behind the curtain for an awards ceremony (01:24). The film cuts to the school nurse’s office where a dentist provides...
Topic: Stock Footage
Released by the British Information Service in the aftermath of the Market Garden failure, this short black-and-white newsreel, part of the “Act and Fact" series and titled "Gateway to Germany,” begins with cheering crowds in September 1944, as the British 2nd Army roars through Belgium. Men, women, and children are shown reaching out to shake the hands of the soldiers at their convoys make their way through city streets at mark 00:20. The British 11th Armored Division are shown...
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This circa 1963 black-and-white “unclassified” United States Navy Training Film shows its viewer the proper ways for assembling, inspecting, and testing the standard deep-sea diving outfit — composed of the “dress,” helmet, and breastplate — which together form a water-tight enclosure surrounding the diver. Heavy boots, hoses, and a regulated air supply complete the ensemble. Mark 01:50 begins a lengthy and thorough tutorial on proper inspection of the complete outfit, including the...
Topics: Deep Sea Diving, US Navy, USNA, 1963, Stock Footage
One of a series of films made by the National Associaton of Manufacturers to promote American business, this film consists of various segments. First segment shows the manufacture of mine sweeper ships for the U.S. Navy at the Bellingham Washington Shipyards. Many parts of the ship are created by hand, while other parts are constructed with modern techniques. Resorcinol glue, also known as resorcinol-formaldahyde, is used to make structure members. This is an adhesive combination of resin and...
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This silent film produced in 1968 features combat camera footage shot by the 600th Photo Squadron, part of Military Airlift Command. It begins with shots of Saigon, and then rapidly moves into jungle combat. The various activities of the 600th are shown including shooting military maneuvers, accidents such as the plane crash seen at 6:31 , spraying of Agent Orange ( 7:16 and 22:15 ), special events (at 5:09 , President Lyndon Johnson is shown during his visit to Vietnam with General William...
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This rare silent movie dates to 1918 and shows the arrival of US forces back in the United States at the conclusion of WWI, and features shots of General John J Pershing, as well as other members of the United States Expeditionary forces. It includes the destroyer USS Blakeley, a destroyer that was built in 1918. This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage collections in the USA. Entirely film backed, this...
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Manchukuo, or ""State of Manchuria"", was a puppet state comprised of Eastern Inner Mongilia and Manchuria. Created by the former Qing Dynasty Emperor and Imperial Japan in 1932, it ceased to exist after the defeat of Japan in WWII. The international furor that resulted from the creation of the state of Manchukuo, eventually led Japan to withdraw from the League of Nations. This propaganda film shows the newly-created state, with a focus on how the Japanese are improving the...
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This issue of the U.S. Naval Workers Digest, a WWII industrial incentive newsreel shown to those involved in the war effort, consists of a couple of segments. The first is entitled ATTACK / COUNTER ATTACK! and the second WINGS OVER LEYTE. The first film looks at amphibious landings in the European and Pacific Theaters of war, emphasizing the incredible amounts of supplies and material that go into making victory possible. The second film shows the naval battle of Leyte Gulf and also contains a...
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Made in 1975 to commemorate the 200th Anniversary of the United States Marine Corps, "The Birthday Party" features a creative premise -- a group of retired Marines symbolizing various eras of the Corps get together for a celebratory dinner. Through vignettes, the history of the Corps is shown from the Revolutionary War through Vietnam, portraying the evolution of the Marine Corps from its origin to the present day. The film includes several well-known actors including Richard Dean...
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Made in the late 1960s or early 1970s, FLORIDA SEAFARE shows Florida's fishing industry on the Gulf and Atlantic Coasts. It includes coverage of commercial fishing boats, oystermen, crabbing, shrimping and seine net fishing for mullet. It also shows the 6th Annual Apalachicola Seafood Festival in 1969. The Florida Seafood Festival is a two day event annually drawing tens of thousands of visitors to the historic town of Apalachicola in scenic Franklin County. The Festival is held at the mouth of...
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Made by Dodge Brothers during WWII, this film shows the various trucks, command cars, ambulances, tractors and other vehicles made during the conflict for the U.S. Army.  A proving grounds for these vehicles is also shown starting around the 2 minute mark.  The Chrysler foundry is seen at the 4:30 mark, producing Sherman tanks.  Also shown is the precision made Sperry Gyrocompass (8 minute mark), anti-aircraft guns, radar systems, and other equipment built by Dodge during WWII.  Dodge...
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Silent footage of jet airliners, circa 1960s, doing approach and landing at dusk. Includes PSA, American Airlines, and Ozark Air Lines livery. Mostly DC-8 type jets but also a DC-3 are shown. 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: "01:00:12:00 -- President Roosevelt is seen meeting with Winston...
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A showcase of the National Parks of the Western US during the 1920s, with primarily emphasis on Glacier National Park! 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
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
This 1960’s era color film was produced by the Sikorsky Corporation in coordination with the United States Marine Corps to showcase the abilities of the Sikorsky HR2s / CH-37 Mojave and HUS-1 Seashorse helicopters. The film opens with choppers on the deck of an aircraft carrier. Vertical Assault. The choppers fly away from the carrier. Choppers on the tarmac as three choppers fly overhead 1:00. Choppers are headed for the USS Boxer. Sikorsky HR2s and HUS helicopters leave the marine core...
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Attack in the Pacific (also known by the series title: Armed Forces Information Film: A.F.I.F. Number 3) is a 1944 American war documentary film directed by Frank Capra. This dramatic documentary, an Armed Forces Information Film, was completed a year before the war's end. It is dedicated to the men of the United States Navy, a fighting organization which fulfilled a most significant role in bringing about the defeat of Japan. Following a valuable introduction describing the variegated Pacific...
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"230,000 Will Die" is a 1954, black and white film that opens with narrator Charles Cameron, M.D., medical director of the American Cancer Society, speaking to the camera. This groundbreaking film about medical research was presented by the American Cancer Society. Its purpose is to warn Americans to take early action on their cancer as it can be treated and save lives. To a modern audience, the film is notable because of what it does not focus on -- for example smoking is not...
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Assembled from the General Newsreel Co.'s holdings, this issue of Yesterday’s Newsreel provides film clips of news highlights. Segments include 1936 Fashions at :14, featuring various hats for women including derbies and turbans. At 1:02 , a sports segment shows the National Tennis Doubles Championship of 1933 featuring Frank Shields, Lester Stoefen, Frank Parker and George Lott. At 1:51 the 1927 Belmont Stakes, observed by Al Smith of New York. At 2:37 , images of German troops and Panzer...
Topics: Stock Footage, High Definition
Shot during WWII, this silent home movie shows the Cheyenne Municipal Airport when it was used as an air base, and scenes shot at the Cheyenne Frontier Days rodeo, as well as scenes shot at an informal gathering of airmen and local gals. The Cheyenne Frontier Days outdoor rodeo and western celebration which is shown, has been running annually since 1897 in Cheyenne, Wyoming.The film opens with footage of soldiers or U.S. Army Air Force personnel playing horseshoe (:11) at a corral or ranch....
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Made in World War II by the U.S. government as part of the war effort, GRACIAS AMIGOS is hosted by venerable radio reporter Lowell Thomas. The film explains how the USA came to rely on its Latin American and South American neighbors for aid during the war, in the form of vital raw materials. With rubber supplies from Indonesia cut off, and even hemp for rope in short supply, the USA had to look elsewhere for materials. Nations like Colombia, Peru, Costa Rica, Brazil and other republics provided...
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Shot in the early 1930s and then re-released in 1939, this historic educational film features interesting "close-ups" of the children of the Balkan nations Yugoslavia, Albania, Serbia, Bulgaria, Greece and Turkey.  They are shown in intimate little domestic scenes of spinning, ploughing, feeding turkeys, chickens and geese. Helping their parents with the oddest of spinning wheels; herding sheep and drawing water from a picturesque old well with a sweep. As one of the titles cleverly...
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Made in the 1960s when Egypt grew close to the Soviet Union as an ally, this documentary film starts with images of some of the dams and hydroelectric power projects made possibly through the alliance. At :40, the famous Egyptian cotton and textile industry is seen, as well as images of industrialization. Agriculture is seen, followed at 1;16 by a large electric power plant, modern food processing plants, and an oil refinery. A steel plant is seen at 2:47 with shipbuilding also shown at...
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This soil conservation film, “Blades of Green” (59164) opens with the Union Pacific Railroad logo. It is presented by the Agricultural Development Department (:15). American bison once roamed the land by the millions (:23), yet due to increased population moving west the grass growing areas had shrank. This created a need for livestock to find food from man made irrigated pastures (:42). While hogs may have been good foragers (:52), dairy animals needed improved grazing fields ( 1:02 ). A...
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This film "This is HAM Radio" is produced and directed by award-winning Hollywood producer and amateur radio legend Dave Bell in cooperation with the American Radio Relay League circa 1970. Intended to inspire kids to become interested in amateur radio, this production targeted schools and encouraged teenagers to take up ham radio as a hobby. Various shots of radio usage by people in cars and homes play out with interwoven footage of two youths unraveling and passing wire through a...
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One of a series of silent 16mm newsreels made for the enjoyment of the German public, "Fight Against Bolshevism #1" shows the German Wehrmacht at the beginning of Operation Barbarossa.  Originally named Operation Fritz, Barbarossa was the code name for the German invasion of the Soviet Union, which was launched on June 22, 1941. The failure of German troops to defeat Soviet forces in the campaign signaled a crucial turning point in the war. The film begins with a map showing the...
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This silent film, likely from the 1940s (possibly late 1930s) shows viewers the highlights of Atlantic City. The film opens with an aerial shot of Atlantic City with its famous beach and board walk. Viewers see people enjoying the sun and sand on the beach. People line the street for the Miss America Pageant parade (01:05). Women pose on the Miss Atlantic City float. Various people march, including people in Native American dress and Atlantic City Mummers. Viewers see an AFL float. The...
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This 1956 Chevrolet promotional film shows events in September, 1955 as the 1956 Chevy Belair races up Pike's Peak in Colorado. The car was equipped with a new V-8 engine that would be released in the 1956 model line. None other then Zora Arkus-Duntov was at the helm of a well camouflaged Chevrolet Belair and Bill France of Nascar fame was present with his timing crew. At 1:20 the film flashes back to 1954 as the prototype car is initially tested at a proving grounds. At 1:49 the car makes a...
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Made for the home market during WWII, this silent German newsreel shows the signing of the Steel Pact and the role of German troops in Finland as part of the Finnish-Russian War.   The film starts with images of the signing of the Pact of Steel on 22nd of May, 1939. The Pact of Steel known formally as the Pact of Friendship and Alliance between Germany and Italy, was a military and political alliance between Italy and Germany. The pact was initially drafted as a tripartite military alliance...
Topics: German Film, Germany, Steel Pact, Condor, 1939
This 1930s German silent short film shows Budapest, "The Pearl of the Danube". The film starts with a panoramic view of the city and the Danube River before showing the Széchenyi Chain Bridge (1:08), royal castle (1:19), Fisherman's Bastion (2:00) and Vajdahunyad Castle (3:10). At 3:40 another short film shows Vienna, Austria starting with the old town and city hall at 4:30, the theater at 4:44,  the Burgtor at Heldenplatz at 4:53, the department of war building at 5:30, Belvedere...
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This 1970 film from the International Association of Chiefs of Police shows the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia’s handling of the 1969 Moratorium March on Washington. The film opens with shots of Washington, DC streets at dusk on 13 November as people gather for the massive demonstration. Metropolitan Police Chief Jerry Wilson holds a staff meeting to plan for the massive demonstration (01:05). Footage shows people marching in the March Against Death protest from...
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This silent promotional film demonstrating the U.S. Air Force's ballistic missile capabilities was shot at Vandenburg Air Force Base. The film starts with footage of a Titan II crew in a missile procedures trainer (thanks to Dr. David Stumpf, author of the "Titan II" book from the University of Arkansas Press, with help figuring this out. He says you can tell because of the cement block wall behind the guy turning the second key). At :42 keys are inserted into the readiness and launch...
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This episode of Adolph Zukor’s 1930s newsreel series starts with a shot of driving down Broadway at night, then arriving at Jack Dempsey’s Bar. Jazz musician Paul Whiteman is presented with a testimonial by singer/actor Rudy Vallee. Radio star Jack Benny addresses the crowd (01:08). Jack Dempsey also congratulates Whiteman. The episode’s next stop is the Winter Garden Theatre where Earl Carroll auditions new dancers for his show (01:40). Carroll stands in the pit and speaks to the women...
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This is Redstone Arsenal was produced in late 1962 shortly after the establishment of Army Material Command or AMC (and one of AMC's first subordinate commands, the U.S. Army Missile Command or MICOM). The film was designed to promote US military prowess as exhibited by the Redstone missile development compound in Huntsville, Alabama.     The film begins with overhead views of Huntsville and a narrator’s description of its agrarian origins.  Shots of cotton production shift to an...
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One of Southern California's first motorcycle clubs, and one of the first in the nation to have a Hispanic / Chicano membership, The Psychos (also known as Los Psychos) formed in San Bernardino after WWII and quickly developed a reputation for toughness. While The Psychos became known for some of their community activities -- including supporting military veterans and participating in events to promote the preservation of Route 66 -- an offshoot of the club known as Vatos MC has a more...
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This color educational film is about the problems with Trash and it is called: THE TROUBLE WITH TRASH. Its motive is pushing for sanitary landfills NOW. There is no copyright at the beginning or end of the film so the date of the production remains unclear but due to things mentioned its the late 1960s, either 1966 or 1967. Title card: A Caterpillar presentation and then images of lush snow, deserts, fields, nice looking areas followed by a polluted wasteland of debris and fire (these images...
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This color travel film is about the country of Spain and flying Iberia Airlines to get there. There is no copyright but based on research this is circa the late 1960s/early 1970s. It is narrated by Ricardo Montalbán. Opening: sun in the distance, castle walls, sheep walk down a street, windmills move, an altar boy rings a church bell on its roof, a priest walks by, a Spanish castle. This is Spain. An atomic powerplant shares the view with a statue of Columbus, facing the water. A man rides a...
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This film "Within this Decade" draws its title from John F. Kennedy's speech, which challenged America to land a man on the Moon by the end of the 1960s. The movie presents a summary of NASA's progress and traces the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo programs.   The film opens with shots of the Moon’s cratered surface (:25) and the title screen (1:25). Unmanned space crafts were tested and developed in NASA’s research centers (1:58). The footage shown was collected from unmanned space...
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This black & white film was used to promote American Airways, which was renamed American Airlines in 1934. The film begins with a brief prelude that was likely made in the 1950s, the bulk of the production (after the first :30) is 1934 (or 1933). Opening title: FLY AMERICAN!, The Movement of Man, Mail, and Merchandise Through the Skies (:06-:49). An biplane passenger plane the Curtiss T-32 Condor II is shown flying through the sky. A man visits an American Airways ticket office, probably in...
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Created by Gulf Oil, "One Heartbeat Away" looks at the Gulf McClaren team in the 1973 Indianapolis 500 Race. The film starts with a look at the car driven by Peter Jeffrey Revson (February 27, 1939 – March 22, 1974). He was an American race car driver and heir to the Revlon cosmetics fortune. He was a two time Formula One race winner and had success at the Indianapolis 500, who was tragically killed in an accident at the South African Grand Prix. Johnny Rutherford his teammate...
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This color educational/promotional film is about how Chevrolet cars make the most sense in terms of fuel economy. This is circa the mid 1970s, probably 1976 given the patriotic, bicentennial type logo at the head. Title: Chevrolet Makes Sense For America (:01). Different Chevrolets - Nova, Camaro, Vega (:09). Inside a Chevy Vega (:32). Loading a Chevy station wagon (:53). Four bedroom homes (1:00). A man opens the door for a woman to get into a Chevy full size car (1:08). Chevy has space for...
Topics: Chevrolet, America, 1976, Economy Cars, Nova, Camaro, Vega, Impala, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This 16mm, silent, color home movie depicts activities of the late 1940’s or early 1950s at and around Roosevelt Roads Naval Station, a United States Navy base in the town of Ceiba, Puerto Rico. The site operates today as José Aponte de la Torre Airport. The propeller of a transport airplane flying above the clouds (0:08). A blanket of cloud cover and the view along the plane’s wing with the U.S. star insignia (0:28). A U.S. Navy blimp sits grounded at Roosevelt Roads airfield with 1940s...
Topics: 1940s, Home Movie, Roosevelt, Roads, Naval Station, Puerto Rico, Marine Corps, Stock Footage
This 1964 black and white documentary film “Survival! Andrea Doria” details the sinking of the SS Andrea Doria on July 25, 1956. It was produced by Official Films, Inc; Sherman Grinberg Productions, Inc. Survivors provide their recollections to narrator James Whitmore (:20- 1:00 ). June, 1951, the Italian ship is shown from multiple angles. The ship is blessed by Cardinal Archbishop Giuseppe Siri, christened, and launched ( 1:35 - 2:43 ). The first-class lounge has murals and a bonze statue...
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This 1950s black and white film about water, gas, and electricity in the home is a Churchill-Wexler Film Production directed by Gunther von Fritsch. A boy scoops water into a bucket from a stream and starts up a steep hill.  His sister joins and they carry it together, Jack-and-Jill style (:14-:44). The boy turns on the kitchen water faucet and fills a glass. Faucet handles are turned at a sink and the bathtub. A close-up of the water at the bathtub faucet is shown.  Adult feet move the water...
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Produced in 1945, "On to Tokyo" is a cautionary film made by the U.S. Army Pictorial Service. Featuring Chief of Staff George Marshall, the film speaks to the troops who won the war against Germany about the absolute necessity to defeat the Japanese. "They think we will grow tired of war," says Marshall, "and call it quits...our purpose is to crush Japan just as quickly as we can." To do this, Allied forces must be redeployed as soon as possible, and sent to Asia...
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In this Army – Navy Screen Magazine newsreel, we learn about THE BATTLE OF THE UNITED STATES. In this film from 1944, we see narrator J. Edgar Hoover (00:00:37:00) discussing the importance of catching spies in the United States during World War II and the great efforts the FBI went through to stop them. J Edgar also credits the citizens with doing their part in the effort to stop spies in the United States. Vintage footage from 1940 New York can be seen at (00:01:40:00). Footage of an...
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Coastal Command is a documentary style account of the Shorts Sunderland and PBY Catalina flying boats during the Battle of the Atlantic. The film includes real footage of attacks on a major enemy ship by Hudson and Halifax bombers based in Iceland. Later, the film depicts a routine sea patrol, in which a Sunderland flying boat flies over a convoy and bombs a German U-boat. Two versions of the film were made, one featuring an explanatory voice over. In this version, the film ends with the...
Topics: Coastal Command, PBY Catalina, Flying Boats, U Boat, Stock Footage
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This Royal Canadian Air Force film shows a military plane crash and its aftermath, with one uninjured crewman doing his best to keep injured cohorts alive until help arrives.  The title of the film is not certain (because the opening title is missing!) but we believe it is called "No Time to Lose".  The scenario unfolds as the plane's crew, already low on fuel and with an engine out, learns that their base is completely fogged in.  Moments later a second engine failure dooms the...
Topics: Royal Canadian Air Force, Aircraft, Plane Crash, Accident, Survival, Canada, Airplane, Morse Code
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Made during WWII in 1942, this profile of the Free French Navy begins with footage of a Frenchman escaping to England to join the fight against the Axis.  The Free French Navy Headquarters in London is shown, along with sailor cadet training at sea aboard sailing vessels.  The most unique vessel shown is at the 4 minute mark, where the submarine Sourcouf is shown, followed by various French destroyers, and British built Corvettes manned by Frenchmen at the 5:30 mark.      Les Forces...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Free French Naval Force, French Navy, World War II, Charles De Gaulle
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This glorious silent film shows the National Junior Air Races, held in Cleveland, Ohio. The Scripps-Howard National Junior Air Races are almost completely forgotten, but in the 1930s and 40s they represented the premiere competitive arena for aircraft modelers, radio-control and control line pilots.  This rare silent home movie dates to 1939 - 1942, but probably 1942. It was shot by a member of the Cleveland Press staff.  It shows many of the events at the Races, including the weigh-in that...
Topics: 1942, Junior National Air Races, Cleveland, Ohio, Stock Footage
This silent, amateur 1940s home movie shows workers from the Hirth Concrete Breaking Company of Milwaukee, Wisconsin performing various demolition and construction tasks. The film was likely shot to help promote the company and features a wide range of equipment. At 2:30 a man is seen operating a jack hammer. At 5:30 , men with jackhammers demolish a building wall. At 8:00 , work is seen on railroad right-of-way. At 8:12 , a foundation is being constructed. At 11:43 a steam shovel is seen...
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Made in 1963, this educational film portrays the need for improvements in transportation as the U.S. spread westward, and outlines the development of a network of canals to supplement existing river and highway transportation facilities. Uses flashbacks to show activities of a family employed by the canal company to maintain a ten-mile section of the canal and operate the locks. It features images of canals, locks, aqueducts, canal networks, and also explains terminology affiliated with canal...
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This black & white educational film is about the Fighting Cavalier Squadron and their F-105s flying/bombing in Vietnam. This is Part 1 and was filmed in November 1966, most of the base footage is from Korat Air Force Base in Thailand.  Opening titles: U.S. Air Force Presents 'There is a Way' (:10-:48). Three Lieutenants are about to land. They are landing, after their 101st missions, their Republic F-105 Thunderchiefs. Another soldier speaks on this. Jeep and cars drive down a tarmac...
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This 1950s U.S. Navy newsreel shows the operation of the Taylor Model Ship Basin in the design of warship hulls.  The ship demonstrated here is an LCI, landing craft infantry.  Scale model propellers are built as well as a ship hull for extensive testing in the long basin.   The David Taylor Model Basin (DTMB) is one of the largest ship model basins—test facilities for the development of ship design—in the world. DTMB is a field activity of the Carderock Division of the Naval Surface...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Warship, United States Navy, LCI. Landing Craft, Landing Craft...
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Produced by the Army Pictorial Center as part of The Big Picture television series, the 1963 episode (TV 572) “Command Decision” recaps the decision by Allied leaders to launch Operation Dragoon. Operation Dragoon (initially Operation Anvil) was the code name for the Allied invasion of Southern France on 15 August 1944. The operation was initially planned to be executed in conjunction with Operation Overlord, the Allied landing in the Normandy, but the lack of available resources led to a...
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Directed by Louis Emile Galey and featuring a score by Georges Delerue, TECHNICIENS A POMPON ROUGE presents the French Navy in the aftermath of WWII. The film was likely made to promote the French Navy and demonstrate its return to greatness following the devastating losses of WWII. During the war many capital ships were destroyed by the Royal Navy and by the hands of its own sailors -- scuttled to prevent capture and use by the Germans. Here is the fleet as it appeared after considerable...
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This patriotic, black and white film, produced to motivate railroad employees, was instructions on how to load freight and keep freight moving without damage. It was produced by Chicago film Laboratory, Inc. for the Association of American Railroad Freight Claim Division (formed 1934-1978) during World War II, which occurred between the years of 1939 and 1945. War scenes: anti-aircraft guns shooting, jeeps racing across the plains, flying aircraft, releasing parachutes, tanks rushing across the...
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Made prior to the Apollo 11 lunar landing, "Apollo Lunar Mission Update" features shots of various Kennedy Space Center installations, the Saturn V rocket and footage shot during test flights.  It also contains footage of the Moon taken by the Mariner and other lunar spacecraft, and animation. The film provides explanations for the preparation for the first moon landing, followed by animation sequences tracing the space flight, moon landing, and return to earth. Conspiracy nuts will...
Topics: Apollo Mission, NASA, Space Program, Moon, Kennedy Space Center, Saturn V, rocket
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This historic NASA film shows the Apollo 7 mission -- the first mission in the United States' Apollo program to carry a crew into space. It was also the first U.S. spaceflight to carry astronauts since the flight of Gemini XII in November 1966. The AS-204 mission, also known as "Apollo 1", was intended to be the first manned flight of the Apollo program, scheduled to launch in February 1967. However, a fire in the cabin during a January 1967 test killed the crew. Manned flights were...
Topics: NASA, Apollo program, Apollo 7, kennedy Space Center, 1968, space race
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Made by Westinghouse in 1938-39, "The Middleton Family at the New York World's Fair" is an American film directed by Robert R. Snody produced for the company's exhibit at the 1939 New York World's Fair. (NOTE: our print of this film is not complete, and represents only half of the original movie. Our apologies but we thought it worth sharing nevertheless.) "The Middleton Family" illustrates the contribution of free enterprise, technology, and Westinghouse products to the...
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This story is told by Leslie Howard. This is the story of a nation in exile of Poland and Britain. But it is more than a story of just foreigners; it's the story of people who are now our guests, people we are proud to host. They have become by lands and sea our gallant comrades in arms. Here is a warzone in august 1939 at mark 1:42. Here a small boy is feeding the pigeons as bomb dropped. The small boy's name is Andrew. He found his way within incredible adventure and watches the pigeon in...
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“Dear Boss” is a 1952 United States Navy recruitment film that tells the dramatized story of a small town girl who joins the United States Naval Reserve Women’s Reserve (WAVES) and, in a letter to her former boss, tells of her experiences in boot camp and on her first assignment. The “nonclassified” film opens to the strains of “Anchors Away” and WAVES marching in formation before returning to their barracks and the letter-writing begins. Her old boss laments to her successor on...
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This profile of Canadian Pacific's "unit train", also known as the Supertrain, dates to the 1980s. The film shows how vast amounts of coal are moved from coal mines in British Columbia to the port of Vancouver and the Superport of Roberts Bank. The film begins as coal is moved through processing plants via conveyer systems, and then stored in silos (:50). Specially designed gondola cars capable of carrying 150 tons of coal each are used. The locomotives are automatically controlled by...
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This film presents the resistance of air on the forward movement of aircrafts. It depicts the parasite drag as well as skin friction and how to combat or minimize the effects of the drag. It opens with a plane taking off from a runway and provides the information that as it takes off, the air moving under the wing creates lift which enables it to fly (:35). Drag is when air resists the movement of any flying object (:47). A demonstration of drag includes a couple walking together freely when...
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Filmed in 1945, this silent, amateur 16mm home movie begins with images of the city of Baltimore on August 14, 1945, -- Victory in Japan or VJ Day. The May Company building is seen draped in flags, banners, and war bonds promotional signs. At :31, you can see the sign reading "Japan Now Beat Thanks" and at :37, flags are handed out. At  1:01 , there is a shot of the Washington Monument and then a brief tour of the nation's capitol including the White House, as it appeared on or just...
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This color film is a 1974 public service announcement regarding The National Association of Mental Health. It opens with Apollo astronaut Buzz Aldrin candidly speaking to the camera about his much-publicized struggles with mental health issues after returning from his 1969 moon walk. He stands with some of the artifacts representing his life, including his astronaut suits (:09-:31). Buzz describes his depression and associated alcoholism. Those factors ultimately led to his decision to get...
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One of two stunning 16mm home movies shot by Ward Harris in the 1930s, this color film shows scenes of the U.K. including England as it appeared before WWII. Harris was an Edison Mimeograph dealer in San Francisco in the late 1920s and an avid collector of things related to Thomas Edison. His famous collection included phonographs, batteries, light bulbs and other electrical equipment including Edison toasters, etc. and was so large that at one point an inventory revealed it had 50,000 items....
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“With Pride and Dignity” is a circa 1962 Department of the Army color film takes a look at the Women’s Army Corps (WAC), the women’s branch of the United States Army. It begins with a cold opening as a lieutenant colonel reviews WACs in formation as the narrator explains how we are all part of a team working together. The narrator explains, beginning at mark  01:32 , how a relationship between a commanding officer and those in their outfit is similar to a teacher and student, with the...
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This color and black & white, silent home movie footage shows life in an Army training camp during (and possibly after) World War II. It appears to show members of the 38th Infantry Division ("Cyclone") training for combat, most likely at Camp Shelby, Mississippi or Camp Atterbury, Indiana, or possibly both. The Division included National Guard drawn from Indiana, Kentucky, and West Virginia, and went on to serve in combat in the Pacific starting in early 1944. In recognition of...
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Santa Fe Railway presents “Seek Strike Destroy,” a World War II-era color film made in cooperation with the US War Department’s Bureau of Public Relations and the Fort Hood military post (at the time called Camp Hood) in Texas. The film opens with a scroll supporting WWII servicemen and encourages the viewer to “redouble our resolve to speed the victory which must and will be our!” The film opens with an aerial view of Camp Hood as soldiers march in formation, prepare meals, and...
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Caterpillar presents “The Color of Danger,” a circa 1960 safety film. With a jazzy soundtrack, the film reminds its viewer that signs can’t be everywhere that danger might appear so it’s up to employees to remain vigilant on the job and to think ahead. Forklift operators are shown going about their daily routines in the opening minutes of the film and at mark  02:00  uses a coloring book-inspired animation sequence to show what dangers might be labeled “red” if possible —...
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Made in 1932 in honor of the 200th anniversary of George Washington's birth, this silent film is one of a series that chronicles the life and times of the great general and president. The film was released by Eastman Classroom Films and shown in schos around the United States. Some scenes from the film were apparently created specifically for this film, others such as Washington crossing the Delaware River were drawn from feature films made in that era.  In this episode "Conquering the...
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Made by Castle Films during WWII, this silent movie entitled "The Civilian Serves" shows the many ways in which ordinary civilians helped defend the nation during WWII, by serving as Air Raid Wardens, Block Wardens, in defense plants, and elsewhere. The film dates to 1942 and was probably shown at clubs and workplaces as a recruitment tool, and also made available to the home market by Castle. At the  2:40  mark, the large Civilian Defense Headquarters in Manhattan, New York is...
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This black and white 1932 film is a James A FitzPatrick Travel Talk produced by FitzPatrick Pictures. It visits four different types of homes around the world. The song “Home, Sweet Home” was adapted from actor John Howard Payne’s lyrics to his 1823 opera Clari. The film opens with his grandfather’s home in East Hampton, New York; said to be the inspiration for the lyrics. The music was written by Sir Henry Bishop, a British composer (:23- 1:22 ).   The next homes shown are in Ceylon...
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Produced by the Public Service Company of Northern Illinois, this 1944 film shows farm life in northern Illinois during wartime. The film is broken into a number of sections (dairy, beef, sheep, hog, poultry, truck farming, ideas at work, youth, and family) and looks at the ways the various farming families of northern Illinois use electric-powered machines to enhance their productivity and improve quality of life during wartime. The film opens with a montage of shots of a number of northern...
Topics: Farm Life, Illinois, Wartime, WWII, Food, 1944, Stock Footage
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This episode of the Army Navy Screen Magazine features three segments. The first TWENTY SEVEN SOLDIERS shows the various ethnicities and nations making up the Allied Army. The second is a profile of the AMERICAN FIELD SERVICE which provides medical care and transportation in support of the British. The third BY REQUEST features the city of Chicago as well as a song sung by Carol Bruce. Designed to promote racial harmony and understanding in wartime, TWENTY SEVEN SOLDIERS shows the cooperation...
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Made by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the 1976 film, “Operation Breakthrough Equal Opportunity Housing,” profiles the United States’ first large-scale, unprecedented industrialized housing program. The opening sequence opens with an up-tempo theme, and we’re shown several images of tall residential and business buildings, crowded sidewalks, and streets jam-packed with cars. At mark 02:00 the commentator lists the various factors that limited housing production...
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This color educational film is about how a standard space shuttle Columbia mission works. Copyright is circa 1980/1981.  Title: Space Shuttle Mission Profile (:06). Space Shuttle Columbia on the launchpad, countdown to lift off (:10). Columbia clears the tower (:31). Shuttle Columbia leaves the atmosphere (:37). Booster rockets are jettisoned (:46). External fuel tank is jettisoned (1:02). Shuttle fly back towards earth (1:19). Columbia's Shuttle doors open (1:43).  Shuttle floats in space...
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The World Of Work’s “TV News: Behind The Scenes” is a 1973 episode from Encyclopaedia Britannica Films that shows viewers the day’s operations required to broadcast a news program. The episode follows the men and women of ABC7 Eyewitness News, including Roger Grimsby, Bill Beutel, Geraldo Rivera, Robert Labe, and Melba Tolliver, as they work to put together stories for the evening’s broadcast. The episode touches on topics such as how stories are discovered, how they are covered by...
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This color film documents the construction of the 1960 Lutheran Hour Float for the Pasadena Tournament of Rose New Year’s Day Parade. It was produced by the Lutheran Laymen’s League in Southern California. Finished, it will be 20’x40’x17’. To begin the float, men weld a set of four truck steering dollies under the front end before lowering a truck engine into the chassis as floats are driven from the rear ( 1:10 - 3:20 ). The float is started for the first time and inspected by the...
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Dating from the late 1960s, this U.S. Air Force Strategic Air Command produced film profiles the command and control systems developed for national defense, including the early versions of the 465L / SACCS system.  The film includes shots of various mainframe computers and communications equipment, including integrated networks that helped foment what we now know as the Internet.  The film contains some fascinating images including shots of communications centers, top secret documents, early...
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Made in the 1950s by the Shell Oil Co., this film "History of the Helicopter" features a look at the revolutionary machine that, at the time the film was made, had only recently come into wide use. The film features a brief look back at some of the failed attempts to build a helicopter, and discusses Breguet, Sikorsky, Berliner and others who were convinced that rotary wings were the answer to the problem of flying. The film also shows the autogiro, a relative of the helicopter....
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Made in 1945, WE SAID WE'D COME BACK shows the invasion of Guam and the actions and successes of the U.S. Navy to maintain the support of the American public. The film features Admiral Ernest J. King, the Chief of Naval Operations and the Admiral in Chief. It also ends with a brief appearance by James Forrestal, Secretary of the Navy. The film shows how the war in the Pacific was turning to the American side including footage of the retaking of Guam and warships such as the U.S.S. Washington...
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Produced by the Santa Barbara Police Department circa the mid to late 1970s and directed by Jim Skidmore, this film begins with footage of police vehicles and a brief introduction to law enforcement traffic duties. At 01:07, a young girl on a bicycle is depicted getting ticketed by a police officer by the side of the road. The film goes on to explore the dangers of cyclists disobeying traffic laws and causing accidents, an issue that law enforcement viewed as underrated at the time. The...
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The sea lanes surrounding Alaska are the gateway to the Arctic Ocean, and of vital importance to the United States during the Cold War. In this film, the men of the Coast Guard cutter USCGC Klamath (WHEC-66) visit Alaskan waters, and perform various humanitarian missions among its Native American residents. Klamath also monitors the seas, servicing buoys and making certain the sea lanes are safe for transit. They also wave the flag near the shores of the United States' key adversary during the...
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War Film 50, an industrial incentive movie titled “Yankee Noodle” shows how and what the ‘American Noodle’ has been able to create in wartime and in peace. The first innovative example is a washing machine ( 1:37 ) crafted from old wheels, hacksaws, nuts, bolts and improvised tools that could be used anywhere. Next, we see an old grappling hook, ropes and grenade launcher being used to blow mines ( 1:53 ). Another example is how a parachute was used to help land a plane with only one...
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Touting “America’s fighting ally, China,” during World War II, this 21-minute film focuses on the Nationalist Chinese and their part in WW2. Although the film begins with   the war in Europe and “a new messiah of murder and plunder,” Adolf Hitler, who is introduced at mark 01:08, the viewer is then introduced to Japan, an enemy most American’s had failed to take seriously until December 7, 1941, as recalled at mark 03:36. Recounting the sacrifices made by various nations prior to...
Topics: China, Western Front, WWII, World War II, Chinese, National Army, Stock Footage
“The El Centro Story” is a circa 1960 US Navy film that tells the story of Naval Air Facility El Centro in Imperial County, California, near the Salton Sea, as a pilot recounts his first approach to the airfield at mark  01:45 . After landing at mark  03:30 , the pilot sees members of the parachute experimental unit — a unit he’d be joining. He takes to the sky with other jumpers and at mark  07:23  they begin their leaps from the aircraft to begin plummeting to the ground. Each man...
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Dating to 1942 and then re-released in the post-WWII period, "American Anniversary" is a patriotic short film directed by Oscar winner Leslie Roush. The film was funded by the National Association of Manufacturers and produced by Paramount Pictures. The film shows 20 years in the life of an immigrant named Joe Karnak, who arrives in America uncertain of his place in society and future. Over the course of the film he becomes a substantial contributor to his community. According to a...
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Dating to 1961, this silent promotional film shows the Bisbee - Douglas International Airport in Southern Arizona. The film includes shots of Douglas, Arizona at 8:20 including the Southern Pacific railroad station at 8:30.  The Gadsden Hotel is visible at 9:30, as well as the Phelps Dodge Mercantile Company and Valley National Bank and Arizona Public Service Company (11:20).  At 12:55 the copper smelter is visible. At 15:16 the border crossing  / Port of Entry with Agua Prieta, Mexico is...
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This promotional movie for Super MobilOil opens with an image of various jars, 00:52. Various animations show Mobil Oil products and logos, 1:20. A print ad for New Super Mobiloil is shown, 1:31. Animated charts for Mobiloil are shown, 1:41. Animated P’s show Product, Profits and Plans as a slogan, 1;53. Test tube is shown, 2:13. A man is comparing Super Mobiloil versus Brand X, 2:38. The number 3 is featured because Mobiloil keeps engines clean, 3 times longer than other brands, 3:00. Man...
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Want to support this channel and help us preserve old films? Visit https://www.patreon.com/PeriscopeFilm Browse our products on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2YILTSD "NASA Project Apollo Manned Flight to the Moon" presents an overview of the Apollo lunar program. Made by Pelican Films prior to the first Apollo mission (probably 1964 or 65), the film uses animation to sketch out the various components needed for the mission. The film discusses the Saturn V rocket and variants Saturn I and...
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Produced by Cate & McGlone, United Airlines presents this 1950’s era, color movie called, Flying Colors. The film attempts to reassure the public about air travel by showing the maintenance procedures followed by United on its new DC-7 Mainliners. It was made just prior to the debut of the jet powered Boeing 707, which is discussed at the 5:30 mark. Written by Walter Wise, directed by T.W. Cate, photographed by E.D. McGlone, edited by Charles Cahill, with music supervision by Jack Meakin...
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This rare film from the early 1930s shows the dirigible USS Akron, and was made just after its disastrous loss in 1933. The film begins with images of the USS Akron before taking a step back in time to show a WWI type Navy balloon landing on a ship's deck ( 1:00 ). A non-rigid Navy blimp, the C-7, is seen at 1:09 . At 1:17 , USS Los Angeles is seen being christened with President Calvin Coolidge in attendance. USS Shenandoah is seen at 1:38 . At 1:42 the construction of the Akron is shown....
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This interesting home movie of Dallas, Texas starts with a shot of the Magnolia Building with its famed Pegasus (symbol of the Mobil Oil Company). The film likely dates to WWII era, as you will see a lot of patriotic bunting and flags in various city scenes. Starting at about :40 are shots in the downtown on Main Street with trolley cars visible. There's also a spectacular sequence shot in fast motion / time exposure of the same stretch of downtown scenery starting about 1:18 . At :57 some...
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This silent 8mm home movie was shot in 1962 by a U.S. serviceman based at the U.S. Naval Station in Rota, Spain, also known as Naval Station Rota. NAVSTA Rota has been in use since 1953 when Spanish dictator Francisco Franco strengthened relations with the United States in order to improve local economies. The installation now covers more than 6,000 acres (24 km2) on the northern shore of Cadiz, an area recognized for its strategic, maritime importance over the centuries.  The film begins with...
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