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This fascinating black & white home movie features a 4th of July parade in Globe, Arizona, as well as some desert (!) golfing. The images of Globe are especially interesting as they show a diverse vision of the West -- if you look you'll see Native Americans and African Americans in the footage. This is circa the late 1920s or early 1930s.  Globe is a city in Gila County, Arizona that was founded c. 1875 as a mining camp. The Old Dominion mine was the principal copper producer in the Globe...
Topic: Stock Footage
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Made during WWII by Castle Films and sold for home use through camera and department stores, and by mail order, "Salute to the Navy!" shows the Navy's various capabilities. The newsreel features amazing footage of the air sea battles that raged near the Marshall Islands starting at (6:08).  Featured ships include: the battleship USS Texas, the submarine USS Wahoo, the cruisers USS San Francisco and USS Boise.  Also includes footage of fleet maneuvers of PT Boats, destroyers,...
Topics: Castle Films, US Navy, WWII, Moral Boosting, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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This British Army film, adapted for use by the U.S. Army in 1942, examines the founding of the British Army Bureau of Current Affairs and its activities during the war. The Army Bureau of Current Affairs, or ABCA, was an organization set up by William Emrys Williams to educate and raise morale amongst British servicemen and servicewomen during World War II. Williams insisted - despite some controversy - on the right to education, in particular in current affairs, for servicemen and women, and...
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This color educational/promotional film is about the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD and what is offered there. Copyright is 1954. Opening: United States Navy presents The Annapolis Story (:06-:49). Naval cadets march. Some carry rifles. Some carry books. Huge group of cadets marches. Aerial shot of U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. Cadets march. Graduation day. A mailman delivers mail to a boy sitting, another working on a car. A boy runs with his letter to a group of girls. U.S....
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This circa 1967 takes its viewer to Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War and examines the use and construction of US air bases during the conflict. We learn starting at mark  01:38  how existing air bases in Vietnam were quickly saturated with personnel and aircrafts as the military increased its presence in the region. The increase led military engineers and civilian contractors to construct two new air bases in South Vietnam by 1965 (mark  02:18 ). We see scenes of new runways and...
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United States Air Force Training Film. TF 6186. 1968. This color film, produced in 1968 by the US Air Force opens in the jungle. The purpose of the film is to demonstrate how to survive when you’re emergency equipment fails and how to use signaling techniques to save yourself. The film opens with a soldier running down the hill through the brush. He is in danger. Survival – Improvised Emergency Signaling. A soldier is starting a fire with brush in the desert 1:10. A man carries his...
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This film from the Van Beuren Corporation was part of a series called the "Grantland Rice Sportlights", named after commentator Grantland Rice. Rice began his career as a sports writer for the New York Tribune, and eventually contributed to films such as this one. Van Beuren Studios (:07) was a New York based studio which provided live action shorts for Paramount from the 1920’s to 1936. The film begins with the Moore-McCormack cargo / passenger ship SS Honolulu on a voyage to...
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This U.S. Army film from 1957 was shown to demolition men, instructing them on the use of electric primers.  This is a story on how the military carry out demolitions. This is a standard operating procedure as seen at mark 0:50. Most of the demolition done by today’s Army is by means of explosives as seen at mark 1:11. A main explosive charge is needed. In order to denote them, a small explosive charge is needed. The smaller charge is the blasting cap. There are 2 types of cap as seen at...
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This 1970 film from Jam Handy Productions gives viewers a look at the daily operations of The Detroit News, as well as insight to what people think of the paper. The film features many short shots of the various employees of the paper as they work to produce the day’s edition. The film opens with footage of a soap box derby, cars driving onto transport carriers, the Detroit city skyline, factories, and various people moving around the city. A Detroit News truck drives through the city. Papers...
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This black & white educational film is called INTRODUCTION TO FLYING. It appears to have been made by the US Airforce as an opening to a flying lesson for new cadets. There is no copyright at the beginning or end of the film so the date of the production remains unclear although it is either in the late 1930s or early 1940s.  Titles: Official training film, War Department. A product of the first motion picture unit, Army Air Forces (:10-:30). Opening title: INTRODUCTION TO FLYING...
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This silent film shows "The War on the Ground". It consists of footage shot by British and American cameramen during World War I, and was released in the 1960s. At :47 German prisoners are seen being moved behind allied lines. At 1:36 a French mortar is fired by an artillery crew with effects seen at 1:50. At 2:40 reinforced French positions are shown. At 2:48 a German graveyard, now behind French lines, is shown. At 3:26 supply wagons are on the move while at 3:36 armored cars file...
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This 16mm motion picture was created to promote the new Bell & Howell Autoload 16mm film projectors and show off the company's entire production line -- from high end to low end and everything in between: "A Full Horizon in Motion". The film begins by discussing some of the projector components such as the "shuttle" (:50) which pulls down the film via the sprocket holes. At 1:27 the loop restorer is shown. Also shown at 2:30 is the solid state amplifier, which was quite...
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This silent film from 1913 shows the opening of the Los Angeles Aqueduct system, a "stupendous undertaking" as a title card describes it. Chief Engineer William Mulholland is shown at 1:38, and again at 3:14 when the gates of the aqueduct are first opened. At 6:40 the San Fernando Reservoir is shown. The aqueduct project began in 1905 when the voters of Los Angeles approved a US$1.5 million bond for the 'purchase of lands and water and the inauguration of work on the aqueduct'. On...
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The Submarine Part I: Physical Principles is a short Navy training film produced by Audio Productions, Inc. in 1940. The film, using animation, presents an overview of the key physical principles of how a submarine operates. The film starts with footage of a sub surfacing (00:37) before switching to animation to demonstrate the physical principles. First is Archimedes’ Law of Buoyancy (00:50) and Force of Buoyancy (02:00), as the film discusses how to change buoyancy through engineering water...
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This film, produced by the Department of Defense, takes you to the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis. It gives you a peek at what life was like for future admirals in the making, showcasing both their education and military training.
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Made in the 1970s, IN SUPPORT OF THE FLEET is a U.S. Navy film about the Surface Warfare Center, a naval laboratory that delivers technology and hardware for the Navy.   The SWC was created from the Naval Ordnance Laboratory in White Oak, Maryland and the Naval Weapons Laboratory in Dahlgren, Virginia.  The film features images of the various work begin conducted, including with ordnance, weapons, computers, surface ship weapon systems.  The EX-105, a guided projectile, is seen at the 3...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Surface Warfare Center, United States Navy, Dahlgren, Naval...
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Photographed by U.S. Coast Guard cameramen with additional scenes provided by the U.S. Navy and Army Air Forces, United States Coast Guard Report No. 4 is a short war film that shows the work of the USCG during the Allied invasion of Normandy as part of Operation Overlord. The film opens with footage of “D Day +3,” showing viewers destroyed or damaged tanks, trucks, and landing craft on the beaches of Normandy. The film then cuts to January 1944 where Coast Guard men train moving from ship...
Topics: US Coast Guard, USCG, 1944 D Day, US AIr Force, US Navy
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This 1944 U.S. War Department Combat Bulletin (No. 17) gives viewers a look at Operation Dragoon, the Allied push south after D-Day, Fighting in Burman, and a naval battle in the Pacific off the coast of the Mariana Islands. The bulletin begins with footage of Operation Dragoon. The Allied fleet waits for orders to invade Southern France. Secretary of the Navy James Forrestal discuses the operation on deck (00:39). The Allied convoy moves toward the French coast. Men make last-minute...
Topics: Combat Bulletin, Invasion, Southen France, France, Air Force, China, Stock Footage
This film is a fragment of a travelogue apparently made by Pan Am Airlines just prior to WWII, "High Road in the Sky". At this time Pan Am offered Clipper Service across the Pacific from San Francisco to Hong Kong, with several stops for refueling along the way. The film begins with footage of passengers taking a break to do some deep sea fishing at Wake Island. At  1:47 , a small boat is used to sail out to a coral garden in the Wake lagoon. At  6:45 , Guam in the Marshall Islands...
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This is a 1940’s era, black and white movie made by RKO Radio Pictures entitled "The Ramparts We Watch".  It features a script by Robert L. Richards and Cedric R. Worth and was produced and directed by Louis de Rochemont. The film (made just before the entry of the USA into WWII) draws parallels between the First World War and the Second, and shows how the complacency of the "teen" years and the isolationism preceding WWII can lead to disastrous consequences. This final...
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This black & white film shows the early stages of the Allied forces invasion at Anzio, Italy in 1944. The film lacks credits or other information, but likely dates to 1944. The Battle of Anzio took place from January 22 to June 5, 1944, when Rome was finally captured. The operation was opposed by German forces in the area of Anzio and Nettuno. The landing operation was commanded by U.S. Army Major General John P. Lucas of VI Corps. The initial landing achieved complete surprise. However...
Topics: Anzio Beachhead, 1944, Combat Newsreel, Allied Italian Campaign, Operation Shingle, Stock Footage,...
This Yesterday’s Newsreel film (episode 48) offers the viewer “television highlights of the news of yesteryear” by providing vintage clips of famous people and events from the first half of the 20th century. The episode begins with a short bio on “Hollywood’s First Lady,” Mary Pickford. Pickford signs the contract creating United Artists Corporation with D.W. Griffith, Charlie Chaplin, and Douglas Fairbanks. There is a short clip from her film Rosita. Pickford climbs into a plane to...
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This film opens with President Richard Nixon (:24) speaking on the SALT negotiations which was an acronym that stood for Strategic Arms Limitations Talks. John W. Warner (:54) states the United States is similar to an island in that it is surrounded on all sides by water. In 1941, the warship U.S.S Arizona ( 2:10 ) was attacked by Japan. “CNO SITREP 7” appears at ( 2:38 ) and this indicated a Chief of Naval Operations Report. The music for this film was performed by the US Navy Band ( 3:06...
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An informational film created by the Navy on usefulness of destroyers operating with the Fleet. "Who Needs You Buchanan?" was made by the Navy in 1964. The film presents the story of how the Buchanan was able to save a pilot from the sea after he had to eject due to an emergency onboard his aircraft. This jet jockey gets a full tour of the ship. The film also shows the USS St. Paul CA-73, USS John Rogers DD-574, USS Bon Homme Richard (CV-31) and other warships in a large scale naval...
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A British Ministry of Information Second World War film, released by the Office of War Information, about Dover during 1942. This version for US consumption is narrated by the American journalist and media figure, Edward R. Murrow.   Features:   Dunkirk Evacuation Winston Churchill The Mayor Dover Town Hall St Martin's Battery "Look-a-like" Pencester Gardens.   This World War Two (WWII, WW2) film gives a resume of the Battle of Britain and Dunkirk Evacuation, 'current' Royal Navy...
Topics: WWII, World War II, Dover, British Ministry Of Defense, 1942, Stock Footage
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“Peto Plucks Some Chickens” is a 1958 black-and-white episode of the docudrama “The Silent Service” —  a show that was typically about the U.S. Navy's submarine fleet.  "Silent Service" episodes were based on fact and the realism was heightened by actual use of combat footage from the files of the Navy. The stories were varied between the South Pacific during World War II and the Korean War. The series was the brainchild of Rear Admiral Thomas M. Dykers, who retired from...
Topics: Silent Service TV Show, Lifeguard Patrol, US Navy, Stock Footage, Periscope Film
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Portrays a day's activities aboard a U.S. battleship off the coast of Korea, including bombardment of enemy positions along the shore, and living conditions and habits of officers and crew. 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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Made by the Royal Navy at HMS Excellent, the RN's gunnery school, TRACER OBSERVATION shows the use of tracer ammunition in combat conditions against aircraft. Using animation and live action, the film shows how tracer works, and how it can be used to adjust shell trajectories against a moving target. The film also contains a fascinating look at some of the optical effects produced by the human eye when dealing with a fast moving target such as an aircraft. A typically British film, at 8:11 it...
Topics: Royal Navy, HMS Excellent, RNs Gunnery School, Tracer Observation, Tracer, Stock Footage
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This 1947 black and white documentary about the history of trade  is part of a series of films called “The World Today” and produced by 20th Century Fox. A camel caravan of loaded camels opens the film. The desert winds blow across the sand. A set of three against a dark background is reminiscent of the three Wisemen (:33-1:05). Inside a trading center in Asia Minor, money being exchanged is interspersed with camels chewing hay (1:06-1:34). Outside, men work with fabric and a raised design...
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These silent home movies date to 1947 or so, and were shot by a member of a German American club at an annual "German Day" ceremony held every September in Hindenburg Park in La Crescenta, California. Apparently at the time the get-together was part of the post-WWII relief effort, in which these immigrant groups attempted to raise money for war-torn Germany. "Hindenburg Park" has a controversial history. Prior to WWII, the western side of Crescenta Valley Park (then known as...
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This film, "The Narrow Gauge, Catskill Mountain Railway" was produced by Blackhawk in 1959. It was made from one of the two 35mm "paper print" positives in the Library of Congress that were the original copyright registration copies deposited with the library on March 9, 1906, by American Mutoscope. George L. Wasson and Harold Schecht of Catskill, N.Y., supplyied much of the historical data on which the text titles are based. The Catskill Mountain Railway was a 3-foot gauge...
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Dating to the 1980s, this recruitment film "The Air Guard Experience" shows the activities of pilots flying the A-7 Corsair II. The pilots appear to be from the Colorado Air National Guard, probably the 120th Tactical Fighter Squadron of the 140th Tactical Fighter Group aka "Red Eye" (see patch at 4:28). One of the interesting segments of the film is a look at an early computerized flight simulator (4:58) used by pilots to keep sharp. At 9:57 in-flight refueling of the A-7...
Topics: Air Nationa Guard, Experience, Simulator, Flight, A-7 Corsair II, Stock Footage
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Made by famed filmmaker Warren Miller for the Sears department store chain, this short film features Olympic champion Othmar Schneider (1928-2012) demonstrating his special skiing system.   The "Austrian" technique came about in the early 1950 and started the new wave of skiing. It featured turns made in the legs and lower body, with the upper body quiet.   Schneider was born in Lech am Arlberg. At the 1952 Winter Olympics in Oslo, he was the gold medalist in the slalom and the...
Topics: Othmar, 1960s, Austrian Skiing Technique, Ski Instructional Film, Stock Footage
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This rare WWII British film shows the operation of a Sea Fort, a fortified tower equipped with anti-aircraft guns and heavy artillery.  These so-called Palmerston Forts were built in the Solent, off Portsmouth. The name comes from their association with Lord Palmerston, who was Prime Minister at the time and promoted the idea.  (There were also Maunsell Forts which were built in the Thames and Mersey estuaries during the Second World War to help defend the United Kingdom. They were operated...
Topics: WWII, British Film, Sea Fort, Horse Sand Fort, Palmerston Fort, Stock Footage
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Canada’s National Film Board presents “When Do We Eat,” part of the “Knife and Fork Series” created during World War II. This black-and-white film, made circa 1943, addresses the importance nutrition and its role toward a protective work day. “Old men, back to work after years of Depression,” it is said at mark  02:10 . “Women quickly adjusting themselves to factory noise and heat. Boys, just out of school, taking on overnight the long hours of overnight. But the strain has...
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One of a series of driver's ed films made by General Motors known as "We Drivers", this 1962 Jam Handy produced movie was shot near Detroit, Michigan in the community of Cloverdale.   This very campy movie features miniature versions of the drivers — the "inner self" that speaks in a "wee little voice" through the miracle of special effects.   The film emphasizes defense driving techniques, including not following cars too closely, and allowing a forward and...
Topics: 1960, General Motors, Drivers Education Film, Miniature People, Stock Footage
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Made in the 1950s for U.S. Navy pilot recruits, this historic film shows how to perform both wingovers and chandelles.  The film uses live action and animation to simulate the maneuvers, which are performed in an SNJ training aircraft.  A wingover (also called a wing-over-wing, crop-duster turn or box-canyon turn) is an aerobatic maneuver in which an airplane makes a steep climb, followed by a vertical flat-turn (the plane turns to its side, without rolling, similar to the way a car turns)....
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, Wingover, Chandelle Pilot Training, Pilot, U.S. Navy, Flight Trainer
Produced in 1943 by the Office of War Information for the men and women involved in wartime production, DAY OF BATTLE is a typical industrial incentive film. The plot focuses on the building, sailing, battles and ultimate death of an American Navy aircraft carrier in the Pacific campaign of WWII. The carrier is not mentioned by name but could be USS Lexington, lost in the Battle of the Coral Sea, or USS Yorktown lost at the Battle of Midway. The film contains terrific images of workers shaping...
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Made for the home market and sold in department stores and by mail order during the war, this 1942 Official Films newsreel features newsreel highlights from 1942 including the Second Battle of Alamein, landings on the Solomon Islands, Dieppe, as well as RAF hedge-hopping missions. It opens with the Second Battle of Alamein (:23). British forces are seen mobilizing in preparation against Marshal Erwin Rommel (:34). Tanks, trucks and troop transports move through a heavily crowded supply line...
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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 eight segments of historic highlights. The Fall of Poland 1939 (1:12). Civilians dig trenches in the publics parks in Poland (1:15-1:39). The troops are mobilized. On the Baltic Sea, Poland’s fleet is ready to fight (1:40-2:14). German propaganda pictures show officers plotting against Poland, followed by Nazi bombers, artillery...
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This episode of the U.S. Army's "The Big Picture" TV show is entitled "Three Faces of Evil". It is one of a series of episodes in the "Army in Action" series which focused on WWII history. This episode specifically examines the aftermath of WWI and the lead-up to WWII, with the rise of the dictators Tojo in Japan, Mussolini in Italy and Adolf Hitler in Germany. Copyright 1964. Opening: Paintings of conquerors and defenders. Narrator explains how bow & arrow...
Topics: The Big Picture, US Army TV Show, US Army, 1930s, WWII, Army In Action, Stock Footage, Periscope...
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This 1935 silent 16mm home movie shows views of Chicago including the downtown. At :54, the scene shifts to Chicago Municipal Airport and the American Airlines terminal. At  1:00  a rare Vultee V-1 is seen. The Vultee V-1 was a 1930s American single-engined airliner built by the Airplane Development Corporation, designed by Gerard Vultee and financed by automobile manufacturer Errett Cord. American Airlines bought at least 13 V-1As and the V-1 prototype (after it had been modified for two...
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“12 To Go” covers the 1957 Florida International 12 Hour Grand Prix of Endurance of the Amoco Trophy. The sports car endurance race was held at Sebring International Raceway in Sebring, Florida. Mark  00:35  introduces us to David Ash, who between 1952 and 1957 earned the title of “Mr. MG’" as the only driver to start and finish five twelve-hour-long endurance races at Sebring in five tries. Ash “pleads” with his wife to allow him to participate in the race and sets off from...
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Presented by Bell & Howell this 1940 short film, HOW MOTION PICTURES MOVE AND TALK educates viewers on how pictures are given “movement” and how sound is recorded and printed on a film strip. The scope of motion pictures is incredible for what it can bring to the viewer, such as Polynesian dancers ( 00:31 ), planes flying over Egypt’s pyramids ( 00:38 ), or the tops of active volcanos ( 00:41 ). Motion pictures also allow families to record and watch their own motion pictures,...
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This episode of the “Yesterday’s Newsreel” television show (episode 96) offers the viewer “television highlights of the news of yesteryear” by providing vintage clips of famous people and events from the first half of the 20th century. The newsreel begins with “1920-1923: Warren Harding” ( 00:30 ), recapping Senator Warren G. Harding’s road to the White House. Harding and his wife enjoy life in 1920 prior to the Republican Convention at the Blackstone Hotel in Chicago ( 00:57 )...
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This 1946 instructional film by Coronet provides insights into how the art of tackling in football. It was created by famed coach Andrew Kerr of Colgate University and supervised by Norman Sper. The film features images of the pigskin helmet days of college football. The film includes great images of calisthenics and physical training. The film highlights the shoulder tackle and the cross body tackle. Andrew Kerr IV (October 7, 1878 – February 17, 1969) was an American football, basketball,...
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Made just after the outbreak of WWII, this stirring rendition of "The Star Spangled Banner" features reassuring images of the U.S. Navy's fleet, cadets at West Point, and even President Franklin Roosevelt. A truly stirring rendition especially when you consider the audience that watched it, was doubtlessly helping in the war effort, and probably had sons or relatives at the front and on the seas. We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional information...
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Made by the late John Hutter in the late1940s or early 1950s, this travelogue film shows views of St. Augustine, Florida. The filmmaker, who was a Chicago-based accountant, traveled all over the world and filmed many of his adventures. The title card at the beginning "Chateau Hutter Films Presents", refers to a European-style resort that Hutter built in Door County, Wisconsin. Apparently Hutter hoped to show this film and others to visitors there, but the resort never hit its stride...
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Created by acclaimed filmmaker Jerry Fairbanks for the Boeing Co. in the immediate post-WWII era, "Tomorrow's Airplane Today" celebrates the Stratocruiser. (This version of the film comes from a film archive and is silent; in release of course the film had a soundtrack.  Our other version has the soundtrack, but this picture is gorgeous, we just had to show it off) The film features rare views of the Boeing plant in Seattle as it looked during WWII -- completely covered in camouflage...
Topics: Boeing, Boeing 377 Stratocrusier, Aircraft, Tomorrows Airplane, Post WWII Era, Stock Footage
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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 24 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.  This episode of Crusade in the Pacific, "The Navy Holds" examines early U.S. Navy operations in World War II. It...
Topics: Crusade In The Pacific, World War II, WWII, Battle Of The Coral Sea, Battle Of Midway, New...
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 24 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.  This episode of Crusade in the Pacific, "The U.S. and the Philippines" looks at the relations between the United...
Topics: Corregidor Island, December 7, Bataan Death March, World War II, Pacific Campaign, Philippines
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This 1971 vintage U.S. Coast Guard film shows the proper procedures for a Captain of the Port inspection of a waterfront facility.  In the United States, Captain of the Port (COTP) is a title held by a United States Coast Guard officer, usually the commander of a United States Coast Guard sector with the rank of captain (O-6). Captain of the Port duties involve enforcing within their respective areas port safety and security and marine environmental protection regulations, including...
Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, U.S. Coast Guard, Waterfront, Port, 1971, USCG, Fire Safety
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Number One In Europe is a color, promotional film created for British European Airways (BEA) in about 1971, its 25th birthday. BEA was a British airline which existed from 1946-1974. Produced by Harold Weaver. Narrated by Patrick Allen, John Keith Patrick Allen, a British film, television and voice actor. The film tells the story of the British European Airways. British European Airways (BEA) (0:08-0:18). Flight schedule board (0:19-1:05) Trident Three, Introduced in April, 1969 (1:06-1:30)....
Topics: Europe, Airways, 1960, British European Airways, British Airlines, Stock Footage
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Made for the home market in the 1930s, this silent film draws from Pathe Newsreels and is called “News Digest”, with a focus on the year 1938. It had been produced by Pathegrams (:09). The first section of the film is about the Los Angeles flood of 1938 (:19). This disastrous flood was one of the largest in history and occurred due to two major storms blowing in over the Los Angeles Basin. In a matter of a few days it produced about a year’s worth of rainfall. 20,000 had been forced into...
Topics: 1938, News Headlines, Los Angeles, Food, Airplane, Stock Fotoage
This 1961 color documentary is a long advertisement for Allis-Chalmers and how using its products helps cities to develop and grow. It is produced by Rudy Swanson Productions, and narrated by radio actor Carlton Kadell. The film opens on a busy street following a 1950s green Oldsmobile. It passes many 1950s cars and busses (:40-:52). Two construction works move girders and two others look at a large blueprint. An old downtown building is being torn down. Construction crews use a transit,...
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One of a series of films made by Jam Handy for General Motors and Chevrolet, "Help Yourself" promotes the new 1949-1950 Chevy sedan. The film takes the interesting step of putting customers on a stage where the cars' appearance, safety features, economy, comfort, performance and other features are discussed by a salesman. The 1949 Ford was an American automobile produced by Ford. It was the first all-new automobile design introduced by the Big Three after World War II, civilian...
Topics: Chevrolet, Automobile, 1950, sales Movie, Help Yourself, Jam handy, Stock Footage
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One of a series of films made by the Jam Handy Organization for Chevrolet, AN HONORARY DOCTOR'S DEGREE IN DRIVING dates to 1952 and features TV announcer Durward Kirby. Kirby guides viewers through some point-of-viewing driving footage that shows your what might happen on the road – especially with “brake braggers,” “armless wonders,” and “tail huggers” – dangers that never upset an expert “doctor of driving”! Homer Durward Kirby (August 24, 1911 – March 15, 2000), known...
Topics: 1952, Chevrolet, Drivers Education, Jam Handy, Honorary Doctors Degree, Stock Footage
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One of the many films made by Jam Handy for Chevrolet and General Motors, "It's Your Money" shows a customer examining a Chevy panel truck. The 3100 Truck, part of the Advance Design Series, was one of the most popular delivery trucks in its era because of its efficient engine, with a valve and head design, steering-column shifter, and large useable load space. It was sold in a variety of models including pick-ups, panel vans, and double duty models. Chevrolet's first major redesign...
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The 1969 film SAGA OF THE SKYRAIDER, produced by the McDonnell Douglas Corporation, recaps the history of the versatile Douglas A-1 Skyraider and the final flight of the versatile attack plane from Naval Air Station Lemoore, California, in April 1968. The film opens with the commemoration of the last Skyraider ( 01:17 ), aka the Pedigree Pulverizer, as it is retired from Navy service. The Skyraider’s story begins in 1944. At the time, the Douglas Dauntless SBD ( 01:55 ) was the Navy’s...
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This is a 1950’s era industry film about surface renewal metalworking. “Let Us Spray” presented by Metallizing Company of America, Chicago, IL 60624, 1:06 . Metalworking and surface renewal is used wherever surfaces get worn or need replacement, 1:30 . Corrosion is a big problem with water towers, 3:29 . Bridges and similar structures metallize protecting from corrosion. Metalizing surfaces can actually improve the strength, durability and utility of the original material at a fraction of...
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This twelve-minute sales film was produced for Chevrolet in 1954 by the Jam Handy Organization to show the changes in car purchasing since WWII. It features William " Bill " Frawley from the I Love Lucy TV show. Your Chevrolet dealer presents, “Shopping Around”. The movie opens with words rolling up the screen: “Successful selling today is largely a matter of point of view. Salesmen can learn points of selling techniques and memorize ways to overcome objections. But without the...
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This wartime black & white educational/promotional film is about Texaco and its petroleum products, and what Texaco service station owners can do to help the war effort. Since civilian car production was curtailed during the war, what this effort amounted to, was to help keep existing cars on the road. This was made in early 1942, shortly after the bombing of Pearl Harbor as America's involvement in the war deepened, and as rubber, oil, gasoline and other products began to be rationed....
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This color promotional film is about the new 1961 RCA Whirpool Refrigerators. There is no copyright at the beginning or end of the film so the date of the production is late 1960 or early 1961 since our host mentions the brand new 1961 refrigerators. A country man named Wynn plays a guitar while a woman dances. He sings a song about a woman going to buy a refrigerator. An RCA Whirlpool is the refrigerator she bought (:09-:57). Our host talks about the brand new 1961 refrigerators (:58-1:29) RCA...
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Released in 1940, THE WORLD IN FLAMES is an hour-long American documentary that tells the story of the rise of Fascism, and the beginnings of WWII in Asia and Europe. The film begins with  scenes of world-wide depression in 1929 and 1930, and continues with (as NY Times reviewer Bosley Crowther described it): "the inevitability of a prepared scenario through the evidences of unrest in Europe, the growth of totalitarian power, the futile gestures made toward appeasement and the eventual...
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This 1937 black and white travelogue film follows a Pan American flight to the Southern Americas. It is narrated by Edward Tomlinson. In 1929, Colonel Charles Lindbergh pilots his Spirit of Saint Louis plane loaded with air mail to South America. Mail is loaded aboard a Pan American Airways Boeing 314 Clipper; the cargo shown includes live baby chickens. Well-dressed passengers board the floating airplane, which taxis and takes off. The coastline of Miami is below. Passengers play cards at a...
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This 1945 U.S. Navy black-and-white training film MN 3474e is part of a series of films on primary flight training. This is part 2 of 2 parts (see 59984) by Wilding Picture Productions. The Model 75 trainer biplane continues with its instructor and pilot in training. The sticks are shown in movement to find a smooth path of air. Both men remove their hands from the sticks and their feet from the rudder pedals to illustrate this. The plane is held level to the horizon, shown from the pilot’s...
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This is a 1970’s era, color movie that opens with race cars going around a racetrack. The movie is called Formula Vee racing and it is about the Formula Vee class racecar. It was directed by Kenneth Baldwin and sponsored by Volkswagen of America. Formula Vee began in 1963 and was formed in an effort to emphasize driver ability over technological development of the car. The concept was to provide an inexpensive, reliable, and competitive race car for everyone to be able to race.   In 1963,...
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This is a 1950’s era, black and white movie that opens with a man with a microphone bouncing up and down. Directed by Bob Hiestand, this is an episode of the TV show "Success Story" that each week comes from “somewhere” in southern California as a public service by Richfield, makers of Richfield 1030 motor oil and gasoline. The movie is about Stauffer motorized couches for figure control. The Stauffer Posture-Rest is pictured, 1:39 . Stauffer plant is shown with Ken Peters...
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This 1948 color travelogue is a quick look at the Caribbean Islands of Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, St. Thomas, Trinidad, Jamaica, and Cuba. Photography and live sound is by Irving Hartley and distributed by Hawley-Lord, Inc. The film opens with passengers getting on the Pan American Clipper Eagle, a Douglas DC-4, it rolls down the runway, and is shown flying to Puerto Rico (:20-1:00). A decrepit-looking building sits at the end of a pier with arched openings. The camera pans the Castillo San...
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This silent film shows some of the work of University of Arizona band director Jack Lee, who was an innovator in the choreography of marching bands at football games. This film shows a halftime show likely from the 1950s, with the band making a variety of formations on the football field before finally spelling out "U A" at the finale. Jack K. Lee was born in Akron, Ohio, attended Kent State University and graduated from Ohio State University. He served in the army during World War II...
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Dating to the 1960s, this Soviet film's title translates as "People from the Sky" and celebrates the art of skydiving. It features two prominent Russians -- including world record holder Valeria Marencheva -- and some fantastic photography of the free fall. The film's lyrical beginning features the female skydiver literally telling the clouds that she loves them! At 2:55 a group of male and female skydivers ascend in a Russian aircraft and then bail out the rear cargo doors at 3:40....
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This British produced short film GLIDING featuring Leslie Welch (popularly known as the "Memory Man") and Brian Johnston. The film was produced in 1952 as part of the "Sports Page" series and looks at the sport of gliding. It shows glider construction, and piloting. The National Gliding Championships (also known as the British Gliding Championship) of 1950 or 1951 are featured. The meeting took place in Darbyshire. The event included a 186-mile glider flight. At  4:30 ,...
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Made by the Central Office of Information, Foreign and Commonwealth Office — the UK government's marketing and communications agency -- "People in the Sky" shows the state of UK passenger air travel in the late 1970s and demonstrates its advance since 1914. Initially viewed as a daredevil adventure for the wealthy, plane flights were now available to all walks of life. The film opens with a shot of passengers asleep on a British Airways Flight creating an image of trust and...
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This home movie from the mid to late 1940’s takes viewers on a tour through Malmo. Malmo is the largest city in Scandinavia, Sweden. It is a coastal city including sites such as the Lilla Torg and the Malmo Castle. It opens with a blue trolley car moving down the city streets (:09). Some of the intricate architecture and window balconies are zoomed in on (:22). An ‘Annie Get Your Gun’ poster is seen at (:39) for the film produced by MGM and released in 1950 based loosely off the life of...
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This black and white film is one of the episodes of "Yesterday's Newsreels", an early 1950s TV show made from the General Newsreel collection. It features nine segments of historic highlights. Submarine Warfare 1875-1918 (:29). A torpedo moves through the water, hits a ship, and it sinks (:38-:57). John T. Holland is shown with his 1875 version of a submarine (:58- 1:15 ). Early submarines are shown ( 1:16 - 1:28 ), as is Grand Admiral Alfred von Tirpitz of Nazi Germany ( 1:29 - 1:39...
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The first bowhunting movie ever made, the silent documentary "Alaskan Adventure" showcases the skill of Art Young. Young was a gifted athlete who learned his archery skills from Will Compton. Compton also later introduced him to Dr. Saxton Pope and Ishi. Young used his exceptional abilities with the bow and arrow to quiet skeptics who doubted the efficiency of the archer's tools. According to Cassius Styles, Art Young was the best shot of the group, "He was one of the very few...
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This color, silent home movie film shows views of post-war Hawaii. It apparently contains both professionally and amateur shot footage -- the professional material coming from a movie sold to tourists in this era. The amateur footage was filmed in 1947 by a tourist named Thornton. Opening: A crowd of people wave; a quick cut to what looks like the Bay Bridge near Oakland and San Francisco, CA (:08). Hawaiian Islands as seen from a ship, probably Matson Line's SS Matsonia or the SS Lurline, both...
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This color film CGMP 11-71 is about the Air Cushion Vehicle (ACV) and its eight-month evaluation in 1971 for use with the Coast Guard. It is presented by the Department of Transportation and the U.S. Coast Guard. An Experimental Bell SK-5 Coast Guard air cushion vehicle hovercraft glides on top of the waves. It moves up onto the land. Others are briefly shown (:32- 1:54 ). In 1969, the Coast Guard Station in St. Petersburg evaluated one for use. The back rudders, propeller, and hull are shown....
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Shot by an unknown serviceman, this historic silent home movie shows a trip to Europe made aboard the battleship USS Missouri BB-63 sometime in the mid to late 1940s or early 1950s. Most likely this journey likely occurred in March of 1946, as Missouri visited Turkey in April of that year. It also could have been shot in 1951, because in the summer of that year she engaged in two midshipman training cruises to northern Europe. The start of the film shows various views of the ship and its...
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This silent 16mm home movie shows what appears to be members of the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps on parade. The group contains several women of color, including at least one African American member, which is notable. It's also notable that they have a bit to learn about marching (with several of them going out of step at various times). The location of this is unknown but a clue is at  3:35  where an interesting building is shown. At about  3:09 , the film transitions to an Army exercise where a...
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This rare film shows the design and construction of the Alvin submersible DSV-2, made in conjunction with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. A groundbreaking craft, Alvin was designed as a replacement for bathyscaphes and other less maneuverable oceanographic vehicles. Its more nimble design was made possible in part by the development of syntactic foam, which is buoyant and yet strong enough to serve as a structural material at great depths. The vessel weighs 17 tons. It allows for two...
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“A Product of the Imagination” is a 1960s color film by Alcoa that includes a number of splices (and places its introduction at the  08:00  mark) but is designed to educate the viewer on the soft metal aluminum. Dramatic music plays in the background at the physical beginning of the film as several various factory scenes are shown and the narrator explains how aluminum can be extracted and fit into any number of molds. The film shows several of those forms before the narrators — “Adam...
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"The Air Force Story" was a series of TV episodes that told the story of the U.S. Air Force. The USAF was officially created as a standalone agency only in 1947, and prior to that existed as part of the Army. As a result the USAF saw a need to educate the public about the Air Force's history and role. This television show was part of this effort. Dating from Season 2, this episode describes America’s military involvement during the Korean War. An introductory scroll notes that “it...
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This 1960s color film is about the ABC islands in the Leeward Antilles: Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao. It was produced by John Ferno and Cinesphere, and narrated by actor Frank Thornton. Up-close views are shown of different textures, shapes, architectures, and colors on walls, houses, buildings, ships, and people on Curacao (:07- 1:49 ). A flag is raised by a wind sock, the weather station spins, and the wind direction and speed is shown ( 1:50 - 1:58 ). A map shows the islands’ location (...
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The American Society of Agriculture and Republic Steel Corporation joined forces to present “Green Gold,” a 1953 Wilding Pictures Production that captures life down on the farm. We meet the “Weston Family,” and as the film opens a father and son argue over what to do with farm land they’re currently using as a cow pasture. Thanks to the son’s vocational agricultural class, he has learned new methods of farming that surpasses that of his father, who inherited the farm from his...
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Made sometime in the 1940s, this silent movie shows a trip through the Post Grape Nuts manufacturing center at Battle Creek, Michigan. Grape-Nuts is a breakfast cereal developed in 1897 by C. W. Post, a former patient and later competitor of the 19th-century breakfast food innovator, Dr. John Harvey Kellogg. The cereal originally prepared by C. W. Post when developing the product was a batter that came from the oven as a rigid sheet. He then broke the sheet into pieces and ran them through a...
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This 1972 era promo for Chevrolet utility vans shows off the many features of the line.It was shown at dealerships to educate salespeople and potential customers.  The film shows the many reasons to buy a Chevy, from ease in loading -- it was equipped with sliding cargo doors, and flat loading rear doors. A Ford van (2:30) is used as a comparison. A conversion is seen at 4:09 with a raised roof to increase capacity by 92 square feet. At 5:08 the 6-cylinder engine is shown, and the 8-cylinder...
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Filmed in 1973 at LaGuardia Airport, this UPI TV short news film shows the airport's brand new security screening hardware including metal detectors and x-ray machines. At :22 a sign indicates that "Aircraft hijacking is a federal crime punishable by death" -- a sign of the times as hijackings were rampant in this era.  At :28 an African-American ticket agent waves passengers towards a metal detector. At :55 the x-ray machine conveyer belt is shown. At 1:10 a security agent describes...
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American Airlines and Pratt & Whitney Aircraft (a division of United Aircraft Corporation) bring the viewer “The 707 Astrojet” — a 1961 color film touting the aircraft. Called “a familiar friend” to the modern traveler, a silver passenger jet is shown in flight as the narrator explains (starting at mark  00:52 ) the American Airlines wanted to bring its clients a more powerful aircraft with higher cruising speeds and shorter take-off and landing capabilities. At mark  02:19 , he...
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Sports International With Bud Palmer’s 1963 special, “Stirling Moss—Portrait of a Hero,” tells the story of British Formula One racing star Stirling Moss as Bud Palmer interviews Moss. The segment is complemented with additional interviews of contemporaries of Moss. The film opens with footage of driving down streets in London, then cuts to the British Racing Drivers’ Club (00:52). Interviews with friends and competitors give their thoughts on Moss. An unidentified man talks about...
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This 16mm silent film shows the visit to Admiral Arthur W. Radford (1896-1973) to the Philippines and Taiwan in the early to mid 1950s.The most likely date for this Far East trip, based on some research, is December 1953 to January 1954, and was probably intended to reassure the Taiwanese military of America's willingness to support it, in the face of Chinese Communist aggression. It probably predates the 1955 First Taiwan Strait Crisis. In that crisis, Radford urged President Eisenhower to...
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This late 1930s/early 1940s black and white film Built to “Take It”  about Dodge truck dependability provides an extra thousands of miles without valve grinding. It is produced for Dodge Brothers Corporation, a division of Chrysler Corporation by Metropolitan Motion Picture Company. It is directed by Arthur Hoerl and features actor Robert Strange as the customer. The film opens with a Dodge 6 1½-ton stake truck in slow motion completely off the ground as it speeds over a pile of dirt. The...
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This incredible industrial film starring comedian Jonathan Winters was presented by the Glass Sales office of Ford Motor Company (:12) and is directed by Richard Galbreath (:25). It begins with a narrative, about a nephew and his uncle ( 1:43 ). The nephew is telling his uncle of his desire to leave the latter’s corset factory business in pursuit of employment with Ford Motor Company ( 1:43 ). At the Ford Motor Factory, we learn he is to be joining the glass sales office ( 3:38 ). This was...
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In this U.S. Air Force training film (TF-6164b) from 1968, viewers learn about the ejection, recovery, and landing of the General Dynamics F-111 Aardvark Crew Module Escape System, an “escape crew capsule system that allows one or more occupants of an aircraft or spacecraft to escape from the craft while it is subjected to extreme conditions, such as high speed or altitude.” The film opens with a shot of a test F-111 Crew Module taking off and the crew escape capsule parachuting to the...
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Presented by the U.S. Navy, U.S.S. Forrestal (MN 8087) is a 1956 film that shows the construction of the Forrestal at the shipyards of the Newport News Shipbuilding company, the ship’s christening and commissioning, and its first sea trials. The ship is named after James Forrestal, the first US Secretary of Defense; it is first launched on 11 December 1954 and commissioned on 1 October 1955. It is the first U.S. carrier to be built with an angled flight deck. The film opens with shot of the...
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Made by the McDonnell Corporation (before it became McDonnell Douglas), THE RECORD BREAKING PHANTOM II presents the story of the F-4 Phantom, a tandem two-seat, twin-engine, all-weather, long-range supersonic jet interceptor and fighter-bomber originally developed for the United States Navy. The aircraft first entered service in 1960 with the U.S. Navy. Proving highly adaptable, it was also adopted by the U.S. Marine Corps and the U.S. Air Force, and by the mid-1960s had become a major part of...
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The Earthmovers (W.F. 21) is a 1944 War Department film that shows the heavy equipment used by the Army’s Corps of Engineers and the Navy’s Seabees during military operations in WWII. The film opens with a shot of a construction site: men dig the foundation for a skyscraper. This is followed by footage of building projects in America, including dams and highways. The film then cuts to the use of heavy equipment used in the military. Tractors and bulldozers are used in military settings. A...
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Hosted by Rear Admiral Thomas Dykers, THE SILENT SERVICE was an early TV show that showcased the activity of the U.S. Navy's submarine force in WWII. This episode THE JACK AT TOKYO served as the show's pilot, and tells the story of the USS Jack's sixth war patrol. During this patrol, Jack was damaged while making an attack against a Japanese convoy. Spoiler alert: the boat commanded during the attack ... by none other than Dykers. USS Jack (SS-259) was a Gato-class submarine, her keel was laid...
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This is part of a series of Combat camera dailies from Vietnam in 1967. This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage collections in the USA. Entirely film backed, this material is available for licensing in 24p HD. For more information visit http://www.PeriscopeFilm.com
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