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This profile is part of "The Big Picture", a long running U.S. Army television show. General of the Armies John Joseph "Black Jack" Pershing (September 13, 1860 – July 15, 1948) was a senior United States Army officer. His most famous post was when he served as the commander of the American Expeditionary Force (AEF) on the Western Front in World War I, 1917–18. Pershing rejected British and French demands that American forces be integrated with their armies, and insisted...
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This silent 16mm home movie dates to 1926. It shows the mining town of Superior, Arizona. The film also shows a football game against Globe,, a July 4th parade in Superior and a rodeo. Some of the details in the film include: :38, reading a newspaper in the back of a car, :41 kid riding a donkey, 1:03 , woman holding a sign that says "July 4, 1926 Superior Arizona". At 1;06, start of the July 4th Parade. The rodeo is seen at about 4:30 , and the football game around 7:40 . At 7:58 a...
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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 Churchill at the Quebec Conference." This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage collections in the...
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This episode of the U.S. Army's TV program "The Big Picture" deals with the the first satellite of the United States Explorer 1, launched as part of its participation in the International Geophysical Year. The mission followed the first two satellites the previous year; the Soviet Union's Sputnik 1 and 2, beginning the Cold War Space Race between the two nations. Army General John Medaris headed the Army Ballistic Missile Agency, which oversaw both JPL and Wernher von Braun’s rocket...
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Created in 1951, "Crusade in the Pacific" was an early television documentary that remains one of the most comprehensive looks at the Pacific Campaign on land, sea and air. In 26 separate 30 minute episodes, "Crusade" journals the War through tons and tons of basically uncensored stock footage, along with the timeless voice of Westbrook Van Voorhis.  In this episode "The Road Back: New Guinea" Crusade in the Pacific examines the difficult New Guinea campaign. The...
Topics: World War II, New Guinea, Pacific Campaign, Crusade In The Pacific, 1942, Douglas, Pacific Ocean,...
Produced by Vincent H. Hunter and presented by the Union Pacific Railroad, the 1940s short film Potatoes Unlimited provides viewers with a glimpse of the potato industry, from creating potato seed to the transportation to grocery stores via Union Pacific lines. The film begins with several shots of mountain ranges and potato fields, including the area of Idaho just west of the Tetons (01:45). Soil is prepared with tractors, ploughs, and harrows (02:28), and sometimes horse-drawn equipment, so...
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This 1973 short film promotes the H.M.S. Daedalus, the Naval Air Engineering School. The film opens with a shot of helicopters taking off from an aircraft carrier (00:16), then cuts to scene of a student doing a flight simulation with a Wessex V mockup (00:36). The school’s female students, known as wren air mechanics (01:30), also study naval engineering. Students learn about and work on helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft, such as the Sea Vixen fighter plane (02:42). The men and women at...
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Created by Fairchild Hiller to sell the Turbo Porter aircraft, this industrial film gives a great overview of the plane and shows it in various roles including as a military platform. The Pilatus PC-6 Porter is a single-engined Short Take-Off and Landing (STOL) utility aircraft designed by Pilatus Aircraft of Switzerland. First flown in 1959, the PC-6 continues in production at Pilatus Flugzeugwerke in Stans, Switzerland. It has been built in both piston engine and turboprop powered versions...
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Featuring members of the Michigan National Guard, this black & white home movie film shows an awards ceremony, and then an armored exercise and bivouac involving Sherman tanks, WWII era armored personnel carriers and jeeps. This is circa the late 1940s or 1950s. It's not clear where the film was shot, possibly in Michigan, but also could be at one of the Army's armored centers such as Ft. Benning, Georgia. Opening: members of the United States National Guard salute as an award ceremony (or...
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This silent footage shows a flight test of the Douglas Skyrocket, with the aircraft attached to a B-29, taken to altitude, and then dropped over Edwards Air Force Base to make a powered flight and landing on the lakebed. The Douglas D-558-2 Skyrocket (or D-558-II) was a rocket and jet-powered supersonic research aircraft built by the Douglas Aircraft Company for the United States Navy. On 20 November 1953, shortly before the 50th anniversary of powered flight, Scott Crossfield piloted the...
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This film takes a look at the 34th president Dwight D. Eisenhower’s visit to Detroit in October of 1960. It focuses on his landing at the American Airlines terminal in a US Air Force Military Transport plane. The former president had visited Detroit on the 17th of October to be the keynote speaker at the 43rd Auto Industry Dinner. The ceremony was aired live on WXYZ-TV. The film opens with a long line of motorcycle cops on the runway at the airport awaiting the president’s arrival (:12). An...
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Attention! A new higher quality version of this video is now available at: http://youtu.be/9dEJoH1NARg This 1967 documentary follows US troops on R&R in Thailand during the Vietnam war. 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 black & white U.S. Navy educational/training film is about how to use a Hand Pallet Truck, Tractor Trailer Train and a Fork Lift Truck safely, properly and for what purpose. Copyright is 1951. One interesting feature of the film is that most of the employees shown in the film are African American. These type of jobs were some of the earliest for African Americans in the Navy. During WWII, in February 1942 CNO Admiral Harold Rainsford Stark recommended African Americans for ratings in...
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Made in the wake of the deadly West Berlin discotheque bombing and other Reagan era incidents, this color U.S. Air Force training film "Terrorism: A Survivable Threat" is about the threat that terrorism poses for U.S. military personnel living overseas. The film presents various scenarios including a car bombing, drive by assassination, and an ambush. The primary lesson is that personnel must always remain alert and not fall into routines or get too distracted. The film also suggests...
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 This “restricted” black-and-white US War Department Official Training Film, titled “Air Force Intelligence,” was produced by the First Motion Picture Unit of the Army Air Forces prior to the 1943 Invasion of Sicily by Allied troops. An intertitle card at mark 00:38 explains that “it shows the organization and functioning of Intelligence in an Air Force during a planned invasion of Sardinia. Whether or not this latter invasion ever take place does not affect the depiction of the role...
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One of the U.S. Army's "Big Picture" TV episodes, in the WWII "Army in Action" series, "The Slumbering Giant Awakens" depicts the battle of supply and logistics won by the United States Army in 1943.  Also depicted in this film are the tactical operations in 1943 in North Africa, where the Germans are defeated in Tunisia.  There is also coverage of the Pacific, the Aleutians including the invasion of Attu, Australian troops fighting in New Guinea and the assault...
Topics: The Big Picture, World War II United States army, Attu Island, Aleutian Island, Afrika Korps,...
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This silent film shows the battle for "Hill 700" starting on March 9, 1944. Depicted is the counter-attack by the 145th Infantry of the 37th Division to recapture the hill which had been taken in the early morning. The Japanese objective was to break through to the strategic beachhead on Empress Augusta Bay. Mortars (9:30) and light tanks and halftracks from the 754th Tank Battalion provided fire support and the battle continued through March 13th, when the troops regained the summit...
Topics: Army Pictorial, Silent Film, 1944, Japanese, WWII
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Produced by the U.S. Navy as a recruiting film, "Summer Incident" starts out in typical fashion following fleet operations but then, about five minutes into the story, a message arrives and -- all liberties are cancelled.  The rest of the film shows the preparations for and the landing of Marines in Lebanon in the summer of 1958 to guarantee the sovereignty of that country and protect U.S. civilians. The 1958 Lebanon crisis was a Lebanese political crisis caused by political and...
Topics: U.S. Navy, Sixth Fleet, 6th Fleet, United States Navy, 1958, Lebanon Crisis, Lebanon, U.S. 1958,...
This film is a color & B&W tinted film, with live action clips of U.S. Marine Corps in Okinawa, Japan. Produced by the Marine Corps Photographic Service. Photographed by three division combat photographers: Third Amphibious Corps, First Marine Division, and Sixth Marine Division. Narrated film shows final operations of the Marines taking the final last remaining areas of Okinawa, to overcome the stalemate with 50,000+ Japanese troops.  0:56 Opening view of Battle Tank traveling in open...
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This restricted, black & white educational/training film from WWII was used to train intelligence officers about interrogation procedures. The film shows Japanese POWs being debriefed at a prison camp. This is circa 1942-1945. Opening titles: Prisoner Of War Interrogation Procedures (:08-:39). Japanese POWs are seated and one is badged in front of American soldiers. Military officials confer. A military higher up enters a POW fence surrounded camp. A Japanese POW is lead out to a table and...
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Air France presents us with “Flying Holidays: Traveling through France” a charming travelogue from the 1960s that taps into a Hollywood styled score to compliment the monumental sights that travelers frequent. Vacationers tour the French country side including Normandy and Brittany, and the French Riviera in a Renault Caravelle and make frequent stops, experiencing the leisure of good food and a friendly welcome. The voyage starts off with a fabulous picture of French cuisine served in...
Topics: Traveling, France, Europe, Air France, Flying Holiday, Stock Footage
Presented by Allegro Film Productions, this episode of the Science Screen Report shows viewers the state-of-the-art solar power plant in the Mojave Desert near Barstow, Ca. The film begins with shots of solar panels on houses, farm barns, and the commercial solar electric power plant Solar One ( 01:10 ), with its solar panel farm. There is a shot of a model of the power plant as well. Computer-controlled heliostats (mirrors) are tested near Albuquerque, NM ( 02:52 ) for the Solar One plant....
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Presented by the U.S. Forest Service, this 1970s training film focuses on the different types of hand tools used in fighting wildfires. The film opens with a raging forest fire. Main title: "Hand Tools for Wildfire.  A Fire Training Film presented by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service." A fire rages in the forest. Different hand tools for the firefighter are shown 1:00. The firefighters are first on the scene and those who use hand tools to manage the fire determine...
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This WWII era Red Cross film shows some of the organization's work during the conflict, including some of its most traditional activities -- teaching young people to swim, and learning artificial respiration.  The launch of a new Liberty Ship SS John Barton Payne is shown.  Its namesake was former chairman of the Red Cross.  The new hospital ship SS Hope is also shown going into commission.  Norman H. Davis, the chair of the Red Cross is shown returning from a tour of American Red Cross...
Topics: Liberty Ship, USS Hope, Hospital Ship, Norman Davis, American Red Cross, Blood Plasma, MASH Unit,...
The Chevrolet Dealer film Great News, produced by Jam Handy Productions, gives viewers a look at the new 1955 Chevrolet. The “news” is reported by Robert Trout, who talks about the new design of the 1955 Chevy (the 150, 210, and Bel Air). A 1955 Chevrolet is shown at the General Motors Proving Ground (00:58). Graphics are used to show the new frame and other new features of the car, including the outrigger rear suspension—a car drives along the rough Belgian block road to demonstrate the...
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This short publicity film for the Syncom Satellite program dates to the 1960s. It was made after the successful launch of Syncom 3, so most likely dates to 1965.   Syncom (for "synchronous communication satellite") started as a 1961 NASA program for active geosynchronous communication satellites, all of which were developed and manufactured by Hughes Space and Communications. Syncom 2, launched in 1963, was the world's first geosynchronous communications satellite. Syncom 3, launched...
Topics: NASA, Satellite, NASA Satellite, 1960, Syncom 3, Stock Footage
This 1944 color restricted film about being an “Aviation Ordnanceman” is part of a “Your Job in the Navy” series of recruitment films presented by the U.S. Navy. It opens with a camera scan of SB2C-3 Helldivers. A group of Aviation Ordnancemen lift up the tail of a fighter and put a stand underneath it to hold it up. The wing guns are aligned using targets on the wall. The sailor waves his hand to indicate the direction the other sailor should make the adjustment (:15- 1:15 ). An...
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This 1971 episode of the U.S. Army’s The Big Picture television series (TV 822) describes the value of materiel readiness in today's Army and gives viewers a look at the incredibly complex logistical operations of maintaining “materiel readiness” of the 1st Infantry Mechanized. The episode opens with footage of soldiers firing artillery and moving across terrain. Illustrations depict the early weapons and transportation operations during the beginning of American military history. World...
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This short film, likely from the 1940s, is from the Loyal Order of Moose, the family fraternity, and gives members an update on two of the order’s major projects: Mooseheart and Moosehaven. An aerial view shows Mooseheart, IL (00:27). The film takes viewers on a tour of the city of Mooseheart, with large homes and tree-lined avenues. Mooseheart kids relax in a parlor; some eat in a dining room. Young boys work in the fields next to Mooseheart (01:53). The film shows Mooseheart High School...
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Filmed in the late 1920s or early 1930s by an American tourist, this silent home movie documents a trip made aboard a Cunard ocean liner to Europe from New York. The film begins at the Cunard pier at :17, as the ship is loading passengers and cargo. At :28 the gangplanks are retracted and the ship begins its trip as passengers and loved ones wave goodbye. At :35 images of New York Harbor are seen including the Statue of Liberty in the distance as well as Ellis Island. A four stack liner is seen...
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Made in the era just before WWII, CROSSROADS OF THE PACIFIC shows views of Honolulu and Hawaii as it appeared before the airplane made it a tourist mecca.  The film emphasizes the islands' strategic significance and uses the ships of the U.S. Navy, and sailors men on a "Hawaiian cruise" to show off the tropical paradise.  A naval gunnery and torpedo firing exercise is seen at the 2 minute mark, followed by a visit to the islands by men and ships.  A traditional welcome with leis is...
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CHALLENGE FROM BELOW is a fascinating U.S. Navy movie made during the Cold War, that presents in detail the tactics that might have been used to control the sea lanes in a non-nuclear, conventional war between the United States and the Communist bloc.  As the narrator comments, in the scenario presented in the film neither side wanted to take the risk of initiating a nuclear war, and in this instance supply lines and the sea lanes are vital for the preservation of the Free World....
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Produced in 1949 by the Jam Handy Organization for Chevrolet Motors, "Transportation Unlimited" shows Chevy trucks serving in various roles.   The film proudly points to the American system of transportation as the best in the world, and shows how the components of the system -- air, water, land -- are all linked by trucks. In 1949 one in every three of these trucks was a Chevrolet. This film contains excellent footage of Chevrolet trucks from the mid-1930s to 1949, carrying out more...
Topics: 1949, Chevrolet, Chevy, Post WWII, Trucks, Bus, Stock Footage
Released commercially by Kodak in 1928, this silent film shows the American Legion Parade in Paris in September, 1927. The film shows some of the 20,000+ Americans who visited France in that year, the 9th anniversary of the end of WWI.Calling themselves the “Second American Expeditionary Force,”  they attended the American Legion’s 9th National Convention in the City of Lights. Gen. John J. Pershing accompanied National Commander Howard P. Savage on the voyage on board the steamship...
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Directed by Reid H. Ray for John Deere, FARMER OF THE YEAR dates to the 1950s. This verite drama tells the story of a father and son who team up, under the system of conservation farming, to increase productivity on their family farm. The father wins "Farmer of the Year" honors but (spoiler alert) honors his son in the process. We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional information about our videos by adding a comment!  See something interesting? ...
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"Design Your Living" is a late 1950s color film that was used to recruit engineers to work at Northrop Aircraft Inc.  The first half of the movie highlights the engineering marvels that  Northrop has produced, while the second half presents a wonderful look at SoCal living in the mid to late 1950s, with Disneyland, Hollywood and many other attractions, modern freeways and new suburbs offering a high quality lifestyle to a well paid aeronautical engineer. Movie opens on a rotating...
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This black & white promotional/propaganda film was made to get people to join the Marine Corps Reserve. There is no copyright at the beginning or end of the film but  based on research this is circa 1955. Opening titles: The United States Marine Corps Presents 'The Pride of Main Street' (:06-:31). Main street in Rockford, IL featuring cars. Blackhawk Native American statue in granite stands in town. Shots of a river, industry, the valley of Rockford (:32-1:28). Many types of people,...
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This black & white film promotes the efforts of the American Red Cross, to help the U.S. Military and civilians through humanitarian work. Copyright 1964. Opening titles: Paratroopers jump. American National Red Cross presents "Down To Earth" (:08-:31). Paratroopers jump from airplanes and practice landing. A transport lands. Helicopters fly. American troops storm a beach as part of an exercise. A Red Cross Field Director watches the paratroopers in the air, prepared to help...
Topics: 1964, Red Cross, Civil, Military Support, Nurses, American Red Cross, US Military, Stock Footage,...
Report From Mexico, produced by Trident Films, is a 1951 film that shows the work of the Evangelical churches proselytizing in predominantly Catholic Mexico. The film features footage of rural Mexican communities, predominantly classrooms and spaces used for church services. The film beings in Mexico City, where President of Union Theological Seminary Dr. Noonan sits behind a desk (00:55). He greets two Americans who have arrived to see the work of the Protestant churches in Mexico. The film...
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Showcase ’65 is a short marketing film from P&O Orient Lines made for travel agencies to update them on what is in the 1965 sales kit in an effort to continue growing the sea travel business. The film opens with shots of a cruise ship at sea and people walking through a city. A man walks into a travel agency and looks at brochures for sea-travel vacation voyages (01:26). The film then shows the handbook for P & O’s 1965 cruises. George Turner, vice president for marketing, speaks to...
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The No. 944 is a short Caterpillar promotional film from the late 1950s or early 1960s that highlights the features and abilities of the new Cat 944 Traxcavator (later renamed the wheel loader). The 944 is manufactured in Aurora, IL, and is powered by a four-cylinder Cat D330 Diesel Engine or a Cat six-cylinder gasoline engine. The film opens with a man climbing onto a 944 Traxcavator. A 944 is operated in a field (00:50). A man climbs onto a 944 and demonstrates the machine’s adjustable...
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LB Littleford, the sign of modern engineered black-top road maintenance and construction equipment, presents A Modern Mixed-In-Place Resurfacing Job. This silent film, which probably dates to 1946 or thereabouts, shows how Littleford equipment makes completing road resurfacing jobs faster and, therefore, cheaper. A Littleford Model 115 “Tankar” Steam Heater heats a tank car of bituminous material ( 01:22 ), and then a Littleford CLRC “Spray Master” Pressure Distributor, frameless...
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Made by filmmaker, sporting goods store and truck company owner Pat Salvino, this film POLAR ADVENTURE shows a big game hunt of a different sort -- a hunt for a polar bear. It likely dates to about 1964. The film follows Salvino from Seattle to Alaska, where he shoots a bear and has its pelt as a trophy. At 3:46 Salvino flies north to Kotzebue, Alaska by the Arctic Ocean. At 4:52 the Alaskan Airlines DC-6 carrying Salvino arrives at the airport. It is February and the temperature is well below...
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In this episode of True Adventure with Bill Burrud, Burrud welcomes viewers to the show, then footage shows rockets, including a space rocket blasting off (02:30). Men work on building a missile (02:55). The episode shows testing of the intercontinental Thor missile (03:50). Men in a control room prepare for the launch of the first Thor missile (04:30), which explodes during the launch attempt. Spectators watch a successful blastoff of the missile shortly thereafter (05:35). A Thor missile sits...
Topics: True Adventure, Cape Canaveral, Atlas Missile Thor
This 1943 War Department training film (T.F. 1-3403) instructs viewers on how to survive a crash landing in an arctic climate. The film follows an Army Air Forces pilot, Hardy, as he recalls his survival training, which is presented as an internal dialogue between the pilot and his instructor. The film’s second reel begins with Hardy fighting to get a tree out of the snow. He walks back to the plane and cuts out wire from the wing flaps. He takes the parachute and wire back to where his fire...
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The Air Force Association presents Air Force Scrapbook, 1907-1957, a short film on the history of the Air Force for the Golden Anniversary celebration of the U.S. Air Force in 1957. The film presents footage of early planes in flight, some of the earliest military action by U.S. air forces, and scenes involving some of America’s best ace pilots up through the Korean War. The film opens with footage of early planes and more modern planes flying in the sky. The Wright Brothers show off their...
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This film shows various USAF activities in Vietnam. It begins with the AC-47 gunship in action. The Douglas AC-47 Spooky (also nicknamed "Puff, the Magic Dragon") was the first in a series of gunships developed by the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War. It was thought that more firepower than could be provided by light and medium ground-attack aircraft was needed in some situations when ground forces called for close air support. The film also shows the C-130 being used...
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In this episode of The Air Force Story - Volume 1 Chapter 6 - entitled "Prelude to War 1937-1939" the events that preceded WWII are cataloged. This includes a brief study of Hitler's role in airpower development, B-17s making a good will tour of South America, the Air Corps conducts a mock attack, Hap Arnold appointed Chief of the U.S. Army Air Corps, Hitler triumphs at Munich, and the intensive training of pilots by the USA just prior to the outbreak of war. The United States Air...
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This episode of The Air Force Story - Volume 1 Chapter 13 - is entitled "Expanding Air Power, June 1943". It shows cadet training at Tyndall Field, the selection of officers from the ranks, and the capitulation of Pantelleria and its use as an Allied air base. The United States Air Force produced a series of 34 films, roughly 14 minutes each, between 1947 and 1960 to help educated the public about the role of the Air Force. The goals of the films are best described by the introduction...
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Col William L. Hendricks, USMCR (Ret), one of the founders of the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program, received an honorary Oscar, April 9, 1962, in Santa Monica, Calif., for "his outstanding patriotic service in the conception, writing and production of the Marine Corps film, 'A Force in Readiness,' " released May 26, 1961. This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage collections in the...
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This German propaganda movie was part of a U.S. Navy archive compiled during WWII, and acquired by Periscope Film. This film celebrates the German U-boats, and shows them building a German Uboat and its launch into the water. 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...
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Produced in 1951 by Castle Films, and marketed for the home market in camera stores and magazines, this black & white novelty film shows daring stunts by hell drivers, barnstormers, and aerial artists. Copyright 1951. Titles: Castle Films presents "Living Dangerously" (:06-:15). Daredevil stuntmen of the Lynch and Lucky Teter Hell Driver teams drive their cars recklessly on a dirt track. Cars drive through fire and jump into the air off a ramp and crash into cars down below....
Topics: Living Dangerously, Lynch Hell Drivers, Tightrope Walker, Barnstormer, Stunt Pilots, Stock Footage,...
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Made during WWII by Wilding for Pratt & Whitney, "It's Our Job" was intended to be seen by the foremen of wartime industrial plants, who were vital for the success of home front factory production. Here, the problems foremen must meet and means of solving them and shown, from introducing new workers to job responsibilities, to  cooperating with other foremen, to preventing safety issues on the assembly line. The film features shots of the F4U-1 Corsair, produced by United...
Topics: United Aircraft, Vought, Division, Corsair, Factory, Production, Stock Footage
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This black & white educational U.S. Navy Training Film is one of a series made to train lookouts. This one is about using the position angle system when reporting incoming aircraft. Copyright 1944. Opening: U.S. Navy Training Film - Position Angle (:06-:21). A sailor serving as a sky lookout uses his binoculars to scan for enemy planes. His job is to report incoming aircraft and their incoming bearing position angle so that the ship can be defended. A plane in the sky as seen through...
Topics: 1944, US Navy, Positive Angle, Sky Lookout, Airplane Spotting, Stock Footage
“Handicrafts of Belgium” is a film that will focus on crafts such as lace, pottery, and glassware that is made in Belgium. The film is narrated by Peter Allen (:24), issued by the Belgium Government Information Center in New York City (:26), and is a D.P.M. Production (:36). It opens with a picturesque shot of a windmill (:40) and the notion that although Belgium is an industrial country, farming and agriculture still played an important role (:51) as there were worldwide food shortages. A...
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Created by North American Aviation in 1949 to promote their newest jet aircraft, this film features the B-45 Tornado bomber and the F-86 Sabre, as well as the FJ-1 Fury. The North American B-45 Tornado 4-jet bomber is shown at (:24). It was the first operational jet to enter service with the United States Air Force as well as the very first multiengine jet bomber to have ever been refueled in midair. These planes entered into service in 1948. It is filmed gracefully taking off from the runway...
Topics: 1949, North American, Aviation, Promo Film, B-45 Tornado Bomber, F-86 Sabre, FJ-1 Fighter Jets,...
Dating to the late 1940s, this charming film was directed by Bill Chase and presented by Enterprise Mfg. Co.’s Pflueger Fishing and Tackle, one of the earliest USA fishing tackle companies founded in the end of the 19th century. (Pflueger Enterprise Mfg. Co. in Akron, Ohio made fishing reels from the 1890s to the 1940s.) The film introduces its audience to the city of Guaymas, a leisurely fishing destination along the Gulf of California, dominated by the Spanish Conquistadors in the 16th...
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This color educational film "Somebody around here is doin' somethin' good" is about the Richardson, Texas waste water treatment plant that was built in 1953. No copyright but this is circa the early 1970s. The City of Richardson, Texas. A car drives, a yard near a house, people in a  public swimming pool, a police man, a woman shopping, a boy on a bike, everyday people on the move, a little girl on a swing. Young boys head fishing. A man drives a lawnmower. Title: Somebody Around...
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This 1960’s era promotional and recruiting film showcases the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps and shows off their fighting strength. (Please note: our print has a damaged soundtrack, please bear with the racket.) Main title: "Leading from Strength. The U.S. Navy. Guardian of Freedom Through Control of the Sea Lanes."  The aircraft carrier USS Forrestal CVA-59 is shown in port :49. Rear Admiral Charles D. Griffin is shown. Griffin was a four-star admiral in the United States Navy...
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These silent "rushes" or dailies from 1967 show rare footage of the Bell X-22,  an American V/STOL X-plane with four tilting ducted fans. The aircraft shown is tail 1521, the second of the two prototypes built and the only one to survive the program. As you can see in the footage, takeoff was to selectively occur either with the propellers tilted vertically upwards, or on a short runway with the nacelles tilted forward at approximately 45°. Additionally, the X-22 was to provide more...
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“THE F2H BANSHEE BEFORE FLIGHT” 1953 US NAVY TRAINING FILM This US Navy training film will take a look at the McDonnell F2H Banshee which was a single seat carrier-based jet fighter type air craft. The US Marine Corp and Navy deployed the craft from 1948 to 1961 and it was the primary American fighter used during the Korean War. The film opens with the craft in flight (:32). The F2H Banshee was powered by 2 axial flow Westinghouse J34 turbo jet engines (:41) and had a wingspan of about 45...
Topics: F2H Banshee, US Navy, 1953, Training Film, USMC, Stock Footage
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Made in the 1980s, AIR POWER AT SEA may have been the movie that inspired "Top Gun".  Narrated by Cliff Robertson and featuring the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz, the film shows F-14 Tomcats, A-7 Corsairs, A-6 Intruder, S3 Viking, Sea King helicopters, and E2C Hawkeye and EA-6B Prowlers and other aircraft operating at sea.  Guided missile cruisers, guided missile destroyers, and submarines are also shown in the task force. Created by Grumman Aerospace Corp. in the 1980s, "Air...
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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 This early postwar (1946-1952) film was likely made by Japan's NHK – the national film, TV and radio company. This newsreel centers on industry news, starting with cotton and silk production, continuing with chemical industries and shipping, and all the way to forestry, agriculture, fish catches and quotas. The film shows the footage...
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Produced by Bob Cording and Jerry Humphries in 1977, "Set Free" takes a look at the role that Christianity can play in the rehabilitation of the incarcerated.   The film was something of a departure for Cording-Humphries films, as the company was most well-known for its inspirational sports films including the breakthrough Christian surfing film; 'Tales from the Tube'. At the time "Set Free" was made glimpses inside penitentiaries were rare, as cameras rarely penetrated...
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This 1943 news review was produced by the U.S. Office of War Information.  It has several segments including: a band of isolated Australian troops fighting on the island of Timor, recycling of obsolete ordnance by the U.S. Army to create new metal for the war effort -- including Civil War cannonballs, WWI tanks, tractors and howitzers --, the effort to preserve British rare books and manuscripts in the United States through storage and microfilming,  wartime efforts to increase production by...
Topics: WWII, US News Review, Raiders Of Timor, Caucuses Battles, Stock Footage
This episode of Crusade in the Pacific, "Guadalcanal: America's First Offensive" examines early American offensive operations in World War II beginning with the Battle of Guadalcanal. U.S. marines land on the island and fight a well dug-in Japanese army while also being harassed by Japanese aircraft. After several month, U.S. establish Henderson Field and secure the island. It also looks at the taking of New Georgia Island and the Battle of Kula Gulf. Created in 1951, "Crusade in...
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Created during WWII, this silent educational film shows the German Fire Brigade in action battling what appears to be a building fire caused by an incendiary bomb.  Unfortunately we don't speak German -- so hopefully some kind person will translate the title cards for us!  Danke! 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...
Topics: Fire Fighters, civil Defense
This 1965 British documentary film looks at the development of the young modern nation-state and highlights some of the country’s people, culture and events, cities, and regions. The film opens with footage of the snow-capped peaks of Pakistan’s Karakorum and Himalayan ranges. A stream runs out from a under a snow field. People herd cattle down a rocky slope. A river of white water rushes through a forest (02:24). Young boys and girls learn in a classroom (02:57). Muslim men pray at a...
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This 1959 black and white educational film is about the July 16, 1959 failed launch of a Juno II missile carrying an Explorer satellite, known throughout the film only as Project 16. The film was produced by Carousel Films for the North American Aviation Space and Information Systems Division, Quality & Reliability Assurance. It is narrated by Edward R. Murrow for CBS News. Shown are the Project 16 rocket with its satellite payload. Those shown for their involvement to compete against the...
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Produced as part of an educational series of films by the Eastman Kodak Company, "Care and Planting of Trees" is a silent movie that dates to 1927.  The film features several moments of interest to modern audiences including mass spraying of trees with pesticides. 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...
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Created by Castle Films during WWII for the U.S. Government AIR RAID WARNING shows the duties and responsibilities of the Civil Defense Air Raid Wardens. These individuals were trained in first aid, fire fighting, and gas and chemical warfare as well as plane spotting. During the blackout in the USA, wardens enforced regulations to keep lights out and blinds drawn at all times. The American wardens traced their origins to Britain. During the early stages of World War II, the Air Ministry had...
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This 1939 sound newsreel vividly shows the sinking of the German heavy cruiser Admiral Graf Spee. Admiral Graf Spee was a Deutschland-class heavy cruiser (originally termed Panzerschiff or armoured ship, sometimes referred to as "pocket battleship") which served with the Kriegsmarine of Nazi Germany during World War II. The vessel was named after Admiral Maximilian von Spee, commander of the East Asia Squadron that fought the battles of Coronel and Falkland Islands in World War I. She...
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This short film from Hughes Aircraft gives viewers a look at the company’s ground laser locator designator (GLLD), the AN/TVQ-2 GLLD. A tank turret swivels as a tank gunner prepares to fire a shell. A forward observer locates a target with a GLLD and the hidden tank is able to fire at the target without firing any spotting rounds (00:48). Viewers see a laser (01:07), key to the development of the GLLD. The film then shows a AN/TVQ-2 Ground Laser Locator Designator (01:30). Two soldiers carry...
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Created during WWII, this silent educational film shows the German Fire Brigade in action battling what appears to be a building fire caused by an incendiary bomb.  Unfortunately we don't speak German -- so hopefully some kind person will translate the title cards for us!  Danke! 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...
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This short silent German educational film shows a unit of German pioneers rapidly constructing a pontoon bridge over a river. A pioneer is a soldier employed to perform engineering and construction tasks. The term is in principle similar to sapper. Pioneers were originally part of the artillery branch of European armies. Subsequently, they formed part of the engineering branch, in the logistic branch, part of the infantry; or comprised a branch in their own right. Historically, the primary role...
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This color, instructional film, The Supai Indian, was copyrighted in 1945 by Coronet Instructional Films. Coronet Films was a leading producer and distributor of many documentary films created for use in schools. This one is about the Havasupai people or Supai Indians of the Grand Canyon in Arizona.  Intro (0:07-9:27). A man walks his horse in front of a beautiful waterfall headed for the Havasupai Indian camp (0:28-0:38). A man rides a horse, with a pack horse following him, through a river...
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This silent short newsreel shows U.S. Navy Martin T3M or T4M biplanes sinking a decommissioned battleship with torpedoes. The event was part of war maneuvers conducted in the 1930s. At 1:18 the torpedo is seen streaking in the water towards its target, which is seen sinking at 1:29 . It's unclear precisely which ship is shown sinking here, or whether in fact the torpedoes are responsible for the sinking. Most likely the footage dates from 5 September, 1924 when USS Virginia and USS New Jersey...
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This color educational film is about railroad research and advancements in railroad technology, including the development of the diesel and gas turbine locomotives which were beginning to supplant steam engines at the time. Copyright is 1953. The film stars Hugh Beaumont as E.D. Gillespie. ( Beaumont is best known for his portrayal of Ward Cleaver on the television series Leave It to Beaver.) Titles: 225,000 Mile Proving Ground (:08-:24). A streamline passenger train races by, probably the...
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Shot in the 1930s, this film profiles the United States Coast Guard Academy (USCGA), the military academy of the United States Coast Guard located in New London, Connecticut. The film describes the four-year program offered by the Academy, and the various academy, athletic, and other opportunities are detailed. Seagoing activities aboard a modern cutter are also shown, including gunnery practice. The film opens with an aerial view of the Academy campus in New London. New Cadets drill on the...
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This silent 16mm home movie dates from just after the WWII era and was shot by a member of the U.S. military. Starting at :51 you will see operations at a U.S. Navy seaplane base. We're not sure where this was located but probably  Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. Some of the PBM-3 Mariner aircraft shown are marked "SF" on the tail, possibly standing for "San Francisco"?  At 3:30 the PBM-3 takes off across the bay. At 6:25 the unit is reviewed by the commanding officer who appears to...
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Distributed by McGraw Hill in the mid-1950s, this French language film tells the story of the SNCF, the French national railway. The film was originally produced as part of the "Ici La France" series, intended to be used as a foreign language teaching tool for foreign students. The film begins with footage of model railways at :25. At :53 one of Paris' many railway stations is shown at rush hour. At 3:28 the film flashes back in time to show early French steam locomotives. At 4:11, in...
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This black and white film is one of the episodes of "Yesterday's Newsreels", an early 1950s TV show made from the General Newsreel collection. It features ten segments of historic highlights. Dollfuss Shot! (:29). Engelbert Dollfuss, the dictator of Austria, waves to a crowd on May 1, 1934 and signs a pact with Mussolini (:30- 1:04 ). Dollfuss was assassinated July 25, 1934 by Austrian Nazis. His death mask is shown ( 1:05 ), followed by thousands mourning him in Vienna ( 1:06 - 1:18...
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This silent footage shows the Martin Marietta X-24B lifting body at Edwards Air Force Base. It likely dates to 1973 when the aircraft was first flown. At 2:19 the aircraft is seen mated to a mothership B-52. At 4:27 are some brief shots of the aircraft being dropped at altitude.  The Martin Marietta X-24 was an American experimental aircraft developed from a joint United States Air Force-NASA program named PILOT (1963–1975). It was designed and built to test lifting body concepts,...
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This silent footage shows the Martin Marietta X-24B lifting body at Edwards Air Force Base. It likely dates to 1973 when the aircraft was first flown. At 2:19 the aircraft is seen mated to a mothership B-52. At 4:27 are some brief shots of the aircraft being dropped at altitude. The Martin Marietta X-24 was an American experimental aircraft developed from a joint United States Air Force-NASA program named PILOT (1963–1975). It was designed and built to test lifting body concepts,...
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1965 ENCYCLOPEDIA BRITANICA EDUCATIONAL FILM “SANTE FE & THE TRAIL” This film focuses on the Santa Fe Trail; a 19th century route through central North America which connected Missouri and Santa Fe. A span of the area along this route opens the film which Native American tribes had inhabited in 1830 (:19). A herd of Buffalo grazes through the pasture and Native Americans had hunted them for their hides and their meat (:25). A character named Jessup Greg steers a wagon as he was making...
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Released for the home market, this short, silent documentary film consists of newsreels showing the Pan American Clippers in their heydey, 1934-1939 including the Martin 130 China Clipper and the Giant Boeing 314 Clipper. Footage includes interior shots of the aircraft showing the fairly deluxe sleeping accommodations.  At the 8 minute mark, footage of the ill-fated Samoa Clipper is shown. The film ends with the Yankee Clipper, which set a NY to Marseilles record in 1938. Samoan Clipper was...
Topics: Pan Am, Flying Boats, Boeing 314, 1938, Clippers NY, Yankee Clipper
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This silent film from Germany shows extraction operations at the The Ersberg mine, a large open-pit mine located in Eisenerz, Styria, in the central-western part of Austria, 60 km north-west of Graz and 260 km south-west of the capital, Vienna. Erzberg represents the largest iron ore reserves in Austria, having estimated reserves of 235 million tonnes of ore. The mine produces around 2,153,000 tonnes of iron ore per year. According to scholars, the mine was already working in the year 712, but...
Topics: German Film, Pre WWII, Open Pit, Open It Mining, Silent Film, Germany
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 Approved by Commissioner of Major League Baseball Albert B. Chandler, National League President Ford Frick, and American League President Will Harridge, “This is Little League” is a circa 1950 black-and-white film promoting Little League Baseball. The film was produced by the United States Rubber Company Keds Sports Department, and it’s noted that department’s director is Frank Leahy, the famed football player, coach, college athletics administrator, and professional sports executive...
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This film presents the innovations in air lift transport planes due to the arrival of the C-130 Hercules and the subsequent continued innovations which led to the C-141 Starlifter and the C5 Galaxy, all manufactured by the Lockheed Georgia Company. The film opens with an airport as cargo shipments are loaded in (:11). Air lift traditionally was conducted by converted passenger planes (:24) however, by the mid fifties a new plane was developed specifically for air lifting capabilities and this...
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This 1954 black-and-white biography is about General George S. Patton, The Fighting Man. It was produced as a Movietone General Telecasting Production in The Greatest Drama series and announced by radio actor Raymond Edward Johnson. The dedication ceremony for the statue of Patton is shown at West Point as cadets stand at attention. Cadets march on the West Point grounds (:30-1:28). 1915, Patton participates in the large horseback chase of Pancho Villa across the Mexico border (1:29-1:37)....
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This film was created in 1934 by Robert B. Dixon, and released on Agfa (:09) stock. It appears to be an amateur-made-if-elaborate film / home movie. The film documents the U.S. Navy Review in New York harbor, an event attended by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (who was on board the cruiser USS Indianapolis). The film begins on May 31st, 1934 (:20) and shows the US Navy entering the New York harbor (:39). A title card proclaims that the USS Columbia is to be the film’s station for review...
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This silent film promoting the Central Arizona Project, to move water into the desert regions of Arizona, starts with images of water pipes for the Central Arizona Project (;14) and then shows Lake Havasu and the famed London Bridge ( 1:21 ). London Bridge is a bridge in Lake Havasu City, Arizona. It was built in the 1830s and formerly spanned the River Thames in London, England. It was dismantled in 1967 and relocated to Arizona. The Arizona bridge is a reinforced concrete structure clad in...
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This silent footage shows a visit to the United States by Hasso Eccard von Manteuffel, a former Wehrmacht general who went on to become a member of the West German legislature and an advisor on the formation of the new army the Bundeswehr. The film starts at National Airport with Manteuffel arriving on an American Airlines DC-6. He is then whisked to the Pentagon for meetings.Hasso Eccard von Manteuffel (14 January 1897 – 24 September 1978) was a German general during World War II who...
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This silent, commercially produced "Travelette" movie shows the 1946 Rose Parade, the first parade since 1941, and the first post-WWII parade. It had a fitting theme -- Victory, Unity and Peace. The Grand Marshall this year was Admiral Frederick Halsey (1:00) who led the U.S. Navy to victory in the Pacific in WWII. Highlight floats are Mexico (1:20), City of Los Angeles (1:46), San Francisco (2:21), L.A. Times (2:40), the American Legion float featuring the Iwo Jima Flag Raising...
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This color, silent movie footage features members of the Fourth Army conducting weapons training and testing. This was shot in 1953 in and around Camp Bullis, Texas, and the Fourth Army Chemical Defense School. Opening: Camera slate - 4th Army Signal Corps, March 1953 (:11). Servicemen exit a building and walk by a sign that reads: Fourth Army Chemical Defense School (:23). A soldier wires a detonator and turns the detonator; colored smoke emits from a marker canister (:46). Smoke bombs send...
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The start of this home movie shows some activities at the Keewaydin Canoe Camp circa 1928-1929 and was apparently shot by a staff member.  You'll see swimming, boating and other activities. At 3:40 a large party of armed men appear poised to go on a game hunt. Around 3:50 a large mansion is seen; this building is also shown at 4:40. It's possibly a hotel given its vast size.  At 8:50 what appears to be a graduation ceremony or confirmation for young women is seen. At 14:40 more modern footage...
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This 1950s era, black and white recruiting film is about three Navy reservists on patrol in the Mediterranean visiting Morocco and Italy. It is a catalog of their touring these great countries, the sites they see in the adventures they have. The film opens with a Navy aircraft selling overhead. Mediterranean Patrol. US Naval Air Station, Anacostia D.C. Plane takes off from the tarmac; it is a Navy Neptune P2V Anti-Submarine aircraft. The African continent is seen from an aerial view 1:16. The...
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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 Normandy, with...
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This late 1950s/early 1960s color advertising documentary about the progression of Boeing helicopters was produced by the Boeing Vertol Division.   A Boeing 107 helicopter rises from the heliport atop the New York City Pan Am building. It lands at the airport (:26-1:00). A Boeing 44 helicopter lands on a rooftop (1:01-1:22). Seagulls gather along a shoreline and sandhill cranes take off in flight (1:23-1:53). Block prints of mythological flying creatures and paintings of angels are shown. A...
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After his beautiful wife Carole Lombard, was killed in a plane crash while working for the USO, a grieving Clark Gable couldn't face Hollywood anymore, so he joined up with the Army Air Corps. Gable famously requested that he be sent into actual combat. So naturally Hap Arnold decided he should make a movie about his combat group, the 351st Bombardment Group. Gable narrates this complete portrait of his outfit and appears in several short scenes where he interviews his comrades-in-arms. The...
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