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Made by Ted Eshbaugh, who made six or more cartoons for various studios in the 30s and 40s, CAP'N CUB is a WWII propaganda cartoon that ballyhoos the U.S. Army Air Corps.   The cartoon starts out cute, but soon turns very politically incorrect by post-war standards. Cute little Cap'n Cub reviews a weapons parade, but wants more "planes, planes, planes!". A full production sequence follows, and the completed planes go off to fight the Japanese, and goes from cute to dark very quickly...
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Topics: Periscope Film, Stock Footage, 1943, WWII, Cartoon
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Created in 1947 by Belmont Pictures Inc., this film for Los Angeles Transit Lines (the post-WWII moniker for the Los Angeles Railway and bus lines) is entitled "It’s a Big Job". It was created to recruit drivers, motormen and conductors. The film's script was written by Eric Strutt, produced by Dan Downer and photography by William Wooten. The film is narrated by actor Alexander Scourby, who also stars. It was directed by J. Richard Westen. The movie opens with text indicating it is...
Topics: 1947, Los Angeles, Railway Trolley, WWII, Post WWII, Stock footage
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This silent 16mm home movie shows the annual Macy's Day Parade in New York City. It likely shows at least two different years. The first segment is in b&w and features a turkey balloon at :21, a Columbus or possibly Mayflower float at :26,  Indian teepee float at :38, Indian balloon at :48, Pluto balloon at 1:08, Porky Pig (?) at 1:28, and Mickey Mouse balloon at 1:38. At 2:10 a trolley car rumbles down 34th Street as a large mouse balloon (evil Mickey?) is seen. At 2:41 Santa rumbles by...
Topics: Pre WWII, WWII, Macys, Thanksgiving Parade, Home Movie, Stock Footage
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Although heavily damaged, this silent 16mm home movie has historical value. It was brought home by an American G.I. after WWII, and shows the activities of a German Luftwaffe staff officer in Occupied France in 1941. The film starts with shots of a staff car and various officers conferring. At 1:05 a roadside points the way to Rouen. At 1:20 Rouen Cathedral is shown. At 2:10 a soldier poses for the camera. At 2:13 a large contingent of Germans lines the road and a group shoulders their rifles...
Topics: Germany, Luftwaffe, France, 1941, WWII, Stock Footage
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This black and white film “Le Journal de la Resistance” (The Journal of Resistance) by the France Libre Actualites (France Libre News) is entirely in French. It provides actual footage from August, 1944 to December, 1944 during the liberation of France. It is presented by Le Comite de Liberation du Cinema Francais. The Paris Opera House is shown (:49). The road is patrolled by Nazi soldiers in open and armored trucks at the Grand Palais (1:06-1:14). Tanks with an Iron Cross insignia patrol...
Topics: WWII. France, French Resistance, 1944, Stock Footage
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Original Japanese newsreels showing U.S. surrender in Philippines and march from Bataan. This original Japanese newsreel apparently dates to 1942, and shows Japanese Imperial Army and Navy forces on the move in the Pacific. The first part of the newsreel either has no soundtrack or the soundtrack was damaged; a later portion has sound. Some of the segments include Japanese forces accepting the surrender of American and Philippine troops at the 18 minute mark. General Jonathan M. Wainwright is...
Topics: Stock footage, Japanese Newsreel, Japanese, WWII, Philippines
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Life-Line of the Nation is a short film from the Association of American Railroads and produced by Carl Dudley in the mid-1940s (most likely 1944) that shows how America’s railroads are ensuring the defense of the nation by meeting the transportation needs of a country mobilized for war. The film opens with a shot of a train moving through snowy terrain. Off in the distance, a train goes over a bridge (01:22). There are several shots of various trains moving along tracks. At the U.S. Capitol...
Topics: WWII, Railroads, Railroads, 1944, American Railroads, Stock Footage
This 1945 black-and-white combat bulletin highlighting the European Theater of Operations has multiple segments. A formation of Douglas DC-3 (Dakota in the RAF) flies over Belgium. A damaged plane slowly descends and crashes; it’s crew parachuting down. Tanks pass over bridges. The convoy approaches Nijmegan, Netherlands. The bridge over the Waal River remains intact as British engineers remove the charges Germans left behind (:15-2:31). British and American air forces in North Africa plan...
Topics: 1945, WWII, ETO, Combat Bulletin, Holland, Stock Footage
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Produced in 1938 by United States Steel, "Steel: Man's Servant" presents a lavish Technicolor look at the steel industry prior to WWII.  Narrated by Edwin Hill and directed by Roland Reed, with amusical score by Robert Armbruster, the 37-minute film typically accompanied a dramatic feature film in release.  The film presents mining activities on the Mesabi Range, with an Oliver Iron Mining Co. steam shovel ripping iron ore from the ground at the film's start.  The film goes on to...
Topics: Steel, United States Steel, 1938, WWII, Pre WWII, Stock Footage
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Forward Commandos is a short 1942 film from Raymond Spottiswoode (father of Hollywood director Roger Spottiswoode) that shows viewers the winter/arctic guerilla tactics used by commandos of the Allied forces against the Nazis during World War II, based on tactics employed by Russians in a similar environment. The film also shows some commandos operating in other countries with drier, warmer climates, and concludes with an Allied raid on a Nazi-held city on the coast of Norway. The film opens...
Topics: 1942, British WWII Propaganda, Raymond Spottiswoode, Stock Footage
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Made in 1944, NEW BUILDERS is a Ministry of Information Film made by Paul Rotha Productions 1944, under the direction of Kay Mander, for the Building Apprenticeship and Training Council. The film was made during WWII to encourage schoolboys to take up apprenticeships in building trades including masonry, carpentry, electrician, machinist, and more. These "new builders" would be vital in the renovation of war-damaged housing and buildings. The film begins showing bomb damage to...
Topics: WWII, British Building, Trades, Schoolboy, Apprenticeship. Stock Footage
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In the U.S. military’s Combat Bulletin No. 40 from 1945, viewers see footage from the Allied forces attack on Manila Harbor, the first landing on Luzon, action along the Western Front and Alsace, the damage from a bombing campaign targeting the oil refinery at Merkwiller, a British carrier fleet attacking Sumatra, and Allied airstrikes on Celebes. The newsreel starts with carrier planes of the 3rd Fleet firing on the Japanese naval base in Manila Harbor. A plane fires at an above-ground oil...
Topics: WWII, Combat Bulletin, Manila, Invasion, 1945, Stock Footage
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RIG FOR ULTRA QUIET presents an overview of submarine warfare in WWII, and shows post-WWII submarine warfare activities. It especially focuses on early nuclear-capable guided missile submarine capabilities. The Soviet threat, then brought to the world's attention through the suppression of the Hungarian Revolution, is emphasized. Guppy type subs, including two Regulus guided missile boats USS Tunny and USS Barbero, along with nuclear submarines are shown undertaking a simulated Atlantic war...
Topics: US Navy, US Navy, Seapower, Submarine, WWII, Stock Footage
Created in 1951, Crusade in the Pacific was an early television documentary that remains one of the most comprehensive looks at the Pacific Campaign on land, sea, and air. In 26 separate 30-minute episodes, the documentary journals the World War II through stock footage along with the timeless voice of Westbrook Van Voorhis. This episode of Crusade in the Pacific, Part 11, "Attack in the Central Pacific: Makin and Tarawa," looks at the Allied campaign in the Gilbert Islands in the...
Topics: 1951, Crusade In The Pacific, WWII, Tarawa, Stock Footage
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Created by Theodore Andrica and narrated by him, CHILDREN OF EUROPE is an emotional, and disturbing portrait of post-WWII Europe.   It shows the plight of the youngest survivors of the war, including the many orphans and Jewish concentration camp victims who outlasted the conflict and now face uncertain futures.   Andrica's film, which was funded by the Cleveland Press, represents a plea for support for organizations like the Red Cross which was actively working to return children to school...
Topics: WWII, World War II, Aftermath, 1947, Europe, Stock Footage
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Produced by the Public Service Company of Northern Illinois, this 1944 film shows farm life in northern Illinois during wartime. The film is broken into a number of sections (dairy, beef, sheep, hog, poultry, truck farming, ideas at work, youth, and family) and looks at the ways the various farming families of northern Illinois use electric-powered machines to enhance their productivity and improve quality of life during wartime. The film opens with a montage of shots of a number of northern...
Topics: Farm Life, Illinois, Wartime, WWII, Food, 1944, Stock Footage
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Made during WWII, this silent footage shows homefront activities in Canada. It was apparently shot in and around Vancouver, British Columbia. The start of the film shows recruits marching past (:16) a local newspaper office and downtown (1:05).   At 1:22 another recruit joins the group. At 1:40 oxen carrying wheat move slowly through a city street. At 2:42 the recruits walk past clothing set on a line to dry. At 3:42 "Duke Street" in Vancouver is shown (footage flopped).   At 5:14,...
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Topics: WWII, World War II, Vancouver, Columbia, RCAF, Stock Footage
This 1954 film report from the Exploratory Committee on the application of water (sponsored jointly by the Fire Department Instructors Conference and the Fire Service Training Association and composed of fire chiefs, instructors in firemanship and fire protection engineers), and presented by the Elkhart line of Select-O-Stream Mystery Fog Nozzles, shows the 8 and 9 July 1954 large-scale fire test on a building in Kansas City, MO testing firefighting techniques using Elkhart’s JN 200 nozzle on...
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Boeing ..... A Preview of America's First Jet Tanker-Transport. The Model 707 Stratoliner Stratotanker 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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Existing methods of mass indoctrination and the need for people to meet and act together on the issues that face them.
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"United States Arriving" was created in the mid-1950s after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. It documents the affinity that Kennedy, who had served in the U.S. Navy, had for that branch of the U.S. military. In the film you will see President John F. Kennedy visiting the newly-commissioned USS Enterprise (CVN-65) on April 14, 1962 and at Pt. Mugu, California on June 7, 1953. Kennedy used both occasions to promote a strengthened U.S. Navy, one whose indomitable force...
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"Bridging the Volturno River in Italy, Hawaiian Training Branch, Invasion of Cape Gloucester"
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This 1940s home movie dates to WWII. We're not precisely certain where it was filmed, but the segment at the 7:00 mark where you'll see a Seaboard Railroad passenger train, was shot in St. Petersburg, Florida. At the 7:29 mark, you will see a young man in a military outfit, presumably home on leave. Note the "V" for "Victory" in the window of the house -- indicating that a man from the home is serving in the military. A short time later at the 8:37 mark is a bond rally....
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This television documentary film made by Richard Hance of WGN Chicago shows the USS Daniel A. Joy conducting a Naval Reserve patrol mission, visiting Guantanamo Bay, Cuba over Christmas in the 1960s (probably 1962 or 63). The history of this important naval base is presented, along with a summary of recent tensions with the Cuban government and Fidel Castro. Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, also known as Naval Station Guantanamo Bay or NSGB, (also called GTMO because of the airfield designation code...
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Produced in 1963, "Operations in Public Fallout Shelters" is a heavily dramatized Civil Defense film that demonstrates how a public fallout shelter is supposed to function after a nuclear attack. This scenario takes place in a fictional any town called "Middlebury". The story goes like this: For whatever reason the original manager of shelter number 126, Bill Floyd, hasn't made it into the shelter. His back-up Jerry Bates must assume command. With the help of Gil (played by...
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This WWII issue of the Army-Navy Screen magazine tells the story of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, an infantry regiment of the United States Army, that was composed almost entirely of American soldiers of Japanese ancestry who fought in World War II. Most of the families of mainland Japanese Americans were confined to internment camps in the United States interior. Beginning in 1944, the regiment fought primarily in Europe during World War II, in particular Italy, southern France, and...
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This black & white, wartime Canadian educational film from the "Knife and Fork Series" is about the meat shortage, meat rationing and how a meat coupon system can assist with the national nutrition problem. Copyright is circa 1943. The film was shot by Lawrence Cherry and produced by Evelyn Spice, with editing by Helen Lewis.  Titles: The Knife and Fork Series: Coupon Value (:08-:54). Boating dock. A shipyard. A crane hoists supplies. Large slabs of beef in a ship. A man cuts...
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This color educational film is about how important graduating high school is. This film is from 1958.  Opening titles: United States Navy presents Stay in School and Graduate (:09-:33). A car drives and backs up, a teacher sees some boys in the sand dunes, walks over to see what they're doing. The boys have a firecracker, the explosive is very dangerous. The teacher speaks to the boys, gets them to not set it off. He takes the boys over to the Naval base. Boys and girls, a class, visit the...
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Fleet Admiral Chester William Nimitz, GCB, USN (February 24, 1885 -- February 20, 1966), was a five-star admiral of the United States Navy. He held the dual command of Commander in Chief, United States Pacific Fleet (CinCPac), for U.S. naval forces and Commander in Chief, Pacific Ocean Areas (CinCPOA), for U.S. and Allied air, land, and sea forces during World War II. He was the leading U.S. Navy authority on submarines, as well as Chief of the Navy's Bureau of Navigation in 1939. He served as...
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United States Air Force Film Training Aid FTA, 279Q. "Survival Training". This is a 1950s, black and white military training film. The film is intended to show stranded persons how to catch fish through several means to survive. The film is narrated. Fishing. The film opens with a man fishing on the side of the river with a branch. A soldier is seen walking along the banks of a river 1:10. A man is creating fishing gear 1:40. A man fashions a hook from a key 2:09. A man makes a...
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This is a black & white educational film. This a 1950 documentary about rebuilding Europe after WW2, hosted by actor Leo Genn.  Title card: British Board of Film Censors (:07-:18). Title card: I Went Back featuring Leo Genn (:19-:43). Leo Genn, an actor and former soldier, introduces this doc. He talks about going back to Europe after the war (:44-1:29). Footage of bombed out buildings. People cheer peace. Cities in ruins. Cemeteries. Soldiers head home (1:30-2:49). A plane flies. Leo Genn...
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Atom Atoll (Report to The Armed Forces, Issue Number 147) is a short film from 1953 documenting Operation Greenhouse, a series of nuclear tests conducted on the islands of Enewetak Atoll by members of Joint Task Force 3. Members of the task force gather around a table (00:44). Aerial footage shows the islands of Enewetak Atoll. Weapon designers work on a plastic balloon that will measure the blast of a nuclear detonation (02:21). Men set up other research instruments. On Zero Island, the tower...
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This is a 1970’s era color film presented by McGraw-Hill films. The title of the film is “Energy: Can’t Do without It”, and dates to 1974. The purpose of the film is to bring attention to the many ways we use energy, the importance of using energy wisely and conserving energy for the future. The film opens with heavy machinery pushing rocks and jackhammers ripping up concrete and entire city streets. Power shovel digs up a street 1:36. A man runs oxen in a field 1:48. People are shown...
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In this U.S. Air Force News Review (no. 31), viewers see the current Air Force news of 1958. The first piece of news is Maj. Howard Johnson setting a new record for altitude. Johnson climbs aboard a Lockheed F-104 Starfighter (YF-104A 55-2957) and takes off, flying above the Mojave Desert. He sets a new altitude record of 91240 ft. Next, the newsreel shows flooding in the spring of 1958 in Louisiana from the Red River (02:06). Men from nearby Barksdale Air Force Base fill sand bags and haul...
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Into the Sixties with Ford is a Wilding Production film (from 1959 or 1960) looking at the operations of the Ford Motor Company and the 1960 line of cars. The film opens with an aerial shot of the city of Detroit (00:25), then a shot of the garage where Ford built his first car (00:40). There is footage of the River Rouge Plant (01:06) with its giant furnaces and assembly lines. Nearly finished cars sit on the line (02:07). There are more shots of the industry, before the film gives viewers a...
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Sieg im Westen (Victory in the West) is a 1941 German propaganda film the shows Hitler's greatest military victory -- the Blitzkrieg conquest of Holland, Belgium and France in the spring of 1940.It was produced by the Oberkommando des Heeres, the German Army High Command, rather than the Propaganda Ministry of Joseph Goebbels. Goebbels indeed sabotaged its release in minor ways, delaying its premiere and telling propagandists not to promote it. The prologue consists of the Nazi version of...
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Made to test 16mm motion picture projectors' sound, this JIffy Test Film (which starts around :30) has an optical sound track that sounds quite good on our LaserGraphics ScanStation scanner. Various test sounds featured include distinct tones, various loudness settings, and so on. At 3:30 is a dialogue test featuring a bit of a 1950s TV show.  At 3:57 is the trailer for the Orson Welles film "Citizen Kane" which was apparently used to further test sound.  We encourage viewers to add...
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This silent 16mm home movie contains footage shot in both Honolulu, Hawaii and New South Wales and Queensland, Australia.  Some of it appears to be professionally shot from the 1940s but most of it is amateur footage from the 1960s. Two sections in particular, showing surfing in Hawaii and pineapple harvesting and processing, are likely commercial films that were sold in tourist shops in Honolulu in the 1940s-1960s.  It begins with surfing footage that appears to date to the 1940s shot on...
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This color home movie shows motorcycles and members of the Psychos Redlands Motorcycle Club on an outing to a lake, probably located out in the high desert. This is circa the 1970s.   One of Southern California's first motorcycle clubs, 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...
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One of Southern California's first motorcycle clubs, 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 notorious history. Shot in the 1970s by a proud member of the club, this silent home...
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One of Southern California's first motorcycle clubs, 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 notorious history. Shot in the 1970s by a proud member of the club, this silent home...
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Released by the U.S. War Department during the occupation of Japan, this film is the first reel (only) of the feature film "Prayer at Dawn: Ballad of a Military Expedition of the Favourite Horse. This film was originally released in 1940 during the Showa era. It was directed by Yasushi Sasaki and stars Kinuyo Tanaka and others. The story is centered on a war horse, and depicts a soldier who is on the front lines in China and his wife on the “home front”. The film was created under the...
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Created by Peter Skinner of Moreland-Latchford in the late 1960s, this film gives an overview of the application and use of cosmetics. It was aimed at young women in their teens and early 20s. The film looks at a wide variety of makeup including blush, toner, eyeliner and eye shadow, lipstick, foundation, and more. The film includes an African-American subject starting at 9:49. At 11:36 she styles her hair in a way similar to that of actress Diahann Carroll in her groundbreaking TV show...
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This is a 1978, color movie about the Chevrolet El Camino, Camaro and the 1978 Monzas. The El Camino is shown driving down the road. El Camino 2-tone paint style, :48. El Camino Conquista, 1:00. El Camino tailgate review, 1:35. El Camino gets loaded with boxes, 2:00. Air boost shocks, 2:20. El Camino interior, 2:25. Wide tread width, 2:36. El Camino suspension and the outside of wheel action, 3:05.  El Camino carries motorcycles, 3:34. El Camino interior and exterior options, 3:50. El Camino...
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This black & white U.S. Army educational/training film is about the Chemical Decontamination unit if it is needed during chemical warfare. The film was part of a series of training films about Chemical, Biological and Radiological weapons -- or CBR. The copyright is 1954.  Opening titles: The United States Army presents The Chemical Decontamination Company (:09-:27). Jets go really fast in formation before trailing off and dropping chemicals - this is chemical warfare. Newspaper headlines:...
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The Air Force Story (1959), Volume 2, Chapter 1, 1946-1954 This film reviews the development of the atomic bomb, its role in WWII and postwar atomic tests in Marshall Islands. Explains how the hydrogen bomb changed the nature of warfare. 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...
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Presents the panoply of American history, the richness of American human and natural resources, and the greatness of American freedoms. Reviews the country's industrial and agriculture wealth and relates the stories of people who strive to capitalize on it. Lists the nation's share of the world's production of goods and consumption of resources. Hails the freedom of travel in the U.S. and the American people's desire to explore their country. Honors the central role of the car in American...
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This late 1950s color film about vertol helicopters is presented by Vertol Aircraft Corporation and narrated by radio/TV host Jay Jackson. It opens with “Vertol Helicopters Rescue Scores in Major Disasters!” A listing SS Andrea Doria, 1956, is aided by Vertol helicopters rescuing passengers and transporting wounded (:10-:49). 1955, Tampico, Mexico streets are flooded from hurricanes. A Navy Vertol helicopter (EA 79) brings supplies and transports wounded. A view is shown from inside the...
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This silent Castle newsreel shows the opening stages of the Battle for the Philippines. The Japanese attacked Manila and the Philippines on December 7, 1941, and caught one of America's great generals, Douglas MacArthur relatively unprepared. The loss of the American air forces on the ground in the initial attacks, forced the Army to make a quick retreat to the Bataan peninsula and the fortress of Corregidor. This film shows the early stage of the battle, and was made shortly after MacArthur...
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Shows how U.S. Air Force, with superior tactical and logistical air support, played a large part in helping to end the Korean War. This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage collections in the USA. Entirely film backed, this material is available for licensing in 24p HD. For more information visit http://www.PeriscopeFilm.com
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Part XII covers Nazis increase u-boat fleet; plans made at Casablanca to destroy enemy subs; u-boat threat comes under control; vital supplies airlifted over Himalayas; fighters protect northern approach to America; Solomon Island campaign successful. 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...
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This silent home movie shows a portion of Operation Blue Jay. Operation Blue Jay began in 1949 and its mission was to build Thule Air Base in the harsh arctic climate of Greenland. It took place while communist aggression was in full fight in Indochina and against UN forces in Korea. The base was to be for long range bombers. This film shows the caravan transport of men and supplies to the base. The film opens with a woman holding books with titles such as ‘Red Flannels and Green Ice’ by...
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This black & white U.S. Navy recruiting film is about life on the storied battleship USS New Jersey (BB-62) during the Korean War, when the ship was used to bombard enemy positions on the coast, and to interdict enemy shipping. Copyright is 1952. Opening titles: The United States Navy presents "Floating Fortress" (:07-:32). Shore off Korea. A Communist supply ship heads towards the coast to supply guns to the enemy. The American ship USS New Jersey is there to make sure that...
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Made in 1942 and shot in color, "The Battle of Midway" is John Ford's masterpiece of documentary filmmaking.  Featuring voice overs by Donald Crisp, Henry Fonda, and Jane Darwell, the film includes material shot by Ford himself during the Japanese bombardment of Midway.  John Ford's handheld, 16mm footage of the battle was captured totally impromptu. He had been in transit on the island, roused from his bunk  by the sounds of the battle, picked up his camera and began shooting....
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The Douglas Aircraft Company, Inc. presents The A4D “Skyhawk,” a late 1950s or early 1960s promotional/sales film on the production, maintenance, and features of the A4D Skyhawk (also known as the DA101). The film opens with a shot of a hawk perched on a rock, then of it flying through the air. Douglas A4D Skyhawks fly through the sky (00:48). The attack bombers sit idle at an airstrip (01:34). A Skyhawk lands on an aircraft carrier, carrying a large bomb. The film shows the design sketches...
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This 1960s color educational film about safely scuba diving is produced by the Los Angeles Department of Parks & Recreation. A Disney animation illustrates the history of creating a diving suit (:45- 7:20 ). Scuba divers swim close to the camera. A woman diver’s face mask strap breaks and she panics. Her diving partner hands it back to her. They swim to the surface to a floating inner tube with a flag attached ( 7:22 - 9:25 ). An inexperienced couple wear advanced diving equipment. He...
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When President John F. Kennedy visited the newly-commissioned USS Enterprise (CVN-65), he used the occasion to promote a strengthened U.S. Navy, one whose indomitable force would help preserve the peace. He then watched naval war games that included some of the most cutting-edge weaponry of the day, including missiles, rockets, and supersonic aircraft. Sadly, Kennedy would be assassinated just a short time after this film record of the exercise was released, and it was withdrawn from...
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This black & white educational film is about the January/February 1944 Operation Flintlock campaign during WW2. This was the US seizure of the southern portion of the Marshall islands group. This film is copyright circa 1944.  Opening: U.S. soldiers on patrol, taking fire, explosions. Smoke and gunfire all around, dead bodies everywhere. A hangar's sheet metal is all that remains after being bombed. Operation Burlesque-Camouflage was the US seizure of the islands of Roi and Namur in the...
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This WWII era training film from the US Navy provides instructions about how to navigate through a thunderstorm or storm front. The film contains a lot of animation, most likely created by the Walt Disney studios under contract with the War Department. The film explains various navigation procedures in heavy weather. The choice of maneuvers depends on the type of storm, where it lay over, type of equipment and the altitude of the mission to be performed (:20). Pilots are instructed to analyze...
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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. 1920 Presidential Nomination. Democrat delegates arrive in San Francisco for the 1920 convention to name a candidate to oppose Republican Warren G. Harding.  Politician William Jennings Bryan and Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels attend. Members of the Women’s National League arrive in...
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This 1962 travelogue color film about Britain was produced by International Film Productions, Ltd. For Pan American Airlines and voiced by American actor Alexander Scourby. It’s 6:00 a.m. on Big Ben (1:04). The air traffic controllers (1:21) give instructions to a Pan American Boeing 707 Jet Clipper (1:24), with a view inside the cockpit (1:40-1:53) and the passenger cabin full of sleeping people (1:57-2:43). A steam locomotive (3:23) passes young children playing in creeks (3:38). A man...
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Rescued after it was thrown away by the University of Arizona, this silent 16mm film gives a tour of the campus. It likely dates to about 1940. At :48 the area to the west of Old Main is shown, with the camera panning towards Old Main at 1:05. Bear Down gym can be seen in the distance. At 1:12 a lot of grass can be seen on campus. At 1:30 the Arizona State Museum is shown and the nearby auditorium. At 2:18 graduation ceremonies are shown. At 2:40 the College of Law is shown and the Library at...
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This 1945 short film details the rescue of C-47 plane crash survivors in remote New Guinea. In 2011 a book about the incident by Mitchell Zuckoff was published: "Lost in Shangri-La: A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II."  The book and the film detail the story of the U.S. military airplane called "The Gremlin Special", which crashed on May 13, 1945 in Netherlands New Guinea, and the subsequent rescue of the survivors....
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Produced as part of an educational series of films by the Eastman Kodak Company, "Care and Planting of Trees" is a silent movie that dates to 1927. The film features several moments of interest to modern audiences including mass spraying of trees with pesticides. This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage collections in the USA. Entirely film backed, this material is available for licensing in...
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Created 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, entitled "Pacific in Eruption: looks at U.S. involvement in the the Pacific...
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Made in 1975 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency or EPA, "Trash to Kilowatts" shows an experimental project in St. Louis, Missouri where trash is incinerated to produce electricity. The experiment began in May, 1972, and the film shows how trash is compressed, ferrous metals are removed using magnets, and the remains pulverized and added to fossil fuels at a generating plant. The Merrimack Electric Plant seen at 4:30, was run by Union Electric, and according to the film six...
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This color educational film is about the first nuclear reactor to be operated in space, the Snap 10A reactor power system. Copyright is June 1962.  Opening credits: SPACE NUCLEAR POWER (:10-1:00). A satellite floats in space. Atomics International employees at work. The name of this program is SNAP (Systems for Nuclear Auxiliary Power). The SNAP 10A system. A man pieces together the top of the SNAP 10A. A man places a mercury turbo generator into it. A reactor: reflectors and the vessel, a...
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This black & white educational/training film is about bending oak billets to make bent wood for proper boat construction. Its copyright is September 1949 and was made by the US Navy.  Opening titles: Nonclassified, US Navy Training Film - Bending Oak Techniques (:08-:55). Wood is lined up. Mountains with wood, Lebanon Cedar wood. Other trees. Roots of the wood afford maximum strength. More tall trees in the woods. White Oak wood is very durable and can be bent for a boat frame. Many...
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Whats in The Bag, is a color film on how fertilizer is made. It was put out by The National Plant Food Institute which was only called by that name between the years of 1955 and 1969. This movie was probably made in the late 1950’s based on the dress being worn at the end of the film. Director: Malcolm H. McVickar.  Bags on a conveyor belt introduce What’s in the Bag! Followed by credits (0:07-0:47). Farmer on a tractor with a disc working the ground (0:48-0:53). Tractor and combine...
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This black & white educational/promotional film is about the Rowe candy machines and how easy they are to operate. Copyright is circa 1954.  Titles: The Rowe Candy Merchant (:09-:25). A plane lands at an airport, Chicago Midway Airport. Exterior of the airport. Cars in the parking lot. Men walk past the Rowe vending machines. Pastry and candy machines. Candy machines have different models, these are explained in detail. A mounting bracket. Candy machine. Mounds, Hershey are potential...
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This 1950s Civil Defense film describes the fallout produced by a fission atomic bomb from a surface burst. Nuclear fallout, or simply fallout, is the residual radioactive material propelled into the upper atmosphere following a nuclear blast or a nuclear reaction conducted in an unshielded facility, so called because it "falls out" of the sky after the explosion and shock wave have passed. We encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional information about...
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This short silent educational film shows activities of the Reichsarbeitsdienst (translated to 'Reich Labour Service', abbreviated RAD), a major organisation established by Nazi Germany as an agency to help mitigate the effects of unemployment on German economy, militarize the workforce and indoctrinate it with Nazi ideology. It was the official state labor service, divided into separate sections for men and women. In some ways it could be compared to FDR's New Deal organizations such as the CCC...
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This 1930s German educational film features life on a large cattle ranch in northern Mexico, possibly Sonora or Chihuahua -- although at the 10 minute mark a large mountain peak is shown so perhaps this ranch was located in the South. Irrigation ditches are shown being dug and crops planted and harvested using primitive implements and ox-drawn plows. Mexican cowboys are also shown. At the end of the movie are images of a "Deutsche Schule", a German school possibly the Guadalajara...
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These extraordinary Super 8mm home movies from the Vietnam War, come from a member of the "Ravens". The Raven Forward Air Controllers, also known simply as The Ravens, were fighter pilots used for forward air control in a covert operation in conjunction with the Central Intelligence Agency of the United States in Laos during America's Vietnam War. The Ravens provided direction for most of the air strikes against communist Pathet Lao targets and People's Army of Vietnam's infiltrators...
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These extraordinary Super 8mm home movies from the Vietnam War, come from a member of the "Ravens". The Raven Forward Air Controllers, also known simply as The Ravens, were fighter pilots used for forward air control in a covert operation in conjunction with the Central Intelligence Agency of the United States in Laos during America's Vietnam War. The Ravens provided direction for most of the air strikes against communist Pathet Lao targets and People's Army of Vietnam's infiltrators...
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One of a series of German silent educational films made for use in schools, this charming film presents a family who lives near the North Sea and who work as fishermen. The family's idyllic life is presented, with the children assisting parents in making the trip to the fishing grounds and helping with the catch. The family also raises farm animals including goats. At about the 12 minute mark young people are seen aboard a motorized fishing boat assisting with the catch. We encourage viewers to...
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Filmed in 1936 by a German-American family who visited Berlin and other German cities, these home movies provide a great look at the Third Reich as it might have appeared to a tourist.  The film shows a trip down the Rhine River to see various famous tourist sights, and includes images of Cologne including the famed cathedral at the 1:30 mark.  Many images in the film are of the Rhine and its castles, with glorious vistas throughout.  One of the most interesting moments in the film is at the...
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Made by the government of Australia to promote the nation in the late 1920s or early 30s, this silent travelogue shows the city of Melbourne with its classic streetcars, towering buildings, Collins Street, Central Railway Station, St. Kilda road, and more.  The film ends with shots of the Melbourne Cup horse race. 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...
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This silent film footage shows the unveiling of the Northrop YF-17 Cobra, a jet fighter aircraft that, unfortunately for Northrop, never made it past the prototype stage, but still provided the basis for the F/A-18 design.   The film starts with the  4 April 1974, unveiling of the prototype plane, and then shows the aircraft in flight tests at Edwards AFB in California. The Northrop YF-17 was a lightweight fighter aircraft designed for the United States Air Force's Lightweight Fighter (LWF)...
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THE NEXT OF KIN, also known as Next of Kin, is a 1942 World War II propaganda film produced by Ealing Studios. This version was prepared for American troops and begins with a special introduction featuring Major General George V. Strong, the Chief of Military Intelligence. Next of Kin was originally commissioned by the British War Office as a training film to promote the government propaganda message that "Careless talk costs lives". After being taken on by Ealing Studios, the project...
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This is a compilation of silent newsreels and home movie footage from the 1929 National Air Races in Cleveland, Ohio, which comes from the collection of Cliff Henderson. Henderson was one of the founders of the National Air Races, along with his brother. What is extraordinary about this movie is that it contains rare shots of Charles Lindbergh attending the Air Races, as well as spectacular footage of the finish of the Women's Air Derby. Known as the Powder Puff Derby, it was won by Louise...
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Made in the 1980s towards the end of the Cold War, "The Atlantic Alliance" presents a history of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and discusses the reasons for its continued existence. The film appears intended to counter protests by European anti-nuclear activists and groups who felt that the Reagan-era arms build-ups constituted a new arms race, with the narrator noting that the aims of NATO are to preserve peace, avoid an arms race, and deter nuclear aggression. . The...
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Shot in 1936 by an American tourist who attended the Olympic Games in Berlin, this 16mm silent home movie -- one of five such reels in our archive -- provides a window into Germany during the pre-WWII era. Although in somewhat poor condition (and in need of restoration), it's possible to spot many interesting things in this film. A busy street scene (00:00:16:00) with swastika banners everywhere, for instance. At (00:00:28:11), the Olympic Rings are visible on a street corner. Scenes in Potsdam...
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Made in the wake of the McClellan Committee hearings, this film by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters / Teamsters Union attempts to defend the organization against charges brought against it by Senate investigators including counsel Robert Kennedy (see 4: The film uses the premise of a presentation at the fictitious National Council for Individual Freedom as a device to present outtakes from the hearings. Some of the people seen on camera include Senator John F. Kennedy, Harold J....
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This color animated educational film is about the country of Ireland. Paintings are used to present different aspects of Ireland, American produced overview of Ireland scenes reproduced from the 1964 book of drawings by Miroslav Sasek. Czech-born Sasek famously produced a series of award-winning children's books under the "This is..." title, including "This is London" and "This is Paris". The film dates to 1971. Opening: Qantas Airlines in the sky; Title: Qantas...
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This color promotional film directed by Ray Corwin is about the American Hotel Association (AHA) and what hotels/motels offer throughout the country of the United States. Copyright is circa 1962.  Opening: rural, city and town, buildings both horizontal and vertical for people to stay at (:07). 6500 member hotel and motels of the American Hotel Association (AHA) (:39). Opening titles: The American Hotel Association presents The Great Tradition (:50). Various hotels (1:14). A chef makes a a...
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Attention! A new higher quality version of this video is now available at: http://youtu.be/9dEJoH1NARg This 1967 documentary follows US troops on R&R in Thailand during the Vietnam war. This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage collections in the USA. Entirely film backed, this material is available for licensing in 24p HD. For more information visit http://www.PeriscopeFilm.com
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Air Force Now WASPS was an Air Force Now newsreel. These newsreels were put out between 1970 and 1980. This color film was probably produced between 1976 and1980. It gives information on Team Spirit, the WASPS, and 1st Combat Information Systems Group. An Air Force recruiter is getting ready to leave his office (0:05-0:29). Produced by Air Force Now (0:35-0:44). Scenes of people on Korean streets (0:46-1:04). Around 37,000 American military personal join North and South Korea for a...
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This rare promotional film discusses the merits of the Northrop YB-49 Flying Wing. This unique aircraft was a prototype jet-powered heavy bomber aircraft developed by Northrop shortly after World War II. Intended for service with the U.S. Air Force, the YB-49 featured a flying wing design. It was a jet-powered development of the earlier, piston-engined Northrop XB-35 and YB-35; the two YB-49s actually built were both converted YB-35 test aircraft. The YB-49 never entered production, being...
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This black & white educational film is about the history of naval aviation. Copyright 1954. Planes in the sky; the Wright Brothers; Wilbur and Orville Wright spent four years of research and development to create the first successful powered airplane, the 1903 Wright Flyer. It first flew at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, on December 17, 1903, with Orville at the controls (:06). Captain Washington Irving Chambers, a United States Navy officer who played a major role in the early development of...
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This black & white film is an episode from the short-lived TV series FLIGHT, Season 1, episode 8 entitled 'Bombs in the Belfry.' This aired in 1958 and was directed by Jean Yarbrough. It stars Dick Jones, Robert Knapp, Brett Halsey and Alan Wells, Walter Reed, Luis Alvarez and Anna Navarro. The plot revolves around a young bombardier who is racked with guilt after being ordered to bomb a church in Leyte. Opening titles: two men fight. Planes in formation. "FLIGHT" (:09-1:11). Host...
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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 color silent film features raw Vietnam War footage. This was shot in November 3, 1967 in country. On that particular day, the Battle of Dak To began about 280 miles north of Saigon and near South Vietnam's border with Cambodia. General William Westmoreland ordered the U.S. 173rd Airborne Brigade, and divisions of the 4th Infantry and the 1st Cavalry to reinforce the 1,000 Americans already based at the camp. It's possible this film shows some of that move. Opening: Group of United States...
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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 silent film, combat dailies from the Vietnam War, starts with shots of African American and white G.I.'s at a base. At 1:00 a fleet of Huey helicopters takes off from a dike on a mission. At 2:00 soldiers stand around the base. At 3:15 the helicopters return from their mission. At 3:34 air-to-air footage of the Hueys flying over the jungle. At 4:00 American G.I.s are seen in a rice paddy. At 5:00 a village is shown with children at 5:13. At 5:27 an American G.I. feeds a child some of his...
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This silent color gag film "Koenig's Krowded Korner" is a comedy about parachuting made under the auspices of the U.S. Navy's Aerospace Recovery Facility / Parachute Test Range at El Centro, California. It was made in January 1967, although we don't know by whom, possibly Richard Solewin who is mentioned in the credits.  Opening: A disclaimer opens the film. A Prank Production - Koenig's Krowded Korner or Bill's Life at KNARF (:15). (NARF was the name for the Naval Aerospace Recovery...
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This black & white educational film is about the newly independent Philippines. This was made circa 1947. Opening: The March of Time - Forum Edition - The Philippine Republic (:07-:35). A map of the Philippines. Devastation after WW2. The people start to rebuild after the war. July 4, 1946, Independence Day in the Philippines. People in a marketplace. Women work and children sit atop a water buffalo. General Emilo Aguinaldo, after fighting with the U.S. against Spain, was captured by the...
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Made in the 1980s, RED FLAG depicts the advanced aerial combat training exercise hosted at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada. Since 1975, air crews from the United States Air Force (USAF) and other U.S. military branches and allies take part in one of several Red Flag exercises held during the year, each of which is two weeks in duration. The Red Flag exercises, conducted in four to six cycles a year by the 414th Combat Training Squadron of the 57th Wing, are very realistic aerial war games. The...
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This film is from the TV show called “The Big Picture” which ran from 1951 to 1964 and featured episodes produced by the US Army Signal Corps Army Pictorial Service. This one focuses on the National Guard: what it takes to become a member as well as what a day in the life of a Guardsmen, including manning modern Nike missile systems. It opens with Adjutant General of Tennessee (:09) introducing the film. The setting is in New England and a sign for the “Colonial Inn 1776” is shown...
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This 1966 film takes a look at a day in the life in Colonial Williamsburg in the 18th century presented by Eastman Kodak Company and Colonial Williamsburg Inc. (:11). A note appears which informs viewers that the homes, shops, streets and public buildings of colonial Williamsburg had been restored due to the generosity of John D. Rockefeller Jr. (:19). It begins with a master wood maker; Christopher Kendall, at his shop (1:08) as well as his son Tom and other journeymen and apprentices. Tom is...
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