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This black & white, WWII recruiting film showcases the Royal Australian Navy. This  was primarily shot at HMAS Cerberus, a training establishment. It was directed by Ralph Smart. Opening titles: The Ministry of Information Presents The Royal Australian Navy (:07). Royal Navy sailors stand at attention (:47). The men march (1:01). Rocks and ocean surf of Australia (1:08). Royal Australian Navy ships perform convoy duty (1:33). Recruits arrive at Flinders Naval Depot  in Victoria (1:46)....
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Healthy Teeth Happy Smile, presented by The National Dental Association (a professional association of dentists), is a short educational film—likely from the early 1960s, that targets minority teenagers to promote good oral care practices. The film opens with high school students leaving a classroom and filing into an assembly hall. A handful of students wait on a stage behind the curtain for an awards ceremony (01:24). The film cuts to the school nurse’s office where a dentist provides...
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Released by the British Information Service in the aftermath of the Market Garden failure, this short black-and-white newsreel, part of the “Act and Fact" series and titled "Gateway to Germany,” begins with cheering crowds in September 1944, as the British 2nd Army roars through Belgium. Men, women, and children are shown reaching out to shake the hands of the soldiers at their convoys make their way through city streets at mark 00:20. The British 11th Armored Division are shown...
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This silent film produced in 1968 features combat camera footage shot by the 600th Photo Squadron, part of Military Airlift Command. It begins with shots of Saigon, and then rapidly moves into jungle combat. The various activities of the 600th are shown including shooting military maneuvers, accidents such as the plane crash seen at 6:31 , spraying of Agent Orange ( 7:16 and 22:15 ), special events (at 5:09 , President Lyndon Johnson is shown during his visit to Vietnam with General William...
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This rare silent movie dates to 1918 and shows the arrival of US forces back in the United States at the conclusion of WWI, and features shots of General John J Pershing, as well as other members of the United States Expeditionary forces. It includes the destroyer USS Blakeley, a destroyer that was built in 1918. This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage collections in the USA. Entirely film backed, this...
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Manchukuo, or ""State of Manchuria"", was a puppet state comprised of Eastern Inner Mongilia and Manchuria. Created by the former Qing Dynasty Emperor and Imperial Japan in 1932, it ceased to exist after the defeat of Japan in WWII. The international furor that resulted from the creation of the state of Manchukuo, eventually led Japan to withdraw from the League of Nations. This propaganda film shows the newly-created state, with a focus on how the Japanese are improving the...
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Made by Dodge Brothers during WWII, this film shows the various trucks, command cars, ambulances, tractors and other vehicles made during the conflict for the U.S. Army.  A proving grounds for these vehicles is also shown starting around the 2 minute mark.  The Chrysler foundry is seen at the 4:30 mark, producing Sherman tanks.  Also shown is the precision made Sperry Gyrocompass (8 minute mark), anti-aircraft guns, radar systems, and other equipment built by Dodge during WWII.  Dodge...
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Silent footage of jet airliners, circa 1960s, doing approach and landing at dusk. Includes PSA, American Airlines, and Ozark Air Lines livery. Mostly DC-8 type jets but also a DC-3 are shown. We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional information about our videos by adding a comment! See something interesting? Tell people what it is and what they can see by writing something for example: "01:00:12:00 -- President Roosevelt is seen meeting with Winston...
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A showcase of the National Parks of the Western US during the 1920s, with primarily emphasis on Glacier National Park! This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage collections in the USA. Entirely film backed, this material is available for licensing in 24p HD. For more information visit http://www.PeriscopeFilm.com
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This is part of a series of Combat camera dailies from Vietnam in 1967. This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage collections in the USA. Entirely film backed, this material is available for licensing in 24p HD. For more information visit http://www.PeriscopeFilm.com
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This is part of a series of Combat camera dailies from Vietnam in 1967. This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage collections in the USA. Entirely film backed, this material is available for licensing in 24p HD. For more information visit http://www.PeriscopeFilm.com
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This 1960’s era color film was produced by the Sikorsky Corporation in coordination with the United States Marine Corps to showcase the abilities of the Sikorsky HR2s / CH-37 Mojave and HUS-1 Seashorse helicopters. The film opens with choppers on the deck of an aircraft carrier. Vertical Assault. The choppers fly away from the carrier. Choppers on the tarmac as three choppers fly overhead 1:00. Choppers are headed for the USS Boxer. Sikorsky HR2s and HUS helicopters leave the marine core...
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"230,000 Will Die" is a 1954, black and white film that opens with narrator Charles Cameron, M.D., medical director of the American Cancer Society, speaking to the camera. This groundbreaking film about medical research was presented by the American Cancer Society. Its purpose is to warn Americans to take early action on their cancer as it can be treated and save lives. To a modern audience, the film is notable because of what it does not focus on -- for example smoking is not...
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Shot during WWII, this silent home movie shows the Cheyenne Municipal Airport when it was used as an air base, and scenes shot at the Cheyenne Frontier Days rodeo, as well as scenes shot at an informal gathering of airmen and local gals. The Cheyenne Frontier Days outdoor rodeo and western celebration which is shown, has been running annually since 1897 in Cheyenne, Wyoming.The film opens with footage of soldiers or U.S. Army Air Force personnel playing horseshoe (:11) at a corral or ranch....
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This silent black and white travelogue film “Hawaii” was produced by Castle Films in the 1940s as part of “The World Parade” documentary series. The film displays segment cards. “After languid peaceful days on sapphire seas – Hawaii.” A cruise ship the SS Lurline is seen in the distance through palm trees and people waiting wave as the ship approaches (:20-:45). “A typical welcome, with proverbial ginger-blossom leis.” Women in a family greet each other with kisses and puts...
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Shot in the early 1930s and then re-released in 1939, this historic educational film features interesting "close-ups" of the children of the Balkan nations Yugoslavia, Albania, Serbia, Bulgaria, Greece and Turkey.  They are shown in intimate little domestic scenes of spinning, ploughing, feeding turkeys, chickens and geese. Helping their parents with the oddest of spinning wheels; herding sheep and drawing water from a picturesque old well with a sweep. As one of the titles cleverly...
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Made in the 1960s when Egypt grew close to the Soviet Union as an ally, this documentary film starts with images of some of the dams and hydroelectric power projects made possibly through the alliance. At :40, the famous Egyptian cotton and textile industry is seen, as well as images of industrialization. Agriculture is seen, followed at 1;16 by a large electric power plant, modern food processing plants, and an oil refinery. A steel plant is seen at 2:47 with shipbuilding also shown at...
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This film "This is HAM Radio" is produced and directed by award-winning Hollywood producer and amateur radio legend Dave Bell in cooperation with the American Radio Relay League circa 1970. Intended to inspire kids to become interested in amateur radio, this production targeted schools and encouraged teenagers to take up ham radio as a hobby. Various shots of radio usage by people in cars and homes play out with interwoven footage of two youths unraveling and passing wire through a...
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One of a series of silent 16mm newsreels made for the enjoyment of the German public, "Fight Against Bolshevism #1" shows the German Wehrmacht at the beginning of Operation Barbarossa.  Originally named Operation Fritz, Barbarossa was the code name for the German invasion of the Soviet Union, which was launched on June 22, 1941. The failure of German troops to defeat Soviet forces in the campaign signaled a crucial turning point in the war. The film begins with a map showing the...
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This silent film, likely from the 1940s (possibly late 1930s) shows viewers the highlights of Atlantic City. The film opens with an aerial shot of Atlantic City with its famous beach and board walk. Viewers see people enjoying the sun and sand on the beach. People line the street for the Miss America Pageant parade (01:05). Women pose on the Miss Atlantic City float. Various people march, including people in Native American dress and Atlantic City Mummers. Viewers see an AFL float. The...
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This 1956 Chevrolet promotional film shows events in September, 1955 as the 1956 Chevy Belair races up Pike's Peak in Colorado. The car was equipped with a new V-8 engine that would be released in the 1956 model line. None other then Zora Arkus-Duntov was at the helm of a well camouflaged Chevrolet Belair and Bill France of Nascar fame was present with his timing crew. At 1:20 the film flashes back to 1954 as the prototype car is initially tested at a proving grounds. At 1:49 the car makes a...
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This 1930s German silent short film shows Budapest, "The Pearl of the Danube". The film starts with a panoramic view of the city and the Danube River before showing the Széchenyi Chain Bridge (1:08), royal castle (1:19), Fisherman's Bastion (2:00) and Vajdahunyad Castle (3:10). At 3:40 another short film shows Vienna, Austria starting with the old town and city hall at 4:30, the theater at 4:44,  the Burgtor at Heldenplatz at 4:53, the department of war building at 5:30, Belvedere...
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This 1970 film from the International Association of Chiefs of Police shows the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia’s handling of the 1969 Moratorium March on Washington. The film opens with shots of Washington, DC streets at dusk on 13 November as people gather for the massive demonstration. Metropolitan Police Chief Jerry Wilson holds a staff meeting to plan for the massive demonstration (01:05). Footage shows people marching in the March Against Death protest from...
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This silent promotional film demonstrating the U.S. Air Force's ballistic missile capabilities was shot at Vandenburg Air Force Base. The film starts with footage of a Titan II crew in a missile procedures trainer (thanks to Dr. David Stumpf, author of the "Titan II" book from the University of Arkansas Press, with help figuring this out. He says you can tell because of the cement block wall behind the guy turning the second key). At :42 keys are inserted into the readiness and launch...
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This episode of Adolph Zukor’s 1930s newsreel series starts with a shot of driving down Broadway at night, then arriving at Jack Dempsey’s Bar. Jazz musician Paul Whiteman is presented with a testimonial by singer/actor Rudy Vallee. Radio star Jack Benny addresses the crowd (01:08). Jack Dempsey also congratulates Whiteman. The episode’s next stop is the Winter Garden Theatre where Earl Carroll auditions new dancers for his show (01:40). Carroll stands in the pit and speaks to the women...
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This is Redstone Arsenal was produced in late 1962 shortly after the establishment of Army Material Command or AMC (and one of AMC's first subordinate commands, the U.S. Army Missile Command or MICOM). The film was designed to promote US military prowess as exhibited by the Redstone missile development compound in Huntsville, Alabama.     The film begins with overhead views of Huntsville and a narrator’s description of its agrarian origins.  Shots of cotton production shift to an...
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One of Southern California's first motorcycle clubs, and one of the first in the nation to have a Hispanic / Chicano membership, The Psychos (also known as Los Psychos) formed in San Bernardino after WWII and quickly developed a reputation for toughness. While The Psychos became known for some of their community activities -- including supporting military veterans and participating in events to promote the preservation of Route 66 -- an offshoot of the club known as Vatos MC has a more...
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This color educational film is about the problems with Trash and it is called: THE TROUBLE WITH TRASH. Its motive is pushing for sanitary landfills NOW. There is no copyright at the beginning or end of the film so the date of the production remains unclear but due to things mentioned its the late 1960s, either 1966 or 1967. Title card: A Caterpillar presentation and then images of lush snow, deserts, fields, nice looking areas followed by a polluted wasteland of debris and fire (these images...
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This color travel film is about the country of Spain and flying Iberia Airlines to get there. There is no copyright but based on research this is circa the late 1960s/early 1970s. It is narrated by Ricardo Montalbán. Opening: sun in the distance, castle walls, sheep walk down a street, windmills move, an altar boy rings a church bell on its roof, a priest walks by, a Spanish castle. This is Spain. An atomic powerplant shares the view with a statue of Columbus, facing the water. A man rides a...
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This film "Within this Decade" draws its title from John F. Kennedy's speech, which challenged America to land a man on the Moon by the end of the 1960s. The movie presents a summary of NASA's progress and traces the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo programs.   The film opens with shots of the Moon’s cratered surface (:25) and the title screen (1:25). Unmanned space crafts were tested and developed in NASA’s research centers (1:58). The footage shown was collected from unmanned space...
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This black & white film was used to promote American Airways, which was renamed American Airlines in 1934. The film begins with a brief prelude that was likely made in the 1950s, the bulk of the production (after the first :30) is 1934 (or 1933). Opening title: FLY AMERICAN!, The Movement of Man, Mail, and Merchandise Through the Skies (:06-:49). An biplane passenger plane the Curtiss T-32 Condor II is shown flying through the sky. A man visits an American Airways ticket office, probably in...
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Created by Gulf Oil, "One Heartbeat Away" looks at the Gulf McClaren team in the 1973 Indianapolis 500 Race. The film starts with a look at the car driven by Peter Jeffrey Revson (February 27, 1939 – March 22, 1974). He was an American race car driver and heir to the Revlon cosmetics fortune. He was a two time Formula One race winner and had success at the Indianapolis 500, who was tragically killed in an accident at the South African Grand Prix. Johnny Rutherford his teammate...
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This 1950s black and white film about water, gas, and electricity in the home is a Churchill-Wexler Film Production directed by Gunther von Fritsch. A boy scoops water into a bucket from a stream and starts up a steep hill.  His sister joins and they carry it together, Jack-and-Jill style (:14-:44). The boy turns on the kitchen water faucet and fills a glass. Faucet handles are turned at a sink and the bathtub. A close-up of the water at the bathtub faucet is shown.  Adult feet move the water...
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In this Army – Navy Screen Magazine newsreel, we learn about THE BATTLE OF THE UNITED STATES. In this film from 1944, we see narrator J. Edgar Hoover (00:00:37:00) discussing the importance of catching spies in the United States during World War II and the great efforts the FBI went through to stop them. J Edgar also credits the citizens with doing their part in the effort to stop spies in the United States. Vintage footage from 1940 New York can be seen at (00:01:40:00). Footage of an...
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Made in 1963, this educational film portrays the need for improvements in transportation as the U.S. spread westward, and outlines the development of a network of canals to supplement existing river and highway transportation facilities. Uses flashbacks to show activities of a family employed by the canal company to maintain a ten-mile section of the canal and operate the locks. It features images of canals, locks, aqueducts, canal networks, and also explains terminology affiliated with canal...
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This black & white educational film is about the Fighting Cavalier Squadron and their F-105s flying/bombing in Vietnam. This is Part 1 and was filmed in November 1966, most of the base footage is from Korat Air Force Base in Thailand.  Opening titles: U.S. Air Force Presents 'There is a Way' (:10-:48). Three Lieutenants are about to land. They are landing, after their 101st missions, their Republic F-105 Thunderchiefs. Another soldier speaks on this. Jeep and cars drive down a tarmac...
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This patriotic, black and white film, produced to motivate railroad employees, was instructions on how to load freight and keep freight moving without damage. It was produced by Chicago film Laboratory, Inc. for the Association of American Railroad Freight Claim Division (formed 1934-1978) during World War II, which occurred between the years of 1939 and 1945. War scenes: anti-aircraft guns shooting, jeeps racing across the plains, flying aircraft, releasing parachutes, tanks rushing across the...
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Made by Westinghouse in 1938-39, "The Middleton Family at the New York World's Fair" is an American film directed by Robert R. Snody produced for the company's exhibit at the 1939 New York World's Fair. (NOTE: our print of this film is not complete, and represents only half of the original movie. Our apologies but we thought it worth sharing nevertheless.) "The Middleton Family" illustrates the contribution of free enterprise, technology, and Westinghouse products to the...
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This story is told by Leslie Howard. This is the story of a nation in exile of Poland and Britain. But it is more than a story of just foreigners; it's the story of people who are now our guests, people we are proud to host. They have become by lands and sea our gallant comrades in arms. Here is a warzone in august 1939 at mark 1:42. Here a small boy is feeding the pigeons as bomb dropped. The small boy's name is Andrew. He found his way within incredible adventure and watches the pigeon in...
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One of two stunning 16mm home movies shot by Ward Harris in the 1930s, this color film shows scenes of the U.K. including England as it appeared before WWII. Harris was an Edison Mimeograph dealer in San Francisco in the late 1920s and an avid collector of things related to Thomas Edison. His famous collection included phonographs, batteries, light bulbs and other electrical equipment including Edison toasters, etc. and was so large that at one point an inventory revealed it had 50,000 items....
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This color and black & white, silent home movie footage shows life in an Army training camp during (and possibly after) World War II. It appears to show members of the 38th Infantry Division ("Cyclone") training for combat, most likely at Camp Shelby, Mississippi or Camp Atterbury, Indiana, or possibly both. The Division included National Guard drawn from Indiana, Kentucky, and West Virginia, and went on to serve in combat in the Pacific starting in early 1944. In recognition of...
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Made in 1932 in honor of the 200th anniversary of George Washington's birth, this silent film is one of a series that chronicles the life and times of the great general and president. The film was released by Eastman Classroom Films and shown in schos around the United States. Some scenes from the film were apparently created specifically for this film, others such as Washington crossing the Delaware River were drawn from feature films made in that era.  In this episode "Conquering the...
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This color educational film is about how a standard space shuttle Columbia mission works. Copyright is circa 1980/1981.  Title: Space Shuttle Mission Profile (:06). Space Shuttle Columbia on the launchpad, countdown to lift off (:10). Columbia clears the tower (:31). Shuttle Columbia leaves the atmosphere (:37). Booster rockets are jettisoned (:46). External fuel tank is jettisoned (1:02). Shuttle fly back towards earth (1:19). Columbia's Shuttle doors open (1:43).  Shuttle floats in space...
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Made in the 1950s by the Shell Oil Co., this film "History of the Helicopter" features a look at the revolutionary machine that, at the time the film was made, had only recently come into wide use. The film features a brief look back at some of the failed attempts to build a helicopter, and discusses Breguet, Sikorsky, Berliner and others who were convinced that rotary wings were the answer to the problem of flying. The film also shows the autogiro, a relative of the helicopter....
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Produced by the Santa Barbara Police Department circa the mid to late 1970s and directed by Jim Skidmore, this film begins with footage of police vehicles and a brief introduction to law enforcement traffic duties. At 01:07, a young girl on a bicycle is depicted getting ticketed by a police officer by the side of the road. The film goes on to explore the dangers of cyclists disobeying traffic laws and causing accidents, an issue that law enforcement viewed as underrated at the time. The...
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The sea lanes surrounding Alaska are the gateway to the Arctic Ocean, and of vital importance to the United States during the Cold War. In this film, the men of the Coast Guard cutter USCGC Klamath (WHEC-66) visit Alaskan waters, and perform various humanitarian missions among its Native American residents. Klamath also monitors the seas, servicing buoys and making certain the sea lanes are safe for transit. They also wave the flag near the shores of the United States' key adversary during the...
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Dating to 1942 and then re-released in the post-WWII period, "American Anniversary" is a patriotic short film directed by Oscar winner Leslie Roush. The film was funded by the National Association of Manufacturers and produced by Paramount Pictures. The film shows 20 years in the life of an immigrant named Joe Karnak, who arrives in America uncertain of his place in society and future. Over the course of the film he becomes a substantial contributor to his community. According to a...
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Dating to 1961, this silent promotional film shows the Bisbee - Douglas International Airport in Southern Arizona. The film includes shots of Douglas, Arizona at 8:20 including the Southern Pacific railroad station at 8:30.  The Gadsden Hotel is visible at 9:30, as well as the Phelps Dodge Mercantile Company and Valley National Bank and Arizona Public Service Company (11:20).  At 12:55 the copper smelter is visible. At 15:16 the border crossing  / Port of Entry with Agua Prieta, Mexico is...
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This promotional movie for Super MobilOil opens with an image of various jars, 00:52. Various animations show Mobil Oil products and logos, 1:20. A print ad for New Super Mobiloil is shown, 1:31. Animated charts for Mobiloil are shown, 1:41. Animated P’s show Product, Profits and Plans as a slogan, 1;53. Test tube is shown, 2:13. A man is comparing Super Mobiloil versus Brand X, 2:38. The number 3 is featured because Mobiloil keeps engines clean, 3 times longer than other brands, 3:00. Man...
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Want to support this channel and help us preserve old films? Visit https://www.patreon.com/PeriscopeFilm Browse our products on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2YILTSD "NASA Project Apollo Manned Flight to the Moon" presents an overview of the Apollo lunar program. Made by Pelican Films prior to the first Apollo mission (probably 1964 or 65), the film uses animation to sketch out the various components needed for the mission. The film discusses the Saturn V rocket and variants Saturn I and...
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Produced by Cate & McGlone, United Airlines presents this 1950’s era, color movie called, Flying Colors. The film attempts to reassure the public about air travel by showing the maintenance procedures followed by United on its new DC-7 Mainliners. It was made just prior to the debut of the jet powered Boeing 707, which is discussed at the 5:30 mark. Written by Walter Wise, directed by T.W. Cate, photographed by E.D. McGlone, edited by Charles Cahill, with music supervision by Jack Meakin...
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This silent 8mm home movie was shot in 1962 by a U.S. serviceman based at the U.S. Naval Station in Rota, Spain, also known as Naval Station Rota. NAVSTA Rota has been in use since 1953 when Spanish dictator Francisco Franco strengthened relations with the United States in order to improve local economies. The installation now covers more than 6,000 acres (24 km2) on the northern shore of Cadiz, an area recognized for its strategic, maritime importance over the centuries.  The film begins with...
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Navy Log is an American drama anthology series that initially aired for three seasons. It relates the greatest survival war stories in the history of the United States Navy. Guest starring Wright King as Joey McAdams in "Home Is a Sailor" (1955). Plot: a sailor who has been corresponding with a young girl from Long Beach, Ca. thinks he has found true love. But he is devastated when his ship docks in Long Beach for shore leave and she refuses to meet him for reasons unknown to him....
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This is a British documentary short released by The British Ministry of Information in 1944. It was made to describe the attacks made on England by Hitler's V-1 bombs and the successful destruction of many of these bombs before they could fall on their targets. The V-1 flying bomb, also known as the Buzz Bomb or Doodlebug, was an early pulse-jet-powered predecessor of the cruise missile. The V-1 was developed at Peenemünde Airfield by the German Luftwaffe during the Second World War. During...
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One of many survival films made during WWII, Castaway shows simple skills that can be used in the event of an emergency. Reel 1 (featured here) shows how to survive a bail-out from an aircraft over the ocean, inflation of a life raft, and navigation to a safe harbor. Along the way are lessons about distilling water and shark repellant. Reel 2 shows survival on a tropical island typical of those found in the Pacific Theater of the war. Produced by Willard Pictures for the Bureau of Aeronautics...
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Shot in 1949, these long-lost color home movies show Germany in the aftermath of WWII. Some of the cities shown include Dresden, which was leveled by Allied bombs, and Heidelberg. The agony and destruction visible in these images is sometimes hard to watch, but there are also signs of hope. The film includes a train trip to a shattered terminal, and many shots of debris clearing, stabilization and reconstruction efforts. The film ends with a trip high into the Alps. (Please help us identify...
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Created in the Spring of 1951, this Staff Film Report was one of many created and shown to select members of the armed forces during the Korean War. This particular episode shows combat patrol by British and Belgian troops operating under United Nations mandate north of Seoul. U.N. artillery prepares to fire on Chinese troops. Lt. General Van Fleet visits the front lines, 3rd Division of the 8th Army. Aerial photo reconnaissance is shown. Winter clothing tests at Fort Lee, Virginia are also...
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Produced during WWII or immediately before, this short silent film shows some of the training activities of the Fallschirmjäger, the paratrooper branch of the German Luftwaffe before and during World War II. They were the first German paratroopers to be committed in large-scale airborne operations and came to be known as the "green devils" by the Allied forces they fought against. Throughout World War II the Fallschirmjäger commander was Kurt Student. During World War II, the...
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Presented by the Atomic Industrial Forum Inc. and the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission, Atomic Power Today: Service With Safety is a 1966 film that shows viewers how an atomic energy plant works and how such a plant comes into being, from the application process with the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) through construction and final safety inspections. The film discusses how atomic fuel is used to generate electricity, the barriers and safeguards to prevent radioactive contamination, and is...
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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 looks at U.S. and British interests in the Pacific prior to World War II including...
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Made for the home market during WWII, this black & white silent film shows news events in the year 1943, focusing on WWII. It was edited by Leslie Winik. Opening titles: News Thrills of 1943 (:07-:11). Title: Allied Victory in Tunisia. General Montgomery discusses the final push with his men. He stands and talks as the men smile. General Eisenhower visits Montgomery for a council of war. The two shake hands. Gabes falls to the British as rockets are fired, explosions abound. A parade...
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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 episode of "Navy Log" was first aired on December 6th, 1955, and its titled "The Pentagon Story". This episode summarizes the Pentagon’s search and investigation into the actions of Lt. (j.g.) John Kelvin Koelsch, during the Korean War, which led to him receiving, posthumously, the Congressional Medal of Honor. He was the first helicopter pilot to be awarded the Medal of Honor. The story is based upon detail uncovered by the Pentagon and all names are the actual names...
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Produced in the 1960s, this American propaganda film tells the story of the land and people of Taiwan. Created for servicemen and their families who were based there, it also details the government, economy, and military potential of the nation, and its relation with Red China and the free world. It features rare footage of Chiang Kai Shek. Chiang Kai-shek (October 31, 1887 -- April 5, 1975) was a Chinese political and military leader who served as the leader of the Republic of China between...
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Made by Jam Handy, "It Could Be You" dates to 1949. This film was made during a time of unusual crisis -- when a shift from wartime to peacetime production led to a unique shortage of new cars despite heavy demand. As the film explains during WW2, the USA's auto industry was geared towards manufacturing war materials, leading to a complete halt of production of new makes and models. The film opens with a man receiving a phone call about a delivery of his brand-new vehicle (1:05). The...
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This World War II-era British training film, produced by Byron Pictures, Ltd., shows the importance of waiting for a target to move into the ideal range of a series of guns in order to have the best shot possible. The film covers the defensive and offensive firing of a Thompson submachine gun, a standard rifle (appears to be a Lee-Enfield rifle), a Bren light machine gun, the Boys Anti-Tank Rifle, and the anti-tank Ordnance QF 2-pounder by giving scenarios of incorrectly firing too soon...
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Released in 1946, this black & white educational film from "Library Films" purports to show some of the last footage of Manila prior to the outbreak of WWII. In 1945, as U.S. forces under MacArthur worked their way towards Manila from Leyte, the city became a battleground. As the notes at the beginning of the movie make clear, most of the beautiful buildings shown in the film were completely destroyed during the siege. Opening titles: Library Films Inc presents Manila (followed by...
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This short film gives viewers a brief recap of World War I in the pretext of an elderly man recounting the history of the Great War to a teenage boy. The film shows a clipping from the front page of The Chicago Daily Tribune (00:31) announcing the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, along with other front-page clippings from the paper announcing the beginning of the war. Footage shows German troops marching into Belgium (01:00) and British officers walking past troops standing at...
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This film is the continuation of the film titled ‘Merrily We All Roll Along’ with Groucho Marx as the narrator. It begins with the Model T and the information that this vehicle could be purchased for about $300 (:18) and arrived without accessories, meaning the floorboards were often made from box the battery had arrived in (:42). One of it’s many quirks was a slow creeping forward if the handbrake, throttle and spark were not all aligned exactly (1:35). The weekly Sunday drive gave...
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This 1982 color seatbelt safety film is called “Safety Belts and You” and was produced by Ford Motor Company. It was released before the first US seat belt usage requirement law was passed in New York in 1984. Subsequently, the studies and effects referenced in this film helped lead every state but New Hampshire to require seat belt use for adults (still not required in 2018); however, all 50 states requires seatbelt use on those less than 18 years old. The film begins with shots of...
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This movie, directed by L.Tsvetkova and V.Granatman, for the Ministry of the Education of the USSR, depicts the Russian Civil War and the foreign intervention in that war, as well as the subsequent war between Poland and the nascent Soviet Union.  Interestingly, the Civil War portion of the movie only pays cursory attention to the White Russian Army. 0:06 WWI footage of French and British soldiers   0:08 WWII North Atlantic convoy footage.  0:12 Russian light cruiser Bayan, or the IJN light...
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This late 1950s or early 1960s film documentary provides an overview of conditions in the subcontinent of India during that time.  An oxcart is overloaded with sheaves. Cargo is unloaded onto an airplane and from a boxcar. A factory worker stands at a machine weaving cotton into cloth. Lipton dust tea is packaged into wooden crates. Jute fiber is processed. A boy pulls tanned leather from an oven. Large tanks hold fertilizer. A large ship is docked (:10-1:06). A cow and goat stand outside a...
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This 1954 black and white film about sailplanes (gliders) is an RKO-Pathe Screenliner Production distributed by RKO Radio Pictures Inc., produced by Burton Benjamin, and recorded with an RCA Sound System. It opens with seagulls gliding on the wind, followed by a glider doing the same in Austria (:31-:42). Two men and two women walk by two children sitting in a field with cows. One woman is dressed in traditional Austrian dress with a white peasant blouse underneath. They point at a wind sock....
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This episode of "The Big Picture" dates to the 1961-1962 season. Filmed at Washington,. D.C . it shows the Army's "Old Guard" - the 3rd Infantry Regiment - and the U.S. Army Band presenting its annual pageant of military skills and traditions. The 3rd United States Infantry Regiment is a regiment of the United States Army. It currently has three active battalions, and is readily identified by its nickname, "The Old Guard," as well as "Escort to the...
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This silent home film shows a ship’s transit through the Suez Canal. This is a man-made waterway in Egypt which connects the Mediterranean Sea with the Red Sea. It is considered the border between Africa and Asia and was built by the Suez Canal Company. The canal officially opened on November 17th, 1869. The film opens with footage of dolphins diving in and out of the water’s surface as they move along side a ship (:09). As ships move through the canal, residential modern homes are viewed...
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This is a Soviet educational movie, No. 19 in a series of 24, which is titled "Assault on Berlin", showing the final assault on Berlin and the raising of the Soviet flag over the Reichstag by the Rakhimzhan Qoshqarbaev's group of soldiers. The documentary was produced by Schkola Film, the Central Educational film studio in Moscow, for the Ministry of Education of the USSR, and directed by Svetlana Zagoskina and L. Fany-Girsh. The Battle of Berlin, designated the Berlin Strategic...
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This home footage starts with the sights of Tokyo – both untouched and damaged by the war, in the Autumn - probably September 1948. Abruptly starting with the Tsukiji Hongan-ji temple, we then see the facilities of the Judge Advocate General Office and the detention center associated with the War Crimes in the Far East Rrial, several destroyed religious buildings (Anglican or Catholic), and a panorama of the Tokyo city Port District (Minato-ku). The anonymous filmmaker then travels to Manila,...
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This 1960s color film about eastern and southeastern France is one of a series of Air France “Flying Holidays” travelogues directed by Jacques Audoir. It opens with a Sud Aviation Caravelle seen in the reflection of a terminal window cleaner, arriving, and departing (:50- 1:18 ). The stewardess brings a cart of small dolls in provincial costumes to a woman passenger wearing a wide 1960s headband. The doll from Alsace is shown ( 1:19 - 1:57 ). Men, women, and children dressed in Alsatian...
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Party Lines is a short 1946 advertising film promoting being courteous when on party lines. The ad features Bil Baird’s marionettes and a small model town. The film opens with a shot of a model town with small, colorful houses. Two marionettes pull up in cars in front of their homes, one patiently ceding the right of way to the other. An adult man marionette gets out of the car (01:18), whistles for his dog, then enters his home. He picks up his telephone, and the film cuts to several other...
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Made by the Department of the Army Air Force in 1942, "Aerial Navigation - Airways Flying" shows various procedures for pilots and air traffic control. The film discusses the need for civil aviation rules, procedures and operations and an air traffic control center and tower, the meaning of green, amber, red and blue airways, recommended procedures when navigation instruments fail, and rules for approaching and leaving airports. Includes interesting footage of WWII era telefax,...
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This color educational film is about different ways to weld. It was made by the Union Carbide Linde Division to encourage young people to pursue careers in the welding trade. No copyright but this is circa the 1970s.  Opening: a men welds, sparks fly, bright lights. Wire tube turns. A laser beam welds. Credit: WAYS TO WELD (:06-1:30). A man demonstrates gas welding. He ignites oxygen and gas through his torch. Gas welding is taking place, close on the flame. The welder is joining two pieces of...
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Shot by an unknown filmmaker, this color silent home movie shows close up views of the Chicago Railroad Fair circa 1949. The Chicago Railroad Fair was an event organized to celebrate and commemorate 100 years of railroad history west of Chicago, Illinois. In addition, the Fair highlighted important eras in American history and technological growth. It was held in 1948 and 1949 along the shore of Lake Michigan and is often referred to as "the last great railroad fair" with 39 railroad...
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This recently re-discovered home movie shows New York City during WWII. Although portions of the film may date to as early as 1938, most of it was shot in 1944-45. You will see patriotic banners and flags flying in New York (including at 2:33 where a Victory flag is seen). Some of the highlights include rare color footage of Times Square at night, New York harbor bustling with Liberty and Victory Ship traffic, Wall Street draped with patriotic flags, shots of the cityscape and pedestrians,...
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This silent home movie likely dates to the late 1940s, probably 1948, and shows Army Day at Bolling Field in Washington, D.C. as well as the Cherry Blossom Festival. (1948 is a fairly safe bet as in 1949 "Army Day" was eliminated in favor of Armed Forces Day by the Secretary of Defense). The film stars with shots of Washington from the Washington Monument. At 1:06 are shots from within the upper part of the rotunda of the Capitol Building. Coverage of Army Day at Bolling Field begins...
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Designed for those who maintained ship and submarine power plants, this WWII era black & white training film is about the lubrication system. Copyright 1943. The Detroit Diesel Series 71 is a two-stroke diesel engine series, available in both inline and V configurations. The inline six-cylinder 71 series engine was introduced as the initial flagship product of the Detroit Diesel Engine Division of General Motors in 1938.  The first number in the model series designation refers to the...
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Dating to the early 1950s, probably 1951, and produced by the Hamilton Wright Organization for the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, this short film shows the nascent Egyptian film industry. At :50, Samia Gamal, an Egyptian belly dancer and film actress, is shown. At 1:15, a director standing next to a Mitchell 35mm movie camera gives her direction. At 1:36 Gamal moves in front of reflectors which light her path. The narrator mentions that the films being made in Egypt are made to certain...
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This 1960s era, black and white film takes us on a fascinating trip to the Old West where we visit the pioneers, wagoneers, pony express riders, miners, cowboys and Indians. Special attention is paid to the horse drawn coaches and wagons of the day and transportation routes from middle America to the West Coast in the 1860s and 70s. The movie opens on an old tree stump. The camera pans over a valley and up a mountain, spotted with evergreen trees. A small stream runs and beaver dams are shown...
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Cleverly designed as an educational film, this industrial film that subtly promotes Westinghouse refrigerators, stoves and other appliances has as its central focus the idea that crucial vitamins in food are being destroyed by improper food handling and preparation. For example, boiling and high heat, as well as exposure to air, can apparently cause loss of nutrients (as seen at the 7:00 mark). To demonstrate vitamin loss, samples are tested in a laboratory and the cost of "destructive...
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One of two stunning 16mm home movies shot by Ward Harris in the 1930s, this color film shows scenes of the U.K. including Scotland as it appeared before WWII. Harris was an Edison Mimeograph dealer in San Francisco in the late 1920s and an avid collector of things related to Thomas Edison. His famous collection included phonographs, batteries, light bulbs and other electrical equipment including Edison toasters, etc. and was so large that at one point an inventory revealed it had 50,000 items....
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This 1943 black and white propaganda film about “one government’s plan to provide better homes”, was produced by the U.S. Office of Interamerican Affairs to depict improvements in housing in Chile during World War II. Julien Bryan contributed to the photography. Santiago is shown. Several old government buildings have elaborate architecture in contrast to new ones. A policeman directs cars, busses, and pedestrians (:26- 1:13 ). The Firestone building is shown ( 1:14 ), followed by a new...
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Made during WWII by the Union Switch and Signal Company, which converted to manufacturing firearms as part of the war effort, this silent 16mm film documents the production of .45 automatics. These weapons are "carved out of steel" through a variety of techniques including machine forging. The film traces all aspects of manufacture, testing, and finally railroad shipping of the completed and tested weapons. Union Switch & Signal company of Swissvale Pennsylvania, primarily made...
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This color, British educational film "Sole of Comfort" is about making a sole for a shoe. It was made on behalf of the British Leather Publicity Council and with the help of the British Leather Manufacturers' Research Association. No copyright but this film is circa the late 1940s or very early 1950s. Opening: a boot with a spur, close on an alligator, lizard, snake, deer, salamander, bull in a field. Leather is examined and then placed in a special solution. The hide of leather is...
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This 1940 color documentary about northern New Mexico is produced by World Travel Films. A Pueblo woman in native dress prepares a fire outdoors in a dome-shaped horno oven made of adobe. She carries pre-made bread dough to the oven and inserts it on a paddle. The finished bread is shown up-close (:08-:52).  Ears of maize hang in loops (1:03). The Santa Clara Pueblo reservation is represented by houses and a mission (1:15-1:52). A man building a house pours a mixture of mud and straw and...
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This early 1940s propaganda cultural color film about Venezuela was produced by Julian Bryan for the Office of the Coordination of Inter-American Affairs, created by President Roosevelt in 1941. A statue of Bolivar is in New York Central Park. An animated map shows the Spanish conquest in the Americas (:20- 1:29 ) and revolts led by Bolivar and Jose San Martin. The ‘Monument to the Liberators’ is shown ( 1:46 - 2:45 ). Venezuela’s topography areas are mapped ( 3:29 - 4:18 ). The highlands...
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This silent film, entitled "Inside Russia: Siberia" was produced by Encyclopaedia Britannica Films in 1948,  and focuses on the area of Siberia around Irkutsk city. The materials shown depict the lives of Buryat people in the modern city, as well as in the countryside – as hunters, herders, and workers. The mainstay agricultural animals depicted are sheep, yak and reindeer. We see city scenes – people playing tennis, soccer, and working, in the postwar Irkutsk, as well as an shot...
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The film, ‘Battle of the Atlantic’ is presented by 20th Century Fox (:09) and made in 1941. It focuses on cargo and supply transports from the U.S. and Canada to England during the Second World War. The film is narrated by Quentin Reynolds (:43) who was an American journalist and WW2 correspondent who early in the war explained to American audiences the plight of the British. Black and white footage of England open the film and at this time of the war, England was facing regular Nazi air...
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Dating from just after WWII, this home movie shows TBM Avenger aircraft being flown as the world's fastest crop duster for CISCO, the California Insecticide Service Company, based in Lancaster, California.  This was not an altogether uncommon use for the rugged WWII aircraft, given that their design allowed for the addition of a large tank underneath the pilot cockpit in what had been the bomb bay / torpedo area.  This specific aircraft tail # N8397H, is now apparently at the War Eagles Air...
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William L. Shirer narrates this documentary produced by the US Navy industrial-incentive division, which was made to show American war workers a behind-the-scenes report on their special enemy: the German war worker. Excellent captured German home-front footage is featured. While World War II raged across the globe, the U.S. Treasury Department and the Office Of War Information, Bureau Of Motion Pictures, produced numerous short subjects such as these to patriotically inspire and motivate...
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This early 1950s color long advertising film is the story of the Weber Dental Manufacturing Company in Canton, Ohio. An 1896 photo of Henry Ernst Weber, a pharmacist in Canton, Ohio, is shown. His first invention was a dental cuspidor. A reenactment shows Weber creating a miniature fountain within a brass bowl. Water runs in a future dental cuspidor version made of opaque self-cleaning glass (:50-3:03). A late 1800s dental office is shown.  Mr. Weber also invented a dental chair that could be...
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"Pacific Adventure: A True Story of the Sea" is a Kodak Informational Film, produced by Mattco Associates, documenting the voyage of a 65-foot yacht across the South Pacific. The Thane left Tahiti on 26 October 1965 and arrived in Panama on 12 January 1966. The story is filmed and narrated by Don Null, and begins in Tahiti (00:15), where three strangers arrive at the airport (00:44): Wallace “Wally” Smith, Doctor Harold Hartl, and Mark Gross. These three answered an ad in a...
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